Eco Bodycare Recipes
It doesn’t have to cost a fortune and harm the earth to have great glowing skin! You can make some amazing body care recipes on the cheap, using natural ingredients that look, feel and smell divine. Most high-street retailers and brands of skin care contain harmful chemicals, toxic ingredients (aaah!) and more. So why not try making your own products where you can be sure everything is natural?
Coconut-free Body Butter
This body butter is amazing for sensitive/oily/acne prone skin as coconut oil might not be the best for you!
• 8 tbsp shea butter
• 2tbsp avocado, apricot, jojoba or almond oil (super nourishing oils)
• 15 drops of lavender essential oil (calming, soothing and balancing)
• 10 drops of rosemary essential oil (soothing and calming)
1) Melt the shea butter in a saucepan on low heat
2) Add 2 tbsp nourishing oil and mix
3) Chill in freezer for 15-20 mins (until solid but not TOO hard)
4) Add essential oils and whisk until soft and buttery
5) Store at room temperature... and feel super soft!
Sugar & Olive Face Scrub
This is a great face scrub to brighten and moisturise the skin, great for all skin types and lasts for up to 2 months!
• 1 fresh lemon (antibacterial, cleansing and uplifting)
• Refined sugar (exfoliating)
• Brown sugar (exfoliating)
• Olive oil (moisturising and protecting)
1) Juice the lemon
2) Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl
3) Choose quantities to your preference (I.e. more sugar, more scrub!)
4) Use scrub 2 to 3 times a week
Coffee Lip Scrub
With the wind and cold, chapped lips are all but as common as the common cold. Try this lip scrub to get your lips smooth again! Plus, this recipe uses used ground coffee so nothing goes to waste!
• 2 tbsp used ground coffee (try and get a Fairtrade coffee from Sainsbury's or the Co-op!)
• 1/4 tbsp Coconut oil (soften in the microwave first)
• 1-2 drops of peppermint oil
• Optional: brown sugar (for a harsher scrub!)
1) Soften the coconut oil and mix with the coffee
2) Test the consistency - you can change the proportions or it's more or less gritty
3) Add the peppermint essential oil and sugar (if desired)
Don’t be scared by the names of ingredients! This is a natural toothpaste, and you can find the ingredients online. Try zero-waste-club.com, or look in your local health stores!
• 4 tbsp baking soda (Alkaline, Non-toxic, low abrasion)
• 4 tbsp bentonite clay (neutralises acidity and mineral rich)
• 4 tbsp Xylitol (reduces bacteria and adds sweetness)
• Approx. 25 drops of peppermint essential oil (minty fresh feeling, optional
• 2/3 tbsp water (create the paste effect)
1) Stir all dry ingredients with a wooden spoon (don’t use metal utensils)
2) Add the water
3) Add the peppermint essential oil (if desired)
4) Add more or less water depending on how thick you want the paste
5) Brush teeth, plastic free!
(You can also buy tooth paste tablets online or from zero-waste stores!)
2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner
Great and natural 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner for students on the go! Add some tea to add colouring effects: black tea to darken, rooibos tea for reds and chamomile to lighten fair hair
• 1 Peeled cucumber (soothing and softening)
• 1 peeled & deseeded lemon (cleansing)
1) Put the lemon and cucumber in a blender and blend until smooth. It’s really that easy!
Switching to a menstrual cup
Menstrual cups are a healthy, cheap and sustainable alternative to tampons. They can be worn for for up to 12 hours at a time, then emptied, rinsed and immediately reused. Since a menstrual cup collects rather than absorbs your flow it won't mess with your vaginal PH or bacterial balance, as a tampon might. Then can last up to 10 years or more and can therefore save you lots of money in the long run! Just like tampons, they can take a couple of uses to get used to but don't let that put you off!
If you’re unsure how safe and sustainable your products are you can download the ThinkDirty app on iPhones and Android OR even better, make your own with more recipes like these!
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