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Back to the good old times

After this flamboyant announcement of my zero waste challenge here a first indication of change.

There are three sinks in this apartment, each one has a different liquid soap dispenser (image to the left). I’ve collected them for the picture and because it was a good moment, I’ve informed them about their upcoming demise, hehe.

The Marius Fabre soap is definitely a good one, quite expensive, made with vegetable oil, not tested on animals and probably other good things. I’ve received this as a gift and I like it, so this one is in my bathroom.

The ‘Softsoap: coconut and warm ginger’ is existing purposelessly in the second bathroom. I doubt that this is something extremely healthy (ingredients listed at the end of the blog post). We bought it when we first moved into this apartment, overwhelmed with the number of bathrooms as we were coming from a tiny one bedroom in Brooklyn (soap for all sinks…check).

The third liquid soap dispenser with ‘Trader Joe’s Lemon Kitchen Soap’ is at home in our kitchen, you’ve guessed it, right?
Number two and three are soon empty and I’m already waiting impatiently to kick them out. Number one will last much longer. And I’m going to use all of it.

good old soap

All of them are going to be replaced with ‘Good soap’ from Alaffia which I got at Whole Foods. Smells phenomenally good and is made with fair trade, hand-crafted shea butter.

That means going forward, I’m just buying good old soap instead of those three plastic dispensers. Yay!

Additionally I had opted out of shower gel / body wash right after I moved to the States. I was used to the 99 or even 69 cents body wash in Germany and was shocked to see $8 shower gel in NYC. Insane! Back then I switched to Dove soap which doesn’t dry out my skin. I got it in those huge packs to save couple of cents, but those still came in one carton box per soap and a plastic wrapper for the whole pack. So the Dove soap for daily showers is now also replaced with the ‘Good soap’. Smells fantastic, just in case I didn’t mention that yet, and it does not dry out my skin at all.

I bought the first 3 soaps with a small, brown paper bag. Next time when I’ll buy soap at Whole Foods, I’ll bring something, a box, a bag, in which I can transport the soaps, to even save the paper bag.

Herewith I add 4 plastic packages (3 dispenser things and one shower gel tube) to my saved-the-world-from-plastic-shit list. Feels good and smells good.


Ingredients of Softsoap Coconut & Warm Ginger made by Colgate [source]

  • Water
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Decyl Glucoside
  • Sodium Chloride
  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • Fragrance
  • PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate
  • Tetrasodium EDTA
  • Sodium Sulfate
  • Citric Acid
  • Polyquaternium-7
  • Poloxamer 124
  • PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate
  • Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil
  • Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil
  • Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract
  • Ext. D&C Violet No. 2

What on Earth is all that stuff?

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