This video has been a long time coming! It is a complete list of everything I use in my bathroom in my beauty routine. I hope you love it πŸ™‚

And while we’re on the topic, a few DIYs for products I make myself.

And a few more of my essential zero waste bathroom tools and products:



  1. Hi, Lauren I got a question, you just use corn starch for wash your hear or you use soap as well?
    And I loved the post, you inpired me to live a Zero Waste lifestyle thanks a lot

    1. Hi Sarah, I use a normal bar of soap, too, to wash my hair. It can be a mess if you have a lot of lime (Is this the right english word for it? What makes the water hard?) in your tap water, because the soap reacts with the lime and creates a greasy layer on your hair. Then you have to do a sour rinse (= self made conditioner): Take 1 liter of water and 2 Tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice and rinse your hair with it. You won't smell the vinegar or juice after your hair has dried.

  2. Also, has your homemade deodorant ever caused staining to clothing? I'm currently using a "naked" deodorant from LUSH but am looking forward to making my own.

  3. Super inspiring – thanks for posting! I just created a capsule wardrobe yesterday and am moving this direction with my bathroom but more examples are always helpful πŸ™‚ Hooray for less clutter!

  4. I am currently in the transition stage to zero waste. I have been testing out castille bar soap as shampoo, but it seems to leave a residue in my hair. I have read that doing a rinse with apple cider vinegar or lemon water can prevent this. Do you use a rinse Lauren or how do you prevent this from happening? Thanks for all the inspiration!

    1. Don't use castile soap like dr. bronners in your hair. It is really drying. Try a handmade organic soap, often they sell them at farmers markets or at your natural food store.

    2. I rinse. I use 1 Liter of tap water and 2 or 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice (you can use vinegar as well. As soon as your hair dries, you won't smell it anymore). It removes the layer that has been built up by the reaction of the soap with the lime. Normally this should happen with any soap you use. Maybe there ist not much lime in your water, Lauren?

  5. Thank you for sharing your bathroom essentials. You've really inspired me to become more conscious of my waste and reducing the amount of products I use. I've already tried your body butter and deodorant recipe and let me tell you, the body butter is to die for! πŸ˜€ Next on my list is to move on to using bar soap as shampoo. I've tried J.R.Liggett's shampoo bar but it left my hair feeling like I'd dipped in it powder. Can you please share which soap bars you have tried and that have worked great on you? Thank you for being such an inspiration

    1. I really like Meow Meow Tweet's organic soaps. If you ask them, they can ship them without wrapping and totally plastic free (but you have to specify!) Also, it takes a bit of time for your scalp to adjust.

  6. Hi, Lauren! I'm gonna try the toothpaste for the first time. I've seen recipes suggesting 1 tbsp of baking soda to 1 tbsp of the oil. Have you tried it with this different proportion too? Thanks.

  7. Hi Lauren!

    I'm following your posts for a long time and realy like to life a zero waste-live just like you. But for me it is extremely hard. In my town it is complicate to go shopping with own containers and nowhere I can buy unpacked products (except for fruits and vegetables). For example, with the butcher: There are so strict hygiene regulations that they may not lay the product in brought bowls. And also then one buys more plastic as packaging than food.
    I find your lists to alternative products really great! Nevertheless, I would not like to throw away all plastic products that is already in my flat. I would rather replace it, after it is broken or is used up.
    To your 'bathroom' post it would still interest me what you use as (an everyday) shampoo and where you get the product. I have very long, thick hair which starts getty oily right the other day and am angry every time at the fact how much shampoo I need to the hair wash and how much garbage I produce with it. Moreover, I do not think that everything which is included in the offered shampoos, is really well for hair and environment.

    As well, I realy liked your posts about your trip through Europe. Especialy your visit in Berlin. Could you name some more stores which resemble 'Unverpackt' and where they are to be found? That would be great!

    Thanks for everything what you do for us and our earth! There should be much more people like you!

    Lots of love from Germany!

  8. I do a lot of the things that you describe here. My next challenge is washing my hair trash-free. Would you please talk at more length about using soap to wash your hair? Any particular kinds of soap? Any tips about how to do it? Like you, I have longish and very thick hair. I just can't imagine using a bar of soap.

  9. Hello, I was wondering if the toothpaste makes your teeth sensitive at all? That's one thing that I've been nervous about trying since I've previously got sensitive teeth from a natural toothpaste. But I wonder if this will be different then that. Thanks for answering.

  10. Hi Lauren, thanks for your posts – very inspiring! What do you recommend for hair conditioner? I've tried making my own a couple times with different kinds of oils/butters, and each recipe has left my hair greasy or dried out

  11. I haven't run out of dental floss yet but I might try using some of the organic thread I've been using to make produce bags. My only worry is that it will shred my gums.

  12. Hi Lauren,

    I absolutely love you blog. You have been a huge inspiration to me. I will be purchasing my safely razor here in the next few days and I've done a little bit of research on how to use it. Do you find that you need to use the brush and a shaving cream, or does your soap bar create enough of a lather? Please let me know! I can't wait to try it out!

    ~ Carly

  13. hi Lauren, this could looks like a joke, but is not. I'm really curious to know if you use toilet paper, if you don't, could you tell me what you do, especially when you are using a public toilet, please?
    thank you

  14. Hi Lauren. I love what you're doing and I'm slowly trying to get plastics out of my life. I tried the tooth paste that you showed in your videos but the mint didn't seem like enough. I added a lot more but still feel it isn't enough. Do you ever feel like your breath isn't very fresh with using it? Last night I went to bed and forgot to brush so this morning I felt like the tooth paste that I made copying your recipe didn't make me feel like my mouth smelt fresh and clean enough. I don't know if I should add more mint or what. I'm thinking of adding clove powder or cardamom powder. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

    1. It is something you have to get used to. We are used to think that minty= clean, but that is not the case. As long as your teeth are clean (which is achievable with this recipe) your breath should be fine (unless there is another issue). When I stopped using regular toothpaste I felt the same way and was self conscious, but you get used to it.

  15. Hello Lauren. I'm going to ask this since no one is doing it. I don't mean to be rude. I think you are missing something very important here, something that we use everyday in the bathroom. Toilet paper. I saw a video were you stated that 1 year of your thrash could fit in a small glass jar. Now, it's been bother me that you talk about "zero waste" in your bathroom but never mention this. So, how do you do it? Sorry, i had to ask.

  16. I use a couple of teaspoons of baking soda mixed with water as shampoo, and finish with a apple cider vinegar and water rinse. The hair feels really clean afterwords, and you don't smell the vinegar. I have really thick and long hair, so I think it would work for most people.

  17. What about covering bad breath, including morning breath that the tooth brushing doesn't completely fix as well as dental floss? two things I cant come up with solutions for. Any help please.


  18. About the toothpaste recipe, I live in the tropics and here, organic coconut oil is not like that white lumpish thing. It's proper oil, so how am I to make my own toothpaste??

  19. Finally!! I am already making my lotion and deodorant, but I could not find a toothpaste recipe that I liked. I was using lush toothy tabs which come in cardboard packaging so at least I could recycle that, but they are soooo expensive. Glad I found this.

  20. You are absolutely correct! You can make great products for the bathroom without using synthetic ingredients. I make all my own soaps with oils, butters, lye and essential oils. They are better then anything I’ve bought. My hair has never been better.

  21. Hi Lauren,
    I love trash is for tosser and will be making your lotion recipe, however, I don’t have an electric beater or mixer. Do you think I could use a food processor and get the same whipped affect?

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