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At last, I am publishing my June Product ‘Empties‘ post, even though it is nearly the end of July! I started writing this post at the end of June, but then I got busy with other things and didn’t have time to finish it, as there were so many products to write about! I have finally finished writing about them all, and I am excited to share my thoughts with you.
Most of my empties posts so far have been predominantly made up of cosmetic products, but this time I have mostly featured food and drink products. I hope this post will whet your appetite!
Food and Drink
Crazy Jack Organic – Soft Apricots
I got this pack of apricots as a free sample. They lived up to their name, because they really were soft! The apricots were much more squidgy and moist than other dried apricots I have had before, to the point of being a bit wet to the touch. They were a satisfying texture and tasted sweet, even though they have no added sugar. I did get a stalk attached to one of the apricots though, which was a bit chewy!
The apricots are organic, vegan, and have no added ingredients.
The apricots come in a plastic pack which is of course not very sustainable. But if you are going to buy dried apricots, and can’t find any unpackaged ones, then I would recommend these!
I had the 40g snack pack, but here you can buy a 250g pack of 6 on Amazon UK.
Deliciously Ella – Cacao & Almond Oat Bar
This was a gluten free, vegan cereal bar. It had quite a hard texture, with a slight crunch from the cacao nibs. You can taste the almond, and it has a hint of chocolatey flavour. It would make a great healthy alternative to a chocolate bar. It was quite filling, so it’s a good snack to keep you going if you are out and about.
The packaging feels papery but it has a film of what seems to be plastic inside. There is no information on the packaging about what it is made of, or whether it can be recycled.
Yogi Tea – For the Senses – Pure Freshness
This is from the ‘For the Senses’ range by Yogi Tea, which are special teas infused with essential oils. I really like Yogi Teas, and this is one of my favourite teas I have tried by them. It contains many beneficial ingredients, including peppermint, ginger, cinnamon and liquorice, as well as peppermint, spearmint and ginger essential oils.
Lately, this has been my ‘go-to’ tea for when I need to refresh or relax. It is caffeine free, which is ideal for me because caffeine tends to make me jittery. It tastes primarily like peppermint tea (the main ingredients are peppermint and spearmint) but you can taste a hint of spice from the other ingredients. The tea lives up to its name because it is definitely refreshing, and I think it is calming too.
All Yogi Tea bags come with a tag with an inspirational quote printed on it. This is a really nice touch, and adds an element of fun to making a cup of tea. I like to save up the tags and use them to decorate the inside covers of notebooks and diaries, with a collage of inspirational quotes! In addition, the Yogi Tea boxes each come with a yoga exercise described on the base. I like to cut out and collect these too!
The tea is organic, vegan and gluten free. The outer packaging is made of cardboard, with no plastic wrapping, which makes it a sustainable choice. The teabags are individually wrapped in paper sachets, which seem to have a film of plastic on the inside, which is not ideal.
The tea cost £2.99 (I bought it in an independent health food shop, so the price may vary between stockists) and the pack contains 20 teabags.
Zinger – Lime & Chilli
This is described on the bottle as ‘little drink with a big zing’ and wow, it lives up to its name! When it says zinger, it means it. When I first took a sip, I could taste the apple and lime and it was quite sour. Then the chilli hit me! I got a seriously strong chilli kick that heated up my mouth!
The ingredients are organic apple juice (79.7%), organic lime juice (20%), natural chilli flavouring and antioxidant: ascorbic acid. As you can see, the percentage of lime juice is quite high which explains why it tastes sour. The fact that it says ‘natural chilli flavouring’ makes me wonder whether it contains real chilli or just flavouring. I can’t find any information about this on the Zinger website.
As you can see from the ingredients, the drink is healthy, organic and suitable for vegans.
The drink comes in a small plastic bottle, so it is not the most sustainable choice. Due to the nature of the drink, it wouldn’t make sense to sell it in a larger bottle because it is meant to be a shot. It would still be better in a glass bottle though, or at least one made from recycled plastic.
Would I have it again? Yes! Would I recommend it? Only if you are prepared for a mega kick!
It also comes in 3 other flavours – Organic Ginger, Extra Hot Ginger, and Turmeric. I would be curious to try these!
Turmerlicious – Choco
I forgot to take a photo of the empty packet, but I used up a pack of Turmerlicious in June. Turmerlicious is a brand of turmeric latte that is made with coconut, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper. It comes in various flavours, but I had the ‘Choco’ flavour, which, as the name suggests, contains cocoa powder for a chocolatey taste. It is simple to make – you just put 3 heaped teaspoonfuls in a mug, add a little cold water or ‘milk’ and stir to make a paste, then add hot water.
Turmeric lattes are the sort of drink that you either love or hate. I really like them because they are so different from any other drink, and they are warming and soothing. I like that this drink contains lots of healthy ingredients, so you know it is doing you good. Turmeric alone is supposed to have many health benefits, and the other spices are a bonus. I think Turmerlicious is ideal as a warming drink in the winter – it’s not really a summery drink even though I finished it in June!
The rest of my family is not keen on Turmerlicious at all, so it’s not for everyone. You’d have to try it to know if you like it!
Turmerlicious is a powder that comes in a plastic pouch. This means it is not the most environmentally friendly option. It would be better if it came in a metal tin instead! I would buy Turmerlicious again (and try the other flavours) but I will keep a look out for another brand of turmeric latte that comes in more sustainable packaging.
Health and Beauty
Superdrug Procare Sensitive Expanding Floss
I used up another pack of this floss, which I previously wrote about in my April Empties post. It still seems to be effective, although I am still on the look out for a more eco-friendly floss.
I received this shower gel as part of a birthday gift from a friend. I normally opt for solid shower products when I am buying them myself, but I was grateful to receive this. It has a really nice strawberry scent, and it lathers nicely. It behaves just as you would expect from a shower gel! The gel is a lovely red colour which makes it visually appealing. The bottle has a picture of a strawberry on it.
There are many products available from The Body Shop with the same strawberry scent (in fact, I got gifted a selection) so if you enjoy the scent you can go strawberry themed and buy the whole collection if you want.
The Body Shop is a company that generally has good ethics compared to many other companies. However, this particular shower gel is not vegan, because it contains honey. It also comes in a plastic bottle, obviously. Therefore I wouldn’t choose to purchase this shower gel again.
I have tried many different ‘natural deodorants’ with varying levels of success. This particular one seemed to work pretty well – I didn’t notice any strong odours while wearing it. It is a roll-on deodorant, so it is easy to apply.
The chamomile and aloe vera scent is subtle and pleasant, and I like the fact that it contains those two ingredients because they are supposed to be soothing. The deodorant is free from aluminium, parabens, alcohol and other chemicals and it is also vegan and cruelty free.
In terms of health, effectiveness and scent, I give this deodorant a thumbs up, but the only drawback is that it comes in a plastic container. If they changed it to glass or metal, I would definitely buy this deodorant again.
Supplements and Remedies
Bach Original Flower Remedies – Rescue Remedy Drops (20ml)
I use these Rescue Remedy drops regularly, so it’s no surprise that I have used up another bottle. I wrote about these in my March Empties post.
Panax Ginseng – Food Supplement
I have been taking ginseng supplements for a while because I read about the health benefits of ginseng. I have tried several brands and this is the latest one I used. The bottle contained 120 capsules, and I took one each day, so it lasted me for around 4 months, which is pretty good. It cost £14.95 which is quite good value considering how long it lasts.
Whether the ginseng supplements have had any effect on me it’s hard to tell. I take several different supplements so it’s hard to know what to attribute any positive effects to. I certainly haven’t noticed any negative side effects from taking these capsules though.
The capsules come in a plastic bottle, but it does at least have a metal lid. Both the bottle and the lid are recyclable. I have since bought some ginseng in powder form, to avoid the additional ingredients that the capsule is made of, so I will be sticking to the powder for now. However, If I decided to go back to capsules then I would buy these again because the bottle lasts a long time.
PUR Gum – Chocolate Mint x2, Spearmint x1, Pomegranate Mint x1
I have recently been getting through packs of PUR gum at a very fast rate. In June, I used up 4 packs of various flavours! I have written about the Chocolate Mint gum in my April Empties post.
The Chocolate Mint is actually my least favourite flavour out of the 3, because I think it tastes a bit artificial, and the flavour fades quickly. I just happened to have a lot of packs of it because I bought it in bulk a few months ago!
The Spearmint is a classic mint flavoured gum, and the flavour lasts much longer. My favourite flavour is the Pomegranate Mint. It sounds like an odd combination of flavours, but it works really well. The pomegranate flavour makes it taste sweet and juicy, and the mint makes it refreshing.
If I were to buy more PUR gum, my first choice would be the Pomegranate Mint! You can find a large pack on Amazon UK here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my June Product ‘Empties’!
Have you used any of these products before? What did you think of them? What products have you used up recently? Let me know in the comments!
My next project is to get on and write my July Empties post, because I have used up several more products since the beginning of July. So watch this space for another empties post coming soon!