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My Zero Waste Fails

My Zero Waste Fails

Alternative title: things I don’t do and genuinely don’t care about!

Zero waste fails vs. low impact living

I talk a lot about how I believe zero waste isn’t a helpful term, or even achievable. It’s certainly not something I strive for and prefer aiming for low-impact sustainability as much as possible.

Sometimes it isn’t possible. For me, and perhaps for you too. Because the word ‘possible’ is subjective and wholly dependant on your lifestyle, your privilege etc etc and for me, that also includes emotional privilege.

As a pregnant mum with a toddler in tow my version of zero waste looks different to this time last year. And…..although I love all the ‘Gold star for just trying’ type stuff, I don’t really buy it. I call BS on myself because I’m barely trying at the moment.

Instead of beating myself up about it I thought I’d share the things I’ve given up recently. My zero-waste fails, if you will!

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Making my own EVERYTHING

From nut milk to vegan cheese, toddler-friendly treats and vegetable crisps…..just urgh. And that’s just the kitchen. Add in cleaning products, face masks, tile scrubber, nappy rash balm, bubble bath, bath bombs….OH HELL NO.

I should know my limits. I mean, I’ve mentioned before that DIY beauty is not my thing and I prefer to leave it to the professionals and shop mindfully.

Mostly though, the convenience food is a toughy. The whole family is vegan and both my husband and I work full-time so it started feeling kind of ridiculous spending every waking minute unhappy/dealing with a screaming kid who JUST WANTS A FREAKING SNACK or doing the alternative; knackering hours spent making crappy versions of the things I like.

Honestly, I know I can try harder on this one but I’m giving myself a pregnancy pass. For now.

Shopping for everything in bulk

We are very lucky in that there is a small bulk store within walking distance. However not everything they sell is quite what I want…..for example (and please don’t roll your eyes at me here) the chocolate buttons taste like shit.

So instead of buying stuff I hate and then feeling virtuous yet mildly depressed about my cup of tea and unpalatable chocolate I decided to get a grip and chalk that up to experience.

Small wins.

Composting

I do still compost…..just not on the scale I was previously. I had a great system of using my Bokashi bin for all compostable kitchen bits and food waste, leaving it to pickle for a couple of weeks then popping it in my big compost bin to work it’s magic.

But guess what? Composting is a humongous pain in the ass when you don’t know what you’re doing. The Bokashi part is the easy bit; getting the right layers of ‘brown’ and ‘green’ waste (which includes shredding cardboard and paper layers) to make the damn compost is the ultimate snoozefest.

We still have our big compost bin which is almost full and brewing beautiful compost as we speak but honestly…..what the fudge will I do with the compost when I’m finished? And how do I know when it’s done please and thank-you?!

Online shopping

I am not a big shopper, but sometimes, only Amazon has the thing you want. Or Etsy. And I buy all my clothes second-hand which, outside of pregnancy, is simple to do in charity shops.

But maternity clothes? I’ve solely relied on eBay and Vinted and that means packages of stuff.

Occasionally I also like to just buy something. Just because. And in those instances I email the seller and ask for no plastic packaging….this usually works a treat and often the seller is excited to come up with new plastic-free packaging solutions.

But it’s never zero-waste.

So there you have it. My zero waste fails. Ps – I am 100% totally okay with them right now too.

L x

How to Find Bargains in the Charity Shop (Thrift Store)

How to Find Bargains in the Charity Shop (Thrift Store)

I just wish here in the UK we called charity shops ‘Thrift Stores’ because it sounds cool, don’t you think? Also, why can’t I just use that term? Who’s the boss of retail terminology?!

Rant over. So why shop at a charity shop? I guess if you’ve come to this post you are curious about it, even if voyeuristically so. I’ve always loved rifling through charity shops preferring it to ‘proper’ shopping finding it WAY less intimidating than vintage stores, which I never feel cool enough for.

While it was once for fun, now it’s necessary; my personal fashion ethos is to avoid fast fashion and choose ethical where I can. BUT more often than not I opt to buy used, second-hand, pre-loved….whatever you want to call it. Mostly because it’s cheaper, it’s a lighter footprint on the planet and I genuinely love the process of hunting the perfect toaster, camel brogue, skinny jean….etc etc.

I started sharing my finds on Instagram and I always get such a big response I remembered Kayte Ferris’ advice that ‘questions are content’ and wrote this here guide.

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My guide to grabbing a bargain in the charity shop

An awful lot of what I’m saying here is contradictory so I apologise. I don’t wanna give you a bunch of rules so…..just take what you like and ditch the rest 😉

Shop Often

This is quite a simple one most people forget. Charity shopping is a hobby really, because you obviously can’t just go in and expect to get what you need you have to be patient and build a bit of a black book, so to speak.

I really got to know the charity shops near me when I moved here and now I pop into my faves (around five of them) a couple of times a week. Not for long, but it’s good to show your face because my next tip is….

Be nice

Making friends with the staff and chatting to them often is, well, just a nice human thing to do, but it’s also a banging tactic for getting the juicy stuff.

The JUICY GEMS, if you will 😉

Making friends with the staff and chatting to them often is, well, just a nice human thing to do, but it’s also a banging tactic for getting the juicy stuff.

The JUICY GEMS, if you will 😉

mustard jeans

Choose wisely

Don’t turn the charity shop into another way to consume fast fashion. It’s ethical, in the sense it’s the lesser of some evils; it’s better than Primark, but ultimately a lot of the clothes you’ll find in the charity shops are fast-fashion.

I often find Topshop, Zara and H&M pieces either because they’re a poorly made item, very trend-led or have been bought cheaply with little regard as to longevity.

But don’t be too wise

Okay, I know. CONTRADICTION.

I just think you can be too serious. I genuinely love faffing in a charity shop, poring through the clothes, imagining who wore them and what their story was.

Sometimes I buy things, get them home and realise they aren’t quite right so I take them back for a refund (keep your receipt, of course!)

girl with hat and leather jacket in changing room

Try things on

Most stores will have a small fitting room so do try things on. The sizing on the labels might not be right, or it might be a weird fit or whatever so it’s worth the extra hassle of wrestling out of your layers!

Don’t be precious (it’s for charity!)

I know people who haggle in the charity shop, but honestly…..it’s really no big deal. If something is a pound or two more than you’d like to pay, but you have the money, think about the fact it’s going to charity….not into a sweat shop.

If you don’t have the money, then I’d say it’s probably worth a haggle; especially if you’re buying multiple items and the store is chocka with clothes.

vintage chair from above

Find your favourites

I have some regulars I visit for certain things; one does amazing kiddy stuff, one has a patron who enjoys donating clothes in my size and style and others have a great homeware selection.

The point is, it’s a long game. Get shopping, find your faves and stop wasting time in the rest.

Shop online!

Quite a few of the bigger charities have online stores. Oxfam and Amnesty International are my faves and it makes the whole rifling-through-rails a breeze.

A guide to charity shop thrift store shopping #1

Pack a charity-shop kit

I take a couple of tote bags, a tape measure (particularly for vintage finds, or places with no changing room) and a solid understanding of my style and current wardrobe.

A note on sizing

The charity shop tags aren’t always right. Sometime they label a size 12 a medium, but if that size 12 is from Topshop it’s a small (IMO) and jeans are often mislabelled due to their waist sizes.

Et voila! Let me know if you have any questions, or add your own tips in the comments.

L x

How to Have a Zero Waste Period {Period Underwear Review}

How to Have a Zero Waste Period {Period Underwear Review}

Let’s talk period pants shall we? Another requested blog post this one comes with a video AND some cheeky lingerie shots too. Bet you never thought you’d get to see me in my period pants did ya?

Nope, me neither.

I first heard about Thinx (affil) about a year ago, maybe less, and you probably did too because their marketing is AGGRESSIVE amiright? Similarly to the Mooncup, I remember my immediate reaction being one of vague disbelief and mild ick

Pants you can bleed into? Like a nappy?

But reading more and more and finding my period heavier than ever (something I wasn’t expecting post baby!) I needed something as a backup; initially I’d planned to buy reusable sanitary pads, or make them but I’d never really got on with the whole panty liner thing.

So, period pants became far more appealing. Especially after I heard such amazing reviews (and some terrible ones, for balance!)

In this post I’m sharing my honest thoughts on period underwear, the different brands on offer right now and how/why you might want to use them.

ENJOY!

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HOW & WHY TO USE PERIOD PANTS

Because I don’t use standard plastic sanitary products, simply relying on my menstrual cup my reasons for using period pants is based on necessity as opposed to switching for environmental reasons.

But you might’ve come to this post looking for a reason why you should reduce the waste your period currently produces. The average woman gets through 11,000 tampons in her life which end up hanging around on landfill for centuries due to their synthetic nature.

Let’s briefly talk about the fact you and I are able to discuss different options by virtue of our privilege. Period poverty is real for FAR too many young girls and women here in the UK and, of course, worldwide and for others, using a tampon or disposable sanitary pad is the only option for health and comfort reasons.

So my view is that those of us who are able to make a green choice with relative ease should do so. If only so that those who can’t don’t have to see those annoying headlines and feel guilty – because NOBODY should feel guilty for using a tampon, mmmkay?

Zero waste period pants underwear

Back to why I’ve chosen period pants over pads.

My primary reason is my newly-acquired heavy flow. My period requires one menstrual cup (or 3 daily tampons) for around four to five days right now and pads are often required, albeit not bought or used hence the need for something else as backup.

I bought three Thinx pairs (affil); one high waist black, one standard black and a thong. These three suffice but I’d like to add a couple more, for backup.

Psssst: I’ve only tried Thinx, however ideally, I would use a UK-based supplier so there are a few picks for you at the bottom of this post.

And here’s how they work; the science bit, if you will 😉

PROS

  • You’re saving the world! What could be a better pro than that? But seriously, making the switch to reusables means you’ll see a change in your waste REALLY quickly, which is incredibly satisfying. 
  • You’ll save money, especially if you’re switching from sanitary pads and/or tampons.
  • I’ve found this to be one of the best swaps I’ve made so far. Yes, I didn’t use pads but I was (okay, this is gross and an overshare) often leaking; my period really changed post baby and I started to get really anxious.
  • They just work! I have three pairs at the moment which are just about fine for an average period for me (although I’d like to add two more pairs.)

CONS

  • The main con for me (and I’m reaching here) is that you have to make sure you rinse your pants in cold water before you pop them in the washing machine. That extra step is a nuisance on day two when you really CBA.
  • They feel weird to the touch, sorta synthetic which, of course, they are. But I’ve not found them to be uncomfortable or thrush-inducing while I’m wearing them. But I think it’s a very personal thing, so I wouldn’t order lots in one go.
  • They take a long time to dry, so depending on your flow; how heavy, how long, and whether you are using them alone or with tampons or a menstrual cup too, you’ll need to be organised and potentially have a big stash.

5 PERIOD UNDERWEAR BRANDS

  • She Thinx: (affil)The brand I use right now. They look great, fit well and work a treat but the price is a little prohibitive and, as a US brand, are privy to random customs charges. You can buy them in the UK at Selfridges though.Modi Bodi: An Australian company offering a huge range of products, including swimwear. They use Merino wool in their ranges though so aren’t vegan. But they ship from the UK 🙂
  • WUKA: A UK company (although manufactured in China) their ethos is about creating beautiful underwear that works.
  • Dear Kate: US based clothing brand. I love this brand’s diverse photography and they also offer period yoga pants too!
  • Knix: Simple styles, US based. 
  • Panty Props: Another US brand.

Thus end another thrilling chapter in the, “the world needs to know more about my bodily fluids” series. Hope you enjoyed it!

L x

How to Make your own Vegan Candles

How to Make your own Vegan Candles

On the 19th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…..ANOTHER blog post from moi. This week I’m showing you how to make your own vegan candles. 

When I learned how to make my own candles I honestly wanted to kick myself for the sheer volume of money I’d spent on crappy candles over the years. In truth, having made a fair few I can 100% see why artisan candle-makers charge the price they do and I’ll continue to support them because there is a difference in scent and burn time. Just being honest with you! 

But I love having candles on the go throughout winter so it’s nice to be able to make one whenever I need it. It takes about 30 minutes, tops, and your new candle will be ready to burn the very next day 🙂

 It’s also really worth noting that the cheaper candles are often made using CHEAP ingredients which are pretty revolting to be brutally honest. Most are made with paraffin wax which, when burnt, release toxins such as benzene and toluene. After learning this it was a HARD NO to those bargain candles for me. The double win is that you can use any old glass jars to make them in, saving your recycling bin from yet more waste 🙂 

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A simple guide to making your own vegan candles with a bonus video tutorial!

Your Candle-Making Kit

  • *Soya wax flakes (or beeswax if you aren’t vegan)
  • *Wicks attached to metal dots and glue to secure them
  • Essential oils/blends: Make sure you don’t buy cheap as chips stuff and try to buy less, but better. The essential oils I use are from Young Living, *Neals Yard and Apotheca Faversham.
  • Receptacles, like glass jars, teacups, bowls….anything! 
  • A saucepan and a bowl that’ll fit inside like a bain marie

How To Make Vegan Candles

  1. Measure your wax flakes: I use double the amount that’ll fit into your jar.
  2. Using a bain marie, melt your wax flakes over the hob slowly. The slower you melt them the slower they’ll burn.
  3. Once fully melted, pour into a jug and set aside to cool a little.
  4. While your wax cools a little attach your wick to the base of your jar and make sure it’s secure. 
  5. Now for the fun bit: Add your chosen essential oils! I added around 50 drops per 150ml but I think you could probably add more and use a 50/50 ratio. It really depends on the quality and type of oil you use.
  6. Now it’s time to pour! Make sure you hold the wick fairly central (you can use a peg to steady it if you want), and pour the wax carefully onto your jar. 
  7. Secure the wick with a peg or chopsticks and leave somewhere cool to set. Mine took around 24 hours in summer, 12 in winter. 

L x

Cloth Nappies: Everything you Need to Know to Get Started

Cloth Nappies: Everything you Need to Know to Get Started

I never thought I’d be writing about cloth nappies. Mummy blogger, moi? No, thank-you! But this is one area of my zero-waste journey I’ve found both challenging and satisfying in equal measures. 

When I first thought about reducing my waste I knew nappies were a non-negotiable that had to go. Disposable nappies are a huge blight on our planet, sitting on landfills around our country (and those we outsource our waste too…) for HUNDREDS of years. And switching to biodegradable nappies isn’t a great option as without oxygen and sun they won’t break down in the promised time either.

In six months of using disposables with Anaïs I easily added another 800 to the three billion last year. If that image doesn’t make you feel both horrified and a bit sicky (all those pooey nappies!) you are made of stronger stuff than I.

But it’s not enough for me to simply ditch disposables. As many of us as possible need to follow suit (if we can) so I’m hoping this post serves as a guide to getting started, and helps clarify any questions you have about using cloth nappies for your little one!

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ESSENTIAL KIT

  • Nappy bin & two bin liners: to put old nappies in, the bags hold them so you can throw it all in the wash. 
  • 20-30 nappies: This is so dependent on you and your needs. 
  • Liners: To catch poo! These can be chucked. 
  • Boosters: These are to add absorbency.
  • Wet Bags: To hold old nappies when you are out and about. I have four, but you probably only need two.

THE BRANDS I USE

I tried a few but my two faves are: 

  • Little Lambs: These are really good value and offer a big variety of styles from basic cloth wraps to all in one. I love the fact they have poppers, as the velcro style fastenings tend to wear thin,
  • Bambino Mio: SUPER easy to use all-in-one styles in cute prints. These are amazing. 

WHERE TO BUY

  • Facebook Marketplace: Find local groups simply by searching ‘nappies’ OR head straight to the marketplace to find them. I got a big stash of nappies this way and will sell any I don’t need anymore here too. 
  • The Nappy Lady: This is a fantastic website as TNL offers a diagnostic service where she takes all your requirements into consideration before offering her suggestions.

HOW TO USE CLOTH NAPPIES: A DUMMIES GUIDE 

I procrastinated about this post a LOT as it’s hard to explain in words how to use reusables. That’s not to say it’s hard, per se, it’s just….you need a visual! So I made one. I’m not a video creator so please be kind 🙂 

PROS

  • You’re saving the world! What could be a better pro than that? But seriously, making the switch to reusables means you’ll see a change in your waste REALLY quickly, which is incredibly satisfying. 
  • I’ve saved money, for sure, although you do have to be realistic about the initial financial outlay you have to make (around £150 I’d say).
  • I love how easy they are to use while being super eco. I put it off for such a long time and was especially worried about dealing with poo, but it’s fine especially as modern cloth nappies are so convenient.
  • NO gross bin smell. You know what I’m talking about, right? That momen minutes after you’ve dumped a disposable in the bin and the STENCH 

CONS

  • The initial kit is costly if you buy it all new, and a faff if you go the used route. Although I didn’t find it to be too painful I wanted to acknowledge not all of us have the time/money/energy to expend on the nappy search.
  • You can’t use standard nappy creams with your reusables however I’ve found PurePotions nappy salve to be fine. 
  • I still don’t love dealing with poo, especially as I never flush the liners away (I don’t flush anything except toilet-roll, poo and wee!) but it’s a necessary evil. I pop mine in the bin formerly known as ‘disposable-nappy-bin’ and it’s not so terrible anyway, honest 😉 

L x

Ethical Beauty: My Vegan & Cruelty-Free Favourites

Ethical Beauty: My Vegan & Cruelty-Free Favourites

It’s been a hot minute since I chatted about ethical beauty. But it’s honestly one of my favourite topics and one I am learning about CONSTANTLY. I’ve mentioned before how tricky I’ve found ‘greening’ my beauty faves but I’ll say it again, shall I?! 

It’s difficult to green my beauty faves. 

Why, you ask? Hmmm mostly because I’ve had acne (Dermatologist diagnosed) since my late twenties which GOT WORSE during pregnancy before promptly clearing up. 

This, plus my beauty knowledge (I worked in retail for years, including in premium beauty) means I’ve become pretty clued up (read: addicted) to products. Travelling for such a long time quelled that, for sure but I have to tell you my truth: 

I don’t do DIY beauty. 

And, to be totally honest, I don’t have an all-natural beauty regime either. And my reliance on certain products means I’m not sans plastique either, (yes, I have tried all the essential oils thank-you).

So, as is my way, instead of beating myself up about it and feeling ashamed of my less than eco ways I’ve decided to share what I do, and how I compensate by balancing the rest my skincare.

These are the ethical beauty brands I love to use. (None are affiliate links, some are gifted, I use them all!)

** A word on what constitutes cruelty-free. Animal testing has been banned in the EU since 2013, meaning that any product bought here in the UK is, technically, cruelty-free. HOWEVER. Brands who sell/manufacture their products in China are NEVER cruelty-free as China requires animal-testing by law. It’s also worth noting that animal-testing is not illegal in the US and Australia either so please check products made there. **

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MYROO

I was kindly gifted some beautiful Myroo products a few months ago and I’ve been HOOKED on them ever since. 

The products

I LOVE oils, and use them with abandon (yep, acne sufferers don’t always have oily skin!) so I’ve been using the Skinboost facial serum , which is incredible. It smells amazing and I like to layer it under the Novage overnight moisturiser (below).

I also cleanse with the Gentle Cleansing oil using a bog-standard flannel soaked in hot water, (although it comes with a jazzy muslin cloth, which is soft on one side, exfoliating on t’other). I do NOT double cleanse by the way; which is a big no-no in skincare circles, but hey ho. I don’t. 

They also sent me their Superfood balm, which I haven’t yet because I’m finishing another balm (the Pure Potions one below!) but it smells DELICIOUS. 

Why I like them

The brand is ‘small’ and founders Rachel and Phil run it while looking after their little ones, and it grew from a need to find products that worked for the family’s sensitive skin. I LOVE the fact Rachel taught herself to make products at her kitchen table and that she’s retained the brand ethos as it’s grown.

How they tick my ethical boxes

All the products are cruelty-free, GMO and palm oil free, and TOTALLY free from known allergens (aka nuts etc) and you can make all of the products fragrance-free if you want. 

They are UK based and everything is made in Yorkshire.

Listen to founder Rachel Dunseath chat to Amy on her podcast Work Like a Mother.

LIME CRIME

This one snuck in after I read about them in Marie Claire. Branded, “Vegan & cruelty-free makeup for unicorns.”, Lime Crime are a US brand doing things a little differently.

They ship to the UK but I’m hoping to peruse their products when I next make it to London as they have a. spot in Selfridges. Top of my list is a delicious looking matte-red liquid lipstick.

WEST BARN CO

The products

OBVIOUSLY, I use Soap Brows. Which is THE S@*T. Soap brows looks like solid soap in a tin, and you spritz a spoolie with some water, or the coconut mist (the latter is delicious-smelling) and set your brows as per usual. 

Like ALL good makeup techniques (baking, contouring…….), the idea came from Drag Queens who discovered that using soap to set their brows was a brilliant plan.

Why I like them

Mother and daughter team Donna and Kim founded the company, testing products in their kitchen and using their formidable skills (Donna an eco warrior, Kim a make-up artist/nurse.) to create beautiful products with a low-impact on the planet.

How they tick my ethical boxes

My products arrived in totally recyclable and. biodegradable packaging and, like Myroo, they are cruelty-free and UK based. 

Also, Donna and Kim are just really nice people. And it’s nice to be nice, you know?

PURE POTIONS

The products

I use their scalp oil, which sorta makes you smell like a delicious roast dinner as it has rosemary in it. I actually use it on the ends of my hair as well, typically a few times a month and ALWAYS the night before I wash it (which happens monthly at the moment).

We also use the lavender nappy balm and I’ve found their Skin Salvation ointment a life-saver in winter. I use it on my hands, cuticles, ends of my hair, brows, and on my nose after colds. 

Why I like them

If you aren’t sensing a theme here, you should. OBVS it’s cruelty-free and made here in the UK. And the company began when founder Natalie Balmond needed to create products for her eczema prone daughter.

How they tick my ethical boxes

See above! 

ORIFLAME

The products

I was gifted a whole heap of Oriflame products fairly recently and I have to admit I was sceptical. The Swedish company uses plant-based ingredients (100% of their extracts are plant-based….whatever that means) and there’s a baffling array of brands underneath the Oriflame umbrella to choose from.

It reminds me of a Swedish Avon, so I wasn’t bowled over at first sight by the look of it all. It came packaged in plastic and isn’t the most beautiful to look at; the NoVage range, in particular, looks a little old-fashioned . 

BUT then I tried a few products. The NoVage Intense overnight mask is now one of my most favourite moisturisers ever. I basically use it as a night cream and it is incredible…..I’m not a beauty writer so I can’t properly describe the wonder of this stuff; just trust me that it will make your skin plump and delicious. 

Why I like them

I’ll be honest here and say I would buy the NovAge mask again but I wouldn’t delve into any of the other products. The Oriflame brand I’m keen to explore is EcoBeauty; which is certified Fairtrade and all came packaged in glass bottles with paper boxes. 

How they tick my ethical boxes

Oriflame products are all vegan, made with plant-based ingredients and they have a strong focus on giving back, with countless environmental initiatives abroad as well as within their company. While I found their products to be annoyingly over-packaged with a reliance on plastic I have included them in this list because they’re an example of a Global company striving to do better, putting their money where their mouth is:

“We stopped more than 96% of our manufacturing waste from going to landfills.” 

THE ORDINARY

Okay, The Ordinary is problematic. Shall we talk about that for a second? The founder (and owner of Deciem) Brandon Truaxe is nuts. Also Esteé Lauder own 28% of Deciem and…..well, those guys are NOT ethical in any way, shape or form. 

So I’m gonna struggle to share how they tick my ethical boxes because, even though they’re cruelty-free, and I’m able to either reuse or recycle the packaging the truth is that I like them because the products work and are great value.

The products

That bit over, let me tell you about the products I love: 

I use Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% which has a serum-like texture daily, normally first thing before I slather my Myroo oil on top.  I don’t know what it does, but my skin has never looked better. 

I also J’ADORE my big vat of Glycolic Acid which I use after cleansing at night. It’s a 7% strength so occasionally it stings. When that happens I spritz some of my West Barn Co spritz or slap some cruelty-free water on my face 😉 

LUSH

I hasten to add Lush to the mix as I don’t use any of their skincare at all because of their love for cocoa and shea butters (which makes my skin breakout!) 

However they are a GREAT company and I couldn’t leave them out. It’s one of the only places where you can get a naked (aka no packaging) cleanser, serum and you are incentivised to bring back your old face masks (5 pots = one free face mask).

The products

I’ve used and loved Fresh Farmacy cleanser before, and would recommend it, especially for travel.

And I’m hopelessly devoted to the Soak and Float shampoo bar. YES, I know …SLS. But it’s the only thing that stops the hard water from attacking my scalp, so I love it.  

Why I like them

Let me count the ways! Lush not only adhere to the policies they preach but they fight for them. Of course they are 100% cruelty-free (although not all of their products are vegan) and all of their products are upcycled as opposed to being dumped on landfill.

They also take an active stance on paying taxes in every country they operate in, and refuse to use loopholes. This shouldn’t be revolutionary but…as a self-employed person, I’ve used loopholes, so I love how Lush shout about the fact they won’t.

In general though, I just love how transparent they are. They fight the good fight, and I love that about them 🙂 

How they tick my ethical boxes

See above!

Who did I miss off the list?

L x

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