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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.

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Three-ingredient whipped organic chocolate body butter

homemade chocolate body butter

Coconut oil. What’s your opinion?

As a food, I love it. As a moisturiser, I hate it.

I’ve used it on my face, only to break out in pimples. I’ve used it on my body, only to experience an uncomfortable itchy, dry rash. Can anyone else relate?

I’ve wanted to make my own body butter for quite some time but most recipes contain coconut oil.

So here I’ve created my own intensely moisturising whipped chocolate body butter. It uses only three ingredients and it’s coconut oil-free. Continue Reading →

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 →