I’ve always thought I was pretty conscientious of my waste and plastic intake. I compost. I don’t use plastic bags when grocery shopping. I pack my lunches with utensils when going into the office. I reduce, reuse, recycle. We even use cloth napkins! But I knew there was something more I could do. A lot of somethings.
For the most part, I believe resolutions are bullshit. I already knew approaching 2021 I was making more eco-friendly choices. It also doesn’t serve anyone, let alone yourself, to hold off on making a change until a certain date. If you want to do something, stop doing something, make a change in your life- just do it already! So all of that being said, the timing was just right to call this a “resolution.” The way I phrase it, I decided to intensify my waste-less/plastic free journey.
I’ve purchased a few products which I am going to be reviewing on my instagram, @clockedoutandcookin, as well as writing accompanying posts over here.
This past week I reviewed the Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub, a free sample I received in the mail when purchasing their natural deodorant. The product smelled great and did exactly what it claimed: The scrub was effective but gentle and it made my skin felt soft, hydrated, and replenished from the winter cold. So I got curious! What is in this stuff and how can I get some more.
Upon further review, the product is packed in a 10oz plastic container and is $39 across the board. Ulta, Sephora, Kopari- $39. This prompted me to see what was actually in the product. It’s made with coconut oil, sugar, and fourteen other ingredients which I felt was a lot for something that is just supposed to be a coconut scrub. Kopari states that their coconut oil is sustainably sourced from the Philippine Islands, non-GMO, and cruelty-free. One of the ingredients that caught my attention was isopropyl palmitate which is a cosmetic ingredient derived from coconut palms, but it is unclear whether it is part of Kopari’s coconut oil or if it is a separate ingredient. The reason why I wanted to be sure the ingredient was part of their sustainably sourced components is because a significant amount of rainforest deforestation has occurred due to the harvesting of palms to create palm oil. More information on the ingredient can be found here.
Personally, this product wouldn’t be something I would gravitate towards based off of price and packaging alone. In my efforts to reduce plastic, I wouldn’t be welcoming this product into my home. After digging a little deeper is when I felt I waned some more clarity on the ingredient sources. Which brings me to my next product which I think is a great swap/upgrade to Kopari:
Witch Baby Soap! A femme owned small business based out of New Jersey that makes a goreously scented coffee and vanilla coconut scrub called “Cafeomancy.” And if you’re anything like me and the smell of freshly brewed coffee brings you joy on a purely visceral level, you get why the name makes perfect sense. These handcrafted products are packaged in glass jars with tin lids and are more than half the price of the above competitor product: $15 for 8oz. That breaks down to $1.88 an ounce as opposed to Kopari’s $3.90 per ounce. To me- that’s a no brainer. Ingredient wise, there’s just a few: Organic Coffee, Organic Sugar, Organic Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Fragrance (Phthalate Free), Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid. These are abbreviated for the blog, but please look at the full named on the linked site within this paragraph.
For me, I will absolutely be sticking to my Witch Baby scrub. Not only am I supporting a small business, it comes with sustainable packaging and straight forward ingredients. Plus, it left my skin bewitchingly silky and smooth (had to.)
Now if you’re not looking to spend money on any product no matter the stipulation I have a solution for you, especially if you just brewed a pot of coffee for yourself this morning: Simply make your own coconut coffee sugar scrub! You need three ingredients minimum:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (I always have organic at the house)
- 1/2 cup turbinado Sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh coffee grounds
Melt your coconut oil until it is in its liquid form (but not very hot- otherwise you’ll melt the sugar) and mix in your sugar and coffee. You can also add essential oils, cinnamon, or vanilla extract for a more fragrant scrub. Store in an air tight glass container and keep handy in your bathroom (or refrigerator for a longer shelf life) using approximately 1-2 tbsp before you shower. Using a drain catcher is also recommended for any larger grounds. Keep this baby stored AIR. TIGHT. And I mean it. The shelf life should be approximately 6 months, but to keep the oil from going rancid (and prevent any weird mold action) you really want to be sure it is stored in an air tight container.
So that’s it! Pretty simple homemade option to our two previously discussed store bought products. If you try any of this, please let me know what you think!
These opinions are my own based off of my personal use of the products and are provided for general informational purposes only. This is not a sponsored post and has not been endorsed by the brands that were mentioned in this review/post.