Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Save this BLACK FRIDAY + CYBER MONDAY

~ ~ ~ Save 25% with BLACKFRIDAY coupon code between Nov 28 and Dec 3, 2013 ~ ~ ~

--> in my Etsy shop: www.purenaturalis.etsy.com

--> local Londoners can use the same discount if they order via email and come to pick up their order.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

See you at the Fiesta London!

Come and join us at the festival. 
Everyone who comes, buys at least one bar of soap and mentions this blog post, will get a free bar of limited edition soap called "Lost In Space".

New Photos





Lavender and Oatmeal Soap

Limited Edition of Chocolate Decadence Soap

Fresh Air Salt Soap



Grapefruit Baby Bear Soap


Soap by Pure Naturalis, London , Ontario
Photography by Melly

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Win a bar of Sea Salt Soap

Sea Salt Soap - all natural and vegan
Contest! 
My new Salt Soap is made with a blend of sea salt from three different seas. If you can guess which three seas, you will get a bar of this soap for free. Contest closes on April 14, 2013. Winner will be posted on Facebook :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

All Natural Laundry Soap

After a round of testing by my family, friends and willing customers I am happy to add Laundry Soap to my line of products. Soon it will be available for sale in my Etsy shop.
 
This Laundry Soap is made with our own handmade all natural soap. Irregular bars, end cuts and trimmings are finely grated and mixed with sodium bicarbonate, sodium borate and essential oils. These two natural earth minerals boost the cleaning effect of soap.

I used to buy natural liquid laundry detergent but it occured to me that there has to be a way how to use all those end cuts and trimmings left after cutting soap into bars. My soap is perfect for people with sensitive skin and children so it also has to be perfect for their clothes and fine fabrics. 
Commercial washing detergents are full of chemicals, synthetic fragrances and colourants not mentioning phospahtes and whitening agents. All these are quite harmful to us and aminals, polluting water and soil.

My Laundry Soap is quite different. It is very simple and mild, biodegradable, safe for septic tanks, yet effective. It works well with cold and warm/hot water. It is helpful if you first dissolve the laundry soap flakes in a small amount of hot tap water, especially when cold water is used for the washing. Then pour it into the washing machine  and load the clothes. 
Depending on which type of washing machine you have the amounts needed for 1 load are as follows:
Top loading machine => 2-3 tablespoons per load
Front loading machines (high efficiency) => 1-2 tablespoons per load  
If the load you are washing is very soiled, then add 1 extra spoon of the soap powder.

When I started to use my own soap for cleaning the clothes, I was very surprised to see how clean and fresh smelling they came out. To be honest I was rather doubtful in the beginning. I expected the commercial detergent to be more powerful and efficient. To my surprise the Laundry Soap was exactly as effective cleaner as the store-bought detergent. It is also very economical costing only couple of cents per load.

The Laundry soap comes in a reclosable plastic bag and/or a brown bag with label and instructions. This packaging is easier for shipping. But I suggest that you transfer the soap flakes into a spare glass or plastic jar with a tight-fitting lid. Use an old measuring or tablespoon to scoop out the neccessary amount. Do not forget to cut out the label from the bag and stick it to the jar FYI and for safety reasons. And of course keep the laundry soap high enough so kids and pets are not able to reach it.


Some tips:
~ For spots and heavily soiled areas try to pre-treat them by rubbing the dissolved laudry soap into the spot.

~ Many spots can be cleaned with the help of hydrogen peroxide. It's not only good for disinfecting minor cuts and skin scrapes, but also works great for stain removal. (Use the 3% concentration commonly found in pharmacies and stores.) Red wine spills, blood stains, sweat marks - spray the hydrogen peroxide directly on the spot, rub and let sit for couple of minutes before washing. Might be necessary to repeat the process.

~ Hydrogen peroxide can be used to whiten clothes as an alternative to bleach. Add a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the machine when washing the whites. 

~ Sun is another great helper for fighting the stains. Try hanging freshly washed clothes in the direct sun. Stains should face the sun that will whiten them. This is exactly how our ancestors used to treat woven linens. They washedd them in the stream or lake, spread them on grass and let them dry in the direct sun. Repeating it several times achieved white linens. Sun also has disinfecting effect.

~ If you have a chance and possibility to dry your clothes outside in the sun, DO IT! Line drying in the fresh air is the best! Your clothes will be soft, clean, bright and super fresh smelling. There is nothing like it!
{I am not that lucky. I live in a city that has these silly by-laws that prohibit drying the clothes outside within the city boundaries. The reason for this is the  unsightliness of this activity! Some people find it offensive to look at someone's drying socks, T-shirts and pants!!! They would be probably horrified by hanging bras, underwear and longjohns as well. For me as a European this by-law is very stupid. I don't know whether this rule is just a specialty of London, Ontario or people in other places on this continent have to obey similar non-sense. Would love to know, pls leave a comment :) I hope by-law-makers will realize that in these days when we need to save electric energy, decrease EMF and reduce the use of chemicals, it is more ecological, economical, pleasant and clever to dry the clothes outside. Drying in the electric dryer or on the line in the basement is not an option. And as soon as I move into a house with a garden I am drying my clothes outside. I'll let you know how many appalled complainers knocked on my door :)}

~  Avoid using fabric softener. It adds unnecessary chemicals to your clothing and environment. You can use a few tablespoons of vinegar for the final rinse for the same effect. Also Laudry Soap contains a small amount of glycerin that has softening effect.

~ If you want your clothes scented but avoid the use of fabric softener, add several drops of your favourite essential oil to the compartment for fabric softener in your washing machine. The last rinsing cycle will leave the laundry smelling nice. Great essential oils for this purpose are lavender, lemon and lemongrass.

Maybe you've never heard of this, but moon influences the water on our planet. As it causes the masses of ocean water to rise and fall in regular tides, it also influences the water in our bodies, plants and all other things. During certain moon phases it is much easier to remove spots from clothing and the laundry will be cleaner with less detergent/soap used. All due to the water and moon effect. 
If you would like to try this but don't know when, sign up for our monthly newsletter, which will include the list of days for each month that are best for doing laundry and watering the plants in your house and garden.
You can sign-up via email: infonaturalis(at)yahoo(dot)ca or this form.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Green Smoothie with Dandelion Leaves

Spring is almost here and soon there will be fresh young greens sprouting everywhere. But until we can go out and pick our own fresh dandelion leaves we have to rely on store-bought bunches. The best would be organic but if you cannot find these, regular are better than nothing.

Here is a recipe that includes this great and nutritious plant. Dandelion is one of the cleansing herbs that we should include in our diet especially during spring and for cleanses.

You need: 
1 bunch of fresh dandelion leaves, 
2 bananas, 2 pears, 1-2 apples, water.

Wash all leaves and fruit very well, put the leaves and water in the blender and blend until you cannot see any large pieces of leaves. Then add chunks of apples and pears one by one through the opening in the lid while the blender is still running. Add bananas as the last.   
Drink immediately. Offer to children, family members, any neighbours and visitors who are there with you :) 
If they make yucky faces and refuse, be a role model and enjoy it yourself. Don't push them into trying. If they see you drink and enjoy a really GREEN smoothie, next time they will be curious and taste it.

Cheers to your health!

Post a comment below, if you like this one :)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Internatiol Women's Day Blitz Sale

Happy INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY!
All ladies save 25% in my Etsy shop with the coupon code
"MDZ2013" today and tomorrow :)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Chocolate-Banana Roll

In case you don't have enough of sweets and desserts after all the carnivals, mardi gras, Faschings, Valentine's day and all other feasts of this time of year I thought you might like to whip up a delicious dessert for the sweet tooth of your darlings, your guests or just for yourself :)
I have this recipe from my mother-in-law. She always makes the roll for us whenever we come to visit. Here is my try.

Chocolate-Banana Roll

The recipe is for one roll. If you want to make two like I did, please double the ingredients.

Dough:
2 1/2 tbsp cake or semi-fine flour
5 tbsp sugar (I always use cane sugar or coconut sugar)
5 eggs

Filling and topping:
2 long streight bananas
50 g semi-sweet or cooking chocolate
6 tbsp water
100 g sugar 
2 tbsp powdered cocoa
250 g butter
puffed millet (or shredded coconut or white chocolate or almond halves or whatever you'd like to have on top)

Line a large, flat baking pan with partchment paper so that you have extra paper sticking up from the sides to catch the runny batter. Set aside.

To make the dough: in a large bowl whip egg whites and sugar untill stiff peaks form, best with an electric mixer. One by one add egg yolks, then flour. Make sure the mixture is constantly thick. Pour the batter on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes on regular temperature.



When baked, place the dough with the parchment paper on a wet kitchen towel, roll it and let to cool.



In a small pot boil the water, sugar, chocolate and cocoa powder. When almost cool, mix in the butter.


Spread half of the chocolate cream filling evenly on the dough. Place the bananas along the inner edge and roll.


Cover the roll with the remaing chocolate cream and sprinkle with puffed millet or decorate to your liking.


Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine's Day Special

From now untill tomorrow midnight use the coupon code VALENTINES13 to save 30% on all items in my Etsy shop. This is the biggest discount I've ever offered :)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boxing Day Special

I hope you are all enjoying great holidays!
For the rest of the week, here is the special for my etsy shop:
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Boxing Day Etsy Special: save 20% on all items in my Etsy shop with the coupon code "BOXING" on Dec. 26-31
+
Each sale over $25 will receive a small free gift.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

For Local London, ON Customers

LOCAL LONDON, ON CUSTOMERS:
Local customers are always welcome to pick up their order at my location. By appointment only. Please email/convo me for further details.
Complimentary gift-wrapping available.
Free delivery within London, ON with every purchase of $ 25.00 and more.
I take orders until Dec. 23, 2012 and then from Dec. 26.

Stay tuned for the Boxing day coupon code :)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday and Cyber Monday

This weekend is the weekend of wild shopping for Christmas gifts!
If you want to get wild, too, here's my offer :)

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Etsy Special: save 20% off with the coupon code "BLACKCYBER" between Friday Nov. 23 and Monday Nov. 26
+
Each sale over $25 will receive a small free gift.

Valid for online purchases only.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Bazaar in London, Ontario


Yay, it's my birthday that day!

Giveaway

Bethany from Giveaways of Blessing blog is hosting a giveaway. If you want to win a set of 3 Pure Naturalis lip balms, check this out :) Everybody can enter. You have time until Nov. 30, 2012
http://www.giveawaysofblessing.blogspot.ca/

Friday, October 26, 2012

Great business cards

Just ordered another pack of my business cards. This company prints fantastic quality business cards. I love them. They are thick and each can have a different image on the back side.
If you need cards, postcards or stickers, try them. They give 10% off to new customers. You can use the link below. They print them in Europe and America.


http://www.moo.com/share/j5gfqz


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tastes of Fall in Pictures

Just wanted to share some pictures from the "Tastes of Fall" event from last Sunday.
The weather was was nice to us and despite the constant threat of rain it started to drizzle after the whole thing was over.
The environment at the Longwoods Road Conservation Area and the Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum is especially pleasant. Great fresh air with all the scents of autumn, falling leaves and smoke... a performance by the “Ogitchitaw Kwe og” group of First Nations singers ... harvest food... a lovely Sunday afternoon.

I had my table with soap in this cute historical log cabin.


Setting up

New packaging for Detox, Lime and Grapefruit Soap


Ready for visitors


First Nations Drum Group “Ogitchitaw Kwe og”













Saturday, October 13, 2012

Tastes of Fall

For those from London, Ontario and surrounding area here is a nice idea for Sunday trip.
I''ll have a table with my soap in one of the historical log cabins :)
Hope to see you there!
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“Tastes of Fall”
It is the perfect time to experience
Longwoods Road Conservation Area and Ska-Nah-Doht Village. The park will be “rustling” with the sights, sounds, smell and the tastes of the harvest as we present “Tastes of Fall” on Sunday, October 14, 2012 from Noon to 4:00 p.m.


We are privileged to present “Ogitchitaw Kwe og”, which translates to “Warrior Women” in Anishnabek or “Stout Hearted One” in Haudenosaunee meaning to help because of our big hearts. This drum group, a gathering of women from a many First Nations, will share their stories through song inspired by their traditional teachings and experiences. This performance is sure to stir your heart. Dan Smoke, CHRW radio host of “Smoke Signals”, will be introducing the group and sharing his Traditional Aboriginal Knowledge of the season.

The music will keep on, keeping on with the guitar and banjo song stylings of “Jerry and Chris”. Back by popular demand, this local duo that never disappoints to get the crowd singing along.


A must see exhibition. We are excited to have two local travelling Quilts; The Longwoods Quilt and The Native Women’s Quilt. Both are themed for the War of 1812, Defending a Nation. These hand-made works are as beautiful as they are thought provoking. They are also part of the ever going Barn Quilt Trial. Replicated quilt squares can be seen along the Longwoods Road (County Road #2) and in the local area.


“Tastes of Fall” is an annual event to celebrate the autumn season with fun activities for the whole family. Sample corn soup and fry bread. You can make a clay pot. There will be pumpkin painting for children just in time for Halloween. Challenge your friends to squash bowling and win a handmade corn husk doll. Make sure you leave time for a wagon ride through the park to view the spectacular fall colours.


Our friends from of the Ontario Archaeological Society will demonstrate the ancient art of making stone tools. Using techniques from 12,000 years ago, flint knapping is North America’s oldest technology. Come and try the stone tool puzzles or test your skills as a hunter by throwing a spear.


There will be art demonstrations by the Strathroy Arts Group. Visit one of the heritage log cabins and view the exceptional crafts of local artists with First Nations jewelry and beadwork, flower arrangements, natural soaps and one of a kind stain glass. Start your Christmas shopping early with a unique gift!


While here do not miss the Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum. Take a trip back in time to 1,000 years ago as you tour the recreated longhouses and palisade maze. Hike the 6 km of nature trails and take the suspension bridge over to the marsh boardwalk. Pack a picnic lunch; plan to spend a family afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of Longwoods Road Conservation Area.


Admissions are $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for youth and FREE for those under 6 or pay the Family Rate $20.00 (2 adults and 2 or more children). Located at 8348 Longwoods Road (Middlesex County Road #2), just one half hour west of London or one hour east of Chatham, between Delaware and Melbourne. It’s easy to get to even off Hwy #401 and #402, just follow the blue tourism signs!


For more information, please call 519-264-2420 or check out our website events page at
www.ltvca.ca/SpecialEvents.htm.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Green smoothie with wild greens

Here is a simple smoothie made with a handful of wild greens that I pictured in the previous post (dandilion, lambs`quarters, purslane and plantain).
Greens with bananas and apples and ...


...some blueberries


Great Greens You Don't Have To Buy

Here is a list of edible and nutritious wild greens that I don't buy but get from my own lawn, flower beds and small vegetable patch behind our house. 
In the near future I plan to write more  about each of these plants, but right now I just add the pictures.

Plantain (Plantago major) (Skorocel)

Lambs' quarters (Chenopodium album) (Merlík biely)


Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)  (Púpava)




Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) (Portulaka zeleninová)