Zero Waste Hair Care – A critical review

Alrighty, we’ve already talked about Zero Waste Dental Care, but what about our hair? This post is all about hair care but the difference between this post and the other is that this one is a rather critical article, showing that living Zero Waste is not as simple as we (I) want it to be.

As you know, I am currently in the US so I can’t work properly on my plastic free life at the moment, but this was my first try with Zero Waste Hair Care and today I’ll be sharing my experiences with you.

I am sure many of you have heard of solid shampoo or hair soap. The soap I bought is by Zhenobya and I got it at the Body Shop. My first thought was, hundred years ago people also washed their hair with usual soap so why not giving it a try?

I was so motivated to try this, actually not zero but less waste alternative, and I got a bit disappointed to be honest. Usually, my hair feels light, smooth and healthy after using the products I normally use. But after having used the shampoo bar, my hair felt thick, heavy, not smooth at all and not clean and healthy. Plus, it smelt like curd soap.

Nevertheless, I was still very keen to rock this environmentally friendly heir care and applied my DIY Conditioner which made everything even worse. At first I thought it helped but I went to my ballet class in the afternoon and realised that my hair at the back of my had was still not completely dry. This happens quite often to me because I have really thick hair BUT it was not wet, it was greasy due to all the oils and butters in it – so embarrassing 😂 I had to laugh so hard about myself. I mean, what did I expect? You can’t just add tons of fat to your hair and expect it to be fluffy and smooth…

However, I found another purpose for my DIY conditioner – I just turned it into a mask. I now use it every week as a mask before washing my hair to nurture my it and keep it healthy. Since these stories should also be part of this journey, I decided to share with you this „NO Conditioner-but oily hair mask“ recipe with you anyways.

NO Conditioner-but oily hair mask

  • 1 Tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1,5 Tbsp Cocoa Butter
  • 1,5 Tbsp Shea Butter
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Jojoba Oil
  • 10 drops Essential Oil (optional)

I decided to share this with you, because I really try to be authentic. To my mind, bloggers should share real experiences, because social media and the internet in general is not always as authentic and transparent as it could be. It is not my goal to always be super successful and perfectly organised or environmentally friendly, I want to be real.
So this was my first experience with Zero Waste Hair Care, I will definitely try other shampoo and conditioner bars, for example the ones from LUSH, but I don’t think that I will use the other one ever again…unfortunately.
Conditioner seems to be not as easy to make as body lotion for example, so I will stick to my „No Conditioner- but oily hair mask“ idea and keep looking for other package-free conditioners.

What do you think about this article, do you agree that we should also share our unsuccessful experiences and what do you think about authenticity when it comes to blogs?

Thanks for reading!
xx, Sophie

What we ate in Thailand Part #2

It’s time for my second Thailand Food-Post! I will share with you the food we had on my birthday in Koh Lanta, a not so delicious meal in Koh Phi Phi and the best Pad Thain in Bangkok. Enjoy!

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Pineapple fried rice – my favourite type of fried rice!
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My birthday croissant and an omlette at „Faim de Loup“ in Koh Lanta

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Spring roles with sweet chili sauce

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Deep fried veggies, not so healthy but so delicious!

 

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Again, fried pineapple rice
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Thai pancake with banana and chocolate sauce
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Street food in Koh Lanta
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Weird noodles in Koh Phi Phi
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The best Pad Thai ever (and the cheapest we had) in Bangkok with loads of peanuts and a spring role!

Enjoy your week!

xx, Sophie

What we ate in Indonesia Part #1

Hey there,
today I don’t want to talk a lot, I prepared some Food posts for you. In the following weeks I will share some meals we had in Indonesia, Thailand and Australia. As you will see, we had local food, as well as some western meals on some occasions. I hope you enjoy :)!

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„Fruit Platter“ at our Surf Camp for breakfast (A two-course breakfast with a fresh juice was included every day, breakfast was usually too much to eat though, especially when you wanted to surf afterwards 😅) 
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Poached egg with toast
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My absolute favourite: Coconut rice with some fruit and honey
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Pad Thai with tofu and peanuts
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Pad Thai with falafel and peanuts
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Pizza on our last day at camp
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Street food: Fried tofu and rice for only 12 Rp (less than a euro)
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Veggie Burger at our Surf Camp
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Indian Naan Bread with sauce and dip
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My pasta-obsessed friend (love you <3!!) had pasta with green pesto and olive oil
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Superfood Açai Bowl
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Fried rice with eggs (20Rp)
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Fried Banana – soo delicious! (10Rp)

Have a good week!

xx, Sophie

Zero Waste Dental Care

Have you ever thought about brushing your teeth with a mixture of Xylit, Baking Soda, Coconut Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil? No?
Then this article will hopefully be a game changer for you.

As you know, I recently started my Zero Waste program which also includes making my own toiletries. Today, I would like to share with you my recipe for Zero Waste toothpaste.

For one portion of toothpaste (lasts 1.5 to 2 weeks) you need:

1 Tbsp Raw, organic Coconut Oil
1 Tsp Pure Baking Soda
0.5-1 Tsp Xylit
10-20 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Just double-boil it and stir it all together, fill it in a small jar, store it in a cool place and you’re done!

Here’s some information about the ingredients:

Peppermint Essential Oil: Essential oils are antibacterial, my dentist also recommends rinsing your mouth every now and then with essential oils.

Xylitol: Xylitol or Xylit is a type of sugar that has an antibacterial effect as well.
Sugar- good for your teeth? Yes, because the bacteria in our mouth thinks it can use the sugar but it actually can’t metabolise Xylit and it dies.

Baking Soda: Baking Soda increases alkalinity in your mouth since it neutralises acids because of its pH. Additionally, it has a small whitening effect on your teeth.

Coconut Oil: Coconut Oil is a good base for your toothpaste and it might help reduce bacteria that causes caries.

I’ve been using this toothpaste for two weeks before I went to the dentist and surprise, before I even told her about my toothpaste project, she said that my gums looked really good and healthy.
I asked her about the ingredients in my toothpaste and she was very supportive and said that she can really recommend making homemade toothpaste and especially using essential oil and xylitol.
Additionally, many toothpastes contain artificial colorings, glycerine and even small particles to „peel“ the teeth. This DIY toothpaste is perfect if you are looking for a natural and organic alternative. I also started buying bamboo toothbrushes that are bio-degradable. You can buy them at a package-free store for around 3€ and I am really content so far.

Have you ever tried making your own toothpaste?
Have a great week!

xx, Sophie

 

Disclaimer: I am neither a dentist, nor a professional. All the information in this post is from a dentist and the internet.

What we ate in Thailand Part #1

Welcome back to my „Travel-What we ate-Series“,

today I would like to show you my (not so „instagramISH“ food pictures I took in Thailand.  Hope you like it!

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My first Mac’n’Cheese at the Bali airport, but on our way to Thailand 😄
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Pad Thai with tofu in BKK
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Fresh Lemonade in BKK
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A not so Thai Donut in Siam Paragon Mall
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Breakfast at the Eco Resort, Chiang Mai
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Mango Smoothies at Chiang Mai night market
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Pad Thai at Chiang Mai night market
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Mango Crêpe in Chiang Mai
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Pad Thai in Chiang Mai with tofu and eggs
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Waffles at the Mango Café in Pai
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Fried rice in Ao Nang
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Banana Split, not as good as the banana split in Bali
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Again, fried rice

I’m getting hungry writing this, asian food is so amazing!
Have a great week!

xx, Sophie