Soapwalla Kitchen

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Product review time!

For Christmas my sister gave me her favorite brand of deodorant.  (No, I didn’t open my present sneakily, we celebrate Christmas early.)  Confession: I am deodorant obsessed.  I currently have 10 different deodorants in my bathroom, none of which I’m totally happy with.  They either don’t work, or are so heavily perfumed that I can’t wear it to work.  I think I’ve tried every brand out there.  I would prefer to use a deodorant with natural ingredients, but end up using traditional deodorants to get non-stinky results.

tip of the iceberg, there are a few more in the back of my cupboard

tip of the iceberg, there are a few more in the back of my cupboard

The Soap Walla brand makes killer deodorant!  I love the smell and it actually works.  Check out their blurb…

Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream is vegan and is made with the highest quality organic and food-grade ingredients. Our Deodorant Cream does not contain questionable additives such as sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens or harsh and harmful chemicals, petroleum, or aluminum compounds that are frequently found in commercial antiperspirants, and is NEVER tested on animals.

http://soapwallakitchen.com/products/deodorant-cream

Ding! Ding! Ding! It is all the things I look for.

soapwalla-deo

At first it was a little weird to be rubbing in a slightly gritty cream, but I’m used to it now.  It absorbs in quickly and doesn’t seem to transfer to clothing.  I like the bergamot scent so much I don’t mind it being on my hands after applying.  The pot isn’t big but you need so little, it seems like it will last a long time.  I’m already planning on buying a full-sized pot on Boxing Day.

Thoughts on CSA boxes

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5 or 6 weeks in and I feel that I have a pretty good idea of how the CSA box is working for me.  This is what I’ve learned:

 

I thought that I would be able to completely avoid the grocery store, and my food costs would be very low since I paid for the CSA in the spring.  In a way this is true, I certainly am not buying additional veggies, but I am still buying fruits.  I buy most of my fruit from local farms, and a small bulk fruit reseller.

 

I need to cook more.  This might sounds strange, you would think that I must cook a lot, but I don’t.  I tend to eat raw foods for much of the day and cook something for dinner.  Smoothies, homemade juices and salads and whole fruits for snacks sums up my food intake until about 5pm.  I tend to not eat traditional dinners.  Hummus and veggies is a typical dinner for me.  Onions, potatoes, shallots, scallions are all things that need to be cooked and I seem to be getting these every week.  There is enough in the box of this sort that I need to cook something every night of the week or else it’s going to build up.

 

CSA anxiety.  This is what I call the feeling I get about 2 days before my next box pick-up.  I generally look in my fridge and see a lot still in there and wonder how am I going to eat all this? Another box is arriving!  Sometimes I want to eat out, but then feel incredibly guilty because I have a fridge full of greens that need to be eaten.

 

Share the wealth.  I have been giving produce away to friends, family and co-workers.  They are happy, I am happy to be rid of it.  So far I have given away about half of the onions, lettuce, garlic scapes.

 

I will do this again.  Overall, I think that I will sign up for next year.  I like that I am eating food that I wouldn’t normally buy organic.  When I compare the contents of my box to the going prices at the farmer’s market I am getting a deal.  Also I think it’s good to eat a variety of produce.  Sometimes I don’t eat as many veggies as I should since I love love love fruit.  If nothing else the CSA has forced me to eat a whole lot of greens.

Brush With Bamboo

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I’m always looking for a more eco-friendly change that I can make. It occurred to me as I was about to throw out my toothbrush that maybe there is a better option. Over the last 30 years how many toothbrushes have I thrown out? A couple hundred? I spent some time researching other options.

The first one I came across was Source. The handles are made of recycled materials, either wood, flaxseed or paper, but the top part is disposable and made of plastic.  I wasn’t entirely happy with this because it is still a disposable single use product.  It’s a more ecological product, but it’s not that great.

 

I also considered Terra-dent, which also has a replaceable brush head, but it’s all plastic and I think I can do better.

 

I was interested in Dr. Du-More’s Oxo-Birodegradable toothbrush, this plastic consists of CO2, water and humus and apparently will breakdown.  I can’t really wrap my head around that, how long does it take?  I was able to find them for sale on Amazon, but I don’t like the look of them, and I’m not prepared to buy 24 toothbrushes at a time….

Dr. Du-More Toothbrush (24 Pieces)

I have finally settled on Brush with Bamboo.  The price was comparable to traditional toothbrushes, and I like that there is no plastic.  The bamboo that they use is renewable and doesn’t impact panda habitat which is something I wouldn’t have thought about.  Although the bristles are made of nylon, the rest is all wood.  There are toothbrushes available with pig hair bristles, but as a vegetarian, I’m not cool with that.  Plus all the reviews I read said that the pigs hair tastes like shit.  The Brush with Bamboo website had lots of suggestions for how the handle can be reused rather than thrown out.  I plan to cut off the brushes and use it as garden markers.