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Posted on 17 Oct 2017

Why use toxic looking blue window cleaners when you can get great results with this all-natural & "green" peppermint version!

If you prefer the aroma, eucalyptus or citrus work beautifully too.

You'll need:

3 cups of distilled water (you can buy this at Big W, and also auto parts retailers like Super Cheap Auto)

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (Chemist Warehouse & Priceline both sell it), or vodka

1/4 cup white vinegar

20 drops of Bosisto's Peppermint Oil

Posted on 17 Aug 2017

If you'd like to give the man (or dad!) in your life a real treat, make him this natural, essential oil shaving cream.

It's perfect for sensitive skin with a super moisturising formula for a close, comfortable shave.  The oils have antibacterial properties too, so are great for troubled skin and for treating ingrown hairs.     (Come to think of it, it's just as good for girls too!)

DIY natural shaving cream

What you need:

Flip top, wide neck glass containers (try craft stores)
1/3 cup shea butter
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup fractionated coconut or jojoba oil
10 drops Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil
5 drops Bosisto's Tea Tree Oil

Posted on 13 Apr 2017

Drain cleaners typically contain lye or sulfuric acid, both of which are pretty dangerous chemicals if splashed on the skin or near eyes, and toxic if ingested.   If that's not good enough reason to look for a natural alternative, remember that household cleaners we use every day are turning up in our lakes, rivers and oceans, where they can impact aquatic life and water quality.

Luckily, you can make an eco-friendly drain cleaner instead with non-toxic ingredients - many of which you probably already have at home.

You'll need (for one drain)

1/2 cup baking soda
1 cup white vinegar
1 capful of eucalyptus oil
3-4 litres of hot water

Posted on 14 Feb 2017

Did you know the earliest fabric softeners were made from just soap and olive oil?.  Unfortunately that's not the case today.

Now in many you'll find nasties like benzyl acetate, camphor and chloroform - not to mention artificial perfumes and dyes (you can bet there are no oriental flowers in that "Oriental Bouquet"!)

Fabric softeners leave a thin coating of synthetic ingredients on your clothes, much like wax on a car.   This makes your clothes feel smoother, but also makes the fibres less absorbent, which isn't always ideal - especially in the case of bath towels, and sweat-absorbing fabric in athletic wear.

With microfibre cloths and towels, softeners can actually ruin them - so keep your expensive Enjo away!

Posted on 15 Dec 2016

Sunburn is so last decade.  There is never a good excuse for getting as red as a lobster, not now we’re surrounded with education about harmful UV rays and the dangers of melanoma (http://www.sunsmart.com.au/).  Plus advances in ‘realistic’ looking tanning creams and sprays mean lying around in the sun isn’t just uncool and unhealthy, it’s unnecessary.  

That being said, the most diligent of us have been caught out from time to time, a little pink here or there despite our best efforts – in those cases it’s great to have a cooling, soothing solution on hand.

Posted on 15 Dec 2016

Let’s face it: mosquitoes are a major buzz kill.

But walking around a party like a stinky chemical factory, or guests choking on clouds of pesticide-laden insect repellent isn’t a whole lot more desirable.

Ditch the toxins and declare your gathering a bug-free zone with these natural repellent candles. They do take a little bit of effort but they look beautiful (especially at dusk) and if you put them in pretty jars they make excellent gifts, too.

Note:  You don’t have to stop at jars – once you get confident making these you can put the candle mixture in anything from clean tin cans to little ceramic flower pots or small colourful metal buckets.  Check out the local $2 shop or Vinnies, and use your creative flair!

Posted on 18 Aug 2016

Being cooped up behind closed doors in winter can mean things like couches, curtains and linens start to smell a bit stale and musty.   When things could do with a bit of freshening, try this simple DIY spray – with lavender oil, it has a lovely calming scent and helps freshen with a long lasting aroma.  So much better than chemical scents!

Note: this spray is also lovely to use while ironing.

Posted on 14 Jul 2016

Washing your face feels good!  It wakes you up, makes you feel fresh and ready to face the day (no pun intended).   If you're trying to avoid the chemicals, sodium laurel sulfate and fragrances found in many commercial face washes, we've got a fantastic DIY version using natural ingredients we think you'll love.

Ps.  Most of these ingredients can be found on the internet if you can't source them in shops.  You'll find you can make lots of cosmetics and personal care products using them.

Posted on 17 Mar 2016

These are a wonderfully cheap and eco-friendly alternative to helping keep your toilet clean.

You’ll need:

  • 1 and 1/3 cups of baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid.  (You can find this in the cooking aisle of the supermarket)
  • 80-90 drops of essential oil.  Bosisto’s Tea Tree Oil is recommended due to its antibacterial and freshening properties.
  • Small amount of water
  • Small spray bottle
  • Silicone moulds

Instructions:

Posted on 17 Dec 2015

Looking for a natural bug repellent spray? Try this recipe now

Looking for a natural bug repellent spray that won’t leave you soaked in hideous chemicals?  Try this lovely blend, which contains eucalyptus and lavender essential oils, both known for their insect repelling qualities.

What you will need:

o   Witch Hazel  (in the beauty section of supermarkets & pharmacies)

o   Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Oil

o   Bosisto’s Lavender Oil

o   An empty spray bottle