Oh hey there! It’s been awhile. Where have I been? More on that later. For now, let’s get personal and talk about what’s in my shower!
I’ve been working towards going zero waste with my shower essentials for quite awhile now, so while this may seem like an easy transition, it definitely wasn’t. It took awhile, but the journey really began when I worked at Lush Cosmetics.
Yep, that’s right. I worked for Lush. I was a seasonal employee, but it was enough to get me hooked and educate me on what I use on my body and reducing waste in the shower. Let’s run through everything I have:
As you can see in the photo, I’ve got a sea sponge I use for exfoliating, body soap, solid shampoo and conditioner, and facial soap. All pretty normal things you’d see in the shower. Absent from that photo is my reusable razor and squeezy tube of shaving cream. I’m using up everything I have and will replace them when I run out (I can’t even put into words how excited I am to finally transition to a safety razor soon).
I don’t use the sea sponge as much as I would if I used liquid shower gel, but I do use it from time to time. I was in the shower one day, using my plastic netted loofa, when I realized how easily marine wildlife could end up getting caught in the plastic netting once it breaks down and ends up in the ocean (as much of our waste does somehow). So I found a sea sponge from The Dirty Goat (yay! support small businesses!) and have been using that.
I personally love shower gel, but my preference–since my days at Lush–has been the expensive shower gel in plastic bottles that comes from my expensive former employer. I can’t exactly continue to use products that come in plastic if I’m reducing my waste, so I’ve indulged in the world of fancy solid soaps! I love me some Lush soap (ok but when did this become a post about Lush), but I’ve also collected some soaps from places I’ve travelled with scents that bring me back to those places. The soap pictured is actually made from the urban farm on my alma mater’s campus. Shower gel to solid soap wasn’t that crazy of a transition.
Solid shampoo, on the other hand, was more of a rough transition. I was so used to the lather from liquid shampoo that when I switched to solid, I was concerned about what my hair would end up looking like. Crazy thing is…my hair got so much less oily after the switch. So much so that I’m never looking back (but don’t quote me on that)! My favorite shampoo bar is from…yep…you guessed it–Lush. It’s called Seanik. Problem is, it’s $12. And ya girl can’t afford to fork that out every couple months. So I’ve recently switched to J.R. Liggett’s, a brand you can find at most health food stores. It comes in paper packaging which can be recycled. I do enjoy the new shampoo bar, but I really think I may switch back to Lush because it worked wonders for my hair.
Solid conditioner is my most recent shower switch. And it was an easy one because I was already so used to the shampoo when I switched. I use the Big conditioner bar from Lush, which is on the pricey side. But I only condition my hair once or twice a week.
Ah, solid facial soap. I have been a HUGE fan of Lush’s (Lush, if you want to sponsor me, I won’t be mad about it) Fresh Farmacy facial soap for years now. I use it every night to take my makeup off. I used to use a liquid facial soap in the shower in a plastic bottle with a plastic pump, but I ditched the liquid once it was gone and went for a solid soap bar from Whole Foods. I honestly don’t love it, though, so I’ll likely switch to using Fresh Farmacy both day and night once the Whole Foods one is gone.
Those are my zero waste shower switches! What are yours?