My journey through minimalism has been a wild ride. A few months ago, I began to question it all together & try to find a healthy balance without feeling too extreme. This resulted in relabeling myself as an essentialist. If you’d like to read about that reflection, click here. But I think the best way to go moving forward is not to have a heavy label & just take a few aspects & apply to my life as I see fit. Intentional living has taught me to be smarter with my money & spending choices. And there are still quite a few items I no longer or rarely purchase because they are either pointless or serve no useful purpose for my lifestyle.
Cotton Pads or Makeup Remover Wipes
When you are an avid makeup lover like myself, you have to come up with a skin care routine & way to remove said makeup at the end of the day. In the past, I would always be repurchasing either those 100 pack cotton pads or the one time use Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes. These items are ways to remove makeup & other dirt off your face but at what cost? Not only was it money spent monthly (which slowly adds up) ; but the discarding of one use wipes or pads is detrimental to the environment. They are not compostable & just linger in landfills for decades. If I had not found an easier & more sustainable alternative, I’d still be using them honestly. But I discovered a light facial cleanser by Cera Ve & a damp washcloth does just the trick. You can also use a liquid makeup remover on a cloth if you have stubborn makeup to remove. I’m able to place the cloth in the washing machine & reuse it hundreds of times.
A common cooking tool to place on pans or cover food I no longer or rarely purchase. I tend to use alternative methods like reusable cooking sheets that are more silicon material & Pyrex glass containers with silicone lids. I have had moments where I purchase it sometimes either because someone is looking for it (like a guest) or during the holidays for heavy baking. Otherwise I’m trying not to use this type of item because I find it so wasteful & although it’s only a few dollars, every penny counts.
This has been a recent change from my hair care routine. I used to use dry shampoo quite often specifically the Batiste one. My reasonings for ditching this product is because it honestly made my hair more greasy. I’d much rather just wash my hair fully if it needs to be washed. These quick fixes used on a regular basis just messes with the hair’s chemistry. And I swear my hair became trained to need that product at one point. I’m not saying I’d never use this type of product in a pinch, but on a regular basis, I’m not looking to own it any longer.
Cheap Costume Jewelry
My jewelry “collection” consists of maybe 3 necklaces, a few pairs of earrings & 2 bracelets. I tend to wear the same pieces every single day. And I’ve decided not to spend money on those trendy, cheap costume jewelry you find at stores like Forever 21. I stick to department stores or jewelry stores that sell real diamonds or golds. My skin has turned green way too many times to go back to the cheap stuff. Plus, since I don’t wear different pieces too often, I feel like I can treat myself to a more luxurious addition to the mini collection.
Scented Body Washes
This one kind of makes me sad because who doesn’t love to smell good? I will ocassionally go back to an old favorite like Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea body wash or some coconut scented cream. But every single time I do, my skin becomes dry, itchy or has red bumps all over the place. No thank you!
What are some items you no longer buy?