My daily my makeup routine (if you can call it that) is rubbing a little color onto my lips and cheeks. I had been using RMS Lip2Cheek, but found it rather drying. When I finished the product, I looked to my cupboard to make my own lip and cheek tint. I was seeking a natural look from a moisturizing, zero waste product made from simple ingredients. Not too much to ask, right?
Two ingredients and a few minutes of time is all it takes to make this simple dry skin balm. I made a little pot over the weekend and haven’t stopped applying it to my lips and hands because it makes them so soft and hydrated.
Our suitcases are packed for one last trip before summer comes to an end. A cross-country flight requires a new bag of tricks to keep my two-year-old entertained. Rather than relying on Target or the dollar store for cheap trinkets or emptying my wallet for nicer toys, I made a few treasures using materials I had on hand. My hope is these little travel companions will bring him delight.
You may have gathered that I like things simple, but that doesn’t always translate to easy. Take for example my homemade lavender lemongrass lotion. It isn’t hard to make, but it’s not as easy as buying lotion off the store shelf. However, there’s satisfaction in making my own products, there’s relief in knowing each ingredient, and in this case there’s an absolute love for the product. This lotion is creamy, super moisturizing, fast absorbing, and smells heavenly.
My approach to ethical fashion is buying my clothes secondhand, buying less, but choosing well, or making my own clothes. Although I started sewing my own clothes when I was a young child, fewer garments have been made in my adult life. Sewing for myself has been a frustrating process of time and money wasted on making ill-fitting or frumpy looking clothes from poorly drafted or sized patterns. Lately I’ve been giving it a second chance using patterns from independent designers, and I’m happy with the results.
I’ve been making my own all-purpose cleaning spray for years. I don’t know why it never occurred to me to make the recipe in bulk. It’s not difficult or time consuming to mix up a bottle, but we go through it quickly so I was making it often. I got smart and added an extra spray bottle for backup, but it still seemed an empty one was always knocking around.
Following a “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” philosophy not only protects our planet’s natural resources, but it provides a pause in the consumption cycle allowing for contentment with what we have. In this series I share personal stories of making do.
I received a child’s birthday party invite last week. Running to the store to buy a present would be the normal thing to do, but the only stores I shop at these days are thrift stores. This mama friend of mine loves to thrift and would appreciate a secondhand toy or book for her daughter, but my favored gift is giving something sewn by me using materials I have on hand. Looking through my dwindling fabric stash the choices were meager, but I remembered the beautiful vintage pillow cases sitting in the linen closet. A pillow case dress would be the perfect gift for a sweet two-year-old girl.
I’ve been on the search for a natural scrubby sponge that has some scouring power, doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, comes with little or no packaging, and can be composted at the end of its life. I guess that’s a lot to ask of a sponge, because I’ve come up short in my search. I was sorely disappointed in the Scotch-Brite Greener Clean Sponges, and only marginally satisfied with the Twist brand sponges. I’m sure there are other natural scrubby sponges available, but most on the market tend to be expensive, ineffective compared to their synthetic counterparts, and come with unnecessary packaging.
It would be easy to neglect a humble wooden spoon, after all, it could be replaced for next to nothing. But when you make earth stewardship a priority (or pledge to buy nothing new for a year), preservation and care of belongings takes on greater importance. In this shift of mentality I no longer reject imperfection like I used to, but find beauty in the patina of a well-used object that is lovingly cared for.