While single-use synthetic cleansing wipes might be convenient, they’re not exactly eco-friendly. And as you know, anything that ends up in landfills or the Pacific Garbage Patch concerns us. Instead of contributing to the mess, try using a washcloth made from bamboo fibers or hemp. These organic fibers are a renewable resource that are not only gentle on your skin, but the earth too!
If you’re a frequent traveler or often find yourself in need of cleansing cloths, you can also spring for an earth-friendly option like WOTNOT’s facial wipes. They are 100% biodegradable and compostable, made with organic ingredients, and fragrance free.
According to Recyclebank.com, “two billion disposable, plastic razors are purchased each year!” We suggest exploring hair removal methods that are much more eco-friendly, such as waxing at a salon, or even epilation.
If waxing’s not your thing, you may consider less wasteful options like a rechargeable razor or a recycled one: check out the Preserve Triple Razor, made entirely out of recycled yogurt cups! It’s under $9, and there are tons of colors to choose from. It’s time to Schick it to the Man and reevaluate our wasteful hair removal methods!
Not all of us are blessed with frizz-free hair—in fact, most of us are not! Whether you’ve got a whole head of frizz, or just a few inconveniently placed fuzzies, you can tame your mane by using one natural ingredient: jojoba oil!
Jojoba oil is a liquid wax from the seed of the jojoba plant, and works moisturizing wonders in dry or heat-damaged hair. Apply a small amount (just a couple drops!) to wet hair and let sit for about 20 minutes. To allow the jojoba oil to penetrate the hair, wrap your hair in a shower cap and towel, as this will retain the heat from your scalp.
Afterward, just cleanse twice with a holistic shampoo, so as not to reverse the nourishment you just provided your hair! Try Use Me‘s cleanser for fine or dry/coarse hair.
Since unwashed makeup brushes can harbor breakout-causing bacteria, it’s a good idea to lather them up on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many commercial brush cleaners can contain harsh chemicals, so stick to gentle, non-toxic cleansers. Many beaut-istas swear by pure castile soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps (which are USDA certified organic and certified Fair Trade!).
You could also try these recipes that will extend the life of your brushes and your skin:
Witch hazel, lavender oil, and tea tree oil, as seen in this video.
Olive oil, liquid castile soap, and vinegar, as seen on Crunchy Betty.
Try making hair and facial masks using whole foods—it will limit your exposure to harsh chemicals and treat your skin and hair to the nutrients they need. Be sure to buy organically and locally whenever possible! Here are a couple recipes to nourish your body, inside and out:
Coconut Avocado Hair Mask
1 ripe avocado, mashed completely
1/2 cup coconut milk
3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Combine the coconut milk and olive oil—stirring rapidly to mix well—and add the mashed avocado. Warm the mixture on the stovetop until it’s slightly warm. Apply the mask from roots to ends, massaging it into your scalp. Leave on for at least 30 minutes or as long as you can, and then wash your hair with a gentle cleanser.
Reuse (or recycle) your empty cosmetics containers and beauty bottles! Instead of contributing to the ever-growing Pacific Garbage Patch, recycle your empty bottles and use small jars and containers to hold various household or office items. Since most beauty and hair products are not packaged in BPA-free bottles (like Use Me! Products), be wary of reusing plastic containers for other beauty products. After time, Bisphenol-A (BPA) will leach into products, much like it does with food and beverages. If you’re going to reuse containers for homemade beauty products, stick to metal, glass, or BPA-free plastic. Be safe and smart when it comes to refilling, reusing, and repeating!
It’s worth noting that there are certain brands that offer bonuses for returned packaging. M·A·C Cosmetics accepts returns of its primary packaging through the Back to M·A·C Program. By returning six M·A·C primary packaging containers, you’ll receive a free lipstick of your choice. In their customer recycling incentive program, tarte. offers 15% off your next purchase for returning empty primer, cheek stain, or foundation containers.