As we try to reduce plastic waste and exposure to harmful chemical, we’ve made a few changes in the products we use in the bathroom and it has been surprisingly easy to find everything locally. Here’s a quick shopping guide:
I’ve used this shampoo bar for a few weeks now, which works well for my hair (normal to oily). It comes individually wrapped in a linen bag, but you could probably request a single bag for several bars.
I try not to shampoo everyday and use homemade dry shampoo between washes (4 tbsp of cornstarch + 2 tbsp of cocoa powder, I apply it with a large makeup brush, leave it on for 2 minutes and brush it out).
- Solid toothpaste
I brought a little stock from my last trip to France (LOVE this brand btw) but you could also find alternatives here.
I’ve abandoned face cream and makeup remover and replaced all of it with coconut oil. I don’t particularly love the smell of coconut and use my regular cooking oil, non-aroma oil from Javara and add a few drops of lavender essential oil. It works great as a moisturizer and also as make up remover (including for eye makeup remover).
I also brought washable makeup pads from France but there are also available here.
- Sun protection
Do you know that most common sunscreens are damaging to coral reefs? Lucky for us, local brand Sensatia has a biodegradable sunscreen which can be ordered online. It’s a butter rather than a cream and therefore is difficult to spread but we mainly use it for our faces and otherwise use clothing for protection (hats, long sleeve rashguards for the whole family).
- Cotton buds
You can replace regular plastic cotton buds with bamboo ones, or even better with a reusable bamboo spoon.
- Menstrual cup (unfortunately, not pictured here!)
And since we’re already talking deeeeeeply personal stuff, here’s one more. If you aren’t already using one, treat yourself to a menstrual cup, not only is it greener (1 cup = 10 years of pads/tampons!) but LIFE CHANGING! (just type menstrual cup on tokopedia, there are hundreds of sellers)