DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer. Friday- A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

TGIF!! Day 5 of A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition. Summer is just around the river bend, which means the sun is out and I am outside. The past year I’ve been feeling a little guilty for my future self of not wearing sunscreen every day. Half of that I think is just myths we’ve been told, BUT it doesn’t hurt and yes the sun CAN damage your skin. I think everyone can attest to that. This DIY daily sunscreen is light enough to use under make up or just use the tinted version for a natural look.

DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer

I’m really not going to get into the SPF debacle about “other oils” like carrot seed or coconut, uncoated, non-nano zinc oxide does work! My recipe is ~%20 in weight zinc oxide so about 20 Sun Protector Factor or SPF.

what you need (makes a small major jar amount, will seriously last for a long time because you really don’t need to use that much to apply)

.4 oz (~1 tablespoon) shea butter ( are you recognizing a theme to this DIY)

.4 oz (~1 tablespoon) coconut oil (non fractioned)

.2 (2 teaspoons) uncoated, non-nano Zinc Oxide Powder (see label in photo below)

.2 (1 teaspoon) Other Oils of your choosing for your skin properties (I used argon, carrot seed and vit E combo)

~ 1 tablespoon coco powder (option for tinted version)

Hand mixer

Food scale

Mason jar or tin or reusable container


Have ingredients room temperature. Put glass container on scale and tare it to 0. Add all ingredients except zinc oxide and coco powder (for tinted). Mix and whip it up with hand mixer for a minute. Use food scale to correct amount of zinc oxide. Mix again until incorporated. Add coco powder while mixing (or bronzer/powder foundation) slowly until desired color.

Use prior to make up application and multiple times if in direct sunlight. I brush on powder make up to soak up the oils. I’ve made other sunscreen like a SPF lotion bar and loved it but it’s sticky and waterproof to stay on. Will do that recipe another day!! Have fun in the sun. Like my kitty!!

Day 1- DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask

Day 2- DIY Lip Balm

Day 3- DIY Anti-Dandruff, Moisturizing Hair Mask

Day 4- DIY Healing Lotion Bar

Day 6- DIY Eyebrows and Eyelashes FAIL; lessons learned

Day 7- Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a skin expert, use caution with homemade stuff (but I’m proud of you)

DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask. Monday- A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

Welcome to A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition. Lets start with something super easy! Check out Tuesdays DIY Lip Balm.

DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask

What I love about this, is that it is made from pretty common, natural-living household goods therefore quick, cheap and readily available to mix up a batch when I run out.

What you need

  • 1/2 teaspoon Green Clay
  • 1 teaspoon White Bentonite Clay
  • 3 capsules Activated Charcoal supplement
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda (optional, are bottom notes)
  • 1 teaspoon+ liquid- water, green tea, aloe juice, rose water ext.

Activated charcoal can be used for many different ailments because it soaks up toxins. Baking soda is the backbone of going all natural; being a key ingredient in DIY Deodorant, baking (DUH), cleaning and MORE! Bentonite clay is a little less common (I had to research and buy some after going all-natural, natural grocery store and amazon) but very useful, detoxing and nourishing! I still haven’t figured out exactly green, white, red Bentonite clay. The Indian Healing clay I have has a green tint and the Redmond Clay is more white. They have a little different properties/strengths I’ve noticed from experience. If I use only Indian healing clay my face is red afterwards. And If I only use the Redmond’s, my face doesn’t feel as detoxed. They come in recyclable plastic and will last my at LEAST a couple years, but I intend to find a zero waste alternative next time. On the bright side it’s better than using those pre-packaged masks- so much trash!


Mix together dry ingredients and store with a tight lid in dry place. To get activated charcoal out twist and pull apart veggie capsule to reveal the black powder. I keep the empty capsules to use to homemade essential oils tabs. When ready to use the mask, mix 2 parts dry to 1 part liquid into a paste(may have to add a couple more drops liquid) and shmear on face. Leave for 10-20 mins. It’ll get dry and cracky. Wash/rinse off. Use a nourishing facial oil and tonic afterwards (or whatever your face moisturizer routine is) you’ll feel brand new!!

The important thing is knowing your skin, I’ll just go right out and say it, I have acne, the bad cystic scarring grueling stuff. So I use this daily during breakouts and once a week for maintenance. For you it might be once a month when your feeling grimy, only spot treatment on those buggers we call zits, or twice a year during a girls night in with cucumber eyes and all. TIP: use before or in shower for less of a mess!

Notes: omit baking soda(or any component to that matter) if you are sensitive to it or don’t have mod-severe acne. Also, I just use water, anything else is a lot of effort.

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical provider, just in case you didn’t know.

A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

Day 1- DIY Detox, Soothing Face Mask

Day 2- DIY Lip Balm

Day 3- DIY Anti-Dandruff, Moisturizing Hair Mask

Day 4- DIY Healing Lotion Bar

Day 5- DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer.

Day 6- DIY Eyebrows and Eyelashes FAIL; lessons learned

Day 7- Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day

A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

JOIN ME for A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition. Who is pumped? I am!

Daily recipe and/or review of a brand new do-it-yourself beauty product.  I will also push you to exchange plastic for re-usables, challenge you to swap chemicals for natural ingredients and pass out exclusive little pearls of wisdom for zero waste living.

Day 1- DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask

Day 2- DIY Lip Balm

Day 3- DIY Anti-Dandruff, Moisturizing Hair Mask

Day 4- DIY Healing Lotion Bar

Day 5- DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer

Day 6- DIY Eyebrows and Eyelashes FAIL; lessons learned

Day 7- Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day

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Easter Basket Almond Joy No Bake Cookies

He is Risen!!!

No refined sugar, gluten free, Vegan, almond, chocolate, coconut, no bake Cookies, a yummy mouthful.


1/2 cup agave (or other sweetener of choice, maple syrup, honey etc)

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup almond butter

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1-1/2 cup oats (quick or old fashion)

1-1/2 cup shredded coconut (split)- we did unsweetened

1/4 cup almonds (1/8 food processed into small/medium sized chunks)


Melt agave, coconut oil, almond butter and cocoa powder in a medium pot on the stove on low/medium stirring frequently until all combined and a little bubbly from the heat. Meanwhile, mix oats, 1/2 of the coconut and the almonds chunks in a bowl. Pour the melted mixture on the dry stuff and stir. Drop with a spoon on silicon baking sheet or wax paper 1-1/2 inch wide. Top with the rest of coconut and an almond (“egg”) in the middle forming the basket. Let sit for 20 mins or put in fridge for 5-10 and enjoy!! Store in fridge for up to a week in a sealed container.

Happy Easter everyone! What an amazing weekend. We celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. I am thankful for the freedom to worship God and opening display my affection. Enjoy this moment, something I continue to tell myself.

5 GO-TO items that ZERO WASTERS should consider ditching

Things I gave up and grieved after really putting effort for caring for the earth, trying to go zero waste and reduce my overall consumption in an attempt for a simpler, sustainable and more fulfilling life.

Disclaimer: Zero Waste, Zero Waster does NOT mean we create literally zero waste AT ALL, ever, anywhere. We strive to reduce our trash and plastic consumption. It’s a little different for everyone and its a journey. Join me 🙂

Just to be clear, you don’t HAVE to give these things up, not completely. It’s just making it a conversation/thought process, setting priorities and accomplishing baby steps to a better earth. And they are…. (drum roll please) nail polish, artificial food dye, bagged popcorn, conventional tea bags, and chewing gum. Sold? (I’m really not selling anything) Great! Not sold? Scroll below for more info.

There has been a time in my life where I could’ve told you all I needed was these five things and I could live my life happily ever after. Well let’s just say that has changed immensely. I am assuming that most 1st-world women can agree that out of most of these items, one is in their purse right now or in their daily regimen. And it makes sense! Colors are fun on your nails and in your food, popcorn and tea are their own food group, and gum can be tasty, good for your breath, something to occupy the mind while concentrating. The list goes on. With that being said, they are NOT so good for you and the environment, in the conventional way. Here’s why I think so. Shall we dive in?

A woman getting her nails painted by a beautician.unsplash-logoKris Atomic

1) Nail polish and MOST manicures. Man this stuff is scary… it’s the epitome of NOT NATURAL. And sorry ladies, it is ‘cute’, but vanity should only go so far. Nail polish really doesn’t say anything about your external or internal beauty. Even the rated ‘fair’ nail polish ingredient list is intimidating. Let alone the plastic packaging/lids/brushes AND chemically removing it. I, for one, like to know what is going on my body and then in my bloodstream. One Green Planet has a great article on The Ugly Truth: Toxins Lurking in Nail Polish Are Harmful to Your Health and the Planet. The occasional spa day is still definitely warranted, but try to find a salon that uses plant-based ingredients and ask for no polish. Sad but probably for the better eh? If your not ready or willing check out these 7 brands of Non Toxic Nail Polish. I’m not sure if any of them are the perfect alternative, but one bottle would last quite a long time, and almost nothing is a perfect alternative so it’s just your individual battle. The goal is to reduce, but for me nail polish can go without too much fuss.


unsplash-logoEaters Collective

2) Food dye(artificial). I think that humans (probably most likely Americans) take something made to be good, and make it bad- hence artificial petroleum-derived food dye. Food dye is something to give up with being zero waste because of how they produce it, what they put in it and what they sneak it into. They most likely are in highly preserved, processed packaged foods, come in little plastic bottles for consumers and are linked to hyperactivity in children WAIT WHAT (via article on food dyes.) Plus, there seems to be good options for natural dyes via natural grocery stores or DIY with fruit, veggies, roots, herbs and more! I like turmeric powder for yellow and beet powder for pink/red. I still need to try using spinach. Here’s a link to a diagram/website that has the different plant color visuals. You literally just puree and add some water, then filter/strain if you want, fun and creative. Plants are awesome, AMEN.
3) Bagged popcorn. Man is this stuff good, BUT there are BETTER alternatives, let me tell you because I am a FAN of popcorn. Why Microwave Popcorn Is An Absolute Health Nightmare has good insight on the most popular grocery store microwavable popcorn brands. Also, if it takes a while- google, clicking, reading and repeat- to find out info about a product or even a good alternative product, there may not be much out there for you to know and/or the companies are hiding something. I personally do not participate in animal products due to lack of clarity with sourcing, animal living conditions and other complicated, in-depth stances, but we’ll save that for a rainy day. So might as well control what’s in your scrummy popcorn. You can get a microwave reusable bowl that pops popcorn (although I didn’t have any luck with the pampered chef one, haven’t tried any others), an air popper (my parents have one from the 90’s and it’s amazing), a popcorn stovetop pot-yes that’s a thing, make it over the stove (I do this the most), brown bag and/or DIY at home popping, or most intriguing to me…make your own reusable fabric bag like this!! Easy as that, pick one and go. It reduces a lot of trash because most bulk stores sell organic, non-GMO popcorn. IT’ll CHANGE YOUR SNACKING/MOVIE TIME LIFE.

unsplash-logoDrew Taylor

4) TEA…but not all, just most store bought, name brand, high industrial/mass produced conventional tea/tea bags. You see all this info online about composting tea and and tea bags BUT what to do with the darn envelopes, the tea bag’s bag? If they are a plastic/foil/paper combination, they are not recyclable. I have emailed many well known tea companies asking if their envelopes are recyclable and all the ones that have a paper/foil/plastic wrapping aren’t recyclable (STASH, GOOD EARTH etc.). If you are a tea person it can add up to A LOT of waste, even if you compost the tea bag. So what is the alternative? Tea bags that come in tins, tea bags in bulk, loose leaf tea in bulk with stainless mesh strainer or an infuser of some sort. Want to help your body and the earth even more? Check out Top 5 Reasons to Choose Organic Tea.
5) Chewing Gum. This is one thing I did not expect to give up at all when trying to reduce my trash and overall consumption. I am a dental hygienist so I know about sugar-free, anti cavity, saliva producing help, sugar snack craving, brain stimulating (I always chewed gum during tests in college) gum and I flat out loved it. Unfortunately, most chewing gum is made from synthetic plastics, synthetic dyes,  synthetic flavors and they aren’t biodegradable, let along the packaging! To be honest, I don’t have an alternative because I just gave it up at some point along the line. I am sure at local health food stores they have natural mints that come in tins (watch out for sugary ones!).  Check out this blog post from How to Live Zero Waste on the different brands of plastic free chewing gum. The graphic below is a useful learning tool as well. Is Europe more advanced environmentally than the US? I went to Greece and it didn’t seem like it, might be my research question of the week more like day, actually right now.

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Not-So-Green Gum: Is Chewing Sustainably a Reality?Not-So-Green Gum: Is Chewing Sustainably a Reality?
Infographic by CustomMade

As a little bit of a downer, there are also many benefits to losing some of these things. Like ‘they’ say, “When one door closes, another door opens”. I like the challenge of finding natural alternatives. It accumulates less trash, less STUFF, less shopping, less consumerism, less materialism, less superficial-ism. Sometimes it seems like there is no point, “my trash wont make an impact, or other people still wont care about their trash”. Yes, this is all probably true. BUT The point is to spread the word by how you live, even if it seems to take a long time or to be useless. You have to communicate to companies why you aren’t participating in their product (cough Trader Joes and ALL THEIR PLASTIC) and support/spend your money on good products and companies that make it a priority to care for the earth.

Q: “What do I do with all my current nail polish, food coloring, chewing gum, bagged popcorn and tea.”
A: YOU USE IT. As annoying and frustrating as it is when trying to go zero waste. You slow down, take a deep breath. You’re making a move in the right direction so you enjoy it, grieve what will come when you’re done and let it go slowly. You learn and make better decisions in the future.
Today is Palm Sunday, we celebrate and remember Jesus coming to Jerusalem.
“They took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that comes in the name of the Lord.”

Source: John 12:13

Castile Soap as Hand Soap. That’s it.

Soap is a wonderful, ancient thing!! I don’t want to go on and on about it, though I could, so here you go:

Soap from most main manufactures have SCARY ingredients, are antibacterial (bad), are tested on innocent animals (super bad) and come in plastic that create trash and exhaust byproducts in the atmosphere via manufacturing(super super bad). We all use soap on our bodies/skin, I would hope, so let’s make it a less negative experience for everyone and more of a joyful, simple, cleansing daily routine. For all you DIYers, I have tried various Pinterest recipes for different hand soap mixtures and here’s the thing; You don’t need anything fancy or complicated.

Just Castile Soap.

So next time you need hand soap; plain, plant-based Castile soap is best. I like ones that are organic and come in glass or recyclable bottles, but I especially enjoy BULK. Dr. Bronners is most popular. Or homemake it! I intend to try (again, after my fail) really soon so stay tuned.


Hand soap dispenser

Liquid castile soap

Water to dilute (if your extra frugal-optional)

6-10 drops Essential oils (optional)

If we all just had a tad bit more Amish inspiration in our lives..

If we all just had a tad bit more Amish influence in our lives..

Fabulous Dry Shampoo Recipe

Step 1: Make a list of 50 things to do

Step 2: Do a completely different, random, non-important thing instead


DIY Dry Shampoo Ingredients

1 part Cocoa powder -optional, IF you have brown/black/dark hair ( we use non alkalized & got it in BULK)

1 part baking soda (the magician of the DIY world)

1 part Corn Starch (try to get non GMO and organic..or use arrowroot powder or play around with different starchy powders)

6-10 drops of yummy essential oils ( I did Cedarwood and Rosemary)- optional

Cute small make-up brush for application


Combine dry components and add essential oils and whisk it up. Dip the brush in the

Found this babe of a craft kit at a thrift store 
powder tap off the excess and brush on you hair, mostly roots that are oily. Give it a hand swipe or head whip and you MAY look this this gem====================>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


“Girl you greasy, just shower” -Others

“Too much effort”- Me