SIMPLE bathroom - Healthy Home Series

22 March 2019





 
The bathroom is a great place to make some simple switches to healthier options.

My favourite is the body wash.... its ridiculously easy to make and I can change the Essential Oils around from time to time to enjoy a new aroma. During summer we had a minty fresh batch.... but as we go into some cooler weather I really enjoy the geranium added. Plus... its so kind and gentle on the skin... it leaves it feeling hydrated and soft.




Foaming Body Wash-

Make in a 200ml Foaming bottle

1 Tablespoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil
4 Tablespoons Castille Soap (I use Dr Bronners unscented)
10 drops Geranium Essential Oil
5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
2 drops Patchouli Essential Oil
Top up with Distilled Water

Add all ingredients into the foaming bottle and gently shake to combine.

Alternatively try with...

10 drops Peppermint
10 drops Wild Orange


Hand Wash-

Make in a foaming hand wash bottle

2 Tablespoons of Castille soap (unscented is best)
1 Tablespoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
Top with distilled water


Makeup remover pads-

These are awesome!! I use these daily and love them.
Fill a jar with makeup remover pads (they shrink down so pack them in) ... then mix together...

1 Tablespoon distilled water (or boiled and cooled)
1 Tablespoon Fractionated Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon or Witch hazel
3 drops Tea Tree
3 drops Lavender (I substituted 1 drop Geranium)

pour this mix over the top and you are ready to roll!


Makeup brush cleaner-

Are your makeup brushes in need of some deep cleaning? This makeup brush cleanser is super easy and only requires three simple ingredients.

2 tablespoons doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil
5 drops Tea Tree oil
5 drops Grapefruit oil

Add Fractionated Coconut Oil and essential oils into a small bowl.
Swirl your makeup brush in the Fractionated Coconut Oil for 30 seconds, or until you see the makeup stored in your brush start to come out.Rub in a circular motion on the palm of hand to help get the makeup out.
Rinse the brush under warm water. Gently squeeze brush bristles until clean, and the water runs clear. Dry the brushes gently on a towel and allow to fully dry before using.



Sugar Scrub-

Make in your chosen jar.
1/4 cup of solid / unfractionated Coconut Oil
30 drops of Essential Oil (I used Lime and Grapefruit for a citrus zing)
Raw sugar

Add the coconut oil to a bowl and sit it over some hot water until it melts and becomes liquid.
Add the Lime and Grapefruit Essential Oils
Take your chosen jar and fill with raw sugar as a measure.
Tip the sugar into a mixing bowl and combine it with the coconut oil mixture and then scoop it into your jar. Allow it to set.
Add a lovely gift label ... wrap it up...and gift it to a friend...or keep it for yourself.
You can read all the instructions...and more details on my BLOG : https://www.simplymardi.com



Hair Spray-

In a saucepan add -

1 cup of distilled water
4 Teaspoons of sugar
Heat until the sugar is dissolved.

Our this solution into a spray bottle (I used a amber glass spray bottle) then add -
2 drops Geranium Essential Oil
2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil

Use this as a setting spray for your hair. If you want a greater hold.. add more sugar to your solution.
Note of warning: This is quite sticky on the surfaces the spray hits. I choose to spray it in the shower rather than at my mirror.


Purefume floral Spray -

This recipe is from the doTERRA site - you can have fun and make your own personal scents.

10 drops Whisper®
10 drops Citrus Bliss® 10 drops Lemon oil5 drops Ylang Ylang oil1 tablespoon witch hazel
¼ cup water
InstructionsCombine witch hazel and water into a small glass spray bottle and shake.
Add essential oils and mix thoroughly.
Mist scent over body or clothes to create your desired aroma. Mix well before each use.
Shelf-life is approximately one to two weeks; keep refrigerated to extend shelf-life.


Bath Bombs - 

A nice wide mouth jar for storage - make sure it has a air tight lid.

300g of Bicarb Soda
130g of citric acid
30g of Fractionated coconut oil
30 drops of Essential Oil - I used Lavender and Cedarwood
Silicone molds


Mix the dry ingredients until well combined. Add the Essential oil and carrier oil and combine until the mixture holds together when squeezed together. (If it isn't holding together...add further carrier oil until it does)
Press into the silicone molds firmly.
Leave to set for 24 hours in a cool dry spot. Turn the mold over and allow the bath bombs to drop from the mold.
Store in the jar - have some fun with the label.

(Credit to 'The Inspired Little Pot' for the recipe)


Toothpaste-

5 tablespoons of baking soda
1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 teaspoons Xylitol
1 - 4 drops of Peppermint EO

Melt the coconut oil and add the other ingredients ... mix until you have a smooth paste. Spoon into a jar and label.
(I halved the recipe as a tester and it does clean nicely. I am not a huge fan of the flavour but perhaps should add more peppermint. Being prone to sensitivity I'm cautious about how Ill go long term...so Ill report back on that one.)




Unfortunately manufacturers are not required to list all the chemicals in their products unless they pose an immediate risk... so some will be listed with a warning to avoid skin contact etc...others wont even be in the label. Aside from the immediate risk there is also a risk from cumulative exposure which is so worrying.

Some chemicals to avoid when reading your labels are -


Parabens - Parabens have been widely used as a preservative in cosmetics..body washes.. deodorants and shampoos etc. The danger with parabens is their ability to mimic oestrogen which can increase the risk of breast cancer.

Phthalates / Synthetic Fragrance - fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential endocrine disruping effects on the reproductive system. It can be found in many products such as perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, body wash and moisturisers.

SLS - Sodium Laurel Sulphate - Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).
This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products). SLS's are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage. They can be found in shampoo, body wash/cleanser, mascara and acne treatment. (source)

DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine) - These three chemicals can disrupt your hormonal balance and form cancer-causing agents. They are commonly found in shampoos, soaps, bubble baths, and facial cleansers.

Triclosan- a synthetic antibacterial ingredient used in soaps and disinfectant hand gels.
(Hows this - The Environmental Protection Agency registers it as a pesticide.. calling it highly toxic to any living organism.) It is also classified as a chlorophenol which means its in the cancer-causing chemical class. Triclosan disrupts hormones and can affect sexual function and fertility.

Dioxane - I wasnt aware of this one... Shower and bath products use the chemical dioxane because of its easy absorption into the skin. Although it originally derives from coconuts, there’s nothing natural about this chemical. It’s known to be toxic to your nervous system and organs..like kidneys and liver. Packaging that advertises being made from coconuts are usually taking advantage of this deceiving chemical’s origin.

Check your products safety at EWG -Skin Deep




You might like to consider -

Your own WHOLESALE doTERRA Membership - the easiest and cheapest way to get essential Oils.
doTERRA Shampoo and Conditioner
doTERRA Body wash
doTERRA On Guard Toothpaste
No Pong - deodorant
Nourished Life - a great range of alternatives for your products.
Simply Clean Products - I love their Lemon Myrtle range which includes a Body Wash.

Or choose Another green product - be cautious about 'all natural' and other claims... read the ingredients and do your checks.

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