I am learning how to make some items using all natural ingredients. I'm committed to the process, as the more informed I get, the more I desire to STOP buying all the chemical-ly crap "they" have been selling us our whole lives.
I have an app on my phone called "Think Dirty". It scans products and then shows you how toxic that product is, on a scale from 0 to 10. I searched a common, name brand, dry skin moisturizer. It got a 9 out of 10 on the "dirty meter". It contains 26 ingredients. Carcinogenicity (cancer causing) score was 6. Developmental and reproductive toxicity was an 8. Allergies and immunotoxicities was a 7. This is disturbing. I've said it before and I'll say it again. All this crap we have been buying and using is causing all kinds of cancers. It just is. And we buy it, and rub it on ourselves, bathe in it, clean our homes with it, ingest it, give it to our kids and grandkids. I have also learned the term "bioaccumulation". The repeated exposure to the toxins, even though they are presented to us in small enough amounts to pass the governmental regulations, accumulate in our bodies, making it difficult for the body to break it down any longer. I wish I would have known all of this a long time ago. At least I do now, and I am committed to changing the way I do things.
Another great resource I found that gives product toxicity information is www.ewg.org (Environmental Working Group). Plug in an ingredient and see how toxic it is. I checked a popular pump hand soap, and guess what....TOXIC. It's just crazy how many things are killing us. Not including what I've done of my own free will...lol.
So far, I have made a few beauty products. A sugar scrub for exfoliating skin, bath salts, bath bombs, and today I made a whipped skin moisturizer. Remember how I said that the name brand lotion has 26 ingredients? Mine has 3. Coconut oil, raw shea butter, and essential oils. It is definitely different than what I'm used to....I was always a Bath and Body Works girl. Shea butter by itself smells awful, so I used quite a few drops of eo's to get a pleasant aroma(plus chose eo's with good skin support)! It melts quickly on the skin so you don't have that "lotiony" feel, but you get the moisturizing! Since I was working on it all morning, and got a lot on me, I'm all silky smooth...lol.
I'll probably try some more recipes in the future. I've seen some that include pure cocoa butter, pure mango butter and some other natural ingredients. For now, though, I like my whipped moisturizer!