As trimming my body fat is not going especially well, I'd like to emphasize ways in which I am successfully cutting back for the Trim the Fat Challenge. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways has been in the shower. Instead of plastic bottles upon plastic bottles of shampoo, soft soap and conditioner and a disposable razor, I'm looking for cleaner ways to stay clean.
For shampoo, I've switched to the Burt's Bees Rosemary Mint shampoo bar. It is packaged in a 100% paper and therefore recyclable and biodegradable package. No plastic! Better still, it is comprised of a relatively short list of "99.9%" natural ingredients. It cleans wonderfully with no paraben-laced residue and leaves behind an invigorating scent. If you want to be truly low impact, though, you could always check out Simply Green Living and learn how to give up shampoo entirely.
With regard to conditioner, I've followed the advice of Life Less Plastic and many other savvy bloggers and switched to a vinegar rinse. Life Less Plastic shared her recipe here. Basically, you mix a large amount of hot water with a small amount of vinegar and a tea bag or herb for scent. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then apply 3/4 cup or so to your hair after shampooing. The only tea I had on hand was child's Cold Care from Traditional Medicinals - maybe it will at least boost the immunity of my hair! Nonetheless, the vinegar rinse works like a charm, leaves my hair not smelling like a pickle jar and is housed in a repurposed plastic condiment tube. Win, win, win!
I'm still using up an enormous bottle of Whole Foods liquid soap but, once that is done, I'll switch to lavendar bar soap purchased at the farmers' market and packaged in a simple paper band. As to the razor, I'm not as brave as Beth over at Fake Plastic Fish, who has switched to a metal safety razor (go Beth!). I am still using a plastic razor handle I bought eons ago with disposable heads. I only swap out the head once a year and I have several left. When I go through those, I may reevaluate.
That is how my shower, if not my body, trimmed the fat this February.