There’s this awesome thing about slowly transitioning into a healthier, natural lifestyle: you get to make so many cool things with your own two hands!
I first started my natural lifestyle (in 2011) via real food and learning all the things you shouldn’t feed your baby. My eyes were opened up wide to GMOs, artificial colors, Monsanto, and all the other buzz words you’re starting to hear regarding our food supply.
Slowly but surely, I began to make many things from scratch; kombucha, bone broth, salad dressing, taco seasoning, and even french onion dip (you can find all those recipes on my site!).
But what about body and personal care and baby products?
It wasn’t until about half a year ago that I actually started making personal care items from scratch because it’s never really been my passion. But the more I learned about the beauty/personal care industry, the more I was motivated to start making things using ingredients I could pronounce.
The beauty industry is honestly, in my eyes, no different than the food industry, in the respect that you can’t just trust what a product’s label says. You have to flip over the product, read the label, and try to decipher what exactly each item means. More times than not, you’re left trying to read words that have anywhere from 7-20 letters in it and your brain gets tired from trying to pronounce it in your head. Both are big red flags.
The truth is, US researchers report that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. (source) Not only that, our skin is like a sponge and absorbs up to 60% of what we put on it! Can you imagine all the chemicals we’re soaking into our bloodstream from most store-bought products??
That’s a LOT of possible problems and the scary part is that baby care products fall into that category. As a mom, my child’s health — inside and outside — is my first priority and it only made sense to start making some of the products we use on our skin from scratch.
We’ve pretty much streamlined our personal care products but there is one thing that is an absolute must to have in the house: a healing balm or ointment of some sort. Andrew turned 4 yesterday which means there are lots of opportunities for bumps, bruises, scratches, and all other kinds of owies. A few months ago, I made my first batch of homemade healing ointment which has the consistency similar to Neosporin.
Although I love the end result, I also wanted something that I could put into my purse so I’d be armed and ready in case we had a boo-boo while at the park, beach, or running errands.
The perfect solution? Change the consistency so it’s more firm and pour the melted down ingredients into chap stick tubes.
For this particular recipe, I infused comfrey, plantain, and lavender for 4 weeks in olive oil and combined it with beeswax, shea butter, and Plant Therapy’s Better-Than-Kisses KidSafe Synergy.
Even though I enjoy learning about the different benefits of essential oils, I love that Plant Therapy has a whole line dedicated to KidSafe formulas (who were formulated with help of the world’s leading expert on essential oils, Robert Tisserand) which literally eliminates having to decide which essential oils to add.
Great for mama’s who want a toxic-free solution but feel like they don’t ever have enough time in the day!
This recipe fills 15 chap stick tubes so there is extra to give so Grandma, Daddy, and your girl friends can have a tube or two as well. Just make sure you label it so they don’t accidentally put it on their lips (which honestly wouldn’t hurt any way).
- In a small pan, add some water and turn the heat on medium
- Place the beeswax, shea butter, and infused oil into a heat-proof glass bowl and place on top of the pan; stir occasionally
- Within 10-15 minutes, your ingredients will melt down into liquid; remove from the burner
- Allow to cool for a minute and then add in 20 drops of Better-Than-Kisses synergy; stir with a wooden spoon
- Using a dropper, fill each chap stick tube almost to the top
- After you're done filling them, go back to the first one you filled and top each one off.
- If you don't have a dropper and will be pouring the liquid into the chap stick tubes, make sure to wipe the condensation off the bowl so no water gets into your healing balm
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