Toxic Free DIY Mini Series

I’m all about being green and buying products that have as few chemicals as possible. Unfortunately, even many green products are full of hidden chemicals and it can be difficult trying to decipher which is best. Not to mention greener products are definitely on the pricey side.

The up side to this dilemma is that many personal care and beauty products can be made right in the comfort of your kitchen for pretty cheap! You can control what kind of ingredients go in the products you make so you can be sure there are no hidden chemicals and other unnecessary nasties.

Only issue with homemade products is finding a recipe that actually works!

Which is why I’d like to introduce to you two very cool people who will be giving us easy, tried and true recipes for the next few weeks on how to make your own sugar scrub, lotion bars, herbal shampoo, and beeswax candles (and may add more later!)

We’ll call this the Toxic-Free DIY Mini Series

Now, let’s introduce our 2 guest speakers…

Pamela, my sister-in-law

Hi, I am Pamela, a mother of two, becoming more earth conscious and trying to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible while teaching my kids to do the same. I became interested in making my own products at home when I picked up a book called The Green Beauty Guide. I realized I was able to choose everything that went into the products knowing that they were truly natural.

I started making soaps and candles in my kitchen about 10 years ago and there was just no end to the creativity. There is something incredibly rewarding about using something that you make from scratch and the best part is it’s easier than you think!

To make a long story short, I turned my passion into a small business selling soaps, candles, bath soaks, massage oils, scrubs and more, in the beginning from my front porch (I live on a busy street) and then local farmer’s markets. After a few years I was at the point where I needed to have a bigger production space and go online if I was going to continue as a business so I decided to keep it as something I would do for myself and friends instead. As a highly creative person I tend to be working on many things at once and wanted more time for art, cooking, kids and self enrichment among other things- who doesn’t right!
With a few basic ingredients you can make and replace most of the bath and beauty products that you buy in the store. The best part is simple is always better for your skin and body.

…and….

Heather Kallimani from Rockin the Green Life

My name is Heather Kallimani and I am “rockin the green life“!  I have a wonderful husband who puts up with me and all my ideas and 4 beautiful, healthy children that I’m teaching to STAY healthy.  We are blessed with our “mini-farm” that includes 65 laying hens, fruit trees and a garden. We also raise 1-2 batches of pastured meat chickens a year that we butcher ourselves; to save us money.

I am passionate, some might say obsessed, with learning how to stay healthy and living “green”.  I haven’t always been this way. I used to live on candy bars, Mountain Dew, ice cream and gas station cappuccino’s.  Now I love raw milk, organic produce, grass-fed beef, pastured poultry and eggs, gardening and zero-waste (although I’m not quite there yet).

After my second child was born, my mother-in-law came to me and shared about toxic chemicals in baby products. I had no idea!  I would’ve never even dreamed that companies had such little disregard for our lives to put toxic chemicals in their products!  It angers me!  What do I do about it?  I immediately stop using those products and tell everyone I know about it!  It can be inconvenient. But I would rather be inconvenienced than have cancer or another type of disease. 

And so, I’ve started my blog, Rockin the Green Life.  I am hoping to inspire others to do their part and to learn something new.  These companies are going to keep polluting our environment and our bodies unless we do something, which means writing to them, signing petitions, boycotting their products and voting with our dollars.  How are they going to change if we don’t change first?

Come back every Friday for the next couple weeks to get a new beauty or personal care product recipe. We’ll be starting with Pamela’s recipe for homemade sugar scrub.

In the mean time, check out Heather’s recipes on how to make your own massage oil, all natural homemade disinfectants, and homemade dishwasher detergent.

See you next Friday to learn how to make your own sugar scrub so you can exfoliate your skin to leave it radiant and young looking!

Until next time,
Loriel – Healthy Roots, Happy Soul 

This post is part of: Better Mom Mondays, Thank Goodness It’s Monday, Clever Chicks HopNatural Living Mondays,  Teach Me TuesdaysThe Gathering SpotFamily Table TuesdayAnti-Procrastination TuesdayHealthy TuesdaysTitus 2sday, Real Food Wednesday, Healthy 2day Wednesday, Wicked Awesome WednesdaysParty Wave WednesdaysSeasonal Celebration, Whole Food Wednesdays, Homemaking Linkup, Creative JuiceThe Mommy ClubYour Green Resource, Simple Lives ThursdayTasty TraditionsThank Your Body Thursday,

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3 thoughts on “Toxic Free DIY Mini Series

  1. Sounds like a cool series! It's really neat to discover more things that you can make (especially when they are both healthier and cheaper).
    Thanks for linking up with A Humble Bumble 🙂

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