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…

It’s here! Renaissance Cleansing Grains <3

Leafology Journal: Leaves, Shoots & Roots

Since I began creating my own natural skin and haircare products, out of a desire to be really in control of what ingredients I come into contact with (and lessen my unconscious, dangerous addiction to plastic-packaged things), I’ve had people asking me to create a shampoo.

You wanted something natural, nourishing, plant-based, GENTLE and pro-zerowaste.

After the usual EU certification to make it legal to sell, I’m happy to announce that the Renaissance Cleansing Grains for Hair & Body is now available! (Yes it’s a one-stop product for washing your hair and body!)

Photo by Bill Irwin

A unique, effective, nourishing blend, this game-changing formulation is the result of countless tweaks to a recipe I’ve been using myself for a long time.

I am rather fussy about what I put in or on my hair, and struggled to find a decent shampoo that doesn’t come full of sulphates, drying ingredients or which is then packaged in a plastic bottle… I’m happy to say that the solution is here!

My birthday month: let the light in with me!

Leafology Journal: Leaves, Shoots & Roots, Uncategorised

It’s March! My birthday month! I want to celebrate this month (the best of the 12, let’s be honest) with a lovely little offer of Leafology’s FIRST EVER tealight candle, ‘Divine Dusk’. All orders in the entire month of March of £50 or more receive this special little candle completely FREE! (See below for the lowdown!) What is this magnificent beast?
It’s a vegan, clean-burn, low-waste tealight (free of paraffin and synthetic fragrances, so emits only goodness into the air around your home) perfect for lighting in the evening when finishing the day and winding down. The (entirely natural) aroma is a gentle trio of sensual, relaxing & (dare I say it) seductive essential oils; a medley of lavender, basil & cardamom. (Fittingly, I write this with my hands smelling of fresh basil.)

Plus, it comes in a cute, recyclable, screwtop metal tin (the same size as the lip balms!) so you can even transport it with you when on the move, if that’s your thing.

The situation: I’ve been making these sweet & decadent little mini-candles for myself and they are so beautiful and smell so delicious I really wanted to share. Consider this my equivalent of bringing delicious cake to work for my birthday. That’s really it.

(Confession: everything in the Leafology range has the tea plant in it, in some shape or form, but I’m squeezing this into the arena via a tenuous link; a tealight is tea-related, is it not?! Tea lights were originally so-named because they were lit under a teapot to keep the brew warm!).

How can I get one?
These candles are not available for general sale, but if you’d like to get your hands on one, all you’ve got to do is place an order of £50 or more and a magical ‘Divine Dusk’ tealight is yours – it will be automatically added to your order when we post to you.
… And you can order as many times as you like, throughout the month of March.

Over and out; wishing you wondrous brews, well-lit evenings & tea that never goes cold.

~ Ella ~
www.leafology.co.uk


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Happy New Year + Do you ever wonder how you fit in?

Leafology Journal: Leaves, Shoots & Roots, Uncategorised

I write this with the zingy Tea & Sympathy Relief Balm dabbed gloriously around the base of my nostrils (it’s a good visual, I grant you), since a winter cold has hit me hard over the last week and not being able to breathe PLUS having a red, chafed nose from blowing it too many times is a double whammy up with which I will not put. (It’s helped a lot, by the way.)


Back on topic, I have to admit something: despite the fact that Leafology is growing month by month, and I’m ridiculously excited about it all (and grateful!), I had a small waver a couple of days ago. Here’s why: