In my last post I talked about why department store lotion is a waste of money. So now we should discuss what is the alternative.

Plant based oils is one alternative to store bought lotions. I started using oils because of my concern regarding the preservatives and chemicals in the lotions I was buying, even though I was trying to avoid them. Oils can be cheaper, have beneficial qualities (vitamins and fatty acids) and can provide more uses than a lotion can. Here is how you can use your oils:

1. Body Moisturizer: This is the alternative to lotions. Currently I am using sunflower oil and sesame oil with a few drops of tangerine essential oil.

Organic Sunflower Seed Oil

Sunflower Oil: An oil wealthy in Oleic acids (monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid) with high amounts of Vitamins A, D, and E, also has beneficial amounts of lecithin, and unsaturated fatty acids. Deeply nourishing and conditioning for the skin and it is highly recommended for recipes designed to treat dry, weathered, aged, and damaged skin (Mountain Rose Herbs Supplier).

Organic Sesame Oil

Sesame Seed Oil: The plant’s seeds are pressed to obtain the pale yellow oil, which contains fatty acids that can work to protect your skin. These fatty acids — which include linoleic, palmitic, oleic and stearic acids — act as emollients, meaning they help moisturize the skin to keep it smooth and soft.

When sesame oil is added to skin care products, it forms a barrier on the skin’s surface….And since it holds moisture in, sesame oil can help your skin stay hydrated (How Stuff Works).

Tangerine Essential Oil: Fresh, sweet, citrus, fruity, comparable to orange.

2. Facial Cleanser: Try the Oil Cleansing Method by using Castor oil (from the Castor plant) and a moisturizing carrier oil (jojoba, olive, grape seed, etc). This cleanser works because oil dissolves oil, therefore the oil you use to cleanse dissolves the oil on your skin. It removes makeup, cleans the skin and moisturizes all in one.

“About 90% of Castor seed oil contains the unusual hydroxy fatty acid ricinoleate (ricinoleic acid). Ricinoleic acid inhibits the growth of many viruses, bacteria, yeasts, and molds, like its derivative undecylenic acid. Also, “topical application of ricinoleic acid, the main component of Castor oil, exerts remarkable analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects”” (Castor Oil facts).

3. Face Moisturizer: Mix up a few oils or try just one for a facial moisturizer.

4. Massage Oil: You can use whatever oil you prefer for an at home massage. Sunflower oil or grape seed oil is a lighter massage oil with a subtle scent that works great for relaxation time.

5. Hair: Use for fly-aways instead of expensive serums, or use as a deep moisturizing conditioner.

Not only will your body thank you for using quality ingredients, but so will the environment. When you use vegetable oils you are also using a biodegradable and renewable plant source product.

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