Welcome to part 4 of the series on living chemical-free! If you’ve been following the series week by week, take a moment to congratulate yourselves! Making this lifestyle change is not easy, and can feel overwhelming at times. Take it one step at a time, and let’s make this change together to live chemical-free. Virtual high-five!
In part 4, we will look at some of the most-used, eco-friendly, chemical-free products out there.
Here is the overview of this 5-part series:
- Do your own research
- Track your budget and product usage
- Analyze and prioritize spreadsheet
- Research chemical-free products (you are here)
- Make your first product, and start living chemical-free!
Fortunately, when making your own shampoo, body wash, hand soap, and face wash, a lot of the same ingredients will be used. That means more bang for your buck! But it also makes it tricky to know how much to buy. To be on the safe side, I would always err on the side of too much (if you can afford it at the time) than too little.
The following are a few of the common products that are used in DIY recipes for shampoo, body wash, hand soap, and face wash. Some of these products you may already have in your kitchen or bathroom!
In the final part of this series, I’ll give you some recipes to start you off. If you have any specific requests, just let me know! =)
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1. Castile Soap
Toss out all of those different bath and body products you have, because this is seriously all you need. Castile Soap is biodegradable because it is vegetable-based and only contains natural ingredients like organic oils, plant extracts, and other certified fair trade ingredients. It is mild enough to use on young kids, and versatile to use for almost every kind of bath and body product you can think of. My favorite of the Dr. Bronner’s brand is unscented, but I’ve tried the lavender and peppermint scents, too, for body wash products.
Used for: hand soap, body wash, shampoo, face wash
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is my new best friend. Before I used it only for cooking, but now I use it regularly for my hair and face. Make sure to buy the kind of ACV that contains “the Mother” because that’s where all of the good stuff you want is.
Used for: conditioner, facial toner, face masks
As someone who struggles with greasy face and hair, the last thing I would think that I need is more oils in my homemade products! But the problem with so many store-bought products is that they strip you of your natural oils, which causes you to produce more oil! So using natural oils in your homemade products allows your skin to produce only the right amount of oil that is needed instead of overproducing. Some of these oils are better suited for dry, oily, or combination type skins. Generally, almond and jojoba are great for all skin types. But coconut and avocado are great for your hair. So having a combination of these oils will be good to have on hand.
Used for: shampoo, body wash, hand soap, face wash, lotions, lip balm, sugar scrubs
Regular honey that you would use in tea or foods is not the kind that you want to use in your bath and body products! Raw honey is the purest form, straight from the honeycomb. It has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It soothes sore throats (hot honey water anyone?). It helps improve digestive health and boost your immunity. When used topically, it helps heal wounds, and acts as an antibacterial product.
Used for: face wash, body wash, face masks, lip balm, sugar scrubs
I actually have my own aloe plant, but in case you don’t, this product is a great alternative. Most of you are probably aware of aloe’s cooling and soothing properties, widely used to treat sunburns. But it also has other properties: It’s a moisturizer, treats acne, helps with digestion, and can reduce wrinkles and stretch marks! You’ve just gotta have this in every facial product!
Used for: face wash, facial toner, hand sanitizer, face masks
Vegetable Glycerine is an excellent moisturizer because it is a humectant, meaning that it draws moisture from the air and locks it in your skin. How cool!
Used for: body wash, face masks, hand sanitizer, hand soap
There are so many companies that manufacture essential oils (EO) now that it’s really difficult to say which ones are the best. If you’re new to EO and can’t afford to spend too much money on them, then I think Kis Oil’s are well worth it. This kit has your basic oils that you will use quite often. EO are very important in homemade products because they not only add a scent, but also help preserve it. Many EO have antibacterial and antifungal properties (and so many others!) which will help prevent mold from growing in your products. Since many of the harsh chemicals are preservatives, homemade products naturally do not contain them. But EO will help lengthen the shelf life of your product.
Other affordable EO options are below that I’ve also tried: