All posts filed under: beauty

join the glitterati

Who said you can’t have fun and be eco-conscious at the same time? Sometimes trying to live an eco-friendly life can paint you into a corner. In this early stage of awareness, good alternatives are not always available and it sometimes feels like the sparkle has been taken out of life. So I’m excited to have got a hold of some fun eco-friendly glitter. Glitter, currently made from plastic, has come under scrutiny as the conversation around microplastics has hit an all time high. Microplastics have come under the spotlight after cosmetics using tiny plastic beads in their products were banned in several countries in 2015 onwards, issuing new reforms on plastics used in other industries as well. Plastic production has grown exponentially in recent decades and is predicted to double again by 2025 according to WHO (World Health Organisation). Although microplastics don’t have an impact on human life as yet, the effects on marine wildlife have been staggering and upsetting to say the least. Bioglitter® is the eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic based glitter. …

packaging free toothpaste

I have been searching for the answer to the toothpaste tube conundrum for a while. I know that the packaging free alternatives to toothpaste are endless, for eg; charcoal dust in a jar, homemade bicarb soda paste etc. But ultimately I have faith in the current formula that is recommended by Dentists and I wanted a packaging free option that included fluoride. I can’t find a good source to tell me exactly how many toothpaste tubes go into landfill, but I have created a basic formula to get an estimate below. I’m going to assume that all people in Australia are using toothpaste; According to recommendation, you should use a pea sized blob that is approximately 0.25g. A medium sized tube of toothpaste is 110g which contains 440 pea sized blobs. I know it is recommended that you brush your teeth 3 time a day (!) but I’m going to assume that everyone is only doing that 2 times a day. So by that formula, one tube of toothpaste will last you 220 days, which …

sustainable hair brushing

Hairbrushes and combs are another one of those incidental purchases that we make every once in a while, and unfortunately the options for these items are predominantly low-quality and made of plastic. I think of past hairbrushes and combs in my life like owning pens, I have never used a pen until it has run out of ink, much the same as I have never used a brush or comb until it was so worn that it broke or stopped working. These are the kinds of items you usually loose and it’s gone into the ether of lost things (most likely landfill). So I found myself wondering, how can I make hair brush/comb buying a more sustainable practice. Looking at generic brushes I found that biodegradable options were limited and combs were generally made of acetate. But with a little digging, I came across a gold mine of natural combs and brushes. Bass Brushes have been creating brushes with an emphasis on sustainable materials for 40 years, and have a brush for every need (more …

slow cosmetics – the lip lab (v)

Trying to find ethically made lipstick is hard enough as it is. And if you want to find something vegan within this category, you can say goodbye to more than half of the options that were previously available to you. What is left is a tiny array of products, and within this again, you need weed out the colours that aren’t right for you. The options are slim, but when creating your own bespoke lipstick at a place like The Lip Lab, you can make a cruelty-free and vegan lipstick in the exact colour and finish that suits you. If you’re anything like me, trying a tiny colour swatch on the back of your hand doesn’t really cut it. So many times I have tried on my newly purchased item, only to realise that I’ve clearly made the wrong choice. You try your hardest for a while to make it work, but eventually, it ends up at the back of your makeup drawer never to be seen again. Spread this over a $400B dollar cosmetics …

your vegan and plastic free minimalist shower routine using only 5 products (v)

Here is everything you need in 5 easy and versatile products and feel good because it’s 100% vegan and plastic free! Body Cleanser: Dr Bronner’s Castile soap bars are biodegradable, fair trade, vegan, cruelty-free and made with organic ingredients. These bars are available in 11 natural fragrances and come wrapped in a pre-recycled packaging, printed with water based inks so it’s compost friendly. Shampoo and Conditioner: These heart shaped bars made by Ethique in New Zealand, are amazing for more reasons that one, but the best thing about this product is that it doesn’t come packed in a plastic bottle. Ethique is a climate neutral, certified BCorp and cruelty-free business, while their products are vegan and biodegradable (including the packaging). These bars are known to last up to six times longer than your usual bottled products due to their concentration, so it’s worth the price tag. #giveupthebottle Face and Body scrub: This scrub is so good you can eat it. Seriously. Get your DIY cap on for this easy-peasy all natural face scrub. Made from …