Whenever I have a box from items like beauty gift sets, I always find another use for the boxes instead of simply throwing them away. Most of these boxes tend to be very pretty and decorative already. I recently had a box from a fragrance gift set which my daughter now uses to organize all of her nail polishes. As for the wrapping paper? Recycle a cute sheet by sticking it in a frame – gold or black, with or without a mat. Hang alone above a fireplace, or in a series with several other designs. Cheapest free art ever!
- Naturally Clear Skin
Tired of toxic skincare? Looking for the simplest swap ever? Rub a lemon half onto your skin before going to bed or dab a bit of tea tree oil on the problem areas. Sensitive skin? Never fear! For more diluted versions of these solutions, you can squeeze some lemon juice (or drop some tea tree oil) into water, place into an empty spray bottle, and mist over your face before bedtime. Now to find the perfect red lip to compliment that gorgeous Autumn glow you’ve got going on…
- Bamboo Charcoal Water Filters
WE’VE ALL heard Christmas horror stories about just getting a lump of coal in your stocking, but this year, we truly wouldn’t mind! Instead of those clunky-but-necessary filters that leave much to be desired in terms of design, you can easily make your own beautiful and effective water purifier using inexpensive and long-lasting bamboo charcoal sticks. It’s an ancient Japanese method that has been used for centuries to purify water and we swear the water we tasted was super crisp and fresh. You’ll just need a few things including bamboo charcoal sticks, a pretty pitcher (or a water bottle!), some tap water and a pot to boil the sticks and in under an hour you’ll have the best-tasting water, in the best looking vessel ever!
STEP 1: Before you use your charcoal sticks, make sure you boil them for around 10 minutes. Friends have told us you can do this once a month for up to a year to “refresh” it so it continues to filter and purify.
STEP 2: Once it’s boiling, carefully remove it from the heat and let it dry.
STEP 3: Once it’s dry, place it in your favorite pitcher or bottle and let it do its thing.
STEP 4: Sip and enjoy!
Helpful Hint: The sticks can be easily recycled by breaking into small pieces and placing them into your plant soil, creating micro water and air cavities in the soil.