One of my favorite ways to save money while decreasing our exposure to harsh chemicals is to make a lot of products myself. I like to share simple DIYs in this space because I want everyone to see that it's not intimidating or overwhelming or any of the scary things that I thought it was before I did it. Years ago the thought of making our own toothpaste, deodorant, counter spray, or laundry detergent would have completely overwhelmed me, let alone the thought of making all of it! Now, it's old hat, something I do whether the babe is asleep or crawling around at my feet. It's so easy, incredibly affordable and much healthier!
I also shared a ton of great DIY recipes in my Facebook group last week, so I wanted to create a resource list for the ingredients that I use. I am including everything for making personal care items, household cleaners, baby items, etc. I will update this page as needed to include any new recipes that I post, so you will always have a handy list!
+ Use refined coconut oil if you want to decrease the smell of coconut in your product.
+ Organic fractionated coconut oil (coconut oil that has been refined to stay liquid at room temperature) for making essential oil roller blends and/or as a carrier for essential oils.
+ Organic jojoba oil for facial care, oil cleansing.
+ Organic hazelnut oil for facial care, oil cleansing.
+ 100% cocoa butter for skin care, diaper cream, beard balm.
+ Raw organic shea butter for body butter, deodorant, diaper cream, facial moisturizer.
+ If you want a product that doesn't smell of shea butter then use ultra refined shea butter instead.
+ 100% Vitamin E oil for facial moisturizer, deodorant, hand soap.
+ Alcohol-free witch hazel for makeup remover, linen spray.
+ Aloe vera gel for waterless hand purifier.
+ Arrowroot powder/flour/starch for deodorant. We also use this in place of corn starch as a food thickener.
+ Pure baking soda for toothpaste, deodorant.
+ Pure bentonite clay for remineralizing toothpate, adding to deodorant, or for detoxing your armpits*.
+ Organic mild castille soap for body wash, foaming hand soap, household cleaner, dish and hand soaps.
+ Recycled glass soap dispensers for body wash and oil-infused dish soap.
+ Glass mason jars for storage: traditional 4 ounce for toothpaste, cleansing grains, facial moisturizer, body butter and wide mouth 8 ounce for deodorant, body butter, diaper cream. Or whatever your personal preference.
+ Empty deodorant containers - or you can clean and reuse one you already have.
+ Glass spray bottles: 2 ounce and 4 ounce. But, it's more economical to buy six at a time.
+ Large glass spray bottle for household cleaner, diluted Thieves cleaner.
+ Organic beeswax pastilles for homemade candles, lip balm.
+ Small metal + glass tins for storing lip balm, body butter on the go.
+ Also, some great books: The Naturally Clean Home, Organic Body Care Recipes, and Hands-On Healing Remedies.
*Sometimes natural deodorants can initiate a lymphatic response as our underarms are highly vascularized (read: lots of blood flow) and contain many lymph nodes. If you experience redness, itching, etc when switching to a natural deodorant, I suggest an armpit detox with the bentonite clay listed above. We did this and have had great results!