This review of LastSwab is not sponsored, but the result of my journey to ridding my bathroom of single use plastics.
While this particular corner of the internet initially began as a space dedicated to travel itineraries, hotel reviews and inspiration for weekend adventures, over the past twelve months it’s taken an unexpected turn. In a twist that even I didn’t see coming, I’ve developed a new passion: reviewing sustainable products dedicated to some of life’s most intimate bodily functions.
The more awkward, the better.
It all began with a review of Wuka Period Pants – the words ‘menstruation’, ‘groin chaff’ and ‘clammy’ making their debut on the pages of Twin Perspectives. Nothing but inspired by the fact I’d managed to dedicate nearly three thousand words to the equivalent of an adult nappy, I quickly moved onto my next assignments: writing about Dame’s reusable tampon applicator, Nuud’s natural deodorant and sustainable toilet paper.
I was – apparently – in the midst of some sort of writer’s epiphany. Was this how J.K Rowling felt tucked away in her Edinburgh cafe? Probably.
After years writing about beautiful travel destinations – from the martian landscapes of Cappadocia, to the winding alleyways of Marrakech, I finally felt at home. Revelling in descriptions of sweaty groins, damp underarms and the softness of bamboo toilet roll against one’s derrière, I enjoyed the challenge of seeing just how many adjectives I could attach to a sanitary towel.
However, my original reason for writing about these products went (of course) beyond my new found fondness for waxing lyrical about bog roll.
Last year, I made a pledge to reduce my dependency on single use plastics. From products I used to cleanse my face, to how I shaved my legs, I wanted to replace my usual throw-away items with new, innovative designs that were not only good for me, but great for the wider environment.
After making a few fundamental and life-changing swaps, I decided to tackle one final hurdle: my dependency on cotton buds. Although I understood that they were notorious single use ‘baddies’, I was finding it impossible to break up with them. From how I applied my make-up, to how I corrected smudged nail polish, these pesky little sticks had made themselves an indispensable part of my life.
Until, that is, I came across LastSwab.