Plastic Free Beauty Products

by Samantha MacKenzie

The average woman uses 16 beauty products every day. These days, most beauty products are contained within plastic. We all know plastic isn’t great for the environment, but did you know that it can take up to 1000 years for plastic to degrade without human intervention?

Unfortunately, if you’re not getting you skincare and beauty products from a bulk store or markets, it’s unlikely you’re able to take your bottles in to be refilled. Here, I would like to share a few everyday products with alternatives to the current wasteful products on the market.

  • Shampoo Bars

“Tackling the war on waste in Australia’s fastest growing retail category, eco-friendly and family-operated soaping mill, Shampoo with a Purpose, has created 4 naturally formulated, vegan, and sulphate-free solid cleansing bars as an effective and plastic-free alternative to traditional shampoos and conditioners.

Gender neutral and catering to all hair types, colours, moisture levels, and thickness, the range which includes The O.G.Dry or DamagedColour Treated, and Volume, equates to approximately 6 retail sized bottles of traditional shampoo and conditioner per unit in order to reduce plastic waste and provide customers with a long-lasting, targeted, and familiar hair cleansing experience.”

Shampoo With A purpose

I’ve personally been using the O.G. which is enriched with Moroccan argan oil, coconut oil and fair-trade Shea butter. It does take some getting used to going from liquid to a bar, but it’s so worth it. less waste and so much more affordable.

  • Natural Clays

I am a huge fan of face masks and do them regularly. For so long, I would buy single use sheet masks, tubes from the makeup store and would accumulate so much rubbish. I have now made the change to using natural clay from my local bulk foods store. I have a small glass tub that I can sanitise and refill. No waste, no crappy chemicals and its so much more affordable. You can find so many amazing diy recipes for masks online.

  • Bamboo toothbrushes

This is an amazing change everyone can make. Each person goes through 4 or more toothbrushes in a year. That’s a lot of solid plastic going into land fill, not to mention the effects the production has on our planet. Bamboo Toothbrushes are Biodegradable, safe to burn, not made of harmful toxins and the production is also healthier for our home. Click this LINK to check out a huge range from Flora and Fauna.

  • Razors

This is a big one. Both men and women need to make the change to reusable razors. All you need to do is replace the blades. While it’s an investment up front, you’ll be using the same handle for years. I put this off because I am insanely clumsy and am always nicking my ankles and knees, but there are safety blades. Also, you will reduce your chance of ingrown by using a single blade. Though your legs feel smooth after using 5 blades, you’re cutting your hair under the skin, trapping the hair.

  • Naked Packaging Products at Lush

Lush have been doing things differently to other beauty brands for more than 20 years. While some of their packaging is plastic, they have a huge range of products that don’t have ANY packaging. They have everything from bath bombs and massage bars to foundation and concealer! I am a huge fan of the massage bars. I keep them in the fridge and get them out just before use. The heat from your hand melts it onto your hands so you don’t even have to worry about pouring too much oil from a bottle. Click HERE to check out the Packaging Free Range.

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