Going Green: Part Two – Going Online

GoingGreenLast 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

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Tried & Tested: Caudalie Moisturising Sorbet

Caudalie has long been one of my favourite brands and I have quite a few of their products on the shelves. Their moisturising sorbet is the latest and I’ve been using it for about a month now.  One of the things I love about them is that they are environmentally friendly and use green ingredients as much as they can (perfect for my plan to live a greener life). Continue reading

Tried & Tested: Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm

IMG_1323When it comes to deodorant, I have to say I’m a bit of a creature of habit.  I’d found a brand I like, one with hardly any scent and that doesn’t leave marks on my clothes, years ago and I haven’t even thought of changing it since.  However, as part of my minimalist challenge I am trying to make use of the products I have before I go out and buy any more.  Which meant trying the Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm that came with this month’s Birchbox.   Continue reading

Made it Myself: Yoghurt and Honey Cleanser

All natural beauty headerI 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: Coffee Sugar Scrub

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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

Tried and Tested: OM Cleanse & Glow Konjac Sponge

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.

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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

Did it myself: Rose hip tea

A few years ago now I did a one day “course” on foraging.  It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but then got round to after making that first initial effort.  I think I’ll need to repeat if I’m to do it seriously, and safely, as most of what I learnt that day has disappeared along with a few brain cells.  However, a recent conversation with my mom, reminded me about the rose hip and how it was supposed to be one of the easiest things to forage and to use.  Continue reading

The power of peppermint

I wrote recently about how peppermint tea was one of my favourite things at the moment – the happy result of purchasing a peppermint plant in the spring and my experimenting with what to replace my previous coffee addiction with.

herbal-2561849_1920I through a handful of leaves (preferably the newer ones as these seem to give the best taste) into a teapot, leave it to sit or a few minutes and then pour – using a tea strainer.  So simple.  I love the smell of the tea and the light taste – so much better than store bought teas I’ve tried.  Continue reading