We’re at the last stage of Zero Waste Grooming! We’ve already covered oral care and haircare, and this week I’ll be talking about cotton pads, ear buds, and deodorant. I don’t really know what category to put these in, so we’ll just call it “Zero Waste Grooming.”
I’ve left these three things until last because they seem to be the most popular zero waste swaps out there, but I hear a lot of people complaining about how much they hate their natural deodorant, or those that say switching from regular Q-tips to bamboo ones doesn’t do anything. So I’m here to let you in on what I use, and the things that make traveling with Zero Waste Grooming incredibly easy and awesome!
I use facial toner every day, and therefore I use cotton rounds/pads/facial squares/whatever you call them every day. I was buying the natural cotton ones that weren’t dyed, but ultimately, I was going through a lot of these stupid pads, and I had to keep buying them everywhere I traveled to for extended periods of time because I didn’t want to take up valuable luggage room with cotton face pads. That gets very expensive, let alone wasteful. If you compost, by all means, use the natural, undyed cotton pads, but also remember that unless the product you’re putting on them is 100% completely and totally natural, the pads either won’t break down, or you’re poisoning the little critters making your compost.
I kept seeing the reusable facial pads, but they were also expensive for like, four pads, and I needed a bunch of them so I didn’t have to do laundry all the time (which is also something you need to think about if you’re traveling constantly or for an extended period of time). I came across Wegreeco Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads, which come in a pack of sixteen with their own laundry bag. I purchased two packs of them so I had a month’s worth (or two weeks if Michael is using them every day as well), and I’m pretty fond of them. They don’t give you the same feeling that true cotton pads do: they’re really soft so there is no exfoliation, and the bamboo is sort of water repellent, so the toner sits on top more than soaks into the pad. However, with the latter said, you can actually use the pad twice before washing them – once on each side – because the liquid doesn’t absorb into it. I will say, however, their laundry bag sucks; after two washes, that thing came apart and I had to compost the fabric. It’s also nice to know exactly how many cotton pads I have, and how much room they take up in my luggage. Always the same every time. You can get Wegreeco Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads on Amazon for $13 for a sixteen pack.
I would also use ear buds/Q-tips/cotton buds/whatever you call them every day after I showered. I have terrible allergies, so my ears are constantly itching and build up with wax to protect my ear canal. I also have what’s called Meniere’s disease, which is when your inner ear fills up with fluid and you ultimately can become deaf from it. Again, I was having to purchase ear buds everywhere I traveled to for extended periods of time because the boxes that they came in took up so much room!
I read a blog somewhere talking about reusable ear cleaners. So I started researching them and found ETEREAUTY 6 piece Ear Curette. This little kit comes with six different medical grade stainless steel tools that you can use to scrape, pull, scratch, and clean the insides and outsides of your ears. You then just clean them, and that’s it! They come in a little carrying case that’s about 1/10th the size of a box of Q-tips, and they work so well! It’s super weird using them at first because you feel like you’re going to pop your ear drum putting them in your ears, but after using them for about a week, you’ll get the hang of them. You can get ETEREAUTY 6 piece Ear Curette on Amazon for only $10!
I love the show “Shark Tank.” And if a product on that show catches my attention, chances are I’m going to buy it (I’m the same with infomercials, it’s terrible how gullible I am to advertising!). So in comes Piperwai Activated Charcoal Deodorant.
I had tried – no joke – over twenty-five natural deodorants trying to find one that actually worked. I don’t sweat (neither do my parents), and therefore don’t have to worry about body odor in that sense, but I am darker skinned, and melanin actually smells very strong. But, if natural deodorant didn’t work for someone who doesn’t sweat, how well would it really work for someone who does? No matter how many deodorants I tried, they’d either mark up my clothes terribly; be wet in my armpit all day; melt in their tubes; not keep their scent; give me a rash; or make my armpits peel (yes, peel). So finally I purchased Piperwai Activated Charcoal Deodorant, and I haven’t looked back. It’s 100% natural, and though you have to rub it on with your fingers, it’s the best deodorant I’ve ever used. I’ve turned so many people onto this deodorant that I could probably be Piperwai’s spokesperson, but everyone who has tried it absolutely loves it.
I know that they do a roll-on version now too, but I also heard that it doesn’t work nearly as well as the original one in a jar. If you’ve tried the roll-on, let me know how it worked for you! You can purchase a jar of Piperwai Activated Charcoal Deodorant from Amazon for $12.
And that’s it for our Zero Waste Grooming section! I hope you’ve enjoyed these three posts and maybe thought about giving zero waste grooming a try if you haven’t started already!
Until next time…
All my best,