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June Product ‘Empties’

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June Product 'Empties'

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

Soft Apricots
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 pack of 6 250g packs on Amazon UK.

Deliciously Ella – Cacao & Almond Oat Bar

Deliciously Ella Cacao & Almond Oat Bar
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.

You can buy a pack of 16 bars on Amazon UK here.

Yogi Tea – For the Senses – Pure Freshness

Yogi Tea - Pure Freshness
Yogi Tea - 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

Zinger - Lime & Chilli
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.

Turmerlicious is available to buy on Amazon UK here.

Health and Beauty

Superdrug Procare Sensitive Expanding Floss

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.

The Body Shop – Strawberry Shower Gel

The Body Shop - Strawberry Shower Gel

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.

Faith in Nature – Chamomile & Aloe Vera Natural Deodorant

Faith in Nature - Chamomile & Aloe Vera Natural Deodorant

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.

You can purchase this deodorant on Amazon UK here.

Supplements and Remedies

Bach Original Flower Remedies – Rescue Remedy Drops (20ml)

Rescue Remedy Drops

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

Panax Ginseng Supplement
Panax Ginseng 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.

I bought this supplement from Amazon UK, and you can find it here.

Miscellaneous

PUR Gum – Chocolate Mint x2, Spearmint x1, Pomegranate Mint x1

PUR Gum

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!

June Product Empties

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12 Comments

  1. Tamika King says:

    OOOHHHH the tea sounds amazing!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      It was, I recommend it! 🙂

  2. Wow! I haven’t heard of most of these! I think I’ll check them out. PUR Gum? Cool!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      PUR Gum is great because it’s sugar free and also aspartame free 🙂

  3. Nice variety of products, with good information and detailed reviews. Thanks 😃

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      You’re welcome, glad you enjoyed it!

  4. I really like the sound of the tea – especially because of the inspirational quotes – that’s so nice. I’d also be interested to try the turmeric latte – I know my sister likes it, but I didn’t know you could get different flavours of it – that’s so cool. And, finally, I’m about to run out of a few Body Shop shower gels too – for me, a huge mango one and a green tea one the same size as your strawberry one.

    This is a cool list of products, and I think I will definitely try a few at least!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      I love getting the inspirational quotes on Yogi teas! They have really nice tea flavours as well. I think turmeric latte is definitely something you have to try at least once! It is an acquired taste though!
      The mango and green tea shower gels sound like really nice scents – I haven’t tried either of those!

  5. I like the body shop stuff, I love their tea tree range. I have never tried the strawberry scent from there, but I bet it smells amazing! Perfect for the summer. Thank you for sharing your empties post. Xx

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      I’ve used a tea tree exfoliator from there but I haven’t tried anything else from their tea tree range – I may check it out! The strawberry scent is definitely really summery 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the post. xx

  6. You look like you tried some wonderful products. Yogi tea is one of my favorite tea brands.

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      It’s one of my favourite tea brands too! 🙂

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