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The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty (+ GIVEAWAY!!)

There are many reasons to switch to natural beauty and personal care products.  Growing research reveals the harm chemical-laden products have on our microbiome.  Our skin is our bodies largest organ and much of what we put on our skin enters our bloodstream.  According to the Environmental Working Group there are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today, many of which don’t have any safety data, especially those in the skin care and beauty industry.  The FDA regulates the cosmetic industry and allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful in products we use on our bodies everyday.

Not only do I desire products that are chemical-free but ones using ingredients that nourish & heal while being environmentally friendly, cruelty-free, and at a reasonable cost.  Is that even possible?!  :)

Sunny Sabramanian, an expert vegan beauty blogger, says “yes!” and and paves the way in her newly released book, The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty.  Fun and informative, it provides over 100 full color step-by-step photos, charts, diagrams, plus a DIY gift section so you can create nourishing products for you and share the love with others!

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Creating your own beauty products may seem overwhelming but you can start small, selecting the products you use most often, and build from there.  Items like deodorant are made infrequently, allowing you to even select one item per week to create while your dinner is cooking.  So simple!  Sunny has provided a few of her favorite recipes to begin to transform your cabinet into a beautiful and oh-so-fun haven (for all the new mommas, like myself, it really can feel like a mini-retreat!:))

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Refreshing Footloose Soak, page 129

It’s amazing how a little warm, mineral-laced water can work miracles on tired, achy feet. Soften and hydrate your hardworking tootsies with this simple soak while you catch up on some trashy celeb gossip magazines (guilty pleasure!) or binge-watch your fave Netflix show.

Best for: All skin types

Top Tips: Rosemary essential oil has anti-fungal superpowers. It has also been shown to fight bacteria, so it keeps feet smelling sweet.

If you like, add a pinch of dried rosemary and a sprig of fresh mint to your soak. It smells extra heavenly.

Superstar ingredients: Epsom salt chills out tired, aching feet, while baking soda helps eliminate and prevent foot odor. Peppermint and rosemary essential oils awaken the senses while they banish bad-smelling bacteria.

  • Glass jar with lid
  • Basin or bucket large enough to accommodate 
 feet comfortably

1 cup         fine Epsom salt                                            250 mL

1⁄2 cup      baking soda                                                   125 mL

15              drops peppermint essential oil                      15

15              drops rosemary essential oil                           15

Hot water

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together Epsom salt, baking soda, peppermint essential oil and rosemary essential oil until well combined. Spoon into jar.
  2. Fill basin with hot water. Add 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) of the Epsom salt mixture and stir until dissolved. Let cool slightly.
  3. Test the temperature of the water with your toe to make sure it’s very warm but not scalding. Immerse your feet in the water and soak for 15 to 30 minutes (longer is OK, if you like).
  4. Pat feet dry with a towel. Follow with your favorite moisturizing cream or straight-up coconut or jojoba oil.
  5. Store jar at room temperature 
for up to 6 months.

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Keep-It-Dry Deodorant Paste, page 232

Tired of searching for a pure, chemical-free deodorant that doesn’t cost a fortune? Yeah, me, too. Here’s a mega-simple DIY deodorant that focuses on safe, effective ingredients. No muss, no fuss, no stink!

Best for: Normal, Combination, Oily/acne-prone,
 Dry and Mature skin

Top Tip: Tea tree, lavender and lemongrass essential oils are all powerful odor fighters. Add a few drops and you’ll be smelling sweet!

Superstar ingredient: Coconut oil is a terrific emollient. It was also popular for cooking in the United States and Canada until the 1970s, when corn and soy oil companies ramped up their propaganda against it. They claimed that its high saturated fat content made it dangerous to consume, but today, we know that coconut oil is more complex than that. The saturated fat in coconut oil consists primarily of medium-chain fatty acids, which aren’t as easily stored as fat by the body.

  • Small glass jar with lid

3 tbsp         arrowroot powder or cornstarch            45 mL

1 tbsp         baking soda or kaolin clay                        15 mL

2 tbsp         coconut oil                                                   30 mL

5                    drops essential oil(s) of your choice        5

  1. In a small bowl, whisk arrowroot powder with baking soda until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Place coconut oil in a small heatproof glass bowl. Microwave on High, stirring every 5 seconds, until melted and completely smooth. (The total time will depend on the strength of your microwave.)
  3. Whisk coconut oil into arrowroot mixture along with essential oil(s) until a paste forms. Pour into jar.
  4. Using fingers, rub a small amount of paste over underarm skin until absorbed.
  5. Store at room temperature for up to 1 year.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!  Begin creating your own products at home with a 15mL bottle of Young Living Lavender essential oil.  To enter leave a comment sharing what personal care or beauty product you’d replace first.  Be sure to grab a copy of Sunny’s book for more recipes for a toxic-free cabinet.

Winner will be chosen at random.  Giveaway ends on November 23.  Valid for U.S. residents only. 

Update –> Congratulations to Teran for winning this giveaway!  :)

Many thanks to the publisher, Robert Rose, for the opportunity to review this resource. 

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  • Kristine Lucius - I love natural DIY, non-toxic products! Yes, our skin is our largest organ! I never want to go back to polluting myself with all those nasty chemicals. Thanks for the great info and the recipes!ReplyCancel

    • Stacy Lingle - So true! I’m glad you’ve made such a switch!ReplyCancel

  • Connie Bish - I would love to give the Deodorant recipe a try! And I love that they are recipes with few items, simple and quick to make. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Stacy Lingle - You’re welcome, Connie! I agree – I get overwhelmed when recipes have so many ingredients that it just makes it feel time consuming and unreasonable. Thse are so easy and its nice that they last a long time!ReplyCancel

  • Josephine - Deodorant! I’ve wanted to make my own, but I’m slightly scared-this one sounds less scary and ready for me to try it soon!!!ReplyCancel

    • Stacy Lingle - I agree, Josephine! I was always scared to make my own too, but this one is certainly easy!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn G - DIY deodorant is my priority.ReplyCancel

    • Stacy Lingle - Awesome Dawn! I’d love to hear how you like the deodorant if you make it!ReplyCancel

  • Teran - Thanks for sharing this! I think my switch would be deodorant and then possibly lotion. I’ve tried using coconut oil like you suggested and I like it, but it can be a little oily sometimes. I would like to make something for myself and my little ones!ReplyCancel

    • Stacy Lingle - You’re very welcome! I definitely agree on deodorant and lotion – those things we run all over our bodies everyday were my first priority too!ReplyCancel

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