There is an incredible amount of toxic chemicals lurking in your cosmetics that significantly affect your health. You can find many organic, toxin-free options at your local health food store, but it’s also fun to make your own products. I love to make many of my own products and share them with my friends and family.

Natural Body Butter

In a double boiler on your stove, add: 1/4 cup natural beeswax – let this melt completely before adding the rest of the ingredients 1/2 cup extra virgin, organic, raw coconut oil 1/2 cup sweet almond oil (Use avocado oil if you are allergic to nuts) 20 drops of your favourite essential oils (mine are grapefruit and vanilla!) In a double boiler, allow the natural beeswax to become liquified. Add the coconut oil and almond oil, until it is all liquified and remove from heat. Add your essential oils last, once it has cooled slightly, and pour into small containers. Put in the fridge to harden and use liberally! It can be stored for several months in the fridge. Caution – if you are allergic to bees, or sensitive to bee pollen, etc, do not use the beeswax in your recipe. The cream might become liquified on hot days, but it will re-solidify when the temperature returns to normal. The beeswax helps to keep the cream solid in the heat and hold the moisture on your skin. Also, if you are allergic to nuts – swap out the almond oil for avocado oil. (Everything can be found at the health food store). ________________________________________________________________________ This recipe for natural deodorant is to replace the aluminum and preservative nastiness that is found in conventional deodorants. It doesn’t work quite as well as regular deodorant for many people, so test this out at home before arriving to work! Paired with a clean diet and drinking lots of water, your body will begin to naturally detoxify and not have underarms that produce as much smell.

Natural Deodorant

6tbsp coconut oil 1/4 cup baking soda 1/4 cup arrowroot powder essential oils of your choice Mix baking soda and arrowroot together in a medium sized bowl. Mash in coconut oil with a fork until well mixed. Add your favourite essential oils. Store in small glass jar or old deodorant container for easy use. ______________________________________________________________________ Toothpaste can be filled with all sort of toxins, from sodium lauryl sulfate to fluoride, and artificial sweeteners to triclosan. It is very easy to make your own toothpaste, and you may even find that it helps to whiten your teeth and leave your mouth feeling fresher than ever before!

Natural Toothpaste

1/2 cup coconut oil 3 tbsp baking soda 15 drops peppermint essential oil Mix all of the ingredients together. If the coconut is really hard, you may have to warm it slightly to let it soften. Keep mixture in a small jar in your bathroom. To keep germs out of it, use a spoon to put the paste onto your toothbrush. _____________________________________________________________________

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