30 Jul Plastic free beauty: skin
Phasing plastic out of your toiletries might seem a tricky task.
But as well as being far more Mumma Earth friendly, it can be easy, more affordable and, how do I put this, prevent your bathroom from looking like a Boots graveyard… (love to my friend/ owner of said bathroom)
Why put on our largest organ and let seep into our bloodstream stuff we wouldn’t swallow?
No need to tire you with the devastating damage plastic has inflicted upon the planet. But it’s the ingredients within the pretty packaging are also impacting sealife. From cheap filler fluids like sulphates to palm oil or any possible chemical compound under the guise of “fragrance”, “perfume” or its exotic counterpart “parfum”.
Why, when are plenty of beautiful, pure ingredients available in recyclable or without packaging at all.
Here to help your bathroom cabinet go from Boots store to minimalist heaven, a small selection of natural things that a) you actually need b) have real nourishing ingredients that aren’t the length of your arm…
- Natural bar soaps! (Sans sulphates.) Often handmade, support small business. Or, save money and time by stocking up/ refilling big bottles of liquid soap (universal can be used for everything from bod to bathroom) in your local bulk store like the amazing Dr Bronner’s (right) – 100% natural, in a big 100% recycled recyclable bottle, essential oil scent optional
- Face: sans soap best to retain natural oils/ balance – I use raw honey as the most amazingly moisturising and cleansing/ exfoliating, if crystallised, cleanser I’ve found; oils (below) & reusable pads for eye make up removal.
- Face: non-comodegenic oil or cream: edit: previously used hemp, recently indulged in some purchases from Isangs which I will do a whole other blog post about, but is in short a company started by a wonder woman ex human rights lawyer for indigenous peoples in Brazil, who hand makes them in Copenhagen, trading directly with the communities that supply the ingredients.
- I use her face oil (with argan oil – crucial for soil stabilisation and its socio-economic impact in Morocco IF sourced sustainably and ethically – from “fair-trade certified” cooperatives) and spray toner with rosewater (anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, destressing, heals dandruff, redness, boosts mood and more(!?) and apple cider vinegar.
- I use raw shea butter for even more moisturising for super dry (seborrheic dermatitis style) skin (available from Eco Ego Copenhagen)
- Body: hemp one of the most sustainable (high yielding) oils out there, and not too expensive- buy in Kvickly in DK. Or opt for naturally antibacterial (just be careful as comedogenic/ can be problematic/ cause spots on face) coconut oil. Or olive when in.. Italy?
Tea tree: forego the diluted (cheap chemical) version you often find in the chemist for just 1-2 drops of this antibacterial/ antiseptic wonder that will banish your blemishes and keep your spots squeaky clean.
Rosehip oil: ACE. Literally, this stuff’s vitamin A C and E brightens skin and boosts collagen formation, helping hydrate, moisturise, and heal scars/ dark marks, even acne.
- Used coffee grounds, mix with oil
- Mix antioxidant and anti-inflammatory OATS/oatmeal with raw honey for a moisturising and cleansing exfoliator that soothes even/ especially sensitive skin
- Blend any of above with sugar, or salt (with something moisturising like oil or honey to avoid drying) also possible, depending on desired level of exfoliation