Day 20: Make Your Own Body Care Products

Day 20 of the Small Changes, BIG Impact Challenge has you in the kitchen making some stuff to slather on your body.  Here is a nice article that tells you why you may want to make your own body products instead of purchasing the long, wordy, incomprehensible labeled brands.  I bet you will likely have most of the ingredients already in your pantry for today’s challenge.  I have a few of my favorites listed below for you, but you can putz around on Pinterest to find others you might enjoy.  You can give them as gifts too!  Your challenge for today is to pick and make one or more of these recipes.  Don’t be stingy though; share with a friend.

Deodorant

This recipe is the one that I use when I make my own deodorant.  I do not put mine in a bottle though, instead I use just a little glass bowl and apply the deodorant with a cotton ball.  I do not skip the essential oils in it, which one I add depends on what mood I am in at the time.

Toothpaste

This is a great toothpaste recipe to try out.  You may not have the clay, but Amazon can easily solve that problem for you.  (Doesn’t Amazon solve a lot of problems!)

If you don’t want to try to make the recipe above, you can use baking soda and an essential oil.  It works really well.  If I am out of my homemade groove, I pick up some of the Dr. Bronner’s  Cinnamon Toothpaste.  It makes my teeth feel super clean, leaves me with fresh breath, and even whitens.

Body Scrub

I really like this site for homemade body scrubs, because it tells you what you need (1 part oil, 2 parts sugar) and it gives you some great add-ins (with the reasons why you would want to add each one).  I really like to have a scrub in a jar near the tub.  The few times a year that I get a bath to myself without the kids, I want to treat myself and enjoy a great smelling scrub.  I like to use coconut oil and coconut palm sugar (similar to brown sugar), then I add in a few drops of peppermint.

What are you going to whip up?  Do you have some favorite recipes to share?  Please post them in the comments.  See you all tomorrow!

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