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Reviews: sustainable living

Reviews: sustainable living

Reviews by Alice Ellerby, Saffia Farr, Jess Hazel and Sophie May Shampoo Bar This shampoo bar by ecoLiving is 100% natural, soap-free, vegan, and made with sustainable ingredients. I tried the Wild Fig and loved the fresh scent and purple colour. I also found the leaf shape really helpful – it’s attractive and easy to hold and use but also distinguishes itself from other bars of conditioner or soap in the shower! The bar is described to last between 50 and 80 washes (depending on hair length) and I certainly did not use a lot for my long, thick hair. I lathered it into the ends and along my scalp, but everyone will have their own way to use it. My hair felt very soft afterwards. The bar is made in the UK, a tree is planted for every bar sold, and all packaging is compostable and recyclable with no...

Reviews: sustainable living

Reviews by Alice Ellerby, Saffia Farr, Jess Hazel and Sophie May Shampoo Bar This shampoo bar by ecoLiving is 100% natural, soap-free, vegan, and made with sustainable ingredients. I tried...

Reviews: gifts

Reviews: gifts

Reviews by Alice Ellerby, Saffia Farr, Jess Hazel and Rosalind Kingston-Jones Goat’s Milk Soap Small Gift Set This is a gorgeous little gift – I like the price point and that the set includes two soaps. The bars weigh 55g each and you can choose from a range of scents, including lavender, tea tree and oatmeal, lemon and ginger, and unscented. You can have any combination; you simply include a message with your order to say which ones you would like. I tried the lemon and ginger and I love the fresh and zingy ginger scent and the pieces of lemon peel in the bar. The small bar fits nicely in your hand – or a child’s hand – and keeps its shape well. These soaps are handmade using Garlic Meadow’s own goat’s milk. The bars are wrapped in paper and the gift sets in biodegradable cellulose. SF £4etsy.com/uk/shop/garlicmeadow Comfort Gift Set...

Reviews: gifts

Reviews by Alice Ellerby, Saffia Farr, Jess Hazel and Rosalind Kingston-Jones Goat’s Milk Soap Small Gift Set This is a gorgeous little gift – I like the price point and that the...

Reviews: play

Reviews: play

Reviews by Alice Ellerby and Jess Hazel Voxblock Starter Pack Sometimes you discover a product that has a transformational impact on your child. The Voxblock was that product for us. It is a screen-free audiobook player that functions so simply and intuitively that it allows children autonomy over the stories they listen to. My 6-year-old isn’t yet reading independently and while I love reading with her, the Voxblock allows her to have quiet time with a book on her own. When she first got it, she carried it around with her until she’d listened to all 2 hours and 39 minutes of A Bear Called Paddington! The audiobooks are beautifully designed blocks, and both they and the player are durable and lightweight, perfect for children to handle. You can listen through a built-in speaker or headphones. The starter pack includes the player, a protective bumper, and three audiobooks, and there’s...

Reviews: play

Reviews by Alice Ellerby and Jess Hazel Voxblock Starter Pack Sometimes you discover a product that has a transformational impact on your child. The Voxblock was that product for us....

Reviews and Best Buys: clothing

Reviews and Best Buys: clothing

Reviews by Lauren Downie-Campbell, Stuart Dutton, Alice Ellerby, Jess Hazel, Rosalind Kingston-Jones, Rachel, Laura Roberts Original DungareeI bought my Lucy & Yak dungarees on sale around a year ago and love wearing them. They’re now part of my go-to comfort outfit! I’ve got a huge amount of wear out of them already and they still look quite new. They are made with soft, lightweight denim and are so comfortable, and I like that they have decent sized pockets! They have adjustable straps with plenty of extra length to fit varying body types (I have had trouble with others not being quite long enough in the body). I wear them over T-shirts with the legs rolled up in summer, and over jumpers and tucked into boots during winter. I like that they’re made with organic cotton, and that clean, pre-loved Yaks can be exchanged in store for money off a new...

Reviews and Best Buys: clothing

Reviews by Lauren Downie-Campbell, Stuart Dutton, Alice Ellerby, Jess Hazel, Rosalind Kingston-Jones, Rachel, Laura Roberts Original DungareeI bought my Lucy & Yak dungarees on sale around a year ago and...

Reviews and Best Buys: summer holidays

Reviews and Best Buys: summer holidays

Reviews by Alice Ellerby, Jess Hazel, Emma Hypher, Sophie May and Sharon Whiting     Swimsuit I researched lots of sustainable swimwear brands before I settled on Batoko. I liked its ethos – using only recycled plastic waste intercepted before landfill, with collections kept intentionally small. The swimsuits are produced in small batches, helping avoid overproduction and encouraging customers to make slow and considered purchases. I wanted a swimsuit that would last me a long time, and I am really pleased so far (still going strong after six months of regular use). I wear it mainly for sea swimming, and always rinse it out afterwards with fresh water as recommended; Batoko suggests washing swimsuits as little as possible. It’s also worth mentioning that the brand sells ‘imperfect’ swimsuits at a reduced price. That’s how I bought mine, and I am yet to find an imperfection! I like this approach – nothing is...

Reviews and Best Buys: summer holidays

Reviews by Alice Ellerby, Jess Hazel, Emma Hypher, Sophie May and Sharon Whiting     Swimsuit I researched lots of sustainable swimwear brands before I settled on Batoko. I liked its ethos...

Reviews and Best Buys: sustainable home

Reviews and Best Buys: sustainable home

Reviews by Alice Ellerby, Saffia Farr, and Jess Hazel Organic Cotton Unpaper Towel This is the most fantastic cloth. It’s designed to be an ‘unpaper towel’, so you have a few in your kitchen to mop up spills, which you then wash and reuse. I have been using it for all sorts of things and it works really well and washes well too. I love the design and the hook is helpful for hanging. It’s available as a pack of five, or as smaller grey wipes, and arrives wrapped in eco-friendly, ethically sourced tissue paper. It’s designed in the UK and made in India where 35% of electricity used during manufacture is from renewable sources, using hydroelectric power. £2.50 for a single towelhomeofjuniper.co.uk Makeup Remover Pads These are fantastic makeup remover pads. There are 10 in the set, so plenty to last between washes, and they are really big with...

Reviews and Best Buys: sustainable home

Reviews by Alice Ellerby, Saffia Farr, and Jess Hazel Organic Cotton Unpaper Towel This is the most fantastic cloth. It’s designed to be an ‘unpaper towel’, so you have a...

Nature-friendly sunscreens for your family – 2023 update

Nature-friendly sunscreens for your family – 20...

We’ve tried lots of natural sun creams here at JUNO HQ over the years. We wanted to share them in one place, to help you when looking for a product to suit you and your family this summer. All are reef-safe and paraben-free. Organii SPF15 Facial Sun Cream It’s so hard to find a good certified organic sunscreen. Many can be oily or heavy on the skin, which can lead to breakouts. I’m happy to report no spots after a week of using this every day! A little goes a long way, so a tube lasts a long time, and it feels nourishing on the skin. It contains a range of organic ingredients and oils with anti-ageing properties, so it works as both a moisturiser and an everyday SPF. You can see the cream on the skin when you first apply it due to the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide...

Nature-friendly sunscreens for your family – 2023 update

We’ve tried lots of natural sun creams here at JUNO HQ over the years. We wanted to share them in one place, to help you when looking for a product...