Last month, as part of my plan to live a simpler life that reduced the harm I do to the planet as much as possible, I set myself a green goal – to start using natural household cleaners. You can read how it went here.
Goals work well for me, they help me develop good habits and that’s what I need if I’m going to make my life greener. Otherwise, I have a tendency to start off with good intentions and then fail at the first hurdle because life gets in the way.
So, with this last month being a success, I’m going continue, looking at how apps and websites can help me do my bit for the planet. I’ve been using different sites and apps for the last few weeks and these seem to be the easiest and most effective (at least for me!). Continue reading “Going Green: Part Two – Going Online”
Last year for my birthday, I got a sample set of Balm Balm bath oils. I love bath oils (possibly because I’m lazy and it means I don’t have to remember to moisturise separately) and these were great; they smelt amazing and my skin felt really soft afterwards. My three favourites were Relax, Calm, and Indulge. Unfortunately they were tiny – there was really only enough for a couple of baths each – and I quickly ran out.
Whilst they aren’t overly expensive, they felt like they should be the type of thing I kept for a treat and so I asked for some more for Christmas – only my husband couldn’t find them anywhere. I was lucky enough to get some Aromatherapy Associates bath oil instead but now that’s gone too so I started the hunt for something else that smells great and feels lovely on my skin. Continue reading “Made it myself: Indulgent bath oil”
I have to admit I love lotions and potions, anything to make me look younger, prettier, brighter (…you get the picture) and can’t resist buying more than I need most times. A few years ago, I started to use organic products when I could and noticed a real difference. They do, however, tend to make my bank balance groan and I have been feeling particularly broke of late.
So, following on from my success at making my own facial scrub, I decided to try making something else. The only criteria was that it was easy….which is how I came to start using my own yoghurt and honey cleanser. Continue reading “Made it Myself: Yoghurt and Honey Cleanser”
I have always suffered from dry skin and, as I get older, it has been getting worse. It’s one of the many things I don’t like about getting old but it’s inevitable I guess. This weather makes it even more prone to dryness, especially now that I am out every day walking or running in my efforts to get fit.
Although I use plenty of moisturiser on a morning and try and protect my skin in general, by the end of the day, my face can feel pulled tight, my hands look like those of a woman at least twenty years older then me (my daughter calls them “old lady hands” *sob*), and my skin in general just feels dry and itchy.
I’ve used lots of body lotions and hand lotions over the years but none have done what they promised. Until now that it is. Continue reading “Lanolips Golden Dry Skin Salve: A Perfect Remedy for the Cold Weather”
Earlier this week, I had a crisis. I was out of exfoliator. Then I had another crisis when I went to buy it – I work for myself now, have only just started working for myself so there isn’t much money coming in…can I really justify the normal £15 – 20 for a face scrub? The answer is, if I have to I will be, if I can find an alternative, I’ll do that to. Hence a scouring of Pinterest in search of homemade solutions.
First up, though there might be more to come, is a coffee sugar scrub. There are lots of different ways to make this on the internet, some more complicated than others. I did what I normally do and combined a few that fitted in with what I had in the cupboard…and it worked, for me at least.
Here’s what I used… Continue reading “Made it myself: Coffee Sugar Scrub”
I am a bit of a fan of beauty boxes, and in one of my latest orders I received an OM Cleanse & Glow Konjac Sponge, which was in the most gorgeous packaging and intrigued me greatly as a) I hadn’t heard of it before and b) it looked kind of cool and funky.
First up, I’ll apologise for the picture, which doesn’t do the packaging justice – it’s quite hard to take a picture of clear plastic and, no matter what the background I used, I couldn’t get a decent shot. Saying that, they aren’t much better on the company website so maybe I shouldn’t feel too bad?
The poor photography shouldn’t put you off the product though, which I’ve been enjoying using these last few weeks, though it does have some downsides I’m not convinced will work for me in the longer term. Continue reading “Tried and Tested: OM Cleanse & Glow Konjac Sponge”