SOAP NUTS – A NATURAL DETERGENT

Good morning beautiful souls,

Today I thought I would tackle the next change on my plant based eco journey, namely switching to a low impact laundry detergent. As with many household items we are just so used to seeing them stacked in single use containers along the supermarket aisles that we don’t stop to consider the impact they have anymore or what less harmful & low impact alternatives might be out there. Most laundry detergents are packaged in plastic, tested on animals and of course contain many chemicals which especially for sensitive skins aren’t often great. However there are some great alternatives out there (for example my cousin washes her clothes with walnuts which contain a natural soap element – who knew!?!) all you need to do is set aside a little time to have a browse to see what works best for you. Now I can’t speak for all alternatives as I’ve personally only tried one so far, but I am so happy with the results of this swap that I had to share it with you.

I have swapped form the usual detergent culprits such as Persil to using Soapnuts – a natural, organic, biodegradable, vegan, ethical & sustainable laundry detergent (now you can’t get more eco-friendly than that can you!?!).

Soapnuts or Soapberries are dried fruit shells which contain real natural soap and are 100% completely natural. They are a vegan friendly, non-polluting, compostable, alternative to conventional laundry detergents and synthetic soaps. No fillers, foaming agents, bleach, phthalates, phosphates or parabens. The Soapberries contain a natural soap called saponin, which is released when they come into contact with water and thus they wash your laundry as good as any other conventional detergent.

There are a couple of ways to use the soap nuts; you can soak them in water to release the detergent and then pour the liquid into your washing machine as you would other laundry detergents, or you can pop a couple of soapnuts into the muslin bag provided and then pop that into the washing machine with your laundry. I use the latter method.

In our day and age we are so used to freshly washed clothes smelling “clean” because of all the chemical scents added to detergents. Soapnuts don’t really release a scent, so you won’t get that “clean” smell; however you can add a scent to your laundry by using an essential oil. One of my favourite oils to use is lavender; I put about 10 drops onto the muslin bag containing the soapnuts and then pop it into the wash – and voila out come your clothes with a fresh scent of lavender – the results are great!

I really cannot recommend this natural vegan biodegradable laundry detergent enough and urge you all to try it! They sell starter packs (a great way to give soapnuts a trial) which contain soapnuts, a stain remover bar, soda crystals and an essential oil. The small starter pack costs £14.70 which admittedly you might first think sounds expensive, but let me assure you, the sopanuts go a long way – one filled muslin bag can be used for about 3 washes until all the soap has been released.

(the starter pack pictured in my photos is a large)

The Living Naturally Soapnut Company also not only sell laundry detergent but have haircare and skincare products on offer too. I have yet to try these but if the laundry detergent is anything to go by, I know I’ll love these products too.

So I hope I have given you something to think about. Again, I can’t recommend these highly enough and would love to know – do you think this is a change/a swap you would be willing to try?! I’d love to hear some of you giving soapnuts a go! If you’d like to inform yourselves more on the products available and further benefits of soapnuts go have a look on their website here.

Until next time lovelies ❤

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MY NUMBER 1 WEIGHTLOSS TIP!

Hey guys, 

I wanted to share my number one weightloss tip with you all; and this is an important one – trust me! So are you eager for the big reveal aha?!

Well here we go:

DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP!

And there you have it – I’m serious this is the biggest favour you can do yourself when trying to loose weight or changing routines and just wanting to be healthier or incorporate more fitness… I have been trying to loose weight for years so I have a lot of experience with this. Whenever I had a bad day (either not eating good or not doing any exercise), I would feel terrible – greedy, fat, stupid, sad, hateful, worthless… the list goes on. You would think feeling shitty would give you the motivational boost you need to get you started again, but usually it tends to be the beginning of a downward spiral ending with me completely falling of the wagon. So what I have learnt over the years is to try and ignore these feelings and just talk back to them, tell yourself ‘so what?! so what if I’ve had a bad day, or two or even a week?! Weightloss, health and fitness are journeys; changes aren’t going to happen overnight! The goal is to keep a positive mindset! Honestly you are not alone in your failures,  you are not alone in feeling crap, and you are not alone on your journey – remember that, there are so many people out here and I love that about the internet, that we can all motivate and inspire each other! So keep going guys – I believe in you – believe in yourself and you will succeed – DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP! Honestly this is the best advice I can give you!

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I haven’t had the best week and didn’t loose anything; once you’ve had one or two treats it’s harder to say no to others, so I was giving in to chocolate and cake and too much booze – not good! Furthermore, not having been to the gym in a week ass I was away, made it more of a struggle to go back. I just couldn’t find the motivation, but yesterday I made myself go – I didn’t do a massive exercise routine admittedly, but that’s totally cool – remember DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP! Even if you are only doing a little at the gym – this is way better than just sitting around at home!

So the second part to my no.1 tip is PRAISE YOURSELF! Praise yourself for the little things that you achieve. For example – I had a small portion of humus, pitta and olives at the deli cafe in the peak district on my last day, but then followed it with a slice of delicious courgette and lime cake – so 1: well done on choosing a small light lunch 2: who cares if I’ve had a slice of cake, I’m on holiday, it’s not the end of the  world!

So guys, I hope my tips help you out!

Love Carina xo