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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