THE BEGINNING, by Adrian  - I started making lotion bars several years ago when I couldn’t find a product that would keep my fingers from cracking in the winter. In my search for a solution, I learned about the wonderful skin health benefits of coconut oil and various other natural oils, butters, and waxes. I found recipes that worked and others that needed tweaking to be just right. I also had a moment of enlightenment this past winter when, even though I had faithfully used the facial moisturizer I had made from heavenly oils and butters, my face still felt rough and not very nice! I asked myself, out loud, “Why are you washing your face with soap?” I had also made the soap, and it is non-drying, but not for the face! For hand washing, showers and baths. Desiring to stay chemical free, I looked up recipes for facial cleansers, and found two that I wanted to try. The first time I tried the oatmeal (a.m.) cleanser, I couldn’t believe how it made my face feel! This cleanser looks like volcanic ash, but it has wonderful effects on the skin! The oatmeal absorbs excess oil without stripping the skin, the bentonite clay helps draw toxins out, and the chamomile soothes and calms all skin types. At night I use the sensitive/normal cleanser, because it removes make-up and has a coconut oil and honey base. I (now) always apply toner, which contributes to a good ph balance, then moisturizer. I use Anti-aging, but in warm weather I will use Normal/t-zone in the morning. I am having a lot of fun with this, and I already have plans to add two new products right away –  a lotion bar and spritz for feet, and hand sanitizer! 

                                              THE DIRTY DOZEN

     We usually apply lotions, creams, hand sanitizers, etc. to our skin without considering the ingredients.  I did that for decades!  Then, with the "information highway" at my fingertips, and article bylines streaming across the screen, I read about the chemicals that actually penetrate the skin and end up in the bloodstream!  So . . . I am on a continuing quest to find recipes with clean ingredients.  Here is a link where you can read about THE DIRTY DOZEN chemicals to avoid in skincare products.  BLECHCH!

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