It’s April and I’m here with a new month of sustainable product reviews. We’ve been adding a few new things to our home and I’ve tried out a few new skincare items! This month’s review includes review of ILIA’s clean mascara, a sustainable toilet paper subscription, and a clean hand cream in a fully recyclable container!
A quick note that I had to update some reviews for the toothpaste tablets and the silk floss. I always try to give myself time to test out a product before sharing a review but sometimes new things come to light with even more use!
ILIA Mascara Review
I’ve been on a hunt for a clean beauty mascara that I really want to use. Not only is it clean, but it’s also good for my sensitive eyes and give me some decent oomph.
More than any other item, my mascara is the one thing I will wear and the item I replace most often. You can read my review of the Kjaer Weiss refillable mascara. I love that it has the reusable outer tube, but I wasn’t enamored with the wand or the coverage, so I decided to give the ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara a shot.
In short, I really like it. The wand scared me at first as it has two “sides.” one side is curved and full of ‘bristles’ while the other side is a single, straight line of bristles. The first to separate your lashes and the latter to add volume and length. It took some getting used to but not long.
Most clean mascaras I’ve tried haven’t provided the coverage I’m used to in my beloved Diorshow mascara, but the ILIA finally gave me that oomph!
My sensitive eyes don’t seem to mind the formula most days although I have had some itching, likely aggravated by the dry air and spring season allergies, so I can’t point any fingers!
Who Gives a Crap Sustainable Toilet Paper Review
If you’ve wondered about bamboo or recycled toilet paper, you’re not alone. And if you have questions and concerns…you’re still not alone.
We bought the “premium 3-ply” – a bamboo sustainable toilet paper from Who Gives A Crap. At first feel, it seems thin and ineffective, but when you use it, you’ll see that looks can be quite deceiving.
It’s certainly not rough and it’s actually more absorbent than you think!! It isn’t as cushy, fluffy, and cloudy as the premium, ultra that you may be used to, but we think it’s totally fine and have had no complaints in over a year of use!
The other question I get asked alot is how often we order. Our first box of 48 rolls came in December 2019. We still had some of our old TP in the cupboard, so we didn’t get our next shipment until August 2020 (8 MONTHS!). We’re getting closer to getting a shipment, but we probably won’t be ready until mid-May at the earliest – 9 months!
Our subscription is set for every 16 weeks. Every time we’re set for a new shipment, they send an email and I defer it how long we might need. And, often, I defer it a time or two more – until we’re ready to store all that TP!!
Necessaire Hand Cream Review
I’ve long been a sucker for hand creams to have in my purse. My hands can always get dry, especially when traveling and now that we live somewhere with some dry seasons!
In general I try to avoid travel-sized or mini versions of products since the packaging is usually not-recyclable. When it comes to cream in my purse, however, some concessions must be made.
Necessaire hand cream is cruelty-free and clean, so right there I’m on board. The aluminum tube is fully recyclable and all of the packaging has been deemed carbon neutral!
When it comes to the cream itself, it’s labeled unscented and I think it’s actually unscented! It’s moisturizing but not heavy or oily. It’s not the most moisturizing cream I’ve ever used, but I find that means I can use it in just about any situation without concern.
The only thing I don’t love about the hand cream is the aluminum opening for the cream. It can sometimes rub against my skin. It doesn’t hurt, but it always reminds me that the tube is aluminum. Obviously my love that it’s recyclable (when so much clean beauty is not) outweighs that issue, so I’ll be buying this one again!