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My teenage daughter, like most girls her age, loves scented lotions and personal care products. I enjoy them myself. Yet we’re both aware that most commercial brands contain questionable ingredients. Here’s the ingredient label on one popular brand name lotion I found in the medicine cabinet:
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Petrolatum, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Ceteareth-20, Aloe Barbandesis Leaf Juice, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Red 40 (I’ve linked several of the more troubling ingredients to their entry in the Environmental Working Group Database)
Compare that with the ingredients in the lotion bars the two of us made yesterday afternoon in our kitchen:
These lotion bars were a quick, easy project for us and a great way to fit in some mother/daughter time! With just three basic ingredients and multiple options for personalization, they’re perfect for both personal use and as gifts! [Read more…]