I thought I knew what Argan oil was – I’d smelt the hair oils and treatments you can find in the shops – but they’re nothing like the real 100% pure Argan oil. The first thing I noticed was the smell, it wasn’t over powering but beautifully subtle and nutty.
I came across Atom on Instagram, and loved all their Moroccan images. I then started looking at their products closely and was really intrigued by 100% Argan oil – So I had to find out more!
Firstly Atom is a Vegan brand, their products are sustainably harvested through Fair Trade, and are grown organically in Morocco. It’s a really labour intensive process producing Argan oil, with it all being hand-picked and hand ground.
Some people are very particular about their sleeping pillow, and others will sleep on anything as long as it’s comfortable. I’ve never been a particularly picky pillow picker! I used to prefer a feather pillow when I was younger, but then when I became more aware of the environment, feather pillows were no longer on my list of favourite things to lay on. The Feather and Down industry is massive and mostly produced in China. There are lots of conflicting figures about how much ‘Live plucking’ happens these days, some says 3% of all Feather and Down comes from ‘Live plucking’, and others say 50%. Very different figures, and to be honest even at 3% that’s too much for me!
Synthetic Polyester is also massive in the Pillow world, and most cheap and cheerful ones are made from it. But personally for me, if I’m going to spend 1/3 of my life laying on it, I’d like it to be as natural as possible.
So if you don’t want a Feather and Down pillow, or a Synthetic polyester one, what are your options? Well you’ll be pleased to know there’s actually a few!
Tetra Tea Tree – This is an Australian brand. It uses Tea Tree flakes that have fallen from the tree, this a natural process where no trees are felled. All the flakes are collected by hand from wild trees, this is then taken and washed in their Sydney factory and hand-made there too. The covers are Organic cotton, so there are no chemicals whatsoever going into these products.
We bought the kids the small children’s pillow, when they were babies, and this worked well for them at the time, but as they got bigger, their pillows became too small – they have now become the dolls pillows!
We felt very comfortable giving the kids a pillow by Tetra, as they’re so natural. The only thing that I didn’t realise until it arrived in the post, is that it russell’s a little when you’re laying on it. This didn’t seem to bother the kids at all, but it’s this reason that we didn’t buy them for ourselves.
Recently I wrote a post about how I was thinking of doing the Plastic Free July challenge, and the reasons as to why I felt this was important. I’ve been an avid reader to a group of ‘Plastic Free’ blogs for a few months now, and I’ve admired everyone of the women that have taken on this lifestyle. My go to blog of choice though was Gippsland Unwrapped, as the author Tammy is a mother too, so I felt like I could relate to her journey.
I contacted Tammy and asked if she’d be willing to do an Interview, and she graciously accepted.