How to Make Your Own Natural Hygiene Products
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Natural Hygiene Products
by Devin Bettencourt
Your skin is your largest organ and it’s like a sponge, absorbing everything you put on it. Unfortunately, many store-bought personal hygiene products are packed full of chemicals, which pose a threat to your health and well-being. Chemicals such a BPA, BPS, DEHP, Phthalates, and Fragrances have been linked to the development of certain cancers, endocrine disruption, infertility and birth defects, cardiovascular and heart disease, and even organ failure. Pretty scary stuff! According to EWG (a non-profit organization that seeks to educate consumers on product safety), only 11% of cosmetics are tested for safety by the cosmetic industry. These are products many people put on their skin every single day!
In addition to many of these products being hazardous for our health, many products are packaged in plastic which pose a threat to our environment. This contributes to the excessive plastic waste that is currently overfilling our landfills, leaching chemicals into our water supply, and floating in our oceans resulting in marine life fatality. If you want to learn more about the effects of single-use plastic on our environment the Plastic Pollution Coalition is a fantastic organization that seeks to empower people and companies to eliminate plastic pollution.
So what can you do now for your health and the health of the environment? Make natural hygiene products at home! It is a safe and simple alternative to store-bought products, it much less expensive, and you can drastically decrease your waste production! Below we have attached some links and videos to get you started on making your own natural hygiene products.
Here is a quick video on how to make your own zero waste toothpaste:
Here is another video on how to make your own zero waste deodorant:
Coconut Oil Toothpaste – Pare Down
Homemade Natural Hygiene Products – Earth Mamas World
Photo Credit: Devin Bettencourt