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HOMEMADE NATURAL TOOTHPASTE

October 27, 2013

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

We all have different stories and motivations to seek a healthier, more natural lifestyle. We sometimes embark on this more-natural-lifestyle journey for a particular reason (ethical, health related or other), and then it cascades into other areas of our life, as we reap a host of unexpected benefits.

For myself, it all started with questioning the cosmetics I put on my skin, and that led me to question my food, the clothes and shoes I choose to wear, the cleaning products I choose to use, … It seems to me that it is almost like once you start ‘detoxing’ a particular area of your life, you end up ‘detoxing your whole life’. Please feel free to comment below, as I would love to hear your thoughts and your experience around this process.

In the meantime, and several years after I started switching to natural and organic skincare, I now make my own toothpaste. Yes. And this is my favourite homemade toothpaste recipe : it makes teeth squeaky clean, keeps them sparkly white, refreshes the breath AND tastes great !

My favourite homemade toothpaste recipe

I love my toothbrush : not only is it green, but the handle is reusable, and the head is replaceable

Makes enough for 2 for about a week*

2 tsp raw virgin coconut oil

2 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda, not baking powder)

2 tsp xylitol

6 drops essential oil of peppermint **

Mix all ingredients in a small glass jar with a small spoon, and simply store the toothpaste in your bathroom, were you would store your store-bought toothpaste.

There is no need to melt the coconut oil beforehand, but your toothpaste’s consistency will vary depending on the room temperature.

* As this toothpaste contains sodium bicarbonate, it can be a bit too abrasive if used everyday. You could alternate with another natural toothpaste, or substitute half of the bicarbonate of soda with fine sea salt, or like I do, simply use only a tiny bit of toothpaste at a time, a tiny pea size is plenty.

** Peppermint is a good all-rounder and it tastes mint-fresh, like traditional toothpaste. Myrrh is another all-rounder. But alternatively, one could use different essential oils to help specific conditions. Lemon, clove and sage are good for sensitive teeth. Tea tree, clove, cinnamon, thyme and chamomile are good for gingivitis. Oregano, tea tree and neem are good for receding gums.

I would love to hear about what you think about this toothpaste, your favourite homemade toothpaste recipe or any oral care tips that you might want to share, so please do comment below.

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HOME MADE ORGANIC MOISTURISING BODY BUTTER

September 11, 2012

Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Making your own cosmetics from organic ingredients is unbelievably easy, and home made preparations are usually way more efficient than store bought, as greater quantities of active ingredients are used. No parabens nor other nasty chemicals, no animal testing, just wholesome organic ingredients. Recipes can be adapted and personalised endlessly. And last but not least, it is really fun to do.

Use this amazing rich moisturising butter / mousse right after a shower or a bath and you will be rewarded with silky soft skin. It also doubles up as hand cream, foot cream, massage cream, make-up remover, hair wax, …

Caution : Essential oils are NOT suitable for babies and pregnant or breastfeeding women, though. The only essential oils I know to be safe to use on babies and young children are Chamomile and Lavender. In any case, consult an aromatherapist who is trained in treating mums-to-be and babies.

To make about 1 cup : (use organic where possible)

100ml melted shea butter

100ml coconut oil

5g emulsifying wax (optional)

25ml vegetable glycerine

25ml pure water or rose floral water (or floral water of your choice)

2 drops essential oil of geranium

2 drops essential oil of lavender

2 drops essential oil of lemon grass

2 drops essential oil of niaouli

5 drops grapefruit seeds extract (optional)

Gently melt the shea butter in a bain-marie. Add coconut oil and wax. Once wax has melted, remove from bain-marie and add vegetable glycerine and start blending using a small manual or electric whisk.

When the colour starts changing to white, add the water a little at a time, whilst still whisking.

Stop whisking when you reach a runny cream / lotion consistency. Add the essential oils and grapefruit seeds extracts and quickly whisk again. Transfer to a clean jar, ideally glass. The cream will set as it cools.

Use within a couple of weeks or store in the refrigerator if not using the grapefruit seeds extracts, as it acts as conservative.

Apply liberally as needed.

Stay Happy

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