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 and I have found a way to have a zero waste pamper. 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
Achieving a zero waste pamper
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…….
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Carrot Shower Oil (sold out)
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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