About 3 years ago i wanted to change some things in my life. Especially in my bathroom. I was sick of shampoo bottles, lotions, gels & creams.. and above all sick of the packaging.
The easiest replacement was shower gel. Easy peasy – I bought soap. First huge relief in my waste management strategy. But i needed more…My mission was set and i.needed.to.reduce to quench my thirst for simplicity.
That’s when, on one summer morning, my fate brought me to Grand-Rue, where a big slogan on a window attracted me: Fresh Handmade Cosmetics.
Through the window i saw a display of colorful & playful arrangement of things that actually looked like candy. The slogan and the colors attracted me inside and i could not believe the world i was discovering…
Waste-free. No animal testing. Handmade. All things i was looking for and agreeing with.
Here are some of my favorites:
Since that life-changing day, i also have also become aware with what ‘fresh’ and ‘non packaged’ products mean:
- they go bad a lot faster (well the nasty preservatives are missing – so yes, they go bad – just like your fresh food in the fridge)
- they melt in the sun (blush)
- they dissolve if you leave them in the shower (solid shampoo)
- they can dry up if you don’t put them in a sealed container (deodorant)
- and you have to be creative if you want to transport them.
so yes.. there are some prices to pay if you want to go ‘fresh’.
And here are some of my latest acquisitions – they are not completely packaging-free but nevertheless better than what you find on the ‘normal’ market…
LIPSTICK, MARCARA AND FOUNDATION
From this summer day on, i became an adept – and did not stop spreading the word.
But now, 3 years later i am looking for another word that doesn’t stop following me everywhere i go – NATURAL. yes, i am packaging free. yes, it’s not animal tested. yes, it’s handmade… but is it natural? is it simple? On the label i can still see lines and lines of ingredients that i don’t know and understand. What are all these ingredients? how can i eliminate them to become even.simpler?
My hunger rises. And again, I am on a mission.
Don’t get me wrong. Lush products are the best things you can find on the market.
But do i want to remain on the market?
With these thought in my mind, i stumble upon an amazing community: Orla Collective.
And again, a new world opens up…