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Go Natural! The Benefits of Chemical-Free Skincare

If you’ve ever read the packaging on commercial beauty and skincare products, you may have noticed that an alarming number are jam-packed with scary sounding, unfamiliar ingredients. While it may be tempting to believe that the chemicals and synthetic ingredients are necessary for these products to be effective, the truth is that they may do more harm than good. Chemical-based skincare products boost the risk of skin allergies, irritations and other unwanted side effects and could ultimately cause premature aging.

The good news is that it is not difficult to find (or make!) all-natural versions of your favorite products that are just as effective, without abrasive chemicals. By making the switch to natural beauty and skincare, you will unleash a world of benefits for your health, your wallet and the environment.

Natural skincare products are:

Gentle. Products that are free of chemicals, artificial ingredients and fillers are less likely to irritate your skin or cause a reaction.

Earth-friendly. Since the ingredients in natural products are grown in the natural world, you’ll be supporting farms, gardens and other natural areas by buying them. This, in turn, promotes sustainability and helps ensure that these beneficial plants continue to be grown.

Effective. Natural products are every bit as effective as their toxin-filled counterparts—in many cases, more so! It isn’t uncommon for people to report seeing results that are quicker and longer lasting when using products full of naturally nourishing ingredients such as natural oils, fruit extracts, plants, etc.

Try mixing some all-natural beauty and skincare products into your daily routine and see the difference for yourself. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even make your own. Start with the DIY deodorant recipe featured here and you can build your skills from there.

For all-natural skincare products, essential oils and foods, stop by Mazopiya, located at 2571 Credit Union Dr., Prior Lake. Mazopiya is an all-natural market that features an array of organic produce, all-natural health and wellness products and on-the-go food options.


DIY Natural Deodorant

This DIY deodorant pairs the natural properties of essential oils, coconut oil and beeswax with the odor-eliminating properties of baking soda.                      

1/3 cup coconut oil3 Tbsp beeswax, grated or pellet form

2 Tbsp shea butter
2 Tbsp baking soda
1/3 cup arrowroot powder
25-30 drops Veriditas essential oils (see below for ideas)

Melt coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir continuously until melted. Once completely melted, remove from heat and whisk in arrowroot powder and baking soda. Add essential oils. Mix quickly and thoroughly until the mixture starts to thicken. Pour into two empty deodorant containers and let sit until completely set (2-3 hours). Place lid on and use as you would any other deodorant.

Essential Oil Blend Ideas

Vetiver, black pepper and bergamot
Patchouli, clary sage and cedarwood
Sandalwood, cypress, sage and lavender
Lime, lavender, peppermint and lemon

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