Safety Razors – The Plastic Free Beauty Must Have | Beauty

Like many people, I am currently on a journey to reduce the amount of plastic I use and unnecessary waste I create. Aside from food packaging (which is still a total nightmare), I knew that most of my plastic use came from beauty products We’ve all heard of bamboo toothbrushes and shampoo bars by now but what about safety razors? I for one wasn’t really aware of their existence until I was browsing Bambaw‘s website and came across one.

In all honesty when I first saw a photo of its bare blades I did get serious Sweeney Todd vibes. I know after speaking with people recently that they feel the same and I totally get it – it looks pretty terrifying . However after reading some incredibly positive reviews I decided to order one for myself and it has quickly become my favourite plastic beauty replacement. Still don’t believe me? Let me explain.

Less accidents

I’m the type of person who would get into the shower to shave my legs and end up leaving the bathroom looking like a crime scene, sitting with my legs in the air for an hour to stop them bleeding. Being a girl is tough, huh? Part of me really wasn’t sure that a bare blade would be a great idea for someone so accident prone but guess what? I actually cut myself less now . In fact, since I started using it back in September I’ve only nipped myself a couple of times. Compared to enduring a bloodbath (literally) almost every time I shaved with a regular plastic razor, it’s turned out to be a godsend.

It doesn’t dry out your skin

We’ve all been there – shaving our legs for a big occasion only to be left with red, itchy and dry skin instead. Wonderful. The great thing about the safety razor is that because the blade is so sharp and precise, you only need to glide is across your skin very gently for it to work. This means less trauma for your skin and actually saves time because it cuts most the hairs first time.

Each blade lasts longer

When I purchased the safety razor I also bought a pack of 80 blades and after using it for a while now I think that they might last me until I’m grey and old. When using plastic razors I would go through one a week. They never lasted long at all and don’t even get me started on that ‘cushiony’ bit that is supposed to add comfort but actually just looked and like an old sponge after one use. Although you must be careful changing the blades on the safety razor, they last so much longer.

Less impact on the planet & your wallet

Let’s just say everyone goes through one plastic razor a week, that’s 52 per year and almost 3,000 over 50 years. Multiply that by how many people regularly shave and that is a mindbogglingly big number. But this one simple change could make such a big difference to the amount of plastic being thrown into our oceans and landfills. Yes it feels like a slightly extravagant purchase to begin with (I think my razor and blades came to around £25) but in the long run you are going to be saving some serious cash. Saving the planet and saving your bank balance? It’s a win win sitch, guys!

I tell as many people as possible about how much I love my safety razor because it’s such a simple swap that can make a big difference. My advice would be to practice on your ankle first to get used to the weight and feel of the razor before you head anywhere more ~sensitive~.

The safety razor has seriously improved my beauty regime and I hope it does the same to you too!

Noughty Haircare Review | Beauty

Noughty Haircare Review - To The Rescue / Care Taker

Noughty Haircare Review - To The Rescue / Care Taker
Noughty Haircare Range

I always find that the winter months can be particularly tough on hair, drying it out even more than usual. Lucky for me, the lovely people at Noughty Haircare* were on hand to rescue my locks just in time for party season! First of all, the products are vegan friendly, aren’t tested on animals and are 97% natural, which is already a massive thumbs up from me. They currently offer five different versions of hair care products tailored to particular hair types. Read on to find out what I thought of the To The Rescue and Care Taker shampoo & conditioners…

Noughty Haircare Review - The The Rescue
Noughty Haircare Review – To The Rescue

To The Rescue

The first thing I noticed about this product is how delicious the shampoo smells! The sweet almond makes for a lovely marzipan-like aroma and almost made me want to eat it. After leaving in the conditioner a few minutes & combing it through, it felt tamer even when still wet. It was so easy to comb after I’d used it, whereas I normally have to battle with so many nightmare knots. Once my hair had dried I could definitely see a difference in my hair’s appearance – it looked really shiny and felt super soft. It also got rid of alot of frizz/fly away hairs that I always seem to get, win win!

Noughty Haircare Review - Care Taker
Noughty Haircare Review – Care Taker

Care Taker

Anyone who has read my blog before will know I suffer from very sensitive skin so the Care Taker range sounded perfect for me! These products have a lovely refreshing smell that isn’t too strong at all – something I have to be careful of. They both felt great on my scalp and didn’t sting even though my skin has been sore recently. As with To The Rescue, the results were obvious almost instantly! My hair looked soft, hydrated and strong after one use. It also left me with really defined waves which I loved!

 

Overall I really love these products and would definitely consider purchasing them in the future.  I normally steer clear of any products that use pretty packaging because they usually contain all sorts of perfumes and nasties that irritate my skin but Noughty Haircare are providing the best of both worlds!

Noughty Haircare products can currently be found in Superdrug, Ocado and on their website. 🌱💚

*This product was gifted to me by Noughty Haircare. This is in no way a paid post and the opinions expressed are completely genuine. I would never recommend a product or service I didn’t truly enjoy. 

Cruelty Free Products To Help Fight Eczema | Beauty

Cruelty Free Products To Help Fight Eczema
Cruelty Free Products To Help Fight Eczema
Cruelty Free Products To Help Fight Eczema

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – unless you’re an eczema sufferer. Cracked hands, a sore face, feeling itchy all over when going from cold to hot – sound familiar?

I’ve suffered with eczema and sensitive skin issues my whole life and definitely struggle more with it during the winter months. Over the past year or so I have been trying to replace all of my trusted everyday products with cruelty free ones, with varying degrees of success. After a few adverse reactions and experiments along the way, I think I’ve finally found a great selection of products that manage to keep my eczema in control without giving me a rash.

So if you’re a sensitive soul like me, maybe these products can work wonders for you too!

Lush Dream Cream

I used to actively avoid going into Lush purely because of the insanely strong smell that the stores emit when you walk past. None of those products would be any good for someone with sensitive skin, surely? Boy, how WRONG I was! After a handful of people suggested Dream Cream to me I decided to give it a go and without being dramatic, it has changed my life! It’s light, refreshing, cooling on sore bits and when used regularly it keeps my skin in amazing condition (in between eczema flare ups, of course), fixing any pesky red patches that appear pretty quickly. It’s by no means the cheapest moisturiser on the market at £16 per 240g but it is SO worth it to have a product that really works. I’m not surprised this is their best selling product, so I really hope they never stop making it! I now recommend this to anyone who is willing to listen.

 

Cruelty Free Products For Eczema - Lush Ultrabalm

Lush Ultrabalm

If you’re anything like me, you daren’t leave the house without at least two lip balms (in case you lose one, duh). Luckily for us, the legends at Lush have created Ultrabalm which is made from nothing but plant waxes. It’s the perfect replacement for your Vaseline tin. It is more expensive at around £13, but the pot is considerably bigger and you only need a tiny bit to make a big difference, so ultimately doesn’t end up costing more in the long run.

Cruelty Free Products For Eczema - Trichology

Superdrug Trichology Shampoo, Conditioner and Tonic

A dry, itchy scalp is an absolute nightmare but our friends at Superdrug have created the perfect treatment. Using the Trichology shampoo, conditioner and tonic together on a regular basis really makes a big difference. The tonic is also great to use on those stubborn dry patches in between washes. A little bit goes a long way, so there’s no need to worry about greasy locks! You often find that dandruff treatments can be really potent but these products don’t have a bad smell at all.

Cruelty Free Products For Eczema - Vitamin E Skincare

Superdrug Vitamin E Skincare Range

Honestly, what would we do without Superdrug? Finding a decent everyday moisturiser has been the hardest task over the last year but thanks to a recommendation from a friend (you da best, Courntey) I decided to try the Vitamin E range. First of all, every product smells amazing and most importantly, leaves your skin feeling so soft and moisturised. Pictured is the ‘intense’ body cream which is great for those really dry bits that won’t budge. Other faves in the range are the SPF15 Moisturising Day Cream (it gives you such a nice glow as an extra bonus) and the Eye Cream. Whilst we’re on the subject, Superdrug’s own brand Aqueous cream is also a great basic moisturiser.

Cruelty Free Products For Eczema - Superdrug Hand Cream

Superdrug Intensive Moisture Hand Cream

“Jeez Claire, why don’t you just marry Superdrug already” I hear you cry.  Their products are just so good, what can I say! My hands have been really suffering over the last few weeks but this stuff makes them feel instantly smoother and brings relief from the dreaded itch. Plus, it’s the perfect size to keep in your bag at all times just in case.

Cruelty Free Products For Eczema - Dr Organic Argan Oil Face Wash

Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Face Wash

This face wash has honestly blown my mind. Most face washes react awfully with my skin and for years I gave up trying to find one I could use. This stuff is amazing – even when I’m having a bad flare up and my face feels sore, using this face wash doesn’t sting AT ALL. It leaves my face feeling so soft and refreshed every time, giving a genuine glow. A little bit goes a long way so the tube lasts for absolutely ages too. I cannot recommend it enough!

Ethique Bliss Bar Cleanser*

I’ve been really loving this cleanser recently. It’s really gentle and a tiny bit makes a big difference. My face is definitely visibly brighter after use and it also gives you that lovely fresh and smooth feeling, without making your face even drier than it was before. As well as being cruelty free, Ethique are also a zero waste brand, so you can enjoy great skincare guilt free!

Sukin Skincare

Sukin Skincare Range*

Sukin are an Australian natural skincare brand that I have totally fallen in love with over the past year or so. They have products for all skin types, including us dry / sensitive folk! The pictured products are ones I have been using most and they’re great, but definitely check out their website for the whole range. The facial masque and blemish gel are stand our favourites. Even with the driest skin ever I still get the odd painful spot and the gel takes away the pain and redness so fast! The masque feels like such a luxurious treat and really helps when nothing else seems to hydrate my face. The sensitive range is lovely too, the night cream in particular feels super cooling and isn’t too thick. We all hate that dreaded heat rash from thick creams don’t we!

I hope this post can help out any fellow sufferers out there. I’m always on the look out for other cruelty free products to try, so let me know below if you think I’ve missed any good ones out! 🌱💚

*These products were gifted to me by Ethique and Sukin. This is in no way a paid post and the opinions expressed are completely genuine. I would never recommend a product or service I didn’t truly enjoy.