How to Add “Sustainable” to Your Beauty Routine

 

         Happy earth week from all of us here at Her Campus UVM!!! All of us are seriously passionate about being eco-friendly and living a greener lifestyle. I have personally been working to incorporate more sustainable products into my routine for a while. Not only does using less waste benefit the Earth but I’ve had friends and family follow my lead in switching out products for the more eco-friendly option so let's keep that train going! A bonus is that all three things on this list have been tried and recommended by not only me but some of my family and friends as well!! Here are my favorite three sustainable and easy switches I’ve made that you can too!

 

Bar Shampoo & Conditioner

Think about how many shampoo bottles your household has gone through this year; what about your whole life? This one is a super easy switch! I started by using ones I could find on amazon to try it out and was so surprised how long they lasted and how bubbly they got from just being a bar of soap! Lush says, “These mighty bars are concentrated pucks of shampoo that can outlast two to three bottles of the liquid stuff: one bar will last up to 80 washes!” Now I use Lush because it tends to be better quality ingredients and I can get it without any packaging at all (pre-quarantine of course).

 

Myro Deodorant

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There has been a super big marketing switch to natural deodorant recently and while it's a great first step most mainstream brands still are packaged in plastic. I’ve tried lots of brands I like in cardboard packaging such as Meow Meow Tweet and Soap and Salve but since Myro deodorant is in a refillable packaging it feels a little more durable. If you’re like my friend and thought natural deodorant didn’t really work for you it may be because your pores are clogged with all the nasty chemicals in regular deodorant. Here’s how she found a way to detox!

 

The Makeup Eraser

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I have no idea what kind of magic is in this towel but I’ve been using it for a year with just water and it takes off all of my makeup. I throw it in the laundry every couple uses and it still works perfectly. I can’t tell you how much money I must have spent on makeup wipes before this so it's really a win-win. The website says it lasts 3-5 years and contains no chemicals. I’ve also heard great things about reusable cotton rounds and diy coconut oil makeup remover so makeup wipes could become a thing of the past!

 

There are still lots of products and companies I want to try out. If you are looking to do so as well, a great resource is this blog called Sustainable Jungle. Not only do they have an incredibly extensive master list of cosmetic companies claiming to be sustainable but they do the research to back it up. Anyone looking to add some sustainability to their lifestyle could benefit from checking it out. Small lifestyle changes (even just in your beauty routine) can make a big difference!

Annie Stibora

 

 

Edited by Sam Lacey