Alternative to mainstream beauty products

A lot has been said recently about products using things like Microbeads in beauty and body products, as well as a number of companies still testing on animals. These are unnecessary yet continue to happen! I personally, stay away from products that test on animals and products that cannot be recycled or use microbeads, as these things cause so much damage and if there’s an option out there that doesn’t do any of them, then why not take it?

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I’ve been using a lot more products from the company: LUSH recently and have started to find a couple of favourites. LUSH is a company that prides itself on not testing on animals and sourcing ingredients from people who also don’t test on animals, they also are huge supporters of charities and in 2015 they helped to raise fund for the RSPB Hen Harrier product by selling their ‘Skydancer’ bath bomb which helped to fund the satellite tagging of juvenile Hen Harriers in England. All packages are recyclable and a lot of their products come in tubs which can be reused too! Their products are also suitable for Vegans to use.

The things I use the most are definitely the bath bombs/bath soaps as sometimes it’s just nice to relax especially after a hard training session or competition.

Tisty Tosty is a new one for me but gave it a try based on the scents. As it dissolves it gives off a scent of geranium, jasmine and rose and releases the real rosebuds into the water. The scent isn’t too strong which is ideal but I was unconvinced with the rosebuds in the water as there isn’t many and just  looks odd to me.

Next up is the lovely Sex Bomb bath bomb. I bought this based on the description – “Jasmine is an ancient aphrodisiac, used as a sensual perfume in India for centuries and in aromatherapy to ease stress and anxiety. Clary sage clears the mind, while ylang ylang is renowned for soothing worries.” A Bath bomb that eases stress and anxiety, clears the mind and soothing worries? Perfect! You can call it placebo effect, but I honestly felt quite relaxed using this, it hasn’t got much of a scent to it and turns the water a pink/purple colour.

The last one that I’ve had since Valentines LUSH is Lover Lamp which is no longer on the LUSH website. It was a vanilla scent to it but once in the bath is has a lovely orange, vanilla and coco butter scent. The thing I love about this one is how subtle it is – it’s very relaxing and releases a little bit of powder to the water with the hearts but doesn’t turn the water any other colour or leave you with a film which some bombs do.

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Bubblegum Lip Scrub

As an outdoor worker and martial artist- I struggle with my lips! They are always cracked or dry or sunburnt and wearing Lip balm sometimes doesn’t do anything so reading about Lip Scrubs on the LUSH website, I decided to try one to see whether it would help or whether it’s just flavoured sugar. For £5 I was a little surprised at the size of the pot you get but thinking of it- you don’t need a lot on your lips but I won’t be using it  every day. The scent and taste is actually Bubblegum but it’s flavoured which gives it an artificial taste but then again, how would you create that flavour otherwise? The scrub itself does do it’s job: you put a little on your lips and scrub it off and it’ll take away any dry skin and won’t leave a grease film on your lips. It’s a good treatment to use before applying lip stick etc so you’ll get a nice finish but for me, it’s a good product but considering a bath bomb is £3.50ish – this 25g pot is rather steep if you’re planning on using it in a routine.

I’ve been switching a lot of products recently and replacing them with LUSH products or products from Festivals which are more environmentally friendly, the only way to prevent things like animal testing and microbeads is to attempt to avoid them. I’m not one for waste so using up products first before the switch is my method instead of binning and buying new.

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