These days there are a lot of people who are choosing to live a more natural life, they’re looking to change up old habits, and move away from products containing chemicals and artificial ingredients. This all-natural movement extends to your beauty and personal care routine, an area of our lives that can be filled with hidden chemical ingredients. We use so many different products on any given day, most of the time without stopping to even consider what we’re putting in and on our bodies. Parabens, Isopropyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and many other toxic ingredients are lurking in those little bottles and we’re exposing ourselves to them every day.
The answer to this toxic dilemma is easy, and just involves a little DIY. With a few simple ingredients you can make a variety of all-natural personal care products to replace many of the commercially produced items you use each day. Here are ten natural personal care products that you can make at home…
We all use toothpaste every day, probably multiple times per day, but there is some controversy around some of the popular ingredients we use to clean our teeth. Fluoride has been praised for saving our teeth, but it has become highly controversial as it has been deemed a skin irritant and been linked to cases of acne outbreaks. Sodium Laurel Sulfate is the ingredient responsible for that foamy lather we’ve come to expect from our toothpaste but it’s actually a scary surfactant used to clean engines, garage floors and at car washes.
There are many natural ingredients that work well to clean and protect out teeth including baking soda, neem, coconut oil, xylitol and herbs. To make your own toothpaste, combine 1/2 cup of softened coconut oil, 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda, 15-20 drops of peppermint or cinnamon oil and 2 small packets of stevia powder (for sweetness.) Once combined, pour into a small glass jar and dip your toothbrush in and use a small amount as you would regular toothpaste.