Natural makeup and a zero waste beauty routine

Zero waste, natural make up and removal: 5 Tips for a greener beauty routine

I don’t use a lot of make up anymore. I did though when I was younger and I remember I tried to buy natural makeup but I didn’t always. 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 talk only about me here, this might be different for everybody) 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 beauty routine

I do use some mascara or eye liner once in a while and the only things I need to remove them is coconut oil 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: 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 tea-tree oil. 

Make the happiest choice

I couldn’t find any affordable organic mascara without plastic yet, so my mascara is in plastic, but vegan and organic. My eyeliner is a wooden one, unfortunately with a plastic cap, I guess because of hygienic reasons. I wouldn’t mind to have then like a pencil though. Not sharpened when I buy them, and then they wouldn’t need a cap right? Maybe they exist somewhere, I had had no luck yet. (Let me know if you know of some).

I know a few brands are starting with refillable container/bottles now, but they were nothing for my budget at the moment.

You should definitely check the Etsy online platform though. I know there are women making natural mascara that you can get in a small jar and then just use an old mascara brush to put it on your lashes.

What to do with your old stuff?: You can send your old mascara brush to wild life animal shelter! They need them to clean feathers or fur from small animals. So check if there is a wild life organization in your area that might need them. I heard about this the first time from this wild life organization here:
https://www.appalachianwild.org/wands-for-wildlife.html

I will update this section along my journey to share all the plastic free, cruelty free makeup products I will find. If you have any favorites feel free to tell us about them in the comments.

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Natural eyeliner in a bamboo bottle.

Natural brow balm in a nice bamboo box. You can purchase the balm to refill your bamboo box. 

Makeup brushes with bamboo.
Just remember, most vegan brushes still have synthetic bristles, so make sure to not throw them into the compost when they are done!

Yes you are reading right! Biodegradable glitter! Conventional glitter is plastic and pollutes water and wildlife. If you like to shine on a party make sure to use biodegradable natural glitter!

Makeup removal pads

Reusable, washable makeup removal pads. Hemp and cotton.

 

Hemp-lemongrass lip balm. made with sustainable palm-oil and organic beeswax.

 
 
 

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