Every time I come to a website to look at a recipe or tutorial, I skip past the story to get to the good stuff. Let me save you the trouble.

DIY Scented Shimmer Body Powder

DIY Scented Shimmer Body Powder

1/2 cup arrowroot powder

10-20 drops of essential oil

2-3 tbsp of Ivory Lace mica

1 cotton ball

an 8-ounce jar

  1. Put your arrowroot powder and mice to jar; shake to combine.
  2. Add essential oil to the cotton ball, and throw it in the jar. Shake vigorously.
  3. To strengthen the scent, leave the cotton ball in the jar and shake it once or twice a day for a few days, but you can immediately start dusting yourself with this magic mixture.

 

Why I Make a Lot of My Own Beauty Products

Okay, so now that you’ve got what you came here for, I’ll delve into the narrative of this little tutorial a bit more. Dear reader, you’re welcome.

While it’s certainly true that we can’t avoid everything in this world that could cause us harm, the bottom line is that I just don’t like to mess around with things I don’t fully understand.

When I learned that the cosmetics industry was one of the least regulated in terms of what companies could put into products, how safe they had to be, or even what they had to disclose to consumers, that was where the buck stopped. That was where I said, “Okay, now I’m going to do everything I can to only buy products from companies that fully disclose their ingredients and only use ingredients that I can understand, or I’m going to make my own stuff.”

Regardless of the debates surrounding just how dangerous long-term dermal exposure to aluminum is, or parabens and their relationship with breast cancer, the one parallel, the one unifying conclusion I’m able to draw from my research is, at best, we just don’t know for sure, because we don’t have enough information yet. And for me, that’s not good enough.

 

What I Try to Avoid in Personal Care and Beauty Products

Every day it seems, I learn something about human biology or chemistry that broadens my understanding of how what we wear, consume, and live with every day impacts our health, so everything that I do and buy now is simply that — what I’m doing now. There’s always room to learn more, always an improvement to be made somewhere, but to make these alternatives more practical for myself, I just try to take them one step at a time.

Here’s what, at this particular point and time, I try to avoid in any makeup or personal care products that I buy:

  • petroleum-based products, for both health and environmental reasons
  • parabens
  • artificial fragrances
  • artificial colors
  • preservatives
  • non-organic cotton
  • anything corn or soy based (this one can be tricky)

Looking at this list, I feel like there are other things I’m not thinking of, but this is the basic gist of it. In short though, the one rule of thumb I insist on following is, I want to know exactly what’s in what I’m putting on my body. With knowledge comes the power to attain more knowledge, and with that ingredients list I can do further research to decide just how comfortable I am with some things going on my skin or in my hair.

 

What Natural Beauty and Personal Care ISN’T

 

Sometimes I feel like there’s a bit of a chasm between the people that love vibrant lipsticks, and the people that use beet juice. Between the people that make their own perfumes, and the ones that buy the designer bottles in the department stores.

Perhaps it’s just me, but I like to think we’re not so different. Guess what? I swoon for Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks too. I ADORE hair extensions and glitter and platinum blonde hair. And there are some parts of natural beauty care that I just cast to the wind, knowing there are healthier ways, and shamelessly indulge in as my guilty pleasure.

I don’t look at people with the full face of department store cosmetics as shallow or materialistic, because I am that same woman, swooning over the same desired result, just attempting a different way of getting there (sometimes downright comically — you haven’t lived until you’ve had a coconut oil mascara melt all over your face).

My point is is that the differences in what we wear doesn’t make one of us a better person, one of us a savvier buyer, it just makes us two people that want the same thing, but maybe in a little different way. You’re not over there, and I’m not over here. Chances are, we’re both just trying to get that g*ddamned Kylie Jenner lip and wing our eyeliner evenly. I might be wearing arrowroot powder and essential oils right now, but I’m just as proud of my Colourpop tube stashed in my purse as you are, love.

Less to debate about, and more that we have in common — let’s tip our curling irons to that.