It’s funny how when it comes to taking care of our own personal hygiene and taking the time to look for the right products both for us and for the environment, everything else seems to come first. We take our reusable bag to the supermarket yet we buy our toothpaste in bulk and go for the big shampoo bottle. We go out of our way to make a healthy dinner, yet we can’t even take 10 minutes to take care of ourselves right before bed. And don’t even get us started on the mornings.
Today we want you to make your self-care a priority. It doesn’t have to be more than 10 more minutes in the morning and another 10 more during the evening. We only want you to take care of yourself and take care of the planet while you’re at it.
We are well aware that finding natural products that are good for you but that also reduce the carbon footprint on the planet is not an easy job. That’s why we want to help you by sharing our sustainable morning and nighttime routine with you. Let’s begin.
Good morning! ☀️
The toothbrush and the toothpaste
There are two types of debates in the world: the ones that are healthy and productive, and those that are better not to get into from the beginning. The latter usually begins with an apparently simple question and finishes with… well, it simply doesn’t finish. One example is the age-old debate of the chicken and the egg. The other is equally as dangerous: should you brush your teeth before or after breakfast?
Since we do want finish this article at some point, we figured we’d skip this question and head straight into the nitty-gritty.
You have two options:
The bamboo toothbrush: easy to find at any organic store or herbal shop, biodegradable and compostable (the bamboo that is). It is key however that you find ones with the black bristles. They tend to last longer and don’t disintegrate like most bristles in these type of toothbrushes do. We personally like these ones from Yaweco.
Replaceable head toothbrush: Most of them are still made out of plastic, but the good thing is you only need to buy one and then simply replace the heads whenever you need to.
And if you can, get a hybrid: a replaceable head bamboo toothbrush.
It’s impressive the amount of things we know are not good for us, yet we still decide to look the other way because it’s easier than to find an alternative for it. One of those things is toothpaste.
That’s why we’ve decided to make the research ourselves and provide you with one of the best options in the market at the moment: Georganics.
This zero-waste natural toothpaste comes in a 60 ml recyclable glass jar that’s perfect for travelling and sharing with others at home. While many natural toothpastes use the ‘stick your toothbrush inside of the jar’ method, this one goes one step further and comes with its own little wooden spatula. No need to be sharing germs with the whole family. Also, it comes in a lot of different flavours, so you can always switch to another if it turns out you’re not into coconut after all. One thing to take into consideration: don’t except it to look as bubbly as your normal toothpaste usually does. It’s a natural product so even if it looks different, trust us: it will work the same. Minus the fluoride and the SLS, of course.
Now it’s time for a shower. No plastics this time.
Seems impossible, right? How am I going to wash my hair without my bottle of shampoo? Well, maybe knowing this helps: a million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number is projected to jump another 20% by 2021. This equates to about 20,000 bottles being bought every second.
Now that we know the sad reality behind the use of plastic bottles, we can go ahead and discuss the benefits of using a shampoo bar. Take a look at a bottle of shampoo. Notice that the first ingredient is usually water? This explains why you typically would need a healthy dollop of product to get the performance you want. Shampoo bars on the other hand, are very concentrated, meaning you can use less per application and they will last longer.
Same as with normal shampoos, shampoo bars come in all shapes and sizes, and some are good and others not so much. We like our bars to make bubbles so that it feels like we are washing our hair and not just wetting it for the sake of it. We personally love this Idaro one: ‘enriched with 5 essential oils, (it) not only provide(s) hydration, but also the strength from the rosemary and the juniper, the protection from the lavender, the anti-inflammatory properties of the sage, and the activation of the blood circulation in our capillary vessels from the sweet fennel’.
Another great thing is that these shampoos take up very little space when it comes to travelling and won’t cause any trouble at airport security.
Body soap & hand soap bars
We know it’s not an easy task to find a soap bar that doesn’t leave you with the roughness sensation they usually leave you with. This BCS soap is almost completely made out of natural components. Its main ingredient is olive oil. Forget about those stubborn dry patches: this will do the trick. BCS is a Spanish distributing company, pioneer in the search and commercialisation of personal hygiene products, most of them free from parabens and silicones.
And after the shower, the creams.
Let’s talk about ComfortZone. ComfortZone is a brand that’s characterised by their transparency and their care when it comes to the formulas of their products. They are environmentally conscious and have an entire line with Zero Impact products. The line is called ‘Sacred Nature’ and their products have highly effective formulas, rich in natural and organic ingredients that respect the complicated natural balance of our planet with no impoverishment of resources.
By adhering to LifeGate’s Zero Impact Project the carbon dioxide emissions generated by the production of the packaging for the Sacred Nature line are offset by the purchasing of carbon credits generated by operations of forests’ creation and protection in Italy, Costa Rica and Madagascar, as established by the Kyoto Protocol. Accordingly, ComfortZone helps developing the vegetation required to restore oxygen that is extracted from the environment.
We fell in love with ComfortZone before they came out with this line, so all the recommendations we have for you unfortunately do not fall into the specifics of the line. However, packaging of all lines is produced using the minimum possible quantity of material, and the predominant use of primary packaging only, to limit outer packs; when necessary, these are recycled or recyclable and compostable. Packaging uses single materials, easily separated to facilitate waste differentiation.
Last but not least, the deodorant.
Mineral alum stone
Very important not to mix it with its synthetic counterpart. Make sure the label says ‘potassium alum’ and not ‘ammonium alum’.
This natural deodorant in the shape of a crystal stone gets activated with water or when in contact with wet skin. It’s a mineral free from toxic components deodorant, made from aluminium sulfate and potassium salts, which makes it stay on the top layer of our skin and doesn’t penetrate, unlike what happens with the synthetic stone. This deodorant has no smell, which means that although you won’t smell like roses or eucalyptus, you won’t smell bad either. You won’t smell at all, actually. We believe sweat is good. Thanks to the sweat we produce, our body is able to get rid of toxins, regulate our temperature and keep our pH in balance. This deodorant will stop you from smelling, but it won’t stop you from sweating. Finding this stone in its true form and without any sort of packaging can be done if you have access to a herbal shop. However if you don’t, you can always buy it at an organic store and use the little plastic case it comes in to store your bobby pins.
After a long day comes a short nighttime routine 🌙
Now it’s time for the wonderful task that is taking your makeup off or simply removing the lovely dirt and pollution from your face that comes with living in a city (if you happen to live in one). We like to use the Comfort Zone Sublime Skin micellar water with our reusable makeup wipes.
Reusable bamboo makeup wipes
The days of using toilet paper to remove your makeup because you forgot to buy some cotton pads on your way home from work are over! These Reusable Bamboo Makeup wipes from Earth Sider don’t only benefit the Earth, they will also save you tons of money on single-use wipes. Each one made of biodegradable gentle bamboo fabric that can be washed and reused over and over. It includes a mesh bag that makes washing your wipes easy — simply toss the used wipes in the washing machine and hang them to dry! The bag is also great for travelling and storage of your new reusable makeup wipes.
And there you have it. With only 10 more minutes and a conscious shop next time you buy your personal care products, you will not only have an environmentally conscious routine but it will also be simple, easy and sustainable.