Chemicals in the bathroom, a small rant

Let me just start by saying that my bathroom is a far cry from what I want it to be – I am not talking about its design.. but the amount of chemicals still in it.

Some things I have switched over – my shampoo and conditioner, castile soap, non-glycerin soap instead of toothpaste, homemade deodorant, and some homemade hair products – but there are still many things I want out! Now this is my dilemma, I have trouble wasting things – if it is not gone, and I have not gotten my moneys worth I am not going to throw it out. I have a large amount of cleaning products given to me my two expat friends who have returned home. From toilet wash to laundry soaps to – well everything! Part of me wants to just trash them and recycle the bottles. But I can’t. However much I don’t want to keep using them, I have to finish them off – also this will allow me (and my pocket book) to slowly make the change.

Some things that I am working on changing.. I have found out that GreenPeople’s Makeup is all in bioplastic (except the lipsticks) and made of organic ingredients – I plan to move over to there makeup, starting with the mascara when mine runs out. Then I am still on the hunt for a non plastic bottle for my ‘shampoo and conditioner’ and would like to have one for my liquid Dr. Bronners as well – Glass has been my go to, but is not safe for the shower. So let me know if you see a metal shampoo or spray bottle. I am on the hunt for a old school Atomizer/perfume bottle with the squeeze poof. Also, once my lotions run out (and the Health Food Store stop giving me free organic fragrance free ones) I will start to make my own.

Then there are some things that are going to take ages to get changed out, like Ole’s products – he is dealing with all my craziness and me pushing crazy things on him all the time. As of now there is no luck with his shampoo, soap, and deodorant. This is going to have to be his choice, I do wish I could make him though.. 🙂 We also have 2 toiletry bags full of things that we have not used in ages – either we have to much or don’t like that version. I want to do a big clean out, but again I feel bad throwing away. I think everyone has that, well hopefully not everyone – especially the non plastic people are going to have stopped with it – but I know this was a problem of friends and me all growing up. What does that say about our culture – buy buy buy, till your cabinets runneth over. Ek! I did say this was a rant.. so I think that it is silly to have 10 different lotions. I have, and now I am not proud of that. I remember when I was 13 or so, we did a big clean out from our upstairs bathroom (which was mostly mine) and we emptied out 2 large paper bags of stuff. Why were we/why are we collecting so much.

I have just found a brand of toilet paper that is wrapped in bioplastic.. I never have understood why paper cannot be wrapped in paper. I have had no luck with finding individually wrapped rolls here. So there is a brand called Edet Eco Soft, they are Swedish. More on them soon too! I am also on the hunt for a good wooden toothbrush with natural bristles. I have seen a few online, but there reviews have not beed so good – from always taste bad to to big to fit in mouth. Sorry that this has been random.. just wanted to share what I am working on.

2 Responses

  1. EcoCatLady March 12, 2011 / 19:49

    Ha! I too suffer from the “can’t throw out anything useful” syndrome. It’s actually gotten me into big trouble…

    When I stopped using shampoo and went “no poo” it was partly because I was having all sorts of skin reactions which I thought were due to sitting in a bathtub full of shampoo (I like to soak in the tub instead of taking showers.) Anyhow, so I went “no poo” but then I still had this huge bottle of shampoo that I didn’t want to waste. So I started using it to do delicate wash laundry and for washing dishes by hand. Pretty soon my entire body was covered with hives. I seriously had hives every day for months and months. The doctors couldn’t figure it out… they even made me eat nothing but split peas and rice and distilled water for an entire week and still the hives persisted. I finally figured out that there was something in that shampoo that I was allergic to. I stopped using it and immediately the hives went away! At that point, I gave away all of my toxic bathroom products on FreeCycle and will never buy any of that stuff again!

    Anyhow, if you don’t wan to use the stuff but don’t want to toss it, maybe you could find somebody else who could use it… Is there FreeCycle in Norway?

  2. Fonda LaShay March 13, 2011 / 00:02

    I was just thinking about this article today when I saw it and how it related to your comment – old products can cause problems – this is in Norwegian, so I have ran the link through Google translate. This girls case is scary, but a good eyeopener to many about the dangers of the chemicals in products. Read the article here

    We do have FreeCycle, sadly no one uses it. But we have finn.no and a section called ‘gis bort’ which is the give away section. I am now going to dig through the stuff and see what can go, and start ordering/buying replacements.

    I have this new thing I am saying to help me along. For food, if i can not eat each individual ingerdient and live then I am not wanting to eat it. Same for skin products, if i can not put on each product individually, then i don’t want to use it – The only thing that i can think of that will be hard is makeups. Even organic makeups have some things that are still controversial – like talc powder …. since i very rarely use makeup, I have not done to much research. but know you/I could always make our own.

What do you think?