Living Zero-waste: Where to find Handmade Soaps and Shampoo Bars in Cebu City and Why Make the Swap

I made the swap to Handmade Soaps and Shampoo Bars to fulfill these 2 objectives:

  1. To have a waste-free body skin care and hair routine
  2. To detoxify by using non-toxic body and hair products

Now, my generated solid wastes were lessened, plus, my skin and hair are at their healthiest state ever! But it didn’t start smoothly. When I said yes to the zero-waste lifestyle, the first thing that I got obsessed with is finding a package-free soap and shampoo. At first, I thought it would be a very easy task. I mean, handmade soaps and shampoo bars are not new concepts! Unfortunately, I was wrong. Only very few sellers sell these items and at a very expensive price. *sighs But hey, no need to be sad. Maybe someday, if the demand increases, many sellers would make these products available, right?

In this article, I already summed up where to look for these products outside and around the city. I have struggled for the past few months looking for these products. This way, I hope you don’t get to struggle like I did. Enjoy! 🙂

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Living Zero-waste: Trash-free Food Shopping in Cebu City!

I always find posts on Facebook about people trying to do trash-free food shopping in Supermarkets and failed to do so because, Supermarkets will forever have packaged foods. Well ever since I started my zero-waste journey, one of the first things that I did to avoid trash is to shop in a place where it is not mandatory to package the food that I buy. If NYC has a Farmers’ Market where Lauren Singer does her food shopping, I have my most favorite place here in Cebu City; Carbon Market. ❤

I know, the place stinks and everybody has the stereotype that it is very dangerous to be there, but I actually don’t mind. I’ve been shopping my foods there even before I started my zero-waste journey and I always go home in one piece and I haven’t ever had any dangerous experience there. So you chill guys because, you might also start to have your very own Saturday Carbon Market Day (my favorite day of the week~) after reading this blog. 😉

Alright, so how do I do it? Lemme share to you some tips and tricks on how to do a trash-free food shopping:

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Living Zero-waste: 2-ingredient Homemade Organic Face and Body Moisturizer

For weeks, I scored Youtube for moisturizer and body butter recipes, but I found out that recipes for this product is actually difficult to do because there are many processes to execute and the ingredients were hard to find here in my location (Cebu City.) Fortunately, I found one recipe that only requires 2 ingredients and is absolutely easy to make! I’m paying it forward by sharing it you!

This recipe is from a Youtuber that goes by the name Semitropical. Shoutout to that amazing girl! Checkout her video for this moisturizer here.

I absolutely love this moisturizer that I really can’t wait to share this with you all. Let’s get it on!

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Living Zero-waste: Homemade Organic Toothpaste

If there is product that I really love ever since I started my zero-waste lifestyle , it’s my homemade organic Toothpaste. Seriously guys, this toothpaste is heaven. I totally adore it. 

Together with my homemade deodorant, this toothpaste is also one of the homemade products that I used when I started my zero-waste journey. That is because some of the ingredients were very easy to find and it is also very easy to create.

One of the perks of going zero-waste and switching to homemade products is that you always have the option to go organic and choose the safest ingredients you can find. That is important because, it cannot be denied that majority of the store-bought toothpastes have harmful chemicals in them. That is why I can absolutely say that I am not going back to my old favorite toothpaste. I am choosing not just a zero-waste but a safer alternative to my dental care!

Before we start, I would like to inform that this recipe is not mine. I got this from a Youtuber named Ashley. (Thank you Ashley!) You can check out her DIY toothpaste video here.

Alright, let’s do this!

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