What we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in our bodies. Our skin is our largest organ and it absorbs everything that we put on it making it so important to nourish it with things that are good for our bodies and not filled with toxins and chemicals. So while eating healthy, organic, farm fresh foods is also really important for overall health so is what you put on your body. I am certainly not perfect at always following this rule but I do my very best to use and travel with skin care products that have only natural ingredients or that are even better homemade!
Along with using natural deodorants free of aluminum (this was probably the toughest switch for me since I tend to sweat in this Florida heat) another product I have made the switch over to is body lotion. While admittedly it does feel a bit oilier than most body lotions I was used to using before - I LOVE how nourishing and moisturizing it feels. You can also use it sparingly in smaller amounts and that will reduce the oily feel. Most importantly, knowing how much better it is for my body inside and out makes it worth every ounce of effort it takes to make it. Bonus too is that in combination with dry brushing my skin is noticeably softer and smoother.
While it might seem daunting to make your own beauty products - I promise you this lotion was incredibly easy to whip up (literally). I found several online recipes and then doctored them up and made my own version which i'm sharing here.
What you need:
- Equipment - a stand mixer (this is preferable but not entirely necessary, you could also use a whisk and whip it vigorously by hand)
- Coconut Oil
- Vitamin E Oil
- Essential Oils - here I used Lavender mixed with Lemon (you can use whatever scents you enjoy) *I love to use the lavender bc of the smell and its calming properties.
How to make:
Measure 1 cup of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of Vitamin E Oil, and a few drops of your favorite essential oils (I used about 10 drops of each). Place all ingredients into your mixer and blend on high speed for 6-7 minutes until it's whipped (see above photo for texture). And voila, that. is. it! Store it in your refrigerator if you live in a very hot climate, like I do, or else it will melt.