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HOMEMADE MOISTURIZING FACE CREAM

I just tried making my own face cream the other day, and it turned out really well. I asked you guys on Instagram if you wanted the recipe, and that was a solid yes! So, here you go!

The recipe is made with only 4 natural and pure ingredients and water. Simply, easy and you are then assured that you only put good ingredients on your face. Because remember, whatever you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Therefore I want to use as pure ingredients as possible.

The face cream is very moisturising, and perfect for dry winter skin. This cream is also perfect if you have very sensitive skin, because all the ingredients are very gentle and soothing.

If you are not used to putting oils on your face, then you might find the cream a bit too greasy to use as a day cream, but it sure is perfect for a very moisturising night cream.

homemade moisturizing face cream

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Ingredients

  • 50 g almond oil
  • 10 g sheabutter
  •  6 g bee’s wax
  • 50 g water
  • a few drops of vitamin E oil (optional)

 

*Shea butter is known for repairing skin and boosting collagen

How to do it

It is so simple, you just put all the ingredients into a double boiler and melt it all together. Once it is all melted, you put it into the freezer for 15-20 minutes. Then you take it out and use a mixer to blend it all together until it has a nice, smooth consistency. Then use a spoon to scoop it into a glass or tin container, and voila you’ve got yourself your very own face cream!

 

Read also: Homemade natural and moisturizing lip balm

 

*Repair Skin & Boost Collagen with Raw Shea Butter – Dr. Axe, Food & Medicine 

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HOMEMADE AND SIMPLE CLEANING SPRAY

This year I’m trying to empty my old cleaning products and switch them for some more natural and environmental friendly ones. First I’ve made a very simply cleaning spray!

This cleaning spray can be used to clean surfaces with, and if you want a deeper clean, then try sprinkle some baking soda over the specific area and then spray this cleaningspray over the baking soda and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with a good scrub.

Ingredients

  • 1 part white vinegar
  •  1 part water

Put both ingredients in a spray bottle, and then you’ve made a very natural cleaning spray. In this way you can clean your house/apartment without worrying about letting any nasty chemicals out into the nature when you rinse it down the sink, and thereby take even better care of our lovely Planet, while at the same time having a clean house.

*I bought my spray bottle through this shop at etsy.com 

Read also: Natural and toxic-free cleaning 

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HOMEMADE NATURAL AND MOISTURIZING LIP BALM

Today it’s going to be all about how you can make your very own natural and moisturising lip balm! It only consist of 4 ingredients and it is super easy to make.

If you haven’t noticed it yet, then I can tell you that I love to make homemade skincare products. This time it was time to make homemade lip balm. I can absolutely not take credit for the recipe as I’ve mainly just followed ones I’ve found on the internet, but I’ve left out any kind of essential oils and just added some vitamin E oil. That is just my preference to leave out essential oils since I often find that lip balms can get too perfumed, and I actually just prefer the smell of more discrete and natural ingredients such as coconut oil and shea butter, this just smells divine, if you ask me!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs of shea butter
  • 1 tbs of coconut oil
  • 1 tbs of beeswax
  • A few drops of vitamin E oil

This amount fills 4 of these small tin containers. 

 

How to do it

You put all the ingredients into a doubled boiler and wait for it all to melt and mix. Pour it all into small tin containers, I bought mine from Naturligolie.dk, and then put them in the fridge for about 1/2 hour. Easy peasy, now you’ve made homemade natural and moisturising lip balm!

 

“This is also a lovely little gift idea, which you can either give alone or you can make a little gift basket filled with homemade body butter, a body scrub and lip balm!

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MAKE YOUR OWN SKINCARE PRODUCTS

If there’s something I really love to do, it’s to make my own skincare products. And I’ve already created a bunch of them and shared them in here with you guys, but if you are new to this blog, then here you have some recipes for homemade skincare products!

By making your own skincare products you will know exactly what is in them, and you can customise them to fit your skintype. You can play around and try different ingredients, fx try using jojoba oil instead of almond oil. Put less of some of the “butter” in it and more of the liquid ingredients if you like a more liquid consistency in your products. You can really play around and find what fits you and your skin type. Some homemade skincare products are also the perfect idea for a present to your friends, sister or mom!

Homemade face cream

A very moisturising face cream made with shea butter, almond oil (or jojoba oil), bee’s wax, water and vitamin E oil – perfect for dry skin!

Homemade lip balms 

Moisturizing lip balms made out of only 4 natural ingredients!

Homemade body butter 

Body butter made out of sheabutter, coconut oil and almond oil.

Have you tried any of these recipes? 

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A LITTLE EASTER BREAK

I am going to take a little Easter break from posting in here, and will instead focus on relaxing, homeworks and creating new and good content once I’m back again.

I wish you all the best Holiday and hope that you take some time to either read some good books, watch some good documentaries, listen to some good podcastsmake your own skincare productstrying something new and fun, or do some selfcare <3

Just take some time to do whatever makes you happy!

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EVERYDAY HAPPINESS

It’s Monday and that means looking back at some everyday happiness from the past week!
The past week was filled with dinner and playing “Hint” with my friends (have you tried it? It’s so much fun!), lots of studying and reading, lots of time for indoor selfcare and drinking tea while it was snowing and being reallyyyy cold outside. Café date with my mom, more reading and café coziness with my friends, work and Sunday was spent pretty much on the long side on the couch relaxing, drinking tea, eating homemade vegan cinnamon rolls (but I did also paint a shelf, which is now above my desk and is going to be filled with plants)!

How was your past week? And do you have any exciting plans for this upcoming week?

Monday evening my friends and I made dinner together (recipe by Piece of Plants), and played ‘Hint’ <3

I’ve been drinking tons of tea because of this cold, cold weather we currently have in Denmark (or, all of Europe it seems like?)

I’ve been dry brushing, as always, before a lovely shower. Best thing every – it removes dead skins cells and gets your lymphatic system going!

I still love this homemade face cream, and tongue scraping. There’s just something about small everyday rituals which makes you feel really good <3

Sunday I baked homemade vegan cinnamon rolls (recipe from Mia Sommer’s cookbook ‘Vegansk Velvære’; but I tried to make them into rolls instead of buns). I would not say that they aesthetically was so successful, but as with all other things in life – it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and they sure tasted delicious! And Sunday was also the day that Sustain Yearly ended their crowdfunding campaign, and with 35.000 DKKR extra! So amazing, can’t wait to get the magazine in April!

 

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EVERYDAY HAPPINESS

The past week has been filled with lots of studying, great time with one of my best friends, coming home to valentines day to find that my boyfriend had bought me flowers and chocolate (so sweet, but I might have hinted it a bit too much, cause that is the first time in 5 years that that happens, nevertheless I’m so grateful and I love him so much) and I’ve been on a lovely yoga retreat with Cathrine on Samsø over the weekend <3

As you might have seen on Instagram, I’ve started tongue scraping and it’s incredibly satisfying once you first begin

I’ve also tried to make my very own face cream, and it turned out really well, it’s so thick and moisturising, perfect for dry winter skin!

I spend the weekend in this beautiful place (Mellem-Rummet) at Samsø on a yoga retreat held by Cathrine, and a lot of kind and loving people. We ate lots of delicious, healthy vegan food, practiced yoga, relaxed, drank herbal teas and just had time to just be. So lovely!

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EVERYDAY HAPPINESS

It’s Monday and time to reflect at some everyday happiness which I experienced the past week. I’ve had a lovely past week filled with DIY projects, great talks, and watching a documentary together with my parents and much more! How was your past week?

The past week I made a cleaning spray consisting of only water and white vinegar, easy peasy!

I also made some homemade lip balms, which you can find the recipe for right here

I’ve been planning and reflecting a lot. I know 2018 is going to be one amazing year!

I’ve been eating deliciousy healthy food! I watched What the Health once again this week, this time with my parents <3

I had the most delicious hot chocolate on coconut milk at Souls, together with the most lovely, passionated talk about so many different things together with Cirkeline <3

After a visit to Souls, we went straight across the street and visited the most beautiful little store called The Organic Club, which both sells brand with a sustainable focus and secondhand clothing – loved it, definitely worth a visit!

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REFLECTING ON THE YEAR THAT PASSED

I’ve already been writing down in my journal some of my reflections for the past year, but then I thought that some of these things might be interesting for you out there to follow along with as well. Here are some of the things which have had the biggest impact on my life in 2017:

 

Zero waste

2017 was the year that I learned about Zero Waste. I had NEVER heard about this concept, before I came across Lauren Singer from trashisfortossers on Youtube, and I fell head over heels in love with the concept and how Lauren made it look cool while at the same time doing something amazing for the planet. So, I started doing a lot of researching about this and saw a ton of youtube videos and read blogposts about this concept and started to change things in my own life.

I’ve already changed lots of things in 2017, I have changed to a menstrual cup, a shampoo bar, I’ve started to change my skincare and bodycare products for products that come in glass or steel instead of plastic, I’m still using a reusable water bottle which I’ve done for many years actually, I’m using reusable cotton bags whenever I’m buying groceries, I’ve switched to bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic brushes and I’ve started trying to make a lot of homemade skincare products as well.

These are just some of the things which I’ve been changing, but the biggest one is just my mentality. I had honestly never thought about before how I could make a positive change in my life besides the usual advices such as”turn off the lights when you don’t use it” and “don’t shower too long”. It has encouraged me to really believe that I can make much more of a difference in my everyday life than I first thought possible, and I’ve also started to realised how I can show the world what I want to support by using my money. I’ve started doing a lot more research before buying anything new, I want the brands do be sustainable and ethical, and I especially want to support more local brands.

 

Friendships

2017 was also the year where I learned to reach out to new people with the same interests as me. I gotta make a shoutout to Ida for making me more open towards this. Ida was the one asking me if we should grab a cup of coffee in the beginning of the new year. I gotta admit, I was kind of nervous about meeting something for the first time whom I had only been writing with on Instagram.

But this had probably been one of the most life changing things for me. Because I came to realize that it really isn’t that frightening. I mean, what is the worst that can happened? That the two of you don’t get along, well then you can just stop meeting up anymore. And wow how I’ve met some inspirering new people through Instagram and my blog. I’ve met Ida, which is now one of my very close friends. I’ve met Anna, Cathrine and Cirkeline. I’ve also met some of the girls from Sustain Daily, and become a part of Sustain Daily influencers thanks to Instagram. And I’m constantly thankful for all those commenting and messaging me on Instagram or my blog, I absolutely love connecting with like-minded people, it is truly amazing and inspirering. Thanks to all of you out there.

 

Health

2017 has been one of the best years when it comes to my health both physically and mentally. I’ve learned a lot more about yoga, spirituality, ayurveda, hormones, the menstrual cycle and so much more! I’ve finally realized that the best way to be healthy is to have the connection between both the physical and the mental aspect. You will never be really healthy if all you do is eat strictly healthy, train all the time and just do things for the sake of your ‘outer appearance’ or physical health. Life is ALL about balance. It can be just as healthy for you to go on a café with your best friends, your loved one or your mom and just talk and eat a delicious cookie and drink a latte. Everything in moderation, but life is all about balance and it should not be about restricting yourself. Find out what makes you the happiest, and make sure to do these things regularly – life is made out of the small everyday things, and we should strive for bringing those small things into our lives as much as possible.
2017 was also the year I chose to stop taking birth control pills after having done a lot of research about how damaging this is to our bodies and how much it can affect our mood and our overall happiness, and I can already say after just 1 month without birth control pills that I’m feeling so much happier.

 

I feel unbelievably blessed for this past year and what I’ve experienced, and how my mentality has changed and for what I have learned. I want to take some days off from the blog for the rest of this year to take time to be with my family and friends (and work on some exams), and then I’m absolutely positive that I will return in the new year with lots of new content and inspiration.

I also want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you out there following along, both in here and on my Instagram, and thanks for engaging – it means the world. If there is anything you would like to see more of in the new year, then share your thoughts and ideas with me! I wish you all the best Christmas and a Happy New year – see you very soon! (btw, I’m still going to post some things on my Instagram, but the blog will take a little break and be back in the new year).

 

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20 SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

Today it’s going to be all about more sustainable Christmas gifts! Maybe you’ve already found most of the Christmas gifts, or maybe you’ve stopped receiving and giving gifts? Nonetheless, here you get some Christmas gift ideas which is a bit more sustainable. These are also great suggestions to give if you know of anyone being interested in zero waste and sustainability.

1. Experiences 
Get plenty of ideas for experiences to give right here.

2. Stainless steel straws
Stainless steel straws isn’t just pretty, they also help reduce plastic.

3. A wooden hair brush
A good wooden hairbrush is a lovely thing to give in a present, mainly to women.

4. Safety razor
A safety razor is a perfect gift for someone interested in “zero waste”.

5. A reusable to-go cup 
A reusable to-go cup is a cool gift, especially because there are so many different ones on the market. Fx are the ecoffee cup or the KeepCup some good suggestions.

6. A cool reusable bag 
Who doesn’t love reusable canvas bags? I’m in love with this one

7. Skincare in glass or tin
A lovely oil, a good face creme or a facial scrub in glass or tin, then it doesn’t get much better. Some good suggestions are brands such as Isangs or Voelve

8. A homemade bodyscrub  
There is nothing like homemade gifts, give your mom, aunt or sister a lovely homemade bodyscrub which they can use for real selfcare days.

9. A homemade bodylotion 
Another lovely gift to give is a homemade body lotion. If you want to give a really nice gift, then you can make both the bodylotion and the bodyscrub and perhaps also give a dry brush. It’s the ultimate selfcare gift.

10. Give a tree 
What is more sustainable to give a person who loves the climate, than a tree? At least I cannot think of anything more sustainable to give a person, and I’m sure anyone loving the Planet would love getting that as a gift.

11. Give a subscription
It can be a subscription for Netflix, Spotify, Mofibo, Yogavivo or something else. Of course the subscription should match with the person you are giving the gift to.

12. Reusable cotton pads 
Reusable cotton pads is a great gift. It’s a super simple way to save the Planet for more unnecessary trash, and they are just really pretty!

13. Soy candles 
There are so many lovely soy candles, and what is more Christmasy and cozy to give than candles? Just look at these here and here.

14. Organic bed linen
If you’re looking for some organic bed linen it can become an expensive thing to buy. Therefore it’s a perfect thing to give to someone who loves sustainability. Just look at these here and here.

15. Organic clothes and underwear 
Just like the above, giving organic clothes and underwear is a great gift idea. There are many lovely brands such as Organic Basics, Woron or Dilling Underwear.

16. Natural make-up 
Miild makes the most lovely make-up out of pure and natural ingredients, and the packaging which the make-up comes in is made out of 90% recycled cardboard.

17. Kindle
If you know someone who loves to read, then a Kindle is a perfect gift idea. A Kindle is kind of an “iPad”, but where you can only read books on it. It’s specifically designed to be small and handy, and the screen is designed so it doesn’t reflect lighting and it’s therefore perfect to read on.

18. Plants
Plants are always lovely! Give a plant which you know the person you are giving it to will love.

19. Giftcards
Give a giftcard to a place you know where the person you are giving it to will buy from. It could fx be a giftcard to study books if it’s a student, or a giftcard to a shop selling sustainable products if that is what the person is interested in.

20. Give money to a charity organisation
If you’re going to give a gift to someone who loves animals, then give the money to a charity which supports animals, or refugees or something else, and give a little card where you mention how the gift has helped someone else in need.

Do you have any other great gift ideas? And what is on your wishlist for Christmas?