Being in such a big hurry to get a hair conditioner made to go with my cured shampoo soap, I put a hair conditioner recipe on the blog before testing it . . . BIG MISTAKE!!! SO SORRY!!!
After trying the conditioner first as a "leave it in", and then as a "rinse it out" conditioner, I discovered a new "Greaser" look that just didn't suit me!
I want you to know, I've learned from my mistake, and I will never put a recipe on this blog without trying it first. The wonderful part of my mistake is that I accidentally created a wonderful body cream that I have named Citrus Dream After Shower Body Cream!
This is my year to work on making my own healthy hair and beauty products . . . Why? Because we are being bombarded with toxic chemicals in the air we breath, the water we bath with and drink, in our food, makeup, toothpaste, lotions, soaps, hair products and medicines.
I'm on a mission to reduce the chemicals in my family's life. One culprit lurking in our homes is the "secret" parfum (fragrances) found in our soft soaps, bubble baths, bath gels, dish soaps, toothpastes, makeup, body powders, face powders, shaving soaps, lip balms, shampoos, hair conditioners, laundry detergents, dryer sheets, fabric softeners, household cleaning products, furniture polishes, and air fresheners, just to name a few.
Our bodies were beautifully and wonderfully made to heal themselves. They were made to recognize intruders (like cancer and disease) and kick them out, but when they are deluged with foreign, chemical substances, (because pretty smells sell) the immune system collapses and ofttimes actually attacks itself (autoimmune diseases).
Anything I can do to reduce the chemicals my body has to deal with, will make me healthier overall. So, that's what I'm working on, and I hope you'll join me on this journey!
The wonderful thing about making my own hair and beauty products is I'm using ingredients that not only moisturize, but supply vitamins, minerals, contain anti-fungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial properties to support my body's health! My fragrances come from the oils or butters themselves, from natural essential oils, and fragrant herbs and spices that have known healing properties.
This recipe is adapted from Candice Collins at voices.yahoo.com
CITRUS DREAM After Shower Body Cream
8 ounces organic unrefined coconut oil
4 ounces natural organic Shea butter (has a pleasant but strong scent)
4 ounces sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, caster oil, or similar oil of choice (grape seed oil is the lightest)
Essential oil for fragrance ~ I used tangerine, about 1 teaspoon
2 vitamin E capsules
Working with oils and butters is very greasy work. Clean-up is time consuming, and clothing can be easily ruined with grease spots.
- Have a dedicated shirt for cooking up your DIY Projects, or a cook's apron (I have destroyed 2 tops and a pair of pants from greasy spatters).
- By weighing out your solids on wax paper instead of using measuring cups, you will eliminate mess and clean-up time, and your measurements will be more accurate.
- Before you begin washing your greasy dishes, wipe them out with old newspaper or paper towel.
- Store conditioner in 1/2 cup or cup jelly jars, keep extra in the fridge to prolong shelf life.
- Weigh or measure out the Shea butter, coconut oil, and grape-seed oil, and place in a 4-cup Pyrex measuring bowl.
- Using the double boiler method, place the 4-cup measuring bowl in a larger pot filled with an inch and a half of water and set burner on 1 to 2 or low heat.
- Gently heat hot water bath to melt butter/oil and fixed oils. (I used a candy thermometer to monitor temperature. A temp of 150F. will melt Shea butter without destroying the healing properties).
- Place measuring bowl with melted butter/oils in a bowl of ice water to cool, (I cooled down my pot and added ice to it).
- Using a hand mixer with beater paddles or stick hand blender, with whisk attachment, mix oils until they are the consistency of thick pudding.
- Add in essential oil, and vitamin E.
- Spoon into clean containers, makes approximately 2 1/2 cups.
- Lasts up to 6 months.
- Store extra cream in the refrigerator.
Weigh out butter and oils or use measure them out.Melt butter and oils over low heat using the double boiler method.
Mix melted oils, over an ice water bath until it resembles thick pudding.
Spoon into clean jars.
I love this total body cream! This is a real keeper! It smells great . . . Is lighter than a body butter . . . While being very hydrating . . . I love using it throughout the day on my hands and after showering!
Working towards a healthier us . . . Over at Julie's!!!