Beauty Products You Don’t Need

Hello everybody! I thought I would talk a bit about all these products we are told that we need and what I personally think about them. A big part of zero waste is asking yourself whether or not you actually need these items, and more importantly what you actually need to buy, brand new and unused. The answer, very very few items. There are a lot of unnecessary products out there that are absolutely useless, here goes:

Primer – I never truly got the idea, I never truly saw a difference, which makes product useless and unnecessary. A primer is supposed to make your makeup stay on for a longer period of time and make the colours in your makeup pop. When it comes to makeup, keep it simple. Remember, coconut oil is your best friend and yes, it can also be used before applying makeup. So skip the unnecessary beauty products. This is also the case with setting powder, eye brow gel and all translucent powders, sprays and gels.

Disposable Q-tips – Except for q-tips being harmful to your inner ear environment, a towel or washable napkin does the same job. You can also get stainless steel tips in medical stores if you really want a product specific for ear cleaning.

Conditioner – It comes in unrecyclable plastic, and coconut oil, avocado, egg, sunflower oil and a ton of other natural alternatives to smooth and heal the hair. I would mention shampoo, but if you want to avoid plastic AND still wash your hair there are a lot of great waste-free shampoo bars out there, Lush, Isangs and what not.

Makeup remover – Who ever came up with the scam that you need a specific products to remove your makeup is seriously a genius, because it makes no sense at all. Use a towel, water and coconut oil. Guys, seriously, coconut oil is your best friend!

Scrubs and creme – both facial and all-over cremes are SO easy to make yourself – just check out this guide. Scrubs are literally the easiest thing ever, just use salt, sugar or coffee grinds and there you go. Spending unnecessary money on packaging, which is what you are actually paying for, is easy to avoid

Salt water spray – These products is so stupid that I am almost crying! The same goes for setting spray, healing water and what else is out there. With the chance for sounding old and stupid, I must say, who buys this? We are told through television, the internet and advertisements that we need all these different products to look beautiful. But the truth is, no hair style should require this much tending to, if it does, spend the precious time in other things. You can be the most beautiful person in the world with a ponytail and loose hair, if you believe in yourself and just rock it.

That is all for me today, leave a comment down below and share what products you think are unnecessary!


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  1. As a makeup freak I of course do not agree on the whole makeup part. Primer is not only for getting the makeup to stay but also, if you have dry skin like me, moisturizing even more than your own moisturizer and then just giving a good foundation for your foundation 😀 and setting powders are used to keep the oiliness down and set the makeup so it doesn’t crease as much and setting spray is for absorbing all of the powder so it is now cakey anymore, and of course to set your makeup. This is at least what I do 😉

    Another thing is that coconut oil is not great for people with oily skin and not great for people with sensible skin, if you add more oil to those skin types you can end up with small skin dots on your face. Those people need a milk, maybe coconut milk is better, but there shouldn’t be oil in it 🙂 adding oil to oily and sensitive faces should be a crime 😛

    Otherwise, totally agree! And I think your lifestyle is admirable, you know I love it 😉 – xoxo

    1. If you have oily skin, I know of this problem myself, try to use a powder like arrowroot or corn starch, it does the the same thing as those products :)!

      Good vibes!

  2. great blogpost and blog !!! I use coconut oil to remove make-up, but also as a “leave in” in my hair. LOVE coconut oil 🙂
    – Katrine

  3. I can attest to the comment above about coconut for sensitive skin. I don’t do well with coconut oil or baking soda… That has been the hardest part of entering into a minimal waste inspired mentality. It is near impossible to find recipes without those ingredient… so as they say necessity is the mother of invention and I have come up with my own options. I use Aloe as a moisturizer/primer and set it with arrowroot powder. it helps keep the oiliness down and my face looking fresh.

  4. & if someone find coconut oil too oily, for make-up remover you can use rose water too ! And you can make at home [and hence it’ll be totally zero waste !] if you can find some organic roses [because who want to put nasty chemicals on their faces] 🙂
    There’s quite a few post about how to make rose water online 🙂

  5. Kathleen Wilshusen

    Hey Mary,
    I totally agree with your statement. It freaks me out that people think that make up and all of these styling products make them more beautiful then they are without all of this stuff. The world tells use that stuff and clutter or owing unnecessary thing can make use happy but what can make use happy is loving yourself and turn back to nature to find kindness and peace. It is totally understandable that people don’t know that there are thing that can make someone more happy than owing clutter or stuff that they don’t really need.:)

    You really inspired me to downsize more and get rid of all this clutter. Since I’m watching your videos and read your blog I want to live a more simple and zero waste lifestyle like you. The problem is my family especially my mother don’t agree with this whole idea and it make it much harder to get started with this journey:( I hope that I can learn much more about all of the great ways to get back to your truth self and be how you are;D

  6. Very helpful.

    Your blog and videos are very inspiring and have allowed me to take a step back and re-evaluate a lot of my products and beauty regime. Not to mention, have saved me money 🙂

  7. Nice Post! Keep sharing the good work.

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