If you follow my blog you will be aware that I love to make my own beauty recipes such as face masks, body scrubs, eye treatments etc (if interested see the ‘June’ section on the left). However I noticed that I’ve never really spoken about how to store these DIY recipes so I thought I’d write a post on how to recycle old pots and containers and maybe give you some inspiration. I recently watched a programme on mega cities by Andrew Marr that really made me think about how much unnecessary waste we throw away so this post also has the goal to maybe make people think more carefully about what they throw away and whether they could bring a new lease of life to it.
Old pump dispensers
Here I recycled my Trevor Sorbet heat spray to make it into a bottle for storing my own homemade toner. I took all the labels off and cleaned the pump by filling the bottle with hot water and spraying. Then I put it in the dishwasher to give the bottle a really good clean inside and out. I then carefully poured my own homemade recipe into the bottle and ta-dah I had a perfect place to store my potions.
I did a similar thing with an old Vichy body moisturiser pump that my flatmate was about the throw away. Again I stripped it of its labels and gave it a good clean then filled it with my almond oil that I use for cleansing my face. One pump dispenses just the right amount I need for my face everyday instead of pouring it from a large container.
Here I took my No7 Protect and Perfect Eye Cream that I’d used up. Again, I put it through a cycle in the dishwasher to give it a thorough clean and then filled it with vitamin E oil. I then used this to dab on to cuticles and under my eyes. You could even squeeze the contents of vitamin E capsules into small containers such as this.
This pot was filled with a body butter. Some of you may have seen this before in my DIY: ginger and lime body scrub tutorial (http://www.bebeautifulblog.org/2011/06/diy-invigorating-lime-and-ginger-salt.html). This kind of pot is perfect for pouring in your DIY face masks and scrubs and can then be kept in the fridge.
This was originally a Boots cucumber eye make-up remover gel. Once I’d used it all up I emptied and cleaned it then filled it with extra virgin olive oil. As I’ve mentioned before this is a much more natural way to remove make up (and is usually more effective than the eye make-up remover formulations you find in the shops!)
Spare Contact Lens Containers
These are fabulous for storing make-up. Here I’ve filled an empty contact lens container with a Barry M Dazzle Dust that seemed to be going everywhere when I opened it.
Tiny Jam/Pickle/Chutney Jars
My friend Katie told me about how she reuses these tiny jars and I thought I’d share it with you. It’s such a simple idea that I can’t believe I hadn’t thought about it sooner. Katie suggested if you clean out the contents once used and put them through a cycle in the dishwasher then you can use these little jars to dispense your favourite beauty products for travel. Not only will this reduce the amount space used in your luggage but they can also be washed out and disinfected for use againand again.
I hope you found this post useful and has maybe given you some inspiration as to how you could recycle your old pots/jars/bottles etc. If everyone just re-used one old product container it would make such a big difference.
If any of you have any recycling ideas or eco-beauty ideas then please leave a comment below – I love reading your comments!