Bye Bye Body Wash!

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Part III: Bye Bye Body Wash, Hello Natural Soap and Homemade Body Oil

I have suffered with smell and chemical sensitivity most of my adult life. Consequently, being mindful of the products I use had become second nature. I purchased products like Ahava and Aveeno because of their claim to be moisturizing, fragrance free, and to contain “active naturals.”

On the surface, this thinking seemed to be working. Until I took a closer look and realized my allergies and physiological sensitivities were continuing to get worse.

After changing shampoos (see last Connective Threads) I decided to tackle my bathing products. Here is what my personal research discovered:

  • Store bought products that claim to be natural, have “natural” on the label, or use eco minded packaging are not necessarily good for you. In fact, they can be just as harmful to your skin and physiological system as any other. Not only do you need to read carefully, you also need to know what all those ingredients actually are and how they might impact you.

  • Products that claim to be moisturizing often contain chemical ingredients that actually zap your skin of moisture then add more chemicals to simulate moisture. In the end the bad does not outweigh the whiff of good they may offer.

  • Alcohol is found in most products to prevent clumping. This might make your lotion and body wash creamy but its playing havoc with your skin by stripping it of natural oils.

  • Fragrances are another source of unnecessary and harmful chemical additives. Usually they are alcohol based and manufactured in a factory rather than by mother nature.

Natural Bar Soap

Natural soaps like Splendor Santa Barbara and Alaffia Good Bar Soap, available at Whole Foods and online, offer a wide variety of options. I also love to go to the local farmers market or craft fair to find local artisans soap makers. The scents and ingredients of these small batch soap are natural therefore do not cause any negative effects on my system. Minimal to no packaging add to the earth-friendly aspect.

 

Find a natural bar that works for you and watch the change to your skin.

Homemade Body Oil

Applying body oil in the shower and moisturizer in between showers used to be a necessary practice for me. When I changed my bathing products this need was eliminated. However, I happen to love putting on body oil in the shower and wanted to continue to do so. Since store bought oils were out of the question I found a recipe and made my own. I cannot adequately express how much I love my homemade oil; my skin is supple, soft and super nourished and I never need to use moisturizer, ever!

Here the recipe I like best from this book :

Daily Care Oil for Balanced Normal Skin (body and face)   14 drops Rose Otto EO  3 drops Geranium EO  2 drops Chamomile Roman EO  3 drops Lavender EO  3 drops Lemon EO  1 fl oz + 2 tsp Sweet Almond Oil  1 fl oz carrier oil (I use Fractionated Coconut Oil)   *You may alter the EO for different skin types and fragrance preferences. I highly recommend purchasing a comprehensive book about EO to make the best choices for your needs.   Place all the ingredients into a pump or pouring bottle, shake well before each use.  I usually double the recipe and place it in a glass mason jar with a   stainless pump lid   because I choose not to use plastic whenever possible.   For Body : apply after rinsing off in the shower or after bathing.   For Face : place a drop or two in the palm or your hands, rub together and apply to face and neck, wipe off excess with a tissue.

Daily Care Oil for Balanced Normal Skin (body and face)

14 drops Rose Otto EO

3 drops Geranium EO

2 drops Chamomile Roman EO

3 drops Lavender EO

3 drops Lemon EO

1 fl oz + 2 tsp Sweet Almond Oil

1 fl oz carrier oil (I use Fractionated Coconut Oil)

*You may alter the EO for different skin types and fragrance preferences. I highly recommend purchasing a comprehensive book about EO to make the best choices for your needs.

Place all the ingredients into a pump or pouring bottle, shake well before each use.

I usually double the recipe and place it in a glass mason jar with a stainless pump lid because I choose not to use plastic whenever possible.

For Body: apply after rinsing off in the shower or after bathing.

For Face: place a drop or two in the palm or your hands, rub together and apply to face and neck, wipe off excess with a tissue.

 

Next time on Olly Olly Toxin Free…..All About The Face!