As some of you might know, I have started a quest, albeit slow, to reduce or remove the use of single-use plastic in my life. Each July is Plastic-free July and I originally read about it on The Rogue Ginger blog. Erin is very inspiring in how she lives her life and it has really made an impact on how I feel about single use plastics.
I have two plastic replacements this month, both to do with health and beauty needs. I am a minimalist as far as beauty goes and the less products I have to use, the better. Let me say, that these following products work for me, they may not be for everyone, as all our needs are not the same. Just saying, thats all.
I just love my short, no fuss, hair and have always used a hair gel to style it, since trying to use less plastic I have been using a smidge of coconut oil to smooth and keep it in check. I now don't use a conditioner as I find the coconut oil is just beautiful at nourishing my hair, keeping it really soft and smooth. So, no more plastic bottles of hair gel or hair conditioner. Sweet! Thats two less plastic bottles that I am bringing into my life on a regular basis. Tiny steps, I know, but I feel better for having a go at using less plastic.
Below is the photo of the huge 5 litre plastic bottle of coconut oil that my late Father in law bought, I can't remember what he bought it for but it was barely used, when I started using it. It is now just about used up and have poured the remaining coconut oil into glass jars. The plastic container was put into the recycle bin for recycling. In future I will be buying the coconut oil in glass jars.
|Ingredients for homemade natural deodorant-from left|
2 tablespoons Bentonite clay, 4 tablespoon Bicarb of Soda, 6 tablespoons Coconut oil (warmed in the sun so it turns to liquid) 4 tablespoons Tapioca flour
|In a glass lidded jar or other suitable container, add all the dry ingredients|
|Then add the coconut oil|
|Then add 10 drops of essential oil, if using|