Most of us are conscious of eliminating toxins from inside our bodies, but what about the harmful toxins we put on our bodies?
We lather ourselves in fragranced washes and deodorants, and cover our faces in various creams and powders, sometimes without thinking about product formulations.
Research has uncovered women use approximately 9 and 15 beauty products each day. The average chemical produced beauty product can contain between 15 to 50 synthetic ingredients, which means some women are applying up to 515 harmful chemicals to their skin daily using a combination of cosmetics, skincare products and perfumes.
Most chemical produced beauty products are formulated using a range of ingredients including water, fragrances, emulsifiers, emollients, colouring agents, preservatives, thickening agents, and pH stabilisers. The beauty industry selects from over 12,500 approved chemicals to formulate their products. The main chemicals of concern used in the production of cosmetics include Phthalates, Parabens, Talcum powder, Nanoparticles, Formaldehyde and formaldehyde donors, Lead acetate, Coal tar, UV filters, Triclosan, Resorcinol, Toluene and Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA). Some of these chemicals have known links to cancer and hormone disruption but because they are used in isolation and low doses, the industry permits its use. This however completely disregards an accumulation effect, which does not account for the total amount of chemicals a person is exposed to through the day. Along with this, the manufacturing and disposal processes of these harmful chemicals damage our environment as most beauty waste is washed down the drains.
To reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals in cosmetics, use products made from naturally occurring ingredients. Biome’s Grab and Go jars, offer beauty addicts a completely natural and do-it-yourself (DIY) alternative. The Grab and Go jars contain only 100 per cent naturally occurring ingredients. From candelilla wax and cocoa butter to bicarb and bentonite clay, beauty addicts can select from a range of 17 natural ingredients to make their own deodorant, mascara, face mask, body scrub, toothpaste, bath bombs and more. Switching to natural skincare is better for your health and the environment.
Grab and Go jars start from RRP $3.95 for 80g of Organic Raw Sugar from Biome Eco Stores, online and Brisbane stores.
DIY recipes are available to view online at biome.com.au/diy.
Moisturising Rose DIY Bath Bombs
These DIY bath bombs make a wonderful gift for someone special. You could also spend a lovely afternoon making them with someone special!
You can use a bath bomb mould for these, however the one in the photo above has been hand rolled, which works just as well and is a bit more fun.
- 2 tablespoons dried rose petals (1 tablespoon will be infused in the castor oil and the remaining tablespoon is for decorating)
- 1 cup bi-carb soda
- 1 cup citric acid
- ½ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup castor oil (or another light oil such as sunflower, rice or grapeseed oil)
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)
- 6 drops rose geranium essential oil
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- 6 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 6 drops mandarin essential oil
- Infuse 1 tablespoon of dried rose petals with castor oil (or alternative oil) for a few hours or overnight. Once the dried rose petals have been infused, strain the oil through a garni bag, some muslin or a sieve into a cup and set aside. You may need to squeeze the rose petals to get more of the oil out.
- Stir all of the dry ingredients together in a glass bowl until mixed through.
- Add rose infused castor oil, essential oils and vitamin E oil (if using) to the dry ingredients and mix until you have a crumbly mixture that still holds together well.
- Divide the mixture into 5 equal portions.
- Gently roll each portion into a ball without pressing too hard. This will take a little patience, but slowly you’ll start to see you ball form and hold together.
- Once you have 5 balls, roll each of them in the remaining rose petals. You might like to grind the petals down using a mortar and pestle to make the smaller. This will help them stick more easily to the bath bomb.
- Let the bath bombs set overnight, and let them air dry for another 24 hours after that.
Bath bomb mould:
- Divide your mixture into the moulds and pack down lightly.
- Press some rose petals into the tops of them for decoration. You might like to grind them down using a mortar and pestle, as mentioned above.
- Let your DIY bath bombs set overnight in the mould.
- The following day, gently remove the bath bombs from the mould, and let them air dry for 24 hours.
This recipe makes enough for approximately 5 round 100g bath bombs.
To use, run a warm bath and drop one in. It should fizz and release a beautiful relaxing aroma. We recommend using 1-2 times a week.
Store in a sealed glass jar out of direct sunlight.