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7 things you can make instead of buying

By: Laura Moss on Nov. 3, 2010, 12:10 p.m.
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With all the debates over the safety of dyes, parabens and other common chemicals, why not just make some of your own cosmetics? That way you know exactly what you're putting on your body. Here are some simple soaps, cleansers and hair treatments you can make yourself with all-natural ingredients.

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• Make your own body lotion, bubble bath, perfume, hand-milled soap, green chai facial toner, shampoo, conditioner and mouthwash.