How to Save Money for Travel With Your Beauty Regime
I just sat down and wrote out all the products I use regularly and how much they cost…. It was about 300 dollars. Given most of these products last longer than a month, but still that’s a lot of money that I could put in my travel jar. I also don’t wear much makeup on a daily basis, but I still have all the makeup products I have bought over the last year.
I know a good deal of women spend maybe less than 20 bucks a month on their products. So maybe this method of saving wont work for you, but I was just shocked at how many products I have accumulated that I just don’t need to continue spending money on.
Shampoo, conditioner, curly hair cream, hair serum, hair spray, body wash, face wash for normal days, face wash for hormonal days, spot treatment, tea tree oil, toner, shaving cream, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, jojoba oil, rose water, body lotion, face lotion for day and night, foundation, blush, highlighter, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, eyebrow tint, perfume, nail polish.
Then I thought about the services women repeatedly do like manicure/pedicure once or twice a month. Bikini wax, waxing in general, hair styling/ cuts and colors.
Also, I should mention I’m a quality snob. I wont buy anything with parabens, phthalates, alcohols, sodium laurel sulfate, fragrance (which means 1,000+ chemicals), animal renderings etc. So I spend about 2 or 3 times as much on personal care products compared to the cheap stuff at CVS that’s full of crap. (Side note: 99% of breast cancer patients have traces of parabens in their tumors!!)
So instead of a 6 dollar Treseme conditioner, I buy a 13 dollar Aubrey conditioner from Whole Paycheck. (Yes, my curls are much happier and less frizzy with good quality products.)
I know a lot of products can be purchased rather cheap at the drugstore, but even those add up.
I invite you to make a list of all your products and what they cost. If you are too scared to do so, I can assume you it’s a few hundred dollars at least. Now think about how you want to save money for travel.
Below are a few ideas and insights to help you out that are:
1-better for the environment
2- better for your body and
3- better for your travel fund!
You know how shampoo lathers and bubbles up? Yeah, that’s really bad. The stuff that makes it lather isn’t even necessary; it’s added chemicals. Somewhere along the way someone decided shampoo seems to do its job better if it’s sudsy. Any cleanser that lathers is harsh and strips your hair of its own needed oils.
You can instead, use baking soda and Apple Cider Vinegar as a cleanser. It is a natural anti-fungal so it works great at keeping your scalp flake free. It’s also naturally moisturizing.
What you do:
Mix 1 part baking soda with 3 parts water.
Try a few tablespoons of baking soda to start.
You can adjust this depending on your hair length.
Apply the mixture to dry or wet hair starting at the roots and working your way down to the ends. Take a few minutes to wash your body while the mixture sits, then rinse it out with warm water.
Then do the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.
Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2-4 parts water. If you absolutely hate the smell of the ACV, you can add a few drops of some choice essential oil. Peppermint, lavender, rosemary and tea tree oil are all good suggestions. Keep your potion is a squeezy bottle to keep in the shower.
With homemade products you have to fiddle with the ratios to get it perfect for you. After all thin, lightweight straight hair reacts very differently than course curly hair. You have to see what works better for you.
Keep this out of your eyes! Distribute through hair and rinse with cool water. Cold water helps close the pours and lock in moisture.
With this method after a bit you wont really feel the need for conditioner but if you do try some oil. Coconut oil is too greasy for my hair personally, but my ends feel dry I will use a bit in the ends of my hair and not near the root.
Jojoba and avocado oil are more lightweight oils that are fabulous moisturizers (for hair and skin!)
This alone should save us (because I need to start doing this more religiously as well) a ton of money on all hair products. When your hair is happy you need less stuff to tame it.
You can save money by switching to a Diva Cup! Think about how much you spend on tampons and pad in your life-time; and think about how full the landfills are…. Gross.
A diva cup is better for the environment. It’s better for your body because tampons are actually quite harmful for those who have sensitive vaginas. The absorbing quality of tampons takes all the vaginas natural acids and self-cleaners out. I noticed my yeast problem diminished significantly when I switched to a diva cup.
And it’s a one-time purchase! Pennies for the travel jar!
I know I like to have a mani/pedi at least once a month, and I know I am not alone. But if you could plan to paint your own nails, and do your own foot scrub, that’s 50-100 a month in the jar. I know, I know, I like my nails long too, but trim them short and you can travel the world! When I lived in Italy I had my little nail kit and did my own. They looked rad holding a glass of chianti in Florence.
Theoretically you can wax yourself too…. Or maybe a very close friend can help rip the strip off for you?
One last recipe that can help your life is a body scrub.
Last Christmas I made body scrubs as gifts and still have the bulk (Costco bought) ingredients to make more.
I used coconut oil, Himalayan pink salt, and essential oils (I used lemon as it has Vitamin C which is good for skin). The scrub is lovely, smells sweet and clean, and leaves my body super soft, no need for pour clogging, cancer causing lotions.
There are a ton of DIY salt and sugar scrubs on the internet. Find one that suits you and give it a go.
As always, listen to your body, if one ingredient doesn’t work for you try another. For instance, citrus can be harsh for people with sensitive skin, maybe lavender would be a better choice for them.
I know these things don’t seem necessarily convenient off the bat, but um, don’t you want to see Machu Picchu?