Hello and welcome back to my blog! First of all I have to apologize for being gone for so long. I was pretty busy because of some things in school and writing these articles always takes longer than I expect it to. Anyways, now I’m back and I’ll try to upload more frequently.
Like I said in one of my first posts, I said that reducing my plastic waste is important to me. So I thought I would share with you the products that I use. Before I start listing my products though, I have to say that this post is absolutely not sponsored and I do not recieve any money for listing these products nor do I intend to do so.
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Buying a toothbrush made of bamboo was actually the first thing I did to reduce my plastic waste in the bathroom. I bought it at my local ecological supermarket but you can also purchase them online. At first the feeling of wood in my mouth was pretty strange but I got used to it pretty fast. Mine is from a german brand called ‚hydrophil‘, but there are many brands you can use.
Regarding toothpaste, I recently bought a solid toothpaste. It’s from a french brand called ‚lamazuna‘. You basaically wet your toothbrush and brush against the block until you see foam. Then you just brush your teeth. This, too, was pretty weird in the beginning because it’s not as much foam as with normal toothpaste. I’m also not sure how good of a job it does for cleaninh your teeth. Because I want my teeth to be clean, I bought another vegan and eco-friendly toothpaste from ‚happybrush‘ that I sometimes use.
The second thing I did to reduce my waste was buying a shampoo bar. I had wanted to try it for some time and I got really excited when I saw one in my local drugstore! It was from the brand ‚foamie‘ and it came with a little nylon bag to help create foam. i didn’t like this at first because it is plastic after all, but I have realized that I can keep this and use it for shampoo bars from other brands or for herbal baths. However, during the time I used this shampoo bar, I underwent some hormonal changes and my hair went from normal (which was what the shampoo bar was for) to oily and it didn’t really work for my hair anymore. Now I have a new one from ‚lamazuna‘ which works well for me.
Even though my hair was always pretty thin and straight, as a child, I would often get these ridiculously big knots and sometimes the only solution was cutting them off. So, I was understandably amazed when I found out about conditioner at about 10 years old. So for the next 5 years, I used these standard conditioners in plastic containers. But a few months ago I discovered Apple cider vinegar! Rinsing my hair with diluted ACV does the same thing for me as using conditioner. Here’s how I use it: I fill a bowl with about one liter of water and add about one and a half tablespoons of ACV. How much you should use depends on your hair length – my hair comes down to between my chin and my shoulders. There are a some important things when using ACV:
- Always dilute it! It’s really strong and should not be used undiluted.
- Protect your eyes from it because it will burn. If it gets into your eyes, wash them out!
My skin is pretty low maintenance. It’s neither dry nor oily and I only get a few breakouts. So I only use two products for my skin.
After taking a shower, I use a self made scrub on my face and hands. It consists of sugar, honey and lemon juice. It really makes my face and hands super soft. However, I have heard that that you shouldn’t use sugar and lemon juice on your face because the sugar is too rough and the lemon juice is too acidic for the skin on your face. So, when I have used it up, I will try a new recipe with oats.
After I wash the scrub off of my face with water, I use oil as a moisturizer. I currently use one from a brand called ‚Weleda‘. I wouldn’t use this one, though, if it hadn’t been gifted to me because it’s more on the higher end. You can totally use olive oil or any oil you can get your hands on! If you apply it to damp skin and don’t use tons of it either, your skin won’t look oily afterwards. I use both the scrub and the oil about every second day.
The deodorant I currently use is from ‚Weleda‘, too and it’s actually not zero waste because it comes in a plastic container. It is recycled material, though. However, when I use this one up, I will buy a deodorant cream which comes in a metal nicht container.
Since I have gotten my period, I have always used pads because I found tampons really uncomfortable and painfull. However, I did not use the amount of waste I was producing. So, I bought a menstrual cup some months ago. Now it might seem strange that I’m now a fan of menstrual cups when I never liked inserting things in my body, but I have found them to be much more comfortable than tampons. I didn’t find the inserting to be difficult and I never had any troubles with mine which is from a brand called ‚fairsquared‘. However, I’m well aware that this might not be the right thing for everyone, just as tampons are not right for me. There are different products like washable pads or sponges.
What I have learned so far
- Sometimes products might feel weird in the beginning, but I probably will get used to it
- Products might seem to be more expensive than the ’not-zero-waste‘-version, but they also take longer until I use them up (most of the time)
- I was pretty lucky so far because all the products I have used so far worked well for me. If they don’t don’t loose hope and try different brands!
So that’s it for today. I hope this post was helpful to you!
Best wishes to you.