7. The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill (Rating-
This is a re-read as well... but it is really one of the best children's books ever! I perused it tonight looking for a recipe for baking soda toothpaste.
Here's the thing- Shampoo is covered... even if I decide that Lush is too expensive (which, so far it's actually less expensive than Pantene) shampoo bottles are recyclable. Ditto conditioner. Soap (for me) comes in cardboard boxes wrapped with paper... all recyclable. Razor blade cartridges can be recycled with a little work... which is a good thing because I am not about
to give up shaving... but I can have my Mach 3 and recycle too so that's all good. So now I'm looking at the rest of the necessary toiletries.
Toothpaste- Tom's of Maine makes a natural toothpaste with a recyclable tube (throw it in with your tin cans). Which is great but Tom's costs a small fortune. So maybe I can make my own? The only trick will be getting Emily to use it. When I brushed with straight baking soda, I had healthier teeth than I have ever had before or since.
Toothbrushes are something else to look at. You're supposed to replace them 4 times a year. I use the old ones for dirty scrubby jobs... but then what? Do they have to hit the landfill too?
Henna- It comes in cardboard but then there is cellophane inside that. Very little, it's true... but still. I think I should try Lush's and see if I like the results (and the packaging)... or give it up altogether. It's really just vanity anyway and I should resign myself to the fact that no matter what I do, I'll never actually be pretty.
Deodorant- I'm trying a Lush solid right now... if it works, I may have that licked too.
Face cream- Never had one before but I need one now (my skin is getting dry in the winter for the first time ever) so I can simply choose one that is natural and in recyclable packaging.
Lotion- Still questing for the perfect lotion bar. I like Coon's Farm pretty well but it wears off quickly and doesn't absorb until it wears off. I could take Bag Balm and make a solid out of it... except that it smells medicinal.
All else is persiflage. I won't throw away the lotions etc that I have now... but I'll not be buying any more of them. Probably no more hand soap either since regular soap will do as well and is less expensive. I gave up make up almost entirely years ago and I really don't have to have bath salts, scrubs or bubble baths.
On a semi-related note, I won't be buying any more gum either. Most of it comes packed in paper which is fine... but then covered with cellophane which is not. Also? Does gum biodegrade? I shouldn't think it would...
And the non-recyclable, non-biodegradable bits of cigarette and cigarette packaging give me one more reason I should quit smoking.