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Zero Waste Lotion Recipe

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I have been making my own lotion for over three years. I’d melt down the ingredients, put them in a a jar and call it a day. But then… I whipped… and my mind was blown. It took a regular hard moisturizer and turned it into a fluffy amazing mound of goodness. You have to try it. Your skin will feel amazing, you can feel good because you are using only natural organic ingredients to moisturize as opposed to toxic chemicals, it is package free, and it smells SO DAMN GOOD! Check out this video to learn how to make it!

This lotion will last for months (but it won’t, because you will use it up before then). Also, just combine equal parts of the ingredients, in this video I used 1/4 cup of each, but you can use more or less depending on how much you need.

 

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Did you know that you can make so many of the products that you buy? It’s true! And you can do it from scratch with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen cabinet!!

What?!

Yes­. I’m talking about ingredients like baking soda, coconut oil, sugar, and sea salt. Forget the unnecessary colors, additives, and fillers that are always found in toiletry essentials such as toothpaste and makeup remover. By making your own products using minimalist ingredients found in your home, not only will you find yourself saving hundreds of dollars over the course of the year, but they are also amazing for the planet (and your body). These recipes are made with Organic ingredients (most of which can be purchased package free in bulk or natural product stores) and contain no toxic chemicals.

Toothpaste

You don’t need to buy that $5 tube of toothpaste from the drugstore. Instead, you can whip it up in under two minutes using only coconut oil, baking soda, and essential oil of your preference. Not only is making your own toothpaste easier than pronouncing the ingredient list on the back of a conventional store­bought tube, but you are also doing the earth a favor. You are keeping a tube of toothpaste that is difficult or impossible to recycle out of a landfill.

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil

1 tablespoon baking soda

20 drops of organic essential oil (peppermint, spearmint, anise, cinnamon)

Directions: Combine all three ingredients in a small jar. To use, spoon onto your toothbrush and brush as you normally would.

Makeup Remover

Who says the only way to remove last night’s smudged mascara is by applying one­time use pads drenched with abrasive toxic chemicals and synthetic fragrances? Instead of going for some expensive product or oil, one of the best (and most frugal) makeup removers you can find is coconut oil. Just use about a teaspoon on your face, rub it in, and wipe off with a washcloth. Then follow with your normal face washing routine. If you have a coconut oil allergy, you can swap coconut oil for sesame, olive, or calendula oil.

Hand and Body Scrub

Make coffee in the morning? Throw away the grinds? If so, you are actually tossing an unsuspecting beauty item… hand/body scrub! Coffee grounds are one of nature’s most effective exfoliants. Just take the grinds and scrub your skin to remove dead skin and soften your hands or body. Because coffee grinds contain caffeine, it is a natural anti­-inflammatory, which thereby helps to enhance circulation and can help to boost the production of collagen. We won’t blame ya if you find yourself rubbing it into your rump now and again, it’s the perfect cellulite blaster!

Exfoliating mask

For a simple and effective face mask that is sure to fight acne, baking soda is the best go­to. Baking soda is a gentle exfoliant and when 1 teaspoon is mixed with a splash of water and rubbed into your skin, the exfoliation process will remove oil, dirt, and dead skin. Leave the mixture on for about 5­-10 minutes and then rinse with water for a mask that will help to prevent breakouts and blackheads in the future by removing excess oil.

Bonus: You can use a paste of baking soda and water as a spot treatment for pimples. The soda will help to draw out the infection and also dry out the inflamed area.

Lip Scrub

For a great lip exfoliant look no further than your sugar dish. Organic sugar is an amazing natural exfoliant, and you can eat it too! If you don’t want to use sugar, you can use a coarse ground salt for the same effects.

Lip Balm

Traditional balms come packaged in little plastic tubes, which are often too small to be recycled. Say goodbye to plastic waste and chapped lips with this DIY lip balm recipe.

All you’ll need to do is melt 1 tablespoon of Organic candelilla wax, 1 tablespoon of Organic unrefined shea butter, and 2 tablespoons of Organic coconut oil in a bowl over simmering water. Once melted, add 5- 10 drops of your favorite essential oil for scent and carefully pour the mixture into a small airtight container. If you have an old lip balm tin lying around, that’s perfect, or you can repurpose a tub or container you already have at home (just ensure that it is cleaned). Let the mixture sit in the fridge for 10 minutes until hard, and you’re done!

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