Today I want to share a little more about my (almost) plastic free cosmetic routine and also an easy recipe for a diy body scrub that I use around once a week.
I have been sharing posts about my face skin care routine and about my hair care routine which are both almost plastic free. However, so far I have not shared too much about my body care routine. So here we go 🙂
Going plastic free is rather easy when it comes to body care. Instead of body lotions you can find a variety of body oils for all different kinds of skin needs, with or without fragnace. You can either go for plain oils such as avocado oil, almond oil, argan oil or even macadamia nut oil. Or you can choose a mixture of different oils (or mix them yourself).
My current favorites are the avocado oil and the relaxing body oil (with jojoba seed oil and almond oil and canola oil) from Primavera, and the argan oil from Grüne Erde. These are all very high quality oils. I use both the avocado oil and the argan oil for my baby too. I also use them as a hair mask from time to time. The oils are very versatile and this is what I love about them – there is no need for a foot balm, a hand balm, a lotion for the elbows and one for the rest of the body, each wrapped in their own little plastic containter. No. One or two good oils are enough for basically everything; the feet, the hands, the baby, the bath tub, and the entire body’s skin. This saves space in the bathroom cabinet and is saving our environment from loads of plastic.
Next to those rather expensive oils, I also have one staple oil in my bathroom; coconut oil! I use coconut oil as a make up remover and as an every day body lotion. I love to spoil my skin with special oils, like the above ones, but on an everyday basis I often go for the cheaper and yet equally good coconut oil. It comes in a glass jar with a metall lid, so it is super easy to avoid the plastic containers.
Next to the body oils, I like to use a body scrub around once a week. There are plastic free store bought options for body scrub out there, but to be honest, it is so easy to make it at home, that there is not really any need to go for the ready made ones.
When I am in a hurry I just blend some sugar with oil and thats it. Sometimes I like to add some essential oils such as lavender too.
So basically all you need is:
Oil of choice (coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil…)
Mix both ingredients until you get the texture of your choice
You can always add extras:
Coffee – is rich in antioxidants, making it an awesome anti-inflammatory ingredient. It contains caffeine, which draws out excess moisture from skin, causing it to look and feel smoother and firmer.
Lemon – is a natural source of vitamin C; an ingredient commonly used to lighten sun and age spots and even out skin tone; a natural astringent that tightens pores and brightens the complexion.
Oats– soften and hydrate your skin because they are an emollient. Oats are also anti-inflammatory.
Scent – essential oils such as lavender, rose, peppermint, or lime depending on what you like and feel like.
You can also make a wonderful and gentle scrub from almond meal and oil. It smells really good and nourishes dry skin very well.
The longer I am trying to avoid plastic in my bathroom, the more I am realizing how much stuff I used to buy that I do actually not need at all. Conditioners and shampoo for my hair, creams for my feet, my hands, my lips, my elbows etc. The less I use and the more I aim for natural, basic products such as oils, the better both my hair and my skin are looking and the healthier they get. To me, this is enough of a reason to never go back to all those plastic packed chemical loaden products.
How about you? What are your favorites when it comes to body care? Do you have some recipes to share with me? I would love to know!