Coffee Body Scrub

Coffee body scrub is a great way to use coffee grounds and look after your skin at the same time!

Ingredients ☕️

– 1/2 cup of brown sugar

– 1/2 cup of coconut oil

– 1/2 cup of coffee grounds

– 1 tbs vanilla extract

* you can also add some honey to shea butter for extra hydration.

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and store in an airtight container. Easy!


Cinnamon lip scrub

Lip scrubs are fast becoming a skincare staple! Using a lip scrub will help you get rid of the flakes and old dead skin cells and improve the texture and appearance of your skin. Exfoliating your lips properly will allow the moisture from lip balms to actually get in there and penetrate the skin instead of sitting on top of a flaked mess. So to get the most hydration out of your lip balm, make sure you exfoliate first!

Ingredients

➭ 2 tsp cinnamon powder

➭ 1 tbs of honey ( or you can use aloe vera)

➭ 1 tbs olive or coconut oil

➭ 4 tbsp brown or raw sugar

Method

Mix all the ingredients until they form a grainy paste. You can make the scrub courser or softer depending on the liquid to sugar ratio, to suit your needs. Store in an airtight container 😁


Cleansing Face Mask

Cleansing face masks are a great way to keep your skin healthy as well as taking some time out of your day for yourself.

Rose face mask recipe:

A tablespoon of White Kaolin clay ( you may need to add a little more or a little less)

A few drops of rose water (DIY by simmering rose petals in water for 20 mins) or plain water

Mix until all clumps are dissolved and it is a paste-like consistency.

Apply to your face with a brush or your hands. Leave on for 15 mins and then rinse off with water.


Rose Petal Bath Salts

Rose petals can be used for so many different things.

You can use them to make rose water, make a romantic bath, you can cook with them, make tea and potpourri mix.

 

You can also make bath salts.

 

Ingredients

1 cup of epsom salts

10-20 drops of essential oil of your choice

1/4 cup pink lake salt

1/2 cup of rose petals 

 

Method

In a glass bowl mix epsom salt and essential oil.

Stir until there are no clumps and the oil has been absorbed.

Stir in the pink lake salt and rose petals.

Keep in an air tight jar. 


DIY Air Freshener

A super easy and affordable way to make a zero waste air freshener is by:

Add together 3/4 cup of water, 1 tbsp of vanilla extract and 10-15 drops of your favourite essential oil.

Add the ingredients to a spray bottle and shake well.

Easy peasy and smells so good!


Zero Waste Beauty

"True Beauty Comes From Within"

We know this to be true and yet so many of us still love to tend to our outer beauty too.

There are so many products out there claiming to make us look and feel prettier, sexier, younger, thinner.  They do so by marketing to us products in packaging that is excessive, difficult or impossible to recycle, with ingredients that aren’t necessarily good for our health, and that are polluting to the environment.  Where is the beauty in that?

Zero waste beauty is about quality natural ingredients, minimal packaging and finding what feels good for your skin.

It is also about embedding joy into your self-care rituals by caring for your skin the way that works for you rather than what someone else says you have to do to feel better about yourself.  So have fun with it!

A few ideas to transition toward a zero waste beauty routine include:

Instead of liquid cleansers in little bottles that are hard to recycle, you could switch to Face Bars.  Made with certified organic vegan ingredients, no palm oil or other nasties, right here in Western Australia.  To use simply lather on wet hands or a cloth, cleanse face with gentle circular actions and rinse off.

Oily Face Bars assist with balancing oil production and clearing problem skin.

Mature/Dry Skin Face Bars nourish, moisturise and gently cleanse skin.

Baby Soft Face/Body Bars are for the most sensitive skin.

The reusable alternative to cotton wool balls or cotton rounds.  Made with super soft fabric, they can be used to cleanse, tone or remove makeup gently.  Once used they can be hand washed or added to the laundry for use again and again.

There are plenty of recipes on the internet for making your own makeup remover.  

One of the easiest is to put a little Coconut Oil or Olive Oil on a reusable facial wipe to remove makeup and then cleanse as usual.  Another is a mix of 1/2 Jojoba Oil and 1/2 Witch Hazel Extract.  Yet another is 1/4 cup Jojoba Oil melted together with 1 tablespoon of Beeswax.  Each have their pros and cons depending on what your skin responds to best and how much effort you want to put in.  

The joy of being part of the Wasteless Pantry community is that you can easily grab just enough of each of these ingredients to try it out.  If it doesn’t suit you there is no waste, and if it does suit you, you can tweak to your hearts content.

Many exfoliators of the past contained microbeads.  Little bits of plastic that you would rub against your skin and then wash down the drain.  This would then end up in the oceans, where they entered the food chain and came back to us in our seafood!

Microbeads are unnecessary when we have lots of options for natural exfoliators in our pantries.  Mix salt, sugar, quick oats or used coffee grinds with your favourite oil to a thick paste for a quick and easy scrub.  Depending on how fine your scrubbing ingredient is (castor sugar has a more gentle action than raw sugar granules) this can be used on both face and body.  Due to the oil in your scrub, once rinsed off skin will also already be moisturised too!

A favourite zero waste beauty ritual for me is using a clay mask.  I buy clay in my own container from Wasteless Pantry which I mix up with either water, oil or cooled herbal tea depending on whether my skin needs clarifying, moisturising or soothing the most.  Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse.  Skin is silky soft and there is no packet to throw away!

If clay doesn’t suit your skin, another alternative is raw Spray free honey, which you can also get from Wasteless Pantry.  Raw honey is an active product which is said to hydrate and treat troubled skin.  It’s a little messy to apply but the results are worth it.  Plus if you happen to get a little in your mouth, you wont be complaining.

1/3 Apple Cider Vinegar or Witch Hazel Extract and 2/3 water

Add essential oils if this is your preference.

Great for tightening pores and brightening your complexion.

Too easy!

We are very lucky to have a thick luxurious Organic Moisturiser available from The Family Hub Organics, made locally, vegan and palm oil free.  Particularly beneficial for dry, damaged or aging skin this amazing moisturiser is gentle enough for those with sensitive skin including those with dermatitis & eczema.  Scented and unscented options are available.

Apply to clean, dry skin on the face or body & gently rub in until absorbed. 

We ask a lot of our moisturisers and this one doesn’t disappoint! Just bring your container in to refill so you can try just a bit without the waste.  Our moisturiser is in the league of those brands that package in a 50ml bottle and have words like anti-aging, revitalising, sensitive and regenerating in their ads, but with organic ingredients that don’t harm the earth and at a fraction of the price.

The Family Hub Organics have created a lightweight Body Lotion for us that is soothing, hydrating and leaves skin feeling well cared for.  Palm oil free, vegan, locally made, made with organic ingredients and zero waste; so it ticks all the boxes.

Apply to clean, dry skin & gently rub in until absorbed. 

You have no idea how excited we are about scoopable Organic Vegan Lip Balm.  All those little tubes that have to be recycled via specialist facilities were driving us mad!  This way you can refill your own little pot, jar, tin with luscious Organic Lip Balm for smooth lips without the waste and at a fraction of the price of other Lip Conditioning Balms.  Most packaged Lip Balms are in 4 to 10 g sizes so a little goes a long way!!

Another great win for waste reduction! We have a few varieties of scoopable Deodorants containing only natural, aluminium free, palm oil free ingredients that are made locally in Western Australia.  You get to smell pretty all day long and nothing has to be disposed of in landfill or the recycling bin.  We even have a Bicarb Free Deodorant for those with sensitive armpits, and a Tea Tree variety for those who don’t want to smell so feminine.  Natural deodorants generally come in a 30ml tin and you only need a little so this lasts a couple of months.  Just put a little on the end of your finger to wipe on each clean armpit.  Our Bicarb Free variety is $3.90 for 30g and we have little tins available if you don’t have one to refill yet.

Not strictly for your skincare but still helpful to look beautiful.  Getting the plastic free alternative to our usual tools of the trade is a great investment when your old plastic one starts to fail.  Old plastic brushes are not able to be recycled and so are only destined for landfill, whereas bamboo is a renewable resource that can be composted in a hole in your garden!

One of the things I missed when swapping to a zero waste beauty routine was pore strips.  I know they aren’t important in the scheme of things and so I gave them up without too much fuss.  But then Wasteless Pantry started stocking Activated Charcoal and I was able to have fun with this again. YAY!

The recipe is simple: mix 1/3 activated charcoal with 2/3 gelatine powder or agar agar powder and keep in a little jar.  Be careful with the activated charcoal as it can stain clothing and bench tops. Then when you want to make your strips simply mix in a little hot water to make a thick paste.  Use your finger tip or a small brush to apply over a small patch like your nose or chin and allow to dry.  When it is dry simply peel off and rinse dry.  It is so gruesomely satisfying to see all those little blackheads stuck to the peeled off mask.

All these ingredients are available at Wasteless Pantry so you can just grab what you need to try it out without having to invest in big quantities of hard to find items!

I’m adding this one in just because it is lovely to have a scented bath at the end of all your primping and preening. 

To make Bath Tea, simply add whichever petals and herbs of your liking to a small bag (like the ones we have available for using with soap nuts), pull closed and steep in your bath with you.  Much easier to clean up than throwing the petals directly in with you and you can always add a handful of epsom salts for good measure too.  My favourite combination is rose, lavender and chamomile as it is so calming before bed.  Wasteless Pantry have a range of aromatic herbs and petals in our Spices and Herbal Tea sections as well as rock salt and epsom salts if you want to DIY bath salts too.

What other zero waste beauty ideas do you love?

References:

More info on make up remover options are via https://livesimply.me/2016/07/16/how-to-naturally-remove-makeup-3-easy-makeup-remover-options/


Can Going To Bars Reduce Waste?

Have you tried out personal hygiene, pet care and cleaning products in bar form?

Shampoo bars, conditioner bars, face bars, soap bars, deodorant bars, body butter bars, pet care bars, stain remover bars, dishwashing bars; the list goes on and on…

It seems that these are becoming more and more popular, with some good reasons for their popularity.

  • Bars are a concentrated version of their liquid counterpart.  Meaning that you are getting a comparable product, just without the added water and excessive packaging.  This is great because it means that fewer resources are needed to manufacture, transport and sell the product as they take up less space.  One little 110g shampoo bar can replace up to 3 full bottles of shampoo!
  • According to Ethique (one of the brands we have available), “each bar lasts 2-5 times longer than bottled beauty products because they’re super concentrated – you add the water – not us.”
  • Bars are super convenient when you are travelling!  Liquid quantities are often limited when travelling via aeroplane and even when this is not an issue, it is often much preferred to take a little bar than having to lug around litres of a product when travelling for extended periods.
  • Bars can be an economical alternative when compared to products of the same quality.  Wasteless Pantry only stocks palm-oil free options which we have tested and believe will be enjoyable to use for their intended purpose with great results.
  • Bars come with little to no packaging so there is no strain on our landfill or recycling facilities.  No need to send a plastic bottle overseas to be remanufactured into another product that then gets shipped somewhere else in the world again for use.  You just use the product and it’s done.
  • Our bars are safe for grey water and don’t pollute our waterways with plastics, microplastics or harsh chemicals.
  • Not all cleansing bars are soap! Each bar is made for a specific purpose and so has ingredients that benefit that particular application.

Bars are just super handy and easy to use!

The main thing to remember when using bars is to make sure that they dry out well between uses.  Pop them on a soap rack, coconut fibre scourer or other drying option between use to harden up.  Soft bars mean that you use more than you needed and are just washing that product down the drain.  A waste of product and money!

      • Have you made the switch? Would you consider it?

10 Easy Swaps Toward a Low Waste Bathroom

Did you know that your bathroom is usually the second most wasteful room in your home?

According to Own Your Impact,

“over 30 million toothbrushes are disposed of each year in Australia – contributing approximately 1,000 tonnes of landfill annually.”

Making changes to reduce this is easy!

1. Start refilling your Shampoo and Conditioner containers or swap to Shampoo Bars and Conditioner Bars from the Wasteless Pantry.

Our liquid silicone free Shampoo and Conditioner are cruelty-free, vegan, paraben free, palm oil free, sulphate free, grey water safe and locally made in WA.  We have a range of Shampoo and Conditioner Bars from Ethique as well as a local WA company, which are all palm oil free, vegan and replace many bottles of product in just one little bar.  You can just buy a little of the shampoo and conditioner to try it out too – so if it doesn’t suit your hair type there isn’t the leftover product to dispose of. But we think they all do a great job in keeping hair clean, healthy and beautiful, just without the waste.

2. Swap to a bamboo Toothbrush, plastic-free Floss and consider making your own Toothpaste or Toothpowder.

Toothbrushes are only $3.99 each at Wasteless Pantry so it’s pretty low risk to try one out to see if they suit your needs.  We also have plastic-free silk Floss and will have access to plastic-free Vegan Floss soon.  Recipes and all the ingredients you need to try out making your own Toothpaste are readily available in store too.

3. Start refilling your liquid Hand Wash and Body Wash containers or swap to Soap Bars from the Wasteless Pantry.

We have liquid Body and Hair Cleanser, Organic Castile Soap, as well as Soap Bars which are perfect for keeping you clean without drying out your skin.  These are all pH balanced, grey water safe, cruelty-free, vegan, locally made in WA, and palm oil free.  Your containers can be refilled over and over again!  We have soap racks as well if you don’t already have one or you can even use one of our coconut fibre scourers as a drying bed for your bars.  It is important to dry out any bars you use between uses so that you get the most out of your product and aren’t washing away more than you need because the bar was soft.

4. Stop buying novelty Bubble Bath containers and just refill the kids favourite.

Kids love bubbles! However, many of the fun designed packaging types aren’t the best for their delicate skin.  Pick their favourite container you already own and refill with our Bubble Bath which is locally made and formulated with gentle plant-based ingredients.  It is pH balanced, suitable for babies and toddlers and won’t scum up your bath as there are no fats present.  So this swap saves the Earth and you some cleaning too!

5. Stock up on plastic-free recycled Toilet Paper.

It’s well and good to recycle your paper via your kerbside bin, but that paper then needs to be recycled into something.  Paper can only be recycled in more paper a small number of times before the fibres start to degrade so there need to be other options for it to be transformed into.  Toilet Paper is one of those options!  We stock Who Gives A Crap branded Toilet Paper as we believe this company is doing great things for the Earth and people as their product is 100% recycled, contains no inks, dyes or scents, and they donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets for those in need.  Plus, the rolls are 3-ply so super strong, very soft, and double length meaning there are fewer arguments about whose turn it is to change the roll.

6. Switch to plastic-free Cotton Buds.

The plastic stick in cotton buds is not recyclable.  You could compost the cotton wool at the tip, but would you go to that trouble? Cotton Buds are not something my family use a lot of, but it is good to know that now we have switched to plastic-free Cotton Buds from Wasteless Pantry we are able to just compost the whole thing once used.

7. Soothe your muscles with refills of Epsom Salts.

Epsom Salts are great thrown in a bath to soothe achy tired muscles, just a handful makes a big difference.  Instead of buying packets you can simply buy as little or as much as you need in your own container at Wasteless Pantry.  You could get a whole kilogram for $4.99 if you really wanted to!  Plus it’s great for your garden too.

8. Switch to reusable Menstrual Cups and Menstrual Pads.

For those of us who need them and who have tried them, there is a rare woman who doesn’t love them! These products save you a ton of money, heaps of waste plus they are so much more convenient and comfortable than the disposable options.  Plus the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome is negligible so your health wins too!  At Wasteless Pantry we have chosen to stock the Australian designed Juju Cups as well as Scarlett Eve’s locally made very funky designed Menstrual Pads which come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your needs.

9. Use a natural fibre cleaning cloth such as a flannel, loofah or Sisal Exfoliating Glove.

As you wash, little fibres from your sponge, loofah, exfoliating glove or flannel flow down the drain with dirt and dead skin cells.  Natural fibres breakdown and are easily integrated back into the environment but plastic fibres do not.  Plastic fibres break up into smaller and smaller pieces, entering our soil and our food chain.  Microfibres, as they are known, are highly toxic and a great threat to our environment.  So keep it simple, go back to using a cotton or hemp flannel, try out a loofah or sea sponge, or grab a Sisal Exfoliating Glove next time you pop into Wasteless Pantry.

10. Stop using cotton wool balls or cotton rounds and swap to reusable Face Wipes.

Cotton is a highly water-intensive product to produce and so really isn’t suited to single-use items.  Our Deluxe Facial Wipes are super soft, cute as a button, conveniently sized for intricate jobs and can be hand washed or added to your usual laundry depending on your preference.  Buy once and use over and over.

There are lots of easy ways to move toward a low waste lifestyle, just take it one step at a time and you’ll likely find that you enjoy the new way of doing things in no time.  Just a couple of final things to consider:

  1. Check the labelling on products you currently buy to find out more about just how eco-friendly they are.  We have recently learnt that a number of cheaper products calling themselves eco-friendly contain palm oil or have organic in the title but contain no organic ingredients!
  2. Set up a recycling collection bin and a compost bin in your bathroom rather than just having a landfill bin.  Cosmetic, beauty, and hair care packaging can sometimes be recycled via kerbside collection and some only via specialist facilities like those at Wasteless Pantry (check www.recycleright.wa.gov.au for more info).  Contact lenses and their packaging, as well as plastic dental items, can also be recycled via Wasteless Pantry.  Used tissue, plastic-free cotton buds, cotton wool, plastic-free floss and the handle of your bamboo toothbrush can all be composted in your garden easily – but only if you collect it up first.  Having dedicated collection tubs for these items means that there isn’t much at all that ends up in the landfill!

Let us know of other tips you have to share below 🙂


Secret Womens Business (aka Wasteless Panties)

Reusable Sanitary Products are Better for You, Your Wallet & the Earth

Have you heard about Juju menstrual cups and reusable menstrual “Moon Pads”?

To tell the truth when I first heard about them many years ago it wasn’t something I ever thought I would try.  But fortunately I did give it a go and now I would never go back!

The amount of waste created by this most regular and intimate of bodily functions is pretty staggering.  Plus it’s just simply gross!!

Reusable menstrual cups and reusable pads are not as messy or complicated as you are probably thinking plus:

  • Once you have made your initial purchase you will always have your supplies on hand each month – you’ll never be caught out again
  • No risk of toxic shock syndrome
  • Easy to use and maintain
  • You get to know your own cycle better which means that you can manage your own health better too
  • In summer the cloth pad will breath better, no more sweaty bits
  • You can wear either or both overnight without any leaks
  • Work just beautifully for sporty types

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Pads are pretty self explanatory I believe but menstrual cups are a new concept for many so here’s a video to help explain the concept…

Tips for beginners:

  • It will take you about 2 to 3 cycles to completely get the hang of a menstrual cup – just like it took a while to get the hang of tampons so many years ago.
  • We recommend that you start with inserting and cleaning in the shower the first few times since this is where you have plenty of room to find your most comfortable position, your muscles are relaxed and you can keep everything clean.
  • A rough guide to sizing is Model 1 for under 30 years old and Model 2 for those who are over 30 years old or have given birth (caesarean included).
  • How often you need to change the menstrual cup is different for everyone.  If you have a heavy flow then day 1 and 2 might have you changing it every 3 to 6 hours but later in your cycle you might not have to change it for 12 hours or more.  You will know you need to change the cup as you will begin to feel a heaviness but you’ll pick this up pretty quickly.
  • I like to use a cup and pad for the first day or two so that if I’m away from an easily accessed toilet then I won’t have to worry about any accidents.
  • When you are away from home you can remove and empty over a toilet then simply rinse out with your handy bottle of water.  No waste to dispose, so no-one has to know what you’re up to.
  • Clean the cup at the end of your cycle with a mild soap and maybe boil in water if you want to be extra sure that it stays healthy.  As for the pads just throw them in the washing machine with all your other clothes when you have finished with it.

If you have any questions or want to check out the demonstration models then just pop into the store and have a chat with one of the girls!


No Waste Home Bathroom – Eco Body Care Checklist

We talk often about refusing, reducing, reusing, recycling and rotting at Wasteless Pantry.

The easiest place to start your zero waste living journey is in the bathroom!

You really don’t need all those potions and harmful microbeads, just a few simple goodies will get you through and simplify your daily routine once and for all.

Given there is so much talk about the risks of chemicals in cosmetics, eco hair products, eco skin care and environmentally friendly soap options might be just the remedy you were looking for.

So what is in a zero waste bathroom?

  • Environmentally friendly, biodegradable shampoo and conditioner bought in your own reusable container
  • Eco soap free of palm oils such as the ones made by Corrynnes Natural Soaps
  • Bamboo hairbrush & toothbrush
  • Forest friendly toilet paper and tissues (if you don’t own a hanky)
  • Epsom salts bought in your own reusable container (because some times a relaxing bath is just what you need!)
  • Soap free eco bubble bath (because life is too short to argue over bath time with little ones) bought in your own reusable container

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What about deodorant, toothpaste, moisturiser, body scrubs and the like?

Each to their own on this one.  For me I’m happy with my DIY options…

DIY Deoderant

Mix together equal quantities of bicarb and coconut oil with essential oils of your preference (mine are lavender and chamomile)

DIY Toothpaste

Bicarb on its own [but I know others who swear by bicarb, coconut oil and peppermint oil]

* There is plenty of discussion out there about the pros and cons of fluoride and I am not an expert on this one at all so please seek info about this elsewhere on the internet 🙂

DIY Moisturiser

Coconut oil on its own [simple and effective!]

DIY Cleanser

Mix together 1 part bicarb & 2 parts coconut or olive oil

Lightly scrub body or face and then wash off with water

DIY Body Scrubs

Salt, sugar, quick oats and coffee grounds make great exfoliants and can be combined with oils and/or honey to make a wide variety of body scrubs that smell delicious!  Add in flavourings of your choice like cinnamon, vanilla extract, mint leaves, citrus oils or lavender flowers and you have something good enough to become a gift too!!  Play around and find your own favourite recipes, however as a rule of thumb you will need equal quantities of liquid to your dry goods.

If you are in the neighbourhood, then pop into the store and bring along your containers for refilling!

For a short time we are offering 20% off aluminium bottles with your first refill of our personal hygiene and home cleaning products.

And if you are not in the neighbourhood then make sure you leave a comment below letting us know what your bathroom must haves are!