My husband and I used to have quite a few facial creams, body washes, and lotions that cluttered our shower and cabinets. To eliminate clutter, reduce harmful ingredients, and lower costs, we replaced all of it with the following inexpensive, low-waste, multipurpose products.
Cleanser — I recently wrote about my love for shampoo bars, but they’re excellent body and facial cleansers as well. The lather works is great for shaving and removing makeup too! I love this bar and am impressed by its minimal packaging!
Scrub — We use baking soda, salt, and sugar as exfoliants and simply pull them from the pantry as necessary. This is a great alternative to using conventional products that contain plastic microbeads, which aren’t friendly to waterways and sea life.
Moisturizer — I’m currently using organic sunflower seed oil as a facial and body moisturizer. A drop or two is all I need for my face. I probably could use something lighter, like jojoba oil, but I purchase sunflower seed oil for cooking so I like that I can use it for a variety of purposes. Coconut oil, olive oil, or shea butter work great for treating excessively dry skin, though I really only use those occasionally in the winter. Note: Coconut oil isn’t recommended for the face since it can clog pores.
I’m amazed by how much clutter these simple items replaced. They replaced: body washes, scrubs, masks, facial cleansers, face lotion, body lotion, hand lotion, toner, shaving cream, mechanical exfoliating brushes, eye creams, serums, makeup remover, face wipes, and acne wash.
In switching to these simple products, I’ve also noticed less skin irritation, dry skin, and strain on my senses. I think that eliminating harsh chemicals like “Fragrance” (Toxic! Skin Deep rated this ingredient as an eight on their toxicity scale!) from my list of acceptable ingredients made all the difference!
Turns out that my skin doesn’t actually need all of the expensive creams and harsh cleansers! Truly loving this simple routine!