DIY Body Melt

soft How to make a Body Melt

Facial or body melts (aka Lotion Bars) are among the most prosperous products in natural and organic skin care. They are easy peasy to make, and easy to handle. Free from water and therefore no need to add any preservative, they allow you to use creative packaging, avoiding plastic as being environmentally friendly is a goal, right. The only limitation when making facial or body melts is, there is no limitation, except those you put on yourself!

All you need is the right balance between your solid and liquid ingredients, a nice combination of essential oils (for the many moods we have), additives such as anti-oxidants, skin enhancers, and a mold. If you have soap molds from previous soap making, great you can use that, or you can buy some. However, if you do not have any soap molds, no worries, you can use cookie molds or ice cube trays. I’m super positive that after you’re familiar and comfortable with the technique and have found a formula that you love, you’ll become obsessed with facial/body melts and will go mold crazy!

You can prepare these melts in any size, I personally prefer smaller sizes for ease of handling and I like to rotate my soaps depending on my moods.

Body Melt Formulation Advice 

There are absolutely no rules or limitations (just be sure of ingredient safety and allergy safety, especially with the dermal limits of the essential oils you apply). For a practical application, however, you should consider that the body melt should keep its form and consistency during storage and while it is in your hand during the application. It would be a bit unpleasant if the body melt actually melts in your hand and drips as soon as it comes into contact with your skin temperature.

On the other hand, however, you cannot apply high melting point butters and waxes. This is not going to be a massage candle and must glide smoothly over your skin and melt over your skin by applying very light pressure. homemade facial

These are the key points when formulating facial and body melts:

  • Keep it Simple . . . . (KISS, if you don’t know what that means, ask me) and start as simple as possible.
  • Test the product to check that it works well for your climate.
  • After you’re happy with the consistency, stability, and performance, you can build on the formula.

How to make this Citrus Sun Body MeltOranges

I’ve decided to use a more colorful oil for this formula. The beautiful Buriti oil (comes from the buriti fruit in the Amazon and full of fatty acids and minerals, therefore great for skin) conveys a nice and cheerful orange color to the product, of course, you can use other colorful oils or lipophilic plant extracts.

This is a very basic formula and the process is super easy to follow.

My Ingredients:

  • Cocoa butter 60.0%
  • Cupuacu butter 19.0% (or Shea butter)
  • Babassu oil 10.0%
  • Alpha-Tocopherol 0.5%
  • Rosemary CO2 extract 0.1%
  • Buriti oil 9.9%
  • Mandarin essential oil 0.5%

Method:

1. In a water bath, melt the cocoa butter, babassu oil, and cupuacu (or Shea) butter. Stir gently during melting.

2. After this blend has melted, stop heating and remove the beaker from the water bath. Add tocopherol, rosemary extract, and buriti oil and stir gently. As the temperature goes down to around 35 C (95 F), add the essential oil. Put the beaker in an ice/water bath and keep stirring or put it in the fridge but stir it in 10 minutes intervals until you reach a trace (emulsified). Remember the stirring is what gives it the smooth shininess without that grit.

3. As you reach a “trace”, pour the blend into your mold and put it into the fridge. Let it sit there overnight or at least for 12 hours. After 12-24 hours, take it out of the mold and enjoy your amazing creation!

Storage:

If you’ve chosen the right combination, the melts do not need to be kept in the fridge. I keep some in my bathroom and I place some in the guest bath. A nice bowl with fragrant body melts is great in a guest bath. Just keep it pretty and environmentally friendly.

Remember Sharing is Caring- In This Case Anyway

Now it’s your turn. Looking forward to seeing your amazing creations. Please share your results, what you have learned changed, or done differently. Things I post here are not the end all be all, you should experiment and come up with your own formulas, especially once you become comfortable with the various ingredients and the process. I often times prefer a more earthy soap and use patchouli oil for many of my DIY products, or even Frankincense or Sandalwood. What’s your favorite?

 

 

DIY Butter Scrub

What is a Butter Scrub? -In Case You Were Wondering

The following butter scrub pieces (I’ll explain later) are a union between body melt and scrub. They are fairly easy to make and easier to apply, very hygienic and with a minimum amount of waste. Butter scrubs can also be great gift ideas as they are fairly inexpensive to make.

There are no rules and limitations (just be safe about the ingredients you use and their interaction, especially the dermal limits of the essential oils you apply).

Beauty by youHow Important is it to Keep Butter Scrub Stable?

Consider that you want to keep your butter scrub in its original form and consistency during storage and during the short application time that you or whomever you are gifting it to, is going to hold the butter scrub in their hand. You obviously don’t want it to melt in your hand before you even have a chance of applying it!

Body melts are not necessarily kept in the bath but scrubs are kept and used in the warmth and humidity of the bathroom. This is why hardness and melting point are a bit more critical in butter scrubs in comparison to pure body melts. You can increase the content of your hard butters or even add low concentrations of a wax to make the scrub a little harder than the body melt.

Should you preserve your Butter Scrub?

Since there is no water in the butter scrub, it doesn’t need a preservative. But keep in mind that this product is going to be applied in the shower, so pretty wet there. It may be advisable to make the scrub in small pieces to be consumed in 2-3 uses.

Depending on which exfoliant you may use, the piece of the butter and other ingredients you’ll apply (herbal infusions, clays) you may need to run some mini-challenge tests to determine whether the product really would remain intact under realistic application conditions.

If you decide to add any preservative to the system, keep in mind that the preservative should have at least one water-soluble ingredient.

This Butter Scrub Formulationblending

Here is a formula I like and have created for one of my butter scrubs.

Phase A

  • Organic cocoa butter 70.3%
  • Organic Shea butter 6.0%
  • Organic babassu oil 4.0%
  • Sunflower lecithin 6.0%

Phase B

  • Tocopherol 0.5%
  • Vanilla infused organic jojoba oil 2.0%
  • Antimicrobial plant extract 0.1%
  • Organic Rosemary CO2 extract 0.1%

Phase C

  • Coffee powder 10.5%
  • Organic blood orange essential oil 0.5%

If you are first starting out with butter scrubs, I would recommend that you keep it simple and stick to a small number of oils and butters just to get used to using the ingredients.

How to Make a Butter Scrub

The detailed steps required when learning how to make a butter scrub.

Step 1. In a water bath, melt the butters, waxes and solid oils. Stir gently during melting.

Step 2. When this blend has melted, stop heating and remove the beaker from the water bath. Add the liquid oils and other additives and stir gently. As the temperature reduces to around 35 C (95 F), add the essential oil.

Put the beaker in an ice/water bath and keep stirring or put it in the fridge but stir it in 10 minutes intervals until you reach a light trace. Keep in mind that the stirring during the cool down phase is the part that will give it the nice and smooth melt with a shiny appearance and without any grittiness.

Step 3. As you reach a trace, add the exfoliant and blend gently. Pour the blend into your mold cavities and put it into the fridge. Let it rest overnight or at least for 12 hours.

Step 4. Just remember that the exfoliant has a higher or a lower density compared to the oils and butters (usually a higher density) and may sediment at the bottom of your mold. Adding the exfoliant at the trace and as the viscosity is increased reduces the speed of sedimentation. However, even if the exfoliant sediments at the bottom of the mold, you can turn this to your advantage by creating a nice color contrast through careful selection of your oils, butters, and exfoliant.

Share Your Success and Mishaps-It’s All About Learning Together

Remember, if this is your first time trying to DIY organic skin care products, don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t turn out just right. I remember it took me about three tries before I was happy with my results. Besides, when you go through trial and error you can inadvertently find something amazing and wonderful that you love. For those of you that have been doing this a long time, it would be great to hear what works for you and tricks that may simplify or work better.

If you give this a try, let me know how it turns out for you and what you think! Share any ideas you have for butter scrubs or scrubs you have made, I would love to hear from you and maybe try something new.

DIY Skincare-Just Do It For Yourself!

Sunflower7 Reasons to Make Your Own Skincare Products

I, like so many who lead this lifestyle, have converted to making many of my own skincare products. It was through trial and error and internet searching that I have figured out what works for me and what I like. If you are new to organic/natural skincare and are just unsure about what to do or how to do it than you have come to the right place. I am going to give you some reasons to put aside those fears and give DIY skincare a try. Now to caveat that, I do want you to do your research and understand that there are safe ways to make your own skincare products, I will go into that in another post.

Here are some very good reasons why you should give making your very own skin care products a try:

1 – Trust-Who else do you trust more than yourself?

Do you really want to put your faith in a product that you can’t even pronounce half of its ingredients? I think NOT! So much better to know exactly what is in your skincare!

You can’t always trust products marketed as ‘natural’ or ‘organic,’ unless it has the USDA certified organic label, and then you may have to pay more for the product. Remember from my previous post Does organic/natural skincare fit into your lifestyle? Products that say “Made with Organic Ingredients” must have at least 70 percent organic ingredients, but they will not have the USDA seal. Some companies may use a combination of natural and synthetic ingredients, but if they contain less than 70 percent they can only include organic ingredients in the list of ingredients, not as a label.

2 – Costsustain organic

The USDA Organic seal may come with an increase in the price tag, but the price can be associated with a higher quality product that is, therefore, healthier than the cheaper alternatives. The application and fees for obtaining a USDA Organic seal can cost up to $1500 and beauty brands have to register each additional product they want to display the seal with additional cost.

If you decide to make the leap to making your own products or at least some of your products, you won’t have to pay these business expenses. All you need to pay for are the ingredients you use, and most of them you may already have in your kitchen or pantry, and something to package the product in. Are you ready to save money now? Keep reading.

A high-quality face cream that can retail for $30 or $40 you can easily make for $5-$10. (Creams are typically 60-70% water so this is one of the reasons they can be inexpensive to make!)

3 – Let’s Make it a Party

Making products from scratch is extremely satisfying. And you can even make it a party, invite some friends over and make it a girl’s day. Not only is this fun, but you can share ideas and laughs.

4 – Is This the Product for You-Then Make it So

When it comes to products that you can buy, there are products for dry skin, Own yourselfoily skin, combination skin, sensitive skin, “normal” skin, aging skin, and young acne-prone skin, can you see where this can be confusing? If you’re like me, I am not cookie cutter and don’t want to be. I am a firm believer of “there is no such thing as one size fits all.” When you make your own skincare, you can obtain much better benefits and pleasure. Not to mention you personalize your own product and get the results you are looking for i.e., Fragrance, skin type, acne prone, wrinkle reducer, sensitive skin, etc. Not to mention the benefits you will reap from the essential oils you choose. Not only do they smell good, but they have the ability to enter the body into your blood and help your body heal from the inside out.

5– Become empowered

When you can take care of yourself and your family it gives you a sense of empowerment. As they say, knowledge is power! Most products are simple to make and don’t require extra schooling or reading loads of box.  There are some simple things you will need to learn such as how to formulate some products or when or if a preservative may need to be added, but trust me, you can pick this up easily and still make wonderful products for yourself and your family.

6 – Be Clever Be Resourceful

Say you found a product that you really like and you cringe every time you look at the price sticker. There is a simple solution to this dilemma, do some research into the ingredients and then go home and recreate something similar yourself. I guarantee you will be amazed at how much you will save by recreating that product at home.

7 – You can Find a Money-Making Machine!

So, once you become proficient and comfortable and are having a blast making your own products, who’s to stop you from making a bit of cash from selling what you’ve learned. You can make a business out of something that you enjoy and who knows where things can go from there?

I hope this has helped encourage and empower you to take on some DIY skincare. Remember, it’s all about figuring out what you want and what works for you. Do a little research and find out how fun this can be. Please leave me some feedback, questions, ideas or opinions you may have, I would love to hear from you.

Namaste,

Chris

Does organic/natural skin care fit into your lifestyle?

ChrisI have dedicated my life to health, wellness, and living a wholehearted lifestyle. I spend each day elevating the quality of the life around me, starting with my Mind, Body, and Soul. I eat clean, meditate and work out regularly. Yes, there can be the occasional day when I’m sick, but even then, I try to do something to benefit my mind, body, and soul. Alternating between yoga, weight training, hiking, and running. I keep moving, but breathe and live first. Naturally, I prefer a line of skincare to support my fitness lifestyle. The things I choose are easy to throw in a gym bag and look great not only in my bathroom but the guest bathroom as well. It’s all aesthetically pleasing, to the eyes and nose. Some of it purchased and others homemade. Very similar to health food, natural beauty products aren’t new but have become immensely fashionable, and yet some still retain that hippie image. But is it right for you, can you sustain an organic lifestyle?

Going natural is a growing trend, with almost 50 percent of consumers buying natural/organic beauty products and a further 8 percent wanting to, according to Yes To beauty brand. The trend is big and growing, more and more consumers are turning to it, as I started eating more natural foods I became more interested in what I was putting on, as well as in, my body, too. I started researching the ingredients in what I was using and looking at alternatives, then started making my own lotions, moisturizers, and hair conditioners, which I love! Buying new beauty products required a high level of commitment, trust, money, and always looking for that next new miracle fix. If traditional over the counter brands aren’t cutting it for you anymore, and it is becoming too expensive, it may be time to switch to an organic skincare routine.

But is it right for you, can you sustain an organic lifestyle?

1. There Are Varying Levels of Organic-Read and educate yourself

The word organic can have different meanings for many people and appear in different ways on products. If you are going for a truly organic product, the USDA Organic seal is the only thing to buy as it will be honestly organic. In order to display the trusted organic label, products must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients. According to this Organic Certified Label Guide, the remaining 5 percent or less must not be available in an organic form and will be approved by the National Organic Program. Products that say “Made with Organic Ingredients” must have at least 70 percent organic ingredients, but they will not have the USDA seal. Some companies may use a combination of natural and synthetic ingredients, but if they contain less than 70 percent they can only include organic ingredients in the list of ingredients, not as a label.

So, you can see, your journey will require label reading and at times compromising, depending on what you are looking for. Much like food preparation, what can you purchase ahead and what do you want to spend time making.

2. The Price of Organic Skin Care Can Be Higher-But there are ways to overcome

The USDA Organic seal may come with an increase in the price tag, but the price can be associated with a higher quality product that is, therefore, healthier than the cheaper alternatives. The application and fees for obtaining a USDA Organic seal can cost up to $1500 and beauty brands have to register each additional product they want to display the seal with additional cost. Labeling may not be a financial issue for larger brand companies, but small made-to-order beauty brands often have to price even higher to account for the fact that organic skin products have a shorter shelf-life. However, once you learn where to purchase quality organic ingredients you find a cost-effective to make some of your own skin care products. I discuss this in a previous post ‘Natural/Organic Skin Care on a Budget-Can you Do It’ and give ideas of organic ingredients, at low cost, to have on hand in order to make many effective and amazing skin care products, from moisturizers to hair conditioners.

There are so many amazing beauty brands that simply don’t have the manpower or other resources to mass-produce their products or they simply value the quality control of small batches and thus carry a heftier price tag that’s totally worth it. You must believe in quality over price. But again, there are many ways to save even when purchasing from smaller retailers or brand name manufacturers, see my ‘Natural/Organic Skin Care on a Budget-Can you Do It’ post for discount ideas.

4. Support Organic Farmers While You Nourish Your Skin-Doing good never felt so good farming

Research covering organic farming and conventional farming for a 30-year period stated that conventional farming systems emit 40 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than organic farming. Purchasing organic skin care, therefore, not only limits your carbon footprint, but climate change also leads to food shortages. Supporting organic farmers will support food security for future generations because organic fields have an innate capacity to capture, store, and use water, and then there is the best reason to support organic farming, being kind to the earth that so generously produces our natural beauty products.

5. The Results of Ingredients in Organic Cosmetics Can Vary Just Like Any Other Product

It is very important that you remember: Just because something says organic doesn’t mean it’s always or completely safe for everyone. If you have specific allergies (especially nuts) or reaction to certain plants or oils, such as almond oil or coconut oil, you definitely want to make sure you check the ingredient list. Many essential oils contain anti-cancer properties, making them much safer than “fragrance”, but unfortunately, not all essential oils are safe for babies’ sensitive skin or the delicate thin skin of the elderly. Consider purchasing unscented organic products if you have sensitive skin and always read your labels.

The good news is that there is a standard for natural beauty products, even for those that are not USDA approved organic: The Natural Products Association has developed a set of guidelines to determine if a product can be considered and labeled as “natural”.

6. Time Needed to Make Your Own Products

In my money saving post, I talk a lot about making your own products. This can definitely be a cost-saving tip, but what about time-saving? This is something else you need to think about; do you have the time to purchase and then mix Soapyour own products. Just like going grocery shopping, once you find a place to purchase your ingredients that are not only cheaper but has the quality you want, it becomes easier. Only you know how often you use a product and can, therefore, make batches accordingly. This is similar to food prepping; maybe you can make Sundays your day to food prep and make some nourishing OH so Heavenly Body Butter.

Is It For You? Does It Fit Your Lifestyle?

As you can see there are many things to consider when wanting to go organic or natural with your skin care. It is a question only you can answer. Do the benefits to not only your skin but internally outweigh some extra expense? YogaDoes your overall feeling of satisfaction justify splurging on those organic ingredients? For most, the answer is YES!!! I have never looked back or regretted giving up my over the counter products, and I don’t think most that have adapted this same lifestyle have either. If you chose to go the route of organic/natural, then visit my site often for new information, deals, ideas, tips, and more.

What made you go organic/natural? I would love to hear your story, or what is preventing you from going organic/natural? Drop me a line or two and tell me all about it.

Namaste,

Chris

 

 

Natural Organic Skin Care on a Budget-Can you do it?

Can natural organic skin care be cruelty-free, good for you, good for the Beauty by youenvironment, and also be good to your wallet? You bet it can! When it comes to cosmetics, hair, and skin care, we want to keep our routines as natural as possible, and with the variety and amount of natural beauty products out there on the market, it’s pretty easy to stock up with all things clean. The trouble is that, because of the higher price of better ingredients, natural beauty products can seriously break our budget and deplete our good intentions. Who can really justify a $100 moisturizer on a regular basis? However, thanks to companies like Pacifica, Acure, Dr. Bronner, and others, not only can we afford to go organic and feel good about our decision, but we can still have money left over. Affordable, organic, clean environment—what is there not to love.

Organic Skin Care Coupons-Let’s start clipping!

Let’s start collecting those coupons, no not the coupons out of our newspapers. Who has time for that, I don’t. Not to mention I don’t think I have ever seen organic natural skin care coupons in the Sunday paper. I mean let’s use that world wide web for some good. You can find all kinds of coupons for organic skin care products on the web. From 15 to 20 percent off, to free shipping, and even free samples. It is really simple to clip those codes.

This is particularly helpful when you are new to organic skin care and want to find out what works best for you without breaking the bank. Oftentimes you can even go to websites and they have special offers or free samples. Retailmenot has multiple types of coupons to choose from. Check out CouponBirds, they also have great coupons to keep you on budget. Making the savings easy is what this is all about, and who doesn’t love a good deal!


How about a little help from your kitchen/pantry?

With all the natural food stores and all things, natural stores that are out buying natural skin care products is easier than ever, not to mention the LONG list of benefits to you, the environment, and your wallet. Bonus! You can see what goes into your skin care product and be sure it’s exactly what you want.

Applying unprocessed, whole-food ingredients onto your skin — being in control of what goes on and in your body — will make you love your skin, even if you are someone who has struggled with skin problems in the past. This is a time for you to take charge of your skin and health.

Let’s start with some of the most basic ingredients that you may even already have in your kitchen, it’s ok to share, really, if you eat why not wear it?

1. Coconut OilCoconut

One of the handiest skin ingredients there is, coconut oil’s benefits to your skin can include: strengthening underlying epidermal tissue, removing dead skin cells. eww, and containing antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties.

Use coconut oil on both your skin and hair to help cleanse, moisturize, remove makeup. I personally use coconut oil as a moisturizer and about 3 times a week I use it in my hair. I drench my hair and scalp with coconut oil and leave it in for about 15 to 20 minutes, usually while I am giving myself a facial as well. Then I jump in the shower and shampoo and condition as normal. Let’s talk about gut health, just for a second, coconut oil is great for nourishing your gut and immune system.

2. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has been used for hundreds of years to fight breakouts, redness, and inflammation on the skin. I use it as a conditioner on my hair. Many people can react harshly to prescribed or over the counter acne treatment, tea tree oil is usually well-tolerated and comes with few, if any, of the side effects when combined with a carrier oil and applied directly to the skin. Tea tree oil uses include working as a natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal – it is one of the most versatile and popular natural skin care essential oils there is.

3. Apple Cider VinegarApple cider vinegar

Let’s not only work on our outside but on the inside as well. Keeping the inside healthy can do a lot for keeping the outside healthy. An extremely inexpensive natural skin care product, apple cider vinegar has the benefits of helping to kill pathogens (bad stuff), clearing skin problems caused by gut issues, cleansing the skin and helping to stop acne, plus providing antifungal properties.

4. Raw Honey

Raw honey is one of the best and tastiest natural sources of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, and skin-boosting acids. Benefits of raw honey include reducing breakouts, providing moisturizing properties, containing antiseptic qualities, encouraging wound healing, fighting allergies or rashes, and helping to reduce scars. I mix raw honey with hot water and lemon when I have a sore throat coming on and want to sooth it. Raw honey, not most store-bought honey as it is processed, is able to keep all of its nutrients intact as they’re not destroyed by processing.

Honey also makes a great homemade natural skin care product as an acne cure because it can be used in facial cleansers even on sensitive or mixed skin types.Raw Honey

5. Sea Salt

Sea salt comes loaded with tons of minerals and nutrients like magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium that it absorbs from the sea water where its produced. Many of these minerals are the same ones found in our skin cells and within our bodies, salt contains anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin and calm breakouts, remove dead skin cells and irritation, balance oil production, and help the skin retain moisture levels.

Use real Himalayan or Celtic sea salts in homemade facial masks, toners and scrubs with other skin-boosting ingredients like coconut oil ( we’ve already covered this ingredient, see multiple uses and ideas), lavender essential oil and raw honey (ahhh look another use for honey, multi-use means more savings).

Here is another money saving yet totally beneficial and organic how-to for you: make your own homemade scrub by mixing two teaspoons sea salt with four teaspoons raw honey, then apply the mix evenly to clean skin, rub it gently, let it stand for 15 minutes and rinse.

6. Avocadoavocado

An ultra-moisturizing fatty fruit, not only are they yummy on toast, as guacamole, or cut onto my eggs and bagels, etc., the benefits of avocados when used topically can include containing vitamins A, D, and E that penetrate the skin. It helps soothe sunburned skin, can boost collagen production and treat age spots. It also works to reduce inflammation of the skin when applies topically and can do the same internally when eaten.

7. Argan Oil

Argan oil is so healing because it’s rich in vitamin A and vitamin E, various antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid. Argan is not only great for gently moisturizing skin, but it also boosts the shine and health of your hair. Yup, I use this as a conditioner as well. I do rotate my conditioners, tee tree oil, and argan oil. I usually leave my shampoo the same, argan oil, and I don’t wash my hair every day, usually every other day.

9. Aloe Veraaloe vera
I bet the first thing you thought of was the aloe vera benefits with healing sunburns, but did you know that aloe also contains bacteria-fighting, soothing ingredients that fight inflammation, redness and itching? Aloe has been used to treat skin diseases, infections and as a natural treatment for fungal diseases.

10. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is extremely moisturizing and can help heal burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, acne psoriasis and wrinkles. This oil has been used to treat acne, psoriasis, sunburn and chapped skin for generations. It’s also used to reduce balding because it encourages hair regrowth, soothes the skin and unclogs hair follicles.

11. Almond Oil (unless you’re allergic!!!!!)

You probably already know about the many tasty nutritional benefits of almonds, but maybe not so aware of the benefits of using almond oil on your skin. Almond oil not only smells great, but it has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. It makes a great carrier oil for essential oils to naturally treat skin rashes, acne or dryness. It also blends well with various different smells, so you should try it in homemade washes, masks or lotions.

12. Shea Butter

It makes an excellent moisturizing option for dry skin types and is inexpensive yet effective at reducing flaking, redness or peeling.

Try it in a Homemade Skin Care Butter mixed with your favorite essential oils like frankincense, eucalyptus or bergamot oil or with lavender oil and mint in my homemade lip balm.

13. Castor Oil 

Used to cleanse skin, castor oil is actually a “drying oil,” even though that might seem counterintuitive. For facial cleansing, you only need to use a very small amount, about a teaspoon of castor oil, mixed into in 1/4 cup of another oil like coconut or almond. Rub into your face and massage, then rinse with warm water to carry away impurities.


Let’s whip up some beauty

I’ve learned to make many of my own skin care products. It’s easy with products you already have in your bathroom and pantry, especially if you have any of the above-mentioned products. But just because something is homemade doesn’t mean we can ignore some very important safety and health precautions such as:

1. Choose the Right Homemade Skincare Formula blending

The first step in developing a homemade skin care product is to find a suitable formula – one which not only nourishes the skin but also remains safe and stable while you’re using it. When choosing a formula, your choice should take into consideration not only the ingredients but also how they interact with each other.

It’s not easy to find reputable recipes for homemade skin care, as there are many blogs that contain dangerous recipes. I would recommend checking out some of these recipes:

2. Add a Natural Preservative System
But wait, I thought we were avoiding preservatives and all that bad stuff, well preservatives are ingredients that are added to a formulation to avoid microbial growth and to prolong the shelf life of a product. So if you plan on using your homemade product for a while listen up, if you are going to go through your store of product quickly, well maybe you don’t have to add preservatives.

Most cosmetic products have preservatives added to them. The majority of water-containing products and even some formulations that don’t contain water or water-loving ingredients should include a preservative system to guard against contamination from yeast, mold and bacteria. When your formula contains water, it provides the ideal conditions for bacterial and fungal growth.

Just ask yourself this question: Is there water in your formulation? Is it likely that water will be introduced into your homemade skincare product during its use? Then add a preservative system!

Natural preservatives are easy to find and we recommend that you always follow manufacturers’ and suppliers’ usage instructions to ensure your preservative is active and working as expected in your product.

3. Choose the Correct Container
Let’s look great with our homemade skin care products and part of the looking great is making sure our homemade products are going to work, part of ensuring the effectiveness is the packaging, what really? The right container can help keep your hard work stable for longer. In fact, it’s important to store your homemade skincare in proper and hygienic containers. But lucky for us all there are many retailers online that can help with that, just do your research, and then make sure it’s pretty too!

4. Produce the Right Amountoils
Since we want to be safe and effective with our homemade skin care, less may be more. It can be difficult to know the expiration of homemade products, so let’s be safe. If you are making something that you know you use daily and/or in larger amounts, it may be ok to make bigger batches, but remember we are trying to beautify and save money; we don’t want to throw out products because it may be expired or we aren’t sure. Smaller batches means your cream, balm or butter will be the very freshest it can be, but you’ll also get to play around with different ingredients regularly to whip up a fresh batch.

5. Measure your Ingredients Correctly
You must measure your ingredients, both liquids and solids, by weight using a digital scale. Measurement in weight is the most accurate method and will allow you to have the right balance of ingredients in your formulation. Write down your formula, and work with percentages so you can reproduce your batch or scale it to larger amounts.

6. Follow Usage Recommendations

One of the main reasons why people create homemade cosmetic products is that they want to know what is inside their beauty products. When making your own cosmetics, some ingredients such as certain carrier oils can be used at 100 per cent concentration. Many other ingredients have strict dosage recommendations, you must follow their recommended usage levels in order to be safe and effective.

Essential oils and natural preservatives are among those ingredients that may cause sensitization in some people and it is VERY IMPORTANT that you follow the supplier or manufacturer recommended usage limits in order to make safe cosmetic products.

In the end, it’s all about what works for you, and saves you money

I was raised like many of you were, loving those flowery romantic sexy smelly body splashes. I used face washes that said acne clearing, blackhead free or clear beautiful skin, and they temporarily made me feel beautiful.

Luckily, over the years as I became aware of the gimmicks and the hype, I realized I was poisoning my body from the inside out. I found my way to natural/organic products that were made with less harmful ingredients (or none at all!), and not only did my skin look and feel better, so did I. I was hooked once I learned about how much better natural products were for not only my body and the environment, but that they actually workedHippie

After a few years of hippie-fying my skincare goods, I felt great, saved money, and ultimately simplified my skincare regimen without compromising quality.

Will this same thing work for everyone? Maybe not but I have yet to meet that person that it won’t work for. You just have to find what works for you and stick to it! Let me know your beauty tricks and homemade hacks. I’d love to hear from you!

Namaste,

Chris

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facts About Organic/Natural Skin Care-Do Your Research

Organic & Natural Skin Care Market Researchhealthy ingredients

In recent years, consumers have become more aware of what goes into the products they use whether it’s their skincare products or their household products. This has caused a sharp increase in the demand for natural and organic products. These products are mostly transparent in their ingredients, and attempt to include only ingredients that are found in nature, created without the use of pesticides, chemicals, and are created without the use of artificial ingredients or preservatives.

Consumers are demanding more of these organic products, from all-natural toothpaste and make-up to various household products, such as laundry soap to cleaners. Buyers passion for these items has encouraged demand, which has opened up new opportunities in the personal care and household market. I am going to focus on skin care predominately.

Organic & Natural Skin Care: Check Out These Statsyour skincare stats

  • 11: Percentage of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal-care products that the U.S. government has documented and publicly assessed for safety.
  • 1,110+: The number of ingredients banned in cosmetics in the European Union.
  • 10: The number of ingredients banned in cosmetics in the United States.
  • 600: The number of companies that have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.
  • 20: Percentage of personal-care products that contain at least one chemical linked to cancer.
  • 22: Percentage of cosmetics contaminated with possible cancer-causing impurity 1,4-dioxane.
  • $160 billion: Amount spent annually on the skin- and hair-care, makeup, cosmetic surgery, fragrances, health clubs, and diet products.

The Demand For Organic Ingredientshomemade facial

The organic and natural skin care boom is part of the larger swing in consumer awareness about health and wellness. Late last year, Dianne Feinstein, a Democratic senator from California, introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act, this bill strengthens the regulation of ingredients in personal care products. “Our skin is our largest organ, and many ingredients contained in these products–whether it be lotion, shampoo, or deodorant–are quickly absorbed by the skin,” Feinstein said in her testimony to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. “There is increasing evidence that certain ingredients in personal care products are linked to a range of health concerns, ranging from reproductive issues, such as fertility problems and miscarriage, to cancer.”

Parabens and phthalates, for instance, have been found to be endocrine disruptors linked to increased risk of breast cancer. A recent study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, revealed that even a short break from certain shampoos and lotions made with chemical ingredients can result in a significant drop in levels of people’s hormone-disrupting chemicals.

Educating consumers is a key piece of this movement and one in which various e-commerce beauty sites and subscription services are heavily investing in.

Natural skin care is growing fast, almost eight times as much as compared to last year in terms of searches. Popular keywords include “organic,” “paraben-free,” “holistic,” natural,” and “vegan.”

Is This Pricey Switch to Organic Sustainable? sustain organic

Going “organic” is costly. Organic farms tend to produce smaller batches because they don’t rely on growth hormones, so each ingredient is at a premium. Goods made without chemical preservatives also have a shorter shelf life, meaning they don’t last as long and the stock has to be refreshed. Some organic or natural skin care products are recommended to use within six months. Compare that to conventional drugstore brands, which give a window of two to three years. The longer shelf life allows retailers to buy in bulk without worrying about expiration dates. The fact that the industry has spent the last 20 to 30 years focused on synthetic ingredients also keeps their costs low, as large companies often use the most cost-effective ingredients available to be able to produce as much as possible.

But with naturals’ shorter shelf lives, how realistic is it that mass market companies will adopt them in greater numbers? Most consumers still rely on drugstore brands, such as Maybelline and Revlon, which keep their costs and ingredient prices low—sometimes one-third the price of premium organic brands. A Revlon lipstick can sell for as little as $4.99, while an Honest Beauty alternative, an antioxidant blend of coconut oil, murumuru butter, and Shea butter, can go for $18. A similar lipstick by Hemp Organics uses 95% certified organic ingredients and can be priced at $15.80.

There are two demographics that make up the strongest part of the clean beauty base: younger millennials (18-25) who are concerned primarily with environmental impact, and an older generation (40 and up) focused on health benefits. The prediction is that the group of conscious consumers will remain faithful to the cause, like newly health-conscious eaters who never return to McDonald’s. Once the curtain is pulled away and consumers know the truth, they won’t revert back to ‘unhealthy’ behaviors.

It’s a movement happening around the world. A movement toward better health, an evolution in consumer products where we’re realizing that a lot of things we thought were good are not.

BooksEducate yourself

If you want to further educate yourself on the “organic” or “natural” skincare movement, here is a list of books that I would recommend. I have read Natural Beauty at Home and The Green Beauty Guide and I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic or these books. Happy Reading!

Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry by Stacy Malkan

The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel

Natural Beauty at Home by Janice Cox

Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles

 

Namaste,

Chris

Natural Organic Skin Care- What’s the difference and what you should use

natural calmFor most of us, the use of cosmetics and personal skin care or hygiene products is an everyday matter and one we may or may not think much about. We use soaps, lotions, creams and shampoos oftentimes unaware of the mixture of chemicals that they may contain. The extraordinary range of functions that are performed by healthy skin is still being studied. The basic day-to-day functions include, but by all means are not limited to:

  • Working as a barrier – protecting against water loss as well as physical and chemical injury, and bugs
  • Helping us fight off bugs, allergens, toxins, and carcinogens via the parts of our immune system that exists in our skin

Your skin is the largest organ in the body and has the remarkable ability to absorb applied products into the bloodstream. There are so many potential irritants in conventional cosmetics that can cause damage to not only your skin but internal organs as well. Surveys show that an average consumer uses as many as 25 different cosmetic and personal care products, containing more than 200 different chemicals. Up to 60% of what we put onto our skin may be absorbed into the bloodstream. Ewww!!

The key to skin care is consistency and routine, and it can take time to appreciate the changes. A basic regime of daily protection from excessive UV radiation, protection from excessive irritation and by avoiding drying soaps, excess water or irritating chemicals and aiding the skin’s barrier properties by using a moisturizing protective layer will result in noticeable improvement in almost all skin.
It’s worth looking after your skin, as you’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life. I am going to share some products I have used and or tested over time on my journey to finding what works for me. Please note: what works for one person may not work for another. You must find what works for you, and I am here to help you do that.

Natural versus Organic Skin Care

Natural

Despite extensive use of the word “natural” on personal care products, the Food and Drug Administration has never legally defined the term and has no regulations as to its use. What you expect in a natural product may not always match the manufacturers’ use of the term.

Because of increasing consumer demand, the market for natural personal care products is growing. A common assumption is that natural products or ingredients are safer than synthetic ones. This is not always the case. According to the 2017 Green Beauty Barometer survey, 74 percent of women with children, and 60 percent of women without kids claim that green or natural beauty products were important to them.  natural you

Sometimes natural ingredients are safer and better than synthetic alternatives. But there are many naturally occurring substances that are not safe, and some of them are used as ingredients in personal care products. Consumers would not buy products if they saw poison oak as one of the ingredients in a skincare product, but there is no denying that poison oak is natural. Other natural ingredients, such as clays, may be contaminated with toxic heavy metals, and some essential oils are potent sensitizing allergens.

In other cases, products that claim to be natural may actually be far from that – by any definition. A 2008 study by the Organic Consumers Association found an undisclosed carcinogenic petrochemical ingredient in more than 40 percent of products tested that claimed to be natural. In 2016, the Federal Trade Commission filed complaints against four companies that marketed their personal care products as “all natural” or “100% natural” when the products contained a number of synthetic ingredients.

Organic

Organic rules for personal care products are not as straightforward as those for produce. Though the FDA regulates personal care products, the agency does not, however, regulate the term “organic” for personal care products. Organic claims on cosmetics are regulated by The U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the term only applies only to the agricultural ingredients used in personal care products.

Personal care products that are certified to be at least 95 percent organic will have an official USDA Organic seal. The agency allows two categories of certification to display the USDA Organic seal:

  • “100 percent organic,” which indicates that a product only contains organically produced ingredients.
  • “Organic,” which signifies that at least 95 percent of a product’s ingredients are organically produced and the remaining 5 percent of ingredients are on an approved list of substances.

Along with the ingredient specifications, products bearing the USDA Organic seal must comply with handling and manufacturing specifications, and the use of genetically modified is prohibited.

Another organic certification that can be found on personal care products is the “NSF contains organic ingredients” seal. This certification is issued by third-party certifiers such as Oregon Tilth and QAI, an organic certification company that is part of NSF International. Products can bear the seal if they meet the NSF/ANSI 305 standard: They must contain at least 70 percent organic content, no genetically modified ingredients, and no petrochemicals, and they must follow ingredient labeling and manufacturing requirements.

Products that claim to be organic but do not carry an official seal may not meet USDA organic standards. If organic is important to you, don’t rely on the claims ­– always look for a USDA Organic seal.

Why you should buy Organic Skin Care products

1. Eco-Friendly- Conventional beauty products utilize petroleum-based ingredients and usually rely on a host of chemicals for their production process. These compounds are typically harsh substances, like petroleum, aluminum, and lead, all of which require extensive mining. Much of this is done in some of the world’s most beautiful and sensitive areas, like the Amazon rainforest, and miles of land are destroyed and stripped of vital wildlife every year.

2. No Harsh Chemicals- Although they may be effective for improving appearance, albeit temporarily, the chemicals in conventional makeup are often very harsh on skin and may promote irritation or allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Organic beauty ingredients are produced without the use of as many artificial fertilizers, pesticides, or other synthetic chemicals as conventional beauty ingredients. By using organic skincare, we want to make sure that the ingredients we use in our cosmetics have not been treated with the same number of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.

3. Natural Fragrance- Many people shop with their nose when it comes to personal care products, similar to the way most people “eat with their eyes” before actually placing any of the food into their mouths. These two human senses will usually help determine a product’s worthiness in the minds of consumers. Scents in the majority of beauty products consist of a mixture of chemicals, and these chemicals can be inhaled throughout the day by people who wear such beauty products.

Man-made aromas expose the body to a number of toxic effects, and some research has linked them to cancer, nervous system disorders, allergies, and birth defects. Not only do humans inhale these chemicals into their lungs, they also expose their skin to toxic compounds. When choosing beauty products, always make sure that the scents are derived from 100% natural ingredients. Essential oils are perhaps one of the best natural perfumes in the world and the most concentrated in terms of aroma. nutrient rich skincare

4. Nutrient-Rich- Your skin has the ability to absorb certain compounds; however, a protective barrier is able to keep dangerous compounds, to some degree, out of the body. Even then, research still concludes that personal care products, when applied topically, can damage bodily systems and lead to untold health consequences. One of the key rules for makeup, and any beauty product is basic and straightforward: if you can’t eat it, don’t wear it.

Organic makeup, especially liquid foundation, may have cocoa butter or various nutrient-rich oils to provide a smoother, more youthful look. Extracts of white tea, grapes, apricots, and pomegranate seeds provide antioxidant protection and may inhibit collagenase and elastase, two enzymes that break down the integrity and elasticity of the skin. Aside from allergies, you can’t go wrong when choosing a makeup that contains added nutritive components and herbal extracts.

5. Protection from Premature Aging- Makeup made with natural minerals generally provides a certain level of sun protection. The skin on the face is thinner and more susceptible to UV-related skin aging, so choosing a mineral-rich, organic cosmetic product may help support healthy, youthful-looking skin. Many organic products also provide antioxidants like vitamin C, which has been demonstrated to provide sun-shielding benefits. Choosing the right makeup is especially important during the summer months when the sun is at its strongest. While our skin provides a protective barrier to keep out dangerous compounds, some chemicals can sneak past and be absorbed into our bloodstream. In fact, 60% of what’s applied to the skin can be directly absorbed. And studies have found that our immune systems, moods, nervous systems, and reproductive systems can be affected by commercial body care and beauty products.

Ingredients to Avoid in your Skin Care

It can be difficult to buy products with all natural ingredients. The term natural is completely unregulated, and can, therefore, mean that only one ingredient in a product is really natural. It’s important to make sure these ingredients are not in a product labeled natural:   toxic skincare

  • Sulfates
  • Parabens
  • BHA
  • Petrochemicals
  • DEA, MEA, and TEA
  • Propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol
  • Triclosan
  • Synthetic dyes
  • Talc

Until the FDA begins to more carefully regulate the ingredients that go into beauty products, it’s up to us, the consumer to make the best choices with the information available. The fewer chemicals, the better health, appearance, and peace of mind we will all be able to live a wholenatural lifestyle.

Options for Natural Organic Skin Care

In the pursuit of living more simply, naturally, and conscious of our environment here are a few of my favorite organic beauty brands. Many makeup brands marketed as ‘natural’ or ‘green’ are often not actually either of those things—but these organic makeup brands use pure, earth-friendly ingredients and never test their cosmetics on animals.

They have been arranged, these organic makeup brands, to span a range of prices and types of products. The list will be updated regularly, I may also add other brands as I try them or get responses from you the readers as to your likes and dislikes. So please share with me your favorite organic beauty brands!

1. 100% Pure

Natural & Organic | Yes Best For | Fruit-pigmented mascara
Eco-Friendly | Recycled packaging
Ethical | Cruelty-free, made in USA
Price Range | $7 (face masks) – $65 (aging serums)

2. Alima Pure

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Powder foundation for all skin tones
Eco-Friendly | Soy-based inks on recycled paper packaging, carbon-neutral, reusable compacts
Ethical | Cruelty-free, Certified B Corp
Price Range | $14 (eyeshadow) – $270 (brush set)

3. RMS Beauty

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Concealer
Eco-Friendly | Recycled glass and lid
Ethical | GMO, soy, and nano-free, cruelty-free
Price Range | $15 (nail polish) – $36 (cover up)

4. Juice Beauty

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Moisturizers and anti-wrinkle treatments and serums
Eco-Friendly | USDA Organic, local sourcing, uses solar and wind power, recycled packaging
Ethical | Vegan, cruelty-free, gives back
Price Range | $22 (eye pencil) – $45 (cream foundation)

5. W3LL PEOPLE

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Vegan minimalist makeup
Eco-Friendly | Uses natural ingredients, sustainable practices
Ethical | Cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, made in the USA
Price Range | $12 (mini creme bronzer) – $29 (foundation stick)

6. Real Purity

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Sample kits to choose the right color
Eco-Friendly | All natural
Ethical | Cruelty-free
Price Range | $15 (mascara) – $31 (cream foundation)

7. Kjaer Weis

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | All-natural luxury makeup
Eco-Friendly | Certified natural & organic ingredients, sustainable & refillable packaging
Ethical | Cruelty-free, made in Italy
Price Range | $30 (lip and eye pencils) – $68 (cream foundation)

8. ILIA Beauty

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Tinted lip conditioner & lipsticks
Eco-Friendly | Recycled aluminum packaging
Ethical | Cruelty-free, Certified Bioactive Organic Ingredients
Price Range | $24 (lip tint) – $42 (foundation)

9. Vapour

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Multi-use products
Eco-Friendly | Recycled packaging, wind-powered factory
Ethical | Cruelty-free, made in the USA
Price Range | $20 (highlighter) – $125 (serum)

10. Afterglow

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Blush
Eco-Friendly | Eco-friendly refills, recycled packaging
Ethical | Cruelty-free, soy-free, gluten-free, fair trade, some products vegan
Price Range | $18 (Lip Soother) – $36 (foundation)

11. Hush + Dotti

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | Luminizers
Eco-Friendly | Recyclable packaging
Ethical | Cruelty-free, vegan, made in the USA
Price Range | $21 (lip gloss) – $48 (foundation)

12. Jane Iredale

Natural & Organic | Yes
Best For | BB creams & powders
Eco-Friendly | Recycled packaging
Ethical | Cruelty-free, some products vegan
Price Range | $15 (eye pencil) – $55 (foundation)

Natural Organic Skin Care- Healthier Options  orange bath

Ultimately, it is up to shoppers to gauge the credibility of marketing claims. The best way to know what’s in your products is by reading the list of ingredients. For most people, that can be an unnerving task given the complicated chemical names found in many ingredient panels, this was a struggle for me when I first started on my journey of wholenatural me. If I couldn’t pronounce it, I didn’t buy it.

The only long-term solution to properly verify labeling claims is for the FDA to establish labeling definitions and standards for personal care products. Until then, think twice about the words you read on the personal care products.
Having an Organic skin care routine and using natural cosmetic products can help you to avoid feeding your skin harmful chemicals.

It’s obvious to me that true beauty comes from glowing health, with cosmetics simply being an adjunct. When it comes to your makeup, always choose organic. This way, you can be sure you are doing yourself, and the planet, a good deed. To promote a beautiful, radiant glow, it’s important that you consume a diet rich in raw vegetation and to get plenty of physical activity every day. Also, by getting enough sleep, managing stress, and practicing positive thinking, you can transform your personal attitude to that of serenity. Beauty comes from within, and it starts with you!

 

Namaste,

Chris

About Chris

Welcome to A Whole Natural Me! I will be real and I will be whole and I hope you will find a whole natural you.

Chris has a story

I grew up as a military kid predominately in Europe. Having lived all over the world and going to so many schools, it was hard for me to identify with one place or even one identity. I struggled to “fit in” and never felt like I belonged. After about two years somewhere, I felt the urge to move on. I needed an adventure or new experiences to keep me interested. I never made friends, I made “acquaintances” and moved on.

Unfortunately, that lifestyle isn’t always feasible and I needed a new way to find peace. I went on a journey to discover myself and becoming a better me a confident, wholehearted me. I figured if I could find happiness with myself and a wholehearted contentment, then I could quit running from the world and face anything and anyone with confidence. I have spent years on this journey and will continue to balance myself and find peace within and without.

What can I share with you

Finding your wholehearted self is difficult and emotional. I want to help you along your journey by simplifying some of the work. I want you to become a happier natural wholehearted version of yourself. I would like you to stand out as a confident, wholehearted, and independent person. Ready to see the world and be seen.

I want to help you feel like you can be a part of this world and still be yourself without compromising or having negative impacts on the people or the world around you. Being happy with your appearance is an integral part of this journey. It is easy to say, ” I don’t care what people think” or “Screw their opinions” but if we are honest, we do care and being confident outwardly while still being true to yourself is a huge step. I have gone from goth to au naturale and finally found happiness in organic skin care.

My Goal

At A Whole Natural Me, it is my goal to make you the best you can be NATURALLY!

We have been exposed by so much social media and what it considers to be beautiful that we spend billions of dollars on cosmetics that are really doing nothing but harming ourselves and our environment. Making the switch to organic skin care can help your skin because your skin will not be fed harmful chemicals. For instance, skin problems such as acne, dermatitis, irritations and skin allergies may disappear once synthetic ingredients are removed from your skin care regimen. I have tried multiple products and will share my ideas with you. I want everyone to feel happy in their own skin.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Chris

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