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Adventures in Making Tallow Moisturizer

This is a blog about my adventure making tallow moisturizer (the best moisturizer I’ve ever used). Tallow is rendered beef fat, which is a little scary, so it took something serious for me to even try it. You can buy similar moisturizer already done for you for ~$30, or you can make your own. Feeling frugal and looking at it as a potential learning opportunity, I went for the diy option. Oh boy, it was an adventure…but an oh-so-worth-it one. Here’s what happened…

Why I ventured down the tallow road in the first place…

I hear your skin freaks out when you’re pregnant. For the most part, (and I’m totally bragging here) my skin was amazing. Better than it’s ever been….ever. No zits. I’m 32 and still get zits so this was a welcome 9-month reprieve. You’d brag too.

Then baby came out and the magic wore off. Pretty soon I developed dry patches on my cheeks. No big deal, I thought. I just have to change my moisturizer. So, I bought stuff with names called “deep repair” which had no effect. I even tried oil that comes from sharks. Knowing that our skin is a reflection of our internal health, I made sure I was hydrated and getting healthy oils….BUT NOTHING WAS WORKING!

In fact, the patches were getting worse and spreading and I was getting desperate. I was literally growing a force field on my face. I reached out to my smarter-than-me holistic FB friends and one gal recommended coconut oil (of which I’d heard a lot) and an alternative I’d never heard of, tallow.

Ok, duh. Why didn’t I think to turn to natural products instead of expensive BS deep repair creams? That’s what I’m all about after all. I’m blaming my baby brain. That night I started slathering coconut oil on my face because I honestly I had no idea what tallow even was.

Um, well my face didn’t like that too much. Not only did my force field get bigger but I developed a red bumpy rash all over my neck. Good lord, I was really good looking at that point. A quick google search confirmed that coconut oil can actually be drying on the face. Great. Not to diss coconut oil. My body loves it as a moisturizer. Not sure what happened there.

Ok, no more messing around, I decided…It was time to pull out the big guns. That night I started using the Oil Cleansing Method that we wrote about a few months ago. I really love it. Vanessa was so right about that … but even that wasn’t enough. It was time to try tallow. But now I’m a total OCM convert. Try it, you’ll love it.

How to Make Tallow Moisturizer…

Tallow, as I learned, is rendered cow fat so you can see why it took me a while to get to this point, right? I got a big chunk of cow fat from a farmer. It was good timing because the hubby and I were picking up our hog that same day so I just happened to ask if they had tallow and they did – I even got it for free.

This is how pretty it is…


I couldn’t believe I was going to put this on my face either. Another google search revealed how darn good it is for our skin. Basically, your skin recognizes it because it’s so close to our biology and absorbs it – plus it’s full of great vitamins that the skin loves. Google it, you’ll see.

Next step is to cut it into chunks and put it in your food processor like so…


When you’re done processing, it looks like this. I guess if you don’t have one, you can just chop small. It’s easier if it’s cold.


Then you put it in your crockpot on low and wait for it to melt.

Note: All of the articles on tallow making talk about being extra careful not to burn it so I was scared to mess it up. I didn’t do anything extra careful and mine didn’t burn. I stirred it some and worried about it. That should work for you too.


It melts pretty quick but I let it go a few hours. Next, I let the mixture cool down a little and strained it through cheesecloth into a bowl. Throw away the chunkies.


Then I added some dried herbs like lavender and calendula both of which have soothing properties for the skin and put it all in a big jar. I should have just started with the jar instead of messing with the bowl. Live and learn. The herbs are easily found at a natural herb store.



I thought I would have longer to let the herbs infuse but the fat solidified on me with the herbs still inside. I wanted them to diffuse longer so I heated it back up. This is where I hit a major bump in the road. I don’t recommend this approach.

I filled the crockpot with water. Placed my solid jar of fat inside, and set it to low. I checked on it a little while later and it was all melted…yay. BUT there was some oil floating in the water. Must have boiled over, I told myself.

Not so. I carefully removed the jar and to my great dismay only the top half of the broken jar came out. Oil in water mystery – solved. Darnit! I was left with a big crockpot full of water, oil, herbs, and broken glass. Now I’m thinking to myself that I’m a real genius and how much I freaking hate tallow.  What was I thinking trying to make moisturizer out of fat anyway???

I cooled off and decided that there had to be a way to finish this project after all the time I’d spent on it. Now my crockpot looked like this….a giant herby fat cookie floating in a bath. Image

I dislodged it. Poured out the water. Threw away the glass and remelted the herby fat cookie. I restrained the herbs out – let it cool a little and sighed with relief. By george, I think I’ve got it!

Next I grabbed an old empty moisturizer tub and filled it up 1/4 of the way with olive oil. This helps keep the consistency workable. Otherwise it would be too hard to use. I also added Citrus Bliss™ doTerra essential oil and OMG it is amazing stuff. For all that work, and learning the hard way, it was worth it. Look how pretty now…


Two days is all it took for the force field on my face to go away. And that was after weeks of trying other things. I swear my skin looks younger and I can hardly see my fine lines. I LOVE this stuff. I still have more fat sitting in the fridge and it’s going to make several more containers.

I might just start a tallow rendering business….ha ha, got ya.

In the end, I think it’s worth it to make your own but only if you learn from my mishaps. It’s better than spending $30 for someone else to do it, in my opinion. I’ll have enough to make moisturizer to last me a couple years now I bet. Think about how much that saves you in moisturizers that don’t really work. No brainer.

Try it out and enjoy your soft beautiful skin. Then let me know what you think.


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Makeover your Medicine Cabinet with Essential Oils


Do you want safer, cheaper, more effective healthcare? We have two choices when it comes to treating illness…modern medicine or nature’s medicine.  Over the past few years I’ve slowly replaced all of my modern medicines with essential oils. I used them during my pregnancy to ease my symptoms and now that my son is born they’re helping him too. I love that there is a natural alternative for healing my family.

Modern vs. Nature’s Medicine

Modern medicine…

  • Designed to manage symptoms
  • Made from isolated synthetic agents
  • Side effects (some unknown)
  • 4.5 Trillion/yr. is spent on global healthcare
  • Are we healthier today because of it?

Nature’s Medicine…

  • Helps minimize symptoms, addresses the root causes
  • Made of hundreds of natural compounds found in plants that enhance physical and emotional health
  • Safe benefits without side effects
  • Pennies per dose, no time/$ at the doctor, and no copay

Did you know that essential oils are: 

  • 50-70 times more powerful than herbs
  • Inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses
  • The plant’s own natural medicine cabinet

There are three ways to use essential oils: 

1. Aromatic:

  • Breathe in or use diffuser to:
  • Kill germs in the air
  • Open airways
  • Affect mood, including depression

2. Topical:

Apply to head, feet, ears, chest, back of the neck, and or troubled areas. From the bottom of the feet, enter the bloodstream to affect the entire body within 30 seconds.

3. Internal:

  • Taking internally is specific to Doterra oils
  • Take under the tongue, in a gel capsule, or in water
  • Relieves issues in the digestive system, mouth, throat, and liver


T = topically; I = Internal; A = Aromatic

Oregano: T, I

  • Cold/flu
  • Immune system support
  • Fungal/Bacterial Conditions

PastTense™: T

  • Headaches
  • Bumps/Bruises
  • Pains/Sprains

Breathe™: A, T

  • Asthma/Allergies
  • Respiratory issues
  • Cough/Bronchitis/Croup

Lavender: A, T, I

  • Anxiety/Stress Relief
  • Burns/Cuts/Wounds
  • Skin Soothing
  • Bites/Stings
  • Calming/Sleep Issues
  • Nose Bleeds

OnGuard™: ATI

  • Air/Surface Purification
  • Cold/Flu/Viruses
  • Toothache

Malaleuca: T, I

  • Skin Eruptions/Conditions
  • Yeast Infections
  • Wound Disinfectant
  • Cold/Flu/Cold Sores

Deep Blue™: T/LemonGrass: T,I/AromaTouch™: T

  • Muscle soreness
  • Arthritic/Chronic Pain
  • Ciculation/Inflammation
  • Pre-/Post-Workout Application

TerraShield™: A, T

  • Repelling Bugs/Other Pests

Solace™: T

  • Menstrual/Hormonal Issues
  • Cramping/Hot Flashes

Purify™: A, T

  • Bites/Stings
  • Air/Surface Purification

DigestZen™: T, I

  • Constipation/Diarrhea
  • Heartburn/Indigestion
  • Colic/Acid Reflux
  • Digestive Issues
  • Food Poisoning
  • Nausea/Motion Sickness

Frankincense: A, T, I

  • Inflammation
  • Stress
  • Brain Support
  • Cellular Regeneration
  • Moles/Wrinkles/Sun Spots
  • Wound Care/Scarring
  • Heavy Metal Cleansing

Balance™: A, T

  • Focus/Concentration
  • Mood Swings/Conditions
  • Nerve Related Conditions

Serenity™: A T

  • Anxiety/Stress/Calming
  • Sleep Support/Insomnia

Peppermint: A, T, I

  • Alertness/Focus
  • Oxygen Absorption
  • Digestive Support
  • Menstrual Conditions
  • Allergies/Respiratory Issues
  • Cooling

Slim & Sassy™: T, I

  • Metabolism Support
  • Cellulite Issues
  • Detoxification
  • Digestive Support
  • Energy

TerraZyme™: I

  • Digestive Support
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Food Allergy Issues

Lemon: A, T, I

  • Cleansing
  • Water Retention
  • Kidney/Bladder Conditions
  • Mood Elevation
  • Inflammation Aid

Zendocrine™: I

  • Eliminative Organ Support
  • Nutrient Absorption
  • Detoxification

Tips for treating with oils: 

  • Use common sense
  • Use the Modern Essentials Reference Guide (book)
  • Use oils frequently with an acute problem (every 15 minutes)
  • Use oils a couple times per day with a chronic problem
  • Use caution with sensitive skin, and keep oils out of the eyes and ears
  • For sensitivity, dilute or neutralize with coconut oil, not water

Yeah, but aren’t oils super pricey?

Believe it or not it’s actually cheaper to treat your family with essential oils than all that you would need from the drug store to treat the same symptoms.

Why doTERRA oils rule:

  • Plants are grown and harvested in their natural habitat
  • Each liter of oil undergoes multiple 3rd party laboratory testing
  • Tests ensure oils are pure, genuine, authentic, and potent
  • Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade is beyond organic, verified pure, free of fillers, pesticides, and foreign contaminants

 Where can I buy doTERRA oils?

Right here. You can buy individual oils or purchase kits which include many of the oils discussed above and more.

This information is courtesy of doTerra International.


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DIY Dishwasher Powder That Works

dishwasher soap

By: April Pease, guest blogger

I have a family of 7 (on one income mind you). I am a very frugal mom: I clip coupons, only buy items on sale, we don’t eat out, we make our own lattes at home, and we don’t have many extras. I also always stock up on things like laundry soap, extra paper towels, cleaning supplies, and of course dishwasher powder.

Over the years, I have tried different brands of dishwasher powder because the cheaper brands would leave a residue on my dishes and dishwasher – on top of getting nothing clean! So, I only used brand name, but over the last year, I started tasting the soap. Eww!

I read that if you add LEMINSHINE to the load it helps. I also read you have to use name brand rinse aid.  I felt like the expense to wash my dishes was getting out of hand. We live in a small town and are not close to the big box stores where these products are cheaper. Why should I have to buy 3 products to improve the one product I plan on using? This is crazy!

One night, I realized in a panic that I was out of dishwasher powder and my brand wasn’t on sale. Crap! That’s when I remember I pinned a DIY recipe for dishwasher powder a few months ago and decide to give it a try… pretty sure that it’s never going to actually work.

Basic recipe:

  • 1 cup borax ($5)
  • 1 cup washing soda (NOT baking soda) ($4)
  • ¼ citric acid ($4)

I happened to have all the ingredients on hand but you can find them at your local grocery store. I mixed it all together really well for about a minute and then added some doTERRA Purify™ essential oil – about 6 drops (optional). I filled my dishwasher cup with it. I stopped using rinse aid over 6 months ago and use ONLY vinegar in the rinse compartment – so that went in too. To my surprise, it was AMAZING. Clean dishes, clean dishwasher, and NO chemical smell!

This has changed my daily life because I wash 3 loads of dishes a day. Not only am I saving gobs of money, but I also feel smart because I know fewer toxins are getting into my family. Try it, you won’t be disappointed. And let us know how it works for you by leaving a comment below.

Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 10.48.33 AMApril is a frugal mama of four living in White Rock, NM with her husband Robert. She’s one of those, I-don’t-know-how-she-does-it Mamas. Not only is she the queen at saving money, she’s also an all-star crafter. She’s always coming up with great diy stuff. This is a woman to watch and I’m grateful she shared her dishwasher soap with us. Happy washing.



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Easy DIY Household Cleaners That Save You Money

Easy Do-It-Yourself Household Cleaners That Save You Money

DIY Cleaners

It’s hard enough to make dinner. Why on earth would you want to spend time making your own cleaning products, you ask? It’s a good question. Making your own anything (especially the first time) can seem daunting and like too much of a hassle. I hear you but I can tell you that it’s not only easier than you think but also incredibly worthwhile.

Benefits of DIY Cleaners…

  1. Money saving
  2. Fast and easy to make
  3. Peace of mind
  4. Essential oils actually boost your mood – making you happy while cleaning, imagine that.

Here’s what you need to know about commercial cleaners…

If you were to go to your cleaning cabinet right now and pull out a few of your regulars, you’re likely to find 3 things on the label: directions for use, vague ingredients, and hefty warnings.

Vague ingredients are common on commercial cleaning products because they are not required to be specific. Lack of disclosure makes it very hard for a consumer to decide whether the item is actually safe to bring home.

The warnings are pretty scary. Common ones include:  “harmful if swallowed” “wear gloves when handling this product” “can cause damage to skin and mucous membranes” “keep away from pets and children”.

The truth is that even though we’ve used these products our whole lives and probably watched our parents do the same, they contain dangerous chemicals that can be absorbed and breathed in by every member of the family with a whole slew of side effects that often are not felt immediately.

The good news is that we don’t have to endure such hardcore products to have a clean home because we can achieve the same results for less money.  Sounds good eh?

The alternative…

Using a few common household ingredients like baking soda and vinegar mixed with essential oils will yield the same clean results without the chemical aftermath. Essential oils like lemon, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, and thyme are antibacterial and antiviral. Now that’s harnessing the power of Mother Nature.

What you need to get started…

You will need the ingredients in the recipes you want to try plus something to put it in. I invested $10 and bought a variety of glass spray bottles and other glass containers. Aromatools.com is one resource you can use. The best bet is to use glass because the essential oils will eat at plastic incorporating the same toxins you’re trying to avoid.

You will also need some essential oils. Just like with everything, you get what you pay for with essential oils. There are a few high quality brands out there. My favorite is Doterra. I have friends who love Young Living Oils. Both of these brands can be bought through independent consultants.

The in-between step…

If making your own cleaners is a little too out there for you, there are still plenty of options that you can buy with safer ingredients. Be sure to visit www.EWG.org to see which ones are the safest.


All Purpose Cleaner

2 cups boiling water

2 Tbs white vinegar

½ tsp Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

1 tsp baking soda

5 drops lemon essential oil

Mix baking soda, water and soap together with essential oil in a container. Place container inside a bigger bowl and add vinegar. Mix and add to spray bottle.  

Floor Cleaner

1/8 cup Castile Soap

1/8 cup distilled vinegar

1 gallon water

10 drops essential oil (lemon, maleleuca, lavender)

Combine ingredients in bucket and use to mop any floor.  

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

½ cup baking soda

¼ cup white vinegar

10 drops melaleuca essential oil (tea tree)

Combine all ingredients in the bowl right before toilet wash. Add to toilet bowl. Brush. You’re done.

Glass Cleaner

2 cups water

3 Tbs vinegar

¼- ½ tsp liquid Castile Soap

3-4 drops of lemon essential oil

Pour ingredients into a spray bottle and shake to blend.

Wood Cleaner

¼ cup vinegar

¼ water

½ tsp liquid Castille Soap

1/8 tsp olive oil

10 drops lemon/orange essential oil

Combine ingredients and use in a spray bottle. 

My hope is that you have fun with these recipes creating safe cleaning products. It could be a fun way to get the family involved. Please share your DIY cleaning experience. If you have a favorite DIY cleaning recipe not listed here, I’d love to hear that too.

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Is Your Sunscreen Safe?

Is Your Sunscreen Safe?

little boy putting on sunscreen

I can hardly wait for the pools to open and that means it’s officially sunscreen season. We use sunscreen to protect us from the sun but with questionable ingredients and conflicting reports about if they really work, who in the heck knows what to buy.

As a confused consumer, I set out on the hunt to figure it out and discovered the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an unbiased citizen-funded advocacy and research firm. They just released their 7th annual Sunscreen Report. My hope is that this summary of their findings will leave you empowered to buy safe and effective sunscreen for your family and then forget about it and just have fun in the sun this summer.

What you need to know…

  • Less than 25% of the sun protection products on the market in 2013 are considered to have safe ingredients and contain broad UV protection according to the EWG.
  • Skin cancer rates have tripled over the last 35 years despite increased awareness of melanoma.
  • The current FDA definition of “broad spectrum” doesn’t include protection against UVA rays, which penetrate deeper into the body and are thought to cause more damage. In fact, most American sunscreens couldn’t even be sold in Europe because our products wouldn’t meet their more stringent safety and efficacy standards.
  • Even though there are “new” FDA rules in place, sunscreens are not better or safer now than in previous years.

What to avoid…

  • Spray Sunscreen – It’s convenient and fast but it’s also dangerous when inhaled. The FDA expressed concern for the efficacy and safety of sprays in 2011 but companies are still turning them out like crazy. Sprays make it easy to miss a spot. I’m sure we’ve all had the I-missed-a-spot stupid sunburn.
  • Super High SPFs – The EWG recommends avoiding anything higher than SPF 50. Most higher SPF sunscreens still only protect you from UVB rays which cause the sunburn but UVA rays tend to penetrate deeper causing more damage so we need protection from both. Not to mention that higher SPF sunscreens can give a false sense of safety tricking people into staying out too long and getting burnt anyway.
  • Vitamin A or Retinyl Palmitate – I’ve seen this ingredient in anti-aging beauty products for years – so what’s the problem? Several government studies have found that when exposed to the sun it has been shown to increase the rate at which skin tumors and lesions form. Yikes! This ingredient is found in 1 of 4 sunscreens on the market. While the FDA hasn’t ruled on this yet, EWG strongly recommends you avoid sun products that contain this ingredient.
  • Oxybenzone – If you flip over your sunscreen right now, you’ll probably find this ingredient lurking there. It’s found in nearly half of all products on the market. Oxybenzone is a chemical that mimics estrogen in the body after it’s absorbed by your skin. Data has shown a link to endometriosis in older women and lower birth weights when used by pregnant moms. Don’t forget that children’s bodies are much smaller and their chemical burden can be much higher, which is especially dangerous while they are still developing.

What to do instead…

The best way to protect your skin is to cover up with clothes, hats, and sticking to the shade as much as possible. When those methods absolutely won’t work, go for one of the EWG recommended brands so you know you’re getting the best protection and the least chemical toxins.

Some of the top-rated brands include…

  • Alba Botanica, Natural Very Emolient Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30
  • Aveeno Baby, Natural Protection Face Stick, SPF 50
  • Aubrey Organics, Natural Sunscreen for Active Lifestyles, Tropical, SPF 30
  • Burnt Out, Kids Physical Sunscreen, SPF 30
  • Coppertone, Water Babies Pure and Simple Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 (be careful here there are a lot of Coppertone brands that are not on the safe list)
  • Seventh Generation, Wee Generation Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30
  • And lots more…go to www.ewg.org to see the full list

Where to shop…

I would start with your local natural foods/products store – they’ll likely have many of these brands. If local shopping fails you, you can definitely find these brands online. Where you’re not likely to find them is in your regular grocery and drug stores.

Here’s wishing you and your family a safe and sunburn-free summer!

Why Cut the Crap? – True radiant health comes from a mixture of healthy diet and lifestyle choices. The cost of our fast-paced and convenient life is chemical toxins in and around us.  Ridding your home and family of chemical toxins that make you sick and drag you down doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. In this series, you’ll learn the most efficient and easy ways to “cut the crap” so you can just enjoy your life.


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Why I’ll never use regular shampoo again

ImageI haven’t used shampoo in two months – well the traditional kind anyway. This blog is all about why I’ll never go back to expensive traditional products.

What have I been doing instead, you ask?

I’ve been washing my hair with a mixture of baking soda and water. More recently I tried a new recipe called Sweet Tangerine and I LOVE it.  Then for conditioner I use a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water to boost shine. I was surprised at how much I like this method. I never thought I could go 2 days between washings with my greasy hair, but alas it’s possible. Not to mention how much money I’m saving by not buying expensive products (recipes at the end).

I haven’t lost my mind

A recent blood test revealed that I have a sluggish thyroid. That wasn’t a huge surprise because I’ve struggled for years doing all the right things and lose weight like I imagine a sloth might. But it wasn’t only that, I was suffering from hormonal changes and severe PMS too.

I started reading anything I could about my issues. It seemed like I was doing everything right (diet, exercise, stress management) except for the one thing no one ever talks about – environmental toxinsespecially in our personal care products. My eyes were finally opened. My body was living proof that we can’t just stop our vigilance at food.

The products we put on our skin (our largest organ), under our arms, and on our head are absorbed into our bodies just like our food.  The American Journal of Health found that skin absorption contributed an average of 64% of the total dose of volatile chemicals in our bodies. Eeek.

In my pursuit of learning more about personal care products, I’ve learned that women typically put 515 chemicals on their skin before they even eat breakfast. Yikes! And men aren’t immune either – they often have multiple products too.


Think about your morning routine and all the products you use daily. Mine used to look something like this…shampoo (25 ingredients), conditioner (30 ingredients), body wash (27 ingredients), face wash (38 ingredients), body lotion (38 ingredients), face lotion (20 ingredients), deodorant (14 ingredients), makeup (~50), hair products (18 ingredients), and perfume (no clue). WHOA, I was floored when I actually started counting them and realized that’s a lot of ingredients to absorb on a daily basis especially since I had no idea what they were. Granted, not all ingredients are toxic but it was still enough to negatively affect my health.

How Toxins Affect Our Health

You know that “just-showered” smell that lingers in the air? That is the work of a chemical called phthalates. In personal care products, phthalates are a scent fixative. In other words, they make smells last longer. The problem is that phthalates are a synthetic estrogen or xenoestrogen and mimic estrogen in the body. That means that particular class of chemicals affects every system in the body that uses estrogen – which is a lot.

This chemical is linked to thyroid dysfunction, early breast development in girls, and an increased risk of breast cancer. It’s also in the category of obeseogen because it is so closely linked to abdominal fat, insulin resistance, and decreased testosterone. It has also been tied to behavioral problems in kids. Phthalates are usually hidden as “fragrance” in your products. It was in EVERY one of my daily routine products.

What else should you be looking for?

As you may have guessed phthalates aren’t the only chemical toxin that impacts our health that we need to watch out for in personal products. Others include: parabens, triclosan, sodium laurel or laureth sulfate, mineral oil, propylene glycol (PEG), DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine), just to name a few. I won’t go into each one of these here but as you can imagine each one comes with it’s own set of warnings.

If your eyes are glazed over – hang in there. I’m about to give you the short cut to getting these toxins out of your life without having to read the labels yourself.

Are you pissed off?

I know I was. But you can stop the toxic exposure for you and your family right now!

When I started down this road I was tempted to say, “everything is bad for me so I might as well just live and not worry about it.” This process seems daunting and overwhelming but I have a strategy for you. It’s the same one I used. It takes a little time (maybe 30 minutes) but it’s SO worth it.

5 Steps to reducing chemical toxin exposure in your personal care products:

Step 1 – Go to the bathroom and pull out all of the personal products you use on a regular basis. Set them in a pile next to your computer. This may include: shampoo, body wash, face soap, lotion, face creams, hair products, makeup, and deodorant.

Step 2 – Visit www.ewg.org/skindeep. Now, one at a time, search for your products in the massive database. You can look up brand to get an idea of what kind of ingredients the company uses in general.  Each one will have a rating of 0-10 (0 is safest).  Tip: if you don’t find the exact brand, look up the ingredients separately to get an idea of safety.

If the score is:

  • 0-2 (green) – you’re good, carry on
  • 3-6 (yellow) – replace this one when you run out or sooner if you feel like it
  • 7-10 (red) – stop using and replace with a safer alternative using the EWG database asap

Step 3 – Repeat this process for other family member’s products especially kids. Men are also not immune and have just as many products these days.

Step 4 – Consider making your own products like I did with my shampoo (2 ingredients) and conditioner (2 ingredients). I also make my own deodorant (4 ingredients), body moisturizer (1 ingredient), and face moisturizer (2 ingredients).

Here are the DIY recipes I used…

The benefit of making your own products is that you have some serious peace of mind because you know exactly what’s in it – plus it ends up being a cheaper. Score!

Baking Soda Method: Add 2 Tbs of baking soda to filtered warm water. I use one of those plastic ketchup bottles because it’s easier to apply at the roots. A whole bottle lasts 2-3 washings. You’ll feel that your hair gets clean even though it doesn’t suds up. Then rinse. (2 ingredients – all edible)

Sweet Tangerine Shampoo: Mix ½ cup unscented castile soap, 1 cup raw honey, ~ 1 tsp tangerine essential oil (or other smell or choice). Blend all ingredients together and store in a clear container. I used one with a pointed tip so I can control the amount. You really only need a small amount as this one lathers like crazy. The honey isn’t sticky at all. You’ll be saying “yes, yes, yes” just like in the herbal essences commercials minus the icky toxins.

Conditioner: Add ¼ cup apple cider vinegar to warm filtered water. Again, I use one of those plastic ketchup bottles because it’s easier to apply where I want to. I leave for a minute and then rinse. (2 ingredients – all edible)

Body moisturizer: Technically I didn’t make this one but it’s still a great swap for lotion. While I’m still wet, I slather on pure almond oil and then dry off. It’s even good on your face. A big bottle is $10 and lasts a long time. (1 ingredient – edible)

Deodorant: Mix 1/3 cup coconut oil, 2 Tbs baking soda, 1/3 cup arrowroot powder, and 10-15 drops of essential oil of choice (I used lavender) together in a small glass container.  Swipe a small amount into armpits.  (4 ingredients – all edible)

Face Moisturizer: I started using a mixture of argan oil and apricot kernal oil on my face and I’m loving it. Yes, it’s ok to use oil on your face. It actually cleared mine up. I switch it up with a safe creamier product I found using the Skin Deep Database.  (2 ingredients – all edible)

Step 5 – Reach out to me. I’m super passionate about getting toxins out of our homes and our bodies without the added hassle or cost. As I mentioned earlier, this process can seem daunting and overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. I’ve already done the hard work and research for you including the most cost effective ways to go about it.


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