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5 Homemade Natural Beauty Products

3. No-Poo

This No-Poo method of hair maintenance is meant to completely replace conventional shampoo and conditioner hence the no “poo”. The No-Poo philosophy is all about allowing your hair to re-learn how to self-regulate in the absence of harsh cleansers. No-Poo works with, not against, your hair’s natural oils. Weekly or bi-weekly, you “wash” your hair, but otherwise you simply rinse it with water.

To “wash”, mix 1 tbsp of baking soda into 1 cup of warm water, and distribute the solution evenly through your hair. Begin at the scalp and work your way out to the roots, massaging as you go. Rinse thoroughly with water. Next, apply a 1:1 dilution of apple cider vinegar in water. I find a spray bottle works best for this. Rub it in, allow it to sit for a minute or two, and then rinse it out completely.

I have been doing this once a week for two years, and my hair has never been healthier. It’s sort of amazing. You can read more about this on my blog, Bonzai Aphrodite.

4. Aloe Vera Gel as Hair Product

I use aloe as a smoothing serum, a fly-away tamer, and a light-hold hair gel. It works like a charm and it’s totally natural! You can even dilute it in water, add it to a spray bottle, and use it as a stand-in homemade hairspray.

Aloe vera gel is widely available in drugstores and supermarkets, though you’ll have more luck finding an additive-free version at a natural foods store. Look for a product that’s 97-100 percent aloe (it’s okay to have a small – up to 3 percent – portion of alcohol, to preserve freshness.)

5. Homemade Toothpaste

Most toothpaste is full of nasty gunk that I’d never accept in my food so why would I rub it all over my teeth?! Making your own toothpaste is easy and effective. You only need four ingredients: baking soda (a cleanser and mild abrasive; the abrasive index of baking soda is less than that of any store-bought toothpaste, so don’t worry that it’s too rough), coconut oil (the carrier, as well as an antimicrobial), peppermint or licorice extract (for flavor!), and xylitol (a natural sweetener that’s actually proven to help prevent cavities).

To make your toothpaste, mix 2 parts baking soda with 1 part melted coconut oil, then add xylitol and flavored extract to taste. Combine to form a thick paste, adjusting coconut oil as needed. Store in a sealed jar at room temperature.

These are just the fundamentals of DIY body care, the most basic framework. But once you’ve got them down, then you’ve got the foundation. And that’s where all the fun begins!

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Image: By the author, Sayward Rebhal, from her blog Bonzai Aphrodite

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3:11AM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

For the beauty of both ourselves and our environment

6:16PM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

Great starting point! I swear by most of these already but haven't tried the aloe for my hair. Thanks for the tips!

6:43AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

brilliant! thanks so much, can't wait to try out the deodrant

6:21AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try some of these!

4:51AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Great read! Time to add coconut oil to the list and get more aloe!

1:46AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Have discovered these myself over the last year - am hypothyroid and having to avoid fluorides and other halides (such as contained in toothpastes and deodorants). Coconut oil is very good - buy organic if you can!

8:44PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

great info thanks

10:30AM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

Thanks!

9:30AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

thanks.

9:30AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

thanks.

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