Health & Beauty, Life & Style

How To Reduce Plastic In the Bathroom

going plastic free in the bathroom

Today I have a fantastic guest post from Jai Richard, writer of the blog Tea for Bohemia on the steps she is taking to reduce plastic use in her bathroom.

Like many people, I strive to reduce the amount of plastic that enters my house.  I take my canvas bags to the supermarket.  I don’t buy bottled water. And, on occasion, I have been ridiculed for taking home and washing the plastic cutlery due to be disposed of at the end of a picnic. However, it was only relatively recently that I realised that plastic need not be an unavoidable fact of life should I wish to be clean and smell nice.

For the dedicated, the internet contains a wealth of recipes for cooking up your own soaps or how to boil linseeds to make hair gel. Fantastic! My bookmarks bar is filled with recipes and DIYs that I one day hope to get around to trying. 

However, in all honesty being between houses, with all my worldly possessions in storage, and living in a pimped-up cupboard under the stairs, there is a lot to be said for the convenience of simply being able to buy deodorant.  As such, I’ve focused on things you can buy rather than make to reduce your plastic load.  

reduce plastic use to go plastic free in the bathroom

Hare are my suggestions for plastic-free alternatives to everyday bathroom products to make your bathroom a happier place!

Babies, Families, Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Weleda Calendula Baby Range Review

weleda calendula baby
weleda calendula baby

Have you tried the Weleda Calendula baby range? Here are my thoughts on this eco-friendly baby range.

Bath-time is not a fun time in our house.  Between that oh-so terrible hair wash and that nasty face wash, bath-time really is the worst part of the day for my daughter.  I sincerely doubt there is any product out there that would make bath-time more harmonious.  However, by choosing the right products I can at least ensure I’m not putting any harsh chemicals in her bath or in her hair.  This makes bath-time a happier time for me and for my daughter’s delicate skin.

Weleda Calendula Baby Range Review

Weleda, who I’m already a fan of (see my Skin Food review), recently sent me some of their Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash from their baby range to try out.  This combines soothing calendula with nourishing almond oil.

weleda baby shampoo

First Impressions

First things first, I was delighted to see that the Weleda Calendula range doesn’t contain any palm oil. This is worth about 100 gold stars in my opinion.  It’s also 100% natural. It’s free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances, and colourants. What’s more, its raw materials haven’t been derived from mineral oils.   It’s also packed full of organic ingredients and vegan-friendly. All good things.

I’ve been using the Weleda Calendula products now for a couple of weeks in my daughter’s bath, and they’re such a lovely bathtime treats.  Yes, we still get the tears and the tantrums. However, her hair is soft and shiny, and her skin is soft, with no irritation or dryness.  The scent is delicate and fresh, not harsh or overpowering; and the formulation is gentle on her eyes.  These things, coupled with the fact that it’s palm oil-free, mean I can’t think of anything I’d rather use in her bath.  I’ve also been known to use some of the Weleda Calendula products in the shower for me – my skin and hair are beautifully soft!

At £6.95 for 200ml, it’s not the cheapest bath-time product.  However, it’s certainly not as expensive as some of the other comparable brands out there. And a little does go a long way.  It’s definitely a favourite in our house!

You can pick up the Weleda Calendula range online at Weleda’s website; in selected health food stores; or in Boots or Waitrose.

Do also check out my guide to organic baby shampoo for more eco-friendly baby shampoo recommendations.

Disclosure: I was sent some products from the Weleda Calendula Baby Range to try out, but all words and opinions are my own.