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Living with ovarian cysts

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Damn hormones!

Since coming off the pill last year, I’ve suffered regulary with ovarian cysts. A problem that’s all the more scary for a BRCA1 carrier. Some are bigger and more painful than others, and there’s nothing fun about looking 5 months pregnant with a lump! Aside from the transvaginal ultrasounds and ca125 monitoring, a more mundane problem for me has been the less than glamourous effects of the hormonal imbalance.

The worst cyst I had was last May, it was a big ‘un, and it kept me in bed for a while, as I was unable to hold my body straight (it felt like something would snap if I did). So when I started to notice that the smell of my pits was far from desirable just after stepping out of the shower, I’d had enough.

I’d been making my own aloe vera-based deodorant for a while already, but it just wasn’t strong enough for this extreme case. So I made the best of being stuck inside and got to experimenting. My lifesaver can be found in most kitchens – bicarbonate of soda. I started using this as deodorant, and it changed everything.

Do it yourself

Once you’ve tried this, you’ll never go back to spending money on store-bought chemical-filled products! (it’s best to use a powdery one rather thain a super grainy/salt-like one)

Option 1 –

simply sprinkleĀ half a teaspoon’s worth onto your palms, and rub it onto your (dry!!) underarms

Option 2 –

grab a small empty pot and add a few teaspoons of bicarb (depending on how long you want to make it for – a few teaspoons shoud easily last a week), then mix in a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Avoid citrusy ones like lemon if your skin is going to be exposed to the sun, this puts you in danger of melanoma. I like frankinsence, (smells great, and apparetly killed OC cells in a petri dish – story to be taken with a pinch of salt of course) atlas cedar and Egyptian geranium personally.


Have fun… let me know how it works out for you!! šŸ™‚

Refreshing anti-blackhead face mask

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Why buy industrially produced facemasks when you can make one yourself much cheaper?? Not only is it cheaper, but it’s also 100% natural & free from carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and various irritants. I made myself a little pickmeup last night as I noticed I was getting a lot of blackheads, and living in a heavily polluted city often takes its toll & makes me feel grubby by the end of the day. This morning I’m feeling fresh, soft and pretty enough for a makeup-free selfie šŸ˜‰

When you add water, the molecules in clay have a kind of elecrtic charge, this means it can teaseĀ out oils or other impurities stuckĀ in your pores, and also fill them with it’s mineral goodness.

Try it yourself

You can vary the quantities if you want to share this with some friends, or use it on your neck, shoulders & back.

I used 1 tablespoon of green clay & half a teaspoon of activated charcoal powder. Add a little water and mix into a paste, there should be enough water that it’s not too thick to rub evenly on your skin, but not too much that it’s excessively liquid.

Leave it on for 10 – 20 minutes before washing off with warm water. (it’s a good idea to splash your face with cold water afterwards to close your pores up) The longer you leave it on, the more it’ll dry up & tighten, so if you have especially dry skin, maybe just leave it for 10 minutes. To finish, apply your usual night cream.


Enjoy xx



Endocrine disruptors and other useless rubbish

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We’ve spoken a lot about the good stuff, so let’s think a bit more about the bad stuff, what it is and what it does to our bodies.

I’ll start by naming and shaming my (ex) conditioner of choice: John Frieda – luxurious volume conditioner.

The offender contains fragrance, diazolidinyl urea and iodopropyl butylcarbamate… pffff take a breather if you tried to pronounce that one.


So this one’s dangerous because basically it’s a hiding place for things that the company doesn’t want to name. We can’t know what they all are, but we can assume that there is some ‘artificial fragrance’ in there. The danger here is the presence of endocrine disruptors. We’ll get on to that in a minute.

more info here

Diazolidinyl urea

Yummy. So this is a chemical preservative. It’s the non-celebrity cousin of parabens, and is the most commonly used in cosmetics after them. This criminal has been shown to release formaldehyde… and you’ve probably seen that on… cigarrette packs… Studies have shown that at certain concentrations, it’s sfe, but why use potentially dangerous chemicals when you can use natural preservatives? It’s sometimes labelled as Germall II and Germall 115, so check your labels thoroughly. It’s a known irritant and although we should all avoid it, I especially urge eczema sufferers to rid their bathroom cabinets of it.

Iodopropyl butylcarbamate

Another preservative, which is also commonly used in wood and paint… Good enough for a tin of paint? Stick it in the human body then!  :/ According to EU regulations, it is prohibited to put this in ‘leave-on’ products like body lotion or face cream. It’s allowed in my conditioner because I wash it off… but does any girl wash her conditioner off without letting it sink in for at least a minute or two? It’s also prohibited to use this in products for children under three, but would you really put something into your child’s body when they’re, say, four, that was considered dangerous to them less than 12 months ago?

Endocrine disruptors

These are chemicals that interfere with your hormone system. Hormone disruption can lead to cancer, cognitive problems, fertility problems and physical development problems among many other things that we shouldn’t be risking by unknowingly putting this poison into our bodies. In terms of development, the most critical time for this is the time between the fertilisation of an egg and becoming a fully formed child, so be especially aware of this during pregnancy and your child’s early ears.

Why are they doing this to us?



Borage oil

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Today’s featured ingredient is borage oil…


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Borage oil isn’t the best-smelling oil out there… but it has super anti-aging qualities. No pain, no gain… ?

The oil from the borage (or starflower) plant is very nourishing for the skin and acts as an anti-inflamatory. It’s also an excellent moisturiser that leaves the skin feeling soft and supple.

Of course the information should be taken with a pinch of salt, but if you’ve read the my storyĀ section of the site, you’ll know why I like to marinate myself in anything that has so much as been suggested as having Ā any anti-cancer properties, and studies have shown that the oil has cancer cell fighting elements.

So this is why I made my night time ‘beauty juice.’ It’s a little bottle of skin wonders, with evening primrose oil, prune oil (the very best-smelling oil), musk rose oil, fig oil and vitamin E. To be applied to clean dry skin before you go to bed, you’ll wake up with a face like a baby’s bum šŸ˜‰


Get itĀ here.

Find out more about borage oilĀ here.