How many of them are half used?
How many of them do you actually use?
I wish I had a photo of the bathroom drawers in our old house. We had a chest of drawers that I used as a dressing table. It had three large drawers, all of which were filled to the brim with toiletries of every description.
Face masks, perfume samples ripped out of magazines, an infinite number of mini shower gel bottles collected from hotels, enough hair serums to keep a salon in business – and that was just the over-filled drawers. The top of the dresser was awash with perfumes I didn’t use, body lotions, miracle creams, balms and tonics.
There was an obscene amount of stuff but I never used any of it, mostly because I was scared it would all run out and I wouldn’t have the security of it anymore. Although I didn’t realise the products were a security blanket at the time I now see how ridiculous that way of thinking is.
Because I was so attached to it all, when we moved I duly boxed it all up (2 huge boxes) and lugged it to the new house, then I lugged it to storage, and then after about a year I lugged it back to the new house. And then, I threw most of it out and gave the rest to people who would actually use it.
All of a sudden it seemed silly to be bringing hair straightening cream and heat-proofing hair serum into the new house when I’d cut my hair short about two years previously. I had no use for the products anymore.
My beauty regime has been given the minimalist treatment and I now have a fraction of the products that I owned before but the difference is I use all of them.
As part of the cull of the number of beauty products I also decided to focus on using more natural products that don’t contain scary chemicals and things I can’t pronounce (as a general rule, if I can’t say a word then I try not to put it in or on my body!).
And this is what I’m left with
* Dr Bronner’s cleansing soap which I use as a body and face wash as well as shampoo
* Dr Organic rose water toner
* Coconut oil which I use as a moisturiser, make-up remover, hair conditioner and serum, and even as a mouthwash.
I also have a natural rose perfume from a great brand called Le Labo which shuns chemicals (oh, and I use deodorant and brush my teeth which I’m sure everyone I work with is happy about!)
As for make-up I only use it for special occasion/ going out and then it’s a primer, a light powder, highlighter, mascara, eye brow filler, and a slick of red lipstick.
It’s amazing when I think about how minimalism is transferring into every part of my life. By thinking about the things I buy I have made a decision to shop more consciously, instead of buying the shampoo that’s on a deal, I buy one that’s probably a bit more expensive but is more natural.
We can’t stop consuming altogether, body wash will run out eventually even if you buy a litre of it like I do, but we can be much more careful consumers.