When it comes to beauty products, we all love them but the earth doesn’t. These products are often used daily and end up piling up in our oceans and landfills causing harm. With today’s technology, each beauty essential in your home can been created in a sustainable way. How neat is that? Not only are these products reducing waste but are better for your body as well as saving you money in the long run.
Let’s dive into ten sustainable beauty essentials you can begin using today. These ten items will help you improve your carbon footprint!
Plastic Free Shampoo and Conditioner Cubes
Ditch the drugstore plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles for shampoo cubes and conditioner cubes. These cubes are sulphate free, organic, vegan friendly, biodegradable, cruelty free and plastic free. Whether you’re showering at home, in a hotel, or your camper, these cubes are simple to use. The storage needed for these cubes is significantly less than plastic bottles.
Dry Shampoo Powder
Most drugstore dry shampoo sprays contain toxins that can harm your body and the environment. Also those canisters are really wasteful. This organic dry shampoo powder is scented with natural essential oils that soothe the scalp, balance natural oils, and even promotes hair growth. This dry shampoo comes in two options for both dark hair and light hair.
Ditch the plastic shower loofahs for the konjac sponge. This sponge naturally fights acne, moisturizes, gentle on sensitive skin, and so much more. The konjac sponge is 100% plant-based, can be used on infants, and has been used on a daily basis in Japan for over 1500 years for facial cleaning!
Reusable Organic Cotton Facial Rounds
Swap out all your disposable cotton products for reusable organic cotton facial rounds to reduce your carbon footprint. You can use these reusable facial rounds to apply or remove makeup, apply medication, remove nail polish, and more. After each use, toss them in a lingerie laundry bag and wash them in the laundry with your load of laundry. Not only are you reducing your carbon footprint and waste but also saving money but not purchasing the disposable cotton products.
Organic Lotion Bars in Reusable Tins
Bottles of lotion from drugstores and the mall are not only full of toxic fragrance but are also packaged in plastic. Swap these lotions for organic lotion bars to better your health and the environment. These lotion bars are packaged in a convenient tin for storage and transportation. They are made without chemicals, water, and alcohol. There are 5 organic lotion bars to choose from: prickly pear, patchouli orange, lavender chai, jasmine mint, and ginger lemongrass.
Plastic Free Deodorant Cream
Swap your plastic deodorant sticks for deodorant cream in glass jars. These deodorant creams come in many all natural scents without the plastic waste and toxic ingredients. After using the deodorant cream, you can repurpose the glass jars for storage of hair ties, spices, and so much more. Just like the deodorant sticks in the store, these creams come in different all natural scents. The Little Seed Farm brand has lavender, cucumber, and jasmine green tea to choose from! These creams are also aluminum and baking soda-free.
Organic Cotton Plastic Free Hair Ties
Here’s another one of our favorite sustainable beauty essentials! Instead of using hair ties from the drugstore, swap them for the organic cotton plastic free hair ties. These ties are made of organic cotton and natural rubber that makes them biodegradable and very durable. If you have thick or thin hair, these ties will work great to pull your hair back. The natural rubber helps them last longer and break less often. There are black ties and colorful ties. The colorful ties are dyed by hand using low impact dye.
Most hair brushes are made of a plastic base, plastic cushion, and plastic pins. When we need a new brush or want a different one, this plastic product gets tossed into the trash and ends up sitting in landfills or even the ocean. Swap your plastic hairbrush for the wood hairbrush. This brush is made of a bamboo handle, beeswax finish, and a natural rubber base. The pins are made of bamboo which messages your scalp without creating static like plastic pins create. The bamboo material is biodegradable, naturally antimicrobial, and one of the most sustainable materials on Earth. The natural rubber is derived from rubber tree sap and is an eco-friendly material.
Tinted Vegan Organic Lip Balm in Biodegradable Tube
Up your beauty routine with a tinted vegan organic lip balm in a biodegradable eco-friendly tube. Swap out your lip balm and lipstick for this all in one tinted balm that tastes like watermelon coconut. When you’ve finished the balm, the eco-friendly paper tube can be composted in your composting bin! This balm is made with organic lip-conditioning oils and butters infused with natural botanical pigments. It is made with no additives, free of synthetic fragrances, no artificial sweeteners, or artificial flavorings.
Safety razors are a much more sustainable way to shave than the plastic throw-aways that last maybe a month. The safety razor is chrome plated and lasts much longer than the disposable plastic razors. This razor can be used by men and women. The blade is made of a recyclable stainless steel built to last a lifetime. When you need different blades you can recycle the old and purchase just the new blade. By making this swap you aren’t only reducing your waste but also saving money in the long run!
Making little swaps in your beauty essentials can make a huge difference for your body and the earth. Not only are you investing in sustainability but you’re also saving money in the long run. Simply switching to the reusable cotton facial rounds instead of purchasing disposable facial rounds, cotton balls, and makeup removing wipes makes such a difference. These sustainable beauty essentials will help you create an easier and more affordable routine each day for you and your family.
Happy New Year!
(Certified Nutritionist and co-owner of Tyler + Molly)