February 15, 2016

My Zero Waste Bathroom Essentials

This video has been a long time coming! It is a complete list of everything I use in my bathroom in my beauty routine! I hope you love it :)

Here's what I use: 
Organic Corn Starch - as dry shampoo
Baking soda- exfoliant or pimple remover
Zero Waste toothpaste- applied with my bamboo toothbrush (recipe below)
    Bamboo Toothbrush can be found HERE
Face Oil - I love calendula oil or sweet almond oil
Zero Waste Body Butter (recipe below)
Zero Waste Deodorant (recipe below)
Stainless Steel Safety Razor
Soap: I use a package free, Organic, vegan soap 


85 comments:

  1. Thanks for this great inspiration!

    Greetings from Germany,
    Fiona

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  3. You are such an inspiration! Im starting this journey, already made my thoothpaste. Thank you! Love from Argentina, Inés

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  4. Hi, Lauren I got a question, you just use corn starch for wash your hear or you use soap as well?
    And I loved the post, you inpired me to live a Zero Waste lifestyle thanks a lot

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    1. I just use corn starch as a dry shampoo. I use bar soap as shampoo.

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    2. So I tried to use bar soap as shampoo, but it ended up still looking soiled and greasy when my hair dried. Am I doing something wrong, or is this just how it works at first?

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    3. Hi Sarah, I use a normal bar of soap, too, to wash my hair. It can be a mess if you have a lot of lime (Is this the right english word for it? What makes the water hard?) in your tap water, because the soap reacts with the lime and creates a greasy layer on your hair. Then you have to do a sour rinse (= self made conditioner): Take 1 liter of water and 2 Tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice and rinse your hair with it. You won't smell the vinegar or juice after your hair has dried.

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  5. Has the face oil ever caused a breakout? I ask because I'm in my late 20s and still have acne prone skin.

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    1. Olive oil and calendula oil are really good for oily acneic skins ! Not all oils are greasy as we understand the word!

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    2. No, never, and contrary to what you would think oil is actually great for acne prone skin! :)

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  6. Also, has your homemade deodorant ever caused staining to clothing? I'm currently using a "naked" deodorant from LUSH but am looking forward to making my own.

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    1. Not in my experience, however, it could also depend on how much you sweat.

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  7. Super inspiring - thanks for posting! I just created a capsule wardrobe yesterday and am moving this direction with my bathroom but more examples are always helpful :) Hooray for less clutter!

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  8. I am currently in the transition stage to zero waste. I have been testing out castille bar soap as shampoo, but it seems to leave a residue in my hair. I have read that doing a rinse with apple cider vinegar or lemon water can prevent this. Do you use a rinse Lauren or how do you prevent this from happening? Thanks for all the inspiration!

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    1. Don't use castile soap like dr. bronners in your hair. It is really drying. Try a handmade organic soap, often they sell them at farmers markets or at your natural food store.

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    2. I rinse. I use 1 Liter of tap water and 2 or 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice (you can use vinegar as well. As soon as your hair dries, you won't smell it anymore). It removes the layer that has been built up by the reaction of the soap with the lime. Normally this should happen with any soap you use. Maybe there ist not much lime in your water, Lauren?

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  9. Thank you for sharing your bathroom essentials. You've really inspired me to become more conscious of my waste and reducing the amount of products I use. I've already tried your body butter and deodorant recipe and let me tell you, the body butter is to die for! :D Next on my list is to move on to using bar soap as shampoo. I've tried J.R.Liggett's shampoo bar but it left my hair feeling like I'd dipped in it powder. Can you please share which soap bars you have tried and that have worked great on you? Thank you for being such an inspiration

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    1. I really like Meow Meow Tweet's organic soaps. If you ask them, they can ship them without wrapping and totally plastic free (but you have to specify!) Also, it takes a bit of time for your scalp to adjust.

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    2. is that the meow meow tweet shampoo bar, or just the regular soap bar? also do you use anything for conditioner before or afterwards? coconut oil mask, apple cider vinegar rinse, etc?

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  10. Hi, Lauren! I'm gonna try the toothpaste for the first time. I've seen recipes suggesting 1 tbsp of baking soda to 1 tbsp of the oil. Have you tried it with this different proportion too? Thanks.

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    1. Check out my recipe: http://www.trashisfortossers.com/2013/10/zero-waste-toothpaste.html

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  11. Hi Lauren!

    I'm following your posts for a long time and realy like to life a zero waste-live just like you. But for me it is extremely hard. In my town it is complicate to go shopping with own containers and nowhere I can buy unpacked products (except for fruits and vegetables). For example, with the butcher: There are so strict hygiene regulations that they may not lay the product in brought bowls. And also then one buys more plastic as packaging than food.
    I find your lists to alternative products really great! Nevertheless, I would not like to throw away all plastic products that is already in my flat. I would rather replace it, after it is broken or is used up.
    To your 'bathroom' post it would still interest me what you use as (an everyday) shampoo and where you get the product. I have very long, thick hair which starts getty oily right the other day and am angry every time at the fact how much shampoo I need to the hair wash and how much garbage I produce with it. Moreover, I do not think that everything which is included in the offered shampoos, is really well for hair and environment.

    As well, I realy liked your posts about your trip through Europe. Especialy your visit in Berlin. Could you name some more stores which resemble 'Unverpackt' and where they are to be found? That would be great!

    Thanks for everything what you do for us and our earth! There should be much more people like you!

    Lots of love from Germany!
    Jeannin

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    1. Hey! About your hair getting oily real quick, I used to have that, til I went to No Poo.. There's a group on Facebook if you're interested, and tons of blogs and websites about it also. Basically, the idea is that the more you wash your hair with shampoo (full of aggressive chemicals that strip your hair of its natural oils), the more your hair produces those oils because it needs them! I'm not saying you should go all full on grease ball, but the more your prolong your washes (like every 2nd day, then every 3Rd day and maybe eventually every 4th day and so on and so forth), the longer it will take for your hair to get greasy. The second part is to use something other than commercial shampoo to wash your hair, there are lots of methods/recipes available on the net. I can now last 7-10 days between washes! :)

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  12. Not sure if I missed it somewhere, but what about dental floss?

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    1. I watched a video on floss and you can use a couple threads from organic fabric. Just roll them up, use and compost. :)

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    2. I watched a video on floss and you can use a couple threads from organic fabric. Just roll them up, use and compost. :)

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    3. I haven't run out of dental floss yet but I might try using some of the organic thread I've been using to make produce bags. My only worry is that it will shred my gums.

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    5. I was looking for a zero waste alternative to string dental floss, but I couldn't find one here in my country (Philippines), and a gum stimulator can't help push food debris out of my tight-knit teeth. But then I discovered this portable water flosser, called Pocket Flosser, in Kickstarter and I think it's a great alternative!

      Water flossers works just as good, or even better, than dental floss. It's basically water pressure pushing food debris (and even plaque) off. What's great about this is that it doesn't need any electricity or even batteries so you don't have to worry about energy. It only requires easy manual hand pump to accumulate pressure then it's just as good. While this doesn't necessarily fit in your pockets (as the name may suggest, the pocket actually refers to spaces in between the teeth), I still think it's a better alternative to those pricey and stationary water flossers, and it's still very handy when traveling. This pump is made of BPA-free food-grade silicon. It's also better because it's only a one-time purchase and you don't have to worry about running out or disposing anything. :) Plus, it won't hurt your fingers and gums!

      If you would love to get this product, you can get them here:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1781019896/pocket-flosser-flossing-made-simple-and-pain-free/description

      Spread the word to help this product come to life! :)

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  14. Hey! I'm getting into this,but how do you obtain your ingredients trash free?

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  15. Can you provide a source list for all your ingredients? I often have trouble finding them plastic-free!

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  16. Oooh. So awesome. I'm going to try using bar soap for shampoo once my current bottle runs out. I use arrowroot powder for dry shampoo and I add a little bergamot oil to it.

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  17. I do a lot of the things that you describe here. My next challenge is washing my hair trash-free. Would you please talk at more length about using soap to wash your hair? Any particular kinds of soap? Any tips about how to do it? Like you, I have longish and very thick hair. I just can't imagine using a bar of soap.

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  18. Hello, I was wondering if the toothpaste makes your teeth sensitive at all? That's one thing that I've been nervous about trying since I've previously got sensitive teeth from a natural toothpaste. But I wonder if this will be different then that. Thanks for answering.

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  19. Hi Lauren, thanks for your posts - very inspiring! What do you recommend for hair conditioner? I've tried making my own a couple times with different kinds of oils/butters, and each recipe has left my hair greasy or dried out

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  20. I LOVE your blog, it's so inspiring! One question... do you use a conditioner on your hair?

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  21. what about baking soda being very bad for your teeth??

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  22. what about baking soda being very bad for your teeth??

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  23. Hi there! Do you wear makeup? Any suggestions there?

    Thanks for this!

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  25. Hello! I'm just wondering, what do you do with the razor blade once it has dulled?

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  26. Awesome! I was wondering about sunscreen.. do you use any? Any tips for replacing tradicional sunscreen by a zero waste one?

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  27. Awesome! I was wondering about sunscreen.. do you use any? Any tips for replacing tradicional sunscreen by a zero waste one?

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  28. Hey Lauren,
    You are so inspirational, keep on getting your message out there becsuse it will spread!
    I do have one question; I have two lovely dogs that sometimes pee in the house, and was wondering if you knew a natrual way to grt rid of the smell and clean it properly.
    Thanks,
    Anon

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  29. How do you wipe your butt?
    How do you shave your legs?

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    1. On Lauren's "Zero Waste Alternatives: The Ultimate List" she lists Seventh Generation natural recycled unbleached toilet paper and an old-fashioned metal safety razor. Here's a link to that list: http://www.trashisfortossers.com/2013/08/zero-waste-alternatives-ultimate-list.html

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  30. Hi Lauren,

    I absolutely love you blog. You have been a huge inspiration to me. I will be purchasing my safely razor here in the next few days and I've done a little bit of research on how to use it. Do you find that you need to use the brush and a shaving cream, or does your soap bar create enough of a lather? Please let me know! I can't wait to try it out!

    ~ Carly

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  31. I really like to clean my ears with q tips....how do you clean yours? looking for some ideas :)
    (don't say my finger cos it doesn't feel like it does a good enough job!! hehe)

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  32. hi Lauren, this could looks like a joke, but is not. I'm really curious to know if you use toilet paper, if you don't, could you tell me what you do, especially when you are using a public toilet, please?
    thank you

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    1. In another one of her posts she talks about zero waste alternatives and says she uses a Recycled Natural Unbleached Toilet Paper and even has a link to the brand she recommends. This is the post! http://www.trashisfortossers.com/2013/08/zero-waste-alternatives-ultimate-list.html

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  33. Hi Lauren. I love what you're doing and I'm slowly trying to get plastics out of my life. I tried the tooth paste that you showed in your videos but the mint didn't seem like enough. I added a lot more but still feel it isn't enough. Do you ever feel like your breath isn't very fresh with using it? Last night I went to bed and forgot to brush so this morning I felt like the tooth paste that I made copying your recipe didn't make me feel like my mouth smelt fresh and clean enough. I don't know if I should add more mint or what. I'm thinking of adding clove powder or cardamom powder. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

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    1. It is something you have to get used to. We are used to think that minty= clean, but that is not the case. As long as your teeth are clean (which is achievable with this recipe) your breath should be fine (unless there is another issue). When I stopped using regular toothpaste I felt the same way and was self conscious, but you get used to it.

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  34. Hello Lauren. I'm going to ask this since no one is doing it. I don't mean to be rude. I think you are missing something very important here, something that we use everyday in the bathroom. Toilet paper. I saw a video were you stated that 1 year of your thrash could fit in a small glass jar. Now, it's been bother me that you talk about "zero waste" in your bathroom but never mention this. So, how do you do it? Sorry, i had to ask.

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  35. I use a couple of teaspoons of baking soda mixed with water as shampoo, and finish with a apple cider vinegar and water rinse. The hair feels really clean afterwords, and you don't smell the vinegar. I have really thick and long hair, so I think it would work for most people.

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  37. Hello,
    I just wanted to thank you for your toothpaste recipe. I've been using it for a few weeks now and I like it!
    Julie

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  38. Baking soda and even bar soap were too drying for my hair. Now I use J.R. Liggett's shampoo bar: it gets all the dirt out and leaves my hair soft and smooth. I spray my hair with vinegar and water solution after washing.

    The secret to using oil on your face without causing breakouts is to choose an oil with a low comedogenic rating. Sweet almond oil has a low rating of 2, coconut oil - a higher rating of 3, and always breaks me out. Everyone's skin is different so experiment to find what oil works for you. Start with oils that have the lowest factor to be on the safe side.

    8-Item Self-Care Routine for a Zero Waste Bathroom

    /Natalie

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  39. What about covering bad breath, including morning breath that the tooth brushing doesn't completely fix as well as dental floss? two things I cant come up with solutions for. Any help please.

    Thanks

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  40. About the toothpaste recipe, I live in the tropics and here, organic coconut oil is not like that white lumpish thing. It's proper oil, so how am I to make my own toothpaste??

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  42. This is awesome! What do you for flossing!

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    1. I use a tooth scrapper like the hygienist would use.
      https://www.amazon.com/Dental-Tartar-Scraper-Remover-Set/dp/B004GGA7BG

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    2. I was looking for a zero waste alternative to string dental floss, but I couldn't find one here in my country (Philippines), and a gum stimulator can't help push food debris out of my tight-knit teeth. But then I discovered this portable water flosser, called Pocket Flosser, in Kickstarter and I think it's a great alternative!

      Water flossers works just as good, or even better, than dental floss. It's basically water pressure pushing food debris (and even plaque) off. What's great about this is that it doesn't need any electricity or even batteries so you don't have to worry about energy. It only requires easy manual hand pump to accumulate pressure then it's just as good. While this doesn't necessarily fit in your pockets (as the name may suggest, the pocket actually refers to spaces in between the teeth), I still think it's a better alternative to those pricey and stationary water flossers, and it's still very handy when traveling. This pump is made of BPA-free food-grade silicon. It's also better because it's only a one-time purchase and you don't have to worry about running out or disposing anything. :) Plus, it won't hurt your fingers and gums!

      If you would love to get this product, you can get them here:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1781019896/pocket-flosser-flossing-made-simple-and-pain-free/description

      Spread the word to help this product come to life and go zero waste! :)

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  43. Super curious about why your refrigerator appeared completely empty.

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  45. Finally!! I am already making my lotion and deodorant, but I could not find a toothpaste recipe that I liked. I was using lush toothy tabs which come in cardboard packaging so at least I could recycle that, but they are soooo expensive. Glad I found this.

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  46. Hi can you let me know the brand of organic essential oil you use that is food grade?? I have not been able to find any ?? thanks

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  47. Hi Lauren,
    I ask you about the soap. My English is not so good, so I don't understand what kind of it is.
    Thanks,
    Fruzsina

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  49. Just curious if you make your own shampoo or buy a naked alternative. I myself am using a shampoo bar from lush but I'd love to hear what you're using.

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