Going Green in the Bathroom

Another going green! This time the focus is the bathroom. It’s SO astounding to me how many products can be toxic and bad for you in the bathroom. In all honesty, this is a very on-going place of transition for us because I’m finding this one to be a bit more expensive. I had mentioned in my post about going green in the kitchen that it’s currently not at all my goal to go zero-waste. But. I do want to reduce our waste greatly. There is SO much waste from the bathroom- literally everything is housed in a plastic bottle or made with non-recyclable materials. So this is an area where we’re still learning, still improving, and still finding things to do better.

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Going Green in the Bathroom

Love Planet + Beauty $6.99 (Herbal Essences, $5.99)

I hate buying shampoo and conditioner. It’s way too overwhelming to me, and I honestly have never noticed a difference between the brands. I picked up Love Planet + Beauty because it actually rated pretty good on the Think Dirty App AND it was really comparable in price to what I usually buy.

I LOVE this shampoo and conditioner! It’s lasting me forever, I haven’t had an issue with dry scalp since I started using it, and it smells so clean and natural. I do want to try a shampoo bar when this runs out to get better at not using so many plastic bottles. But as a better alternative, I really like this one!

Hello Bello $5.98 (Johnson + Johnson, $4.92)

We switched the kids’ Johnson and Johnson to Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s Hello Bello brand. I’m a tad obsessed with them anyway, so give me a clean baby line owned by them and I’m sold. Not to mention, I feel so good about this shampoo/body wash for the kids. I can understand all of the ingredients. It legit just smells like lavender oil, so I know there’s no gross, fake fragrance. It lathers so well and only takes a pump, so it’s lasting longer than I thought it might, too! The price is really comparable, and I Iove supporting a company whose goal is to provide clean items for a more affordable price.

Coconut Oil $6.92 (Makeup remover wipes, $5.97)

I know people have been on the coconut oil bandwagon for a long time now, but I haven’t usually been able to deal with the smell. I don’t know why, I really hate the smell of coconut oil. However, I was spending a small fortune on makeup remover wipes. Not only was it costly, but wipes create a lot of waste. I had heard of coconut oil as makeup remover and decided to try it. It took me a while to deal with the smell, but it does work really well. I rub it all over my face, then wipe it off with a washcloth and proceed to wash my face. It creates a few extra steps and that’s a bit annoying, but I’m not even halfway through a container of coconut oil, and I already feel like I’ve saved quite a few packs of wipes.

I also feel great knowing I’m not wiping super harsh chemicals on my face. I know they do make clean makeup remover wipes, but again, I’m not all about the waste they make and the cost. This is relatively easy, cheap, and a little extra moisturizing, which is nice since I have dry skin. I’ve also heard you can use coconut oil as shaving cream…bringing myself to try that one!

Botanics Skincare $9.99 for cleanser

In addition to switching coconut oil for makeup wipes, I’ve switched my whole skincare from Dermologica to Botanics. Full disclosure- I received a few items from Botanics as a collab on Instagram. BUT. That was a few months ago. Still use this twice a day and went and bought a few other products of theirs. It’s 82% organic and has really clean ingredients, so I feel SO good about using this on my skin. I am a cheap person, so I think going and buying all of the products at once is expensive. I lucked out with receiving the cleanser, toner, facial oil, and moisturizer as a collab, so then I just purchased the eye cream and night moisturizer.

This was received this about 2-3 months ago and JUST had to rebuy the moisturizer. When I was previously using Dermologica, I had to buy moisturizer about once a month. That was $42 compared to Botanics’ $16, so definitely saving a ton. I also just feel like this is a lot more gentle on my skin!

I’ve also started mixing a drop of lavender oil into my night and day moisturizer, and I gotta say- I feel like I’ve noticed a bug difference in the evenness of my skin! It’s not so splotchy and my break out areas aren’t quite so red. I tried Frankincense oil for a while because I had heard that was supposed to be good for your skin. Honestly, I didn’t notice much difference with that oil, but I do with lavender. (I know saying I have breakouts is not a selling point for a skincare. I’m mostly blaming my diet and lack of water. It’s just a small area on my cheek that legit will not go away, no matter what. It’s been like, a year. Slowly getting better, though.)

Bamboo Toothbrushes $8.90 (Oral B, $12.99)

This one has been on my list for a long time! I kept hearing about them, but honestly didn’t think toothbrushes were that bad. Then I realized that we change out toothbrushes about every 2-3 months. That’s a lot of plastic we are continually getting rid of. Bamboo is fully biodegradable and a completely renewable resource, so it’s a bigger change than I first thought. I also thought they’d be expensive, but turns out bamboo toothbrushes are way cheaper than the brand we used to buy! Less than $9 for 4 toothbrushes, which will last one person a whole year.

They also make kids’ toothbrushes, so I’ll be ordering those for Oliver and Zoey shortly. Full disclosure that I received some free for an Instagram post, but I’ve had them on my to-buy list forever, and I’m obsessed. Whenever it’s time for you to change out your toothbrush, switch to these.

Schmitt’s Deodorant $4.99 (Secret Clinical, $11.99)

Imma just preface with saying that I feel like this is so different for every person. I’ve tried Schmitt’s and Native. I HATED Native. It did not work at all. I literally smelled soooo bad. I’ve used the Charcoal + Magnesium and Lavender + Sage with Schmitt’s and love them both. I still sweat, as natural deodorant doesn’t stop sweat, but I don’t feel like I smell bad at all. However, I know some people love Native and hated Schmitt’s. I’ve also heard good things about Primally Pure deodorant. I think it really varies depending on your body and what you like. I like Schmitt’s not just because it works for me and smells great, the price is SO NICE. Previously I was an avid Secret Clinical person before this. I didn’t even think it worked, but Schmitt’s is half the price. Win win win.

I am a little curious about deodorants that come in cardboard applicators, as again, this is another plastic container. Those tend to be a little pricier, but maybe we’ll try that next!

Kids’ hello toothpaste $3.99

We were just using the Paw Patrol chemical filled stuff. We recently switched to this for the kids, and I love it! And they love it! The ingredients are minimal and broken down so I know what everything is doing. It’s naturally flavored and fluoride free. The kids seriously would eat this, they love it so much, and it’s $1 more than what we used to buy them.

Things to Change

We definitely still have a long way to go in the bathroom! Like I mentioned above, one of my biggest wants is to reduce the amount of waste and plastic bottles we have here. I’m slowly switching things out as they run out, though, so I know we’ll get there! When we run out of q-tips, we’ll be replacing those with bamboo cotton swabs. (They have lots of different brands on Amazon, but I like these because the packaging is fully recyclable/compostable.) These are pretty affordable and fully biodegradable and compostable, unlike q-tips with the plastic that sit in landfills. I’ll also be switching out both mine and Dan’s body washes for a bar of soap. A friend of mine makes homemade goats milk soap, so that’s what we’ll be buying! These are better because, obviously, you’re not throwing out a plastic bottle every time you finish one.

I’m also working on cutting back on hair products. I do use hair spray (oh hey, baby hairs). I have, however, cut out dry shampoo. This is NOT necessary!! There are so many homemade options, or some great eco-friendly dry shampoos. Some of these can get pricey, but this kind by Primally Pure is actually really affordable. If I start missing it, I’ll buy that brand, but currently it hasn’t bothered me.

One thing I need to start tackling, as well, is cleaner makeup. I’ll be honest- this is SO overwhelming to me! I know everyone and their mother that wants clean makeup ends up using BeautyCounter, so I may try that at some point. I do wear makeup quite a bit, so I really want to start making better choices here.

Lastly is toothpaste. This is actually really affordable, and I think we’re going to try the hello charcoal toothpaste when our tube of Crest is up. (I like the hello brand because it comes in cardboard boxes as opposed to plastic boxes that some other natural brands come in.) I have seen toothpaste tablets, and even paste that comes in a glass jar, and again, less plastic, so those are options we may explore in the future. Same with mouthwash- they make tablets!

Again, the bathroom can be really overwhelming for me because I feel like EVERYTHING we use in there is toxic or housed in plastic. This is a lengthy switch over to get everything to where I want it to be. But we are taking baby steps! Getting there slowly, and any improvement is better than nothing!

I’d love to hear where you’ve gone more green in the bathroom! Or ways that you reduce your waste! I’m always thinking I overlooked something, so share you knowledge with me!

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