Soap, deodorant, scrubs, moisturizers, masks…
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There are many recipes for homemade deodorant on the web, all variants on the theme of baking soda + something to make it less harsh on the skin. Typically this is cornstarch or arrowroot, with coconut oil a popular optional addition to make a paste, with deodorizing properties of its own. This simple recipe takes 5 minutes, works extremely well and is powdery, not too oily.
Soap, Hand & Body Wash
This one’s not complicated: the good old soap bar can’t be beat, especially when it’s so easy to find “naked”. LUSH is as ever a good place to find the most lovely, ethical bars, but organic shops also always offer simple yet wholesome soap. Bars also go a much longer way than any wash, so that they are much more economical than their initial price might suggest.
If for whatever reason you can’t handle soap bars and really prefer liquid soap, you’ll be glad to know it’s ridiculously simple to make your own, and of course you can use the same for both hands and body. All you need is a bar of soap, of your preferred scent:
- Grate the bar.
- Add boiling water in the amount of 250ml/1 cup for every 30g/1oz of soap and stir till soap has fully dissolved. (This means that a smallish, 120g bar of soap will make about 1 liter of liquid soap, yes that will last you a good while.)
- Let cool 24 hours (it will thicken).
- Give a vigorous final stir and transfer to a glass dispenser bottle such as this one I found on Etsy (where you’ll also find many others, some made from reclaimed jars). If you have small children in the house and don’t want to use glass, re-use the plastic dispenser from the last time you bought commercial handwash!
One of the simplest things you can make for yourself, a scrub sloughs off dead skin, leaving you baby-smooth and less prone to breakouts. The circular rubbing action it requires, starting at the extremities and moving towards the heart, improves the blood circulation.
All you really need is an exfoliant (e.g. sugar) mixed with an oil. Here’s a great basic recipe that you can tweak (and enhance with essential oils and/or other exfoliants): 1C sugar + 1/2 melted coconut oil + 1/2C olive oil. Rub onto wet skin in the shower and rinse off, no more than once a week. Here are four recipes to get you started.
- For oily skin: 4Tbsp wholewheat flour + 4Tbsp yogurt + 1Tbsp lemon juice + 1 Tbsp honey. Smooth onto face and leave 10-20 min. Rinse with warm then cold water. Use up to 3 times a week.
For a moisturizing and stimulating scrub, mix together 1/2C sugar + 3Tbsp olive oil + 1Tbsp fresh grated ginger. Rub for 1 min into each foot then rinse and dry. Wear socks while the skin absorbs (this may be best done before going to bed).