Featuring Shampoo Bars, Bamboo Toothbrushes, Natural Deodorant & Almond Oil to Remove Makeup
Vegan products such as toiletries and beauty have become much more easily available in recent years. If however, like me you want environmentally friendly products with natural ingredients, I’ve put together this post to share some of the many great options!
Plus, these products are great for travelling, either on a short weekend trip or long-term backpacking adventure.
When you start to think about your environmental footprint, it’s kinda scary how every piece of packaging and the choices you make as a consumer have an impact on the planet. By no means am I saying I’m zero-waste or have perfected an eco-friendly lifestyle; in modern society it’s not easy and everything is geared towards convenience. Of course, striving towards zero-waste living is fantastic and admirable, but many of us aren’t quite there yet. However, we can still make better choices and try our best.
Whilst travelling in Austin recently I’d just about run out of make-up wipes, shampoo and deodorant. My regular brand was vegan but I still didn’t feel good about the chemicals, large plastic bottles and throwing away a face-wipe every day. I did some research and decided to switch it up.
Most of these products were found on iherb.com. It’s a US site but ships globally and has so many great products.
Retails for $6.75
Shampoo Bars are getting super popular, but not without good reason. These solid soap-like bars lather up and make your hair feel as clean as regular liquid shampoo.
I went for a budget-friendly option, J.R.Liggett’s in Jojoba & Peppermint. It’s vegan, smells fresh and a little herbal, and your hair still smells good when it dries. Another brand on the market is Ethique Eco-Friendly Shampoo Bars. Their bars cost a little more than J.R. Liggett’s but also have great reviews.
The packaging for J.R.Liggett’s is paper and totally recyclable. I might find a tin to keep it in for travel, and you could easily cut it into smaller pieces if you like to pack lightly.
Overall I’m a convert to shampoo bars and they are definitely worth a try if you’re not convinced yet. Like many of the reviews, all I would say is that your hair may take a little time to adjust to the different type of cleaning it’s getting!
Retails for £8.99 (pack of 4)
If you haven’t joined the bamboo toothbrush revolution yet, there’s no time like the present!
With a biodegradable Mao bamboo handle and charcoal infused bristles, Rosy Globe bamboo toothbrushes are a simple swap towards a more environmentally friendly life. They give your teeth a good clean and last the same amount of time as their plastic counterparts.
If the name didn’t give it away, I’m the owner of Rosy Globe. But, I felt a blog post like this wouldn’t be complete without sharing how great these vegan bamboo brushes are!
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant
Retails for $9.00
Natural deodorants have been on the scene for a while, but after reading from several sources about the negative effects of traditional antiperspirant on your health I thought it was worth a shot.
Schmidt’s is a cream base and comes with a little spatula. I warm a little between my fingers and then rub it in like a moisturiser. This stuff honestly smells so so good! There are 6 different scents, from Rose & Vanilla to Ylang-Ylang & Calendula which I purchased. They also offer an unscented pot.
I can’t say that it has quite the strength of a traditional 48-hour antiperspirant but it does a good job for a product with a base of shea butter and free of aluminium, synthetics & other chemicals. Also, I’ve been using Schmit’s deo for two weeks and have hardly made a dent, this stuff is going to last forever!
Also, the packaging is great, a small glass pot with cute branding.
Sweet Almond Oil to Remove Makeup
Retails for $4.97
So it turns out that there are lots of different natural oils that can be used for skin care, such as to moisturise and to remove makeup. Sweet almond oil has a lot of natural beauty fans out there on the internet so I gave it a go.
Yes, this is unfortunately a plastic bottle. I thought it was glass, however, there are plenty of glass bottled oils you can purchase instead (which I’ll be doing next time). At least it avoids throwing away makeup wipes every day.
To remove your make up simply massage a few drops of oil into your skin and around your eyes for mascara. Then with a reusable cloth, such as the EcoTools Muslin Polishing Cloths shown below, gentle cleanse your face with warm water. I find that this both exfoliate your skin and leaves it moisturised. Honestly, I don’t often use moisturiser now.
These cloths are a great alternative to cotton pads and can be machine washed.
Retails for $5.99 (pack of 2)
As you can see, switching old products and habits isn’t always easy. When I switched to vegan products it took some adjustment, and the same can be said for natural eco-friendly products. But, I know in the end taking a more holistic approach can only be positive and this is an exciting journey to continue on.
What eco-friendly toiletries and beauty products have you tried and would recommend? I’d love to hear from you!
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