The Cosmetic Crisis Part Two; 5 More Quick and Easy Tips

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Looking for ways to get rid of the plastic in your bathrooms and beauty bars? You’ve come to the right place. Here are 5 great plastic-free alternatives to some of your most used items! Enjoy! Missed Part I? Click here to read.

Mascara… Every lady’s must have!

I can speak for myself (but hopefully many others) when I say I am totally addicted to mascara! I use multiple different tubes and brands each day, and I have yet to implement a plastic-free alternative to regular plastic cased mascaras. Fortunately, by researching for this article I have found a company called ‘T.W.I.N.K. Beauty’ ( which stands for ‘Two Women in Nature’s Knowledge,’ how eco-friendly is that?!) that sells mascara in small metal tins! How awesome is that!? I will be placing my order ASAP, and hoping you will too.

Product description: The lash paint is in the original, vintage style of “cake mascara” which means it comes pressed in a rectangular metal tin, unlike most plastic tube mascaras. Just add a drop of water and rub the applicator in it and there you go!

T.W.I.N.K Beauty has many more plastic-free beauty alternatives, so check them out!
You can buy the .25 oz tins for only $8 off etsy.com, here.

Here is a picture of the tin that I found off of myplasticfreelife.com.

Plastic-free mascara

Nail Polish Remover

Question: What can I use to remove nail polish without buying nail polisher remover in a plastic bottle?

Answer: Nail polish.

I’m serious! This tip is too good to be true! Just paint over your old nail polish with a fresh coat, don’t let it dry, immediately wipe it off and it will remove everything!

I discovered this trick accidentally…I was painting over old polish with a new green I bought, but to my dismay the green turned out to be more like vomit-colored, so I wiped it off right away and it took off the previous polish as well!

Makeup Remover

Make your own remover with 2 tablespoons of canola oil and one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Mix them together; dip a cotton ball in, and gently swipe across your face to clean off your makeup! It should come right off. Rinse with cool water.

There are so many more recipes to making your own makeup remover, just search online! I just chose this one because it was so simple.

Sunscreen

Now for something I know affects each and every one of you readers at the moment… (unless you live somewhere very cold, but either way this is still cool info to know so keep reading!)

We all know how damaging the sun can be to our skin… Speaking from firsthand experience, (and as a fair skinned individual) sunburns are the worst. I mean really, they are the worst. Having pigment to match a lobster is definitely not a confidence booster, not to mention how damaging sunburns or even light tans are to your skin. Sunblock should be your best friend, going everywhere you go. The problem today is that almost all forms of sunscreens (sticks, lotions, sprays, chapsticks) are available in plastic containers. Luckily, I found a great recipe for a DIY and plastic-free sun protection from cranberrylane.com.

Sun protection Lotion stick

Use either shea butter lotion base or cocoa butter lotion base for this recipe.
6 tbsp lotion bar base.
Desired Sun Protection value:
SPF 15 = 1/2 tsp Titanium Dioxide per recipe
SPF 30 = 1 tsp Titanium Dioxide per recipe

Directions:
Gently heat (low) lotion bar base in a stainless steel pot or use glass microwavable measuring cup until material melts and becomes clear.

Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly (the mixture will become slightly cloudy). Add Titanium Dioxide powder and stir until blended.

Pour into clear 30ml lotion stick container. Allow to cool completely before using.
For best shelf life store in a cool dark place. Shelf life for finished product is approximately 6 months.
All products can be bought from cranberrylane.com or elsewhere online! I’m also sure you can find all of these ingredients locally!

Toothpaste

No more need to buy brand name plastic toothpaste tubes!! Here is a recipe to make your own. Imagine what a great feeling you will have when you have made your own toothpaste and contributed to a cause to (basically) save the world. Now how can you turn this down?? Such a must-try.

1 cup baking soda plus a bit extra, as needed
2 1/2 teaspoons finely ground sea salt, to taste
1/4 teaspoon peppermint oil, or other flavoring oils of your choice
Powdered xylitol or stevia to taste
Lidded jar or jars to store the finished toothpaste in
This makes enough to fill 4 4-ounce Mason jelly jars each about 3/4 full

Now go for it, you hero, you!
From Rockfarmer. For more info, click here.

I hope you all enjoyed these 5 interesting tips to reduce plastic in your personal care cabinet! And don’t limit yourself to these solutions; get creative! Try making your own recipes, test it out and have fun! Comment with your experiences and any new helpful creations or ideas! If it works for you and it’s reducing plastic consumption, we want to hear about it!

Happy Plastic-Free Tuesday!

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  1. Marlies

    Hi Emily,

    Great to see you are getting the discussion going on this! There must be many people out there that are frequent users of cosmetics, who might be a bit wary of how to go no-plastic on these while still using them!

    Have a few comments and thoughts to add on the basis of my own recent experiments and research with plastic-free personal care. Hope that others will join in on the discussion as well, as is the case on Instagram already!

    First, as for the tooth paste option: you know I am experimenting with that for a couple of weeks now, on the occasion of Plastic-Free July. 🙂 I’ve personally found a pure baking soda option a bit aggressive though (how does it go with the salt mixed in as well.. what’s the reason adding salt, btw, do you know?), so I’m now on to mixing baking soda with coconut oil and almond oil, and a drop of peppermint essential oil for taste. I like this mix so far! It even feels cleaner than regular tooth paste to be honest, but not aggressive on my gums or anything. I am curious to see what the effects are in the long run… I do have some slight concerns at the moment about the grains of the baking soda shaving my teeth..? but I am not sure if such concerns are realistic. Did you read anything about this? How do you get xylitol without plastic wrapping?

    The mascara seems like a good option! It could also be an option to actually paint your lashes? Thought that might be a bit chemical.. No experience with that. Also, I’ve read somewhere about activated charcoal?

    As for the removers, the oil removers sound like a good idea, I think you mostly need something oily to get make-up off I think. Good share! I have just started to experiment with almond oil as a face moisturer as well, will let you know how that goes 🙂 The nail polish ‘remover’ I’ve experienced as well haha. Yet, there is a new problem there I recently realized (and I just looked it up to confirm) and might burst your bubble.. nail polish itself is plastic! 🙁 I recently decided to use mine up, and then probably not buy any new.. No fun.. but it’s a choice.

    Finally, on the sun screen option.. personally I have some hesitations there to be fair.. how does this work for you? Sun burns are so dangerous for your health, I personally feel a bit hesitant to experiment here… I am even quite stuck to my personal sun screen brand cause I know it works so well. What are your thoughts on that?

    Looking forward to your next post and hearing how some of these things work for you in the long run!
    X Marlies

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