Anyone who knows me, knows I’m pretty low key when it comes to a beauty routine. I can’t remember the last time I wore makeup, and I don’t own a hair straightener or blowdryer.
But I thought I would share my very limited, zero waste beauty routine – if you can even call it that.
Personally, I don’t use shampoo (can’t remember the last time I actually shampooed my hair, with my hair I don’t need to), but I bought a shampoo bar for my boyfriend to use, and he seems to like it.
In the shower or bath, I use a lush conditioner bar. I used one for the first time in November, and really liked it. Then when it was time to buy a new one, I decided to try a different one that totally did not work for my hair! I’ve never had that before, as my hair is pretty forgiving when it comes to different conditioners, but it did not like this one! It made my hair very heavy and greasy. This is a good reminder to not give up, and the zero waste lifestyle is definitely unique to every person – so if you try something and it doesn’t work for you, don’t give up.
I still find my hair doesn’t get as soft with the conditioner bar, so I spoke to the women who was helping me at Lush the other day. I explained to her that I am living zero waste, and that’s what I loved about the conditioner bars. She suggested the R&B Hair Moisturizer and told me that they have a recycling program and they take back the empty containers. And if you bring in five empty ones, you get a free face mask. So I am giving that a go and so far like the R&B moisturizer. And that’s about all I do for my hair.
I shave with a safety razor, a switch I made recently, and I have to say I will never use one of the overpriced, pink razors again! I use a bar of soap in place of shaving cream and find it works very well.
I use a lot of lip balm. So much so that I am always given lip balm by family members. But once I run out of the lip balm that I have, I am going to make my own. I am also going to keep the lip balm tubes I have, to put my homemade lip balm in. This way I save the tubes from the landfill, and get to have a lip balm in just about every coat pocket/purse, place in my house. Again, I use a lot of lip balm!
One of my mom’s friends makes her own face cream and refills the containers. I really like it, and that’s what I’ve been using for a while now. But recently when I was back in Toronto, I found my Grandmas recipe for the face cream she’s used her entire life. I think Ill give it a go when I run out of the face cream I have now!
I make my own body butter recently and am in love with it! I also gave some as gifts for christmas, and have heard that they like it as well. The recipe is super simple and takes no time to make.
For the couple of weeks now, I have been using a homemade deodorant, and find that I don’t smell when I use it. When I run out of this batch, I might play around with it a little bit but I am very happy with it.
I also make my own toothpaste, and you can find the recipe here!
If you do wear makeup, there are tons of zero waste makeup options using stuff you can find in your kitchen, I definitely think you should do some googling and figure out what works for you!