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December Product Empties

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The start of the new year brings another empties post! It’s time to share with you the products I used up in December, and how sustainable they are.

The empty packaging of my December Product Empties

Compared to the past few months, I didn’t use up many products in December. This is a good thing because it means I have been consuming less and producing less waste! Also, two of the products I used up in December were ‘invisible empties’ in that they were ‘naked’ and packaging-free. This shows I am making great progress towards switching to sustainable products and a sustainable lifestyle.

My December Product Empties

Health and Beauty

Boots Botanics Organic Face Nourishing Eye Make-up Remover

This is a make-up remover that I have been using for a long time. The same tube has lasted me around 10 years! I don’t recommend using a product for that long, for hygiene reasons, but in this case, it worked fine for me.

An empty tube of Boots Botanics Organic Face Nourishing Eye Make-up Remover
The reason the empty tube looks so manky is that it was so old!

I don’t wear make-up very often so that’s partly why it lasted so many years. For someone who wears make-up every day, it obviously wouldn’t last anywhere near as long. But a little really does go a long way with this product.

The product has a translucent, gel-like texture, not a liquid, and this makes it easy to work with. To use it, I applied a little bit of product to my skin and eyelashes with my fingertip and massaged it in. Then I wet some cotton wool (or more recently, a reusable wipe) and used it to remove the product and make-up. It was effective in removing my make-up.

Unlike some make-up removers which can dry out your skin, this one was very moisturising. The main ingredient is olive oil and it also contains jojoba oil. These ingredients moisturised my skin, especially around my eyes. I sometimes get dry skin around my eyes so I think this make-up remover really helped me to avoid that.

It is made of natural ingredients, and there are only 6 ingredients in total, which I see as a good sign. The majority of the ingredients are certified organic. It’s good to know that I was not applying lots of chemicals to my skin.

The make-up remover comes in plastic packaging which is not ideal. However, the fact that it lasted for so many years makes it more efficient and sustainable than some other make-up removers.

Would I buy it again?

This is the best make-up remover I have ever used, but sadly it has now been discontinued. I am sad to have used it all up and am unable to replace it. If anyone knows of a similar make-up remover to this one, ideally with sustainable packaging, let me know in the comments!

Hairburst Shampoo

An empty bottle of Hairburst Shampoo

Earlier in 2019, I tried out the Hairburst Shampoo and Conditioner to see if it would make my hair grow longer and stronger as it claims. In the end, I was unsure how much of an effect it was having, so I stopped using the Hairburst products regularly. However, I did have a few bottles of the shampoo leftover, one of which I used up in December.

I have already written about my opinions of the Hairburst products in my various Hairburst updates, the latest of which you can read here.

I have no plans to buy any more Hairburst products in the near future. This is because I would prefer to stick to more sustainable options such as ‘naked’ shampoo bars.

Sanctuary Spa Velvety Hand Cream

This hand cream was given to me a few years ago as a gift from a friend. My friend had used it before and she loved the soft feel and the scent.

An empty tube of Sanctuary Spa Velvety Hand Cream
I cut the tube to get the last of the hand cream out – you can see the cut in the picture.

Every night, I put hand cream on because this stops my hands from getting dry and cracked. I used to keep this particular hand cream in my bag to use occasionally when I was on the go. However, lately, I used up the hand cream I was using before bed, so I started using this one on a nightly basis.

My friend was right, in that it feels really soft and velvety (as advertised) and it has a lovely scent. It is infused with shea butter and sweet almond oil, which accounts for this. It did a good job of keeping my hands soft and moisturised. However, I am doubtful that this is the healthiest hand cream to use because it has a lot of ingredients, many of which don’t look natural.

This hand cream comes in a plastic tube, but on a positive note, it was made in the UK which means it has not been shipped overseas. Although I liked this hand cream, I wouldn’t purchase it again because I would prefer something with more natural ingredients, and more sustainable packaging.

LUSH – Ghost in the Dark Soap

LUSH Ghost in the Dark Soap

I bought this soap in October as part of my Halloween LUSH Haul and it lasted me until the beginning of December. I really liked this soap because the glow-in-the-dark effect was so much fun! It also smelled gorgeous and did its job effectively.

LUSH Ghost In The Dark soap glowing in the dark

You can read more about this soap in this blog post about my Halloween LUSH Haul. I would definitely purchase this soap again next Halloween.

LUSH American Cream Naked Shower Gel

I am a big fan of LUSH’s naked shower gels. They work well and last for ages – this one was no exception. American Cream is one of my favourite scents from LUSH, so when I saw they had brought out a naked shower gel in this scent, I had to get it!

LUSH American Cream Naked Shower Gel

Compared to the other naked shower gels I have used, this one is quite soft and very creamy. It is easy to accidentally chip bits off, and when I bought it the shop assistant wrapped it in paper warning me that it might melt a bit on the journey home (it was a hot day). The softness means that this shower gel doesn’t last quite as long as some of the others. I didn’t mind this though, because it also felt really soft and smooth on my skin.

I was lucky enough to receive another one of these American Cream naked shower gels for Christmas, which I am currently using. LUSH has recently brought out a whole new range of naked shower gels, so I would like to try some of the others out next, but I would definitely return to this one again.

Naked shower gels are a great option for the environment because they save water and eliminate the need for plastic bottles. They also last much longer than liquid shower gels.

Supplements and Remedies

Greenland Fields – Vegan Hemp Gummies (3000mg) x2

Two empty tubs of Greenland Fields - Vegan Hemp Gummies

Over the past couple of months I have been using these bear-shaped CBD gummies. I previously wrote about them in my November Empties post.

I have now run out of these gummies so I am back to taking CBD oil, which I find slightly less convenient than the gummies. However, the disadvantage of the gummies is that they are more expensive than the oil, and they contain sugar. I didn’t notice much of a difference in effectiveness between the gummies and oil, so I am going to stick with the oil for now.


The Humble Co. Chewing Gum – Tropical Fruits

I have written about this gum in my October Empties post. I quite like it, and it is plastic-free which makes it a sustainable option. The main disadvantage of this gum is that the flavour doesn’t last very long, but I think the environmental benefits make up for it.

Empty packets of The Humble Co. and PUR Chewing Gum

PUR Gum – Coolmint Flavour

This gum is not as sustainable as the Humble Co. gum because it is made of plastic, as is the packaging. It does, however, have a strong taste. You can read more about this gum in my October Empties post.

That concludes my December Product Empties!

Have you used any of the products in this post, or any similar ones? What are your favourite products that you have used up recently? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your honest reviews of these products with us!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      You’re welcome!

  2. It really does amaze me that people can get through so many empties in one month! I swear it takes me like, half a year to get through anything haha! I’d love to try that hand cream x

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Haha, some individual things definitely take me a long time to use up, so I’m not really sure quite how I manage to have enough empties for my empties posts each month! The hand cream was lovely x

  3. I have wanted to try cbd gummies! That glow in the dark soap is so cool! It looks awesome. Thank you for sharing your product empties! Xxx

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      You’re welcome! I recommend the CBD gummies, except that they are expensive! And yes, I’m hoping the glow in the dark soap will be back next Halloween because it was so cool! xxx

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