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I’m still in self care mode, and I’ve been looking for ways to make my home feel like a relaxing piece of heaven.
Part of this has consisted in separating my Work from Home space from my Treat Yo’ Self space (you can see more behind the scenes about this whole process on my Instagram if you’re curious!).
I’m still working on it, but I’m making my me-time space as eco-friendly and low waste as possible. All my life I’ve used colourful plastic loofas, harsh peeling facemasks, and very artificial hair products without realising that they were hurting me and the environment.
You know, all those chemicals are no good. And think about all the plastic bottles that these products come in: the bottles of every single use things you’ve ever used probably still exist in some landfill.
So now my priorities for my home spa are using ingredients that are healthy for me and for the planet, and being as low waste and low impact as possible. I don’t order many things online because I’m always worried about the emissions that come with deliveries, so when I do it I really make sure that the company in question is responsible and mindful about their emissions (and if they offset them, x200 better).
At the moment none of us can get our self care and beauty supplies from our brick and mortar stores, let me recommend you
Flora and Fauna.
I’m a longtime fan of this Australian brand that makes zero waste and sustainable lifestyle basics accessible to everyone. It’s my go-to place when it comes to beauty products because I know I can trust them and the brands they endorse.
I’m really making an effort to support businesses that align with my values and have an established set of ethics. You can check more about their mission on their website.
Some reasons why we love Flora and Fauna:
- Since 2016, all their products are sent naked: just box and paper tape. Imagine all the plastic they’ve saved with such a simple move. When they send fragile objects, they use packaging peanuts made of cornstarch!
- They’re a B Corp. This means that they’re corporate angels that choose to use their business for good.
- They managed to offset all their emissions for 2019, even those of their team’s cars! Well done, F&F!
- They’re 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
- Being kind to our planet, animals and people are at the centre of their work.
And I could go on and on, but we came here to talk about some sustainable pampering and self-care.
So let’s do this: put some music, get a warm drink, and treat yourself.
Home spa – but make it sustainable
Something you should do every day and night is cleansing your skin. Also, do it before using any face mask.
Have you ever tried a bar cleanser? The first ones I ever tried (and I still use) are from this brand called Ethique, and since that moment there’s not being a day when I missed bottled cleansers – I also need to mention that they last for a long-ass time, so you won’t need to be buying new ones often.
Ethique is in a mission to save as much plastic as possible from landfills, and so far they have saved more than 3.3 million plastic bottles. They sell products for hair, face, body, and even for your dog!
Oh! And they’re completely vegan and cruelty-free.
I’m currently using this facial cleanser in bars, but they have other versions for all skin types and dry skin. And each of them has a different and heavenly smell.
To make your routine as low waste as possible, use a reusable makeup removing pads like these ones made by my lovely friend Tiff. She sews them by hand in the UK and ships internationally.
They are reusable and washable and they’ll last for a long, long time. Imagine how many single-use cleansing pads you’ll be saving.
Bamboo is super gentle on your skin, so along with your favourite cleanser they’ll help you take off your makeup and clean your skin with zero irritation.
I’ve talked about konjac sponges on my blog before just because they really changed my skincare routine for the best.
My skin tends to get very irritated when I exfoliate it, but since I started using these bad boys, I don’t have any irritation or redness problems, and my skin is clearer and softer than ever. And my acne scars are going and I’m quite sure it’s thanks to my little konjac.
They’re super easy to use: just soak it in water and add your favourite cleanser for better results. You can use them for your face and for your body. They last a looking time, but when you’re ready to change yours, know that they’re completely natural and compostable!
You can also find packs with the best combinations of konjac sponge + cleanser for even better results.
Remember when we used gels with microbeads to exfoliate our faces? Dark times.
Now we have many awesome exfoliants and scrubs with natural ingredients – both bottled and bar versions.
At the moment I’m very into gentle exfoliations for my face, and I’ve ordered and reordered this face scrub from Ethique that I cannot recommend enough. I absolutely love how it cleans eeeeverything without stripping your face completely and making it feel dry.
You can use them three times a week or every other day and it won’t leave your skin feeling raw.
Its main ingredients are ginger, brown sugar and cinnamon – so just for a second imagine the scent. C’mon they look like little butter cookies.
This is my favourite step of the whole pampering sesh. It feels…I don’t know…luxurious.
When it comes to masks, I love a good clay mask.
This one from Buttnaked is formulated for sensitive skin, it’s vegan, organic, and preservative-free. Butt Naked makes its products with natural ingredients and without any preservatives, so when you get your mask, make sure you use it within the first three months!
You can check other clay-based masks from Butt Naked here.
They also donate 5% of their profits to dog shelters in Melbourne.
Everyone needs to have a favourite serum. I’m still in the process of finding the perfect one for my skin, but these are a few I’ve tried and loved.
You can find many different options at many different price points, and with very different ingredients and properties.
Bar serum from Ethique. Yes, Ethique once again. Told you I love them.
Its main ingredients are shea butter, and rosehip and pomegranate oils. Shea butter is EXTREMELY hydrating, rosehip oil is often used to clarify the skin (works wonders with acne scars), and pomegranate oil is packed with antioxidants.
You can use it alone, but I love using it right before my moisturizer.
This multi-nutrient facial oil by Skin by Ecostore comes packaged in a recycled sugarcane bottle. It has all the oils, vitamins and antioxidants your skin needs to stimulate collagen production and give you the healthiest looking skin.
Moisturizer and sun protection
After this whole process, it’s time for a good moisturizer. Normally I use a tinted BB cream, but now we have nowhere to go let’s give our skins a breather.
But even if you’re staying home, WEAR SUN PROTECTION. I tell you this because I love you. I’m a crazy sun protection lady. If you work in front of a window, or you’re spending time kicking back on your balcony or your garden, please, please, wear sunscreen.
This daily moisturizer from Mukticomes with SPF15, and its organic, vegan and ocean safe.
Next time you buy sun protection, always think about getting ocean safe or reef safe ones. You can check the last cream I showed you on this other post for more info on that.
Look, I’m not going to tell you to draw yourself a bath every day of the week. That’s not eco. But once in a while, we all need to submerge in warm scented and bubbly water and ignore reality for a while.
And this wouldn’t be a proper at-home spa without a nice bath.
Do you know about bath salts? I remember using them before bath bombs became a thing, and apparently they’re having their comeback.
So I found these ones from The Physic Garden that will give you the whole aromatherapy moment in your bathtub.
They have Epsom salt, which calms and relaxes your muscles. They’re handmade, completely natural and toxic-free, and vegan and cruelty-free. The brand has different smells to choose from, but the health properties of the salts are always there.
If you’re looking for a true wellness experience, look no further and get these magnesium salts by Amazing Oils. The difference with Epson salt is that magnesium is used directly by your body to relieve pain and relax the muscles, so its perfect also if you’re an athlete, have sore muscles, and they’re even used for headaches, migraines and insomnia.
This is my go-to DIY body scrub: mix coconut oil with USED coffee grounds, put some sugar in the mixture to add some texture. That easy.
But sometimes I want to spice things up a lil bit and treat myself with Butt Naked scrubs. I use theirs because they have the most amazing variety that you can check here.
This is my latest discovery: sugar and fruit bellini. It’s packed with vitamin A and E and antioxidants. Once again, Butt Naked doesn’t use preservatives, so make sure you use your scrub no later than three months – but I know you’ll love it and it won’t last that much.
If you don’t own a natural sponge or a brush made with natural fibres, I don’t know what you’re waiting for! Those colourful fluffy loofas that we’ve all had at some point are unsurprisingly made of plastic, and we don’t want that.
This brush by Eco Max is made of a type of cactus, so its completely natural and biodegradable. Everything about this brush is eco, and ethical.
Ditch the bottled gel and go for a natural bs-free soap bar.
And for this I really recommend you go to Ethique again. They have many different ingredient bases for different types of skin and needs, and different smells. Personally, I think this one with lavender and mint smells godly.
Have you tried any of these? Or do you have another favourite sustainable selfcare product you swear by? Let us know in the comments!