It took a long transition time, during which we finished commercial products and we tested self-made formulations to find the ones that we (me and my partner) liked.
But now we are there. When I open my drawer in the bathroom, I finally see what I wanted to see.
Most – but not all – the things you see are now self-made. But I believe it’s perfectly possible to reach such an equipment even if you don’t make your own cosmetics. There is plenty of solid and packaging-free cosmetics out there.
Here we have some hand soaps. Of course you can buy them (not mine!) if you don’t want to produce them. If you are a soap maker or a wannabe-soap maker, you can find something here.
Here is the shower/bath stuff. We use now only solid body soaps, solid shampoos and conditioners. If you don’t make cosmetics on your own, you can find a lot of solid shampoos on the market, just check that they are not soaps.
The bath bomb powder is a recipe by Aroma-Zone.
My formulas for solid shampoos, conditioners, body and feet butters are here.
This is the stuff I use. You can find everything in the Skincare and Haircare Routine section.
Dental care products are the only part of my cosmetic routine that I prefer not to make on my own, except from the mouth rinse.
This is my boyfriends’ part. He uses more or less the same products I use, plus the beard butter (I haven’t posted the formula yet but it’s basically identical to the stretched lobes caring butter).
The razor is by EcoYou.
Here are my washable pads and menstrual cup. There is no right brand for everyone: if you want to start using the menstrual cup, you will have to find the right one for you according to your anatomy and how your period is. Mine is the Gaiacup. I bought it from this website.
Lastly, this is how I store my “stock” of solid cosmetics. As you have seen in the previous picture, the solid cosmetics that are currently in use are stored in little glass jars that I always keep open (especially those containing detergents and shampoos that get constantly wet). But I typically produce 100-200 g of product each time, which means 5 or 6 little bars. I store the ones that I’m not using yet in mason jars.
I hope this post can be of inspiration to anyone who wants to start their journey towards a low waste way of living.
As I said in other posts, if you produce your own solid cosmetics you won’t be really zero waste. You will eventually throw away the plastic bags or jars that came with your reagents. But that’s still much less than buying dozens of shampoo bottles!