With organic food ingredients from your kitchen as their base, these essential beauty products really are good enough to eat. Whip up a batch of each, and refrigerate leftovers in glass jars for healthful (and less pricey) skin care:
Mash 1 avocado. Poke hole into vitamin E capsule, and squeeze contents onto avocado. Repeat with vitamin A capsule, and mix. Apply mixture to clean, damp hair. Wrap hair in towel, and let sit 15 minutes. Rinse hair, and let air dry.
Mash 1 banana, then beat by hand until creamy and smooth. Beat in 1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil and 1 tablespoon honey. Smooth onto face, and let sit 10 minutes. Rinse well, and pat skin dry. Gently pat on a few drops of macamadia nut oil to seal in moisture.
Add 10 drops lavender oil to 1/2 cup coconut oil, and mix well. Slather on hands before bed, slip on thin cotton gloves, and allow the moisturizing oils to penetrate all night.
Gently melt 1/4 cup cocoa butter. Let cool, then stir in 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, and 7 drops peppermint extract.
It’s blustery and frigid outside, your skin is dry and chafing, and you’re tempted to grab that big bottle of “natural” moisturizer from the supermarket shelf. In any large grocery store these days—even mainstream outlets—you’ll find myriad natural skin and body care products with botanical ingredients and earthy-looking packages. But what do the labels “pure,” “natural,” and “plant ingredients” really mean? In many cases, not much.
While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies cosmetics and personal care products, it does not require premarket health or safety studies or testing. With the exception of a handful of prohibited ingredients, manufacturers may use almost any raw material in product formulations, without FDA approval.
As a result, personal care products may contain some of the following: