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Conscious Bathroom Products continued...

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

As promised in my last blog post, here are some more of my conscious bathroom products...


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Firstly, I'd like to start with an exciting update on a new product I have found since my last blog post.


Toothpaste Update!

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I had resigned to the fact that brushing my teeth wasn't going to be a particularly enjoyable experience anymore. I can't fault the toothpaste I was using for its cleaning qualities, but when you have spent your life using conventional off the shelf toothpaste, the clay like, non-foaming texture can take a little getting used to.

I did mention I would be trying the toothpaste tablets next, however, when I saw this product, I just had to try this instead & I have not been disappointed.


Ben & Anna

White Natural Toothpaste


It comes in a glass jar with a metal lid. The consistency is just like conventional toothpaste. It's super minty & does actually foam a little, despite it not containing any nasty chemicals.


It comes with a wooden spatula to scoop a small pea sized amount onto your toothbrush. Then you brush for 2 minutes & rinse well.

They do a variety of different types too. From different flavours, to fluoride & non-fluoride, sensitive & black toothpaste.


Both my husband & I absolutely love this product & would recommend it to anyone.


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Favourite Stockist!

If you're chomping at the bit to get your hands on this product, then I would like to recommend

The Earth Shop

I love how the products are delivered & presented.

All in plastic free packaging with cute branded box.

One Tree planted for every order

10% of Profits donated to two charities

Fragile items protected well

Fast Delivery

Great range of products, all comparable prices

Great Instagram too!


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Here are some of my Favourite Plastic Free Bathroom Products continued...


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Shaving


4. Stainless Steel Razor

I have to admit, I was a little nervous about starting to use a more traditional metal razor. I know many people have been using traditional razor blades to shave for many years, but as a 21st century gal, I, like many others, have grown up with the disposable plastic safety razor.


I didn't question the sheer amount of waste generated by these disposable quick use plastics until I started this journey.


Everything about disposable razors is bad. They are made with mixed materials which means they can't be recycled, not to mention their sharp nature, so they just end up on landfill. And then there is the plethora of plastic packaging used to sell these items.


This is a plastic free swap that can make a real difference!


Here is what the Independent said about disposable razors...


from independent.co.uk - report posted in May 2020

"In 2018 approximately 5.5 million people in the UK were using disposable razors. It doesn’t take much to work out that that is a vast amount of plastic being used and then thrown away each week."

So... I have to say, I needn't have been nervous. I got used to the double sided stainless steel razor very quickly. Once you have the angle right, it glides easily & the end result is the smoothest shave ever & no razor burn. I usually end up with a little skin irritation from the high street disposable brands but I haven't had that problem from the stainless steel safety razor.


Recommended Brand!

I have bought the Zero Waste Club - Stainless Steel Razor, which comes with 10 razor blades at the same price as other competitors which don't include the extra razor blades. It's stylish & easy to use.

 

Needless to say, this smooth shave would not be possible without a good shaving soap...


5. Shaving Soap

I have tried two types of shaving soap & I do have a favourite type but I will give you details on both.


The usual shaving foams & gels bought in aerosol cannisters come with their own set of environmental problems from the way they are manufactured using toxic chemicals & tonnes of water, to the canister itself ending up & living on landfill forever.


Some of the chemicals used in generic aerosol shaving products, & even shaving creams, in the high street brands is frightening. You may find the chemical propylene glycol in your shaving foam which can also be found in antifreeze & brake fluid. Researching into this chemical online shows that not only can this cause skin irritation but potentially other more severe internal health problems if used regularly.


So there are plenty of benefits for you & for the planet in changing to natural plastic free shaving soap.


Here are the brands I have used...


Friendly Soap Shaving Bar

I can't fault this product. It does what it says on the tin (or cardboard box). I use some of the other Friendly Soap products & they're lovely. However, when I compare this product to it's opponent, the shaving soap in a tin, I would score this lower due to it's ease of use, or should I say, lack of.

I think I would take this product on holiday to save on space as it's much easier to travel with.

You can usually find this product in your local zero waste shop as well as online.


Wild Sage + Co Shaving Soap Tin

I love using this product with a bamboo shaving brush. It has a nice thick lather which helps to keep track of where you have been. It feels really soft on my skin & due to the use of a brush with this product, it makes it much easier to apply than using a soap. Unlike aerosol products, this leaves my skin feeling soft after use & it doesn't feel like the moisture has been stripped away.


My husband also has his own shaving soap tin & stainless steel razor from these brands & he's got used to the new way of shaving very quickly & enjoys it, so men... jump on the plastic free shaving bandwagon too!



Cue multiple bits of loo roll stuck all over your face that you then forget to remove before work!

(I do remember my father looking like this back in the day)

 

Until recently, I hadn't taken much notice of the chemicals in my products. I trusted that if they were in the product being sold on the high street then it was ok & why should I question it. We could, however, feel that way about almost everything sold on the high street & we know that's not going to solve anything.


An example: Why are disposable razors allowed to be sold in our shops when the pollution this item is causing our planet, from it's production, to the end of it's life on landfill, is catastrophic?

We are being called, by the likes of David Attenborough, to make changes to the way we live our lives, including reducing our plastic consumption, so my opinion is, items such as these should be taken away from our shops all together. Just like those pesky plastic straws of a time gone by!


However, whilst there is still a market for them, there won't be any change. We need to make the change by the choices we make & to choose, if we can, to stop fuelling the unsustainable markets.

(I understand there are a lot of factors at play here & one can only do what they can within their remit, but doing nothing is not an option anymore. We won't survive, but our planet will without us in a new eco system)


So why then should we approach this any differently for the chemicals used inside our products?


These un-natural chemicals are harmful to our skin &, possibly in time, our health, which in turn can be harmful to our planet. Unfortunately the regulations on what goes into our beauty & household products are not as strict as our food standards, partly due to the fact they are not being ingested.


So again, it is up to us to make a choice as to what we want for ourselves & our planet.

I have come to learn that we shouldn't just accept chemicals in our products without understanding the possible outcomes & implications in the manufacturing, producing & use of these chemicals.


We have a choice & if we use that choice, we can make change. I hope you will find your own path to a more natural way of living.


I am writing this as if to my younger self who, until recently, knew nothing about this. I hope that my small share of information & opinion may inspire others to do their own research & see what feels right to them. That's all any one of us can do.



"In a world where you can be anything, be kind... kind to self, kind to others, kind to planet" - unknown
 

6. Deodorant

As you can see from the picture, I have tried a few deodorants. Mainly due to the fact that I have sensitive skin. So some deodorants have worked for me & others haven't which is not necessarily due to the product itself.


I want to keep this simple & rate the deodorants on a few key elements rather than write about each one.



Disclaimer: The below opinions are my own & do not necessarily reflect those of anyone else. The prices quoted were correct as at the date of publishing & could differ dependent on supplier.


Funky Soap (Top Left) - Natural Fragrance Free Deodorant

  1. Consistency: 3/5 - Putty. It is a little grainy.

  2. Ease of Use: 3/5 - Doesn't spread quite as easily as others. Clumps a bit when rubbing in.

  3. Smell: 4/5 - hard to rate this one as it's fragrance free but it does have a nice "smell" if you get me

  4. Container: 4/5 - I like the metal tin. Easy to use

  5. Efficiency: 3/5 - I couldn't fault this much on the fact it did it's job. However, not great for exercise

  6. Price: 5/5 - Cheap. £6.79 for 70g tub (£9.70 per 100g)


Natural Deodorant Company (Bottom Left) - Lemon & Geranium Clean Deodorant Balm

  1. Consistency: 5/5 - Putty but also cream like. I loved the moisturising feel of this one.

  2. Ease of Use: 4/5 - Melts & spreads easily. It spreads like a cream without feeling wet under arms.

  3. Smell: 5/5 - Amazing smell. Very natural & not sickly despite reminding me of lemon meringue pie

  4. Container: 5/5 - I really like the glass jar & metal lid. It will be easy to clean & re-use or recycle.

  5. Efficiency: 5/5 - This really does the job. Leaves me feeling fresh for 24 hours. No exaggeration.

  6. Price: 2/5 - Quite expensive. £12.50 for 55g tub (£22.73 per 100g)


ku.tis (Middle) - Grapefruit & Mandarin Natural Deodorant

  1. Consistency: 2/5 - Putty stick that crumbles a lot upon application

  2. Ease of Use: 3/5 - The cardboard starts to get moist over time but I like the push out tube effect.

  3. Smell: 4/5 - Lovely fresh smell. Very natural.

  4. Container: 3/5 - I really like the tube design but practically, its as good with the cardboard.

  5. Efficiency: 3/5 - I couldn't fault this much on the fact it did it's job. However, not great for exercise

  6. Price: 4/5 - Quite cheap. £6.50 for 55g tub (£11.82 per 100g)

Zero Waste Path (Top Right) - Grapefruit & Lemongrass, Handmade, Vegan Deodorant

  1. Consistency: 3/5 - Thick Putty & a little grainy

  2. Ease of Use: 3/5 - Doesn't spread quite as easily as others. Clumps a bit when rubbing in.

  3. Smell: 2/5 - I think it's the lemongrass so if you like that then you might like this but it is very strong

  4. Container: 2/5 - Hard to open. You have to push on one area & it pops open but requires strength

  5. Efficiency: 3/5 - I suppose it worked. The smell was so strong it would completely cover any smell

  6. Price: 5/5 - Very Cheap. £5.50 for 60g tub (£9.17 per 100g)


Himalayan Salt Deodorant (Middle Right)

  1. Consistency: 2/5 - Grainy & scratchy

  2. Ease of Use: 2/5 - you have to wet it, then rub it on, then dry it. A little more faff

  3. Smell: 3/5 - Hard to rate as no distinct smell.

  4. Container: 5/5 - full marks as no container so no waste. just came in a thin paper sleeve

  5. Efficiency: 1/5 - I'm sorry. This really didn't work for me & embarrassingly didn't help on hot days

  6. Price: 5/5 - Very good. approx. £6.50 for 270g bar (£2.41 per 100g)


Pit Putty (Bottom Right) - Rose Geranium, Natural, Vegan Deodorant

  1. Consistency: 4/5 - Putty. Slightly creamy.

  2. Ease of Use: 4/5 - Melts & spreads easily. It spreads like a cream without feeling wet under arms.

  3. Smell: 4/5 - Really nice smell. Subtle

  4. Container: 4/5 - I like the metal tin. Easy to use

  5. Efficiency: 5/5 - This really does the job. Leaves me feeling fresh for 24 hours. No exaggeration.

  6. Price: 3/5 - Mid Range. £10.00 for 65g tub (£15.38 per 100g)


I hope you have found this useful & hope it may help you find the deodorant for you without having to go through a load of them like me.


For people with sensitive skin, out of the deodorants above, I would recommend the Natural Deodorant Company Sensitive skin option but do find your own to suit you.


 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you enjoyed it & found it useful.

I would love to hear your comments!

Be sure to come back next week for more of my favourite conscious living swaps!

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Harri

xx

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