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I am very much accused of using sprays and things for my deodorants and some body washes and shampoos which aren't too kind to the environment. I'm slowly adjusting. As you know i've been changing makeup and things to make sure they are non animal tested products. Now i'm also trying to have more natural products so that my body is more happy in the future and there's less chemicals going down the drain.

My local craft store make a goats milk soap that i've been trying. There's no preservatives or perfumes. My skin hasn't had any bad reaction to it and it doesn't leave my skin dry. I was using body washes with fancy smells that lather up alot, but i know see they don't need to be packaged pretty to work. I also found a new deodorant yesterday. I was using a Rexona spray on as it keeps my underarms dry, but this one is a tea-tree roll on, without aluminium, and my armpits feel cool, which may be even better. It actually smells really good, not like a strong raw tea tree, because as it also has chamomile, nettle, coltsfoot, birch, yarrow, horsetail, rosemary and trefoil in it!

I was wondering if anyone here makes any natural products like lotions/shampoos/makeup etc, or is along the same path as me trying to be kinder the to earth and your bodies?

I also vowed that when we move in 10 weeks, i will be practising my craft again, and mum and i are going to dedicate one of the rooms for soap and cosmetic making!

Anyone here crafty in that area?
post #2 of 13
Yep! I used to have a home based business for homemade bath products, essential oils, skin care products and gift baskets.
post #3 of 13
I remember making bathbombs at school, but I cant remember anymore! Anyway i will have to try that goatsmilk soap, my skin gets so dry and irritated when i use soap on my face that now i just use the cleansing water.

If you find a good natural product that stays on long and doesnt taste or smell funny let me know!
post #4 of 13
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Hey Fran, when you say a product that stays on and doesnt smell funny, are you talking about moisturiser, lip balm, perfume?? etc
post #5 of 13
I try to use skin care products that don't contain any synthetic chemicals (petrochemicals, sulfates, parabens TEA et al...) as I have very sensitive skin and react badly to a lot of products. My skin has been so much better since I switched over (not entirely there yet as I'm still using 'normal' shampoo and semi permanent hair colour) and I think it makes sense to avoid those kind of things if possible as it's not clear that they are all safe to use, especially when many chemicals interact together. Most of the products I use are more environmentally friendly and not tested on animals too which is a bonus. I've not tried making any products thought. Yet!
post #6 of 13
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Hey Fran, when you say a product that stays on and doesnt smell funny, are you talking about moisturiser, lip balm, perfume?? etc
I mean lipstic and make up, i find alot of them taste really odd, (remember the ones that they sold in the $2 shop) I tried other brands and at the moment Mayballine and Maxx Factor they dont leave a filmy coat or a bad taste. Where as the very expensive lipstic such as YvesSaintLaurent has an odd taste and the lipstic doesnt last long, it costs 25 Euros which is about $40 AUD!

I also find some moisturisers also smell funny (Dove) and it really irritates my skin, so i just stick to my Nivea but with the new bottle i bought i find it very oily! :S
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Makeup wise, for foundation i use Avon matte mousse foundation. It's very light and has great coverage. I think it was about $15 and it lasts forever. It gives you a natural look. I used to have alot of problems finding foundations that that would stay on and didn't bring out all the oil in my skin or get all patchy.

Lip wise, i use anything Bonne Belle. Glosses, lipstick, balms etc. I just bought a new lip gloss from Palmers cocoa butter, it's peppermint & choc. It's not sticky and moisturises nicely. If you like colour (with flavour) get bonne belle liplites lip gloss. They come as a liquid wand gloss and on a stick. They have a good amount of colour and many different coffee/choc/berry flavours wich aren't gross.

I know you didnt mention moisturiser, but i just tried a new one from Priceline, it's their own brand. For normal to combo skin (they also have it for other skin types) which is also very light and conditioning.

I used to get the cheapy $2 ones when i was younger, now i've spent a few years finding what's good for me
post #8 of 13
Yeah we dont have priceline here, Travs told me off with the amount of stuff that i have been buying he literally drags me away from the cosmetic section and tells me i should use up the stuff i have and the stuff he got me

And i used to use Bonne Belle a few years ago, but the taste also goes off after a while.

I dont really use foundation, but he got me 4 bottles of Mayballine and the creamy stuff you just pad on with the mirror inside, its pretty handy!
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Yeah we dont have priceline here, Travs told me off with the amount of stuff that i have been buying he literally drags me away from the cosmetic section and tells me i should use up the stuff i have and the stuff he got me

And i used to use Bonne Belle a few years ago, but the taste also goes off after a while.

I dont really use foundation, but he got me 4 bottles of Mayballine and the creamy stuff you just pad on with the mirror inside, its pretty handy!

Well with anything flavoured it does have a shelf life
post #10 of 13
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Well with anything flavoured it does have a shelf life
I know, but mine did it after only having it for two weeks so i thought it was a waste!
post #11 of 13
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That is unusual. I used to collect all the different fruity lipsmackers when i was in primary school, and i had those for years and they never went off. I've never had any problems with any of the bonne bell products. Maybe you had an off batch, or you developed a dislike to the flavour. Sometimes there can be really nice tastes that you think are nice, but after a while they turn out to be yuck because you get too used to them. Who knows?
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by Dragoriana View Post
That is unusual. I used to collect all the different fruity lipsmackers when i was in primary school, and i had those for years and they never went off. I've never had any problems with any of the bonne bell products. Maybe you had an off batch, or you developed a dislike to the flavour. Sometimes there can be really nice tastes that you think are nice, but after a while they turn out to be yuck because you get too used to them. Who knows?
haha i had so many of them i think i ended up having the whole set, that i ended up throwing out when i moved to Germany because they just ended up tasting horrible.

As for lipbalm i just stick to blistex stick and it tastes like caramel! Even Trav likes it!
post #13 of 13
I would like to get more into creating my own products but I havent found any good resource yet, just a few things over the years here and there.

I do make my own leg wax and exfoliater (sp?).
I will wash my face with honey and plain yogurt too since the Origins stuff I love is pricey.

I've Lush products v. good to use also. I'm pretty sure you can eat them
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