I can hear it now... we don't need these products. We just need to live with nothing extra, create no Waste and just be.
And I respect your point of view. Great job and I am so happy that you have found your calling. May you be blessed in that and it make you forever happy!
That being said, most of these ingredients I have around my house anyway, bought in bulk and with no added packaging. Heck, it's a great way to avoid wasting if some of these ingredients are going to go stale! AND, we attract more bees with honey than vinegar. Not everyone wants to give up all fun things. I know I lust after certain green-washed bath products. So, best we can do is educate people on avoiding those products that are fake-making their way to the banks. We can do that by showing people it's possible to making their own!
The Smart Kids love these! We ALWAYS have a bath fun product ready to go. No joke, always. It just makes boring old bath time FUN. What is life without some fun?
I have some serious bath jello lusting but I do NOT lust for gel of animals ANY WHERE NEAR ME. No no no. Yuck. And guess what? Collagen in gelatin has too big of a molecular structure to sink into our skin. Even eating it is highly debatable as to whether it even makes it through the digestive system in tact enough to do anything. Best way to increase collagen in skin is by not destroying it via sun damage and keeping moisture levels high, in my honest opinion.
Here is my vegan bath jel recipe!
Vegan Bath Jel:
- 1 package of powdered pectin (or the equivalent of agar agar plus 2 tsp)
-2 Tbsp of pink Himalayan salt. Any salt will do.
1/4 cup of boiling water (can use herbal infused!)
-1/6 cup of high lather LIQUID soap (my homemade coconut oil soap is SUPER bubbly! Plus I rinse it off, so no, coconut oil does not sit on my skin...)
-Essential oils, I said it once and I'll say it until I die. Ready? Highly diluted!!!! Always allergy test ANY OF THESE THINGS And research. Essential oils are very strong, you don't drink them, you don't put them straight on your skin. Just don't.
-Pigments! I used mica pigments. I'm not a fan of food color or discolored skin. Mica doesn't stain, plain mica is shimmery too. I love me some shimmer. I also used zinc oxide (for white) and activated charcoal (for black). Let your mind go crazy!
Boil your water and while that's going, add your pectin and salt, only! Just to make sure they dissolve fully. With colorants, you may miss it.
Add your colorants and scent next. Then, last but not least add your soap. Just to avoid over stirring and ruining the soapyness later on.
Store in the fridge for 3 hours to overnight. TADA!
If these come out too hard, your air may be really dry. You can remelt and add more water.
Pop in the fridge for 1-3 days.
If they aren't solid, your humitity level may be high. Reheat and add more pectin or a clay to thicken it up maybe.
Next is Bath Dough
The Smart Kids love play dough. They love making it, they love creating with it. This was a no brainer and so easy.
Vegan Bath Dough:
-1 cup of arrowroot
-1/3-1/2 cup of high lather LIQUID soap
- Essential oils of choice
- Extra: can add clay! As those can be a bit drying, I would also add some oils. Just wash hair before adding oil to water!
Jusr dump and mix! Start with less liquid soap and go up until you get a good consistency.
I will warn you against using flour. It can easily get stuck in hair, drains and whatnots. I haven't done it but I am baking on the daily, so I'm familiar with flour and it's ornery nature.
Refrigerate what you don't use for 1-2 days. Don't risk it going bad!
That's that! Buy in bulk and save HUGE for yourself and the planet! I know I already use all of this at least once a week. I even make my own liquid pectin but that wouldnt work well in the Jel.
So, give them a shot and come back for more DIY recipes!
Love and it's not a waste if it's zero waste!
The Smart Girl in Pants
The Smart Girl in Pants