Hi guys, and welcome to this week's blog. I'm quite excited to share my week's adventures with you. As part of my pledge to get rid of commercially produced beauty products, I made my first lip balm and body lotion!
It started with the purchase of my new favorite substance - Coconut oil! For those of you who have not heard of the many wonderful uses for coconut oil, you've simply got to get some. The one I ended up purchasing in the organic food section of my local grocery store was $6.99 for a 414ml jar, but I'm told you can get it cheaper at Costco.
I had read a little bit about it on the internet and knew it had some benefits, but I was in no way prepared to fall head-over-heels in love with the stuff like I have. It is quite simply the most amazing thing I've ever seen. For instance - As a lip balm, on it's own, right out of the jar, it is incredibly moisturizing. As a facial moisturizer, it works wonders, and when rubbed in a thin layer over your hands and worked through the ends of your hair, it settles out frizz like you wouldn't believe - at a fraction of the cost of expensive serums!
I'm pleased to report that I will no longer be purchasing face cream. One week of using straight coconut oil and I'm hooked. (I'm doing oil cleansing for my face now too but more on that later). In addition to the coconut oil, I also purchased 3.18 pounds of raw beeswax at my local apiary for $19.03 and five pounds of unrefined shea butter from a lady I found on kijiji for $25.
With those ingredients and some others that I had on hand, I was able to make two products, lip balm and lotion. Here's how it works:
I started by rounding up some old jars and containers that I had and dumping out their contents. Then I washed them and put them in a pot to boil to sterilize them. Next, I found my preferred recipes online. I went to wellnessmama.com, but you can find recipes anywhere.
1 tbsp shea butter @5.00/lb - $0.16
1 tbsp beeswax @5.99/lb - $0.19
15ml coconut oil @$7/414ml-$0.26
Fifty one cents! Can you believe that? And the products are all natural and not chemically refined. In comparison, I went to the grocery store and priced out an 'all-natural' lip balm, (which you can see from the packaging is anything but) and the cost for one unit was $4.29
I, on the other hand, have an ample supply of lip balm that works better than any I've ever had plus three other pots to give to my friends, all at the cost of fifty-one cents.
Now seeing as how by switching to coconut oil I've eliminated the purchase of face cream from my monthly shopping bill, and seeing as the one I've been using for years costs $22.99, I'm going to add that number to my previous figure of $30 in haircare products and give you my new monthly savings total:
On top of whatever else I've been saving, beginning March 1, I'm saving fifty-two bucks per month off my personal hygiene routine. For March, because I spent around fifty bucks on my new favorite ingredients, I'll call it a wash and only add my sandwiches savings for this week
to the previous total of
to arrive at a new total of
Seeing as how I've got tons of beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil left, and seeing as how wellnessmama.com and other sites have tons of recipes for DIY products you can make at home, stay tuned next week to see what I'm trying next. As they used to say in the Reader's Digest when I was growing up, (which annoyingly pops into my head for some reason more often than I care to admit),
"And how was your week?"