Why I use these 3 lesser-known ingredients

Leafology Journal: Leaves, Shoots & Roots

Leafology products range from having very few ingredients (e.g the Naked Baby Balm or Eye & Lip Make Up Remover) to having MANY (e.g. the Shine Elixir Hair Food, a silicone-free serum which contains oils from the seeds/flowers of seventeen different plants, or the Himalayan Herbal Body Scrub which contains an array of twenty-two different herbs, salts and fruits).

When I create each product, I am very conscious of the properties of every component and they’re very carefully chosen, so I thought it would be fun to write about 3 lesser-known ingredients – what they do and why I use them…

Hibiscus 

On one of my trips to Bali, I attended a very hand-on workshop where we experimented with local plants, chopping things up and combining to make body scrubs, face masks and a gentle sun cream, and hibiscus was such a joy to play with.

Sensitive Leafology

7 Tips: What to do if you’ve got sensitive skin

Leafology Journal: Leaves, Shoots & Roots

Firstly, ‘sensitive skin’ is a bit of an umbrella term; everyone’s skin is different and what people are sensitive to can, of course, vary, but some common symptoms of sensitive skin include dryness, redness, rashes, inflammation, itchiness and even breakouts.

You might find your skin’s sensitivity fluctuates, triggered by food, stress, the weather, sleep pattern, products used or hormonal changes which happen generally over time or within the normal course of your monthly cycle… You may find your skin is ALWAYS sensitive, or that there is seemingly no rhyme or reason to it at all!

Here are 7 tips for you if you’re suffering from sensitive skin:

Plant a tree every time you order from Leafology!

Leafology Journal: Leaves, Shoots & Roots

Happy New Year, everyone!
I’m delighted to announce a new contribution scheme for Leafology in 2021:

We are now embedding restoration into our business with the brilliant TreeSisters organisation. For every single order placed, we donate directly towards the planting of a tree.

And what’s more, we’re including in today’s announcement all orders already placed since 1st Jan this year, so if you’ve bought something already in 2021, you’ll have already funded the birth of a brand new tree.

In the words of Clare Dubois, CEO of TreeSisters:

TreeSisters is an invitation to everyone to do as much radical good as they can for the planet. Our global network of treesisters is transforming both lives and landscapes in extraordinary ways. TreeSisters offers unique global programs that focus on encouraging women’s leadership, nature-connection, and significant behaviour change as we make the shift from being consumers to restorers.

Read on for more about how Tree Sisters work…

natural eco-friendly zerowaste vegan skincare

Is this for you?

Leafology Journal: Leaves, Shoots & Roots

cruelty-free skincare vegan Do you ever wonder why you should bother ‘splashing out’ on a ‘fancy’ jar of natural/alternative products when you can pick up something mainstream from the supermarket for pennies?

I totally understand.

plantbased skincareWhen I was a teenager, I used to be the same – I used to see TV ads saying how wonderful this new super hair serum or life-changing cleanser was and I’d make a note to get it next time I was in Boots.

I didn’t have the first idea about how to read ingredient lists, back then, and the problem of plastic was, truthfully, not in my consciousness at all, so it didn’t occur to me that there was anything wrong with amassing piles of squeezy bottles which were mostly formulated with water plus some harsh preservatives, synthetic additives, texture-forming fillers, fragrance-forming ingredients, petrochemicals, or whatever else, plus the rather small amount of whatever active extract I’d actually wanted it for.

35 tips for joy, peace & getting things done!

Leafology Journal: Leaves, Shoots & Roots

Afternoon!

Although a creative person at heart, I’ve always been quite fascinated by ‘productivity’/organisation and am a big fan of experiencing joy and magic daily WHILE getting things done. In case it need stating, I’m far from any kind of ‘life expert'(!), but I’ve got a feeling it would be fun to share some ideas for those who, like me, are keen to rev up their daily routine.

I had the urge to challenge myself to write up my 35 best tips (I was aiming for 30 but got carried away) for making little moments count, so that you can make the best of your time but also (crucially) not fall apart or beat yourself up when it all goes to pot… Some of these things I do daily, and some I’m including below as little reminders to myself to do more of, because I know they work!

Here are my 35 favorite tips to getting stuff done WHILE finding joy & peace (disclaimer, they will range from ‘verging on life-changing’ to ‘rather silly’, with a dose of ‘kinda radical’ in between):

Can skincare/haircare REALLY be ‘eco friendly’ or ‘natural’?

Leafology Journal: Leaves, Shoots & Roots

I think it’s really important to be honest, and I quite fancy a deep dive into this. Here are some of my reflections on the subject, as creator of the Leafology range…

‘Chemical-free’ skincare

Occasionally, when I’ve been at markets with a glorious table piled high with Leafology wares, a customer has said to me ‘Oh, this is all so brilliant, I love natural stuff – I hate chemicals!’ and I wonder then and there if I should gently remind them that everything they are breathing, eating and drinking, plus everything around them, including themselves, is made of chemicals (even water is H2O, i.e. hydrogen and oxygen). Chemicals are not inherently ‘baddies’, therefore, but simply facts of life.

Leafology: now award-winning!

Leafology Journal: Leaves, Shoots & Roots

I’m hugely excited to announce that Leafology has just scooped FOUR Beauty Shortlist awards!

This is such an honour and feels amazing to be recognised by this brilliant organisation among a real mix of newer, small artisan brands (like us) and bigger, very well-known brands – all products are independently trialled by non-biased judges on panels around the world, who enthusiastically sample a mountain of entries! You can read more about these awards below!

award-winning natural skincare

3 tips for plastic-free joy + Buy Leafology in bulk!

Leafology Journal: Leaves, Shoots & Roots

First… the big, bulky news…

You can now order larger quantities of the Renaissance Cleansing Grains and the Tooth Powder in paper bags, to fill up your original metal/glass container.
Just select the option from the drop-down on the product page.

..Save £££ AND the environment!

Mermaids hate plastic + 3 times you shouldn’t try Leafology products

Leafology Journal: Leaves, Shoots & Roots

Happy Summer Solstice!

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, like I am, you might know that the full moon we had a few days ago was called the ‘Rose Moon’, because it’s around now that roses come into bloom. I only found out the name of this paticular moon (I love the fact the moon has different names!) a day after the event, which was when I literally had noticed that the roses seemed to have flourished overnight!

Roses and moons aside, there’s a small announcement and a money-saving special offer for those of you who read to the end, but in the meantime…

Here are 3 times you shouldn’t try Leafology products (yep, really!):

Pink & Yellow (half-price magic) + a hefty chunk of news!

Leafology Journal: Leaves, Shoots & Roots

A Tuesday hello to you!

I’ve got so much to say I hardly know where to start, but something tells me I should give up the goods in the first paragraph or two, so… Here’s something you might want to know about:

I’m feeling all bright and summery (quite bizarrely so, considering it’s just poured with rain) and want to celebrate Leafology’s brightest, most succulent-hued products with a very special offer…