In a time where the Earth desperately needs our help and all aspects of our lives have been plagued with chemicals and artificial goop, changing our daily personal routines to more natural and sustainable methods is one way we can all affect change on an individual level. And that’s the best way to go about things, in my opinion. Small changes, which make a huge difference.
All the below DIYs have been tried and tested by yours truly, so go ahead, indulge!
This one is my absolute favourite. Aerosols are the main reason for the depletion of the ozone layer. Cutting aerosols from my life has been the best decision ever. And no, I do not smell because I have this handy baking soda deodorant by my side.
All you have to do is mix some baking soda with any essential oil you like ( I usually go with ylang ylang and lavender), take a tiny bit on your hands and rub them on your pits. You’ll be smelling like a garden for hours and hours!
Organic Lip Balm
Most of the lip balms available in the market contain parabens, which are extremely harmful to the delicate skin of the lips. You can spend half the amount and make some lip balm at home, so why not! All you need is a quarter cup almond/coconut oil, one quarter shea butter, one quarter beeswax and few drops of any essential oil you please. Mix them all up and treat those parched lips.
Tried and tested, and something I stand by a 100%. All you need is a bottle of organic liquid castile soap, few spoonfuls of oil like olive or almond (depending on how dry your skin is), 1/4th cup honey and a few drops of essential oil. I use ylang ylang because I love smelling like a portable spa. Mix them all up and store in a glass bottle. You’re good to go!
This is old, but definitely gold. Just plain shikakai powder mixed with a bit of reetha (soap-nut) and you’ll be blessed with a squeaky clean mane.
Just some good ol’ plain honey. Maybe some sugar added occasionally to double up as a face scrub.
Organic (Magic) Hair Oil
Mix some castor oil and the juice of an onion for instant miracles!
Organic Face Mask
Bentonite clay is, well, clay. It’s all natural volcanic ash from Fort Benton, Wyoming. It’s an excellent detox (taken orally). I have never done that but I hear great things about it. Bentonite clay has tons of minerals. The clay has a natural electrical charge. This charge attracts toxins, resulting in detoxing your skin. My face tingles (in a good way) and it is splotchy red immediately after the mask.
Mix equal parts raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the clay. You cannot use a metal spoon or bowl because of the electrical charge of the clay. Apply on clean skin and wash off after 20 minutes.
Organic Air Freshener
Equal parts vodka and water combined with essential oils of your choice poured into a spray bottle…there’s magic in the air, just one spritz away!
Lavender Body Lotion
Mix 2 tablespoons of beeswax with 3/4 cup of coconut oil, add 3/4 cup of distilled water to create an emulsion. Finally, add 30 drops of lavender oil and slather on!
Organic Bug Repellent
This one is my favourite. I lived in Gokarna for a few months and bugs were quite an issue. Until I realized that BUGS HATE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. All you have to do is drink a few teaspoons everyday and you’re good to go!
These are just tiny switches people must think about making.
Congratulations, you are now a DIY queen/king!