Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Beauty Tuesday: Microbead-Free Exfoliation

Last week I decided that every Tuesday would be Beauty Tuesday and I would talk about sustainable fashion, environmentally responsible cosmetics or natural beauty products on Tuesdays. This Tuesday, I want to talk to you about microbeads.
You've probably heard about microbeads but you may not know what they are. A lot of companies use microbeads as a selling point. It is a selling point - microbeads are great for exfoliation - but microbeads are wreaking havoc on our waterways and marine life. Microbeads are plastic. They are tiny little pieces of plastic that go down your drain and then never, ever dissolve or disappear.

You can read about what microbeads are, exactly why they are a problem and what products you may have that contain them here (the link will open in a new tab).
If you have something with microbeads, I would suggest throwing it out. You should know by now I don't suggest throwing things out lightly, but the less microbeads flooding into the ocean, the better.
I don't have a photograph of microbeads for you as I don't want to demonise a particular brand or product, so I drew some for you:

I didn't think that adequately captured how evil they are, so here they are lighting a bushfire and running away:

And here's one making a fish sad:

But on a serious note, they make fish more than sad, they make them sick, dead and extinct. Don't use them.
"But what," I hear you cry, "can I exfoliate with?! I'll get all scaly! Do you want me to be all scaly?"
Of course I don't want you to be scaly, and that's why I've made this simple recipe for you.
You will need:
The most gentle conditioning baby shampoo you can find

Normal white table sugar

And... that's it. Pour one tablespoon of baby shampoo into a small bowl or a teacup.  For the kind I have, 1Tbsp is ten pumps, so that's easy.

Next, add two tablespoons of sugar to it.

You can either just let it sit, or poke it with a spoon for a bit, either way, in less than a minute the sugar will have absorbed all the baby shampoo and turned into a sort of crunchy gel:

You can use this scrub and know that you will not be scaly and you are helping to keep marine creatures and environments safe.
If you have very dry skin, you can replace the baby shampoo with olive oil or coconut oil.

I would like to make this post an informal link-up, which will be open... well, basically forever since it's informal. If you have a beauty post you would like to share, link to this post on yours and leave a comment here letting me know you've linked up.
You could link an environmentally-friendly alternative like this, a natural skin or hair care product like the one linked herea fashion-centred op shop/thrift post like the one at this link, or a refashion project like this one. I really look forward to seeing your stuff! :-D

Happy Scrubbing!
Linky love,
Cassandra Louise.


  1. Leftover coffee grinds are also very good! Plus the caffeine helps perk your skin up!

    1. Yes! I'm sure they'd work well! I'm quite a fan of caffeine, both on my skin and in my tummy! ;-)

  2. My natural exfoliants include oats, ground nuts, salt, coffee and sugar. I prefer to use all natural and non commercial products so I mix my exfoliant with grape seed oil, most of the time. I find this the less 'oily' of the oils.

    1. I've used a few different things, usually I'll use olive oil, but grape seed oil is a great idea & I might try it! :-) Oats are a favourite of mine, too.

  3. I would use Coconut Oil with Sea Salt as a body scrub - only cause I have taken sugar out of our diet and Baby Shampoo have chemicals added to them :(
    I have not heard of microbead, luckily we don't use them.....we use natural cleaning products {bi-carb soda and vinegar} in our motorhome.
    Great tips on how harmful the microbead are :)

    1. Coconut oil is one of my favourite beauty products of all time! That would be a great scrub. Thanks for stopping by. :-D