Do you travel with a carry on only? Do you struggle to comply with the liquid allowance? Then I have good news for you. Here’s what I packed for a 7 week winter house sitting trip.
My kit for a 7 week trip
I can almost hear the gasp of horror from those of you who have drawers full of beauty products! Well, I kid you not, that’s it and that’s plenty. Admittedly my needs are few, I have learnt to live a very minimalistic lifestyle over the last few years and have rid myself of toxin laden toiletries and cosmetics (and cleaning products but that’s another story).
After having had breast cancer 10 years ago I began to research into the products that I was using and although there is much conflicting information out there I decided that stopping using suspect products was not going to harm me whereas continuing to use them might.
Also, I have always been environmentally conscious, I stopped using bleach and was recycling bottles, back in the day when people rolled their eyes at me. However, what may have seemed over the top 30+ years ago is now considered the norm and more and more people are looking for eco-friendly goods.
I do realise that many of you will require more than this, giving up all your ‘beauty’ stuff is a sacrifice that not everyone is able to make but even making a few changes will help the environment and possibly protect your health.
Now for the marketing bit
I called this post Marketing Monday because that’s exactly what I am going to do now. The meaning of marketing is, according to Google, “the action or business of promoting and selling products or services”
About 7 years ago I became a distributor for a company called Wikaniko, a family firm, supplying of a wide range of eco-friendly products. I thought it would be a good way of getting my products for less. I buy all my cleaning products and toiletries from them, as well as a variety of other items. So, because I want to be completely open about this, some of the items in the photo are things that I distribute.
Unfortunately, just at the moment we only deliver to the UK as Brexit has put everything on hold as far as other countries are concerned, but that may be sorted out soon. The good news is that most UK mainland addresses have free delivery for order over £50.00. Sadly, I live in Northern Ireland which is a bit of a bummer!
Anyway, it took me a while to get here but I am now going give you a run through the items. You will see that the items have links you can click on if you are interested in finding out more about them (and hopefully make a purchase) and while you are on the website you can have a browse through the full range, there is great variety.
My all time favourite – travel soap
I just love the lemongrass smell of this multipurpose travel soap. It is a shampoo, body & hand soap, shaving soap, and can even be used for hand laundry. It has deodorizing properties and is antiseptic, anti-fungal & insect repellent.
It is just one of a wide range of Friendly Soaps that we stock. They are all plastic free, paraben free, SLS free, Palm Oil free, cruelty free, and vegan. You can take a look at the others when you click through to the warehouse website.
I packed two bars as I wasn’t altogether sure if one bar would be enough so I’ll know for next time. This is the longest I have been away so far.
Next is my Salt Of The Earth deodorant.
I have had this little chap for years. Yes, seriously he may be small but he is mighty and lasts for what seems like forever.
I do also have a full sized one at home which I have had for even longer!
Salt of The Earth Natural Deodorant is a totally natural crystal deodorant that works by leaving a thin layer of natural mineral salts on your skin.
Obviously, because this is a natural product, it is free from all the nasties that you normally find in deodorants and is vegan friendly. As you can see it’s not plastic free but, as I will be using it for years to come, it can hardly be classed as ‘single use’. If you do want plastic free non-liquid deodorants you could check out the range of Earth Conscious deodorants on the website.
Next is my toothpaste
This is what I am using at the moment, Georganics Coconut Oil Toothpaste and, because this is a sizeable jar, I brought it in two little screw together bead containers that I had at home. You can see them beside the toothbrush in the photo.
We have a huge range of Georganic products; toothpastes, tooth powders, oil pulling mouthwashes, toothpaste tablets, mouthwash tablets, tooth soap, floss, beechwood toothbrushes; the selection is brilliant and all plastic free. If you visit the website you will find them in the plastic free section or just search for Georganics. When I get home I’m going to order myself some of the toothpaste tablets, because toothpaste is still classed as a liquid by airlines. I’m also going to ditch the plastic toothbrush and get myself one of the Beechwood ones(also part of the Georganics collection).
What’s in the little bottle?
Fractionated Coconut Oil. This is coconut oil that has had some of the proteins and fatty acids removed which makes it a liquid. I use it on my legs, hands, and face. I normally only put it on my face once a week and let it soak in.
So, that’s all I have with me at the moment that I distribute, the rest of the items are from elsewhere but I’m going to highlight a couple for you anyway as they may be of interest to you.
I have virtually no eyebrows, they never grew back after I had chemo. For years I was drawing them on with an eyebrow pencil but I found, in the summer heat, and if I had sunglasses on, they rubbed off. They also rubbed off on the chiropractor’s table, when I was having an eye test, and usually got part washed off at the hairdressers. So, that was embarrassing, I eventually discovered eyebrow transfers and if you are interested, this is the company I buy them from – Simply Wigs. They also do real hair stick on ones. If I’m ever rich I might give them a go!
Bert’s Bees Lip Shimmer & Lip Balm
You will see in the photo a couple of lip shimmers and a lip balm by Bert’s Bees, I really like these products. Bert’s Bees is an American company that makes a range of eco-friendly products, they are available in many countries, just have a google and I’m sure you will find a distributor near you. I was gifted these but I know they were bought online.
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