Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Promising myself that I would purchase the least amount of plastic, I began making changes with my bathroom as I felt like it was the easiest place for me to start. So, I took to making my own zero waste facial and body products. And guess what… they work just as good as the ones in stores! Just without the harsh chemicals and plastic, of course. So in today’s blog post, I’ll be teaching you how to make a facial soap, rose water toner, toothpaste, and face oil.
Be sure to let me know down in the comments what your skincare regime includes! Do you have any zero waste skincare products? Leave them down in the comments!
Charcoal Face Soap
The Perfect Remedy for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin
- 3 oz of Shea Butter Melt & Pour Soap Base
- Soap Molds
- 1 Tsp Activated Charcoal Powder
- 2 Tbsp of Aloe Vera Gel
- 2 Tbsp of Rose Water Witch Hazel (No Alcohol)
- 1 Tbsp of Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil, & Sweet Almond Oil (optional)
When making this facial soap, I really wanted it to be an all-in-one acne controlling product. Charcoal, aloe vera, and witch hazel are three popular ingredients famously known for stopping and controlling acne. Aloe vera has a calming, soothing effect and contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammation properties which are great for improving the surface of the skin. Active charcoal penetrates deeper into the skin and binds toxins and bacteria out of your skin. It can unclog your pores and sucks up excess sebum. Lastly, witch hazel has strong properties that are known to kill harmful bacteria.
Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean your skin doesn’t need to be moisturized. However, the oils you do use should not be comedogenic aka pore-clogging (Coconut oil is comedogenic!). Rosehip, jojoba, and sweet almond oil great oils to implicate into your skincare products as they contain a bunch of vitamins, and are great for anti-aging and removing scars.
Rose Water Toner
A recipe for smooth, glowy skin for all skin types
- Dried Rose Petals (You can add any type of flower you would like)
- 2 oz of Distilled Water
- 2 oz of Witch Hazel (Optional. Makes for a stronger toner. Great for acne-prone skin.)
- 3 Tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar (Optional. Makes for a stronger toner. Great for acne-prone skin.)
- 5-8 drops of your favorite essential oils
- A Tbsp of Jojoba, Rosehip, & Sweet Almond Oil
Rose water started becoming trendy due to the famous Mario Basescu spray, although it’s been in use for centuries. Personally, I need something a bit stronger than rose water by itself. Because of this, I like to add witch hazel and apple cider vinegar. This strengthens your toner and works best if you have scars or acne-prone skin. However, add only a little if you have sensitive skin. Once again, the oils included are to add extra moisture to soothe and heal any scarring.
*You can also make a rose water pillow spray! Just don’t add any apple cider vinegar or witch hazel!*
Ancient Mineral Clay Toothpaste
Bye-bye unnecessary harsh chemicals!
- 1/4 Cup of Bentonite Clay
- 2 Tsp of Xylitol
- 2 Tsp of Coconut Oil
- 1/3 Cup of Water
- 5-8 drops of eucalyptus, mint, or spearmint essential oil
This toothpaste recipe contains bentonite clay, ancient minerals for a deep, anti-cavity, whitening clean. When introduced to water, the clay gains an electrical charge, which causes it to naturally pull out impurities in our teeth! Xylitol is a natural sweeter that prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth. It can reduce your acid formed bacteria as much as 90%! This product is baking soda free, so this is perfect for sensitive gums and teeth! The texture is soft and pasty and definitely takes some time to get used to as it differs greatly from the typical toothpaste. However, it is an amazing all-natural alternative that is equally effective as the toothpaste full of chemicals and harsh ingredients.
A weekly magic potion to rejuvenate your skin
My favorite oils:
- 1 Tbsp of Jojoba Oil
- 1 Tbsp of Rosehip Oil
- 6 Tbsp of Sweet Almond Oil
- 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils (I used rose, lavender, and eucalyptus)
If your skin is ever in need of some moisture, this face serum is your go-to. Basically, all you have to do is mix your favorite oils together and voila! By doing this, you’re creating this heavenly treatment that will ultimately give your skin any lacking nutrients. Use once or twice a week only, you don’t want to overhydrate your skin! I like to use this at night so I can let the oils do their magic overnight and wake up with glowy skin.
Well, my friends, that’s it for this blog post! I had a lot of fun writing this and plan on sharing with you some more sustainable DIYs in the future. I hope you can implicate some of these beauty DIYs in your life.
It can take a lot of money and effort to make all these products, so if you’re interested in starting a more sustainable lifestyle, check out my Etsy store! All products are minimal waste, natural, and vegetarian. Click here!
I hope you all have a lovely day/ night and I will see you in my next posts!