October 27, 2015

My 4-Item Beauty Routine

Since adopting a Zero Waste lifestyle three years ago, I have transitioned away from all store bought products, minimized my beauty routine, and simplified my life. 

How have I done this? By making all of my own products.
I used to have dozens of beauty products. Multiple lotions, creams, deodorant, toothpaste... all of these things that society seemed to be telling me that I needed. Truthfully, I bought into it, I really thought I needed them. But when I transitioned to a Zero Waste lifestyle, it turned out that I didn’t need most of the products that I was certain that I did, in fact, I only needed four.
My Zero waste beauty routine is now clean and simple: I wake up in the morning and brush my teeth with toothpaste that I make myself, moisturize with my own face oil blend and body lotion, and keep all stinkiness away using my homemade deodorant. I repeat this routine at night. That’s it. Four items and zero waste.
You might be thinking... “​That must be SO time consuming, making all of her own products!”, ​“​I can’t do that”, ​or “​I can’t afford it”​. But the truth is, it is neither time consuming nor inaccessible. In fact, making my own products has saved me a lot of time. In addition to that, it has saved me money, kept toxic chemicals out of my body, and resulted in less trash entering landfill.

I save time.

One of the biggest responses I get when I tell people that I make my own products is, “​ but doesn't that take so much time!?”​ Nope, it really doesn’t Most of these products don’t take more than a few minutes to make, which is exponentially less time than I would spend walking to the store and back to buy an item. Making my own beauty products is much faster than buying them! For example, for me to go and buy toothpaste at the store would take me about 20 minutes. Making it at home takes about 30 seconds. Don’t believe me? Check out this video of me making it.
I save money.
Going to the store and buying beauty products was not at all cost effective. I’d be lucky if I escaped a pharmacy without spending upwards of $40.00 on a couple of things. Now, instead of paying $6.00 for a natural toothpaste, I pay about $.40 for the same amount. Instead of paying $14 + dollars for lotion, I spend about $1 - $2 to make mine. Besides being drastically less expensive, they are also better for the environment.
I keep toxins out of my body.
This is the primary reason that I started making my own cleaning products. I began learning about some of the ingredients that were lurking in both conventional and more sustainable products: triclosan, ​potentially carcinogenic and disruptive of the endocrine system, a​ nd sodium lauryl sulfate (​SLS), possibly contaminated with 1-4 dioxane, a carcinogen, a​ mongst a long list of others​.​ Realizing that product manufacturers had the ability to put toxic chemicals in the products I was buying, and that by buying them, I was putting myself at risk, I decided to begin making my own products to have complete control over what I put in and on my body. Instead of chemicals, I make all of my products using organic, vegan, and fair-trade ingredients, all of which I would be A-OK if ingested.
I keep trash out of landfills.

Besides saving you time, being less expensive, and healthier, making my own products is super sustainable. When you think of conventionally packaged beauty products they typically come packaged in... plastic. A lot of the time it is plastic that is not recyclable and thus ends right in landfill or in our oceans resulting in pollution. NO BUENO. Instead I buy the simple and easy to find ingredients for my homemade products in bulk or package free and put them into refillable and washable containers to use over and over again, preventing any trash from being created.
It has been over three years that I have been making my own products and I have never looked back. Having control over what I use means that if I get bored of a scent or want to try something new, I can. I have that freedom. I can change my moisturizing oils seasonally, the scent of my deodorant in minutes, and the flavor of my toothpaste in seconds.
I began making my own products to decrease toxins and trash from my life, but what I gained was time, money, and freedom from companies telling me what I should buy, how much it needs to cost, and what they believe is best for me. Every person is different and we all like different products, scents, and ingredients. By making my four everyday products myself I now I have the ability to have each one be exactly how I want them to be!




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  1. How do you store this? Does it need to be refrigerated or is it fine at room temp? How long does it keep?

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  2. I switched to using a razor like yours to cut back on waste. How do you make your own shaving cream. I couldn't use the straight razor without lather.

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  3. What do you use instead of shower gel/ soap?

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  4. I'd love to know what oils you use on your face :)

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  6. I tried the toothpaste recipe and it's great! Thanks for posting that! What deodorant recipe do you use? I've been looking around online for a good one and there's a TON of variety.

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  9. Dear Lauren , I love this was of living. What would you suggest if you can't find the ingredients zero waste or have to order some per Internet with all the packaging? Do you find all you need in a local shop?
    Thank you so much for the inspiration!
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  11. Hi Lauren!
    Are you thinking of making a video of how you make your deodorant and well as your fail oil blend? Do you have a cleanser as well that you've made yourself? :)
    Keep up the good work, you're such an inspiration!

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  12. Hi Lauren!
    Thank you foe your good work and being an inspiration to so many of us!
    I was also curious about other aspects of your beauty routine. I'm guessing you use (bulk, package free) soap bars for washing/cleaning hands/body/face? But what about hair wash? Do you use soap for that as well? And conditioner?
    And what about makeup? Would be great to know some more. Many thanks all the way from Sweden! / Fru (=Mrs) Lind

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  13. Question - for something like the whipped body butter, if you put it on before you go to bed does it get all over your sheets?

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  14. I love your toothpaste and body butter recipes! Would love to know what you use to wash your gorgeous hair :-)

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  16. This is really interesting!
    How do you store it? And how long does it last?

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  17. thank you for being you

    you are such an inspiration

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  18. I saw this video and teach how can i brush teeth and save time every morning.And also know this product life value three years.Thanks for share this valuable post.

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  19. Hi Lauren - i'd love to use this but am slightly wary due to having read that baking soda can be too abrasive and therefore damage your tooth enamel... there seem to be lots of conflicting views out there, interested to hear whether you may have researched this?

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  20. Hi Lauren!
    How do you make your facial moisturizer and deal with occasional breakouts? I have tea tree oil which I heard is helpful, but I'm not sure how to use it on my face.
    Thanks bunches,
    Lucy :)

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  21. Adding to Kammei Chak's concerns (comment above), what about fluoride? This toothpaste doesn't seem to have any, but the American Dental Association website says that "All ADA-accepted toothpastes contain fluoride", because it has proven benefits. So a toothpaste without it might not be as effective in the long run. What do you think?
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  22. I just recently found out about this lifestyle, and I AM IN. I noticed you dont blog as much lately ( one post in sept and oct) and I reallly hope you post more! I love what you are doing! so inspiring.

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  23. Saludos desde Venezuela! excelente

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  24. This is so inspiring! Motives like producing less waste and keeping rubbish out of the landfills are amazing! I am also trying to keep trash out of the landfills. I work at a company (http://wastedisposallewisham.co.uk/) that is gathering trash and recycling it and I believe that this helping a lot! Thank you for sharing your experience. I would love to try homemade cosmetics and toothpaste! Why not!

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  25. Please post more! I must know more. Im moving out and into a place with my boyfriend and we'd like to jump right into this eco friendly lifestyle. That way theres no hassle of transition:)

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  26. Hi Lauren, Thanks for posting! I made it today but didn't have almond oil (so used sesame). It came out quite liquid and after whipping with an immersion blender for awhile definitely didn't "whip". Thinking the problem is where I live...in India where it is consistently over 80 degrees. Do you think that is it or is it something I messed up in the recipe?

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