Trying out new beauty products is something we do a lot, and we just can't help but buy a few things here and there to see which works best with our body and lifestyle. But with the rise of eco-conscious brands in beauty and fashion, there are more options that are kinder to the environment than we've ever had before.
In creating your roster of products to experiment on for the new year, you can't go wrong with eco-friendly swaps for all your bathroom essentials. No rush in completely changing up your routine, but any small eco-friendly change is the best way to begin!
1. Period Needs: Biodegradable Pads and Period Cups
What better way to jump into your zero waste journey than by switching to organic biodegradable pads without harmful chemicals for that time of the month? Or if you're feeling a bit brave, then try the famous menstrual cup that'll save you from the fuss of having to change more than twice a day.
Biodegradable Nala Day Pads, P185; NALA WOMAN, nalawoman.ph
Sinaya Cup Bundle, P1963, SINAYA, sinayacup.com
2. Shampoo and Conditioner
For the longest time, shampoos and conditioners were only sold in liquid bottles. But did you know that plastic bottles take 450 years to decompose? Thankfully, these products now come in solid bars with a variety of colors, shapes, and scents that leave your hair soft and without frizz. Some brands also offer refill systems if you still prefer to use them in liquid form!
Pure Delight Shampoo Bar, P220; Sweet as Candy Conditioner Bar, P220, THE ECO SHIFT, theecoshift.online
Hair Care Bundle, P799, NATURE'S NUTRIENTS, nanuph.com
3. Hand Soap
Washing your hands will always be a must. Instead of throwing away those empty hand soap bottles though, simply refill it with this powder formula that magically creates cloud-like foam. This way, you'd never have to repurchase another plastic bottle!
Hand Soap Starter Kit, P399, SAVONCS, savoncs.com
4. Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Do you remember your very first toothbrush? Yeah, it's probably floating in the ocean somewhere. Luckily, bamboo toothbrushes can be composted after two to three months of using it. Your minty toothpastes can also be enjoyed more sustainably through tooth powders packaged in cute little reusable jars.
Ecomint Prebiotic Tooth Powder, P115, ECOBAR, instagram.com/ecobarph
Bamboo Toothbrush, P100, ROOTS COLLECTIVE, rootscollective.ph
Bumi Bamboo Toothbrush, P180, BUMI, bumiphilippines.com
Yes, fresh-smelling and sweat-free underarms can be achieved with a deo with natural ingredients and more eco-conscious packaging.
All-Natural Deodorant, P95, MATENARA, matenara.com
6. Ear Cleaner
Save yourself some money (and trash) by using multipurpose reusable swabs that can be used up to a thousand times. Whether it's to clean your ears, apply makeup or medicine, or get into those hard-to-reach areas somehow, this item has got you covered. Oh, and it's travel-friendly, made of medical grade silicone, and easy to clean, too!
Reusable Swabs, P295, MATENARA, matenara.com
In case you haven't already, make the switch to these heavy-duty shavers! This cool (and mildly aesthetic) investment piece will definitely complete your zero-waste collection. Simply dispose and replace the blade once it's dull and it'll be good as new!
Razor, P520, LOOP, loopstore.ph
If you can't leave your house without a bottle of fragrance, try these lightweight balm perfumes instead. Just dab some of the oil-based solid on your pressure points for up to six hours of your chosen fresh, woody, fruity or oriental scent. Once finished, reuse the metal containers for your mouth mints!
Seronda Baum Solid Parfum, P400, BAUM, baumsolidparfum.com
9. Cotton Pads
Regular cotton pads are only good for one use, and you probably run out of it quickly. With these reusable cotton pads, however, you will never have to run out again. Simply use, abuse, throw into your laundry pile, and repeat.
Reusable Cotton Pads with Pouch, P130, ACTIV GREEN, instagram.com/activgreenph
10. Body Scrubber
A compostable loofah is just what you need to feel smooth and squeaky clean after every shower, since it exfoliates dead skin right off (just be gentle while scrubbing!). You can even buy another to scrub the bathroom or kitchen surfaces and to remove residue on your dishes as well.
Organic Loofah, P40, ACTIV GREEN, instagram.com/activgreenph