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Organic Beauty Products I’m Loving Right Now

The organic beauty products I’m loving right now.

Today though I thought I’d pop in with a few organic beauty products that I’m really loving right now, that I think you will too! Some of the products are old favourites and some are new to me, but all work so well!


green people vita min fix organic beauty products review

Green People’s Vita Min Fix Cream* (£21 and free delivery) is hands down the best day moisturiser I’ve found.  One small application leaves my skin beautifully soft and moisturised without feeling heavy, oily or sticky. It also makes a lovely base for make-up.  

I’ve been using this cream since the start of April and couldn’t be happier. I had some red dry skin patches on my cheeks which cleared up within a week of using the cream, and skin is noticeably much softer. The Vita Min Fix cream also has the advantage that it’s 89% organic and vegan friendly.  Double word score!

To be honest £21 is a bit higher than I like to pay for moisturiser. However, I’m still using the bottle I purchased in April, and it’s still going strong .  There’s at least another month’s worth of moisturiser still in the pump. It does therefore feel pretty good value for money, especially with the difference it makes to my skin.

Hair Care

urtekram shampoo

Since April I’ve also started using the Urtekram range of organic and vegan hair care products.  I’ve only recently come across the Danish brand, Urtekram, but I’ve really been enjoying their organic beauty products.  So much so that the whole family has been using them.  

I’ve been enjoying the Rose Shampoo and Rose Vegan Conditioner. My partner has enjoyed the Nettle Shampoo. And I’ve been using the Children’s Shampoo on my daughter! The Urtekram range leaves our hair soft and non-greasy and beautifully smelling and gets a big thumbs up in our house!

I’ve been picking bottles up locally at Real Foods in Edinburgh, where it’s around £5 a bottle. However they are also available online from Real Foods (free shipping on orders over £29) and a few other sites on the internet.  

Admittedly the percentage of organic ingredients is quite low – around 14% organic. However, the ingredients are all-natural (in plain English too, which is always appreciated!) with no nasties.  In the case of the Rose Shampoo, it is made of water, vegetable oil products, corn sugar soap, aloe vera, glycerine, rose flower extract, rose geranium oil, salt, polysaccharide, citric acid, perfume (plant extract), vitamin E, and that’s it.  


organic sunscreen

So far Summer hasn’t been very forthcoming in our corner of Scotland (come on sun!). However, I have been carrying Green People’s SPF 15 organic sunscreen* (£16 and free delivery) around in my handbag for the odd occasion when the sun has had his hat on.  82% of its ingredients are certified organic. What’s more, it’s great on sensitive skin – including my daughter’s young skin.  Although a note to vegans – it’s not vegan friendly, as it contains beeswax.

Is sunscreen considered a beauty product? I’m not sure, but I reapply regularly (every hour) and it’s offered us fantastic skin protection.  Green People sent me a bottle of this last year to try out and I enjoyed it so much I repurchased it locally in early spring when it ran out!  

I’m not worried about it being SPF 15, in fact, SPF 50 has its problems. If anything it makes me more aware of the need to reapply regularly.  With SPF 50 I get quite complacent. I put it on once in the morning and I am fooled into thinking I’m protected all day.  The truth is even with SPF 50 you need to be topping up your sunscreen regularly.

If you’re looking for more sunscreen options, then do check out my eco-friendly sunscreen guide.

I’m quite low maintenance when it comes to beauty products, so these are my top organic beauty products for now!  Do you have any organic products that you swear by?  Do share in the comments below!

ps: here’s a peek into my natural skincare routine

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Best Fluoride-Free Toothpaste

green people toothpaste review

Let’s chat about fluoride-free toothpaste.

Although my partner and I have similar views on the environment and living sustainably, we both have differing priorities.  One of my partner’s big priorities is fluoride.  For some reason, fluoride has never really featured highly on my radar of things to be concerned about.  As such, for the longest time, I’ve used fluoride toothpaste.  The NHS tells us to!  But in the face of opposing scientific views, we’ve been trying out various fluoride-free toothpaste brands to see which we like the best.

Is Fluoride-Free Toothpaste Bad for Your Teeth?

This post has been a really long time in the making – over 9 months!  The reason why is I wanted to get a dental checkup after using fluoride-free toothpaste for at least 6 months to make sure my teeth stayed healthy before making any recommendations to you.

best fluoride free toothpaste

I had a checkup from my regular dentist in November, after 7 months of dedicated fluoride-free toothpaste usage.  Here, I came away with a clean bill of health.  In fact, after checking my teeth my dentist said to me that normally after 6 months people have a small build-up of tartar.  Especially at the back of their lower front teeth.  He then said “I don’t know what you’ve been doing, but you’ve actually got no tartar build-up“!  I’ve been seeing this particular dentist for years, and this was the first time he’d said this to me, or didn’t have to scrape off any tartar so I was a pretty happy camper!

I hadn’t told him I’d switched to fluoride-free toothpaste for fear of a telling-off.  However, I don’t want to make any claims. Yes, it could be down to switching toothpaste, or toothbrush.  However, it could be down to more vigorous brushing (to make up for the lack of fluoride) or changes in my diet.  Or it could just be plain old luck. I just don’t know.  What I do know is that my partner also got a clean bill of health at the dentist after 6 months of usage.  Therefore it’s a definite thumbs up for fluoride-free toothpaste from us!  No reports of bad breath either!

Here’s a rundown of the ones we’ve tried over the past 9 months:

Fluoride-Free Toothpaste Guide

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Sarakan Toothpaste

sarakan toothpaste

This was the very first fluoride-free toothpaste we tried.  And I’ll be honest – I straight up hated Sarakan Toothpaste*.  I didn’t like the taste or texture, much as I tried to get used to it.  And I found the smell and taste of geranium a bit too overpowering.  I also detected a definite hint of parsley- my least favourite herb.  My partner said it smelled like a greengrocers (I think it was the parsley).  However, as a parsley and geranium fan he loved the taste.  As such, as soon as it ran out he wanted another tube.

Kingfisher Fennel Toothpaste

kingfisher fennel toothpaste

I struggled to find a Kingfisher mint flavoured fluoride-free toothpaste locally (they do make a fluoride minty one, so do lookout).  In the end, I settled for their Fennel fluoride-free toothpaste*.

My partner again loved this.  He said it was like, in his exact words, “a lovely big liquorice“!   I, however, wasn’t so keen.  It didn’t think it tasted as bad as Sarakan.  However, by this stage, I had come to realise that I prefer traditional minty style toothpastes and the clean and fresh feeling they impart, over the fennel taste.  My partner says this is his absolute favourite toothpaste.  It’s now his regular paste of choice.

Green People Peppermint & Aloe Vera Toothpaste

green people toothpaste review

After trying the other two fluoride-free kinds of toothpaste, I did not have high hopes for my fluoride-free journey.  Even with the promise of peppermint, the sound of the aloe vera in this Green People peppermint and aloe vera toothpaste* didn’t exactly fill me with joy or anticipation.  Nor did the putty colour.  So I was quite surprised to find I actually really liked this toothpaste.  So much so, that I have since gone through a further two tubes!

Sometimes I have to load a bit more toothpaste onto my brush halfway through a clean.  However, my teeth always feel squeaky clean.  I also really like the gentle and clean minty taste.

I don’t notice the aloe vera until after I’ve cleaned my teeth but I quite like the aftertaste.  My partner conversely straight out hated this toothpaste (two peas in a pod we are!).  He said he could taste the aloe vera quite strongly as he was brushing his teeth and didn’t like it.

Green People Minty Cool Fluoride-Free Toothpaste

green people fluoride free toothpaste

I loved this Green People Minty Cool toothpaste*.  Again, it’s putty coloured. And like all sodium laureth sulphate free kinds of toothpaste, it doesn’t foam up in the way more conventional types of toothpaste do.  However, once you get used to that it’s great.  It’s minty in the way that all great kinds of toothpaste are (in my opinion!).  What’s more, my teeth feel clean, and my mouth refreshed after brushing.

Again, like the peppermint and aloe vera toothpaste, I sometimes have to add a bit more toothpaste on to my brush halfway through brushing, but I don’t mind that too much.  My partner’s also a fan of this one.  It’s the only one we agreed we both liked!  Result!

Lush Toothy Tabs in Dirty

Lush Toothy Tabs

I really wanted to like Lush Toothy Tabs, as, at the time of writing it was the only toothpaste I could buy that was plastic-free.  They now come in a plastic bottle.

However, and it’s a big, however, we both found that the Toothy Tabs tasted absolutely disgusting.  As I said, I wanted to like the Toothy Tabs.  In fact, I wanted to love the Toothy Tabs. But we just couldn’t.

Rather than a paste, you chew on a tablet.  Once the foam develops, you then start brushing.  Unfortunately, we found the tabs tasted like chewing on a particularly horrible aspirin.  The taste and texture made us both heave, and we had to spit it out within seconds.  Our mouths didn’t feel clean in the slightest, and we felt pretty sick.

We have now relegated the Toothy Tabs to the very very back of the cupboard for extremely extreme toothbrushing emergencies.  I personally hope that day never comes.  Even thinking about these 7 months after we first used them sends shivers down my spine!  You can buy them in different flavours.  I went for Dirty as it’s a traditional minty flavour.  However, who knows, the other flavours might taste better?

To Conclude

So, to conclude, if you’re in the market for fluoride-free toothpaste and like things minty, I’d recommend the Green People Minty Cool toothpaste*.  If you buy 3 at the same time you save 10%.

If you’re feeling adventurous and into different flavours I’d try out the Kingfisher Fennel Toothpaste* or Sarakan*.

Do you have a favourite fluoride-free toothpaste that I’ve missed?  Let me know in the comments below. In May 2021 I also wrote a guide to the best eco-friendly toothpaste, that has lots more fluoride-free options for you to check out too.

What About Toothbrushes?

A note on toothbrushes.  I decided to switch toothbrushes to something more environmentally friendly.  I tried bamboo toothbrushes but couldn’t find one I got on with.

At first, I found the sensation of brushing my teeth with what felt like a lolly stick in my mouth uncomfortable. Once I got used to it after a few weeks, the brushes started to fray really badly, and nylon bristle after nylon bristle was washing down the sink.  Even though bamboo is a more sustainable option, it didn’t feel particularly sustainable or eco-friendly to be washing bits of plastic down the sink with every brush.

In the end, I switched to using a Preserve toothbrush*.  These are made from recycled plastic.  Once you’re done you can send the toothbrush and packaging back to Preserve for complete recycling.

If you are looking for other ways to green your beauty routine do check out my health and beauty category for more inspiration!  I’ve got posts on how to reduce plastic in the bathroom and plastic-free bathroom products, if for example, you’re looking to minimise your use of plastic.  I’ve also got advice on the best eco-friendly sunscreen too.

And of course, it goes without saying that I wasn’t compensated to write any of this.  I paid for and bought all of the tubes of fluoride-free toothpaste, and toothbrushes with my own hard-earned money and wanted to share my experiences and thoughts with you!  I’m really big on disclosure so if anything was sent for review or I was compensated you’d be the first to know about it!