This month I am doing a challenge- No Waste November!
In an attempt to lessen my carbon footprint and reduce the amount of trash I produce, I have been making the most of my resources, buying from bulk bins, and making my own… everything.
This post is all about recipes to replace the chemical ridden body care products with clean, easy to make alternatives.
To make these recipes zero waste, you can find local stores, co-ops, or farmers markets that sell bulk goods and buy a majority of the ingredients there in reusable containers. IF there is anything you can not find in bulk, another option would be to buy items in glass containers.
You are what you eat, but what about what your skin eats? Everything you put onto your body is absorbed by your body. You even absorb things that are in the air and environment! (That’s a talk for another time.)
We should all know by now that we should not be ingesting things that we can not pronounce, or that have a looong list of ingredients. When is the last time you flipped over your body care products and looked at the ingredients list? How long is it? How many things on that bottle can you pronounce?
A lot of common self care products are linked to a host of health issues, such as skin conditions, infant mortality, cancer, infertility, thyroid disorders, erectile dysfunction, and hormone dysruptions.
By making your own products from whole ingredients found in nature, you can reduce or completely eliminate the risk of these harmful side-effects.
It is just as vital to put things found in nature on your skin as it is in your body.
Side note: Isolates of things found in nature can be equally as harmful! Just because something is extracted from a plant or whole food item, etc, does not mean it is good for you. Your body can no longer identify the isolated chemical if it does not have the rest with it. Would you rather drink water, or straight hydrogen? Which will quench your thirst? I’ll take the H2O.
Edible Skincare Recipes
Shampoo and Body Wash
You can find bath bars without packaging at most health food stores and farmers market. At most they may have a small barcode sticker or paper wrapping around it. Popular places to check would be Whole Foods and Lush.
You could find a recipe online, but I have found sticking with the bars works best. Another option would be Castile Soap, however you would have to recycle the bottle after.
Conditioner, in my opinion, is completely useless! It can easily be replaced with a nourishing vitamin-rich oil before or after a shower. If my hair needs extra love, I will apply oil to it from the tips to the roots and wrap it up before bed. In the morning it can be washed out with shampoo and a little apple cider vinegar. More times than not, I can get away with applying a little bit of oil after my showers and throughout the week as needed.
Another option for those with extra dry hair would be a hot oil treatment. You simply heat up an oil, apply it to your hair and wrap it up with a shower cap and hot towel. Wait 30 minutes to 2 hours and wash it out. Voila! Lushes Locks.
Face Wash and Scrub
This is by far my favorite thing I have discovered to replace my face care routine. It is balancing to all skin types, hydrating, and firming! It also can help reduce redness and acne. What more could I ask for?
- 1 tbsp Honey (or lightweight oil for vegan option)
- 1 tbsp Aloe
- Optional: 1-2 drops Tea Tree Oil (for acne)
- 1 tbsp Honey or Oil
- 1 tbsp Sugar
Below are two deodorant recipes based on preference. The spray utilizes himalayan salt which is a naturally occurring mineral that absorbs toxins and odors. It is a lightweight recipe that is good for on the go, as it may not last all day if you are more active. The cream is a heavier option that lasts all day and is better than any natural deodorant you can find.
- 3 oz distilled water
- 2 tsp himalayan salt
- 1 oz witch hazel
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 10 drops essential oil (scent of your choice)
- 2-3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Essential oil (scent of your choice)
Eyeliner and Mascara
- 1 Tablespoon Activated Charcoal
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Shea Butter
- 1 Teaspoon of Bentonite Clay
- 2-3 Drops of Essential Oil
To use, buy a reusable mascara brush and a line brush for use as eyeliner.
Oil of choice (I like coconut oil)
Reusable Cotton Rounds [LINK]
Hemp Rounds [LINK]
Organic Wash Cloths [LINK]
Bottles and Jars to store recipes and ingredients (easily found at thrift stores i.e. salvation army)
Living Waste-Free is the way of the future. It is fun to experiment with and adapt to your own lifestyle! It does not have to be difficult or full of complicated recipes. In fact, it simplifies things- for everyone and everything. If you want to start on this path, don’t be intimidated if it doesn’t happen over night. Slowly replacing items in your house as they run out with zero waste ones is still a step in the right direction. Have fun! Experiment! We are learning together ❤