Having a good stock of natural ingredients will ensure you are prepared to whip up a batch of soap, skin, body or hair treatments and even cleaning products in no time. When buying ingredients try to buy organic when possible to avoid any added chemicals or over processing.
These are just a few of my favorite ingredients, but with them you can create countless amounts of products. I'd consider these your staples and as we create more recipes you can add in new and fun ingredients down the road.
Foods you can find at the Grocery Store
Some of these items you may only want to stock when you know that you'll be creating a recipe that involves it, as you don't want them to go-off before you get around to using them.
Apple Cider Vinegar // One of the most versatile ingredients, you can use this on your skin as it will help exfoliate by dissolving dead skin cells, because ACV is an Acetic acid, it also contains lactic, citric and malic acids and as they are all alpha hydroxy acids they work together to exfoliate your skin. You can add 1-2 tablespoons into an 8 oz glass of water which will help with your digestive and gut health. You can even create an all natural cleaner with the addition of ACV.
Honey // Probably one of my favorite mixing agents to add into my mask. Honey is antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic, it also has the ability to heal and repair skin. It also helps your skin to retain moisture which makes it a go to beauty ingredient. Try finding a local beekeeper that sells organic beeswax. I suggest Beeproject Apiaries from right here in Winnipeg.
Lemons // The juice from one of these bright yellow citrus fruits work great as an astringent. It contains alpha hydroxy which naturally exfoliates your skin, reducing the appearance of sun pigmentation, age spots and acne scars.
Oats // A soothing ingredient that works wonders as a bath soak or added into a mask. Packed with healthy fats and antioxidants that hydrate and rejuvenate your skin. Its also naturally anti-inflammatory that helps to balance out your skin's PH.
White Vinegar // This will work as a base for a majority of cleaning recipes. Very similar properties to your Apple Cider Vinegar. A very versatile ingredient to create multiple at home cleaning products.
Salt & Sugar // If you like body scrubs then you will most definitely want to stock your apothecary cupboard with both salt and sugar. Both great bases for when you want to whip up a body scrub.
Can be found at your local health store, as well as online. You may even find a selection at your grocery store or a bulk food store.
Carrier Oils // These oils will be the base to most of your skin and body care items. All with there own unique characteristics and benefits. Some of my personal favourites are : Jojoba Oil, Safflower Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Castor Oil, Avocado Oil & Sweet Almond Oil, but don't worry we will cover SO many more and go into greater detail on all of them.
Essential Oils // Highly concentrated oils that can boost your products to a whole new level, with benefits that range from health, helping with skin conditions and cleansing properties, they can be added to almost all of your concoctions. I will be delving deep into the world of essential oils and breaking each one down for you, so you'll know exactly how to use them properly, in terms of which ones you can use undiluted, ones you NEED to dilute and ones that should be kept clear of, babies, pregnancies and pets. Some of my favourites are, Tea Tree, Lavender, Eucalyptus and lemon.
Butters // These you will use in your balms, body butters and even scrubs. My favorites are Shea, Cocoa and Mango butter. Each butter has its own beneficial properties, melt rates, cooling rates and textures that we will get into in future posts.
Beeswax // The most common ingredient to thicken your beauty balms. With the added benefits of it being hydrating for dry skin and creates a protective barrier to help seal in moisture. It also has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties...I mean can we just take a moment and appreciate the amazing power of Bees and what they can produce!!!!
Take this Home Apothecary Shopping List with you on your next trip to the grocery or natural food store and start your collection on diy natural beauty and lifestyle ingredients.
Until next time xoxo Amber