One of the most challenging aspects of my life to eco-fy has been beauty products. I've given up on eco-shampoo (after trying dozens of different companies I've simply decided it's better not to waste the plastic bottles) and have been looking for a yummy smelling moisturizer that will work for our super dry winters but is affordable.
My go-to for a few years was Green Beaver's Après Ski lotion. It works very well, has a very 'clean' ingredient list and is made by a Canadian company. Unfortunately it also smells strongly like roasted chicken (the rosemary) and it just isn't moisturizing enough for these Halifax winters.
After searching through the options at our local health food store, it's frustrating to notice that as a consumer you really have to read every ingredient list. Just because it sits on the counter in the 'Natural' section doesn't mean it's free of synthetic or potentially sketchy ingredients. I've been uncomfortable with the idea of slathering chemicals that are meant to be absorbed into my skin and into my bloodstream, the least amount of ingredients the better.
Finally, after reading a few comments and posts of bloggy-friends who used coconut oil, straight up, I thought- why not? I bet it smells amazing and will be a very cheap attempt.
I bought organic coconut oil in a glass jar and gave it a go for about a week. Definitely a weird texture, scooping it out and rubbing it between my hands results in a strange melting to oil sensation. It also felt like I was greasing up after the shower, surprise surprise it was... oily! The great news is that in a few short minutes my skin is fine to put on clothing and I haven't noticed any oil stains on my clothes.
Sadly, and maybe it's because I've never cooked with coconut oil, it doesn't actually smell like anything.
I decided that I would try creating my own scented oil with some essential oils. Why not, right? My first attempt was actually fairly disastrous and resulted in way way too much essential oils that irritated my nose and my brain all day.
Today I tried out my second attempt and I am in LOVE. The smell is subtle but delicious, it was very easy to make and extremely cost efficient. Oh and it works!
Vanilla Coconut Oil Moisturizer
Hardware: ceramic bowl, table spoon, wide mouth mason jar
Software: coconut oil (organic is best!), vanilla (beans or extract. I used homemade extract that was gifted to me since I didn't have the beans. It means that there's a small amount of alcohol in the mix, but it hasn't affected the smell. I think vanilla beans would be stronger though).
Scoop a bunch of the coconut oil into the ceramic bowl. Mush it around with the table spoon a bit so it's a similar consistency. Add 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of vanilla extract (or scraping the insides of a bean). Mix so it's all one golden beautiful yummy colour.
Scoop into the mason jar (wide mouth and shallow will be easier to scoop out with your hands).
Place in a cool spot (or the fridge) over night.
It will be ready to use the next morning!
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