Item 1One of the new things I'm trying right now is Bar Shampoo. I'm not sure exactly why I decided to try this as I really can't use bar soaps, but sometimes I make impulsive decisions. I was in Chicago staying at the Palmer House and on the basement floor was a really cool beauty products store with all kinds of fun things, including my favorite Mervis toothpaste. The ingredients on this bar shampoo looked pretty good so I shelled out the cash. It wasn't cheap.
I used it for the first time yesterday, and it did feel waxy in the shower, but not the rest of the day. And I'm not having any scalp irritation (I have a dry scalp and usually use a tea tree oil shampoo) so I'm fairly satisfied.
What I didn't realize until after I tried this bar for the first time is that this month is Plastic Free July! Maybe I'm psychic. On the Plastic Free July site, there's a pesky plastics quiz. I found out about Plastic Free July when a friend shared a Buzzfeed article that includes 39 ways to reduce plastic. I'm already doing 1-7, 10, 14, 18, 19 (Bar shampoo!), 22, 26, 29, 31, 37, 38.
Here are some that I plan to try. They are going to be interesting and tough:
8. Shop in the bulk food section of your grocer rather than buying pre-packaged staples.
11. Take your own reusable container to the deli or butcher when buying meat or fish that’s normally wrapped in plastic before being sold.
12. And take your own container to restaurants if you think it’s likely that you’ll have leftovers.
I have to be super careful with what I use to wash my face. I have rosacea and really dry skin, so no retinol (I had the worst experience after using it in 2014). I like exfoliating every once in awhile and I like having smooth skin. So I got this weird natural sponge.
It was kind of strange, because it was wet inside the package. I think that's the special collagen. I don't know. I'm pretty sure collagen isn't being absorbed into my skin, but it's a nice soft scrubber (not at all like a dish sponge) so I will use it for two months and then recycle - or maybe COMPOST it. It's a vegetable, right?
Item 3The third new product was something I picked up at Ulta in Pittsburgh. I was roaming the store looking for who-knows-what, and I spotted this product.
I think it did a decent job even after my run yesterday in some very hot Pittsburgh weather, so I'm happy. Ulta claims I can return it even I don't like it, which surprises me, but I don't think I will be returning it.
It smells good - Lavanilla seems to work for both deodorant AND creme brûlée.