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Be Safe with your Face - Nourishing DIY Moisturizing Cream you Could (almost) Eat

You can get dizzy just looking at the ingredient list in personal care products. Not only is it confusing, but why, we start asking, are so many unpronounceable chemicals necessary?


Turns out...they’re not. Thanks to the work of amazing organizations like EWG (Environmental Working Group) and the Skin Deep project, you can evaluate the safety of your favorite brands.


Just a few examples:

  • Parabens contain endocrine disruptors and cause reproductive and hormonal problems,

  • Benzyl alcohol is an allergen classified as potentially toxic and harmful by the EU and Canada

  • Mineral Oil, made from petroleum clogs pores

  • Triethanolamine is a human immune and respiratory toxicant or allergen...


If you’re not so happy with your ingredient list, why not try your hand at DIY?


When you make your own stuff, you reduce your chemical exposure, you know exactly what goes in, you save money, and you reduce the use of packaging and transportation. It’s incontestably greener AND safer, and it’s so easy, I had no idea!


Here is a super simple homemade moisturizer recipes. It’s a fun project, and your skin will thank you for the home cooked nourishment.


Creamy-Dreamy Moisturizer from Root & Revel:


Ingredients for about 6-months worth of twice-daily moisturizing

  • 1/2 cup shea-butter

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin organic coconut oil

  • 2 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil

  • Optional: 20 drops of your favorite essential oil

Instructions

  1. Set up a bain-marie to melt your ingredients: bring 2 cups of water to a simmer in a saucepan, then add the heat-proof glass bowl containing all your ingredients, being careful no water gets into the bowl. Stir while the butter and oils melt.

  2. Once the mixture is combined, remove the glass bowl from the water and pour the mixture in a glass jar. Allow to cool.

  3. Place in the refrigerator until it solidifies completely. You can then store at room temperature.

To use, apply a pea-sized amount of moisturizer to clean skin.


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