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Natural Mumma

Issue Two September 2017

Taking Care Of Yourself, Your Tribe And Our World

What’s In Your Lipstick? The real cost of luscious lips...

Economy Classics Our guide to low impact motoring

THE ART OF ETHICAL CLOTHING NMM September 2017

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Fun and funky fashion with a conscience from me&i


Embracing attachments, expanding the family

30th September 2017 For all parents (expectant and TTC), professionals & carers of children of all ages Speakers from; -

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Poetry / Improvised Storytelling / Mothers Writing Babes-in-arms Welcome / Exhibitors / Unique Goody Bag Delicious Vegan Lunch / Steiner Creche / Sling Checks / BYOB Choir

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Welcome to Natural Mumma Magazine Contents 4

Natural Mumma Loves...

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Review: Natural Mumma’s Conditioner Choices

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Lip Service What’s really in your lipstick?

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The Art Of Ethical Clothing On the catwalk - the latest from me&i

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Top Ten Tips Claire Robilliard of The Better Wellbeing System shares her skincare secrets

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Natural Mumma Makes Savoury Cream Tea with Goat’s Cheese and Rosemary Scones

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A Greener Motoring Is there are only one solution to the future of green personal transport?

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Book Review A closer look at Amy Brown’s Why Starting Solids Matters

his month we’ve been celebrating the summer and enjoying the incredible response we had to our launch issue! We also had an absolute ball at me&i’s AW17 launch and completely fell in love with their new range. We delved deep into the horrifying world of the use of chemicals in lipsticks and reassured ourselves by discovering some of the top natural

alternatives. We also indulged in some beautiful conditioners to give you the low-down on the best chemical-free options on the market and were captivated by Amy Brown’s book. We got experimental in the kitchen and knocked up some seriously tasty savoury scones and explored the latest releases in the world of natural beauty, ethical fashion and parenting. Our feature on greener motoring really got me thinking. Claire Robilliard’s expert skincare

Holly wears: Classic Striped Dress from me&i AW17 The Bare Sensuals READY Eyeshadow Palette 14.0 by bareMinerals Photo by Gerard Hughes Contact: holly@ naturalmumma.com

tips are invaluable (you can read my review of her fabulous products on my blog). We have been overwhelmed by the response to our magazine so far and can’t wait to keep creating! NMM September 2017

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Natural Mumma Loves...

Quantum Leap The new Quantum travel system by Diono brings

The best-in-class eclipse canopy with extra-large

together a host of clever features including a complete

coverage means there is no need for extra sunshades. A

3-in-1 smart seat which converts from lie flat bassinet

sun visor, peekaboo window and ventilation add to the

to toddler seat in 4 simple clicks.

functionality. And if storage is on the wish list, Quantum

A mattress and bassinet liner are included for ultra-

has plenty with the extra-large basket.

comfort and the extra-large toddler seat with multiple

A unique one-hand fold works in two

recline positions takes a child right up to 4 years.

stages and features

Parents have the option for little ones to face them or

a locking clip to

watch the world and a rain cover, toddler seat liner and

ensure transporting the

infant carrier adaptors are included in the package.

stroller is easy, even with

Mounted on a stylish, fully symmetrical chassis, the

a little one in tow. When

Quantum covers all terrains smoothly and securely, and

folded Quantum is free

say goodbye to scuffed toes with the one step brake -

standing and with the built

simple step on, step off movement is all that’s needed.

in carry strap, it’s super

The six position adjustable handle means however tall family and friends are, everyone can enjoy driving

easy to handle. Available in four

and the textured, colour coordinated buttons allow for

colourways from ÂŁ500.

easy identification and operation.

uk.diono.com

Northern Lite

Organic beauty brand Natura Siberica has announced the launch of its Northern Soap in M&S. This soap features highly absorbent activated carbon to draw impurities from the skin, and Siberian herbs and berries from the remote landscapes of Northern Siberia. Ingredients include sea-buckthorn oil which aims to soften, tone and nourish the skin and Siberian cedar oil which contains vitamin E and vitamin P which help to moisturise and strengthen the skin. Available from 31 August online and in selected M&S stores.

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Catch The Buzz

Following rave reviews at the Detroit and Geneva

connectivity and highly automated driving.

motorshows, Volkswagen have announced that its ID

Although Volkswagen’s oldest and newest, very

Buzz concept will become production reality in 2022.

evocatively designed MPV will be separated by more

The styling may hark back to the original VW Micro bus

than seven decades when the new model is launched,

so beloved of surfers and the hippy generation, but the

the I.D. BUZZ has the original’s genes, as it offers

ID Buzz will be all electric, and will complete a line up

maximum utilisation of space on the footprint of a

of zero emission vehicles from the company.

medium sized car.

The production model will have its batteries

Expansion of the electric vehicle range is part of

mounted in the vehicle floor, which coupled with the

Volkswagen’s Strategy 2025, which foresees more than

compact electric drive will allow for more space in the

30 all-electric models by that time.

interior. It will also feature variable seating, interactive

www.volkswagen.co.uk

Clean Beauty Clean Beauty Co has announced the launch of its new Detox Dust Purifying Powder Mask. Part of the BYBI Beauty collection of high performance eco-luxe products, this innovative charcoal and vitamin packed mask comes to the rescue for skin that’s been exposed to environmental damage, pollution overload and daily exhaustion. Bursting with papaya enzymes, oats, Siberian ginseng, lotus seed powder, root extract, palmarosa oil and antioxidant blackcurrants, it’s 100% natural, vegan and cruelty free. Mega Mist is a rejuventaing face mist and toner infused with hyaluronic acid to plump, soften and nourish thirsty skin. Blending rose, orange blossom, pomegranate and aloe, it’s perfect for all skin types and is 100% natural, vegan and cruelty free. Both available online. NMM September 2017

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Natural Mumma Loves... Be You Now The Be You Collection – a new collection from BabyBjörn that embraces the freedom to be you. BabyBjörn has been working for a long time to support parents and design products to make their everyday lives easier and more fun. With the new Be You collection, BabyBjörn is encouraging parents to trust in themselves and celebrate the freedom to simply be. The Be You collection features their popular best-sellers Baby Carrier One, One Air and Bouncer Bliss. The collection is a limited edition and the new colours are; Lavender violet, navy blue, vintage turquoise, terracotta pink, dusk blue, and pinstripe/ grey. The campaign uses real parents with their own children to celebrate diversity and the fact that we are all unique and make our own choices. www.babybjorn.co.uk

Pillow Talk The award winning Dreamgenii Pregnancy & Feeding Pillow has a fresh new look for Autumn and mums-to-be can now get a restful, comfortable night’s sleep with a pillow that is not just functional but super-stylish. Unlike other pregnancy pillows on the market, the unique Dreamgenii moulds around you and your bump, supporting the back and knees as your pregnancy progresses and sleeping becomes more difficult. The comfortable pillow encourages you to sleep on

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your left side which helps optimise foetal positioning for baby. It can also be used as a feeding pillow once baby arrives. There are five new designs including a sumptuously soft white cotton jersey. Tip! The new comfortable cool fabric makes the Dreamgenii a mustNam inum adicia Am have from the alia second ipsapid mi, eici Tem faccum trimester onwards. vendaeped. New designs include a floral motif and an abstract nature design in both grey/green and grey/coral. There is also a cool geo cotton pattern in neutral grey/aqua. These allow mums to be to choose a design to co-ordinate with their decor theme. Priced at £44.99 for the cotton jersey and £49.99 for the printed designs, Dreamgenii is available from Mothercare, John Lewis and leading Nursery Retailers.


Testing Times Strepelle is a home-to-laboratory test for Group B Streptococcus. Up to one in five of all pregnant women will be carriers of Streptococcus (Group B Strep or GSB) in the birth canal and the bacterium can be passed during labour to their baby. One in five newborns who are infected with Group B Strep suffer from illnesses such as meningitis, septicaemia or pneumonia, which can have effects such as brain damage, hearing loss and sight loss. One in ten babies with the infection will die from it. In the UK, pregnant women are not routinely offered testing for group B Strep by the NHS unlike in many other developed countries. The only way of

Strepelle is an accurate and easy to use test for use

knowing if a pregnant woman is carrying the bacterium

from 35 weeks pregnant. The home-to-laboratory test

is by having a laboratory test.

can be purchased on-line or in store for £39.99 and

The highly accurate test will determine whether

contains everything that is needed to provide a sample

the pregnant woman is carrying the bacterium, and if

to the laboratory. The results will arrive within 3 days of

identified can be treated with antibiotics during labour,

receipt of the sample, either by letter, text, or email.

thus protecting the baby from the risk of infection.

www.strepelle.com Natural Mumma Magazine

Moccstars These beautifully designed sandal moccs would be a worthy addition to every tot’s wardrobe. Moccstars footwear is created with the child’s developing foot in mind and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, for pre-walkers and toddlers alike. The soft leather sandals are designed to not only stay on the child’s foot but also imitate barefoot walking and help strengthen developing muscles and ligaments whilst also being extremely comfortable. Both the Greek Goddess Grecian sandals and Hercules Roman sandals are handmade with the highest quality leathers and carefully selected soft suede. Available in children sizes 1-5 these sandal moccs are designed to be unique, fashionable and practical for little boys and girls. To see the complete range visit www.moccstars.com

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NMM Team Editor: Holly Daffurn

holly@naturalmumma.com

Creative: Gerard Hughes mail@gerardhughes.co.uk

Cover Image by Gerard Hughes (featuring me&i’s new Autumn/Winter range) www.naturalmumma.com Natural Mumma Magazine

is produced by T5 Publications. Contents may not be reproduced, stored or distributed in any form without prior written permission. All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure all information contained in this magazine is accurate but the publishers can accept no responsibiilty for effects arising therefrom. All rights reserved.

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Natural Mumma Loves... City Life OSKIA Skincare has announced the launch of their new anti-pollution CityLife range. Packed with exceptional ingredients and supported by clinical trials, the product range is one of the first to be clinically proven to target and protect the skin from specific pollutants. Available exclusively at SpaceNK. www.oskiaskincare.com

Divine Silks Heathcote & Ivory has unveiled its Sakura Silks Divine collection. The scented bath & hand necessities, blended with essential oils, include shea butter hand cream (100ml) and vitamin E enriched body lotion (200ml) which aim to hydrate and soften skin; and bathing flowers (4x5g). The products are free from parabens and sulphates. www.heathcote-ivory.com

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Not all Rosehip Oils are created equally.

© Richard Harrington

100% Organic Rosehip Oil for deeply nourished, glowing skin: the perfect handbag companion soothes dry skin on face, body & scalp • reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks • targets pigmentation • conditions nails & cuticles • smooth shaving oil • tames frizzy hair • soothes bites and stings

Be A’kin with nature at akinbeauty.co.uk

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Whatever you’re looking for in a conditioner, you’ll find it here...

Urtekram – Nordic Berries Repairing Conditioner BEST FOR: STRENGTH If your hair is feeling dry and damaged, then this 100% natural conditioner will leave your locks feeling hydrated and supple. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants in the form of sea buckthorn, cranberries, blueberries and rosehips – this is the perfect way to keep your hair strong and healthy. Use alongside the Nordic Berries shampoo for optimal benefits.

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Faith in Nature – Fragrance Free Conditioner

Dr. Organic – Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner

BEST FOR: THE WHOLE FAMILY

BEST FOR: NOURISHING

With no additional fragrance, essential oils or colour this beautifully simple conditioner is perfect for sensitive skin and all hair types. Ideal for children, this product is perfect for family use. The delicate scent of coconut comes through in this gentle, nourishing, cruelty-free hair treatment.

This fragrant conditioner is packed full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids to really feed your hair. It leaves your hair feeling stronger, more manageable and with a glorious shine. Your hair will feel beautifully soft and hydrated. The delicate fragrance stays with you throughout the day.


Hair Conditioning

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PurePotions Hair & Scalp – Natural Conditioner

Noughty – Wave Hello Curl Defining Conditioner

BEST FOR: SHINE

BEST FOR: CURL DEFINITION

Brimming with plant extracts including Japanese honeysuckle, lemongrass, sweet basil and chamomile. This product leaves your hair feeling silky soft, with inimitable shine. The lack of irritants make it ideal for those with dry, flaky scalps and the gentle formula means it can be used on babies from as young as 6 weeks old.

I love how this conditioner adds bounce and shine to my natural curls. If you’re looking for a way to style your waves and curls without excessive products, then this new range from Noughty is your answer. They also have moisture boosting, everyday shine, detoxifying and scalp soothing options to celebrate and nurture every hair type.

Cocobelle Baby Organic Coconut Oil WILD CARD! Coconut oil is a great way to inject moisture into your hair. Warm coconut oil makes for a wonderful conditioning prewash. Applying a little coconut oil to dry hair can also help protect from sun damage, act as a gentle detangler and add shine and definition to your locks. NMM September 2017

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LIP SERVICE

On average, a woman will apply 9lbs of lipstick during her lifetime a shocking 30 per cent of which will be ingested. With the majority of lipsticks being packed full of toxic metals and carcinogens, we need to consider more than colour...

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t’s not just the chemicals that are off-putting. Sperm whale excrement, ground fish scales and snail slime are included amongst the blend of pesticides, heavy metals and synthetics. So why do we apply chemical-laced products to our mouths? Where did our beauty ideal of coloured lips stem from? Which ingredients do we need to steer clear of and what are the alternatives? The first records of adding colour to lips dates back 5,000 years when ancient Sumerian people would use crushed

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gemstones to adorn their faces (predominantly on the lips and around the eye area). In ancient Egypt, lipstick did not signify gender, but was linked to social status. Cleopatra was known to redden her lips using crushed bugs. The dye they used (formed from fucus-algin, iodine and bromine mannite) caused severe illness. An iridescent quality was added by the use of fish scales. Solid lipsticks only came into play during the Islamic Golden Age, invented by the cosmetologist Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi. These

perfumed sticks were described in his notable work, Al-Tasrif. In 16th century England, the application of makeup was restricted to male actors and upper class ladies. Powdered white faces provided the perfect contrast to the scarlet lips that were so fashionable at the time. The Elizabethan lipstick was reassuringly natural, formed from red plant extract and beeswax. By the 19th century, in England, makeup was branded uncouth due to associations with actors and prostitutes. In 1850, the dangers of


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applying lead and vermillion to the skin were recognised. Lipstick had been something that had always been made at home, but by the end of the 19th century Guerlain were manufacturing silk paper wrapped commercial lipsticks using beeswax, castor oil and deer tallow. By 1921, the use of lipstick in portrait photography led to it becoming an acceptable and fashionable beauty product in everyday life. Elizabeth Arden and Estée Lauder started selling lipsticks in their salons. During this time, dark red shades were the most popular and came to represent the independence of the flappers of the era. It was Elizabeth Arden who revolutionised the use of different lip colours in the 1930s. Lipstick was seen as a symbol of adult sexuality, and teenagers used it as a sign of rebellion. By

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the 1940s the general consensus was that men preferred a more natural look. Lipstick was once again associated with prostitution and magazine articles at the time suggested that lipstick could have a detrimental effect on a woman’s career and reputation. Actresses such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor reclaimed the glamorous red lipstick look. Manufacturers pushed things further and started to produce more wearable everyday lipsticks in shades of peach, pink, lavender and white. These colours revolutionised the world of lipstick, making it more accessible for teenagers. By the 1960s lipstick was so acceptable that women who didn’t wear it were assumed to be gay or mentally ill! The 1970s opened up the colour palette even more with experimental shades of violet, navy blue and lime greens

taking centre stage. Black lipstick also saw its way onto the street (previously only seen on actresses in 1950’s horror films) and stayed until well into the 90s. The 1980s saw colour-changing mood lipsticks, and the 90s were more conservative with a fashion for muted neutrals and browns. In recent years pearlescent finishes, longlasting formulas, a whole spectrum of shades (from vibrant to nudes) and a range of applications have opened up the world of lipsticks. Fortunately, there is a wide array of lipsticks and cosmetics that avoid the use of synthetic ingredients and cut out chemicals. Using natural products not only lowers the risk of a variety of health issues, but they also offer some wonderful results. The natural alternatives are gentler on your skin, kinder to your body and much better for the environment.


WHAT’S IN A LIPSTICK?

Products we love...

So how do cosmetic companies get away with packing their lip products with such harmful chemicals? The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) are only legally required to approve colour additives and not the whole cosmetic product. The basic ingredients in a lipstick tend to be the same; wax, oil, preservatives, antioxidants, colour and fragrance. When purchasing a lip colour, you’ll want to avoid: Methylparaben – a common preservative. Restricted in the EU but popular in the US. Linked to cancer, disrupted endocrine function and toxicity. Labelled as “high hazard” by the Cosmetics Database.

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Propylparaben – another preservative. Commonly used in cosmetics. Can lead to skin irritation and allergic reactions. Research also indicates a link to cancer and endocrine disruption. Labelled as a “moderate hazard” by the Cosmetics Database. Retinyl Palmitate – a synthetic form of vitamin A that is associated with cancer, toxicity in pregnant women and a number of health complaints associated with the reproductive organs. Colourants (eg. D&C Red 36 and D&C Red 22 Aluminium Lake) – typically tested on animals. Studies show a correlation between exposure to these colourants and damage to the nervous system, as well as other health complaints.

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Tocopheryl Acetate/vitamin E acetate – A common ingredient in lipsticks, foundation and skin creams. Can cause burning, itching, hives and blisters, and is toxic in some cases. Propylene/Butylene Glycol (PG) – PG is used in cosmetics as it works as a humectant (slows moisture loss). It keeps skin supple and reduces flaking. It is also found as an ingredient in fertiliser and in automotive coolants and antifreeze. Linked to infertility and irritation to the eyes and skin. Lead – Despite the historical evidence highlighting the dangers of the use of lead in cosmetics, it is still used as a colourant. Red lipsticks contain the most harmful amounts of lead, which is especially harmful to pregnant women and infants. Lead ingestion can cause behaviour abnormalities and brain damage. Its side effects tend to be irreversible. Mineral Oil – Helps to prevent moisture loss. Can also lead to blocked pores and disruptions in skin cell development and function. Can also contain PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) which are carcinogenic. Coal Tar – Used as a colourant and to treat skin conditions, it is also considered “high hazard” by the EWG (Environmental Working Group). This carcinogen has associations with infertility and skin irritation.

So Susan Lip Dome Rhubarb Rouge

Bare Minerals GEN NUDE Radiant Lipstick

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e were fortunate enough to be invited along to the UK lanch of me&i’s new Autumn/Winter range. Earthy palettes of charcoal and rich plum were striking alongside muted neutrals. A delicious injection of playful teals and sherbert pink made this season a celebration of diversity. Here is a collection that offers highly wearable options for every occasion. The new children’s range was especially delightful (and the fantastic models were genuinely wild about it). Offering matching coordinates from mum and child, the gender neutral labelling also gives children a powerful

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Rosa, Shannon & Emmi

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Lottie

message about identity. This fantastic Swedish company doesn’t just offer playful and unique designs in their ethical clothing, but they also create business opportunities for families. Far from being a model of pyramid sales and sales targets, this company provides support, encouragement and inspiration. Each one of the sales consultants that

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I spoke with at the event shared the same message. They got involved with the company because they fell in love with the clothing. The excitement and genuine love for the products was evident. Sunny Campbell, UK Brand Ambassador for me&i (and our beautiful cover star), had the following thoughts, “What do I love most about the new range?

I love the versatility and capsule wardrobe potential in the Autumn/Winter 2017 collection. Each piece compliments one another in the collection and has versatility – work, play, mum dates etc. I’m happier knowing that the clothing I wear again and again is not only ethically produced, long lasting and organic but is also fashionable and planet friendly.”


Management team: Clare Novak, Vicky Holland, Helen Vanroose-Brydon (Country Manager UK), Claire FavierTilston and Sunny Campbell in the new collection at the me&i Kick Off AW17 launch at Crewe Hall in August.

Working With Me&i

Becky from Wishes and Wellies started off sharing me&i on her popular blog but soon became a sales consultant too as the demand was so high. www.wishesandwellies.com Claire W is the longest standing sales consultant after just completing her 13th season with the brand. “I discovered me&i when my yougest was one. I’d never seen any designs like theirs! This was something that I could get enthusiastic about, without taking me away from family time.” Victoria and Alethea “Each maternity leave has become more isolating, but through working with me&i I have made so many friends. I have never done sales before but because I genuinely love the clothes, it works really well.”

The clothes are built to last, to be worn and loved and washed without colour fade. Me&i offers unique designs in flattering cuts, and allows women to express their own individual sense of style while doing their bit to care for the planet. NMM September 2017

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Top Tips

for Better Skin

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from Claire Robilliard of The Better Wellbeing System www.bewellsys.co.uk

Thorough cleansing in the morning will reduce breakouts radically by removing excess sebum and sweat. Always cleanse at night. If you do happen to fall asleep in your makeup then double cleanse in the morning.

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Remove hard water residue to see improvements in eczema, acne & dehydrated skin. You’ve seen what the limescale does to your kettle and pots! Spritz an essential oil water over the skin after cleansing.

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Skip the exfoliator! Buff the skin instead with a soft cloth (bamboo ideally) or konjac sponge for smooth yet resilient skin.

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Pat serums and moisturisers onto your face and neck to use less product and to improve skin tone by increasing the production of elastin.

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Gently tap eye products around the eye contour to aid circulation without blocking your tear duct. Use your ring finger when applying products to the delicate eye area, as our weakest finger it causes less damage.

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To ease eye puffiness and dryness place chilled potato slices on your eyes, they won’t go limp like cucumber and are loaded with the powerful antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase.

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Ease a stressed skin with chamomile tea that’s been chilled in the fridge - soak a muslin and apply as a compress.

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Include aromatherapy oils in your skincare routine for a beautifully aromatic ritual that takes care of your skin while providing relaxation benefits.

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Swap coconut oil (a highly saturated fat) for melted shea butter or safflower oil on your body. Shea butter is great on cracked heels too.

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Wear an SPF30 on your skin all year round, anything higher can cause prickly heat. Reapply every 90 minutes to stay safe in the summer sun.

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et in touch with Claire and she will send you her 21 day plan to Better Skin! Claire is passionate about sharing her tips to ensure more of us enjoy great skin, making us look healthy and radiant, while improving confidence.

Claire Robilliard

Holly has been using a bespoke cleansing ritual from Claire this month. You can read all about her thoughts and experiences on the blog: www.naturalmumma.com

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Š Richard Harrington

Beautiful homewares, accessories, fabrics and prints. Designed and created by the sea in Cornwall.

@rockandsaltwater /rocksaltcornwall

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“Crumbly scones piled high with cream and rich red jam...”

You Will Need: For the scones: 130g unsalted butter 500g self-raising flour 1 teaspoon of rock salt Freshly ground pepper 300 ml milk 200g goat’s cheese 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary For the jam:

“Divine straight from the oven, spread thick with butter...”

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2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 3 cloves of garlic 1 red onion 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar 1 red chilli A generous handful of whole chorizo 500g of mixed cherry tomatoes 2 red apples 1 red pepper To serve: Cream cheese Fresh spinach leaves Fresh basil Preheat your oven to 220/ gas mark 7

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Savoury Afternoon Tea Goat’s Cheese and Rosemary Scones with Homemade Chorizo and Chilli Jam

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am a big fan of a quintessentially English high tea, in no small part for the aesthetic of it. If you love the look of crumbly scones piled high with cream and rich red jam then this recipe embraces that effect but with a savoury slant. The surprising combination of rosemary and salty goat’s cheese is perfect and the homemade chorizo jam offers just the right amount of spicy kick. For vegetarians, replace the chorizo with yellow courgette and a dash of smoked paprika for flavour.

Pile your scones high with savoury jam and cream cheese then serve with salad for a hearty lunch dish or alternatively, enjoy alone for a quick snack at any time of day. These scones also taste divine eaten fresh from the oven, generously spread with butter. However you choose to eat them, be sure to have a large pot of tea to hand and break out your prettiest crockery. (Vegetarians might prefer to replace the chorizo with yellow courgette and a dash of smoked paprika for flavour) NMM September 2017

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Sift the flour into a large bowl, give it a little height to keep your scones light.

Roughly cut the butter into cubes and rub into Nam inum alia adicia Am the flour breadcrumbs form. ipsapid mi, eiciuntil Tem faccum

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Season with a few good twists of freshly ground pepper and your rock salt. Use a butter knife to gradually work in all of the milk.

Loosely knead the mixture, taking care to not overwork it. Tear the goat’s cheese into chunks and add to the mixing bowl.

Rip the rosemary leaves from the stem and snip into fragments using kitchen scissors. Use a wooden spoon to loosely work the cheese and rosemary into the scone mixture.

Flour your surface and roll out the dough until it is approximately 2cm deep. Cut out 12 scones (lift the cutter straight up without twisting for the best rise).

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Lay your scones out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, allowing each scone a little space to spread.

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Brush with milk and bake for 15-18 minutes until the scones and beautifully golden.

In the meantime, you can get on with creating your savoury jam. Heat your olive oil in a saucepan.

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Chop your garlic and crush it into the pan with the oil. Stir it with a wooden spoon.


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Once the garlic has turned golden, add the onion and cook until soft.

Chop your chorizo into small cubes and add to the pan. Deseed your chilli and shred before adding to the chorizo.

Core and cube your apples, deseed and finely chop your red pepper and add them to the pan.

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Add the balsamic vinegar and roughly chopped tomatoes.

Simmer the mixture until the tomatoes break down and you are left with a chunky, fragrant relish.

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Smother your scones in cool cream cheese and spicy chorizo jam, serve with leafy spinach and basil.

And there you have it, a savoury take on the traditional afternoon tea. Brimming with flavour, so simple to make and with a great look too!

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A GREENE

MOTORIN According to the experts, the future of motoring is electric. But with millions of cars on the roads, each one representing a huge investment from both a material and environmental point of view, is this the only way forward?

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he age of the internal combustion engine is over, and zero emission vehicles are the only way forward. But what of the vehicles that are already on the roads, giving sound service? Continuing to use the cars and vans that are already here in a considered way has to be part of the solution. It may not be the ultimate green answer, but in a society where so much is readily disposable and wasted, it does feel more responsible. Simply writing off existing vehicles just doesn’t make sense. The evidence that we have become a throwaway society is nowhere more apparent than in the world of motoring. Those who grew up in the 60s and 70s will remember the family car being a highly prized possession to be cherished and nurtured, with Sunday morning rituals of wash and polish, and kids helping with

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routine maintenance on the drive. Cars became members of the family with characters of their own. How many have fond memories of the first car they were a passenger in - the sounds, the smells, the noise? And how many of us got our first taste of ‘fixing’ things while passing the tools to an oil stained parent or relative? It was great way to learn the value of a useful machine, to treat it with respect and to understand that a little bit of work would be rewarded with (mostly) reliable service. As a nation, we’ve become addicted to buying new cars, and as they pass along the ownership chain - from new, to used, to banger - cars lose value quicker than they ever have before. Completely serviceable ten year old cars have so little value these days, they’re practically given away or scrapped when they


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could continue to give years more reliable service. The simple fact is that we are being led to believe by the government and other agencies that all old cars are all gross polluters and should be eradicated from our roads. We are constantly being pushed towards more complex and technologically advanced vehicles as the solution to becoming green in our transport needs. Ultra efficient but much smaller conventional engines, hybrids and ultimately, full electric vehicles. Not everyone can afford or even justify the expense of a brand new car. And just because an electric vehicle isn’t producing CO2 and other harmful emissions from an exhaust pipe, it doesn’t mean it’s not contributing to pollution. Most of the UK’s electricity is still produced by burning fossil fuels, mainly natural gas (30 per cent

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in 2015) and coal (22 per cent). A further 21 per cent comes from nuclear power stations. Only 25 per cent currently comes from renewable sources, although the government has set targets to produce 30 per cent by 2020 - if you want a fascinating insight into how your power is being delivered at any given moment, www. gridwatch.co.uk is worth a visit. An older car is a great solution to staying mobile but as with anything, be thoughtful and realistic about your needs and use. Many assume that a small car will be the most efficient vehicle to run, but if your use is mostly longer, motorway trips the smaller engine will work hard, not deliver good MPG and will suffer accelerated wear and tear. Therefore running costs will be higher than if you were to run a car more suited to that environment. A bigger turbo diesel will give

excellent MPG and relaxed cruising on high speed roads, but they’re not kind to either people or the environment in urban situations. And be truthful with yourself. Do you really need to run a car? If it is going to spend most of the time parked up on your drive, and you have access to good public transport, don’t bother. Nothing kills a car quicker than lack of use. Do yourself a favour - catch the bus, walk or cycle. An older car doesn’t necessary mean using a ‘classic’ for everyday use. To those in the know, the cars built around the turn of the millennium were among the best ever produced. Quality in both manufacture and componentry were at all time high, meaning relatively powerful and efficient engines, and many of the mod cons such as power steering and air conditioning that we now take for granted had become


Top 5 Tips for DIY Eco Motoring Go For A Popular Make And Model

pretty standard fare across the model ranges. They also relied on a limited amount of complex electrics, unlike the current generation of vehicles which have separate ECUs (electronic control units) for pretty much every aspect of the vehicle. It’s these which are prone to failure, and will no doubt in the coming years make the current generation of cars uneconomical to repair and consign an otherwise perfectly serviceable vehicle to the scrap yard. The key is to keep the car in peak condition. Servicing should always be followed to the absolute last detail of the manufacturers guidelines. Things like missed oil changes will accelerate wear in the engine drastically, making them polluting and inefficient, and will ultimately fail. If you enjoy working with your hands, taking care of routine maintenance repairs can be great fun and very rewarding. Buy a Haynes manual, use the internet as a diagnostic tool and find out where your local motor factors is. Not only is it kind to your wallet, it can be great way to teach your children how to appreciate something of value and great use. Working with your hands can be very therapeutic too. For generations the car has given both individuals and families independence and the freedom to travel wherever and whenever they want. We may now well be about to wave goodbye to those freedoms, taken from us in the name of the environment and spiralling costs of ever more complex vehicles. Driving a banger might just be the solution to keep our freedom on the roads.

Don’t be tempted by the quirky or obscure - you‘re looking for reliable transport, not a fashion statement and a million Ford Focus owners can’t be wrong. When you’re searching for a car there will be plenty to choose from, parts availability will be good and the prices will be keen.

Do Your Research

This has never been so easy - type the make and model you’re thinking of into Google and you’ll no doubt find yourself on a forum populated by owners of that exact vehicle. Look for common problems that get discussed, and issues that they’re having to deal with. Then put them on the list of things to look out for and avoid.

History

Look out for a car with history. It needs to have been looked after, so you want a fully stamped up service book or a ream of receipts and invoices for parts and work done. This can have been done at a franchised dealer, an independent garage or even by a handy owner. But ask to see proof, and if it’s gone ‘missing’, walk away.

Make Friends With Your Local Independent Garage

You may be handy with the spanners yourself, but if not, a good local independent garage will be your closest ally when it comes to keeping you on the road at reasonable cost. They may even be happy, for a fee, to come out and check prospective purchases for you.

Love The Imperfections

It may not have a showroom shine, the seats may have started to sag a little and the CD player may have played its last, but always remember, as long as it gets you from A to B safely, you’re cutting costs with every mile - enjoy the fact that you’re saving yourself a pile of cash while doing your bit to save the planet. NMM September 2017

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NATURAL MUMMA’S BOOKSHELF Why Starting Solids Matters by Amy Brown

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he conflicting commentary surrounding baby weaning can cause a lot of worry for parents. When should babies start solids? How should you approach it? What should they eat? The guidelines can feel like they are constantly changing and we are frequently left overwhelmed by options. This is why the new book from Dr Amy Brown is such a powerful resource. Brown is an associate professor at Swansea University, specialising in breastfeeding and infant nutrition. She provides no nonsense, thoroughly researched advice that uses science to break down the worry surrounding weaning. Amy’s writing style is warm and gentle. As a mother of

three her own experiences come through and you feel supported and encouraged rather than lectured. The scientific background is reassuring, and the depth of knowledge and lack of judgement is refreshing. As well as demystifying the journey through solids, Amy also highlights the importance of encouraging balanced eating habits from an early age in order to foster a lifelong healthy relationship with food. This brilliant book doesn’t only support you through the often confusing first year, but it brings the diet of the whole family into consideration. One of the most refreshing things about Amy’s approach is her interest in the media and

society’s preconceptions of what makes “a good mother” and how this ultmately affects infant feeding habits. As well as this fascinating book, she has also written 40 papers

“Research suggests that spoon-fed babies are more likely to be overweight in later years.”

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that delve into the best practicesto support new mothers, especially in regard to infant nutrition. One of the most fascinating insight you can glean from the book is the wellresearched notion that baby-led weaning results in infants who are a healthier weight, more adventurous eaters and healthier overall. In fact, the research suggests that spoon-fed babies are more likely to be overweight or obese in later years.

This is a slim volume, but packed with concise information that cuts through the froth and offers pracical advice on infant nutrition. Amy’s personal stories make the book easy to relate to, engaging and mean that we are drawn in to the author’s voice from the introductory paragraphs. Despite the gentle guidance on nutrition and strategy (that is so beautifully steeped in science) the core theme of this book is how we should follow the baby’ response and let them be lead by intuition. This is a book that will give you the confidence and knowledge you need to wean your child without any drama or worry.


This gentle guide starts with planning your pregnancy and then takes you on a week-by-week journey through a holistic and healthy pregnancy, an active birth and the precious early months of being a parent. With chapters dedicated to caring for a newborn and looking after yourself both before and after birth, it offers personal insight, instruction and advice from Holly and Samantha who specialize in pregnancy yoga, massage and active birth. The Natural Baby covers all you need to know before, during and after your pregnancy: *how to prepare for pregnancy *a week-by-week description of your baby’s growth *exercise and complementary therapies *natural remedies *how to have an amazing birth experience *tips on breastfeeding *naturally nutritious weaning *home-made organic beauty preparations for the mother *delicious and healthy recipes for before, during, and after pregnancy

What the critics say about ‘The Natural Baby’: “Samantha and Holly empower parents with the information & wisdom to help them make the best choices for their families... They have the perfect set of complementary skills and knowledge to write about natural parenting...Here is a book that will act like a best friend.” - Melissa Corkhill The Green Parent magazine “Absolutely brilliant! I wish I’d had it when I got pregnant.” - Katie Hill My Green Pod Magazine “With practical, helpful advice on every aspect of life as a new mum” - Naomi McElroy The Irish Daily Star “The only baby book you’ll ever need” - Sparkles & Stretchmarks

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