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 18 Aug 2016

Aussies appear to have the leisure experience all wrapped up - backyard barbecues, lying on the beach - but it turns out we're amateurs compared to Danes.  The Danish have elevated it an art form, and even have a unique name for it - "hygge".

Prounced (roughly) "hooga", the concept is hard to explain because there's no exact same word in English, but it roughly translates to "coziness".

Posted on 17 Aug 2016

As temperatures nose-dive, so too does your skin’s moisture.  Heating indoors just makes things worse, sucking more humidity out of the air.   But dry and dull looking skin don’t need to go hand in hand with winter – here’s a few simple ways you can keep looking youthful when there’s a chill in the air.

1. Quit sugar

Overall skin health is determined by the healthy functioning of the liver and what we put in our body can have a big impact.  A nutrient rich diet, especially one that’s high in healthy monounsaturated fats like olive oil, eggs, nuts and avocado will help keep your skin supple from the inside out.

Posted on 17 Aug 2016

Did you know....

  • Before European settlement, Eucalyptus oil had long been valued by indigenous Australians who used the leaves for various medicinal purposes.  But it wasn't until Yorkshire pharmacist Joseph Bosisto immigrated in 1848 and became obsessed with the powers of this native plant that eucalyptus oil as a medicinal product became a reality.
  • Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil was Australia's very first native export.
  • Popular Bosisto’s products of the 1800's included asthma cigarettes (with or without tobacco) and Syrup of Red Gum for ‘bowel complaints’.  A very popular use, especially for influenza, was 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil on a spoonful of sugar, dissolved slowly in the mouth.
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 13 Jul 2016

One of eucalyptus oil's most famous uses - and often the first one that springs to mind - is to remove sticky labels.  But have you ever wondered how it does it?

Eucalyptus oil contains many unique natural compounds, and one of its characteristics is that it is a strong natural solvent. 
It has the ability to break down 'sticky' bonds and dissolve grease.  As such it's often used in cleaning products - and in it's pure or spray form, is a very handy little helper to have around the house.  Here's just a few of the sticky situations it can help you out of...

Posted on 13 Jul 2016

Kids can get messy and where there's messy kids, there's often messy toys!   Cleaning items that come from a toy library, op shop or donated by friends and relatives is often a good idea, too (as is sanitising after play dates, or illness).

Here's our best tips to handle some of the most common grubby toy dilemmas.

Posted on 13 Jul 2016

If you're gifted with the ability to fall asleep immediately as your head hits the pillow and don't wake up until your alarm in the morning - you need read no further.   The rest of us?  We're the ones who are woken in the night by thoughts like: "I forgot to put capsicum on the shopping list", and end up in a place that's totally irrational - "My friend didn't answer my text this afternoon, does this mean she hates me?"

It's a mental thought loop which can continue for hours, exhausting you both physcially and mentally the next day.

Fortunately there are some strategies you can use to relax which don't involve reaching for your phone at 3am.

Posted on 15 Jun 2016

Warm, fluffy, cozy (and even, now, fashionable!), we Aussies love our Ugg Boots.  After all, we invented them and knew of their snuggly goodness far before they became the footwear of choice for supermodels.

A good pair of genuine sheepskin uggs or moccasins should last many years, but they do need special care.  So if yours are looking or smelling a bit unloved, here's how to help.  NOTE:  never put sheepskin boots in the washing machine!

1. Protect

 Buy an ugg boot protector where you get your uggs (or buy online, ebay is a good place to start).

This will help prevent many of the stains life in Uggs can bring, and prevent "intensive" cleaning being necessary (a quick wipe with a damp sponge should do the trick).

Posted on 16 May 2016

Baby it's cold outside - but stop before you reach for the central heating remote. Every degree you hike it up above 18 degrees uses 10% more energy.    Try these tactics instead, and you'll find your house (and you) are warmer, naturally.

1. Check your heating system

Gas heaters need to be professionally serviced every two years (or immediately if there’s any sign of trouble).  In between you should regularly clean and vacuum the filters and ducts around your home to reduce odours and fumes.   It's a small investment in time which can make a huge difference to the efficiency of your heating system.