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Are store-bought body lotions bad for you?


While not all store-bought lotions are created equally, in general most of them contain some pretty junky ingredients that you should really think twice about slathering on your body or your kids’ bodies.

Some common ingredients found in commercial body lotions include preservatives like parabens (which have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues among other things), butylated hydroxy anisole aka. BHA (an endocrine disruptor and known carcinogen) and synthetic fragrances and parfum, which are made up of a whole bunch of chemicals, most notably phthalates (which have been linked to early puberty in girls, reduced sperm count in men and reproductive issues, as well as liver, kidney, and lung damage).

Even water, the most seemingly innocent ingredient in commercial body lotion poses a risk.

Pick up almost any store-bought lotion or body butter and look at the list of ingredients. More than likely, water (or “aqua”) will be somewhere near the top of the list if not at the very top. Now, on the surface this seems safe and natural. What could be more natural than water, right?

What most consumers don’t know though, is that any product that contains water is susceptible to mold. So, to combat any mold that might grow on lotions containing water, more preservatives are added to extend the shelf life of the product.

Of course, preservatives like the ones mentioned above are something you probably want to avoid if you’re looking for an all-natural product. And you absolutely should be striving for all-natural products if you are considering slathering them on your skin!

Our skin is the largest organ on our bodies after all, and our pores suck up everything that we put on our skin.

So, if you’re concerned about eating organic, all-natural foods, you should be concerned about using all-organic body products as well!

The beauty of this homemade body butter is that, since it only contains healthy oils and no water, it requires no preservatives to keep it from spoiling on the shelf. Plus, the oils are super beneficial for your skin to boot, so you can rest assured that you truly are nourishing your body with this lotion.

How to make homemade lotion:

To make your own homemade body butter, all you need to do is add ½ cup of shea butter, ¼ cup of coconut oil and ¼ cup of sweet almond oil to a saucepan and melt over medium heat.

Then add in approximately 30 drops of essential oils (we recommend is lavender) and then mix everything together well. More information about lavender can be found here:


Make sure you put the cream in a sterilized glass bottle with a tight fitting cap.

This lovely information is compliments of https://thehouseandhomestead.com/homemade-body-butter/ Be sure to visit them. 


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