Shop: local natural and wholefood suppliers

In the process of my Internet trawling of late, I’ve come across a couple if awesome stores that are right on my doorstep (I’m in Oakleigh).

While I have resigned myself to that fact that not everything I need can grow in my garden and I will have to still shop for goodies, I was surprised and excited to find a few suppliers just a quick drive away.

Here is two of these gems. Here’s to me finding many more. Please enlighten me if you know of any!

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Make: mason jar gifts

As mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to make some of my gifts this year (for sustainability and budgetary reasons) and I’d seen some cool ideas for mason jar gifts. After doing some internet searches, I decided do make a combination of cookies, body scrubs and happiness jars (as separate items, not all rolled into one crazy present!)

I bought all of the jars from Kmart or The Reject Shop ($2 each – win!). I got the fabric and the brown tags from Spotlight, but you could get something similar from any craft store. I made the crochet hearts – you can find more info here.

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Learn: Homemade beauty and cleaning

Over the last few days I’ve been off my feet recovering from surgery, so I thought I’d start doing some research on homemade cleaners and ┬ábeauty products. And boy, was there no shortage of materials! Simply Google ‘homemade toothpaste’ and it will lead you down a yellow brick road of homemade goodness.

Over the last few days I’ve written down recipes for:

  • dishwashing liquid
  • dishwashing tabs
  • washing powder
  • washing liquid
  • multipurpose cleaner
  • hand soap
  • body wash
  • body/face scrub
  • moisturiser
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • shaving cream
  • body spray
  • eye make up remover
  • skin toner
  • face masks
  • hand lotion
  • insect repellant
  • deoderant
  • toothpaste
  • mouth wash
  • sunscreen
  • foundation
  • bronzer
  • lip balm
  • busher/cheek tint
  • mascara.

Phew! That’s no small list! I’ve filled a notepad with all of them!Read More »