In the past three months, M has opened my side of the medicine cabinet and asked “who are you?” at least five times.
My side of the bathroom medicine cabinet is now filled with oils and jars of strange liquid (in addition to about 20 bottles of nail polish).
The grapeseed and caster oils replaced my face wash. The jar of apple cider vinegar and water has replaced my toner…and a giant jar of coconut oil has replaced my moisturizer.
I’m on a campaign to gradually switch my conventional body care products out for more natural ones. Getting away from the artificial chemicals in the usual body care suspects.
My face care transition started in January. I just ran out of shampoo, so I figured that would be the next thing to change.
I wasn’t quite ready to go “no poo.” I have curly hair and I only wash it with shampoo once a week (on Wednesdays, because Wednesday and Wash start with the same letter). I get a little scared that I’d be a totally greaseball 6 days a week instead of my usual 5 days if I went poo-free.
Luckily I came across a post on the Edible Perspective about homemade skin care products, that had a recipe for homemade shampoo using coconut milk and Castile soap. I love coconut. Some even say I’m turning into a coconut. So I decided to give it a try.
Lavender Coconut Shampoo
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup lavender Castile soap
I really like this shampoo. I mean, I reeeally like it. Why? Well, I’ll tell you: call me a “gross kid” but I like my hair best a few days after I wash it– it’s got enough texture that I can pull it back into a pony tail without half of it sticking straight up in a curl halo around my face, but it’s also still got some curl. My hair felt like this after one use of this shampoo–but not in a dirty way, in a moisturized and thick way.
I still used some of my Desert Essence coconut conditioner along with the shampoo, but I liked this stuff so much that I don’t think I’ll ever go back to normal shampoo again!
Do you make any of your own skin or hair care products?