Ever notice how the main goal of a shower is to clean your body, but somehow we need 15 different types of products to achieve that?! The bathroom is a notorious hole for packaged products, from face washes, to moisturizers, to shampoo and conditioner, body washes, creams, scrubs and more. When I first took a hard look at what was actually in my bathroom, it was seriously overwhelming. I had items that had been given to me, 3 different types of shampoo and body wash, soap bars, 4 tubes of toothpaste...But with a quick audit of what I actually do in my bathroom (wash my hair, shave my legs, brush my teeth) it didn't take me long to realize that I could easily make sustainable changes and be mindful of what I was bringing in.
It's taken some work, but I've finally narrowed down the products I keep in my bathroom. Take a look at three of my non-negotioable bathroom products outlined below. Next up is toothpaste and toothbrush.
1. Nourishing shampoo + conditioner bar
Finish the shampoo and conditioner you have, rinse and recycle the bottles, and never look back.
I've been using this set from Unwrapped Life for a little over a month now and though it took me a minute to get the hang of the conditioner bar (I found it works best when I lather directly into my hair rather than in my hands first), I am 100% hooked! They arrived at my door step packaged in recyclable cardboard, which I love, and they smell delicious (I ordered the Bora Bora scent). The beauty of this is both bars can double as a shaving cream! With it's rich lather, the shampoo makes my hair soft, shiny and bouncy, and I just don't see the need for conventional cleansers anymore. These are basically the same size as when I got them too (highly recommend a well-draining holder), so I imagine these will last me months and months.
2. Safety razor
Stop using your Schick, Venus, Bic...whatever, and get yourself a safety razor.
Honestly, I don't think I've ever owned anything cuter than this pink one from Well Kept. It works so well and I basically feel like a vintage pin-up when I use it. This razor came with a huge package of straight razors as well that I won't be going through anytime soon so I know I am getting my money's worth every time I use it (I think I paid $75 about 6 months ago, including razors). As the blades get dull I just swap it out, and save the blades in a glass jar until I have enough to drop at the depot - since they're sharp I don't want to just put them in my everyday metal recycling as they can also clog the separation machines.
I don't miss for a second over-paying for razors at the drug store and throwing unnecessary shit away.
Swap out all of your exfoliating creams and lotions (and their plastic packaging) for this little wonder.
Great for stimulating circulation and your lymphatic system, I love dry-brushing before a shower a couple of times a week. I'd like to get a larger one for a good full-body scrub, but this mini version is great for the bikini area, chest, hard to reach places etc...Made from jute, a rough natural fibre commonly used to make twine, rope and sacks, this is a great staple to keep in your bathroom.
1. Shampoo Bar 2. Conditioner Bar 3. Pine Soap Dish 4. Safety Razor 5. Dry-brush