Natural cosmetics

Natural & homemade skincare products

Natural skin care products seem like such a sensible and serious investment in our own health in these days of toxins in the environment. We can't always avoid things outside of our control but by taking charge of what we put ON OUR SKIN, we can a lot of good work. I got started with this because I had sensitive skin, but honestly, once you start reading up about what the big companies put in their products, you may also be encouraged to try to make some of your own products. I even make my own sunscreen now. Wouldn't you prefer to put that on your baby's skin than a mouthful of words you can't even pronounce?

Easy starter recipes

Lip Balm
Light Moisture Oil
Light Moisture Cream

Some great books to start with

This was my Christmas gift of the year for Christmas 2011. This wonderful book There's Lead In Your Lipstick by Gillean Deacon explains and exposes much more that just the makeup industry. This book speaks about body care products all the way from baby powder to soap, deodorant, shampoo, skin creams, makeup and even men's body care products so there is really something here for every body.

She explains so well why we should avoid products like petroleum products in our skin care and opt for other safer sources. Wouldn't you rather have ingredients on your body that you could almost eat? Wouldn't you rather put some kind of vegetable or nut oil on your skin than mineral oil? We are more than just what we eat, we are also what we absorb and our skin is our largest organ.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products
Information about all the ingredients themselves plus lots of recipes and how-tos for all kinds of skin care products.

A great starter book.

Once you start, it's easy to make small changes and really make a difference to your own health. We can't control our entire environment but we CAN make healthy choices about what we eat and put on our bodies.

Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self by Stephanie Tourles

Natural Beauty Basics: Create Your Own Cosmetics and Body Care Products by Dorie Byers


Doing it yourself, so much fun & you know exactly what ingredients there are!

Suppliers of ingredients and packaging, drop in or buy on-line:
Voyageur Soap & Candle
, BC
Oregon Trail Soap Supplies & More, OR
LotionCrafter, WA
And lots more...

There are many great resources for learning more, taking responsible ownership of our skin care choices and even sites for rating products we are buying out there. Here are some resources to start with:

SkinDeep Database
Search more than 78,000 products, Essential Tips and Facts
See that long list of ingredients on the back of the bottle? Some probably aren't as safe as you'd hope.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a coalition effort launched in 2004 to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.
The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program administers a cruelty-free standard and the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo for companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products.

How should I dispose of old cosmetics?
One idea, among others, is to give them to local theatre groups.

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