5 Ways to Make Your Beauty Routine Eco-Friendly

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Earth friendly fashion, Green Goods, green living | 0 comments

It’s quite difficult to completely change your everyday routine and move towards 100% green consumption all at once. However, by changing one small part of your lifestyle and consumption habits at a time, you can contribute to making a huge, long-term change. Start with something small but meaningful, like your beauty routine, and make an effort to use only natural and eco-friendly products wherever possible. You’ll find that these small changes will help foster a sustainable lifestyle and change your attitude towards consumption, not to mention that your skin and hair will appreciate the tender loving care.

To get you started on the right path, try these five tips to make your beauty routine more eco-friendly.

1. Mineral makeup

mineral make up, beauty routineWherever possible, avoid cheap and generic makeup brands; opt for something from eco-friendly speciality stores like Biome, who stock 100% natural cosmetics and mineral makeup ranges from leading brands. Use a mineral makeup brand that is high quality, safe, not tested on animals and made in Australia from natural ingredients. Many options are available online and in stores, so do your research, read labels and think twice before purchasing standard, supermarket makeup next time your supply is running low.

2. Organic skincare

Much like makeup, many organic skincare products are available that are made according to the Australian organic standard, which is recognised as one of the most stringent in the world. A cosmetic product that received the Australian Certified Organic Stamp must contain 95% certified organic ingredients, and the remaining 5% must be natural. You would be surprised at the amount of chemicals that you put on your face every day. Choose an organic skincare product that suits your skin and keep your skin free of harmful chemicals. Use an organic skincare range to cleanse and tone your face and neck morning and night, before you put on your makeup and when removing it.

3. Natural soaps

organic soapWhether it is your basin soap or the shower gel you use daily, it’s not hard to find a product that you and your skin will love. Natural soaps are becoming quite popular on the green beauty scene, so look to specialty stores who can offer you advice on which brands are best suited to your skin. Natural soap comes as bars, lotions and many different bath products.

4. Hair treatments

Next time your shampoo and conditioner runs out, replace them with a natural and organic alternative that is made from plants not petrochemicals. It is also a good idea to consider hair treatments that are free from all chemicals, preservatives and synthetic fragrances if you really want to look after the environment and your hair. It may cost you a little bit more initially, but you’ll find quality eco products will make a big different to your hair.

5. Personal Hygiene

Your beauty routine stretches beyond your face and hair to include your whole body. Always seek the most natural, chemical-free personal hygiene products, and you’ll be surprised at the difference they can make. Did you know there are green alternatives for female sanitary products, deodorant, exfoliation products, body scrubs and nail polishes? You can always choose a greener option!

By replacing each of these five products with a greener option as your current supply runs out, you will eventually find yourself using a host of products that are good for the earth and your body. Your beauty routine will benefit from using natural, toxin-free products. And, once you have settled into a routine, you will be able to add more eco-friendly products to use in another part of your lifestyle.

Images from Biome.com.au

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Staying Cool at Home in the Heat of Summer

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Earth friendly fashion, How To's | 0 comments

Some people go to the mall or just outdoors to keep themselves cool during hot weather. But there is no need to ditch the comfort of your homes to beat the summer heat. There are plenty of ways to look and feel refreshed at home without necessarily exhausting your air conditioning system. Iced beverages, cold or frozen snacks, and some cool fashionable outfits along with a few adjustments around the house can help you deal with the heat and humidity while inside the house.

One of the most practical ways to keep cool during the hot weather is to drink water. It makes your body feel cooler and healthier as well. Drinking water not only keeps you hydrated but also helps in energizing muscles, flushing out toxins, and getting better looking skin. Add a bit of flavor in your water for a more refreshing and enjoyable treat, just put some mint, lemon, or orange in it before placing it inside the refrigerator. Cold or frozen fruit slices are also healthy snack alternatives that can help keep body temperature down.

woman on sofa, living room, summer, cool summer

Aside from your diet, you may also make some changes in your wardrobe. Loose fitting clothes that are made from natural fabrics like cotton, silk, linen, or bamboo are ideal during the summer season. There are plenty of cool and fashionable outfits that are easy on the budget. Tank Tops, Sleeveless Blouses, and Cami Tops are some of the most comfortable options that you can consider. Experts also recommend wearing light colored clothes that help reflect light and heat away from the body.

There are also ways to keep temperatures down in the home environment. Window treatments, location of the ceiling fan, and fabric used for your beddings and upholstery can affect the comfort levels in your rooms. Blinds or insulated curtains that are kept closed during the hottest time of the day can help keep the sun’s heat from getting into the house. Windows can be opened at night time to let the cool air inside. You may also want to replace heavy or fuzzy fabric coverings on your furnishings with light and smooth ones for a cooler look and feel.

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5 Ways to Give Your Old T-Shirt a Makeover

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Earth friendly fashion | 0 comments

T-shirts seem to have a sneaky way of multiplying in the closet when you’re not looking, yet they appear to stay in the same state of disrepair when they do. If you’re looking for ideas on how to revamp your old shirts and give them a new lease of life, here’s 5 great ways to give them the ultimate makeover.

dyed shirt, recycled shirts

Dye It

The ever popular method of tie-dying is still the fate of many old t-shirts. If you aren’t sold on this look, there’s still a great range of other options you can try when it comes to fabric dyes. Has your favourite black shirt faded? It’s easy to dye an old shirt darker, and this is a simple way to give your old shirts a fresh new look. Cotton is the easiest fabric to dye, with synthetics taking a little more work. Just remember if you’re dying a light coloured shirt darker, the thread of the seams will almost always remain the original colour, so be prepared for this.

Bleach Solutions

If dying isn’t your thing, or you have some old dark t-shirts who won’t absorb the dye, you can consider bleaching them instead. You can achieve a range of interesting patters and effects with similar methods to tie-dye. Experimentation is the key, as the results of bleaching can be quite unpredictable. You will get a variety of colours and patterns when bleaching, but this is part of the appeal. You’re guaranteed to end up with something unique that’s for sure!

Slice it Up

There’s nothing more satisfying than taking to some old shirts with a pair of sharp scissors. Adding some artificial cuts and slices to your shirts can take them from drab to edgy in a matter of seconds. How carried away you get is entirely up to you and the kind of style you want to achieve.

Beading and Embroidery

Creating your own unique designs with stitching and beading is a great way to revitalise old shirts. From funky buttons and ribbons to personalised embroidery, there’s no end to what you can achieve with a bit of effort. Have no fear, if you’re not too great with a needle and thread, there are plenty of great iron-on patches and transfers that you can use to revamp your old shirts instead.

Up for Adoption

If all else fails, don’t throw away your old shirts. You might not love them anymore, but there might be someone out there who will! You can try selling them on eBay, which is a great way to earn some extra money. If you don’t want to spend the time selling them online, donate them to your local Lifeline or Salvation Army services so your old shirts can have another chance at life while helping those in need. Once you’ve cleared everything out, consider designing your very own personalised t-shirts so that you know you won’t ever get sick of them.

These are just a few simple and easy ways to revamp the old shirts in your cupboard. Your imagination is the only limit when it comes to adding some creative flair to your preloved garments, and with a bit of time and effort, you can create something truly unique. Get those neglected shirts out of the bottom of your cupboard and give them the makeover they deserve!

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Give Your Mom the Perfect Ring

Posted by on Nov 17, 2012 in Earth friendly fashion | 0 comments

If money is not an issue, a mothers ring is definitely the best present you can give your mom. Although moms would cherish any gift from her child, a piece of jewelry will certainly put a smile on her face. If you are planning to buy your mom a ring, you may find these tips very useful:

• You have to know her taste in jewelry.
• You also need to know her ring size by checking the size of her existing rings.
• You also need to consider the design of the ring, it could be a plain band or with birthstones.
• You need to find out whether she likes silver, gold or platinum.

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Eco Friendly Fashion for Mums-to-be

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in Earth friendly fashion, Green Goods | 1 comment

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We all know the importance of looking after our environment and trying our hardest to be eco-friendly and this shouldn’t have to stop the moment we become pregnant. Thankfully there are now a range of eco-friendly products out there for mums-to-be.

Eco friendly maternity wear is made of materials that are grown without excessive usage of chemicals and are materials that are easily renewed, materials such as Bamboo and organic cotton are the perfect choice for those of us that want to feel comfortable during our pregnancy but still be good to the environment.

Bamboo clothing is made out of bamboo grass which is naturally fast growing and doesn’t require much use of chemicals. The fabric is super-soft, floaty and stretchy, making it perfect through your pregnancy week-by-week and even after birth. Another great feature of this fabric is its insulating property which means it will keep you cool on warm days or nice and warm in those winter months.

Organic cotton garments are made with much less chemicals than regular cotton and, again, are super-soft and perfect for throughout your pregnancy.

The best thing about this is more and more shops are stocking these products so if you’re looking for your maternity wear make sure you do a little search for bamboo or organic cotton and keep helping our environment!

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