Living Plastic-Free: DEODORANT
It’s day 2 of living plastic free and my antiperspirant committed suicide this morning. As it leapt out of my hands and hurled itself towards the linoleum at warp speed I was thinking “Where the frell am I gonna find a non-plastic substitute…how absolutely plebeian that anti-perspirant is going to be the first thing I’ll be blogging about…I wonder if there will be any leftover Xmas chocolate at work today….(sometimes my brain travels at warp speed too).
Fortunately, the SharWoman and I were Starbucking this weekend and discussing my imminent adventure into no-plastic land. Shampoo came up in conversation….and the name LUSH as a potential source.
Now I’m a LUSH virgin – always been a BodyShopWoman. Body Shop catered to my cruelty-free lifestyle long before anyone else. They get my loyalty for that. And ya gotta admire the guts, maverick-ness, and vision of Anita Roddick, it’s founder. The Body Shop had a fabulous antiperspirant which I faithfully purchased (in bulk, as it was often sold out) for many years, until they removed it from their product line in 2006. Go figure. (It’s the EnviroWoman curse, products I LOVE get summarily dumped…Watch out Pepsi, your days could be numbered). Admittedly, even if it were still alive today, Body Shop's antiperspirant would be a SINNER in today's no-plastic land.
So today I ventured into LUSH land. They had 3 types of deodorants (impressive), two which were SAINTS, and one that was a SINNER. All cruelty-free. I tell ya, I nearly yelled BINGO. Containing myself, I chose the paper-wrapped Teo. Alas, looks like the label used for pricing may be plastic-based (a MINOR SIN). I’ll have to do some research on that.
Gotta love the LUSH. Making my first foray into no-plastic land a success. Of course, I have yet to test-drive Teo and see if it’s worth EnviroWoman’s allegiance. But for now here’s how things add up…
SAINT: Teo by LUSH
SINNER: Dove, Ultimate Clear Cool Essentials
FYI: No-plastic land lingo
SAINT = non-plastic based/packaged product that makes the earth a better place to live. Bravo. Kudos. Pats on the back.
SINNER = a previously-used product (or any product) that contains plastic or is packaged in plastic. SINNERS are banished from no-plastic land.
MINOR SIN = when EnviroWoman buys a SAINT product that (gasp) have wee bits of plastic parasitically implanted in them (like those Octopus-like-larvae in Aliens, that jump on your face, implant a tentacle into your guts and suck the life-blood right outta ya). We’re talking labels, zippers, those little T-shaped bits of plastic that attach the price tag to clothes, etc. MINOR SINs will added to the plastic shrine.
MAJOR SIN = when EnviroWoman falls right offa the bandwagon and buys or uses new plastic, flagrantly throwing her morals (and resolution) to the wind and thereby putting the future of Mother Earth in jeopardy. This may occur when a cruelty-free (first priority) non-plastic (second priority) replacement cannot be found in EnviroWoman’s realm. Or it may occur because the allure of the pretty plastic thingy reduces EnviroWoman’s will power to that of a lima bean. MAJOR SINs will added to the plastic shrine.