As you may have read on my page Getting Environmentally Aligned, and in my post ‘Starting my ‘Zero Waste’ journey’, I am gradually finding ways to replace my household items (kitchen storage, clothing etc) with environmentally friendly, natural and Zero Waste alternatives to reduce my chemical and plastic consumption. In the new year, I decided to focus on toiletries and I wanted to share with you what I have found.
Shampoo & Conditioner
Previously, I had tried J.R. Liggett’s herbal shampoo bar but I found it too astringent for me. When I heard about these shampoo and conditioner bars from Lush, I decided to give them a go. I have been using them for 3 months now, and I am pleased with them.
The shampoo bar foams up and cleans nicely, and the conditioner bars are rich. My only niggle with the conditioner bars is that they are very hard and you have to soak them in warm water before you can really get anything off them. Rather than rubbing them with my hands, once they are soft I brush them directly onto my hair. All in all, though, this is only a minor inconvenience and I like the fact that they are natural products with no nasty plastic packaging.
In this image, the green bar is the Jungle conditioner bar, the purple is the Sugar Daddy-o conditioner bar, and the cream is the Soak and Float shampoo bar. All are £5.95. The shampoo bar lasted 3 months, and I can tell the conditioner bars will last a long time, so they are a worthy investment. (Click on the names of the bars to go to the Lush website).
I experimented with making my own a while back, but it irritated my skin. I decided to give it another go with a different formula, but then I discovered Lush’s solid deodorant bars (all these years, Lush just seemed like the overpoweringly perfumed shop that I veered away from, but now I know it had all these natural goodies all this time and I wish I’d gone there sooner!).
Lauren Singer from Trash is for Tossers has some great recipes for home-made toiletries; I will make some soon, but for now I decided to go for the Aromaco deodorant bar from Lush (£4.95). It smells nice and so far has been soothing on my skin. It isn’t an antiperspirant, but those are full of chemical nasties anyway, and I’d rather have something natural and plastic free!
When I am on the go, I am going to put a small chunk of this in a small glass container so that I can put it in my hand bag top up whenever I need to.
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
I finally got around to buying a bamboo toothbrush from Hyrdrophil, which is 100% natural, vegan and biodegradable (even the bristles). I purchased mine from Amazon at £6.83 (buy here). So far, I like it!!
I was also going to make my own toothpaste but, if I’m honest, I got lazy when I saw this natural, organic peppermint toothpaste offered by Georganics. They are a UK-based company with a toxic free and environmentally friendly ethos, so I am happy to support them. Go to their website here: georganics.co.uk where they have a selection of products and flavours.
Because we are so used to conventional toothpaste, I found this toothpaste a bit weird when I tried it: the taste and texture is so different, and because there is no horrible SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) it doesn’t foam up. However, I have read that this is the case with all-natural toothpaste and that we soon get used to it after a while. I have only just started with it, but I am keen to stick with it so I will let you all know how I get on.
I also decided to try the Oil Pulling Mouthwash as I have heard lots of health benefits from oil pulling. I ordered both from Georganics through Amazon for just under £18 for both. A tad pricey but I thought it a worthy experiment.
Aside from the plastic spatula used to put the toothpaste on your brush, the containers are glass and metal.
There are still things that I need to gradually upgrade, such as moisturisers and make up, but because I have sensitive skin I am taking my time finding something that really works for me.
I hope you have found these suggestions useful. Please comment below with any suggestions or tips of your own. I’d love to hear them!
N.B. – This is not a sponsored post. These are just products I have discovered and decided to try.