One couple's valiant (and sometimes fruitless) attempts at minimalist living, financial independence, and raising two kids without traumatising them (or ourselves) along the way.
2017: July – September
July 2017: Who knew that you can use baking soda as an exfoliator too? I didn’t, but I tried it out and it works really well. I keep a jar of it in my shower and use it once or twice a week. You have to be careful it doesn’t get too wet and clump together though. That’s something I’m still working on but I’ll get it right in the end.
August 2017: I made my first trip in 20 years to Lush, a shop I remembered from my teenage years as making bath balls. I hadn’t been in for 20 years because it smells strongly of all the different products mixed together. But I heard they had unpackaged products so I thought I’d give it a go. This solid moisturiser is a winner.
August 2017: At the same time as I got the solid moisturiser from Lush I also got a solid conditioner. I didn’t like it very much though. It was difficult to apply, had a weird consistency and didn’t make much difference to my hair. I want to try to make my own at some point. I’m still researching recipes.
September 2017: I made my own washing up liquid from vinegar, baking soda and lemons. Miss W helped me and was very proud of herself. The end result was good but impractical since you have to store it in the fridge. Of course I only read that part of the recipe after I’d made it. I’m currently looking for new recipes.
September 2017: Zero waste isn’t just about cutting down on plastic. I’ve started carrying a little hand towel around with me so I don’t have to use paper towels in bathrooms when I’m out and about. I got the towel as a present wrapped around a bar of soap. It was a zero waste present!