So, let’s talk makeup brushes and my natural makeup brush cleaner recipe.
I’ll admit I didn’t even own a makeup brush until last year. I used to just apply makeup with my fingers because I felt I never wore enough makeup to justify buying fancy tools. My makeup bag literally consists of four items. And also, who doesn’t like finger painting?! Then I bought a makeup brush last year (notice, singular – I’ve not gotten carried away with myself!) and wondered what on earth I’d been doing all these years. It’s so much easier!
The thing about makeup brushes is that whilst they do make applying makeup so much easier, they do need regular cleaning to help keep your skin clean and healthy. Without cleaning your brush, you’re just brushing dirt and bacteria around your face, which, let’s face it, isn’t so appealing.
I’ve been trying out a few different methods to make a natural makeup brush cleaner and have decided that this natural makeup brush cleaner recipe is a) by far the simplest and b) by far the best. When it comes to cleaning makeup brushes, no-one wants to be messing about with lots of different ingredients, so I think it’s best to keep it simple.
The main ingredient I use in this recipe is Dr Bronner’s liquid castile soap*. I use this in lots and lots of different ways around my home, and always have a bottle in my bathroom cupboard. It’s a little on the pricier side of things, but you only ever use it diluted, so it does work out at incredibly great value. The thing about Dr Bronner’s is that it’s certified organic and made with only pure plant oils, so there are no nasties in it whatsoever. It’s also incredibly gentle on your best makeup brushes.
Add the liquid castile soap to the lukewarm water and stir to combine. It’s important to use lukewarm water as too hot water may melt the glue that holds the bristles of your makeup brush in place.
Place the bristles in the soapy solution and swirl a few times to loosen the old makeup.
Keep going until the brush looks clean, and then rinse in some clean lukewarm water.
If you want to ensure all the soap has been removed dip your brush bristles in a small jar of white vinegar. White vinegar is amazing at cutting through soap, leaving your brush super clean. Once your brush is dry it won’t smell of vinegar, as vinegar dries without an odour – trust me!
Whether you rinse your brush in water or vinegar, next you need to mould the brush back into shape, and then leave to dry on a flannel.
Viola, naturally clean makeup brushes with very little effort!
Please note, when using this natural makeup brush cleaner recipe, please don’t leave your brush sitting in water. You only want your brush to be in the soapy water for as long as it takes to clean your brush: it doesn’t need to steep for any length of time, otherwise it may damage the metal and/or wooden components of your makeup brush, shortening it’s lifespan.
Looking for an ethical backpack? Well, lucky you, because I have done a bit of research and found ten lovely ethical backpacks for men and for women for your consideration:
10 Ethical Backpacks
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1. Fjallraven Re-Kanken Backpack
If you are looking for something practical to tote along your daily belongings, then Fjallraven has pretty much cornered the market judging by the number I see around Edinburgh every day!
The Fjallraven Re-Kanken* vegan backpack is made entirely from polyester recycled from plastic bottles, and can even be recycled at the end of its life. Expect to shell out around £80.
2. Baggu Recycled Canvas Backpack
If you’re looking for a backpack for weekend day trips, then try this jaunty Baggu Recycled Canvas Backpack.
The stripe version is no longer available but I have found a green version on Amazon* instead.
3. Timbuk2 Leader Backpack
If you’re in the market for something a little more outdoorsy then this Timbuk2 Leader Backpack, available direct from Timbuk2 UK for £84, might do the trick? All Timbuk2 products have a lifetime warranty and are hand-sewn in the US. What’s more, there is the opportunity to buy spare parts if you need to replace something on your bag.
2021 update – the backpack is no longer available on the Timbuk2 website and shipping to the UK is quite pricey. The best UK selection of Timbuk2 bags I have found is on Amazon*.
4. Trakke Fingal Backpack
If you are looking for something produced a little more locally, Trakke bags are handmade in Glasgow using durable materials sourced within the UK.
This Fingal rucksack (£120) is made from waxed canvas and can be re-waxed when required. It’s sure to be a trusty travel companion for decades to come.
5. M-24 Recycled Tarpaulin Backpack
If you want a bag that turns heads then check out M-24. M-24 make unique and incredibly sturdy ethical backpacks, manufactured in the UK from recycled truck tarpaulins and used seat belts.
If you are looking for something, pretty, smart, and vegan then do check out Matt and Nat*. Matt and Nat’s range of vegan bags are made responsibly and are lined with 100% recycled nylon.
7. Stubble & Co
Stubble & Co’s Adventure Bag, made largely from recycled plastic, is built for anything you can throw at it. Weatherproof and made with comfort and ease of access in mind, this is a bag you can take anywhere.
Not all parts of the bag are made from recycled plastic – Stubble & Co have only compromised with new materials when the recycled elements would have impacted on the durability of the bag. The parts made from recycled materials have passed stringent performance tests, so you can be sure that your bag is built to last.
The inside of the bag is as clever as the outside. There are an array of organised compartments for all of your belongings, for quick and easy packing and access. You’ll find special compartments for your shoes, your carry on toiletries, your laptop, your water bottle, and even a special compartment for your bank card! Sounds cavernous? You can carry everything you need for a week or more in the Adventure Bag, and still take it as a carry-on piece of luggage on most major airlines.
If you want real peace of mind when you buy a backpack then definitely cast your eyes towards Patagonia. Click on the returns and repair section of Patagonia’s website and you’re presented with a reassuring statement informing you that “you can return Items(s) you bought on Patagonia.com within 100 years of the date of receipt of the Item(s). For returns past 100 years, please see our IronClad Guarantee“. You can then return it for repair, replacement, or refund. They also offer a recycling program for added green points.
Patagonia’s range of backpacks, like this Ironwood 20L Backpack (£55) is made from 600-denier 100% recycled polyester.
9. Bagmaya’s Dakhla Backpack
If you’re after a multipurpose bag that will serve you well for weekend trips away, as well as a stylish backpack for transporting your laptop and lunch to work, then do check out Bagmaya.
Available in three colours, their 22L vegan Dakhla Backpack has been ethically handcrafted in Nepal from 100% natural hemp. It has a padded internal compartment for laptops up to 17”, and has handy secret pockets in the back and on the strap – the latter being particularly useful for keeping your bank card or travel pass close to hand on your travels.
For extra environmental points, Baymaya offers free carbon-neutral shipping within the UK in plastic-free packaging, and they also donate 10% of their profits to Yuwa, a Nepalese youth empowerment charity.
It costs £64.95 and comes with a 60-day no-questions-asked money-back guarantee.
10. Millican Roll Pack
And lastly, Millican makes a lovely range of ethical backpacks for a whole range of purposes, from commuting and short trips to longer excursions.
This 15L roll pack* (£115) is made from “Bionic Canvas” – a weatherproof canvas that is 57% recycled. 33% of the recycled plastic inside the yarn is recovered from shorelines, waterways, and coastal communities.
I'm Wendy and welcome to Moral Fibres, a green lifestyle blog. I believe that sustainable living should be hip, not hippie. Here you'll find all sorts of easy hints and tips here for living a greener life that won't compromise your sense of style.
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