My Zero Waste Beauty Routine

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Zero Waste is not something that happens overnight, it’s a process. It takes time to do your research and find suitable alternatives. I’ve found it helps a lot to focus on one thing or area in your house at a time, otherwise, you can seriously overwhelm yourself which in turn makes you want to give up zero waste altogether.

How ro create a zero waste beauty routine

Zero Waste Beauty

Last year I focused on our bathroom waste. I kept a record of the items that ended up in our bathroom bin and then researched zero waste alternatives. I was particularly inspired by Bea Johnson’s book called Zero Waste Home. Bea takes zero waste to the extreme but she also has a lot of practical tips and tricks in her book.

I finished reading her book last year and now use it as a reference for when I want to make a switch to something zero waste.

Read: Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life – Book Review

Zero Waste Make Up Remover

One switch that I’m particularly happy with is my makeup remover. Previously, I had been using baby wipes, I know awful right! I used them because they were cheaper than makeup remover wipes and they were quick and easy to use. However, the waste in our bin used to really pile up which I hated. That and the fact that baby wipes aren’t recyclable.

Baby wipes were labelled “the biggest villain of 2015” by the Guardian. The wipes aren’t biodegradable which means they often end up blocking up sewers or getting washed up on our beaches. Basically, the world would be a much better place without them.

In my search for an alternative, I came across a website called Cheeky Wipes. They sell washable bamboo baby wipes which I purchased. I use them with my coconut oil.

Read: Homemade Reusable Face Wipes

Homemade face wipes with coconut oil

Zero Waste Body Exfoliator

I have now stopped using any sort of shop bought exfoliators on my body and instead, I just use my *wooden body brush. Not only is it fantastic for your skin but it’s also cheap. Once you have bought your brush that’s all you need.

There are lots of benefits to body brushing including stimulating your lymphatic system, cleaning pores, reduces cellulite and increasing your circulation.

Read: Thrifty Skincare Routine

zero waste beauty - Body brushing

Zero Waste Hair Removal

When it comes to zero waste for hair removal there are five main options… buy a *safety razor, buy an epilator, buy an electronic shaver, undergo laser hair removal or stop shaving! Personally, I opted for the epilator but oh my life does it hurt!

I have been using it for a few months now but if anything the pain seems to be getting worse rather than better. It does help if you have a bath before you epilate but only marginally. I’m finding myself avoiding it for as long as possible which isn’t really sustainable, especially as we will soon be going into Spring and Summer.

On the plus side, it’s a plugin epilator so I don’t have to worry about battery waste for it. Although we have just purchased a reusable battery unit, which I’m very pleased with but that’s another post.

I’m thinking I may have to bite the bullet and purchase a safety razor although they do scare me. Maybe I could use a combination of the two?

Zero Waste Beauty Epilator

Zero Waste Periods

One of my zero waste switches that I’m most proud of is making the switch to reusable sanitary pads. Granted this one isn’t for everyone but personally, I’d never go back to using disposables.

I have slowly built up my stash and I haven’t used a disposable pad for well over a year now. I have tested a variety of different pads and definitely have my favourites. I’ve also got a wet bag which is great for storing used pads when I’m out and about.

If you are interested in making the switch then check out my Getting Started with Cloth Pads post. Also, I’m more than happy to answer any questions you may have, just leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

Read: Switching to Reusable Sanitary Pads 

An even better solution would be something like a MoonCup but they are really not for me!

Zero Waste Beauty - cloth sanitary pads

Zero Waste Skin

For my skin, I have stopped using creams and instead, I just drink lots of green tea. Green Tea is known for its anti-ageing properties due to the polyphenol in it which helps to neutralise harmful free radicals which can cause damage to the skin and speed up the ageing process.

When my face is particularly dry, especially during the winter months. I use an oil based hydrating serum which contains Maracuja Oil, Olive Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and my skin feels really nice after using it. It comes in a glass bottle which is recyclable but obviously not zero waste.

All of the above switches I made last year. I think it’s a good start into zero waste beauty but there is definitely room for improvement.

Matcha Green Tea by Adagio Teas

What’s Next?

Bamboo Toothbrushes

I’ve said before that I want to switch to wooden bamboo toothbrushes but I’m put off by the price. This is where my eco and thrifty head clash big time!

Homemade Deodorant

I’m keen to find a good homemade deodorant but one that doesn’t make me sweat. A lot of the natural ones stop the smell but not the sweat. I’m quite a sweaty person and the thought of having wet patches under my arms freaks me out.


At the moment I still use my Maxfactor makeup, it’s the one thing that I’m really struggling to switch. These days I don’t wear makeup as often as I used too but when I do I’m quite fussy and like it to stay on for as long as possible without touchups, hence why I use Maxfactor.

One thing that I am going to switch is my bronzing pearls. My old, shop bought, ones have finally run out and I plan to replace them with cinnamon. It may sound odd but apparently, it works really well and we always have cinnamon in our kitchen cupboard.

I have no doubt I’ll write a post on it in the future so check back soon to see how I get on or ‘Subscribe to my Tribe‘ for updates.

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15 thoughts on “My Zero Waste Beauty Routine

  1. Oh I found this a fascinating post, I have a dry skin brush…Leo walked in the bathroom the other day pulled a face and asked me if I had a hairy bum because I was brushing it. I cried laughing. I stopped using baby wipes and had just been using a flannel but am going to check out the wipes you use, they look fab. I just had to Google safety razor…really interesting post x
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    1. Hi Jade,
      Aww, bless him that is very cute!
      The wipes are brilliant. I’ve had them quite a while now so they’ve been washed a lot and they are still as good as new.
      I still haven’t been brave enough to get a safety razor, I will one day though 🙂

    1. Hi Lisa,
      I wish I had known about them when mine were young as I would have used them instead of disposable baby wipes. At least I’m using them now for myself though

    1. Hi Laura,
      My epilator is certainly not ‘pain-free’ or anywhere near it! I wish it was then I might be inclined to use it more. 😉

  2. Interesting post, the point you made about not wanting is sweat – everyone needs to sweat its the body’s way of getting rid of toxins and cooling down as well, so I doubt you will find any product that will stop the sweat. The only product that does this is an antiperspirant, which comes with a whole host of problems and have been linked to cancer. I have been using a safety razor but find them tricky for using on the bikini area as they don’t have much flexibility, the idea is great but application a bit tricky!

    1. I agree with you completely. I’ve done a bit of research on this and apparently, it’s the aluminium in the deodorants that stops you sweating by blocking your pores but some studies have suggested that it may increase your chances of breast cancer. (Obviously, I’m not a scientist that is just what I have read from various studies online).
      Nevertheless, it scares me which is why I’d like to find a substitute.

      I did wonder about using safety razors on the bikini area! I wonder what is a better alternative for there then? Not sure I’m brave enough to epilate there. Ouch!

  3. Wow really love this post! I have been making slow changes in the bathroom as well. First I started with the deodorant, I have tried several recipes but at the moment I am using the alum stone (I know some people say aluminum is not good for us humans but is the best one so far for me, and I’m not going back to the commercial brands!) Also, I am trying out the no-poo experiment! I do like the bamboo brush you recommend, I think I might buy one since I haven’t been working properly on my routine to take care of my face. Kudos for all your hard work!!!

    1. Hi Romina,

      I know a few people that use the alum stone but I’ve never tried it myself. Do you find it effective?

      What are you using for your no poo? I recently tried soapnut shampoo bars but I just couldn’t get them to work with my hair.

      I’d definitely recommend a brush for dry brushing. They work really well and your skin feels lovely and fresh afterwards.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂
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  4. Hi, just came across your blog while researching cloth pads (I already use a mooncup and think it’s great, but at beginning/end and for ‘back-up’ I’ve still been using pads/pantliners) and I’m really interested in otherwise cutting down bathroom waste and general unfriendlies. Re make-up, have you tried Arbonne cosmetics? I don’t know much about them but I acquired a mascara sample and was well impressed with it – it stays on but doesn’t take wrinkle-inducing scrubberising to remove it!! win win!! 🙂

  5. Thank you!!! Learning all about zero waste and really wanting to take the plunge but beauty was the hardest part of my life to figure out. This was so helpful!

  6. Interesting stuff here! I most especially love the reusable wipes and use of epilators. Also taking green tea for detox. I shall add some your ideas to my beauty list. Very helpful! Keep sharing 🙂

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