This morning I decided to try making homemade whipped body butter. My $14 hand lotion was empty, and I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a try.
It was surprisingly easy, but in my research of how long to whip it, google directed me to the amazing wellness mama. Wow. I could read her articles and ideas for days. Great stuff!
She reminds me of myself kinda’, years ago, only more committed to green living and better at turning a hobby into a business.
When we moved into our first brand-new home, I vowed to live as sustainably and green as possible.
- I started making my own cleaning products – eliminating extra exposure to possibly harmful chemicals.
- I switched all of our personal care products to green ones – eliminating extra exposure to possibly harmful chemicals.
- I bought green and natural cleaning products when my homemade ones didn’t work very well – eliminating extra exposure to possibly harmful chemicals.
- We began composting – helping a little bit to save the planet for our children.
- We eliminated paper napkins and paper towels from our household – helping a little bit to save the planet for our children.
- I switched away from disposable sanitary pads – helping a little bit to save the planet for our children. This was actually surprisingly easy, and I do recommend the cloth ones. It’s not nearly as icky as you might think.
- We started buying locally raised meat, eggs and veggies – eliminating extra exposure to possibly harmful hormones and chemicals as well as opting out of the food industrial complex. Did you see Food Inc.? Yikes!
- We started gardening more and eating out own veggies – helping a little bit to save the planet for our children.
- We started buying organic fruits, veggies and dairy products – eliminating extra exposure to possibly harmful hormones, preservatives and chemicals.
- We eliminated almost all processed food from our diet – eliminating extra exposure to possibly harmful preservatives.
- We bought terrapasses for our car.
Yes, we really drained our bacon on rags for two years before we broke down and started purchasing recycled paper towels. We considered eliminating toilet paper but could never really bring ourselves to go there. I am grateful in so many ways for recycled toilet paper.
Do you see a pattern?
I feel like I’m in control of this big scary world when I’m using the power of my wallet to buy things that make me feel like I’m doing the right thing for my health, my children’s health, and the planet.
It’s not a bad thing to want to reduce your carbon footprint, but I don’t think I recognized it as being so much based in fear before today.
If I can use green shampoo and think it’s helping me reduce my cancer risk – great! No harm there.
If I can feed my children the best quality food possible and keep them healthy – why wouldn’t I want to do that? It’s a great thing to do.
But these are high-class, luxurious choices that we have made. And we could still be run over by a bus in the morning. Also the scientific evidence seems to go back and forth on the health-benefit of eating organic food even as the evidence remains quite solid that it is better for the environment.
We have mellowed out a bit since the initial change.
- We use bleach sometimes in the laundry even though it’s bad for the water supply. I mean, we were fighting MRSA at the time, but we forgot how much we loved the smell of bleached sheets. Not everytime – just sometimes.
- After many headaches and countless hours, we now buy laundry soap and dish packs. It is not always the super expensive green option.
- I’ve never attempted to make my own yogurt or cheese.
I do still very much enjoy making and using my own cold-process soap, but I don’t know if the body butter will be a permanent thing or not. Life is short. We’re all doing the best we can – generally speaking.
I could probably give up more, but I do enjoy living.