My husband recently started rock climbing with a friend at an indoor gym near his office. The friend is an Indian-American who is now living and working in Bangalore, and whom we met through some expat friends. He also happens to have a rather impressive beard, and has shared with Mat that the secret to beard success lies in beard oil.
On my next business trip to the U.S., Mat asked me to scour the duty free shops for some beard oil, that he, too, might have such beautifully groomed facial hair. I spotted a small bottle at Kiehl's and (for a pretty penny) brought it home. It came in a handsome bottle, smelled like cedar and eucalyptus, and gave Mat's beard a healthy sheen.
Since then, he's blasted through the stuff. Rather than buy another bottle, which was quite expensive, I opted to try a homemade version with the carrier and essential oils I've acquired in all my zero waste mad science projects.
WHAT YOU NEED
- A carrier oil like almond or jojoba (I used equal parts of both)
- Essential oils of your choice (I used 5 drops of rosemary and 3 drops of peppermint)
WHAT TO DO
- Combine all ingredients in a bottle and shake to combine
Play around with the oils and see what scents your man likes. Next time around I may try to mimic the original Kiehl's brand beard oil with some sandalwood, cedar, and eucalyptus essential oils, as he was quite fond of that, and I must say it was nice cuddling up to the woodsy aroma.
Does your man use beard oil? Would he try a homemade version?
Having cut down on all these disposables, there wasn’t much need for a waste bin in the bathroom anymore. Empty jars and tins, on the occasions that they needed to be discarded, were taken straight to the recycling bin. Same for toilet paper rolls. But there were two items that still needed to be cleared from the bathroom daily: hair and floss.
Disposable menstrual products contribute a staggering amount of waste to landfills each year. As menstruating people become more aware of the waste problem facing the world today, many of us are switching to reusable menstrual products, which, in addition to being less wasteful, are often better for our bodies and lighter on our pocketbooks in the long run.
The Norse razor is sleek, lightweight, easy to hold and maneuver, and its shape virtually eliminates the risk of nicks, even in the trickiest places. I don’t even feel the blade when I use it, and don’t have to worry about using too much pressure, as the design naturally protects my skin from heavy-handed strokes.
After dragging my feet for a long time, I finally made the switch to 100% natural skincare products. The transition process was not easy, but I ended up finding some natural products that my skin loves and that are environmentally friendly in both their ingredients and their packaging.
Anyone who suffers dry skin like mine will understand - when your skin is dry, cracked, and red in the cold winter months, you’re willing to use anything that works.
When I first decided that I wanted to start working towards zero waste, one of the first things I did was to swap my plastic toothbrush for a natural, compostable, biodegradable bamboo toothbrush. An easy swap, and I don't think anyone will argue that bamboo toothbrushes are just better looking than their plastic counterparts. Double win.
So you've decided that you want to start transforming your lifestyle. You want less clutter, less waste, and more beauty in your day-to-day. You feel awesome for having arrived at this decision, and excited to begin. But you're also overwhelmed by the amount of work and conscious effort it's going to take to achieve it. Where do you even start?