6 Tips for Zero Waste DIY Beauty
1. Make your own facial moisturizer
To hydrate your skin in the morning, you don’t need the latest plastic covered product. It’s really easy to make your own facial oils and they feel absolutely incredible on the skin. They absorb well, hydrate, and help provide balance. I’m using facial oil at the moment that is made from antioxidant moringa oil mixed with blue lotus flower essential oil. The moringa oil does the work and the blue lotus oil provides the smell! Other combinations you could try would be Vitamin E Oil, Jojoba Oil or Almond Oil mixed with any essential oil of your choice (jasmine & ylang ylang are both beautiful). Facial Oil also works extremely well as a make up remover!
2. DIY Make up remover
Forget make up remover, natural oils are a great alternative for removing make up at the end of the day and they are also super moisturizing! Coconut oil is a favourite, but you should absolutely try organic jojoba oil as it is less oily. Use your hands to apply it so I no longer buy cotton pads. It effortlessly takes off all daily makeup, including the most stubborn of all: waterproof mascara.
Coconut oil also has “lipophilic” properties, meaning that it will get up close and personal with all the crap on your face and dissolve it. Oil dissolves oil. To use it as a makeup remover, simply swipe a washable cotton pad or piece of cloth in the oil and brush over your face in small circles as usual. It feels amazing.
3. DIY Facial toner
For a natural option, without any of the skin-damaging alcohols that are found in most conventional toners today, make your own rosewater facial toner from rose water, apple cider vinegar, and essential oil of choice.
1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
4 T Rose Water (to make simmer rose petals in water for an hour, strain and cool).
5 drops of rose oil
Simply mix all the ingredients together in a reusable spray bottle. Store it in the fridge to keep it fresh and use a spritz or two in the morning!
4. Use Reusable make-up removing pads
Reusable make –up pads can be used to apply makeup in place of sponges or powder puffs, and used with your cleanser or makeup remover in place of disposable cotton rounds. It’s such a simple swap and honestly they actually clean your face better than their disposable counterparts.
5. Try making your own deodorant
Standard deodorants contain a lot of chemical ingredients that can negatively affect the endocrine system. They also cause a huge amount of waste. But who wants to be smelly! There are loads of natural DIY deodorant recipes out there, but something that has been around for decades is mineral salt stone deodorants.
Mineral salt stone works brilliantly and will last for years. When it comes in contact with the bacteria that live on your skin, it creates an environment in which the bacteria can’t thrive. They can’t multiply, and it’s the multiplying bacteria that cause the odour.
If you want to try a DIY recipe, you could use ACV, coconut oil, tea tree oil, or a lemon wedge. Or if you aren’t ready to give up commercially made deodorant what about looking for some brands that are sold in glass, metal or cardboard packaging instead of single use plastic.
DIY Deodorant Recipe
3 T shea butter
2 T coconut oil
3 T baking soda
2 T corn starch
5 drops of essential oil of choice (I love lemon myrtle)
Method: Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler, stir in the baking soda, corn starch and essential oil. Stir it really well, pop it in a container and then put it in the fridge to harden.
6. Use a natural bristle brush
To keep your skin soft on a daily basis try dry brushing. It activates the lymphatic system and encourages circulation (keeping cellulite at bay). For a zero waste bathroom use a wooden body brush instead of a plastic one. Not only is it fantastic for your skin but it’s also cheap and better for the environment. Brush the skin with large circular motions before going in the shower. Don’t forget to hydrate your skin after you shower with a homemade body butter recipe.