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September 9, 2013

Aquarian Bath Handmade Personal Care Gift Set

 

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I met Cory from Aquarian Bath two years ago when I was trying to figure out plastic-free toothpaste options.  Her store blew me away because of all the cool, handmade products packaged without plastic: tooth powder, shampoo bars, lip balm, deodorant, soap, and more.

Since then, Aquarian Bath has become an advertiser on this blog (I am very, very picky about what advertisers I will accept), and a few months ago, she and I were interviewed back to back on the Air Occupy radio show on reducing plastic.

This week, Cory is offering to give away one of her new personal care gift sets to a  reader of this blog.  Here’s her description:

10/05/2013 Update:  Thank you for all your comments.  The contest is closed and we have a winner.  Congratulations to Megan!

Aquarian Bath has been getting ready for the holiday gift giving season.  Three new plastic-free bath and body gift sets are now available.  One is a Lavender Bath and Body set which includes a soap, deodorant, shampoo bar, lip balm and 2 cedar soap decks.

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The second is a Hemp Soap and Shampoo bar set with 2 soap decks.

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The third is a  Whimsical Cookie Cutter Styled Soap Set also with 2 wooden soap decks.

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The products are packaged in kraft paper boxes with krinkle kraft paper filling.  Aquarian Bath ships all products with plastic free packing materials, there is a dedicated plastic-free section in the store.

The winner gets to choose one of these options. This contest is open to U.S. residents only.

To enter, please leave a comment with:

1) Your name
2) Your email address (in the email address field, not the body of the comment. It will only be visible to me and Cory.)
3) Your favorite plastic-free personal care tip.
4) Bonus: you can get one extra entry by tweeting this give away.  Be sure and tag both @Plasticfreebeth and @Aquarianbath and include the link to this post.

The winner will be chosen at random, so be as open and honest with your tip suggestions as possible.

I’ll select a winner by the end of next week.



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146 comments
taryn
taryn

I take old sweatpants and other similar materials (towels work too) and cut them in small squares to use instead of cotton pads. There will never be a reason why a cotton pad, and the excess waste it generates, is needed.

OrganicallYou
OrganicallYou

I'm Jessica! My plastic free beauty solution is making my own deodorant, shampoo, etc and storing them in mason jars :) Thanks for the chance to win! 

ANN BURNETT
ANN BURNETT

I've really enjoyed reading all the comments, and I've learned some awesome tips! Thank you! 

At work,  my garbage can at my desk consists of only a brown paper bag from the grocery store.  One day a co-worked asked me if I need a can and I said no and told her why!   If I have liquids to dispose of I take them to the kitchen which is also a good way to get exercise.

My 2 grown daughters and I share healthy tips with each other.  It is so much fun.  I look for glass storage containers everywhere I go. I also buy tin cans and glass items at yard sales and resale shops on a regular basis.  I do NOT like plastic.  I found a store online that sells stainless steel containers with metal lids too!  I just bought a stainless steel ice tray, and eventually I will have everything in my kitchen replaced with stainless steel or glass!!  I heat everything up in glass or s-steel cookware with the stove. NO MICROWAVE IN my house. :)  Just trying to plant seeds every day with friends and especially my grand-kids! 

 I use a lot of brown paper bags, and make sure I tell the grocery store checker how toxic plastic is for me.

Megan
Megan

I think the main tip I would give people for plastic free personal care is don't be afraid to experiment!  I was amazed how easy it was to switch to apple cider vinegar from conditioner but the transition from traditional bottled shampoo has been harder for me.  I've tried to no poo method, then the shampoo/baking soda, now a shampoo bar but its still a work in progress.  It also took a couple attempts to get a body scrub that I liked.  I like that people posted about reuseable cotton rounds.  I'm going to look into those because I'm almost out of the bag I had been using sparingly.

On a side note I just wanted to mention I just finished having a Traderpoint Creamery yogurt and am pretty excited about it.  I realize you could make your own yogurt but I haven't try to tackle that yet.  My boyfriend came home a few days ago with this little glass jar of yogurt for me (he isn't all the into the plastic free thing but humors me and knew this little jar of yogurt would make me happy) and I had been waiting to eat it but I just finished it and  it was delicious and the jar is very cute!  I'm deciding what I could use it for...maybe take off the label and put a tea candle in it?

Jessie
Jessie

I'm Jessie, and for gift giving, I like to wrap presents in colorful cloth rather than in paper or gift bags. Sometimes I make a bow using recycled newspaper or a map: http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2009/10/make-gift-bow-from-magazine-page.html. Also, I'm trying to be better about remembering to call online vendors ahead and ask if they have a packaging option that does not involve plastic. I'm guilty of forgetting to do this and being disappointed when a box that's full of 80% plastic stuff and 20% of the thing I ordered >.<

Jessie
Jessie

1) Jessie 

3) For gift giving, wrap presents in colorful cloth rather than wrapping paper or gift bags, and make a bow using recycled newspaper or a map: http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2009/10/make-gift-bow-from-magazine-page.html. Also, always remember to call ahead and ask if online vendors have a packaging option that does not involve plastic. I'm guilty of forgetting to do this and being disappointed when a box that's full of 80% plastic stuff and 20% of the thing I ordered. 

4) Bonus: you can get one extra entry by tweeting this give away.  Be sure and tag both @Plasticfreebeth and @Aquarianbath and include the link to this post. - See more at: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2013/09/give-away-aquarian-bath-handmade-personal-care-gift-set/#sthash.cOhtGMbf.dpuf

Marbara
Marbara

I reuse everything I can!  I use a Norwex body cloth with just water for cleaning and use argan oil for moisturizing.  I bought essential oils to address future possible needs.  I am trying to get away from my stash of Tupperware and am switching to glass storage.  I would love to try the shampoo bars and natural soaps :)

Rosita
Rosita

I mend everything.  Learned that from my mother, many, many years ago.  

Alex Kinzer
Alex Kinzer

My name is Alex, and my plastic-free personal care tip relates to our monthly female privilege. I fill an old shirt sleeve with rice, tie on the ends with twine, and heat when I need cramp relief. 

jonnie
jonnie

I am having so much fun reading everyone's posts! Such creativity!

colormarathon
colormarathon

Plastic-free personal care tip: be brave, try something different. If it doesn't work out, try something else!

emmageisler
emmageisler

My favorite plastic free tip is to use a mug when staying for a long time at a coffee shop.

Kirsten
Kirsten

Would love to win an Aquarian gift pack!!   Favorite plastic free personal care tip- hard to choose but #1 is using coconut oil for skin care, lip care, for DIY deodorant component.  #2 is solid shampoo bars. Have been using LUSH but their fragrances are very strong

Sarah B
Sarah B

Personal care - started using coconut oil for hair, face and body. Baking soda and ACV for most hair washes.

LaurieSK
LaurieSK

I use bar soaps to wash hands.  No liquid soap in plastic.

Pri Na
Pri Na

I use cloth bags for shopping. I also use net produce bags. No paper towels are used at home. Mint and basil are grown at home for use as mouth refreshers.

Elisa L
Elisa L

I love Aquarian bath.  Their bar shampoo is amazing especially with an apple cider vinegar rinse.  One of my favorite plastic free personal care tips is to make or buy fabric cotton rounds.  I have a bunch and a zippered laundry bag.  I use them for cleaning my face with toner and then put them in the laundry bag that I hang from the towel rack.  When it's full I wash it and restock my jar.  No going to the store or buying cotton rounds in plastic packaging.  Also the fabric rounds are in cute colors and designs.

SusanLynn1
SusanLynn1

I would love to win the gift set - I am new to plastic free living and came about it because as a state legislator for 8 years chairing the Regulatory Rules Committee I was largely unaware of the dangers of plastic until I got a job in the consumer product industry as a regulatory compliance manager.  I am now convinced that plastic is unhealthful for us,  and I do my very best to avoid it for myself and family, and I caution my friends.  They have watched with curiosity as I have gone from plastic commuter coffee mugs to a stainless thermos, from plastic food containers to glass containers, from store bought facial products to buying the essential oils and making my own and storing them in glass bottles.  Life is good - digestion is better, monthly cycle is better and lines on the face are improved. Are these results from my new habits?  Time will tell.  As a state legislator I am studying more and reading more reports.  I do think that one day there will be recommendations or even laws regarding food contact / body contact articles and plastic. 

Marcy
Marcy

I LOVE using shampoo bars since discovering them this year instead of using shampoo in plastic bottles.  I also make my own hairspray with lemons. 

Patricia
Patricia

We use bar soap (sold with no wrapper only a narrow paper band) as bath soap, face soap, and shaving cream.

Sabrina
Sabrina

I lived in Japan for a number of years on the JET Programme- I love continuing the Japanese habit of bringing along my own washcloth to dry my hands on at public restrooms! 

Sandra
Sandra

Sandra 

Making your own lotion and putting it in an old mason jar.

sandra.guerrero29@gmail.com  

Suzie Nelson
Suzie Nelson

Susan Nelson, suzie_bacon@hotmail.com, The lightweight lotion you use on your hands can double as hair pomade very well.  You just run your hands through your hair after moisturizing in the morning.

AH
AH

Buying fun glass containers at thrift shops to use for homemade personal care products!


altalemur
altalemur

I use cloth bags. To keep them organized (instead of awkwardly bringing lots of bulky cloth bags into grocery store) I fold them in half length-wise, then roll then tightly with the handles at end. Then tie them off with the handles, so they don't unroll. They're nice and compact (instead of buying the plastic reusable bags that scrunch up). Then I store several cloth bags in the largest cloth bag I have. Saves space and hassle.

sharonus
sharonus

My favorite plastic-free personal care tip:

Baking soda for gentle skin exfoliation, and coconut oil for a moisturizer.  It's AWESOME not to have to purchase products specifically for personal care, they work great, and I know EXACTLY what is in them!

maggiefout03
maggiefout03

Maggie_fout@yahoo.com 

I use baking soda for cleaning my face and wash cloths instead of make-up wipes.

Fiveacorns
Fiveacorns

Thank you for the give away. I am just starting to work harder at no plastics. We'd been plastic freeing toys for over a decade as well as no plastic cups but not much more. I now see plastic everywhere! It's overwhelming to think of replacing it all but I too bought reuse able cotton rounds on etsy, switched to soap it's for laundry, gave up liquid hand soap for bar (loving the soap dish give away), ditched paper towels.....well and more basic things. Great blog. I'm enjoying your book. Peace.

eascello
eascello

We use shampoo bars instead of bottles of shampoo.  Lots less packaging, and simpler ingredients.  We also use coconut oil as moisturizer, and it's great to keep hair smooth!

Dawn CO
Dawn CO

I switched to reusable cotton rounds which I bought off of Etsy.  They work great and I love the amount of trash it eliminates. My daughter is three and she loves using them to wash her face.  It's never too early to share eco friendly tips with your little ones.  

Rollie Lal
Rollie Lal

I use coconut oil or ghee (clarified butter) in a glass jar as makeup remover. It is very gentle for the eyes, in particular. I just apply some of the oil, then use a warm wet cotton handkerchief to wipe it away. Then just rinse the handkerchief with water or a bit of soap and hang to dry. You can use it again the next day and so on, and the washed handkerchief also makes a wonderful exfoliator for the whole face. Just wet with very warm water and gently scrub in circles over your skin. Traces of the coconut oil in the wet handkerchief make it even better for cleaning out your pores!

VW
VW

Use glass jars for storing items instead of acrylic containers.

erin maker of chimes
erin maker of chimes

we've switched to buying soaps locally to avoid packaging at all... and we LOVE it!

K2ME
K2ME

Instead of using facial scrubs that contain microbeads of plastic, i use a loofah pad with castile soap.

Randi
Randi

I make my own toothpaste (coconut oil, mint oil and baking soda), and keep it in a little glass jar.

Emily
Emily

My favorite tip: getting my daughter involved in all my plastic-free life, so she too can spread the love. We make our own plastic-free home and personal care products and use them together to clean and nourish our environment and our bodies. I hope she has as much fun as I do!

Robin
Robin

Finding a bulk supply grocery store (Wheatsville) in Austin, TX has allowed us to skip a ton of plastic.  I also think my To Go bamboo utensils and pyrex straw have cut out a lot of plastic use.

naturegabby
naturegabby

I have started the No shampoo routine and it is working out great---when I do wash my hair I use baking soda and an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse!  No plastic purchased with either item!

rebeccab
rebeccab

Cloth diapers x 3 kids ! And buying and refashioning second hand clothes and accessories.

Deb in PA
Deb in PA

We use homemade soap free of chemicals. Recycle and reuse almost everything,or offer a friend if they need it.

uti
uti

i use the keeper when i'm on my period. much less work than cloth sanitary pads that have to be washed. i love it. i've had mine for 6 years and it cost me 30$ and is going to last many more years. made of all natural rubber and nothing else. 

another thing i do is that i don't have multiples in my bathroom. i don't have three sets of shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel, shaving gel, exfoliator, etc in the shower. I only have one of what i use and don't buy more until it's finished.  It's more aesthetic too. You can go along time this way if your bathroom is full of products. plain old salt or sugar can be used as an exfoliator. it works great. just add a little water.  i learned this from a japanese spa in San Francisco- they use salt. 

and i always take my titanium spork to catered meals at work so i don't have to use a plastic one.

lindsay g
lindsay g

We just reused all the old pickle jars for homemade pickles!

Paul
Paul

This summer my 3 year old daughter and I have been going to get vegan ice cream cones and bringing our own cloth napkins to hold the cones and also use them in place of paper napkins, to wipe our faces/hands when we are done!  

Sarah S
Sarah S

I've started using oil from Crunchy Betty to wash my face - love it! My husband has started doing oil pulling to brush his teeth - anyone tried that? Any research on it?

Counselorette
Counselorette

I use aloe vera as a skin toner. I just cut a leaf from one of my few aloe plants. It's also great for treating sunburns. My toddler daughter has a very dry skin with little white pimples on her shoulders, and freshly cut aloe is the only thing that helps.

Michele Langston
Michele Langston

Grow mint. Instead of breath mints or mouthwash, just chew some leaves. :)

Sarah
Sarah

My favorite plastic free personal care tip is to make your own menstrual pads.  They last forever, use up old scraps sitting around, and are a million times more comfortable then any plastic method you are going to slap on!  And for people who think its too hard/gross to deal with - I'm in my early 20's, living in dorms/apartments with roommates.  If I can do it you could too!

andrea_upnorth
andrea_upnorth

@Sarah Do you have recommended instructions for this? Thanks

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