May Challenge: SOLIDS ONLY

It’s April, which means it is also Earth Month. I feel like once April ends we really never discuss ways to improve upon our “green footprints”, or ways to help the environment. My challenge for myself is to be more “green” in other months, so for the month of may i am going SOLID!

I know i haven’t posted a lot lately within the last year. It’s mainly because i now work for a cosmetics company (LUSH) and i thought it would be unethical to constantly bombard you all with Lush products- because let’s face it, once you go lush you never go back. Sometimes i wish i had discovered lush before last April, or that lush had a program where you can turn in the loads of shit products you’ve bought over the years and trade it in for theirs. Alas, they don’t. Fortunately, they are an amazing company to work for. I’m really proud to be an employee, to see the ways in which they put the community first and don’t worry about profit. It’s sort of like Conan O’brien says:” If you work hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” They do, everyday at lush. (And to answer the question that i forsee happening- yes, I am still in Grad School, working to graduate fall 2014!) 

 

 Back to the focus here. This is what my shower normally looks like, because this product junkie LOVES options. 

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And if it’s not my shower, my bathroom sink ends up looking like this fairly often:

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So, my challenge for myself (and for those who have solids- soap, shampoo bars, mositurizers- I challenge you, too!) is to use only solid products in the month of may.

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Pictured from top left to bottom right:

Reincarnate Henna Shampoo Bar (RETRO)

You Snap the Whip Body Butter 

Dr Peppermint (RETRO) Shampoo Bar

Karma Komba Shampoo Bar

Full of Grace Serum

Jungle Solid Conditioner

 

Not Pictured but intend to use: 

Dirty Toothy Tabs (solid toothpaste)

Each Peach Solid Massage Bar (Lotion)

Scentanary Soap (Chat Party Exclusive, Bar Soap)

 

I’ve used all of these products before and it’s certainly difficult to pick a favorite. I love the reincarnate because it has henna dyes in it, which helps my hair that has been destroyed by box dye. The coconut oils in this product help to add shine and make the hair more moisturized than any shampoo i’ve ever had. Normally, when i wash my hair it’s brittle and feels like straw (Never, never, never box dye). 

 Since i love options, i went with Karma Komba and Dr. Peppermint Shampoo bars. Karma has a sweet orange and patchouli smell, which is great for perfuming the hair. That’s something i’ve really been into lately. Dr. Peppermint has a spearmint/ peppermint scent to it, which is refreshing. I love all things peppermint, thus the large bottle of freeze & the party on shower jelly in the first pic! 

Jungle is the only product i’ve actually never tried as far as this stash goes. I actually bought it for a friend, but love the smell of it so much that i kept it. (She’ll never know. I got her a “Green Bag” gift set, this was just an add on. Selfish, i know!) 

You snap the whip is a body butter, but probably not the type you’ve used before. After working for the body shop and coach, i assumed that a body butter is a lotion you put on after the shower. This product has a bit of a scrub to it (charcoal scrub!) but still moisturizes the skin. I always smell like black currants and bubble gum when i use this product. It really saves time when it comes to my schedule.

After working at Lush for a year and literally staring at this product every shift, i broke down and finally started to use “Full of Grace”. Made with portabello mushrooms, and for about $15.00, this product has changed my skin. It feels soft, moisturized (and for once, not itchy!) I can’t believe the amount of money i’ve spent on skin care in the last year- trying everything from Ole Henrikson to Bobbi Brown. It was a waste. That shit broke me out so badly, it’s really sad. I have delicate skin and these companies are screwing around with products and chemicals that ruined my once porcelain skin. Lush has given me that back. I also was breaking out from my John Frieda Shampoo- i was allergic to the red dye it contained, so once i switched to lush shampoos, my skin also improved! (One of the many hazards of having relatively long hair!)

Toothy Tabs were the weirdest concept to me, until i used them! They made my mouth feel like i just left the dentist. While the taste is a little bitter in the dirty formula, there are so many options and no complaints. Well packaged, reasonably priced, and deep-cleansing. I am in!

 

 IWhy did i decide to go solid/ how does this help the environment?

In every one of the hockey pucks of shampoo/conditioner, there are three LARGE FAMILY SIZED SHAMPOO BOTTLES- meaning, you get 80-100 washes out of that little guy. There’s less plastic, and you are not paying for water. 

With the full of grace, you snap the whip and reincarnate- there’s absolutely no packaging. Just keep everything out of the direct stream of water to keep it from turning to mush. 

(PLUS, i have such an extensive stash of stuff, and plan on traveling all summer long, so i hope to get used to using only what i need and not being so excessive!)

 

I will update everyone in the end of may.

Until then, any questions? Any suggestions about reviews in the coming weeks?

How do you guys feel about me writing posts that are Lush-directed and non-lush directed? I was really on the fence about even posting this, but let me know what you guys want to see. Hope all is well! 

*Retro products are only available online, not in stores.

*All products were purchased by me, i assume all responsibility for this post as the sole owner of this blog, and this blog in no way reflects the views of any company, brand, or other individuals. 

 

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2 thoughts on “May Challenge: SOLIDS ONLY

    • Sorry it took so long to respond. I’ve been away for quite some time.. hoping to get back into the swing of things. I ended up doing well- in fact, it’s been about 146 days and i still have some solid shampoos- those things last FOREVER!

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