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October Product ‘Empties’

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Finally, I have got around to writing my October Product ‘Empties’ post! Due to taking part in Blogtober last month, I didn’t get a chance to write about the products I used up throughout the month. Still, better late than never!

As always I will comment on the environmental impact and sustainability of each of the products I’ve used.

October Product 'Empties'

Health and Beauty

LUSH Halloween Bath Products

During October I used 5 different Halloween themed bath products from LUSH. I have already reviewed these in the following blog posts:

Natura Pumpkin Infused Sheet Mask

Natura Pumpkin Infused Sheet Mask

As part of Blogtober I also used this pumpkin sheet mask, which I reviewed here: Blogtober Day 17 – Pumpkin Candle and Sheet Mask

Dr. Organic Vitamin E Shampoo

Dr. Organic Vitamin E Shampoo

I bought this shampoo along with the Vitamin E Conditioner from Holland and Barrett. It claims to leave hair ‘restored, vibrant and shining with health’, which sounded good to me!

It was a transparent golden yellow colour, with the normal consistency of shampoo. The scent was mild and I would describe it as citrussy.

The shampoo is vegan, cruelty-free and contains natural ingredients including Aloe Vera Leaf juice. It seemed to work well as a shampoo, although I wouldn’t say I noticed any dramatic improvement to the condition of my hair.

Of course, this shampoo is not ideal from a sustainability point of view because it comes in a plastic bottle. I am a fan of shampoo bars so I intend to use more of those in the future, rather than bottled shampoos. Shampoo bars last longer too! 

Friendly Soap Shaving Bar – Orange & Lavender

Friendly Soap Shaving Bar - Orange & Lavender

I received this bar in the Cruelty Free Beauty Box earlier this year. It is a solid bar, just like soap, that is designed for use as a shaving cream. In the past I have used hair conditioner for this purpose, but I was excited to give this bar a go, especially as it was solid and plastic-free!

It is simple to use – all you have to do is rub it over your skin before shaving. The bar forms a light lather and feels smooth, although not as smooth as hair conditioner. It does the job though!

The scent is orange and lavender, and it smells nice. I think the lavender comes through more strongly than the orange, but I don’t mind that. 

The bar lasts for quite a long time, so it is more efficient than using hair conditioner (which tends to get used up really fast!). It is vegan, cruelty-free, and free from parabens, palm oil and SLS. It comes in a cardboard box and is free from plastic packaging. This makes it a great ethical choice for your shaving needs! I have already bought another of these bars and am using it. 

Walmart Simply Basic Body Mist – Fresh Mango

Walmart Simply Basic Body Mist - Fresh Mango
Yes I used my cat’s butt as a backdrop!

I received this body mist as a gift from someone in the USA years and years ago! I only used it very sporadically over the years and recently finished it up as part of my ‘using things up’ challenge.

The body mist has a pleasant, fruity smell, although it is a bit artificial. It is only a cheap body spray so it’s not the highest quality. It does state that it is not tested on animals and contains no animal ingredients, which is a definite plus.

This is not something I will be buying again, because it is years old and probably doesn’t exist anymore, and I live in the UK so I don’t have access to Walmart.

The Body Shop – Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub

The Body Shop - Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub

This is a face scrub that I bought many years ago. I used it for a while back then, but only recently came back to it and finished the tube. 

The scrub works fine but there is a big downside. It contains plastic microbeads, which can contribute to ocean pollution by passing through the water filter systems. I was unsure whether to continue using this product, for this reason. In the end I didn’t want to waste the product, so I used it but instead of rinsing it down the sink, I wiped it off my face with tissues and put it in the bin. This helped to minimise the amount of microbeads that were getting down the sink.

Happily, The Body Shop no longer use microbeads in any of their products. Therefore this particular formula is no longer available, but there is a new formula which I might try in the future. I would favour a product that comes in plastic-free packaging, though.

Superdrug Procare Sensitive Expanding Floss

Superdrug Procare Sensitive Expanding Floss

I have used up yet another pack of this floss that I wrote about in my April Empties post. Although I like this floss, I have been on the look out for a more sustainable alternative. I am pleased to say that I have found one! Since using up this pack, I have been using a different brand of floss that is plastic free. Look out for a review of that in a future empties post.

Supplements and Remedies

The Raw Botanics Co. CBD Oil

The Raw Botanics Co. CBD Oil

I used up another bottle of this CBD oil which I wrote about in my May Product ‘Empties’ post. It is one of my favourite CBD oils I have used so far because it contains minimal ingredients (no fillers), tastes mild, has attractive packaging and the dropper works well.

You can buy this CBD oil on Amazon here.

Rescue Remedy Drops

I used up another bottle of Rescue Remedy drops which I wrote about in my March Product ‘Empties’ post.

Rescue Remedy Drops and Chewing Gum

Rescue Chewing Gum

As well as the drops, I also used up a pack of Rescue Remedy Chewing Gum. I wrote about this gum in my May Product ‘Empties’ post.

Food and Drink

NUA Naturals – Turmeric Latte: Ginger & Spice

NUA Naturals - Turmeric Latte: Ginger & Spice

I discovered turmeric latte last year and bought a couple of different makes to try, including this one. The flavour is ginger & spice, and it also contains various other beneficial ingredients including coconut, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and black pepper. All the ingredients are organic, so I thought this drink sounded really healthy! It is also vegan and gluten-free.

Turmeric latte is the kind of taste that you either love or hate, but I am a fan. This one lived up to my expectations and I enjoyed the warm, spicy flavour. I think it’s a great drink for a cold Autumn or Winter day!

The drink is easy to make – you just add 1 heaped tbsp to a mug, create a paste with a little cold water, and then add hot water. The pack claims to contain 12-15 cups worth, and I didn’t count but I think I must have made at least 15 cups out of it.

Unfortunately, this drink comes in a plastic pouch. I liked this turmeric latte, but in future I will look for a brand that comes in plastic-free packaging. 

Miscellaneous

The Humble Co. Chewing Gum – Salty Licorice

I finally found a brand of gum that is totally plastic-free, in both the gum itself and the packaging! I bought it from the Cruelty Free Beauty Box online shop. It is sugar-free and sweetened only with xylitol, and it is suitable for vegans. Everything I want in a gum!

I was intrigued by the flavour, ‘salty licorice’ and couldn’t wait to try it. The gum did indeed taste of liquorice, but unfortunately the flavour didn’t last for very long. I got a strong burst of delicious flavour for a few minutes, but after that the gum was almost tasteless. There was a strange after-taste after a while of chewing, probably because of the natural gum base.

Because this gum is made from a natural gum base, the texture was a little different from regular chewing gum. It was harder to bite into at first, and very chewy, but then went a lot softer and smoother. It was sticky and I had to be careful not to take it out of my mouth because little bits would break off and stick to my lips or fingers.

The pack contained 10 pieces of gum, shaped like round tablets. The packaging is fully cardboard and closes by itself. I would love it if this brand made a larger pack of gum, because I got through it quite fast. 

From an environmental point of view this gum is a winner because it is completely plastic-free. Therefore I would definitely buy this gum again (in fact I already have) despite the flavour not lasting very long, and the texture being a little different. 

The Humble Co. Chewing Gum

The Humble Co. Chewing Gum – Tropical Fruits

This gum was exactly the same as the one above, apart from the flavour. This one was ‘tropical fruits’ and it had a delicious, strong fruity flavour. Again, the flavour didn’t last very long. Overall, this was my favourite flavour out of the two and I am already on my second pack.

The Humble Co. Chewing Gum – Fresh Mint

This gum is the same brand as the two above, but for some reason this one came in a plastic bag instead of a cardboard box. This gum was not especially minty and the flavour didn’t last for very long. I will be sticking to the flavours above that are plastic-free!

PUR Gum – Coolmint Flavour

PUR Gum - Coolmint Flavour

As well as the Humble Co. gums, I also used up this pack of PUR gum, in coolmint flavour. This gum does contain plastic, in the packaging and in the gum itself. It is aspartame free and vegan.

I wasn’t sure about the coolmint flavour at first, but I gradually came to like it. It tastes quite ‘medicinal’ at first and reminds me of the smell of cleaning products! It’s similar to the taste ‘wintergreen’ which interestingly people in the UK tend to dislike whereas people in the USA tend to like. I think this is because this scent is often used in cleaning and medicinal products in the UK so we form that association!

Although I liked this gum, I intend to stick to the Humble Co. gums from now on because they are plastic free.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my October Product ‘Empties’!

Have you tried any of these products before? Did you like them? What products have you used up this month? Let me know in the comments!

October Product 'Empties'

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