This month, I haven’t discovered quite so many palm oil free products as usual. This may seem odd, but I see it as a bit of a victory. Because I’m finally starting to settle on the products I love and use regularly, and they have become a staple part of our monthly shop.
That said, since my last palm oil free product recommendations post, there have been four products that have really stood out to me as being fantastic and I wanted to share them with you.
Until recently, I had no idea that candles generally contained palm oil derivatives, as do wax melts. I find this quite sad really, because they can only be described as luxury items. To destroy the rainforest for something we don’t even need seems very sad.
Luckily, this is one little luxury that ethical shoppers don’t need to give up just yet. Gauci Organic Candles make both candles and wax melts from just soy beans. Their fragrances are totally natural too, using just botanical oils to give the candles and melts their scent.I’ve tried some of the candles and wax melts and they make my house smell absolutely divine, despite the presence of two large, smelly dogs and two small, smelly children. Even before I lit them, the candles smelt amazing. Once the flame was burning, the whole house filled with the scent. These are definitely going to be my go-to air-fresheners from now on!
Gifts for mums and babies
Baby Blooms is a brand I have been aware of for a while and I’ve always thought how beautifully presented their gifts are. You might have seen them too, they make fabulous bouquets that look like flowers, but they are actually baby clothes and accessories presented perfectly in amongst silk roses.
Since starting out with their baby clothes bouquets in 2005, Baby Blooms have branched out into other gifts, including these beautiful creams and moisturisers.
When I was a new mum, I remember the awful routine of washing your hands all the time for fear of making your baby poorly if you weren’t careful enough about germs. This led to my skin being horrendously dry, but I never wanted to use unethical moisturising products.
Baby Blooms have solved this problem for environmentally conscious new mums, with their range of creams and moisturisers for both mum and baby. I have been using the soothing body lotion, rejuvenating facial moisturiser, baby care cream, lip rescue balm and replenishing hand cream.
The hand cream has been particularly useful, as my hands have been quite dry lately and it has been a relief to find a gorgeous, ethical product to moisturise them. I have been using the baby care cream on Lia and she’s had no nappy rash at all. It goes on very smoothly and feels soft and not sticky. The other products are gorgeous too, they are all light, fabulous smelling and refreshing to apply.
Jams, sauces and chutneys
I do most of the cooking in our house and as a general rule, I like to add a good amount of flavour to the food. Preferably something spicy, but definitely a strong taste. Since having children, this has become somewhat harder than it sounds.
There is always somebody moaning about it being too spicy or that they don’t like the flavour, so it’s often easier to add sauce afterwards instead of putting it in the food. So finding palm oil free sauces and chutneys became quite important to me and in the process, we found some other brilliant products too!Brambleberry Jams make a range of home made jams, sauces, chutneys and pickles from ingredients that are home grown and hand picked. We have tried a few of their products and my current favourite is the Red Onion Jam with Organic Balsamic Vinegar. This is pretty amazing with cheese on toast or as part of a ploughman’s salad.
Beans and pulses
I’ve written before about my love of Hodmedods Baked British Beans, but this month we’ve tried a few of their other products too. Their Dhal is a particular favourite of mine, it is like a hug in a mug at lunchtime. It takes just a couple of minutes to heat up straight from the tin, and it fills me up until dinner time. Not only is it ethical but it’s a quick, healthy lunch that stopped me from wanting to snack in the afternoon.
We have also tried the British Carlin Peas, British Fava Beans and British Haricot Beans this month. These are perfect for bulking out a veggie chilli or lasagne and making it more filling without the need for mince. Beans and pulses are also a great source of protein, eliminating the need to use meat substitutes that often contain palm oil.
Please note, some items within this post were sent to us for the purpose of an honest review. All views, opinions, soft skin, fragrant home and tasty food are my own.