Earth Day: From yogurt cup to toothbrush and razor

From yogurt cup to toothbrush and razor

Happy Earth Day, everyone! I shared a link earlier on my Facebook page, which talked about 10 little, easy things that everyone can do to celebrate this day and help to make an impact in keeping our beautiful earth alive. Well, really you should be doing these things everyday, but hey…baby steps are the key here. Anyway, then I also saw this video from the super cool Lauren and it reminded me that I haven’t shared with you guys yet my current toothbrush and razor (Don’t worry I took the pictures before I started using them!). They aren’t any toothbrush and razor, they are made from recycled yogurt cups – pretty cool, right? And also very Earth Day appropriate because the amount of waste we produce is rapidly becoming one of the biggest problems on this planet.

Preserve Toothbrush

Preserve toothbrush
Preserve toothbrush

  • Made with LOVE and recycled yogurt cups
  • Handle created with 100% recycled plastic; bristles are new nylon
  • Easy-to-grip curved handle
  • Tiered bristles for gentle, thorough cleaning
  • Includes reusable travel case
  • Toothbrush recycling program

Preserve consulted closely with dental professionals to create a toothbrush that gets your teeth cleaner but minimizes your impact on the environment. The design includes a curved handle for those hard-to-reach places and a three-level bristle arrangement to massage your gums. And while the bristles are brand new, the handle is made from recycled yogurt cups. The reusable, clear Travel Case features ventilation holes and a cap to keep your toothbrush clean and dry wherever you take it or store it.

My thoughts

I bought the toothbrush in a medium strength (is that what it is called?) and really liked it. The curve of the handle takes a little while to get used to, but is actually very cleverly designed! It lasted me like every other toothbrush as well ( you are meant to changed them out every 3 months I believe or when you have been sick) and the price point of NZ$6.60 is think is reasonably as well, considering you are supporting a really great company here and are helping the planet as well. So I would definitely recommend it. Also, this toothbrush currently found a second (or 3rd I guess?) life as part of my cleaning tools…so there is another recycle tip 😉

Preserve razor

Preserve Razor

Preserve razor

  • Handle powered by yogurt cups™
  • Handle 100% recycled #5 plastic
  • For men and women
  • Easy-to-grip, no-slip handle
  • Long lasting
  • Comes with two blades
  • Also compatible with Personna® Acti-Flexx® blades
  • Handle recyclable after use

This BPA free Triple Razor comes with two replacement blades and has an ergonomic handle that is 100% recycled #5 plastic and completely recyclable after use.  Titanium-covered blades feature a Vitamin E and aloe lubrication strip for added comfort, and are easy to remove and replace. Package is reusable as a travel case and made from renewable wood sources. Available in assorted colors.

 My thoughts

Unfortunately I did not love this one as much as the toothbrush, simply due to the fact that the razor blade would not stay attached to the handle. As you can see in the second picture, the razor blade clips into the end of the handle, however the little plastic bits did not seem to hold it too well and it would continuously fall out while I was shaving. My mum however has the same razor and she has absolutely no issues with it, so maybe mine was just faulty, or I broke it while attaching the blade (quite likely considering my impatience when having to assemble things). The prize point is actually quite good and I don;t think much different to non-eco razors: NZ$13.58. Especially considering that the blades lasted a lot longer than other ones I have used and you then just have to repurchase the blades not the entire razor. So overall, I would still recommend you trying it out – just be careful when you first attach the blade to the handle.

Preserve toothbrush and razor

Where to buy

I bought both at Naturally Organic, one of my favourite natural health stores in New Zealand. Where else you can buy products from this brand (they make some cool kitchen things as well) and more information in general, click here to get to their page in the Brand Directory.

I hope that this post showed you that little things, which you use daily anyway, can make a HUGE impact on our environment (aka our home). I know, we often think (me included) that little things like changing our toothbrush doesn’t matter, but imagine the amount of waste we could reduce if all 7 billion of us would only use recycled toothbrushes. Also, for me, this is about awareness. Often we don’t even know which alternatives to the typical products that are so used to, are out there. Companies like Preserve truly deserve our attention, because the more we support the earth-friendly ones, the less we give the earth-destroying ones a chance!

Earth day quote

Lily Lolo Blush Showdown: Pressed vs Mineral

Lily Lolo Pressed vs Powder Blush

I recently was in desperate need of a new blush, so I decided to try one out from one of my favourite natural companies: Lily Lolo. I love them for their design, their affordability, the clean ingredients they use and of course that they are cruelty free. You can read more about the brand here.

So i jumped onto their website and went back and forth between the loose mineral blush and the pressed blush and finally decided to just try them both. I generally like natural, slightly pink-ish blushes so I literally managed to pick up two in exactly the same colour (which I don’t mind at all). They will look slightly different in some of the following pictures but on my (currently still quite tanned) cheeks both colours look literally identically.

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Wishing for everyday miracles

This week was my 25th birthday (yay me for making it through a quarter century!) and when I woke up in the morning, I thought about what I would like to wish for this year. Now, I struggle often with not thinking as highly of myself as I should (and as others do) and not giving myself the credit that I actually earn. I constantly strive higher, wider, further and am my own harshest critic and competition (sounds familiar, to anyone? 😉 ).

But for my birthday I figured that I should reach for the stars. No one else can wish me something as amazing as I can wish for myself (how are they supposed to know anyway?). No one else can treat me kinder than I (should!) treat myself and no one else can dream bigger than I (again: should!) dream for myself.

So I wished for miracles.

I wished that my eyes will be open at all times, always ready to catch a glimpse of the next miracle, which is approaching me. I wished that my heart and mind will be judgement-free in order to realise the miracles that might be hiding outside my belief system. I wished that I find balance in life in order to keep my physical body grounded and healthy so it is ready for change and action when the miracle falls upon me.

There are so many things, which we cannot control and though I am grateful for everyone who wished me happiness, health and success for my birthday, I know (from my humble 25 years of experience), that the universe often has different plans for us. However what I can wish for and work on every day is to see the beauty in every little detail, to stay in the present and not worry about the past or the future, to trust that everything happens to me for a reason and to trust myself that I will always be okay. I (and so do you!) deserve to wish for miracles. Because if we are open to them, they will happen every single day, no matter if we happen to be sick, poor, healthy, rich, successful or failing.

So let’s bring on this next year, which I am so excited for, as I will wake up everyday wondering what beautiful things the universe might have in store for me today, which I could have never imagined myself. Because really, life itself is just one big miracle.

KUU Konjac Sponge [Bamboo Charcoal]

KUU Konjac spongeHappy December, everyone! Are you guys in the festive spirit yet? Have you got all your presents? My christmas season this year is VERY different than last year or any christmases I had so far actually. First of all, I am spending it in New Zealand with my parents, which has not been the case for over 5 years, so I am really excited for that! Second of all, I don’t really have my own space to decorate, which has made it kind of hard to get into the spirit. Also, where are the christmas markets and the Glühwein? On the other hand though, I am really enjoying the warmer temperatures and also looking around for ethical, conscious christmas presents, which is another first for this year. The last months that I have spent in New Zealand I have done a ton of research and tried a few really amazing local (either NZ or Australian) companies, ranging from beauty to makeup or fashion items. So I figured during the next weeks leading up to Christmas, I will share as many of these products here on the blog as I can. Hopefully it will give you either an idea of what to buy for your loved-ones or introduce you to a new company or you might even find something that you really want to try out yourself! 😉 Shopping small and supporting local businesses can be so much fun and I believe that it will be the future of economy, in order to make an effort to save our planet as well as create equal rights for all of us on earth (a girl can dream big, right? 😉 )

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Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette

Lily Lolo Laid Bare PaletteI absolutely love eye shadow palettes, because I think they are just so convenient and easy- especially the ones with natural shades for an everyday quick eye look! I usually keep my eye makeup the same and pretty repetitive so I actually use up eye shadow palettes quite quickly (except for that odd shade that every palette has probably 😉 ). I have been searching for a natural one for a while because somehow palettes don’t seem to be too common in the green beauty world. Anyway, I was super happy to stumble across this Laid Bare Eye Palette from Lily Lolo- as the name suggests the shades are very neutral, perfect for an everyday look and also suiting my brown eyes!Read More

Australia Trip Haul – Conscious Beauty, Decorations, Clothes…

Australia Trip Haul

Finally a new Youtube video – still struggling a bit with the whole technical side of this communication medium- so much to learn! At the same time I am so excited about all the natural & ethical items I am finding, that I feel like I just need to share them with you guys! The world we live in is changing so rapidly and what better way to create awareness for all the brands that help to make that change, than to talk about them!

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Macadamia Oil & Lip Balm

Macadamia skin careAbout a hour north of Auckland is the beautiful town of Matakana, which has an amazing farmer’s market every weekend! If you are somewhere in the area or are planning a trip to New Zealand, I can highly recommend to check it out! Despite the delicious food, I was happily surprised to find some natural skincare items as well, which I obviously had to try out!

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Pacifica Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples

Pacifica

I am a big fan of multi-purpose products, as they save me a whole lot of time during applying makeup as well as space in my makeup bag. Both of which I am in desperate need of right now, as I am currently applying my makeup on the car ride to work…(don’t worry I am carpooling, not driving myself 😉 ). Plus I instantly fell in love with the colours and the packaging of this beautiful Pacifica Radiant Shimmers (yes I am a total marketing victim!).

The palette comes with three shimmery, creamy colours, that you can use as highlight, eyeshadow, on your lips or whatever other use you can think of, really 😉

Keep reading to see swatches and my uses of the shimmers…

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