How To replace your body lotion

What alternatives to your body lotion?

Most body lotions come in plastic bottles, which are in the best-case scenario recyclable. But recycling is also a costly process in terms of resources such as water, electricity and raw material. But fear not, we have some alternatives to keep your skin as soft as a baby’s bum while not damaging our beautiful planet.

The first option would be to buy body lotion in bulk. If you go for that option, be wary of chemicals that can become irritating for your skin or harmful for your health in the long term.

The second option, that we personally prefer, is to buy vegetable oil in bulk. Yes, like the one you might already be using for cooking! Just put a few drops on your hands then apply it to your skin.

  • For oily skin: jojoba oil, nigella oil, hazelnut oil, apricot kernel oil,…
  • For dry or mature skin: argan oil, borage oil, rice oil,…
  • For sensitive skin: jojoba oil, calendula oil, apricot kernel oil,…

All of these oils are dry oils, meaning they penetrate the skin very quickly, won’t stain your clothes and won’t leave you looking like a greasy pan. 

Image source: Serrah Galos — thank you.

Morgane Beernaert

Morgane is a London-based writer and the founder of Zero Waste Nest. She’s passionate about sustainable living, ethical fashion and social justice. She also founded the Ethical Fashion Guide, with the firm intention to make ethical fashion the norm. Her retirement plans are to adopt as many stray cats as she’s able to.