Review: Natural Instinct facial products


I have been using a couple of the Natural Instinct products for my face. They are an Australian made natural skin and hair care brand, which are formulated with botanically-derived ingredients, certified organic extracts and pure essential oils. There are no nasties in their products, so they are grey-water safe, and products are not tested on animals.

Daily mosituriser – sinks in nicely, and is not greasy like some. It smells of jojoba and rosehips, and contain B5.

Facial scrub – the right texture and is not too grainy. My face felt clean afterwards and it contains jojoba and walnut.

Foaming and cream cleanser – Both satisfying products. The foaming cleanser lathers to a light foam and is scented with lavender and rosehip. The cream cleanser is scented with jojoba and witch hazel.

Clarifying toner – left my face toned and finished. It smells citrusy and refreshing of rosewater, witch hazel and orange flower.

What I like about these products all the products are free of sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, PEGs and mineral oils. There are also no artificial colours or fragrances.

Thank you Natural Instinct for allowing me to trial these products. 

Sponsored: When we talk about natural gas, what exactly do we mean?


Natural gas is one of the cleanest fuels that we have on our planet. Natural gas is found in little pockets throughout the layers of earth and rock and under the sea. It began its journey millions of years ago as tiny plants and animals stored energy from the sun. Taking the form of carbon molecules in their bodies, they took it with them to their watery graves at the bottom of the sea. Layers of sediment covered the bottom of the ocean and, as the carbon molecules sink closer to the centre of the earth, heat and pressure have a tremendously transformative effect. The result is natural gas.

As the natural gas was produced, some forced its way upwards through cracks and tiny holes before escaping into the earth’s air supply. Other supplies were trapped by impermeable rock and are still being discovered to this day.

What makes natural gas so special is that it is mostly made up of methane. This means that emissions won’t react with sunlight to create the smog which grips so many of our cities. We can compress natural gas to make it easy to handle – the great news is that this is nontoxic, noncarcinogenic and noncorrosive.

It doesn’t stop there. Natural gas is lighter than air, so leakages just disappear into the air around us. This means that there is less potential for the explosive results we can see from liquid fuels. This also means that we won’t have to endure toxic spillages which can irreparably damage our delicate and precious ecosystems. Once it comes out of the ground, it stays out.

Natural gas can be used to heat our homes. We can cook with natural gas and even bathe in the waters warmed by natural gas, when knowing that we are creating fewer emissions that the traditional fossil fuels, like oil. It is piped into our homes and will keep going, even when electricity lets us down during a power cut.

Natural gas exists in pockets all over the globe, just waiting to be discovered. With lower emissions of harmful and toxic chemicals, including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxides, natural gas doesn’t produce any ash which can often lead to breathing problems.

What many people don’t know is that natural gas in its pure state is actually is odourless. Without being able to see or hear gas, natural gas suppliers add an artificial smell to it to help people identify it in the air. The scent is a sulphur-like smell, which you may recognise from a gas cooker or oven.

So, natural gas is all around us. It’s in the earth beneath our feet and tucked away in pipes, ferrying supplies directly to our appliances. It’s even in our public transport. Many forward thinking city councils have made a commitment to cleaner, clearer air in their cities. Next time that you see a bus go past, have a look and see if it’s running on natural gas. You might just be surprised!

Review: Natural Instinct hand wash, body wash and shampoo

Natural Instinct

We have been using a couple of the Natural Instinct products for awhile now. They are an Australian made natural skin and hair care brand, which are formulated with botanically-derived ingredients, certified organic extracts and pure essential oils. There are no nasties in their products, so they are grey-water safe, and products are not tested on animals.

Natural Instinct Hand Wash – is a firm favourite in our household. It lathers well and has an authentic lemon and lavender smell. Even better it also comes in a 1 litre refill bottle to save on packaging.

Natural Instinct Sensitive Soap Free Body Wash – is another firm favourite. It cleans well and has no scent. You get a smudgy lather, rather than big bubbles.

Natural Instinct Sensitive Shampoo – This one doesn’t lather as well as my regular shampoo because it is free of sulphates (SLS and SLES), so you’ll need to use a generous amount. This one is also scent free and ideal for use if you have dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis or allergies.

What I like about these products is the generous sized bottles they come in and the pump spouts for easy application. All the products are free of sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, PEGs and mineral oils. There are also no artificial colours or fragrances.

Thank you Natural Instinct for allowing me to trial these products. 

Do owls keep the possums away?


We are fortunate enough not to have any possums. When our neighbours had their mango tree, the possums used to eat the mangoes and then the seeds would fall on our garage roof in the middle of the night. Sometimes we hear possums on our roof, but mostly they are just passing through.

My theory for not having any resident possums in our garden is based on a very large eucalyptus tree in the nature strip near us. I think that a bird of prey lives in the tree and these large birds are keeping the possums out of our garden.

Matt has seen an owl in our backyard near the bird bath. We have also seen a couple of tawny frog-mouths on a number of different occasions.

Scott Alexander King describes owls as “nocturnal birds of prey, made up of two distinct groups: the Typical Owls, of which there are about 122 species, and the Barn owls of which there are about 12 individuals species. While there are some anatomical differences between the two families, all Owls have nocturnal vision, silent flight and a carnivorous diet….. She is one of the few creatures that actually waits for the sun to come up before retiring for a well-earned rest. She literally welcomes the sun as it illuminates and warms the horizon each morning.”

At a recent gardening presentation, one of the attendants mentioned that if possums are eating the fruit and vegetables in your backyard garden then you could try putting up a plastic owl to keep them away. She added that if the silhouette didn’t work, then you could try placing a solar powered light behind the owl, which will shine on the owl during the night and it will keep your garden safe.

Hoot. Hoot. Hoot.

Animal Dreaming – by Scott Alexander King

How to make your own sunscreen video

I love this video on making your own natural sunscreen from coconut oil, beeswax and zinc oxide powder. If it’s good enough for a fair-skinned surfer, Zach Keenan, then it will be good enough for me in the beaming Australian sun.

It’s important to not cover your whole body in sunscreen as you need exposed skin to absorb vitamin D.

Transition tip: Make your own green cleaners


Transition tip: Make your own green cleaners.

It’s easy to make your own green cleaners with a few tried-and-true recipes. You’ll be protecting your health by avoiding using toxic chemicals in your home and these are better for the environment. Better yet, you’ll find yourself saving money.

What’s not to love?

Here’s a round up of my posts on how to make your own green cleaners:

Pat Coleby reveals why she changed her farming methods

Pat Coleby reveals why she changed her farming methods to natural methods.

I love Pat Coleby’s books. Highly recommended.

Pat Coleby can be found over at Farming Secrets.

How to make your own dish washing detergent


Many conventional dish washing detergents contain phosphate, which causes blue-green algae blooms in waterways.

Here’s  a simple recipe to make your own dish washing detergent:

1/4 cup petroleum-free soap flakes
1/4 cup glycerin
1/2 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil
11/2 cups of hot water

Instead of the eucalyptus oil, you may like to add a few drops of lemon or grapefruit essential oil.

Other green dish washing detergent products to try are:

We also like to look for one which did not contain sodium laurel sulphate, as it kills the good bugs in your tummy!

Handy hint – Place a leftover lemon half in your dishwasher to keep your dishes smelling fresh and clean.

Note: If you are on the GAPS or SCD diet – it’s best not to use a dishwasher.

How to make your own oven cleaner

Conventional oven sprays contain some of the nastiest chemicals. Many are corrosive lye-based (sodium hydroxide) solutions that are dangerous to inhale.

Our green cleaner put the oven parts into the outside sink (which is larger and deeper then our kitchen sink) and soaked them for several hours. I wish I knew what she put in the water to soak off the grime.

I’ve had lots of success with using bicarb soda and vinegar for cleaning the top of stove and around the hot plates. The only problem was that I accidentally blocked up the gas hole and then one plate didn’t work properly until I gave it another more thorough clean.

Mix bicarb soda with water and leave the paste on for half an hour to loosen the grime, then wipe it off with a sponge or rag.

Karen Logan in ‘Clean House Clean Planet‘ recommends using a putty knife, razor and pumice stone to clean the oven.

How to make your own air freshener


The best way to freshen the air inside your house it to open up the windows.

You may like to add some indoor plants to help filter out any existing pollutants and toxic chemicals.

Add some natural essential oils to a burner if you like aromatherapy.

Other green air freshener products to try are: