My Two Favourite DIY Bathroom Recipes

Today I wanted to change pace a little and share with you my two favourite DIY bathroom 'recipes'. After starting the journey to live a life that is gentler on both me and the environment with looking at the products I was using around my home, I inevitably found myself sliding down the slippery slope of personal care and beauty products. I say slippery slope because it is a MASSIVE can of worms once you start. There are a bazillion resources out there in internet land that tell you which products contain what, which ones are better for you, which companies have the best environmental policies etc ets, and this is where my journey started.

I experimented with many 'Green' products, from make-up to deodorant, shampoo to moisturiser, soap to toothbrushes {I use these ones, by the way}. Some of them were great, some of them didn't work for me {like the bicarb and apple cider vinegar thing to replace shampoo}. Some I discovered I could just eliminate all together - who knew I didn't need to use hair conditioner!?. Some products, however, you just can't do without...

Like toothpaste. I had sourced a pretty good brand from the health food shop, was pretty happy with its 'green' credentials and it wasn't offensively flavoured, but it wasn't Australian, still came in plastic packaging and had as ingredient list a little too long for my liking. Happily, I have a go-to resource for replacing products like this with make-your-own versions - Maria Hanniford, who writes at Econest. Here is her original post, with several options for those of us nuts enough to make our own.

This comes with a caveat - this stuff is salty. It may make you wonder what the hell you are doing. Your partner will probably not use it {mine refuses}. You'll get used to it, I promise. It doesn't foam, and you will question how on earth it could possibly be cleaning your teeth, but it absolutely does, and does it better with a manual toothbrush than the conventional stuff did on mine with an electric.

DIY Toothpaste

You'll need 3 ingredients - Bicarb Soda, Coconut Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil {or whatever is your flavour of choice}.

Mix 2-3 tablespoons of BiCarb with 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil {you'll need the coconut oil to be slightly softened, not rock hard or fully runny}, and drop in your essential oil to taste - I use around 10 or so drops. At this point, you want something that looks like it will stay on your toothbrush - add a little more Bi Carb if you think it's too runny, but only a teaspoon at a time.

Spoon into a container, and you are done. I keep mine in a little plastic clip-lock container, because in summer it gets quite runny and it won't leak out of this. If you had a little glass jar, that would be even better. I just dip my toothbrush in each time I brush - you'll discover you don't need alot!

Side Note:

Coconut oil is abit of a craze at the moment, and you can find out about some of it's multiple uses here {including Sarah's recipe for Toothpaste}. I actually don't use it for anything other than the toothpaste now - I'm trying to reduce my impact by buying as local as I can as often as I practically can. One thing I will say for it though - it has alleged antimicrobial/antifungal properties that make it particularly attractive for use in the mouth, and if you have a cut or ulcer it fixes it right up {after causing you to swear a little bit because it stings like a mofo}.

The second recipe I want to share with you is for a gorgeous Bronzer - also from Maria here. And yeah, it does smell good enough to eat.

DIY Delicious Bronzer

Mix 2 teaspoons of cornflour {or arrowroot powder}, 1 teaspoon each of ground nutmeg and cacao powder, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder. You can vary the amount of cacao and cinnamon depending on how fair or dark you skin tone is, or how dark you cacao powder is, so perhaps start with half the quantities of these and add a little more at a time until you hit on the shade you like. Apply with a brush. Simple and surprisingly, it stays on really well - and makes me so very happy to not be applying a melting pot of chemicals to my face.

Maria also has an excellent {and free} Natural Beauty Guide, which is really very good, and absolutely worth signing up to her mailing list to get. Go and check it out.

I'd love to hear from you - what are your favourite DIY 'recipes' for things around your home? Leave me a comment below!