Who would have thought that the bathroom could be such a dangerous place? But take a quick look at the ingredients in many commercial cleaning, deodorizing and cosmetic products, and that lovely, sparkling bathroom turns into a place of horror! The crazy situation we’re in is that the producers of these products don’t have to test their ingredients to the same extent that they would if they were creating medicines or food products, yet we’re expected to happily put them on our skins, breathe them in, bathe in them or even put them in our mouths!
Take Sodium Laurel Sulphate (SLS) and its derivatives. It’s an ingredient in many soaps, detergents, toothpastes and shampoos, and it’s there to make them froth up and bubble in the way we’ve come to expect. Problem is, it’s corrosive and can cause skin irritation. Not quite what you expect from products designed to go on your skin!
And there are so many more disturbing ingredients. Chemicals used to clean metals, put in your toothpaste (see my article on making your own toothpaste for more information about this); bleached sanitary products bringing your most sensitive body parts into contact with dioxin, a known carcinogen and irritant; Cocamide DEA (and other DEA related ingredients) in shampoos have apparently been linked to cancer; sugars and sweeteners in toothpastes (yes, toothpastes!!!); In the US, many toothpaste tubes now carry a warning that if more than the pea-sized amount required for brushing your teeth is swallowed, you should seek medical attention… in which case should we really be putting this in our mouths at all? And so the list goes on.
But there is hope! Several companies are now producing fluoride and sugar free toothpaste, sls free shapmoo, sls free soap, bleach free sanitary towels and much more. Actively seek out these products and request that your local supermarket or drug store stocks them. Consumer pressure is what will steadily make these products more readily available.
In the meantime, why not try making some of your own products? They can be quick and easy to make, and you can be sure about exactly what’s in them and how you would be happy to use them!
I’ve given recicpes for homemade toothpaste and deodorant in previous articles, and here’s a recipe for a toxin-free, homemade shaving cream, from Essential Oil Recipies. It’s so easy to nick, cut or scratch yourself while shaving, that you really don’t want to be plastering toxic foam or gel over the area, ready to be absorbed through your skin or straight into the blood stream through small cuts and grazes!
Homemade shaving cream
This is a really soothing, cooling, natural shaving cream that should leave your skin feeling soft and pampered after use, to say nothing of smelling wonderful:
4 tablespoons almond oil
2 tablespoons avocado oil (optional)
1 cup cocoa butter
1 tablespoon cucumber juice
3 tablespoons witch hazel
3 drops Carrot oil (optional)
6 drops Lavender oil
Make the cucumber juice using a juicer. If you don’t have a juicer, place half a peeled cucumber into a blender and mix well. Pour this into a jug through a fine sieve to remove any lumps. Set aside.
Melt the cocoa butter in a heat resistant glass jug placed into a small pan of simmering water.
Once the cocoa butter has melted, remove from the heat and mix in the almond and avocado oils and the witch hazel.
Stir this mixture well then add the cucumber juice, carrot and lavender oils and mix well again.
Pour this mixture into a sterilized glass jar.
Cover tightly and label the product, including the date.
Shake the jar well before each use then stir with fingertips applying it to the skin ready for shaving.
Please note, as this recipe contains fresh cucumber it will need to be stored in the refrigerator and should be kept no longer than 2 weeks.
After spending years as a nurse and medical secretary, Leah Salmon realized that orthodox medicine didn’t work and became a Naturally You Coach, helping people to use their foods and natural remedies to improve their health, instead of drugs, chemicals and surgeries. Now a published author of 2 books, a speaker, teacher and dedicated homeschooling mother to her 4 children, listen to Leah share the number one secret to great health at http://www.numberonesecrettohealth.com