environment, travel

Zanzibar – Seaweed Centre

In a relatively small village of Paje, next to emerald sea and annoyingly pure white sand, there is the Seaweed Center, where local women have been trained to produce soaps, creams and body scrub out of their local seaweed, which can be planted and collected when the tide is low. All 100% natural, with beeswax, lemongrass and other pleasant ingredients complimenting the seaweed.

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Goe oil

Probably most Interesting compliment I’ve received is the one heard couple of days ago. Apparently my hair looks a lot better now than on my passport photo taken 8 years ago. Even if perhaps slightly exagerrated, I blame it all on Goe Oil, which I got from Liberty’s for a huge price of 30 pounds. Goe oil can be used as hairmask, and also put all over the body. It’s the perfect winter cream, but also good for summer and will save some space in your bag. Did I say it’s
100 per cent natural ingredients?

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Tara Smith – Tested on Celebrities

Couple of weeks ago my little sister sent me a link to an article about chemicals that should not be in ones beauty products – mainly parabens, which according to some sources have been linked to breast cancer, and SLSs ( sodium lauryl sulfate), which is also used in dish washing liquid, produces a lot of foam, but also hinders hair growth and can lead to a dry scalp, Petrolatum (or Petroleum Jelly, Mineral Oil, Paraffin) a by product of oil industry, which creates a filmy layer on the skin giving the impression that the skin is silky and moisturised at the same time disrupting the metabolism of the skin and finally silicone (or dimethicone, dimethicolon), which stays on the surface of the hair, hindering moisturising through the air, causing dryness and breakage of the hair.image
I should be a chemist to be able to explain it all, which I unfortunately am not, however I prefer to avoid potentially harmful chemicals in my skincare, so I started going through all the creams hair products that I have. Turns out that even though I have been relatively selective with my products, quite a few still have the above mentioned chemicals in their ingredients list, for example Body Shop, l’Occidental and Kérastase.

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Tara Smith’s at M&S in Oxford Street

There were couple of bottles of shampoo and conditioner, which were given to me for Christmas and I hadn’t used until now, which stood out during my inventory – Tara Smith’s products.As my partner was complaining of itchy scalp and Kérastase hadn’t done magic this time, I suggested he used it and it works. I’ve switched to TS’s for now and I have to say that my hair does feel softer and healthier. Downside of TS’s seems to be that the products are relatively expensive (£10 for 250ml) and difficult to get hold of – in the UK they’re sold only at M&S and only in selected stores! As I adore parrots, I might stick to it for some time. If you do know any other paraben, SLS free products, please do share!

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Feed 5000 people @ Trafalgar Square

Last Friday I had a pleasant stroll to Trafalgar Square, as it had come to my knowledge that a few NGOs, with the initiative of a young writer had come together to feed 5000 people in two hours in the middle of London for free. You’re thinking, there isn’t such a thing like free lunch, is there? Well, in all fairness, the idea of the event was to raise awareness on the issues many of us already know of, but don’t actively do much about it. Main message was, that we waste too much, even before the food reaches the shops from where we could buy it. The lunch, for example, was prepared by ingredients, mainly vegetables, that otherwise would have not been used, as they wouldn’t have fit the cosmetic standards of supermarkets. In addition to the free curry queue, there was a queue that took people to mountains of carrots and potatoes, rejected by supermarkets, where everyone could help bag the vegetables to be sent to homeless shelter across London. Not sure if this was what people were expecting though by entering that queue.  In addition to that, there was another queue, to get a glass of ‘rejected’ apple juice and another one to feed the residue of preparing the juice to a happy pig, who had temporarily settled on the square. Lots of passers-by were happy, tourists were happy, the pig was happy and I was happy too, so perhaps we all learnt that there isn’t a true need to reject wonky carrots against all the standard ones. Perhaps sometimes it would even bring some excitement to the dinner-table and anyhow shouldn’t I have right to choose the type of carrots I want to eat?

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