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Have discovered AromaLove aromatherapy jewellery!

Link :- AromaLove London

This is my AromaLove locket. I love it, and it means I can carry my favourite blends of essential oils around with me all day long! On this particular felt pad I have a blend of Frankincense and Sweet Orange.

The locket came with a black velvet storage pouch, and a set of 7 differently coloured felt pads. AromaLove is a London based company, and the quality of their products is outstanding. I would highly recommend. They have a wide range of contemporary styled lockets in gold and silver.

Use the link above to browse or shop the designs available

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So grateful for my lovely customers. Woke to this gorgeous review this morning. 

Nearly 2 years ago, a lovely lady, Jane, came to see me and left with a little black and white dog. Since then we have kept in touch and now Jane has a new business and is making all sorts of 100% natural bath goodies and beeswax candles. I have tried at least half of the range so far and these really are lovely products. A lot of the range is unscented so good for sensitive skins too. 

Do have a look at her Etsy shop if you have a moment, Jane donates 5% of her profits towards a bee preservation charity.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/naturesgiftscandles

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How To Revive Tired Bees | Moral Fibres – UK Eco Green Blog – I did this today!

Why didn’t I take a photo!!!! Kicking myself now! A friend was out in my garden and noticed a lifeless looking bee on one of my crocuses. Anyone else including myself might have thought this bee was dead or dying. However luckily for me and the little bee he knew that sometimes bees just get tired and can be revived with sugar water! So that is what we did. I dissolved a couple of teaspoons of sugar water in some water on a saucer and we lifted the bee onto the edge of the saucer for a drink. Next thing we knew he was buzzing away with a new lease of life. Truly wonderful to see. I guess at this time of year there are so few flowers around, that these beautiful creatures can quite easily get exhausted trying to find quality sources of food.

Anyway it inspired me to do some reading, and I came across this brilliant blog article. Enjoy its a great read.

http://moralfibres.co.uk/how-to-revive-tired-bees/

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Shh…do you fancy a peek behind the scenes of Natures Gifts & other crafters. Walk this way…

Natures Gifts & Candles is thrilled to have been included in a fabulous blog post by the multi talented Donna from Polkadot. Thank you so much for the privilege Donna. My craft room needs a little work (to say the least) compared to some of the other fantastic creative spaces featured; but it sure has provided inspiration. I cant wait to make my spare room my creative sanctuary. Bring it on! See below to read this great post…

http://www.polkadotcrafts.com/studios-creative-work-spaces-artists-makers/

 

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My first attempt at hot process soap making!

Well yesterday saw my first attempt at hot process soap making, and it will definitely not be the last. I’m hooked! I decided to give it a go as I had heard a lot about the cold process of making soap, and realized that with it only being two weeks until my first stall at a local mind, body and spirit Fayre…, I wouldn’t have time for the soap to cure (cold process soap needs at least 6-8wks). Hot process soap on the other hand only needs two weeks (ok I know it’s still cutting it a bit fine, but hey it’s all good fun).  

Palm oil free

It was important to me to make a soap that eco friendly as well as natural. Palm oil is a key component of most soap recipes, but I wanted to make a soap with a palm oil substitute. After some research, I was able to edit the recipe accordingly and make a 100% natural oat & honey soap (palm oil free). It is free from any artificial ingredients or parabens. The recipe does however contain a small amount of Beeswax so not vegan friendly. 

The ingredients are Olive oil, Coconut oil, Shea butter, Beeswax, oats and honey; and I am thrilled with the result. It produces a wonderful lather and leaves your skin feeling beautifully soft. I am looking forward to showing it off at the forthcoming craft fayre, and adding it to the range available in my online Etsy shop. 

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‘Sweet Dreams Body Butter’

Due to the sleep difficulties of my youngest son, part of my day today was spent making up a yummy batch of Body Butter for both him and myself. Made with 100% pure natural ingredients (Shea Butter, Coconut oil, Vit E, Sweet Almond Oil), and with Lavender Essential oil; it is ideal for applying to the body prior to sleep. The therapeutic properties of the Lavender oil are then absorbed by the skin and aid relaxation and the onset of sleep. I use this myself regularly and not only is it delicious to use; it really does help ensure a good nights kip.

I love making up this sumptuous body butter, it really is like cooking without the calories!

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Lets start with some ‘Hygge’

Natures Gifts is making a slower than anticipated entry into 2017, mainly due to the disruption of some major domestic crises over the festive period. These came in the guise of my hot water tank alerting me to a major leak in the early  hours of Christmas Eve. Since then life has been taken over by the upheaval that comes along with such unwanted occurrences!

I am however getting there, and am hoping to be back up and running again by next week.

How does this relate to ‘Hygge’…, well in several ways really…

I am missing several cozy ‘often taken for granted’ elements of this in my life at the moment (i.e a bath, hot water and heating), and without the use of my much loved beeswax candles and wax melts to bring some coziness to my evenings; I would be feeling it even harder than I am.

The art of Danish hygge

Hard to explain and even harder to pronounce, the Danish word ‘hygge’ (pronounced ‘hooga’) translates roughly to ‘cosiness’. It may be hard to say, but that hasn’t stopped people finding out that hygge might be a recipe for a happier life. Oxford Dictionaries even shortlisted hygge as one of their Words of the Year 2016! But what is hygge really? Are candles hygge? Woolly socks? As our guide Anna discovers, there’s much more to the unique Danish concept of hygge…

http://video.visitdenmark.com/v.ihtml?source=embed&photo%5fid=7754030

The Danish meaning of hygge

Hygge is as Danish as pork roast and it goes far in illuminating the Danish soul. In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. There’s nothing more hygge than sitting round a table, discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are the happiest people in the world?

The high season of hygge

The high season of hygge is Christmas, when Danes pull out all the hygge stops. Danish winters are long and dark, and so the Danes fight the darkness with their best weapon: hygge, and the millions of candles that go with it. Ever been to Tivoli Gardens or walked the streets of Copenhagen during the festive season? Then you know what Danes can do with lighting and mulled wine (known as gløgg)! If you haven’t, you should experience it!

Summer hygge

If you plan on visiting Denmark during the summer months, you can still experience hygge. Picnics in the park, barbeques with friends, outdoor concerts, street festivals and bike rides can all be very hygge, especially when done the Danish way.

How you can hygge at home

Hygge is more than a cosy room full of candles, company and good food. Hygge is a philosophy; a way of life that has helped Danes understand the importance of simplicity, time to unwind and slowing down the pace of life. So hygge may have started here, but you can definitely start practising it at home! Create space and time to do nothing but enjoy the little things with family and friends and you’re on your way to a hyggelig home!