Zero Waste Skincare in Malaysia

September 14, 2018

“I like my products like I like my people. Nontoxic.”

My Six-Step Skincare Routine

I have sensitive, acne-prone and combination skin. Despite trying out even the most high-end brands that claim to be “natural”, “organic” and “non-toxic”, they still contain ingredients that irritate my skin. After trying out so many that unfortunately gets tossed into the bin (I couldn’t even be bothered to review and blog about them because the trial and error process was so frustrating), I decided to break things down and get back to basics, saving my wallet from beauty brands that have failed to impress whilst also saving the planet from unnecessary plastic packaging!

Step 1: Remove makeup using a face oil.
Guava seed oil makes a great cleansing oil because it is emollient, absorbs slowly and tones the skin. Edens Garden Guava Seed Oil from Oily Pod is amazing as it’s cold-pressed, unrefined and true to the guava scent. Remember to always store guava seed oil in a cool, dark place and it only has a 1 year shelf-life. Unfortunately, the one from Oily Pod doesn’t come with a pump so I had to transfer it into a travel-friendly, 100ml amber glass bottle with dropper from Soap Artisan.

Step 2: Cleanse using a soap bar.
Old Sage Soapworks Don’t Worry Soap from The Hive is the only soap bar in Malaysia I could find that contains hemp seed oil as the main ingredient. High in linoleic acid, hemp seed oil penetrates inner layers of the skin, regulates oil production, promotes healthy cell regrowth and reduce redness and inflammation associated with acne breakouts. Unfortunately, this soap contains fragrance which some people prefer not to have in their skincare products.

Step 3: Exfoliate weekly using coffee and raw honey.
Ground Coffee from The Hive has the right texture to scrub away dead skin cells and antioxidant properties that heals the skin. Similarly, honey also contains antioxidants that help heal wounds and is gentle enough on sensitive skin. Furthermore, honey is antibacterial, anti-fungal and calms inflammation. I chose to buy the Superior Class Honey from The Hive as it is sourced from the multi-floral, wild jungles of East Malaysia. You can mix the two ingredients together in a 1:1 ratio and store it in a travel-friendly 100ml glass jar from Jargeous.

Step 4: Moisturise using a face oil.
I use the same oil in Step 1 as a moisturiser because guava seed oil contains high amounts of linoleic acid, suitable for acne-prone skin, reducing pore size, scars, signs of ageing while preventing moisture loss.

Step 5: Spot treat using baking soda.
Baking soda is one of Kendall Jenner’s favourite acne treatments. I mix a teaspoon of Organic Baking Soda from The Hive to a few drops of water (depending on the consistency you desire) and apply it directly on the pimple. Leave on for 20 minutes before thoroughly washing it off.

Step 6: Treat dry lips using raw shea butter. 
Shea butter doesn’t liquify at room temperatures but soften in your hands, making it easy to apply as a lip balm. It is heavy and greasy but smooth in texture, creating a protective layer on the skin. High in saturated fatty acids namely oleic and stearic acid alongside Vitamin A and E, shea butter helps to reduce inflammation and smooths rough skin. I use the Raw African Shea Butter from The Hive on chapped lips and around my flaky nose whenever I catch a cold.


  1. Makeup Remover: guava seed oil
  2. Cleanser: bar soap
  3. Exfoliant: coffee + raw honey
  4. Moisturiser: guava seed oil
  5. Spot Treatment: baking soda
  6. Lip Balm: shea butter

Products Mentioned

  1. Edens Garden Guava Seed Oil from Oily Pod
  2. Old Sage Soapworks Don’t Worry Soap from The Hive
  3. Ground Coffee from The Hive
  4. Superior Class Honey from The Hive
  5. Organic Baking Soda from The Hive
  6. Raw African Shea Butter from The Hive
  7. Amber glass bottle with dropper from Soap Artisan
  8. Glass jars from Jargeous

Helpful Videos

  1. How to oil cleanse by mindbodygreen
  2. How to use soap bars by Tetyana Naturals
  3. DIY coffee & honey scrub by ModaMob
  4. Choosing face oils by Gothamista
  5. Baking soda for acne by Gin Amber
  6. Shea butter uses by Penny Tovar

How do you keep your skincare minimal and zero-waste?

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