This month’s affirmation challenged me more than I anticipated. The issues surrounding palm oil and cruelty-free beauty products were much more complicated and with a limited budget, I wasn’t sure I could afford products by recommended companies. Until I have a more substantial paycheck, I decided the best bet was to make my own toiletries. I’ve done this before when attempting to make my own conditioner, but I found it only made my hair oily. Since then I was hesitant to give it another shot. However, I didn’t want to continue buying beauty products, so I did some more Pinterest and Google searches to find other recipes. Not all of these are 100% vegan, but making my own allowed me to have some say in the ingredients that go into my everyday toiletries. I’m going to continue to experiment, but so far, here are a few of my favorites.
Shampoo and Conditioner
These simple mixes from Simply Essential Oils of oils, apple cider vinegar, and distilled water made these combinations fairly easy to put together. I also found it did not leave my hair or scalp feeling oily. My hair felt clean and refreshed afterward. I’m definitely going to continue to use these mixtures in the future.
Food and Wine’s (FWx) article praising coconut oil made me slightly apprehensive to using this ingredient since I had used it in a homemade conditioner with little success. However, I found mixed with other oils and shea butter, coconut oil made a perfect shaving gel. I had attempted to use coconut oil on its own as shaving gel, but it didn’t turn out so well for me. The shea butter helped give it some consistency to make it into an essential toiletry.
Hair Mask and Hand Scrub
Having made hand scrubs for friends’ Christmas presents, I wasn’t hesitant to try this mixture and I am glad to say I wasn’t disappointed. Where I was hesitant was with this other mixture from Food and Wine (FWx) for a hair mask. Putting an egg and honey in my hair made me nervous about how it would all turn out. I was pleasantly surprised, however, when my hair came out soft and clean after it dried. This mixture was definitely a winner!
These recipes have all lived up to my expectations and beyond. I’m eager to try more mixtures in the future to see what works best. However, if you’re just starting out like I am, I would recommend these mixes because they have ingredients you can purchase at your local grocery store. In the future, I’ll continue to find more products from palm oil free companies, but until then I’m happy to continue using these mixes.
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Have you made your own beauty products? What recipes do you recommend?