Ideas to Reduce Plastic Usage

Plastic Paradise Documentary (photo courtesy of http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2277946/)

Plastic Paradise Documentary (photo courtesy of http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2277946/)

Have you ever thought about what happens to the plastic that you throw away? When we recycled the plastic bottles, contact lens cases, or shampoo bottles, we assumed that the bottles would degrade soon enough. As it turns out, it takes over 20 years for plastic to truly degrade. We wanted to learn more, so we did a little research and found people talking about Plastic Paradise. This award-winning documentary was created by reporter Angela Sun, and is currently available on Netflix.

It was eye-opening: we had never given too much thought to plastic when we used them in the past. The cold coffee or milk tea that we got to-go? The bread containers from the bakeries? Take-out boxes? Plastic water bottles? They’re all single-use plastics. The documentary discusses in great length about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is an area floating in the Pacific that is compiled entirely of plastic. If you want to find out more, we highly encourage you to watch Plastic Paradise! It’s a great educational documentary that’s all appropriate for all ages.

So what are some ways that we can reduce plastic usage for our environment? We love the ideas that Angela suggested here on the Plastic Paradise website:

1) Ask baristas for in-house cups that can be washed if you are staying a coffee shop for awhile. We’ve seen stores give customers discounts if they bring their own mugs!

2) Bring your own bag to the market or store. We’ve seen stores like Trader Joe’s, Nordstrom Rack, and Safeway sell reusable bags. They’re great to keep in your purse when you go shop at the grocery store or the mall. If you forget more often than not, we suggest putting a few of these bags in the trunk of your car. Some cities in the United States, including San Jose, have banned plastic bags. If you forget your bags, many stores are offering recyclable and reusable paper bags for a ten cent fee.

Williams-Sonoma Stainless Steel Straws (photo courtesy of http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/stainless-steel-straws/)

Williams-Sonoma Stainless Steel Straws (photo courtesy of http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/stainless-steel-straws/)

3) Carry a reusable stainless steel or aluminum water bottle. We installed a reverse-osmosis filter at home, and have used stainless steel bottles instead of plastic bottled water when we are out and about. What’s so bad about plastic bottles, you ask? When you drink water from plastic bottles, Bisphenol-A (BPA) actually oozes into the water. In fact, BPA is quite toxic- Plastic Paradise goes more into this topic in the documentary!

4) Say no to straws. These are a definite no, because plastic straws are actually over 33% of trash that people find on beaches. We remember using plastic straws as children, since they were everywhere- for sodas and water. These days, why not use stainless steel straws for your cold beverages? We like the ones pictured here from Williams-Sonoma.

Have you seen Plastic Paradise? If so, what ways can you contribute to cut down on plastic usage? Let us know in the comments below!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015

There’s no one better than the mom that takes care of us, loves us wholeheartedly, and supports our every dream. This Mother’s Day, surprise her with carefully handcrafted gifts that she will enjoy and put to good use. We’ve rounded up our favorite indie picks for wonderful gifts that she’s sure to love.

Wonderland Organics

Soothe Serum

facial oil, natural skincare, natural facial oils, green beauty

Wonderland Organics Soothe Serum

This Mother’s Day, gift your mom with love and moisturized skin with the Wonderland Organics Soothe Serum. There’s nothing better than the scent of lavender, serene and calm.

The Soothe Serum is formulated especially for normal to dry skin, and is light textured. Using a facial oil that’s designed perfectly for your mom’s skin type will help improve the appearance of dry spots and make her face glow. We added organic jojoba oil because it is perfect for all skin types. Organic seabuckthorn CO2 is full of vitamin C, and adds a gorgeous scent to the Soothe Serum.

Size: 15 ml (0.5 oz)

Wonderland Organics offers natural skincare products with fresh and sustainable ingredients tailored to sensitive skin. Based in San Jose, California, our products are handmade in small batches with organic, wildharvested, and natural ingredients.

Find the Wonderland Organics Soothe Serum here. Use coupon code “mothersday” for 20% ! Good until May 3rd.

Scotch and Cream

Tote Bag 

Scotch and Cream Tote Bag

Scotch and Cream Tote Bag

Because helping the environment can be done in a super cute and stylish way! This “Baking Tools” tote bag was made with incredibly sturdy canvas-like cotton! Perfect for lugging around a heavy load of groceries, books, or anything that would otherwise strain a normal fabric tote. The artwork is a mint-green/brown combo with a retro-tastic vibe to it. You can use it to pick up all the ingredients you’ll be using to whip up your next confectionery creation 🙂 Based in Los Angeles, Califonia, Scotch and Cream offers art prints, stationery, and mid-century modern nostalgia.

About this bag:
Dimensions: 14″w x 15″h x 6.5″g
Handles: 25″ natural cotton web
• 15 oz. Natural Cotton
• Made in the USA

Find Scotch and Cream’s adorable retro tote bag here.

Girl Friday Paper Arts

She Leave a Little Sparkle Art Print

Girl Friday Paper Arts Print

Girl Friday Paper Arts Print

Girl Friday Paper Arts makes archival quality prints featuring minimal typographic designs. Inspire your space with a little style, sass, and sophistication. Girl Friday is environmentally conscious– doing business in an eco-friendly way, and gives back– 5% of your purchase goes to charity (a new one each month).

You’ll receive the print only — frame is not included.

The image is printed with a white border for easy matting.

  • 5×7 – Image is 5×7 inches, centered on a 8.5×11 inch page.
  • 8×10 – Image is 8×10 inches, centered on a 8.5×11 inch page.
  • 11×14 – Image is 11×14 inches, centered on a 11.7×16.5 inch page.
  • 13×19 – Image is 12.5×18 inches, centered on a 13×19 inch page.

Girl Friday Paper Arts is offering Wonderland Organics readers 20% off with coupon code “WONDERLAND20“.

Find Girl Friday Paper Arts’ Print here.

A Slice of Delight

Vanilla Lavender Soap

A Slice of Delight Lavender Vanilla Soap

A Slice of Delight Lavender Vanilla Soap

Vanilla Lavender – a scent combination of fresh lavender, fresh vanilla beans, orange zests and patchouli. Perfect for mom because of its soft, relaxing, and tranquil fragrance.  Crafted with a natural glycerin base of oils and butters that  her skin will love.  Let her reach for it in the tub, shower or kitchen sink and capture a moment of peace!  All moms need this. 
 
A Slice of Delight focuses on crafting cheerful soaps that are fragrantly delicious.  The business is located in Berkeley, California – a wonderful corner of the world to craft small batch soaps.
  
All ingredients are purchased from other reputable and independent bath and body suppliers staying true in supporting small business. There is a conscious effort to minimize waste in our world by choosing bio-degradable packaging and re-use of shipping/packing materials as often as possible. 
 10% off your soapy order for mom (or you!) Use code “MOM10” at checkout – good until 5/3.

Find A Slice of Delight’s soap here.

Great South Bay Candles

Wild Sage & Lemongrass Candle

Great South Bay Candles Wild Sage & Lemongrass Candle

Great South Bay Candles Wild Sage & Lemongrass Candle

Love the soothing scent of lemongrass and wild sage? Candles make wonderful gifts, and your mother will love these candles.

A refreshing and uplifting aroma blend of lemongrass, jasmine, subtle clary sage and citrus notes. Has a bottom note of musk.

  • 8 oz glass tumbler
  • Up to 55 hours approximate burn time (slow burn)
  • 3.5″ W x 3″ H
  • Come with a silver metal lid

Great South Bay Candles is a privately owned and operated company located on the south shore of Long Island, New York. We only utilize the purest ingredients in our soy candles and soy melts. Our scented soy candle products are hand poured in small batches using 100% natural soy wax, cotton wicks (free of zinc and lead) and premium fragrance oils (phthalate-free) infused with natural essential oils. We are proud to say that our candles are are eco-friendly, vegan, dye free, additive free, and stabilizer free. ​​​ All of our packaging is biodegradable and or recyclable.

Find Great South Bay Candles’ Wild Sage and Lemongrass Candle here.

Made in California

Om Sweet Om Relaxation Pillow 

Made in CA Om

Made in California Om Sweet Om Relaxation Pillow

Melt stress away with the Om Sweet Om Relaxation Pillow at the end of the day or when you need a little extra “me” time.

Lavender aids in the relief of stress, headaches, migraines, muscle aches, anxiety, depression, digestive distress, menstrual cramps, induces sleep and relaxation. Toss in the microwave for deeper relaxation or put in the freezer for an instant pick-me-up. Trouble sleeping? Then place under your pillow and let the soothing aroma of lavender calm you as you drift off to sleep.

Each inner bag contains approximately 24 oz of a special organic rice and hand dried organic lavender mix that is grown locally. A 15 inch X 5.5 inch removable and washable cover is hand dyed utilizing water-based dyes. Each pillow is made to order – dyed, filled and sewn. No two are ever completely the same. Available in Lavender, Spearmint, Grapefruit Mint, and Lemon Tyme.

Made by hand to order in California with love. Find their amazing pillow here.

Handmade Sam*Made

Himmeli + Two Air Plants

Handmade SamMade Himmeli + Two Air Plants

Handmade Sam*Made Himmeli + Two Air Plants

A Mother’s Heart, like her arms are always open, welcoming and filled with love. This is a special listing for Mother’s Day at a limited time price. Regularly $48, on sale for $40. You must purchase this before 11:59PM PST on May 4th to have it arrive in time for Mother’s Day.

It includes Himmeli fig. 10 | The Heart, a Brachycaulos Petite, and a Capitata Peach Petite. This includes two similar, yet different air plants. One air plant for you, and one for your Mother. If you would like to include a note at no additional charge, leave a note in the comment section upon check out.

Materials: brass, wire & brass plated nails
Dimensions: approximately 6 x 5.5″ (15.2 x 14cm)

Instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve, with this stunning Himmeli Heart, you can now have your heart on your desk, coffee table or your walls. This Himmeli features a lovely geometric heart with clean lines and made of 100% brass. This Himmeli Heart is perfect for your sweetie, loved ones, or yourself any time of the year as a gift or just a happy reminder that you or they are loved.

This Himmeli is also supplied with optional brass-plated-nails to affix it to a wall.

The Himmeli will also naturally oxidize and darken as time passes, but can be polished to its original shine. And because this listing includes air plants, it is unfortunately only available domestically.

Find Handmade Sam*Made’s himmeli + plants here.

Olive Twig Studio

Narwhal Mommy & Me Art

Olive Twig Studio Narwhal Mommy & Me Art

Olive Twig Studio Narwhal Mommy & Me Art

This is a professionally printed giclee print of an original acrylic painting on wood. This narwhal mother and baby print would be so sweet for Mother’s Day. Narwhals are the Unicorns of the Sea!

The paper is a high quality archival matte fine art paper. The above images are of an 8″ x 10″ print matted and framed in an 11 x 14″ frame. I have 8 x 10 prints in stock with an extra 1/2″ white border to assist in matting. Please select if you would like the extra 1/2″ white border added or not when ordering your print. Olive Twig Studio offers original art your whole family will love!

Find Olive Twig Studio’s sweet painting here.

 

 

Cinnamon Makeup Shadow

Herbs of Grace Cinnamon Shadow

Herbs of Grace Cinnamon Shadow

Our Natural Color Cinnamon is the medium shade of our brown shimmer mineral makeup color range. This neutral color can be used just about anywhere as eyeliner, eye shadow, cheek definition, lip liner, or body shimmer.

For more tips and tricks applying our Natural Color makeup, see our Mineral Makeup Application Tips article.

Ingredients: mica
Net Weight: 1 gram (0.035 ounce)

Note: website colors may vary slightly from actual product color

In 2003 Vanessa Klein debuted “Natural Look Mineral Makeup”, her line of all natural, vegan, 100% mineral cosmetics. The opportunity to streamline her product offerings presented itself and from 2004 on Vanessa Nixon Klein has been focusing exclusively on Natural Look Mineral Makeup, offered online as well as in retail outlets.

Find Herbs of Grace’s Shadow here.

L’aura Botanicals

Liquid Sunshine Goat’s Mini Guest Soaps

L'aura Botanicals Goat Milk Soap

L’aura Botanicals Goat Milk Soap

A light and carefree blend of mandarin, lemongrass, orange, and vetiver to brighten your spirits.

We make our melt and pour soaps with a blend of glycerin, goat’s milk, cocoa butter, coconut, palm and safflower oils to create a rich decadent lather that leaves your skin soft to the touch without much residue. The proprietary essential oil blend of Liquid Sunshine is added at just the right moment during the cooling process to provide the most aromatic experience.

Contains four mini goat’s milk flower soaps wrapped in a cute brown paper lunch bag tied with twine making it gift ready! Each package of the mini guest soaps will weigh between 2.8 to 3.0 oz.

It is recommended to store your handmade soap in a soap dish that drains and stays dry between uses so you will be able to enjoy the bar longer.

Find L’aura Botanicals’ soap here.

Yarn & Clay

Minimal Lavender Earrings

Yarn and Clay Lavender Earrings

Yarn and Clay Lavender Earrings

Lavender is such a delicate romantic color, makes it impossible not to fall in love with these earrings. These purple spoon-shaped earrings are part of our Sea Glass collection and they are simply gorgeous. Lavender is such a delicate romantic color, makes it impossible not to fall in love with these earrings. These earrings are handmade and designed by us. The delicate spoon shape was created from polymer clay (purple and translucent white), using polymer clay sculpting techniques. The vivid colors won’t chip or wear off with the time. The earring hooks are silver-plated and nickel-free.

Yarn & Clay is a collaboration of a crocheter and a polymer clay artist.

Our vision is making artisan fashion items by fusing yarn and polymer clay! We are here to help you express your awesomeness through your own unique style.

Find Yarn & Clay’s earrings here.

Paint Box Polish

Nail Polish Gift Set

Paint Box Polish Gift Set

Paint Box Polish Gift Set

The perfect gift set for any nail polish lover in your life! Choose any currently available full-sized lacquer, any cuticle oil, and a small nail file. Your set will come in a cute organza bag. All you need is a gift tag and you’re ready for gifting! Simply add your polish and oil scent in the notes section of check out.

At Paint Box Polish, you will find high quality polishes mixed by hand using cruelty-free suspension base, glitters, micas, and dyes. None of the polishes use pre-made, commercial polishes in the formula. We test all of our polishes extensively before bottling and listing so that customers don’t have to worry about anything curling, melting, or bleeding.  We always use stainless steel mixing balls.

Find Paint Box Polish’s Gift Set here.

Aiko Threads

Blue Vegan Leather Tote

Aiko Threads Blue Vegan Leather Tote

Aiko Threads Blue Vegan Leather Tote

Blue tote bag made from cotton blend panama weave fabric with smocked origami detail and caramel vegan leather base. This pleated tote bag is a perfect urban bag for a day in the city. It will fit all your necessities and more. It can also be used as a market bag, book bag, diaper bag or anything else you can think of.

Materials:

  • Exterior: cotton blend panama weave fabric
  • Lining: cotton fabric

Details:

  • Hand smocked origami detail in the front
  • Mid-weight vegan leather on the bottom
  • 4 slip pockets sewn to lining
  • No closure/zipper closure

Size: 13” (33 cm) long x 15” (40 cm) high x 2” (5 cm) wide

Length of straps: 22” (56 cm)

Color: Blue with purple threads woven through

Care: Spot clean

Find Aiko Threads’ Blue Vegan Leather Tote here.

Boii Studio

Ceramic Mug Finished with Blue Glaze

Boii Studio Ceramic Blue Mug

Boii Studio Ceramic Blue Mug

Our 10 oz medium sized- tall ceramic coffee/tea cup/mug is finished with blue-light and blue-black “oil spot” glaze. Due to this glaze’s nature and the handmade process, each cup is unique. Only one is currently available, but more can be ordered for a delivery in 4-6 weeks.

Boii Studio is a small home-based ceramic studio located in Orinda, California. We design and hand-make contemporary and traditional ceramics and pottery, most of which we offer on Etsy. We also offer designs on NapaStyle and our own Open Studios. We use local clays and food safe glazes. Our products are also dishwasher and microwave safe.

Find Boii Studio’s Ceramic Blue Mug here.

 

Devika’s Art

Black and White Flower Tile Coasters 

Devika's Art Black and White Flower Tile Coaster

Devika’s Art Black and White Flower Tile Coaster

This set of 4 coasters is made using 4″x4″ Travertine tiles. I hand draw each design on paper and then transfer it onto the tiles using a special transfer medium which is translucent and allows the unique surface of each tile to show through the design. Since every coaster is hand made no two coasters are identical, there are minor differences due to the transfer process and due to each tile having its own unique nooks and crannies!

Each coaster is well sealed with varnish and can be used for hot and cold beverages, but do not use them as trivets to set your hot pots on. This could damage the transferred design. Please clean with a damp cloth when needed. Note that these coasters are not dishwasher safe!

Find Devika’s Art Black and White Flower Tile Coasters here.

 

 

 

Suze Ford

Painting 11

Suze Ford Painting 11

Suze Ford Painting 11

Painting 11. The 100 Day Project. These series of oil paintings are created each every day. This project was started on Instagram where you can follow along on the daily process. Join me @suzeford. #suzefordpaintingaday. I decided to create a new painting each day. All of these pieces are created with a free approach, and playfulness. They are abstract in nature while exploring color and expression.

Find Suze Ford’s Painting 11 here.

 

 

 

Which gifts will you choose for Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!

Make Every Day Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone! While it’s wonderful to think about being green today, we encourage everyone to consider living greener all year round.  In honor of Earth Day, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite sustainable living ideas from around the web. As a special thank you to our readers, we’ve included a flash sale coupon code in our blog post!

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post

Huffington Post

  • Using Energy Star Appliances because they use 10-50% less energy than typical models.
  • Purchase a spider plant for your home: putting one in your bathroom will naturally help purify the air.
  • Shower instead of bathe: you use up to 14% less water.

 

 

Buzzfeed

Photo courtesy of Buzzfeed

Photo courtesy of Buzzfeed

  •  Purchase frozen vegetables and fruit: they’re just as nutritious as fresh produce!
  • Break apart your bananas from the bunch when you get home: this helps to increase the amount of time that they’ll be fresh in your fruit bowl.
  • Freeze herbs like rosemary, thyme, and oregano in olive oil or butter. The best to accomplish this? Putting them into ice cube trays!

 

 

 

Mother Nature Network

Photo courtesy of Mother Nature Network

Photo courtesy of Mother Nature Network

  •  Switch to CFL bulbs: they can help save up to $300 per year compared to incandescent ones.
  • Use the “sleep” function your computer: this can bring your PC energy consumption down to $20 per year.

 Earth Day Network

Photo courtesy of Earth Day Network

Photo courtesy of Earth Day Network

  • For great resources on climate education, Earth Day Network offers a free Climate Education Week for students.
  • Want to find Earth Day events in your country? Search for yours here!

 

General Ideas

Make Every Day Earth Day

Make Every Day Earth Day

  • Make sure you recycle whenever possible
  • Use stainless steel water bottles and metal straws instead of plastic ones
  • Plant trees
  • Use cloth napkins instead of disposable ones
  • Try out bamboo toothbrushes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Beauty Products

facial oil, natural skincare, vegan, green beauty, organic ingredients

Wonderland Organics Balance Serum

And last but not least, purchase eco-friendly products! Our Wonderland Organics products are made with certified organic, natural, and wildcrafted ingredients, and packaged in recyclable glass bottles. Just for Earth Day, we’re offering a coupon of 20% with code “earthday”.

What are your thoughts on green living all year round? Let us know in the comments below!

Interview Friday: Stephanie of Make and Tell

Make and Tell

Make and Tell

We first came across Steph of Make and Tell on Instagram (look how gorgeous her feed is!), and couldn’t help but gape over her creativity. As an admittedly non-creative person, we love pouring over wonderfully styled photos to garner inspiration. Make and Tell is Stephanie’s DIY and creative blog: read our interview to get to know this crafty and artistic woman.

Wonderland Organics: Hi Stephanie, tell us a bit about your background.

Stephanie: It’s funny, when I was a child nobody would ever have described me as ‘the kid who couldn’t sit still’. And yet as an adult that’s pretty much exactly what I’ve become in terms of my career… I’ve dabbled in lots of areas and can’t seem to make up my mind!

One thing that’s certain is that I’ve always loved art. Drawing, painting and crafting were my favourite ways to pass the time as a child, to the point where at one stage I fully intended to be a graphic designer. But for various reasons I ended up studying psychology instead and after graduating with honours I worked for several years in research; first at a clinic, then a magazine followed by a university. Somewhere around this time, I rediscovered my love for design and enrolled myself in a short-course while also starting a business making wedding stationery and holding down a job in admin to pay my mortgage (see what I mean – I can’t sit still!). The wedding stationery didn’t stick, but my love for design certainly did and that’s brings me to where I am today.

Make and Tell's Fruit Gift Bags

Make and Tell’s Fruit Gift Bags

Wonderland Organics: We can tell your passion for design for sure! How did Make and Tell come about?

Stephanie: After running my own business for several years and constantly juggling many bespoke orders with a part time job, I started to seriously burn out. As much as I loved designing for my clients, I wasn’t getting any time to create for myself and that started to take its toll on my state of mind and my work.

So I decided to scale the business back and in the free time I now had, I started Make and Tell which served as a space where I could design to my heart’s content and share my creations with fellow crafters.

Wonderland Organics: It’s wonderful that Make and Tell got to be a creative space for you. What’s the best part about blogging for M&T?

Stephanie: Can I say everything? That sounds like a cop-out but I swear it’s true! I love the creative thrill I get from coming up with new projects, I love making things, and I even get a buzz from non-crafty tasks like styling photos and writing posts. Make and Tell challenges me in so many ways, and at the moment, every part of it is fun and exciting. I truly hope it stays that way for a long time to come!

Wonderland Organics: We love how you style your photos! What new things do you have planned for Make and Tell in 2015?

Stephanie: I’ve got an exciting collaboration coming up mid-year with some of my favourite DIY and lifestyle bloggers which I’m thrilled about, but I’m afraid I can’t share any more details just yet. And as always, I’ll be sharing lots of home and party projects throughout the year.

I’m also planning to do something fun for my amazing email subscribers – I’ve been toying with the idea of sending a monthly email packed with extra news, exclusive freebies and possibly even a craft project or two. I think this is the year that becomes a reality!

Make and Tell's Confetti Mouse Pad

Make and Tell’s Confetti Mouse Pad

Wonderland Organics: You’ve got us on the tip of our toes! We can’t wait to see what your collaborations are. Where do you find inspiration?

Stephanie: In the strangest of places usually! Like in the colours of a passerby’s blouse or the patterns on the leaves in the garden. Which is why I find that going outside for a walk is one of the best ways to clear my head if I’m in a creative rut. Having said that though, I’m a huge fan of Pinterest and find I also get a lot of my inspiration from the gorgeous imagery that my favourite bloggers and crafters share. There’s so much talent out there, it just blows me away!

Wonderland Organics: Pinterest is the best! What are your current DIY obsessions?

Stephanie: Oh, I have so many at the moment! The projects I’m loving right now include pretty much anything that has watercolours, leather, marble, evil eye motifs, brush strokes or is Scandinavian inspired. Oh, and fruit. That one may be ‘so last summer’, but pineapples still float my boat. 🙂

Wonderland Organics: Who doesn’t love pineapples? What is a typical day like putting together Make and Tell?

Stephanie: I still have a full time day job, so everything Make and Tell related gets done outside of work hours. My typical day starts with me struggling to get out of bed as early as possible (which doesn’t always happen, I’m not good with mornings!), taking photos of the projects I’m working on at the time, hurrying to get through breakfast and then hopping on a bus to work. I use the travel time to and from work to catch up on social media, but other than that, I pretty much don’t touch anything blog related until I get home at the end of the day. I find that nights are ideal for writing posts and getting on top of my emails because by that time there’s no natural light to take photos.

Make and Tell's Paint Roller Cushion

Make and Tell’s Paint Roller Cushion

Anything I don’t get through before and after work on weekdays I’ll try to fit into my weekends… my days are crazy busy, but I love it too much to quit!

Wonderland Organics: We totally agree- natural light is the best for picture taking. Do you have any advice for entrepreneurs?

Stephanie: I must admit, I’m kind of hesitant when giving advice to business owners because… well, I’m still working a day job! Having said that though, in my journey so far, I’ve found it’s truly important to dream big and to be doing what you love to do. That vision and passion will be the fuel that drives you to put in the necessary hard yards to make your business a success. It’s certainly what drives me through the late nights and early mornings – I would never have gotten this far if I didn’t absolutely love what I do.

Wonderland Organics: Thanks for the advice Stephanie! What’s your favorite part of the Wonderland Organics blog/site?

Stephanie: I love your articles for healthy living! I terrible if left to my own devices – I’m a sucker for all things sweet and am hopeless with exercise, which as you can imagine is an awful combo. Having your tips on hand to help me be more considerate of what I eat, how active I am and what I put on my skin is just fantastic!

Thank you so much to Stephanie of Make and Tell for talking with us today! What are your favorite DIY obsessions of Make and Tell’s or your personal favorite DIYs to do? Let us know in the comments below.

Our Favorite Exfoliator for Sensitive Skin: The Konjac Sponge

Konjac Sponges

Cleanser, Konjac Sponges, & Lotion: our mini spa night

Is exfoliation a part of your skincare routine? Since it’s healthy to exfoliate about once a week to remove dead cells, we were on the hunt for a calming facial exfoliator. We love trying out salt and sugar scrubs for our lips and skin, but never found a product that was be gentle enough for the sensitive skin on our face. In the past, we looked into the Clarisonic (does anyone use this?), St. Ives apricot scrubs (when we were teenagers), and Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub (unfortunately, this contains the plastic microbeads).

When we had the chance to move to Taiwan in 2010, we were extremely excited about living in a new country, especially for the opportunity to learn about skincare brands. One of the best things about living in Asia was the plethora of beauty products- we remember obsessing over Skin Food and the many amazing Korean and Japanese brands that were available.

So what was the product that we went crazy over? Our favorite exfoliator was the konjac sponge. This sponge is made from vegetable fibers, and is meant to help with cleansing. In 2011, a family member brought home a few of these spongy products, citing that it was a new product from Japan.  We admit, it looked strange at first, slightly comparable to sponges that we had lying around in the sink. The only difference seemed to be that the konjac sponge was round instead of rectangular. However, after using it once a week up until 2015, we felt that our skin looked brighter, more refreshed, and without that irritating redness we would get from other exfoliators. We loved how gentle the sponge was, and how perfect it was for sensitive skin. So how do you use it?

Bamboo & Aloe Konjac Sponges

Bamboo & Aloe Konjac Sponges

Directions:

  • Wet the konjac sponge
  • Add a dime-sized amount of cleanser to the konjac sponge
  • Gently massage all over your face
  • Rinse off with tap water
  • Clean the sponge with castile soap, squeezing out any excess water
  • Let your konjac sponge dry (using a soap dish works wonderfully)

The two that we picked up here are bamboo and aloe sponges! How do konjac sponges work? They help to break down dirt, cleanse pores, and remove grime naturally.

Have you tried using a konjac sponge? What’s your favorite brand?