"Decluttering your shower not only makes it visually a more relaxing place to be (and, let's face it, beyond just getting clean, that's what showers and baths do best!), it also brings awareness to the idea that great personal care products can be used on more than one body part, create less expense and less waste, and allow us to fully enjoy each item to the last drop."
"Her Shower" Before + After
Looking at the "before" shower above, we can see this person has collected many products from body wash and shampoo, to soaps and cleansers, and the amount of bottles is extensive. There is a lot of plastic, including plastic loofah sponges, that have no end life...except to exist in a landfill for the next 500 years. The two built-in shelves aren't enough to contain the clutter, so an additional hanging shelf had to be purchased to house the products, most of which aren't getting used because they didn't perform the way they promised. That's a lot of trips to the store, a lot of money spent, and a lot of waste created unnecessarily. Working with customers to find a product that's both effective and healthy is what we love to do! This experience was most rewarding to educate our customers that many of our products can be applied for multiple uses. Did you know, shampoo and body washes, when made with natural, plant based ingredients, are basically the same thing? While some ingredients are touted for their great head care abilities, these same ingredients are great for skin and other hairy parts.
We swapped multiple bottles of body wash and shampoo for one multi-use option. One bottle of liquid and a jar of conditioner, and even those don't need to be tossed because of our unique refill option.
We were able to get rid of the plastic sponges and additional soap by swapping the two with our natural luffa embedded body scrub. Natural luffas are not only biodegradable, they can also be used for household cleaning, in crafts, and more after the soap is gone. They are machine washable and one of our favorite ways to store our bar products between uses. When they've given all they can, they can be safely tossed outside to decompose or used as a firestarter.
We swapped multiple bottles of cleansers and exfoliators for various body parts with our beautiful face whip, a lovely, gently exfoliating formula that can be used everyday. Because we removed so much additional clutter, we even had room to make way for a shower steamer, bringing even more of a spa-like experience to this precious me-time routine.
Shared showers bring unique challenges when it comes to having the right amount of product. With family members of multiple genders, ages, and skincare needs, the amount of product in the shower can add up quickly! I was excited to introduce this family to products that can be used in multiple ways by multiple family members. Where originally bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and bubble bath once sat, we offered the option of our combination shampoo + body wash (which can also be used as bubble bath!) for the liquid lovers and a shampoo bar for those who prefer to keep it package-free. A refillable jar of hair conditioner that can be used on any hair type in a fragrance everyone loved replaced multiple conditioner bottles. Bar soaps fun enough for kids and strong enough for teens reduced the plastic of even more body wash, and a tub of shaving butter that can also be used as a facial cleanser can be used by multiple family members. Taking away a bag of bath salts and replacing it with a refillable jar reduces clutter and waste, yet again! Plenty of luffas make it easy to scrub and store bar products with no landfill footprint (and scraps are always free at YB Urban?!).
Are you ready to take the leap and make your shower a place to relax and renew rather than a source of anxiety and stress? Pop into the shop or send me a message to find out how our expertise can ease the burden of constant product disappointment, overspending, and waste.