Recently, in my search for new makeup and skincare products, I have discovered that 1. I am allergic to everything and 2. there are so many harmful ingredients in the things we use everyday. We use cleaning and beauty products in our homes and expose ourselves, pets, and children to these chemicals and irritants. The fact that I will be starting a family soon has made me become especially critical of the ingredients in the products we use every single day. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, you have to wonder if the products you are using are safe or irritating and causing unknown harmful effects that might manifest themselves later in life. A simple google search of the ingredients in your favorite products can be frightening!
For a bit of context, I have always had sensitive skin and severe seasonal allergies. I can’t even remember the last time I was able to use products containing heavy artificial fragrances, artificial dyes, or heavy metals. With that being said, I have tried a wide range of hypoallergenic products and many of them have still been irritating to my skin or caused an adverse reaction of some kind.
So many products that are out here being advertised as “Hypoallergenic”, “Organic”, “All-natural”, are not any of that and corporations are collecting your hard-earned coin and giving you a false sense of security about how they were made and what they contain. I have experienced it so many times and it has made life very difficult because I have never felt like I could 100% trust household or cosmetic brands. So I decided to start making my own products or buying them from small businesses.
Here are 4 products that I have started making at home on my own that have been just as effective as products from major brands. They also are pretty inexpensive to make. The biggest investment is usually in some essential oils that you really like from a reputable company:
- Laundry Detergent
This recipe is one that I really just started and there are a ton of variations floating around online. I love it because it works really well for a “natural” detergent. I used free clear detergents for years but hated the wasteful feeling I got from using plastic containers. I also found that those detergents had many chemicals I couldn’t pronounce and it made me question whether I was okay with not knowing what I was even using or exposing myself to. With this detergent, I would pretreat heavy stains or heavily soiled items with vinegar before washing. If you want a stronger detergent, you can add borax or more salt depending on your personal preference and the chemicals you feel comfortable using. I prefer to use substances that are safe enough to eat in most cases.
2. Acne-Fighting Face Wash
As an adult, I developed pretty intense acne and could not use harsh chemicals on my skin because of its sensitivity. So I currently use black soap foaming face wash that many small businesses sell. However, it is really inexpensive to make. I use raw African black soap so it usually is really gritty and gooey when wet. If you let it sit in water, it turns into liquid soap pretty easily and will probably do so in less than 7 days. It is very strong, so this is not a wash that I use twice a day. It is best to use either once a day or every other day on your face. It can be used on your body as well and fights acne, eczema, and other skin conditions. It does not have very much of a small but you can add essential oil if you’d like. I prefer not to use any sort of fragrance, even natural on my face so I just use the soap by itself.
3. Hair/Scalp Oil
This oil mixture works great for hair growth, moisturization, and scalp care especially for natural hair. I make this oil mixture and massage it into my scalp almost every night. I am in the process of deciding whether I want to lock my hair so, this mixture has been a life saver. I also have experienced some hair loss in some places and have used this mixture to try to stimulate hair growth. Be sure to use a spray bottle or glass bottle with a dropper that can actually spray thicker oils, a water bottle sprayer will not work.
4. Room/Fabric Refresher Spray
This spray is a staple at my house! My fiancé and I both use it faithfully all over the house for all purposes. I usually pick an essential oil fragrance based on the room or purpose. My favorite scent is lavender for the bedroom. I usually spray it all over the sheets before bed or in the morning when I make the bed. I use a mixture with alcohol instead of witch hazel to disinfect clothing (newly purchased or worn to the store or out in public) and my fiancé loves it! I also use this spray to keep the clothing & linen closets and other fabric surfaces (sofa and dog beds) smelling fresh particularly in between washes.
***Dark colored glass bottles must be used for this to maintain the integrity of essential oils. They can spoil if they are not stored in a cool, dark environment.
I also use a ton of other natural products for common household purposes.
Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations for household cleaners or beauty products that can be made at home with little effort and investment!