If you want to cut down on waste and know what you are putting on your skin, a great way to do this is to make your own skin care products and perfume. Biome in Brisbane run fun and informative workshops where you can learn how to do just this.
The other day, I tried out one of these workshops. I went to the Biome store in Paddington and learnt how to make my own bath soak / scrub, face mask and body butter. All of these recipes and more can be found at Biome – DIY Skin Care.
The lady hosting the event also gave me the recipes for making moisturizer, toner and hand mask. She said the best moisturisers that she has found are straight non‑comedogenic oils (oils that will not clog your pores). For younger skins they are:-
- Prickly pear seed oil;
- Argan oil; or
- Hemp oil.
For older skins, she recommended:-
- Rosehip oil;
- Shea oil; or
- Jojoba oil.
The face toner recipe is just one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to ten tablespoons of water. You can add a little essential oil to this as well.
For a good hand mask, she said to simply mix white clay or bentonite clay with salt and warm water. The face mask works on hands as well.
Since then, I have also looked up making shampoo paste and conditioner. The mix I used for my shampoo paste was:
- Bentonite clay;
- Apple cider vinegar;
- Almond oil;
- Water; and
- Lavender oil.
I used the quantities they had in their recipe and just added water until it was the right consistency. The conditioner I made up is just apple cider vinegar, water and lavender oil. I put both of these in old Vegemite jars I had in the cupboard.
I have also had a go at making my own perfume. I mixed some almond oil with some essential oils I had – a little Lavender and Geranium (approximately 10 drops of each). I mixed these with a little of my store bought perfume that was running out to give it a little more staying power and to add a different scent. I put the mix into an old perfume bottle I had so I have some of this scent in there as well. It’s going really well so far.
Biome has always been one of my favourite stores. They have a great range of eco-friendly just about everything from water bottles, razors, straws and reusable cups to lunch boxes, pegs, books, composting bins, resuable vegetable bags, all of your DIY ingredients, chocolate and beauty products. There is a huge range of everything you need for a low tox, You and Earth friendly life.
They already hold a number of these types of workshops at their Paddington store but are looking at expanding to a lot of different workshops, eg fermenting and making your own cheese. They are also interested in leasing the space to anyone who wants to hold a workshop there. Their contact details can be found at: Biome Contact; and the addresses of their stores can be found at: Biome stores.
All in all, a fantastic and fun way to save money and reduce waste.
I hope that this helps and inspires in some way.
Stay safe and hang in there, you’ve got this.
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