Some time ago I came across an image on Facebook that caught my attention, in which the author showed all the toxic products she had got rid of for the past years. I was in shock, because I was not faced with a set of items marked with a skull symbol. Instead, these were household detergents, cosmetics, and hygiene and body care products. I remembered it also included non-stick frying pans and the disparate collection seemed ridiculous and honestly exaggerated. As my brother would say: “these eco-guys are crazy”.
Meanwhile, time passed by and, voluntarily or not, I got in touch with more information about the products I regularly acquired and brought home, which made me reflect on that photograph I saw. Words and values that at the time were so foreign to me began to define my choices, based on conscious consumption. I started to read labels – with such weird names listed! – and got frighten with the potential effects they might have on my health. I was confused! Ignorance may not always be a blessing, but too much information also doesn’t help.
Almost like the story told by the photograph I once belittled, my home was freeing itself from products that I once considered safe. I began with detergents, since skin is our largest organ and clothing is in permanent contact with it. At that time I found Origami Kids, a company dedicated to babies and children that sold several carefully selected products online. What really caught my attention was not the niche for what this company is oriented – there are no babies around yet! – but by the direct and enlightening way in which they present their offer. From information on harmful ingredients to avoid when choosing laundry detergents, to articles on the ingredients of the shower gel, I was caught by the motivation that led these two doctors to create Origami Kids. I began to feel I had, within my reach, the power to make thoughtful choices and from the moment I began acquiring some of its products, it became extremely hard to even consider returning to those I usually bought.
After being cautious about the detergents, my attention turned to cosmetics. After all, these are also in permanent contact with my skin and are constantly absorbed by it. To learn more about cosmetics history and the policies that bring a product from the lab to the consumer, I invite you to watch the following video.
However, I was not yet satisfied. If I nourished my body with what I cooked and ate, I saw no reason not to apply the same principle to what I put on my skin. So I ventured myself on making my first products at home with everyday ingredients.
Thereby I bring you a recipe for whipped body butter made of coconut oil. It can be easily homemade with accessible products, such as sweet almond oil, argan oil and tea tree extract. By combining these ingredients we are able to extract the maximum of its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, healing and regenerating properties for a gentle cream for body, lips, feet and dry hands.
Do not forget: less is more!
Whipped Body Butter
- 1 cup coconut oil (cold, and in solid state)
- 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil
- 1 teaspoon of argan oil
- 2 drops of tea tree extract essential oil
Put all the ingredients (preferably organic) in a cooking mixer. Mix them at high power for one minute. Keep in a container (do not need cold).
Put all the ingredients (preferably organic) in a cooking mixer. Mix them at a high power for one minute. Keep them in a container (you do not need to cool them down).
For those of you who have very dry hands, apply the cream at night and sleep with old gloves on. Remove in the morning.