Minimalism: Five Beauty Products I Stopped Buying

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During the last couple of years I have significantly reduced the number of products that I bring into my home. I have been trying to establish what items I can do without to minimise the number of redundant things in my life. Here are five beauty products that I have stopped purchasing.

  1. Conditioner. My hair is fine, dry and brittle. I have always been sceptical about the benefits of conditioner. I have been using coconut oil as a leave in conditioner for quite some time now, definitely longer than I’ve been minimising. I rub the oil into my hands, then into the tips of my hair and comb it through. Coconut oil works really well for me because I use it for a number of different purposes.
  2. Moisturiser. I no longer purchase moisturiser for my body or face. I also use the coconut oil for this purpose. The simple fact is a natural oil such as coconut may be somewhat messier to apply but it has the same benefits as a commercial lotion, without any of the chemicals.
  3. Excess makeup. I rarely buy makeup these days. As I have greatly minimised my makeup consumption, I simply replace my favourite products when I run out. There are very few occasions when I look for a new product in this category.
  4. Cleansing wipes. I used to be addicted to cleansing wipes. I used them between work and working out, so that my makeup didn’t run when I broke into a sweat. Because I have stopped wearing foundation on most workdays, this is no longer an issue. If I do need to wipe off some makeup quickly, I use witch hazel on a cotton ball.
  5. Cleanser. I used to have two products for washing my face, a cleanser and an exfoliator. I really wanted to reduce this to one, so I now I only use a light exfoliator. My face does not seem dry, so this process works fine for my skin.

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19 thoughts on “Minimalism: Five Beauty Products I Stopped Buying

    1. Yes, I do! I wash once a week and use dry shampoo when my hair starts to look tired. I have attempted ‘no poo’ in the past, but I couldn’t deal with the grease. I have fine hair, so it really showed. I would say that unless you have thicker hair, ‘no poo’ will be quite the challenge! Let me know how it goes if you do try it though! 🙂

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      1. Living in the muggy hot deep south, I have to shampoo every 4 or 5 days. I use very little just enough to clean. Argan oil is used as conditioner and face oil. Coconut oil is too oily for me can be used on hair.. Rose hip oil also on face and shea oil, these are used used on face.

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  1. I recently cleaned out my makeup bag and ‘extra’ makeup that was lying around. Not only was I not using it, but some were well past the expiration date. I was sad I wasted my money on a lot of the products but now that I’ve disposed of them, it feels fantastic!

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  2. What coconut oil do you use as a leave in conditioner?
    This is something I am going to try because I think my hair is starting to be where using conditioner may be too much for my hair now, as it doesn’t look good the next day like it used to with my usual brand, or trying different brands I’m finding. So I am wondering if my hair is starting to change. Last night, I washed my hair, minus the conditioner and it looks as I expect to find it this morning, so this is why I am thinking my hair may not need it.

    I bought Miaflora Coconut Oil from Holland and Barret today, but just in case if I try this and find it is not ok for my hair, then that’s why i wonder what yours is. This is a new area for me to try.

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