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Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Conscious by Chloé is a sustainable lifestyle blog focused on Zero Waste, Slow Living and Ethical Fashion written by Chloé Lepeltier.

Minimalist Bathroom Essentials

Minimalist Bathroom Essentials by Conscious by Chloé

After a pretty thorough spring cleaning session, I moved stuff around, switched up art and decor and I'm now feeling like we're ready to take you on a house tour.

For some reason, I decided to start the tour with the bathroom. It makes sense since it's the place where it all started, and by that I mean that my journey to a simpler, greener and happier life debuted in my bathroom cabinet.

As soon as I discovered the Think Dirty App, I got rid of 100% of the products I used to put on my skin, i.e. I finished them and never bought them again.

To me, a bathroom needs to look and feel clean. It's the place where my morning routine starts so I like it to be light, to smell good and to be functional (how many times have I knocked perfume bottles down because my eyes weren't quite open early in the morning?).

We're renting our house, and we're on a budget, so there's not much that we can do. I could switch this wall sconce and repaint the dark cabinets, but let's be honest, I'd rather put my money elsewhere.

While we're dreaming of owning a house some day, we just decided to make it do.

Minimalist Bathroom Essentials by Conscious by Chloé

Linen

Our bathroom linen happens to be pretty neutral - I've had these striped towels for years and bought white ones back when were planning to rent our SoCal photo studio as an artsy Airbnb retreat - and I'm not mad about it. Of course I'd love it all to be natural and organic but I'll wait until it's time to replace it.

I regret this shower curtain so much! There was already a white plastic liner when we moved in. We kept it for a while but after having to repair it numerous time (the holes were not reinforced) I gave up and replaced it in a rush the day before my parents came for an extended stay at our place. I got a clear liner and the less-than-original Ikea shower curtain (you know the one I mean, with the black shower head and water droplets on a white background). Anyways, after a while I just removed the curtain and only kept the transparent liner. It lets the light in (as I almost always keep it closed) but requires a lot of maintenance (water + soap = yuck!). A friend of mine told me she has a plain linen shower curtain and tosses it in her weekly laundry, no big deal. If you have any recommendations for non-plastic/non-toxic options, I'm all ears! Otherwise, I'll opt for a plain organic linen shower curtain, or this amazing US made canvas one, some day...

As for the bath rug, no comment, Octave picked one up at Ikea back when we lived in SoCal, it's black and white and coordinated with our grey carpet (yes, carpet!). I'd love a fun one, or a graphic one, or just a plain natural colored one.

Minimalist Bathroom Essentials by Conscious by Chloé

Accessories

Accessory-wise, I've had my hair brush for a long time and just drilled a hole in it so I could hang it on the hooks (which are hanged super low, I know the previous owners had young children, so that makes sense).

My trusted body brush is also displayed here, to remind me to use it.

The ugly and bulky electronics (hair dryer, epilator/trimmer/razor) are hidden in the canvas bag (which was originally a shoe duster bag).

In the shower, I like to use an exfoliating wash cloth to get rid of dead skin.

We started using bamboo toothbrushes 3 years ago. I recently switched to an electric toothbrush after having been reprimanded by my dentist at my 2 last annual check-ups (manual brushing seems to be too harsh for my gums, I remain perplex).

I reused a nut butter glass container to store our toothpaste (DIY coming soon) and made the toothbrush holder at a ceramics class.

I found some vintage glass containers at the Salvation Army for our body soap (that we shop in bulk) and we use simple hand pumps for our hand soap and my shampoo (that we buy in bulk too). We also have a spray bottle for apple cider vinegar that I use to rinse my hair and that Octave sometimes uses to wash his hair (he's been washing his hair with water only for at least 2 years, since I threw away his last empty bottle of super chemical anti-dandruff shampoo).

I use another spray bottle for our lavender air deodorizer (the toilet is not pictured here). Oh and we got this toilet brush that we store in a plain white Ikea plant pot.

Our bathroom also features an ugly dark cabinet above the toilet. Inside, we keep our cosmetics: Octave's electric beard trimmer, his beard and hair balm (DIY coming soon), my deodorant & scented rollers, our contact lenses and solutions (we only wear them on special occasions like when he's filming and when we go swimming, snowboarding or mountain biking), a mug containing tweezers, nail clippers and 2 hair ties that I use when I shower and don't want to wet my hair, and 2 cute wooden ear picks that Octave's aunt gave him as a present. On top of this cabinet lives our water flosser and 2 metal boxes. I keep my make-up in one and hair accessories in the other (I cut my own hair & regularly trim my bangs).

Minimalist Bathroom Essentials by Conscious by Chloé

That's it for our minimalist bathroom tour! I hope you liked it. I compiled below links to most of the items that we use on a daily basis. You can also find more inspiration in my shop or on this wish list that I update pretty regularly. I hope you'll find them useful!

Linen

Natural and organic fabrics are on top of my list.

Accessories

Wood, glass and metal are not only durable but also beautiful!

This was the first time I hanged eucalyptus in my shower. I read somewhere that it's the ultimate spa experience (the warm water makes the leaves release their refreshing scent). As I was stopping by a friend's shop, I saw that her eucalyptus branches were on sale, so I did not think twice. It was a fun new experiment. Have you ever tried it? What are your favorite bath rituals? I'd love to her them!


Photographs by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

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Hairpin Leg Bench DIY

Hairpin Leg Bench DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Last week-end was meant to take place a whole different way.

We had a whole road trip planned to the Northwest Overland Rally. But on the way there, Charlie (Octave's Land Cruiser) got a mechanical problem. So we drove back home to fix it.

I guess I must have had a premonition because I hadn't deleted all the events taking place in Portland on that week-end from my calendar. So I looked at the bright side and made the most of these 2 days in the city.

As some of you might have seen on Snapchat, I woke up early on Saturday morning for an outdoor yoga session followed by a (free) açai bowl for the one year anniversary of Carioca Bowls.

Later, I walked to the Woodlawn Farmers Market, which had reopened while I was in Europe, to get a little mint starter for my garden and some blueberries to snack on during the day.

After that, I rushed to one of my favorite shops in Portland, Johan, for its moving sale and splurged on ceramics. I also scored the vintage silk shirt I'm wearing on the picture and an amazing bodycon dress, made in the USA!

Ceramic cup found at Johan by Conscious by Chloé

Then I checked my phone and realized I had forgotten about the book launch of Becoming Minimalist's Joshua Becker. I was happy to see some friendly faces from the Portland Minimalists Group and get to meet Minimalist Baker Dana Shultz who was here on stage with Joshua.

Later in the day, I dragged Octave to Salvage Works to get some wood for a project I had in mind, and the main subject of today's article: a hairpin leg bench.

Hairpin Leg Bench DIY by Conscious by Chloé

So here's our little tutorial:


HAIRPIN LEG BENCH DIY

A hairpin leg bench is a pretty easy and inexpensive project that will immediately add style to any room in your home.

Active time: 1 hr
Total time: 2 hrs

Supplies

Tools

  • Hand file
  • Orbital sander + sandpaper
  • Drill
  • Screws

Instructions

  1. Carve the edges.
    We used the hand file and finished with 60 grit sandpaper.
  2. Sand the wood.
    We used the orbital sander starting with 60, then 160 and finally 220 grit.
  3. Seal the wood.
    We used a polycrylic spray we already had from a previous outdoor sign project. We sprayed 1 coat and sanded after.
  4. Attach the legs.
    We more or less eyeballed the leg placement, but you can definitely measure it properly, and even clamp the legs and flip the bench over to see how it will look.

Notes You can try different ways to seal the wood. We used what we had on hand, but wood sealer and Danish oil may be better options.


Hairpin Leg Bench DIY by Conscious by Chloé

I love the idea of making something new out of something old. Of course, the project is not 100% made our of reused material, but I'm glad we decided to go to a local shop rather than the usual hardware store. This quick DIY, which happen on the very same week-end Rachel made hers definitely gave me more DIY envy.


What about you? What was your week-end like? Lazy? Productive? This one was definitely on the active side but I promise it's not always as busy or inspired. But my Pinterest inspiration boards are here, in case my hands are itching.