I love a festival as much as the next girl. You have a good laugh with your friends, dress up in funky outfits, and enjoy good music for a few days. Without a worry or care in the world. It’s not everyone’s idea of a good time, but it certainly is mine. I can’t think of a better way to “live my best life” during the Summer months.
While I didn’t head to Glastonbury this year, I will be making my way to a local tribute festival at the end of August.
The only thing I don’t like about festival life is the lack of showers. Each morning I like to kickstart my day with a warm shower. At a festival, it’s difficult to do that. In fact, it’s difficult to feel clean whatsoever. The showers are (more often than not) grotty, with queues spanning half a mile, and asking for warm water is on par with asking for a miracle.
Not to mention the product situation. Do I take a full bottle of shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner? Do I take my bar soaps and risk them getting ruined in transit? The questions are endless.
You may have already seen it over on my Instagram, but I recently found the answer to my problems. Full Circle have created an eco festival hygiene pack that’s completely waterless. Meaning you don’t need a single drop of water to use any of the products – even the shower gel!
This is the first of it’s kind that I’ve ever come across, and I was pretty excited to try it out.
Each festival survival kit is packaged in a branded Full Circle drawstring bag. Not only is this super cute, but it’s incredibly handy for transporting the products in and around a festival ground.
As for the products…
This is a large sheet towelette that can be used for a variety of purposes. It’s dry, not pre-soaked in any chemicals or cleaning agents and is relatively thin.
Instead of keeping mine at the original size, I opted to cut it into 8 smaller squares. This makes it possible for me to use the towel for a variety of different purposes. That way I can keep a separate towel for makeup removal, and another for showering.
Toilet paper is one of those festival essentials that you don’t really think of until the last minute. You might think you don’t need it, because of course they’d have toilet paper in the portaloos on site, right? Wrong. While it’s not always the case, there are some occasions I’ve found myself in a portaloo at a festival with no toilet paper to be found.
Ever since that experience, I’ve always taken my own just in case. The toilet paper provided by Full Circle is softer than the average brand, and it’s recycled.
While I’m more of a solid deodorant kinda girl, I’m not opposed to using an aerosol deodorant at a festival. As effective as the products may be, I never feel fully clean when camping. So the last thing I want to be doing is applying creams or balms – especially during hot weather.
This deodorant has a fresh scent, and is all you need for festival sweat protection.
Recently, I made the switch to toothpaste tabs. They’re a great alternative to toothpaste tubes, but the taste is taking some getting used to. So when it came to trying the mint toothpaste from Full Circle, I was sceptical. Bicarbonate soda is a common ingredient in natural oral care products, and the taste can be intense.
It has a thick paste consistency, and has a strong mint flavour that (thankfully) isn’t overpowering. I’m actually hoping that Full Circle will eventually move into selling these products individually so that I can pick up some more of this.
I’ve been a bamboo toothbrush convert for a while now. I named it as one of the easiest sustainable swaps you can make in one of my previous posts – and it really is. The one provided in the Full Circle pack is from Georganics, and is excellent quality.
It’s slightly thicker than the bamboo toothbrushes I’ve purchased previously, and feels like it’ll be longer lasting.
Before the pack even arrived, I knew this would be my favourite product. Hand sanitiser can be an absolute godsend – especially in a festival. There’s typically not much access to running water to wash your hands (aside from at the campsite), so this is the next best thing.
The difference with this gel is that it’s not as drying as others I’ve tried. You definitely don’t need a full pump (as I learned the hard way) and it does exactly what it says on the tin. It also has a slightly cooling effect on the skin after application which I like.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t think this product would work. The idea of a no rinse body wash seemed far-fetched to me, and I anticipated that I’d be disappointed. When the festival pack arrived, it was the first product I reached for to try out, and I was shocked.
The body wash doesn’t lather up, and sinks into the skin. Instructions on the label indicate that you’re supposed to towel off after applying it to the skin to remove excess dirt. It also packs a zesty citrus scent for an extra fresh boost.
This is the most innovative product in the entire pack, in my opinion. While the entire pack is waterless, it’s most impressive to me that they managed to adapt a waterless shower gel. This would be especially helpful in campground where running water is scarce.
If there was a scent I could bottle up and use as a perfume, this would be it. It’s an intense coconut scent, and I’m finding myself wanting to use it just to get a whiff.
My natural hair is ridiculously frizzy, a little curly, and on the uncontrollable side. If it gets wet in the shower I have to blow dry it or I’ll look crazy. But when you’re camping at a festival, that leaves you with two options. I can either a) wash my hair and risk looking like a crazy lady all weekend, or b) use a dry shampoo to tide me over between washes.
Obviously, I’d opt for the dry shampoo. I have psoriasis which affects my scalp and face in particular, so I’ve got to be wary of the products I use. Full Circle’s dry shampoo hasn’t irritated my skin whatsoever, and knowing I can safely use the product on the go is an exciting prospect.
In addition to providing eco-friendly products to festival goers, Full Circle are aiming to fully fund 4 different water projects worldwide this year. They also partner with the Raw Foundation who are aiming for a single-use plastic free world by 2030.
Everything featured in this pack is cruelty free and vegan friendly. As for the packaging, everything is either biodegradable, recyclable, or reusable. Did I also mention that everything’s under 100ml? So you don’t need to stress about putting it in your hand luggage either!
The pack was really well received when I showed it over on my Instagram, so I’m excited to here your thoughts here too. Let me know what your favourite product from the pack would be down in the comments below.
*The festival survival pack was kindly gifted to me by Full Circle in exchange for a blog post. Cider and sunglasses not included. All views are my own, and were not influenced in any way by any third parties. I do not compromise my ethics in exchange for free products. For more information see my disclaimer.
I'm Elen Mai, the brains behind Welsh Wanderer and 20-something human biology student from (you guessed it) Wales! Welsh Wanderer is designed with the eco-conscious adventurer in mind. So stick around for tips & tricks on living sustainably.