When living a Zero Waste lifestyle, one of the most crucial areas of change are bathroom habits. There are so many little things I have adapted over the years that I wasn’t even aware of.
Before I started applying the Zero Waste principles to my everyday life,
I had accumulated a bunch of stuff ( mostly made out of plastic) that was seemingly impossible to eliminate. After all, where can you find unpackaged toothpaste, body wash or lotion right?!? Well during the past year I have learned how to make most of my beauty products and thought I’d share my master list with you.
These are all the beauty products I use on a regular basis:
Toothpaste: I brush my teeth with my homemade toothpaste.
Toothbrush I have used wooden toothbrushes before but didn’t really like the way they felt. I am completely satisfied by the way my bamboo toothbrush feels and I will never go back to using plastic toothbrushes.
Floss: This floss is amazing and works just as well as other, non-sustainable brands.
Mouth wash: I hardly ever use it, but if I need one,
I just mix distilled water with a few drops of vodka, peppermint oil and tea tree oil.
Teeth whitening: I found that for me, turmeric powder works the best. I simply brush my teeth, then dip my toothbrush in turmeric powder and distribute it onto my teeth. I will leave it for 3 minutes, rinse my mouth and brush again with my normal toothpaste.
Let me tell you it works better than anything I have tried prior to this and it’s also so much cheaper.
Tongue scraper: This has become an essential and a must! There are so many bacteria we are building over night and I just feel better knowing I have scraped them off before eating breakfast.
I wash my hair once a week. I find that that is enough and I am actually planning on transitioning to washing with water only.
Shampoo: I just use a bar of my favorite organic soap (I was surprised how well it works). I find that it leaves my hair smoother and my curls more defined then any other shampoo I have tried or made.
Conditioner: As a conditioner, I found that white vinegar or apple cider vinegar work really well. Make
sure you use 1/4 of vinegar with every 3/4 of water. If you have a date,
I suggest you condition the day before to make sure the smell of
vinegar is completely gone.
Dry Shampoo: Use Baking soda or cornstarch.
If you have dark hair like me, make sure you mix it with
cocoa powder, otherwise you might be able to spot the white powder.
Hairspray: Heat up brown sugar in water, and vodka, fill in a spray bottle – done last about 1/2 month
I mix my favorite essential oils in organic gin or vodka bottle and put it in a spray bottle.
Face: I wash my face before I go to bed and scrub it with a towel (I don’t know
why it just feels good). Once a week I’ll put some tea tree oil on
blemishes and pimples I have and if I feel like it, I will exfoliate my
skin with baking soda.
As a facial cream I use my Homemade body butter and if I feel extra fancy I’ll gently dab some argan oil under my eyes.
Face mask: If I am in need of some extra pampering I will make a sugar body scrub, which is very exfoliating. For a quick face mask, I just mix aloe vera with my favorite essential oil
I also love going Saunas. There, I will use salt to exfoliate my skin
and honey. For some reason, the combination of heat and honey will leave
my skin as smooth as it will ever get.
Bar of soap: make sure it only has natural ingredients and no palm oil. My soap is by the brand Sæbeværkstedet which I can highly recommend. (It’s ingredients are:
Sodium Olivate, sodium cocoate, matricaria
recutita and lavendula angustifolia- no sodium palmate!)
I don’t really wear a lot of make up.
I am usually just fine with
wearing a bit of homemade mascara, some blush and my homemade lip balm ( sometimes homemade tinted lip balm)
I actually wrote an entire post on my Zero Waste period right here.
I used to love getting a hair wax until I found out what some of these waxes contain. So I decided to make my own using this Sugar waxing recipe
. The recipe works really well but I got a little tired of going
through the entire procedure every month so I decided to switch to my Safety Razor.
I can’t begin to describe how happy I am about this razor and ever
since I am shaving with this one I have had zero ingrown hairs!
I shave using my soap bar and after shaving I simply apply some of my homemade lotion and done.
There are many amazing recipes for deodorant out there, but I usually can’t
be bothered to make them myself, which is why I just mix coconut oil,
shea butter and baking soda and add some essential oils. If I am wearing silk or a special piece of garment that I don’t want to risk getting an oil stain on, I just use the baking soda by itself. It honestly
works better than any store-bought deodorant I have tried!
To clean my bathroom I use my homemade multi-purpose cleaner
I make my own laundry detergent out of 3 ingredients. It is very easy and works incredibly well.
To soften clothes and to make sure the color doesn’t fade, I add a capful of vinegar to my laundry, works like a charm!
I do still use toilet paper, however, I use 100% recycled, non-bleached toilet paper that I buy in bulk.
Towels: I can only recommend organic cotton towels.
I truly think they are a really good investment.
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