DIY Beauty : firming night cream

The combination of turmeric and yogurt in this night cream helps calm, moisturise and maintain elasticity in the skin.

Firming Night Cream

Method: Soak 10 almonds overnight then the following morning, peel and grind them in a pestle and mortar until the mixture resembles a paste. Mix the paste with half a cup of natural yogurt and 1 tsp of turmeric powder. Massage in to skin in a circular motion avoiding the eye area, leave for a minute and then rinse thoroughly. Store cream in an air-tight container and it will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

Tip: Try adding 1 tsp of sandalwood powder to help lighten scars and blemishes.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure you are not allergic or intolerant to any ingredients before applying them to your skin. If irritation occurs, wash off immediately. When in doubt, do not use. Avoid contact with your eyes.


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DIY Beauty : natural deodorant

Use just 4 kitchen cupboard staples to create your own deodorant that will combat armpit odour naturally. With arrowroot powder to absorb moisture, coconut oil to moisturise, bicarbonate of soda to neutralise odour causing bacteria and lavender essential oil to smell gorgeous.

Natural Deodorant

Method: Add 4 tablespoons of arrowroot powder, 4 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda and 5 drops of lavender essential oil to 6 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Allow the mixture to harden in the fridge. Use a small amount of deodorant rubbed onto underarms daily.

Tip: Create your own fragrance using your favourite skin safe essential oils. If you do not have any arrowroot powder, you can use cornstarch instead.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure you are not allergic or intolerant to any ingredients before applying them to your skin. If irritation occurs, wash off immediately. When in doubt, do not use. Avoid contact with your eyes.

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DIY Beauty : everyday moisturiser

White rice has been used in Japanese skin regimes for centuries due to its hydrating, moisturising and protective properties and this recipe for a homemade everyday moisturiser won’t disappoint. 

Method: Boil 6 tablespoons of washed white rice in a saucepan with 6-8 cups of water until it’s soft, thick and mushy. Take a sieve and begin to strain the rice pushing it down with a spoon to squeeze out a thick paste in a bowl below. To your paste add 1 tsp glycerine, ½ tsp of aloe vera gel and ½ teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Mix everything then transfer to an air-tight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Tip: To reduce redness or swelling, try adding a few drops of tea tree oil to the mixture.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure you are not allergic or intolerant to any ingredients before applying them to your skin. If irritation occurs, wash off immediately. When in doubt, do not use. Avoid contact with your eyes.


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DIY Beauty : cleanse & tone

Gentle Make-Up Remover

Virgin coconut oil is such a simple swap for your regular make-up remover and you’ll find it’s just as effective, if not better! Coconut oil gently breaks down all make-up including even the toughest of waterproof mascaras and it leaves your skin feeling super soft and smooth.

Method: Simply rub a small amount of coconut oil onto the face with your fingers, then gently wipe it away using a washable organic pad and warm water. 

Tip: Avoid using on broken skin as the lauric acid can cause blocked pores and make conditions worse. For acne prone skin, try Jojoba Oil instead.

Purifying Facial Toner

The benefits of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar on your skin are endless: dissolves dead skin cells, helps to restore your skin’s natural PH, lightens age spots, minimises pores, improves acne and acne scars too.

Method: Use a glass bottle or jar and mix 1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts filtered water. Shake before use. Apply to freshly cleansed face with a washable organic pad. Store in a cool dry place and use within 2 months.

Tip: If you are noticing little effect after several days of use, try upping the proportion of apple cider vinegar. Take care to avoid your eyes – vinegar stings!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure you are not allergic or intolerant to any ingredients before applying them to your skin. If irritation occurs, wash off immediately. When in doubt, do not use. Avoid contact with your eyes.


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DIY Beauty : hair rinses

Whether you use shampoo bars or commercial products, all hair can benefit from an occasional clarifying rinse to remove product build-up and restore the PH balance of your scalp.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Apple cider vinegar has anti inflammatory properties that can soothe itchy or dandruff prone scalps and can remove product build up from hair leaving it soft and smoothed. Use this rinse once a week after washing with a shampoo bar or occasionally as a shine booster.

Method: Mix 5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of warm water. Pour onto scalp and along hair shaft after shampooing. Leave for 5 mninutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Tip: Avoid contact with your eyes, vinegar stings!

Bicarbonate of Soda Rinse

If you experiencing heavy or oily hair caused by a build up of product, an occasional rinse using bicarbonate of soda can help clarify your scalp.

Method: Mix 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda with 3 tablespoons of warm water. Work the mixture into your scalp instead of your normal shampoo. Rinse thoroughly.

Tip: A bicarbonate of soda rinse should only be used occasionally as regular use can damage hair and irritate your scalp. Please patch test on your skin before using and avoid contact with your eyes.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure you are not allergic or intolerant to any ingredients before applying them to your skin. If irritation occurs, wash off immediately. When in doubt, do not use. Avoid contact with your eyes.


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DIY Beauty : anti aging face mask

This unbelievably easy 2-ingredient face mask takes vitamin A from the avocado to restore collagen and produce new cells, whilst using protein from the egg whites to tighten pores and firm up the skin.

Anti-aging Mask

Method: Add 1 egg white to a bowl, then gradually mix in mashed avocado. The end result should be quite runny so you shouldn’t use anymore than half a medium avocado. Apply with your fingers to freshly cleansed skin, leave on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing with cold water.

Tip: Try adding a squeeze of honey for a more bacteria-balancing blend; perfect for acne-prone skin.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure you are not allergic or intolerant to any ingredients before applying them to your skin. If irritation occurs, wash off immediately. When in doubt, do not use. Avoid contact with your eyes.

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DIY Beauty : exfoliating scrub

Coffee is packed full of anti-oxidants and anti-bacterial properties making it the perfect ingredient to apply to skin. What better way of making use of those used coffee grounds? 

Coffee and almond face scrub

Method: Combine 1 cup of used coffee grounds, ½ cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of almond oil and a few drops of vitamin E oil. Apply to clean skin, leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Store in an air-tight container and use within a month. 

Tip: Switch the brown sugar for less abrasive coconut sugar for a gentler scrub.

Coffee and coconut body scrub

Caffeine stimulates blood flow which can diminish the appearance of cellulite and leave skin looking brighter.

Method: Combine 1 cup of used coffee grounds, ½ cup of coconut sugar and ½ cup of coconut oil. Use in the shower by scrubbing onto skin in a circular motion and rinsing. Store in an air-tight container and use within a month. 

Tip: Be extra careful in the shower or bath when using any oil based products as they will make it slippery.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure you are not allergic or intolerant to any ingredients before applying them to your skin. If irritation occurs, wash off immediately. When in doubt, do not use. Avoid contact with your eyes.

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5 sustainable habits for lockdown and beyond

It has been a turbulent three months in which we have all seen our lives turned upside down. Whilst we have been affected physically, emotionally and financially, the natural world has flourished with the human race locked behind their front doors.

With the world emerging from lockdown, what environmental lessons can we hope to take from Covid-19?

Shop your wardrobe

With nowhere to go and no holidays to plan for, clothes shopping has not been a high priority for many these last few months and as fast fashion is a major contributor to microplastics in the ocean, this may be a blessing in disguise. It is estimated that we actually only wear 20% of the clothes we own most of the time, so lockdown has enabled us to rediscover some old favourites lurking at the back of the wardrobe.

Switch to soap bars

Antibacterial sprays, gels and handwashes have understandably featured heavily on many shopping lists and sales increased by  255% in the month before lockdown. However plain old soap and water is proven to be just as effective at removing viruses from your skin and is a lot less environmentally damaging. Switching to bars of soap in the home is a great long lasting, effective and plastic free alternative to bottled handwash.

Make your own beauty products

It is a cruel irony that our access to beauty treatments was stopped precisely at the same time as we were expected to stare at our own face endlessly on Zoom meetings. Luckily we have some great sustainable skincare hacks for you to experiment with at home which we will be sharing throughout Plastic Free July.

Need vs want

Almost three quarters of us faced shortages of retail items during March which drew into sharp focus what we actually needed. Many of us realised that when we no longer had instant retail satisfaction our need list was fairly small and we grew accustomed to living with less. Whilst a sustainable life does not need to be joyless and spartan, some of those previous ‘essential’ luxuries might not be so essential after all.

Value more, Spend less

With takeaway coffee shops closed, we brought our own on our daily walks. As we relied on weekly shopping deliveries rather than daily top ups, we took reducing food waste more seriously. Make do and mend became more than a hobby as we sought to extend the life of that favourite pair of jeans. Lockdown naturally lent itself to a more sustainable way of life and as the world opens itself up again, hopefully we can keep some of these habits for the long term.