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All about sea salt soap - benefits, lather and skin feel

Sea salt soap, or salt bars are a recent obsession of mine. Having struggled with oily skin my whole life, I was intrigued by their ability to remove excess oil but not overdry the skin. The ingredients were simple enough - coconut oil and salt. I had them in stock. But what I wasn't prepared for was how much I'd love making and using salt bars. Salt isn't new in skincare. It's in everything from soaking salts to bath bombs, even in hair volumising sprays. If you've swum in the ocean, you'll know how cleansing it is, in more ways than one (shout out to my Witchy peeps!) In this blog post, I hope to answer some of your questions...

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Why Activated Charcoal is good for your skin

Activated charcoal is a popular ingredient in soap and skincare due to its ability to absorb excess oil and detoxify dirt and impurities from the skin. It has been used for many years in both cosmetics and medicine and has a cult following in China as one of the ultimate cosmetic ingredients. It's been used since the Ming Dynasty after all! How is Activated Charcoal made? Many people wonder - "is Activated Charcoal the same kind of stuff left over after a campfire?" In short, the answer is no.  The Charcoal used in cosmetics and medicine is "Activated" through a high-temperature steam activation process, which increases the particle surface area and enhances its ability to absorb. Temperatures of 600 to...

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Christmas Gift Guide 2019 for Witches, Weirdos and Darklings

Supporting local makers during Christmas, the biggest gift-giving season is a wonderful way to show your love for handmade. Here's a curated collection of dark and unique creations for the hard to buy for people in your life.  For the spooky gourmet For the new Sabrina lovers For the ring collector For the long-haired shower lover For the eco-conscious organised handbag person For the dark aesthetic candle lover For the rain bringers PS - I was blown away at the number of suggestions I received on Instagram for this gift guide. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to message me. I couldn't add every suggestion in but thank you for putting them on my radar!

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NEW Eco-friendly and sustainable bathroom accessories

We've added some amazing new basin and shower accessories to the shop and you're going to love their eco-credentials.  Eco Max Body Brushes All-natural vegetable fibre brushes made in Sri Lanka by a small family run business that provides training and employment for local women living in a nearby slum.  They are all Plastic-free, Fair Trade, Vegan and Biodegradable. By switching to a natural brush, you can save unnecessary scrub exfoliants washing down the drain and gunking up greywater and pipes, not to mention keeping plastic jars out of landfill.  We are currently offering their Palm Body Brush, Foot Brush and Nail Brush. If you're new to dry body brushing, check out our blog post explaining what it is, how...

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What is dry body brushing and why you need it

If you're new to dry body brushing like me, you're probably wondering; what on earth it is, how to do it and why you should. So, let's dive in! What is dry body brushing? As the name suggests, dry body brushing or body brushing is a skincare and wellbeing method where you gently wipe a natural bristle brush up your skin towards your heart while the brush and your skin, is dry. This practice has been around for hundreds of years, if not more and has been a feature in many historical civilisations.  Benefits of dry body brushing Carving out a little time each day (or each week, let's be real) for self-care rituals has been shown to improve our...

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