Wednesday, September 2, 2009

So What Exactly is IN That???

It is no secret to my friends and neighbors (Actually, my neighbors are my friends! The Boog, The Hubby, and I live in student housing, so we are a rather close lot!) that I'm rather OCD about what goes into products. Without going into the gory details, most of the lovely-smelling products (for hair/skin--you name it) break me out horribly. I've come to view this sad development as God saving me from a massive product-buying addiction!!!

Since The Boog's arrival, I've been even more concerned about what is in things, especially food. We watched a show over the summer where one of the characters remarked that the fast-food chicken they were about to devour would cause her daughter to grow (cover your eyes if you have delicate sensibilities) a third nipple! Well, I don't know about you, but TWO are quite enough, thank you!

So we are trying to be more mindful about what we eat, and I've started making my own products. I can't claim these recipes as my own (I'm not that clever!), but here a few starter recipes, if you are so inclined:

Baby powder: equal parts baking soda and corn starch with a few drops of essential oil (either lavender or sweet orange). If baby bums and rashes are no longer on your radar (you lucky duck, you!) this recipe can double as a wonderful deodorant, or add some white clay or bentonite for a dusting powder and then go ahead and luxuriate!

Face serum (This one is such fun to make! Oh--keep it in the fridge.): 2/3 cup aloe vera, 2 tablespoons pure vegetable glycerin, 3 drops essential oil of rose or lavender. I chose lavender and added a couple drop of German chamomile for its healing properties. Love it!!! And the chilly serum is really fun to apply. :-)

Bug Spray: 1/4 ounce witch hazel, 3 drops thyme essential oil, 6 drops lemongrass eo, 4 drops peppermint eo. Fill a small spray bottle with the ingredients and then top it off with water. No chemicals. No DEET. And no third nipple. And you smell sweet, too!

If you would like more recipes, let me know. The above recipes were found in "Well Being" by Barbara Close and "Easy Green Living" by Renee Loux.


ellie said...

lol---a third nipple....yikes....that's not really funny...but it is!

Autumn said...

Funny then terrifying then back to funny!

Jolie Dennison said...

I should really think about what is in things as well, because I suffer terribly from excema and it has gotten worse over the past few years. It never occurred to me to make my own natural products. Thanks for the recipes!

Michelle Eaton said...

Thanks for the recipes. I also have really sensitvie skin and can only use a few products. I try to be careful about stuff like that, but I really should try harder.

Autumn said...

I'm glad you like them! I've gone from being bummed about not being able to use many products to a more proactive stance toward the whole situation. But I must admit that there is still apart of me that would love to be able to use whatever. :-) I do think that have allergic/sensitive skin has caused me to simplify which is definitely a good thing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your recipe knowledge, more, yes please. Always good to by pass all the additivies and use good old trusted products instead.
My taste buds are going funny as I get older, Going off such a lot of foods and it is usually the cheaper brands. I don't know what it is but it tastes like cardboard and not food at all.
We are eating better because of my funny tummy.
I certainly wouldn't wish a thrid nipple on any of my daughter's, lol! Be a little shocking if I suddenly grew another, he, he, he! Good one to say to put our offspring off buying fast food while out and about though!
It so lovely to share with you here, so pleased you started your blog!

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