30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags
Part of minimising my life has been reducing the variety of products I buy during my weekly supermarket visits.
We have been taught that we need specialised products for specific functions, but I am quickly learning that this is not the case. I often talk about versatility when I discuss my wardrobe, and this is something I am adapting in other parts of my life. If I am able to use one product for a number of different functions, I can reduce the number of things I buy and keep in my home.
Here are three products that I used in a variety of ways. These products are obviously not strictly minimalist, but I have given them the title because I feel if I can use them in a variety of ways, they deserve it!
1. Coconut Oil. There are a million uses and purported benefits of coconut oil, and while I’m sceptical about some claims, I definitely believe in its moisturising qualities. Coconut oil has replaced a number of beauty products I used to buy, so it is a true miracle product in my bathroom. I use it as a leave in conditioner for my hair, rubbing a little into my palms, dispersing through the tips and then combing it through. While it looks a bit greasy a first, the oil completely absorbs into my hair and disappears within two days. I also use it as both a body and face moisturiser. I barely ever need it on my face, but if my skin is feeling dry I will rub it into my palms and gently pat some onto my skin.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar is another product has a number of benefits. It is most commonly used as a conditioner in the ‘no poo’ technique. To use it as a leave in conditioner, you dilute it and use it as a rinse. I no longer use it for this purpose, as it also lightens the hair. I will say that when I did use it, both my hair and scalp were in excellent condition. One of the main ways I use it now is as medicine. I put a tablespoon in a glass of water and drink it for relief of digestive issues. As I am trying to reduce the variety of cleaning products I use, I also use it for cleaning surfaces. I use it concentrated on stubborn sticky spots (my plants drool resin a lot, apparently) and diluted on glass and other surfaces, including floors.
3. Witch hazel. Witch hazel is an astringent derived from the bark of a North American shrub. Apparently, high concentrations of tannins render it excellent for minimising pores. I have been using witch hazel as a toner on my face for years. It is only recently that I started using it as a cleansing wipe on my face. As witch hazel is a tincture, it does contain alcohol. I have used it as a disinfectant on wounds and insect bites. It is also amazing for cleaning reading glasses!
Here is a video that explains these ideas in more detail. Check out my YouTube channel for more!