DIY Lotion

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Did you know your skin is the largest and most permeable organ of your body? Its primary job is to protect you from foreign substances, like dirt and large bacteria. Just about anything you put on your skin will end up in your bloodstream and be distributed throughout your body. Once these chemicals find their way into your body, they tend to accumulate over time because you typically lack the necessary enzymes to break them down. What we put on our skin matters.

This is why I'm so fond of saying "don't put anything on your body that you wouldn't eat if you had to." What you'll notice if you browse through the ingredients in any of my personal line of natural skin care products is just that – ingredients you'll know and recognize, like organic coconut oil, orange oil, or rosemary extract.

Did you know most lotions contain substances harmful to your body? Check out your products and see if they have any of these chemicals. 
  • Soaps: sodium laureth sulfate - chemical used to remove car grease off floors. It can be damaging to the skin and disruptive to immune and hormonal health.
  • Shampoos:  phthalates - banned in children's toys, but still used in cleansing products.  It is a known endocrine disruptor and very hard for the body to break down. 
  • Candles and Air fresheners: Formaldehyde - #1 cancer causing chemical. This is what they use to embalm at the morgue....
  • Household cleaners: 2-butoxyethanol - known to cause sore throat, narcosis, severe liver and kidney damage. 
  • Laundry detergents and dryer sheets: alpha-terpineol, benzyl alcohol, and camphor - all cause central nervous system disorders, loss of muscular coordination, central nervous system depression, headaches, nausea, and vomiting. 
  • Fragrance: a broad category that hides hundreds of chemicals.  Fun fact. Companies are not required to reveal the actual chemicals in each "fragrance", keeping the public in the dark about what the true toxicity of the products are. 
  • Talc, bismuth, parabens, lead, mercury, and mineral oil: all found in store bought skin care and makeup products.  They can disrupt the endocrine system, are highly carcinogenic, and have even been found in tumors.
So what do I use for lotion?!?! 
I make my own. After trying several recipes, I have found one I like that works for all seasons and it is simple. I use it and my kids use it. 
  1. Soften Shea butter (l like to use a double broiler)
  2. Mix coconut oil into butter until fluffy (about 15 min)
  3. Stir in essential oils. I use 15-20 drops of Frankincense, Lavender, and Geranium
  4. Store in glass container

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