Would you believe me if I said that making your own deodorant is easy annnd fun? Probably not, but I’m gonna say it anyway! I started to make my own deodorant a few years ago because I refused to believe that it could really be that complicated. Based off what I had learned from making simple and non-toxic home cleaning products I knew that my pantry was chock full of eco-friendly ingredients that worked in my house so why couldn’t they work on me too?
Besides that, I was also keen on avoiding many of the chemicals in store bought deodorants such as, aluminum compounds, TEA/DEA, Triclosan, propylene glycol (this is especially harmful to people with sensitive skin) and parabens. Shockingly, the government does not require any safety testing before the creation and marketing of beauty and personal care products, and some like TEA/DEA have been banned in Europe due to the evidence that they are in fact, known carcinogens (chemicals that can cause cancer when used regularly).
Continue reading Beauty Basics | DIY All-Natural Deodorant
Reposted from The Good Trade. Check out my monthly posts on green living here and at thegoodtrade.com!
If you’re anything like me, the start of spring always finds my mind wandering to fresh air and open windows, bustling farmer’s markets and even (dare I say it?) a thriving backyard vegetable garden. However, sometimes it takes a little longer for those cold snaps to warm up and the frozen ground to thaw than we’d like to admit. What’s the next best thing? Windowsill gardens.
Whether or not you have a green thumb, windowsill gardens aren’t as difficult as they might seem and are good practice for tending to pickier and more temperamental plants down the road. Plus, there’s nothing that can brighten up your space more than a colorful windowsill garden.
Ready to get started? Here are three herbs to start growing in your kitchen to help you green up your apartment this spring. Continue reading DIY | How to Grow Windowsill Herbs at Home
Oh, the holidays. Whether or not you are excited by this season, one thing is certain, it moves fast. Despite my best efforts to slow down, I typically find myself drowning in a sea of wrapping paper, gift receipts and Christmas cards that leave me feeling a little ill about the amount of waste created — and, let’s be real — money spent (will I ever learn?).
This year, I’m planning ahead by embracing the chaos and getting creative. Throughout the month, I’ll be posting some of the best eco-friendly solutions and gifts that make an impact but since it’s the holidays, this will be some extra-special content (think: giveaways, giftables + more) that I hope you will use, love and share with others. Continue reading Holidays | DIY Hand Poured Beeswax Candles
Of all the tips, tricks and life hacks that make living an eco-friendly lifestyle accessible, 3 ingredient recipes are by far my favorite ones. Why? Because it’s not hard to memorize such a short list and it keeps Brian and I from becoming dependent on store-bought cleaners. For me, that second part is a such a huge win. There’s nothing more paralyzing and discouraging than wanting to do better but feeling overwhelmed by the process. So, it’s empowering to find something like this that really works. Continue reading DIY | Eco All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
Let’s face it, sometimes (not pointing fingers) things around the house can get a little smelly. Places like the kitchen, bathroom and even our closets may develop a malodour that is none too pleasing. In this case, our first impulse is to reach for store bought air-fresheners and spray the place down until it smells like a veritable Peach Paradise or Green Apple Orchard.
Although this may be an easy solution, many fresheners (this includes scented candles) found on the shelf are laden with harsh chemicals. The EPA lists formaldehyde, petrochemicals and other airborne toxins as some of the most harmful and common ingredients found in many air fresheners and household cleaners. Continue reading DIY | Eco-Friendly Air-Fresheners
Top photo courtesy of Pure Green Magazine
Trying to avoid creating waste during the Christmas season is almost as difficult as avoiding those holiday sugar cookies (re: near impossible). It’s especially tricky to avoid when it comes to wrapping paper; it gets ripped, torn, and crumpled then tossed into a pile of brightly-colored scraps that just continues to accumulate.
Purchasing bundles of wrapping paper can be an expensive hassle but the good news is it isn’t the only way to wrap a gift. Some of the most charming and creatively wrapped gifts are handmade and often very simple. So as I found myself wondering how to make this happen without setting unrealistic expectations for myself that would only get replaced by the one thing I wanted not to happen, I sought out a little inspiration from some crafty folks and bloggers who seem to be born for the job. Continue reading 5 Ways to Wrap Christmas Gifts Using Recycled Brown Paper and Greens
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not typically a DIY-er. My fingers are more buttery than they are nimble but the more projects I try the more enjoyable and (I think) the better I get. Case in point, this tin can candle votive is the type of craft that you see in magazines and on blogs all the time, why? Because it’s pretty simple and almost fool-proof — not to mention almost everyone has an empty tin can they can pluck out of the recyclables. So after finding my can and giving it a thorough cleaning (it formerly contained spaghetti sauce) I gave it my best shot and am happy to say it TOTALLY WORKED. This is a great little DIY to do on your own for yourself or to give as a gift.
I’ve outlined the project in a few simple steps below, so give it a try and let me know how it goes! Continue reading DIY Tin Can Candle Votive
Guest Post by Sarah Lawrence of Sarah, Say Something. Read Sarah’s interview on The Basic Goods!
I had the pleasure of working with the lovely Ashley over at Park Floral Design in Denver, Colorado. Below is an arrangement that I made with her designs along with a few tips, tricks, and opinions on how to make a fun fall arrangement for a dinner party or simply just because!
“Simplicity is the best policy when it comes to arranging flowers, but always be bold and generous while remembering to keep an open mind to all forms of beauty.” — From one of my favorite books, Keep it Simple.
I believe that no home is complete without some form of flowers. Whether it’s freshly picked, your dried wedding bouquet, or a bunch of greenery, just get some flowers in that home of yours! Alright, lets get started! Continue reading Guest Post: How to Style a Beautiful Fall Floral Arrangement
Previously published on Pure Green Magazine
When I was little my mother would sew me dresses. Cute, right? I’m talking full-on sun dresses, with pale-yellow pansies as far as the eye could see. Sometimes, but only if she had the time, she would make herself a matching vest. That was the ‘90s. This is now.
While sorting through our craft closet one day, I happened upon a bag full of old fabric strips that were clearly intended to be used for something. For what I didn’t know—so I asked my mother what the contents of this overflowing canvas tote-bag were for, and she wistfully replied, they were for a quilt she had once wanted to make but had abandoned quite some time ago. With excitement I jumped up and down and asked if I could have it, regretfully, she complied. And as she left these memories behind, I walked away with my very first DIY project on the horizon. Continue reading DIY | Recycled Party Banner
Here on The Basic Goods, I will rarely claim expertise just experience.
My life looks, feels, and is a lot greener than it used to be—over the years, I’ve managed to patch together a sustainable lifestyle that works best for me with plenty of room to grow and evolve as things change.
However, a huge obstacle about eco-friendly living is who the hell knows where to start?! It’s confusing, overwhelming, and with all the naysayers and bearers of bad news, can be downright discouraging. Despite the noise, at the end of the day the health and wellbeing of this beautiful world and body that we get to live in deserves only the good stuff and that most certainly does not include things like unsafe endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, and cancer-inducing chemicals. It just doesn’t.
If you’re with me say, YEAH! Continue reading TBG Sustainable Living Guide: DIY Non-Toxic Cleaners