Today the most wonderful thing happened. The internet went out at work so I got to go home early 🙂
I took the opportunity to go check out a thrift store in Irvine. I have a list of things I’ve been meaning to get, like more jars, cloth napkins, a compost bucket, hankies, etc. I just haven’t found everything I need. That’s the thing with thrift stores. It comes down to the luck of the draw.
Today really was my lucky day. I’ve been meaning to reupholster my dining room chair cushions and I found some lovely damask fabric. Then right next to it, a bunch of matching damask cloth napkins. And then hankies, score!
The thick cloth napkins were my favorite because they’re so pretty yet they’re already a little worn in. Which oddly makes me feel better about using them. If things are too perfect, I want to preserve them and then I don’t use them. That wasn’t the point of getting cloth replacements. With these, I don’t have to feel guilty. There’s also a bunch of them so I have enough to last the week and then some.
Everything was packaged in plastic bags, which I was a little disappointed about, but when I went to check out, the cashier took everything out of the bags. “The bags stay here so we can reuse them” she said. I was like, hell yea.
Oil Cleansing Update
I started washing my face with just oil exactly a month ago. I started with coconut oil for a couple days but it was way too heavy. Honestly, I never wear lotion because I hate the feeling of having anything on my skin. I had some avocado oil that I didn’t end up using for cooking so I switched to that for my face and loved it. I had been breaking out big time since I switched to a low carb diet but since switching to avocado oil the major breakouts are gone. My skin is way softer and I the pores on my nose are now non existent; but I still had a few small breakouts.
I learned all about comedogenic ratings and then it all made sense. I needed a different oil. I’m switching to sunflower oil today so we’ll see how it goes. I tried using coconut oil instead of body lotion, but it was also too heavy for that, although in my hair, it’s ah-mazing. The avocado oil was much better and absorbs almost instantly so it’s a good fit for my body. I may actually have moisturized skin for the first time in my life. I also found that avocado oil may be a good fit for a hot oil treatment for my hair so I’m definitely trying that next. All of my bathroom products are starting to be replaced by oils. Now that I understand more about the properties of each oil, I’m able to use it in the right way.
A while ago, I replaced all of my makeup with alternatives that are not tested on animals, but I always wondered about my other products. Was my body wash tested on animals or my face wash? Now that I’m using organic responsibly sourced oils my mind is at ease.
I just noticed I’m running low on hair gel and although I wear my hair in a pony tail every day, I need something to keep my curly hair in check. I found a recipe for a flaxseed gel that I wanted to try so I was thrilled to find them in the bulk section at Sprouts.
My love of Sprouts goes way back. When I first started learning to cook, I loved the bulk bins because I could buy just a little bit of something. Mostly I just bought a little bit of chocolate 🙂 I had gotten some cloth bags way back then but for things like chocolate, I’d still use the plastic bags. I bring this up, because when I went to Whole Foods for the fist time and used my own jar, I was nervous. Right by the bulk section there was mason jars with a sign that said do not use them for bulk. But what can I say, I’m a rebel and these were my jars that I cleaned, not jars from the store, so I went for it. I pretty much just got almond flour and some essential oils. It wasn’t a big deal at all though.
This was different from my experience at Sprouts though. I was also nervous because I had read that Sprouts can’t tare heavy jars. I asked the girl at an empty counter when I walked in and she said it wasn’t a problem so I instantly felt more comfortable. This time, I got golden flaxseeds for my gel and chocolate.
I recommend if it’s your first time using your own container, fill it with something you love so the awkwardness will feel worth it. When you succeed, you can eat what’s in the jar as a reward. I hardly ever buy that much chocolate, but I filled it as a challenge for myself. The almond flour or flaxseeds don’t motivate me in the same way as chocolate does. If I know I get chocolate, then no fucks will be given. I will do what has to be done to get it. If you’re the same way, use that to your advantage.
I wanted to get some shea butter but it was too pricey for me so I’m going to wait to see if I can find it somewhere else and preferably in a glass container. I did find some sponges that I desperately needed. I was trying to hold out and buy some dishwashing brushes from Life Without Plastic but they’ve been sold out for a month. While I didn’t like that they’re wrapped in plastic, they’re compostable in a commercial facility, so it’s better than what I’m using now.
A few weeks ago, I also got some stainless steel containers to use in place of ziplock bags and I’m in love with them. They’re a lot more heavy duty that I thought they would be so I can tell they’re going to last for a bit. If they weren’t $20 each I’d buy more, although I think five is enough for right now.
I’m finding that finding one time replacements are the easiest way to start with zero waste. Finding and trying new recipes to replace my favorites, still results in some waste because I can’t always find the ingredients I need in bulk. At this point it just requires more research so I don’t generate the same waste in a different form. I am happy with the results I’m seeing though. My skin looks healthier, I haven’t gone to Target in a while now and with the hankies and cloth napkins I get the feeling that regular life will feel more special because I’m not using the nice stuff just sometimes. I feel for the first time in a long time, I’m spoiling myself and giving myself the best, even though some of it is used or not as quick and easy.