Shower Products – Too Many Choices
Recall your last walk along the bath & body care isle at Target, Walmart, or Whole Foods – the array of shower products is so huge that it’s overwhelming. You can spend more than 10 minutes in there, evaluating, comparing, trying to choose. Every brand has something to entice you with. Some vie for that prime eye-level space on the shelf so that when you come around, they’re that much easier to grab. Others entice you with their trendy packaging. When did the simple task of getting “soap” become so complicated?
Now think about how many shower products are in your bathroom. Bar soap, liquid soap (maybe of several different varieties or different fragrances), shampoo (maybe more than 1), conditioner, maybe you have one of those in-shower moisturizers too, bubble bath…the list can go on and on. I was once at a friend’s house – we were doing hair masks and had to wash off the product after a certain time. I was ready to wash but I was not ready for what awaited me in the shower! The bathroom counters were cluttered with products, the shower, even more so. All possible Bath & Body Works shower gel options were there, different shampoos, conditioners, scrubs and bath oils. It was overwhelming! You don’t know where to look, or where to step even.
A Zero-Waste Minimalist Routine
In today’s consumer world, the journey to minimalism can take a conscious effort, but the results are totally worth it. I find that the more I de-clutter my spaces, the more space my mind has to focus and grow. And all I did for the shower was just replace everything I had with 2 things; a bar of soap for my body and a Lush Avocado Co-Wash bar for hair. The other perk here is that these products are package free, you don’t have to contribute to the demand for plastics by having to keep repurchasing plastic bottles or plastic refill bags when your product runs out.
Lush Avocado Co-Wash Review
The Avocado Co-Wash is like a shampoo and conditioner in one. It has cocoa butter, avocado, and cupuacu butter at the forefront of its ingredient list, followed by a cleansing and foaming agent and then more oils. It’s actually so moisturizing that you don’t need to use any hair oils or detangling products after your wash (de-clutter your bathroom even more!) I’ve heard people say it’s a bit hard to use – you just have to get the hang of it. I got a perfect wash the first time, and I’ve found the best way to do it is to get your hands really wet and rub the product into your hands until you get a nice creamy “milk,” and then transfer that into your hair. It doesn’t foam, so the texture takes some getting used to, but I am so in love with the cleansing and conditioning effect I get with just this one product. No additional shower products or styling products after, no oils or leave-in-conditioners needed. My normally frizzy wavy/curly hair is left feeling shiny, silky, and frizz-free.
In Search of Soap
As for soap, the perfect place to get bar soap is your local farmer’s market – it’s often without packaging and is made with natural saponified oils and plant extracts. Whole Foods also sells completely package-free bars of soap under the brand name “good” from Alaffia (they’re not even wrapped in paper). Lush sells in bulk, and is available all over the world and online. Many of the Lush soap bars have minimal suds and maximum moisturizing effects, so if you’re worried about that “squeaky-clean” feeling you can get after using soap, no worries here. Just choose the soap that’s right for you. The Lush Sultana of Soap bar is the most moisturizing and least foaming one I’ve tried from their range. You can get your bars wrapped in paper, put into a metal tin, or you can bring your own packaging. It’s a beautiful world for zero-waste and minimalism.