While there are many fantastic companies out there are making eco-friendly products more readily available, it's also great to use what you already have on hand. With cosmetics, it's cost effective, eco-friendly, and easy to put food on your face, as Crunchy Betty might say! Here're 3 cosmetics you can create in your kitchen in a matter of minutes, or simply use right out of the jar.
Honey ranks among eco-friendly products for its longevity and simplicity. From the blog Miss Minimalist, Francine Jay promotes the fantastic idea to use honey as a face wash, and boy does it work well! It's gentle, super moisturizing, antibacterial, and it can double as a face mask if you leave it on a bit longer before rinsing your face. Since honey lasts such a long time, a tub of bulk honey can sweeten your tea and treat your complexion well for many months before you'd have to run out to get more.
This idea comes from the fabulous Zero Waste Home, and the recipe may be found here. The subtle stain is easy to blot and smear on cheeks and lips before it settles and leaves a lovely hue. It creates a relatively light stain, which may be just enough for some tastes, and a dab of olive oil or shea butter (other great eco-friendly products for personal care) adds some extra shine.
As a translucent facial powder and a baby powder substitute, cornstarch can reduce facial shine, oiliness, and keep sweat-prone feet and armpits dry. Place it in a shaker container for easier and more even distribution of the powdery goodness. And, as with all of these eco-friendly products, buying in bulk would both increase the impact of using what you already own and simplify your personal care purchases.
Danielle is an upcycling, green living, environmentally friendly, recycling, tree-hugging freak of nature... in the most eco way possible of course! She spends her weekends saving the planet and will now be writing about it for the Hipcycle Blog.