Everyone likes to pamper themselves every now and then.
However, we don’t believe it’s necessary to buy all the products that the advertisements say we need, and that are nearly always sold in plastic and/or contain toxic chemicals, to do so.
In fact, we prefer to use those alternative personal care products that make us feel good, whilst not damaging the planet.
So, to start the year off on the right foot, we have done a quick survey amongst our team, to share with you the homemade personal care products that we use regularly.
The results couldn’t be better.
4 plastic-free personal care alternatives that are also:
- Natural & 100% biodegradable
- Super simple
- Quick to make and use
- And suitable for all budgets
1. HOMEMADE SCRUB
What you’ll need:
- Moisturising oil of your choice.
- Brown sugar or used coffee grounds
- Honey (optional)
Mix a pinch of brown sugar (if you have normal skin) or some leftover coffee grounds (if you have sensitive skin) with a few drops of a non-greasy plant-based oil like this moisturising oil from Matarrania. If you use animal products, and you want the exfoliant to be extra nourishing, you can add little honey to the mixture.
Massage it in gently and then take it off using a reusable cotton make-up removing pad.
2. ANTI-WRINKLE MOISTURISER
However, if you spend a lot of money on anti-wrinkle creams, we would like you to know that it’s not always necessary. This plastic-free alternative that is also free of toxins and will do the trick nicely.
What you’ll need:
Apply the cocoa butter with strong perpendicular massaging movements pressing into the lines on your forehead, around your eyes and your mouth. Your skin will be hydrated and healthy, and your will notice how your expression lines soften.
Tip: if you live in a cold climate and your cocoa butter doesn’t melt when you rub it between your hands, you can put it in a closed glass pot whilst you have a hot shower and the steam will soften it. Afterwards, it will be much easier to apply to your face.
3. LINSEED CONDITIONESR/ HAIR GEL
If you have curly hair with a tendency to go frizzy, dry out and split at the ends, you will just love this this conditioner/hair gel. So much so, that you won’t want to go back to using commercial products with synthetic silicones ever again.
What you’ll need
- ¼ cup of bulk linseed (also called flaxseed)
- 2 cups of water
- A light-weight cotton gauze bag to strain.
In a saucepan, add the linseeds to the water and put the mixture on to boil until it starts to thicken (around 5-10 minutes). Take it off the heat, let the mixture cool and once it is at room temperature, strain the seeds using the cotton gauze bag.
Tip: the gel lasts a week in the fridge, but if you want to extend its life you can use an ice tray to freeze it. That way you will always have a perfect dose of gel ready and to hand when required.
4. MOISTURING CLAY MASK
A hot shower, kids in bed, the whoooole house is quiet and to top it off…a good moisturising face mask… Are we the only ones that are about to call the English Language Authorities to include this as the new definition of “luxury” in the dictionary?
If you too like a good face mask, this is how to make your own, without using plastic:
What you’ll need:
Mix a teaspoon of clay with a little water until it forms a paste. If your skin is sensitive or dry, we recommend that you also add a few drops of a quality moisturising oil.
Apply the mask to your face, leave it to work for a few minutes until the clay dries and then wash it off with warm water.
We hope that you manage to find a few minutes to take care of yourself with these 4 homemade recipes. Let us know what you think of them in the comments.
Remember that we at Sinplastico will be donating 5% of your purchase to the WWF to help the fight against ghost gear instead of having a sale, but for this month only… so hurry.
So, if you need to buy any of our products, do it now. The ocean will thank you.
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