We are always on the look out for natural products, natural ideas, natural recipes for makeup and cosmetics that are healthy and non-toxic for us.
Unfortunately, "healthy" is a word that has been disgraced by most of the cosmetic and food industries. Here is an example.
During a visit to the vegan section of a large supermarket, we came across a product made out of aluminium alum.
It was housed in a conventional stick deodorant container but the only difference was that the stick was a solid mineral. The instructions where to apply the stick to a wet underarm and this would leave a layer of protection behind.
We were a little concerned about the only ingredient - Aluminium Alum.
Aluminium is toxic to the body and is linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease. But, we are not scientists and the fact that it was located in the vegan section and the labelling clearly said NATURAL, we felt that there was enough credibility to try it out.
My daughter tried the product out for a few days while I researched the ingredient. After finding out as much as I could, we decided to discontinue using Aluminium Alum for the following reasons :
This whole experience clearly illustrates the misuse of the public's trust by our Corporations and Governments.
I have no idea how a product made from aluminium hydroxide, sulfuric acid and ammonium sulfate can be called NATURAL.
The claim that the product is vegan appears to be true - there are no animal ingredients in the product at all but it does seem a high price to pay to keep it vegan.
We just seem to be getting back to the same issue over and over again.
Whatever you decide to do ... it is up to you. You have one life and you need to make the most of it.
For us, we are gathering natural advantage recipes and publishing them on this site ... for us, and for whoever else that may be interested to join.
Be awesome and enjoy making your own cosmetics.
They are important because there are simply too many toxins in present day commercial cosmetics. These toxins are accumulating in our bodies and the environment and slowly killing us.
This is where our links to the Natural Advantage Recipes begin:
Here are a few extra tips and recipes from the The Permaculture Research Institute.
If you ever decide to sell your cosmetic products commercially within the European Union, you may want to click here (opens in a new window) to take you to our downloads section to familiarise yourself with the requirements.
An essential oil is a liquid that is generally distilled by steam or water from the leaves, stems, flowers, barks or roots of a plant.
Once extracted, the oils can be used for skin treatment, mood enhancement, and health benefits.
Browse through the following images and find the ones that appeal to you. (Click images to enlarge)
Essential oils are very powerful ingredients. Please read our essential oil caution article before using them.
Since the late 1970 and the early 80's, the use of essential oils and aromatherapy has become a major part of alternative and holistic health systems and has a huge following around the world.
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This is a real little gem that many people don't know about. Most sunscreen recipes use titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as the primary sun protection ingredients. Essential oils offer SPF too.
Oils like carrot seed and raspberry offer about 1.5 times more SPF than the minerals do. You could use the oil on its own as a complete sunscreen solution.
Don't forget to read about SPF so that you understand what it means. We have 2 articles in this site that will take 2 minutes to read.
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Have fun ... the worst you can do is make a mess. There are worse things in life.