Did you know that most people use 5 scented products a day, and many use much more. Everyday products that most people would not think remember as scented are things like kitchen garbage bags and “Fresh as a Daisy” or Meadow Forrest” scented bleach. Do we really need scented bleach?
Besides the obvious scented products, have you ever considered your lotion and creams as perfume? It’s likely that many of you choose your lotions because of the scent.
What many people do not realize is that while we do not normally use a lotion or a cream for the perfume it adds, it adds quite a lot. Lotions and creams have a fat or butter ingredient that enables them to hold their scent much longer than some perfumes.
If they are scented lotions and creams have to be considered as a perfume when in the company of people with allergies. If you are allergic or have loved ones who are you can do yourself and them a favor by not wearing scented lotions and creams, just as you would avoid perfume.
If you feel that your skin needs some moisture, you can make a nice moisturizer out of any good food grade oil. Olive & Coconut are both good choices, but depending on your age and skin type one might feel better than another.
You can also make a very effective unscented Body Butter. Below is a recipe I have been working on and you might like.
- 3 ounces Unrefined Shea Butter
- ½ ounce Raw Unrefined Cocoa Butter
- ½ ounce Organic Olive Oil (or other oil; avocado, Moringa, Jojoba)
- 1 ounce Distilled Water
- Melt your butters on low, heating it as little as possible, then add all the other ingredients, with you mixer on low, mix everything slowly at first then increase the speed till you can keep it on high without your mixture splashing out, then whip till your body butter looks like whipped cream… That’s it!
Karen Coghlan of Blue Yonder Urban Farms is a Wife, Grandmother, Soap Maker, Full Time Student, and a Back Yard Gardener. This year she started seriously trying to grow food in her back yard. Living in Arizona, with the heat growing anything is a challenge!