As I dig into my whole food journey I have come to realize that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put into it. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it has giant pores which soak up what you put on your skin.
Ingredient list for Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Sugar Scrub
Sucrose, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrated Silica, Cocamide MEA, Fragrance (Parfum), Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Cocoamphopropionate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glycerin, Sodium Sulfate, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, DMDM Hydantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, BHA, BHT, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)
This scrub costs $36.00 on the Ultra website. I don’t know what the majority of those ingredients are or what they do or how they would act once put on my body. So I use my rule of 3 (which is the same rule I use when picking food at the store) if I don’t know what three ingredient are or can’t pronounce them then that product is too processed for my body. Instead I try to find a cleaner brand or just make it myself. I have a few staples now that I make for myself and for gifts. These body products are super cheap and easy with real food ingredients!
1 cup white sugar (or a mix of brown and white if you want)
1/3 cup light olive oil (I use light because it makes the scrub smell less like olives)
1 T honey (make sure you buy raw honey)
10 drops of vanilla essential oil (this is different from vanilla extract)
Mix up everything into a bowl then pour into an air tight container. Grab a handful and scrub away! This scrub is even gentle enough to go on your face just be careful to not scrub too hard.
Detox Bath Mix
1 cup epsom salt
1 T baking soda
1 T olive oil
zest of 1 lemon (or whatever citrus fruit you have laying around)
5 drops of vanilla essential oil
1 t dried flowers
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and pour into an air tight container. Add a couple scoops into your hot bath!
1/2 t Bentonite Clay
1/2 t apple cider vinegar or water
Mix equal parts clay and liquid into a non-metal bowl and use a non-metal spoon to mix. Apply a thin coat over face and wait until it hardens. Then remove with a warm washcloth or washing it off in the shower tends to be the easiest. Then moisturize with coconut oil. Your face will be red for a couple hours after so do this at night.
Other Skincare Products
- Coconut oil- great for moisturizing skin or hair and oil pulling
- Castor Oil and Almond Oil: This mixture is a great face wash! Squeeze equal parts into your hand (about a dime size each) massage over your face then use warm wash cloth to wipe off.
- Pure-Castile Soap: This is a great soap to use for body wash, dishes or food. It is highly concentrated so a little goes a long way.
- Anything from Primal Life Organics: They have makeup, deodorant, face wash, moisturizer, sunscreen and toothpaste. Everything is made to order and is from 100% real ingredients!