As a busy mum and person all of my recipes need to be easy and simple.
Please find here a collection of very easy DIY zero waste beauty recipes for a plastic free bathroom.
Ice Cool Refreshing Discs
If you’ve been working late recently and your eyes are a bit tired and swollen, a great and simple plastic free trick by @zeroquestpeople (photo credit) is to just use half a cup of leftover green tea.
Pour it in a mason jar with some cotton rounds, pop it in the fridge and … voila! Your tired puffy eyes will thank you for these little ice cool, refreshing discs that are packed with nutrient rich antioxidants.
Whipped Body Butter
This whipped body butter recipe by @zeroquestpeople (photo credit) is a great way to nourish your body without chemicals, toxins and yes also without microplastics. Did you know that some of those difficult to pronounce ingredients in mass produced personal care products are also made with microplastics by the way? Check out the great work by the “Beat the Microbead” campaign by Plastic Free Foundation about microplastics in cosmetics. They are doing a great job in identifying and declaring what ingredients are considered microplastics. Here’s what you need for the DIY Body Butter:
1/2 cup Organic Cacao butter
1/4 cup Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
1 tbsp Organic Sweet Almond Oil
5 drops Vitamin E Oil
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
“In a glass bowl, add your butter, coconut oil, almond oil and vitamin E oil. Place the bowl in a double boiler (sit the bowl inside a pot that has some water in it). It’s important to let the oils melt slowly and stir gently so that they combine properly.
Once the oils have melted, remove from heat and let it cool at room temperature for around 10 minutes. This is when you can add your essential oils. Then place in the freezer for around 15 minutes. After you take it out you can whip it for a few minutes. Keep scraping the sides in with a spatula and continue to whip until you get a soft buttery texture. If it’s too soft, pop it back into the freezer for a little while and then have a go again. When it’s done it should look like whipped butter.”
If you’re time poor (like me), you can use this recipe which is much faster but still gives good results.
¼ cup Coconut Oil
¼ cup Shea Butter
6 drops each of Lavender and Grapefruit essential oils (or oils of choice)
Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Using a metal whisk or an electric mixer, whip fast until the mixture becomes light and airy. Place the mixture into a clean, dry sealed jar (around 120ml).
Both recipes should last you for a few months but if you live in the tropics, keep them in the fridge as they have no preservatives.
Are you still buying commercial mouthwash? Well, you can save heaps of money and help the environment by doing your own. We have simply switched to water & clove essential oil and my gums are healthier than ever! Even the dentist made a comment about them. If you’d like to experiment further, here is a great recipe by @kb_abode (photo credit).
– 1 cup water
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 10 drops tea tree essential oil (never ingest it!)
– 10 drops peppermint essential oil
– 1 tsp of xylitol or stevia to enhance the flavour (optional)
I found two good recipes, one is with arrow root but that is usually not an essential item in the home, so the next recipe with have corn starch instead, which is an ingredients mostly available in every household.
1/4 cup bicarb soda
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 arrow root
10-15 drops essential oils of your choice
4 tbsp bicarb soda
4 tbsp corn starch
6 tbsp coconut oil
5-10 drops essential oils of your choice
For both recipes, all you need to do is to mix all ingredients and store them in a jar.
This is our collection for easy DIY zero waste beauty recipes for a plastic free bathroom. We’ll add more as we find good ones!
Are you also a very busy person and don’t have the time to make all of your beauty products? Or you make a few at times but like to purchase sustainable zero waste & Australian made beauty products that don’t cost the earth?
Here they are, browse our directory for plastic-free beauty products.