Moisturizing Like an Eco Boss
Women spend a lot of time in the bathroom. It's where magic is made. Showering, shaving, shampooing, conditioning, lotioning, beautifying, tweezing, waxing, pooping. It all happens in the bathroom.
I don't know about you, but I have a STUPID amount of products in the bathroom. This is coming from a person who barely wears make up, too. That would be a whole other beast. I'm only in the mascara game, but I will be the first to sign up when and if they ever invent some kind of permanent lash transplant where I wake up every day with lashes like Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street.
The problem with all of these products, besides the amount of time it takes to use them all and the amount of space they take up, is that most of them are encased in plastic. DERP. I am slowly taking baby steps towards eradicating as much plastic as I can without being completely unreasonable. I decided to take a look in the bathroom and see where I might be able to make a simple swap. The easiest one I found so far has been swapping out lotion in a plastic bottle for something different.
While browsing Whole Foods the other day and deciding what to best unreasonably spend my money on ($8 vegan macaroons? Yes, please.) I found a lotion bar in a tin container. Perfect timing, since I was already mulling over some bathroom changes, and I was out of lotion.
This product had me from the get go. The packaging, the design, organic ingredients, AND sales go to helping preserve pollinator habitats? Take my $11.99, this deal is done.
I have since used it several times and I like it. I'm not obsessed, but honestly I would buy it again just because I like their mission. The product itself comes out in a bar like a bar of soap, and all you have to do is rub a few swipes on each body area and rub it in. It keeps my skin nice and hydrated. My critique would be that it goes on slightly sticky and takes several minutes to soak in. I would not sit on my gray couch right after application. I haven't used it up completely so I will have to edit this and see how long the bar lasts. All in all, I don't mind waiting for the lotion oils to absorb, as I have about 10 other nightly steps to complete before I can leave the bathroom. I would purchase again. Here is their website if you want to see what else they have!
If you aren't into lotion bars, another crazy easy way to ditch plastic with your lotion is to start moisturizing with oils. You can find coconut oil in large glass jars.
Just keep it in the shower, let the hot water melt it into a liquid, and it should be ready to go when you get out of the shower. Apply it on slightly damp skin and it will go on smoothly. Weird side effect- when my cats sit on the side of the tub, they somehow figure out when I am applying coconut oil. They will then jump in the tub meowing when I turn the shower water off and lick the bottom of the bathtub for coconut oil residue. They are unrefined garbage monsters.
Other oils that are easy to find in glass bottles are grapeseed oil, avocado oil, olive oil, and sweet almond oil. Again, the key is to look for the glass containers! Some of these sound weird to put on your skin, but they are loaded with antioxidants that will help keep your skin young and smooth. (I need all the youth and smoothness that I can get). If you want a scent, try experimenting with different essential oils. Citrus, lavender, or peppermint would be really good!
I have found that I don't need lotions with tons of ingredients to have soft skin. I think somewhere along the way we have been duped with the thousands of options out there. And who doesn't want to smell like a freesia blossom? But, fragranced lotion has a scary amount of chemicals in it. Keeping it basic has been the best route for me, plus I like knowing what I am putting on my skin. It is the largest organ of the body and absorbs directly what ever you put on it. Let's keep it clean, ya'll.
What do you think? Will you be switching up your lotion to something different? Comment below or shout it out on Instagram- tag me: @busybodywellness