Degree of effort: low – Level of impact: medium to high
Sustainability on a budget: approved
- If not done so far: check your cosmetics for harmful ingredients (e.g. with Tox Fox); see: https://cathagoessustainable.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/microplastics/
- Exchange very bad or empty products for more natural ones or make them yourself
As we have seen last week in the study by NABU, enormous amounts of microplastics and polymeres stemming from cosmetics are polluting our water. Unfortunately, that is not the only problem. Many conventional cosmetics contain further ingredients that are harmful not only to the environment, but also to human health and well-being. They often include: petroleum, palm oil, hormon active ingredients, substances that cause allergic reactions or cancer, … And of course they are wrapped in plastic, which can also release hormon active ingredients, not even talking about the packaging waste…
It often saves money, is more healthy and environmentally friendly, if one uses self-made products from natural and basic ingredients.
I do the change of my products step by step, for getting used to them. My first experiment was with mouthwash. After buying the three necessary ingredients, it takes about two minutes to produce it and – in my opinion – it even tastes better than conventional ones…
You need natron/baking powder, birch sugar, an essential oil, e.g. peppermint, and water. According to smarticular, I put 500 ml luke warm water, 40g birch sugar, 2 tea spoons of natron and 10 drops of peppermint oil in a sealable bottle. You then only have to shake the bottle (after closing the lid) to mix the ingredients – et voilà…
Actually, after having bought the birch sugar in a health food shop, I realized that my bulk ware store sells it as well… I know it for the future.
Peelings are especially critical, because many of them contain microplastics. The small pieces they contain for the ‘scrubbing’ effect, are small plastic pieces. Have you ever thought about that before?
I personally do not drink coffee, but my family does. The machine is regularly full with coffee grounds that are usually thrown away (organic waste, but still). But coffee grounds have great effects and can be used for many purposes. I use them as peeling. Once I saved the coffee grounds from being thrown away and dried them. I just put them in a bowl and stirred once in a while so that it did not mold, but dried. Then I filled it into a former jam jar and that was it. I apply it in the shower just like conventional peeling. And I did not pay anything for it! If you like coffee smell and have coffee grounds (maybe ask friends or family), give it a try:
Do not forget to close the lid to keep it dry!
If you do not like the smell or do not have coffee grounds available, there are lots of other microplastic free options: https://www.smarticular.net/gesichts-und-koerper-peelings-einfach-und-preiswert-selber-machen/
By the way, coffee grounds are also supposed to help against cellulite: https://www.smarticular.net/kaffeesatz-gegen-cellulite-glaubst-du-nicht/
Do not hesitate to ask me for translations or just google something like ‘self-made natural peeling’ in your language to find other recipes 🙂
At the moment, I am experimenting with shampoo. I will report about this in a later post.
What are your experiences with self-made cosmetics? Share your recipes with us! Are you going to try some of them?