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Zero waste beauty routine for travel and camping: 5 easy tips

You are packing your bag for your next trip (whether this is backpacking, camping, roadtripping…) and annoyed with all the plastic, and small bottles and don’t really know what to take with you for your zero waste beauty routine?

I actually don’t use a lot of make up anymore. I did though when I was younger.
I always used single use cotton pads, nail polish, I had heaps of different eye shadows (most of the colors maybe used once a year). 

Since I now feel more comfortable in my own skin I don’t need to hide behind a lot makeup anymore. Yes, I did when I was younger…. But now I don’t use makeup anymore.

Simple zero waste beauty routine for traveling 

I do use some mascara or eye liner or some face powder (always buying organic vegan brands) once in a while and the only things I need to remove them is water, soap, coconut oil for mascara and my cotton cloth.

I wash my face with water and a little bit of soap in the evening and use coconut oil, that I can find in bulk or in glass jars in every supermarket, or other natural oils like almond, olive as lotion for my body and face. Simple.

I have dry and sensitive skin, and coconut oil has been the best for me so far. 

So my beauty routine is simple whether I am at home or traveling: my solid soap bar to clean my face, coconut oil as body and face lotion, sometimes a bit mascara and my reusable cloth and warm water or a little oil to remove the mascara. If I have any pimples I use some powder or tea-tree oil. 

5 tips for a greener beauty routine when traveling:

  1. keep it simple
  2. use reusables (wash cloth, wipes, make up removal pads, …)
  3. use plastic free products (q-tips with paper shaft, micro plastic free toothpaste and peelings…)
  4. switch to natural-organic beauty products
  5. solid soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant is easier to carry with you. No more tiny plastic bottles and no chance for spills in your backpack. If you have small plastic bottles that are able to get refilled: keep them for all future travels. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. We are also affiliate partner for other programs/stores like shareasale,, etc. 

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