I'll admit it — I'm addicted to brands. I love cute packaging, trendy brand names and I will 100% buy something just for the hype. Even if I know there's an affordable or similar dupe, I still gravitate towards whatever the popular, expensive brand is. Besides costing me hundreds of dollars for no good reason, I've tried realizing the impact my impulse buys have on the environment. That's why this summer, I'm committing to swapping out some of my beauty products for more sustainable ones. (The catch: these will still look cute on my vanity)
This kills me. I've been trying to find a better deodorant for so long now with little success. Earlier this year, I tried a natural deodorant by Love Beauty and Planet. It smelled soooo good, but it just did not last. By the end of the day I just smelled like BO and roses. Not cute.
Here are some picks that I'm considering — all with amazing reviews.
Corpus Naturals - $22
This deodorant just looks so luxurious and is a tempting purchase even without taking the details into consideration. This is a natural deodorant with "elevated scent profiles and a no-compromise vegan formula using only plant and mineral based ingredients." It's a small business, and they're very transparent about every step of their production process. They use hydro-electric and solar energy in their production, and truly commit to creating the smallest carbon footprint possible. While this is one of the pricier picks on my list, you do have to take their care and precautions into consideration because they're not doing things the cheap (and damaging) way.
by Humankind - $12
This is another beautiful and simplistic natural deodorant. This deodorant comes in a refillable container that "is designed to be durable and easy to travel with." What I love about this brand is that it's completely customizable. You can chose the color of your container (or skip if you're purchasing a refill), select your scent and choose a subscription plan if you want. Their formula has "no harmful GMOS's, aluminum-free, paraben-free, vegan, gluten-free and ethically-made.
Myro - $10
Like Humankind, this vegan, natural deodorant is totally customizable and comes in beautiful cases, customizable scents and the option to make it a subscription. It's gluten, soy, baking soda, aluminum and mineral oil free and is "aloe based for a soothing, comfortable glide." Another thing that I found interesting about this deodorant is that it contains sage and neutralizing probiotics to keep you smelling fresh. Another bonus? You can send it back if you don't love it, and if you refer a friend they'll get 50% off their order, and you'll get $10 to use towards your next refill.
Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company - $13.75
These deodorants are USDA Organic, cruelty-free, plastic-free and 100% recyclable/compostable. This is probably the most environmentally-conscious pick since it is zero-waste. The packaging has a bit of a more earthy vibe, but if you're buying a zero-waste deodorant, you're probably into that anyways!
EcoRoots Toothbrush - 4 for $14.90
These toothbrushes are ethically sourced, vegan and zero-waste. The handle is made from 100% compostable bamboo, and the packaging is recyclable and plastic-free. A problem I usually see with bamboo toothbrushes is that they can be too harsh or that the bristles fall out too often. Luckily, that doesn't seem to be the case here — these have amazing reviews!
EcoRoots Floss - $9.99
This vegan floss is zero-waste and is a great sustainable option. It comes packaged in "a refillable glass container with a recyclable metal dispensing lid." The floss itself is compostable and "made from organic and sustainable bamboo with activated charcoal."
LUSH Toothy Tabs - $10.95
You knew LUSH would make its way on here! Their Toothy Tabs come in a bunch a different flavors like mint, cola, lime. and bubblegum. To use these, all you have to do is chew one tablet and brush. LUSH is committed to using sustainable packaging, so no waste here!
LUSH Mouthwash Tabs - $9.95
Like the Toothy Tabs, these are vegan and come in sustainable packaging. These feature flavors like citrus spritz, gin & tonic, mint and cucumber-melon. These are definitely more interesting than your typical mouthwash, and they won't burn your mouth like some tend to do. To use these, just chew one up and swish with some water.
My skincare routine is actually pretty eco-friendly as it is. I have a huge bar of face wash and a lot of my oils and serums come in recyclable glass bottles. Another great investment I made about a year ago was a pack of reusable makeup remover wipes! These surprisingly work really well and would even take off my waterproof mascara. The only problem I ran into with these was that they get really gross really fast! If you're making this switch, definitely have multiple towel wipes so you can rotate and wash them. I do still have traditional makeup wipes, but I plan on trying to stick to my reusable ones! Here are some of the other changes I'll be making too.
EcoRoots Reusable Cotton Rounds - $10.97
I use cotton rounds and cotton balls all the time, so it would be so nice to switch to these!
This pack comes with 10 reusable rounds that you can toss into a little bag and wash with the rest of your laundry. They're made out of organic cotton and bamboo, and if they get too worn, they're 100% compostable.
Meow Meow Tweet Lip Balm - $14
Okay first of all, this has to be the cutest brand ever. Besides the amazing packaging, this vegan lip balm is 100% compostable once you're done with it! It has all natural and clean ingredients, and it comes in rosemary eucalyptus, sweet orange tangerine and coconut cacao. This brand is great all around, and it would be a great place to buy other sustainable skin care products like sunscreen, face masks, toner and cleanser.
A few months ago I tried all-natural shampoo and conditioner, and let me tell you. It completely transformed my hair. I've had pretty damaged hair for a while, and I always thought that the only way to control and help it was with different masks and treatments. I never really thought that my shampoo and conditioner played such a big role in the health of my hair. It made such a big difference that I was able to only wash my hair — no leave-in treatments or anything, which was a huge deal for me. While I've made the all-natural switch, I want to ditch my plastic bottles and go zero-waste.
LUSH Shampoo Bar - about $13
I tried two samples of their bestselling bars, and WOW. Each one was surprisingly easy to use and had rich, soapy lathers. They left my hair feeling light and bouncy, and they will definitely become a permanent part of my routine.
LUSH Conditioner Bar - about $13
I'll admit, I'm a little skeptical when it comes to conditioner bars. But, that won't stop me from trying it for myself! These all have great reviews of people saying it leaves their hair nice and silky smooth, so one of these will be replacing my plastic bottle of conditioner.
I am SO excited to start experimenting with sustainable beauty products. Of course, it would completely defeat the purpose to just purchase all of these now and throw out my old things, so I'll be gradually swapping out my products over the summer. If worse comes to worst, no one will be able to tell if these don't work and I become a total mess! This is the perfect time to start swapping and trying new things, so expect the reviews to come rolling in soon!
In addition to beauty, I'll be swapping out some home and cleaning products too, so stay tuned for that roundup soon.