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Organic Body Care Recipes

April 11, 2016

Our son's girlfriend told him the other day that his parents display "hippie tendencies." I thought, "Us? Hippies?" I looked around at the homemade yogurt, the homemade granola, the sprouts growing in the aft cabin,our homemade laundry detergent, shampoo,and toothpaste and thought, "Okay, so maybe a little." But it wasn't until I opened my Christmas present from Dave this year that I finally was ready to admit, we display hippie tendencies.

The make-our-own phase of our lives started when we changed how we eat. It began with a dislike and subsequent avoidance of high fructose corn syrup. You want to change your diet, eliminate that ONE ingredient from everything you eat and you'll be amazed at how many things you no longer buy. That stuff is in EVERYTHING. Over the years we gradually added other "ingredients" to the no-go list and before long we were down to only being able to buy organic foods and body products. At this point, our budget started to protest. The only yogurt we would eat cost $6 a quart at the cheap store and entered the realm of double digits if we had to go to Whole Foods to find it. We just can't have that. So in an effort to be able to eat well and still be able to afford to eat, Dave started making a lot of our own food. And I started experimenting with homemade body products because, after all, your skin is the largest organ in your body, why be careful with what you put IN your body if you're just going to slather chemicals ON your body.

Because of my newfound joy for making homemade body products, which started with toothpaste and shampoo from recipes I found online, Dave got me a copy of Organic Body Care Recipes for Christmas. I've been buying ingredients and making goos ever since. This book has turned an occasional trial into a dozen bottles of homemade lotions, shampoos, and various other goos filling the lockers in the head. And I love every one of them. Here are some samples.

I discovered that the recipe I was using for shampoo that I got online wasn't leaving my hair feeling completely clean. I thought it would take a while for my body to get used to it, and it did, but I never was completely satisfied with the result. The recipe in this book is perfect! It leaves my hair squeaky clean, something I've not found in any other homemade shampoos.

After a long day of sailing, my face is usually covered in salt spray and feels tight and damaged. Before moisturizing it before bed, I use the rosewater cleanser or the tangerine toner. Both of them leave my face feeling clean without further drying it out. Because I'm sneaking up on becoming what the French call "a woman of a certain age," I'm very conscious of what I put on my face. This book has a recipe for regeneration flower cream that smells like a flower garden and nourishes as well as promotes cellular regeneration. I also use the nighttime eye moisturizer recipe for those pesky age-revealing lines around my eyes.

A few months ago I had some minor surgery that left two visible scars. I like to believe I'm not terribly vain, but these scars bother me more than I'd like to admit. My favorite recipe from this book, therefore, is the repair and restore elixir. It helps fade scar tissue and helps heal minor kitchen burns, too. It can also help prevent stretch marks. The scars are definitely fading, but whether the process is happening more quickly than it would have naturally, I can't say. It contains macadamia nut, apricot kernel, and rose hip seed base oils, so even if it doesn't help with the scars, it smells lovely.

There are recipes that promote hair growth, heal chapped lips and dry hands and nails, body lotions, bath salts, and even a chapter for women only. The book includes recipes for sunscreen, insect repellents, decongestant steams, and sleep balms. I have found organic ingredients for all of the recipes that I've used so far online at Mountain Rose Herbs at a reasonable price when you calculate how many batches you can make from these ingredients. I've only made a dozen or so of these recipes so far but I enjoy every one of them. When I run out of one recipe, for body lotion, for example, I've decided to try another body lotion recipe until I've tried them all and discover my favorite. At this rate, my Christmas present will bring years of enjoyment and satisfaction. And maybe it'll ward off a few wrinkles in the meantime.

MONDAY we'll share a trick Dave discovered for saving little bits of string. Imagine that.

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Connie McBride's work has been published in Good Old Boat, Sail Magazine, Small Craft Advisor, Cruising World, All at Sea, and Blue Water Sailing. As a full-time liveaboard cruiser for over 15 years, she has written several books and in her spare time, well, who has spare time?

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