Since my toiletry bag has changed quite a bit since becoming vegan, and now again as I move towards a more minimalist and zero waste lifestyle, I thought I would update you all on what’s in there.
It’s not yet a perfect toiletry bag, but I feel like I’m on the right track at least.
Coconut oil as a make up remover
Solid face cleansing bar – currently using Coalface by LUSH
Homemade ACV and tea tree toner paired with reusable cotton rounds (you can buy these on etsy, or you can get inventive and do as I did and bought cloth nipple pads)
Moisturiser in recyclable packaging – I’m currently using up one I already had; I found out I had hoarded a whole lot of various moisterisers over the years…
Bamboo hair brush – better option than plastic
Solid shampoo bar – currently using Karma Komba from LUSH
Solid conditioner bar – currently using Big from LUSH
Bamboo toothbrush – compostable, unlike the billions of plastic toothbrushes that go into landfill each year
Tooth powder – I’ve been giving LUSH’s Tooth Fairy a try, and while I like it, I’m going to go back to using my…
Homemade toothpaste – I used a recipe I found on the Internet for this one using coconut oil, baking soda and peppermint oil
Tongue scraper – yep, sounds gross but it helps oral hygiene
Coconut oil for oil pulling
Dental floss – like moisterisers, I seemed to have hoarded heaps of dental floss too, so I’m using all of that up while looking for a better option for the future. Any suggestions, let me know
Tooth mousse – Not vegan nor zero waste, but it’s (for the moment) something my dentist has instructed me to use as a treatment. So I’m putting it on this list to be accountable and honest.
I used a good old bar of soap – I never liked body wash anyway
Although, I do keep some Dr Bronners Castille Soap handy in case I run out of soap, or am in need of some emergency dish/clothing/household soap.
I used a safety razor paired with coconut oil to shave – it saves all the plastic disposable razors I would be using instead going into landfill, and isn’t that scary once you get used to it. I have, admittedly, cut myself a few times though…
I use coconut oil as a body lotion
And I use a dry body brush to exfoliate.
Ta da, that’s it. That’s all I have in my bathroom (bar a few items that I’m still using up from my pre-minimalist/zero waste days and will not purchase again)
Books about Zero Waste that I love:
Note: Some of these are affiliate links. I only ever affiliate myself with products and companies that I believe in and either use, or would use, myself.
Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
Plastic-Free by Beth Terry