Every girl after becoming a woman is searching for her perfect care products set. Number one thing for us is looking for good care and hygiene of our bodies. But more and more women become interested in health and environmental issues. We read about minimalism and zero waste. We want to be able to pack light when we travel. Today I’m giving you an example of a minimalist toiletries set, including everything a woman needs to have on her bathroom shelves.
After about five years on the way of minimalism and more and more simple living with caring about my health and our planet, I have a set of tools and cosmetics that I’m satisfied with. I’m sharing with you a complete list of all cosmetics and tools a woman needs in the bathroom. Most of them are natural and eco-friendly. Use my list as an example, inspiration, a base. And build your own capsule toiletries set.
The benefits of minimalist body care
You gain so much by having only a few cosmetics and tools.
1 | Having only a few cosmetics and tools in your bathroom makes your life simpler.
2 | A simple and eco-friendly body care frees your skin from unnecessary chemicals.
3 | Having a minimalist toiletries set helps when you want to pack light!
4 | You save money by not buying unnecessary products.
the minimalist toiletries list
It’s the exact list of everything I use in the bathroom for almost two years now. It’s an example of what an eco-friendly and simply living woman may need in her bathroom. Check if you do need much more or not.
Although I know that the first impression for not-so-eco people may be that it’s extreme. No, it’s just simple, easy, comfortable.
minimalist body care
I aim to use as natural soap as I can find. With an as short list of ingredients as it’s possible. Perfectly, packed in paper, not plastic.
I was using a Polish hard soap considered to be natural, in the past used to wash clothes. I was using it for a long time but I noticed it has a long list of ingredients.
Pro tip: Don’t believe the label natural. Check the list of ingredients.
About one year ago I switched to Marseille soap, which has only five ingredients and it serves my family very good.
I use soap to wash my hands (but not by every hand washing) and during my evening shower to wash body parts that really need freshening. I let the natural layer of fat and other substances stay on the rest of my skin, only washing it with water. Removing this layer makes it impossible for our skin to produce vitamin D. (I’ve written about it also in the article about homemade sunscreen and natural sun protection).
It’s nice when things, like your minimalist toiletries, are multi-purpose.
For example, you can use the soap to wash your clothes, bedding and reusable cotton pads (makeup removers). Actually, the Marseille soap is an ingredient in my home-made laundry powder.
Other good natural soaps are Aleppo soap and black soap.
a good oil
Look for a natural oil that your skin will accept. It can replace all your creams, lotions, cleansers and makeup removers.
I first tried coconut oil, but it came out it makes my skin drier. I switched to milk thistle oil this year and I’m satisfied with my skin’s condition.
When you’re buying oil, remember to choose an unrefined and cold-pressed one! Only oils processed in this way keep their healthy properties.
coconut oil, milk thistle oil, jojoba oil, argan oil.
2-ingredient, natural, home-made deodorant
I have a mixture of baking soda and coconut oil (1:1) in a little glass jar. It works perfectly for me, better than any other shop deodorant or antiperspirant.
Using this simple deodorant, I avoid aluminum from popular deodorants that cause among other Alzheimer and breasts diseases.
And my kids don’t inhale chemicals from perfume while hugging mum or breastfeeding.
I use it twice a day, in the morning and after the evening shower.
I have two. One in use. The other one in the laundry or in my closet.
Joshua Becker, a minimalist, the author of becomingminimalist.com and The More of Less, also applies this rule to his family.
Isn’t it all you need for your nails care?
Since a few years, I don’t even have a nail file at home and there wasn’t any situation when I’d need it.
classic metal razor
There is a metal razor on my list of minimalist toiletries. I bought it to avoid buying plastic, disposable ones every few months. To avoid producing plastic waste (razor + packaging + receipts printed on paper with plastic). To avoid supporting with my money people and brands working on making razor blades quickly lose their sharpness (to raise earnings by selling more).
I also save my time not shopping for razors, not unpacking them, not throwing the packaging to my trash bin and then to the container outside.
And I save my attention by not thinking about the time of good sharpness remaining for my razor nor about shopping for it.
I simply always have at home a razor ready to work.
I bought it about four years ago and it’s still in perfect condition. I don’t need anything else. It’s light and takes less place than a hairbrush so it’s very convenient while traveling.
This wooden comb is one of my favorite things. I don’t feel any need to replace it with anything else: newer, cooler, bigger or smaller. It’s a treasure of my minimalist toiletries list.
I tried many natural ways of washing my hair but unfortunately, I haven’t yet found the solution that works for me. So I use a usual one from a shop or a more natural alternative.
Shampoos from brands who care about our health and environment: Blissoma.
Maybe when I’ll live a more slow and free life, I’ll use no hair dryer. I’ll simply give my hair time to get dry. You can make it the next step on your way to make your list of minimalist toiletries shorter.
Now I use a cheap one bought seven years ago when I was moving out of my parents home to study.
hair tie / snap clips / pins
Minimalist toiletries mean fewer accessories. Which means, only the best accessories! Choose items perfect for you, so you’ll be able to use every day the same hair tie or the same, let’s say three snap clips or as many pins as you need for your current hair length. Less decision-making.
Now I still use a plastic one with soft bristles. When I’ll need to replace it, I’ll look for an eco-friendly alternative. But I’m afraid all toothbrushes’ bristles are plastic today, even if the rest is for example made of bamboo.
I’m not buying a new one until I’ll use the one I have. And I’m using it for about a year. You don’t have to listen to ads and dentists, parents or friends that are soaked with advertisement and the opinion that you should replace your toothbrush every month. Firstly, today dentists say that the best method of brushing is very delicate. So the toothbrush doesn’t break down at all. Secondly, if you’re worried about bacteria on your toothbrush, you can soak it in boiling water.
Give the Earth a breathe: don’t buy disposable plastic things with a lot of packaging so often.
coconut oil as toothpaste
For 3+ years I brush my teeth with coconut oil. It’s perfect for me. My teeth are clean and in the same or better condition as while using a shop toothpaste. I always had the tendency to have tooth decay regardless of how much I cared about my tooth hygiene.
Giving up shop toothpaste and using coconut oil hasn’t made the decay problem worse. But it’s too short time to say I have less decay.
Coconut oil is a natural product. No fluoride, no toxic chemicals. And chemicals used in cosmetics can literally kill you. I’ve written about it in this article: Carcinogenic and Harmful Cosmetics Are Fact.
I buy coconut oil in bigger amounts twice a year or even more rarely in a glass jar with a metal top.
I recommend you read my article about brushing teeth with coconut oil.
eco-friendly ears care
plastic stick from a disposable ear cotton swab + a piece of cotton cloth
Since childhood, I used to clean my ears with disposable ear cotton swabs. But I hated the waste produced this way. Plastic stick and cotton went to bin every day.
Looking for a more eco-friendly solution, I heard that people use one stick (plastic one or a wooden match) and put a new portion of cotton wool on it every time they clean ears. You throw away the cotton, but not another plastic stick.
And then I’ve found that I can reduce throwing away the cotton wool by using and then washing a piece of cotton cloth. It’s the same as using cloth diapers or cloth menstrual pads.
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Ebook: Solve Your Dry Skin Naturally – remedies for the skin to regain elasticity, look younger and be well-hydrated.
minimalist toiletries – what other minimalists say:
- The Joy of One: Bath and Beauty by Francine Jay
- The Story of Cosmetics by Francine Jay
- Learning to Accept Our Bodies by Leo Babauta
- Packing light – Leo Babauta’s toiletries
- Packing light – Eva’s (Leo’s wife’s) toiletries
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- MINIMALISM at Home – Why Does It Make Sense and What Are the Benefits?
- Use minimalism to optimize your daily schedule
- Becoming minimalist and practicing minimalism – a simple experiment to start
- 22-item toddler capsule wardrobe for summer/autumn season
- Minimalist Wardrobe – See My Current Set of Clothes