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It’s getting hot out there this week, the hottest on record since 2006! While we grab the flip flops and sun hats, let’s not forget an eco sun lotion suitable for our little one’s skin.

Green People have a wonderful sun lotion just perfect for tiny people, and I’ve been testing it with Isabella over the last few weeks when the sun has peeped its head out. The Organic Children lotion contains soothing and calming Aloe Vera, Myrrh and Chamomile, plus antioxidants and vitamins found in Avocado and Green Tea. It is a rather thick lotion, but that’s not a bad thing – you can see where it’s going on, and if you’re as paranoid as I am about fully covering your toddler you will appreciate this!  It is also naturally water-resistant using Beeswax and Berry wax which won’t block pores, allowing the skin to breathe.

Green Beauty is the safer, cleaner and inexpensive way to Beautiful.

The practice of natural beauty treatments is traditional, varying from country to country. Weekly coconut oil hair massages remind me of India and Ayurveda – Are there any specific beauty practices that you remember growing up with from your culture?

DIY treatments were around long before the big commercial brands were. A fact that is exploited by today’s beauty giants in advertising their beauty care products. There are Organic brands on the market where you can purchase some delightful products but you are going to have to pay a greater price.

We’ve all heard of a ‘retail therapy’ fix but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as whipping up a luxurious DIY beauty treatment from ingredients that can be sourced from your pantry. Plus, this way you can be rest assured that what you’re putting on your skin is free of toxic petrochemicals, parabens, sulphates, synthetic dyes and artificial perfumes. DIY products have less packaging which in turn means a smaller carbon footprint.

One thing to bear in mind is that due to the lack of preservatives these treatments have a shorter shelf life and therefore are best made in smaller batches and when required.

These are just a select few recipes that I’ve found to be my holy grail but there are plenty more a mouse-click away.

Enjoy!

For Body

A wake-me-up scrub for sloughing of the dead skin…

  • Equal parts ground coffee and granulated sugar
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • Few drops of vanilla extract

Mix to right consistency. Apply to skin in circular motion before shower.

For Hair

Smoothing, ph. Balancing and restoring after shampoo rinse

  • Equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar and Water

Pour over hair allowing a little time for soaking and rinse (The smell will subside after your hair has dried).

For face

To banish the flaky, chapped skin and provide a smooth base for make-up

  • 1 tbsp. Oats
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. yogurt

Mix the ingredients into paste and massage into face. Rinse. Moisturise.

My husband jokes that our baby is going to grow up thinking they’ve been raised by owls. We have owls in the nursery and now owls on baby’s sleeping bag (I may also be eyeing up an owl covered changing bag too!?!). I simply can’t resist a good owl and hopefully it will teach baby to grow up wise (and fond of birds)?!

We received the owl covered Ergo Pouch sleeping bag before Christmas, and the 2.5togs meant it’s perfect to use between 18-23 degrees c, and it event comes with a handy room thermometer. With a zip up the front, baby only needs a sleep suit underneath and away he goes, off to sleep, nice and toasty!