Take a look at your bathroom cabinet, what is your body lotion packaged in?
Your toothpaste or your body wash? I know we already had this but I am always shocked every time I look at my bathroom.
What can I do about it? Make some products myself.
The past few weeks I tried some recipes and prepared some articles about different products. This will also be a „critical“ Zero Waste series, since it is not that easy to find the right recipes that actually work, but you will see!
I just want to underline that I am not one of those „proselytizing“ (okay maybe a bit exaggerated) vegans or hardcore environmentalists, telling everyone what to do.
I mean, I won’t spend my summer at home (stay tuned, I will be sharing my plans next Sunday) and I will definitely not be able to make my own products during my travels, since you need a cool space to store them and I am NOT (yet) 100% plastic free.
Additionally, as you will see in the following weeks, it is not so easy to get used to these eco-friendly DIY products.
Alrighty, today I wanted to briefly share with you what kind of products I bought for my experiment and tell you a bit about it and why I chose them.
Almond and Jojoba oil:
Jojoba oil is extracted from the jojoba bush which grows in southwestern American states like Arizona. The woman at the pharmacy told me that the lipides are not ligated through glycerine, but through long-chained esters, which are similar to the ones our sebum (Hauttalg für meine deutschen Leser) consists of. Consequently, jojoba oil perfectly connects with our skin and is moisturising but not greasing.
Almond oil is a cold-pressed plant oil, made of bitter almonds. This oil contains important Vitamins like Vitamin A, D and E, but also different kinds of B Vitamins. It protects the „acid content“ of your skin and is also known to protect your skin a bit from the sun.
Essential oils are usually produced in the plant’s leafs and stored in the plant tissue. They can be extracted through steam distillation.
However, essential oils do not contain lipides and are liposoluble (fettlöslich).
They are used for aroma therapy, perfumes, but also for different medical conditions.
I bought tea tree essential oil because it is good for your skin (but smells so bad) and peppermint oil for my toothpaste because it has an antibacterial effect.
You can also buy different essential oils in order to change the scent of your products of course.
This product is often used for cooking and to replace gelatin. You can buy it in any wholefood shop
Xylit (in Germany known as Birkenzucker) is a type of sugar and is almost as sweet as usual saccharose. Good thing about it is, that it does not damage your teeth and you are actually doing something good for your choppers 😄
I will get more into detail in my upcoming posts.
Baking Soda is supposed to have a natural whitening effect for your teeth, but you can also use it to make deodorant. I will talk a bit more about it in my DIY-Deodorant post.
I guess coconut oil is everyone’s all time favourite these days. It is good for your skin, you can cook with it, it has a low dripping point and you can use it as a solid oil as well.
You will need natural coconut oil for every recipe I will share with you!
Pure shea butter has loads of Vitamin E in it, as well as Omega 3 fatty acids.
Using this amazing product, your skin will be more elastic and it protects your skin from UV radiation. It is also good for people with very dry skin and neurodermatitis and eczema. It has no significant scent which tells me that it is actually a natural product without any added chemicals.
Cocoa butter is of course vegan and you can use it for cooking and doing something good for your hair and skin as well.
Unfortunately, the only cocoa and shea butter I found in the stores were both packaged in plastic. But I thought it is my first try and next time I might order something in a jar online, but ordering online is not to great as well… Additionally, I like to support our local stores.
The problem with Zero Waste is that our (food-)industry is not designed to provide plastic free products and I try to avoid ordering on amazon.
However, what I love about this DIY project is that all the products are simple, mostly natural products without tons of added chemicals and perfume. The less ingredients, the better 😊
Hope you found this helpful!