DIY sustainable toiletries

The essential toiletries are sustainable and economical alternatives to things most of us are using daily. On top of questionable ingredients included in prepackaged items, you'll be avoiding all that unnecessary and wasteful packaging that would otherwise just be going to landfill.

Recycle at home or away to avoid wasting resources

Estimated CO2 Saving: 17kg per month (200kg per year)

Recycle everything you can. When making these products give a thought on how you will be storing them, an upcycled tin or jar is the best option to reduce your carbon footprint.


Instead of glycerine, which is normally included in DIY toothpastes - try sustainable coconut oil.

6 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide

2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

10 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil

1/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide

Drops of liquid stevia to taste


Mix all ingredients together, if it's too runny add a pinch more baking soda and if it's too dry and a drip more coconut oil. Store in an opaque container to protect the hydrogen provide. Use as usual!

Thanks to the Mother Nature Network for this recipe.


1/4 cup melted extra virgin coconut oil

1/4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup corn starch

10 drops of essential oils (Lavender oil and tea tree oil)


Mix all dry ingredients, then coconut and essintial oils and mix well.

Store it in a jar before it solidifies.

Leave to cool to room temperature naturally, you can store in the fridge but extra solidification if desired.

Thanks to Wellness Mama for this recipe.

Shaving Cream


Set up a glass bowl over a pot of simmering hot water.

Turn down to lowest hear, add shea butter and coconut oil and let them melt.

Once melted remove from heat. Add almond oil and essential oils and stir.

Place in fridge to solidify. When hard, mix with a handheld mixer until the texture of frosting. Leave to settle for ten minutes.

Store in airtight container.

Thanks to Homemade Mommy for this excellent recipe.

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