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?
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?
You can reap a lot of savings by making some of your own cosmetics and toiletries, with the added benefit of knowing exactly what's going into them (no mystery un-pronounce-able ingredients, thank you very much!).