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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DESK TOURS

Good morning beautiful souls,

I am so exited to finally be sharing this blog post with you. I have been planning a Desk Tour post for so long that when the lovely Chloe Burford and I decided to do a collaboration I knew this would be perfect post to collab on as I’m super nosy and love to see how others organise their work spaces. If you don’t already follow Chloe go show her blog some love, she writes about everything from beauty & travel to mental health; oh and be sure to check out her Instagram too because it’s beaut!

Anyway without further ado, let’s get straight to it – I hope you enjoy my Desk Tour and be sure to check out Chloe’s Desk Set Up too!

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Firstly, I can’t wait for the day that I have my own house where I dedicate a full room to being my study space, but for now I have to make do with fitting everything into my bedroom which does mean it’s all a little cramped, but nevermind.

My desk is an old black Ikea ADILS/LINNMON desk. I got it from my dad as he didn’t need it anymore, however as it did come with a few scuffs, I decided to give it a new lease of life and spruced it up by covering it in marble contact paper. I’m really happy with how it turned out and love the fact that such little DIY’s can make such a difference!

My desk chair is also a hand me down and, as you can probably tell, not an actual desk chair but an old arm chair my parents where getting rid of, so I decided to take it off them. Yes it may be a bit big for my small bedroom, but I have to say, at least I am super comfy when working here. I added a cute grey fake sheepskin style rug from Ikea for extra cosiness and two cushions for extra comfort – I love it!

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I like a nice clutter-free space, but at the same time I feel that a couple of pretty accessories are needed to give a work space a nice ambience. So here’s what I keep on my desk:

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On the left I have a photo frame with some picture from my best friends wedding; it was such a beautiful day that I love having these photos here to put a smile on my face.

I love pops of colour, especially in green and especially in the form of real plants and so I have not 1, not 2, but 3 plants on my desk (the big leafy green being my absolute fave, just don’t tell my other plant babies).

Of course a desk without any stationary in sight would be a little strange, so I store my most used pens in this cute pot from Ikea. I love it’s design so much I decided to get the matching little tray too which is perfect for keeping random bits & bobs safe. And of course I tend to have my little diary from The Card Factory in sight at all times so that I can write down To Do’s or appointments quickly before forgetting about them.

Another big must for me is candles (I mean who doesn’t love candles right?!) So I have my little Buddha candle holder on the left as well as a plain glass holder on the right of my desk to provide those cosy vibes on an evening.

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On the right side of my desk I also added the postcard I painted a while ago in a pretty frame. It’s a nice visual reminder to encourage me to continue with my artwork and get my paints out more often.

The marble contact paper is a little more susceptible to wear and tear and so to protect it I usually keep a grey placemat on it too. And of course my laptop (which is now a cute little Lenovo Ideapad as I had to say goodbye to my HP which sadly decided to give up on life) tends to stay on my desk too.

Oh, and last but not least, as I love a nice cuppa or a freshly brewed V60 coffee, a coaster on my desk is also a must!

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Now for my under-desk storage. I used an old shoe rack as a mini shelf and it’s the perfect size leaving plenty of room for my legs to still fit comfortably under my desk as well as leaving a little room to the left for my folders and files.

I tried to stick with the green theme here too; the boxes I’ve had for quite some time so I can’t remember where I bought them from (although I have a feeling it might have been Wilko’s) and then the baskets I bought the other day from Wilkos to complete my organisation of this storage space. I love how everything has ended up fitting so well.

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Each box/basket has a different use and so it’s nice and easy to find things. For example one basket has random stationary bits&bobs, in the next I keep all my letter writing things, in the third all my various notebooks and then the boxes are used for the likes of keeping all my cables and electrical equipment together.

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Well there you have it, my desk tour; I hope it satisfied your curiosity and if you’d like any other tours, like a full bedroom tour, let me know in the comments down below!!

I really enjoyed creating this post and collaborating with Chloe, so don’t forget to go check out her version of the Desk Tour too!

Thanks for reading lovelies and until next time ❤

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I’M BACK!

Good evening beautiful souls,

Have you missed me?!

In case you’ve been wondering where I had disappeared to, I decided to take a little break from blogging! Before I left for my holiday in Germany I was stuck in a bit of a rut. I was continually feeling stressed about never seeming to have enough time to complete everything I wanted to get done especially when it came to blogging. I kept having to remind myself that this blog is only a hobby and not a job, and thus it should be fun and I shouldn’t feel like a failure if I didn’t succeed in posting often enough or regularly. It was ok if my blog posts flowed as and when I felt like writing and sharing my journey. So I eventually managed to come to terms with the fact that it was ok to take a step back from blogging and take a break for a while.

I have to admit it did me good not stressing about uploading posts on time and having a picture up on Instagram every day; it’s been peaceful. However, I don’t want to drag this break on forever and the itch to get connecting again with all you lovely lot keeps growing so here I am again – I am back and ready to get stuck into blogging again.

I also want to take this new start to slightly redirect my content/the focus of my blog. As most of you know I have been vegan since the beginning of the year and my passion for living a plant based lifestyle keeps growing, along with wanting to reduce my impact on this earth and so I really want to focus my content on plant based and eco friendly living. It will still be a lifestyle blog featuring things from beauty – cooking, but they will all be encouraging a plant based and low impact lifestyle. I look forward to developing my vegan & eco friendly lifestyle niche more and hope you look forward to learning more about these topics.

Lots of Love Carina xo

FUNKY SOAP HAUL

Hey there beautiful souls,

After weeks of steeling my housemates Bodyshop ginger shampoo I finally remembered to restock on my shampoo bars from The Funky Soap Shop.

I love these shampoo bars because they’re 100% natural, vegan and I’m supporting an independent small business. They also last pretty long and can be used as bodywash as well, so they’re perfect for traveling!!

I don’t have any favourites and just tent to buy different ones each time. Here’s what I got this time round:

Now as I’ve mentioned in a previous post these work really well for my hair now that it’s short, but when it was long I didn’t get on well with the shampoo bars at all. However as they’re quite cheap and can be used for bodysoap too, I highly recommend you give this company a go and see what you think!

Love Carina xo