I've always been fascinated by skincare. Ever since I was a small child I had a cleansing and moisturising routine that I'd practise daily. The small daily ritual of skin care has followed me in to adulthood and is something I now truly cherish. Getting up early to give myself enough time to cleanse, moisturise and sometimes even a face mask is my way of giving myself some love in the morning.
Something I was always particularly fond of was creating my own products. From mixing body washes in the bathtub to now, I've always loved mixing up my own recipes. Before I was even vegan or interested in zero waste I watched my friends experiment with expensive face creams in shiny bottles with a strange disinterest. The idea of spending upwards of £40 for a bottle of chemicals never seemed to make a lot of sense to me. I guess I'm cheap but by making a lot of my own products I can save a lot of money.
Even when I did buy bottled moisturisers for a while I usually tried to buy from places like Lush or The Body Shop because I knew they had less in them. But I found that even the minimal amount extra ingredients would still upset my sensitive skin. Reading the back of labels is second nature to me, growing up with so many food allergies I got used to screening everything I bought. I found myself intrigued by the chemical names listed on the back of bottles and took to researching nearly every ingredient. I can recall being a vocal anti-salicylic-acid-in-lipbalm advocate as soon as I discovered what it really does to your lips (I think I was 14). I binned the Carmex and Baby-Lips for balms made from coconut oil and immediately noticed a difference.
I figured that if big lip balm bosses were putting ingredients in their products that actually made your problems worse, in order to sell more, then surely face cream bosses were doing the same. And I guess my natural skincare obsession really took off from there. Perfumes that weren't from essential oils were out, acids and peels which would disrupt a healing process were binned, and thus came my mantra....
If you wouldn't eat it, don't put it on your face.
We care so much about what we put in our bodies but we forget that our skin absorbs everything we put on it. If I couldn't happily ingest a product why would I be slathering it over my largest organ?
We as vegans know that plants heal, and so why don't we trust them to heal from the outside too? I'm not advocating for binning dermatologists if you've got a serious skin problem but if like me, you have a pretty average completion and your biggest gripe is the spots you get around your period or a bit of winter dryness then, you shouldn't be forking out hundreds on beautifully branded bottles being pawned off by influencers.
The best part is you will always know that something is 100% vegan and cruelty free without having to guess at a bunch of chemicals origins. These homemade skincare items are cheap, safe for all and make lovely presents for your loved ones and are super zero waste! Due to most of the ingredients being plants, food or oils that all are available in zero waste options.
I'll hopefully be sharing lots more of my fave skincare treats in the future so make sure you subscribe to be notified when I post a blog and follow me on instagram if you don't already!
Here's my recipe for
Good Morning Gorgeous Coffee Scrub
This can really be made with any amount of the following ingredients if you want to make bigger or smaller batches but this is what I use for about 3/4 of a jar which should last a few uses.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon cocoa butter
- 1/4 cup coffee grounds (I use a coffee pot so I just use the leftover grounds after I've drank my coffee! #wastefree)
- 1 tablespoon sugar (different scrub textures work well)
- 10 drops orange essential oil
Melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter together, cool slightly and add the rest of the ingredients. Decant into a wide glass jar (one you can really scoop into) and leave to set. Use a generous amount anywhere on your body and wash off excess. Look forward to alert, smooth skin!
Let me know if you make this recipe! Just #minimallucy and @minimallucy on instagram so I can repost it!