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An honest DIY zero waste skincare review

DIY zero waste skincare
The global cosmetics industry produces about 120 billion units of packaging each year. A majority of these aren’t recyclable. While beauty products have arguably the most well-designed packaging of the modern age, the beauty industry's toll on the environment they take isn’t worth it for yours truly. At K-Media, we have some experience in experimenting with green beauty products, like Cocoon Apothecary's Rosey Cheeks Facial Cream.  This Valentine’s Day, I pampered myself with some DIY zero waste skincare products that I could make without leaving my kitchen. As a skin care freak, I gave these recipes the old school try to see what green beauty I could incorporate into my weekly routine. I’m leaving you with my honest review below.

Coffee Exfoliant


Mix 1 part coffee grounds with ⅓ part coconut oil and ¼ granulated sugar. Apply to less sensitive areas of the body and rub in with hands to exfoliate. Perfect for legs after shaving to prevent ingrowns. 


Definitely started out strong with this DIY zero waste skincare recipe. The scrub smells AMAZING. Like, coconut-toffee-coffee amazing. My partner asked me if I was making dessert when I whipped it up. No joke. Coconut oil is a big green flag for my sensitive skin, since it’s hypoallergenic and leaves a nice smelling barrier between dry skin and the elements. This scrub didn’t disappoint, and left my skin feeling downy soft. The process to make the product was super easy, just a bit of mixing and cleaning my ancient French press. I saved up my used coffee grounds for a few days and whipped up a big batch to last awhile. This scrub is especially nice for buffing dry skin off calloused feet. My one issue with the coffee scrub is how much of a mess it makes in the shower. Since its essentially gloopy coffee grounds, it’s hard to scrub in and shower off without getting things dirty. Word of warning: place a fine-mesh strainer in the bottom of your shower for easy cleanup. You don’t want the grounds going down the drain.

Cucumber Eye Patches


Just cut two cucumber slices and let them sit on your eyes for 10 minutes. The coolness of the cucumber will de-puff dark circles, and the cucumber itself can help promote hydration to the area. 


My mom introduced me to this recipe when I was about 6 years old. It’s been working ever since. Feels great on your face, and is a great snack after you’re done!

Avocado Mask

Mash up 1 ripe avocado and mix in roughly one tablespoon of honey. Apply to face and let sit for 10-15 minutes before washing off. 


 This mask was… a journey. After mixing the ingredients, I noticed it smelled pretty strongly of avocado. I love a good green stone fruit, but the smell has never been appetizing to me. So, I looked online to see what I could add from my pantry to cover up the scent of this DIY zero waste skincare recipe. After a quick google search, I saw that cinnamon has antibacterial properties that can stop acne in its tracks. So I thought… why not? I want to emphasize that this was not a thorough google search. About 5 minutes into the mask, I saw a bit of skin reddening. I didn’t notice it until I felt the burn. I rushed to the bathroom sink, took everything out, and saw…. a tomato where my face should be. After looking into why this might have happened, I learned that cinnamon can be a pretty heavy skin irritant, and impacts sensitive skin the most. It was time to run defence. I slapped on some aloe and a cool damp cloth to help my face calm down, and sat like that for at least 20 minutes. My skin eventually calmed down, and about an hour later, I had porcelain results. So… was it the aloe or the mask? I’ll have to try this recipe again to find out. This is all to say: Don’t include cinnamon unless you want to deal with a red face for at least an hour! 

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