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toothpaste that doesn’t taste like salt

I tried making my own tooth paste by using baking soda and coconut oil, but it didn’t go over too well. It was salty and my husband hated it.

Since then I’ve found a recipe we both somewhat like.

A lot of zero wasters love to make their own recipes and use simple ingredients.

DIYs are NOT my strong suit. At all. I kind of despise them.

There are some things recipes I use that I really like. I like my dry shampoo and my toner. I’ve recently branched out and started maki DIY face wash and moisturizer and all sorts of things.

But here’s my argument for buying quality products rather than making them all the time: you’re benefiting a small business/entrepreneur who’s doing some pretty cool stuff. I’m on the look-out for a zero-waste toothpaste option in Pittsburgh, but I haven’t found one yet. {Leave a comment if you’ve found a good one!}

My goal is to find products with less/no plastic and/or are sustainably and ethically created.

Which brings me to my lovely new toothpaste — truthpaste.

The texture of this bad boy isn’t bad at all. It doesn’t foam up in your mouth like a traditional toothpaste would, and it isn’t super flavorful.

Not to mention, this product is made in the UK by some cool people at Uncaptive. Check out their Etsy page here.

My truthpaste took about two weeks to arrive. It came in paper packaging with paper tape, as opposed to plastic {awww yeah!}. The only other item in the package was a piece of thicker paper/cardboard that can be composted.

All the shipping materials are compostable! Yes! Such a win.

Paired with my bamboo tooth brush (brush with bamboo is the best from my research!) I think my truthpaste looks stunning sitting on my sink.

Got any DIY toothpaste recipes you think I’d like, or another brand of zero waste toothpaste? Leave me a comment, fam!

zero waste shampoo + conditioner for shampoo bar haters

When I first heard about zero waste living about two years ago, I tried many zero wasters beloved shampoo bar.

My first one was from Lush. It was supposedly their best shampoo, that suds up well and conditioned your hair without needing a conditioner.

A minimalists dream! Right?

Wwweelllll it didn’t work too great for me. I had a pixie hair cut at the time, so there wasn’t much hair to shampoo, but it still left a grimy film on my hair.

My mop looked pitiful.

From there I tried a bunch of other ones, but they all left my hair feeling about the same way.

Until I heard about Plaine Products.

Plaine Products shampoo and conditioner come in aluminum containers that the company will refill for you.

You can get set up on a subscription plan where every few months a new bottle of shampoo and conditioner will come in the mail.

Send back your empty containers and keep your pumps (they’re plastic — but you only have to buy them once and can keep using them).

I’ve had my two big bottles since March (7 months ago) and I just am finishing off my shampoo and and I have half a bottle of conditioner left.

For the shampoo and conditioner, which is about $55 altogether, and lasts well over 6 months, that’s about $4 of shampoo and $4 of conditioner per month.

And the products are 👌🏻🔥. Everything is biodegradable, meaning it’s not toxic when it goes down the drain and ends up in the ocean, and is good for color treated hair (sulfate free) and smells amazing. It’s a win, fam!

// I don’t wash my hair everyday, or even every other day. I usually wash my hair 2-3 times a week b/c I find my hair is healthiest that way (washing your hair everyday isn’t good for it, just ask any hair stylist) and it’s easier to style with a little more grit from dry shampoo. \\

Lemme be real, fam.

I’m a tough critic when it comes to beauty products. Before lowering my waste, I bought top notch makeup, face wash and hair products.

I worked in the beauty industry (salon/spa front desk manager) for nearly five years. I considered going into cosmetology many times in my life.

A lot of zero waste bloggers I see usually say the same thing: “I never really took care of my skin before going zero waste.”

Boo boo… that’s not me.

I’m suuuper particular about what goes on my skin and I’m not about to give up confidence by switching to plastic-free or plastic-reduced products.

With that said, this shampoo is the best zero waste alternative on the market. No doubt.

Does my hair feel as silky and fresh as it does with Tresemme or my favorite salon brand? No.

But it’s pretty freakin close. (And without the toxic stuff!)

The key with this shampoo (at least for me!) is using enough of it.

I’ve got relatively fine hair but a lot of it.

If I just shampoo it like I would with Herbal Essences, the hair at the nape of my neck feels filmy.

Here’s what I do and it works like a charm: shampoo the top portion of your hair and then the bottom portion.

Split your hair in two sections (upper and lower). Wet your hair. Take a few pumps of shampoo into your hand and massage it well into one section of your hair. Let it sit. Take a few more pumps and do the same with the second section.

Wash it out. Apply conditioner like you normally would.

Maybe that technique doesn’t work for everybody, but it does the job for me and my hair looks and feels clean — film free.

If you’re worried about investing in Plaine Products, try their travel size first — that’s what I did. And if you hate it, you’ve got some cute, sustainable travel containers for another shampoo of your choice. 🙂