Ingredients. What is in your skincare? And why should you care?

Preservatives, additives, colours, fragrance, SLS, parabens, and lots of words you can’t pronounce. These are some of the many ingredients you’ll find in skincare products. Do you know what you’re putting on, and effectively IN your body? Do you read labels? Your skin is your largest organ, and lets in whatever you apply to it. Therefore, I’m very careful with …

Soap – How do I store it?

Soap and shampoo bars are back in fashion you know! They’re environmentally friendly, readily available from local suppliers, affordable, and if they’re like mine, are made without chemical nasties. But, how do you store them? Storage… I’m glad you asked. You may have made the mistake of just leaving your soap in the shower, in a dish that does not …

Crunchy. You totally know what that means right?!

Crunchy, hippy, greeny, weird…I’ve been called all of these things recently; even by my husband! Say what?! Well, I’ve changed the way I/we live rather a lot over recent years. I even belong to a Facebook group with ‘crunchy’ in the title. I didn’t even know what crunchy meant when my friend suggested I might indeed BE crunchy. There’s a …

Healthy eating. What does it look like?

Healthy eating. What does that even mean? It means something different to everybody. If you’d like to know what it means to me, then read on MacDuff, and I’ll explain what our family does. Around 8 years ago I was working in Wellington. One of my colleagues was becoming leaner, fitter, healthier, and happier right before my eyes. When I …

Wash, exfoliate, clean…what’s your routine?

Have you ever thought about your daily cleaning/beauty regime? How do you clean your skin? Do you know what’s in the products you use? Do you really need to use all of those fancy lotions and potions? Let’s examine my routine for a moment. And this is only what I do; not necessarily what you should do. I’d just like …

Totally Balmy balm. What is it for exactly?

What is balm? If you type this into Google, you get the following: balm – bɑːm/ A fragrant cream or liquid used to heal or soothe the skin. In terms of the two balms made by Totally Balmy; Chocalicious, and Sweet Sensation, that is fairly accurate. The balms are quite different from one another, and both have a multitude of …

Bubble and squeak…

Come again? What are you on about I hear you say! Well, I have a question for you. A few in fact. Have you ever wondered what makes your body wash lather so well? How do they get it to smell so good? Where does the colour come from? You may have heard of some of the following; triclosan, sodium …

Make the change….

And your whole body will love you for it. Change is hard. I get it. But, you’re worth it. And you can start with just one small step. That’s how all the best things start. Start what? Your road to a healthier you. How? By changing one part of your daily routine. Deodorant. Easy peasy. If you turn over your …

Why am I Totally Balmy?

Why did I start my business? This is a bit of a long story, so bear with me. It all started with lip balm… Illness as a teenager I suffered a lot in my teenage years with acne, heavy periods, and finally depression. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) by a dermatologist when I was 14. She told …

Keep on truckin…

Day 20 of no sugar. That’s quite phenomenal considering I haven’t changed my social habits. Therefore, I’ve smelt the cake and coffee across the table from me. I’ve seen the dessert gobbled down by those around me. Yet, I’ve kept on trucking. The only reason I’ve been able to do so is because I KNOW how good it feels when …