Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Bonjour & Welcome! Conscious by Chloé is a Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

Make Your Own - Coffee Scrub

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

I have a slight obsession which consists in finding ways to reuse kitchen waste and food scraps before composting them.

This translates into growing avocado trees from pits, cooking stock from veggie scraps and making vinegar with citrus peels.

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Most recently, I've had the challenge to get creative with coffee grounds.

As I mentioned before, and as you can see in the "Latte Art" section of my Instagram Stories, Octave is quite the home barista now, so coffee grounds pile up in a bowl by our kitchen sink.

I use ground coffee on our plants (sparingly), to scrub pots and to make the simplest 3-ingredient face and body scrub.

Coffee, sugar and coconut oil are all you need to make this exfoliating and nourishing beauty product.

PS: It makes for a quick and personal Valentine's gift...

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Coffee Body Scrub

Supplies

  • 1 part ground coffee
  • 1/2 part coconut oil
  • 1/2 part sugar (granutaled, white, brown or coconut)

Tools

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Instructions

  • Melt the coconut oil if it's in solid form (I prefer double boiling to microwaving).
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Transfer the mixture into an airtight container.

Notes

Use on your face and body once or twice a week.
Be careful if using it in the tub or shower as it can get very slippery.
Also be mindful that coffee grounds and oils could clog your pipes. You can use a wet cloth to wipe your face and body and catch them or a shower strainer* to prevent coffee grounds from getting into your pipes.

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Head over to my shop section to find all my zero waste kitchen favorites* and more Valentine's ideas* .


In the name of full transparency, please be aware that this blog post contains affiliate links - marked with an * - and that any purchase made through them may result in a small commission for me - at no extra cost for you. Thank you so much for investing in sustainability and supporting my work!


Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

What's your secret to silky smooth skin?

Have a Blissful Weekend #30

Galentines Day Party by Secret Supper
Pictures by Alba Betancourt for Secret Supper.

What are you up to this weekend?

I might go to a concert on Saturday and a comedy show on Sunday. But let's see whether I'd rather stay cozy at home since it's gonna snow again this weekend!

I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few things that made my week:

A BOOK - The 5 Love Languages* by Gary Chapman

It was a very quick read and a great tool to get to know yourself and your partner better.

A SONG - Cathedral by Cocoon

I had totally forgotten about that band and was happily surprised when an old song popped up in my playlist.

A PODCAST - The BLK + GRN podcast by Dr. Kristian Henderson

Each week Dr. Kristian Henderson speaks with artisans to connect Black women to the tools, resources, knowledge, and products they need to lead happier and healthier lives.

A VIDEO - 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming by Chad Frischmann

"Replace. Reduce. Biosequester." is my new mantra.

A DIY - DIY Pickling Kit Gift Box by Almost Makes Perfect

What not to love about an edible gift?

A RECIPE - Crème au praliné by Pascale Weeks (in French)

We made this recipe on Wednesday night and it is soooo gooood. Octave used to love the crème Mont Blanc praliné, which we could easily find neither in Switzerland nor here in the States, so he decided to make his own.

Galentines Day Party by Secret Supper

And a couple links from around the web...


In the name of full transparency, please be aware that this blog post contains affiliate links - marked with an * - and that any purchase made through them may result in a small commission for me - at no extra cost for you. Thank you so much for investing in sustainability and supporting my work!


Galentines Day Party by Secret Supper

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Rainy Day Essentials

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

It's no secret that Portland gets much more rain than the average American city. And after 4 winters here, I can finally say that my rainy day uniform is complete.

After a major rainstorm 2 years ago, I was very disappointed to realize that the so-called fisherman raincoat I owned (sold by a famous French brand/made in Madagascar) did not have waterproof seams!

I quickly sold it at a consignment store and invested in the one I'm wearing here during the last Black Friday sale. After a rainy season, I'm happy to report that no water made it through.

I've had a pair of tall rain boots for a couple years, but was definitely looking into an ankle height pair to wear on a daily basis, in Oregon weather, without compromising on style.

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

Raincoat: Stutterheim | Pants* (linked to similar)| Turtleneck: Everlane* | Hat: Tillak | Shoes* c/o Everlane

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

The Everlane Rain Boot

The Everlane rain boots are ankle height and have a Chelsea look, with a slightly more massive outsole.

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Style

I like the aggressive look of these boots. They're what I look for in a pair of sturdy harsh weather shoes. I want impermeability, comfort and traction since Portland streets and trails are muddy and slippery in the winter.

It was so hard to chose a color, but I opted for the Surplus model to contrast with my potato-colored raincoat.

Also, I may or may not use them a lot in the garden, so I chose the usual color for gardening shoes :)

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Size

I ordered my actual size (8) knowing that the boots are made to be worn in one's usual size with thick winter socks. Otherwise, I would have sized down!

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

Comfort

This is the most comfortable pair of rain boots I've owned. The cushioned insole definitely a big part in it. They're easy to put on and take off, thanks to their and easy-to-grab pull tabs.

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

Care

The rubber is easy-to-clean. I've put them to the test working on the compost pile in my backyard and easily cleaned them by spraying them with the watering hose.

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

If you're considering getting a pair for yourself, I honestly highly recommend them. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them!


This article is part of a collaboration with Everlane, who gifted me a pair of shoes. This post is NOT sponsored, but when you shop via some of the links I will make a small commission. Thanks for supporting the carefully selected brands that support Conscious by Chloé!

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.


Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

Which color would you chose: black, surplus, stone, toffee or pink?

Podcast - A conversation with Stephanie Seferian of The Sustainable Minimalists

The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast by Stephanie Seferian with Conscious by Chloé

I was a guest on the The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast.

The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast is where sustainability, minimalism, zero-waste living, decluttering, parenting + conscious consumerism intersect. The host, Stephanie Seferian, offers eco-friendly tips + incremental strategies for cutting through clutter as a means to more fully enjoy life's sweetest moments.

In this episode, Steph & I chatted about 3 incremental tweaks we can all tackle to crank up our eco-friendly efforts.

Here's a link to the The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast and the show notes. I hope you'll enjoy them!

The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast by Stephanie Seferian with Conscious by Chloé

And don't forget to sign up for the Zero Waste Switch Challenge!


What's one thing you would do to kickstart your journey to less waste?

Have a Blissful Weekend #29

Can't Touch This Card by Conscious by Chloé

What are you up to this weekend?

I'm attending a letterpress workshop tomorrow at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and will go mountain biking on Sunday.

I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few things that made my week:

A BOOK - The Untethered Soul* by Michael A. Singer

which I've been falling asleep to for the past week (I borrowed the audiobook * from the library).

A SONG - It's You by Lou Doillon & Cat Power

I never thought that 2 of my favorite singers would ever collaborate. A perfect song for a rainy morning.

A PODCAST - The Word Witch by Claire Burgess

This Transgender Awareness episode with Aaron Caffee and Harvey James taught me so much and I simply want to share it with the whole wide world.

A VIDEO - It's Alive with Brad by Bon Appétit

I have a crush on Brad, not gonna deny it. I think Octave does too...

A DIY - Painting with Milk & Dyeing with Tea

Rebecca Desnos is a genius natural dyer. Her book * is my number one reference. This new technique she developped is changing the game. I cannot wait to give it a try!

A RECIPE - Roasted Beet Tart with Almond Crust by Andrea Bemis

Octave wants to switch up house chores a little, so I'm gonna cook a little more and he'll take care of the dishes. This recipe sounds like a great place to start.

And a couple links from around the web...

  • Have you heard of Loop, a circular shopping platform that transforms the packaging of your everyday essentials from single-use disposable to durable, feature-packed designs?

  • This love letter.

  • Classic and cozy black textured cardigan*, anyone?

  • Human composting.

  • These Moss sneakers*.

  • Yes to inclusive sizing in the activewear industry. These leggings* made from recycled water bottles for the win!

  • My dream home.

  • I'm not super familiar with Eileen Fisher but keep seeing this brand at my favorite second hand store so this means: Good quality + Good resale value! I could see myself in these wide leg trousers*!

  • This quote made my heart skip a beat.

  • This music on repeat!


In the name of full transparency, please be aware that this blog post contains affiliate links - marked with an * - and that any purchase made through them may result in a small commission for me - at no extra cost for you. Thank you so much for investing in sustainability and supporting my work!


Have you made, watched or listened to something worth sharing with us this past week?