Homemade hygiene. After researching natural allergy remedies, I thought it only fitting to list some all-natural *recipes for homemade whitening toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, and lip balm—they also happen to be really cheap to make!
Homemade Toothpaste (Whitening):
Revised recipe ingredients from Gorgeously Green:
- 2 tsp baking soda (aka biocarbonate of soda)
- 2 tsp hydrogen peroxide
- 2 tsp vegetable glycerin (adds sweetness and acts as a binder, but has small amounts toxicity) – optional
- 6 drops essential oil (peppermint, vanilla, etc) – optional
- pinch of stevia – optional
- pinch of salt (extra scrubbing power) – optional
- 5-6 Tbsp coconut oil or shea butter
- 1/8 cup baking soda (aluminum-free)
- 1/8 cup arrowroot powder (cornstarch has talc in it, but if it isn’t irritating to you, cornstarch can be substituted)
- 5-10 drops tea tree oil or essential oil of your choice
Homemade Shampoo & Conditioner (No “Poo” Method):
Your typical shampoo contains many toxic chemicals—including: Sodium Lauryl Sulfates, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Mureth Sulfate, derivatives of Lauryl Alcohol and Siloxanes—that can cause nervous system damage and aren’t so tasty for the planet either. For this reason or simply for frugality’s sake, people have gone “Poo-Free” (read more about why), but I’ve never had the gumption to try it simply because I didn’t want to go through the transition process where your scalp adjusts to not having all of its oil removed on a regular basis—that oily feeling would be just too much to handle unless I was camping…and even then I’d probably have a hard time. I personally use Trader Joe’s Organic Tea Tree Shampoo & Conditioner, but if you do want to try saving a little cash and making an organic, all-natural shampoo or conditioner the recipe is pretty simple. I might try it this summer…anyone game for a challenge?
Shampoo: baking soda cleanses the hair and removes buildup
Conditioner: apple cider vinegar balances the hair’s pH level, adds shine, and removes buildup—some people use lemon juice because it does similar job but has a fresher scent. Coconut oil/olive oil can be used once a week as a deep conditioner.
Ingredients (Shampoo & Conditioner):
- 1-2 Tbsp baking soda
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s is best) or lemon juice
- water to dilute
- essential oils – optional
- dried crushed rosemary (for dandruff/dry scalp) – optional
- extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil (put on tips of hair once per week and wash out for deep conditioning) – optional
Homemade Lip Balm:
[image: Bath Alchemy]
Recipe #1 taken from Passionate Homemaking:
- 2 Tbsp beeswax (about 1 oz) – some people complain that beeswax dries out there lips, so lanolin (an oil secreted by wool-bearing animals to protect their coats from water) is a great substitute
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons shea butter
- 12 lip balm containers
- honey (optional)
- vitamin E
- Melt beeswax in a small pan or crockpot over low heat. Add coconut oil and shea butter until all ingredients a melted. Add a few drops essential oil if desired. I did not use any essential oil and it is smells wonderfully like honey!
- Using a small medicinal dropper, pour the melted liquid into your lip balm containers. Add a few extra drops to the top after filling each container as the ingredients will shrink as they cool.
- Cool completely to harden. Cover with cap and decorate or label as desired.
Recipe #2: watch the video here
Lip Balm Base Ingredients: Makes 18 tins of lip balm
- 1/3 lbs or 151 grams or 5.3 ounces Beeswax
- 302 grams or 10.6 ounces Shea Butter (twice as much as the beeswax)
- 1/3 Cup Jojoba Oil
- 2 tsp Almond Oil
- 1 tsp Avocado Oil
- 7.5 ml Vitamin E
Now add flavorings…
Mandarin Honey Lemon Balm: if you use the whole base quantity, you must double these measurements
1 tsp Honey
40 drops Mandarin EO
30 drops Lemon EO
Double Rosemary Lime Lip Balm: if you use the whole base quantity, you must double these measurements
60 Drops Lime EO
35 Drops Rose Absolute
30 Drops Rosemary EO
I realize I could’ve made this resource list of tutorials into 4 separate posts, but I like to have things all in one place if possible, so excuse the length, but hope its helpful and happy experimenting!
A few of you have asked if I have tried these recipes out personally. The answer is no. I haven’t tried these specific recipes myself, but I have tried my own variations in my own experimenting but never followed a recipe. These recipes were just the most popular for each hygiene product that I could find, so let me know if they work for you! I’m going to be trying out the deodorant recipe soon and I’ll let you know how I like it. Currently, I am perfectly happy with the hygiene products that I use: Eco-Dent for toothpaste, coconut oil for lip balm/deodorant/lotion, and Trader Joe’s shampoo/conditioner, but I like to put these posts up for my benefit as well as yours as I’m learning more about a topic. Once I’ve created a post with all of the links/resources I want for that subject, I can go back to it if I need to without having to sort through all of my saved bookmarks! So for any of you that want to try something new that’s cheap and healthy, give one a try and let me know how it works for you—luckily none of these experiments will break the bank!