Sunday, 9 June 2019

CONCHUS Living




At college last year we had a lecture on creation care.  Our lecturer was talking about the importance of looking after the environment and the responsibility we have as both individuals and a community to play a part in this.

When I arrived back home at the end of last year I knew I wanted to make changes so that I was living a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle.  I wasn't entirely sure what this looked like for me or where to even begin with taking steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle, so I'm sharing my findings and the changes that I make here on my blog and on my instagram.  

The wonderful Laura from The Homely Haven shared #aswapadayinmay last month on her instagram and it made such a difference.  Laura shared some really helpful and simple ways that we can make everyday swaps so that we are living in a more eco-friendly way.

One way in particular that I was interested in making a change was hair care.  For a while I had been looking for hair products that would be kinder to my hair as well as being kinder to the environment.  When I had read the list of ingredients on the back of my shampoo bottle I as shocked at the amount of ingredients and the number of them that were chemicals.

This is what really pushed me to look into shampoo bars and more natural hair products.   The options I had looked at for shampoo bars, although they were good, were out of my price range or I wasn't sure if they suited my hair type.  

Laura shared about a wonderful brand called CONCHUS and so I decided to have a look at the website and contact Camilla who works there.  And honestly, I am so glad that I did!
Camilla was extremely friendly and helpful in answering all my questions (and believe me, I asked A LOT of questions) and she helped me to figure out what combination of products would work best for my hair type and for my skin.





I ordered the shell body wash bar, the conch face wash bar, the swell shampoo bar, the halo hair rinse and the miracle light oil.  I thought I would share with you a little about each product and how I've found them so far.

The products arrived beautifully packaged and wrapped in materials that could be reused or recycled.  Each bar was individually wrapped in paper which I have kept to re-wrap the bars if I need to take them away with me anywhere.  And padding inside the box was cardboard shredding which I added to the kindling basket by our fire place.  I was so pleased to see that not only were the products themselves beautiful and eco-friendly, but that packaging was too!



Shell Body Wash Bar

I will be completely honest with you and say what initially drew me to the Shell Body Wash Bar was the beautiful colour!  And then I became even more excited when I read in the description that it has a zesty, floral scent.  So far I have this to be a great body wash, I've been using it everyday for the past few weeks and I am so pleased with it.  The scent is lovely without being overwhelming and it is very easy to get a lather with this soap.  I was also pleasantly surprised by the size of the bar and I feel this will last me a lot longer than a bottle of shower gel would have in the past. 



Conch Face Wash Bar

I was a little wary purchasing a face wash bar as my skin is quite sensitive and I have had trouble in the past with my skin reacting badly to different face wash products.  However, I decided I would try the Conch Face Wash Bar in an effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste that comes from my use of bathroom products, and I am glad that I decided to take this risk.  The Conch Face Wash Bar is extremely soft on the skin and the natural ingredients mean that I haven't had any issues with it so far. 



Swell Shampoo Bar

Trying a shampoo bar is a change I have been contemplating for quite a long time and for numerous reasons.  Camilla was extremely helpful in helping me to figure out which of the shampoo bar would work best for with hair, and I am so pleased with the Swell Shampoo Bar.  Not only does Swell work best for my hair type, but it also has a zesty, floral scent which compliments the Shell Body Wash Bar beautifully.  I have found the best way for me to use the shampoo bar is to lather it in my hands first and then apply it to my hair, rather than directly rubbing the shampoo bar onto my scalp.
This product lathers easily and has a wonderful end result, it's another one which I think will last me a lot longer than a bottle of shampoo would, however I only use this once or twice a week. 



Halo Hair Rinse
Camilla recommended for to buy a hair rinse to used after applying the shampoo bar as a way of 'conditioning' my hair.  Between the two available, I decided to go for the Halo hair rinse as I remember this being the one that Laura recommended.  This is such a wonderful product and leaves your hair soft and shiny.  Once I've rinsed out the shampoo I apply the hair rinse, wash my body and then wash out the Halo Hair Rinse so that it has time to soak into my hair (my hair is quite thick). 

I also ordered the bottle pump to come with product and is so easy to use, and the results have meant that my hair has felt so smooth and soft once it has dried. I've also tried using this as a leave in conditioner, just before I get out the shower a spray a little of this in my hair and allow it to dry, I was really pleased with the results as it means I haven't had to look for a separate product. 



Miracle Light Oil

This product smells amazing!!!  Really, all the products smell amazing, but this one just might be my favourite.  On the days that I'm washing my hair, I apply this from the roots to the ends of my hair, I then have my breakfast and read my Bible before having a shower.  So I leave this product in my hair for between half an hour and an hour before showering.  Alongside the wonderful smell, this product works well as a 'hair mask' alternative or a 'pre-condition' alternative. 


Since using these products my hair has honestly never felt healthier.  For a long time I have been so unhappy with my hair and due to living in Australia last year my hair was also suffering from pretty bad heat damage.  However, these products have been so wonderful in restoring my hair back to its natural health and helping me to feel happier with the outcome too.

I'm also really excited to be making every day changes that reduce the amount of single-use plastic that I'm using, as well as being made with natural and vegan ingredients. 

I'm so pleased that I've made this first step to more sustainable living and that both Laura and Camilla were able to help me along the way.  I highly recommend trying out the Conchus products if this is a swap that you are interested in, and you can visit the Conchus website by clicking here



Carolyn 
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Sunday, 2 June 2019

May | An honest reflection





May was a month filled with rather a lot of ups and downs.  Nearer the end of the month I was slowly finding myself slotting into a new rhythm only to be pulled out of it by circumstances or even my own emotions.

There have been points over the past four weeks when my heart has felt hindered and yet, other points when I have been so grateful for the help of others.  Accepting help has been a learning curve for me this past month, I am rather independent (some people call it stubbornness!) and I like to do things in a particular way.   Learning to not only accept help but to ask for help has been both humbling and challenging for me.  Whilst I adjust to the new limitations I'm facing due to my chronic illness diagnosis, I have automatically shut myself away; feeling low on energy and unable to write a to-do list let alone complete one. 

It's unsettling how quickly our circumstances can change and we ourselves can change with them.  Yet I am slowly learning to hold onto fragments of myself and try to come to peace with the ones I can no longer hold onto.  It truly hurts and there are many days when my heart has been bitter and so full of confusion.  But I am slowly trying to let go and to hold onto hope instead.

I'm unsure what moving forward looks like as I stand on the edge of a new month.  I am hoping to learn to take each day a step at a time, to both ask for and accept help when it is needed (with a thankful heart rather than a stubborn one!), and to find joy amongst the unknowns of this current season. 


Carolyn 
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