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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

Posted on 19 Oct 2015

Dogs (and cats) may be a man’s best friend but they’re certainly not a carpet’s.   If you’re owned by a dog or cat you will most certainly have encountered the odd suspicious-smelling puddle behind the couch, or a brown stain accidently tramped in from outside. 

These little incidents occur more frequently when our pets are both very young and very old – but can also happen in between for many reasons including illness, territorial feelings and anxiety.  Fortunately it is possible to enjoy and indoors pet and fresh upholstery.  Here’s a great stain remover you can make up at home.

You'll need:

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 capful, or around 30 drops of eucalyptus oil

Posted on 25 Nov 2014
Is the sun starting to shine through your windows at home, reminding you how badly they need cleaning before guests start arriving over Christmas?
 
Well, put down those bright blue, artificially-coloured sprays because we’ve got a recipe that works a charm for a fraction of the cost, with ingredients you probably already have at home.
 
Posted on 25 Nov 2014
We all love our furry friends, and they’re even nicer to snuggle up with when they have soft, clean, shiny fur.  Most dogs should be bathed around once a month – more frequently if you have a long-haired breed or your four-legged buddy likes getting dirty. However commercial pet shampoos – especially “natural” brands - can be very expensive.
 
Making your own dog shampoo is simple and can really help your budget.  
 
Posted on 25 Nov 2014
If you’re an allergy sufferer you’ll know it can take its toll on your looks.  Constantly blowing your nose, itching your eyes and scratching your face can leave you a red, puffy, blotchy-looking mess.   Attractive?  No.   Fixable?  Yes!
 
Mix up some of this cooling, refreshing facial spray and keep it in the fridge.  Spritz your face a few times a day - with the natural anti-inflammatory properties of lavender and the sinus-clearing powers of eucalyptus, you’ll be fresh and ready to face the world in no time.