TOWARDS A ZERO WASTE BEAUTY REGIMEN

ONE FAIR DAY ZERO WASTE BEAUTY REGIMEN

Hello!

As the title of this post suggests, for the last couple of years I’ve been headed towards a zero waste beauty regimen. Since we’re still in Plastic Free July, I thought I’d share where I’ve come to, what I’ve yet to improve, and some quick switches to use less single-use plastic in your life!

So let’s get into it!

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Plastic-free beauty essentials

  • DIY deodorant – for smelling fresh. This stuff is surprisingly effective and so simple to make!
  • Coconut oil – to use as moisturiser, deep conditioner treatment for your hair, and makeup remover.
  • Cotton face clothes – instead of face wipes to remove makeup and cleanse face.
  • Bamboo toothbrush – recyclable, unlike their plastic counterparts.
  • Recyclable exfoliator thimbles – instead of convention exfoliatants which contaminate the waterways with plastic microbeads.
  • Shampoo & conditioner bars – zero-waste hair care.
  • DIY dry shampoo – for days where you just cbf washing your hair.
  • Glass bottle serums – opt for these instead of plastic. Plus, they’re usually full of all the good stuff.
  • Refillable makeup – instead of buying makeup with a new plastic compact everytime.
  • Diva cup – much easier to use and keep clean than you would think. Over your lifetime, you’ll save around 500 periods’ worth of sanitary products going to landfill… Think about that.

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DIY deodorant
(recipe here)here)

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recyclable exfoliator thimbles
(I got these from Ritual)

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Fair Trade toothpaste

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coconut oil &
cotton face cloth

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shampoo & conditioner
bars (Lush)

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glass bottle serum
(I got this from Ritual)

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bamboo toothbrush
(Environmental Toothbrush)

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refillable makeup
(Kjaer Weis)

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DIY dry shampoo
(made by my friend Rhi!)

 

Where to improve

  • Toothpaste – I’m using Dr Bronner’s Fair Trade toothpaste. Does anyone know a plastic-free alternative?
  • Skincare – I’ve battled adult acne for a number of years now and have a pretty heavy cleansing and moisturising routine, but unfortunately those products come in plastic bottles! I opt for the largest possible bottles so I have to buy them less often.
  • Mascara and lipstick tubes – I’ve noticed that Kjaer Weis also does mascara and lipstick refills! I’m also thinking of switching to lip crayons to use less lipstick tubes.

Quick switches

Need a handy visual guide for some quick switches you can make? Here it is!

One Fair Day Plastic free quick switches

More ideas by the guys at Plastic Free July! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that it’s inspired you to take some small steps towards a zero waste beauty regimen!

Yours Fairly,

Ashlee

Stock image credits: Deposit photos; Free Stock photos; Priceline

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2 Comments

  1. July 26, 2017 / 8:22 AM

    I prefer pads, so cloth pads have been amazing. I was hesitant to join the coconut oil band wagon, but my tattooist recommended it and it’s awesome. And I just use a nubby wash cloth for exfoliation. It works great. Thanks for this post. I really enjoyed it.

    • Ashlee
      August 13, 2017 / 5:17 PM

      Thanks so much, Leah! And I enjoyed writing it :)

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