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I thought I was already pretty good at living sustainably being vego and the owner of various plastic free items like a bamboo toothbrush, keep cup and re-usable shopping bags.
I knew enough about plastic in our oceans, overfishing and animal agriculture to feel passionate about it, yet when I really evaluated it, I still frequently purchased products in plastic. In bathroom alone; my toothpaste, shampoo, cleaners, makeup and razors were all plastic.
As I started making efforts to be plastic-free, I quickly discovered that most of the advice out their is either telling you to make-it-yourself, or recommending a product that doesn't appeal to me in terms of quality and aesthetic.
As someone that's educated about skincare, I wanted active ingredients like Hyaluronic acid in my moisturiser, not just shea butter or coconut oil. I felt frustrated by the fact you couldn't just go to the store and buy top quality plastic-free skincare, so I did some research and uncovered 7 non-toxic cleansers to consider, with minimal to no plastic. Any plastic shown is bio-degradable:
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE — age prevention cleanser
This kale + green tea, spinach and vitamin infused cleanser smells like cucumber water and feels so fresh on the skin. It removes all makeup without stripping the skin. The nutrient rich gel is vegan, organic, sulfate-free and it also comes in a generously sized bottle with a biodegradable pump lid. Active ingredients include, aloe vera, vitamin A, E and C. On a side note, their moisturiser is equally amazing and I'll be sharing a post about that soon.
drunk elephant — juju bar
Skin care fanatics will instantly recognise this skincare brand which has been on high rotation with beauty Youtubers and bloggers who have sung nothing but praises for their range. The Juju facial cleansing bar is one of their most popular products, it balances the skins PH, removes dead skin cells and heals with antioxidant rich marula.
april skin — signature soap black
Made with French green clay to purify and coconut oil and shea butter to moisturize, April Skin’s slick black cleansing bar is also suitable for sensitive skin. They also offer a cleansing stone as part of their range for a deeper cleanse at night time.
Alpha H Cleansing Cube for Face and Body
Crushed cranberries and 1% glycolic acid buff the skin and coconut oil keeps it moisturised in this compact cream coloured soap bar for the face and body. The Alpha H cleansing cube is more affordable than most, at just $11 a bar.
Life Basics — Activated Charcoal Face and Body Soap
Acting to absorb dirt and impurities, the activiated charcoal content removes excess oil from the skin while olive oil and coconut oil softens the skin. This product is also Australian made, vegan, free of palm-oil and not tested on animals.
Life Basics — Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge
When immersed in water, the hard black sponge turns buttery soft and removes hard to get, acne causing bacteria from the skin. Used in Japan for over 1500 years, they are PH neutral which keeps the skins natural acid mantle of the skin intact, while other harsh cleansers might strip this protective layer. The Konjac sponge helps protect the skin from environmental and bacterial damage and enriches it with minerals. You can use it on its own or with a cleansing bar to stimulate blood flow and cell growth.
Aesop Parsley Seed Cleanser
With lactic acid for mild exfoliation, this cleanser comes in a glass bottle with a biodegradable top. Only half a teaspoon of the Parsley Seed Cleanser mixed with water forms a foaming gel. Clarifying liquorice root and blackcurrant seed will leave your skin feeling fresh and clean as a whistle.