Your skin is your body's largest organ and what you put on it is literally absorbed. So my philosophy is quite simple: I try to not put anything on my body I would not also want to eat/drink. Now you may be wondering what that includes considering the drugstore is lined with shelves of products with ingredients you can not even pronounce! Don't worry, turns out making your own products are not only a breeze but include only a few easy to find ingredients (that are oh so much cheaper than most products on the market) and have tons of nourishing properties. Oh yea, and the best part is, you can eat this stuff! (although I would not recommend it).
The good stuff.
Most people are catching on to the coconut oil phenomenon and there is a good reason for it! Not only is coconut oil wonderful spread onto toast, blended up in smoothies for extra creaminess, and an extra good oil for cooking at high temps, but it is also a wonder food for your skin! This stuff is loaded with vitamin-E, which is essential for skin and hair growth (go ahead, toss some of this whipped goodness in your locks for a rejuvenating hair mask!), skin repair, keeps it nice and smooth, and even prevents anti-aging. Basically, coconut oil delays the aging process, softens skin, retains moisture content of skin, and even protects the skin from anti-microbial infections. When buying coconut oil, make sure you look for cold-pressed and organic (if possible), it is worth spending a few extra bucks for the good stuff, remember, this stuff will literally be absorbed into your body!
Jojoba oil is another great asset to this fun concoction. My fellow gal pal/Toasty Avo blogger, miss Kelsey Hammond, first introduced me to this liquid gold after I asked her what her secret was to her flawless G L O W I N G skin she is always sporting. For those of you that don't know, Jojoba oil is a liquid that is processed from the seed of the simmondsia chinensis plant. This oil is light and non-greasy and won't clog your pores like many other oils. In addition, it carries many anti-inflammatory properties that are used to help skin-realted problems such as acne, eczema, scars, etc. I have personally had all of the above skin problems and have found great success with jojoba oil. Although it may sound somewhat exotic, it is quite easy to find. I picked mine up at my local Trader Joe's for about 5 bucks and is at most health food stores as well.
In mi casa Essential oils pretty much make everything better.. and more fun. However, you have to be vigilant when picking out oils. Even most health food stores sell toxic essential oils that are not suited for consumption or even topical uses. My girlfriends and I use DoTerra oils (no I am not getting paid by them to say that, although I wish I was) because they are 100% pure. This means that they are not combined with extra junk like preservatives or added oils and are not heated to extra high temps that can damage the properties of the plant. When shopping look for labels that say "100% pure" or "organic" or "therapeutic grade". These will ensure that you can use these topically and also ingest them to reap all the good benefits nature has to offer. Have fun with the combos for this whipped body butta recipe, try citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit etc) for an uplifting lotion to use in the morning or a calming blend (lavender, chamomile, peppermint etc.) for night time use.
Whipped Lavender+Lemongrass Body Butta
2-4 cups coconut oil- be sure to have this room temp or even chilled, if it is melted it will not get the desired "whipped" consistency.
3-5 TBS. jojoba oil
10-20 drops of 100% pure essential oil- any flavor you like! I used lavender+lemongrass for this batch
Simply toss all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and whip it good with a hand-held electric mixer. I would recommend not using the blender for this, it tends to overheat the oil and prevent the mixture from achieving that frothy, whipped consistency that is so good (I can attest from multiple trial and errors here).
Don't have time to make your own lotion?
no problemo! There is a great online resource called Ewg's Skin Deep Data Base that allows you to search for and choose products on the market that don't have nasty paragons and added fragrances. The link is below for your smart shopping pleasure!