All during Plastic Free July and since I have been determined to find self-care products I use on a regular basis such as toothpaste or shampoo that are healthy for you and eco-friendly. Soap was an easier one because I was able to switch to bar soap. Shampoo, conditioner, and lotion I am still trying to figure out because there aren't any places by me with a refill and the only other option I've found is glass containers. Here is what I have figured out with toothpaste, deodorant, and facial moisturizer.
One of the products I've been using is Bite Toothpaste Bits. They are all natural "bits" proven to clean and protect your teeth. You put in your mouth when you are ready to brush your teeth and bite down. Then they foam up just like normal toothpaste would. Instead of coming in plastic tubes, they come in a glass bottle in an effort to get rid of the 1 billion toothpaste tubes we throw away annually. You can purchase a subscription and instead of receiving a glass bottle every month you get a 100% biodegradable packet made of cellulose to refill your bottle with which is incredibly nice.
My teeth are extremely sensitive so I can't use most eco-friendly alternatives that usually include baking soda because after a couple of days my teeth are in a ton of pain. With Bite, I haven't had any issues. Many of the products I have been trying to switch to make me feel like I am sacrificing with them and with Bite I don't feel like I am sacrificing at all. I do wish they were a tad mintier, but otherwise, I have zero complaints. I am pretty sure they have also made my teeth even whiter which is an added bonus.
Another big pain for me has been finding a deodorant I can use. I ended up trying Lush's Aromaco which is a bar you put on. While it was almost as good as my previous deodorant (Secret) with odor and comes in a cellophane wrap (not plastic), it was messy, difficult to store or travel with and slightly irritated my skin because it doesn't go on very smoothly. I am still not happy with this option so if you have a recommendation please let me know!
For a couple of years now I have been using Lush's Magical Moringa as a facial moisturizer. While the pot is made of 100% post-consumer plastic, I return mine to Lush and they melt them back down to remold and reuse them which then doesn't make me feel as bad for using them. The Magical Moringa goes on smooth and after a few minutes has a matte effect on your skin. Since most days I don't use any face makeup aside from eyeliner and mascara it works great for me!
When I spend winter in Michigan because the air is drier I need more moisturizer I use Jeffery James Botanicals The Creme. The Creme feels like it would be thick on your skin, but once you put it on it is a perfect texture and very moisturizing. Most of Jeffery James Botanicals items come in glass containers with potentially plastic tops. This is better than most face moisturizers without having to pay an arm and a leg and it lasts quite a long time. I have been wanting to try Midnight Paloma's skincare line, but haven't yet. Have you tried it and if so what do you think?
If you have any other products you love let me know so I can try them out!