It’s been a few weeks since I wrote my zero waste bathroom essentials. It’s about time I did a follow-up piece. Over the past few weeks, I’ve accumulated some products that have been fantastic quality and a great addition to my zero-waste routine (or at least reduced waste). I bought these goodies from The Kind Store.
I honestly had never bought anything from them, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I must admit, I was impressed. My package came in a box, and everything was wrapped in newspaper – yay for recyclable packaging! Be mindful, the shipping does take a few days, if you’re expecting to get your goodies the next day – that ain’t gonna happen. There are two shipping options – 1 working day or two after dispatch. Here’s the kicker, my package got dispatched 3 days later. Personally, this wasn’t a problem, but it’s worth knowing it in advance if you’re maybe getting someone a present or you need your order get to you for a specific date. From the looks of it, it’s a small online boutique – yay for supporting indie brands!
Okay, so here’s what I got and have been loving.
Traditional Metal Safety Razor
There are few options online and chose to go with this one as I wanted an all-metal handle, and I knew I was ordering a few things, and I didn’t want to split my order up. I’ve seen a few safety razors online with a bamboo handle and purely for longevity reasons chose to go with a classic design. This one that I got comes with spare blades. However, you can always opt to order those online and just get the razor itself.
I’ve been using it for weeks now, and I love it. It’s true that you gotta let the weight of the razor do all the work – you don’t need to add pressure like you would with a light plastic razor. It’s easy to clean, just remember not to leave it in your shower to prevent rusting. However, even that can be prevented, there are a few tutorials online on how to clean your safety razor of rust using vinegar. I did cut myself the first two times I was using it, but that’s pretty typical for me anyway, when I get a new razor – the blades are so much sharper then. I use my Dr Bronner almond castile soap for shaving. I did try also using Balmond’s bath and shower oil, but that didn’t work for me as well for shaving. And the rumours are true – IT IS THE CLOSEST SHAVE I HAVE EVER HAD. Also TMI, I’ve had way fewer issues with ingrown hairs and red bumps around my bikini line.
Activated Charcoal Toothpaste, copper tongue scraper and vegan minty charcoal floss
The toothpaste comes in a glass pot, which is impressive. I got the floss that comes in a glass jar as well; however, I believe only fill-ups are also available, so you get the jar once, and from there you’re good.
The toothpaste takes some getting used to. It looks like toothpaste, smells like toothpaste but it does not taste like toothpaste. It took me a few uses to get used to it, and it also leaves a greyish residue in your sink. I don’t think it’s unique to this brand only, though, as most of the charcoal-infused toothpaste usually leave a bit of funny looking residue behind. What’s unique to this toothpaste is that it has coconut oil in it so when you try to clean it up, you ought to be mindful of that.
There isn’t much to say about the floss or the tongue scraper. Both do the trick and work just fine. The floss is slightly uneven in texture compare to another typical store brought ones; however, it hasn’t really had any effect on my ‘user experience’.
Overall, I’m really impressed with all 3 of these as they’ve been a super easy and quick switch to reduced waste dental hygiene routine.
Organic soap nuts
The way I was my clothes has been on my mind for a while now. I’d like to ditch all the chemicals eventually. I saw the sample of these organic soap nuts and wanted to give them a go. I’m not sure if they work or not. There is no scent to the clothes when you wash them with these. I mean the load comes out clean, but I don’t know if it’s because it’s been in the washing machine or did these soap nuts help.
I also need to look into the laundry bags that are supposed to collect the little particles of plastic that leave your clothing, when being washed. That’s for another time down the line.
To be transparent and room for improvement
Besides the goodies that I’ve purchased in the past few weeks, there are still products that I use that need switching out. I’ll soon be trying a new mouthwash as I’ve just ran out of my old one. I’ve seen a few options online so I’ll need to get my hands on one of them!
I still use my Salt of The Earth deodorant. It really upsets me because I love this stuff, but it comes in plastic packaging. It’s my second one in about 4 years – these last for forever and I swear by it. I’m sure there are other brands out there that do a salt based deodorant that comes in more sustainable packaging. However, I’ve still got lots left so I won’t be getting a new one for a while!
Lastly, I have an electric toothbrush. I’ve looked all over the internet, the best option is switching to biodegradable heads, but that’s just about where the options end. I’ll need a new head in a few weeks, so I really need to figure out what to do with it. I don’t want to switch to a bamboo toothbrush and just throw this one out. Firstly, I love it too much and, secondly, it has a rechargeable battery, so, in theory, it should last me for forever.
Right, so that’s about it. Clearly, I still have lots to work on, areas to improve, but I’m trying my hardest to be kind to myself and the planet I live on.