I’m sharing my experiences during a 21-day food detox. If you’d like to start reading from Day 1, click here.
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Detoxing makes me think not just about the food I put into my body, but products I put ON my skin and hair too. Our skin is efficient at absorbing whatever it touches—toxic chemicals included. So, when an easy, chem-free, homemade body care product recipe comes along, I like to give it a try and see if it’s effective.
Today I’m sharing a recipe for homemade makeup remover pads. I’ve been using them for several months now and they work great. They’re so quick and simple to grab and wipe over my face when I’m finally dragging myself into bed. I also like the soothing coconut oil left behind on my skin.
The ingredients are inexpensive and go a long way toward making many future refills of these pads. When I went shopping for fractionated coconut oil and castile soap, I didn’t know what these products were. Fractionated coconut oil is coconut oil in a liquid state; I actually found mine at Walmart in the cooking oil section. Castile soap is a very gentle, pure liquid soap made from olive oil. I found it in bulk at the health food store but you can also buy it pre-bottled.
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Source: Adapted from thecoconutmama.com
- 1, 4-ounce jar
- organic cotton pads
- 1 1⁄2-2 Tbl fractionated coconut oil
- 1 tsp castile soap
- distilled water
- 2-4 drops essential oils (optional – lavender is a great essential oil to use on your skin)
- Place cotton pads in the glass jar.
- In a small bowl mix together the fractionated coconut oil, castile soap and essential oil (if using).
- Pour mixture over cotton pads.
- Press down on the pads so the mixture evenly absorbs into them.
- Pour distilled water over pads, just enough to wet the pads.
- Place the lid on the jar and shake (this helps to evenly distribute the liquid over the pads).
- I’ve found good results if I squeeze excess liquid from the pad before using.
- Keep the lid on the jar to prevent the pads from drying out.
If you’re interested in learning more about ingredients you might find in your personal care products (or foods), here are a few resources that can help you make informed decisions. Do you have any to share? Please join me in the comments!
- I love this one! More than 250,000 products rated by scientists for health, environment, and social impact: http://www.goodguide.com/. Just type in a specific product and get an instant rating and all the supporting details.
- Toxic ingredients found in many consumer products: http://www.ewg.org/
- Food additives to avoid:
Now, on to today’s detox report…
I’m a bit surprised at how NOT hungry I feel (and that’s very weird for me). I think the protein in the detox shakes helps me to feel satisfied most of the day. However, I still have the urge to snack sometimes—mostly I just feel like eating, I’m not actually hungry so I try to limit my snacking. Raw nuts, fresh berries, avocados, almond butter, and olives are a few of my favorite detox snacks.
Wins: Exercise, fresh air, and all good food choices today! ….AND I’m more than half-way done with my detox. Only 10 more days to go!
Flubs: Can you guess? A little coffee…maybe I should just give up on trying to cut that out. Feels like a lost cause at this point!
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