It can be hard to make changes in your life, especially with things like bathroom products. I for one like to stick faithfully to tried and tested products as other ones might not be as good. I have always struggled when a favourite product gets discontinued, as I have to go through that whole trying and testing phase again which can be frustrating and expensive. When it comes to making a big change, like going plastic free, it can be even harder.
So let me take away some of the frustration and let you know about some of the plastic free products that I have been using (and loving) lately. These are completely honest reviews that I have decided to do off my own back with products that I have bought for myself.
The first plastic free item I ever bought was a shampoo bar, I have been using them for YEARS. A Lush shampoo bar to be exact; the purple Jumping Juniper bar is perfect for my oily hair and I have been loyal to it ever since. (Well apart from when they discontinued it and I had to swap to Seanik, I was so excited when they finally brought Jumping Juniper back!)
Now we are in a time when everyone is becoming so aware of the dreadful impact of single use plastics, there are a lot of new brands bringing out plastic free products and when I saw this brand on Instagram I could not resist trying out their shampoo bar.
Nut and Noggin have the most beautiful pink and red cardboard tube for their and while I type it is currently on display in my studio. Not only is the packaging beautiful, the smell is DIVINE and it is cruelty free, vegan, contains no sulphates AND is made in England. They even donate £1 from every bar sold to mental health charities, so they are looking after your head inside and out.
As I said before, I have very oily hair so I was dubious that this bar would work for me as they currently only make one type. After trying out different bars in Lush, I realised that I could only use the ones formulated specifically for greasy hair. But I have been pleasantly surprised! The Nut and Noggin bar works really well on my hair, doesn't strip out all the purple dye from my hair like the Lush one did and leaves my hair feeling healthy and shiny.
If you are tempted to try it out, you can get 10% by clicking here.
I have been experimenting with solid conditioner bars recently but I just don't get on with them. I did love the Lush American Cream bar to start with (even though I did keep dropping it!) But once I'd used half of it, it kept snapping every time I tried to use it and I ended up with a shower filled with broken bits and very dry and knotty hair. So I decided to give up on naked conditioner and try a plastic free liquid conditioner instead as I want to make my life as easy as possible and not get stressed out during my morning shower,
I discovered Bain and Savon conditioners via Plastic Freedom and decided to give them a go as they are plastic free and don't contain palm oil which is always a plus. I love this conditioner, it works really well in my oily hair and leaves it soft and manageable, however the smell of the hemp oil is quite strange and very strong so I do want to try a different brand once I've used this one up. The smell is only strong when you're using it, when my hair is dry it smells fine. If you don't have oily hair, their conditioners for normal and dry hair are made with different oils and they sound like they smell better than the hemp.
If you have followed my brand for a while, you will know that I LOVE Who Gives a Crap toilet roll. I have been using it for two to three years now which means I have saved at least eighteen big plastic bags from going to landfill! They wrap each recycled paper roll in paper to keep them fresh and pack them in a cardboard box. You order a box of 36 rolls, which then keeps the carbon footprint down and I only need to order twice a year which means that I don't really have to think about ordering it and we never run out. That's one more little bit of ease in my life. You can even subscribe to them, so you save some money and literally never have to think about ordering toilet roll EVER AGAIN.
The reason that I love it so much, is not only is it plastic free and looks super fun and colourful and fun in my boring magnolia bathroom; I use the wrappers to package my jewellery pieces to post to customers! I cut them all up by hand to make colourful shredded paper. My customers even send me their wrappers to use so that they don't go to waste!
If you want to try it, you can get £5 off at Who Gives a Crap.