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how solid cosmetics are booming in bathrooms

Have you tried switching to solid cosmetics? If not, then there’s no time like the present, as these solid formats are the shape of the future when it comes to beauty routines. It’s out with shelves of bottles and endless ingredient lists, and in with new-gen shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes and soaps that are light on packaging — and preservatives — for a revamped, 100%-responsible beauty routine that’s good for your skin and for the planet.



text, whiteboard: Good for the environment and for your skin, solid cosmetics are set to take over your bathroom cabinet.


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Good for the environment and for your skin, solid cosmetics are set to take over your bathroom cabinet.

Old-school soap is where it’s at

The move towards more responsible and environmentally respectful consumer habits can sometimes — in fact, often — mean taking a step backwards. And cosmetics are no exception, with the solid bars of soap used by our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents slowly creeping back into bathrooms in

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Ten tranquil bathrooms with dark and soothing interiors

A charred-wood washroom and a monolithic, concrete bathtub feature in this roundup of 10 zen bathrooms that swap traditional white walls for dark, moody hues and tactile materials.



a large tub next to a window: Dark bathroom inside Bathroom of Untitled House, UK, by Szczepaniak Astridge


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Dark bathroom inside Bathroom of Untitled House, UK, by Szczepaniak Astridge



a glass shower door: Dark bathroom inside Untitled House, UK, by Szczepaniak Astridge


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Dark bathroom inside Untitled House, UK, by Szczepaniak Astridge

Untitled House, UK, by Szczepaniak Astridge

Smooth, dark, concrete characterises the walls and monolithic bathtub of this bathroom, which Szczepaniak Astridge designed as part of a house renovation in Camberwell, London.

The bath is screened by stainless steel Crittal windows that enclose a void through the home and is teamed with a bespoke, polished stone sink. According to the studio, the aim was to design a “place to retreat to, to guiltlessly linger and hang out”.

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a sink a mirror and a window: Dark bathroom inside Pioneer Square Loft, USA, by Plum Design and Corey Kingston


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Dark bathroom inside Pioneer Square Loft, USA,

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Real Living’s 20 most beautiful bathrooms



a cat sitting on a tiled floor: Let these stylish bathrooms, ensuites and powder rooms straight from the pages of Real Living magazine inspire you to create the bathroom of your dreams.


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Let these stylish bathrooms, ensuites and powder rooms straight from the pages of Real Living magazine inspire you to create the bathroom of your dreams.

Bathrooms are one of the trickiest rooms to design. From colour, shape and textured tile choices, fittings, hardware, and specific layout decisions, it can be an overwhelming process. As the design can’t be changed and reconfigured easily, it’s also crucial to get it right the first time.

From rustic to modern, monochrome or bright and beautiful, let these beautiful bathrooms from the pages of Real Living inspire you to design a swoon-worthy space in your own home. If you’re not here for inspiration, just sit back and imagine yourself in one of these deep bathtubs, B.Y.O wine and bath bubbles.

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County parks’ bathrooms MIA? Friendly dragonfly?

Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal:



a flock of seagulls standing next to a body of water: Finn Hilgeman, 2, and his dad, Spencer, toss feed to a pair of geese at Lake Julian Park on Jan. 30, 2020. The pair come to feed the birds about once a week but this was their first trip in a while after January illnesses kept them at home.


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Finn Hilgeman, 2, and his dad, Spencer, toss feed to a pair of geese at Lake Julian Park on Jan. 30, 2020. The pair come to feed the birds about once a week but this was their first trip in a while after January illnesses kept them at home.

Question: With Buncombe County’s parks, the bathrooms still haven’t reopened. Why is that?

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My answer: Hey, I’m sure all the little tykes “holding it” till they get home have not used any alternate “facilities.”

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Real answer: Lillian Govus, director of communications and public engagement with Buncombe County, answered this one.

“We open most restroom facilities only when those facilities are under full operation (i.e. pools, sports facilities,

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Gunk from medieval bathrooms revealed people suffered from parasites

What could you possibly find in a toilet that’s been out of order for hundreds of years? Some ghastly things might be hiding in there, and it’s not what you might think.

There were obviously no porcelain seats or advanced plumbing in latrines 800 years ago. You went, and countless others went after you, unknowingly leaving behind evidence of what was crawling in an entire community’s guts. Think of all those TV commercials that relentlessly insist on probiotics for gut health. Probiotics might be trending, whether in pill or yogurt form, but they do help balance the intestinal microbiome—everything that lives in your guts. Scientists have now been able to find out what was lurking in the microbiomes of two cities during the 14th and 15th centuries, and it’s ugly.

Parasites thrive when you don’t have proper sanitation. The Middle Ages spawned the bubonic plague, so it has nowhere near

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Travis Perkins Bathrooms Review – Which?

We asked nearly 4,000 bathroom owners about their experiences of buying their bathroom so that we can compare and rank popular brands, including B&Q, Victoria Plum and Bathstore.

The well-known company with the best customer score got a brilliant 80%. The 58% customer score for the poorest-performing company is a stark contrast to this impressive rating.

We calculate our overall score by asking people how satisfied they are on a seven-point scale from very poor to excellent, as well as whether they would recommend the company.

We also ask people to rate the company for important factors, on the same scale, so we can award star ratings for each aspect of service. For each company and area we rate, we need a minimum of 30 responses.

Which? members can log in to unlock this page and see how Travis Perkins was rated. If you’re not a member, you can join

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Updating Bathrooms on a Budget

No matter how tight your budget (or the restrictions on decorating), there’s a way to give your bathroom a new lease of life.

Our tips include low-cost refreshes you can make in just a couple of hours, plus tactics to keep the cost down even if you need to make bigger changes.

If you want to get an idea of the cost of a new bathroom, our page on planning and buying a bathroom suite reveals the average cost for different-sized rooms. 

Clean and regrout

A build-up of grime, limescale and mould can quickly make any bathroom look tired, so your first step in any budget bathroom makeover should be to give everything a thorough clean. You can buy specialist products from supermarkets and DIY stores to shift tough dirt.

If that doesn’t do the trick, try an anti-mould grout-reviving pen on any stubborn patches. They come in a variety

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Bathstore Bathrooms Review – Which?

We’ve surveyed more than 3,700 bathroom company customers to find out how Bathstore’s bathrooms compare with rival brands, such as B&Q, Soak and Victoria Plum.

To get a rounded picture of people’s experiences, we asked them about the process of buying their bathroom and what they thought of the bathroom itself. 

Overall, the top-scoring company in our survey got a customer score of 80% and the bottom just 58%. Meanwhile, the lowest-scoring bathroom got 61% and the highest a fantastic 89%.

Which? members can log in to unlock the tables below to see how Bathstore was rated as a retailer and how its bathrooms themselves fared. You can also read comments from Bathstore bathroom owners. 

If you’re not a member, you can join Which? now to gain instant access.

Bathstore went into administration in June 2019, but was rescued by Homebase. These ratings are from before Bathstore was bought out.

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Better Bathrooms Review – Which?

2019 has been a difficult year for Better Bathrooms, having gone into administration early in the year. It still trades online after being bought by Buy It Direct.

Better Bathrooms used to have a number of showrooms and trade counters, but these were all closed in early 2019. 

The company’s new owner – which also owns Furniture 123, Laptops Direct and Appliances Direct, among other brands – sells its products online with the same betterbathrooms.com address.

Because of its recent difficulties, we haven’t rated Better Bathrooms this year. But read on to find out how we rated Better Bathrooms previously, as well as information on what products it sells and services it now offers.

You can find out how other bathroom companies, including Soak, Victorian Plumbing and Homebase, were rated by their customers this year on our best and worst bathroom companies page.

If you’ve bought from Better Bathrooms or

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Labour announces ban on conversion therapy, plan to help provide gender-neutral bathrooms in schools



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The Labour Party has announced several policies to help New Zealanders “live free of discrimination” based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The policies include banning conversion therapy and working with schools to provide gender-neutral bathrooms.

The party’s Rainbow spokesperson Tāmati Coffey says more work needs to be done to “keep moving towards a more inclusive New Zealand”.

“We will pass a law to ban the harmful practice of conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is based on the misguided idea that people are wrong or broken because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This is fundamentally wrong,” he said.

“Conversion therapy has been linked to severe adverse mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation.

“It is a practice that causes harm and is

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