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Eco Friendly Alternatives to Glitter

eco friendly glitter alternatives

Today let’s talk about eco friendly alternatives to glitter.

I don’t know about you, but I had been trying to keep my head in the sand about the environmental impact of glitter, of all things.  Much like tea bags, I didn’t want to believe that something so fun and seemingly innocuous as glitter could be harbouring a dark secret.

However, it is indeed true: scientists are calling for a ban on glitter.  Why?  Most glitter is microplastic – fragments of plastic less than 5mm in length.  This microplastic can easily be swallowed by marine life, proving fatal to them, and could potentially enter the foodchain.

More worryingly, in the same article it goes on to say that “most glitter is made of aluminium and a plastic called PET… PET can break down to release chemicals that disrupt hormones in the bodies of animals and humans“.  This is not good, so a ban on glitter, much like the ban on microbeads for the same reasons, would be very welcome.

This ban would mean a world without glitter.  Some nurseries are substituting glitter for lentils or rice for use in craft projects, but it’s not quite the same, is it?  And sticking lentils to your face at festivals may not produce the desired effect, and may cause people to give you a wide berth!

If you can’t live in a world without glitter, but don’t want to damage the environment then fear not.  The future is not lentil based because I have found six eco friendly glitter alternatives for all your glitter based cosmetic and crafting needs:

Eco Friendly Alternatives to Glitter

eco friendly alternatives to glitter uk


Bristol based EcoStarDust, whose clever slogan is “glitter without the litter”, sell biodegradable glitter in all the colours, and when I say all the colours I mean all the colours, in varying sizes from chunky through to fine.  The glitter is made from plant cellulose, and is reasonably priced at £3.50 a pot.  Delivery is free when you spend over £10 and 10% of profits are donated to environmental projects.

Eco Glitter Fun

Eco Glitter Fun sell biodegradable, cruelty free and vegan glitter from £3.50 a pot, again in all the colours and sizes you could possibly need.  Their glitter is made from a certified compostable film that will biodegrade in soil, compost or a waste water/ocean environment,

Fulfilled Wishes

UK based Fulfilled Wishes sell biodegradable glitter via their Etsy shop.  Prices are £4 for 5 gram jars, and they specialise in more chunky eco glitter.

The Mermaid Cave

The Mermaid Cave sell a beautiful range of eco friendly glitter, with all their glitter named after endangered ocean species.  The Mermaid Cave is the place to go if you are looking for zero waste biodegradable glitter as all glitter is sold in glass vials with cork stoppers.  Their glitter is vegan friendly, made from plant based materials and and the glitter will biodegrade in soil, compost, waste water and ocean water.  It’s priced at £5.99 for 8 ml of glitter of £9.99 for 20 ml of glitter.

The Soap Kitchen

The Soap Kitchen specialise in microfine eco friendly glitter, in a more limited colour palette.  Prices start at £1.50 for 5 g, but you can purchase in bulk bags, in bags of up to 500 g (a whole lot of glitter!) if you need larger quantities.  You can also get 5% off your first order when you sign up to The Soap Kitchen newsletter.

Wild Glitter

Finally, Wild Glitter sell EU certified biodegradable glitter made from natural compostable plant based materials.  A variety of colours and textures are available, from fine through to chunky.  Prices are reasonable too – they start from £2.75 for 3 ml and they can be purchased in recyclable pots or refill bags.

If you find any more eco glitter alternatives then do let me know in the comments below!

Health & Beauty, Home and Garden, Life & Style, Natural Cleaning

Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe

homemade makeup brush cleaner


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So, let’s talk makeup brushes and my natural makeup brush cleaner recipe.

I’ll admit I didn’t even own a makeup brush until last year.  I used to just apply makeup with my fingers because I felt I never wore enough makeup to justify buying fancy tools.  My makeup bag literally consists of four items.  And also, who doesn’t like finger painting?!  Then I bought a makeup brush last year (notice, singular – I’ve not gotten carried away with myself!) and wondered what on earth I’d been doing all these years.  It’s so much easier!

The thing about makeup brushes is that whilst they do make applying makeup so much easier, they do need regular cleaning to help keep your skin clean and healthy.  Without cleaning your brush, you’re just brushing dirt and bacteria around your face, which, let’s face it, isn’t so appealing.

I’ve been trying out a few different methods to make a natural makeup brush cleaner and have decided that this natural makeup brush cleaner recipe is a) by far the simplest and b) by far the best.  When it comes to cleaning makeup brushes, no-one wants to be messing about with lots of different ingredients, so I think it’s best to keep it simple.

The main ingredient I use in this recipe is Dr Bronner’s liquid castile soap*.  I use this in lots and lots of different ways around my home, and always have a bottle in my bathroom cupboard.   It’s a little on the pricier side of things, but you only ever use it diluted, so it does work out at incredibly great value.  The thing about Dr Bronner’s is that it’s certified organic and made with only pure plant oils, so there are no nasties in it whatsoever.  It’s also incredibly gentle on your best makeup brushes.

Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe


Small pot

50 ml lukewarm water (approx 2 inches of water)

1 teaspoon of liquid castile soap*

50 ml of white vinegar


Add the liquid castile soap to the lukewarm water and stir to combine. It’s important to use lukewarm water as too hot water may melt the glue that holds the bristles of your makeup brush in place.
Place the bristles in the soapy solution and swirl a few times to loosen the old makeup.
Keep going until the brush looks clean, and then rinse in some clean lukewarm water.
If you want to ensure all the soap has been removed dip your brush bristles in a small jar of white vinegar. White vinegar is amazing at cutting through soap, leaving your brush super clean. Once your brush is dry it won’t smell of vinegar, as vinegar dries without an odour – trust me!
Whether you rinse your brush in water or vinegar, next you need to mould the brush back into shape, and then leave to dry on a flannel.
Viola, naturally clean makeup brushes with very little effort!

homemade makeup brush cleaner

Please note, when using this natural makeup brush cleaner recipe, please don’t leave your brush sitting in water.  You only want your brush to be in the soapy water for as long as it takes to clean your brush: it doesn’t need to steep for any length of time, otherwise it may damage the metal and/or wooden components of your makeup brush, shortening it’s lifespan.

natural makeup brush cleaner recipe