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Clay is an Odd Thing to Put on Your Hair

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Clay is an Odd Thing to Put on Your Hair
Clay is used more and more it seems in personal care routines and can be found in numerous products these days. But what is clay if not dirt? Are there different types of clay? What are the benefits of clay? Well this blog will demystify clays and how they are useful in our everyday routines.

The Chandlery and the Chandler

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Tags beeswax, chandler, chandlery

The Chandlery and the Chandler

Read Time: 4 minutes Anyone know what a chandlery is? Didn’t think so. Who does?? In Europe, back in the medieval times, larger households stored wax, candles and soap in a large room. This office, or storeroom, was called a chandlery; a name that can be traced back to having its origins in the 15th century. The person that was in charge of this very important office was known as the chandler. Candles were a very important part of medieval life and into early Victorian times. In fact, up until the advent of gas lighting in homes in the mid-1850s,...


What Does ‘Free-From Parabens’ Mean? And Who Cares?

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What Does ‘Free-From Parabens’ Mean? And Who Cares?

Read Time: 4 minutes You see it everywhere. It’s on shampoo bottles, bottles containing shower gel, jars of moisturiser. Everywhere. But what are parabens, and who cares anyway? Once a product label becomes common-place, and it seems on everything, we lose sight of what the message meant in the first place. In fact, when we see a message so often we trick ourselves in to believing every product is the same. And, we certainly don’t remember what it is that the message is actually telling us. This, it seems, is true; especially of ‘parabens’. So, what are these already forgotten...


Are Soy Wax Candles Toxic?

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Are Soy Wax Candles Toxic?

Read Time: 4 minutes The short answer is no. The question, is of course, rather an open-ended one and definitely there for interpretation. Are all soy candles the same? And what does toxic actually mean in this instance? Let’s tackle the first part. Are all soy candles the same? Again, the simple answer is no they are not all the same.  You would hope that a candle maker who states their candles are made from soy wax does exactly that. So, let’s for now take that on face value. The question you need to be asking is: Is the soy...


The Colours and Scents of the Australian Spring 2019

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Tags auburn red, buttermilk yellow, magenta, oat, sage, spring

The Colours and Scents of the Australian Spring 2019

Read Time: 4 minutes I know. Already?! Spring is about to hit us full square very, very, soon. In fact, if you are reading this after 1st September, then it is already upon you. Finals time in Melbourne for the AFL, the Brisbane Festival, the Royal Adelaide Show, The Melbourne Cup in November. The list goes on. The dullness of winter behind us, looking forward to balmy days and nights, and on into the excitement that Summer brings. Colour plays an important part in awakening the senses from their dull slumber. Spring is an exciting time exactly because of the...