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Healthy Recipes

Coconut & Vanilla Muffin Recipe

This coconut & vanilla muffin recipe was given to me by one of my blogging friends who I met recently. Adelaise is a lifestyle blogger who loves very similar topics to myself ; wellbeing, ethical lifestyle, and of course healthy recipe ideas. Adelaise is mum to a teenage son, and works as a marketing specialist for a charity in Derby. At weekends you will normally…

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Reaping the rewards with Meadow Skin Care

Thanks to the growing number of brands who are passionate about finding alternatives to chemical ingredients, finding natural and sustainable beauty products is becoming so much easier.  I’m delighted to introduce my latest natural beauty find, Meadow Skincare, a capsule collection of organic skincare blended in small batches using only vegan, nut-free and 100% plant-derived ingredients. Created by psychotherapist Kelly Spinks and massage therapist Wendy…

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How the OHMat is taking yoga by storm

As yoga continues to be one of the most practiced forms of exercise across the globe, our desire for organic and sustainable yoga wear and accessories is also growing.  Inspired by her own yoga journey,  Dutch yoga practitioner turned yoga mat creator, Debbie Jongejan, has turned a dream into a successful business.  I interviewed her to find out how she has moved from working behind…

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The Secret to Sleep Problems

Sleep is such a big part of our lives, yet so many of us struggle to get a full 8 hours. Some of us who have experienced sleepless nights will know how hard it can be. Sometimes in the small hours of the night, everything seems a lot more heightened, problems seem bigger and anxiety more gripping. In fact the more I toss and turn,…

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Carrot and Coconut Soup

I am always looking for new ways to be healthier, and I believe simplicity is best; being healthy needs to be easy too. Recently I’ve been making myself soup for lunch, as it’s really easy to prepare, it fills me up, and stops me snacking throughout the afternoon. I often use a Sage Risotto Plus to make my soups. If you follow me on Instagram…

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Why I’m dipping into Atlantis Skincare

I love discovering new, natural beauty brands and my latest find is Atlantis Skincare. Founded by cosmetologist Zane Piese, all the products are hand-blended and created using plant-derived waxes, rare oils, exotic butters, herbal extracts and essential oils.  Zane’s passion for all-things-natural came from her mum, a doctor of traditional medicine in Latvia, where she grew up. Beginning her career with a well-known cosmetic company,…

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About Me

About Me

Welcome to Does It Work, my blog dedicated to sharing my quest to live a healthier, less toxic and more natural way of life. If you want to look good and feel great, are eager to avoid chemical-overload in your life - and find effective alternatives to every day products, you've come to the right place! I'm passionate about finding organic and natural alternatives to mainstream products. Why? Because I really believe they are better for us - and for our environment. We use so many chemical-laden products in our homes, and on our skin and hair, that it's vital to be mindful of what we’re using, not just for our own health, but for our children, pets and the planet. My passion for natural, safer alternatives has also been fuelled by the fact that my mum died of cancer when she was very young, something that could well be attributed to the prevalence of potentially harmful ingredients commonly used in hair products and skincare, food additives and chemicals found in the environment. I've always shared my recommendations and experiences of products, treatments and therapies that I've tried and tested with my clients (I'm a professional hairdresser), and through my blog, I can reach a new and wider audience. As well as my expertise in hair, I have considerable knowledge and experience of alternative therapies and techniques, including Reiki, meditation, Feng Shui, EFT, NLP and martial arts. I’ve been actively researching, and testing as many products that I can over the last 10 years. From skincare and make-up, to food and even homeware, I’ve been incorporating the best of what I find into my daily life - and I’ve never felt better. And now I'm sharing it with you, so you can read about things that I've road-tested – and take your pick of the products that I've tried. I'm glad to have you on board and look forward to hearing about your experiences too.
Natalie X

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