Whipped Coconut and Tamanu Oil Body Butter Recipe

Whipped coconut and tamanu oil body butter recipe | ourheritageofhealth.com

Making homemade body butter is getting pretty popular these days, so I decided it was about time that I try making one of my own.

I love making homemade beauty products like this because I can control exactly what goes in them and customize them the way I want to. I also like the fact that the ingredients are so simple and that I can have a natural moisturizer with just two or three ingredients instead of the 15-20 that you usually see in store bought moisturizers. 

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Victorian Homemade Tinted Lip Balm

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Yes, it’s true. Women in Victorian America really did make their own homemade tinted lip balm. Even though makeup was usually frowned upon in Victorian society,  enough women must have considered tinted lip balms to be acceptable for recipes for them to have been included in Godey’s Lady’s Book, the most popular lady’s magazine of the 19th century.

19 century lip balm recipes are usually very simple with about four or five ingredients at most unlike many modern lip balms with ingredient lists so long that they need teeny, tiny print to fit them all on the label.

Old-fashioned lip balm recipes also use natural ingredients. You won’t find any rancid vegetable oils or parables or artificial fragrances like you usually do in most brands of lip balm today. And it’s really easy and quick to make your own. It only took me about ten minutes from start to finish to make my lip balm!

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Elderflower Water: A Homemade Hydrosol

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I was snowed-in this past weekend with a blizzard, so I finally did something I’ve been wanting to try for a little while – making my own homemade hydrosol of elderflower water.

I had never even heard of elderflower water until I found a section on skin care in Decorum, a guide on etiquette and hygiene from 1879. In discussing different methods of washing the face, the book says:  

“Our somewhat remote maternal ancestors were very chary in the use of water lest it should injure the complexion. So they delicately wiped their faces with the corner of a towel wet in elder-flower water or rose-water.” (pg. 309-10)

I had heard of rose water before, but I had never seen any other mention of elderflower water before. I was curious to try it though.

I had always just assumed that I would need an actual still to make something distilled like rose water or elderflower water, and I was envisioning some sort of backwoods Prohibition-era contraption.

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Homemade Citrus Lavender Perfume

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I had just about given up on perfumes once I learned about all of the questionable ingredients in the perfumes and body sprays I had been buying. Things like propylene glycol, synthetic chemical fragrance blends, and a whole bunch of other unpronounceable ingredients that would make my spell-checker go crazy if I tried to type them out.

Just look up the name of your favorite perfume into the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and see how toxic it really is! I was pretty shocked when I realized that my “refreshing” perfumes and body sprays with their “natural and botanical extracts” were actually full of carcinogens and other toxic chemicals!

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How to Wash Your Face with Honey and Jojoba Oil

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In my last post, I talked about how I simplified the beauty products that I use after I realized how many chemical ingredients were in the ones that I used to use. Part of that simplifying involved trying to find something new to wash my face with that was more natural than what I had originally been using.

There are so many different face washes out there that claim to be natural, but as I was searching online to find a good one, I came across the idea of using honey.

It seemed kind of strange to me at first to think about smearing sticky honey all over my face, but once I actually tried it, I realized that it actually does make a really good face wash, and it’s about as natural as you can get. Just one ingredient instead of the twenty or more that are usually in store bought face washes. I also love the fact that it’s something that’s edible. It certainly fits the advice of “don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t want feel safe putting in your mouth.” 

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Why I Stopped Using an Antiperspirant

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At the risk of sounding like I don’t have good hygiene habits, I’m going to admit to the fact that I’ve stopped using antiperspirant.

Not to worry, though. I shower regularly, and I still wear deodorant, just not antiperspirant.

Until just recently, I never even thought about the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant. For years, I had always just used the same drugstore brand that my mother used, and I never thought much about what was in it.

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