DIY blackhead paste

When I first cut down on toiletries, I used toothpaste as an overnight zit treatment. It. Was. Amazing! It was so effective that when I first made toothpowder, my husband jokingly asked “but what are you going to use as pimple cream?” 😂 Fast forward a few months and I now use a simple blackhead paste that I’ve made with baking soda and lemon juice. It draws out oil and lightens redness to restore blemishes. I simply mix the two until they form a paste and keep that in the bathroom as a face scrub or spot treatment.

Something that should be talked about more

Something that should be talked about more is zero waste protective sex. How can we prevent getting pregnant without buying single-use plastic packaging or pumping our bodies full of hormones?
Motivated by zero waste and health reasons, I decided to go off the birth control pill. I’d been on the pill for almost 15 years. That’s half my life and basically all of my adult life. My hormones are slowly starting to balance out again, but I’m left with a lack of options for the sexy time… Bar in the arm? No way.

I’m done with hormones. Barbed wire in the snatch? There’s no way I’m putting a piece of metal in my taco. No thank you… Get the snip? Sure!! But that’s super invasive and doctors have tried to deter us because they believe we’re too young (we’re both 30). So, what do we do!? We play it as safe as possible for as long as we can and then finally resort to buying these… At this point, we’re seeing condoms as part of ‘medical’ plastics. I’d love to hear how others approach this.

Thanks to @simplyzerowaste for bringing up this topic earlier in the week.

Sometimes you just get lucky.

Sometimes you just get lucky. We were looking for an electric razor and I just happened to find this one at a thrift store for $6.
My partner shaves his head every second day so the benefit of this is to reduce water usage in our home and make this routine a little more convenient.
I’m so pleased that it came to us second hand and works really well!

The challenge of zero-waste meat and cheese

I love cheese so very much. Going 100% plastic free has been challenging for us non-vegans.

It’s hard to find cheese and meat without planning waaaay ahead. Our options are further limited by a 9-5 work schedule. Most places aren’t open late, and there’s a small window during the weekend.

We happened to run out of meat and cheese when @plasticfreejuly clocked in so we went without for a few days. I told our housemate about our struggle. On her day off, she managed to find places in Carlton that sell cheese and meat (almost) plastic free. I don’t know which one I’m more excited about: the giant slabs of cheese in our fridge, or the thought and generosity behind this gesture. Thank you @jujuskoo101 for being amazing

Zero waste deodorant options that I’ve explored

I’ve learnt that deodorant is easy to make but challenging to know which kind is right for the individual. What is perfect for one person could be ineffective / cause skin irritations for another. On top of all this, a detox from conventional deodorants can make it tricky to judge the effectiveness of natural options. A blanket rule is to detox for 2 weeks before moving onto a natural deodorant, then assess small samples until the right one presents itself.

Zero waste options that I’ve explored: Salt crystal, @sukinskincare spray, ACV + witch hazel roll on (DIY), @lushcosmetics powders and bars, Cornstarch + baking soda + ground rosemary (DIY) and this one pictured… coconut oil + baking soda + Cornstarch (DIY).

This is my winner. It travels well, is enjoyable to make and most importantly, it works really well for me. No stinky pits! I even like the application of dabbing a little on my finger and rubbing into the pits. This is 1:1 baking soda and cornstarch with coconut oil smooshed in until the consistency is like putty. The amount of coconut oil depends on the climate/season as it melts in hot weather. I added ‘insight’ blend of essential oils from @perfectpotion to give it a little boost of perfume. Very happy with this solution.