DIY N°1: Toothpaste & Solid Shampoo
This toothpaste recipe is extremely easy to make and is a great first introduction to do-it-yourself workshops. You might ask yourself why make your own toothpaste? Well, there are so many good reasons: it's impossible to fail and gives you satisfaction, it saves money, protects the planet, limits packaging waste, and leaves aside toxins.
As surprising as it might seem, you only need three ingredients to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
1tps of bicarbonate
3tps of white clay
5 drops of peppermint or lemon essential oil
You can easily find the required ingredients either in organic shops, pharmacies, supermarkets, or on specialized websites (our favorite ones are: https://www.onatera.com/ and https://www.slow-cosmetique.com/).
Mix all the ingredients together to obtain a homogeneous powder.
Before each use, wet your toothbrush and dip it in the powder.
Solid shampoo (100g):
60g of solid surfactants: 30g of Sodium Coco-Sulfate (SCS) and 30g of SCI (Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI). Both ingredients are derived from coconut oil.
20-30g of water
5g of vegetable glycerin, e.g. rice protein or coconut oil
10g of vegetable oil of your choice ( e.g. jojoba, monoi, coconut, castor, abyssinian)
10g or vegetable butter of your choice (e.g. jojoba, shea, mango, coconut, monoï)
Optional: 2 g of fragrance
Wear a mask when manipulating the surfactants as they can be very irritating to the respiratory tract. Put all the ingredients in a double boiler and stir. Remove from the heat once you obtain a smooth cream. Add the optional fragrance and any other ingredient of your choice.
Pour the preparation into individual silicon molds (if you're doing this DIY with your children, use animal molds they will love it!). Leave to dry for 48 hours before use.