Beauty Detox Step 1: Product Inventory


Beauty Detox Step 1: Product Inventory

28 types of products. I hesitate to admit this number, it’s slightly embarrassing.  And that’s not even the number of products I actually own … that number is far higher (115 to be exact!)… 28 is just the type of products that I use on a regular basis, that I’ll have to recreate during my Beauty Detox, or go without.

I recently announced my year-long Beauty Detox.  The first step is an inventory of everything I currently own and use.  Partially to understand the scope of my addiction, but also to put these products out of sight for the next year (they’re going in a box in the basement.)   It would be way too easy to fall off the natural-beauty wagon in a moment of (bad hair) desperation.

Amanda’s beauty product inventory – July 2010

  1. Face cleanser
  2. Face scrub
  3. Face moisturizer (with and without sunscreen)
  4. Acne spot treatment
  5. Facial mask
  6. shampoo
  7. conditioner
  8. anti-frizz hair serum
  9. Sea salt texture hair spray
  10. dry shampoo
  11. shaving cream
  12. shower gel
  13. body moisturizer
  14. ultra rich body cream
  15. hand cream
  16. body scrub
  17. perfume
  18. deodorant
  19. toothpaste
  20. mouthwash
  21. nail polish
  22. nail polish remover
  23. makeup (foundation, concealer, powder, blush, bronzer, eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner, lip gloss)
  24. astringent/toner
  25. self tanner
  26. night time face treatment
  27. hair color/dye
  28. hand sanitizer (does this count?!)

When I actually tot up my number of products, it’s 115, including 10 hair products, 24 body products, 6 kind of perfume, and 52 pieces of makeup (not including my 48 shade Sephora pallet).

This number is staggering to me.  I really had no idea of the scope of my beauty product habit.   And I just remembered I forgot to include my nail polishes… ack.

I am starting to realize that this Beauty Detox is going to help my wallet significantly as well.

The lesson from this clean out?  That my beauty habit has gotten a bit out of control.  And that these 28 types of products are the ones I need to find natural alternatives for, or live without, in the next 12 months.

What’s your beauty product number?? Let us know in the comments.

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Amanda Cook is an author, entrepreneur & alchemist. She helps entrepreneurs, business owners & executives rediscover their inner guidance, so they can create meaning, success & magic in their next stage of life & work.

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  1. I don’t think my list is that long, really… I think it’s pretty normal (I didn’t even have things like eye cream etc.) I still LOVE products, just want to be more aware of what’s going on my skin (and what might be absorbing into my body!). I fully expect to have a dressing table full of fun handmade products by the end of this Beauty Detox project!

  2. I am under no illusion that i use too many things, but a bit like my junk food habit of yore, i have to be at the right point to give it up! and i am not there yet 🙂 Good luck though, and no i am not giving out my number!!

  3. Ooh eerr, I was expecting to see a list of lost of products I don’t use and to my surprise, my list of product types is really not that much different! And I felt that was quite OK for a woman too! Hmmm I don’t know what to make of that!

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