We’re at my mom and dad’s house for the week before heading off on our two-week camping adventure in the Adirondacks. In between beach swims and rinses in the outdoor shower, I thought it might be nice to round up a few of my current favorite plastic-free bath and body products; Plastic-Free July, etc. Some of these are old standbys that I love. Some of these are special little luxuries that were sent for me to try. All of them are what I’ve been enjoying lately. Feel free to share your own favorites in the comments!
It’s been two solid years since I first started shaving with my grandpa’s 1947 safety razor and I’m glad to say I have absolutely zero regrets. I’m mostly just annoyed I spent so many years buying expensive cartridges with so much plastic waste. Safety razor blades are ridiculously inexpensive and in my experience they’ve been entirely intuitive to use. Since I first wrote about shaving with it a few years ago, I’ve switched to exclusively shaving with whatever bar soap I have in the shower—no oils or special creams etc. Ten/ten recommend, no notes.
Right this minute, I’ve got a lovely bar of soap my nephew picked out a Vermont general store and gave me for my birthday. I work into a nice rich lather and use it shave my legs and generally keep other bits clean. My two other go-to sources in the past two years have been Terra-tory and Even Keel. The soaps are rich, effective, delicious smelling and thoughtfully crafted. I adore them and stand by my contention that lovely soap makes the very best gift.
Shampoo and Conditioner:
Its now been about six months since I started using Conscia’s solid shampoo and conditioner and I’m firmly hooked. For summertime, when I feel like everyone’s scalps and sun-bleached hair could use a little TLC, we switched to their HEAL formula and it’s been terrific. We’ve been using our stones in my mom and dad’s outdoor shower all week. (Lucky you: For 15% off your next purchase, use the code ERIN15. Good through July 31, 2022.)
I’ve got a few inches of Jao Goe Body Oil left in my tube to enjoy this summer. For a plastic-free all-body moisturizer though, I’d highly recommend the Kate McLeod Body Stone. I was given a stone a few years ago when I was pregnant with Calder and it was a real joy to use to say nothing of how well it took care of my stretching skin.
About a month ago, the skincare brand Apo.Ge reached out asking if I’d like to test-drive their new line of honey and hemp skincare. So far, so lovely, and for anyone looking for a luxury skincare experience to indulge in, I’d heartily recommend. I’ve been using the Essentials Set. I tend not to be much of a face washer, but I’ve found the cleanser to be an extremely gentle and nourishing addition to my routine. The brand prides itself on being plastic-free so their dropper-free face oil was a bit of a learning curve for me, but I’ve gotten the hang of it and am no longer spilling the precious face oil! (Lucky you again: If you’d like to try Apo.Ge for yourself, use the code ERIN10 at checkout for 10% off. Good through August 7, 2022.)
Lip balm + Solid Perfume
After daydreaming about their Jasmine Botanical Perfume Balm in a recent Make-Believe post, Earth Tu Face sent me a shell-full to try along with their Lavender Mint Lip Balm. Heaven. Who doesn’t want a shell-filled compact of botanical goodness? For folks looking for a plastic-free lip balm that’s a little less precious, I love keeping a handful of Kobees Lip Balms around for good measure and moisture! The small size is perfect for using up before the oils turn. I love the original beeswax balm the best.
Four years later and I’m still using my OrganiCup. (Finally trimmed it a little more and it’s even more comfortable.) I did also try a different style of menstrual cup meant to sit at the base of the cervix. It didn’t work for me, but it’s encouraging to see so many low-waste options for menstrual care.
As long as I remember to order it, we’re still using David’s Natural Toothpaste, but it does sometimes feel like a spendy everyday item and I’m open to alternatives that aren’t tabs which I can’t trust my kids to not just eat.
One thing I haven’t landed on: A plastic-free sunscreen that isn’t responsible for the degradation of coral reefs or my last nerve. I’m extremely picky but suggestions, welcomed!
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