How To Make Plastic Free Moisturiser

Making your own natural plastic free moisturiser is a great way to reduce your waste and save money.

So many companies out there claim their products have near-magical properties and will have you looking younger and healthier.

This is a lovely gentle plastic free moisturiser that you can use for your body, hands or face. Look into which herbs and essential oils are best for your skin type; lots of these herbs can be grown in your garden.

This moisturiser should last up to six months in your fridge.

What you’ll need:

  • Herbs from the garden – calendula, lavender, mint, chamomile, rosemary, yarrow and thyme are all wonderful.
  • 125ml boiling water
  • 20g beeswax
  • 50g cocoa butter or shea butter
  • 100ml olive oil or sweet almond oil
  • 25 drops essential oil – geranium, lavender, orange and rose are all lovely. If you use cocoa butter you might want to use an oil that complements the chocolatey fragrance.

zero waste moisturiser

How to make:

Crush the herbs in your hand and place them in a small jar, cup or coffee plunger.

Pour the boiling water over the herbs to make an infusion. Let this steep for a few hours, then strain.

Place the beeswax, cocoa or shea butter, and oil in a saucepan and melt together over a low heat. Stir gently while the wax melts.

Remove from heat and allow to cool until just warm. 5. Using a stick blender (or whisk), slowly pour in the herbal infusion while blending.

Add your favourite essential oils and mix thoroughly.

Using a spatula, place the moisturiser into clean jars.

This is an extract from ‘A Family Guide to Waste Free Living’ by Lauren and Oberon Carter (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2019). 

Would you like more plastic free beauty recipes? Watch our video for 3 recipes to reduce plastic in the bathroom. Or try our recipe for plastic free deodorant. 

And in Issue #15 of Pip Magazine, we show you how to make your own plastic free toothpaste, and face and body coffee scrub. Grab your copy today for all these recipes and more!

You can find the full version of this article in Issue #15 of Pip Magazine, which is available here.

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