The New Moon is a particularly special time of the month for me. I use it as an opportunity to give myself a little extra attention, taking a step back from the stresses and expectations of everyday life to just focus inwards for a while. The energy of the New Moon depends on the sign that it’s occurring in, but it’s generally a period fit for setting goals and intentions, nurturing new ideas and putting your mind to what you want from life.
To say I was a little bit nervous, as I headed towards London’s South Place Hotel in the fading twilight on the last Tuesday of March, would be quite the understatement. I was hugely flattered to be on my way to Tropic Skin Care’s SS17 event, and excited to meet members of their lovely team. At the same time, though, I was harbouring an ever-growing sense of fear about going, the usual catastrophes that maraud future social engagements already reaching fever pitch in my anxious mind.
When I think of food which is, to me, synonymous with Christmas, it isn’t long before chutney comes to mind. A perfect, and quite frankly necessary, accompaniment to any vegan cheeseboard worth its salt, a good chutney – or relish, or pickle – adds flavour and interest to any party platter. While vegan-friendly chutneys are easy to come by in stores, making your own can be a lot of fun; you’ll appreciate it that much more for having made it yourself, and might even be able to part with a few jars to gift to your loved ones.
In case you didn’t know, microbeads (present in many shop-bought face scrubs and exfoliants) are terrible for the environment. They go into the water system and cannot be broken down as waste, instead weaving their wicked way into our seas. They’re so damaging they’ve been banned in some places, with many petitions on the go looking to have use of them revoked altogether.
Now that the doom and gloom facts are out of the way, I am happy to bring you some alternative facial care ideas which are animal and planet friendly, cheap as chips and easy to make out of things you would usually have at home. These homemade face treats are indulgent and effective, leaving your skin feeling fresh and soothed. It’s a lovely routine to follow on a lazy Sunday, or before a big event. I’ve tried these combinations twice now and thought I would share the how-to with you!