Monthly Archives: November 2011

beauty & the bees

Posted by Penny on November 28, 2011
Skincare + haircare / No Comments

Tasmanian Bush Leaves Shampoo Bar by Beauty & the Bees

Ever since a friend mocked me when I was at university for being a bit of a tree-huggin’ hippie but not knowing that Pantene made my hair so silky because of the copious amounts of silicone it contains, I’ve been on the search for my perfect shampoo & conditioner. The problem is, every time I think I’ve found hair products I love, I realise they don’t love me or the environment.

The shampoos I had been lately using contain palm oil (sorry orang-utans!) or one of the SLS or SLES chemicals (they are a foaming agent but also in higher doses cause skin irritation…)

After a bunch of internet-searching I found Beauty & the Bees. They’re a Tasmanian company who handmake all their products with natural ingredients that you’d pretty much be happy to eat (if you were really hungry…)

Skin Salvation Moisture Balm Bar by Beauty & the Bees

I actually bought a few Beauty & the Bees products for Chris to take on an overseas backpacking style work trip, and what better than solid products? However I have since commandeered these products as my own. I love the Skin Salvation as it contains benzoin which is that lovely, slightly marzipan-ish smelling ingredient in a lot of natural skin products. Plus it’s fun to use.

The shampoo bars have also been great, especially given they’re made of a natural soap base with very few added ingredients – they are different to most shampoos in that they don’t leave your hair squeaky clean, but instead they lather up but also give it a bit of a coating in soy wax. It takes a bit of getting used to, and it’s definitely not producing silky smooth hair, but instead my hair feels a bit thicker and has more volume. I think I like it, but I think it’ll also take getting used to. My hair definitely looks clean which is a good step!


All in all I’m very happy to have found a company who consistently receive good reviews, making products in Australia from natural ingredients.

DIY map furniture

Posted by Penny on November 23, 2011
DIY, Home Design / 4 Comments

Mapped Out Table Top - Real Living, via Ninemsn

Vintage world globes, atlases & map-related decor are definitely a trend that’s here to stay. Personally I love maps & globes, but the prices for vintage ones are rapidly increasing out of my range. Not fair. I do love the idea of map furniture though – I think it’s definitely an awesome idea for kids furniture, but I hope you’ll agree that all of these pieces are fabulous enough for adults, too.

50s Plywood Chair on Roddy & Ginger

I still am on the hunt for a lovely set of nesting tables (I’ve been searching for a little too long now, really), but this is a definite contender for how I’d like to decorate them.

Sofa Table by Brooklyn Limestone

I love how this desktop has been painted – the map has been painted by hand, with just an overhead projector for guidance! That’s awesome, and a little bit skilled! Definitely check out the blog post on Brooklyn Limestone for all the details.

DIY Globe Garland – Poppytalk via The Inspired Room

How sweet are these little puffy balloon garlands! They’re origami balloons (but made in the same way I used to make paper water-bombs!)


If you can’t find a vintage map to use, or don’t want to cut into one, you can find awesome wrapping paper printed with vintage maps now! It’ll probably be cheaper, too. Try instore at Magnation for some.




seedling: good for kids

Posted by Penny on November 20, 2011
Kids / 1 Comment

The Outdoor Explorer Kit by Seedling

It’s absolutely that time of year when we’re being bombarded with advertisements for gifts for kids. Unfortunately not all kids toys are created equal, and it’s a little bit impossible to avoid mass-produced toy sales, plastic fantastic this & that… things I definitely want to avoid when I’m buying gifts for a lucky niece and friends and so on!

This is where personally I think Seedling is a bit of a saviour. Seedling are a New Zealand based company who create fun & educational gifts for kids. Hooray for Seedling!

The Junior Gardener Kit by Seedling

My favourites are their outdoorsy kits. The Outdoor Explorer kit (top) contains a working head-torch! What little explorer wouldn’t want one of those? Seedling even have a worm farm kit – so cute!

Take a closer look at Seedling’s website, and let them tweet you too!