10 Summer Road Trip Essentials

10 Summer Road Trip Essentials

With international travel firmly off the agenda for this summer, it’s time to round up your best road tripping pals, pack the car, and set off on a summertime adventure!

Australia has countless amazing regional hidden gems that are begging to be explored and deserve a spot on your road trip itinerary. While you’ve been busy plotting stops on the map, we’ve been busy getting your summer road trip essentials list ready.

Don’t even think about leaving home without these 10 must-have road trip items.

 

Sunscreen

Most of us by now are well-versed on the importance of wearing a broad spectrum SPF while enjoying the great outdoors that Australia has to offer – we’re not called the sunburnt country for no reason! But we’re often lulled into a false sense of security when inside the car.

You can still get sunburnt and cause damage to your skin through car windows, so make sure you slip, slop, slap even while driving!

Lip Balm

If our past few hot Aussie summers are anything to go by, we know you’ll be blasting the aircon as hard as you’ll be blasting your road trip playlist. Air conditioners in cars can strip the moisture from your skin and lips, so a hydrating lip balm is an absolute essential. We have lots of lip balms with natural ingredients to keep your lips moisturised and healthy whilst being gentle on your skin.

Snacks

Snacks are an absolute must have on your road trip! Is it even a road trip without snacks? We think not. Does a road trip pardon you from accidentally eating enough snacks to feed a small village? Absolutely. Make sure to bring a good mix of sweet, savoury, and healthy snacks to keep everyone in the car happy (and to avoid a sugar overload and subsequent crash). Chopping up some veggies like celery, carrot or cucumber into bite sized pieces are an easy way to balance the sweet or salty snacks.

Sunglasses

Keeping your eyes on the road when the sun is glaring in is not ideal! Give the squinting a break and protect your eyes with some sunnies. We’ve got styles to suit everyone, and will make you look super cool in your summer road trip snaps. 

Reusable Water Bottle

A hydrated driver is a happy driver! Refill as you go to avoid buying countless plastic water bottles along the way. Reusable water bottles are eco-friendly, stylish, and often keep your water cooler for longer. Gone are the days of desperately drinking the boiled dregs of plastic tasting water from that crunched-up bottle you found under the passenger seat of your car. Up your hydration game and save the planet at the same time!

Hydralyte

When in need of a little bit of extra hydration, we reach for Hydralyte. It’s easy to forget to reach for your water bottle when you’re busy driving, navigating or singing along to your road trip playlist.

Keep Cup

Those coffee breaks add up if you’re getting a disposable coffee cup every time, impacting both the environment and your wallet. Most cafes will offer a discount to those who can BYO cup. Bring your keep cup with you for sustainable sipping!

First Aid Kit

A simple first-aid kit will do and is a must have. You never know when someone might take a small tumble while hiking to the waterfalls of Instagram. Make sure to keep it in your car at all times, even on short trips.

Headache Medication

Sitting in the car for long periods of time can take a toll. So can listening to your tone-deaf friends belt out their rendition of Christmas Carols. Our over-the-counter pain relief such as Panadol* and Nurofen* can help relieve those pesky headaches and get you back to cruising along the highway in no time.

*Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. This medicine may not be right for you, read the label before purchase. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional

Hand Sanitiser

2020’s most coveted product is also one of ours! Keep those nasty germs from public bathroom pit stops at bay with hand sanitiser. Also super useful to cleanse your hands with when you’re picnicking on the go, after filling up the car with petrol, or before you’re about to demolish one of your road trip snacks.

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D.I.Y Dried Orange Garland

D.I.Y Dried Orange Garland

The intoxicating scent of sweet orange slices drying in the oven is one that puts even the most stubborn of grinches in the Christmas spirit. This D.I.Y eco-friendly garland is so easy to make and can be used to decorate the Christmas tree, dining table, gifts and more!

What you’ll need:

  • 5 oranges
  • Twine or string
  • Hot glue gun

Let’s Begin:

1. Heat your oven to 120°C and line 3 baking sheets with baking paper.

2. Slice the oranges in 0.8-1cm thick slices and arrange on the trays.

3. Bake for 2-4 hours or until completely dried out. Flip the orange slices halfway through the cooking time.

4. Leave to cool completely.

5. Cut your twine to the length you want your garland and using the hot glue gun, adhere the orange slices to the twine.

6. Make sure the glue has cooled and hardened, then it is ready for use!

This orange garland can last up to two years!

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Looking for more D.I.Y Christmas decorating inspiration? Read our Salt Dough Ornament blog.

Image Credit:

Dried Orange garland on staircase by themerrythought.com

Scandinavian Christmas Tree by twelveonnmain.com

2020 Christmas Gift Guide

2020 Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is practically just around the corner and it’s time to get your shopping done, wrapped and under the tree! Searching for the perfect gift is hard work, especially for that tricky I-already-have-everything-I-want friend. Don’t stress (yet) though – we’ve got you covered!

We’ve collated a handy selection of our absolute favourites for the lovers of all things natural beauty and healthy living. From luxurious natural skincare sets by Trilogy, Natio, and Weleda, to delectable scents by Song of India and Oil Garden, you’re on track to picking a winner with our unbeatable gift selection here at WholeLife.

Sound like someone you’ve got on your list? Scroll on for major inspiration! Trust us, that impossible-to-buy-for friend will be thanking you later!

Prices
  1. Natio Sunlit Wellness Gift Set… $54.95
  2. Weleda Active Regeneration Set… $29.89
  3. Trilogy Rosehip Three-Step Set… $35.95
  4. Mad Millie Kombucha Kit… $44.95
  5. Banksia Aroma Pod With Eucalyptus Oil Gift Box… $49.99
  6. Ithaca Amethyst Tea Candle Holders… $37.50 each
  7. Pukka Tea Advent Calendar… $22.95
  8. Loco Love Chocolate Box… $45.00
  9. Nutra Organics Superfood Lattes… $18.49 each
  10. JS Health Vitamins… $44.99 each
  11. English Tea Shop Gift Box… $19.99
  12. Raww Supercharge Beauty Smoothie Pack… $29.99
  13. Teelixir Mushroom Cacao Latte… $24.99
  14. Natio Spa Bathe Set… $19.95
  15. Oil Garden 3-in-1 Ultrasonic Diffuser… $39.89
  16. Song Of India Organic Goodness Candle… $11.99
  17. Wheatbags Love Sleep Gift Pack… $40.00
  18. Loco Artisan Flask 20oz… $59.95

Gift availability is subject to stock and which store you visit.

Need stocking stuffer inspiration? Read about our favourite stocking suffers here

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Christmas Scented Salt Dough Ornaments

Christmas Scented Salt Dough Ornaments

Festive essential oil scented Christmas ornaments are the perfect holiday activity for little and big elves alike. These cute decorations are so easy for kids to get involved in and let their creative minds run wild! Handmade with love, these also make a great gift idea. Tie them on presents or personalise them for your friends and family to hang on their Christmas tree.

Ingredients:

. 2 cups plain flour

. 1 cup of salt

. 1 cup of water

. 5 drops Clove Bud essential oil

. 5 drops Orange essential oil

. 5 drops Ginger essential oil

. 5 drops Cinnamon essential oil

. Christmas theme Cookie Cutters

. Twine or Ribbon

 

Let’s Begin:

1.Combine the flour, salt and essential oils in a large mixing bowl.

2.Slowly begin adding the water until you have a workable piece of dough, you don’t want the dough to become sticky.

3.Roll out the dough to be around 2cm thick and cut out your shapes with your cookie cutters. Use a skewer or straw to create a small hole at the top for your twine.

4.Get creative! You may like to press foliage into your dough for a delicate design, or etch out patterns, we even pressed in some cloves.

5.Place the ornaments on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 120 °C for about 3 hours or until dry.

6.Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely before attaching the twine or ribbon!

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Our Favourite Stocking Stuffers

Our Favourite Stocking Stuffers

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas here at WholeLife! All of our Christmas gifts are gracing the shelves and our staff are in the Christmas spirit. You might have started thinking about your Christmas shopping, have no fear if you haven’t – we’ve got your back. We’re making your holiday season that little bit easier this year, so we have collated seven of our top stocking stuffers for you, the best news is they’re all under $30!

1.English Tea Shop Christmas Tree Collection

 

How gorgeously adorable are these 10 organic festive tea bags that you can hang from the Christmas tree.

 

Price: $12.99

2.The Jojoba Co. ho-ho-ba & mist

 

Ho ho ho ba, merry Christmas! The perfect little stocking stuffer for any skincare lover. Each gift box contains a 30ml Australian cold pressed Jojoba oil and a 15ml Jojoba Water toning mist.

 

Price: $19.95

3.Pana Organic chocolates

 

Every stocking has to have sweet treats! The Pana chocolates are the perfect size to fit in your stocking. They are also gluten free and dairy free!

 

Price: $6.90

4.Jimalie Coconut Candle

 

Each candle is carefully hand crafted in small batches, handmade using recycled coconut shells and infused with essential oils that combine the relaxing aromatic qualities of organic lavender, organic cedar wood, organic Roman chamomile, organic palmarosa and organic geranium.

 

Price: $28

5.Springfields Introductory Collection

 

A stunning trio of pure essential oils in lemon, lavender and peppermint. This is a great gift for any essential oil lover or someone looking to dive into the world of aromatherapy.

 

Price: $19.99

6.Moogoo Lip Balm Pucker Pack & Bauble Set

 

A gift set of four beautiful natural lip balms made from edible ingredients and a super cute bauble filled with a lip balm and Shea Sorbet that you can also hang from the Christmas tree.

 

Price Lip Balm Pucker Pack: $18.99

Price Bauble Set: $11.99

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The Many Uses of Coconut

The Many Uses of Coconut

The many uses of coconuts:

1.Water

Coconut water is found in the centre of a young, green coconut. Delicious, refreshing and low in sugar. Coconut water is packed full of natural electrolytes, a good source of potassium and great for rehydrating the body. You could say that coconut water is the perfect healthy alternative to sports drinks.

 

2.Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil is made from the fresh meat/flesh of the coconut. Coconut oil can be used in cooking, baking, frying and adding to smoothies. It can provide great flavour in cooking and unlike other oils, is solid at room temperature so is a handy ingredient when making ‘raw’ or vegan slices or treats. You can also use coconut oil as a moisturiser, massage oil, hair mask or for oil pulling. To get the most out of your coconut oil, be sure to choose organic virgin coconut oil rather than refined versions.

 

3.Cleaning

The husk of the coconut can be used to make cleaning products including kitchen scourers and scrubbers. Because these products are made from natural coconut husk fibres, they are biodegradable, compostable and non-toxic.

 

4.Ice cream

Coconut ice cream uses coconut milk instead of regular dairy milk or cream. It’s Vegan friendly, creamy and delicious! Coconut ice cream is a perfect alternative for vegans and for those who are dairy intolerant.

 

5.Yoghurt

Coconut yoghurt is made from the milk of coconuts which is squeezed from the flesh of coconuts. At WholeLife we also sell a range of delicious coconut yoghurts with added probiotics so you won’t miss out on any of the regular benefits of a good yoghurt. The perfect alternative for vegans and those who can’t eat dairy products.

 

6.Flour

Coconut flour is a soft, naturally gluten-free flour made from dried coconut flesh, which is a natural by-product from coconut milk production. Once the coconut flesh has been used for milk production, it is dried at a low temperature and grinded into a soft, fine powder. Its benefits include being relatively low in carbohydrates whilst being a good source of protein and fibre.

 

7.Soap

Soap can be made from coconut oil through the saponification process, which converts the coconut oil to coconut soap and naturally occurring glycerine is retained in the soap. Glycerine in the perfect natural emollient, which softens and soothes the skin.

 

8.Sugar

Coconut sugar is an alternative to regular sugar, derived from the coconut palm sap. Coconut sugar has a similar colour and flavour to a dark brown sugar, with hints of caramel and rich toffee-like flavour.

 

The uses and benefits of coconuts are endless! We love seeing your coconut creations at home, so be sure to tag us on social media. @wholelifepharmacyandhealthfood

We used coconut sugar & oil in these brownies