One of my personal New Years resolutions this year is to live more low waste. I’m a minimalist and on a seemingly eternal makeup no-buy, but I notice I still produce a lot of beauty waste. This year I’m testing out a ton of low waste beauty swaps, and here are a few so far that I wanted to share. The best part? They are all really affordable!
This is the swap I’m most excited about. I’m a skin care nut, and in the past it wasn’t unusual for me to go through 4-6 cotton squares in one day. I love using cotton rounds for toner, micellar water, and waterproof makeup remover. That is so much waste if you think about it! I found these on Amazon and the swap has been so seamless. Run these through the wash with your regular towel load, just use the little pouch this set comes with or a lingerie laundry bag of your own.
Wash your body, brushes, sponges, laundry delicates, and so many other things with this versatile bar soap. I love the peppermint scent but there’s an entire line of other scent options. It’s cruelty-free, vegan, all natural, and biodegradable.
One of my favorite multi-purpose oils. Use it for makeup remover, body oil, bath oil, cuticle oil, or as a moisturizer. A lot of jojoba oils are packaged in plastic, but if you’re cutting down on the total amount of single use plastics you’re consuming I think that’s a small win. If you know of a jojoba oil packed in a glass container, please let me know.
Before dry shampoo was widely available, many hair stylists recommended baby powder for extending your style between washing. I don’t have a particular recipe for this at home, but you can use either baby powder, cornstarch, arrowroot powder, and a dash of essential oils to your liking. A sprinkle of powder will absorb excess oil.
This is a new-to-me product I’m testing out, and it’s such a smart idea! Instead of using disposable facial razors, try this low waste option that never dulls. It’s a spring that works faster than plucking, and is totally safe for sensitive skin. I love dermaplaning, but getting regular treatments can be expensive. This is a low waste and more affordable at-home option.