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Freedom Face Resource Page

3 April, 2017

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more info.

It is so exciting to hear the stories of you enjoying my latest book Freedom Face! Thank you for buying this book and spreading the word about it. If you get a chance to leave a review on Amazon I would be SO HAPPY.

Here is the list of ingredients used in the Freedom Face natural beauty recipes. I worked really hard with the recipes to keep the ingredients as simple and accessible as possible. This little cupboard of ingredients can make everything to replace your normal, store-bought beauty products from mascara to toothpaste, deodorant to sunscreen. These all click through to places you can actually purchase these ingredients from. I chose them because they are either exactly what I buy or are most like the things I buy from my local, quirky little health shop! At least you will get a good picture of what I am talking about.

Bentonite Clay

Jojoba Oil

Rosehip Oil

100% pure Argan Oil (beware of added keratin)

Sweet Almond Oil

Vitamin E Oil

Dried Horsetail

Dried Calendula
Henne Paris Henna Powder – all colours

Fair Trade Shea Butter

Coconut Oil

Probiotic Powder Tablets
Ozone Gel

Agar agar

Mica Pigment Mineral Powder
Showerstick Water filter and softener

Zinc Oxide

Now Essential Oils


Boar Bristle Brush – this is my Nana’s Kent brush, but the Moroccan Oil and Christophe Robin brushes here are pure boar bristle too. They are pricey but consider it an investment in natural beauty that will last your lifetime!

Diatomaceous Earth

Aloe Vera Gel

Activated Charcoal Capsules

I advocate using jars and re-using old packaging, but if you are not that kinda person, have a look at these:

Empty Mascara Tube

Empty Deodorant Stick

Empty Lipstick Stick

These are affiliate links too, meaning you get a recommended product and I get a small percentage. Thanks in advance for your support in this way!

Freedom Face Resource Page

March on, beauty rebels!


Natural Beauty

Freedom Face – join the beautiful resistance

14 February, 2017

Yeooow! My new book Freedom Face hits the shelves today and I hope it hits the self-hate of the mainstream beauty industry in the guts too!Freedom Face

It’s not about hairy armpits, although that IS in there, and you DEFINITELY don’t need hairy armpits to read it! But I feel like body hair is a great example of where choice has been taken away from women and we’ve been forced to accept a ridiculous beauty ideals.

Also, I do just still think it’s funny. I must be the hairiest beauty columnist Cosmopolitan has ever published, and here I am writing a beauty guide. Mwwwahahaha.

Freedom Face is about shaking off the shackles of that beauty industry in a few different ways- the expensive products we get locked into, the toxic ingredients that are often in them, and the self-hate it perpetuates. There are recipes for everything from shower gel to deodorant to lipstick and mascara, along with my own story and some commentary. Copy of FREEDOM FACE (1)

You can grab Freedom Face in THREE different ways, all of them worldwide in any currency:

Through my e-store as an Epub $9 USD (if you want to read on an ebook reading app like Kobi or a Nook) or

through my e-store as a PDF $8 USD (if you want to open on a laptop or tablet and possibly print out – it is a little cheaper so you have some spare to cover ink costs) or

on Amazon Kindle $9.97 USD

I’ve also put together some packages for people who want to bite off a whole hunk of beauty resistance…

So the first bundle, Beauty Rebel Bundle One,  includes both my e-books, Freedom Face AND my first ebook Happy Hair AND access to my Hair Detox e-course which is packed with video tutorials and worksheets to really help you get to grips with your natural, shampoo free hair.

Beauty Rebel Bundle

The next bundle, Beauty Rebel Bundle Two, includes all of the above AND one to one support from me. This is aimed at people who don’t have much support around them for making these kinds of beauty choices, it is some serious hand holding from me. It includes two skype chats that you can cash in whenever you like and email support. I’d LOVE to connect with some of you this way. Beauty Rebel Bundle Two

(If you have already pre-ordered Freedom Face on Kindle, no worries, you can still get the bundles minus Freedom Face and the Freedom Face cost – Beauty Bundle One and Beauty Bundle Two here.)

I would absolutely love any help in getting the word out there about Freedom Face. I feel more excitement and more nervous anticipation about this than any ebook of mine so far! It is huge, for starters, I also feel a bit vulnerable too, as if I am laying it all bare. If you like it, PLEASE leave a review on Amazon and tell your friends and share this link on social media. Every single little mention of my ebooks makes a huge difference to me! I am also doing a Facebook live on 14th Feb 9pm British time – that is 10AM 15th Feb NZ time! Would love to join in and happy to answer all pressing questions!

THANK YOU! I feel so very grateful to you all, I wouldn’t be here getting to write about things I am passionate about if it wasn’t for so many of you encouraging me. THANK YOU!

Here is today’s Youtube video – it is all about being one hairy mutha!

There is a movement afoot that says every person is valuable and worthy and that the world is more beautiful when wobbles and leg fuzz and different skin tones and hair types are celebrated.
I hope you’ll join in.

Natural beauty guide - recipes, experiments and stories from Cosmo columinst


Natural Beauty

Bare naked self-love

8 February, 2017

Here’s something not many people know about me. I’ve only just really begun mentioning it at all. I didn’t want people to judge me for it, to see me with new eyes and write me off as pathetic or roll their eyes and say “Typical!”

I struggled with an eating disorder for many years, from about thirteen to my early twenties.

I had so much hatred for myself, for my body.

I have dreamed of writing another ebook for ages. Since Happy Hair, really. A follow up. Like Happy Hair but for the whole body – two fingers up at a beauty industry that wants you to spend a tonne of money putting toxic crap on yourself and into the earth.

The book would be called Freedom Face, and it would be both a natural beauty recipe book and a manifesto about throwing off the shackles of the body-shaming, woman-hating beauty industry.

But I didn’t really feel qualified.

Weirdly, I didn’t feel qualified because of the way I conform to some of those beauty norms (white, skinny) and because of my body hatred history!

(I’d apologise for being confusing, but I tell myself that we are all this complicated sometimes!)


These days I feel like I have a level of self-love which means I can talk about lipstick and wrinkles without even a sprinkle of self-hate in there.

And I actually feel like being a proper loud mouth about it.

The traditional beauty industry is a shitstorm of self-hate and toxic ingredients and we need an organised resistance!

Want to join it?

You would be so welcome.

There are lots of ways for you to be apart of it, but here are a couple.

You might want to join the self-loving sisterhood which is a Facebook group of women who are interested in natural beauty and self-love. There are so many wise women in there with so many good ideas!

and on Valentines Day Freedom Face is out and there is a copy with your name on it! Show yourself some love and buy it! There are over 30,000 words of recipes, experiments and stories from the frontline of natural beauty. You can pre-order it right now on Amazon, but it will also be available in my e-store, alongside some cool support packages too. Freedom Face- a beauty guide free from toxic ingredients, expensive goop and self-hating bullshit

Please do join me for a Freedom Face Facebook LIVE at 9PM British time on Valentines Day/ 10AM NZ the day after Valentines! Ask any questions you want addressed in the comments right here on the blog.

And finally, here is a new video I just filmed today when we all got nude and swam in the river. Take all your clothes off and love the skin you’re in!

Natural Beauty

Essential Oils Uses – six essential oils every home should have

11 February, 2016

I first got into Essential Oils when I lived in London, worked in an office and had a mortgage. (I feel I have to begin with that to clarify that it isn’t only forest dwelling hippies that appreciate essential oils!!)

Essential oils now form a key part of my health and beauty regime. (Something about the term “beauty regime” makes me gag a little. And would probably make you roll on the floor with laughter were you to ever spy my “beauty regime” in action – swiping oil on my face a few times a week…)

I carry three tiny bottles of essential oils around with me everywhere – tea tree and lavender and a rescue blend. And then I have a few others that I have come to depend on. I want to get even more into it but our budget doesn’t yet allow for a library of essential oils, and I don’t have the time to Know All The Things about each one. So I am both a big fan, but also a bit of a newbie. (Just a note on the expense- although essential oils are dear, but they replace SO SO MUCH, these tiny weeny vials of oil go so far and can cut spending in lots of other areas. Unexpectedly, since enjoying essential oils so much I now mostly make all my presents- putting beauty scrubs and bath salts and candles I’ve made with a few drops of essential oils into teacups. Such a lovely inexpensive gift. People WAY prefer that sort of thing to the secondhand toast stamps I used to give out. I really don’t know why. You can get a Jesus waving on your toast, or a smiley face…)

While there are a few things to recognise, for example, the potency of essential oils (billions* of lavender plants are crushed to make a bottle of lavender oil! *maybe not billions?) and being careful with them whilst pregnant or around children, they are relatively simple to use. Use a carrier oil, such as coconut or jojoba, and add 3-5 drops of essential oils per tablespoon. (Please do check out Wellness Mama’s page on risks associated with some essential oils.)Essential Oils Uses

When Neal’s Yard got in touch about working with them I was well up for it. I thought I could tell you about the six essential oils I use and then, if you liked, you could click through from here, have a rumble around their website and buy some things, and I will get a percentage. (HA. How is that for straight up? I want to be clear that I am an affiliate, but also MEGA MEGA into the organic natural beauty they purvey.) Besides it is basically Valentines Day – love yourself right up and buy some smelly treats.

My six fave Essential Oils and my top Uses:

Lavender is the gateway drug of essential oils. You get lavender to help you sleep better and then the next thing you know you’re off peddling bergamot and star of bethlehem to your next door neighbour to help her dog with his anxiety about crossing the road. I use lavender on our pillows if we need help resting and I use it on my skin to help with itchy bits or problem skin. I also use it in our bug balm (recipe below) and chuck it in all my homemade beauty gifts such as facial scrub. Click here to check out Lavender Essential Oil.

Rose essential oil is a bit dearer than lavender but it is AMAZING FOR SKIN. I wish there was something more intense than capitals because I would be using it. I have a homemade face serum (recipe below) with rose and it makes my skin next level soft. It has been used for a gazillion years. Like, in that legit neanderthal movie, Croods, there would be rose oil in the vanity drawer, if they zoomed in. Find Rose here.

Lemon essential oil adds the PIZAZZ to your homemade cleaning products. If you use soapnuts (or any natural cleaner) for laundry and soap (as we do) adding a few drops of lemon both makes it all smell super clean and actually does tackle far better the grease. A real germ killer. Can’t do without it. Click here for Lemon Essential Oil.

Peppermint is another essential oil that has heaps and heaps of uses, but my two main ones are as an ingredient in our bug balm, and as part of our teeth cleaning paste. I also use it in homemade beauty gifts a lot. Click here for your minty Peppermint Essential Oil.


How I chuckled when I first bought a bottle of frankincense. It just seems so holy! If you are into natural skin care you can not skip frankincense – it rejuvenates skin cells. It is botox in a bottle. I first experimented with it for Cosmo and found it to be easily as effective as any expensive high street serum. Click here to buy Frankincense Essential Oil.

Tea Tree
This is one that I keep in my bag. We put it, diluted, on any cut or wound. I swill my teeth with it. I put it on pimples and itchy bits of my head. I add it to homemade beauty recipes, our bug balm and our cleaning products. I am like a Beleiber but for tea tree instead of a wild young pop star. If there was a poster of tea tree essential oil it would be covered in smudges from my lips. (Hey! There’s a money spinner! Posters for hippies! Like, just pictures of essential oils and also sprouting beans in glass jars.) Click here to buy Neals Yard Tea Tree

SOS Remedy
A cheeky extra…. the thing that probably first turned me on to all this flowery magic was probably Rescue Remedy. I was a bit of a doubter and then I came to rely on it and these days, when the kids are hurt, it is the very first thing I turn to and it is a game changer. I’ve used it for myself regularly for about 5 years. You can get your SOS blend right here.


Bug Balm

I make BUCKETS of this stuff. The place we live has these tiny little midgies that eat your ankles relentlessly. I keep a jar in every part of the farm, pretty much.

1 cup of olive oil
2 table spoons of beeswax

Melt these together gently and when they are mixed, drip in:

10 drops of peppermint
10 drops of lavender
10 drops of tea tree

If you have citronella that is obviously a classic too, but I roll with what we have on hand. I also stick in a few drops of neem oil too, but it isn’t necesary.

Face Serum
Place 4 tablespoons of jojoba oil in a glass vial. Add 12 drops of rose essential oil and 12 drops of francincense. Shake well every time and use morning and night. Or whenever you remember.

Calm Down Potion

This one is really tricky. (I jest.) Take a glass bowl of boiling water and shake in 8 drops of lavender oil. The room will fill with the scent and everyone will promptly fall asleep! No, seriously, it truly can make a really lovely part of your settling down evening routine.

So yep, go right ahead and browse Neal’s Yard. You know you’ve got to love yourself before you can love others, right?

Posters for Hippies coming soon.