Review: Ethique Bar Minimum & In The Buff Bars

Review: Ethique Bar Minimum & In The Buff Bars

When I found out that Ethique came out with a ‘super-sensitive’ bar line, I was over the moon. Unscented, free of palm oil, and free of coconut oil? Yes, please. Like the rest of Ethique’s line of products, it is also SLS and SLES-free (sodium lauryl sulfate, and sodium lauryl ether sulfate)

Previously, I have been using Ethique’s Heali Kiwi shampoo and The Guardian conditioner bars. They worked well for my hair. But even so, my temperamental scalp wasn’t as happy as it could be. Due to iron deficiency and thyroid issues, I have indomitable scalp eczema. Vitamin supplements and using a shower head filter for the hard water alleviates the dry skin somewhat; but the itchy patches at the base of my scalp still persist after a shower, even if I didn’t sweat profusely (my major trigger for flare-ups). Using Heali Kiwi/The Guardian I still left a slightly heavy feeling on my scalp that felt a bit off, and the eczema itchiness appeared almost immediately after a shower.

I had a sneaking suspicion that Heali Kiwi and The Guardian was not a good match for my sensitive skin, either from the essential oils used for fragrance or from coconut oil. I’ve stopped using coconut oil on my body for years, but for a while I couldn’t find shampoo bars free from coconut oil and didn’t leave a greasy film on my scalp. How pleasantly surprised I was to find that Ethique came out with a coconut-free line!

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Review: Ethique Frizz Wrangler, Heali Kiwi & Guardian Bars

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by to learn a bit more about sustainable hair care. We’re going to focus on two products I’ve just started using: the Heali Kiwi shampoo bar and the Guardian conditioner bar, both by Ethique.

I found out about the sustainable personal care brand, Ethique, through my friend Tessa’s wonderful sustainability blog, Grown Acorn. Her website has been a wonderful wealth of knowledge and advice in learning more about waste reduction and the incorporation of environmentally-friendly practices into daily life. It’s helped me more easily transition into an environmentally-conscious lifestyle.

Now, onto shampoo and conditioner bars!

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Review: Natracare Organic Cotton Panty Liners

Review: Natracare Organic Cotton Panty Liners

The eco-friendly period conversation continues, this time about the ever-essential panty liner. It’s only natural to consider the environmental costs of a product one uses every single day. When I ran out of liners unexpectedly, I didn’t go to Walgreens due to traffic and roadside construction (for my old go-to for liners, which admittedly were of synthetic material). Instead, I went to my local health foods market, hoping they had the style I liked—lo and behold, they did… but only in this brand! I don’t think I can go back to using synthetic panty liners, and here’s why.

I never thought I’d be staging a photoshoot for panty liners, and yet, here we are…

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DIY Sweet Almond & Rosehip Face n’ Body Oil

DIY Sweet Almond & Rosehip Face n’ Body Oil

You don’t have to spend big bucks to pamper yourself. Making your own beauty & skincare products saves money and can be surprisingly easy, not to mention is highly personalized to your unique skincare needs. Additionally, buying ingredients in bulk and using reusable packaging is eco-friendly by greatly reducing the amount of plastic you consume. In this post, I’ll walk you through how I make my own face and body oil!

Beauty oils have become a preference of mine over lotion, I find them easier to get out of their bottles and a more pleasant application. I also use face oils so frequently and burn through them faster than almost all other skincare products.

After reviewing two expensive oils—Mitchell & Peach’s Flora No. 1 Face Oil and Caudalie’s Divine Oil—and trying a few that I haven’t posted about, I wanted to save money on my next full-size purchase yet still have a high-grade product. The only way to do this was to concoct it myself.

I use this DIY oil on both my face and body! It doesn’t clog my pores and is super lightweight and fast-absorbing. Applying oil on my body with the dropper bottle makes me feel incredibly posh, hehe.

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Review: The Lily Cup One

Review: The Lily Cup One

As far as I know, the Lily Cup One is one of the only collapsible menstrual cups available. Squish it down until it’s practically flat, then tuck it away in the carrying case which comes with your purchase! It also features a ring stem, which helps one pull the cup down easier for removal.

The cup and carrying case is hot pink, as it’s Intimina’s signature color. Some reviewers described it as too feminine.
On the flip side, the carrying case can easily be mistaken for a package of blush or lip balm due to the hot pink color.
(via Amazon)

The Lily Cup One by Intimina (“LC One”) is aimed towards teens and first-time users, but it’s also marketable to any user seeking a portable cup. The circular case is as round as tarte’s sample-size Amazonian Clay Blush, and as thick as a Dirty Little Secret blush case (see pictures below). You can tuck it away in a bag or jacket pocket without it taking up much room. If your period suddenly comes while you’re on the go, this menstrual cup has your back!

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