Here's a fun, creative and easy way to be green, stay natural, and save some bucks! These pure ingredients are often easier to find than specialty personal care products, and are vegan, less expensive, less toxic and have little or no packaging (many can be purchased in bulk at natural shops), making it easy and fun to be zero waste!
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A pure soap with a million uses. Cleans and deodorizes. Great hand, face, body, baby, pet, and produce wash. Castile soap is made from plants, instead of animal fats, so it's safe to use in most anything including grey water systems, septic systems and HE washing machines. I love Dr Bronners because it comes in so many great fragrances like almond, hemp and rose.
A natural antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, organic coconut oil also be used as a moisturizing lotion, hair conditioner, lip balm, and more. And you get to smell like coconuts! Add to smoothies or use for cooking or baking for an excellent source of heart-healthy essential fatty acids (for pets, too)! Bonus: can be also used to tell the temperature since it's a solid that turns liquid above 76° F or 24° C.
Plain old sodium bicarbonate is a natural ph-neutralizing cleaner and deodorizer that also has a million uses. Baking soda can be taken as an antacid, and also used as a cleanser, exfoliator, shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, produce wash, household cleaner, laundry detergent and much more.
Apple Cider Vinegar
A natural antimicrobial. Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar can be used both for cleaning and as a diet supplement. Apple Cider Vinegar is thought to have many health benefits, including reducing blood sugar, lowering cholesterol and helping maintain a healthy weight. Drink 1-2 teaspoons in water as a health tonic.
The liquid from the seed of the jojoba plant, iodine-rich jojoba oil mimics our natural sebum and also stimulates collagen. It has many uses such as as a facial moisturizer, makeup remover, anti-wrinkle treatment, anti-acne treatment, anti-dandruff treatment, hair conditioner, cuticle balm, lip balm, and can also be used to help heal wounds, treat rashes, and fight infections since it's a natural fungicide.
Pure Essential Oils have many aromatherapeutic and health benefits. Some of my favorites are:
Lemon: uplifting, detoxifying, anti-depressant, can improve mental clarity.
Orange: antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, natural insecticide.
Lavender: mood calming, anti-inflammatory, natural insecticide.
Peppermint and Cinnamon: purifying, can assist digestion and increase mental alertness.
Eucalyptus and Tea Tree: antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory.
1 part castile soap
These are just some of the recipes I've experimented with, but they're really just ideas and guidelines. Change or adjust them however you want and have fun! I'm no expert, just an eco-conscious traveler who likes to travel light, save bucks and smell good while doing it!
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