When I inventoried our single-use plastic, one of the first places I started working on alternatives was in the shower. So much plastic in such a small space!
A loofah is an easy switch from a plastic scrubber. Creamy handmade soap instead of liquid shower gel, no brainer. Charcoal face soap, no plastic needed.
I ordered some shampoo bars and conditioner bars, and put them next to my other soaps. We started out testing the Whiff brand, found on Amazon. Both shampoo and conditioner bars worked surprisingly well and my hair felt as soft as usual! I was happily surprised!
A few weeks later, I found an awesome conditioner bar at Nourish in Savannah. I have dry hair and it worked really great. We use the rose and beet conditioning bar, and it smells good. They have several more choices for all types of hair. Check out Nourish brand here.
We’ve also tried J. R. Liggetts shampoo bar that is widely available and has been around for awhile. I picked this up at a Whole Foods and chose the moisturizing formula. It worked well and made a big lather when I rubbed a little directly on my hair. The shape of it was harder to deal with than the rounded bars. My hair felt dry when rinsing, but after using a conditioner bar my hair feels normal and soft. Easy choice if you want to give a shampoo bar a try!
I’ve also tried my hand at making my own Rosemary & Lavender shampoo bars. They are now curing for a few more weeks before they go for a test run!
When you’re all washed up, you can use coconut oil to moisturize, or grab a plastic-free lotion bar: It smells amazing, and you just rub a little in your hand like soap and then apply it like normal lotion. It melts from the warmth of your skin.
When replacing plastic deodorant, so far I’ve tried two options:
I made my own in just a few minutes, using 2 Tbsp coconut oil, 1 Tbsp baking soda, 1 Tbsp cornstarch, 10 drops of essential oil (I used lavender). I find that it really works great but I don’t love having to touch it to put it on (which is so silly, I know). Extra benefit: super cheap, super easy.
After some searching I found this great deodorant by Meow Meow Tweet in a cardboard tube on Amazon, and it works great and smells great! Win! There are a couple different scents, but I love this one. Maybe when it runs out, I’ll try putting my homemade version in the cardboard tube?
Then comes teeth. We have bamboo toothbrushes and Bite toothpaste bits. The kids love their toothbrushes and recently (and voluntarily) turned down the free toothbrushes at the dentist. The Bite toothpaste is also a hit. You put one tab in your mouth, bite it then brush with a wet toothbrush. So easy and fun!