Eco Friendly Toiletries: Kind Products For You and the Planet
If you’re looking to green up your travels and your life in general, packing and purchasing only eco friendly toiletries is a good place to begin.
In our toiletries bag is where many of us end up incurring endless amounts of waste – particularly through buying those “travel-sized” toiletries, which are pretty pointless and ineffective.
If you’re like me, you’ve got several floating around your bathroom cupboard from your first trip overseas several years back, which you never ended up using.
Never fear, it’s not too late to change. This post will give you a few ideas towards creating an eco friendly toiletries bag – investing in items that are long-lasting, compostable, or even homemade!
|Green Tip: Don’t just throw the entire contents of your toiletries out to buy new items. Try to use everything up and replace each item as you go.|
What to Pack in Your Eco Friendly Toiletries Bag
Bamboo toothbrush (with travelling case)
Bamboo toothbrushes were the first swap over I made, in my quest to go plastic free. I purchased four adult toothbrushes from Brush with Bamboo, which is enough to see me through an entire year. The toothbrushes went in my compost in London at the end of their life and I then bought four my kids sized brushes, as I have an unnaturally tiny head.
I also bought the bamboo travelling case and it does all right. Clean it and air it out after travel, before popping it back into your eco friendly toiletries bag for the next time you need it.
Shop for bamboo toothbrushes and toothbrush travel case
After many years of trial and error, I finally found a cream deodorant that I like and which works, too!
Meow Meow Tweet’s deodorants come in many different scents and with or without bicarb (or baking) soda. This can prove to be irritating on the skin for some people, so it’s good to have options.
I also enjoy how the products can be bought in both small glass jars, or biodegradable packaging!
One jar is enough to last for at least all of summer – I usually get about six months out of mine.
Shop for cream deodorant here
I don’t actually use shampoo bars at home anymore, as my local salon has refillable shampoo and conditioner options.
However, I would certainly take one travelling with me, or at the very least, fill up some reusable travel bottles with my own shampoo and conditioner.
Ethique make some fantastic shampoo bars, in an array of colours. They’re 100% soap free and long-lasting.
Shop for shampoo bars and GoToob Bottles here
Bamboo hair brush and comb
I love my bamboo comb and have had my current one for several years now. I don’t imagine it will ever need replacing, so long as I don’t lose it or break it.
I also have a tiny bamboo travel brush with wooden pegs that I use pretty much daily. It’s perfect for taking just about anywhere – you can slip it into your handbag or your eco friendly toiletries bag when travelling.
Shop for a bamboo comb and hair brush here
I love rosehip oil. It’s thick, making it more of a night than day oil and feels lovely on the skin.
Although the bottles are made out of glass, the tops are plastic, which is annoying – but I try to repurpose the bottles, using them to house perfume and the like.
Shop for rosehip oil here
Merkur Razor (with blades)
I love my Merkur Razor quite a lot.
It took a little while to get used to using the stainless steel razors, rather than the horrible pink plastic ones I’d been using since I first started shaving my legs. Luckily, I got the hang of it fairly quickly. It does a darn good job and gives me a close shave – I end up attending to my legs every 10 days or so, sometimes stretching it to two weeks or longer, particularly in winter because who cares, really?.
If you want to get as much use out of your blades as possible, make sure you take the razor apart and dry it after use. Then, if you’re at home and not travelling, either stand it up in a little glass jar, or hang it off a proper razor stand. Letting it dry naturally will prevent the blade from dulling.
I got about two uses out of blades I let drip-dry, which I can’t say was hugely economic. I then started drying the whole razor off after every use and I’ve been using the current blade for almost two years. It’s entirely possible to resharpen old blades, too.
Shop for a Merkur Razor and blades here
Good hygiene calls for having soap on hand – however, I hate using those little soaps that you find at hotels – it seems very wasteful!
Rather, pop a soap encased in its own tin into your eco friendly toiletries bag, which you can reuse again and again.
Shop for travel soap here
If your boyfriend/girlfriend/lover buys you roses, don’t throw them in the bin once they’ve wilted! Have a try at making your own rosewater face toner – here’s a recipe.
Remember however, that products like these don’t have the longest shelf life, so try to use it within a couple of weeks.
If you don’t fancy DIY, you can easily buy rosewater facial toner. It shouldn’t have more than a handful of ingredients, so watch out for nasty preservatives.
Lavender hydrosol is also another option, very soothing on the face after a long day!
Shop for a rosewater toner and lavender hydrosol here
Another DIY solution – divide rose petals into two and soak some in vodka for 2-6 weeks. You’ll be left with an exquisite smelling perfume – one dab behind the ears and everyone will be swooning.
|Green Tip: Don’t forget to patch test on your skin before application, as you would with any cream or cosmetic..|
You can also mix essential oils with carrier oils such as Jojoba and Olive oil to create perfumes. Read more about carrier oils
Jojoba oil in particular, makes for a great make-up remover, which you can pair with reusable cotton wipes.
Shop for Jojoba Oil and essential oils here
I have been properly addicted to Ilia lipsticks for quite some time now. They’re made out of organic ingredients and housed in recyclable aluminium containers.
I also like the fact that they don’t dry my lips out – particularly the tinted lip conditioners. My go-to colour is Arabian Nights, although I like the brighter pops of colours for a night on the town (like this rather fetching shade of pink).
Shop for organic lipstick here
I remember when I used to go travelling and had to plan ahead, packing boxes of tampons and pads, which took up valuable space in my suitcase.
Not anymore! For the last five years I’ve been using a Lunette Menstrual Cup. It’s changed my life and saved me hundreds of dollars.
Better yet, if I know Aunty Flo is going to come calling whilst I’m away, I can just check my cup into my eco friendly toiletries bag. It takes up next to no space, yet it’s there if I need it.
Read more about travelling with your period here.
Shop for a Lunette Cup here
I’ve used RMS Beauty blush for three years now, without any complaints whatsoever. The packaging is recyclable and I like the colours.
I don’t really ever wear foundation anymore, as it dries my skin out. A swipe of blush on the cheekbones and a bit of lippy does the trick.
A good diet, plenty of water and a bit of sweaty exercise a few times a week is all one’s skin needs, I reckon.
Shop for RMS blush here
A long-lasting toiletries bag
Finally, you’ll need something to house all these eco-friendly products in!
Look for something long-lasting, or even made out of recycled materials.
Shop for a toiletries bag here
And that’s my eco-friendly toiletries bag, in a nutshell.
What do you keep in your eco friendly toiletries bag? Any other additions to suggest?
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