on a positive note

Cocoa Metro drinking chocolate: more on this later

I finally got around to updating my MUA notepad. Somehow, I’d not managed to for months: the last update was back in January, and that was when I just managed to update “date of last update” before other updates I tried crashed into error messages.

The MUA set-up just wouldn’t play along with my usual computer and my usual browsers (tried: FF, Safari, Chrome, Opera; not tried IE because, well, it’s IE). Oddly enough, updating worked on my computer at home: elderly MacBook that’s nearing the end of its days, so it’s been retired to a rest-home where it gets to sit on a comfy chair and interact very gently with people who treat is with care and due deference. It’s been in this state for a good year or so now: I thought the poor thing was going to die on me, partly as it’s been a real workhorse computer, had acquired a good few cracks and batterings in the course of everday life and much opening and closing of the lid, and was now identifiable in any line-up from the unique patchwork of sticky tape covering it.

Last actual update would have been about six months ago. A lot changes in six months. A-Derma no longer being cruelty-free meant major moves in all my skincare, not least the two basics of soap and moisturiser. Discovering meadowfoam seed oil has simplified everything: there’s now just one oil for all purposes, head to toe. I’ve circled around and poked around at other things, but ended up back with older stuff that works. I’ve been dabbling in buying things from Etsy.

Here’s the current list of things: more on some of them next week, most of the others have been covered on here previously.


  • olive oil soap / savon de Marseille (Kiss My Face unscented): face & body cleanser
  • meadowfoam seed oil: eye makeup remover, precleanse (if more sunscreen or any face makeup), shaving oil, hair oil, face & body moisturiser, nail & cuticle oil
  • Get Lathered unscented solid Shampoo That Rocks
  • Get Lathered unscented solid Conditioner That Rolls


  • Everyday Shea unscented moisturizing body wash: as hand-wash, also used (with oats in a sock over the tap) in the bath
  • Jason PowerSmile non-SLS mint toothpaste with fluoride
  • Silk Naturals vitamin C peptide serum
  • Garden of Wisdom witch-hazel hydrosol
  • rosehip seed oil (currently Aura Cacia, usually NOW)
  • shea butter mixed with Badger unscented balm (= olive oil + beewswax): eye cream, lip balm, hand cream, balm for drier patches like elbows
  • BurnOut ocean tested sunscreen spf 30+: face, eyelids, body
  • BurnOut lip sunscreen spf 30+ (coconut flavour): lips, undereye area


  • solid perfume (vaguely rotating around three, though mainly Roxana Illuminated Perfume Hedera Helix)
  • a potassium alum / crystal rock spray, just the mineral salts in water
  • Chagrin Valley coconut silk cream deodorant


  • reusable cotton rounds (organic, made from PJ-type fleecy material), from an Etsy seller (there are several selling such things)
  • organic fair-trade Q-tips/cotton-wool buds (hand-imported from Marks & Spencer, UK)
  • cotton terry flannels/face-cloths (from numerous sources over the years; usually cheap)
  • towels (ditto)
  • Preserve toothbrush
  • Preserve razor
  • old glass nail-file (the Barbara Daly “makeup” range from Tesco’s, UK)
  • old wooden-backed wood-quill hairbrush (FSC wood, from The Body Shop)
  • old plastic comb (Kent)
  • things for hair: mainly assorted old bits of fabric, and recycled old tights (pantyhose for you Americans) which make very good elastics for securing plaits/braids


  • Muji: bag, lash comb/brush (synthetic), small foldable aluminium mirror, small curved nail-scissors
  • Reviva Labs mascara with old Stila Glamoureyes brush
  • Tarte Smooth Operator waterproof Amazonian clay concealer (mainly for eye area)
  • lippies: Lipstick Queen Medieval and Silk Naturals kisser slicker in Bitten
  • DIY knock-off of Silk Naturals perfecting powder, with zinc oxide powder added
  • Silk Naturals foundation

the “highest” they go is 60%; but I love the idea, they’re local, and they’re great backers of women’s organizations and charities. Roll on a 75% bar, pretty please?

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