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How to cleanse your face with nothing more than oil (and a little apple cider vinegar)

The Oil Cleansing Method

I’ve been a sufferer of acne for seventeen years. In one quick swoop I went from teenage acne to cystic adult acne – no gaps in between.

Seeing other women with fresh, clear skin has always made me envious.

When I first read about oil cleansing, I screwed up my nose in disgust. Adding more oil to my face? You’ve got to be kidding!

It was probably sheer desperation that took me from that original gasp of horror to standing in the bathroom with a puddle of oil in each hand.

Four years on, I’m so glad I gave it a shot.

Sure, my skin still isn’t the dewy, glowing skin you see in magazines. But I have seen a marked improvement through oil cleansing.

The biggest and most immediate difference I noticed when I began oil cleansing was that my skin actually stopped being so oily. And this naturally resulted in less pimples.

I also often get told I look many years younger than I actually am (and that can never be a bad thing, can it?).

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Homemade exfoliating coffee and cinnamon soap

Homemade exfoliating coffee and cinnamon soap

If you’re a coffee lover of the fancy kind – y’know, the kind that requires ground coffee made up in a plunger or machine, also known as the most freakin’ excellent kind – you’ll be well acquainted with the pain in the ass that is the leftover ground coffee.

Not only does it have a sneaky way of making a gritty mess everywhere, unless you’re a master composter it pretty much always ends up in the bin. Which doesn’t feel great for us folk trying to live a lower impact life.

I love coffee and I also love making my own all-natural homemade soap. So I put the two together and came up with a rather rad way to recycle used coffee while creating a marvellous invigorating and exfoliating shower scrub. Continue Reading →

Greening your bathroom: 12 simple steps to cosmetics so natural you can eat the ingredients

greening your bathroom

You’ve wondered, right?

You glance across the label of store-bought cosmetics and bathroom products and weirdly long and unintelligible words swim before your eyes. What the heck even are those?

And you wonder … could I be harming myself by sloshing this slew of unknowns across my body?

Um, yes. Yes you could.

There is evidence to suggest that nasties in cosmetics can adversely affect our health. Eye, nose, throat and lung irritations, headaches, aggravated allergies and potentially even more serious impacts like reproductive and developmental issues.

Toxic cosmetics aren’t doing our environment any favours once we wash them down the drain, either. (Don’t even get us started on those utterly pointless ocean-harming plastic microbeads that hide in so many common brands — even The Body Shop!)

So that’s the bad news.

Now for the hands-down freaking excellent news. Continue Reading →

Homemade soap, the traditional Castile way

Spanish grandmother Francisca, 81, prepares traditional homemade soap.We spend our lifetimes living and learning, collecting little pearls of wisdom and knowledge that shape the way we think and act and perceive our world.

But sometimes, I think, we forget that the elders in our society have walked these same paths before. They’re like a great beautiful leather-bound book of knowledge just waiting to be cracked open and read. We just have to find the time to honour that wisdom, to seek them out and listen and learn from their stories.

A few months back I spent an afternoon with the grandmother of my friend Juan (y’know, the guy of homemade vegan Nutella fame.)

Grandmother Francisca is 81-years-old, and grew up in Spain during the difficult years of civil war and rule under Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, a time of using and reusing by necessity because often there simply wasn’t enough to go around. Continue Reading →

Can natural treatments heal acne after quitting birth control?

Calm Buddha resting on green grass

My skin was almost flawless throughout my teens. So it was a rude shock to hit 20 and abruptly descend into full-scale acne. Suddenly, awfully, I had it all. Whiteheads. Blackheads. Huge, painful, headless cysts sitting just below the skin. Scabs and scarring.

I felt revolting.

One day, a jerk in a bar made a crack about my “pizza chin”, driving a dagger straight through my self-esteem. The next week I booked myself into the doctor and got straight on the birth control pill. My skin cleared up within weeks and, considering the problem solved, I carried on with life.

Until now. Continue Reading →