Product Review: Dr Bronner’s Hemp Peppermint Soap

Dr Bronner’s Hemp Peppermint Soap

4 Stars
Buy on Amazon $11.99 for 2 bars
Better deals in the store. We pay about $3.50 a bar at the store
https://www.drbronner.com/

About the Company:

First let me tell you, this company is Amazing (capital A). They are certified Organic (3 certifications),  Fair Trade, Vegan, GMO Free, and Kosher! That is just the tip of the iceberg! You really need to read that website to see how amazing this company is!

The soap!

So far we have only used the Hemp and Peppermint. The scent is AMAZING, and we have not really wanted to try another one, because the scent is AMAZING. We tend to buy 1 bar and cut it into about 4 pieces. (We do this with all soaps) This soap is good for the whole family, for both face and body.

Soap is something my husband and I both kinda obsess about. We have requirements for soap, before we buy it, and certain things for us to say we love it.

  • Must be non toxic ✓
  • Must be no waste ✓
  • Must be cost effective (Willing to bend on that if it is good soap.) ✓
  •  Not a Glycerin soap (I am not a fan) ✓

For us to love it:

  • Must not dry skin
  • Must leave us feeling clean ✓✓
  • Must smell good without “fragrance” (non natural ones at lease) ✓

I do find it a little drying but not unbearable.

I mentioned Non-Toxic it checks out on Think Dirty! It is on there twice, once as a 0 and once as a 3 for allergens! This checks out for me!!

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Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Organic, Fair Trade, Vegan, Kosher
  • Uses essential oils, not “fragrance”
  • Smells so good I wish I could eat it
  • Whole family loves it
  • Paper packaging

Cons:

  • The bar goes fast we have to buy more often than some of the other brands we buy.
  • Drys my skin out. Okay for the summer but come winter I may need to switch soaps.

The Packaging:

Paper. We do not order off the internet, since we are able to get it easy local, so not sure about packaging when you order online.

Waste: 0! Paper is compostable, and when the bar gets small we put it in a soap saver.

Fine print: This review is not endorsed in any way by the company, this is a product I already buy. Amazon link is an affiliate link.
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Shopping list???

So I am working on research for zero (or at least less) waste grocery shopping. I am reading on stores to go locally, and well I live in Austin, so I already have all my canvas bags (plastic bag ban city wide).

I am rethinking my shopping list. What can I buy different? What should I stop buying? What options come in bulk?

This is my first time shopping since I have started reducing the waste in the home. My husband does all the shopping and with the kids away we find ourselves needing less.

I am not expecting to be even low waste tomorrow (I hope at least!!), but I would like to know, what is on your shopping list??

Product Review: Mariah Shaving Oil

Miriah Shaving Oil from Young Living

2 1/2 stars out of 5 (for shaving) 4 out of 5 for other things
retail $29.93
https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/mirah-shave-oil

 

 

I was not impressed with this product. I have been looking for new shaving products. I always used shampoo for shaving but I am no-poo now. I am okay with most Bar soaps sore shaving my legs, but not that most sensitive bikini area. So I give in and use my husband’s shampoo. I had hoped that this was the answer.

I had never used a shaving oil before and that may have been the biggest issue. I found the razor got clogged up too easy and it was hard for me to get a good shave. I tried it twice.

I did think it made a great after shave! After reading the label closer I found it was full of great oils for skin. So I now use it for my face!

About the Packaging:

Little waste. The bottle is hard plastic and I think it will be reusable! It has a solid plastic lid that may not be needed. It looks recyclable. I still have mine just in case. Also sealed in plastic that was not needed.

 

waste: Plastic wrap around the bottle

Pros and Cons:

Pros

  • smells good
  • makes so
  • ft skin
  • Good for more than shaving

Cons

  • Not sure I like shave oil
  • Seems to have unnecessary packaging.

This product is great if you like shave oil, and it is a great skin product! I still use mine, just not to shave with.

 

Fine print: This review is not endorsed in any way by the company, this is a product I already buy. I am a Young Living independent distributor.

Product Review: Dr Perfect Bamboo Toothbrush

Dr. Perfect Bamboo Toothbrush

4 out of 5 stars
Buy on Amazon I bought 12 for $10.50 with Prime
http://www.iteethbrush.com/bamboo-toothbrush/

My checklist:

  • Cost effective  ✔
  • Sustainable product ✔
  • Little to no waste ✔

These are the first Bamboo Toothbrushes I have ever bought! I was excited about the price! It is about the price of the ones that are so bad for the environment! On Amazon, it did not say these were small, but it does say they are soft bristle. I think these are kids brushes but I am okay with that.

The bristles are soft and made of nylon and made to look like a natural fiber. I thought that was kinda cool. Before tossing them in the compost, you have to pull the bristles out. They are recyclable!

My husband wishes they were bigger so I think next time I buy I will only get 6 and get 4 adult size ones.

Image from Amazon

About the packaging:

They are individually wrapped but in a compostable paper so I like that! I bought in bulk and that will keep them clean until we are ready to use them without causing waste. I bought them on Amazon, and they were in an envelope in a box, and I found that annoying. The box is compostable, and the air packaging in the box is recyclable and easy to repurpose. The envelope though was not recyclable and that alone seemed so wasteful. This produces some but minimal waste.

Waste: 1 non-recyclable envelope for about a year’s worth of toothbrushes.

Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • sustainable product: bamboo is the worlds fastest growing plant.
  • little waste
  • cheap!
  • soft bristles

Cons:

  • Smaller than expected
  • Made in China (most bamboo brushes are) That always makes me worried
  • Unneeded packaging
  • They all look the same. (We marked mine with a purple stripe) I am not 100% sure how the kids are keeping theirs apart.

 

See, mine has the purple

 

I do recommend these brushes! None of the Cons are deal breakers and we will be trying the larger brushes for my husband later on, and I am sure we will be happy with them as well!

Fine print: This review is not endorsed in any way by the company, this is a product I already buy. Amazon link is an affiliate link.

Product Reviews?

I am going to start looking to do some product reviews on this blog. I have done a few here and there, but I would like to do more to help get the names of some of these small and not so small sustainable companies out there. I have a few I am already working on from products I already have and recently tried.

Why am I doing this???

I have a few reasons! The main one is I want to help people think about what they buy, and how theamazon_logo_500500._V323939215_y buy but without overwhelming them.

When I first started this journey I was so overwhelmed. I got sold on a lot of buzz words for products that were not so great after all. I have since self-educated and learned a lot. I am also learning more every day!

Changing to a healthier, more sustainable life is a big deal! There is a big learning curve and sometimes. Sometimes reading what other people say helps us decide if this product will help them too! Just recently I read so many blogs before picking a new bamboo toothbrush. Once I knew what I wanted I was pretty happy!

Do you have a company to recommend?

If so let me know! I will be starting with products I already buy and use and share what I learned from the stuff I didn’t love so much. 41pLIP1lq8L I will ALWAYS give an honest review.

I also want to look into Austin based companies. Think Global! Act Local! I am in Austin, Texas with no intentions of leaving the area! I would love to support local business!

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Starting Zero Waste?

The key to a sustainable lifestyle is reducing waste. This is something I am actively working on. Have you heard of the Zero Waste movement? I am not a Zero Waste Hero yet, but my goal is to change my habits as I can so that I can be there at some point.

Lately, I am making big strides to change those little things in life to a more sustainable home! My oldest son loves this, my daughter is scared I will get rid of the toilet paper.

 

Not able to go full zero waste yet?

That’s okay, me either! Every good habit we add to our lifestyle is a step in the right direction! If we start with little changes, the big changes won’t be so big later!

Here are some places to start!

Start by decluttering! Once you have cleared out the stuff you do not need, you have a better idea of what you really need! Repurpose, gift, sell what you can! You might no use that waffle iron, but someone else may be looking for one! Also look into Buy Nothing groups in your area! This is a great place to declutter working useful things, and find some of the things you need! By getting used from one of these groups, you save money and reduce someone else’s waste! Maybe you can make a like minded friend too!

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DIY Cotton Face Scrubs

Without thinking, I bought some of those cotton rounds because I wanted to test some recipes and improve my skin. The first time I used one of those cotton rounds two thoughts crossed my mind.

  1. This is handy to have!
  2. Oh, my look how wasteful that is!

I still have them, but I feel a tinge of guilt every time I use one. A while back I posted two face cleaner recipes (these are the recipes I was testing)

So I decided to make some of my own. At first, I was going to make them round but I felt that was a little wasteful. (All those corners being trimmed off.) So I made squares!

This is a fast easy project that even a beginner can do! It is also truly 100% zero waste if you are using cotton and have a compost pit! 

DIY Cotton Squares

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