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Home – made eco& zero waste cosmetics products!

We are used to buy all our cosmetics, because it′s easy and practical. Unfortunately, as I wrote in the previous blog post, many of these products have hazardous effects on our environment.

I want to share with you some simple recipes on how to make your own cosmetic products!  These products can be prepared both cheaply and quickly. Moreover, we help environment in several ways – all ingredients are eco friendly and we don’t use new packaging every single time we make it!

I will share a new recipe every week. For this week, we have Toothpaste!

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TOOTHPASTE

Why natural toothpaste? Most brands contain Fluoride, a toxic chemical that has not actually been shown to reduce tooth decay. And just think how much waste we produce with packaging of tooth paste, which everyone is using.  This tooth paste recipe was used by many people for several years and it has worked great!

Ingredients:

  • 2 table spoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 15-20 drops of peppermint or any other essential oil.
  • 1 small packet of Stevia powder or any other natural sweetener (optional!)

Instructions: Melt or slightly soften coconut oil. Mix it with other ingredients and stir it well. Put mixture into a small glass jar and let it cool completely.

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How to use: Dip toothbrush in and scrape small amount onto bristles/ you can also use a small spoon to put on toothbrush.

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Here is the video which shows you every step of how to make a homemade tooth paste:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIpTXQl7qT0

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If you want to know more about the ingredients and its usefulness for our teeth and mouth:

Coconut oil is a key ingredient in our toothpaste.  It’s natural antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal activity is a key feature for our teeth. While we are brushing teeth it also destroys harmful germs in the mouth. The coconut toothpaste strengthens our gums and eliminates the frequent occurrence of painful, bleeding gums. Coconut oil kills the bacteria responsible for gingivitis. If you have yeast infection in the mouth called thrush, coconut is also an excellent natural remedy for tackling this problem. In addition to all of these, it is also effective in tooth decay.

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Baking Soda (Sodium bicarbonate) is another important component of homemade toothpaste. It is used for two reasons. Because it is slightly rough, it gently cleans teeth without damaging the tooth surface. It is also excellent to neutralize acid in our mouth. Soda moreover, neutralizes bad breath.

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Stevia is a plant that has a very sweet taste but it does not contain sugar. With the addition of crushed leaves or powdered Stevia makes toothpaste pleasantly sweet and usually children like it more. If you don’t mind about the taste of toothpaste, you do not have to use Stevia in your toothpaste.

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Essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, orange, lemon, tea tree, lavender and many more. These oils have many antimicrobial effects, in addition to its pleasant and refreshing taste.

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It is super easy, right?

Katja Polc

Member of Vatavaran team

Author:

Vatavaran is a small organization that has decided that it simply must be hands on about the betterment of the world around us. We’re not sitting here for one issue or the other, but for fighting things that bother us in our everyday lives. Basically - we’re determined to make a difference. At the moment, we're working with Solid Waste Management, Water Conservation, our patented Recycling Scheme (WERMS), and e-waste recycling. Join us - we do hands-on work, we do simple and applicable work. We're not fancy, we're not big, we're not famous. We're just working. If you have an idea that you thing deserves to be applied in our daily lives to make a difference, come work with us. At Vatavaran, you lead your own project. It's autonomous work - your idea, your responsibility. We're just the vessel. Because we're cool like that.

One thought on “Home – made eco& zero waste cosmetics products!

  1. I have an alternative to coconut oil in this recipe. I used a wee bit of white butter and a pinch of baking soda , mixed them , put the paste on my tooth brush and after two minutes of brushing had sprakling teeth , soft gums and lips .

    I had been using only baking soda earlier but it is abrasive & leaves gums and lips dry . Adding butter seemed a little strange initially but practically it is the best tooth paste I have ever used.

    More so , I rubbed the the left over bit of the paste on my hands . Perfect hand cream / wash / lotion .

    Iqbal Malik

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