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My Zero Waste Pamper – Living More Sustainably

May 3, 2019

Like the rest of us, (hopefully) I have become very aware that it is all of our responsibility to care for planet Earth, and try to reduce the damage we are doing to this beautiful home of ours. Last year I made a vow that I was going to move towards trying to live more sustainably, try to find brands for my beauty items that have a good eco ethos, and reduce my plastic and single use items as much as possible. Its a learning curve, but there are some great sources for information. Im scouring them all trying to learn! I always feel a little guilt that being a keen traveller, I should always be aware that I should be trying to reduce and undo the impact my trip and flights can have. I wrote about my realisation about that in this post, Acknowledging the Impact Travel Has

My zero waste pamper
No packaging, no waste

One of the things I have been trying since February this year, is “naked” bath and shower products. I took myself off to Lush, who have brought out an amazing range of naked products, and bought naked shampoo and conditioner bars, hair treatments, shower gels and body treats (I have listed all I bought at the end of this post). Iv been using these for about three months now, so I thought I would share with you my naked pampering….COME BACK! COME BACK! I promise you no naked photos, just my naked products…..

So, the benefit of using naked products is mainly the fact that their is no packaging, so you are not contributing to the plastic/waste problem. Lush sell little tins that you can store your products in, or you could just use a container you already have at home. I use a mix of both. You then replace the product as they run out, using the container you have. No waste! Imagine the reduction in plastics use you’ll be making. Here are the items I personally am enjoying in my zero waste pamper…….

my zero waste pamper
Tins to store your naked goodies

Shampoo and Conditioner

It was the shampoo and conditioner bars that I bought first. It seemed a weird concept to me, using a bar of soap to wash my hair, but I LOVE them. I especially love the shampoo, and I have genuinely found that I dont need to wash my hair everyday like I had to before. Im not sure if the shampoo just isnt as heavy as others, but I am more than happy about the fact! The conditioner does take a little more getting used to, and I have heard some people say that they couldnt get on with it. The bar doesnt really foam up, so it does feel weird to put on your hair. I only apply conditioner to the ends of my hair, so I don’t find it a problem.

my zero waste pamper
I have been using these about 8 weeks

Something to remember with the shampoo/conditioner bars, is that you may have to go through a little transition with them. I personally didn’t find this, but I know some people have said that after the first couple of uses, their hair can feel a little “waxy” or “sticky”. The reason for this is that conventional shampoo’s can leave a little build up on the hair, and suppress or strip it from its natural oil. As the natural shampoos reduce this build up, hair can go through a little strange stage for a couple of washes. Persevere!

Body Scrub and Body Wash

I absolutely love the naked product body scrubs, and have two of them. You simply rub them over your damp skin in the bath or shower, and they gently buff the skin. Both of the scrubs I have are packed full of hydrating oils and ingredients, as my skin can be a little dry. They also smell blooming gorgeous! Think cherry bakewells with the Cherryish one… They leave my skin soft and moisturised. After use, I just pat my product dry, then leave on a soap dish to air dry fully.

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Body scrubs – Scrubee and Cherryish

The body wash that I have is called a shower oil, and the scent is beautiful. Sherbet sweet, citrusy with the accompany fragrance of sandlewood, this shower oil is like a little pick me up every time I use it. Its also palm oil free! Yayyyyy. The carrot shaped soap is packed full of shea butter, and is fab on my dry skin. Beautiful in the morning if you enjoy a fresh, crisp wake up scent.

my zero waste pamper
Fresh and bursting with citrus scent

Body Moisturiser

Keeping with the citrus scents, I use the lemon scented body moisturiser to finish off my pamper. These bars are actually called massage bars, and I am sure that they are great for that, but my little lemon bar of lushness is all for me! Im not sharing……… Once skin is dry, you just warm the bar in your palms, and smooth the warmed, melted oil over your skin. It soaks in pretty quickly, but I would say its best to not get dressed for about 10 minutes. The oils are rich and decadent, so soak in slowly. It feels so gorgeous and again, packs a punch in the moisturising stakes. There are lots of scents available in these moisturising bars, and I have recently bought the “Soft Coeur” one to try.

my zero waste pamper
I have the oval tin for my moisturiser

So, there we have it! All of these products, (listed below) have zero waste. You will also find most of the Lush naked products have no Parabens. Another great thing about them, is that they really last! The shampoo and conditioners last me about three months, so that saves my bank account as well as the planet! Win Win. I have not found them messy or fiddly in any way. I use them, pat them dry, pop them back in their container with the lid off to let them dry, done! Simple as that. I’m not suggesting you rush out immediately and change all your products, but perhaps when a product runs out, you replace it with one? You can dip your toe that way. Here are all the bits I bought, you can see full details in the clickable links Iv supplied for you, Im kind like that xx

Jason and the Argan Oil Shampoo Bar

Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar

Big Solid Conditioner

Scrubee Body Scrub

Cherryish Body Scrub

Carrot Shower Oil

Each Peach Moisturiser/massage bar

Square Tins

Oval Tins

Its a small step in my sustainable journey, but I feel, a good one. Have you tried any naked products? Any suggestions for any brands I should try? Are you on your own sustainable journey? Tried any beauty products or brands that are making great waves in the eco war? As ever, I would love to hear what you think, and your own experiences. Let me know xx

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14 responses to “My Zero Waste Pamper – Living More Sustainably”

  1. Liz says:

    The bathroom is somewhere I have not come to changing. My shampoo, leave in conditioner and shower gel are in plastic packaging as well as my body moisturisers.
    I have been reading via other blogs Lush naked products and I wonder, but it’s the price. For me when it comes to shampoo, I am not fussy, as I go with price first and seeing how it works for me after. So my shampoo expense is under £3.
    I don’t aim to buy brands, but depending where I shop, there may be the odd brand. But again, I watch the price.
    My current shampoo is from Aldi and that was under £2.
    My shampoo bottles last me 3 months too. Maybe a little longer. I don’t use much shampoo each time and I wash my hair three times a week. So I know my shampoo bottles would work out cheaper. But I am getting curious of these Lush products.
    The only thing is, if I was to start using bars for hair and body, then depending on what I felt was for me, could mean between 1 to 3 bars in a shower. While using in shower, just where do I put these bars? as I only have one holder in my shower for a soap bar. So I would have to buy a caddy to hang some how in shower while using them and then knowing me, I will forget which bar is for which.

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Haha Liz, I know what you mean about getting them muddled up. I have a system with mine now. I have my shampoo and conditioner bar in the square tin, then my shower oil is on a soap dish. My body scrub I only use once or twice a week, so once dry, it goes in the cupboard in my bathroom on a stand. I think my shampoo bar is going to last me around 5 months. Its three months in and I am around half way through. It might be worth just trying one product, see how you go? I do know what you mean re cost, but my shampoo is definitely working out cheaper as it is lasting for ever haha! Thank you for reading, and at least thinking about what could be changed xxx

      • Liz says:

        If I get round to trying something, I shall have to try the shampoo bar and see how that goes. What ever I try, I will blog about it, if I do go and try. I am curious and so I know I will get round to trying. 🙂

  2. Alex Grace says:

    These look good enough to eat! I would have to hide them from my kids incase they mistook them for chocolate! Thanks for bringing these to my attention Kerry, it’s not something I’ve tried before – love the tin idea. Looking forward to reading more of these types of posts from you – always very helpful x

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ohhh I know what you mean Alex, I set them out on a serving platter for exactly that reason haha! I am so surprised how easily I have adapted to these type of products. I imagined that they would be messy and fiddly, but they really are no hassle at all. The shampoo suits my hair so much, Iv struggled for years to find something that suits my unruly hair! Let me know if you give something a go, I would love to hear how you get on xxxx

  3. Lauretta says:

    Great post Kerry and I’m really keen to followed in your footsteps and try some of the products you’ve recommended. What would be great to know is where they sit on SLS & parabens which I’m desperately trying to eliminate from my lifestyle. Xx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Hi Lauretta, thank you for reading. There are SLS in some products, for example the shampoo bar, but you do t touch the product to the scalp, only the product foam, so the risk or irritant is very low. The one I’m using (Jason and the Argan oil) is the lowest SLS percentage. Most of the baked products are Parabens free, and will be marked self preserving xx Hope that helps xxxx

  4. gemmaorton says:

    I struggle to find a good shampoo, I’ve been looking at these ‘naked’ bars in Lush but thought how would they actually clean my hair and would it feel fresh. Maybe I should give one a go!

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      I love the shampoo bars Gemma, and it was those products that sold the whole range to me really. They do four or five different ones, dependant on hair type. Let me know how you get n if you give them a go xx

  5. The shampoo bar sounds interesting and I love anything citrus smelling. Keeps those pesky knats at bay too xx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Yes the citrus smell is gorgeous, wakes me up in the morning! I need to find some pretty soap dishes now, keep my shelves looking nice. xx

  6. happywiseowl says:

    Skin / body care is the biggest area for the dreaded plastic – I’m not a huge fan of Lush (don’t tell everyone…they’ll think I’m not a blogger!) but I’d be tempted to try the shampoo & conditioner. Its all about everyone making little steps and changes.
    Em x

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ohhh Emma I know what you mean, I hated lush bath bombs as they were always full of glitter. Made me feel like a child haha! The shampoo bars are fantastic and I cant see me ever switching back. They are great for travel too as they are not liquid. Let me know if you end up trying them, I would be interested to hear what you think x

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