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November Product Empties

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The packaging of my November product empties

In November, I used up several products including haircare, skincare, supplements, chewing gum and tea! Read on to find out what I thought of them, and how sustainable they are.

Health and Beauty

Bain & Savon – Solid Conditioner for Dry Hair

An empty box of Bain & Savon - Solid Conditioner

I like to try and minimise packaging where using solid products where possible. I have used solid shampoo bars from LUSH but I never got on with their conditioner bars. This means I have been using liquid conditioners for the past few years. 

Recently, I saw this conditioner bar in the Cruelty Free Beauty Box shop, and I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did, because it works much better for me than the LUSH ones did! It rubs smoothly onto my hair and makes it feel conditioned. 

Bain & Savon - Solid Conditioner bar in a plastic tub

The bar lasted for a quite a long time and it didn’t break up or disintegrate. It is a great option for the environment because it comes in cardboard packaging and is plastic-free. It is also cruelty-free, vegan and made in the UK. I would definitely buy this conditioner bar again!

Balance Me – Pure Skin Face Wash

An empty tube of Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash

I got this face wash as part of a giveaway that I won. I used it as part of my skincare routine, and I really liked it. It is a translucent, yellowish white and a fairly thin texture. When applied to the face it turns white and forms a slight lather.

When applying this face wash, my face only needed to be damp, not wet. A little seemed to go a long way compared to other cleansers that have used recently, including the Burt’s Bees one.

My first impression of the scent was that it smelled citrussy, and when I checked, it did indeed have citrus ingredients including grapefruit.

This face wash contains 99% natural ingredients, and is free from parabens, sulphates, microbeads, artificial fragrances, among other things. It is cruelty-free and vegan.

It was easy to get the product out of the tube. When I couldn’t get any more out, I cut the tube open to get the rest. Nearly all of the product was gone and I only got one more use out of it. This is good because it means not much product gets wasted, even if people don’t cut open the tube.

This product does come in a plastic tube which is not the most sustainable packaging. Although I really liked this face wash, I would favour a face wash that comes in plastic-free packaging.

LUSH – Cupcake Fresh Face Mask

An empty tub of LUSH Cupcake Fresh Face Mask

To get this face mask, I took advantage of LUSH’s scheme where you can bring back 5 empty black pots and get a fresh face mask for free. I chose the cupcake face mask, which smells of chocolate!

The scent of this mask brings back memories of University, because I first used this face mask when I was there. It has a strong chocolatey scent with a hint of mint, although the main ingredient is rhassoul mud. The mask is brown, thick and quite lumpy. 

Taken straight from the fridge (where it must be stored), this mask felt cool and refreshing on my face. It was easy to apply, and dried on my face. It was harder to wash off than some other masks. My skin felt nice after using the mask, and the scent lingered for a while even after washing it off.

The mask comes in a plastic pot, but it is made from 100% recycled plastic and can be taken back to LUSH to be recycled again. 

I would definitely get this mask again, especially if I have 5 empty black pots to exchange for it, although I might try out some of the other LUSH masks before I come back to this one.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum

An empty tube of Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum

I won this serum earlier this year as part of a giveaway. Over the past few months I used it as part of my skincare routine. 

The serum is easy to apply and feels smooth but it takes a while to soak in and dry. It seemed to make my skin soft, but I didn’t notice a reduction in the appearance of my pores, which it claims to induce. However, my pores are small and not that noticeable anyway.

I wasn’t keen on the smell of this serum. To me, the smell was comparable to wee! But maybe that is just what glycolic products are supposed to smell like, and it’s a good thing that it doesn’t have too many fragrances to cover it. 

The product seems to have a lot of chemical ingredients and not many natural ones. Fortunately however, it is cruelty-free. 

It comes in a plastic tube, and for this reason and the reasons above, I wouldn’t buy this product again.

Supplements and Remedies

Sash Vitality Organic Ashwagandha capsules

An empty tub of Sash Vitality Organic Ashwagandha capsules

I have used these capsules in the past, but lately switched to Ashwagandha powder which I wrote about in my August Empties post. When the powder ran out, I went back to these capsules. I suppose I just thought they would be easier. 

As well as Ashwagandha, these capsules contain black pepper which is supposed to increase absorption. They are organic, gluten-free and vegan.

There are 90 capsules in the pot, so it lasted me 3 months (I took 1 a day). 

The pot is made of plastic, so next time I will look out for capsules or powder that comes in plastic-free packaging. If you know of any, let me know in the comments!

You can buy these capsules here on Amazon.

Greenland Fields – Vegan Hemp Gummies (3000mg) x3

3 empty tubs of Greenland Fields - Vegan Hemp Gummies

For the past year or so, I have been taking CBD oil as a supplement to help relieve anxiety. I recently decided to try out CBD gummies instead, and I found these on Amazon. I used up 3 bottles of these gummies in November.

Why did I try CBD gummies?

The main reason I wanted to try CBD gummies was to see whether I noticed more of an effect than I did with the oil. It’s hard to tell. Overall, my mental health has been pretty good since I started taking them, but I don’t know whether that is related to the gummies or not. The gummies are expensive compared to the oil, so I’m not sure whether it is worth getting the gummies – but if I do switch back to the oil I will look out for any changes in my mental health. 

A side benefit of taking gummies instead of oil is that they are more convenient. I can take one any time I like, without needing to hold it in my mouth for a minute like I do with the oil. They are also easier to transport if I need to take them travelling. 

The gummies come in a mix of colours – red, orange and yellow – and different flavours. They taste really nice, exactly like sweets, and you cannot taste the CBD / hemp. The red flavour is my favourite.

I like that these gummies are vegan (unlike many gummies which contain gelatin) and that they contain organic ingredients, and no artificial additives. The only downside of these gummies is that they contain sugar and glucose syrup. While the gummies are small, I do worry about the potential effects on my teeth if I am taking them regularly. 

I have so far been unable to find any CBD gummies that are vegan, made from natural ingredients AND sugar-free. If you know of any, please let me know in the comments!


The gummies come in a plastic bottle, and it is small, with each bottle containing only 30 gummies. I have been taking 2 a day, which means that each bottle lasts me 15 days. This means I am getting through rather a lot of plastic bottles! 

I wish there was an option to buy a larger bottle of gummies, to save on packaging overall. Or even better, I wish the bottles were made of glass instead of plastic. If I found a better alternative, I would switch to that.

Rescue Remedy Drops and Chewing Gum

Empty packaging of Rescue Remedy Drops and Chewing Gum

I used up another bottle of Rescue Remedy Drops and another pack of Rescue Chewing Gum which I have written about previously in the following posts:

Drops – March Product Empties
Gum – May Product Empties

Food and Drink

Yogi Tea – Peaceful Moment

An empty box of Yogi Tea - Peaceful Moment and an empty teabag sachet

This is another tea from the ‘For the Senses’ range by Yogi Tea. I reviewed the ‘Pure Freshness’ tea in my June Empties post. 

I really liked this tea, and it was a great one for calming me down. The overwhelming scent and flavour is lavender, but it contains lots of other good ingredients too including rooibos, cinnamon, fennel and liquorice. 

I love Yogi Teas because they come with a tag with an inspirational quote on it. These are great for giving a boost of motivation, and I like to collect them.

This tea is organic and vegan. The teabags come in a cardboard box with no plastic wrapping. The teabags are individually wrapped, but the sachets seem to have an inner plastic lining. Compared to some other brands of tea, these are a sustainable choice, but they are not perfect.

The pack contained 20 teabags and it cost me £2.99 although this price may vary between stockists.


The Humble Co. Chewing Gum – Salty Licorice

An empty box of The Humble Co. Chewing Gum - Salty Licorice

I have used up another pack of this plastic-free gum which I wrote about in my October Empties post.

What products have you used up this month?

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my November product empties. Have you used any of these products before? What did you think of them? What products have you used up this month? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. BalanceMe and Lush products are my absolute favourite skin products! 🙂 I really want to try that vegan conditioner too – sounds fab x

    Soph – x

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      I’ve only tried this one product from BalanceMe, but Lush are one of my all time favourites! I recommend the vegan conditioner 🙂 x

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