Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Eco-Tuesday: Worked Up Into a Lather

I have to admit about a week ago I decided I'd start a weekly feature on environmental topics, products, recycled/upcycled items, whatever struck my fancy at that moment. The idea was really ways to broaden my own mind, as well as tips I could use in my own home to become "greener". I mean, I already practice all the basics -- recycle, avoid unnecessary driving, conserve water, shop with reusable bags, compost (vermicompost, actually), avoid products with extra packaging...you know the drill.

While I was in the shower one day I started thinking about bar shampoo and how I should try it. After all, it avoids packaging from the get-go (one less plastic bottle to recycle), and can easily be purchased in an all-natural ingredient version. Then I began wondering what else I could change to reduce waste and the idea for this feature was born.

I started seeking out items, reading articles, and here's the resounding reality. I have fallen down the rabbit hole! I've been so deluged with information and options and ideas that I don't know where to begin. So....I'll begin at the beginning.....

With bar shampoo! I, of course, started with my favorite place, Etsy. If you search for bar shampoo you find lots of great options. Today I'm featuring one from Besem Natural Scents. This is their "Ultimate Travel Bar" that they describe as...

Made with neem oil, tamanu oil, jojoba oil, kaolin clay, and all sorts of other goodies that make it the perfect shampoo and body bar. Neem oil is know in India as "nature's pharmacy". It is soothing and healing to almost any skin condition, including: psoriasis, eczema, ring worm, and poison ivy. Tamanu oil has very similar antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, while still being extremely soothing and gentle. We have also added a good portion of white kaolin clay, so this makes an excellent shaving soap, as well. If you are feeling adventurous (or trying to only bring a carry on), this works well as a tooth soap, too. It is 100% natural with no added fragrance oils or dyes. These bars are also loaded with cocoa butter, which makes rich, moisturizing bubbles. We do not need to add any artificial foaming agents (ie. SLS). The natural glycerin is retained in each bar, and the combination of rich oils and moisturizing, protective butters, provides loads of fluffy lather.

10% of our profits are given to orphan relief. See our website for more information http://www.besemnaturalscents.com.

Pretty cool huh? They have lots of lovely scents, including a rosemary & mint one I'm especially interested in. So, please check out their shop by clicking on the links above!

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Audrey said...

I just love handmade soap!! Tried many different shops on Etsy too, my bathroom is full, I think I have enough to last me till Christmas! LOL

Claire said...

Gotta get me some of your soap, as soon as I get some sales (lost our day jobs)...lovely blog. Heartspace was here!