Zero Waste Hygiene Update
I have tried a bunch of new zero waste hygiene options and would like to share them with you:
My #1 recommendation for this is to buy a shampoo bar from Lush. They are a little pricey ($9-$12), but last long, leave no residue, come in various scents and target different hair needs, and leave your hair soft. The only hair product I use is one of these bars.
I used to use a shampoo & conditioner bar from Whole Foods (only $2), but I found it left a residue in my hair and doesn’t leave it feeling as nice as the Lush bar.
The other option, for those of you who are brave, is to use baking soda and then an apple cider vinegar rinse. This is the “no poo” option. I haven’t tried this personally, but have heard good things.
I used to make homemade hairspray out of lemon and vodka (the recipe can be found on my blog) but now find I don’t really need it (though I frequently curl my hair).
The options are almost limitless here. I find rubbing a little bit of coconut oil on your underarms and then following with a 50/50 mix of baking soda and corn starch works very well. The coconut oil keeps the baking soda from causing irritation.
Another option is to buy an all-natural spray on deodorant in a reusable glass bottle. This is good if you want a scented deodorant.
Lush has many deodorant options like bar and liquid deodorant. They tend to be pricey, but might be worth a try if these other options don’t appeal to you.
You could also buy a crystal deodorant rock, which I haven’t tried but have heard works well.
Coconut oil on a cloth or reusable cotton pad works the best.
Menstrual cups are an option that many women rave about once they try one.
Cloth pads are another great option. I recently tried Party in my Pants and would definitely recommend them.
Invest in a safety razor! They are a bit pricey (and seem a tiny bit scary) so I haven’t bought one yet. I’m working on it, though.
Use a soap that really lathers.
Hope these suggestions are helpful!