The best thing for the environment, the wallet, and probably also the skin, would be to use as little cosmetic products as possible.
What really makes us believe different is millions of pounds spent on lobbying from the large cosmetic companies. We need one cream for night, one for day, one for sunny days, one for cold days, one for feet, hands, eyes, lips, one to make hair shiny and smooth, one to do the opposite.We want to get the ‘just out of bed’ look one day and the ‘polished and proper’ another day.
Instead of buying body butters or lotions I make my own. Guaranteed free from preservatives, colourings, chemically derived perfumes and the rest.
Despite the ingredients costing a little more at the initial purchase (as you have to buy them all separately), it works out cheaper in the long run. You can also bulk-buy with a friend and have fun making your own skin care together.
The Rubbish Queen’s fluffy body butter:
- 100g/3½ oz Shea butter (organic)
- 50ml Sweet almond oil (cold pressed)
- 50ml Jojoba Golden oil (cold pressed)
- About 40 drops essential oil of Lavender (ethically sourced) other essential oils can be used, but make sure they are suitable to put straight on your skin- pure essential oils are very potent!
Put the shea butter and both oils into a food processor, or use a hand-held blender. Blend until smooth, add a little more oil if necessary. Add the essential oil and blend once more. Use a palette knife to transfer into a clean jar.
This body butter also makes a perfect present for a lover of lotions and potions!
Great ‘between meals’ snack, quick and filling.
A few organic oatcakes, a big dollop of organic tahini paste and some home-grown alfalfa sprouts. With that some freshly squeezed orange juice.
It doesn’t score high on the neat and pretty list of foods, but is very tasty nevertheless. A perfect pick-me-up snack!
I love Freecycle and the idea of giving and taking without any money involved! Also because, as my dad pointed out when I told him about it, it is a form of threat to consumer society. And that is a good thing. Threatening consumer society means caring for the environment and the people and animals living in that environment.
One of the other reasons I like Freecycle is for its altruistic aspect on a more immediate level, it is a chance for people to acquire things they need but can’t afford themselves. Whether it’d be a pram, a kettle, a toilet (oh yes, I’ve seen a few posted), or anything else. We give and we receive!
I recently received in the form of Edna.
I don’t think she was called Edna in her previous home, but I figured new start – new name. Except looking exceptionally dapper, she will also facilitate me in some sewing/remake projects. More about that in a future post.
Welcome back spring! I’ve missed you!
Rhubarb is one of those things that I’ve had to learn to love. It’s been either a bit too sour or a bit too sickly sweet whenever I have had it in the past. My rhubarb drink on the other hand really brings out the fresh flavour of the rhubarb without being to sweet.
Refreshing Rhubarb Drink
- 1.5 kg rhubarb
- 1 pint of water
- 400 grams of sugar (add more or less, according to taste)
- the juice of one lemon
Rinse and chop the rhubarb into inch thick chunks. Bring water to the boil and add the rhubarb to the water. Boil with lid until the rhubarb has gone soft and a disintegrated, about 10 minutes.
Strain – the straining may take a while to get as much as possible out, so be patient – and pour liquid back into the pan (don’t throw away what’s left of the rhubarb, this could be used for an apple and rhubarb pie or perhaps some rhubarb jam).
Stir the sugar into the pan while the liquid is stall warm, bring to the boil and then simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Once the sugar had dissolved let the drink cool down a little and then add the lemon juice. (The lemon adds a refreshing taste and balances the sugar, and it also preserves the drink, making it last a bit longer. However, the drink should be consumed within a week).
Pour into a clean glass bottle (the best way to do clean the bottle is to emerge it in boiling water for a couple of minutes).
Can be enjoyed cold as it, or reheated with some ginger and cinnamon!
Forced rhubarb (grown in the dark) is already in season, and the field-grown rhubarb is just coming into season now.
(The tablecloth is by Swedish designer Gudrun Sjödén and is made from organic cotton).