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April 04, 2020

Self-isolation Self Care

(T-shirt and briefs: previously gifted from Organic Basics)

Hey, how are you doing? This isolation/social distancing stuff sucks, huh? I feel like a bit of a "pro" at it at this point due to maternity leave. I've been somewhat social distancing (unintentionally) for around 8 months. Living at the other end of the country from your family and not living close to friends will do that to you but, it's made me really think about what I've done over these past months to make it not feel so lonely and what coping mechanisms I've developed or let fall into place.

With what's going on at moment, I thought I'd share a (hopefully) helpful post on how to take care of yourself if you're isolating or social distancing and it's drastically different from your usual life, you struggle spending time on your own, or you're just simply find this whole thing bloody difficult!

Years ago (I really mean years ago!) I blogged about how it's okay to be an introvert, enjoy your own company, and like spending time at home so I mean, you could say that self-isolating would be easier for me but, as someone who craves the outdoors and likes having the autonomy to do what I want (y'know, like all of us do), it's been something I've had to adjust to just as much as anyone else. So here's some ways I feel make the whole thing feel less daunting, more rewarding, and most importantly - relaxing!



Have a loose routine
I'm not saying you have to have a regimented, hour by hour, structure to your day but, having some sort of routine can be handy. Whether you're someone who is currently working from home for the first time or someone who can't work right now, giving your day some structure can help you feel more in control and also stop you from sinking into those "I've achieved nothing" thoughts.

Although my morning routine has changed somewhat since having a baby, having one in place every morning really helps me not feel like I'm stuck in a slump - both mentally and physically. Even if I plan on having a lazy day, I stick to my morning routine just to stop myself from slipping into days blurring into each other and feeling down about it. As for an evening bedtime routine, I also think it's great to have a handle on this. As these days can blur into each other, making sure you don't mess up your sleeping pattern will help you keep a handle on your "regular" lifestyle and ensure you get enough rest!

It's okay to do absolutely nothing
Fellow millennials - this is especially for you: stop putting pressure on yourself to *do* something! I'm guilty of doing this myself but I cannot stress enough how important it is to not feel like you have to achieve a lot during this time. I know I've just said it's good to have a routine but, it's also good to throw that to the wind sometimes. If you wake up and you're feeling shit and just want to lie on the sofa all day watching movies - do it. If you wake up okay but by midday you feel like everything has been going wrong and just want to play video games for the rest of the day - do it!

Something a lot of us have on our hands right now is time and that doesn't need to be daunting. It can be used for leisure and recuperation just as much for productivity and getting shit done.

Plan and prep some food
If you're anything like me, when everything is getting a bit much or you're not feeling motivated/you're feeling down, eating and eating well/actual meals in particular can become a second thought. When you're feeling motivated or when it's your day off, try checking what food you have in your cupboards/fridge and see what you can make from it. Batch cooking can ensure that you don't skip meals or just eat rubbish (she says, eating a whole pack of biscuits at 11am but I digress). Having tupperware or sachets of food stored in the fridge or freezer that can just be heated up on the hob or in the microwave makes it really easy for when you've got some mental fatigue and just don't want to deal with cooking. It also means you can get the most out of what you have and not waste any food!



Embrace what comforts you
Self care looks different for everyone. For one person it might be a hot bath with a face mask, for someone else it might be an hour of intense cardio, and someone else might just want an hour or two with a good book! Whatever it is that is bringing you comfort during this time, actively do it. For me, working on my embroidery and fibre art, playing video games, and reading are really helping me chill out.

Of course, if you have been wanting to do something new and you're not pressuring yourself, now is a great time to explore it! Whether it's been learning a new language, starting a blog, or learning to watercolour paint - give yourself the opportunity to try new things and be comfortable in the knowledge that it doesn't matter if it doesn't go to plan!

Separate life and work spaces
If you're working from home, it can be hard to separate your work and life balance a little bit, especially if you're not used to it. If you have the space, dedicating a room or an area of a room as your "work" or "office" space can be really helpful. Whenever you're sat there, it's work mode. If you're blessed with even more space, having a space or room dedicated for working out/exercise can help too. Having some segregation can help you get into the right frame of mind for work and for switching off. If it hits 5pm and that's the end of your usual work day, you can just leave that area/space and go back to it the next morning.

Doing this can also help you make sure you're not trying to do things at 10pm at night because your laptop is *right there* so you could just get it done now. Give yourself clear boundaries and give yourself time to chill out. We all need time to switch off right now whether you're working or not.

(T-shirt and briefs: gifted from Organic Basics)

Get yourself moving
Something that I feel is the most important form of self care, no matter the circumstances, is to get some form of exercise. I've talked about the benefits of the likes of yoga and getting outside into the fresh air can have on our health before but obviously, during lockdown we're somewhat limited as to what we can do. If you're comfortable with going out for a run, walk, bike ride etc. then absolutely do it. The fresh air is an added bonus alongside the exercise. If you're staying more housebound like myself however, doing some exercise indoors can still keep you healthy and keep your mood on the up.

I've personally been enjoying doing a mix of yoga (see this post for my favourite videos to follow!), just daily stretches, and also The Body Coach Joe Wick's PE lessons on YouTube (don't be fooled - they're actually pretty tiring and hard in a good way!). We all know that exercise can help give you that boost in mood and especially when a lot of us are feeling the days drag, a distraction from that is more than welcomed.


If you'd like some more "tips" for effective self care and also how to spend time alone without feeling lonely, check out these posts:
- A Self Care Routine You Can Stick To
- 5 Ways to Relax
- Fighting Feeling Lonely
- It's Okay to Have a Bad Day
- 5 Daily Self Care Tips
- "Have You Tried Doing Yoga?"

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March 31, 2020

#10x10 Wardrobe Challenge: March



Hello folks! It's finally the end of what feels like the longest and most dramatic month we've ever had. At the start of March, I was looking forward to seeing friends, celebrating my first ever Mother's Day and also celebrating my birthday but, due to everything going on right now, a lot of the month was spent indoors, not knowing what day it is.

That being said, my 10x10 this month was pretty good. Just a quick refresh: my 10x10 is 10 items of clothing, 10 outfits, over 10 days! I got wear out of some items that I don't usually wear, got to put some new-to-my-wardrobe pieces on and take them for a test drive, and it also helped me decide which items I'm actually no longer a fan of and will be rehoming to someone else in future. So here's what I wore this past month:



1. One thick tan brown mock neck jumper: eBay (Zara)
2. One knitted navy tank top/vest: eBay (unbranded)
3. One linen white button shirt: old (Topshop)
4. One pair of mid wash blue jeans: old (Asos)
5. One pair of black culottes: old (unbranded)
6. One pair of dark grey/charcoal wool masculine trousers: The British Heart Foundation (vintage)
7. One cream needlecord dress: Barnardos (Olive)
8. One pair of checkerboard Vans: christmas gift (Vans)
9. One pair of black leather O-ring detail brogues/loafers: Save the Children (Marks & Spencer)
10. One pair of black zip up chunky boots: Depop (Zara)

Additional accessories:
- Black tights: Swedish Stockings
- Black socks: Organic Basics
- Beige mac: Vinted (Primark)
- Black bumbag: The British Heart Foundation (unbranded)
- Black crossbody bag: Christmas gift (Charles & Keith)
- Beige crossbody bag: old (unknown brand)
- Snake print bumbag: eBay (Mango)
- Navy padded tote bag: Depop (Cos)



Planning for April feels a little impossible - I asked those of you who follow me over on Instagram if you still wanted to see a 10x10 for this next month and you said yes but, let's be real - I'm wearing an awful lot of pyjamas and yoga pants at the moment with being stuck indoors! However, I do feel that this will help me get dressed each day for a couple of weeks and therefore might ignite some enthusiasm/motivation in me that I seem to have lost over the last two weeks.

So far I'm thinking comfort that is truly reflective of reality for many of us right now but, also something I'd happily just throw a pair of shoes on with and a coat and go out for essentials shopping. So if you want to see what mismatch Spring fashion I come up with this April, make sure to follow along on Instagram then check back here at the end of the month for all the fine details on the items.

Stay safe, stay indoors, I hope you're all doing well!




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March 26, 2020

Remaining Sustainable during the Pandemic: It's Tough!



I've been in two minds about posting about COVID-19 here because although I've passionately been shouting my opinion into the voids of Twitter and on my Instagram stories, I didn't want to appear like I was gaining anything from discussing it. I mean, I'm not, but I didn't want others to see me as using it for page views etc. but you know what? It's damn important that we talk about what's going on right now but it's also important that we address a bit of an elephant in the room right now. That elephant is sustainability.

I've seen a few people online discussing whether or not sustainability can actually be sustainable during this crisis and it got me thinking. I know that I for one have loosened my usual ethics when it comes to consuming over the past few weeks because of the pandemic. In the UK, we've seen a huge surge in panic-buying and it has left supermarket shelves bare with no stock, online orders not being available for over 10 days, and websites having to put customers in a queuing system like they're buying gig tickets not their groceries. "The world's gone mad!" is being thrown around and amongst the hysteria, being sustainable has been forgotten about.

I'll be the first to say that I am not being my best sustainable self right now. I am buying whatever food is available and not giving a second thought to the packaging it comes in. I've had to buy products from the supermarket that I would usually order online that are more eco-friendly and/or cruelty free etc. but due to the delays in delivery times, I've had no other choice. This isn't meant to come across as a "woe is me" post but rather a comfort for those of you who are also trying to live as low waste and consciously as possible. You're not in this alone. This global pandemic is reeking havoc everywhere and you should not feel guilty for having to set aside your usual ethics during this time. Whether it's consuming some dairy right now despite your usual vegan diet or buying regular tampons because you can't get ahold of organic - you need to get what you can and if these things are a necessity to you or provide some form of comfort/security, and that's okay. Don't attach guilt to them. Guilt is not welcomed here.

With all that being said, there's some small things you can do to keep your sustainable self afloat throughout this pandemic whilst you're social distancing or isolating. Of course there are bigger things to worry about but, hopefully this post will give you some food for thought and again, bring you some comfort. I know a lot of people - myself included - are struggling with the change in their day-to-day life and knowing that it has become more restricted, so this is a way for me to keep a handle and form of control over what I can. It gives me a sense of normality during a very abnormal time:



COVID-19 Mutual Aid
COVID-19 Mutual Aid is for volunteers who want to help those most in need during this time. The outbreak of this virus has given many of us a glimpse into what it is like to truly be a marginalised member of society. For me, it has made me appreciate more so why individuals may not show concern for the planet because poverty means it can't even be on your radar. If you're financially strained due to loss of work, you're not going to be buying the eco-friendly options which tend to be a bit pricier. You're not going to be rejecting certain foods based on their packaging when just knowing you will have a meal is good enough.

With that being said, use this time to appreciate what you have, what you've had up until now, and what others might need. If you can help as a volunteer, that's great! Check what neighbours might need, friends, family, and please let someone else know if you're in need too! Donate to charities which are helping and be available for others if you can be.

Support independent business
Supporting people on an individual ground-level basis is great but, so many small and independent businesses are going to struggle in the coming weeks and months. If you need to buy anything - whether it's food, homeware, a birthday present - please consider shopping small and independent.

Check if local farm shops are doing online deliveries and get your groceries from there. Check if your local independent cafes are doing the same. If you're worried about things not turning up in time for a special event or if you're worried about contact with delivery drivers/the postman or don't want to give them more deliveries to do, you can always see if the brand have a gift card option. This means you can support them with your dollar now and reap the benefits for yourself later. Get a gift card for your favourite local restaurant. Get one for your mum's birthday from a nice handmade skincare company. Buy your friend's new baby a gift card for nursery decor or baby essentials.

Consume "stuff" consciously
During our isolation, no one should feel pressured to be productive or start the 578 pastimes they'd like to try but, what you can do is access all the good things we have available to us. Things such as eBooks on Audible, or watching shit tons of Netflix shows, or listening to those albums you've been meaning to get through... Those who work in the entertainment industry have been hit hard during this pandemic so instead of buying needless things such as clothing or makeup during this time, think about buying a band's album or an audio book - you're helping those who need a lift in their income right now whilst also not accumulating more physical stuff (necessarily).

Challenge ecofascism
Some social media accounts and individuals have been celebrating environmental changes which have occurred in the wake of this outbreak of coronavirus and rightly so, it has left a sour taste in a lot of people's mouths. Whilst these changes may be positive, it's important to remember that this virus is claiming a lot of people's lives and any celebration of the "side effects" of that is not okay. Hopefully these environmental changes will make big corporations and businesses realise the impact they are having on the planet but that's all we can (and should) hope for.



Meal prep
Although we might be having to buy whatever is available at the moment, making sure you actually use everything you buy can help you be more sustainable during your isolation. If there's lots of fresh fruit or veg available when you go to do a restock of your cupboards, don't be put off by them being perishable items. Using fresh veg to make an abundance of soup that can be kept in the freezer is a safe bet. Roast lots of veggies and again, pop them in the freezer until they're needed.

If you need recipe recommendations or inspiration, Jack Monroe is using her Twitter hashtag #JackMonroesLockdownLarder and you can tweet any food you have lying around and Jack will give you some ideas of what to do with it!

Stock-take your pantry
Sticking with food as it's become a major concern for many during the pandemic: stock-take your own cupboards and fridge to see what you're missing. This was something that I saw Jack Monroe tweet about and I think it's excellent advice, particularly if you're trying to be as sustainable as possible. We all know that panic buying is contagious and we could all be victims to buying things "just because" so by stock-taking what you have, you can properly work out what you're lacking or what you may need to make a full meal.

Jack's advice is to fold a piece of A4 into 4s and have: Carbs, Fruit & Veg, Protein, and Flavours as your sections so you can see if you really need certain products and also so you can work out how many meals you may have over the next few days without buying more. This will ultimately help you get the most out of what you have and stop food waste.

Re-purpose whilst you're home
Do you have things lying around that are no longer serving their purpose? Do you have socks with holes in them, skincare tubs that are destined for recycling, food waste that could be actually be put to good use? Those socks could be used as dusting cloths around the house. Those tubs could be used to store things like half a lemon in the fridge or a DIY face mask that you've made. That food waste could put in a container to break down to then be used in the garden as a compost aid. Whilst we may be stuck inside the box, we have a little more time to think outside of it!

Re-wear your clothes!
Although I'm someone who likes to shower everyday, I will re-wear clothing until it doesn't feel clean to. This is going to save you money on your energy bill and also is helping you be just a little more sustainable. It will also increase the longevity in your clothing in the long run as items won't lose their shape or pill/bobble as much. If you're comfortable with not showering everyday too - absolutely go for it! Again, save energy and also money by not using up your products as quickly.

Make a list of the sustainable changes you'd like to make in future
Planning for when this is all over can be a nice escape for some. If you're one of those people, maybe make a list of some things you'd like to change going forward. Maybe you'd like to use more "naked" packaging free products. Maybe you'd like to start shopping exclusively secondhand for fashion. Maybe you'd like to try a vegan diet. Feeling positive about your future and things you want to do to feel more sustainable is absolutely a step in the right direction right now.


The best thing to remember is this should be temporary. Any changes you've had to make to your usual ethics and lifestyle can be changed back once we're out the other side of this. Please look after yourselves whereever you are, listen and follow guidelines and protocol, and maybe we'll be out the other side of this in time for summer.


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March 23, 2020

Book Club No.22



I know, I know... It's March 2020 and I'm only just posting about my last two reads of 2019 - I've been busy okay? Okay. I finished my year of reading on a high and although I didn't hit my 2019 reading challenge on Goodreads, I at least read some great books and that's what it's all about!

My last two reads of 2019 were so completely opposite of each other but were both fantastic in their own rights. Whether it's extremely immersive fiction you like or contemporary non-fiction that *everyone* should read, I've got you covered:

Monsters of Men: The Third Novel of Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
I reviewed Book One and Book Two last year of this trilogy so of course, here is the third and final instalment to finish off the most epic of stories. The Chaos Walking trilogy is easily some of the best of Ness' work and the whole series has become a firm favourite for me. I'm a huge fan of Ness due to his writing style and fantastic range of worlds, characters, and stories but, this one just knocks so much out of the park.

I was so worried about starting this because A) it's a hell of a hefty read and B) it would be the end of a series I had so thoroughly enjoyed but, I was not disappointed. Just like Book 2, Ness has Book 3 pick up right where 2 left off and kept the chaotic story rolling. It doesn't have the same pace as the previous books and isn't as shocking as Book 2 but, because the pace and shock-factor slow slightly, it helps create this build up of tension towards the world-ending war that's about to begin.

This final book sees the start of a vicious war - the humans are fighting amongst themselves: the Mayor/President fighting the Answer, the humans fighting the native Spackle, and Todd and Viola are caught up in the middle of it all; unsure of who to trust. Ness manages to write the characters in even more depth in this final book. Mistress Coyle for example could be a freedom-fighter on one page then come across as a terrorist who has become consumed by the idea of power. The Mayor is almost likeable at points and you feel yourself siding with his logic then you remember how much of an awful person he has been up until now. It can leave you as the reader feeling frustrated (in a good way), wanting to shout at characters and give them a good shake and honestly? The whole ride is just as emotionally exhausting as the two previous books.

The Spackle play a much bigger part this time around and they're added into the story really well. 1017 becomes a third narrator and at first, I found his chapters hard to delve into because they changed the tempo and pace of the book but I quickly warmed up to them and realised that change was necessary to demonstrate and drive the idea home how different the Spackle race are to the humans. There's a great development in all the characters which helps illustrate maturity for Todd and Viola and of course, their relationship blossoming adds to this (and I for one didn't hate the romance blooming - it was predictable but a glimpse of something lovely in such a miserable and grey storyline).



Yet again, Ness has managed to create a story that you can't put down. You have to know what's going to happen next. It makes you cry, get angry, feel relieved, grieve... it made me feel it all. Although I think Ness hit it out of the park again with this final instalment, I still think Book 2 is my favourite of the 3. One of the reasons for this is because Book 3 reaches a point of surprise and shock but then didn't follow through (I'm about to give away a big part of the plot so spoiler warning!).

At a scene towards the end, Todd dies. The Mayor/President kills him - Viola and and Ben see it unfold and as the reader, it honestly ripped my fucking heart out. Although it could have been predictable, Ness somehow lulls you into a false sense of security that Todd has become invincible and he couldn't possibly kill off the main character. When it happened, I remember reading it in bed and turning to my boyfriend to say "what the actual fuck. Oh my God". But, I carried on reading and it turns out Todd is clinging on, he gets help. He is on the mend towards the end of the book and Viola is a big help in this recovery. It was then that it actually felt predictable and because the ride until now has been so dark, I actually felt that the loss of Todd may have made the story better; it would keep the bleakness until the very end.

The ending also arrives so abruptly, I felt like I was on a high-speed rollercoaster from just a few pages into Book One right up until the end of Book 3 and it just suddenly stops - just like when a rollercoaster halts in speed. It gave the ride authenticity but, I guess I would have just loved for the story to continue see more unfold. If you need a new trilogy to truly get lost and invested in, this is the one that will tick every box for you. You can pick up the trilogy for around £10 here



No One is too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
A collection of the wonderful Greta Thunberg's speeches on the climate crisis, the environment, and how we all need to be holding big corporations, our government, and really - each other - more accountable for making positive changes. I'm a big fan of Greta and feel that she is a fantastically spirited young woman who speaks more sense than many individuals twice her age.

I love that her speeches are gathered in a little book like this because they're accessible for all. I hope my little boy will read them when he's older and learn more about the world through them. I feel that Greta can get a lot of flack in the mass media for her fight against the climate crisis we currently face but, she never seems to let the criticism dampen her spirit or principles. She's passionate and that passion is palpable through her words; they're just as powerful printed on paper as they are to listen to her speak them.

This is obviously a great book for anyone who is eco-conscious at all or would even make a great gift for someone who isn't - it may get them thinking about the environment more and now they can positively make changes to benefit it in their everyday life. The one downside of the book is that to read, it can be repetitive at times. This is at no fault of Greta - speeches are always going to reiterate the same points (especially when nothing is changing!) but reading it is a little different to hearing it. I still very much recommend this quick read though to all ages. Plus, it's under £2.50 to buy. Bargain. You can pick it up here


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February 29, 2020

#10x10 Wardrobe Challenge: February



It's the end of February already - I hate to be ~*that guy*~ but can you believe we're heading into the third month of 2020 already?! I feel like this year is running away from me already but the end of the month marks the end of another 10x10 challenge. If you didn't catch last month's post and/or my Instagram posts over the month of February, the 10x10 challenge is simply 10 clothing items, to creat 10 outfits, over 10 days.

The month of February has been a bit of a cold one and I'm pleased that my choices covered the coldness whilst still letting me feel like I'd made a bit of an effort! If y'all know me, I live in a good tee and jeans combo so this month's challenge further highlighted to me that I have more than just those fail-safe items in my wardrobe and better yet, I actually enjoy wearing them! After chatting with you guys on Instagram, I've decided to start including where my items "originally" came from. This is in no way to encourage you to shop from these fast fashion retailers but, to simply help in case you're searching for these particular items secondhand or to give you an idea of which fast fashion brands I gravitate towards style-wise. So here's what my February 10x10 consisted of:



1. One thin beige jumper: old (Zara)
2. One thick funnel neck dark brown jumper: Depop (H&M)
3. One thick cream ribbed tunic t-shirt: Depop (Uniqlo)
4. One pair of black leggings: Finisterre
5. One pair of light wash blue jeans: Depop (Topshop)
6. One cream needlecord midi dress: Depop (Zara)
7. One brown print midi dress: eBay (unknown brand)
8. One houndstooth relaxed blazer: Vinted (H&M)
9. One pair of black flat masculine shoes: Naomi's House & Jack's Place charity shop (unknown brand)
10.One pair of black hiking boots: Depop (Missguided)

Additional accessories:
- Black bamboo tights: Thought
- Black socks: Organic Basics
- Beige and green ribbed beanies: old (ASOS)
- Grey scarf: old (H&M)
- Olive green hairband: charity shop
- Black crossbody bag: Christmas gift (Charles & Keith)
- Beige crossbody bag: old (unknown brand)
- Cream crossbody bag: Depop (Charles & Keith)
- Snake print bumbag: eBay (Mango)

For next month, I'm trying to think a little more outside the box as I'm well aware that my two comfort zones are midi dresses and a jeans and tee combo. Obviously, these sort of items are common in my wardrobe but, I feel that I could try and do more with what I own and push myself to get the most out of my clothes by wearing some items in new ways I wouldn't normally. Although I'm hoping that Spring will kick in in March, the snow forecasts we've had recently may put a halt to the spring sun making an appearance. Therefore, I need to really think about making my next 10x10 as versatile as possible to suit whatever weather comes my way!

If you want to keep up with my March 10x10, head over to my Instagram otherwise, I'll see you at the end of March for my 10x10 review of the month!




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February 26, 2020

Soap Daze: Natural, Eco-friendly and Handmade Skincare



This year I've set myself the task of using more eco-friendly and low/zero waste beauty brands for anything from haircare to cosmetics. One thing I'm determined to do during this time is use lesser known brands. We all know brands such as Lush as a go-to when trying new things for skincare etc. but, I'd like to try out all those smaller brands who are doing good things because they're often a small team or one individual who has put a whole lot of passion into creating their products. So, with that being said, let's make a start with this post shall we?

Soap Daze are a handmade, natural and eco-friendly skincare brand based in Devon. They create a range of products but have a strength in vegan soaps and use natural botanical and essential oil ingredients. As their products are natural, they are kind to the skin and great for those of us who have sensitive skin issues. All of their products are also plastic-free so they're a great option if you're trying to make low/zero waste choices.

The first time I heard about Soap Daze was at Christmas last year - my partner bought me a lovely gift set from the brand and now that I've tried, tested, and used up! almost everything I got, I figured now would be the best time to give you a full review of the products and my thoughts on the brand as a result.



Vegan Cleansing Grains | 30g | £12.50 - These vegan exfoliating grains are everything. A mix clays, botanicals, and grains are ground to a powder to create this product and it can be used a few different ways. By adding some water to the mix, you can use it as a weekly exfoliant which is incredibly gentle yet leaves the skin super smooth and soft or you can apply it as a mask and leave it to work it's magic for a little longer if you want to.

I was most excited to try these out of all the products as I really love to do a weekly exfoliation and they didn't disappoint. My skin instantly looks healthier every time I use these and the morning after I've buffed away dead skin, my face looks more radiant. They help my oils and serums absorb better and more effectively too. One thing I will say about this product is that I had to use a lot more of the grains and water to get the desired consistency for a deep clean of my face. This is in no way a criticism, just a preference!

The grains come packaged in a lovely amber glass bottle with an aluminium screw top lid so it can be easily repurposed to store zero waste DIY recipes and recycled easily too.

Oatmylk Natural Unscented Soap | 112g/4oz | £6.50 - I didn't even get a detailed shot of this soap before I used it all up. This soap is perfect for any and every skin type but, especially if you have very sensitive skin as it has no fragrance and gentle ingredients. With a base of olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter with the added oatmylk instead of water, this soap is incredibly creamy to lather and nourishing for the skin. These 112g/4oz soaps are equivalent to 700ml of liquid soap making them amazing value for money.

I really enjoyed using this soap and I'd love to try some of their others but with an added scent. This has been a great soap for me during the colder months for helping my skin stay soft and hydrated. The soap lasted really well and the packaging is fully recyclable making it a great option for a gift however, you can also buy it without packaging or on a rope so there's plenty of options for every type of zero waster!



Handknitted Recycled Cotton/Flax Facecloth | 23cm x 23cm | £9.95 - This facecloth comes in a range of 4 neutral colours and is so incredibly soft! With a mix of cotton and linen textile waste, it is helping give purpose to materials that would otherwise be discarded. It's great to see Flax being used in a product like this because environmentally, it is a great crop as it does not take as much water to grow as cotton and the whole plant can be harvested and used as a material.

This facecloth is great again for those of us with sensitive skin as it's very gentle but still effective. I'll be honest, facecloths are something I don't use every day but, this has been a go-to the couple of days after I exfoliate each week as it has helped me make sure I don't pull and tug too much as fresh new skin on the surface.

Organic Rosehip Facial Oil | 30ml | £12.50 - I've tried rosehip oil before but didn't like it all that much. As my gift box included this oil I thought it was time I tried it again and I'm pleased to say, I had much better results this time around.

I don't use this product every morning and night - or even everyday for that matter - but I do like to use it after I've exfoliated and toned my skin. It absorbs really well and doesn't leave the skin greasy or oily. I find using this the nights I exfoliate help my skin look more plump and smooth the next morning. With anti-ageing properties and the ability to lock in hydration, this is a great choice for the colder months. Soap Daze also ensure their rosehip oil is pure rosehip - no preservatives or emulsifiers in sight!



Lemon & Lime and Lavender & Orange Guest Soaps | 20g+ | £1.50 each - These smaller cuts of soap are available in a "12 Guest Soap" bundle or in some of the gift sets and are a great way to try out different scents before committing to one of the large, full soaps. Both of these soaps lathered really well and had a nice subtle scent - nothing too overpowering but fragrant enough to help wake me up in the mornings!

I personally liked the Lemon & Lime more than the Lavender & Orange which I was surprised about as I love lavender scents. The Lemon & Lime was really zingy and great for those 5:30am showers. Although the previously mentioned unfragranced Oatmylk soap is marketed for sensitive skin, I found that both of these scents were also great and didn't irritate my skin at all.


After receiving a Soap Daze gift box, I can honestly say they make wonderful gifts either for a loved one or simply as a treat to yourself! The brand have really perfected the minimal, zero waste packaging and are producing lovely soaps that can suit all preferences in terms of fragrance whilst also suiting all skin types due to their natural and nourishing ingredients. Now that I've used up all of the soaps, I'm keen to buy some more and have my eye on the Frankincense soap (for the delicious-sounding smell) and the Black Pepper and Ginger soap (for the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties to help with my "t-shirt" acne).


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