Reusable Bamboo Cutlery Set

Some plastic items are more dangerous for sea animals than others. The Ocean Conservancy ranks plastic cutlery as the second most dangerous plastic trash, right after fishing nets. Animals in the ocean often mistake plastic trash for food, which leads to a painful death. To help the animals and the environment, the best thing to do is to avoid single-use plastic cutlery and start using reusable ones. By bringing your eco-friendly cutlery set on-the-go, you can refuse single-use plastics while still enjoying your food at the train, at the park or your take-away lunch. You can keep your reusable utensils in your bag or your car.

In my Zustainabox from October, I received a reusable bamboo cutlery set from the brand Bambaw. The set is made from bamboo. It includes a knife, a fork, a spoon and a drinking straw with a corresponding cleaning brush. They are all packed in a natural cotton pouch with additional space to add chopsticks or any other utensils.

I discovered the brand ‘Bambaw’ via ZustainaBox. The ZustainaBox is a box full of sustainable alternatives for your current products. The box contains between 7 and 8 items and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free, help you towards a plastic-free life and are made with a low environmental impact. When you subscribe as a member, you will receive weekly tips and inspiration for an eco-lifestyle in your mailbox.

The boxes get deliver as green as possible. Within the cities, the delivery is by bicycle, outside the cities is with green cars. The next delivery dates are:
– The week of 16th December
– The week of 24th February


If you want to give it a try and join the club use my code ‘AS15’ to get 15% discount!
Read more information here.

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Red Coat Outfit Inspirations

Red is my favorite color of the autumn and winter season. It is my go-to color whenever I feel adventurous and want to look different. Whether a red lipstick or a red statement piece red will make you look bold and confident.

Strolling through a second-hand shop I found an oversized long red coat and instantly fall in love with it. To show that red can be a great color to wear this season I have gathered my favorite outfits featuring a red jacket.

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Best Essential Oils for Beginners

Getting started with essential oils can be overwhelming. To help you out I have listed 10 of the best essential oils for beginners. But what exactly are essential oils? For those new to this topic, these oils are extracted from fruits and plants to capture their flavors, scents, and overall beneficial properties. They make for a great addition to your skin-care and health routine.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Before getting started, there are a few basics to remember when working with essential oils:

  • When applying oils topically, always use a carrier oil. These are oils used to dilute essential oils, like coconut, argan oil or jojoba oil.
  • Always do a patch test before applying anything to larger areas of your skin.
  • Make sure you only ingest essential oils that are meant to be eaten.
  • Buy “pure” essential oils. There are all kinds of knock-off versions and perfume oils that don’t contain the same benefits. Check for example the brand Physalis.

Here is my list:

1. Cedarwood

Cedarwood tonifies the skin and boosts the blood circulation. It helps to clean the skin and makes it smoother. It also helps towards a healthy scalp.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 2 to 5 drops of cedarwood oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the max amount of water.

DIY massage recipe
Mix 1 drop of cedarwood, 1 drop of cypress, 1 drop of rosemary and 2 drops of grapefruit on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

2. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil has been used for centuries to soothe the airways and to breathe more freely. Eucalyptus oil is used for its warming effect in massages for muscles and joints. The scent also helps to repel insects.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of eucalyptus oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the max amount of water.
  • For in the bath: mix 5 to 10 drops per 10 ml of vegetable oil.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a spray bottle, diluted in water and spray in the room.

DIY respiratory inhalation recipe
Mix 2 drops of eucalyptus oil, 2 drops of scots pine oil, 1 drop of red thyme and add it to a bowl of warm water. Inhale the steam through the nose and mouth (5 to 10 minutes).

3. Lemon

Lemon oil is used for refreshing and promotes concentration. It has stimulating, calming, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant and anti-fungal properties. The vapors of lemon oil purify the air and promote alertness.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of lemon oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of lemon oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the max amount of water.

DIY massage recipe
Mix 2 drops of lemon oil, 1 drop of peppermint oil and 2 drops of rosemary oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

4. Cinnamon

Cinnamon Essential Oil helps to calm dry skin, alleviate aches, pains, and stiffness in the muscles and joints, address acne, rashes, and infections, enhance circulation, nourish the skin and revive the skin tone. Many associates the sweet spicy scent of cinnamon with the cold Christmas season.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of cinnamon oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 1 to 2 drops of cinnamon oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture only on a small area of your skin.
  • Put 2 to 5 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY Christmas atmosphere mix
Add 1 drop of cinnamon oil, 1 drop of scots pine oil, 1 drop of cypress oil and 3 drops of orange oil into a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

5. Lavender

Lavender oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils. It has relaxing properties, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and has sedative effects.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of lavender oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of lavender oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY insect repellent spray
Mix 5 drops of lavender oil, 5 drops of geranium oil, 5 drops of peppermint oil and 3 drops of chamomile oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice. Apply to the bites.

6. Peppermint

Peppermint oil soothes the airways, stimulates digestion and relieves bloating. It also has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal, antispasmodic and carminative properties. The health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat indigestion.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of peppermint oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take once per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil. For example, form the brand Physalis.
  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of peppermint oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY digestion recipe
Add 2 drops of peppermint oil into a spoon of honey. Take it after every meal to promote digestion.

7. Rosemary

Rosemary Oil helps reduce stress levels and nervous tension, boost mental activity, encourage clarity and insight, relieve fatigue, and support respiratory function. It is used to improve alertness, eliminate negative moods, and increase the retention of information by enhancing concentration.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of rosemary oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of rosemary oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY legs massage recipe
Mix 2 drops of rosemary oil, 1 drop of strawflower oil and 2 drops of peppermint oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

8. Orange

Orange oil has a positive influence on the mind and ensures a good and healthy night’s sleep. Orange oil refreshes and purifies the air and, also the scent promotes appetite.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of orange oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 2 to 5 drops of orange oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY sleep well drink
Add 2 drops of orange oil, 2 drops of scots pine oil and 2 drops of cinnamon oil into a herbal infusion. Drink in the evening before going to bed.

9. Tea Tree

Tea tree oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties. A person can treat acne, athlete’s foot, contact dermatitis or head lice using tea tree oil.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of tea tree oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY feet massage recipe
Mix 2 drops of tea tree oil, 1 drop of palmarosa oil and 1 drop of geranium oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

10. Ylang-ylang

Ylang ylang has stimulating and relaxing properties. It has soothing, sedative, antidepressant, beautifying, and aphrodisiac properties. It is beneficial for the immune system, cardiovascular system, and endocrine system, relaxing the body while liberating the mind of negative emotions.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 to 2 drops of ylang-ylang oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY sensual massage recipe
Mix 1 drop of ylang-ylang oil, 2 drops of geranium oil and 1 drop of sandalwood oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

With Love,
Alisson

20’s Party Outfit Inspiration

Last month I celebrated my birthday with a party for the first time since I moved to the Netherlands. The party was a ‘Great Gatsby’ theme party.  The ’20s are one of my favorite years in terms of fashion. The clothes, the makeup and the hear styles are sophisticated, elegant and extravagant. The 20’s fashion includes anything with beading, sequins, metallic thread, velvet, ruffled skirts, tiered layers, crochet, and even lace.

What I´m wearing:
Dress // From a clothes swap party
Coat // Second-hand
Necklace // Selfmade with (fake) pearls that I found at a market
Headband // Selfmade
Lipstick // Creamy lips from Ellis Faas (L101)

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Affordable Natural and Organic Make-Up Brands

Since I started my journey towards a more sustainable life, I began using only cosmetics from natural and organic brands. Most of these kind of brands are vegan and cruelty-free. It’s a win-win ;). Today I want to share with you 5 of my favorite affordable brands.

Benecos

Made in Germany. The products are free from Paraffin, Parabens, Silicones, PEG, Synthetic Colour, Synthetic Fragrance, and Synthetic Preservatives. The products are made from organic and certified ingredients. All of the cosmetics are cruelty-free. Not all are vegan, see the packaging for more information.
You can find Benecos at Ekoplaza, Douglas, or online.

Benecos

Bo.ho

Eco-friendly French makeup brand. The products are made from natural ingredients. They are highly pigmented and have a great long-lasting texture. Bo.ho is committed to beauty, nature, social responsibility and affordability. All of their packagings are recyclable.
You can find Bo.ho at http://www.biggreensmile.nl, http://www.solobiomooi.nl or at their online shop (in French only).

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Lavera

German brand producing natural cosmetics since 1975. All the ingredients that Lavera uses are from certified organic agriculture. The products are not tested on animals, but they are tested exclusively on human volunteers in collaboration with skin and allergy specialists. This is to ensure that Lavera products are not just natural but effective. The brand is free of synthetic perfumes, colorants, and preservatives.
You can find Lavera in most of the natural and organic shops or at their online shop.

Lavera

Lush

Lush is a British brand famous for its bath bombs, naked packages and soaps. And since 2012 Lush launched a make-up collection which includes liquid lipsticks, liquid eyeliners, mascara, and cream shadows. Lush products are made in factories or “kitchens” around the world including. The products are 100% vegetarian, and 80% of the products are also vegan. They often contain fruits and vegetable extracts.
You can find Lush in their physical or online shop.

Lush

Alverde is a German brand from the store DM. The brand is one of the best-selling, certified natural cosmetics brands in Germany. All of their products are free of mineral oil-based ingredients, are all vegan and certified natural cosmetics.
You can find Alverde exclusively at their physical shops in Germany. 

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Have you tried any of these brands?

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Alisson

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7 Cozy and Conscious Sweaters

The winter is just around the corner. This is the coziest season of it all. It’s time to stay in, drink hot beverages and wear warm sweaters. Since fair fashion has become more popular, the styles are changing and becoming something more than the typical hippy itchy hempy sweater.

After checking out some of my favorite brands I listed out my favorite sweaters for you. Let me know which one is your favorite.

Happy Heart Sweater from Dedicated Brand

Caramel Butter Sweater from ARMEDANGELS

Rose Knit from Kings of Indigo

Ecru Wild Sleeve Sweater from Thinking MU

Black Cotton Sweater from MASKA

Medinaa Sweater from ARMEDANGELS

Norway Sweater from Lanius

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Bamboo Cotton Buds From ZustainaBox

Using less single-use plastic products has become more and more necessary. Earlier this year the European Parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans. The law will come into force by 2021 in all EU member states.
This is very good news. Plastic is a very big issue, and this is the start of a big change in the products we consume.

The time has come, to find eco-friendly alternatives to plastic cotton buds. Luckily there are a lot of new brands adapting to the upcoming law. This time I want to show you the cotton buds from the brand ‘Loofy’s’.

The cotton buds of the Dutch brand Loofy’s are made of bamboo with soft cotton tops. This makes the cotton bud 100% biodegradable. The buds, as well as the packaging, are completely plastic-free. The packaging material consists of paper and cardboard from FSC approved wood. Besides, only bio-ink is used for printing on the packages.

You can use the cotton buds to clean your ears or fix your make-up. Bamboo buds are an easy swap towards a zero waste / less waste lifestyle.

I discovered the brand ‘Loofy’s’ via ZustainaBox. The ZustainaBox is a box full of sustainable alternatives for your current products. The box contains between 7 and 8 items and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free, help you towards a plastic-free life and are made with a low environmental impact. When you subscribe as a member, you will receive weekly tips and inspiration for an eco-lifestyle in your mailbox.

The boxes get deliver as green as possible. Within the cities, the delivery is by bicycle, outside the cities is with green cars. The next delivery dates are:
– The week of 21st October
– The week of 16th December
– The week of 24th February

If you want to give it a try and join the club use my code ‘AS15’ to get 15% discount!
Read more information here.

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Röhnisch: Sustainable Sportswear Brand

After a year of trying I finally have made working out a habit. In the beginning, it didn’t work out because I wanted to start with 3 days per week right away. And after a week or two I just didn’t take the time anymore for it. This time, I started to go just once per week. Slowly I have been adding a day and it’s working! I love how I feel after a workout, I love to have one hour for myself. My tip for you is to start working out just once per week. And slowly add more days. If I can do it, so can you.⁠⠀

On this OOTD I am wearing sports clothes from the Swedish brand Röhnisch. They make stylish, trendy and comfortable sportswear for women. Sustainability and ethical practices are at the core of the brand. For their pieces, they use recycled materials. All clothing is made in factories where people work under fair conditions. There is a “Code of Conduct” that all their suppliers must adhere to. This includes agreements on, among other things, exploitation, child labor, discrimination, and the environment.

The brand works together with the organization “Hand in hand”. This organization is working in a world without poverty and child labor. In India, the organizations work together to help women start their own businesses. They do this by sharing knowledge about business operations, but also by offering “microfinance”. Röhnisch has also been a partner of Pink Ribbon since 2014 and has sports bras in their collection that are suitable for women with prostheses.

From the Röhnisch current collection, I got the ‘Miko Tights Burgundy’ and the ‘Braid Sports Bra Burgundy’. Here are some pictures:

Keep an eye on my Instagram account. I will be holding a giveaway soon where you can win your own sports outfit from Röhnisch. 

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Zero Waste Kitchen With ZustainaBox

The world generates at least 3.5 million tons of plastic and other solid waste a day, 10 times the amount a century ago, according to World Bank researchers. Landfills are among the biggest contributors to soil pollution, roughly 80% of the items buried in landfills could be recycled. Shocking right? Luckily, due to the popular zero-waste movement companies are rethinking the materials, packaging and how to reduce waste.

This time I want to show you a replaceable head washing brush from the brand The Zero Waste Club. The brush is made from sustainable bamboo. It has two pieces. The handle and the head. Once the head is worn out, it can be easily replaced. The handle can still be used for a long time. The bristles are made from 100% natural sisal plant. Besides for the dishes the brush can be used to clean all kind of things. The brush is completely biodegradable.

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The bamboo dish brush I got from the ZustainaBox. The ZustainaBox is a box full of sustainable alternatives for your current products. The box contains between 7 and 8 items and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free, help you towards a plastic-free life and are made with a low environmental impact. When you subscribe as a member, you will receive weekly tips and inspiration for an eco-lifestyle in your mailbox.

The boxes get deliver as green as possible. Within the cities, the delivery is by bicycle, outside the cities is with green cars. The next delivery dates are:
– The week of 21st October
– The week of 16th December
– The week of 24th February
If you want to give it a try and join the club use my code ‘AS15’ to get 15% discount!
Read more information here.

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A Day In The Veluwe

The Veluwe is a natural park in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. The Veluwe features many different landscapes, including woodland, heath, some small lakes and Europe’s largest sand drifts. After living in The Netherlands for four years, my hubs and I went to visit the park.

Around 11 O clock, we arrived at the park. We bought the tickets online which saved us some time at the entrance. The paid €20 and it included the entrance to the ‘Kröller-Müller’ museum.

The museum was the first stop. The Kröller-Müller Museum is a national art museum and sculpture garden. It was founded by art collector Helene Kröller-Müller within the extensive grounds of her and her husband’s former estate. It opened in 1938. The collection includes a lot of Van Goghs famous paintings. The sculpture garden is very impressive.

After the museum, we went to the restaurant park. It is located around 5km from the entrance. We stopped there to have lunch. They have a couple of pf vegetarian options. We ordered the udon noodles with grilled vegetables, tomato soup and lactose-free pancakes with apples. The food was surprisingly good.

Next, we could take a 10km or a 26km route to discover the park. We were feeling too enthusiastic and decided to take the 26km route. The route was fantastic. We bike through the forest, the heath, and the dunes. It was beautiful all the way. Every couple of km it felt like entering a different area.

At the entrance of the park, there are white bicycles that you can lend. They were not the most comfortable and fast but they were in good shape. All the bicycles have a children seat on the back so you could also go with a kid.

The 26km route was great. It felt so disconnecting to spend so much time in nature. The Veluwe is a park that I would like to visit again. And I highly recommend it for a day in nature. If you decided to go and visit the park, don’t forget to bring enough water and snacks for the day.

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