Home Detox Part 3: Natural Skin Care Recipes and Tips

If there is one industry I would deem the most dangerous, unregulated, and reckless in terms of toxic, carcinogenic ingredients and a lack of accountability and public transparency...it would be the cosmetic/skin care industry.

Yes, even more so than the food industry.


Because the FDA has authorized the cosmetic industry to police itself.

That is right, the industry that sells us products we place on our skin, lips, eyes, nails, hair, etc. and inhale through our noses and mouths, has no third-party or government agency keeping it honest.

Just its own panel of self-appointed experts.

The FDA has no power to require these companies to test their ingredients for safety (so most of them dont bother), nor do they review the majority of cosmetic products and ingredients before they are released to the market.


Think Im exaggerating? Sadly, its entirely true.

According to the Environmental Working Groups (EWG) Skin Deep site:

With the exception of color additives and a few prohibited substances, cosmetics companies may use any ingredient or raw material in their products without government review or approval (FDA 2005). Whereas the European Union has banned more than 1,000 ingredients from use in cosmetics, the FDA has only prohibited the following (FDA 2000a):

  • Bithionol
  • Chlorofluorocarbon propellants
  • Chloroform
  • Halogenated salicylanilides (di-, tri-, metabromsalan and tetrachlorosalicylanilide)
  • Methylene chloride
  • Vinyl chloride
  • Zirconium-containing complexes
  • Prohibited cattle materials (including material from non-ambulatory cattle, material from cattle not inspected and passed and mechanically separated beef).

Even products labeled organic, or natural, can contain a toxic brew of untested and potentially hazardous chemicals which may be banned in other countries.

So, whats a person to do about personal care products?

Start a skin care makeover!

You have two options, research your favorite brands by heading over to EWGs skin deep database. Just plug in the product name to see how they measure up. Fair warning, truly pure, organic, chemical-free products usually cost BIG bucks.

OR learn to make some of your own products at home with my doctor-mama Natural Skin Care Recipes and Tips.

These are the easy and affordable recipes I use at home for my face, body, lips, hair, and my baby/toddler girl. And youll know exactly whats in the products because you made them yourself.

I also include info on where to get the best raw materials.

Facial Care

DIY Facial Moisturizer

 Author: Jodi Trotter
Recipe type: DIY Facial Moisturizer
  • 4 oz coconut oil
  • 10 drops Vitamin E
  • Essential oils of choice (Frankincense and/or Rose for anti-aging, Lemon for combination skin, Lavender for dry skin, Rosemary for oily skin, Roman Chamomile and/or Rose for sensitive skin).
  1. Combine ingredients in a food processor and blend to combine.

Silky Smooth Shaving Cream for Him or Her

 Author: Jodi Trotter
Recipe type: DIY Shaving Cream
  • 4 oz liquid castile soap
  • 4 oz non-toxic conditioner (such as Jason's)
  • 5 tablespoons non-toxic face lotion
  • 5 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. For best results, try using either an immersion blender or put everything into a food processor.
  2. Store in an old (clean) bottle with a pump.
*Since this shaving cream has zero preservatives, be sure to keep water out (this is the value of using an old bottle with a pump).

BONUS tip for the ladies: for a fast, cheap, and easy eye makeup remover, rub a bit of coconut or olive oil directly onto your eyes and wipe with a damp cotton pad or facecloth. Works like a charm every time.


Body Care

Avocado Butter-Based Carrier Lotion

Author: Aunt Brenda Buss
Recipe type: Body Care
Serves: 5-4oz mason jars
The following two recipes are from my Aunt Brenda Buss. Though the recipes take a little time, they are easy to make on a weekend, luxurious to apply, and customizable depending on which oils you need for specific situations. More on which oils to use for what below.
  • 1 lb.(16 ounces) avocado butter*
  • 5 oz.’s meadow foam oil*
  • 2 cups of modified tapioca starch*
  • Essential Oils:
  • (This is our favorite blend, but mix and match to create one all your own)
  • 20 drops of Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 20 drops of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
  • 20 drops of Young Living Geranium Essential Oil
  • 10 drops of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil
  1. In a large standing mixer bowl SLOWLY mix the following ingredients with a spatula first (or the tapioca starch will poof all over the place): avocado butter, meadow foam oil and modified tapioca starch until combined.
  2. Next add your desired essential oils.
  3. Using the whisk attachment, mix all ingredients in a Kitchen Aid/Standing Mixer on “WHIP”, until the mixture is at “whip cream peak form”.
  4. It will take about 35-45 minutes.
  5. Next, scoop your whipped mixture out with a small spatula or tablespoon, and place into 4 oz. mason jars with lids.
Start by using just a dab on your skin...a little goes a llloonnng way. The texture and feel of this lotion is silky, smooth, and wonderfully luxurious.
*Ingredients available at: organic-creations.com

Easy Make at Home Lip Balm

 Author: Sister Jennifer Pepoy
This easy, moisture-rich recipe will save you bundles on natural lip balm
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  1. Melt the beeswax and coconut oil in double boiler.
  2. Let cool slightly, then add 5 drops Lavender or any essential oil desired.
  3. Some of our favorites are grapefruit and peppermint. You don't need an essential oil for this recipe but they are an amazing addition.

Alcohol and Chemical-Free Hand Sanitizer

 Author: Jodi Trotter
Recipe type: Hand Sanitizer
Did you know Minnesota recently issued a ban on triclosan, a common anti-bacterial ingredient found in most hand sanitizers? Sadly, the rest of the country is yet to clamp down. Do yourself a favor and try this safe and effective natural alternative.
  • 1 cup pure aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • Your favorite Young Living Essential Oils of choice (for extra germ-fighting oomph try tea tree, lavender, or thyme)
  1. Whisk ingredients together and store in a dropper bottle or roller bottle.
  2. Apply as-needed in place of conventional hand sanitizer.
This natural formula actually conditions your hands as it kills germs, instead of drying them out.

Baby Care

Simply Soothing All-Purpose Diaper Cream

 Recipe type: Multi-Purpose diaper cream
This next recipe was given to me by my sister and she has used it for her twin 11 month old boys and 4 years old son. She uses it as their go for everything including diaper rash, dryness behind ears and knuckles and cheeks, and any kind of skin condition. She gave me some from Christmas and I used it on Veyda dry hands from washing them and it worked over night.
  • ½ C coconut oil
  • ¼-1/2 oz oz beeswax
  1. Warm beeswax and coconut oil in double boiler until completely melted.
  2. Remove and let sit until the mixture cools but still liquified.
  3. Add 5 drops Young Living Lavender Essential Oil, and 5 drops Young Living Melaleuca Essential Oil.
  4. Pour into a glass container and let harden (hardening may be sped up by placing the jar in fridge or freezer).
  5. Store at room temperature and use as-needed.
*If using cloth diapers, as with any oil-based diaper cream, it is recommended you put down a barrier cloth to prevent oil from soaking into the cloth diaper. Soft hemp cloths work well for this.

Gentle Baby Body Butter

 Author: Aunt Brenda Buss
 Serves: 5-4 oz canning jars
A perfectly silky smooth, gentle, and 100% chemical-free moisturizer for baby's delicate skin.
  • 1 lb (16 ounces) avocado oil*
  • 5 oz meadow foam oil*
  • 2 cups modified tapioca starch*
  • 25-30 drops Young Living Gentle Baby Essential Oil
  • 20 drops Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 20 drops Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil
  1. In a large standing mixer bowl combine the following slowly using a spatula (so the tapioca starch doesn't poof all over the place): avocado butter, meadow foam oil, and modified tapioca starch.
  2. Next, add all of your essential oils and mix all ingredients in a Kitchen Aid/Standing Mixer on “WHIP”, until the mixture is at “whip cream peak form”.
  3. It will take about 35-45 minutes.
  4. Scoop out mixture using a tablespoon and place into 4 oz. canning jars with lids.
  5. Makes 5- 4 oz. canning jars full.
Just a tiny dab on baby (or mommy's) skin goes a long way.
*Ingredients available at: organic-creations.com

Hair Care

Squeaky Clean DIY Shampoo

Author: Dr. Jessica Payne
Recipe type: DIY Shampoo
I've recently switched my shampoo to this DIY version and LOVE it. I have long, thick hair and this cleans it without weighing it down as well (if not better) as the pre-made natural shampoos I've use din the past. Give it a go!
  • cup liquid castile soap, such as Dr. Bronner's
  • -2/3 cup water (amount depends on how soapy/thick you prefer)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil
  • 5-15 drops essential oil of choice (Lavender, Geranium, or Rose for dry hair, Lemongrass, Rosemary, or Eucalyptus for oily hair, Melaleuca for dandruff)
  1. In an old shampoo bottle, combine castile soap and baking soda and shake to combine.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, shake and you're done.

Gentle Baby Shampoo and Bodywash

Author: Dr. Jessica Payne
Recipe type: Baby Shampoo
When it comes to what you put on baby's skin, I believe if you can control the ingredients by making yourself...you should. Here's what I used for my Veyda.
*PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A TEAR-FREE FORMULA. The infamous tear-free shampoos we all love are actually not good for baby's skin. This is because they are in highly alkaline base that, while non-stinging to the eyes, strips the skin's natural protective acid barrier, leading to dry skin and other skin issues in babies.

In natural health and beauty,


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