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ten things moral fibres link roundup

ten things moral fibres link roundup

Hello!  This week went fast, right?  I’ve been doing a lot of cycling, and it’s been wonderful.  I don’t get to cycle as much as I used to, so I savour each and every moment when I’m out on my bike.  I even borrowed an electric bike this week, which was beyond amazing.  If you haven’t yet experienced the pure joy that is an electric bike, then I shall write about my experience soon.

This week’s links:

1.  We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup.  George Monbiot, telling us like it is.

2.  There is something even worse than plastic straws when it comes to ocean waste.  It’s not plastic bags.

3.  In case you need any further proof that charity shops are the best places to shop, ever, then here you go.  You are most welcome!

4.  Nice ad: shame about the planet – should the advertising industry stop advertising climate change causing products?

But if we’re looking for advertising that does wide-ranging damage, aren’t we missing the biggest offenders of all – the products that contribute to climate change?  If, as it brutally states on the front of a fag packet, SMOKING KILLS, then surely OIL KILLS, FAST FASHION KILLS, MEAT KILLS, SINGLE USE PLASTIC KILLS, MINERAL WATER KILLS, IMPORTED AVOCADOS KILL, DRIVING KILLS and FLYING KILLS?

5.  The BBC is trying to get better at reporting climate change, after “getting it wrong too often”.  About flipping time!

6.  “Call me high maintenance, but even when I was a meat-eater I preferred to know something about the meal I was consuming beyond “contains miscellaneous dead stuff”. Apparently, that’s a big ask nowadays“.

7.  Acting on climate change isn’t just good for the environment.

8.  I am too old to know how this works (or even what the game is…!), but scientists are using video games to chat with people about climate change.

9.  Are you a student?  Or do you work in an office?  If you do, then you might be interested to hear that I found these almost plastic-free highlighter pencils* (only on Amazon I’m afraid) that look like they would be a great long lasting low-plastic alternative to plastic highlighter pens.  They have plastic lids but the rest of the pencil is wood.  There is a pack of 2 available* if you don’t need 18 of the things!

10.  Finally, in your face, Trump!

Have a great Sunday!


Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Easy Homemade Facial Oil

homemade facial oil recipe

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Last year I bought a very nice, but a little bit pricey, bottle of facial oil.  I had never used facial oil before.  Whilst I had only heard good things about the stuff, it still felt wrong using oil on my skin, skin that had been prone to oiliness in my younger years.  Within days, I realised that I needn’t worry – facial oil is, in fact, a wondrous thing – and my skin felt amazing.   It felt soft and moisturised, but not greasy, as I feared it might be.

One morning I started to think how hard could it be to make your own homemade facial oil.  And guess what – that idea stuck.  It turns out it’s not at all hard – it’s just a case of mixing two ingredients together.  You could even skip one of the ingredients if you wanted to.

I’ve been trialing my own homemade facial oil over the last couple of months, and I am beyond happy with its performance, despite the simplistic ingredients.  I feel a little silly calling it a recipe when it’s just two ingredients but who says the best things have to be complicated?

homemade facial oil diy

How To Make Homemade Facial Oil


A 30 ml coloured glass bottle with dropper*

30 ml jojoba oil*

10 drops rose geranium essential oil*


To the clean dry glass bottle, add the 30 ml of jojoba oil. You may need a funnel for this to avoid spillage.
Now add 10 drops of the rose geranium oil, and shake well to mix.
That’s it: you’re done!

homemade facial oil recipe

How to Use Homemade Facial Oil

Use your facial oil instead of moisturiser, or use it as a moisturising boost under your regular moisturiser.  After cleansing, dispense 3 or 4 drops of oil on to the palm of your hand and massage gently into your face, taking particular care around the eye area.  Don’t add more than the recommended drops as you will find yourself with an oily face!

Notes On Ingredients

Jojoba oil is, despite the name, not actually an oil, but in fact a liquid wax.  Richly moisturising, it’s great for acne, psoriasis, sunburn and chapped skin.

One bottle of jojoba oil will make a lot of facial oil, so it’s rather an economical purchase.  You can also use jojoba oil in some of my homemade cleaning products.  It’s not often that you can say you raided your cleaning cupboard for your beauty needs!

Rose geranium essential oil, as well as smelling lovely, has many reported benefits for your skin.  It’s reported to help with oily and congested skin, and may also help with eczema, broken capillaries, and dermatitis.  It also reported as having anti-aging properties.

Of course, you can leave the rose geranium essential oil out if you prefer an unscented moisturiser.  Alternatively, you could swap it for any other kind of essential oil that you prefer.  Tea tree essential oil, for example, would be good for acne prone skin.

One word of caution though – do your research first before selecting your essential oil.  Some essential oils are what’s known as phototoxic.  This means that these certain essential oils will react with the sun’s UV rays and can cause an inflammatory reaction in your skin.  Most citrus-based essential oils can be phototoxic – for example, bergamot or grapefruit essential oil.  If you’re keen to find out more, then this article is a good starting point for your research.

What Is the Shelf Life of My Homemade Facial Oil?

Jojoba oil is a rather wonderous thing.  As jojoba oil is a liquid wax it has an exceptionally long shelf life and can probably store for around five years.  Essential oils also have a long shelf life and can store anywhere between two to five years when stored properly.   I recommend using a coloured glass bottle as this stops sunlight from causing the essential oil to deteriorate.  If you only have a clear glass bottle make sure you store it someplace dark when you’re not using your homemade facial oil.

In short, your homemade facial oil will store for a long time – but you will probably use it up long before it goes rancid.  However, as with all handmade products, if it ever starts looking or smelling a bit funny, then it’s probably past it’s best.

If you make it. be sure to use the hashtag #moralfibresmakes so I can see your creations!

ps: my reusable cleansing pads are from here*, or you can make your own!