Let the gardening begin…

The warmest weekend of 2014 so far was happily spent in the garden and it was more than thankful for the attention! As I’ll be posting regularly about our outdoor projects this year I’ll give you a little background:

Our garden was previously owned by 2 enthusiastic gardeners but age had limited their ability to care for it and so it was incredibly wild by the time we got our hands on it! It’s our third full Summer here and although it’s under control, it’s still a work in progress…

We love growing our own fruit and veg and have been doing it for the last couple of years but this year we want to create more balance between growing space and a place to retreat to with a glass of wine at the end of the day.

There’s still so much to learn, I need to improve my success rate of growing flowers from seed, grow lots more veg, make some new raised beds and there’s plenty of digging to be done!

I hope you’ll join me on the journey to improve our outside space and if you’re an gardener yourself I’d be grateful for your tips along the way.

New Seeds

Savings on your Favourite Handmade Soap Bars…

We promised you new savings for 2014 and they’re finally online – stock up on your favourite natural handmade soap and we’ll add extra bars to your parcel for free!… read more

Bulk Savings on Handmade Soap

Pancakes for Breakfast!

It’s Pancake Day and as I knew I wouldn’t have time to make traditional pancakes tonight, I decided to make American style banana and pineapple pancakes for breakfast – they were delicious and a lovely (if not a little naughty) start to the day. If you’d like the recipe i’ve pinned it to my Pinterest Food Board

American-Style-Pancakes

The ‘why’ behind our lip balm ingredients…

I was measuring everything up this morning and getting ready to make a fresh batch of our Lime & Shea Butter Lip Balm when I realised that I spend so much time writing about soap that these little treasures barely get a look in and so here’s a bit about why we use the ingredients we do to make our natural lip balms and why they’re perfect for tackling dry winter lips…

Cocoa Butter – your lips lose more moisture than any other part of your body and cocoa butter really helps to keep them moisturised while forming a barrier to prevent any further loss of moisture – this makes it perfect for very dry and chapped lips.

Shea Butter – a super rich butter that is well known for it’s ability to heal, it penetrates deep down to help nourish dry lips and keep them protected from further damage.

Beeswax - Soothes very dry, cracked lips instantly while at the same time forming a protective barrier to help stop any further loss of moisture.

Macadamia Nut Oil - a light oil that gently treats damaged lips and is even suitable for sensitive skin.

Sweet Almond Oil - an outstanding oil that retains the natural moisture in your lips to help prevent further dehydration, along with it’s anti-inflammatory properties it makes a perfect ingredient for treating very dry or cracked lips.

Olive Oil – a light oil packed with goodness and very easily absorbed into your skin which makes it a valued contributor to many skincare products including both of our lip balms.

Lime Essential Oil – rather than artificial flavour we add a dash of lime essential oil to give our balm a lovely hint of fruitiness.

Lime-&-Shea-Butter-Lip-Balm-by-Pure-Thoughts

Experimenting in the Workshop…

It can be hard to schedule time to experiment with new ideas but this week I managed to put aside a couple of hours – I tested natural clays for colour and created some new blends of essential oils – the results were wonderful and I can’t wait until the bars are cured so that I can try them out…

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