Faithful to Nature (FTN) is my one-stop-shop for all things eco-friendly. I can stock up on teas, treats, gluten-free goodies and vegan-friendly groceries. Curing colds, flus, rashes and breakouts has never been easier with the site’s exhaustive offering of health treatments and remedies. Shopping for eco-friendly gifts to surprise loved ones is also a breeze. There is very little I can’t get here, but there are certain purchases I make more often than not. Here is my list of FTN products that I simply can’t live without:
Himalayan Salt Lamp
I must confess, I initially bought this lamp because I knew the bohemian bedroom accessory would look perfect on top of my armoire. A yogi friend of mine clued me up on the health benefits, and they read like the cheat sheet to eternal life. Himalayan salt lamps purify your air, reduce asthma and allergy symptoms, boost your energy levels, help you sleep better and help treat seasonal affect disorder. These environmentally-friendly light sources bring a warm glow to any room you place them in and add to the feng shui, if you’re looking to zen-up/down your space.
Though I’m partial to a plain-white bedspread myself, ‘green’ linen is always my priority. FTN stocks the comfiest Bloom & Bale’s organic cotton set. The 300 thread count linen pack comes with everything you need (duvet cover, flat and fitted sheets as well as a set of pillow cases) and is available from twin- to king-size. I only manage to peel myself from bed in the morning because I know I get to return to it when the day is done.
It was thought-leader Bryant McGill who said, “Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.” What better way to destress than to put on playlist of rain audio or whale sounds, light a few candles and meditate. What’s great about massage candles is once the wax, made of shea butter, cocoa butter, grape seed oil and soy, melts, you have warm massage oil to apply on your tense muscles.
Forest-Friendly Toilet Paper
There is a common misconception that living an eco-responsible lifestyle means sacrificing a great many of life’s little pleasure. Hand on my heart, I met a man who believed,“You tree huggers go as far as wiping your butts with leaves, don’t you?”
Gudsheet is a 2-ply toilet paper made from sugar cane fibres (one of the fastest growing plants in the world) and wood pulp. The biodegradable toosh-towel is safe for sewers and septic tanks and proceeds made from sales go towards improving water and sanitation in South Africa.
Biodegradable Soap and Shampoo/Conditioner
These cleansing products smell amazing and you can rest assured that you aren’t contaminating drinkable water sources for both humans and animals. FTN stocks an Afri Berry black soap/shampoo/conditioner that I simply can’t live without. Red palm oil, coconut oil, argan oil, roasted cocoa pods, roasted plantain skin and sea salt make up this natural product that I use from the top of my head to the tips of my toes.
Organic Make-up Remover
Going to sleep with makeup on is the worst thing you can do for your skin (apart from ruining it on a tanning bed, sunbathing for long periods and drinking or smoking excessively…. Of course). Having a pack of Natracare makeup remover wipes in your bathroom cabinet means that you never have to worry about this. This cruelty-free product effectively removes all makeup and grime from your face while simultaneously hydrating it to ensuring it doesn’t get dry as you sleep. Safe for all skin-types and packed with almond, chamomile and apricot oils, as well as aloe vera juice, Natracare wipes work well enough to remove stubborn waterproof mascara and matte lipstick.
Biodegradable All-Purpose Cleaner
A sure way to reduce your carbon-footprint is by reducing your waste. A simple way to reduce your waste is by making the most of multi-purpose products like Triple Orange all-purpose cleaner. This hardy wonder gel will remove grease off all surfaces and is completely biodegradable. No animals were harmed in the making of this product.
Whether it’s the natural flavour or a refreshing rooibos and pomegranate – I swear by this health elixir. Kombucha is made from tea, live cultures and is brewed over weeks to create a tangy beverage that is rich in antioxidants. Not only does this miracle drink reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, it combats painful bloating and constipation.
I ordinarily enjoy an ice-cold Kombucha at the end of a long day, about five times a week.