Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Lyme Beauty

burt's bees carrot day creme 

My skin can be quite sensitive. Last year I was having a hard time finding body soap and lotion that didn't bother my skin.

I started using coconut oil instead of lotion. I even used it on my face. It worked really well but it left me super oily.

One day I splurged on a tub of chocolate scented body scrub. The stuff was heavenly! It smelled so good and it didn't bother my skin at all. The only problem was the price. It cost $15 per tub. A tub was only enough to last me three weeks.

One day I decided I was going to learn to make my own. It is so easy and it does work out cheaper. There are 100's of "recipes" online.

My favorite part about these scrubs is that they moisturize as well as exfoliate. I have really dry skin but using a scrub like this, I don't ever need to use body lotion. That is another cost saving point for the scrubs.

Homemade scrubs are a great option for sensitive skin or people with MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities. You can pick your own ingredients based on your sensitivities. Your scrub won't have any of the harsh ingredients found in most soaps and lotions.

I posted a tutorial for my body scrub on my blog Upcycled by Ash-

I love the scrubs, obviously, but there are a lot of other products I have discovered that have made a big difference to my Lyme Beauty Regime.

My other favorite "beauty" products-

Doc Bronner's Magic Soaps I have actually used these since I was a kid. I love the peppermint all in one soap best. I use it as body soap in the shower and as hand soap in the bathroom and kitchen. I fill a spray or pump bottle half full with water and half with the soap. It is still plenty sudsy and the bottle lasts 2-3 times longer, good value!

Dr Hauschka Shampoo and Conditioner My favorite shampoo and conditioner ever. It isn't cheap but it is good stuff!  100% solved my dry brittle hair problems.

Burt's Bees Carrot Day Creme Most face lotions contain too much aloe. My face turns bright red if I use an aloe based lotion. If it isn't the aloe, it's the perfume. The Carrot Day Creme is a nice think lotion, it does have a noticeable scent but it isn't perfumey. As an added bonus the carrot adds some color to my face! The lotion does contain aloe but it is one of the last ingredients.

Tom's of Maine Calendula Deodorant We had a friend who died of Breast Cancer when she was 26. One thing she asked all of us was to stop using deodorants that contained aluminum. After trying, I don't even know how many that didn't do anything, I finally found this one. It works and it doesn't bother my pits.

BugBand Insect Repellent Bug spray in general makes me gag. It isn't easy to find a "natural" Deet free option that specifically says it repels ticks,this one does. It still smells strong, but it is essential oils instead of chemicals and synthetic fragrance. You do have to apply it on a regular basis though, it's magic effects won't last all evening with just one application.

The next two are very personal products, but someone has to share them- 

Weleda Calendula Diaper Care My sister has a baby and this is her favorite diaper creme. I don't have any kids, but I discovered in a moment of desperation that this stuff works great for feminine dryness/vaginitis. Don't ask.

Sensuous Beauty Love Balm Forget irritating petroleum based KY Jelly. Love Balm is sooooo much better!

OK, now I'm a little embarrassed but I'll survive.

None of these products or brands have paid me, sent me samples or asked me to do a review. I just wanted to share with you some of the products that have made my sensitive life a little better. That said, just because these products work for me does not mean they will necessarily work for everyone. Make sure to read the labels to check for allergens and take it slow when introducing new beauty products to sensitive bodies.

What are some of the best products you have found
that work for your sensitive selves?


PJ said...

This is great; thanks for sharing! I actually sat down to write a similar post of things I've gathered over the last week to use as I'm replacing traditional 'beauty products' when I noticed your post on my dashboard. Great minds think alike, eh? :)

Ashley said...

I can't wait to see your list too PJ! There are sooooo many products out there, it's nice to get recommendations. I've bought a couple of major flops.

Anonymous said...

Not the best product for the summer...but I use Organic Sesame seed oil in the cold weather. It absorbs fast and doesn't leave you feeling greasy. Also...for those who get the chills (I do from the babs)...Sesame seed oil has a warming effect. So only use on parts that you want to feel the warmth. I love it on my feet at night before I go to bed when it's cold outside!!

Renee said...

I am having trouble finding soaps, shampoos and lotion too...Use coconut oil on my skin, but Dr. Bonner's soap on my hair makes it worse sore, dry and scabby. Trying goat's milk soap now that a friend send from Australia...
Thanks for all these suggestions! I do not get out into stores so had no clue there is such a variety.

Lyme is real said...

Loved the post! Thank you for sharing!!

Alix said...

Awesome list, Ashley, thanks! My fave new face lotion is from Marie Veronique. Unfortunately very pricey, but I LOVe their products.

Kim said...

I really love my sister's all natural homemade soap. Between that and all the fish oil I take, I rarely need lotion. Her TLC bar--where she donates $1 of the sale of every bar to Turn The Corner--is currently on sale.