3 vegan beauty essentials made with 5 zero waste ingredients!!!

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If you're like me, you enjoy instant gratification when it comes to DIY cosmetics.

Anything that's too complicated or that requires a bunch of crazy ingredients that I'm only going to buy for one single recipe not only feels incredibly annoying to me, but it also defies the purpose! I mean if we're trying to be "zero waste", why on earth would we go out and buy so many different things to create one single product: just to be proud of ourselves because we put in a little more effort?

I prefer the magical feeling I get from knowing that my beauty essentials contain nothing but ingredients I can recognise and even consume. And above all, ingredients I can use for multiple things!

Now don't get me wrong, I have absolutely nothing against people who enjoy making really cool cosmetics and tailoring them to their highly specific needs. I've even done it myself for a while. But at this point I'm into more simplicity than that.

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With a handful of magical ingredients, I can create 3 incredibly effective and eco-friendly products:

  • Face Cleansing Grains

  • Sandy Deodorant

  • Shampoo Dust

So what are those magical ingredients I am raving about?

They are the classics of zero waste cosmetic DIYing and I'm sure you'll recognise them. But they are truly all I need for my hair (though I also shampoo with clay and ayurvedic powders or chickpea flour on occasion), face and armpits.

I do obviously jazz them up as you will see, but they could technically be used entirely as is and still be highly effective.



This one is a biggie and it is present in all 3 or our products and can even be used as an actual shampoo when you need it.

Yes, it is literally that amazing!

Of course you have the choice when it comes to clay and if I'm honest it probably won't matter much when it comes to the end result.

If you have green clay, great: it's detoxifying, inexpensive, easy to come by (even in bulk!) and perfect for oilier skins or hair.

White clay will be equally amazing and perhaps less harsh for sensitive skins

Rhassoul, red, pink and even yellow or purple, whatever you have will be perfect.

I went for Multani Mitti clay, also known as Fuller's Earth because it's my absolute favourite and has great detergent powers!

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I absolutely wanted to include it in my face cleanser recipe because it's both mildly abrasive and incredibly gently, soothing and nourishing.

I have used oats in my facial concoctions for as long as I have been making them and it also has the merit of being grown in most temperate regions (so it's fairly local to me!). This wonderful cereal is very cheap, easy to come by in bulk and such staple in my home (any other oat mylk and porridge crazies out there or just me?).

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Baking Soda

Again, I always have this one on hand because it is brilliant at so many things! Look it up and you'll be amazed at how many uses this one product has. Here, it's in our deodorant recipe that it truly shines, though if your skin is extremely sensitive or simply not trained to the alkaline PH of this powder, you could probably just skip it, but it won't be as effective.


Corn Starch

Pantry staple, burger binder, sweet potato fry crunch maker, pancake and waffle lightener... I quite like this snow white ingredient. You may not have it in your kitchen but it is honestly quite useful and can also be found in bulk in some cases. If it's not available where you shop, know that a little goes a long way so your purchase should still be worth it in the long run in terms of wise packaging decisions. What it's mostly good at is absorbing, much like clay, but in a much gentler way. I am using it both in my sandy deodorant and in my shampoo dust.

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Cocoa Powder

This one is perhaps the least essential ingredient as it is mostly used to flavour and colour our preparations. I've included it in the face cleansing grains and in the magic shampoo dust. It may be substituted for other powders such as flower powders (think rose, chamomile, lavender!) or ayurvedic powders with particular properties you would like to add (amla, holy basil, neem, etc.)


A shrewd combination of these magical ingredients will do wonders and can serve as a base for your own version of these pampering staples.

Face Cleansing Grains

  • 2 tablespoons of oats

  • 1 tablespoon of your choice of clay

  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder (or any other powder you like!)

Place the oats in a small blender (like a coffee grinder for example) and blend until a flour forms.

Mix all the powders together and pour the result into your favourite glass container!

To use:

Wet your face

Sprinkle a little powder in your wet palm

Distribute between both hands

Apply to the face and rub gently as you do so

Rinse with clear water right away or leave it on for a little while. I like to apply the cleansing grains in the shower as it can get a little mess, I leave it on while I shower and rinse it off at the end.

Sandy Deodorant

  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon of corn starch

  • 1 tablespoon of your choice of clay

Mix everything together and bottle up.

You can use a salt shaker-type bottle but I find it's not even necessary.

The deodorant will work very well as is, but that doesn't mean you can't jazz it up with a few drops of your favourite essential oils! My pick: ylang-ylang & lavender. Avoid citrus oils as they will make your skin much more sensitive to the sun!

To use:

Sprinkle a little powder onto the palm of your hand and apply to each armpit.

I like to do this after I've showered and moisturised using coconut oil!

The effects will last between 12 and 48 hours, depending on you and the ambient temperatures, your level of activity, etc.

Shampoo Dust

  • 1 tablespoon of your choice of clay

  • 1 tablespoon of corn starch

  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

Mix it all together and bottle it up!

Use a salt shaker if you like, again, I don't.

And essential oils may be added here to, but this time I chose not to, preferring to stick with the chocolate aroma.

To use:

Sprinkle the powder onto the roots of your hair whenever required (so, when it's a little greasy!) and work it in with your fingers.

Brush your hair (upside down if you can to perk up the roots) and you're good to go!

It will absorb the grease and give your hair a much "puffier" look!

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What are your easy beauty essentials?

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