Drugstore Lotions Safe for Baby

Is it possible to find lotions safe for baby at the drugstore?

Drugstore Lotions Safe for Baby: Did you know you can find lotions at the drugstore that are safe to use on your baby? Mom recommended because they work and safety screened to be non-toxic.

This is the time of year that everyone is battling dry skin – including our precious, sweet, delicate babies.

If your baby is battling dry skin, did you know there are several drugstore options that are safe enough to use on babies?

This list is made up of the lotions most recommended by moms. In fact, each lotion on this list had to be recommended by moms who are currently using it AND are having success treating their baby’s dry skin.

In addition to being mom recommended, these are the lotions that get a green light from the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database.

Whenever I am looking for the safety of a product, I run it through the Skin Deep Database.

The Skin Deep Database is useful for navigating the long list of confusing ingredients found in beauty products. I used it to screen all of these lotions to make sure they were indeed safe for baby.

The FDA does not regulate all the harmful ingredients that can be found in over the counter products. The Skin Deep Database is my favorite tool for weeding through these ingredients and finding the products that are actually safe to use.

Lotions Safe for Baby

If your baby has dry skin, look for these lotions in your local drugstore or super store. I linked to the exact product I recommend on Amazon for your reference or if you like to do your shopping online.

Aquaphor Baby This is the number one recommendation for helping baby’s dry skin. In fact, one mom reported she continues to buy it for the whole family.

Weleda Cold Weather Protection Prevention is half the battle! This is my personal favorite for babies, kiddos and even myself! If I know I’m going to be running around town and it’s cold enough that the air hurts my face (you know what I’m talking about, right?) I use this. It keeps everyone protected and baby soft.

Mustela Hydra-Bebe Lotion One mom reported, “It’s super moisturizing without being heavy.” It is one of the more expensive options, but it still manages to be a well recommended, favorite product.

Mustela Stelaptopia Milky Bath Oil While this isn’t a lotion, it had too many recommends not to mention it here. Use it it the bath to lock in moisture during bath time. Use it in conjunction with any of the lotions here to help with baby’s dry skin.

Lotions to Treat Eczema

Has your baby’s skin gone from just dry to eczema? It’s common this time of year. So many moms struggle with keeping their baby comfortable, so I couldn’t neglect to tell you about these safe but effective options.

Aveeno Eczema Lotion As a treatment, this came highly recommended. In fact, one mom called it “a miracle.” Another mom suggested applying the lotion first, then “sealing” it in by applying a bit of coconut oil over it. Give it a try!

Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Body Creme One mom described this as a “wonder cream.” It is another product that is safe according to Skin Deep.

What lotions do you like for your baby?

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How to Make Cuticle Cream: A Natural Recipe

How to make cuticle cream.

How to make cuticle cream from all natural ingredients. An easy DIY, this is the best homemade recipe for soft cuticles and healthy hands.

How healthy are your cuticles?

Are they dried and cracked? Do they bleed? Or are they moist and supple and push down easily with an orange stick?

Thanks to the dry Colorado weather, I have to admit my cuticles are dry, cracked and painful.

Did you know cracked cuticles can lead to infection?

Cracked cuticles are vulnerable to letting in infection.

This natural cuticle care cream uses both lavender and tea tree essential oils. Both of these oils will not only help speed healing, but they will guard against infection.

Did you know cuticles should never be cut?

Your cuticle protects your nail bed. Cutting your cuticle can also leave it vulnerable to infection.

If your cuticles look long and unsightly, apply this homemade cuticle cream. Then use an orange stick to gently push them back. One or two treatments like this will leave your hands looking lovely.

To protect cuticles, wear gloves while doing the dishes or working out in the garden.

Both gardening and dish doing will dry out your cuticles. Taking this one step to protect your cuticles can help immensely.

Finally, moisturize cuticles daily.

It only takes a minute to swipe on a bit of cuticle cream. I usually do it right before bedtime. Consistency in applying the cream is the key to hand health.

Homemade natural beauty products are easy to make, so I tend to skip drugstore brands of cuticle cream and make my own. Follow this homemade DIY for an ultra creamy cuticle care cream that both smells amazing and works great.

How to make cuticle cream from all natural ingredients. An easy DIY, this is the best homemade recipe for soft cuticles and healthy hands.

How to Make Cuticle Cream

INGREDIENTS
1 Tablespoon Mango Butter
1 Tablespoon Grated Beeswax
3 Tablespoons Apricot Oil
6 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
6 drops Lavender Essential Oil

INSTRUCTIONS:
Measure out 1 tablespoon of mango butter and 1 tablespoon of grated beeswax.
Melt mango butter and beeswax in the top of a double boiler. (If you don’t have a double boiler, you can melt the mango butter and beeswax in a glass measuring cup sitting in a pan of simmering water.)
Once the mango butter and beeswax are liquid, add the apricot oil and continue heating until mixture is clear. This will take approximately 3 to 5 minutes.
Remove from heat before stirring in the tea tree and lavender essential oils.
Quickly pour into a jar or tin with a tight-fitting lid.
Allow to cool completely before your first use.

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS:


IF YOUR CUTICLE BUTTER IS TOO HARD
chances are you had a smidge more beeswax than 1 tablespoon. You can gently reheat and try adding a bit more apricot oil.

IF YOUR CUTICLE BUTTER ISN’T HARD ENOUGH chances are you had too little beeswax. Trying melting just a bit more beeswax then quickly stirring it into the cuticle cream.

How do you care for your cuticles?

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Homemade Natural Eye Makeup Remover That Works!

Ready to try a homemade natural eye makeup remover that works? I’ve got the best recipe.

Ready to try a homemade natural eye makeup remover that works? I've got the best recipe that will take off your eye makeup quickly and easily.

Making your own natural eye makeup remover is so simple and requires very few ingredients.

This best part about this formula is that IT WORKS!

I’ve tried it on several different types of mascara – all with fantastic results!

The first thing you’ll need is distilled water. If you don’t have distilled water, you will need to bring tap water to the boiling point then allow it to cool before proceeding.

Please do not skip this step. You’re dealing with your eyes, so it’s important to start with sterile ingredients.

Next, you need a carrier oil. I personally use avocado oil. (I also use avocado oil to get rid of my red bumps)

Avocado oil is perfect for the eye area because it has a natural concentration of both Vitamins A and E. This makes it a great choice for dry, dehydrated and mature skin.

Next, you need to pick a baby shampoo.

Ready to try a homemade natural eye makeup remover that works? I've got the best recipe that will take off your eye makeup quickly and easily.
I’ve tested this formula with both Burt’s Bees Tear Free Shampoo and BeautyCounterKids Nice Do Shampoo.

The Burt’s Bee shampoo is actually a 3 on the EWG Skin Deep database. However, I like that it is tear free.

The Nice Do shampoo is actually a 1 – meaning it is the safest formulation you can buy. However, it is not a tear free formula. The thing I do like about it is the scent. So there’s that.

Both baby shampoos worked great. You’ll need to decide what is most important to you.

Ready to try a homemade natural eye makeup remover that works? I've got the best recipe that will take off your eye makeup quickly and easily.

NATURAL EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

2 Tablespoons Baby Shampoo
1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
1 Cup Distilled Water

Combine all ingredients in a soap dispenser.

To Use: Shake ingredients before each use. Apply to a washcloth and then apply to eye area. Rinse off immediately.

I use these baby soft washcloths to wipe off my eye make-up.

These cloths are so soft – if they made a giant sized onesie out of this material – I would wear it.

Not. Even. Kidding.

Do they get stained by the mascara? Kinda. Really, it depends on your brand of mascara.

The washcloths are essentially re-useable eye makeup remover pads. I use them then toss in the laundry. It’s another way I can be green and save money.

Give this natural eye makeup remover and try – I’d love to know how it works for you.

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DIY Natural Body Powder Talc Free Recipe!

How to Make a Natural Body Powder Talc Free.

Here's a quick way to make your own natural body powder talc free! Highly absorbent with a fresh, energizing scent you'll love.

When the heat, humidity, and sweat make you damp and uncomfortable, you need a natural body powder to absorb dampness and ward off odors.

Or what if you’ve overslept? A sprinkle of talc free body powder can also help you go an extra day without a shower.

So why go talc free when making a body powder? After all, talc is a natural mineral that is highly absorbent.

The problem with talc is that can be contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen.  Johnson & Johnson has been held responsible for ovarian cancer because of it’s products containing talc.

With a few simple ingredients, you can make your own natural body powder at home – free of any potentially carcinogenic substance – that works just as well and smells even better.

This DIY recipe for talc free powder has the same two main ingredients in many of the natural brands of body powder – cornstarch and sodium bicarbonate (otherwise known as baking soda).

Cornstarch is highly absorbent while the sodium bicarbonate has antibacterial properties that can ward off acne.

It’s important to note this recipe does call for non gmo cornstarch. Corn is one of the most highly genetically modified crops out there. If you are skipping the talc, make sure you are also skipping the pesticides used on gmo crops.

Natural Body Powder

Natural Body Powder Talc Free Recipe

What You Need:

½ cup non gmo cornstarch
½ cup baking soda
10 drops organic lavender essential oil
10 drops organic sweet orange essential oil
10 drops organic peppermint essential oil

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together cornstarch and baking powder. Drop with essential oils, then whisk again until well blended. Store in a jar with a shaker lid or use a powder puff, organic cotton ball or brush.

Make sure to store your powder in a glass or other non-reactive container. Citrus essential oils don’t play well with plastic.

I love the scent of this essential oil combination in this recipe. It’s fresh and energizing. However, feel free to use any essential oil blend you enjoy.

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All Natural Copycat Satin Hands Recipe

This copycat satin hands recipe needs only 3 all natural ingredients.
All Natural Copycat Satin Hands Recipe. You'll have super soft hands after using this scrub.

When I was growing up, my mom always used Mary Kay.

Her Mary Kay consultant would come to the house, set up her little pink mirrors and let us play in the make-up.

One of my favorite parts of the Mary Kay lady visiting our house was getting to do the satin hands treatment.

I loved using the sweet smelling scrub. There is something luxurious in treating your hands to a soft scrub.

Why wouldn’t there be? Our hands work hard all day. They deserve pampering.

I wanted to be able to do Satin Hands again.

But here’s the deal: I support Mary Kay’s mission of helping women have a home based business. However, I don’t support Mary Kay’s actual products.

Mary Kay has not joined the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and continues to use products like parabens in their formulations.

So I started looking for a copycat satin hands recipe.

Unfortunately, most of the recipes I found on Pinterest call for the use of Dawn Hand Renewal Dishwashing Liquid.

I looked up Dawn Hand Renewal in the EWG database and found they get a D for safe ingredients.

GAH! That’s when I decided to make a copycat satin hands recipe out of ingredients I know are safe.

Here’s what I came up with:

All Natural Ingredients for making a copycat satin hands recipe

Copycat Satin Hands Recipe

Ingredients:
Sugar
Liquid castile soap
Vegetable glycerin (optional but this is what your are looking for)
Vitamin E (optional but here’s my favorite)

Find a glass jar with a lid wide enough to fit your hand inside. You need to be able to scoop out some of the satin hands easily.

Next, add about 3/4 cup sugar to the jar. In a measuring cup, measure 1/4 cup castile soap. With a fork, whisk in 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin and 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E.

Vegetable glycerin will help your mixture to lather better. It also is a nice moisturizer. If you don’t have vegetable glycerin, you may leave it out.

Vitamin E is good for your skin and it works as a preservative. Again, you may leave it out.

Stir the soap/glycerin mixture into the sugar.

All Natural Copycat Satin Hands

Try washing your hands with the mixture. Evaluate for yourself: Do I want more scrubbing? Add sugar. Too harsh for your sensitive hands? Add a little more soap.

I like my mixture runny. Too much sugar just doesn’t feel good on my hands.

Finally, a word about scents. If you enjoy a certain scent of castile soap, use that. But if you prefer to play with your scent, buy unscented castile soap and add essential oils.

Do you have a favorite castile soap scent? Or, can you recommend a great essential oil combination? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Make DIY Cracked Hand Salve in 5 Minutes

How to Make DIY Cracked Hand Salve in 5 Minutes

Hello winter! Hello dry cracked hands!

I hate this time of year. My hands and nails tend to be dried out from doing dishes, washing my hands, and our dry Colorado climate.

For some reason, I always get a crack right on my right knuckle.

Every. Darn. Year.

This DIY Cracked Hand Salve Recipe whips up in about 5 minutes and it uses all natural non-toxic ingredients that really work.

The shea butter, beeswax and almond oil work together to moisturize. The lavender essential oil not only smells awesome but it has disinfecting properties. Perfect for preventing infection.

You’ll need about  5 minutes of your time to provide you with up to 4 months of salve to use on a daily basis.

DIY Cracked Hand Salve Recipe

What you need:
• 2 Tbsp Shea Butter
• 2 Tbsp Beeswax (Grated)
• 1 Tbsp Almond Oil
• 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Metal Tin
• Double Boiler

When you purchase your beeswax, it may come in a stick form. If so, you will need to be grate it using a hand grater or a food processor. This process is so easy and all you need is 2 Tbsp worth.

Once your beeswax has been grated, set all your ingredients aside.

Fill the bottom portion of your double boiler with water and place on high heat until it starts to boil.

Once the water starts to boil add on the top portion of your double boiler filled with your shea butter, beeswax, and almond oil. The ingredients will melt and mix together nicely in a matter of minutes.

How to Make DIY Cracked Hand Salve in 5 Minutes

As soon as everything becomes a liquid give it a quick stir, remove from heat, and immediately pour in your metal tin. Add your drops of lavender essential oil.

How to Make DIY Cracked Hand Salve with All Natural Ingredients

Just to let you know, I filled my mixture above the line for the metal tin and it formed with a rounded top without pouring over.

Allow your DIY cracked hand salve to set for about 10 minutes and you will notice your liquid turning into a solid.

Once your salve turns into a solid form, grab a little chunk and rub it all over your dry, cracked hands. Your hands will instantly be moisturized and looking better than ever!

Plus, the lavender smell is delightful. I love to rub some on my cracked hands right before bedtime. Then, I’ll sleep with my hands tucked under my head and the smell of lavender helps ease me to sleep.

Don’t be stingy – now that you’ve bought the supplies, make up a few tins of this beeswax hand salve recipe to give as gifts. Your friends will thank you!

BEAUTY HACK: Keep this cracked hand salve next to your sink so you can treat your hands every time you wash them.

Now that you have your lavender essential oil out, why not make DIY Natural Disinfecting Spray?

Do you suffer from cracked hands?

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The BEST Dark Circle Concealer

The Best Dark Circle ConcealerDo you suffer from dark circles under your eyes?

If you do, then you know I don’t use the word ‘suffer’ lightly.

Those of us with dark circles are subject to questions such as, “Are you tired?” “Are you feeling okay?” and “When’s the last time you slept?”

I hate my dark circles.

I don’t even work out in the morning without using concealer to cover my dark circles. That’s how much I hate my dark circles.

I’ve tried many, many brands of concealers and have spent literally hundreds of dollars trying to find a product I like that really works.

Not to mention, I’ve slept with cucumbers under my eyes, tried frozen spoons, and I even tried that weird trick where you use red lipstick to counteract the blue.

So let me save you the trouble.

At 45 years of age, I have FINALLY found a product I love. 

I really want to show you how well I think it works. So I am publishing a picture of myself with zero make-up.

My best girlfriends (with whom I exercise first thing in the morning) have never seen me without concealer.

So here I am:

Dark Circles
What I did was take all the photos in front of my computer using the photobooth application. I’m hoping you can really see the difference, but please keep in mind I am not a professional photographer.

Using Beautycounter Touchup Skin

What I’ve been using is Beautycounter Touchup Skin in Fair.

Prior to this I was using the YSL Touch Eclat. This product is even better than the best selling YSL Touche Eclat and it costs $10 less!

I simply add a few dots under my eyes before blending it in with my fingertip.

Dark Circles concealed with Beautycounter touchup skin

As you can see, I chose a color that is pretty bright. It truly covers and the coverage lasts all day.

After I’ve applied it, I use Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer. It has sunscreen in it, not to mention it blends the concealer.

Let’s be clear here. I am not promising to get rid of your dark circles. I am showing you what I think is the best dark circle concealer.

Touchup Skin was my gateway product into the world of Beautycounter. I love it so much, I’m now using their products exclusively.

Here’s what Beautycounter products I’m using:

There I am on the left with zippo make-up on. Nada. Zilch.

On the right I’ve covered my circles with Beautycounter touchup concealer pen in fair. Then I smoothed on Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer. I’ve also lined my eyes with the Color Outline Eye Pencil, added the Lip Sheer in Currant, and swiped on mascara.

The Best Dark Circle Concealer

It’s undeniable. Makeup can radically transform your appearance – including those awful dark circles!

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