Turns out this eco-friendly thing can be pretty overwhelming.
Last month I decided I was going to make a conscious effort to be less wasteful in everyday life, which is a decision I’m proud of, but where to begin?!
In the end I decided to start where I’m most comfortable — beauty products — and when I saw some sustainable bathroom essentials by Preserve on LoveLula, I couldn’t resist trying them out.
Who are Preserve?
Preserve are a US-based company that makes eco-friendly household products. The brand was created after their founder, Eric Hudson, noticed materials weren’t being put to good use after they were recycled. He decided to fill that gap himself, and so Preserve was born. Every product is reusable, recyclable, and designed to be as stylish and functional as possible.
I picked up the toothbrush, £2.99, and the razor, £6.99.
This triple-bladed razor is made from recycled yogurt cups, of all things! Once you have the razor handle you can buy replacement blades instead of throwing the whole body of the razor away, and the razor itself comes with two blades.
It gives a smooth shave, thanks to the three blades and aloe vera lubrication strip, although I normally use a little conditioner to help things along — the life hack every female knows and loves. (Everyone should use conditioner when they shave, regardless of gender. The world would be a happier place.)
Speaking of gender, I love that Preserve haven’t marketed what is essentially the same product as two different items for men and women. This razor is unisex and you don’t pick which colour you get; I was very happy to end up with a fetching shade of blue.
As well as being aesthetically pleasing, Preserve’s razor is also very practical. Notches along the handle help with grip, while the flexibility in the head makes it easier to tackle tricky areas like ankles and knees (although I do prefer something a little more delicate for the bikini line).
One thing I do find is that the razor blade sometimes pings off the handle, and I’m never quite sure whether this is because it’s flimsy, because I use too much pressure, or because I don’t attach it properly. Whatever it is, it gets old quickly, so make sure the blade is secure before you shave!
Like the razor, this toothbrush has a handle made from recycled yogurt cups. The head of the toothbrush is the perfect size for me, although the bristles are a little softer than I normally like, but other than that I have no complaints.
I thought the curved shape of the handle would be a faff but it actually makes it easier to reach into the corners of your mouth — I’m a convert for sure, and will be stocking up on more of these toothbrushes in future.
Overall I’m very impressed with Preserve, their ethos, and their products — they’ve helped to make my attempt at an eco-friendly, minimalist lifestyle that little bit easier.
Have you tried eco-friendly bathroom essentials before? Would you buy anything from Preserve? Let me know in the comments!
Products marked with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for consideration of review. As always, all words and opinions are my own.
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.