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Green Your Routine – Ecologically Friendly Product Alternatives

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This is a guest post about ecologically friendly beauty product alternatives from Mrs. Money who writes at the Ultimate Money Blog, where she shares tips on frugal living, how to live green, and living a simpler life.

One of the areas of your budget that can be pretty easy to cut is beauty products.  Shampoo, conditioner, facial cleansers, lotions, and other beauty products can cost a lot of money; not to mention they can be hazardous to your health. 

Many shampoos and lotions contain many ingredients that can cause health problems.  Parabens, for instance have been linked to cancer.  Sodium lauryl sulfate is a common surfectant that’s found in almost all shampoos. It is very harsh on your skin and can cause irritation, yet many companies continue to use it because it’s cheap. 

Don’t feel like you have to go run out to buy eco friendly beauty products.  There are many different options for you to make your own beauty products at home for cheap!  Here are some things you can do to save money and green your beauty routine.

Ecologically Friendly Product #1 – No Poo

Go No Poo.  No poo is a method of shampooing your hair using just baking soda and an apple cider vinegar rinse.  It’s super cheap and easy to do.  There are only two ingredients: baking soda, and apple cider vinegar.  Both are inexpensive and natural.

Ecologically Friendly Product #2 – No Conditioner

Stop using conditioner.  You can make your own hair conditioner using apple cider vinegar and water.  Dissolve two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water.  After shampooing, pour the mixture on your freshly rinsed hair.  Allow it to set for a few minutes, and then rinse. Your hair will be nice and soft!

Ecologically Friendly Product #3 – Make Your Own Toothpaste

Use a toothpaste recipe and make your own toothpaste.  The ingredients include: baking soda, glycerin, salt, and peppermint oil.  It doesn’t get easier than that!  You can also use plain baking soda to brush your teeth, but I think it makes your teeth too sensitive so I make my own.

Ecologically Friendly Product #4 – Oil Your Face

Follow the oil cleansing method to wash your face.  Using oils to wash your face sounds counter intuitive, but I’ve used it for years now and my skin hasn’t looked as good or been as clear as it is in years!  You can also use small amounts of the oils as facial moisturizers. 

Try those steps to ease yourself into eco friendly beauty products.  You’ll save money and green your life at the same time!

Crystal’s Comments:  I am lazy and like my products to come ready to use in a bottle.  Yep, I am not completely green.  🙁  But, I do like to know about alternatives.  The apple cider vinegar and baking soda idea sounds alot like what we use to clean out our sink (regular vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar), so I do see how it could work for my hair.  I only wash my face using water, so I guess that is ecologically friendly, lol.

Have you tried any of the tips above?

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13 thoughts on “Green Your Routine – Ecologically Friendly Product Alternatives

  1. Great post! I’ll have to try making my own toothpaste and see how that turns out. Have you tried making your own soap? It’s something I’m looking to do when I return to Miami.

    -Ravi Gupta

  2. Every once in awhile I scrub a little lemon juice and baking soda on my teeth to whiten them a bit (darn coffee stains :))….WAY cheaper than whitening strips.

  3. I’ve been using baking soda solution and a vinegar rinse on my hair for nearly three months now and I’m very happy with the results. Yes, it is a bit less convenient than buying shampoo and conditioner because I have to mix up the solutions every few days. The results are fantastic, though. My hair is clean and soft and I’m happy to not be exposing myself to more harsh chemicals or washing them down the drain. I just use plain white vinegar on my hair; the same stuff I used to clean the house. I’ve learned to not get too hung up on the ratios in the mix, too.

    I’m intrigued by the oil cleansing method for skin. Now that I’m in my 40s keeping my skin from drying out is a bigger concern and this may be a good thing to try.

  4. I haven’t tried using apple cider vinegar as a conditioner. I have tried making my own toothpaste and we also wash our laundry in cold water and use a clothes line on warm days to dry our clothes.

  5. Hmm I heard of oil pulling but never knew ppl could use oil to cleanse their face.. gotta try that someday, but I got acne, so I might be afraid to try that…

  6. Ravi- I do make my own soap! It’s a little labor intensive but I enjoy it!

    Henway- You totally can use it with acne prone skin. Add some tea tree oil! It works great.

  7. swallow’s nest in an edible gel form is supposed be good for the skin too. it gives that clear and pasty skin that we all love.

    it’s mad expensive. my brother and i bought some for my mom for the Mother’s Day. it was like 400 bucks for like a 6-8 oz jar. Luckily we finally found the one of popular brand online ( and

    dad said it’s really popular in indonesia. that a guy has to climb a high mountain to get the nest. that’s why it’s so expensive.

    i mean why doesn’t the dude just look for the fabled korean swallow king, capture it and let it lay eggs full of gold! then, he wouldn’t have to work so hard and climb them high mountains.

  8. Eco-friendly cleaning products, by contrast, include such ingredients as purified water, lactic acid, citric acid and enzymes. Homemade cleaning products like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, borax and castile soap are also quite environmentally friendly and relatively innocuous. In addition to being safe to use around young children and pets, eco-friendly cleaning products are also biodegradable.

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