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Okay, without much further ado, here are the recipes:
Watch the video here.

Bath Salts

1 cup sea salt (coarse or fine)
10 drops lavender essential oil
(optional ingredients):
1/4 cup borax
1/4 cup baking soda
dried flower petals (rose, lavendar, chamomile, etc)
1 tbsp jojoba oil (for dry skin)

Mix the salt and essential oil together with a whisk. For added
minerals and skin softening properties you can also add the baking soda and borax.
And for fun you can add some dried flowers.
Stir and cover the bowl with a tea towel for several hours to dry.
Place contents into an airtight jar. Tie with a pretty recycled ribbon.
Makes a great gift!

Basic Lip Balm

Free of petroleum by-products!

10 g beeswax
40 ml vegetable oil (good quality, such as sweet almond, sesame, olive)
2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil or any essential oil of your choice* (optional)
* For those who love the smell of orange, remember that citrus oils cause the skin to burn easily in the sun! So avoid these in lip balm)
Empty containers (old lipstick tubes, lip gloss pots, cleaned and sterilized)

Beeswax: Jean Talon Market, Bottine Aux Herbs, Alchemiste
Baking Soda, Vinegar, Borax: Any grocery store, health food stores
Castile Soap (Dr. Bronner's, natural dish soaps...): Health food stores, some pharmacies.
Essential oils: health food stores, pharmacies (make sure it is 100% pure!)
Dried Flowers: Bottine Aux Herbes, Alchemiste
Good quality vegetable oils: Health food stores

So here's my question:
What (if any) ingredients do you look for (or avoid) while buying personal care products?
And have you ever considered making your own at home?

* Special thanks to the wonderful Amy at Atelier Woodenapples for letting us shoot in her space.

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Comments (2)

Colleen Chisholm


The most important thing I wish to see on the labels of personal care products is...
NO ANIMAL TESTING. And yes, I am very interested in making my own products at home now that I have seen Geeta's report.

Posted April 14, 2008 07:17 PM

Kiyoko Burman


Hello, I was researching Borax for ecological purpous, and found that Borax is TOXIC to animals, including people.
If so, it would not be a good idea to put into the bath. But, is it OK to use in laundrey detergant?

Posted April 14, 2008 11:23 PM

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