Plastic Free July: Personal Care
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Plastic Free July: Personal Care Products

So many of the personal care products we use are wrapped in plastic, stored in plastic, and even contain chemicals toxic to ourselves and our environment. However many of these products – such as foundation, eyeshadow, eyeliner, lipstick – are wrapped up in our identities. They help us to look how we want to look and we have long associations with brands, colours, and scents that make us feel ourselves.

I (Krista) don’t wear a lot of makeup, but still have had a difficult time getting around transitioning from traditional eyeliner and mascara. However, as noted above, there are compelling reasons to consider alternatives that are better for us and our environment and so today I’m looking forward to finding out (and sharing!) how and where to buy or make alternatives for every budget!

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Personal Care Products We’ve Made or Tried and Loved!

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Where to Buy

There are many great options these day for zero waste, toxin free makeup! This post by The Eco Hub lists some great Canadian brands.

One of my personal favourites (not on the list above) is Sea Wench Naturals based in Tofino – their Compass Rose Facial Cream is a dream!

How to Make Your Own

How to Make Eyeliner

Recipe courtesy of Coconut Mama:


  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 4 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • 1 – 2 capsules of activated charcoal (for black) OR ½ tsp cocoa powder (for brown)


  1. Thoroughly mix all ingredients.
  2. Store in an airtight container.
  3. Be sure to store this in a dark and cool place. Use a clean brush to ensure you don’t introduce any bacteria to the mixture.
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How to Make Mascara

Here is a recipe courtesy of Simple Life Mom!


  • 1 tsp charcoal
  • ½ tsp bentonite clay
  • 1 tsp glycerin
  • 1 tsp shea butter
  • ¼ tsp beeswax
  • ¼ tsp coconut oil (fractionated if possible)
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil


  1. Over low heat in a double boiler, add beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, and glycerin. Stir until melted and combined.
  2. Add charcoal and bentonite clay, stir until well combined and remove from heat.
  3. Add rosemary essential oil and stir.
  4. Pour into 2-3 clean mascara containers.
Plastic Free Personal Products
Making your own is a great way to reduce plastic in make up
Image by Xaara Novack from Pixabay

Where to Find Ingredients

I find that Voyageur Soap and Candle often has the ingredients I need to make my own products. Though many of their items are packaged in plastic, I can at least buy a large quantity and recycle the plastic through overwrap recycling. Buying in large quantities is generally better for the budget too!

Other Personal Care Products

Wondering what to do about shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer? Consider trying out a refillery like Chuckling Duckling Farm in Fort Langley! You can simply refill products as required without having to purchase new containers. Or consider shampoo and conditioner bar options!

For more great ideas on how to cut down plastic in your beauty products, check out How to Cut Down on Plastic Beauty Products from Enviroline Blog.

How do you reduce plastic use in your personal care products?

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