As you may have noticed from my last blog post about switching my mainstream household cleaning products to more ethical, environmentally friendly, vegan options (which you can read HERE), I’m having a slight overhaul of all things beauty, household and everyday living. Let me preface this by saying that the products I used previously were always vegan and cruelty free, but this does not necessarily mean chemical free (or that good for my body/ everyday use).
I’ve spent a lot of my summer reading about zero-waste and perusing environmentally friendly blogs and I’ve been inspired to reduce my plastic waste and overall consumption. I was so excited to receive a package from Onist, who’s website features a range of ‘sustainable, eco-friendly and natural everyday products to promote healthy and earth friendly living.’ I received the package over a fortnight ago and have been testing the products ever since. I now feel confident enough to share with you how I use them, and what the standouts are.
Body & Skin Care:
My makeup and skincare routine has received a serious overhaul in the past month and these four products by Every Bit Organic have become my everyday essentials. I have quite sensitive skin and find that scented or oily products break me out big time (if one more person suggests using coconut oil as a moisturiser…). Since following the below skincare routine, my skin has been breakout free and totally glowing (according to my mum, so obviously true right?). I’ve even gone from wearing a full face of makeup to a simple BB cream which I’m loving because it’s so hot here in AUS at the moment.
- Rosehip oil: This fantastic moisturiser is loaded with vitamin E and essential fatty acids which can help to reduce fine lines, hyper pigmentation and scarring. In the morning I pour 3-4 drops into my hand, rub my hands together and then apply to my face like a moisturiser.
- Jojoba oil: I had heard so many positive reviews from friends who had made the switch from moisturiser to pure jojoba oil but I was hesitant due to the word ‘oil.’ What is different about jojoba is that it is ‘composed of liquid wax esters like those found in the body’s natural sebum and act as a natural moisturiser and environmental barrier for the skin.’ I use this as my night time moisturiser in the same way I use rosehip oil. You could also add in an essential oil if you wanted to amp up the goodness.
I’ve used the hemp seed oil and shea butter a handful of times. I love shea butter as a moisturiser after shaving my legs. It’s full of essential fatty acids and boosts collagen production which makes it the perfect natural body moisturiser all year round. I occasionally combine hemp and jojoba oil and use that as my night time moisturiser, but if anyone has any other suggestions for how to use hemp seed oil, I’d love to know!
If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I love essential oils and you may have heard me rave about this ‘Cosy Sleep’ essential oil roll on blend by Mt Retour Organic. I’m not one to say that essential oils can fix any and every problem, but I must admit that they constantly surprise me with their health benefits. I have been rolling this blend onto my wrists and neck before I sleep and have experienced the deepest, most refreshing sleep I’ve had in a long time. This blend includes camellia oil, almond oil, lavender oil, marjoram oil, patchouli oil, vetiver oil, sweet orange oil which are all certified organic.
Onist also sent me a pack of certified organic produce bags which are perfect for storing fresh fruit and vegetables and some reusable food wraps; a fantastic and more environmentally friendly alternative to glad wrap or plastic containers.
I tried out My Magic Mud’s activated charcoal toothpaste and Schmidt’s bergamot and lime deodorant jar but haven’t loved them as much as some of the other products I was sent. Although I’m a huge fan of the natural and minimal ingredients in both products, I felt like they didn’t work as well as other brands I’d found. Unfortunately the deodorant left me in an awful rash (which I think is due to the bicarbonate soda. It’s happened a handful of other times too) and I much prefer the Woolworths ‘All Smiles Herbal Toothpaste’ which I find is much more effective (and cheaper too!). If any of you have suggestions for natural deodorants or toothpastes, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you!
Thank you to again to Onist for sending me a selection of your products. These opinions are still my own though, so I promise you that I’m being truly Onist (get it?) when I say that I love a product and will be re-purchasing in the future.