We all have our reasons for starting to refill products or make them at home. However, some things are harder to find refill options for. Whether you want to cut out chemicals, eliminate plastic, or you just want to start saving money, making your own personal care items is a great way to make a positive impact on the planet when refill is hard to find!

Here are some great do-it-yourself recipes we found that will help you ditch plastic and save money…

#1 Toothpaste

Wellness Mama’s recipe is:

  •  About 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of baking soda
  • 2 Small packets of Stevia Powder
  • 15-20 drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil
  • 10 drops Myrrh Extract (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Melt or soften coconut oil.
  2. Mix in other ingredients and stir well. If you are using completely melted coconut oil, you will need to stir several times while the mixture cools to keep the baking soda incorporated.
  3. Put mixture into small glass jar
  4. Let cool
  5. To use: dip toothbrush in and scrape small amount onto toothbrush

#2 Deodorant

Recipe:

  • 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Arrowroot or Cornstarch
  • 20-25 Drops of Essential Oils (Add more or less depending on personal preference)

Instructions:

  1. Mix baking soda and arrowroot or cornstarch together in a bowl.
  2. Add coconut oil and mix until ingredients are evenly integrated.
  3. Add essential oils. (Optional)
  4. Store in a glass jar or old deodorant container for easy use.

#3 Body Scrub

Recipe:
• 1/2 Cup Salt

• 1/2 Cup oil of your choice
• 1 Teaspoon Citrus Zest (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, etc.)
Instructions:
1. Mix ingredients together
2. Use once or twice a week in the shower for soft glowing skin!

#4 Lip Balm

Recipe:
• 3 Tablespoons Beeswax Pellets
• 2 Tablespoons Shea Butter
• 4 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (or other that is liquid at room temperature)
• Essential Oil (optional)
Instructions:
1. Melt the beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in the microwave in short increments, stirring after each one.
2. Stir in the essential oil.
3. Pour into small travel containers or old lip balm tubes and allow to cool.

#5 Sunscreen

Recipe:
• 3/4 Cup Coconut Oil
• 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide
• 2 Tablespoons Shea Butter
• Essential Oils (Never use citrus essential oils in sun screen as the increase sensitivity)

1. Combine coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils in a jar
2. Place a sauce pan with about 2 inches of water on stove over low heat
3. Stir contents until they melt
4. Add Zinc Oxide and stir until thoroughly combined
5. Let cool
6. Take to the beach and re-apply as you would with store bought sunscreen!

These are all great options for saving money and reducing plastic, but let’s face it not all of us want to take the time to make our own self care products.

However, without the ability to easily refill your favorite products, taking the time out of your day to make these things is the only way you can reduce your reliance on plastic and save some cash.

The technology is there for refill to be an option, but retailers don’t think it’ll catch on. Does refill sound like a better option for you?

Sign the petition below and tell retailers that #WeWantRefill!