We at Bob’s Red Mill pride ourselves on fulfilling Bob’s vision of providing whole grain foods for every meal of the day. But if you’ve ever thought about “going green” with your personal care routine, chances are that you’ve been directed to one of our products for an alternative use.
For me, it all started in 2013 when I ditched laundry detergent. It wasn’t because I felt opposed to conventional detergent, but rather because the brand I loved was no longer being produced and I simply didn’t care for the other brands out there. I found a recipe for homemade dry laundry detergent online and haven’t looked back since.
A friend of mine started doing the no-poo method in 2012 and swore by it. If you haven’t heard of no-poo, it’s basically a method of washing your hair without using shampoo or conditioner. Instead, you wash with baking soda in water and then condition with apple cider vinegar. Inspired by my buddy and knowing how well I like my natural detergent, I tried no-poo too! My hair looked and felt clean – I was so excited to have a new, natural solution to clean hair!
After that, I went wild looking up recipes for homemade personal care products. When you do that too, you’ll find that the same several products – products Bob’s Red Mill offers – show up again and again in various homemade, chemical-free personal care recipes. We do not claim to be alternative-use gurus – our expertise lies in baking and cooking – but here are some all-star products and how they can be used:
- Baking Soda – is the king of homemade personal care because it’s so versatile! It is simply sodium bicarbonate, a naturally-occurring mineral, and ours is mined from the Earth! Besides its obvious baking applications, baking soda can be found in recipes for homemade toothpaste, deodorant, dry shampoo, and of course, wet shampoo as mentioned above. (By the way, it’s also great for removing stains from coffee cups!)
- Arrowroot Powder – this light and airy absorbent starch can be found in recipes for antiperspirants.
- Cornstarch – can be used much in the same way as arrowroot powder and can be used as a face powder to reduce oily skin.
- Flaxseeds – golden or brown flaxseeds are often used as egg replacers due to the gelatinous texture flaxmeals produce when combined with water. It’s no wonder you’ll find flaxseeds in recipes for chemical-free hair gel!
- Oatmeal – used to relieve dry skin and redness through oatmeal face masks, lotions, and baths.
- Oat Flour – can also be used for a dry shampoo. We have a gluten free oat flour too!
- Sea Salt – used to make exfoliating scrubs that wash dead skin cells away and rejuvenate your skin.
- Chia Seeds – can be used to create a face mask for oily skin.
There must be many more!
One resource I went to often to help me go chemical-free was Ashley’s Green Life – she has wonderful step-by-step videos and recipes, making the transition to chemical free super easy!
Check out the many resources below for other recipes and ideas!
Toothpaste – Ashley’s Green Life
Deodorant – Ashley’s Green Life
Dry Shampoo – Wellness Mama
Face Powder – Nancy’s Easy Homemade
Flaxseed Hair Gel – Ashley’s Green Life
Oatmeal Bath, Facewash, and Exfoliator – Huffington Post
Sea Salt Scrub – The Kitchn
Chia Seed Mask – Bustle
Leave a comment below – tell us which Bob’s Red Mill products you use for personal care products. How do you use them?