Going Green and Minimalistic in the Bathroom
I used to be a product junkie, especially when it came to toiletries. I usually had 5 different types of facial products, including a morning cleanser and a night cleanser, toner, make up remove, face scrubber, clay masks and acne masks, etc.
I had all these products for a few reasons:
1) I suffered from acne through my high school, and believed the commercials of “Oxy” and “Clean’n Clear” that my zits can can be zapped if I had the right products.
2) I often bought new products before I was finished with the old stuff, but often threw none of it away until it was way past the expiration date.
3) I fall into the “I-might-need-it-one-day” syndrome.
Now, I’ve cut down on my toiletries significantly.
I’ve tossed my masks. Finished up my various cleansers. I stick to the couple items that really work with my skin. And I also learned to make (some) of my own toiletries.
I used to use SpectroJel in the mornings, since it was a light cleanser that didn’t dry me out or have harsh chemicals, then I would use a Marcelle foaming cleanser at night which had make up remover, and sometimes I would use an eye make up remover, as well.
Now, I use SpectroJel in the mornings and night. At night, I first remove make-up with my home-made make up remover which is gentle on my skin and wallet.
Homemade make-up remover recipe: 1 squirt of baby oil, 2 squirts of baby shampoo, 50mL container filled up with water and shake. Feel free to adjust the proportions to suit your needs.
I just threw them out. No use for them, anymore.
I usually find face scrubs too harsh on my skin. I’ve used many different types, and some of the worst ones are those ground seeds (I’m looking at you, St. Ive’s Ground Apricot Seed Face Scrub!). Often times in the cheaper brands of face scrubs, these scrub pieces can be really sharp and may even cut your face!
Now, I just mix a bit of baking soda in with SpectroJel when I want a bit of a scrub. The baking soda is fine enough to exfoiliate, but not irritate my skin.
I am in my mid twenties and have started to notice that the skin around my eye tends to get dry easily. Afraid of getting wrinkles, I had started using eye creams in my early twenties. Eye creams are expensive, but they are a bit more moisturizing than normal moisturizers for the face.
I started using Vaseline (petroleum jelly) and it has been working out great. I’ve been doing this for 6 months so far, and there are no break outs and my eyes feel nice and moisturized in the mornings.
Shampoo and Conditioner:
I don’t use any styling products in my hair, and I do not style or colour my hair (though I do blow dry my hair in the winters because I don’t like walking out in the cold with wet hair). Now, I use a gentle shampoo and conditioner that does not contain parabens or sulfates.
I use very little, and I think a bottle can last me a year, easily. It took me a while to get used to no suds (and I miss it, sometimes!), but my hair feels a lot healthier and I lose very little hair every time I wash it!
I also use an apple cider vinegar with lavender rinse every week just to remove any build up during the week.
Apple cider vinegar with lavender rinse recipe: 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 5 – 10 drops of lavender oil, fill up an empty shampoo bottle (300 mL) with water and shake. Note: I added the lavender oil for the scent, I prefer that over just the vinegar rinse. Feel free to adjust to your preferences!
So these are my tricks for adding a bit of green and minimalism into toiletries. What are some of your suggestions?
The picture above is NOT a picture of my toiletries, but something I found from Google Image. I (finally) charged my camera and grabbed my toiletries for a family picture in the bathroom!
Please note I do have other toiletries (such as the baby oil and shampoo for the make up remover), and a Bath and Body Works (that store is evil!) moisturizer impulse buy I am trying to finish. I’m also missing my acne spot treatment and toner cuz that is in my gym bag. Sorry about the mix up!
Janet asked about using petro jelly on my face. I actually don’t use it anywhere other than my eye lids (as an eye cream alternative). My face is oily so that would be really gross on my face. I haven’t had any problems and I’ve been using it for the last 6 – 8 months :).
Tyra Banks actually goes a little insane promoting the use of Vaseline for her “eye and anything” cream. Check it out!