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Herworld (Singapore) - - SAVE THE PLANET -

You’re all about sav­ing the world – even if it takes su­per­hero-like ef­fort: Switch to or­ganic soap nuts. Yes, they’re a thing.

Pretty Much Cap­tain Planet Make your own de­odor­ant

Spray de­odor­ants con­tain hy­dro­car­bons and com­pressed gases that are no­to­ri­ous for con­tribut­ing to global warm­ing. In­stead of killing the en­vi­ron­ment just so that you can smell good, make your own de­odor­ant with this sim­ple four­ingre­di­ent recipe.

YOU’LL NEED

2 tbsp bak­ing soda 2 tbsp corn­starch 4 tbsp co­conut oil A few drops of es­sen­tial oil such as laven­der

WHAT TO DO

1. Com­bine all the in­gre­di­ents in a mix­ing bowl.

2. Trans­fer the mix­ture into a small jar and re­frig­er­ate for 15min.

3. Re­move it from the fridge.

4. To use it, just scoop a bit of the paste out of the con­tainer and ap­ply di­rectly to your skin.

Get hands-on with your own bar soap

To make soap from scratch in Sin­ga­pore, you need a proper in­dus­trial space and li­cence. But you can still make eco-friendly soaps at home with melt-and-pour soap bases made of nat­u­ral plant­based in­gre­di­ents. These are avail­able from on­line mar­ket­places like Qoo10. Su­san Tann from Ar­ti­san’s Gar­den SG shares her sim­ple recipe.

YOU’LL NEED

1 block melt-and­pour soap base

1.5-2ml skin-safe colour­ing

1.5-2ml fra­grance or es­sen­tial oil

Rub­bing al­co­hol

WHAT TO DO

1. Cut the soap base into cubes and weigh out 100g.

2. Dou­ble-boil the cubes to melt them (place them in a smaller pot within a big­ger pot of wa­ter).

3. Add colour­ing and fra­grance or es­sen­tial oil. Stir well. Pour into a mould to set. Spritz with rub­bing al­co­hol to get rid of bub­bles.

4. Af­ter mas­ter­ing this ba­sic method, you can layer colours and add herbs or flow­ers.

Do away with that big bot­tle of laun­dry de­ter­gent

Soap nuts are dried fruit which have nat­u­ral soap com­pounds that act like de­ter­gent. Just drop a hand­ful into a bot­tle of hot wa­ter and shake. You’ll get a liq­uid that you can pour into your wash­ing ma­chine.

≥ You can buy a 500g bag for $23 from www. thediy­se­crets.com.

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