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November 6, 2009
3:34 am
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August 22, 2011


I'm looking for personal care products that do not come in plastic. I'm not willing to use baking soda to wash my hair, but I am considering it for deodorant. :)

I'm specifically looking for shampoo (child and adult), conditioner, and facial moisturizers. I'm also very concerned about toxins (not a surprise, huh?), so I religiously look at to make sure the products I'm considering purchasing have a low hazard score.

Can anyone recommend some safe, plastic-free, products?



November 6, 2009
4:41 am
Forum Posts: 352
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February 16, 2010

Hi. Have you tried shampoo bars? Burts Bees makes a rosemary mint one. J.R. Liggett makes a plain one. Many Etsy sellers make them. Looks like a bar of soap but it's shampoo.

On the bus on the way to my retreat. Haven't quite shut off electronics yet.

November 6, 2009
8:25 pm
Forum Posts: 3
Member Since:
August 22, 2011

Thank you, Beth! I was only aware of LUSH shampoo bars, but their hazard score was too high. The Burt's Bees Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar only has a hazard rating of 1. Maybe I'll even be able to find it at a local retailer!

If anyone else knows of plastic free facial moisturizer that isn't prohibitively expensive, I'd love to hear. I used to use Clinique which was originally in a glass bottle, but they switched to plastic quite a few years back. :( I've stopped using moisturizer all together which was fine in the summer, but isn't too great in the winter.

Hope you enjoy your retreat!


November 10, 2009
11:06 pm
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August 22, 2011

Hi Sharon,

I use Burt's Bees moisturizer and even though it is more expensive than other brands, it lasts a really long time because you use less. And if you're using it mainly in the winter, then that's all the better because you won't be buying it that often. I too look for alternative brands. I am looking for witchhazel in a glass bottle right now. I use it to clean my face at night and have only found it in plastic.

Great reading your posts. Good luck on your searches for plastic-free alternatives!


November 12, 2009
11:51 pm
Forum Posts: 23
Member Since:
August 22, 2011

Hi guys,

I've seen a few recipes online that are either glycerin based or oil based, one that looks interesting (haven't tried it yet) is here:…..isturizer/ but I've seen heard of people just using olive oil in a mister. Maybe a plus is the glycerin can come as a byproduct of biodiesel production? Or that's a downside, depending on your take. I'm contemplating an olive oil spritz – it's already in my kitchen – but I don't want to be greasy. I'm thinking I need to change my face cleanser and I might not need any moisturizer. Anybody have a good face wash that doesn't dry out skin?



December 24, 2009
6:36 am
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August 22, 2011

I have purchase body lotions from prairie land herbs []. It is a mother/daughter team (last I checked) and they work with me.

December 30, 2011
11:18 am
Melissa B

Regular soap bars sometimes work as a shampoo. Badger balms are great for hands & lips. I use badger body oil for my face and it's great & not oily. I've used olive oil in the past and you don't need a spritzer, just pour a tiny bit in your hand and rub in. Not greasy at all. Jojoba and coconut oil also work great.

July 9, 2012
11:37 am
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July 9, 2012

I actually do use baking soda to wash my hair and it does work! Better yet is using apple cider vinegar and water as a conditioner. It is marvelous. And, no, it doesn't make your hair smell bad. Once vinegar evaporates there is no smell.

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