I’m slowly transitioning into a more natural, less wasteful, cruelty-free beauty routine. Trying some things out, and learning – here’s what I’ve found works best for me so far!
NATURAL MAKE UP:
I haven’t really tried to make my own make up yet – I don’t know if I’ll ever graduate to that level of intenseness – but here are some brands that I like:
I’m still finishing the rest of my make up – I’ll probably never get around to using all of the eyeshadows/lipsticks/foundation I’ve had since college, because I honestly only really wear it when I go out. Probably not the best (I think you’re supposed to throw make up away after like six months lol and I’ve some of it for maybe like four years?). If anyone has good recommendations for these let a girl know!
I’VE BEEN MAKING MY OWN:
Dry shampoo (I tap it on my roots with an old fluffy make up brush; make sure to put it UNDER the top layer of your hair so that it doesn’t look powdery!)
Deodorant (Test it out on a small patch of skin first, because some people are sensitive to the baking soda, but I absolutely love this! It works better than a lot of store bought deodorants I’ve used)
Lotion, also found here. I liked both of these recipes, but man, my blender was a bitch to clean after! Any tips for this?? To be honest, I love how these recipes turn out, but I’m on the prowl for a new lotion recipe because I can’t deal with the blender drama.
Toothpaste <– This is what I currently make, but this one also looks good! If you’re using coconut oil, make sure to spit in your trash because it can harden and clog your pipes if you’re spitting in the sink.
I’m still figuring out shampoo and conditioner – if anyone has any good natural, zero-waste haircare products let a girl know (I used to swear by the baking soda/apple cider vinegar method, but the baking soda was drying out my hair)! I’ve heard Lush’s bars are good, but I wanted something more natural?
Same with hair dye (here’s a good article on that). I might try using henna in the future, but I feel like there’s no way to drastically change your hair color via natural dyes. I’d also still love to dye my hair pink/lavender – I’ll have to do more research on that, too.
It’s tough being a girly girl that loves make up and hair and glitter and shopping and things but also trying to be natural and zero waste. Permanent SIGH. I can’t wait until this is more commonplace, so we have more options to choose from in the future!
If you want to see how I’m trying to eliminate waste in other areas of my life, you can check out this post: Plastic is Poop: A Guide to Using Less of it.