Empties of September and October – including some of my favourite organic products


What happened to good old fall? Seriously, just a few weeks ago I could go out only wearing a t-shirt and now it is dark, cold, windy and I am sitting at home with a blanket… The background for the picture above is actually a thick scarf that I thought I would not need before winter time.

Today’s post will not give you in-depth reviews but a shorter take for some of my favourite organic products that happen to be empty at the same time. Without further ado, here come the empties:

1 Sante Toothpaste Myrrh

Short and sweet: There is no better natural toothpaste if you ask me. I stumbled across it years ago when I was looking for a toothpaste with xylitol and I have rebought it many times since then. There is also a mint version which I know some people might prefer as the myrrh one tastes a bit like licorice (which I love). Using this toothpaste regularly makes my teeth look brighter and they feel polished and clean. The downside: if I only use this toothpaste, I have the impression that I rub off some of the enamel which then results in cold-sensitive teeth.

Ingredients are:

Aqua (Water), Calcium Carbonate, Xylitol, Glycerin, Silica, Commiphora Abyssinica Resin Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Hectorite, Xanthan Gum, Algin, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Bisabolol, Alcohol denat.*, Aroma (Flavor)**, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)
* from organic farming
** from natural essential oils

2 Weleda Creamy Body Wash Citrus

Back in the days when I did not know that body oils existed as an alternative to body lotions, I was keen to only use lipid-restoring shower gels. The Weleda Creamy Body Wash is moisturizing enough so that I actually wouldn’t need to use a body oil or lotion later on. It is definitely a cream and it might not foam as much as a conventional product but the cleasing effect is still very good. And the fragrance is always right: it’s plain, refreshing citrus.

List of ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Coco-Glucoside, Alcohol, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin, Carrageenan (Chondrus Crispus) Extract, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Lactic Acid, Fragrance (Parfum)*,Limonene*, Linalool*, Citral*.
* from natural essential oils

3 Hauschka Facial Toner

I usually try to avoid products with a high amount of alcohol but this facial toner is an exception. I use it twice a day, in the morning before applying my facial oil and in the evening after removing all make-up. I don’t know which of the ingredients is responsible for that my skin shows less blemishes but it is a proven fact. I have tried other facial toners and have always come back to this one, alcohol or not. The smell is very Hauschka-ish, I find it herbal and pleasant.

Ingredients are:

Water (Aqua), Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Citral*

*from natural essential oils

4 Martina Gebhardt Hand Lotion

I remember that I was not convinced of the Martina Gebhardt Hand Cream years ago, so I was not sure whether I should try its little sister, the hand lotion. However, I am glad I did as the lotion is perfect for late spring / summer / early fall. It leaves my hands feeling smooth like silk and it is not greasy at all. Will I rebuy? Not for now, as current temperatures call for something “stronger” but I will keep it in mind for next year.

List of ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil°, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract°, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Leaf Extract°, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lecithin*, Cetyl Alcohol, Sambucus Nigra (Elder) Root Extract°, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Tea) Leaf Extract°, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water°, Spagyrische Essenz von Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract°, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil°, Gold, Silver, Sulfur, Linalool**, Limonene**.
° Demeter-certified raw material
* from organic farming
** Component of natural essential oils

5 ECO cosmetics Green Tea & Vine Leaf Cleansing Gel

ECO cosmetics is well-known for their sun protection products. While I did not get along with the sun lotions, I am quite happy with the rest of their product line (yes, they do have shower gels, shampoos, body lotions and much more). The Cleansing Gel is a clear gel that has a nice smell (floral powdery) and a good cleansing effect. I liked it ok but would actually not rebuy it as I like to switch my cleansing products regularly: they are usually my gateway product to a new brand and tend to give me a good first impression about the texture, ingredients, smell and packaging that a brand chooses for their products.

Ingredients are:

Aqua, Coco Glucoside, Vitis Vinifera Leaf Extract *, Olea Europaea Leaf Extract *, Glycerin,Alcohol, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Camelia Sinensis Extract *, Echinacea Purpura Extract *, Citric Acid, Parfum, Sodium Citrate, Limonene
* organic

Do you know any of the shown products? What is on your empties list this month?

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