What's on your bathroom counter?

by 11555 · January 04, 2012 at 09:38 AM

Since we're having a run on hygiene and style questions today, here's another: What beauty/hygiene etc items are on your bathroom counter or in the cabinet (and on the tub)? Skip the meds/vitamins.


Toothbrushes (2)

Toms Antiplaque Cinnamint toothpaste

Tongue scraper

Coconut oil (for moisturizer and hair)

Burt's Bees carrot seed oil complexion mist

Rose water

Burts' Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion

Kiss my Face soap

Aubrey Shampoo

Toms' of Maine deodorant


Boar bristle hair brush

Skin brush

Sea sponge

This is actually a much longer list than I realized, but omits some common items - no hairspray or gel, no make-up, no antiperspirant. I'm thinking of switching somethings out. Dogwood toothsticks (from the backyard) for toothbrush and paste, baking soda/cornstarch for deodorant. The rose water and complexion mist are lovely smelling luxuries - not necessary, but not harmful either.

My SIL is a nurse and highly involved in environmental health, both in hospitals (cleaning chemicals etc that make patients sicker) and home and personal grooming exposure to chemicals. It's an mind-boggling issue how much crap we are exposed to in our efforts to be beautiful and clean. The Environmental Working Group has a lot of info on this at http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/

We work hard to keep our diet free of garbage. How about the rest of our lives? What's on your counter?

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17816 · March 10, 2011 at 09:07 PM

Beef jerky. Ever since I started the coconut flour and chicory root I have been spending too much time in there and I get hungry.

4524 · March 10, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Toothbrush and tongue scraper

Homemade tooth powder (baking soda/peppermint oil/cinnamon oil/xylitol combo mixed to a powder in my coffee grinder)

Homemade deodorant (coconut oil/baking soda/arrowroot powder/lavender oil - kept in the refrigerator, since it's coconut oil based and I live in San Antonio)

Coconut oil (used in my deodorant recipe, as my favorite moisturizer, eye makeup remover and for oil pulling)

Jojoba, sweet almond, vitamin E, castor and tea tree oils (I've been experimenting with different oils for different purposes... I may have gone a little nuts here)

Peppermint, cinnamon and lavender essential oils (I use these for scenting/flavoring homemade deodorant and tooth powder)

Apple cider vinegar (I use it as a facial toner once in awhile. I love the smell. My husband does not.)

Rose water (As OP said, it's a nice little luxury and a wonderful alternative to perfume)

Compact mineral powder and mascara (I have cut WAY down on the makeup, but I still use a bit of powder and mascara and occasionally eyeliner - a far cry from the primer/foundation/concealer/powder/mascara/eyeliner/lipstick I wore regularly in my pre-hippie-dippie-paleo days - yikes!)

Nail clippers and a nail buffing wedge (haven't worn nail polish in five years, and my nails have never looked better)

I'm still a slave to my blow drier, so there's usually a round brush and a boar bristle brush on the counter too

In the shower:

Kiss My Face "Whenever" conditioner (I "no 'poo" with dilute baking soda, but I find I like my fine, straight hair a LOT better if I keep conditioner in my regimen. Diluted ACV didn't work at all for me.)

Earth Therapeutics Palm Body Brush (for dry brushing) Last Fall, I traded body soap (Dr. Bronner's) in the shower for dry brushing, and it's working GREAT! I didn't have any of my typical dry winter skin issues this year.

Razor (though I don't have much left to shave - thanks to Groupons and other daily deal websites, I've been able to have my lower legs, underarms and bikini area lasered free of hair - love it!)

Under the sink:

Gallon jug of peppermint Dr. Bronners soap (for laundry and hand washing only; I no longer use soap of any kind on myself)

White vinegar (general household cleaning)

13-lb bag of baking soda (for hair washing, tooth powder recipe and general household cleaning)

933 · March 12, 2011 at 07:08 PM

  1. Coconut oil
  2. 100% pure Aloe Vera Gel
  3. Tongue Scraper
  4. Copper cup
  5. Christopher's Original Herbal Tooth & Gum Powder
  6. Toothbrush
  7. Tea Tree Oil
  8. Dental Floss
  9. Homemade Deodorant
  10. Leave-In Conditioner
  11. Himani Gold Turmeric Cream
  12. Kumba Mela Essential oils ("my perfumes"):lavender, sandalwood, jasmine, vanilla
  13. Simply Divine Botanicals Body Butter

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12362 · March 10, 2011 at 09:42 PM

I'm going to be totally honest here - I try to go as good as I can with the products - BUT I love good smelling things, so I buy perfume, bath bombs, lotions etc. And I probably wont stop doing this. I do use mineral make-up and formaldehyde free nail polish.

I may be a slave to societal pressure when it comes to these things, but I am not ready to live any other way - maybe I'm vain.

What is kinda funny though - I will only wash my son in burts bees or other very mild and organic soaps (we use a local porduct called bug and pickle on him) and I only use soap on him if he's still dirty after awhile in the tub.

818 · January 04, 2012 at 09:38 AM

Ill join in :) my counter is clear though, so in the cabinet and in the shower I have...

1. bar of nonglycerine soap for 'toothpaste'
2. jar of sea salt and netti pot
3. coconut oil for skin
4. toothbrush
5. hairbrush and comb
6. divacup (tampon alternative)
7. deodorant collection: tiny spray-bottle of ACV, jar of baking soda, homemade version
8. makeup - eyeshadow, mascara and eyeliner (used occasionally)
9. a few ponytails and bobby-pins
10. a few perfume bottles I cant seem to let go of

11. bar of castile soap
12. pumice stone
13. razor

135 · March 12, 2011 at 07:28 PM

  1. Merkur DE Razor
  2. Feather DE Blades
  3. Dr Bronner Soap
  4. Toothbrush
  5. Deodorant Salt

I use Dr bronners for everything, even my teeth - 3 drops on a toothbrush is all that is needed.

1010 · March 11, 2011 at 04:42 AM

I'm not an orthodox nature baby.

in the cabinet & around the sink (the stuff I use regularly):

  • Dr. Bronner's castile bar soap
  • homemade deodorant
  • sweet almond oil (for face)
  • tea tree oil
  • essential oils: lavender, lemon, eucalyptus and pine
  • baby powder
  • birth control pills
  • face-cleansing oil
  • cocoa butter lotion
  • C. Booth body oil
  • coconut oil (for hair)
  • leave-in conditioner (not natural but I need the extra help)
  • vaseline (for lips)
  • toothbrush & paste
  • makeup: concealer, mascara, NARS multiple. (also some shadows that I rarely use.)
  • wide-tooth comb
  • rough washcloth

in the shower:

  • mesh sponge/pouf (I grab the bar soap from the sink)
  • shampoo & conditioner (use 2x/week; see "extra help," above)
  • razor

Sheesh, I'm more high-maintenance than I thought.

2031 · March 11, 2011 at 04:22 AM

Your post is making me feel inadequate femininely >_>

Baking Soda Toothbrush Comb Vinegar Coconut Oil

I'm told I smell strongly of suntan lotion, though I wear none. Must look into this rosewater stuff...

2280 · March 10, 2011 at 11:00 PM

I've got a lot of crap on my counter, but the most used are:

coconut oil baking soda cinnamon and peppermint essential oils a toothbrush and floss tea tree oil witch hazel homemade body butter (coco butter, coconut oil, shea butter and joboba oil)

3591 · March 10, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Ecodent powdered tooth paste and Men's Stock spray deodorant are two things people here might be interested in.


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