Organic skincare review: Kereru

*This is not a paid promotion – I’m just a fan of this brand. I found this non-descript, non-advertised, old-fashioned brand of organic skincare at an annual street festival in Wellington called Newtown Festival, where the friendly owner/creator was selling her wares. I tried Kereru’s skincare without expecting much and was completely blown away byContinue reading “Organic skincare review: Kereru”

Fashion’s most and least ethical brands – 2018 edition 

According to Baptist World Aid Australia, here are a list of fashion’s most ethical brands and least ethical brands. There are a lot of parameters in which to judge a brand as being ethical. For the purpose of this article, an ethical fashion brand is defined and graded according to the systems and processes theyContinue reading “Fashion’s most and least ethical brands – 2018 edition ”

Product review: My Organic’s Goji Miracle Mask

I was a bit dubious when I first tried this product because I had never heard of this brand. Although a winning product feature was that it wasn’t tested on animals and was made from all organic ingredients.  This is yet another hair calming and soothing balm. It can be used in place of aContinue reading “Product review: My Organic’s Goji Miracle Mask”

Product review: Natio’s makeup range

About Natio  Natio is an Australian brand of cosmetics that is available in department stores and chemists in Australia and New Zealand. Underpinning their brand is a philosophy about creating make up and skincare that’s kind to the environment and uses only plant-derived, vegan ingredients. Also most importantly for me, is that they do notContinue reading “Product review: Natio’s makeup range”

Product review: Palmer’s Shea Formula Curl Cream

Yet another great cruelty-free product, this one is far superior to its non-cruelty free competitors. I have tried many hair oils and frizz calming serums in the past but none actually do what they claim and stop my head from looking like a poodle that just walked out of a hurricane.  If you have frizzy,Continue reading “Product review: Palmer’s Shea Formula Curl Cream”

Shadow Boxes: Beautiful Christmas Gift Ideas from Etsy Part 1

Shadow boxes are glass-front display cases that contain salvaged and created beautiful objects placed artfully at various heights to generate a depth of field. Some shadow boxes include mood lighting for added dramatic effect and can be used as a night light or as a piece of art in the lounge room. Others are contain nostalgicContinue reading “Shadow Boxes: Beautiful Christmas Gift Ideas from Etsy Part 1”

Vintage textile: A treasure trove of online fashion from days of yore

Are you a fan of period clothing of the like seen on Downton Abbey, Poldark, Harlots and so on? I am and I’m not ashamed to admit that. Although the sublime beauty of these forms of clothing hides the fact of how uncomfortable women were, in their corsets and itchy lace and canvas constructions. StillContinue reading “Vintage textile: A treasure trove of online fashion from days of yore”

Product Review: Natural Instinct Skincare Range

I came upon the Natural Instinct range via the new Chemist Warehouse which opened up in St Lukes Auckland. Chemist Warehouse is a gigantic Australian supermarket style chemist like Boots or Superdrug in the UK, they stock a lot of variety in makeup and skincare brands. One of the major bugbears and annoyances I’ve foundContinue reading “Product Review: Natural Instinct Skincare Range”

Product Review: Organic Cotton Oi Cup™ Medium

If you are a woman of child-bearing age then read on. If you’re not fitting into that category then perhaps you may want to skip this one. Unless you’re a grown man who doesn’t get funny when reading about periods and would like to buy your wife, partner or daughter a gift then read on.Continue reading “Product Review: Organic Cotton Oi Cup™ Medium”

How you can fight against the palm oil industry and help orangutans

Orangutans are highly intelligent and share 97% of their DNA with humans. When they cry they sound like a human crying and as fully grown adults they have the intelligence level of a 5 year old. Mothers only have one baby at a time and spend at least eight years nurturing their child, one ofContinue reading “How you can fight against the palm oil industry and help orangutans”