Zero Waste Beauty–Aug 2017

I’ve never had a problem with giving away clothes; but I struggle more with toiletries and cosmetics, the reason being I don’t know where or how to donate them. Here’s what my loot looks like now (will update once I consolidate stuff from The Other House).


  • Lipstick
    • One red Maybelline lipstick
    • One pink purple Burt’s Bees lipstick
    • One bright pink Maybelline lipstick
    • One lip gloss that was a present from boss’s wife
    • One Dior colour-changing lipstick that I use most of the time–as a lip gloss
  • Blush
    • One Benefit blush
    • One The Face Shop blush/shimmer thing that I find too sparkly
    • One Body Shop lip cheek
  • Cc cream
    • IT Cosmetics CC cream
  • Eyebrows
    • Maybelline eyebrow pencil
  • Eye shadows
    • A Japanese brand eye shadow
    • H&M beauty eyeshadow
  • Mascara
    • Heroine make mascara
  • Eyeliner
    • Heroine make eyeliner

  • Moisturiser (face)
    • Avalon Organics Day Moisturiser (smells like lavender but my husband thinks it’s orangey)
  • Toner
    • L’Oreal Hydrafresh
  • Eye essence
    • Body Shop eye essence thing

Shower Products

  • Cleanser
    • Na Me Ra Ka soybean cleanser
  • Shampoos
    • Avalon Organics Tea Tree Shampoo
    • The Sarojin’s shampoo which I brought back and am actively trying to finish
  • Conditioner
    • Avalon Organics Tea Tree Conditioner
    • The Body Shop Grapeseed Leave-in Conditioner
  • Body Wash
    • Body Shop Blueberry
    • Molton Brown Travel Size
    • Sweet Pea Shower Gel

Moisturisers for Hands, Face, Body

  • Hand Cream
    • Flutter hand cream
    • L’Occitane
    • The Body Shop Satsuma hand cream
  • Mask
    • Laniege Sleeping Mask
  • Body lotions
    • Bio-Essence scar treatment oil
    • The Sarojin’s body lotion


  • Soap bar
  • Dr Bronner’s travel size liquid size
  • Plastic Oral-b toothbrush that’s on its last legs
  • Qv travel set passed to us by my aunt
  • Nivea spray on sunscreen

Also I need to confess that instead of actively trying to finish up some items, I got impatient and threw them away. These would include the carbon tooth powder that was supposed to turn my teeth white. Instead it turned my sink black (okay no it washes off) and got stuck all around the sides of the container.

Another item was a tube of orange lip gloss that I decided I would never use.

The Plan:

  1. To finish up all of the above (or donate them if possible) without tossing them or getting impatient, which is pretty likely.
  2. Raffles City apparently has an initiative to donate your lipsticks so I’ll be checking that out over the weekend and donating all the lipsticks except for the Dior and the Burt’s Bees.
  3. Moisturise my hands, arms and legs using the Bio-Essence, and the body lotion on alternate days so I’ll have very soft skin… or so I hope.
  4. Use the eye essence, moisturiser and toner every night and the mask at least once a week.
  5. Makeup once a week at least (full makeup including cc cream, eyeliner, eyeshadow and lipstick)
  6. Make a list of the essential items and look for zero waste alternatives.

If you know of other places to donate such things, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out. I’ll update again next month.

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