Did you know that the daily essentials we use to get ready each day can be made at home? You may be surprised to learn that by using very simple ingredients, without the chemicals in store-bought products, you can make comparable products at home. Not only is this more zero waste and healthier for the environment, but it can be better for your health too.

Deodorant
Take deodorant for example – all you need is a roller ball bottle, salt, and water and you can have an anti-smell deodorant that’s ready to go and easily refillable. If you are looking for something a little bit stronger, you can try out this recipe from zero waste blogger Kathryn Kellogg who used it for an incredible ten days without showering, and it worked like a charm!

Lip Balm
How about making your own lip balm? There is a simple recipe for that as well – it is just oil and cocoa butter or beeswax! To get the measurement amounts needed, check out this blog by Kathryn Kellogg of GoingZeroWaste.com.

Shampoo, Hairspray, Etc.
Looking for zero waste answers for do-it-yourself shampoo, hairspray, face masks, body butter and more? Check out these blogs by Shia Siu, Wasteland Rebel who has tons of recipes and experiences to share.

Purchasing Personal Care Instead
If you aren’t really interested in making anything, but would like to try out a zero waste personal hygiene routine, check out this article from Buzzfeed writer Farah Penn. Farah tried purchasing zero waste personal hygiene products for 30 days and learned among other things how plastic use and waste are actually a big part of our everyday personal care routines and how even small changes add up to making a big difference to how much garbage ends up going into the landfill.

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