Did you know that common products as simple as baby powder like this one from Johnson & Johnson’s contains toxins and allergens?
Why not make your own!? Easy peasy plus 100% natural and non-toxic! Add some doTERRA Lavender & Roman Chamomile for extra soothing and calming qualities for babe.
Once I started reading labels on products I began to feel like Alice going down the rabbit hole. There are only so many googles a person can do so I found resources that I can turn to. One is the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org). This is what came up on my favorite lotion. The lotion I have used for years on myself & my kids.
Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Miscellaneous, Occupational hazards; Other MODERATE concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Data gaps, Ecotoxicology, Endocrine disruption, Neurotoxicity
The crazy part to me is why. Why add ingredients that are harmful? It is so frustrating to think you are doing the best for your family only to find out that you are harming them.
So let’s cut to the chase. I decided to make my own coco butter lotion. And it turns out that it is super easy. Start to finish probably 30 min and most of that was when it was cooling in the fridge.
Use or create a double boiler. I use a large pasta pot and a glass Pyrex bowl. Add water to the large pot and the coco butter in the glass bowl. On medium to low heat slowly melt the coco butter. Wait until the coco butter is mostly melted and add the coconut oil. Once that is mostly melted add the Avocado and remove from the heat. Let the remaining heat melt the rest of the oil. Let sit to cool for several minutes. Add the essential oils and stir. Place in the refrigerator until the mixture cools enough to begin to solidifies. Use a hand mixer to whip the still liquid lotion. See pic A. Then let rest for just a couple minutes and whip again. See pic B. After it whips up into a thick firm icing-like texture put in container of your choice. I found these cute little Mini Deodorant twist up containers. See pic C. They work great! I filled 15 of those little guys and still had enough for to fill a small glass jar.
Just a heads up, this entire process smells amazing! You can use whatever essential oils you prefer. I chose Frankincense & Myrrh because of the amazing benefits they offer my skin.
I am a recovering Yankee Candle addict. I burned candles all the time. From the minute I woke up until I went to bed. Even forgot about them and left the house. Thank God I never burned the house down.
So how does an avid candle user stop? Oils & Education. I love my essential oils for their support of our health & emotions. And I love them for their yummy smells. You can support your health, clean the air, and uplift your mood all with diffusing oils. But the kicker was the education. Learning how toxic candles are to our health is what made the switch so easy. I would never intentionally harm my families health. And for years of burning candles that is exactly what I was doing. Polluting our home with chemicals and who know what else. When we know better we do better, right?
Did I mention it is cheaper? A bottle of Lemon doTERRA Essential Oil is $10 wholesale. There are over 250 drops in the 15ml bottle. I only use 2 drops in my Petal diffuser that runs from 4 hours. That is only 8 cents. Pretty awesome!
Here are my favorite diffusers. Both have on/off light options and shut off automatically when they run out of water. So no worries with burning down the house like with candles. The Petal is much more pleasing to the eye. But I have & use both.
Homemade All Natural Lavender Infused Play Dough in Minutes.
- 1/2 C Flour
- 1/4 C Salt
- 1 1/2 Tbl Cream of Tartar
- 1/2 Tbl Cocunut Oil
- 10 drops of doTerra Lavender Essential Oil
- 1/4 C Boiling Water
- Natural Food Coloring (optional)
Mix the Flour, Salt & Tartar in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour the Coconut Oil and Lavender Essential Oil. Bring 1/2 C water to a boil, add in Natural Edible Food Coloring. Add to the large bowl mixture and stir until blended. Let cool for 5 minutes. Kneed the dough until it is smooth. Store in containers away from sunlight. The sunlight will fade the colors.
One of the many items I rely on are cleaning wipes. They are so useful, ready when needed and with a houseful of family and pets they are always needed. Once I read what was in my cleaning wipes I knew I had to find a better option. I love my essential oil so why not give them a try. I made these and fell completely in love. They are safe, toxic free, work great, smell fantastic and big surprise….super easy to make and much less expensive than store bought chemical filled cleaning wipes I have been using for years.
- Cut paper towel in half with a serrated knife. Use half now and half later.
- Remove and discard cardboard tube. Place in Glass or Stainless Steel Leak-Proof Container.
- Combined water, Oils and Hand Wash in a small bowl
- Pour mixture over paper towel and cover with air tight lid for 10 minutes
- Pull wipes from center when ready to use.