As part of becoming more mindful of the waste that I produce, I’ve started slowly eliminating some products that I use daily and swapping them for zero waste alternatives.
It’s been trial and error so far, but while I take to figure this out, I thought I’d share some products that I’ve grown to love! Hopefully, this should help someone make small changes as well!
Jeez, I have so much hair. It’s thick, it’s dry, it’s damaged, and it’s curly. It’s a nightmare to wash my hair – it’s a massive ordeal that I honestly only have time for once a week/ once every ten days. Because my hair is so dry and porous, it only gets gross after a week or so. Some say it’s a blessing; others think it’s a curse.
So what have I been loving for hair? Well, I recently spent far too much money at Lush. Here’s what I got…
Oh. My. God. This stuff smells amazing! I had tried shampoo bars in the past but wasn’t a fan as I have so much hair I need a product that foams up so that I can feel which parts of my hair I’ve washed. This stuff foams up beautifully, smells fantastic and honestly does a pretty good job at washing my hair of grease and god knows what else.
It’s moisturising, it’s softening, and it’s nourishing. All that I need for my hair type! It is rather expensive, but I was assured that it lasts forever. Considering how much I spend on hair products anyway, it’s probably not that bad.
I was rather afraid of getting a solid conditioner because it’s so light, I thought I’d have trouble getting this all over my hair. However, fear not this kind of feels like handsoap and so you can see it in your hair.
I did the ‘comb-hair-while-conditioner-is-in-the-hair-to-get-rid-of-all-the-kinks’ routine, and it seemed to work just as well as any other liquid conditioner I’ve had.
Again this can be on the pricier side, but similarly to the shampoo bar, it’s not too bad.
I must admit I still use other products on my hair: a hair mask I got from my hairdresser, hair oil and a leave-in conditioner. So if you ever see me and see my locks looking fab, it’s not only due to Lush.
Apart from hair care, the only other zero-waste solution I’ve figured out is showering. I’ll talk more about this especially shaving etc. in the future as I’m currently testing some products.
Anyways something I’ve added o my shower must-haves are Dr. Bronner’s products. I can’t believe I had never heard of their lines before! It’s a disgrace, really, especially considering how cool the brand backstory is. To summarise, Emanuel Bronner was a legend! He used the labels on his superb ecological soaps to spread his message that we must realize our unity across religious & ethnic divides or perish: “We are All-One or None!”.
I can’t get over how good this stuff smells. The soap is concentrated, biodegradable, versatile and effective. Made with organic and certified fair trade ingredients, packaged in a 100% post-consumer recycled bottle.
It’s fabulous. I love this for showering and shaving. I usually would use a conditioner for shaving, but this works so much better! According to the packaging, you can use this to brush your teeth! I know. It’s so versatile I’ll be buying it in pints – you can use for washing up, laundry, dishes, soaks, window cleaning, veggie rinsing and many more. As the brand suggests, there are 18 different purposes for this soap.
Because of the scent, I tend to use this for shaving and when I shower in the mornings.
A traditional soap bar and completely zero waste – all that’s there is paper packaging that can be easily recycled. Yay!
I love this soap bar, and because it’s lavender scented I use this mainly when I shower in the evenings as lavender is known to have calming properties. I’m in love with this line as it doesn’t dry my skin out as most soap bars do. I’ve been so reluctant switching to bars of soap as my skin dries out so quickly especially during winter months. I’m so glad to have finally found something that works for my skin.
The scent, unlike most soap bars, lingers on your skin after shower, it’s only me speculating, but I think it’s because the soap bar contains lavender extract and coconut oil – meaning some of it absorbs in your skin.
I foresee myself spending faaar too much on https://www.drbronner.co.uk website. TAKE MY MONEY!