It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you discover that every single thing you own has an eco-friendly option. Of course, the most sustainable product is the one you already own! But sometimes you need something new. So for those times when you’re in the market for sustainable socks for kiddos, a clean toothpaste, a good shampoo bar (or just any clean beauty), I’m here for ya!
When you start living more sustainably, it’s easy to get caught up in all the new items you need and it can seem like an expensive lifestyle. The truth is, however, that less is more in the land of living better, so here is the latest installment of my sustainable product review.
Sustainable Product Review
Hey Humans Toothpaste Review
We’re slowly trying new clean toothpastes. When I first started looking for a “natural toothpaste,” I was looking for something with cleaner ingredients, no animal testing, and sustainable packaging! Remember the term natural isn’t specific, so this is tricky.
The only options I encountered then were the Bite toothpaste bits (review here) and David’s toothpaste in a recyclable, metal container. The only problem was, my dentist told me I needed fluoride in my toothpaste (pregnancy and breastfeeding did a number on my teeth – boo!) and neither company offered fluoride options. Fluoride isn’t considered “natural.”
So we’ve been slowly trying various brands (a full write up coming soon) that do contain fluoride and at least have better ingredients, no animal testing, and more sustainable packaging!
The latest experiment was with Hey Humans Toothpaste – available at Target and the first option I’ve found that’s in a recyclable metal tube and contains fluoride! The company was co-founded by Jada Pinkett-Smith and offers toothpaste, body lotion, body wash, and deodorant – all clean and recyclable!
The paste is a gel, rather than a white paste. We tried the “Clean Mint Rush;” they offer two flavors – each with or without fluoride.
Overall, the flavor was good and my mouth felt quite clean. Compared to other brands we’ve tried, I didn’t love the gel aspect. It left a minor flavor in my mouth that wasn’t terrible or super bothersome, but it was there.
This is subjective and it absolutely wouldn’t prevent me from buying the toothpaste again. Additionally, it’s the least expensive clean toothpaste we’ve found at just $3.99 per tube!
To recycle, remember to use up every tidbit in the tube. The tube is aluminum and fully recyclable. The lid (made from recycled plastic) will vary by location.
Check out these recycling basics everyone should know!
Wear Pact Kids Socks Review
Our little guy needed some new socks, so down the rabbit hole of organic kid socks I went! If you’re looking into sustainable kids clothing, or any sustainable clothing, you know it can be tricky. Thankfully it was a short diversion because Wear Pact came up quickly and I decided to give them a go!
We got him the Kids Crew Socks in colorful stripes as well as the ankle socks in the same color combo – both with the grippers because he slides on our hardwood floors).
The socks are made with 85% GOTS-certified organic cotton and silicone grippers.
We love them! Since it recently warmed up here in Sacramento, C has mostly been in the ankle socks. They don’t fall down; they go on easily; and they’re super cute.
Based on these socks, I would definitely try their adult socks and even that cute sustainable black dress!
Abhati Suisse Shampoo Bar Review
Ahh. The shampoo bar situation. In the roughly 15 months I’ve been used clean shampoo and conditioner bars, I’ve now used one conditioner bar and two shampoo bars – they can last quite a while! It also means, my reviews are fewer and farther between!
After finishing up my Spring & Vine shampoo bar, I bought a Abhati Suisse Shampoo Bar from Credo! I opted for the “calming” formulation. They also offer moisturizing, balancing, and detoxifying formulas.
I was unprepared for the fairly strong scent of the shampoo. It doesn’t smell up my hair, but I could smell the bar through the packaging in the box. The bar lathers up quite nicely, but unlike my previous shampoo bar, I felt this one had a hard time drying between showers and started to get softer pretty quickly.
It also didn’t last long – two months for me. I only wash my hair about twice per week, so this really isn’t a long time. For the nearly $25 price tag – that just isn’t worth it to me.
Also, when we traveled a few weeks ago, the shampoo bar scented our toothbrushes. It washed out easily with water since it’s just soap, but I really didn’t love that.
So, I won’t be buying this one again!
Next up, I’m trying UpFront Cosmetics shampoo + conditioner bars for blonde hair!
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