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Naturally scented healing homemade face and body butter

Naturally scented healing homemade face and body butter.

A few weeks ago an email lobbed into my inbox. An email from a Spanish girl now living in Australia. Turns out, we’d swapped sides of the world at almost the same time, back in 2013.

Naturally, I had to find out more.

I was instantly captivated by Sonia Orts‘s work. She’s an organic skincare specialist, an alchemist drawing from ancient women’s wisdom handed down from generation to generation.

Says Sonia: “I grew up in a family devoted to natural living. My great granny and her sisters made their own soaps, scrubs, creams and beauty oils. My grandmother was a herbal tea lover and her medicines were based on herb infusions and balms. My mum is a passionate gardener and raised me on a diet centred on fruits and veggies. So I belong to a long lineage of women who had ancient knowledge of alchemic beauty and health and who gifted me this wisdom, one generation at a time, over many years.”

Pretty cool, huh?

Though she’s crazy busy preparing for her upcoming wedding, Sonia kindly put her knowledge to work and came up with a richly scented healing homemade face and body butter, just for us.

Thanks, lady! Continue Reading →

Dry body brushing for healthy, glowing skin

Dry body brushing

I’ve always dreamed of having clear, glowing, beautiful, soft, luscious skin. Unfortunately, my battle with cystic acne and then adult acne has proven this dream to be a little difficult at obtaining. On my face, that is.

Now, the rest of my body is another story. I’m quite proud of the smooth, silky skin on my back, legs, chest and arms. Sure, my skin isn’t perfect but quite often I’m told, “Your skin is so soft!”

I put this skin-win down to my regular dry body brushing ritual. Continue Reading →

What the heck is oil pulling + why it’s awesome

What is oil pulling and why it's awesome

Here’s a thing that sounds completely disgusting … and pretty much is the first time you try it. (But stick with me, kid, it’s worth it.)

Oil pulling. Have you heard of it?

It’s the morning practice of popping a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and then swilling it around for 20 entire minutes. Gross, right? Yep. Pretty much. The first time I tried this, I literally gagged on the oil.

So why bother? Continue Reading →

Easy 4-ingredient natural homemade toothpaste

toothpaste with text

For months now, I’ve been cleaning my teeth with a combination of coconut oil, salt and baking soda.

Seriously.

Conventional store-bought toothpaste actually contains a bunch of nasties I’d rather not put anywhere near my mouth. Like sodium lauryl sulfate, which is also found in engine degreasers, floor cleaners and car wash soaps. No thanks.

Instead, I’ve come up with a natural homemade toothpaste recipe that requires only four ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your pantry. Then it’s just a matter of mixing them all together. Done. Continue Reading →

I haven’t used shampoo for a year – and my hair has never looked better

Ditch the 'poo ... wash your hair using only bicarbonate soda and apple cider vinegar

Today I’m here to tell you about the last time I did a ‘poo.

Shampoo, that is!

For the past year, I’ve been following the excellently named no ‘poo method and washing my hair only with bicarbonate soda and apple cider vinegar.

There’s a bunch of environmental and health reasons to ditch store-bought shampoo and conditioner, but I was actually spurred into action by my horrendously greasy locks.

I used to wash my hair religiously every two days, otherwise the grease would so completely take over that I’d spend the day looking as if I’d dipped my head into a deep fryer. Pretty attractive, huh?

Thing is, I’m kind of lazy and I hated having to style my hair so often.

I did a little research and began to think shampoo might just be contributing to the problem. Because shampoo strips our scalp of its natural oils, sending it into oil production overdrive to compensate.

So I stopped shampooing altogether.

Continue Reading →