Over on Twitter, Rachael asked about alternatives for cotton wool and wet wipes when removing makeup.
And the answers from the Zero Waste community came flooding in!
Here’s Rachael’s original tweet:
@myzerowaste Any ideas for reusable alternatives to cotton wool /wet wipes for removing makeup?
— Rachael Hodgetts (@RachaelHodgetts) January 2, 2015
There must be something in the air because the following week I had an email from Fiona who asked:
“Do you have any ideas for waste free make-up removal?”
Here are some of the suggestions:
Although some people said flannels weren’t terribly soft, others were advocates of the old fashioned soap (bought naked or in a cardboard box without plastic) and flannel idea.
Recycled fleece cloth
Emma favours recycled fleece cloth for removing make up. She buys fleece from her local scrapstore and cuts it up into small squares.
Use your hands!
I have to admit, I don’t use a ‘thing’ to wash my face; I use my hands!
A new one to me but a konjac sponge is vegan, as it’s obtained from a plant, and will last 2 or 3 months after which you can compost it!
Mary suggested old fashioned hankies. These are soft and thin, so perfect for the face!
Laura suggested muslin cloths, like the ones Ikea sell for babies; chopped into smaller squares.
Washable cotton wool pads
If you’re into crafts, these crochet washable pads are for you. Here is the tutorial to make your own.
What about the actual remover?
Well I use olive oil from the kitchen cupboard! It comes in glass bottles which I can recycle and you only need a couple of drops. Using oil might seem counter-intuitive to some but I love it because you don’t need moisturiser afterwards.
You can buy Rhassoul clay in paper bags or a cardboard tube from Sally at Natural Spa Supplies. You just rehydrate the clay with water and rub it into the face to remove makeup. A little goes a long way and I seldom need moisturised afterwards because it doesn’t dry out my skin.
There seems to be a bit coconut oil movement at the moment! You can use this product in a myriad of ways from cleansing your face to conditioning your hair. Buy it in glass jars which you can reuse or recycle.
I’d love to hear your suggestions.
Are you using an alternative to disposable cotton wool or make up wipes to cleanse your face? And what product do you use for the actual cleansing?
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