Stocking Stuffers Under $20

Stocking Stuffers Under $20

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun! Still not sure what to put in those stocking stuffers? We’ve got a few great gift ideas for under $20 which your friends and family will love and of course, that won’t break the bank.

Here are a few of our stocking stuffer gift ideas…

 

Self-care Gifts

Balm Balm Co. Rejuvenating Bath Soak Creamy White or Blushing Pink 320g: Treat your friend of family member with this invigorating bath soak which is a must-have addition to their next self-care day to detox and recharge. Ingredients are Australian Made, Sustainably Sourced and Cruelty Free.

 

Tabs Arts Herbal Incense Smudge Stick with Crystal Selenite or Herbal Incense Smudge Stick Rose Petals: Handmade with love, these smudge sticks are made with natural dried herbs, are long-lasting and smell divine.

 

Nature Folk A Herbal Hug Bath Tea Bag 125g or Herbal Bath Soak Moon Magick Jar 220g: These bath soaks will offer an aromatic and revitalising experience that can help to calm and reenergise the body.

 

Fragrance Gifts

 Gumleaf Essentials – Frankincense & Myrrh, Lemon Myrtle & Eucalyptus or Sweet Orange & Clove Bud Christmas Essential Oil Blend 10ml: Bring the scent of Christmas into your home with these divine smelling aromas.

 

Other

Loving Earth Assorted Bonbons 100g: The perfect sweet treat to gift. This box has 9 chocolate coated balls with three indulgent flavours including raspberry, tropical and caramel.

 

Happiness For Every Day Simple Tips & Uplifting Quotes or Collective Hub Cards to inspire: Sometimes we need a bit of positivity in our lives and what better way to get that than with some uplifting quotes.

 

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Eco Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

Eco Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

Here at WholeLife, we love to be eco-conscious all year round and Christmas time is no exception! In the age of excessive consumption, maintaining that eco conscious ethos during the festive season can sometimes feel like an impossible task.

Christmas is the most wasteful time of the year in Australia. In 2019, It was estimated that $400 million was spent on 10 million unwanted Christmas gifts, which contributed to tonnes and tonnes of landfill waste.

For each of these 10 million unwanted gifts were also hundreds of kilometres of discarded, non-recyclable wrapping paper – and that’s without consideration for the wanted gifts!

When we put our Christmas wastage into perspective like this, it becomes clear as day that we should all strive to make our Christmas celebrations more eco-friendly.

Instead of heading to the supermarket for a few dozen rolls of wrapping paper this Christmas, opt to get creative and use supplies that you already have instead.

 

Keep reading for our top eco friendly gift wrapping ideas.

Eco Gift Wrapping Ideas | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

1. Old linen sheets

We all have some old, torn, or unused sheets stuffed in the back of the linen cupboard! Sheets can make the perfect upcycled wrapping paper and can be used again and again. Simply cut your sheet up to size, place your gift in the middle, and use the opposite corners to tie together in the centre.

Eco Gift Wrapping Linen Sheets | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

3. Supermarket paper bags

Next time you find yourself stranded at the supermarket without your reusable bags (it happens to the best of us), instead of opting for the 15 cent plastic bag pick up a few of the paper bags instead. You can then cut these up, turn them inside out and either leave them plain or decorate with paint.

We love this cute DIY checkered pattern idea by Geneva Vanderzeil (@genevavanderzeil) using cut-out sponges or potatoes (yes, potatoes!) to stamp the pattern on the paper. Take a look at her ‘Stamped Wrapping’ highlight on Instagram to see the whole process.

Eco Gify Wrapping Supermarket Bags | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

3. WholeLife Catalogues

We wouldn’t normally endorse ripping apart our beloved catalogues, but in the name of sustainable Christmas we can make an exception! The pages of our old catalogues can make the perfect wrapping paper for smaller gifts.

This method can work for any catalogue, newspaper or brochure you might receive in your mailbox or pick up from the supermarket.

 Eco Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas| WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

4. Reuse Shipping Supplies

The ‘Add to Cart’ button got a bit of a workout this year. Hopefully you’ve saved some of those boxes, satchels, and fancy tissue paper from your online shopping hauls to upcycle for your gifts at Christmas time.

 

Now that you’re ready to wrap your gifts in an eco friendly fashion, why not leave a gift underneath the WholeLife Kindness Tree? Click here to read all about our Kindness Tree Christmas in-store initiative. 

 

 

The WholeLife Kindness Tree

The WholeLife Kindness Tree

It’s safe to say that this year has absolutely flown by and suddenly Christmas and New Years is coming up faster than we can even blink. From lockdowns to more lockdowns, this year has been challenging for many and the time is now to reach out to loved ones and spread kindness.

 

This Christmas, make sure you’re checking in on friends or family who may be doing it extra tough during this time. Here at WholeLife, we want to give back to our community with the help of our Kindness Tree Initiative. What’s a Kindness Tree? Each WholeLife store has chosen an organisation where they will be donating gifts to. You can help us give back by adding a gift under the Kindness tree at your local WholeLife store.

 

Here are a few examples of what organisations our WholeLife stores have chosen…

 

Mareeba WholeLife Pharmacy and Healthfoods

WholeLife Mareeba have selected the Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service as their organisation of choice. They provide professional advice for children or adults that have been in a domestic violence situation. Services include adult and child counselling and court support. If you would like to donate a gift, household items, clothing or essential items could be extremely helpful!

 

Lawler’s WholeLife Pharmacy and Healthfoods

WholeLife Lawler’s have selected Bear Cottage as their organisation of choice. Bear Cottage is the only Children’s hospice in NSW and care for children with life-limiting conditions.

 

Barr Street WholeLife Pharmacy and Healthfoods

WholeLife Barr Street have chosen YETI (Youth Empowered Towards Independence) as their organisation of choice. YETI supports young members from the Far North Queensland community and offers a range of programs including Drug & Alcohol Counselling.

 

kindness tree
kindness tree

Click here to contact your local WholeLife store to find out what organisation they’ll be supporting this year and how you can help!

DIY Dried Citrus Mocktail Garnish

DIY Dried Citrus Mocktail Garnish

It’s time to get creative in the kitchen once more! These dried citrus mocktail garnishes are the perfect way to jazz up your at home mocktails (that we all got way too good at making during lockdown).

The method itself for the dried citrus is super simple and is perfect to prepare while you’re working from home or spending a lazy Sunday inside, as it does require you to supervise your oven for several consecutive hours. 

The result is worth it though – we promise. We love pairing our dried lime wheels with Mr Consistent’s mixers. The finished product is truly gram worthy!

Better yet, your dried citrus can also double as Christmas Tree ornaments, festive decorations, dining table centrepieces or as decorative elements on your eco gift wrapping. Check out our blog on how to make a DIY Orange Garland here.

It’s time to preheat that oven and get slicing!

DIY Dried Citrus Cocktail Garnish | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
DIY Dried Citrus | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
DIY Dried Citrus | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

DIY Dried Citrus Mocktail Garnish

INGREDIENTS:

  • Any citrus fruit such as oranges, blood oranges, limes or lemons

 

METHOD:

  1. Preheat your oven to 30°C (or whatever the lowest heat setting is on your oven) and prepare 2 baking trays with baking paper
  2. Slice your citrus fruit in 5mm widths
  3. Arrange the slices evenly on a baking tray 
  4. Place in oven for 2-4 hours until dried out, making sure to flip each citrus wheel every hour
  5. Remove from oven once dried out and let cool completely before storing in an air-tight container

TIP: Larger citrus fruits will take longer to dry out, so your limes may be ready before your oranges. That is why it’s important to keep an eye on the oven!

We’d love to see your very own DIY Dried Citrus Mocktail Garnish – tag us in your creations over on Instagram @wholelifepharmacyandhealthfood

 

2021 Christmas Gift Guide

2021 Christmas Gift Guide

It’s safe to say that this year has disappeared in the blink of an eye and we’re still trying to process its events ahh! Although this is quite a scary thought, this also means we’re a few weeks closer to one of the most exciting days of the year and of course that’s CHRISTMASSSS!

 

It’s been a hard year for all of us in some way or another and what better way to give back to your loved ones by spreading some extra kindness, oh and maybe a few Christmas prezzie’s. To rescue you from the last-minute Christmas shopping antic frantic, we’re going to give you a sneak peek into our 2021 WholeLife Christmas Gift Guide.

 

Skincare Lovers

  • The Jojoba Company – Ho-ho-ba & Mist or Ho-ho-ba Kissmass Pack
  • Nutra organics – Collagen Glow Mist 100ml, Rose Quartz Facial Roller, Rose Quartz Gua Sha
  • Hemp Worx – lemon Myrtle Beautylicious Gift Set and Rose Geranium & Patchouli Rejuvenate Gift Set
  • Natio Back to Nature (for him) & Natio Luminous Sun (for her)
2021 Christmas gift guide

Sweet Scents

  • Gumleaf Essentials – Frankincense & Myrrh, Lemon Myrtle & Eucalyptus or Sweet Orange & Clove Bud Christmas Soy Candle
  • Sohum Tropicale Botanical Candle Jar Pina Vanilla 340g or Grandiflora Botanical Candle Amber Noir 500g
  • Oil Garden Luminous Ultrasonic Diffuser
  • Oil Garden Candy Cane Pure Essential Oil Blend 10ml, Gingerbread Pure Essential Oil Blend 10ml and Christmas Tree Pure Essential Oil Blend 10ml
2021 Christmas Gift Guide

Tasty Treats

  • English Tea Shop Red or Navy Premium Holiday Collection Gift Tin 54g
  • Mr Consistent Premium Cocktail Mix – Espresso Martini or Margarita
  • Loco Love Lovers Gift Box
  • Just Sweets Dark Chocolate Coated Ginger 150g
2021 Christmas Gift Guide

If you’re feeling generous this year, help us give back this Christmas by leaving a gift under your local WholeLife store’s Kindness Tree. Keep up to date with us on our Instagram.  

 

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DIY Eco Cleaning

DIY Eco Cleaning

It’s no secret that sometimes it’s the simple things in life that work best. When it comes to cleaning your home, simplicity is most definitely king!

Nowadays as consumers we are a lot savvier and more conscious of what we eat, put on our skin, and expose our families to. We have a plethora of information readily available to us at our fingertips, so it makes sense that we’re constantly looking for safer and more effective ways to clean (and bonus points if it can save us some dollars too!).

You’re probably wondering why you should choose to make the switch to eco cleaning products, right? It’s a valid question, especially since most Australians just grab their cleaning supplies at their local supermarket and don’t think twice.

Here are three reasons why you should make the switch to eco cleaning:

1. Eco cleaning is safer for the environment.

Conventional cleaning products that wash down our drains contain harsh chemicals that treatment plants find difficult to remove. These harsh chemicals are then released into waterways, polluting the soil, drinking water, and oceans, and damaging eco systems.

2. Eco cleaning products are safer for you and your family.

The warning labels and poison hotlines on conventional cleaning products are there for a reason! These products are highly toxic to our skin, eyes, and nervous system. Even with rubber gloves and other protective equipment, ammonia, caustics, phosphates, bleach, chlorine, and other common cleaning ingredients can cause serious damage after one bad accident or long-term use.

3. Eco cleaning products are just as effective as conventional products.

We have been conditioned into believing that for a cleaning product to work, it needs to be packed full of harsh chemicals. Natural cleaning products work just as well plus they don’t leave behind toxic residues and are kinder to the environment. Switching to eco cleaning is a no-brainer!

Now we’ve convinced you to make the switch, here are the ingredients you’ll need. Don’t be surprised if you already have most since they are quite common household items:

  • White vinegar
  • Bicarb soda
  • Castile soap (we love Dr Bronner’s – it’s an eco-cleaning hero!)
  • Lemon
  • Distilled water
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Lemon or orange oil

Here are some simple, eco-friendly, and economic DIY cleaning recipes to leave your house sparkling and smelling divine.

1. Multipurpose Surface Spray

Use this multipurpose spray to wipe down kitchen benches, cupboards, dining tables, highchairs, coffee tables and more. Mix a little Castile soap with distilled warm water and your favourite essential oil. Store in a reusable spray bottle.

2. Floor Cleaner

Two options for you here.

With castile soap: Mix about ¼ cup of castile soap into your bucket of hot water plus a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

With vinegar: Mix a cup of white vinegar into your bucket of hot water plus a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

Try both to see which one you like best! You may need to use specialty floor cleaners for waxed wood and marble floors.

3. Bathroom Cleaner

Mix up castile soap with a few drops of an essential oil with antibacterial properties (like eucalyptus or tea tree) for a concentrated cream-like cleanser.

4. Tough Grime Cleaner

For the tough grimy spots in the bathroom, try scrubbing the area with castile soap mixed with baking soda.

5. Toilet Cleaner

Use ½ a cup of bicarb soda mixed with a generous 10 drops of tea tree oil and sprinkle into the toilet bowl. Add ¼ cup of white vinegar and use a toilet brush to scrub while the mixture fizzes.

TIP: For a pleasant-smelling bathroom, place a few drops of your favourite essential oil inside your roll of toilet paper. The scent of the essential oil will linger and spread each time the roll is used.

6. Fabric Softener

To leave your laundry smelling fresh and squeaky clean, without the use of irritating synthetic perfumes, add 5 drops of your favourite essential oil to ⅓ cup of white vinegar and add to the fabric softener compartment of your washing machine.

7. Kettle Descaler

No need to buy descaling products at the supermarket. Simply cut a lemon in half and squeeze its juices into the kettle before cutting the lemon in smaller pieces and placing inside the kettle. Add water, boil the kettle, and you’re done! Scrub stubborn areas with a soft sponge if needed.

8. Glass and Mirror Cleaner

Mix 1 part white vinegar with 4 parts distilled water and a few drops of lemon or orange essential oil. Store in a reusable spray bottle and use a soft cloth to give your windows and mirrors a streak free shine.

As you can see, a common theme for many of these DIY eco cleaning solutions is water + vinegar + bicarb soda + essential oil of choice. These ingredients are non-toxic and safe for the whole family; however, it should be noted that you should not mix these ingredients with any harsh chemicals like bleach. It is also not recommended to mix castile soap with citrus, as citrus is acidic and castile soap is a base.

Do you have any DIY cleaning concoctions you’d like to share? We’d love to know about them – tell us in the comments below.

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