My 4 major LOW waste beauty swaps

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So, if you’ve read my 4 major zero waste beauty swaps piece, you’ll know that when it comes to my cleanser, dry shampoo, body wash and face powder, I am completely zero waste.

There have been other beauty products though that I just haven’t been able to find a suitable zero waste option for, so instead I have had to settle for low or minimal waste beauty swaps.

Lip balm

What I always used: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Nourishing Lip Balm (nasties include: propylparaben, fragrance… among others)

What I now use: Mokosh Coconut and Blackcurrant Lip Balm

Waste-o-metre: Low waste – glass jars can be returned for steralisation and refill in three participating stores in Perth (where Mokosh headquarters are located), with plans to roll out the same service in their other stores around Australia soon. Until then, I wash and reuse the amber jars for my DIY beauty projects.

I actually made two pots worth of lip balm a few months ago, (you’ll find the recipe here), but to be honest, I found that when the weather cooled down the lip balm became rock hard and virtually impossible to use. If you reside in warmer climes it might work for you but those in a cooler climate will find it unwieldy.

I tried numerous lip balms which all came in glass jars until I settled on Mokosh’s Coconut and Blackcurrant Lip Balm. I’m a huge fan of this brand, as not only do their products come in environmentally friendly packaging, they are also 100% certified organic.

Like to know more about Mokosh? You can read my interview with the brand’s founder and director, Marion O’Leary here.

Hand cream

What I always used: L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (nasties include: PEG-100 stearate, polyacrylamide, phenoxyethanol, butylphenyl methylpropional… among others)

What I now use: Babs Bodycare Body Balm

Waste-o-metre: Low waste – comes in a glass jar which can be recycled with Terracycle.

Life with a toddler means constant food prep and washing messy hands, so my hands are often very dry. I needed a hand cream that was low waste but actually nourishing, and like the lip balms, I tried a few before finding the perfect one.

I actually use a body balm as a hand cream as I find it’s more nourishing, and it comes in a larger jar than most hand creams (I go through a lot of it with regularly applications!).

The balm contains shea and cocoa butters, and coconut, beeswax and camellia oils, which are all super hydrating. Some people may find the balm a little greasy but it absorbs relatively quickly so it doesn’t bother me.

Babs also suggests using the balm on dry elbows, cracked heels, rashes, insect bites and fungal infections.

Face moisturiser

What I always used: Avène Hydrance Optimale Rich Hydrating Cream (nasties include: PEG-100 stearate, phenoxyethanol, polyacrylamide… among others)

What I now use: Dirty Hippie Cosmetics Organic Vegan Moisturiser – Rose Hip, Helichrysum, Avocado + Rose Geranium for dry skin.

Waste-o-metre: Very low waste – the glass jars are returnable and the product’s label is printed using vegetable-based ink and recycled paper.

This moisturiser is certified organic and palm oil free which are both huge ticks. It’s not quite moisturising enough though for my dry skin so I pair it with a few drops of Kosmea Certified Organic Rosehip Oil.

Body moisturiser

What I always used: Nivea Rich Nourishing Body Lotion (nasties include: PEG-40 sorbitan perisostearate, benzyl salicylate, parfum… among others)

What I now use: Urthly Organics Hand & Body Cream - Lavender & Patchouli

Waste-o-metre: Low waste – comes in a glass jar which can be recycled with Terracycle.

I actually alternate between using organic extra virgin olive oil as a body moisturiser and Urthly Organics Hand & Body Cream. This doubles the time the Urthly Organics cream will last and also ups the moisturising quota (I find an oil paired with a cream provides extra hydration).

The cream contains cocoa butter, shea butter, lavender and patchouli, and smells divine.

It’s certified palm free by Orangutan Alliance and endorsed by Palm Oil Investigations.