Adoption journey

Over the past year, the Lord has been growing, teaching, and challenging our family in so many ways! We are responding to the Lord's leading and are expanding our family through the adoption of a precious baby!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Going "organic": In the bathroom

I have to admit, switching our bathroom and toiletries over to "organic" was the area that I was most intimidated by in our transition. Interestingly, it was probably the easiest area to switch, once I had all the research in front of me. I wanted to use products that were natural, paraben, sulfate, aluminum & dye free. Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs everything that you put on it! It is said, that you should only put on your skin, what you would put in your mouth. I didn't want to spend a large amount of money on "organic" products that still have numerous ingredients. I wanted simple, natural (literally from nature) ingredients to use on our bodies.
Here are a few of the products we use and where to find them:
  • Raw Unrefined Coconut oil - great for your skin (and edible too). I add Young Living Essential Oils to coconut oil to up the benefits. 
    • Lavender is incredible for skin health 
    • Frankinscence is amazing for skin health and maintaining a youthful appearance!
    • My favorite face cream is Lavender, Frankincense and Myrrh in unrefined coconut oil (I use morning and evening).
    • I also occasionally use Young Living's Beauty serum for dry skin... it smells wonderful!

  • Toothpaste - one of the worst toxins for kids and adults is fluoride. When taking toxins out of your health regime, be sure to get a toothpaste that is fluoride free (especially for kids who sometimes forget to spit it out;)
  • Sunscreen - Tru Kid Daily Suncare It is a mineral sunscreen with 20% zinc. This is such good stuff, even adults who battle skin cancer issues are asking what kind and how to get it! 
    • This past summer I made an awesome homemade sunscreen with shea butter, beeswax, lavender oil, carrot seed oil, myrrh and zinc oxide powder. It worked incredibly and even my red head didn't get color!

  • Lotions
    • For baby, kids & adults, I make our own body butter and diaper creams. I use my Luxurious Body Butter recipe and add oils for different uses 
      • Gentle Baby oil for diaper cream
      • Lavender and Frankincense for a soothing hand and body butter
      • Lemongrass and Cypress oil for invigorating body butter that supports the circulatory system
  • Deodorant - Due to store bought antiperspirants being one of the most toxic products on the market, and the close proximity of application near lymph nodes, this was one of the first products I swapped out for "organic" many years ago. 
    • Young Living's Meadow Mist Deodorant is wonderful. 
    • I also make a homemade recipe with:
      • 3 TBSP coconut oil
      • 2 TBSP shea butter
      • 3TBSP baking soda
      • 2 TBSP arrowroot powder
      • 10-15 drops of Purification essential oil (other oils of Lemongrass, Thieves, Lavender & Cedarwood)
  • Bath salts (Epsom salt or Sea salt) - Put in our baths to detox our bodies.
    • Add lavender, Stress Away, peppermint or other YL essential oil for a soothing detox bath
  • Shaving Cream can be replaced with Coconut Oil - here's the "how to"
  • Makeup
    • I personally use Younique's BB Cream and LOVE it!!
    • We love Lavender lip balm, or our own homemade recipe. 
  • Here are several "Sprays" we also use and love. 
I would love to hear about your favorite body care recipes and organic products! 
Share your favorite and I'll send you a sample of one of my favorites!


  1. Wow Kelly! Thanks for some new ideas and recipes. Last year before our cruise, I made some body butters that had some natural spf and other things that kept our skin exposure.I bought a nontoxic brand sunscreen (for when outdoors more than a couple hours) as well and do plan to make my own sunlotion since I finally purchased the zinc oxide.The carrotseed eo is available now so I plan to add to my shopping cart. Thanks friend.