News & Blogs
Turmeric Milk 0
Golden Turmeric Milk
This recipe will warm you from within on any cosy, winter evening. As well as the lovely chai-spiced taste it gives, the turmeric root makes this recipe an easy, everyday way to nourish your body.
Click the links to view on our website.
1lt coconut milk (or other milk alternative)
1 cinnamon stick
4 cardamom pods
1 inch of fresh ginger
2 medium pieces of fresh turmeric root
Honey to taste (or preferred sweetener)
Place the coconut milk, cinnamon stick, and cardamon pods in a saucepan. Grate the ginger and turmeric root, and add them to the mix.
Place on a low heat and slowly bring to the boil. Simmer for at least another 20 minutes to let the spices truly infuse into the milk, stirring often so as not to burn. Your milk should become a lovely golden colour.
Take off the heat and add honey while still hot. The amount of honey used can vary, as it's up to you how sweet you like it. I add about 1-2tbsp.
Pour your golden milk through a metal strainer to rid of any pieces of spices, before pouring into mugs.
- Tori Strong
Butterbean and Tomato Bake with Feta 0
1/4cup or 60ml Olive oil (plus extra for drizzling)
1 large Onion, finely diced
1 Celery stick, finely diced
1 large Carrot, finely diced
4 Garlic cloves, crushed
1tsp dried Oregano
1/2tsp dried Thyme
1 tin chopped tomatoes
3tbsp tomato puree
1tbs Maple syrup
1tsp Balsamic vinegar
3cups cooked Butterbeans(or 2 400g tins)
Salt and pepper to taste
150g crumbled Feta cheese (optional)
Preheat oven to gas mark 4 or 180C.
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and slowly fry the onions, celery and carrot, until they become soft and fragrant. Add the garlic,oregano, and thyme, and cook for another 5 mins before adding tined tomatoes, tomato puree,maple syrup, and vinegar. Cover and cook for another 15-20 mins until the sauce is thick. Add the cooked butterbeans and season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Place in an ovenproof dish and sprinkle feta(if adding) on top and drizzle a bit more olive oil.
Bake in the oven for 30 mins.
Serve hot and enjoy.
- Tori Strong
Dr. Hauschka Skincare – Get Glowing for Christmas 0
How I love the festive season! It’s so exciting; all those happy get togethers, Christmas parties, twinkling lights, and then there’s crisp winter walks…. So much to look forward to!
Our last blog focused on their 50th birthday – but we want to give you more! This weeks blog talks in depth about the power of Hauschka!
The downside this time of year is that our skin can suffer; we’re exposed to the elements and all sorts of harsh chemicals – traffic pollution in busy towns when we’re Christmas shopping, stuffy central heating, biting winter winds. Stress plays its part when things get hectic, and let’s face it, there’s a tendency to stray from good eating habits, raising a few too many glasses and late nights out; it can all take its toll on our complexion. So it makes sense to keep on top of things and give yourself a festive glow by establishing a skincare regime that supports and maintains a natural balance - but where do you start? There are a plethora of skincare products on the market, all of them claiming to have wonderful properties that will give us all younger, more radiant complexions. Finding the right one for you can be a minefield, especially if like me you’re prone to sensitivities; some of the chemicals used in skin creams can cause quite a reaction – itchiness, dry flaky patches, and a few times my eyes have puffed up so much I looked like a frog! And there’s no such thing as a Christmas frog!
Mother Nature is a great provider and I think it makes sense to use natural skincare products that are free of synthetic colours and artificial preservatives, so back in November I took myself off to Greenlife and had a long chat with Tori (she really knows her stuff!). I came away feeling very confident with my bag full of Dr. Hauschka products. What an amazing range this is – make-up, skincare, hair care, body care, even deodorants – all formulated using natural ingredients and free from mineral oils, parabens, silicones and other nasties. My aim was to establish a good skincare regime – the three step cleanse, tone and moisturise that’s an essential part of looking after your skin. If you’re stuck for what to put under the tree for the leading ladies in your life, you can’t go wrong with the Dr Hauschka range – perfect pampering presents!
I was encouraged knowing that 2017 sees the 50th anniversary of the Dr Hauschka skincare range; if it’s been around that long, it must be good! I did a bit of research to find out what makes it so special; the blend of organic plant extracts with high quality oils and waxes helps the skin to recover its natural balance – these products don’t take over the skin’s natural tasks, they gently support it to activate natural regenerating and rejuvenating abilities. Kind and gentle, just what I wanted. I was aiming for a dewy, glowing complexion right through all those school plays, carol concerts, late night shopping trips, parties….
That night I decided to turn in earlier than usual; I couldn’t wait to start using my Dr. Hauschka products. First up was the Dr. Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk, for use morning and night, suitable for normal, dry and sensitive skin. What a lovely job it did, effortlessly wiping away the days’ dirt and make up, leaving behind the most fragrant whiff of anthyllis, jojoba, and almond oil. Gentle and silky smooth, applied to a damp face and removed using a sponge or a lukewarm cloth; brilliant for removing eye make-up with just a wee dab on a cotton wool pad.
Next was the Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner, to help dry, sensitive and tired skin take on a radiant, rosy glow. You mist this on to your face and then gently press it in and do know what? It feels great – light (because it’s oil free) and invigorating; the main ingredients are witch hazel and anthyllis, both of which support the natural renewing process.
On to the Dr. Hauschka Night Serum. Ooh, I love this! You only need the tiniest bit; it glides on and smells divine and no wonder - apple blossom and fruit extract are supported by the astringent properties of witch hazel to aid the skin’s natural renewing process whilst you sleep; as it’s oil free it allows the skin to breathe and it tones to give you a fresher complexion when you wake up. And it really works. After only a few days my skin looked better in the morning; whatever your skin type I’d recommend this; all you need is a teeny weeny bit after cleansing and toning.
Next morning, it was time for Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream, after cleansing and toning. I’m told this is a huge seller, and I can well believe it – a heavenly scent of roses petals, wild rose hips, marshmallows, and avocado oils. A little miracle that balances and tones, moisturises and protects; fantastic for dry, sensitive and mature skin, and if you suffer from redness or enlarged capillaries, you should definitely use this. If, like me, you have rather sensitive skin, then use the lighter version, it’s fab, and it makes a great base for make-up.
I also bought Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream – a very gentle exfoliator that again, works to support the skin’s natural regenerating functions, and it’s especially good for minimising the appearance of pores. It’s kind to all skin types and can be used daily, but I just use it a couple of times a week as a little extra. You mix a miniscule amount with water in your palms and press it gently onto your moist face, avoiding the eye area, repeat a few times and then rinse with warm water. It leaves your skin feeling amazingly clean, with a delicate fragrance of calendula, chamomile, and sweet almond.
So, I’ve got my Christmas glow already - I’m getting lots of compliments about my radiant, dewy complexion and I feel like an English Rose; fresh as a daisy. Bring those parties on, I’m ready – thanks to Dr. Hauschka!
- Lydia Anderson
Celebrate with Dr Hauschka: 50 Years Fabulous – Christmas Present Heaven! 0
Those festive celebrations are drawing closer and if you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, or if you’re looking for last minute gifts that will really be appreciated, check out the fabulous Dr Hauschka beauty products at Greenlife. 2017 marked their 50th anniversary, with even more wonderful creations being added to the in-demand body care, hair care, and make-up that’s just flying off the shelves. Oh yes, this is big!
Elisabeth Sigmund and Rudolf Hauschka revolutionised the cosmetics industry when their skin care creations first hit the shelves in 1967. What was this? Beauty products, made using flowers and things? That’s exactly what it was; this pair of ‘natural skin care rebels’ worked together to formulate products that unleashed the power of nature. They used extracts from medicinal plants, high quality waxes and oils, and other ingredients found naturally - ground almonds, silica, and brine. This was subversive, extremist … profound. But boy, it was what women wanted.
So what’s the fuss about? It’s quite simple – Dr Hauschka products do exactly what they say they’ll do, plus they’re 100% natural; no chemicals, no artificial dyes, fragrances or preservatives. They’re kind to your skin and body, restoring, regenerating, and nourishing. Think of it as a nurturing hand rather than something that completely takes over your skin’s natural tasks. And because it’s all so natural, the smells are just amazing; Dr Hauschka takes you by the hand and leads you skipping and dancing through summer meadows, along babbling brooks, in the shade of high hedgerows, up into the clear air of the mountains and back down again, tripping through sun dappled beech woods and on into dark winter pine forests; along the way your senses are arrested by a myriad of utterly gorgeous fragrances.
Most of the raw ingredients are grown in medicinal gardens on a biodynamic farm in Germany. These guys love to work in harmony with the natural rhythms of nature - a time to reap and a time to sow, and they were practising sustainability before the word was even invented! They use only natural compost, an in-house water system, and green electricity. So it’s kind to the planet as well!
Dr Hauschka Skin Care follows the 3 step principal of cleanse tone and moisturise, supported by an intensive treatment once or twice a week. Soothing Cleansing Milk, Clarifying Toner, day oils and moisturisers (oh my, the Rose Day Cream! Divine! Rose water, marshmallows and almond oil – need I say more?!). There’s a cooling Eye Revive for those of us who spend hours at a computer (fennel, chamomile and black tea), velvety lip balms (beeswax, shea butter and calendula), Tinted Day Cream (avocado, almond, rose wax) for an even sun-kissed glow, a night serum that glides on to your face leaving a faint scent of apple blossom and witch hazel behind. The Intensive Treatments suit all ages (daisy, nasturtium, chicory, and gemstone extracts – rhodochrosite, black tourmaline and peridot); try the Clarifying Clay Mask or a Firming Mask, and then there’s regenerating creams and serums, hand creams, body cream. If you don’t know where to start try one of the kits (they make great presents too!).
A plethora of heavenly essences will delight your senses when you use Dr Hauschka Body Care; lemon grass, lavender, rose, spruce, sage; how could you ever leave? Rub in some Blackthorn Toning Body Oil, Quince Hydrating Body Milk, Rose Nurturing Body Cream, or use the Silk Body Powder with cooling gentian and oak extracts (great as a dry shampoo or a gentle deodorant too 😉). Use Dr Hauschka Hair Care to strengthen, invigorate and restore silkiness to lack-lustre locks; I love the Revitalising Hair & Scalp Tonic; it uses neem leaf extract, arnica, birch bark, rosemary, borage and horse chestnut, and it makes my hair shiny and swishy and more manageable.
Dr Hauschka Deodorants are free from aluminium chloride so they don’t block your pores; they won’t stain your clothes either – and oh yeah, mmm, they have just a subtle fragrance of rose or sage mint. And there’s more! Silky soft hand creams and oils with neem, apricot kernel, chamomile and anthyllis to protect and strengthen nails and cuticles; hydrating and deodorising foot creams.
And the Make Up! A staggering 80+ products, all of them 100% NATURAL! Foundation in 7 shades made with pomegranate, macadamia nut and coconut oils to hydrate and protect; loose powder to reduce oily shine to give a soft and fresh look, Bronzing Powder for a sun-kissed glow. A Light Reflecting Concealer to enhance colours and contours; eye pencils that almost slink on, made with anthyllis, quince wax and shea butter. Eyeshadows called lapis lazuli, rubellite, sapphire and jade, that highlight and reflect, adding sparkle to eyes. Mascaras that define and add volume, with eyebright and beeswax to soothe and protect those delicate fluttering lashes. Lip liners, and 18 sumptuous lipstick shades with names like hollyhock, bee orchid, paeony, and rosebay.
Sit back and browse our online store or come and soak up the vibrant Xmas atmosphere in our shop in Totnes; our beauty expert Tori will be happy to help if you’re not sure what to buy.
- Lydia Anderson
Salted Chocolate and Hazelnut Balls 0
Click the links to view on our website.
-250g Hazelnuts(50g for rolling)
-200g Medool Dates(or dried dates, soaked for an hour)
-2tbs Date syrup
-4tbs Cocoa/cacao powder(2tbs for rolling)
-1tbs Coconut oil(raw virgin)
-First toast the Hazelnuts on a baking tray in a low oven for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them as they can turn from 'lovely toasted' to 'burnt' very quickly. Once they are perfectly browned take them out of the oven and leave to cool.
-Put 200g of the Hazelnuts into a food processor, reserving 50g for rolling at the end. Pulse the nuts until they are coarsely ground. Then add the Dates and pulse again until a uniform mixture is resembled. Add the Date syrup, 2tbs of the Cocoa/cacao powder, Coconut oil, and a good pinch of salt. Pulse again and the mixture should resemble a sticky dough. If the mixture is too dry then you can add a touch more syrup.
-With wet hands, form the mixture into small(inch) balls.
-Now pulse or crush the remaining Hazelnuts and put in a bowl. Put the remaining 2tbs of Cocoa powder and a pinch of salt into another bowl. Roll some of the balls in the crushed Hazelnuts(really pressing the Hazelnusts into the balls) and the rest in the Cocoa and salt mixture.
-Set in the fridge for an hour. Enjoy!
These could be made without a food processor but would require a sharp knife and a lot of chopping!
- Tori Strong
Green Gifts Galore – Hampers, Vouchers and More! 0
Christmas is just around the corner, and don’t we know it! Town centres up and down the country are having their official Christmas lights switch on, the shops are decked to the rafters, and my, aren’t the young ‘uns getting excited! But there’s so much to do; school plays to see, Christmas carol concerts, cards to write, presents to buy, get togethers to plan…
Keep ahead of things this year and start your festive shopping a little earlier; that way you’ll be much more organised in the run up to Christmas and it won’t all be a last minute rush. If you’re worried about what to buy for people, fear not! Here at Greenlife, we’ve got all kinds of treats and goodies to bring a smile to everyone’s face – even the grumps who claim to hate Christmas!
If you’re truly stuck for ideas then the best option is to go for gift cards. You can buy Greenlife Gift Cards of £10, £20, £30, £50 or £100 to use on our online store; they’re sent by email with full instructions on how to redeem them, and we’re proud to say there are no hidden processing fees.
You can’t go wrong with a food hamper; it’s a great present as there’s always something to suit everyone. The Greenlife Organic Christmas Hamper and the Greenlife Free From Christmas Hamper (£65.00) are both brimming with delights – mince pies, champagne truffles, chocolate robins or penguins, olives, seeded crispbreads, gluten free Christmas pudding, Prosecco, French chestnuts, Yogi Christmas herbal tea, all wonderfully presented in a 16” wicker hamper with faux leather straps.
If you’ve got chocolate lovers to satisfy then the ever popular G&B Miniature Bar Dark Collection (£6.99) can’t fail to please; if you’re buying for friends or family with a particular diet we have Cocoa Libre Dairy Free Chocolate Santas & Reindeer (£2.99 for 6), made with rice milk chocolate, and they’re gluten, dairy, nut and wheat free. The Moo Free Dairy Free Hammy’s Selection Box (£4.79) has five yummy gluten, wheat, dairy, lactose and soya free treats inside. Who said vegans can’t have chocolate?!
Kids of all ages will adore Cocoa Loco Hot Chocolate Spoons; they come in dark, milk, white or marbled; just pop one into a cup of hot milk and let it melt. It’s a chocolate lover’s dream – great for stockings at just £1.70-£4.99. For a touch of sophistication go for Booja Fine de Champagne Truffles (£9.79 for 12) – this is melt-in-the-mouth chocolate heaven!
How about a bit of pampering? Who doesn’t like a bit of indulgence? We have some amazing gift ideas priced under £20.00. Fushi Natural Beauty Oils Gift Set has 10ml bottles of gorgeous, unrefined oils to treat your hair and skin - argan, avocado, carrot, calendula, cherry seed and rose. Or try the tropical Fushi Exotic Beauty Oils Gift Set, with tamanu, wild moringa, pomegranate, camelia, buriti and wild passion seed oils; both are beautifully packaged.
Pacifica Gift Sets in Tuscan Blood Orange or Indian Coconut Nectar are a luxuriously tropical treat of body butter, roll-on perfume, and lip tint, with the bonus of being 100% vegan and cruelty free. Or we have Green People Gift Sets of organic body wash and lotion enriched with essential oils; choose from Revive, Joyful or Energise, all smell equally divine.
Don’t forget we stock a wide range of the top selling Dr Hauschka beauty products. The Foundation can be a very thoughtful gift; with botanical extracts including pomegranate, coconut and macadamia oils, this will hydrate and protect skin, giving a light to medium coverage. It’s available in 7 different shades and is priced at £30.00. Or how about Dr Hauschka Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence, with jojoba, almond oils, extracts of horse chestnut and horsetail, it can’t fail to soothe the most frazzled of us! Just what you need after cooking Christmas dinner for Uncle Tom Cobley and all!
Give someone a gift for the home – we have a striking Amphora Essential Oil Burner, made from solid pewter and brass, with a very contemporary design; it’s priced at £14.50. Add some un-perfumed, vegan friendly Heaven Scent Tealights with it and that’s a fabulous gift; they come in packs of 24 and are made only from natural plant wax, with a cotton wick.
Incense is another good stocking filler; try Nitiraj Patchouli Incense - the sensual fragrance is said to attract money, growth, love and fertility! What wonderful gifts!
That should put a few ticks on your Christmas shopping list, and take some of the stress away – and don’t worry, if you buy online we’ll get it all wrapped and sent to you in plenty of time for Christmas if you order now. That gives you more time to enjoy the run up to this magical time of year!
Merry Christmas to you and yours x