We all say we're going to make changes in the New Year, whether this is eating better or getting more exercise, but there are simpler changes you can make that are easier to stick to.
While getting healthier is a good goal to have, this can mean more than simply getting your five portions of fruit and veg a day. Things you use in your home and that come into contact with your skin each day can have just as big an impact on your health than food.
This is why the start of 2017 could be the perfect time to try out some product swaps.
Rather than simply picking up a product because you know the name or it's on offer, look at the ingredients and what good and bad things it contains. This can help you see what you should and shouldn't be using.
To help you make some healthy swaps, here are some of the options you have:
Shower gel for solid soap
Many high street shower gels contain a lot of things that have been linked to poor health in the long-run, such as SLS, parabens, cocamide DEA and MIT. On top of this, they also use chemical colourings and fragrances that some people can react to. This means that the price you paid for them may not be such a bargain after all.
Instead of reaching for your bottle of shower gel then, instead use a bar of our handmade traditional soap. Each of these is suitable for use on face, hands and body, meaning that one bar can go a long way.
Not only are our soaps made by hand, they also only contain natural ingredients, including moisturising oils, plant extracts and essential oils. This makes them gentle, effective and safe to use.
Paraffin candles for soy
If you're a lover of scented candles, you probably have a few different ones on standby and can't help but smell all the different ones available in every shop. However, you might not be aware that certain candles aren't great for your home or your health.
Cheaper candles usually use paraffin wax, which is actually full of a lot of chemicals that get released in your home when you light them. These chemicals can build up and have been linked to a number of serious illnesses.
This is why it could be a good idea to switch to soy candles instead. Our Classic and Home ranges of candles feature 100 per cent soy wax, which is natural and doesn't have all the chemicals found in paraffin.
On top of this, they burn better, cleaner and for longer, while also retaining their fragrance incredibly well. This is why we believe our candles are the best on the market.