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Easy 4-ingredient natural homemade toothpaste

toothpaste with text

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 →

Three-ingredient whipped organic chocolate body butter

homemade chocolate body butter

Coconut oil. What’s your opinion?

As a food, I love it. As a moisturiser, I hate it.

I’ve used it on my face, only to break out in pimples. I’ve used it on my body, only to experience an uncomfortable itchy, dry rash. Can anyone else relate?

I’ve wanted to make my own body butter for quite some time but most recipes contain coconut oil.

So here I’ve created my own intensely moisturising whipped chocolate body butter. It uses only three ingredients and it’s coconut oil-free. 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 →

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 →