With all of the products you probably buy to maintain your home and body, there must be a handful of them you could make yourself. When making your own products there are many pros including the price, less overall waste, the certainty of knowing what ingredients are used, and lastly the pride of having made it yourself. There are plenty of DIY recipes for almost anything you could want to make, so I will suggest some of my favorites, but please do your own research to find a recipe that works best for you.
Makeup Remover: Mix ingredients together in a glass container and apply them to a reusable cotton round.
Option 1: 1 oz. organic jojoba oil, 1 oz. rose water
Option 2: 1 cup rose water, ¼ cup aloe vera gel, 2 tsp glycerine, 1 tsp castile soap
Option 3: 3 Tbs witch hazel, 2 Tbs sweet almond oil, 1 Tbs jojoba oil,
1 Tbs avocado oil
Face Moisturizer: ½ cup shea butter, 2 Tbs organic coconut oil, 2 Tbs EVOO. Add all of the ingredients to a large glass bowl, melt inside the pan with water, allow butter/oils to melt together, stirring occasionally. Put in a jar, in the fridge then store at room temp. Good for 6 months. Use pea size amount.
Shaving Cream: ½ cup liquid castile soap, ¼ cup warm water, ¼ cup aloe vera gel, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin, 1 tablespoon olive oil. Dissolve the salt in the warm water, and then blend all remaining ingredients together. Put in a container with a lid. I emptied out an old bath and body works candle to store.
Razor: If you're going to go zero waste shaving cream, you might as well do the same with your razor. I use this safety blade from Eco-Roots.
Toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and face wash: These are some items that I am looking forward to exploring more but have not found a DIY recipe I love just yet. For now, I am using Bites toothpaste, which I absolutely love! I am also using shampoo and conditioner bars from Eco-Roots, the citrus fresh scent is to die for! My face bar is from a local company Created by-Julia if you are in Loudoun County you can buy these from one of the local farmer's markets, or you can order them from the website.