My beauty routine is completely zero waste! Everything in my bathroom is all natural and produces little to no waste. When I evaluated my priorities for my beauty routine, I asked myself: what do I really need? In the end, not much. Plus, I make some of my own products (see here) and that saves me a good amount of money.
A Minimalist List of Shower Essentials
- Safety Razor from The Copper Hat
- Conditioner from Plaine Products
- Homemade Castile Soap Cube (for hair, body, and face)
- Bamboo Comb (similar on Amazon)
I have curly hair so most days I can get away with simply co-washing (or washing my hair with only conditioner). I comb my hair in the shower after it’s rinsed. Since starting the curly girl method, I no longer brush my hair because it would disturb my natural curl pattern (the one I’m patiently trying to form).
About once every ten days, I wash my hair with my bar of homemade Castile soap. Yup, it makes an amazing shampoo! The formula is super simple. A traditional Castile soap is made with 100 percent olive oil. Since oil olive is a soft oil, adding salt to the batch helps harden the bar. Curly hair loves a bit of salt. After swimming in the ocean, my hair is always amazingly curly.
The conditioner from Plaine Products is great: environmentally friendly, sustainable, biodegradable, vegan, non-toxic, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, and more! Plus it smells amazing! I use their citrus lavender conditioner and it even feels exactly like a regular conditioner on my hair.
The best part is that it comes in an aluminum bottle that can be refilled when needed. There is a subscription service that makes it easy to request a new bottle and return a used one. The downside is that it comes with a little bit of an expensive price tag. But I’m fortunate enough to get by with only using conditioner. (Because they also have a variety of other products including shampoo and body wash.) In the winter months, I need more conditioner every two months. In the summer months, I only need a refill every three months. Curly hair hates dry weather and loves humidity!
As well as using the bar soap on my hair, I also use it to wash my face and body. It’s gentle and moisturizing. I add lavender fragrance oil to my soap and my showers are filled with lavender mist. It’s thick later is also great for shaving.
When I shave, I use my gorgeous safety razor from The Copper Hat. I am in love with my razor! Besides maybe my menstrual cup, I think it’s my favorite zero waste investment. Again, it was a costly upfront purchase, but after a year and a half of use, I think it’s paid for itself. This razor will last my entire life (and beyond) if I take care of it correctly. The replacement blades cost as little as twenty-five cents. A nice disposable razor that won’t cut you might cost as much as ten dollars, not to mention, I think the blades wear out a lot faster. I can go three months without changing the blade on my safety razor. I’m still on my first package of ten blades!
And that’s it! I keep just four products in my shower. What are you zero essentials? Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.