Living Life Naturally

My Thailand Adventure

So as some of you will know, I’m currently holidaying in Thailand.

It is a much needed break after three frankly horrible years, which actually began after our last holiday!

We returned from Borneo in February 2016 – me with broken ribs & a broken shoulder (don’t ask!), and my partner with a hernia.

Shortly after our return he went into hospital for what should have been simple keyhole surgery. Unfortunately things did not go according to plan & he ended up with life-threatening Sepsis.

He was lucky in that he is a ‘Sepsis Survivor’. However the long-term effects are both devastating & permanent.

Anyway, this is why we decided to take a month-long break (helped financially by family) in the hope of restoring his broken health.

My partner is actually a very experienced traveller having spent the last 45 years globe-trotting so as you can imagine the holiday was planned with meticulous attention to detail!

So, why Thailand? Well for a start the heat is very beneficial for aches & pains – and we both have a fair few! It’s also relatively cheap, especially compared to Europe, and just a short trip away from his beloved Borneo.

When we visited in 2016 I made all my own products to take; Insect Repellent, mosquito spray plus the usual stuff like toothpaste, mouthwash and moisturiser. I didn’t get bitten even once!

This time, however I did a lot of research & invested in a brand recommended by Glynis Barber among others. Called Incognito, the range is 100% natural & includes everything you will need: Spray & Roll-On Insect Repellent, Combined Sun Cream & Insect Repellent (including Factor 30), Aftersun Moisturiser, a Luxury Loofah Soap, Natural Crystal Deodorant and so much more,

For the full range check out https://lessmosquito.com/collections/the-incognito-store

The items I purchased were the Roll-on Insect Repellent (I didn’t get the spray as a few reviews stated that the sprayer was faulty), the combined Sun Cream & Insect Repellent Factor 30, the After Sun Moisturiser, the Luxury Loofah Soap, and the Natural Crystal Deodorant.

I loved the Luxury Loofah Soap; it is so humid here that I often shower 3 times a day and using the loofah is very refreshing. The Natural Crystal Deodorant really does work well – even in these high temperatures – for which I am very grateful!

I have been a bit disappointed in the Roll-on Insect Repellent & The Combined Sun Cream & Insect Repellent – in spite of liberal application I have suffered several bites on both my legs & arms, The After Sun Moisturiser containing avocado, chamomile, and geranium is lovely & very soothing.

The other survival items I brought with me were The Friendly Soap Company Travel Bar for hair & body which you can purchase from my website http://www.skinkiss.org.uk and Conwy Valley Natural Beauty & Health First Aid Gel (great for those pesky mosquito bites!)

https://www.friendlysoap.co.uk/product/travel-soap/

http://www.naturalbeautyandhealth.co.uk/

As you can imagine, everything I brought with me was natural as I refuse to compromise in that department!

I apologise for not adding any photos – I am using an old Notebook & cannot seem to get the Bluetooth function to work! Heyho – me & technology do not always get on hahaha.

I promise I will write again WITH photos, on my return to the UK on 15th February, Here’s hoping the snow has gone by then!

Lesley xx

Expanding My Horizons

2019 is going to be an exciting year for Skinkiss:

I have lots of new products planned including vegan lip balms, hand scrubs, and beard oils.

Spearmint Avocado Vegan Lip Balm

But before I get started I am taking a well-earned break, my first holiday in three years. Am very much in need of some winter sunshine to boost my Vitamin D!

I will be keeping a Holiday Diary so expect a few updates from me (when I’ve had enough sun for the day!)

See you all when I get back.

Love & light

Lesley x

So This Is Christmas…….

Hard to believe that another year has flown by already, I feel like I’m still somewhere in July – except of course I’ve had to retrieve my thermals from the bottom of the wardrobe, become a year older, and celebrated Skinkiss’ first birthday.

I started 2018 full of hope & lots of ideas for new products. Many of them have now found their way onto the website http://www.skinkiss.org.uk , some are still a work in progress & some turned out to be non-starters!

But that’s what my sort of business is all about; developing new & exciting products that I hope my loyal customers will love.

So I’m already thinking ahead to 2019 with a list of ideas:

Vegan Lip Balms

Beard Oil

Soothing Eye Pillows

Gardeners’ Hand Scrub

are just a few of them……

Let me know your thoughts in the comments or on my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/skinkissathome

See you next year and a very happy Christmas to you all.

Lesley x

Just One Small Change…….

Just One Small Change….

It has become increasingly apparent that we need to change the way we live.

There are so many things that we, as a species, need to address: 

From single-use plastics to our reliance on rain forest-destroying palm oil, we simply MUST change our habits.

I was so upset earlier today when I read the story of a dead sperm whale with 6kg of plastic inside it. How can we have so little respect for the other inhabitants of planet Earth? 

I am working hard to eliminate plastic from my business & have already decided that in 2019 my bath bombs will be wrapped in recycled tissue paper and my outer packaging (for when I post parcels out) will be recycled cardboard packed with shredded recycled tissue paper.

I already choose glass jars with cork lids over plastic bottles for bath salts & oils.

None of my products contain palm oil and they are also vegan, natural, and cruelty-free.

Just one small change – from each and every one of us. It’s what we must do.

In tears, 

Lesley

And……..Breathe!

It definitely seems to take me longer to recover from the craft fairs these days! Finish on a Sunday & I may just be back to ‘normal’ by Wednesday haha.

We generally have about a month between events which is plenty of time for me to replace sold stock & come up with a few new ideas too.

This time though it’s only THREE weeks until our last fair of 2018 – Mold Town Centre 28th November to 2nd December – so I need to get my skates on, especially as I am also attending the Mothers In Business Association meeting on the 19th!

Mold Xmas for Facbook 9.10.18

So what gifts are you all looking to buy this Christmas? I am making a determined effort to support small local businesses this year so that my money goes to help other people like myself.

If we all made the effort to buy hand-made it could make so much difference to the local economy. After all, we aren’t going to be squirrelling away what we earn in off-shore accounts to avoid paying tax, but instead will be using it to buy gifts for our own loved ones.

There are so many talented people out there and a unique gift is always so much more special that a mass-produced piece of plastic!

Come and see some of our fabulously talented crafters in Mold & I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

I’m off to make a new batch of bath salts now.

Love & Light

Lesley

 

Those of you who are regular readers of my blog or followers of my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/skinkissathome will surely be aware of my passion for all things natural, most especially when it comes to skin care.

So, imagine my surprise and delight when I received an email telling me I had won a competition on the Ageless by Glynis Barber Facebook page. The prize was a box of organic natural face & body products by the wonderful Green People Organic.

I have purchased many products from them before (their natural sun care range is excellent) but not been able to afford anything lately so this was doubly wonderful!

And the icing on the cake? It’s my birthday on 28th so it’s an extra special early present!

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I’m trying to pace myself so I don’t use it all up too quickly (!) but already the Damask Rose Facial Oil is a firm favourite.

I am one lucky lady.

Lesley x

 

SO the festive season has sneaked up on us yet again.

I don’t know about you but I am just never ready for it – no matter that I always promise myself that THIS year will be different!

Our last 2 craft fairs of 2018 are only weeks away too so naturally my days are spent making bath and body gorgeousness in the Skinkiss workshop.

November 2nd will mark Skinkiss first birthday & we’ll also be on day 2 of a craft fair on Conwy Harbour.

I know I have come a long way over the last 12 months and my product range is ever-growing and improving. I also have some of my stock in Crafts North Wales shop in Porthmadog. Onwards & upwards in 2019!

Here are a few items now available at http://www.skinkiss.org.uk and at a craft fair near you – if you’re quick!

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So 2 more fairs: Conwy Harbour 1st to 4th November and Mold Town Centre 28th November to 2nd December.

And then…………….. that well-earned rest!

Till the next one

Lesley x

Making Moonlight Magic!

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The working title for this blog post was “Help! What Shall I Write?!” which pretty much sums up how my brain is feeling at the moment!

After what feels like a month (actually only 2 weeks!) of making new products, sorting out packaging, finalising my table display, I THINK I may just be ready for the

Moonlight Magic Craft And Holistic Wellbeing Fayre Llanrwst

on Sunday 23rd September in Glasdir Business & Conference Centre, Llanrwst.

I am really quite excited about this event.

Seven years ago I attended a course in Glasdir for women with work-limiting health conditions.

At that time I hadn’t managed to get my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis under control & was also suffering ridiculous levels of pain, especially in my back. I hadn’t been able to hold down a job due to prolonged absences.

The course gave me the confidence to start my own business & Skinkiss was born. I am so grateful to Penny Matthews, the course tutor, who inspired me so much and made me believe this was something I could really do.

Fast-forward to 2018 and Skinkiss is going from strength to strength. I love to develop new products & see how they work. I have a bathroom full of ‘testers’ because I believe that I should be the ‘guinea pig’! If I don’t like them they don’t make it onto the website http://www.skinkiss.org.uk!

So, a few of my latest makes which will be available on Sunday, and also on my website:

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Hope to see lots of you there. There will also be Gift Baskets – ideal Christmas pressies.

Living Life Naturally

Lesley

xx

 

 

How Nasty Are You?

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I’ve been thinking about this blog post for a while now. I even tried (note the word ‘tried’!) to make a video about it, but having spent ten minutes chatting away to the camera, when I came to upload it, it had just vanished into cyberspace or somewhere!

So here’s my second attempt – no cameras about so I should be okay haha.

DID you know that if you use conventional cosmetics on a daily basis, you can absorb almost FIVE pounds of chemicals & toxins into your body each year?

Would you wash your face, body, or hair with engine de-greaser? 

I thought not – and yet if you are still using products containing SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) that’s exactly what you are doing!

SLS was first used as an engine de-greaser during World War 2 because the chemical was abrasive & corrosive enough to remove the toughest oils & dirt. It was then brought to the United States after the war & until the 1950’s was used in the automotive industry in the product, GUNK, which is still around today.

Large corporations then realised that SLS is an effective foaming agent, and costs pennies to produce.

This is why it is still prevalent in cleaners and household products BUT also in many personal products like shampoos, scalp treatments, hair colour, body washes, shower gels, and toothpaste among others.

Here are a few reasons to check your products & avoid it:

  • Follicular damage is a common side effect of prolonged sulfate use & can lead to hair loss.
  • Sensitive skin can be irritated by sulfates, causing redness, dryness & itching – especially the scalp.
  • There are some toxic byproducts of manufacturing SLS: 1, 4-dioxane, ethylene oxide, and nitrosamines – all known carcinogens.

Finally here is a more comprehensive list of products that may contain SLS:

  • Soaps
  • Shampoo
  • Bubble Bath
  • Toothpaste
  • Washing Up Liquid
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Stain Remover
  • Carpet Cleaner
  • Fabric Glue
  • Body Wash
  • Shaving Cream
  • Mascara
  • Mouthwash
  • Skin Cleanser
  • Skin Lotion
  • Moisturiser
  • Sun Screen.

If you are looking for safe, natural alternatives I can highly recommend the shampoo bars I sell at http://www.skinkiss.org.uk.

FS10

FS11

These are SLS-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, palm oil-free, and plastic-free AND just £2.75 each.

I am definitely a convert; My hair is very long & fine and prone to be greasy. I used to need to wash it every other day.

Not any more – since swapping to these shampoo bars I can now go 3-4 days between washes if I need to. Plus I no longer need conditioner either. Win, win!

Why not pop over to my website & have a browse?

It’s all about living life naturally.

Lesley

http://www.skinkiss.org.uk

Not impressed with 2018 so far!

Two weeks ago my laptop died. Fine when I closed it down, wouldn’t load Windows when I got up. I lost EVERYTHING. All my files, my labels – everything – which is why I’ve been unable to blog for a bit.

I’ve kept myself busy, making Skinkiss goodies in readiness for our first Craft Fair of the year. (Mind you, they’ve forecast SNOW for Easter – not impressed!)

So here are a few photos of what I’ve been up to. They can all be found at http://www.skinkiss.org.uk.

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In no particular order(!) we have:- Velvety Buttermilk Bliss Bath, Chocolate Orange Lotion Bars, Lime & Ginger Scrubbies, Merry Mandarin Body Scrub, Orange Smoothie Bath Bombs, Perfect Patchouli Bath Bombs and last, but definitely not least, Energising Shower Gems.

Still loads of ideas for things to make so best get a wriggle on!

Till next time

Lesley x