Trash or Treasure

Plastic Free Your Life!

As part of Trash or Treasure? last month – a project exploring the science and art of plastic waste – we hosted a DIY cosmetics workshop with lifestyle tips on how to go plastic free. Stephanie Wright – ONCA’s resident marine biologist – examined plastic microbeads under the microscope whilst we made our own plastic free honey scrub, coffee body scrub and toothpaste! So here we have the recipes for you to make your own at home – it’s easy, fun and much cheaper!

Homemade Mint Toothpaste

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
  • sweetener (such as Xylitol) to taste

Method:

  • Melt the coconut oil on a low heat
  • Once melted, remove from heat and stir in baking soda
  • Blend sweetener into fine powder so that it easily dissolves, add to taste
  • Stir in Peppermint oil
  • Once the mixture has solidified give it a good stir, and it’s ready to use!

 

Coffee Body Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ground coffee (can be used coffee grounds)
  • 1 cup sugar or salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  • Melt coconut oil and allow it to cool but not solidify
  • Mix all ingredients together and store in airtight container or mason jar
  • Use 1-2 times a week – the coffee and sugar will exfoliate your skin and the coconut oil will leave your skin soft and moisturised

 

Honey Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (cane or brown both work well)

Method:

  • Blend in a bowl
  • Apply
  • Rinse very throughly as it might get a bit sticky!