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If you have followed this blog for a while, you know that the past year has been our training for when we move out-of-state towards the pursuit of a more rural, green, and self-sustaining lifestyle.  One goal is to produce and learn to make everything that we consume – at least 90% of it.  For the past couple of weeks I have focused on learning how to make my own products the chemical-free way.  By chemical-free I mean without any preservatives, artificial colorants, and all those additives that do nothing for you or make you ill.  Some people might not understand this type of lifestyle, as it requires a lot of commitment and a lot of work, but it is the way that we want to live.  So far I’ve learned how to make our own

  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • leave-in conditioner
  • hair treatment
  • facial mask
  • facial scrub
  • facial toner
  • soap
  • all types of natural cleaners – wood, floor, glass, multipurpose …
  • air fresheners
  • stain remover
  • sanitizer
  •  first aid
  • mold and mildew treatment
  • laundry detergent
  • fabric softener
  • tinted lip balm
  • face powder
  • deodorant
  • eyeshadow
  • face cleaner
  • mascara
  • face cream and moisturizer
  • mouthwash
  • toothpaste
  • aftershave
  • shaving cream
  • cologne
  • perfume
  • bug repellent for plants
  • mosquito repellent
  • natural hair dye
  •  eye serum
  • sunscreen (mild)
  • how to make my own essential oils and fragrance oils
  • cat treats
  • natural flea treatment
  • to dry herbs and extract oils
  • Learned to cut my own hair in layers, and hubby’s as well.

We will also grow our own food, and that is another process that we will learn.

I think that we are covered in most areas and one thing I learned is that it is not difficult at all; it is easier than I thought, which amazed me.  A lot of it is repetition, and to make it easier you can start by replacing each product as you run out of it, by learning how to make your own.  That way it won’t be as intimidating.  I like to know things fast and right away, it is my personality, and I don’t like to waste time, so I like a direct and straight approach.  There are plenty of books and websites on this topic, if you are interested in making your own products to live chemical free, and in the process save a ton of money.

Another added benefit to this lifestyle is that you regain control of what you consume and put in your body.  In the process, I learned that a lot of the so called natural products contain one or two chemicals that are not good for you, so always read the label if you are trying to go chemical-free and are switching to these products.  My only regret is all the years that I spent putting chemicals in my body and consuming products that are the equivalent to slow poisoning.  A goal down the road is to learn to grow all the plants needed for the extracts and concoctions, taking it a step further, but that will have to wait for now.