Deer Daisy Blog

  • Tread a Little Lighter... One Greeting Card at a Time!

    We have some exciting changes here at Deer Daisy... we have now switched to vegetable based inks! And for those of you who have been looking for a bit more ‘POP’, our greeting cards are now available on white card, as well as the trusty old kraft brown. 

    Here at Deer Daisy, our mission is to provide the customer with beautiful products that will not cost our planet.

    Did you know that...

    • An estimated 15 billion trees are being destroyed every year.
    • When it comes to energy, the paper industry is the world’s 4th largest industrial user.  
    • Within Australia alone, an estimated 89% of the commercially cut timber is used for paper production.  Unfortunately a percentage of this is still being sourced from our native, old growth forests which are said to be some of the most carbon-dense on earth.
    • Petroleum based inks, which are commonly used in the printing world, are made from unsustainable sources in an energy intensive way.  The petroleum-based inks also release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) as they dry which are damaging to our atmosphere.  Yet more VOC’s from solvents are released during the cleaning process of the printing press.

    The Oh So Pretty Alternative 

    Deer Daisy greeting cards are printed on 100% recycled materials using vegetable based inks. Vege-inks are derived from natural, renewable vegetable oils such as the soy bean and coconuts which are much gentler on our environment.  Greeting cards are printed by one of the finest eco-printers, Words With Heart, who support Green Electricity and do not use toxic chemicals.  Greeting cards help to fund education days for women and girls in the developing world, as  Words With Heart donate a percentage of their profits to this worthy cause. 

    The result? Beautiful products that will allow you to tread a little lighter on the planet, one greeting card at a time. 

    Check out the new range by clicking here

    Thank you for your support and choosing to shop consciously. I hope you will love the new range as much as I do.

    Sophie xx

  • Chocolate Hair Dust

    My hair is on the 'finer' side and so I'm forever researching natural ways to bring more life and volume to otherwise limp locks. 

    Several years ago I used a type of 'hair powder' that would add tonnes of volume to my hair with a little sprinkle and scrunch.  Having since made the commitment to use only 100% natural products, this hair powder is no longer an option as unfortunately it contains some hidden nasties I would prefer to keep out of my system. 

    I was therefore over the moon when I recently discovered Arrowroot powder. Arrowroot is a starch that comes from the rootstock of various tropical plants.  It is commonly used in the kitchen as a thickener for sauces, jellies, puddings etc.

    I bought some Arrowroot powder to use in home made ice-cream after reading it can prevent the ice-cream from turning rock hard in the freezer.  I noticed that the consistency of Arrowroot felt much like the 'hair powder' that I used in the past. After a bit of a google, I happily discovered that Arrowroot powder has been used by some as a 'dry shampoo' and to add volume to lifeless hair.

    I now keep a little jar of Arrowroot and cacao powder in my bathroom to sprinkle on my roots the mornings I don't wash my hair. I find that it adds life and volume to my locks whilst also eliminating any signs of greasiness. I add raw cacao to my mix having read that it helps to blend the whiteness of the Arrowroot with darker hair. Below are the measurements I use in my Chocolate Hair Dust.

    Chocolate Hair Dust

    1/2 Cup Arrowoot Powder

    2.5 x Tbsp Raw Caco Powder

    Place in an air tight jar and shake.

    Cost: Approx. $2.50 AUD

    This is such a great example of how easy edible beauty can be.  Good for me, good for my wallet and best of all... good for the planet!

  • From Kitchen Pantry to Beauty Drawer



    Besan (chickpea) flour and turmeric have become star ingredients in both my kitchen pantry and my beauty routine, here's why:

    1. Combined with water, celtic salt and black pepper these two ingredients make a simple and satisfying pancake, otherwise known as 'Socca'.

    I blend the following ingredients to a smooth consistency and then fry (in some coconut oil or ghee) as you would a pancake.  I find this a great substitute when I am trying to avoid bread and serve with fermented vegetables, avocado and fresh salad for a light and satisfying meal.
     
    • 1 cup of besan (chickpea) flour
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric
    • 1/ 1/4 cup water
    • 1/2 tsp of celtic salt
    • 1/4 tsp of ground pepper

    2. When it comes to beauty, besan flour and turmeric have the ability to transform my skin from looking dull and tired to radiant and glowing after a single application.  

    I make a dry mixture using 1 cup of besan flour to 1/2 tbsp of turmeric which I store in an air tight jar. 

    To use as a face mask I mix approx. 1 tbsp of this mixture with water, rose water and honey to make a paste that can be applied smoothly without dripping all over the floor or furniture (WARNING: turmeric stains!).  I allow the paste to dry for 10 - 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

    As a face exfoliator I put a small amount of the dry mixture in my hand and add a water to form a paste.  I massage the paste into my face using circular motions for 1 minute before rinsing with warm water.

    Friends of mine have been blown away by how good their skin looks after trying this combination.  The best thing about DIY beauty is that you have the choice to purchase Certified Organic ingredients.  This gives me peace of mind knowing that I am doing my best to take care of my health and that of the planets xx

  • The Plant of Beauty and Immortality

    The use of aloe vera dates back thousands of years due to it's healing and beautifying properties.  It has been said that Egyptian Queens, including Cleopatra, associated the application of this magic plant with their physical beauty and it was known as the "plant of immortality".

    Personally, I have found no other product that will deliver such positive results in regards to keeping my skin hydrated and healthy.  Aloe vera is astringent in nature, meaning it has a "tightening" or "contracting" effect on my skin when applied topically.  I apply the gel from a fresh aloe leaf every night and sleep with it on to help keep fine lines at bay.  I can literally feel my skin being tightened by the gel which indicates the aloe is doing it's job.  I can see a noticeable difference in my skins elasticity when I fall of the aloe band wagon, so for me it's like a 100% natural botox treatment!

    I also like to give my hair an aloe treatment a few times a week.  I read about this idea in Isabelle Shipard's book 'How Can I Use Herbs In My Daily Life?'.   Apparently some men massage aloe into their scalps regularly to ward off baldness and women apply the gel to help thicken and condition their locks. It has even been said that regular application of the gel can restore grey hair to it's original colour. I rub the fresh gel into my scalp and the ends of my hair at night and then wash and rinse in the morning. I can definitely notice a visible difference in my hair health after an aloe treatment. 

    This leaves me wondering why is there is the demand for so many "man made" beauty products on the market?  Many of which may contain chemicals which are harmful to our health and the environment.

    Another way I like to use Aloe Vera is as decoration in my home.  Many say that aloe vera is one the best plants for improving indoor air quality. I keep a big potted aloe plant in my bedroom to promote a deep nights sleep and have smaller pots scattered through the rest of the house to keep things feeling fresh and cleansed.  Best of all, they look just as gorgeous as they make me feel!

    *This article is based on my own personal experience and what works for me.  I have read that a small amount of people may be allergic to aloe and so took precautions before applying to my face and hair.*

    Reference: Isabelle Shipard, How Can I Use Herbs In My Daily Life?

  • Organic Moisturiser Recipe

     

    With the chilly weather on it's way, I call on my favourite three ingredients to keep my skin hydrated and glowing though the winter months.

    Here's how I make my favourite organic face moisturiser.

    Ingredients: cacao butter, sesame oil, rose/ geranium essential oil

    1. I melt approx. ¼ cup of cacao butter on low heat in a clean saucepan, continuously swirling the butter around the pan making sure that it does not burn or boil.

    2. I allow the cacao butter to cool before mixing through approx. ½ cup of sesame oil and a few drops of rose and geranium essential oil.

    3. I place the liquid in an air -tight jar and allow to cool and solidify completely.


    Simple, quick to make, cost effective and 100% natural. I always choose certified organic ingredients so I know I am making the healthiest choice for myself and the planet.

    Wishing you all a beautiful and cozy Winter xx

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