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A Story & An Eco-Friendly Makeup Request

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Help me source the best eco-friendly, organic, cruelty-free, and plastic-free makeup and beauty brands.

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A brief history of my life thus far

  • Birth – 1993 – childhood.  Riding my bike, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Thundercats.
  • 1994 – 1999 – Early teenage years.  Listening to music, going to gigs in Glasgow, planning what gigs we should go to next, formulating how to get into 18+ gigs when you’re 16 and look about 12, saving up for gig tickets, going to music festivals.  Essentially, music.  And camping.  A lot of camping.
  • 1999 – 2001 – Early university years and all that comes with moving away from home for the first time.  Including the discovery of 50p alcoholic drinks in the university union.
  • 2002 – Travelling.  Living out of an (ethical) backpack for the best part of a year.
  • 2003 – 2005 – Later university years – in short, trying to be more responsible, but still going to a lot of parties.  Also having a lot of part-time jobs.  The most memorable being a job in a cafe that I lasted one shift in.  Reason for leaving so hastily?  They asked me to belly dance… Seriously.
  • 2006 – 2009 – Actual proper job territory.  Trying to be a proper grown-up – achieving it at least 70% of the time.  Don’t ask about the remaining 30%.
  • 2009 – Homeownership – for this read the run-down flat you bought because it was the only one you could afford is taking up all your money and time trying to make it habitable.
  • 2011 – Present – Small children on the scene so trying to be a proper grown-up, whilst running on 80% less sleep.  Often too tired to operate heavy machinery or drive cars but trusted to look after children.  Constantly looking for my purse, phone, keys, TV remote, etc.  Eventually finding the lost items in really random places and then never being sure if it was me that put them there or the children.

Where Are You Going With This Wendy?!

You might be wondering where I am going with this.  Well, all of this is a particularly long-winded and convoluted way of saying I don’t have a clue about make-up.  I’ve never really devoted any time or energy to learn how to use it.  My teenage years – the prime time to learn about these things – were, as you can see, a bit preoccupied.

I have approximately four things that I put on my face when I want to look less tired. none of which I’ve ever been sure if I’m using correctly.

I’ve recently tried watching tutorials on YouTube but I’ve realised that there are two kinds of people in this world: 1) people who really really love makeup and 2) people like me who have no clue, and wonder why you’d possibly need/want/have time to put 15+ things on your face.  The people on YouTube fall into the first category, which is really rather intimidating for people in the latter category.

You guys have been asking me for ethical and organic and cruelty free make up recommendations for some time now, and I feel bad for having let you down on this front.

Tell Me!

With my authority on make up being approximately zero, I thought that instead we could crowdsource this thing.  I’m pretty sure some readers must be more knowledgeable than I.  So, I’m turning to you dear readers!  I’d love to know:

Your favourite eco-friendly makeup brands and products

Your favourite cruelty free brands and products

Your favourite organic brands and products

Your favourite plastic-free brands and makeup products

If the three things can be mutually exclusive then all the better!

Also, if there is anything else you think we need to know about eco-friendly makeup (for example, the best eco-friendly brushes, tools, etc) do let me know.

With your help maybe we could put a guide together.  Pop it all in the comments below or send me an email with your favourites!  And if anyone more qualified than I wants to write a guest post then the gig is yours!  Drop me an email to moralfibres@gmail.com :)

PS: I did manage to put a post together! Here’s my post on plastic-free and zero-waste makeup options!

Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Plastic-Free Bathroom Products

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Today’s let’s focus on plastic-free bathroom products and toiletries.

The bathroom is a great place to start because our quest to be clean shouldn’t dirty the planet (or something like that!).

 I’ve put together some plastic-free bathroom products and toiletries ideas available for home delivery.  The great news is that interest in eco-friendly products is growing every day.  Therefore, your local shops may have a good selection.  There are also a load of DIY beauty products you can make, such as this homemade facial oil.

The Plastic-Free Bathroom Products

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Washing

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For bathing try these bath Salts* (£5) from Handmade Haven Soaps.  They’re plastic-free and made in small batches.

When it comes to hair washing, then try this Hemp & Honey Solid Shampoo Bar* (£4.60) from Aromawakening.  Plastic-free and free from SLES, SLS, parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance & preservatives.  I also have a handy guide to plastic-free conditioner.  

In terms of hands, I like Friendly Soap* from Ethical Superstore (£2.60) as a really great plastic-free bathroom product.  The ingredients are biodegradable so there’s no waste. Poppy seeds and hemp take the place of microplastics to gently exfoliate the skin. None of the products or ingredients are tested on animals. Meanwhile, the soaps are Vegan certified and contain no palm oil. Check out my guide to sustainable soaps for more ideas.

Teeth

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I’ve heard great things about these bamboo toothbrushes* (£3.25) from &Keep.  Particularly because you can buy different colours allowing you to easily tell which toothbrush belongs to which family member.  They also sell kids bamboo toothbrushes (£3.75).

 So far I’ve sadly found that bamboo toothbrushes are not my bag.  If they’re not yours then the Preserve Toothbrush* (£3.49) from Ethical Superstore is your next best option.  Made from recycled yoghurt pots and fully recyclable, it’s got some mighty fine green credentials.  

For toothbrushing, try this Natural Peppermint Toothpaste* from Georganics (£6.80).  Lush used to sell tooth cleaning tabs in a cardboard box.  However, they’ve now altered the packaging to a plastic bottle for some reason.  I didn’t get on with the tabs – you can read more about the sorry tale here – but this natural toothpaste in a glass jar is a better alternative.

Don’t forget to floss!  The good news is that Georganics Dental Floss (£4.90) comes in a glass jar, rather than plastic.  The floss is also 100% vegan as rather than being coated with beeswax, the floss is coated in vegetable was and essential oils.  Compost it too – pop it in your food waste bin for collection when you’re done.

Plastic-Free Bums

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Plastic-free toilet paper is a complex picture.  Rather than go into it here, do check out my guide to the best plastic-free toilet paper for a comprehensive look at what the best options are out there.  

Primping and Preening

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When it comes to your hair, I have my eyes on this Wooden Vegan Hairbrush* (£8.95) from &Keep.  Most brushes I’ve found have boar bristles but this lovely vegan one has wooden bristles.

And for hair removal, this Shaving Soap* (£2.95) from Ethical Superstore is a great choice.  Suitable for vegans and vegetarians, this coffee and cedarwood shaving soap is free from palm oil, parabens, SLS/SLES, phthalates, triclosan.  What’s more, it’s also certified cruelty free with no animal testing.  Handmade in the UK, it’s also packaged in plastic-free recyclable cardboard packaging. I’ve got a whole guide to eco-friendly shaving, so do check it out.

For makeup, try these natural linen and unbleached Make-Up Remover Pads* (£6), again from Handmade Haven Soaps, or make your own!

Have you found any other great plastic-free bathroom products and toiletries?  Do pop them in the comments below!

And enjoyed this post?  Check out my guides to eco-friendly period products, plastic-free conditioner, plastic-free makeup, and even plastic-free makeup remover.