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DIY Made Easy: How to Make Your Own Personal Care Products

A lot of us find it hard to believe that ingredients like formaldehyde, lead, and coal tar are still present – legally – in our personal care products. And that’s just the beginning of the list of harmful chemicals in the lotions, balms, and cleansers we put on our skin each day.

Here at the Boomshop, we’re big supporters of living a healthy lifestyle, which is why we’ve been bringing you products from more natural and health-conscious brands like Every Man Jack and SophytoPRO. This month we’ll be letting you in on some do-it-yourself products we use on an everyday basis. They take minutes to make and use ingredients you might already have in your pantry or medicine cabinet. And they’re 100% free of harmful chemicals – we promise.

Soothing Hand Salve

This healing hand salve uses coconut and shea butter to soothe dry and cracked skin. We love it for day-to-day use but find it especially helpful after gardening or yard work. This recipe allows you to experiment with essential oil blends to find your own signature fragrance. If you’ve never worked with essential oils before, this primer has a lot of great information on where to start.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp grated beeswax
  • 1 tsp shea butter
  • 1 tsp cocoa butter
  • Essential oil

Directions

  • 1. In a double boiler, heat the beeswax and coconut oil slowly until the beeswax melts.
  • 2. Remove the mixture from the double boiler and add the shea butter and cocoa butter. Mix thoroughly.
  • 3. Add 10–15 drops of your favorite essential oil, or a blend of different essential oils.
  • 4. Pour the mixture into a tin or glass jar, and allow to cool at room temperature.

Lip Balm

This lip balm recipe uses coconut oil to boost the moisture content of your lips and beeswax to seal it in. A dash of your favorite essential oil – we especially love peppermint – gives it your own personal touch.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp grated beeswax
  • 1.5 tbsp coconut oil
  • Essential oil

Directions

  • 1. In a double boiler, heat the beeswax and coconut oil slowly until the beeswax melts.
  • 2. Remove the mixture from the double boiler and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
  • 3. Pour the mixture into a small tin or glass jar, and allow to cool at room temperature.

Deodorant

This recipe requires liquefied coconut oil. All coconut oil is solid below 76 degrees, and liquid at 76 degrees and higher. If your coconut oil is solid, heat it up in the microwave in a glass container until it is liquid. Unlike store-bought deodorant, this one is stored in a tin and applied using the fingers.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • Coconut oil

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix the baking soda and cornstarch.
  • 2. Slowly add a little coconut oil and stir. Keep adding coconut oil until the mixture reaches the consistency of a thick paste.
  • 3. Store mixture in a small tin or glass jar and apply with fingers.

Have your own DIY recipes you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to
hear about them!

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