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Visit to Lush

On my quest to buy products that are both less carcinogenic and have less packaging I ended up visiting Lush. There are mixed reviews on the environmental friendliness of Lush but probably it’s better than your average drugstore products. I came prepared with my own bag because, even though they give only paper bags, re-using is a good thing. We were almost out of bars of soap and I knew that Lush carried package free soap. Unfortunately, after I asked her not to wrap the soap in paper, the employee printed out a sticker that she stuck to my soap. I also picked out a solid bar of conditioner to try out and a new product called toothy tabs that is used instead of toothpaste. The only packaging/purchasing waste that came with my purchases was a  little cardboard box for the tooth tabs, a price sticker and my receipt for waste/recycling. 

The little tooth tabs come in a recycled and recyclable cardboard container  which could be a good alternative to the plastic or metal tubes we throw away. So far I’ve tried the tabs four times. I started with the recommended one tab but due to excessive foaminess have narrowed it down to a quarter of a tab per teeth brushing. It definately leaves my teeth very clean and I could get used to it.

The soap is quite smelly (even my 5 year old has noticed it) so I think I’ll continue searching for a zero-waste soap that is fragrance free. Apparently Choices Market in Vancouver has bulk bars of soap also. Any excuse for a road trip is fine by me!

After trying the solid conditioner a few times I think that it works pretty good. I don’t need to condition everytime I wash my hair but it’s nice to know I have some in the house just in case! It does leave a perfumey smell in my hair that I am not used to. The second day after washing the smell had gone away. This could work for me and I like the idea of less plastic bottles needing recycling because they will not have been purchased in the first place.

I’m happy with the small changes we are trying in our household. Which product would you like to try?

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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2 thoughts on “Visit to Lush

  1. Hi Stephanie:

    I love Lush. Unfortunately (or fortunately) there is no Lush in my province so I only get to stock up when we go on vacation. I usually get enough to last almost a year. We are leaving on vacation on Aug. 11 so I have a list of stuff I want to try. The toothy tabs and the solid conditioner are two of the things on my list. Thanks for the tip on the Toothy tabs. I’ll be sure to cut them in quarters. I do love the fact that many of the products have minimal or no packaging, however, I’m not totally convinced that a lot of the ingredients that they use are any better for us or the environment than the stuff that we can get at the drug store.

    An update on the dejunking – I think we are doing really well. We have gotten rid of lots of STUFF and the place is starting to feel a lot lighter. We have listed a number of things for sale and have actually sold two bicycles. Not a bad start I guess.

    Posted by Susan | August 2, 2011, 4:58 am
    • Hi Susan,
      Have a great vacation! I’m glad your de-cluttering is going well. We’re still working on ours too. I gave away another cookbook a few days ago along with a Swiffer Wet Jet . My husband bought it against my will a few years ago and only used it a few times. I sold a few storage containers because we have less stuff to store 🙂 what a great feeling to need less.
      ~Stephanie

      Posted by stephanieough | August 3, 2011, 2:08 pm

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