Apparently, it’s ‘World Refill Day’ today. Right up my street.🌍
Did you know we’ve been selling our Renaissance Cleansing Powder (a complete replacement for both shampoo and shower gel) and the Tooth Powder (which comes in a glass jar and actually keeps your teeth healthy) with refill options, for ages now?
No more squeezing out the last bit of toothpaste or shampoo from your plastic, single-use bottle or tube.
One of the very reasons I originally created the products in the Leafology range was to solve my own problem of going through so much throwaway-plastic just for basic necessities. Urgh. I’m so glad I solved that problem (and accidentally ended up building a thriving business around it…)…
I’m wiggly with excitement to say that we might-maybe hopefully-possibly be en route to winning yet another award… We’re not quite there yet, but I’ve been contacted by the 2021 Natural Health Beauty Awards, to say that ‘after rigorous testing’ the Tea & Rice Bran Curl Butter has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Curly Hair Product’. The winner is to be announced in August.
I thought I’d tell you a little bit about how I made it and what it is…
When I was a teenager and took home what felt like the entire contents of Boots’ make up and hair product aisle on a weekly basis, there was a deep conditioner for hair which stood out as being rather brilliant. I can’t remember the brand or name of it anymore, but I remember it was made with rice bran, and for some reason, this ingredient stuck in my mind long after I finished the tub.
Somehow, rice bran seemed like something which could really ‘fortify’ hair (maybe I’d been reading the backs of cereal packets at the time – I never could eat breakfast without reading something!) and to this day I seem to associate rice bran with fortification….
If you happen to subscribe to Vegan Life Magazine, you might have noticed that our very own Renaissance Cleansing Powder was ‘Editor’s Choice’ this month.
It was quite magical to receive a copy in the post and see it being featured right at the start of the magazine! 😃 😃 😃
( 🔽 Please excuse the slightly-rubbishy photo I took on my phone… )
Can you relate?!
A little story…
Once upon a time, I was ashamed of all the plastic in my bathroom.
When I first started caring about how much plastic I was buying, it was like my eyes were newly opened. Plastic was all I could see, and it was ugly. A normal trip to the supermarket became a surprisingly confronting experience, where all I could see was brightly-coloured excess and bad design. All that wasteful packaging, destined to end up in our oceans and bother the innocent fish! It made me sad.
I’m totally thrilled to be able to announce that Leafology has just won 3 more awards!
We’ve won two ‘Editor’s Choice’ awards for the Matcha Mojito Foot & Body Scrub and the Precious Petals Beauty Balm with Organic Rosehip, Moringa & Tea Seed, plus a ‘Finalist’ award in the Men’s grooming awards for the Black Seed Beard & Hair Tonic. This now brings us up to a total of SEVEN (which happens to be my favourite number) awards in total, and we haven’t finished yet.
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…
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.
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:
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…
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.
When 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.
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):