This post was sponsored by Biome Eco Stores.

Are you conscious of what you are putting on your skin? Or the ingredients in the everyday products you and your family use? Biome Eco Stores is leading the way in natural living and they have a new, fun and importantly, environmentally and socially responsible way for you to make the switch to a natural lifestyle.

If you were to take a guess, how many ingredients do you think are in your average beauty product? 5? 10? Would it shock you to learn that there are between 15 to 50 chemical ingredients used to create the average product sitting on your bathroom shelf? If you are using the average number of beauty products most women use (9-15 a day) that is approximately 515 chemicals applied to your skin each day.

It’s not just what the fragrances, emulsifiers, emollients, colouring agents, preservatives, thickening agents and pH stabilisers do to your skin that concerns Tracey Bailey, founder of Biome Eco Stores, but it is also what they are doing to the world we live in. “The production and disposal of these chemicals affect our environment with most beauty waste being washed down the drains, threatening marine biodiversity and the quality of our oceans and waterways,” she said.

Biome Eco Stores originally launched in 2003 after Tracy decided to be the change she wished to see in the world. As Australia’s only 100% palm oil free & cruelty free store, Biome Eco Stores is leading the charge in protecting the environment, promoting wellbeing and operating with socially responsibility as a driving force.

It is with this passion and vision for a better future that Biome Eco Stores have launched the Naked Beauty Bar, offering beauty addicts a completely natural and zero waste DIY alternative. In fact, in the past 12 months alone they have helped customers save 6.7 million single use plastic items from waste.

Through the Naked Beauty Bar, available in the four Brisbane stores and also online, shoppers can purchase the ingredients in bulk and premade options to make their own natural beauty and skincare products. The ingredients come in reusable glass jars and Biome Eco Stores has also created a huge variety of recipes to get the DIY beauty enthusiast started on their journey to a natural lifestyle.

Make your own bodycare at Biome Eco Stores

The Naked Beauty Bar stocks  over 40  natural ingredients including candelilla wax and cocoa butter to bi-carb and bentonite clay, which can be combined with other natural ingredients you likely already have in your home to make your own deodorant, mascara, face mask, body scrub, toothpaste, head lice deterrent, bug bite balm and more.

You could even get the kids involved in helping you mix your new beauty products and use it as a chance to talk to them about the environment, sustainability and making a difference in the world. That’s a win/win for everyone!

Rose & Cocoa Moisturising Lotion Bars

Rose & Cocoa moisturising lotion bars

Creamy cocoa butter and calming rose is used to make these moisturising cocoa and rose lotion bars. Rose petals are soothing and help to treat inflamed skin conditions, while castor oil is exceptional for its moisturising and conditioning properties. Cocoa butter has incredible healing and anti-aging properties, and works to heal rashes and prevent skin dryness. The Australian pink clay is rich in antioxidants and has wonderful hydrating properties, and also provides a pretty pink hue.

This recipe makes approximately 2 x 70g bars (as pictured) or 8-10 2.5cm cubes (using an ice cube tray).

Ingredients

2 tablespoons dried rose petals (to infuse overnight in your castor oil)
½ cup cocoa butter
4 tablespoons candelilla wax
½ cup castor oil or olive oil
½ teaspoon Australian pink clay
12 drops geranium essential oil
6 drops rose geranium essential oil
6 drops bergamot essential oil
6 drops grapefruit essential oil

Method

Place the dried rose petals into the castor or olive oil and let it infuse for a few hours or overnight. Once the dried rose petals have been infused, strain the oil through a garni bag, some muslin or a sieve into a cup and set aside. You may need to squeeze the rose petals to get more of the oil out.

Add the cocoa butter, candelilla wax, infused rose oil and pink clay to a 240ml or 440ml mason jar (you could also use a glass jug).

Place the jar (or jug) into a saucepan filled with approximately 5cm of water on medium-low heat until the wax and cocoa butter has melted.

Remove from the heat and add essential oils.

Place into moulds. You can use any type of mould that you like as long as it’s heatproof. Silicone moulds are quite common. Let it cool slightly before putting it in the fridge to set.

Once set, remove the DIY lotion bars from the mould. Store in a glass mason jar in a cool place out of direct sunlight.

How To Use

If you are using small 2.5cm ice cube or chocolate moulds, you will make around 8-10 lotion bars. While larger moulds will yield fewer.

To use, rub over your hands, cuticles, elbows, knees or any area you feel needs moisturising. You can also use them as a moisturising treatment in the shower. Gently pat yourself dry when done.

Shop DIY skin care ingredients online at www.biome.com.au or at the four Biome Eco Stores across Brisbane.

Adapted from 101 Easy Homemade Products by Jan Berry.

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