In the summer I met my friend Jaclyn for a tapas. We sat outside and enjoyed the sunshine. And a Tio Pepe.
I’ve known her for a few years – she used to date a dear family friend – and we occasionally meet up to talk about work, children and – more recently – blogging. Jaclyn is very committed to wearing 100 per cent natural skin care products. She very kindly brought along some skin moisturiser, lip balm and home made deodorant. And a chili plant, grown from a seed. How nice is that?
- Coconut oil (in the blue pot) is used as body moisturiser, or facial moisturiser, on a daily basis, or to remove make up. It is certified organic, unrefined and raw. Jaclyn suggests you can add five or so drops of lavender oil as it’s soothing, antiseptic and anti-ageing. It smells very nice and I have used it on my dry legs.
- Shea butter can be used on the lips and for dry hands before bed. It’s a bit thick to use on the hands during the day, but it works well on dry elbows. Jaclyn suggests that it aids healing and will help reduce scars. For dry or tired skin she suggests putting this on the face before bed. So far just my lips are benefiting.
- The deodorant is made from shea butter, coconut oil, bees wax, baking soda, lavender and tea tree oil. Apply lightly as it is fairly soft. Actually this is the stand out product for me. I found it easy to apply and completely effective. However two of my children tried it and found it was not strong enough for them. However I loved it.
I agreed to try the products and give her some feedback. I have really enjoyed using the natural deo – I like the smell of the lavender which is fresh and astringent. Jaclyn has since dropped around a whipped body butter with lemon oil that I have been using to keep my feet soft. In the summer Jaclyn had a plan to use blogging to show people how to make these great products, using videos.
She experimented with the format, but found it was very time consuming and rather expensive to make lots of videos. Jaclyn shared the video in which she makes “whipped body butter” and she really is a natural in both senses of the word. More recently, now she is back at work, she has come to realise that looking after her young family and holding down a responsible job means regular video-blogging (“Vlog-ging” as Saga Noren would say) would be too demanding. I was expecting to announce her website and it’s exciting content. For now this project is on the back burner. I decided to post the story anyway as trying to make things, make a living and make a family can be overwhelming.
Let’s resolve, this year, not to expect too much of ourselves. And to encourage and support those who lay down responsibilities and reduce their workload. And let’s say Hooray for all of us who fail to vacuum under the bed, who give book tokens at Christmas and sometimes bunk off work early.
Cheers everyone. Happy New Year.