This week I ran out of body scrub AND shower gel, damn it! I LOVE a good scrub and obviously I need to stay clean but like most other beauty products they both come packaged in plastic. But were you also aware that the friendly scrubby ‘Micro Beads’ in exfoliator are plastic too?! Inside and out, throwaway plastics have infiltrated our lives in such epic style that it seems hard to avoid.

Micro beads have been around for years, they are present in exfoliators and used as abrasives in cleaning products. For the entirety of their existence we have been pouring them down the drain without a thought. Because they are so minuscule it is virtually impossible to filter them through our drainage systems and this means that most will sadly end up in our oceans.
This is terribly bad news for the Zooplankton, the fishes who dine on them and in turn humans as our fishy food fascination continues unabated. In light of this, today’s mission is all about scrubbing, naturally!

HONEY, SUGAR & OLIVE OIL SCRUB

Ingredients;

  • Honey 2 tbsp
  • Raw sugar 1/2 jar
  • Extra virgin Olive Oil 3 tbsp
  • 1 Glass Jar

The method is simple; first add the olive oil to the jar, this will stop everything else from sticking. Next add the sugar and honey. Mix well.

I use this a couple of times a week, the sugar is just hard enough for a good scrub but then dissolves in the hot water nicely, the olive oil leaves your skin SO soft. No need to moisturise afterwards.

( Extra virgin olive oil, all by itself, is one of natures best beauty secrets. In addition to being a natural, hypoallergenic way to moisturize skin, extra virgin olive oil has the added advantage of providing strong antioxidants, like Vitamins A and E that help repair and renew skin that has been damaged from overexposure to sun, air pollution, and other modern-day environmental hazards – like cigarette smoke and fast food. These antioxidants have the natural ability to stimulate cells and return skin to a firmer, smoother, and healthier state…it is AMAZING!)

COFFEE GRIND YOUR BODY!

Recently I have been popping into the cafe and asking for the left over coffee grinds, once again I look like a lunatic BUT they do make for an amazing, invigorating AND plastic free scrub! The caffeine is great for your skins circulation and some even say that if used regularly it can greatly reduce cellulite. As soon as I mentioned this at work everyone was off home with paper bags full of the stuff! Even my boy loves it!

These two are the only ones I’ve tried so far and I highly recommend both but if you are looking for something a little different here’s a link to Tip Junkie, they have a huge list of simple, cheap and good-enough-to-eat recipes.

And before you go…here’s a little song about micro beads!

BEAT THE MICRO BEAD – Plastic Soup Foundation & The North Sea Foundation from PlasticSoupFoundation on Vimeo.

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