Zero Waste DIYs | Body Butter and Deodorant

Hello guys,

I hope you are all good and enjoy the sun. Summer means spending time outside in the sun which is great for our vitamin D production but the sun also dries out our skin and we sweat a lot in the heat.

This is why I would like to share with you my Zero Waste Body Butter and a Deodorant. Before getting into the DIY, I would like to point out that this is not an advice from a professional, I am just sharing my personal experience. I found similar recipes on google, I can also really recommend the blog Trash is for Tossers by Lauren Singer in case you are interested, her recipes and ideas inspired me a lot.

For these Zero Waste products, you might have to find „your own mixture“ that perfectly works for you, you can change the proportions and also use different oils. This is kind of the basic version that works for me and I hope it works for you as well!

Zero Waste Body Butter

For one small jar you’ll need:

  • 1/3 Shea Butter
  • 1/3 Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cocoa Butter (Unfortunately, mine is packed in plastic, I’m still looking for another packaging)
  • 1 Tbsp Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil (check my Zero Waste Toiletries Post if you want to know more)

Start to boil some water, put another pot into the boiling water and heat up all the ingredients in order to mix it properly. Afterwards, you put it in a bowl (Caution- it’s very hot!) and cool it down in the freezer until it is all solid. When your body butter is all solid, you can whip it with a mixer until you have whipped body butter. This will need some time, it took me ten minutes until I had the perfect texture.

You can also change the scent and add some essential oils, I used tea-tree essential oil since it is good for your skin but it does not smell good at all so don’t really recommend it.

Store your whipped body butter in a cool space, if you put it in the freezer, it will turn solid again. All in all, this recipe is really good for your skin, since we’re using good and natural ingredients without added chemicals!

Zero Waste Deodorant

You’ll need:

  • 1 Tsp of Shea Butter
  • 1 Tsp of Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp of Arrowroot Powder
  • 1 Tsp of Jojoba Oil
  • (Optional: essential oils)

Same procedure as with the body butter, heat it up over boiling water and fill it in a small jar. No need to whip it, you are ready to use it when it’s solid again, just apply it under your armpits and you’re ready to go!

I was extremely suspicious at first, I mean nobody wants to be smelly but it really works! However, it does not really work as an antiperspirant.

Additionally, I tried to find out WHY it works. Well I didn’t find a lot of scientific proof why it should work but Baking Soda has a pH of 9, sweat has a pH of 4.5-7 and our skin is pH 4.1-5.8.

So this is my hypothesis:
Baking Soda can reduce perspiration because when the pH of our sweat is too low, it starts to smell bad and the Baking soda might neutralize it and the pH starts to rise again and we are less stinky 😅

Our deodorants often contain lots of different, and sometimes dangerous, chemicals -so why not trying this natural alternative? Also, shea butter and jojoba oil are great for dry skin, as already said! 😊
However, if you need a Zero Waste option but you don’t want to make your own deodorant, many companies sell deodorants with natural ingredients in jars as well!

If hope you found this helpful, let me know if you have ever made your own experience with DIY toiletries.

Have a great week!

xx, Sophie

Zero Waste Hair Care – A critical review

Alrighty, we’ve already talked about Zero Waste Dental Care, but what about our hair? This post is all about hair care but the difference between this post and the other is that this one is a rather critical article, showing that living Zero Waste is not as simple as we (I) want it to be.

As you know, I am currently in the US so I can’t work properly on my plastic free life at the moment, but this was my first try with Zero Waste Hair Care and today I’ll be sharing my experiences with you.

I am sure many of you have heard of solid shampoo or hair soap. The soap I bought is by Zhenobya and I got it at the Body Shop. My first thought was, hundred years ago people also washed their hair with usual soap so why not giving it a try?

I was so motivated to try this, actually not zero but less waste alternative, and I got a bit disappointed to be honest. Usually, my hair feels light, smooth and healthy after using the products I normally use. But after having used the shampoo bar, my hair felt thick, heavy, not smooth at all and not clean and healthy. Plus, it smelt like curd soap.

Nevertheless, I was still very keen to rock this environmentally friendly heir care and applied my DIY Conditioner which made everything even worse. At first I thought it helped but I went to my ballet class in the afternoon and realised that my hair at the back of my had was still not completely dry. This happens quite often to me because I have really thick hair BUT it was not wet, it was greasy due to all the oils and butters in it – so embarrassing 😂 I had to laugh so hard about myself. I mean, what did I expect? You can’t just add tons of fat to your hair and expect it to be fluffy and smooth…

However, I found another purpose for my DIY conditioner – I just turned it into a mask. I now use it every week as a mask before washing my hair to nurture my it and keep it healthy. Since these stories should also be part of this journey, I decided to share with you this „NO Conditioner-but oily hair mask“ recipe with you anyways.

NO Conditioner-but oily hair mask

  • 1 Tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1,5 Tbsp Cocoa Butter
  • 1,5 Tbsp Shea Butter
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Jojoba Oil
  • 10 drops Essential Oil (optional)

I decided to share this with you, because I really try to be authentic. To my mind, bloggers should share real experiences, because social media and the internet in general is not always as authentic and transparent as it could be. It is not my goal to always be super successful and perfectly organised or environmentally friendly, I want to be real.
So this was my first experience with Zero Waste Hair Care, I will definitely try other shampoo and conditioner bars, for example the ones from LUSH, but I don’t think that I will use the other one ever again…unfortunately.
Conditioner seems to be not as easy to make as body lotion for example, so I will stick to my „No Conditioner- but oily hair mask“ idea and keep looking for other package-free conditioners.

What do you think about this article, do you agree that we should also share our unsuccessful experiences and what do you think about authenticity when it comes to blogs?

Thanks for reading!
xx, Sophie

Zero Waste Dental Care

Have you ever thought about brushing your teeth with a mixture of Xylit, Baking Soda, Coconut Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil? No?
Then this article will hopefully be a game changer for you.

As you know, I recently started my Zero Waste program which also includes making my own toiletries. Today, I would like to share with you my recipe for Zero Waste toothpaste.

For one portion of toothpaste (lasts 1.5 to 2 weeks) you need:

1 Tbsp Raw, organic Coconut Oil
1 Tsp Pure Baking Soda
0.5-1 Tsp Xylit
10-20 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Just double-boil it and stir it all together, fill it in a small jar, store it in a cool place and you’re done!

Here’s some information about the ingredients:

Peppermint Essential Oil: Essential oils are antibacterial, my dentist also recommends rinsing your mouth every now and then with essential oils.

Xylitol: Xylitol or Xylit is a type of sugar that has an antibacterial effect as well.
Sugar- good for your teeth? Yes, because the bacteria in our mouth thinks it can use the sugar but it actually can’t metabolise Xylit and it dies.

Baking Soda: Baking Soda increases alkalinity in your mouth since it neutralises acids because of its pH. Additionally, it has a small whitening effect on your teeth.

Coconut Oil: Coconut Oil is a good base for your toothpaste and it might help reduce bacteria that causes caries.

I’ve been using this toothpaste for two weeks before I went to the dentist and surprise, before I even told her about my toothpaste project, she said that my gums looked really good and healthy.
I asked her about the ingredients in my toothpaste and she was very supportive and said that she can really recommend making homemade toothpaste and especially using essential oil and xylitol.
Additionally, many toothpastes contain artificial colorings, glycerine and even small particles to „peel“ the teeth. This DIY toothpaste is perfect if you are looking for a natural and organic alternative. I also started buying bamboo toothbrushes that are bio-degradable. You can buy them at a package-free store for around 3€ and I am really content so far.

Have you ever tried making your own toothpaste?
Have a great week!

xx, Sophie

 

Disclaimer: I am neither a dentist, nor a professional. All the information in this post is from a dentist and the internet.

Zero Waste Toiletries

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:

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.

Arrowroot powder:

This product is often used for cooking and to replace gelatin. You can buy it in any wholefood shop

Xylit:

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

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.

Coconut oil:

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!

Shea butter:

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:

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!
Stay tuned,

Sophie

Surf Camp Preparation & Travel related DIYs #2

When I was 7, I watched a movie about surfing. Since then, I always wanted to learn to surf. I already got my Wind-Surfing-License and went surfing in Turkey for two weeks twice. The header picture was taken in 2015 when I went to Turkey during the summer holidays.
However, my main goal was and still is to learn Surfriding without any sails or kites. Just me my board and the wave. This dream will come true in October, since I will spend a month in Indonesia, a three week Surf Camp will be included.

Today, I would like to talk about my Surf Camp preparation and also share with you my second Travel related DIY.
First of all, I pondered over a plan where every muscle will be trained effectively, in order to be in great shape when I will start surfing.
No, it is not about getting that „perfectly shaped bikini body“, it is about strength and endurance.
Consequently, I combined outdoor cardio with strength training at the gym.
I decided to give myself the opportunity to choose between swimming and running and I also split the training at the gym into „leg day“ and „upper body.“
Very simple but I got the most out of it.

Surf Camp Prep-2

Since it is commonly known that anticipation is half the fun, I also followed this workout plan because it made me feel like I am already travelling at some point.
Of course the weight and the repetitions always depend on my physical condition but I always tell myself: „You already made it to the gym, now don’t waste the time – ROCK THIS WORKOUT!“

One week plan may look like this:

Workout

This plan is my personal plan so you can adjust the weight and the reps. What I love about this plan that I do not have to go to the gym too often and do the same things. I also love switching between different types of cardio. Additionally, I can highly recommend to go swimming the day after an intense workout. Swimming relaxes my muscles and simply feels good!

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Anyway, you may have noticed that I included „Balance Board Training“ which leads me to my second Travel related DIY: A Balance Board for -you won’t believe it- balance training. Many surfers use this tool to be able to improve their balance and buy expensive Balance Boards. I really wanted to try this type of training but I did not want to spend over 100€ for it so I bought some stuff to craft my own board.

For the DIY Balance Board you need:

  • a piece of (birch-)wood 90x60x2,5-3cm (I prefer birchwood since it is solid wood)
  • two pieces of to support the board and to edge the area where the pipe rolls
  • a robust pipe with a diameter of ca. 10,5cm
  • an over-knee sock where you can put in the pipe in order to prevent the pipe from slipping
  • wood glue
  • a jigsaw
  • a normal saw
  • 10 screws that are not longer than 4,5cm (if your wood is 2,5cm thick)
  • a drill
  • a pencil
  • a tape measure
  • a yoga mat (optional)

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1. Decide what shape your board shall have and paint it on the wooden panel. I chose a fish board shape.

2. Use the jigsaw (CAREFULLY!! And read the instructions first!) to cut out the board. You can also use a normal saw but a jigsaw will save you a lot of time

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3. Measure the width of your board, is 50cm wide. Now you cut your pipe with a normal saw, it should be as long as the width of your board.

4. You can now put the pipe into your over-knee sock.

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5. Now you want to make sure that the board does not slip away when you step on the complete balance board. Consequently, we now cut two 5-7cm pieces of wood that are as long as the width of our board. (I hope you know what I mean, just scroll down to see what I mean)

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6. If you are happy with your wood pieces and your board you can use wood glue to glue the wood pieces to the underneath of your board. This step will make your construction more secure and robust.

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7. After the glue is dry, you can use a drill to fix your little „pipe barriers“. Make sure that the length of your screws is not longer than the thickness of your barriers and the board.

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If you want to, you can sandpaper the edges of your board in order to prevent scratches etc.. I would also recommend using a yoga mat and a bare or a chair to support yourself if you step on your board the first time. Please make sure that your muscles are warmed up to prevent injuries.
I am not a professional, I do not take any responsibility for your Balance Boards if you try this.
This DIY works for me, I am just sharing my ideas here. Please be careful if you try this, sine it can be very dangerous if you do not pay attention.

Although it may be a little hard at the beginning, Balance Board Training is very effective and you really get a surf feeling at some point.
It is also easy to use because at first it is just about standing on the board and preventing it from touching he ground, which is harder than it may seem.

Hopefully, you like this post and maybe you can incorporate parts of the workout into your workout routine. Please let me know what you think about this DIY and tell me if you have ever taken part in a Surf Camp.

Have a wonderful week,
Sophie

 

 

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Travel related DIYs #1 – Travel Pinboard

Hello World,

I proudly introduce you to my new project „Travel related DIYs“. I would like to share with you some of my recent creative/art projects and hopefully be able to encourage you to craft something and become creative.

Pinboard_

My first project is a World Map Pinboard. Generally, this idea is very basic but I loved the idea of creating a unique pinboard to organize my stuff. Additionally, I consider these corkboards as very useful, since you can easily hang it on your wall, it is very light and you will only need two nails and a hammer to fix it.

Collage

For your own customized pinboard you will need:

  • A pinboard (I got mine on amazon for only 12€)
  • A pencil
  • Acrylic Paint (You will need a lot of paint depending on the size of your pinboard, I used about 200-250ml)
  • Paintbrushes of course
  • Two Screws wich you usually get with your ordered pinboard
  • Nails and a hammer
  • Patience

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As you can probably imagine, you just have to start to prime the cork of your board.
I primed mine twice, since the cork „sponges up“ the paint and if you are a little fussy you will like to paint it twice, it just looks tidier.
You should wait at least half an hour until you start to pre-draw the shape of the continents. I just tried to depict the map from my original world map and messed up sometimes, but I really like how it turned out. Besides, I did not wanted it to be that accurate. If you are happy with your shapes, you can just repaint them and tadaaa, you are almost done. Personally, I decided to go for some silver and gold and randomly colored some islands and continents.

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In the end, you just have to screw the screws into the frame of the board and hang the board on two nails which you already hammered into your wall.

Altogether, this DIY is very easy and not that special. However, I really wanted to share my work with you and I hope you liked it! Let me know in the comments if you are interested in reading more „creative-posts“.

Stay tuned and have a nice weekend!
Sophie

 

 

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