I have done a lot of changes with changing to natural cosmetics and also trying to choose more zero waste packaging on the products I use.
I have being doing oil cleansing for my make up. I made my own reusable cotton pads by crocheting and I use coconut oil and after that a pit of normal soap to clean the oil of.
Finding a natural cosmetics moisturizer in zero waste packaging was quite tricky. For my face I have been using organic Argan oil and I love it! I ordered a Flower power Organic body butter from Happy Holistics. Made in Bristol UK. The consistence is quite nice, but the scent is not my favorite, I think its the rose oil. I’m very picky with scents. I also tried Sheabutter for Saaren taika a small Finnish company from my home town of Salo. I love her tea tree oil soap. But again I liked the consistency and the ingredients of the body butter, but the scent is way too earthy for me. I think I will try to find friends who like the scents and gift these. In the end my favorite is just plain cooking coconut oil, I love the smell of coconut. My old moisturizer was coconut scented so I just changed the artificial to the real thing! It’s cheap and easy to find in most supermarkets in glass bottles and I love that it doubles up as a cleanser as well. I don’t use it to moisturize my face though as I have heard it can cause blackheads. I also made my self an all purpose moisturizer from beeswax and rapeseed oil with a recipe from Zerowaste home book by Bea Johnson . It’s very good as an lip balm and I have been using it for my feet as well.
I’m very lazy with make up. I tried two different natural make up brands, the first one is and old friend of mine French Boho. They try to use minimal packaging and as little plastic as possible. I have been using the mascara for two years now and I like it a lot, it works well and I like that it’s very small in size, but the packaging is not ideal. The consealer I have used before as well and I like it. The tube is plastic, but the cab is cardboard. I have had their foundation for a while, the problem is I don’t really like liquid foundations and this one comes in a plastic bottle. It’s more like a BB cream and works for summer. The new thing I tried was the Compact foundation which I like a lot, the packaging is easy to separate in pieces and recycle and the product is easy to ably and use. There is only little pit of plastic on the top and it works for a very lazy person like me.
The other natural cosmetics brand I have triend is Italian Zao. Their packaging is low on plastic. They use bamboo and glass and only little bit of plastic and they do refills on most of their products. But… As I have understood the refills for foundation and powder come in plastic tubes or wrapped in plastic.
I have been using the Boho mascara for two years, but the one thing that annoys me is that it’s difficult to recycle. It’s basically a normal plastic tube just coated in paper.
The Zao mascara is refillable and you can take the plastic tube out off the bamboo case and just buy a new refill. I have been looking into old-fashioned cake mascaras, but I haven’t found one that I could buy in Finland or even in Europe. Seems there are a lot of options in the US. I know some people make their own mascara but I’m not there yet. Recommendations are welcome. 😊 For now this is the best option I could think of.
My make up kit is by by no means zero waste perfect, but it’s better than before and I’m happy with the ingredients in the products. I like the Boho Compact Foundation and the consealer. I have been using Maybeline Mat Mousse for years, but the ingredients on it are less then ideal, a lot of plastics and parabens and other nice stuff. I’m trying to find a natural cosmetics equivalent that works similar to it. Boho is the closest one so far all though I feel like I need to use powder with it. I like the refill option for the Zao mascara and the zao powder. I have had the Boho powder before and I though it was very small and I used it up very quickly. Zao one is a lot bigger so let’s see how long it will last. The refills are cheaper to buy with zao, but the fact that they are wrapped in plastic kind of ruins the purpose.