Homemade Body Butter

I have made my life SO much more simple by eliminating all of the crap that I put on my body! I typically use coconut oil on my skin in place of lotion, although it is not always the most moisturizing option, so I decided a go at homemade body butter.

Recipe:

1 Cup of Shea Butter

1/2 Cup of Coconut OIl

1/4 Cup of Jojoba Oil

1/2 Teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil

40ish Drops of Essential Oils

Directions:

Melt the shea butter and coconut oil over the stove on low heat or in a double boiler. Pour contents in a mixing bowl and let cool until room temperature. Once it is cooled, add the remainder of the ingredients. Set in the fridge for an hour or until it turns opaque. Blend at a medium speed for 5ish minutes and distribute among your designated containers! Voila-you are now going to be a moisturized goddess without chemicals and bull sh*t!

Paige Bradshaw

Did I Really Stop Wearing Deodorant?

First step along my journey to using more natural products…deodorant.

For the longest time, I have had THE biggest issue with aluminum filled deodorant, which honestly was a feeling that I had before this rabbit-hole-of-a natural beauty path. After looking into the research, I haven’t come across any evidence that shows aluminum to be cancer-causing. I don’t want to say that it bothers me, but it does. How can applying metal into a porous part of your body not negatively affect you?!?!

Quite frankly, I don’t like the idea of it. And I mistrust the research to conclude that it is safe for our bodies.

At first, I tried making my own coconut oil/corn starch/essential oil deodorant, but I didn’t love the feeling of that and it didn’t even really “work.”

So…one day I just stopped wearing deodorant altogether.

At first it felt strange, skin touching skin all day…ew. But then I got used to the feeling sans deodorant, and it wasn’t all that bad.

You are going to mistrust the following statement; but I don’t even feel as if I smell bad without it, my B.O. almost smells sweet….

I know I sound cray to the cray-but I think one less product to buy makes my wallet and body happier, so I am sticking to it.

If you feel as if my decision is too radical for you, DM me for some Paige-approved suggestions!

Paige Bradshaw

 

My Not-So-Lush Lush Haul

When you walk into a Lush store, there are bath bombs, soaps, and beauty products lining the walls and tables. All of your senses ignite, the gorgeous and bright colors are eye catching, the textures of the handmade soaps in your hands, and the amazing scents from all around the store…it’s gorgeous. Then an employee offers to demo the sparkly bath bomb…who honestly doesn’t love sparkles and smelly goods?!

Lush is basically a woman’s heaven.

That day, back in April, I got “Lush’d.” I spent over $100 on bath bombs, shampoo and conditioner, soap, and hot oil hair masks. You know exactly what I did that night, SPA NIGHT!

That night, as I was sitting in my $15 bath, and it wasn’t as glorious as I imagined. Quite frankly, the Rose aroma was overwhelming and chemically.

Naturally, I started looking up the ingredients of these *insert buzzwords* “Fresh, handmade, naked packaging, vegetarian, ethical buying, and fighting animal testing” products.

Here is just one example, The Rose Jam, which has the following ingredients that I am going to breakdown for ya, using ‘A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients.’

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  • Sodium Bicarbonate: “Bicarbonate of Soda. Baking Soda. Used in effervescent bath salts, mouthwashes, and skin-soothing powders. It is an alkali. Its white crystals or powder are used in baking powder, as a gastric antacid, as an alkaline wash, to treat burns. Essentially harmless to the skin, but when used on very dry skin in preparations that evaporate, it leaves an alkaline residue that may cause irritation.”
    • Why is this ingredient less than ideal? This is the chemical name for baking soda, so it isn’t exactly a harmful chemical. But it can alter your pH and suppress your body’s ability to produce natural oils, which essentially dries your skin and hair out.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate: “The sodium salt of sulfated ethoxylated lauryl alcohol, widely used as a water softener and in baby and other nonirritating shampoos as a wetting and cleansing ingredient. Has caused eye and skin irritation in experimental animals and in some human test subjects. The irritant effects are similar to those produced by other detergents and are affected by concentration. On the basis of the available information, CIR Expert Panel found it safe in the early 1980s, but is considering new information to determine if the final safety assessment should be reaffirmed, amended, or have an addendum. See also Surfactants.”
    • Surfactants: “These are wetting ingredients. They lower water’s surface tension permitting it to spread out and penetrate more easily. These surface-active ingredients are classified by whether or not they ionize in solution, and by the nature of their electrical charges. They are used for cosmetics where mildness is important, such as in shampoos and lotions.”
    • Why are these chemicals less than ideal? Well other than being in your under-the-counter cleaning products, this is what allows your soap to become sudsy. But it also strips your skin and hair of its natural oils, just like sodium bicarbonate.
  • Lauryl Betaine: “A common constituent of vegetable fats, especially coconut oil and laurel oil. Its derivatives are widely used as a base in the manufacture of soaps, detergents, and lauryl alcohol because of their foaming properties. A mild irritant but not a sensitizer.”
  • Fragrance: “A natural or synthetic substance(s) used solely to impart an odor to a cosmetic product. May be used without describing what is actually in the compound. Fragrances are widely used in topical formulations, and can cause photoallergic or phototoxic reactions.  There is a consumer movement to get the fragrance ingredients identified, but the manufacturers say they are protected under trade secretes.”
    • Why this “ingredient” disturbs me the most? Manufacturers are protected, by the law, to put fragrance on the label without any explanation of what actually makes up the fragrance. This one word is and can be used to hide other chemicals that may be less than crowd-pleasing.
  • Calcium Sodium Borosilicate: “The adult body contains about three pounds of calcium, 99% of which provides hardness for bones and teeth. Approximately 1 percent of calcium is distributed in body fluids, where it is essential for normal cell activity.”
  • Tin Oxide: “A coloring ingredient and an abrasive in cosmetics. A brownish black powder insoluble in water.”
  • Titanium Dioxide: “The greatest covering and tinting power of any white pigment used in bath powders, nail whites, depilatories, eyeliners, white eye shadows, antiperspirants, face powders, protective creams, liquid powders, lipsticks, hand lotions, and nail polish. Occurs naturally in three different crystal forms. Used chiefly as a white pigment and as an pacifier; also a white pigment for candy, gum, and marking ink. In high concentrations the dust may cause lung damage. Permanently listed for general cosmetic coloring in 1973.”
  • Red 27/4/33: “Colorants used in the formulation of blushers, lipsticks, face powders, and other makeup products, as well as bath products. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep says it is toxic, although it is permitted by the FDA and the EU.”
    • Why are dyes not so good? The above chemicals are synthetic dyes produced from petroleum and coal tar sources, why should we put any of these products on our body? They are inevitably going to soak into our skin, and end up in our blood stream.

So why am I writing this article? Like I mentioned previously, I got “Lush’d;” not just because I spent over $100 (which I ended up returning all of these products after a look-see at the ingredients), but because I fell for the marketing. I fell for the buzzwords, like handmade to equal natural. Just because something is handmade, doesn’t mean it has the best ingredients for your body. Just because the products were not animal-tested, it doesn’t mean these are quality products!!!

This not-so-lush shopping spree is what began my eye-opening experience to be more conscious and aware of what I have been putting on my body. I can’t wait to share with you all the changes that I have made that are not only cost-effective, but SAFE, PURE, WHOLESOME, AND NATURAL.

I hope you can take a look at your current products and become a curious consumer. Look at the ingredients, understand what they are, and purchase as an informed buyer.

Paige Bradshaw