My Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps

My Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps

I’ve heard it said that toiletries are the last thing for a zero waster to swap out. Hmmmmm I think that’s partially true, certainly when it comes to makeup. I’m not a massive product junkie (anymore, thanks minimalism!) so I really only needed to swap out the basics when it comes to the bathroom. 

I’ve heard it said that toiletries are the last thing for a zero waster to swap out. Hmmmmm I think that’s partially true, certainly when it comes to makeup. I’m not a massive product junkie (anymore, thanks minimalism!) so I really only needed to swap out the basics when it comes to the bathroom. 

But makeup? Wow. What a shocker. I didn’t quite realise how much of a creature of habit I am when it comes to my beauty regimen (ahem, regimen?!) but I am. 

If you peruse this site you might find over 70 beauty posts in the depths……70!! That’s because I’ve been a beauty junkie for longer than I can remember. So, the fact I have very specific product loves (I rarely try anything new anymore) coupled with a face that stays mostly free from makeup means I have a HEAP of stuff in no danger of running out. 

I’ve written about the first few swaps I made and that still stands, but I’ve researched and added a few more since then too. And the bathroom swaps felt like they needed a lovely blog post home all of their own…..

So this list is by no means exhaustive, but I’m hoping it’ll help you on your way to low impact, zero waste, less plastic joy! (Catchy, I know.)

Zero Waste bathroom swaps  - image of vintage safety razor and  astra razor blades

Hair

Since I wrote my last post I’ve made a big decision and decided to start washing my hair again. Because I like washing my hair, and it’s really easy to get plastic-free, zero waste alternatives for my shampoo and conditioner. 

I currently use Lush Soak & Float shampoo bar and some lovely Veganese conditioner (this comes in a plastic bottle, which I can recycle in store.)

A note on Lush…..I’ve been using their products for YEARS and I have no issues with SLS but if you do, then their shampoo bars won’t be a good fit. You can try Beauty Kubes or Etsy alternatives instead.  

I don’t use any products on my hair, but I guess I could use some coconut oil if I needed a bit of smoothing/deep conditioning.

Skincare

I’m a BIG skincare junkie but three years of travelling sort of broke the spell a bit. So I now use Aesop Parsley Seed cleansing oil (which comes in a huge glass jar) and will switch to coconut/olive oil when it runs out. I double cleanse with Lush Angels on Bare Skin and moisturise with this Lush serum bar too.

I have a really nice hydrating spray from West Barn Co. that I love too. It’s been especially nice in the summer and has helped with the hydration I’m lacking.

Body

Honestly, I’ve never used body lotion or anything like that so I feel pretty lucky I don’t have to make that swap. Although if you do, coconut oil, Lush solid massage bars or good old olive oil in a glass jar would work. 

I use a safety razor to shave legs & underarms and this was probably the most transformative switch I’ve made so far. A safety razor is one of those amazing old-fashioned steel (some have wooden handles) razors you might see in a museum…..but they are AMAZING. You pop a razor blade in however often you need one (similarly to your Gilette Venus) but the blades are CHEAP. 

I paid £10 for a box of 100 blades, which come wrapped in plastic in a cardboard tube and I collect the used blades to take to the recycling centre. You can buy the blades here and safety razor here.

Makeup

This bit has been the toughest for me although, truth be told, I haven’t needed to switch much out at all as I wear little makeup and therefore still have stacks.

But I do need mascara and eyeliner…….I don’t know what I’ll do, as I have super oily eyelids and need something that’ll stay put. I might try something like this solid ‘ink’ style pot and use with a spoolie for mascara and a brush for liner

My biggest win has been my new brow gel. I used to pick up cheap tubes of eyebrow gel because easy and easy, you know? But the wonderful West Barn Co. sent me Soap Brows which comes with a couple of spoolies. It’s essentially a little tin of solid brow gel. You wet the spoolie  (I use my hydrating mist, but you can use water) and sorta scrub your spoolie back and forth to pick up product, swiping it over your brows as per usual. It’s SO good…..keeps my unruly eyebrows in check without that gross flakiness that makes you look like you have dandruff. 

I’ll keep updating y’all as and when I make my swaps, but for now – I feel like I’ve hit a zero waste bathroom sweet spot. Long may it continue! 

L x

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