Here we are in the shower! I'm clearly a minimalist. I only know this because I've used other people's showers and there's all sorts of stuff in there! I've mentioned before I'm a big fan of bars. In this picture, I've got my Beautycounter Charcoal Bar on the left, which I use for face and body (extra points because it's dual purpose!), and shave soap on the right, which my husband and I both use. The bar on the bottom is Castile soap, which I was using until I recently discovered the Charcoal bar.
Now shampoo and conditioner are another matter. I'm not all that worried about conditioner since my husband and I both stopped using it a while ago. How did I go 4 decades using something I really don't need?! In the past, I have used Free & Clear Shampoo (and conditioner), but I got lazy about ordering it online. I really prefer to buy things in actual stores (old school, right?), but store choices in my current locale are limited, so I'm letting go of that dream. But, I also got lazy thinking Pantene was decently rated on EWG's Skin Deep database - wrong!
As I said, I love a bar, so I've tried a few shampoo bars. Now, I am really not particular with my personal care products, like AT ALL, but these shampoo bars did not work for me. It's disappointing. But, I've got a plan! I'll explain more about Beautycounter in a later post, but this company uses safer ingredients in all their products and does not compromise on performance. So, I'll be upgrading to Beautycounter Shampoo, and the kids will be getting an upgrade to their shower products as well.
Over the course of the past 10 years or more, I have be working on developing more sustainable practices at home to reduce waste (including recycling). I have also been on a mission to swap out cleaning and personal care products with safer versions (products that limit exposure to environmental toxins).