Entries by Simone Engelen

the forever razor

It was about time to say goodbye to my pink Gilette’s. I replaced them for good with this grand pa safety razor Merkur Futur and I totally love it. It’s super sharp, so never use it when in a hurry.  

band-aids

As someone who regularly trips over one’s own feet, I’m happy to have found a biodegradable bandaid. And according to Penn State Food scientists, abundant starch fibers could lead to biodegradable bandages too. A process that spins starch into fine strands could take the sting out of removing bandages, as well as produce less expensive […]

beet booster

This powerfull vitamin drink is a great detoxer. Scientists even say beets can increase the average lifespan. So go drink! This is what you need: – 1 beet root – 1 handful of spinach – 1 banana – 1 tbsp of honey – zest of a lemon – a little bit of ginger as you […]

toothpaste

Ingredients – 6 tbsp coconut – 6 tbsp baking soda – 25 drops eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil – 1 tsp stevia Blend all ingredients Pour into jar, use a spoon to spread a bit on your toothbrush I love coconut oil! I also use it as a facial cream every morning and evening […]

avocado chia smoothie

Ingredients – ½ avocado – banana – handful of wild spinach – figs for sweetnes – chia seeds for an omega-3 boost And blend! I always use an aluminum straw, just because it’s much more fun to drink from a straw

when life gives you lemons…

make lemon water! Why? This is why: Hydration There may be arguments in the health community about exactly how much water to drink each day, but we do know it’s important to stay hydrated. For those who find water boring, lemon has long been suggested as a tasty addition to help compel them to chug. […]

oat milk

Ingredients – 1½ cup oatbran – 1L water – a pinch of cinnamon or stevia Blend the oatbran and water together and let it soak overnight. Pour the mix into the blender again, blend for several seconds. Pour the contents of the blender into a clean piece of voile that you’ve placed over a bowl […]

ice tea

Time to sit outside and catch up on some reading iced tea is required – 1L water – 1cm ginger – slice of lemon – cinnamon – honey – thyme Boil the water and steep the tea [¾ minutes]. Peel and chop the ginger and add to the boiling tea. Add some honey according to […]

dish washing soap

Here an easy recipe I found to make your own dish washing soap. No plastic containers, no unnecessary toxics and you can pick your own scent <3 – 2 cups boiling water – ¼ cup grated Dr. Bronner’s bar soap, tightly packed – ¼ cup liquid castile soap – 2 teaspoons super washing soda – […]

nettle soup

Ingredients – 200 g fresh nettle tips – 1L hot water – 2tbsp olive oil – 1 clove of garlic – 1 spring onion – vegetable stock cube [does come in paper package] – 2tsp honey – salt – black pepper – ½ tbsp lemon juice – fresh dill First pour some boiling water over […]

coconut granola

Ingredients – 300 g whole rolled oats – 1 cup of coconut flakes – handful of almonds – handful of flaxseeds – 1 tsp cinnamon – 2 tsp honey – 2 tbsp coconut oil Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Combine the oats, almonds, coconut and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the coconut oil and […]

deodorant

Ingredients – ¼ cup baking soda – ¼ cup arrowroot or cornstarch – coconut oil – 1 drop of tea tree oil Mix the baking soda and arrowroot together in a bowl Add some coconut oil till the mixture becomes one Add a drop of tea tree oil Store in a jar

sesame crackers

Ingredients – 2/3 cup spelt flour – ½ cup of oats – 1tbsp chia seeds – 1tbsp lin seeds – 1tbsp sesame seeds – 1tsp sea salt – 2tbsp coconut oil – ¾ cup water Preheat the oven to 230ºC. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl and create a little hole in the […]

fast creamy pea soup

Ingredients – 5 cups fresh shelled peas – 2 cups organic vegetable stock – 1 avocado – 1 sweet onion – garlic – 2 tbsp coconut oil – 2 tsp sea salt – ½ tsp ground black pepper Chop the onion and garlic. In a large saucepan add the coconut oil and the onion and garlic, […]

mango tahini smoothie

Ingredients – half of a mango – banana – chinese cabbage – 2 tbsp tahini – 1 tbsp chia seeds – 1 tbsp coconut flakes – 1 tbsp honey – 2 stevia leafs Blend and go

the cup

This may not be the most flattering subject, but some of you have been asking me how I try to stay zero waste during my period. Let me introduce you to the menstruation cup. It’s a reusable hypoallergenic cup made of medical-grade silicone. Now before you start throwing tantrums about the reusable bit, I want […]

re-energizer

Urdhva Dhanurasana A hella way to re-energize your day and to work off your butt after all those Christmas dinners

bamboo baby

Another disposable item we use every day: the toothbrush. I replaced mine with one from Ecobamboo which is completely compostable. I always get freaking exciting when using my home-made toothpaste with my bamboo toothbrush :) ..  I became a trash zero nerd