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How to Support Local Oxfordshire Businesses this Christmas

Support Local Oxfordshire Businesses This Christmas

We’re on the countdown to Christmas 2021 and started to think how we could support local Oxfordshire Businesses this Christmas – there are no two ways about it: it’s been a weird couple of years. But if there can be any upsides to this global catastrophe is that it’s made us reevaluate. Take stock of […]

How to make Home Made Christmas Crackers for all the Family

Homemade Christmas Crackers

Aaaah the faithful festive cracker! how about making your own home made Christmas crackers… Christmas Day just wouldn’t be the same without them – home made Christmas crackers. They add the final flourish to the festive table, the snap and the whoop only add to the cheer, the questionable joke something to unite us in […]

How to make Beeswax Polish

how to make beeswax polish

Beeswax has been used to make polish for hundreds of years and can be used to enhance and protect many products made from wood or leather – wooden furniture, chopping boards, bowls or utensils; leather bags, shoes, furniture or clothing. Recipes for homemade beeswax polish There are a number of commercial polishes available, but it’s […]

Why Use Natural Skincare?

Natural skin care illustrated with woman in field of lavander

Definition of Natural Skincare A totally natural product is generally considered to be ‘one comprised of natural ingredients – those produced by nature, not the work of man or interfered with by man’ – although it seems this is a grey area! in fact there’s no formal system that regulates ‘natural skincare’ or a legal definition of […]

What’s in my Skin Cream?

What's in my skin cream

Have you ever looked at what’s in your skin cream? For many years, I worked in Pharmaceutical and OTC (Over The Counter) Marketing, developing and selling a whole host of products to go ‘in’ or ‘on’ our bodies. It was lots of fun – making money, beating the competition, seeing our new products fly off […]

Happy Vibes during Lockdown

Happy Vibes during Lockdown in Oxford

Maybe there are some Happy Vibes to be found, even in these strange times. I was recently asked to write a ‘Pause for Thought in Oxford’ for our local BBC Oxford Radio, I was really flattered … but perhaps a bit overwhelmed as to what on earth I could talk about that people would want […]

Is Beeswax Vegan?

is beeswax vegan

Is beeswax vegan? is beekeeping cruel? Neve, my daughter, and I are Oxfordshire beekeepers – these are questions we are often asked. Beeswax is created, by the bees, from honey. They use beeswax to build their hives and to ‘cap’ the honey to seal it into the honeycomb – it is this ‘cappings wax’ that […]

Why Use Beeswax Hand Cream?

why use beeswax hand creamhand salve

Why use Beeswax Hand Cream? Hands have a tough time – especially at the moment with all this extra hand washing and sanitising we’re doing. The skin on your hands is as exposed to the elements as your face, yet your hands are one of the most neglected parts of your body. But why does […]

How do I Create a Wildflower Meadow – Step 2 and 3

Creating a Wildflower Meadow

Back in Spring 2019, we decided we wanted to do something more useful with the field in front of our house. With an interest in Nature Recovery and as a consequence of working with BBOWT, we decided to turn our old cow-field into a Wildflower Meadow. We’ve written a series of blogs to capture our […]

Why Use Lip Balm?

why use lip balm and why beeswax lip balm

Why use Lip Balm? Well, the weather’s certainly thrown a lot at us lately – strong bitterly cold winds, rain, hail. It all takes its toll on our skin and our delicate lips often take a real bashing in winter. So why are our lips different? The skin all over our body comprises three layers […]

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