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DIY Pamper Session

Today, as promised, I thought I would share with you some of my favourite DIY recipes you can make from (mostly) things you will already have in your kitchen. I already shared, that when I have a bath I like to pamper myself with a face mask, bath bomb and then a good moisturiser (once I get out of course!). Some of my favourites can be found at Lush, however, it’s not the cheapest place so here are some great options if you fancy making your own.

Slight disclaimer, most of the recipes below are adaptations of ones I have found elsewhere but I thought it was worth condensing them down and sharing with you today. I will pop in links to the original recipes if you are interested.

DIY Body Scrub

I am starting with one of my best discoveries since going zero waste and that is this body scrub, which I make from left over coffee grounds, that would otherwise have been thrown away.

I like to save my coffee grounds in a jar (make sure it’s in the fridge so they don’t go mouldy) and then use them once I have enough. Oscar doesn’t drink coffee so it’s just me so it takes about a week for me to collect enough to make it worthwhile. Although any amount would work, you just need to scale down the recipe.

I’m sure you know by now how much I enjoy drinking a cup of Ethical Addictions Coffee in the morning so just keep the grounds from that. If you want to know more about that awesome company follow the link here and here.

Ingredients

  • 100g used coffee grounds
  • 50g liquid coconut oil
  • 75g brown sugar (white also works)

Method

  • Mix the coffee grounds and sugar in a bowl
  • Pour over the coconut oil (I buy solid coconut oil and simply melt it at home)
  • Combine until a lumpy paste forms
  • Scrub into your skin in the shower and wash off

Adapted recipe from here

DIY Moisturiser

There are two camps when it comes to moisturisers, those who love coconut oil and those who don’t. Personally, I like the coconutty smell so am happy to use it (you can get refined coconut oil which won’t have the scent – this is often more expensive).

Ingredients

  • 500g coconut oil
  • Essential oils of choice (optional)

Method

  • Whisk the coconut oil using an electric mixer at high speed until it appears whipped
  • Add the essential oils if you desire. I use around 15 drops of lavender but this is personal preference.
  • Whisk again until combined.
  • Store in a jar of your choice and use as required

If you aren’t a fan of using coconut oil you can substitute in about half the quantity of shea butter with a couple of tablespoons of almond oil (olive will also work if you prefer). With this recipe, it is about finding your preferred quantities of ingredients, which is the beauty of DIY beauty products.

DIY Makeup Remover

Sticking to the theme of coconut oil, you can actually use coconut oil to take off your makeup. I know it blew my mind too! This has become part of my daily routine as it is so simple and my makeup almost melts away.

Ingredients

  • A little coconut oil

Method

  • Use a reusable cotton pad to scoop out a little coconut oil from a jar
  • Heat up the oil in your hands until softened
  • Rub over your face and wipe away with the cotton pad
  • (Optional) wash face to remove excess oil

DIY Face Masks

There are tonnes of options out there when it comes to DIY facemasks and honestly it will be a bit of trial and error to find out what suits your skin type or even just what you like the smell of – can you tell I use face masks because they’re fun as opposed to a deep belief in improving my skin! There are however, some awesome benefits to your skin by using various ingredients which you will just find in your kitchen. Here are a couple of my favourites.

With all of these recipes, add the dry ingredients first before mixing in the wet ingredients. Apply to your face and allow to dry for about 15 minutes. Wash off with water and a flannel.

Chocolate Coffee Face Mask (Vegan)

  • 1 tbsp used coffee grounds
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp ground porridge oats (I just do this quickly in my food processor – takes seconds)
  • A little almond milk (other milk options will also work)

Lemon Face Mask (Vegan)

  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 60ml olive oil

Banana Face Mask (Vegan Option)

  • 1 mashed banana
  • Optional:
    • 60ml plain yoghurt (soy yoghurt works too)
    • 2 tbsp honey

Oat and Honey Facemask

  • 1 tbsp ground porridge oats (I just do this quickly in my food processor – takes seconds)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp water

Another great mask you can make at home but you might need to get some ingredients in is this one by the lovely Kathryn Kellogg from Going Zero Waste.

Clay Mask (Vegan)

  • 1 tsp bentonite clay
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp activated charcoal
  • A little water to make a paste

I hope you have enjoyed this post, it’s a little different than what I usually talk about but it’s always good to take time out to pamper ourselves every now and again (yes guys that means you too!). The great part about these recipes is they are so cheap and easy to make, showing once again that living a zero waste lifestyle doesn’t need to be expensive or difficult. Make sure to check in for my next post where I will be sharing some of my favourite zero-waste tips for having a healthy night-time routine.

Lottie xx

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