At Aunt Fannie’s, we’re constantly on the hunt for ways to reduce our exposure to harmful chemicals. Whether it’s the food we eat, the cleaning products we spray, or the personal hygiene products we apply, we try to be mindful of exactly what we’re putting in and on our bodies. While that can seem like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be if you make small, incremental changes over time.
The world of conventional beauty and personal care products is filled with chemicals that have not been tested for their effects on human health. If you caught our last article about common toxic ingredients, you already know that there are very few FDA regulations in place to protect consumers. There are some helpful resources our there that can help you determine how your current personal hygiene products stack up, including Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database (On a scale of 1 to 10, they rate the level of toxicity of each product with 1 being the safest.)
But if you’re ready to ditch your store-bought products altogether, the world wide web provides endless resources for DIY recipes that will keep your routine green from head to toe. We’ve selected 3 of our favorite recipes that are simple, easy and can be made in bulk. Best of all, these recipes require less than 5 ingredients, most of which you can find in your kitchen and take less than 5 minutes to whip up! Choose raw unrefined, virgin options of ingredients when available.
FOR GLOWING SKIN
Coffee Body Scrub
-1 cup coffee grounds
-1 cup coconut oil, melted
-3-5 drops of lemon essential oil
-1-2 tablespoons of sea salt
Directions: Rub onto your body in circular motions from your toes to your face. Let sit for 15 minutes and rinse off in the shower. Repeat once a week and store in an airtight container. Product is good for up to 2 months. Note: This one is messy – apply in the shower!
Benefits: Coffee contains antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory when applied to the skin. The caffeine content and exfoliating (particle size) properties of the coffee grounds increase circulation in the body, helping your cells naturally detoxify!
FOR BEAUTIFUL HAIR
Apple Cider Vinegar Softening Rinse
-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
-3 cups distilled water
-3-5 drops lavender essential oil
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and use after shampooing or in between shampoos as a natural conditioner. Apply to hair after the shampoo has been rinsed out (if used) from your scalp down the length of your hair. Massage and allow to sit for 1-2 minutes. Repeat once a week. The mixture will stay good for up to 3 months.
Benefits: Apple Cinder vinegar will help get rid of the build up that naturally results from using hair products over time. It will also balance the natural oil on your scalp and pH, leading to soft, smooth hair!
FOR A SPARKLING SMILE
Baking Soda Toothpaste
-2 tablespoons baking soda
-2 tablespoons coconut oil
-15-20 drops peppermint essential oil
Directions: Mix ingredients together, adding more or less coconut oil to achieve the texture of toothpaste you prefer. Dip your tooth brush in, and brush away! Store in an airtight container and mixture is good for up to 3 months.
Benefits: Baking soda is naturally abrasive (not too abrasive) to help with whitening. Coconut oil is antibacterial and helps to fight tooth decay!
These easy recipes can get you started on your path to a greener beauty routine while simultaneously saving you money and reducing your impact on the environment. Winning all around!