Repurposing at it’s best – Nan’s laundry

Handmade haven laundry day using enamel baby bath which was my nans baby bath, wooden pegs in a handmade peg bag.I love re-using and re-purposing things, especially when they have come from family. This was all very normal for my Nan’s generation – passing things down, keeping a bottom drawer, finding other uses for things – which seems to be sadly lacking nowadays.  Last year I was lucky enough to be given her laundry bowl and basket.  Now these items are just amazing!  The bowl is an old enamel baby bath.  Her baby bath.  She’s 91!  How cool is that?!  I use it for the wet laundry when pegging out, just like she did 😁.

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The basket is for the dry laundry (AKA how many odd socks basket).  This used to be a fisherman’s basket (her Dad’s family were mainly fishermen, plus they worked the lifeboat in the village) before it was her laundry basket.  Her Dad, my great Grandad, gave it to her when she got married, telling her it would last a lifetime!  I’ve no idea how long it was used before my Nan and Grandad got married in 1949, but it’s been going strong ever since, and will continue to do so long after I’ve finished with it.

Do you have anything you are reusing or re-purposing that you’d love to share?

My Nan and my boys, March 2019

 

Sweet almond oil on organic cotton makeup remover pad, as a natural makeup remover, handmade Haven

Natural Makeup Remover – Week 5 plus Conclusion

Well that never went to plan! This post should have been out at the end of November but the Etsy shop went crazy so I had to concentrate on getting orders out and maybe seeing my family a little bit 😉. Everything’s back to normal now so let’s talk makeup removers.

Handmade Haven, natural makeup remover, sweet almond oil, diy Makeup remover, vegan makeup remover

The sweet almond oil worked just like the sunflower oil, as it’s quite a thin oil. It would definitely work better with muslin or flannel, and I had intended to actually make myself some (I use hemp or the flannel/towel mix at the minute) but orders came first. I’ll treat myself this month 😂😂. Anyway, I used more oil than I’d have liked because of its consistency, but it removed the makeup, and the pads washed well afterwards.

Price per bottle £7.96 for 1 litre from Mystic Moments.

Conclusion

Price comparison (Boots No 7 as the ‘norm’ – £7.50/100ml – 75p/10ml 😳)

  • Organic Coconut oil – £2.29/300ml – 8p/10ml
  • Sunflower oil – £1.10/1000ml – 1p/10ml
  • Olive oil – £2.35/500ml – 5p/10ml
  • Sweet almond oil – £7.96/1000ml – 8p/10ml

You’d definitely use more of the sunflower oil and sweet almond oil each time, making those more expensive.  You’d use less of the coconut oil making it last longer, plus there’d be less waste.

My winner

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I don’t think you’re surprised really 😉  I love that it is solid so I barely use any.  I love the smell.  I love that it is organic.  I love that there are NO nasties, and it comes in a glass jar.   I love that I don’t drip it anyway while trying to get it on the pad. I love that Aldi have it at £1.99 at the minute making it even cheaper!

Have you tried any? What did you think? I’d love to know ☺️

Who gives a crap toilet rolls wrapped in paper, not plastic.

Who Gives A Crap?

I’ve seen a few posts about this amazing business but I wanted to share my own experience. At the beginning of the year I saw a friend on Facebook had shared that she’d tried these loo rolls that were made from recycled paper rather than trees. I thought this was awesome so I went to investigate. Turns out that not only do they use recycled paper, they also give 50% of their profits to charities that help build toilets and improve sanitation across the world. A-m-a-zing!

 

Who Gives a Crap Toilet Rolls, Recycled Paper, Profit-for-Purpose. Handmade Haven's supply.

Did you know that more people in the world have mobile phones than toilets?! I didn’t either.  Two children a minute die from diseases caused by poor sanitation.  Comparing those two facts is beyond shocking.  I didn’t hesitate in signing up. We have a 12 week rolling subscription, where a box of 48 rolls (wrapped in paper, not plastic) are delivered to the house.  It’s great.  Someone said to my Hubby that ‘you can get cheaper loo rolls you know’.  Hmm…it’s not about the money though.

Who gives a crap, gorgeous paper wrapped toilet rolls

All away in the cupboard

If you’d like to give them a try, pop over to their website and have a browse yourself.

(I’m not gaining anything from Who Gives A Crap for this post, I’m sharing their ‘profit-for-purpose’ values as I believe in what they do)

Izzy whizzy lets get Fizzy

This week has been all about the fizzes. These fizzes are made with essential oils and botanicals, and they’re bound together with moisturising oils rather that water, making them amazing for the skin. I’ve had a gift set in the shop previously, that I was never really happy with – it just didn’t look elegant – so it’s been on my list of things-to-do to change it. I had an idea pop in my head so I ordered a couple of gift boxes, then I could have a play. Ta dah…

I love it so much! I’m amazed when something actually translates from my head to reality 😂. First time too 😁

Fabulous Bath Fizzes Gift Set

A gift set full of all-Natural Fabulous Bath Fizzes. Each one is 100g (4oz) of natural loveliness for a traditional bath bomb, with the addition of sweet almond oil, essential oils and botanicals. Your gift set will come with 6 from the following:- Patchouli and Orange Ginger and Lime Citrus Whizz Lemon Orange Geranium Rose* Lavender* Frankincense and Myrrh* Ylang Ylang, Cardamom and Orange *Lavender (1st trimester), Frankincense, Myrrh and Geranium Rose (1st trimester) essential oils are best avoided during pregnancy.

£25.00

My Own Cleanser Pads

Handmade Haven prototype cleanser pads with over locked edge, used daily.

When I first thought about trying makeup remover pads to go along side the soaps I had an overlocker.  I made a few, sent some out to a few friends to try and had a go with them myself.  I really didn’t like the raw edge that they had so back to the drawing board I went.  We now have the version you see in my shop now, which I absolutely love.

I still use all my original prototype ones myself, which also includes those when I’m testing new fabrics.  I even use them for removing nail polish, which does leave stains on the pads but I know they are clean …and who cares if there’s a rainbow on them any way 😝

I just throw them in the wash with my other whites, peg them on the line, then pop them back in the bathroom cupboard with my face cloths ready for next time.

Makeup remover pads, Handmade Haven, daily users

Organic Cotton Muslin Cleanser Pad, Handmade Haven

Zero Waste Makeup Pads

 

In the past year, following on from David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 program, there has  been an explosion of information about waste, and especially plastic waste.  The shocking images of wildlife with plastic in their stomachs or round their necks makes for incredibly shocking viewing.  When I first started making my cleanser pads, I used gutermann all-purpose thread which is actually polyester.  I’d never really given it any thought.  I knew I wanted to use organic materials, that was a high priority, so why hadn’t I considered the thread?!  Maybe it was the cost.  In the past year, I’ve had a few customers contacting me about it, so I decided to look into the cotton thread.  The cost comparison was virtually the same…yay!  This now means that once the pads have come to the end of their natural life, they can be composted, and every bit of it will break down naturally.  I will look at organic cotton thread in the near future too…in fact, I shall add it to my to-do list now.

Wrapping….

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Soap ready for pouring into the mound.

This week has seen lots of soap making and wrapping going on.  I try and have a full day making various batches of soap, then they are left to cure for four to six weeks.  After they are cured I’ll then spend another day wrapping them up.

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All set for wrapping

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Mini / sample Soaps

It’s taken me a few years to get to this version but I love them so much.  All the wrappings can be recycled or composted, and I print the labels myself.   All I’ve got to do now is add my new logo to them all 😂

Soaps available here