What became my latest mandate is to get rid of is store bought shampoo, conditioner and deodorant. I had long kicked antiperspirant and was even using a deodorant my herbalist friend made, but decided it's time to make my own.
I'm going to try out Dr. Bronners peppermint soap for shampoo, which I have used before and it is a bit drying but I'm going back to it. And for conditioner, I'm trying something based on tip in Amy Karol's Potions & Concoctions (mailorder no 11). In the newsletter she suggests using apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle, I'm going to modify this a bit and try a batch of my own kombucha which I let ferment longer until it turns to vinegar.
Meanwhile, in the spirit of having just seen Annie's film, today I refreshed by batch of toothpaste which is a simple mix of Dr. Bronners with a few drops of peppermint essential oil. I put this on my brush after dipping the brush in baking soda.
For deodorant, I mixed up a batch loosely based on a recipe in Amy Karol's guide. It included: equal parts shea butter, cocoa butter (couple table spoons), a tbs of baking powder, dash of vitamin E and lemon and thuja essential oil. I melted them all together in a double boiler and poured it off. I already love the pasty feeling.
It only takes a couple of months of making one's own products to see the very clear benefit of reducing packaging. I reuse every bottle and jar over and over and over refilling it again and again with the same contents when I run out. Needless to say the amount of waste I am producing is shrinking greatly.