three small steps to a more sustainable shower

24 Nov 2020

*This post contains gifted items and affiliate links*

I'm not going to lie to you, I've always been fairly lazy on the old sustainability front but now that I'm free from the shackles of studenthood and I'm earning my own money (and since we're still in the middle of a pandemic I literally have nowhere else to spend it) I decided it was time to dip my toe into the world of sustainable products. If you, like me, are interested in getting started in your sustainability journey but aren't quite sure where to start, here are some products that I've recently made the switch to. It's important to note though that the first rule of sustainability is to use up the products that you have first so don't just rush out to buy all the sustainable things and throw out all your plastic things because that's really not very sustainable.

Lush Shampoo Bar

Lush for me has always been that shop that I always just walk passed. I would have gotten the occasional bath bomb for birthdays or Christmas but it's never somewhere that I would venture into myself. Recently though I'd been hearing a lot about them on the sustainability front and began to become intrigued by their shampoo bars. I was in town recently and decided to pop into my local Lush store and pick one up. There are so many different options to pick and I was a little overwhelmed and ended up opting for the 'Snow Fairy' one which if you're at all familiar with Lush you'll know is their candyfloss Christmas scent.
The shampoo bars from Lush are £8, so a little more than a standard shampoo but they can last up to 80 washes so you'll get much more use out of them. Since using this shampoo bar I have found that I need to wash my hair a little more regularly but I definitely haven't missed using regular shampoo in a bottle so this is a swap that I will definitely be keeping up and I can't wait to try some of the other options that Lush have to offer.

Estrid Razor*

I'm a notoriously bad shaver. I'll literally only shave when absolutely necessary. So when Estrid got in touch and wanted to send me one of their vegan razors to try out I jumped at the chance for anything that promised to make shaving a more enjoyable task.
I received an Estrid starter kit which usually costs £7.95 and comes with one razor, one razor holder and two cartridges and then for a £9.95 subscription fee you get three replacement cartridges delivered as often as you need them. Did you know that pink tax means that products designed for women are more costly than those designed for men? That's one thing that Estrid are trying to change because we deserve nice things and not have to pay a stupid price for them. I got mine in the shade Lemonade which is a beautiful pastel yellow (which just so happens to be one of my favourite colours) and if anything is going to make shaving a happier thing it's a yellow razor but the razors are also available in Blush (a pastel pink), Cloud (grey), Space (purple), and Peach (an orangey peach colour... go figure). The holder is so handy because it means that you don't have to worry about where to put your razor when you're not using it because if your shower looks anything like mine there is just no room anywhere!
One thing I love about these razors is that they're coated with cocoa butter, aloe vera, and shea butter so they glide so smoothly over your legs and I wasn't worried about cutting myself and you don't need to use any form of shave gel (or conditioner if you're anything like me). The handle is so much sturdier than I was expecting so that's a win also! The razors themselves have five blades to allow you to get a nice clean shave. I'm definitely going to be picking up a subscription after this one runs out! My one drawback has always been that I just don't shave often enough to make it worth spending money on razors but I think the reason that I maybe wasn't shaving regularly was because I didn't have a properly functional razor so now that has changed I'm definitely shaving a lot more regularly and I can't wait to see how useful this will be in the summer.

If you use the code SMOOTH an extra £1 will be donated to the Fawcett Society which is a charity that supports gender equality around the world.

Wild Natural Deodorant

This has been the latest addition to my collection. I've used natural deodorants before and loved them but inevitably always fell back into my old ways again as soon as they were done so it's been a swap that I've been planning on getting to for a while. I decided to try out Wild natural deodorant because it's the one that I'd seen people talking about but I'm sure that there are lots of alternatives.
I got the £25 starter pack that comes with one case and three refills. I decided against signing up for the subscription straight away while I figure out how I feel about it but purchasing refills is easy enough once you already have the case. I opted for the coral coloured case but it also comes in aqua, purple, and silver. There are also five choices of scents and you can mix and match them however you want but I opted for orange zest, bergamot rituals, and coconut dreams (which I think is going to be my favourite), but the other two scents are lavender haze and mint fresh so there are plenty of different options to match your taste. I had a bit of an issue actually getting my cartridge into the casing and had to try multiple times but that was probably just my fault, this meant that I started with my Bergamot rituals scent which was not my initial plana but I'm enjoying it so far.
Obviously, when making the switch to natural and aluminium free deodorants there is a bit of a transition period which I'm familiar with from using them previously but since we literally can't go out of the house at the minute there's really no better time to make the switch! If you're interested in trying out Wild you can get 20% off your first order here* (I purchased my set myself but using this code gives me 20% off too).

Have you tried any of these products? What swaps have you made in your life to take that shift towards sustainability and are there any that you recommend that I try out next?

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