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Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Organic Beauty Products I’m Loving Right Now

The organic beauty products I’m loving right now.

Today though I thought I’d pop in with a few organic beauty products that I’m really loving right now, that I think you will too! Some of the products are old favourites and some are new to me, but all work so well!

Moisturiser

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Green People’s Vita Min Fix Cream* (£21 and free delivery) is hands down the best day moisturiser I’ve found.  One small application leaves my skin beautifully soft and moisturised without feeling heavy, oily or sticky. It also makes a lovely base for make-up.  

I’ve been using this cream since the start of April and couldn’t be happier. I had some red dry skin patches on my cheeks which cleared up within a week of using the cream, and skin is noticeably much softer. The Vita Min Fix cream also has the advantage that it’s 89% organic and vegan friendly.  Double word score!

To be honest £21 is a bit higher than I like to pay for moisturiser. However, I’m still using the bottle I purchased in April, and it’s still going strong .  There’s at least another month’s worth of moisturiser still in the pump. It does therefore feel pretty good value for money, especially with the difference it makes to my skin.

Hair Care

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Since April I’ve also started using the Urtekram range of organic and vegan hair care products.  I’ve only recently come across the Danish brand, Urtekram, but I’ve really been enjoying their organic beauty products.  So much so that the whole family has been using them.  

I’ve been enjoying the Rose Shampoo and Rose Vegan Conditioner. My partner has enjoyed the Nettle Shampoo. And I’ve been using the Children’s Shampoo on my daughter! The Urtekram range leaves our hair soft and non-greasy and beautifully smelling and gets a big thumbs up in our house!

I’ve been picking bottles up locally at Real Foods in Edinburgh, where it’s around £5 a bottle. However they are also available online from Real Foods (free shipping on orders over £29) and a few other sites on the internet.  

Admittedly the percentage of organic ingredients is quite low – around 14% organic. However, the ingredients are all-natural (in plain English too, which is always appreciated!) with no nasties.  In the case of the Rose Shampoo, it is made of water, vegetable oil products, corn sugar soap, aloe vera, glycerine, rose flower extract, rose geranium oil, salt, polysaccharide, citric acid, perfume (plant extract), vitamin E, and that’s it.  

Sunscreen

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So far Summer hasn’t been very forthcoming in our corner of Scotland (come on sun!). However, I have been carrying Green People’s SPF 15 organic sunscreen* (£16 and free delivery) around in my handbag for the odd occasion when the sun has had his hat on.  82% of its ingredients are certified organic. What’s more, it’s great on sensitive skin – including my daughter’s young skin.  Although a note to vegans – it’s not vegan friendly, as it contains beeswax.

Is sunscreen considered a beauty product? I’m not sure, but I reapply regularly (every hour) and it’s offered us fantastic skin protection.  Green People sent me a bottle of this last year to try out and I enjoyed it so much I repurchased it locally in early spring when it ran out!  

I’m not worried about it being SPF 15, in fact, SPF 50 has its problems. If anything it makes me more aware of the need to reapply regularly.  With SPF 50 I get quite complacent. I put it on once in the morning and I am fooled into thinking I’m protected all day.  The truth is even with SPF 50 you need to be topping up your sunscreen regularly.

If you’re looking for more sunscreen options, then do check out my eco-friendly sunscreen guide.

I’m quite low maintenance when it comes to beauty products, so these are my top organic beauty products for now!  Do you have any organic products that you swear by?  Do share in the comments below!

ps: here’s a peek into my natural skincare routine

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Food & Drink, Winter

Easy Organic Marmalade Recipe

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Looking for an easy organic marmalade recipe?  Try my very favourite recipe, that’s tried and tested and downright delicious.

There are a few things in life I don’t bother with.  Organic oranges are one of them.  I may be wrong, but my thinking is that the peel is probably too thick for pesticides to get through.  My one exception with oranges is when I’m cooking or baking with them and the recipe calls for the zest or peel of an orange. Then I’ll splash out on fancy organic oranges.

The other month I really fancied some marmalade and looked for some in the shops. The cheapest I could find for a jar of organic marmalade was £3, which felt a bit extravagant for me.  As we weren’t too far off of marmalade season I thought I would bide my time and make my own organic marmalade to make my money go further.  

And here we are – marmalade season!  I picked up some organic oranges and managed to make 9 jars of organic marmalade for £8. That’s less than 89p a jar!  Take that fancy shop-bought marmalade!

And I thought I’d share my organic marmalade recipe with you today.  It’s loosely adapted from this BBC Good Food recipe and I’ve found this to be the easiest way of making marmalade. There is no peeling, adding things to muslin bags, or fretting with a knife whilst trying to remove pith from the peel.  It is rather time-consuming though – it did take 3 hours – but it is a great way to while away a wet Saturday in winter.  Plus you’ll have enough jars of amber goodness to keep you smiling of a morning for quite some time to come, which makes it all worthwhile.

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Organic Marmalade Recipe

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Easy Organic Marmalade Recipe

This organic marmalade recipe has a bright and zingy taste to it, that will really help wake you up in the morning!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 8 – 10 jars

Ingredients

  • 1 kg of organic seville oranges
  • 2 kg of granulated sugar if you want organic sugar then I’d recommend Billington’s
  • The juice of one and a half lemons they don’t have to be organic
  • A large heavy bottomed pan cast iron or a preserve pan
  • Several jars and lids roughly 8-10 jars

Instructions

  1. Wash your oranges, then place them whole in a large pan alongside 4 pints of water and the lemon juice.
  2. Making sure the oranges are fully submerged (I used a pyrex casserole dish lid to weigh them down – see above!), bring it all to the boil then simmer for 2 hours, until the peel is soft and easily pierced with a fork. I found a lot of water boiled off at this stage so I kept topping it up to keep a consistent level of water.
  3. After two hours, carefully remove your oranges from the water (I used a spaghetti spoon) then leave to cool. Do not discard the water. At this point also set your oven to 170°C.
  4. Once the oranges are cool enough to handle, cut them in half and using a spoon scoop out as much of the pith and stones from each of the orange halves as you can. As it’s boiled for so long it should scoop out really easily. Place the pith and stones in a bowl and keep to the side.
  5. Using a sharp knife or kitchen scissors cut all of the orange skins into very fine strips. You’ll find this to be really quick and easy as the skin is so soft and thin.
  6. At this point you'll also want to sterilise your jars and lids (see this handy guide on how to sterilise jars.

  7. After you’ve sterilised your jars put all of the pith and stones in to the liquid, and boil for six minutes.
  8. Then sieve the liquid into a bowl using a fine sieve. Using a spoon press down on the pith so that as much liquid is squeezed out as possible into the bowl, then discard the pith, and return the liquid to the pan.
  9. Add the sugar to the liquid, and stir over a low heat until it’s all dissolved – this can take up to ten minutes. Once dissolved add your orange peel, stir well and bring to the boil.
  10. Let it boil (a rolling boil with lots of bubbles) for 15 minutes. I found I had to stir my mixture to stop the orange peel from burning to the bottom of the pan – the mixture will spit at you when you do this so do take extreme care and stand as well back as you can!
  11. Once 15 minutes is up, remove the pot from the heat and test to see if the marmalade has set. To do this, place a teaspoon of marmalade on a plate, and then place it in the fridge for a minute or two. If the marmalade is still runny after being in the fridge then return the pot to the heat and boil for another ten minutes, and repeat the test. Keep doing this – boiling for ten minutes then removing from the heat and testing – until it sets on the plate.
  12. Once set you may need to skim any scum from the surface using a spoon. Leave your marmalade to settle for 20 minutes (not on the heat). Then remove your jars from the oven and whilst the marmalade is still warm spoon it into the warm jars. This is messy business and the marmalade and jars can be very hot so do take care. Then before sealing with the sterilised lids be sure to clean the rims of the jars with a clean cloth.
  13. Stand back and admire your handiwork before enjoying a well deserved slice of marmalade on toast!
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I hope you enjoy this organic marmalade recipe!  What’s your favourite preserve?  Also, do you normally bother buying organic skinned fruit?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this!

And if you are big on oranges, then do try my cranberry and orange infused gin recipe. It’s a good one!