Sustainable Sunday - Super Soap!

I have to be honest, this discovery was downright discouraging.

You see, I’ve recently found that a lot of the shower products that I use, the ones that claim to be 'free of parabens and toxins', are very much not.

For a few years now my family and I have used both Organic Care and Health Basics shampoos, body washes and hand soaps. Unfortunately all of these products have in them a toxic preservative called (sorry guys this is a long one!) methylchloroisothiazolinone  and methylisothiazolinone (phew!).
These two toxic preservatives are not only skin irritants but have also may be linked to nerve damage.
AKA highly toxic!

Cosmetic companies try to justify their choices by explaining that they use extremely small quantities, but imagine the effect that using these products day after day could potentially have?
 Annmarie Gianni has written a fantastic article on these preservatives, check it out if you want to know more. Because of these discoveries, and consequent publicity, many companies globally have since said that they would no longer use these preservatives in their products - WIN.


Consequently, I have been on a Castile Soap rampage! Rampage you say? I’m talking shampoo, hand soap, face and body - hello multi purpose!
Firstly Castile soap is made from 100% plant oils, and is not a chemical detergent, meaning it is completely biodegradable. Big Tick. I have only tried the Dr Bronner brand, but its wonderful! Currently I’m using the peppermint bar soap in the shower, for both my face and body, and I have made a shampoo using the hemp rose liquid soap, with great results! Did I mention they smell AMAZING?

My dad has struggled with bad dermatitis, and constantly has an irritated scalp, so it was my mission this week to find a recipe for a shampoo free of crap! I my self have been using this and I am really impressed with the results so


Here's the recipe:

¼ cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)

⅓ cup Liquid Castille Soap (like Dr. Bronners - I used the hemp rose)

20 drops of Essential Oils of  your choice (I've used peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange or combinations of those)

For dry hair: add ½ tsp olive or almond oil (optional)

Simply mix them all together and pop in a jar or reusable pump bottle (it should last about a month)

Chemical Free

And with that my shower is almost completely zero waste!

Happy Sustainable Sunday!