Throughout my zero waste journey, I’ve had to find proper substitutes for all my bathroom products, and I think I’ve reached a happy medium. It’s taken some time to test out the products that I personally liked, and for anyone on the journey, you will probably understand the feeling of all the experimental products and DIYs you may have tried to get to a comfortable state.
Not everything I currently use is completely plastic free, nor DIY. I purchase some products in glass still, and forgot to put in the video that I also wear contact lenses — plastic shrink wrap and contact packaging are some of the things currently in my trash jar. (; However, I found that a majority of you would be able to relate to the items shown, and hopefully find some substitutes for your current routine if you haven’t considered the switch yet!
So here it is, my current inventory of bathroom products. Enjoy my fun animating the inanimate through the following video, with all product details, descriptions, and recommendations below.
For a happy smile:
– Silk floss — I purchased a glass vial of silk floss in Germany, which comes with replacements. It’s pretty pricey, and I’m hoping there will be a compostable version in the US as well. The closest thing that I’ve tried and found are these RADIUS Vegan Floss Sachets which come individually wrapped in compostable packaging, so I don’t use them quite often because of all the packaging. They’re supposed to be travel packs, and I found them at my local whole foods.
– Bamboo tooth brush — There are so many different brands. The one I’ve featured in the video is from Modest Planet, but I’ve tried out Green Panda toothbrushes from Whole Foods, and know that many also default to Brush with Bamboo toothbrushes. So far, I haven’t heard of any toothbrushes that have plastic-free bristles — most are made with Nylon — but I know manufacturers are working their best to find solutions so we’ll stay posted!
– Tooth powder — I’ve also tried dental tabs but find that tooth powder is the best in regards to keeping teeth clean. The recipe is featured in this post, and you can find dental tabs at Lush stores as well.
For a fresh face:
– Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser — Pricey, yes, but an absolute pleasure to use and a little goes a long way. The bar soap I was using previously was a bit harsh on my face, so I’ll be working on finishing what I have in this bottle and reusing it! Hoping I can find a more gentle soap for my face in the future, but this stuff makes my skin oh so soft. You can also try Aesop products at their stores if you need to be further convinced.
– Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Toner — Pairs well with the product above, and I simply pat on a small bit of it onto my face after cleansing. I definitely see a difference.
For being squeaky clean:
– Alaffia Triple Milled Shea Butter Soap Fresh Lavender — I buy this unpackaged from Whole Foods, and it’s been one of my easiest zero waste switches! Soap is generally quite easy to buy package free if you check out small gift stores and such (:
– Shampoo bar — Purchased this one in Germany and have yet to try any in the States. If anyone has recommendations, let me know. I love the transportability of bars!
– Muhle Closed Comb Double Edge Safety Razor — Also purchased this in Germany because the company is based there. It’s such a beautiful piece, and I also purchased the stand (totally optional) to go with it. Luckily because I was at the store, I was able to ask for it package free. You may also purchase replacement safety razor blades, which are also recyclable, and much cheaper than buying loads of plastic razors.
For moisturized skin:
– Facial lotion — Also purchased from Green 11. This stuff is super light and soothing for the face!
Hope you all found this post helpful. I’m still testing out products, and am always open to DIY options if they may be more suitable for the future. Feel free to comment with any questions or suggestions for my everyday routine! (: