Plastic Free Toiletries

One of the areas which can cause a huge amount of plastic waste is our toiletries. So many shampoo bottles, disposable razors and shower gel bottles that all add up in our plastic waste.

However in my opinion switching to plastic free is fairly easy in this area. Loads of alternatives are available and the prices are about the same as your usual bottles of lotions and potions! You don’t need to go on a mad throwing out spree of your current bathroom products, just replace the items one by one with plastic free options once you have finished using them. Nice and simple.

As part of Plastic Free July, I have made it my mission to switch my toiletries to plastic free toiletries. So let’s get started and look at some possible swaps!

Shampoo bars & Conditioner Bars

This was my first switch I had made. I had actually completed this switch a few months ago. Started by purchasing some Lush shampoo bars, I particularly like the one called NEW. The cinnamon smells fantastic when washing your hair. I have recently switched to Wild Sage & Co, that smells fabulous in its rosemary and lavender scent. I am yet to try it as I am still finishing off my Lush bar. I am keen to find out what the difference is between the bars themselves and how they feel on my hair.

Going hand in hand with the shampoo bars, is a conditioner bar. Exactly the same as your conditioners, just ditching the bottle and having it in bar form. My latest bar is a sweet orange essential oil from Funky Soap Shop and it makes my hair super smooth. Its easy to use just rub a bit into your hair as you would with a gel or liquid conditioner. Conditioner is key for me as I dye my hair and it can get a bit dry at times. Also spending a lot of time in the sea, my hair needs that little extra conditioning.

Shaving Kit

Now moving on from hair my next plastic free toiletries swap is to do with shaving. It is estimated that around 2 billion disposable razors are thrown away in the US a year! (Source) That’s a lot of little bits of plastic being thrown away! As soon as I heard about the new shaving kits at Plastic Freedom, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. The kit is from Naked Necessities and I am super happy with this kit.

This set has a metal reusable razor with a wooden handle, 5 blades to go with it and a shaving soap too. My favourite thing was the no plastic packaging, right down to there being plastic cable ties and using string instead. It’s a really nice shave with this razor too, glides well over the skin when using the shaving soap. Just remember to show some respect for it as the blade is rather sharp! What really excited me about this kit was when I researched the brand more I discovered they are from Exeter, so very local to me!

Soap

I am ditching the shower gel bottles in my plastic free toiletries change. In come the bars of soap. There are loads of lovely smelling soap bard out there, that are natural and plastic free. If a soap bar isn’t for you then currently Lush do a ‘naked shower gel’ essentially the shower gels without the bottles.

Currently, I am trying some Wild Sage + Co soaps. I could not decide which of the soaps to try. So what better idea than to go for them all! There is a lovely gift set that has 5 smaller versions of the soaps. They smell wonderful, one is an orange and frankincense, another lavender and geranium. Easy to use and my skin feels so soft after washing with them. There’s even a cotton bag to use when the soaps get too small to handle. Perfect for making sure you can use up every last drop of the gorgeous smells.

Deodorant 

Something you use every day, and therefore get through a lot. Particularly in the hot summers is deodorant. For me this was a fairly easy swap as I use roll on deodorant. So all I was looking for was a plastic free alternative. I’m came across Kutis Skincare and their range of deodorants. A home made biodegradable stick deodorant. They come a wonderful range of smells including lemongrass and tea tree. Really easy to use push up the hard deodorant use it then push it back into its tube. I find them handy when travelling as they are small and lightweight but last a long time.

Makeup Wipes

Yes, even your make up wipes have plastic in them! They also take years to degrade down and many still end up in our seas. The best way to combat this is to use reusable makeup wipes. My Marley’s Monsters mini face cloths are brilliant. Just put some makeup remover onto the fabric and away I go. Clean face all done. I also use them for my facial toner water too. When I am finished with them I can then give them a gentle wash ready for the next use. However, my makeup remover isn’t plastic free. So if anyone has any suggestions of plastic free make up remover, please share in the comments below. Also, its good to know that currently, Plastic Freedom is the only UK stockist of Marleys Monsters and they always sell out fast if you are interested in getting some!

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Just like the shampoo and conditioner bars these two go hand in hand. We dispose of so many toothbrushes every year and it’s such a simple switch to use less. Bamboo toothbrushes are your answer. Then we use so many plastic tubes full off toothpaste that cant be recycled, so I’ve been on the hunt for a plastic free toiletries swap.

I ordered a set of 4 toothbrushes from Bristle UK. Enough to last me a year, so no need to buy any more. The bristles are plastic so its not 100% plastic free, just remove the bristles at the end of use and recycle the handle. The bristles are super soft on my teeth and feel really nice when I use them. They are perfect toothbrushes for travelling as they come in small cardboard boxes that I use to restore my brush once its dry when out on van adventures.

My next search lead me to Georganics in the hunt for a plastic free toothpaste. This spearmint coconut oil toothpaste is odd and wonderful at the same time. Wonderful as it tastes nice and leaves my mouth feeling all sparkly. Odd because it is a non-foaming toothpaste and after years off foamy stuff its oddly nice to not have all that foam making a mess everywhere! From the plastic free toiletries side the toothpaste comes in a glass container perfect to be reused after you have finished the paste.

Where I Got My Plastic Free Toiletries

There are loads of websites and shops popping up around the UK that are now plastic free. It is fantastic to see so many passionate people wanting to make a difference by opening these shops. Also to see so many of us wanting to make a change! Now in this post, I have linked to the main brand’s sites for each of the products, however, I got most of my products elsewhere. I got most of my plastic free toiletries from Plastic Freedom. I found this shop on Instagram and Beth who runs it is so lovely, always searching for the nicest plastic free items for us. She also has plenty of information on living plastic free so be sure to have a watch of her Instagram stories for those tips. My toothbrushes I got from Bristle UK who are linked above in the toothbrush section.

Have you started your plastic free journey yet? If so what is your favourite plastic free toiletries swap?

Related Posts:

Simple Ways To Use Less Plastic – Ideas to get you started on your plastic free journey

Six Plastic Free Campaigns – Some campaigns and groups fighting plastic pollution

See you next time and happy adventuring!

Jo x

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8 Comments

  1. 16/08/2018 / 7:04 pm

    Wow! This is such an excellent post, I never knew these products even existed so thank you so much for sharing. I especially love the idea of the shampoo and conditioner bars, these would also be perfect for travelling as they are so small and compact. So many fantastic plastic-free alternatives here Jo, I’m going to keep these in mind when I next need new toiletries 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Jo
      Author
      18/08/2018 / 2:01 pm

      Thanks for reading and for your lovely comment Bexa! I too love the way they are easy to travel with, just slot in the bottom of my bag and there’s no waste after use. I hope you find the right plastic free alternative for you, there’s a whole range to choose from and just making the one change will contribute greatly to reducing plastic waste 💚💜
      Jo xx

  2. Jenna
    21/08/2018 / 5:37 pm

    Great post – thank you so much for sharing! Back in May I vowed to start living lower waste, and I have slowly been switching over my toiletries when I run out of the products I am using…. I am almost out of shampoo and conditioner, so I will check out the bars you have used. 🙂 I can’t wait to continue my plastic free journey!!
    -Jenna <3
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    • Jo
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      23/08/2018 / 8:14 pm

      Well done! That is a brilliant goal and one I am aiming to do too. Making the change when the old products run out really the best way to do it, it takes time to get there and then to find the right plastic free swap. However, there are loads of options out there becoming easier to find too. Good luck with your plastic free journey 😀
      Thanks for reading
      Jo x

  3. 23/08/2018 / 9:29 pm

    This is great, and so useful! I have become very aware of my plastic use, and try to cut down. I will have a look at this company, as they seem to do bits I would love. Thank you for sharing, fab info xx

    • Jo
      Author
      31/08/2018 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks for reading Kerry, its something that usually we wouldn’t notice at all, however, I believe with all the awareness around us and the focus on plastic has made many of us realise that we actually use too much of it. All the companies mentioned in this post are brilliant and I just get so excited whenever I order a new item!

      Jo xx

  4. 07/09/2018 / 3:15 pm

    I genuinely think that shampoo bars are nicer to use than normal liquid shampoo anyway, especially when they don’t have any of the added nasties in them that most shampoos you can buy off the high street have. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jo
      Author
      11/09/2018 / 5:17 pm

      I agree, my shampoo bars leave my hair feeling thicker and healthier. So much easier to travel with and to use.
      Thanks for reading!
      Jo

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