Have you tried switching to solid cosmetics? If not, then there’s no time like the present, as these solid formats are the shape of the future when it comes to beauty routines. It’s out with shelves of bottles and endless ingredient lists, and in with new-gen shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes and soaps that are light on packaging — and preservatives — for a revamped, 100%-responsible beauty routine that’s good for your skin and for the planet.
Old-school soap is where it’s at
The move towards more responsible and environmentally respectful consumer habits can sometimes — in fact, often — mean taking a step backwards. And cosmetics are no exception, with the solid bars of soap used by our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents slowly creeping back into bathrooms in recent years. And for good reason, since these soaps — suitable for face and body — don’t need any plastic packaging and are kind to skin, so long as you stick to natural varieties.
In fact, solid soaps contain virtually no water — unlike liquid shower gels — which is good news for the environment and which also means that there’s no need for preservatives or chemical additives. With soap, the endless lists of ingredients typically found in standard shower gel labels are largely simplified — and generally more transparent — with a majority of raw and natural ingredients that are less likely to damage your health.
Another plus point is that the standard solid format is, by definition, portable. That can help cut unnecessary consumption, because there’s no need to buy special travel formats for trips away. Moreover, they’re generally suitable for facial use with gentler formulations than body-specific versions.