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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Living Zero-waste: Homemade Organic Deodorant

If you decide to live a zero-waste lifestyle, you can never find a free-packaged deodorant from stores. With that, the only option available to you is to either create your own deodorant or look for free-packaged Potassium Alum (Tawas) near you. For me, I obviously chose the first alternative because Tawas has never worked for me in the past.

When I first decided to start my Zero-waste Journey, the first product that I created and used is my homemade deodorant. As I was researching for alternatives for store-bought deodorants, I learned that store-bought deodorants contain Aluminum that clogs the armpit pores. Because of this, our armpit cannot release the sweat, in which is the natural way of the armpit’s detoxification. This may cause Cancer and other illnesses. Moreover, the ingredients of homemade deodorants are very easy to find and these deodorants are also very effective in taking stinkiness away!

Please take note that this recipe is not mine. I got this from a Youtuber named Ashley. (Thank you Ashley!) You can check out her DIY deodorant video here.

Without further adieu, let’s start mixing now!

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1D1N in Badian for less than Php 600! (with Itinerary, Travel Guide, and Summary of Expenses)

Cebu is full of weekend getaway spots and Badian will absolutely appear at the top of your searches. Being one of the top tourist places in the Cebu province, Badian is known for its white sand beaches, pristine waterfalls, and diving spots. It doesn’t matter if you plan to stay there for a full week or for just one day. Badian will not disappoint as long as you know where you’re going and what you’re doing!

One weekend, my sister and I were thinking to go camping at a white beach somewhere in Cebu that would not cost us much. I found Lambug Beach in Google very quickly and from there, we started to pack.

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A 5-hour Visit to the great Kawasan Falls (with Travel Guide and Expenses)

If you are not going to do Canyoneering, the visit to Kawasan Falls will not be worth it.

In my 8 years of living in Cebu City, Kawasan Falls is one legend that I always hear about. I never went there in the past because Canyoneering is too mainstream! *laughs Last weekend, since my sister and I visited Badian to camp at Lambug Beach, it is hard to ignore the urge to at least take a peek of the legendary Kawasan Falls of Cebu.

Disclaimer: We didn’t do Canyoneering. We just visited the location. So if you are looking for Canyoneering articles for Kawasan Falls, this is not a place for you.

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White Beach + Chill Camping + Affordable Weekend by the Sea = Badian’s Lambug Beach (Travel Guide and Expenses)

My experience during my beach camping at Lambug Beach, Badian. Read on!

There are three (3) popular beaches that will appear in your search when you Google “beach campsite in Cebu.” The first and by far the most popular one would be (1) Basdaku, Moalboal then (2) Tingko Beach, Alcoy and lastly (3) would be Lambug Beach, Badian.

My sister and I chose Lambug Beach! Reason is that, it is the least popular of all the three, therefore it means, lesser crowds! So, let’s start on what I really mean with “White Beach” + “Chill Camping” + “Affordable Weekend by the Sea” in the title of this article.

If you are planning to go to Lambug Beach in the future, be sure to read on!

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Big-ot Falls: The Mini-canyoneering Experience in Hilongos, Leyte (With Travel Guide)

I never exactly thought that there exists such a beautiful spot near my home.

Big-ot Falls is located in Brgy. San Isidro, Hilongos, Leyte. It has become popular to the Hilongosnons earlier this year when the incumbent Mayor, Hon. Albert Villahermosa, visited the place. When the visit was shared online, Big-ot Falls has become the talk of the town.

Big-ot Falls is not yet popular to people outside of Hilongos. I am also thinking of keeping it away from the outside world to preserve it, but it is too difficult not to blog about its pristine beauty. It really was captivating. ❤

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The Hobbit: Bilbo’s Memorable There and Back Again Journey

“There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

— Thorin Oakenshield, The Hobbit

I have always loved fantasy books. They are my escape from the stressful reality. I am so happy to share to you my opinion, for the very first time, on a fantasy book that is close to my heart.

I became a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works when I first watched The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Like most women, I of course fell in love with Legolas Greenleaf, but I will not talk about my unrequited love for him in this post. I will focus on how mesmerized I was to be dragged in the world of the entirely respectable Mr. Bilbo Baggins of the Shire.

It is one of those stories that I feel like I am dragged inside a world doing the adventure together with the characters. For that, I will forever be grateful to J.R.R. Tolkien for giving us Middle Earth. ❤

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