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Guide to Plastic-Free Conditioner

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I’ve been on the hunt for some plastic-free conditioner that doesn’t dry out my hair.  I’ve been using solid conditioner bars since the start of this year, but over the long run, I noticed my long-ish hair becoming dry and prone to breakage.  A problem I’ve never suffered from before.  

I tried using an apple cider rinse, which I categorically did not enjoy.  I didn’t feel that it worked for me, and don’t even ask me about the smell.  All I’ll say is that perhaps my hair is more porous than most…

Although solid conditioner bars are easily accessible, and the default zero-waste option, I wanted to see what plastic-free conditioner options were out there that aren’t solid bars.  As sharing is caring, I thought I’d share the fruits of my plastic-free conditioner research with you lovely lot.  Don’t say I’m not good to you!  

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Clockwise from top left

Lavender + Rose Geranium Hair Conditioner

This preservative and silicone free lavender and rose geranium hair conditioner from Wild Sage & Co is infused with broccoli seed oil (yes, broccoli) for naturally shiny and silky smooth hair.  Priced at £20 for 175 ml, it does cost a pretty penny, but apparently you don’t need to use as much as you would with regular conditioner. 

Packaged in: a glass bottle and metal lid.

Bentonite Clay Conditioner  

This bentonite clay conditioner* is by Afro Bob Tro.  Priced between £9.50 and £18, it’s pH balanced to suit afro hair. 

This plastic-free conditioner contains no preservatives, colours, silicones, sulphates, mineral oils or parabens.  Packed full of natural ingredients, such as shea, argan, grapeseed, hemp, olive, and coconut oils, selected for their conditioning properties, and pro-vitamin B5, panthenol and wheat protein for strength and shine. 

Packaged in: glass jar with metal lid

Argan Oil

This fairtrade and certified organic Argan Oil from Conscious Skincare* costs from £12 and can be used in place of conditioner.  Simply add a few drops to your hair before washing to use as a deep conditioner, or rub a drop or two into the ends of your hair – Argan Oil is easily absorbed into your hair, and helps to boost shine and condition even if your hair is dry.  It also has hair strengthening properties and assists in detangling.

Packaged in: metal bottle with metal lid

Herbal Hare Conditioner

This jar of conditioner* from Trawden Soap Kitchen is cruelty-free, paraben free, silicone free, and vegan-friendly., it contains no artificial fragrances or colourants.  Prices range from £6 to £11.50, and you can choose between a herbal or citrus scent. Shampoos and an intensive conditioning mask are also available, in the same plastic-free packaging.

Packaged in: glass jar with metal lid.

I’m going to give the Herbal Hare one a go first and will report back on my findings!  In the meantime, I’ve written a couple of guides to plastic-free toiletries.  Check out this plastic-free bathroom post and this post for more inspiration!

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Easy Homemade Facial Oil

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Last year I bought a very nice, but a little bit pricey, bottle of facial oil.  I had never used facial oil before.  Whilst I had only heard good things about the stuff, it still felt wrong using oil on my skin, skin that had been prone to oiliness in my younger years.  Within days, I realised that I needn’t worry – facial oil is, in fact, a wondrous thing – and my skin felt amazing.   It felt soft and moisturised, but not greasy, as I feared it might be.

One morning I started to think how hard could it be to make your own homemade facial oil.  And guess what – that idea stuck.  It turns out it’s not at all hard – it’s just a case of mixing two ingredients together.  You could even skip one of the ingredients if you wanted to.

I’ve been trialing my own homemade facial oil over the last couple of months, and I am beyond happy with its performance, despite the simplistic ingredients.  I feel a little silly calling it a recipe when it’s just two ingredients but who says the best things have to be complicated?

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Easy Homemade Facial Oil

Make this incredibly easy but incredibly moisturising homemade facial oil in about 5 seconds flat, with the use of just two ingredients.
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 30 ml

Ingredients

  • A 30 ml coloured glass bottle with dropper
  • 30 ml jojoba oil
  • 10 drops rose geranium essential oil

Instructions

  1. To the clean dry glass bottle, add the 30 ml of jojoba oil. You may need a funnel for this to avoid spillage.
  2. Now add 10 drops of rose geranium oil, and shake well to mix.
  3. That's it: you're done!

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How to Use Homemade Facial Oil

Use your facial oil instead of moisturiser, or use it as a moisturising boost under your regular moisturiser.  After cleansing, dispense 3 or 4 drops of oil on to the palm of your hand and massage gently into your face, taking particular care around the eye area.  Don’t add more than the recommended drops as you will find yourself with an oily face!

Notes On Ingredients

Jojoba oil is, despite the name, not actually an oil, but in fact a liquid wax.  Richly moisturising, it’s great for acne, psoriasis, sunburn and chapped skin.

One bottle of jojoba oil will make a lot of facial oil, so it’s rather an economical purchase.  You can also use jojoba oil in some of my homemade cleaning products.  It’s not often that you can say you raided your cleaning cupboard for your beauty needs!

Rose geranium essential oil, as well as smelling lovely, has many reported benefits for your skin.  It’s reported to help with oily and congested skin, and may also help with eczema, broken capillaries, and dermatitis.  It also reported as having anti-aging properties.

Of course, you can leave the rose geranium essential oil out if you prefer an unscented moisturiser.  Alternatively, you could swap it for any other kind of essential oil that you prefer.  Tea tree essential oil, for example, would be good for acne prone skin.

One word of caution though – do your research first before selecting your essential oil.  Some essential oils are what’s known as phototoxic.  This means that these certain essential oils will react with the sun’s UV rays and can cause an inflammatory reaction in your skin.  Most citrus-based essential oils can be phototoxic – for example, bergamot or grapefruit essential oil.  If you’re keen to find out more, then this article is a good starting point for your research.

What Is the Shelf Life of My Homemade Facial Oil?

Jojoba oil is a rather wonderous thing.  As jojoba oil is a liquid wax it has an exceptionally long shelf life and can probably store for around five years.  Essential oils also have a long shelf life and can store anywhere between two to five years when stored properly.   I recommend using a coloured glass bottle as this stops sunlight from causing the essential oil to deteriorate.  If you only have a clear glass bottle make sure you store it someplace dark when you’re not using your homemade facial oil.

In short, your homemade facial oil will store for a long time – but you will probably use it up long before it goes rancid.  However, as with all handmade products, if it ever starts looking or smelling a bit funny, then it’s probably past it’s best.

If you make it. be sure to use the hashtag #moralfibresmakes so I can see your creations!

ps: my reusable cleansing pads are from here*, or you can make your own!