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Easy 4-ingredient natural homemade toothpaste

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For months now, I’ve been cleaning my teeth with a combination of coconut oil, salt and baking soda.

Seriously.

Conventional store-bought toothpaste actually contains a bunch of nasties I’d rather not put anywhere near my mouth. Like sodium lauryl sulfate, which is also found in engine degreasers, floor cleaners and car wash soaps. No thanks.

Instead, I’ve come up with a natural homemade toothpaste recipe that requires only four ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your pantry. Then it’s just a matter of mixing them all together. Done. Continue Reading →

Homemade exfoliating coffee and cinnamon soap

Homemade exfoliating coffee and cinnamon soap

If you’re a coffee lover of the fancy kind – y’know, the kind that requires ground coffee made up in a plunger or machine, also known as the most freakin’ excellent kind – you’ll be well acquainted with the pain in the ass that is the leftover ground coffee.

Not only does it have a sneaky way of making a gritty mess everywhere, unless you’re a master composter it pretty much always ends up in the bin. Which doesn’t feel great for us folk trying to live a lower impact life.

I love coffee and I also love making my own all-natural homemade soap. So I put the two together and came up with a rather rad way to recycle used coffee while creating a marvellous invigorating and exfoliating shower scrub. Continue Reading →

Greening your bathroom: 12 simple steps to cosmetics so natural you can eat the ingredients

greening your bathroom

You’ve wondered, right?

You glance across the label of store-bought cosmetics and bathroom products and weirdly long and unintelligible words swim before your eyes. What the heck even are those?

And you wonder … could I be harming myself by sloshing this slew of unknowns across my body?

Um, yes. Yes you could.

There is evidence to suggest that nasties in cosmetics can adversely affect our health. Eye, nose, throat and lung irritations, headaches, aggravated allergies and potentially even more serious impacts like reproductive and developmental issues.

Toxic cosmetics aren’t doing our environment any favours once we wash them down the drain, either. (Don’t even get us started on those utterly pointless ocean-harming plastic microbeads that hide in so many common brands — even The Body Shop!)

So that’s the bad news.

Now for the hands-down freaking excellent news. Continue Reading →

Homemade soap, the traditional Castile way

Spanish grandmother Francisca, 81, prepares traditional homemade soap.We spend our lifetimes living and learning, collecting little pearls of wisdom and knowledge that shape the way we think and act and perceive our world.

But sometimes, I think, we forget that the elders in our society have walked these same paths before. They’re like a great beautiful leather-bound book of knowledge just waiting to be cracked open and read. We just have to find the time to honour that wisdom, to seek them out and listen and learn from their stories.

A few months back I spent an afternoon with the grandmother of my friend Juan (y’know, the guy of homemade vegan Nutella fame.)

Grandmother Francisca is 81-years-old, and grew up in Spain during the difficult years of civil war and rule under Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, a time of using and reusing by necessity because often there simply wasn’t enough to go around. Continue Reading →

Natural homemade laundry detergent powder

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For a long time now I’ve been wanting to swap out store-bought laundry detergents and make my own all-natural washing powder, as part of a gradual shift toward making my home totally chemical-free. I just kept putting it off because I thought it would be difficult, both to find a good recipe and then to make it.

Turns out I was wrong on both counts.

A few weeks back I fiiiiiinally bit the bullet and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I’ve tested this particular powder with all types of fabrics and colours and everything has emerged in perfect condition and squeaky clean.

What’s more, the powder is unbelievably easy to make and the ingredients are so cheap. Continue Reading →