A few drops of your favourite essential oil (optional)
Bottle (1l capacity)
Add vinegar, water and essential oil to your bottle.
This recipe suits my hair the best but feel free to try using more or less vinegar to find your perfect balance.
How to use:
After washing your hair with a hair soap, rinse first with water and then pour the hair rinse over your hair. Leave in for about a minute for best results. Rinse again with water.
Tips - if your hair feels waxy after using a hair soap, try using more cider vinegar in your hair rinse. If your hair feels dry afterwards, use less vinegar.
Toothpaste / Deodorant
4 spoons coconut oil
4 spoons baking soda
1 spoon bentonite clay
few drops peppermint essential oil
Coconut oil is antibacterial and can be bought from many supermarkets in glass jars
Baking soda is the cleaning power and can be bought unpackaged of in paper bags from zero waste shops
Bentonite clay absorbs toxins and moisture and also adds a nice consistency. I have found this at Acalaonline (zerowaste beauty shop) and The Clay Cure.
Essential oils - these are really personal preference but I like peppermint for toothpaste.
This recipe can be used for both toothpaste and deodorant!
You will need:
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup citric acid
1 tablespoon grated dish soap mixed with water
Mix all ingredients together well then press into a silicone mould (silicone makes it easier to remove from the mould).
Leave for a few hours to harden before removing.
Tips - silicone moulds can often be found at second hand shops.
If you are based in Switzerland - baking soda and citric acid can be found at Chez Mamie zero waste stores.
You can also buy them in compostable packaging from Boobalou (UK online)
You will need:
1 teaspoon clay of your choice
Add enough water (approx. 1 teaspoon) to your clay to form a paste.
The amount you will need will vary depending on the clay you use.
Apply to clean skin avoiding eyes, nostril and mouth.
Leave on for 5-10 mins.
Rinse with warm water.
Kaolin clay - very gentle, absorbs impurities, suitable for sensitive skin types.
Red clay - gentle, absorbs impurities, suitable for all skin types.
Green clay - absorbs toxins well, good for oily skin types.
Bentonite clay - very absorbing, suitable for oily skin types, not sensitive. Note - don't leave on for too long as it may dry your skin (5 mins max).
You will need:
I cup water
1 teaspoon baking soda
10 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops - tea tree essential oil
Add all ingredients to a glass bottle and shake well
Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your perfume? If you have, could you understand them?
Here‘s an extremely simple recipe to make your own perfume so you know exactly what you are putting on your skin and breathing in. All you need is a small bottle to put it in, I already had this little glass bottle with a roll-on top.
I used almond oil as a carrier oil but you can also use something like sunflower oil if this is what you already have at home. As long as it doesn’t have too strong a smell.
Use any essential oils you like the smell of, preferably organic.
Fill an empty bottle almost to the top with a neutral smelling oil like almond oil or sunflower oil.