Going Green – Toiletries part 2

5 11 2019

Really loving the discussions that have followed these posts! After part 1 someone told me about Bare + Fair who run a stall in Woking each Saturday, so a while ago I popped down to get a few more things to try out!
As well as things like those below, they also do refills of shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, cleaning products, all sorts of things! Just take down any container and they’ll fill it and charge you by weight – brilliant!


Category: Conditioner bar

Brand: Funky Soap
Item: For Normal Hair
Price: £8
Thoughts: If I rub it between my hands it really doesn’t feel like there’s anything to put in my hair, so I’m rubbing it straight on – even then it doesn’t feel like it’s doing much, but my hair seems to be ok after! Makes me wonder about trying a wash without conditioner one day if I’m brave, it’d help me know if this bar is doing anything! It’s going down VERY slowly though so if it is good, it’s good value! And smells yummy.
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Decision: Will go through this bar which could take a long time – would buy again, but might also experiment without conditioner… or maybe try the refills? I do miss liquid conditioner.


Category: Toothpaste

Brand: Save Some Green
Item: Tooth Tabs
Price: £3.50 (for a tin of 62)
Thoughts: I really haven’t enjoyed these, and keep stopping using them and going back to normal toothpaste, so still have a load left! They look like mints, you put one in your mouth and chew it til it crumbles and mixes with your saliva to become a bit like a paste and then brush your teeth with it. There’s nothing particularly wrong with it, I would carry on if I didn’t know I still had normal toothpaste in the cupboard from before I tried going greener. Maybe when I run out of tubes of toothpaste I’ll give it another go.
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Decision: Will work through the toothpaste I have and then try again.


Category: Face wash

Brand: Friendly Soap
Item: Cocoa Butter Cleansing Bar
Price: £2.99
Thoughts: This is nice enough, my skin seems fine with it, froths up nicely, and is lasting well but not quite sure it’s worth the price when other soaps are so much cheaper.
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Decision: Given how much Dove soap I can get for less money, I’m going to shift to that when this runs out.


Category: Deodorant

Brand: Fit Pit
Item: For Women
Price: £4 (sample size)
Thoughts: The texture is kind of mousse like – you just scoop a tiny bit out and rub it in! Unfortunately it gave me a bit of a mild rash, but other than that it seemed to be effective! I think they might do a sensitive version which I’d willingly try.
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Decision: Stopped due to the rash but next time I go to Bare and Fair I’ll get the sensitive one.


Category: Toilet Paper

Brand: Who gives a C***
Item: Recycled 3-ply double length roll
Price: 76p (for one roll)
Thoughts: I have two main gripes with this product – one more significant than the other. The small one is that if you order from the company, they come in a big box with the company name written massively on the side, I’d have to get it delivered to work and I’m not sure a Christian workplace is the least embarrassing place for that to happen!
The bigger issue for me though is that they really promote themselves as environmentally friendly etc, but in not being available in supermarkets so you can’t get it as part of your weekly shop, (probably an issue with the name?!), they’ll courier it to you (they claim to be helpful in that you don’t have to bring it home from the supermarket – weird) – which they promote as convenient, but at the end of the day is just putting another vehicle on the road.
The toilet roll itself is really tightly wrapped which means you are getting a lot more per roll, so I guess that’s good, and it’s perfectly fine to use, but I think the courier issue still bothers me too much.
Rating: ⭐⭐
Decision: Might pick up a few rolls from Bare + Fair on the few occasions I’m in Woking (parking is fast becoming extortionate), but I wouldn’t get it delivered and therefore won’t use it regularly. I’ll go back to my recycled stuff for now.


Have you tried any of the above and have different opinions? Any recommendations on alternatives? Would love to hear from you!