Now that we’ve got our blog up and running (yay!) we want to share with all of you why we started handcrafting our own beauty products! 😀 If you’ve swung by our about us page then you already have a little insight into how all of this began. If you haven’t swung by there yet we highly recommend it!
Why would you make your own beauty products?
There’s a few important reasons why you might want to make your own beauty products. Some of them include:
- You know exactly what’s in it. Everything you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream, so knowing there isn’t any harmful chemicals in beauty products you are making you can make sure you aren’t doing damage to your skin and health.
- It costs a lot less than buying it at a store. Some of the all natural beauty products that are healthy for your skin can cost well over €200. You can make a lot more beauty products for the same cost.
- It’s fun! It allows you to show your creative side and there are tons of recipes available you can follow. Once you get the hang of it you can start experiment with different ingredients and find out what works best for your skin. It’s also a great go to gift idea for the ladies in your life! 😀
- You’re being eco-friendly. Making your own beauty products allows you to take a stand on the excessive consumption of our planets natural resources. As long as companies who make harmful products are selling it they will continue to produce it.
What are harmful chemicals in beauty products?
The beauty product industry is highly unregulated, so a lot of beauty products contain harmful chemicals. Like we mentioned earlier, a majority of the chemicals are being absorbed into your body. Some of the main chemicals you should avoid include:
- Phthalates. Used in products to increase the softness of plastics. Phthalates is mainly used in nail polishes, perfumes, and lotions.
- Formaldehyde and parabens. Used to prevent bacteria growth. Common products it is found in are nail polish, shampoos, conditioners, cleansers, and eye shadows.
- Proplyene glycol. Used as a skin-conditioning agent. It can be found in moisturizers, sunscreen, shampoos, conditioners and hair sprays.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). Used in foaming products. It’s commonly found in shampoos, face wash, and cleansers.
It’s almost impossible to avoid all harmful chemicals in beauty products, but you can be aware of them and help illuminate them from your body. Researching and knowing what to look for is the first step. Also be sure to check out the EWG’s Skin Deep Database to research the harmful chemicals in beauty products that you buy regularly.
We never thought we would have made our own products, but while we traveled the country in the summers our beauty products took up most of the room. Most of our beauty products didn’t come in travel sizes, so that option was first to be illuminated. We tried going without some of the products, but eventually our hair and skin became very upset with us as time went on. 🙁
After returning home from our travels, we decided to do some research on how to make our own products. We spent the whole next year in trial and error mode. Eventually, we handcrafted and perfected a few of our favorite beauty products that are now available in our store.
Have you checked the harmful chemicals in beauty products you own? Have you considered making your own beauty products or already have? We would love to hear from you!