Just a few months back, all I could think about was the pending #DayZero here in Cape Town. I was terrified, to say the least. I spent many hours Googling how compost toilets work, and almost booked a course on how to make your own Humanure (if you’re unsure what this is, take a good look at the name). Implementing stringent water saving measure in my household became (and still is) a priority of the first order. For now, Day Zero has been moved out until 2019, but my attitude towards water has changed irrevocably – I now see it as a very precious, limited resource that should be used sparsely.
Given the above, my beauty routine has also seen some changes. I no longer fill a basin up with water to wash my face. I now use cleansing formulas that don’t require water – and if I’m honest, my skin looks better for it. Dry shampoo (and I admit, I’ve always been a fan) is my BEST friend as I no longer wash my hair every second day, but rather fourth. Luckily LUSH – one of my favourite, planet-respecting, animal loving, toxic-free brands has a whole host of fabulous, effective products that will help you save water, while still looking (and smelling) gorgeous!
Ultrabland Facial Cleanser (R155/45g R235/100g)
Looking for a gentle, effective and skin friendly cleanser? Then you have to try Ultrabland – one of the brands iconic products. As the name suggests, this formula is super simple and is made using almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey. The formula is based on an ancient Greek recipe for cold cream and gently removes all traces of dirt and makeup, without stripping the skin of it’s natural oils. Smooth a little of the formula all over the face – any dirt and makeup will cling to the cream – then remove with a warm, damp face cloth or cotton wool.
9 to 5 Cleanser (R105/95g R195/240g)
If a thick, oily cleanser is not your thing, then try this cream cleanser. Made with almond oil, floral essential oils and Dove Orchid extract (apparently it has excellent soothing properties), it removes all dirt and makeup while soothing, moisturising and brightening the skin. It also has a wonderfully soothing, very subtle scent. Tip: The 95g is GREAT for travel as the bottle is small and compact.
Eau Roma Water Toner Water (R95/100g R165/250g)
Suitable for even the most sensitive skins. Eau Roma Water was created to hydrate and soothe the skin. Rose water helps calm and reduce redness, while lavender water balances and softens the skin. Use it for a quick, refreshing spritz when your skin feels hot, or to remove any traces of makeup or cleanser. I also use mine after makeup application to give my skin a glow.
The Greeench Deodorant Powder R105/75g
I can’t lie – I’ve always struggled with “natural” deodorants. I don’t find them effective at all and generally dislike how most leave my armpits feeling sticky. So, it was with trepidation that I tried The Greench. And, I was actually rather impressed. While it doesn’t have the power of a Shield 72 hour formula, it certainly left my pits odour free on the (very warm) day I tried it. Formula wise, it contains lycopodium powder that keeps underarms dry. Thyme, tea tree and sage are all anti-bacterial and work to keep odour inducing bacteria at bay. To use, simply sprinkle a little of the powder onto the palms of the hands and rub onto clean, dry armpits.
T’eo Solid Deodorant R95/90g
This solid deodorant bar is packed full of super-absorbent sodium bicarbonate to keep you dry, while a nifty team of natural, antibacterial fresh makers – juniper berry, tea tree and lemon oil – limit bacterial growth and help to keep you fresh. Simply rub this pretty deodorant block over dry armpits, using the compostable, blue wax coating for extra grip. Tip: Keep T’eo fresh and fragrant by keeping in a reusable box or tin.
Rose Jam Body Spray R395
If you love the smell of fresh roses, this body spray is for you. It’s my teens absolute favourite scent and the smell lingers in her room. Not to say it’s just for teens – I LOVE it too. The formula uses rose oil from petals harvested in Senir, Turkey (BTW, Turkey 7 Morocco are renowned for having the most delicious smelling roses) and geranium. Also included is a touch of citrussy lemon that gives the scent a lovely fresh smell.
No Drought Dry Shampoo (R95/50g R145/115g)
I love me a dry shampoo and have tried almost all available locally. Again, I wasn’t sure how this powder formula would measure up, but was pleasantly surprised. Most regular dry shampoos have a few chemicals thrown into the mix, but this one is all natural.
It’s made with oil-absorbing powders and grapefruit and lime that refresh the hair. As with most dry shampoos, it’s ideal for refreshing the hair between washes – but IS NOT a substitute for actually washing the hair! It effectively soaks up excess oil, leaving the hair feeling fresh and clean. Massage a little into your scalp and through the hair, then brush out. If you apply it correctly, you shouldn’t seen any residue or dustiness.
Lastly, if you, like me, are a LUSH fan and LOVE popping into their stores, you’ll know the brand are renowned for their in-store dems. However, due to Cape Town’s severe water restrictions – and as part of the brands water saving initiative – all taps on the demo basins have been shut off.
All the #LushWaterWise products featured in the post can be purchased at LUSH stores nationwide or online at za.lush.com