Sustainable hygiene and beauty products
As part of living a sustainable, environmentally conscious lifestyle, finding ways to decrease the amount of product waste in the bathroom was high on my to-do list. I feel that this is an area where a lot of waste can accumulate really quickly. The beauty and hygiene world is full of single-use and unrecyclable products.
I wanted to decrease the number of times I have to empty out my bathroom wastebasket. To do this, I researched and tried different sustainable beauty and hygiene alternatives. Some of these products I have been using and loving for years, while others are new to me. So, let’s get into it and learn how to keep our wastebaskets emptier for longer!
This is a new addition to my bathroom counter. I searched through several different sustainable toothbrush options but decided to give this one from Boie a try. What stood out about this toothbrush versus other sustainable options was that every part of this toothbrush is recyclable. Other options I looked into, the bristles of the toothbrush were never recyclable even if the handle was.
This is the Fine Toothbrush from Boie. I have sensitive teeth and gums and have always struggled with standard toothbrushes hurting my gums and the soft options not effectively cleaning my teeth. What I love about this toothbrush is that it is gentle enough that it doesn’t bother my gums but effectively brushes and cleans my teeth.
This toothbrush is $10 and comes in 6 different colors. The toothbrush head is replaceable and Boie offers a subscription plan option for all of their products. Like I said earlier, it is 100% recyclable, but if for some reason your local recycling program will not take them, Boie will take them back and recycle them for you (how nice is that!).
I am currently on my third replacement head for this toothbrush. The replacement heads are $5 each. I still love this toothbrush! Replacing the head is super easy, it just pops right off. They suggest you change the head about every 6 months. Will definitely continue to use and recommend this toothbrush!
I love using a Tongue Scraper to freshen breath instead of mouthwash. I have never really been a mouthwash user, I just don’t like the taste. In my opinion, using a tongue scraper, especially in the morning, is much more effective than using mouthwash and makes my mouth feel so much cleaner! There are many options on Amazon. This 3 pack is $7.99.
The Humble Co. Floss Picks
I love using floss picks to floss my teeth. They are so much easier to use than regular floss. I tried to use a water floss pick once and only succeeded in spraying water all over my bathroom.
The floss picks from The Humble Co. are made from plant-based materials, mainly corn starch and the packaging is paper. They work really well. I do notice that the floss frays a bit, but it has never broken and definitely gets the job done.
Still using and loving these floss picks! They are so convenient. Now that I have a permanent retainer on the back of several of my bottom teeth (I am finally done with my Invisalign!!), I can’t use these in that area. I still use these for the rest of my teeth and now use a water pick for the area where my retainer is.
I have talked about the OUI the People Rose Gold Safety Razor before (post here). I have been using this razor for almost two years now and I love it! This razor is currently on sale for $67.50 (originally $75) and the blade refills, 10 blades, is $11.
There is a bit of a learning curve with this razor, but once you get the hang of it (please be careful) it is very easy to use and gives a smooth shave. I love that the only thing that I have to replace is the single blade. Although this razor is a bit pricier initially, it really is overall less expensive than conventional razors in the long run.
100 Senses Ultimate Body Bar
I have a full review of The Ultimate Body Bar, but I wanted to include it here as well because it is such a versatile product. The Ultimate Body Bar from 100 Senses is a multi-purpose bar and can be used for body wash, shaving cream, and shampoo.
I know when I hear about multi-purpose beauty products I tend to think it’s kind of a scam and that it can’t possibly work for all things like 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner (I still don’t buy that). However, I use this bar exclusively for body wash, shampoo, and shaving cream and it works perfectly for all of them. It comes in four fragrance options including fragrance-free which is what I use. The Ultimate Body Bar is $26.
Boie Body Scrubber
Bye-bye loofahs! I picked up this Body Scrubber from Boie when I ordered the toothbrush so it is still somewhat new to me. However, I have been using it for several weeks and I really enjoy it. It suds nicely, although I think it would be a bit easier to get the suds going with a liquid body wash versus my body bar. But I can still get a good lather with it. The only negative thing for me is it can be a little tricky to hold sometimes.
The scrubber comes in the same six color options as the toothbrush. I really appreciate that it is antimicrobial because that was always something that concerned me with loofahs and sponges. It is exfoliating but gentle enough for daily use. It is 100% recyclable and, like the toothbrush, if you are unable to recycle it, Boie will recycle it for you. The Body Scrubber is $10.
I don’t use this body scrubber anymore, it just wasn’t for me. It was a little hard to hold and I didn’t feel like it held enough suds. I definitely think it is worth a try as it is relatively inexpensive, but it just didn’t work out for me. Currently, I use exfoliating gloves as a body washer so I am still on the hunt for a more sustainable option! Let me know if you have any recommendations!
Reusable Cotton Rounds
Switching to reusable cotton rounds is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to start reducing waste in the bathroom. Reusable cotton rounds are so much better than the conventional single-use cotton pad and not just for the environment.
Reusable cotton rounds are just as easy to use, they don’t shed white fuzzies on your face or eyelashes, and you don’t have to keep repurchasing. Just pop them in the wash with your other laundry and they’re good to go again. This set is less than $15 on Amazon.
Reusable Ear Swab
Reusable what?! I know it sounds al little strange and maybe a little gross… but when I found this I had to try it out.. and I made my husband try it too. A separate one for him obviously because I will share my life with him, but not my toothbrush or ear swab cause… EW!
I know cotton swabs seem so small and that they can’t possibly impact the environment that much. And maybe if only a handful of people were using them, it wouldn’t. But if all or a large percentage of the entire population is using and throwing away cotton swabs, that pile of cotton swab garbage adds up quickly.
This is the Last Swab from the online company Last Object. They offer a basic swab (pictured) and a beauty swab that has a smooth tip. Both swabs are $12 each and come in several different really cute color options and a matching carrying case.
I have only tried the basic swab. It does not dry your ear like a cotton swab will after a shower, but it is as effective, if not more, of cleaning your ear of earwax. It is easy to clean after each use with just a little soap and water. You do have to use your hand to clean it so if that really grosses you out then this might not be for you. It does not bother me at all.
My only qualm about this product is that the rod in the middle is plastic and I am not sure if you can recycle it or not. The carrying case is biodegradable, but they suggest incinerating the product as the best way to dispose of it. I for one don’t know how to go about accomplishing that.
I still use this product and my husband still uses it too! I think the fact that my husband still uses it says a lot in and of itself! Yes, it takes a little getting used to. No, it doesn’t feel the same as q-tip. It gets the job done and it comes in cute colors… need I say more. I am interested in trying their beauty swab option as I find myself occasionally wishing I had a q-tip to clean up my attempts at mascara.
This is L.
I have been using This is L. pads, tampons, and liners for years. These are the best pads and liners! Yes, I use pads and liners the majority of the time. Using tampons and menstrual cups has always freaked me out a little. Which is why I have yet to try a menstrual cup… maybe one day.
All of their products are made with GOTS Certified Organic Cotton and are free from pesticides, dyes, and fragrances. L. is a Green America Certified Business and a Certified B Corporation which basically means that they are doing their part to be a sustainable and ethical business. They have a subscription service on their website but you can also find them at CVS and Target.
I hope you enjoyed and found some new sustainable additions to your beauty and hygiene routine! All of these products have made such an impact on the amount of waste we accumulate in the bathroom and I sincerely do love and use them daily.
Do you already use any of these products? Or do you have any other sustainable products that are a staple in your beauty and hygiene routine?This blog post may contain affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase through one of these links, I may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Please note that my reviews are 100% my own personal opinion.