The best thing for the environment, the wallet, and probably also the skin, would be to use as little cosmetic products as possible.
What really makes us believe different is millions of pounds spent on lobbying from the large cosmetic companies. We need one cream for night, one for day, one for sunny days, one for cold days, one for feet, hands, eyes, lips, one to make hair shiny and smooth, one to do the opposite.We want to get the ‘just out of bed’ look one day and the ‘polished and proper’ another day.
Instead of buying body butters or lotions I make my own. Guaranteed free from preservatives, colourings, chemically derived perfumes and the rest.
Despite the ingredients costing a little more at the initial purchase (as you have to buy them all separately), it works out cheaper in the long run. You can also bulk-buy with a friend and have fun making your own skin care together.
The Rubbish Queen’s fluffy body butter:
- 100g/3½ oz Shea butter (organic)
- 50ml Sweet almond oil (cold pressed)
- 50ml Jojoba Golden oil (cold pressed)
- About 40 drops essential oil of Lavender (ethically sourced) other essential oils can be used, but make sure they are suitable to put straight on your skin- pure essential oils are very potent!
Put the shea butter and both oils into a food processor, or use a hand-held blender. Blend until smooth, add a little more oil if necessary. Add the essential oil and blend once more. Use a palette knife to transfer into a clean jar.
This body butter also makes a perfect present for a lover of lotions and potions!