Why would you use organic or natural skin care? Our skin is our largest organ and will absorb what we put onto it, straight into our blood stream. Think how nicotine patches work!
When you start really looking at all the products we use and what’s in them, it will freak you out! This short video explains it really well for those of us without a science degree. You can also check how toxic your cosmetics are at Skin Deeps Cosmetic Database.
I have been using natural skin care for a few years now. In a perfect world, I would love to be able to afford certified organic products, for the whole family, all of the time. But, seeing as it’s not a perfect world, I have to be content with finding ways to avoid the toxic chemicals that are within my budget. One option I am investigating more and more is making my own products at home. I like to keep it simple though, as I don’t want to spend hours tracking down unusual ingredients and fiddling around like a mad scientist!
One cosmetic I have been able to make at home, really easily, is face wash. In fact it’s embarrassingly easy. It’s also very economical – which is handy with kids who like to splash stuff around!
I start with Dr Bronners Unscented Baby-Mild Pure-Castile Soap. I get it from my local health food store. If you can’t find it where you live, you can order it online. It’s about $20 or so for a 1 Litre bottle.
I decant it into 100ml travel bottles you can buy at the supermarket. They have a lid that will dispense the face wash in drops. Then I add essential oils, shake well and label. You only need to use five drops of the mix to wash your face – told you it was economical!
For the teenage Natural New Age Boy who needs a face wash for acne, I use:
100ml Dr Bronners Pure Castile Soap
10 drops of tea-tree oil
10 drops of eucalyptus oil
10 drops of manuka oil*
10 drops of lavender oil
*Manuka oil is an essential oil I picked up in New Zealand. It is the pure essential oil from the manuka tree (yep, same one as the honey!) It is absolutely incredible – I find it to be much more powerful than tea tree or eucalyptus. Find out some more here. If you can’t source it, then just leave it out.
For the Natural New Age Girl and myself, I use 20 drops of lavender to 100ml of the castile soap. For the Natural New Age Dad, who has been sorely neglected so far, I intend to track down some oils that will help with his very dry skin!
That’s it. Pretty easy, right? Now, if you still think that is too much mucking around and you just want to buy your face wash, check out my recommendations.
You can also easily use this face wash as a body wash, hand wash or in the bath tub!
I love to chat, so come back and let me know if you tried it and what you think!