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Posted on 16 Jul 2019

Stuck in a bit of a rut – or a completely unorganized tangle – in your wardrobe?  Is “I have nothing to wear!” your constant cry (while swimming ankle deep in clothes)?

You’ve come to the right place.

Winter is the perfect time to do an edit, and while you’re at it, take care of a bit of wardrobe “housekeeping”.  Sounds complicated?  It’s really not, not with these clever tips.

1. Cull your clothes

First things first, you need to do an initial clean out before anything else. Sort into piles of ‘Keep’, ‘Throw’, ‘Donate’ and ‘Sell’ – never underestimate the money you can make on eBay from unwanted clothes in good condition, if you’re so inclined.

Posted on 15 Jul 2019

Did you know Bosisto’s products all begin here, at our very own farm? 

The fresh, crisp scent of eucalyptus which makes our laundry and cleaning products so unique, comes from Bosisto’s eucalyptus plantations in Inglewood Victoria.

Affectionately named ‘Glenalbyn’, the farm has been owned by the same Australian family - the Abbotts - for two generations.    Here, we harvest the leaves of thousands of Blue Mallee eucalypts each year, and plant thousands more in a process that’s renewable and sustainable.  In fact, we now have almost 10,000 acres of eucalypts - the oldest of which have been harvested for more than 100 years.

We’re proud that what goes into Bosisto’s Sensitive Laundry Powder and Liquid and Bosisto’s Cleaners is 100% local eucalyptus oil.

Posted on 15 May 2019

Is your medicine cabinet a graveyard of expired gout tablets and empty bandaid packets?  You're not alone.  Most of us only consider it when we're sick and needing something: the perfect recipe for frustration.

Before winter hits, do yourself a favour and declutter this often neglected area - you'll be glad you did.

Step 1

The first step of any organisation process is to take everything out of the space.   Completely empty the shelves.   As you pull bottles off the shelf, take note of the expiration date and set any expired medicines aside. (Don't throw it in the bin - in Australia, any local pharmacy will take expired medication to dispose of it properly.)

Posted on 13 Feb 2019

If you're on a mission to improve your fitness you've probably got your runners, tunes and cool water bottle sorted.  But here's something you may not have considered as part of your 'fit kit': essential oils.

There are some wonderful essential oils that can help you increase energy, manage stress, treat little workout injuries, even keep your gear in top shape.  Jump into these!

1. Citrus

Motivation can escape even the most driven of us from time to time - but as always, nature has a remedy for that.   All citrus oils - from orange or grapefruit, to lemon, lime or bergamot - work on your brain chemistry to boost mood and give you an instant 'lift'.  They've been said to boost physical energy levels as well as awaken the brain.

Posted on 13 Dec 2018

You'll need:

1 cup white sugar

1/3 cup almond oil (fracionated coconut, grapeseed or olive oil are also good alternatives)

12 drops peppermint essential oil

Skin-safe food colouring, if desired.

How to make it:

  1. Combine sugar, almond oil and essential oil in a bowl
  2. Optional step - divide mixture equally in two bowls and add red or green food colouring   
  3. Layer different coloured sugar in a jar, or just add plain white peppermint sugar mixture to a jar.
  4. Use a tablespoon or so at a time, in the bath or shower.  Scrub legs, arms, elbows and declottage and rinse thoroughly.
Posted on 17 Oct 2018

With the weather warming up, it's getting to the season of 'b's' - barbecues, bathers and bugs.  

If you're not a fan of the chemical scent of commercial insect repellents, or feel uneasy about applying them to your kids, here's a natural alternative you can try.

Homemade Bug Spray

You'll need:

Up to 100 drops of essential oils (eucalyptus, citronella & lavender oil are the most well known for their insect repellent properties)

1 Tbsp vodka or rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol, available at chemists)

1/2 cup natural Witch Hazel

1/2 cup vinegar or water

1 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)

Posted on 03 Oct 2018

This lemon zest hand scrub is perfect for gardeners, but you'll love it even if you don't have a green thumb.  With natural exfoliating, moisturising & antibacterial ingredients, it removes dirt, grime and stubborn odours leaving hands wonderfully soft.  (Not to mention smelling so delicious, you'll want to keep sniffing them!).

Keep it right next to your kitchen sink to replenish hands after a big day outdoors, in the shed, or doing dirty housework inside!.

Posted on 18 Sep 2018

This three ingredient hand lotion is very easy to make and also makes a lovely gift if you find the right jars!

You'll need:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp beeswax (available on Ebay or local honey farms)
  • 5-10 drops lavender oil

Directions:

Melt the coconut oil and beeswax together using the double boiler method (a glass jug or similar sitting in a pan of slowly heated water). Stir as it melts.

Once melted, add the lavender oil and remove from heat. Let cool completely.

Posted on 29 Aug 2018

With all that downward dogging, our yoga mats can get a bit on the whiffy side.  Here's a lovely spritz with the antibacterial powers of essential oils to keep yours fresh.

Posted on 16 Jul 2018

Why do it the long way around when there's clever shortcuts?  And best of all, they don't involve chemicals?  Here's our favourite fast-and-clever cleaning tips...

1. Freshen the dishwasher with a lemon

Forget fancy cleaning tablets - running your dishwasher on a hot cycle without dishes in it does 90% of the cleaning all by itself.   To help cut grease and make it smell even fresher, skewer a half a lemon inside.   For an extra anti-fungal, antibacterial boost sprinkle in a few drops of tea tree oil, too.   And don't forget to frequently clean your filters.

2. And use the other half a lemon to...

Polish your stainless steel taps and sink drains - best of all, it leaves them citrus-scented!