Lifespan of modern cloth nappies and how many do i need?

These are some very common questions asked by customers, and although the answers to these are very open and vary widely, we have outlined some aspects to keep in mind in relation to these queries.

1) Purchase Amount

There are numerous things to consider when choosing which bundle to purchase, as well as knowing how long your purchase can be expected to last.

And although cloth nappies are amazing in reducing waste and family expenditure, they are not immortal, and will indeed become the most used and washed items for the first few years of your child’s life, going through hundreds and hundreds of washes (more for smaller stash sizes)!

As per the below information, this is our recommendation for a FULL-TIME Exclusive user for approximately 2+ years for both the newborn and older size.

MINI Full-time: (Average Change 1-2 Hours)

Shells 6-9 (Shells easily wiped down between changes)

Inserts 18-27

OSFM Full-Time: (Average change 2-3 hours)

Shells 9-12 (Shells are easily wiped down between changes)

Inserts 27

Boosters 9-12 (Heavy Wetters, Day and Night Naps, Overnight Use)

 

2) Lifespan of Cloth Nappies

Regarding the lifespan of your Bare + Boho nappies, here are some things to consider:

1)    Whether you use our system exclusively full-time or part-time

2)    Frequency and Routine of washing

3)    Urine and feces acidity

4)    Changing timeframe

5)    Fabric details

6)    OSFM does not mean longer lasting/will fit numerous children.

Exclusive full-time use versus rotational use:

Cloth nappies in general, will undergo extreme conditions, and so having more items in your stash will allow for more rotation, and in turn offering each insert and shell more recovery time between reuse. (Imagine having only 2 pairs of undies for a year and washing them daily, they will wear much faster than in comparison to having a stash of 9-12 undies in rotation.)

Our nappies are designed as a snap-in-snap-out system, with reusable shells. This was designed to offer the option for ultra minimalism with less nappy shells than most brands in a stash at any one time.

This does mean however, that for exclusive full-time Bare + Boho users with minimal stashes, that our shells will undergo more wear and tear than usual brands and will undergo more use than compared to larger stashes with higher rotation of shells to use.

Opting for a smaller stash, is also great as when the time comes to replace your limited number of shells, you can purchase at a later date our shell-only or insert-only packs. Essentially buying only as you need, based on experience for what works for your family.

To give you an idea of what common stash sizes are; industry norms promote having about 18-36 nappies for full-time use (shells and inserts) in your stash at any one time. Our bundles offer much lower numbers of shells, which in turn create a minimal stash. When directly compared to a stash of same size in any other leading brand though, the lifespan of our nappies and shells is completely industry standard.

The other option to consider is the use of our MINI range. In choosing to use MINI nappies for the first few months of your child’s life, will enable the sharing of the wear and tear of nappies over the course of your child’s nappy years. Rather than exclusive OSFM from birth to toilet training, having MINI’S in your stash, and exposing them to less use in comparison to OSFM, will mean you can use them for future babies too.

Washing and Drying:

Wash routines needs to take in to consideration two aspects: 1) Washing more regularly is more hygienic, yet will wear on nappies. 2) Delaying washing by spacing out days, will result in urine and feces wearing down nappies.

Also to consider, is the type of water you have and the type (and amount) of cleaning products/detergent used on your nappies.

So ultimately we recommend washing every 2nd day as a general norm.

Ensuring to Follow as a basic guide, our "washing guideline" available under the “Baby” Tab.

Awareness for urine and feces acidity:

Urine and feces when left too long can deteriorate nappies. At various stages of a baby’s growth, their waste may go through varying stages of density, acidity and colour.

Ensuring longer lifespan from your inserts mean being aware of these issues, and if you child is prone to acidic waste (such as when teething or dehydrated), it is best to not have the inserts sitting with waste on them too long between washes.

A way to avoid this, is to follow the recommended extra step as stated in the "washing guidelines", found under the "Baby" Tab on our navigatio  Bar:

"Recommended Optional Extra (Newborn Poo/teething/acidic urine): Hand rinse soiled insert under laundry tap to remove any excess waste, squeeze water out, then place in your dry pail until ready to wash".

*Check out our Washing Tips Page for more info on Dry Pailing.*

Changing Timeframe:

Cloth nappies are made with completely different materials to disposables. Disposables contain elements such as synthetic absorbent gels (EG. Super Absorbent Polymer SAP) making them fast absorbing, unlike natural fibres like Hemp or Bamboo. Cloth nappies are best changed approximately every 2 hours-MAX 3 hours (overnight an exception for non acidic overnight urine), as this ensures baby’s bottom is left feeling fresh, and avoids leaks.

Fabric Differentiation:

We have opted for Organic Hemp and a bamboo-cotton blend for our inserts due to the durability, lessened environmental impact when manufacturing and degrading, and better for baby’s skin due to less chemicals involved when milling.

Hemp and cotton are very durable, however Hemp alone can be quite a stiff fabric, so once washed, stretching the insert is recommended once dried.

We introduced the Bamboo-cotton blend as it is more soft long-term, and the blend of the natural cotton is more durable than normal bamboo-only inserts.

Choosing which insert works best for you can be based again on whether you choose to use our inserts exclusively, or on rotation with other branded. If using on rotation with other brands, the lifespan of the inserts will be extended, however if using our inserts exclusively full-time, then you may wish to have a mixture of the Hemp and Bamboo-cotton. You can also invest in your fabric preference later on with our insert-only bundles.

Another factor to consider is climate, as natural fibres will need longer to dry. So having a minimal stash of inserts is more suitable for warmer climates, and in colder and wetter climates, a larger stash is recommended.

Reality of OSFM (One-Size-Fits-Most):

OSFM nappies are fabulous as they allow families to skip extra purchasing of sized nappies as iittle ones grow. It does not mean however, that the nappy itself will last the entire journey.

OSFM nappies and their alternative -specific sized nappies (S/M/L)- are developed using the same structure and materials, so they will not endure any more wear, tear and washing than OSFM nappies.

To gain optimal use out of a OSFM system, it is ideal to be prepared to have a large enough stash to rotate, or be prepared to purchase components (shells/inserts) as you need during the lifespan of your child’s nappy years.

 

Vegan Mushroom & Lentil Samosa

My family, and Hunter especially, love these little hand samosas!

I mix up the fillings each time, varying the legumes and veggies used as they are a great way to use any leftover veggies you may have!

You can stir-fry ingredients in a skillet as below, or use your slow cooker and add everything to stew slowly during the day to make the filling extra soft and juicy!

They are so easy to make, and so tasty! Not to mention a good way to disguise legumes or veggies if your children are not so enthusiastic!

Hope you enjoy! xo

 

For the Filling:

  • Organic Cold-Pressed coconut oil
  • 300g mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large leek, white and pale green parts only, cleaned and chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 2 cups slow-cooked brown lentils (Or soaked overnight & left to sprout or 2x Canned variety)
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Amino "soy" sauce
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries/sultanas/raisins
  • 1/2 cup Nuts/Seeds (chopped or grounded if feeding little ones)
  • 1 teaspoon Apple cider Vinegar (Optional)
  • Celtic Salt and pepper to taste

For the Pastry:

  • frozen Fillo pastry
  • Olive oil/coconut oil

Method:

  1. To make the filling, begin by coating the bottom of a large pan with coconut oil. When the oil is hot, add the vegetables. Sauté for about 10 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic, thyme and rosemary, and sauté about 1 minute more, until very fragrant.

  2. Add the lentils, soy sauce, cranberries, Nuts/Seeds, and vinegar to the skillet. Flip everything a few times to incorporate, and then remove the skillet from the heat. Taste test the mixture and season with salt (if needed) and pepper to taste. Adjust any other seasonings to your liking.

  3. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a couple of baking trays with parchment paper.

  4. Remove the Fillo from the package. Remove one sheet and arrange it on a work surface with one of the wider sides facing you. Cover the rest of the Fillo sheets with a damp dish towel to prevent them from drying out.

  5. Brush the top of the Fillo sheet with coconut oil. Place a heaping 1/4 cup of the filling in one of the corners closest to you, leaving about an inch between it and the sides. Fold the sheet in half, width-wise, so it covers the filling. Fold the sheet in half again, width wise. At this point you should have a 4-layer strip of pastry extending away from you with the filling located near the end towards you. Fold the section with the filling at an angle away from you, forming a triangle containing the filling. Fold the triangle away from you. Continue folding in this manner, so the pastry wraps the filling as you fold, gently pressing the pastry between folds to work out any big air pockets. At the end you should just have a triangular pocket containing the filling. Place it on the baking sheet.

  6. Continue folding pies until you run out of filling and Fillo. Arrange them all on the baking sheet and brush the tops with coconut oil. Cut a slit or two in each with a sharp knife.

  7. Bake the pies until golden, 22-25 minutes.

  8. Serve with Super Simple Vegan Gravy or vegan dipping sauce or with salad!

 

(Recipe and photo thanks to: www.connoisseurusveg.com)

Jordan Mcgregor
Why I Stayed Away from Baby Wipes & Chose CLOTH Instead!

I never felt good about the idea of using commercial disposable baby wipes on my son- the fragrances, the suspicious ingredients, the excess packaging, the pharmaceutical companies behind the brands- and yet I had no idea about the alternative of using cloth wipes!

At the time, I was spending a fortune on various brands of Eco-Organic Bamboo disposable wipes from my local health food store, trying to stock up whenever there was a sale, and yet knew the amount of money I was spending on them was not sustainable long term, and still the idea of them irked me as I knew how sensitive our skin is- being the body's largest organ.

When I ventured the world of cloth nappies, I came across the concept of cloth baby wipes, and I was hooked! I couldn't believe I had not thought of it earlier, but was so excited to start quitting disposable wipes and start reusing cloth.

I started by making my own DIY Cloth wipes using old towels- cut them up into wipe-size squares, and away I went! However over time, they frayed- badly, and I am by no means handy with sewing, so after a wash the frays would all tangle, and I would have to cut the squares apart! Talk about nightmare. Not to mention they weren't the softest fabric to wipe my son's bottom with.

So I knew I wanted to incorporate a gorgeously soft and well-made cloth wipe to my business collection to make cloth wipes accessible to other mums. Our cloth wipes are the perfect addition to your nappy routine and beyond as they make great bottom wipes, face wipes, body washers and handkerchiefs. They are made with super soft bamboo, and can be reused and washed over and over, saving you so much money over the course of your little one's life.

 

SO WHY CHOOSE CLOTH WIPES?!

- The most cost-effective option

- Create less waste in the landfill

- Help you avoid use irritating soaps and chemicals on your baby's delicate bottom.

- Cloth does a MUCH better job cleaning poopy bottoms than disposables, as the fabric grabs the mess and makes cleanups easier!

- They're better at keeping your hands mess-free, as opposed to disposable wipes which are so thin and don't offer as much protection.

TYPICAL INGREDIENTS IN DISPOSABLE WIPES:

Most baby wipes, whether they are so called “natural” or not, contain 5 types of ingredients:

  1. Water
  2. Synthetic cleansers
  3. Product enhancers (which are used for smooth application, skin absorption, lumpiness prevention, ph-adjusting, etc)
  4. Synthetic preservatives (which prevent bacteria growth)
  5. Skin conditioners

-In each ingredient category, ingredients vary on the scale of toxicity.

-All baby wipes use synthetic cleansers and most of them (even plant-based ones) use toxic chemicals in their manufacture. 

-Product enhancing ingredients are relatively ok, although some of them may be quite toxic. 

-As for preservatives (and they have to be used in baby wipes because a moist environment is a breeding ground for bacteria), they are the most problematic group in baby wipes. 

-There are no synthetic preservatives that are absolutely free of any concerns.  Again, it is a matter of toxicity degree. (Info source from www.ireadlabelsforyou.com)

CHECK YOUR LABELS:

While various toxic chemicals have been banned in recent years from body and baby care items due to understanding more of the dangers from use of them such as cancer, allergic rections, endocrine malfunction etc (Scary stuff isn't it!), there are still many that are included that are cause for much concern, and honestly NOT worth the risk to our child's undeveloped immune system, lack of blood-brain barrier and super thin ultra absorbent skin.

Body care products are classified as "medical devices" and hence their long term effects from use on the body are often untested or accurately tested, and unknown, and companies are able to use loopholes to include chemicals in their products that may not be optimal for health.

So, I encourage us all to do more research into every single product used on or around our little ones and ourselves, as I can assure you, there are many products we should be concerned about using.

The safest option for Body & Baby Cleaning Products and one that I follow:

-cut out what you can

-DIY using plant-food grade materials where possible

-research ethical organic plant based brands that are grass-roots and hands-on in the production of their products

-choose vegan-friendly not-tested-on-animals products

-reevaluate the lifestyle you wish to live and raise your little one within.

 

So, let's chat more about CLOTH WIPES! Because, there is NO greater alternative that these!

CLEANING BABY:

Cleaning is so simple, easy and cheap! Just add water and wipe! Though you may want to use a homemade DIY solution too.

Another option, is to keep a roll of toilet paper next to your changing station to use for grabbing the worst of the waste and flush that, and then finishing off with the wet cloth wipe to give a good clean. This is the easiest for once baby starts solids.

STORAGE:

There are so many ways to make cloth work for you. You can either store them dry, and keep a bottle handy to spray baby's bottom with water before wiping. Or you can store them wet, so they are ready to go with each change! I personally would keep them dry under the sink, and on my way to changing my son, would grab and few and wet them under the sink.

ON-THE-GO:

Taking cloth wipes on the go is also so easy! Using a wetbag, add some wet or dry wipes so that they are all stashed together with your nappy change items. Taking a spritzer bottle or one of our gorgeous bamboo spray bottles, when out and about just give your baby's bottom a spray or spray the wipes directly before use. Then store the dirty wipes in the dirty storage section of your wetbag and add to your laundry when you return home.

LAUNDRY:

Just throw your dirtied cloth wipe into your dry nappy bucket/laundry sink until ready to wash your items (dirty inserts/nappies/baby clothes etc). They can be washed with your cloth nappies and line or tumble dried on low.

So there you have it! Cloth Wipes are SUPER easy, cheaper, better for the environment and better for your little one.

xo

Jordan Mcgregor
FAQ About the NEW features of our Nappies!

We love ANSWERING your QUESTIONS! ❤️🌺🌸

Here are a few we have received from mums about our Nappies & the NEW FEATURES WE NOW OFFER!

👶MINI COLLECTION vs. OSFM COLLECTION?

👶VELCRO vs. SNAPS

👶ORGANIC HEMP INSERTS vs. BAMBO-COTTON INSERTS

 

1) MINI vs OSFM:

Our Mini Collection is designed to fit Newborns very well those first couple of months, as well as premature babies. They range 2-5kg so provide a better fit for generally the first 2-3 months depending on the weight of your baby. They have their own Hemp Inserts that are designed for newborn bottoms, rather than being as bulky as our OSFM which can be very big in a newborn, and seem to fit best from about 5kg, which for most bubs is 1-3 months Post birth. Although I do have some mums who birthed bigger babies and the OSFM fitted from birth on the smallest setting. So it it entirely up to you and also depends if the investment will be worth it, which it will be if you plan on having more children to use them with, that way having a few newborn nappies in your stash would be helpful.

Alternatively if you choose to go OSFM from birth which is another popular choice by my customers, The SUPER bundle Is best value for money offering a large stash size to cover newborn to toddler. However you may wish to add more shells to extend lifespan of them so you have more on rotation.

 

2) VELCRO VS SNAPS:

So snaps are the popular choice among mums because they tend to be more durable long term. However Velcro is easier to use, particularly for grandparents/dads etc seem to prefer this option rather than fussing with the snaps. Velcro does give a more personal fit as you can size it however you wish, whereas the snaps are set in place and so you need to fit according to the snaps. But a popular choice appears to be having majority in your stash featuring Snaps, with one or two featuring Velcro.

 

3) HEMP VS BAMBOO:

This is another completely personal choice and generally it is a decision Mums come to after trialing a few different fabrics they tend to choose one or the other. Hemp is my favourite due to being 100% natural and unprocessed fabric that is grown organically and is completely sustainable plant. It is also the absorbent fabric as it is a heavy fabric. This does however mean it takes longer to dry which isn't ideal for those who live in colder areas or during winter time, and also they tend to hold onto smell a bit More due to being such a dense fibre, and hence need a longer washing time. But apart from that hemp is a popular choice and a preference among many mums. 

Bamboo is generally a slightly cheaper option which does impact on decision making, and although stems from a natural source being the bamboo plant, it does undergo extensive processing to convert to a fibre so it is not a natural fibre, yet more Eco than synthetics of course. Our Bamboo Inserts are blended with cotton, so there are no added synthetic blends. Bamboo-Cotton does also make for an absorbent fabric and is probably the most popular choice across brands as it is cheaper and efficient. Bamboo also retains softness as opposed to Hemp which because it is such a dense fibre, can feel more stiff. Once again completely personal preference, and we do offer with our bundle packs the chance to mix up your stash with bamboo and Hemp.

I hope you find this helpful! There is more informatio on our FAQ section.

Hope you all have a wonderful Week!

💕🌺🌸👶

Jordan Mcgregor
Vegan "No-sausage" Rolls ( Potato, chickpea, spinach)

Hunter loves vegan sausage rolls! I fill them with varying ingredients, such as mushrooms, various nuts, pumkin, potato etc! You can make so many varieties of these sausage rolls!

These will be a perfect vegan snack for the kids at Christmas and for school holidays!

Hope you enjoy! xo

Ingredients

  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • ½ red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 200g Golden sweet potato
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp tumeric
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp Filtered Water
  • 100g Organic spinach leaves
  • 400g can Organic Chickpeas
  • Pinch Celtic Salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • Puff pastry
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Finely dice the onion. Melt the Coconut Oil in a large frypan over a medium heat and cook the onion for 4-5 minutes until very soft and translucent.
  2. Finely grate or crush the garlic and finely grate the ginger. Add these to the onion and cook for a further minute.
  3. Grate the sweet potato and add to the frypan. Cook for 8-10 minutes until softened.
  4. Sprinkle over the cumin, tumeric, nutmeg and water and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  5. Roughly chop the spinach leaves and stir these through. Continue to cook the mixture, stirring regularly, until the vegetables are cooked well.
  6. Drain the can of chickpeas, reserving the liquid. Add the chickpeas plus 2 tbsp of the liquid from the can to a food processor and pulse to a rough puree.
  7. Stir the chickpeas through the vegetable mixture until well combined and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Set the mixture aside to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  9. While the mixture is cooling, defrost 2 sheets of frozen flaky puff pastry.
  10. Once the vegetable mixture has cooled, finely chop the coriander and parsley. Stir these through the vegetable mixture.
  11. Place half the vegetable mixture onto each pastry sheet about ⅓ of the way up the sheet. Using your hands form it into a sausage shape the length of the pastry sheet. Roll the pastry around the filling, as firmly as possible without stretching the pastry, until you have a roll shape with approximately 1 inch overlap of pastry. Trim the excess pastry if necessary.
  12. Transfer the rolls to the freezer for 30 minutes to set a little which will make them easier to cut.
  13. Preheat the oven to 180C Fan Bake. Line a baking sheet with parchment or greaseproof paper.
  14. After 30 minutes, remove the rolls from the freezer. Brush with Coconut Oil over the top of each roll and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  15. Using a very sharp knife, cut them to your desired length. Place the cut rolls onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until the pastry is golden.

Notes

This recipe makes two large rolls, which can then be cut into 6-8 pieces. If you prefer for finger food or little hands you can make 4 smaller rolls by cutting each pastry sheet in half lengthways and dividing the mixture into quarters.

If the rolls collapse a bit during baking and the filling spills out, once the pastry is golden and they are out of the oven, use two dessert spoons - one of either side of the sausage roll - to gently push the filling back into the pastry into a roll shape.

(Recipe & Image thanks to: http://www.thefaresage.com)

Jordan Mcgregor
Helpful HEMP Tips!

I loved my Organic Hemp Inserts from the moment I first tried them with my son, and since making the switch early on in our cloth nappy journey, I never looked back.

But in saying that, Hemp is an unusual fibre; it is the most absorbent natural material known, but it also is a slow absorber, and is more complex than the rest when it comes to cloth nappies.

so I thought maybe I could offer some helpful tips about how to care for them, discuss  potential Smell issues and chat Washing tips specifically related to Organic Hemp Fabric use.

My original prototype hemp inserts were much more basic than the new versions we offer now,and I love the new ones even more! Yet we are always wanting to work on ways to improve our collection!. currently working on a prototype for a potential addition of a Tri-Fold Hemp Insert to our collection...But I will chat about that another time!

 

WASHING & DRYING:

Because of the tightening of fibres when wet, Hemp also has the tendency to retain more than other fibres. So washing and drying them can mean trialing a few different methods to best suit your needs and situation.

there are various factors involved in getting a good wash for you, such as:

your water hardness, your choice of detergent, your water temperature, cycle length, drying time, etc.

I have mentioned my ultra basic wash routine (Cold Water rinse dirty inserts only, then extended wash cycle with soapnuts and Essential Oils, then a rinse cycle to finish, followed by Line-drying outside in sunlight. I also used Oxygen Bleach for a good soaking every now and then for both inserts & shells). and I used this routine the entire time I used cloth nappies and had no issues.

but there are many factors as mentioned above as to why each family may need to tailor their washing routine to their situation.

EVERYDAY BASIC WASHING TIPS:

-Hemp Inserts can be used after just one wash. However, because of the natural oils in hemp, multiple washings are recommended before they reach maximum absorbency to strip the oils.

-Wash on cold/Warm (Ideal 30-45 degrees but Max 60 degrees)

-Tumble Dry on lowest Heat option.

-Over-drying or Over-washing on high heat can cause extreme shrinkage in hemp/cotton fabric. Although some shrinkage of the fabric and around the edges is common of hemp/cotton fabric, over-drying or hot washing/drying can cause the fabric to become misshapen. 

-No bleach (apart from occasional oxygen Bleach), enzymes, or additives recommended to be used on hemp.

HEMP INSERTS SMELLING:

Organic Hemp fibers are slow to release moisture in the dry cycle of your washing Machine or dryer, they take about twice the drying energy of synthetic, cotton or bamboo (viscose) fibers.

If hemp is not completely dried, the moisture trapped deep in the fibers causes common bacteria to activate - this can give off a strong smell or ammonia (especially strong as soon as baby urinates).

If this is the case, your child may be a heavy wetter or have slightly acidic urine, and so following our washing guide extra recommended tip can help: Once used and before placing the insert in the dry pail to await washing, give the insert a rinse under the laundry tap and wring out excess water. Then place in dry pail.

This will avoid the urine sitting in the insert too long and potentially causing damage and smell.

You can also potentially cure this with a dose of oxygen bleach added to your washing machine followed by extended drying. even it they are dry to the touch, hemp can be deceiving, and so ensuring they are dry through is important to avoid retention of moisture.

another reason causing smell on your inserts, could be due to the use of too much detergent when washing, resulting in a build up. A possible solution is Trialing cutting back on detergent when washing the Inserts, opting instead for a longer water wash or rinse cycle on the machine.

Another idea to cleanse the inserts is every now and then washing the Hemp Inserts only, on a very hot wash (60 degrees)- allowing them to run through and strip the fibres. Hemp is very durable so won't be affected, but please no PUL products such as our Nappy Shells to be washed in hot water (above 60 degrees).

Hard water and bore water also can cause issues.

DRYING & STIFFNESS:

Sun drying or Air-drying is ideal always, however this is not always an option depending where you live. When drying best is out of intense sunlight, as the sunlight will make them more stiff to touch. but otherwise if you have a dryer you can finish off the drying time in the dryer. This will also aid them in softening up!

giving them a good scrunch and stretch to soften up before putting on Hunter was great.

After the inserts have dried and if they feel stiff, stretching both ends and the gussets out, or giving them a hit against your machine, or scrunching them up before use makes them more pliable. Once the inserts are on your baby, they will naturally soften and shape to baby's bottom.

SHRINKING WHEN WET:

Hemp is the strongest natural fiber on the planet.  It was used for centuries by seamen as the primary rope for mooring ships and tying anchors.  Hemp is made to become stronger in water because the individual fibers bind together very tightly.

So once you have washed them and whilst they are still wet, give them a tug on each end of the insert, as well as the gussets, to stretch out so that they dry in the extended shape desired. This May be a bit of a pain, but this is just the nature of using natural fibres and in my case, was definitely worth it!

Please feel free anytime to contact us directly via email/FB if you have any further questions!

Hemp is an amazing fabric to use, but it is also probably the most complex of fibres. that is the nature of opting for a completely natural product! It Works a bit differently than synthetic options, but in the long run, is great for earth and baby.

 

Jordan Mcgregor
Vegan Leek & Broccoli Tarts

Vegan ~ Soy-Free

These tarts are perfect for entertaining, events and for kids! These will definitely be on our Christmas menu for our big Vegan feast with the family this year!

Pie Crust:

1/2 cup Blanched Almond Meal

1/2 cup Plain Flour

1/2 Tsp Celtic Salt

2 Tbsp Chilled Coconut Oil

2 Tbsp Chilled Filtered Water

 

"Cheezy" Leek & Broccoli Filling:

1 tsp Coconut Oil

1 Leek, halved lengthwise and chopped finely

Approx 100g Broccoli, chopped roughly

1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Cashews, soaked

1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast

1/2 Tsp Celtic Salt

1/2 Tsp Lemon Juice

2 Tbsp Arrowroot Flour

1/ cup Filtered Water

 

Method:

Prepare the Crust first:

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Lightly grease tart tins/muffin pan with coconut oil.

2. Stir base ingredients together then cut in coconut oil with a fork, until crumbly. Add water 1 Tbsp at a time, until you can form a ball with the mixture with your hands. Divide the dough into 3 and press evenly into the prepared tine until evenly covers the base and sides. Prick all over with a fork to prevent it puffing up.

3. Pre-bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

While the crust is baking, prepare the filling:

4. Saute the leeks in coconut oil over medium heat for approx 10 minutes, stirring often. Add the broccoli, cover and cook for further 5 minutes.

5. Blend together the remaining ingredients, except pepper (cashews through water) and mix with the leeks and broccoli. Season with black pepper to taste. Spoon the filling into the pre-baked crusts.

6. Bake for 25 minutes. Place under the grill for 1 -2 minutes to brown tops (optional). Cool briefly before removing from the tins and serve warm or cold.

Notes: To make one larger tart, double ingredients, pre-bake the crust for 25 minutes then bake filled tart for 30-40 minutes.

(Recipe thanks to: coconutandberries.com)

Jordan Mcgregor
Why I Love Hemp...And Why You Should too!

Why I Love Hemp, Consume it Daily & Am Happily raising Hunter as a Hemp-Loving Activist!

(Among 12 Helpful Hemp Truth-Bombs!)

Hemp is truly an amazing plant, yet so misconceived!

I know when we first launched, some parents had concerns about the idea of their bubs wearing nappies covered in hemp leaves, and questioned what the heck is a Hemp Insert?!

I must say, I can totally understand this perception from a mainstream view, yet, those who know me, know I am very far from mainstream when it comes to some of my lifestyle and parenting choices!

And so for me, Hemp is SO worth promoting! The more I understand, the more I truly believe the next generation-future caretakers of this Earth- can really benefit so very much from learning more and incorporating this plant in SO many various areas of life.

We place extremely high important on alternative natural remedies (huge supporters of medical marijuana and cannabis oil!) outdoor nature-based play and living, and of course being vegan, hold high respect for plants, as this is the main source of our nourishment. And by nourishment, just check out my giant overgrown toddler and you will see what a plant-based diet can do for your bub’s health!

So, next time someone questions your choice of showcasing your baby’s bottom in hemp leaves, feel free to throw these truth-bombs their way!

 

12 Truths about Hemp- (Read #7 if you use our Hemp Inserts!)

 

1)   Hemp is a close cousin to marijuana, but it isn’t the same!

Both come from the plant Cannabis Sativa L. but industrial hemp contains only about 0.3%-1.5% Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) – the compounds responsible for the ‘high’. Marijuana contains between 5-10%.

2)   Hemp is more sustainable than many other crops!

The World Commission on Environment and Development articulated what it means to be ‘sustainable,’ and it has now become a widely accepted definition of sustainability: “[to meet] the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

3)   Each cannabis plant grown can end up saving 12 trees!

And cuts chemicals used in paper manufacturing by 1/7. Approximately1 acre of hemp can also replace 2-3 acres of cotton, often grown with heavy pesticides and commercial fertilizers which hemp does not require. About 93% of our paper currently comes from trees, often from old-growth forests, which must be clear-cut. About 40% of our trees are destroyed for timber.

4)   Hemp has been grown forever!

The plant is so old, so useful, and so reliable. Hemp cloth found in Iran and Iraq has been dated to 8000 B.C.“Hemp is also believed to be the oldest example of human industry. In the Lu Shi, a Chinese work of the Sung dynasty (500 AD), we find reference to the Emperor Shen Nung (28th century BC) who taught his people to cultivate hemp for cloth. It is believed that hemp made it to Europe in approximately 1,200 BC. From there, it spread throughout the ancient world.”

5)   Hemp is one of the most durable fibers on the planet! 

Hemp fibers are so strong they can replace metal and glass. Hemp fiber also has incredible tensile strength. Compared to cotton denim, 100% hemp fabric had 62% greater tear strength and 102% greater tensile strength. Henry Ford's first car was meant to run on hemp, and was made of hemp plastics.

6)   Hemp can be used as a fuel!

Hemp fuel is also better for the environment, since growing hemp is cleaner than growing the highly subsidized GMO corn which is in our ethanol gas. In the US today, about 95 percent of our ethanol is derived from corn kernels, and most of this corn is genetically modified. “Hemp can be made into fuel in two ways: the oil from the pressed hempseed can be turned into biodiesel, or the fermented stalk can be made into ethanol and methanol. Biodiesel is completely biodegradable and a much cleaner fuel for the air. Even the exhaust produced from burning hempseed biodiesel has a pleasant smell.”

7)   Hemp fabric is better than many others!

Hemp fibers are hollow, so when fabric is made from the plant, the fabric provides warmth in the winter and helps to keep you cool in the summer. Since it is also extremely durable, clothing made with hemp lasts longer, and will not show signs of wear and tear as easily. Hemp can produce 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax using the same amount of land. The amount of land needed for obtaining equal yields of fiber place hemp at an advantage over other fibers. Our fertile lands are running out in this country thanks to big Agricultural and Livestock practices.

8)   Hemp seeds are a nutritious food source!

Instead of investing in GMOs, companies should be investing in hemp! The hemp plant offers incredible nutrition. It is a great protein source, and is a vegetable-based source of all nine essential amino acids. Hemp seed protein is 65% globulin edistin, and also includes quantities of albumin. What’s more, its protein is readily available in a form quite similar to that found in blood plasma. It also contains important fatty acids, vitamin E, many trace minerals, and has the perfect Omega 3 to 6 ratio of 3 to 1, which can help keep your fatty acid balance on target. Hemp is highly digestible, unlike soy, and can help heal people from immunity disorders.

9)   Hemp grows fast!

It takes hemp about 3-4 months to grow to full, harvestable size, and the same acre of trees years to grow back before they can be used for the same things as the hemp plants would have been. Interestingly, our forests are being cut down 3 times faster than they can grow back.

10)                  Hemp can be grown without pesticides, herbicides or fungicides!

The use of these agrochemicals is epidemic. Just glyphosate use alone is up to over 383 millions pounds annually and growing. Hemp cultivation can help to restore nature’s balance by stopping the use of these poisons.

11)                  Hemp is medicine!

The Medical College of Virginia had been funded by the National Institutes of Health to find evidence that marijuana damaged the human immune system. Imagine their surprise when the results came back indicating the opposite: Instead of causing the death of mice implanted with brain cancer, marijuana considerably slowed the growth of their tumors and extended their lives, but even hemp, the non THC-full counterpart to Cannabis, harnesses healing properties. Hemp/Cannabis juice is rich in CBD. Many people juice with hemp and see some amazing benefits.

12)                  Hemp is still illegal to cultivate in many countries!

And you gotta wonder why?! Because let’s face it, huge industries would suffer if Hemp started taking over!

 

So mums and dads, let’s carry the banner high, show off our baby’s bottoms covered in Hemp, and aim to raise conscious, ethically minded little ones, in the hope they can save a planet that we are destroying.


(Info Sourced: http://naturalsociety.com/10-great-things-hemp-really-need-know/)

 

 

 

 

Jordan Mcgregor
Our Manufacturing Process & Heavy Metal Testing

A little about our CHINESE MANUFACTURING PROCESS & HEAVY METAL TESTING!

Some of you may know we started out with humble beginnings in Townsville, North QLD, designing and working with a local seamstress.

However we could never have maintained keeping up with demand this way, and after extensive research into Australian manufacturing options and the lack thereof, sourced out our wonderful ETHICAL manufacturing team abroad. 🙌

China produces most of the Modern Cloth Nappies for leading brands, and it was important for us to find a team we could rely and trust, but also have confirmation everything was above-board & ethical. (So ABSOLUTELY NO SWEATSHOPS!)🙅

Our manufacturing team is petite, mainly mums themselves, and they work a standard 8 hour day, and are guaranteed 20% higher wage than the local average. We maintain good relations with our team, and we are constantly communicating as we expand and develop our range. 

As most of our customers already know, we receive shipments every 6-8 weeks of stock, because this means we are able to produce stock ethically without enforcing unrealistic demands. 👌

We are SO appreciative of the patience our customers have shown, as we do want to keep manufacturing ethical, quality-controlled & support local groups rather than huge standardised factories. 🙏

HEAVY METAL & CHEMICAL TESTING:

We are also so proud to announce, results have returned as a NIL to heavy metal detection for the fabrics used in our products. As certified by the China Testing International under the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA).

This is very important to us, and of course to the health of your little one!

We do always recommend washing all products before use, because there are factory residues, dust etc generally on the items, so it is always nice to clean before exposing bub to the items.

Jordan Mcgregor
Organic Maple Fudge Bars (Vegan + Sugar-Free + Gluten-free)

Organic Maple Fudge Bars (Vegan + Sugar-Free +Gluten-Free)

I absolutely love fudge! Moist and dense, sweet and creamy! So of course I had to give it a go for myself! Combining what I had in my cupboard, using minimal ingredients. My son loves his little snacks, and I love offering him goodies that I know are sugar free, animal free and healthy!

I am so excited by this combination as I can see endless possibilities and combinations using this template! It is super simple, and takes no time at all!

I hope you enjoy! xo

Ingredients:

Fudge: (Double portions for extra fudge!)

1/2 Cup Organic Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil

1/4 Cup Organic Maple Syrup

1/2 Cup Nut/Seed Butter (Tahini/Peanut/Almond/Macadamia/Sunflower)

1 Tsp Vanilla

1/4 Tsp Celtic Sea Salt

Base: (Optional)

1 Cup Nut Meal (Macadamia/Almond/Hazelnut)

1/4 Cup Organic Cold-pressed Coconut Oil

1/4 Cup Organic Maple Syrup

Pinch Celtic Sea Salt

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 180 Degrees. Combine all base ingredients in food processor/blender and blitz until a dough is formed. Remove and press firmly into the base of an oiled baking pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden.

While baking, in bowl combine all base ingredients. You may need to melt the coconut oil if it is in a solid state. Once all mixed, pour over the base and chill in freezer until set.

Slice and Enjoy! xo

Jordan Mcgregor
Bounty-licious Tart (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

Coconut is always the flavour of the month among health food circles!!

We just cannot live without in our home- coconut oil, coconut flesh, coconut Amino Sauce, coconut sugar, coconut syrup- seriously the coconut is so versatile!!!

So being such a HUGE fan of coconut, I have always wanted to"vegan-ise" one of my old favourite chocolate bars- the BOUNTY Bars. Luscious coconut inner, coated in chocolate. However my version also includes a delicious almond shortbread base! Taking Bounty to the next level!!

Perfect for those wishing to avoid Gluten too, using Blanched Almond Meal as the replacement for flour! You can also make the shortbread base with flour if you don't have nut-meal handy!

I hope you enjoy!! xo

INGREDIENTS:

Shortbread Base:

1 1/2 Cups Blanched Almond Meal (Hazelnut meal/coconut flour also yum!)

1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Oil

1/8 Cup Organic Maple Syrup

1/2 Cup Pitted Dates

1/4 Tsp Celtic Sea Salt

Creamy Coconut Inner:

100g Coconut Cream

1/3 Cup Maple Syrup

3/4 Cup Organic Desiccated Coconut

1/2 Tsp Vanilla Essence

Pinch Celtic Sea Salt

Chocolate Layer:

1/2 cup Organic Raw Cacao Powder

1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil

1/4 Cup Maple Syrup

Pinch Celtic Sea Salt

Method:

Preheat Oven to 180 degrees.

Mix in bowl/food processor all base ingredients until combined and moist enough to press into a ball. Add more melted coconut oil if needed.

Press firmly your dough into oiled cake tin. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove & cool.

Blend in food processor all coconut layer ingredients until smooth and combined. Pour over the base and place in freezer to chill for 10 minutes.

In bowl, mix all the chocolate ingredients (melting coconut oil first if solid). Once smooth, spread over cooled coconut layer and chill in freezer until ready to eat!

 

 

Vegan NACHOS!

I think there is so much media constantly in our faces via TV shows/commercials, Facebook & Instagram, for meat & dairy products- resulting in a mainstream view that We need these animal products to make a meal flavoursome! 

Indeed For many it may seem tricky knowing how to make meals without these products!

However I also think that In this current age, there is so much inspiration out there for plant-based recipes. I truly believe that once people make the switch to plants, they naturally learn to get creative, try new flavours and ingredients, and come to LOVE how they feel and look and also start becoming more awakenend and conscious to their lifestyle choices in general.

I adore eating a stack of veggies piled high each night, but I also love veganising treats that I used to eat in my old non-vegan lifestyle.

But I also don't want to completely BORE the hubby with vegetable dishes either! So he also has a handful of favourite VEGAN meals he is constantly requesting!

I always love making food for my family combining nutrition and tasty treats! We certainly don't always eat healthy, (we both have a sweet-tooth for vegan delights!) but plants are the majority of our diet, and learning and experimenting with them to create simple delicious vegan meals, has become a very surprisingly fun and enjoyable task for me!

SO here is my simple & tasty Vegan Nachos! Enjoy! xo

Ingredients:

Lentil Mince:

2 cups Slow-cooked or Sprouted Green/Brown Organic Lentils. (Alternatively, 2x cans of Organic Lentils from Supermarket)

3 Diced Tomatoes (Alternatively, 1x can of Organic Diced Tomatoes from supermarket)

1 Red Onion

2-3 Crushed/Diced Cloves of Garlic

1 Tblsp/Cube of Organic Veggie Stock Powder

1 Tblsp Dried Mixed Herbs

Organic Coconut Oil

Pinch Celtic Sea Salt

1 cup Diced Organic Mushrooms (Optional)

Guacamole:

2-3 Avocados

1 Organic Tomato

1/2 Organic Red Onion

Fresh Lime/Lemon

Pinch Celtic Salt

Organic Olive Oil

Extras:

2x Bags Non-GMO & Palm-Oil Free Corn Chips (Health Food Store/Healthy aisle in supermarket should stock)

Dairy-Free Vegan Cheddar/Mozzarella (Optional)

METHOD:

Mince: Fry in a pan with Coconut Oil the onion and garlic. Add Lentils, mushrooms, tomatoes, Veggie Stock Powder, dried herbs and salt; simmer for 15-20 minutes until all softened and combined.

Guacamole: Peel and mash the avocados. Finely dice onion and tomato and mix through the avocado. Drizzle with fresh lime/lemon juice, and also drizzle with Olive Oil. Season with salt. Stir all until combined.

Assemble: Pour Corn Chips into baking tray and warm up in oven for 5 minutes- be careful not to burn. On plate, lay handful of chips on the base, pour over the lentil mince, and dollop large spoonfuls of guacamole on top! Sprinkle Dairy-Free cheese or Nutritional Yeast Flakes over the top!

***Leftover Lentil Mince: Delicious on Toast, in burritos, on pizza or in tacos!

 

Jordan Mcgregor
CARAMEL PECAN TART (Vegan + Refined Sugar Free)

CARAMEL PECAN TART (Vegan + Refined Sugar Free)

I adore caramel! Ever since I was a young girl- and the more gooey the caramel- the better!! But the ultimate blend, would have to be caramel and warm roasted nuts- this is just divine!

So of course Pecan Pie would have to be a favourite in our home, although traditionally it is made with dairy and eggs! However this recipe is super simple and is completely cruelty free!

I will absolutely be making this more regularly, as a batch doesn't seem to last too long! It is SUPER delicious, and everyone- vegan and non-vegans alike- will want to devour as much of it as they can I assure you!!

INGREDIENTS:

Tart Base:

3/4 cup Vegan Butter / Coconut Oil (Vegan Butter Preferred as it is creamier)

1/3 cup Organic Coconut Sugar

1 Tsp Vanilla Essence

2 1/4 cup Organic Unbleached Plain Flour / Coconut or Almond Flour (Gluten Free Option)

Caramel Layer:

3/4 cup Vegan Butter / Coconut Oil (Vegan Butter Preferred as it is creamier)

1/3 cup Maple Syrup

1 cup Organic Coconut Sugar

1 Tsp Vanilla Essence

2 cups Raw Pecans Chopped Roughly

3 Tblsp Coconut Cream

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Mix all base ingredients until combined evenly. Press into base of an oiled Cake Pan/Baking Pan.

Bake 12-15 minutes until lightly browned.

In saucepan, combine vegan butter, maple syrup and coconut sugar, and bring to boil, let simmer for 3 minutes.

Then add to the saucepan, the vanilla, pecans and coconut cream. Mix and then pour the caramel over the base.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Serve warm or cold. Perfect for freezing for later- just slice up and freeze.

ENJOY! xo

YOGA: Shifting Focus, so the Heart Can Grow

Removing ourselves from the noise of the world is a truly challenging task in the face of this fast-paced modern age where bombardment from all angles of media, our social connections, our online and offline realms, is the new reality.

As we juggle the ever-shifting sands of societal trends, commitments and expectations, we often leave the task of nurturing our most important attribute- that being our mind to body to soul connection- to the latter end of our ever-lengthening priority list.

Then, as we gradually fall deeper into pits of physical and emotional stress, anxiety, fatigue or malnutrition, we often seek to find solutions in the most convenient, unnatural or unsatisfying ways, resulting in an never-ending cycle of quick fixes, without ever understanding the root causes.

But amidst the chaos of the new reality of our age, there is an awakening. People are learning to challenge the too common trends of sickness, confusion of purpose and lack of balance.  Amidst the juggling-act of priorities and lists, there is a surge towards solutions that are satisfying and pure, honest and raw, real and rewarding.

Yoga is fundamental to this revival; yoga represents hope. Yoga represents empowerment in this movement of awakening. Yoga represents an honest means by which to dissemble negativity and grant opportunities for reconnection and rejuvenation.

Yoga isn’t about joining the trendiest yoga studio, or being the most flexible in the class. Heck, yoga is most beautiful when practiced at home, in the darkest corner, in your daggiest clothes, moving to the tantric beats and earthly vibrations of nature’s singsong-the silence, the rain, the wind, the thunder.

Yoga isn’t about setting goals or achievements or accomplishments. No, Yoga is about release, restoration and reconnection in the most humbling of forms. Listening to our body and the struggles she may be facing- the aches, strains, pains, tightness, fatigue- and acknowledging that we have to prioritise honouring her, so that we in turn, can honour our divine path. Everyday, remembering to listen to our physical needs, the lack of alignment, the lack of circulation, the lack of fluidity, so that we may give space to the sounds of the deeper needs of mind and spirit.

Yoga does not place limitations or boundaries, and need not be restricting or ruling. It should not be a routine you follow, but rather a purposeful moment of acceptance and meditation as focus shifts from the external to the internal realms of mind and body and thought. Yoga represents an opportunity to embrace mindful movements of gentle alignment, healing deep breaths and beneficial exhalations, whilst gaining emotional clarity and engaging in inner conversation.

Whether your time involves curling up on your yoga mat in the fetal position, and giving yourself a well deserved hug, or a long session of various asanas; whether you are trying new positions or happy to stay within the comfort of well practiced poses- all are acceptable in the union of mind, body and soul.

Appreciate the sessions of peaceful rest as much as you enjoy the sessions of energised action. Look forward to opportunities every day to come back to your mat, to honour yourself, so that you can move with purpose and strength in an aligned body. This is the true essence of yoga, a journey that may bless you, all the days of your life.

Bare + Boho appreciate the complete wholeness of yoga- the emotional and physical healing, the release of trauma on a daily basis, the reenergising and circulation of blood and oxygen and heat throughout the body, to support a positive mind.

We don’t believe in limiting our bodies, and we love pushing the boundaries. So we created our beautifully designed Round Yoga Mats, offering you a larger more comfortable space in which to feel centred.

Freedom of movement is amazing through our mats, and the softness of the Eco rubber and vegan suede, invite cosy sessions and moments of rest.

 

SNICKERS BARS (Vegan + Sugar-Free)

SNICKERS BARS (Vegan + Sugar-Free)

I try not to fall victim to this addiction, but it is really hard! I am SO obsessed with Peanut Butter!! Please don't judge, I have tried to avoid it when out shopping or at the Bulk store- but when I see the fresh pressed Peanut Butter churning out of the presser- I go weak at the knees!!

So of course, alot of my treats consist of peanut butter, actually any nut butter- with macadamia butter being my next favourite!

I used to love Snickers Bars, but once going Vegan of course, I decided never to consume another animal's breastmilk- so dairy based chocolate is a no-go! And it was the best decision I ever made! As now I can make as much RAW chocolate as I like and never feel guilty!

So I would love to share with you my latest little treat! My family all loved it, and like usual, we ate it all to fast! SO here it is! ENJOY!

INGREDIENTS:

Base:

2 cups Blanched Almond Meal

1/4 Tblsp Maple Syrup

1/3 cup Cold-Pressed Organic Coconut Oil

1 Tsp vanilla

Peanut Cream:

1/2 cup Crunchy Peanut Butter

1/3 cup Cold-Pressed Organic Coconut Oil

1/3 cup Maple Syrup

1/4 Tsp Celtic Salt

Chocolate Layer:

1/4 cup Cold-Pressed Organic Coconut Oil

1/4 cup Organic Raw Cacao Powder

2 Tbsp Maple Syrup

Pinch Celtic Salt

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Combine all base ingredients until combined and dough-like. Press firmly into the base of an oiled baking pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes until sides are lightly golden brown. Once baked, let cool while preparing the middle layer.

Combine in a saucepan all the peanut cream ingredients, and stir over low heat until well combined. Pour over cooled crust and place in freezer to harden. (1-2 hours)

Once caramel has hardened, combine all chocolate ingredients in a bowl. Coconut Oil may need to be melted first over low heat in a saucepan if solid. Stir all ingredients until smoothly combined. Pour over the caramel and place in freezer to set.

Enjoy! xo

A little About Me...

I’ve always gravitated towards the alternative; the extreme.

I was the kid with the black sprouted bread in her lunchbox, wearing a Radiation-Resisting Medallion around her neck. I was totally oblivious to what my classmates were discussing when it came to television or radio- as we owned neither- books were the encouraged form of entertainment. My parents were by no means hippies, but from a young age we did things differently.

My parents educated themselves about the societal indoctrination of infant vaccines, and impacts of mainstream pharmaceutical based medicine, after I became paralysed as a direct result of receiving my first infant vaccine; they bought organic food way before it became the trend; they researched and read all that there was on alternate health and wellbeing. They desired wholesome purity that impacted the types of foods we ate, the products we used, the constant nature-based activities...This was my culture- and now I understand what a blessing this truly was.

Never before have I felt such a yearning to resist the norm, and never with as much passion, as I do now with my baby in my arms. I witness the distortion of motherhood all around me, and my heart breaks as the bridge widens between nature, nurture and nourishment, and the methods of parenting today.

Bare + Boho organically developed through this awakened sense of resistance. As I watched my child grow, my exploration of minimalist and holistic parenting expanded, and my yearning to share this lifestyle of consciousness with others, grew.

Motherhood for me, is freedom. With this freedom, has developed an intense desire for simplicity, creativity and learning.

My products are not designed to just look beautiful; but are unique keys to freedom. They represent purpose and purity, and encourage an awakening of the wild bohemian that dwells deep inside every mama.

Stripping back to bare basics, appreciating the creative and passionate woman within each mother, and honouring and embracing the magnificence of the mother-baby bond, is the essence of Bare + Boho.

You, beautiful mama, deserve recognition, respect and the opportunity to experience health and vitality, and now more than ever, as you journey through motherhood.

Every child deserves to develop organically through utmost purity of surroundings; embraced and protected by healthy and thriving mothers who have surrendered themselves completely to the beauty of this season of a woman’s life.

Bare + Boho are not just a collection of items meant to look pretty in your home. They offer a chance for mothers to explore conscious living, through a healthier and more wholesome lifestyle.

My hope is to encourage mothers to appreciate this time, and honour their bodies and rejuvenate their souls. My hope is to spread awareness of the crumbling health of our planet, and to offer small solutions that can make a huge impact.

My purpose is to resist the norm, and open wide the door to freedom, where nature, nurture and nourishment flourish for mama, baby and our Earth.

I feel so very blessed to be sharing this adventure with you, beautiful mama.

 

Organic Temple Scrub Recipe: Toothpaste + Body + Face Scrub

Temple Scrub Recipe

~Toothpaste + Body Scrub + Face Scrub~

Temple Scrub is what I have named my luxurious organic remineralising Tooth and Body Scrub Recipe. Designed as a minimalist solution to support the health and well-being of my body temple, it is multi-use: integrating a toothpaste and body and face exfoliating scrub and mask.

I was inspired by reading about ancient healing practices through essential oils and this became the focus when creating this blend, and love the combination of certified organic ingredients; offering a pure, unadulterated beauty product to honour my body temple.

Ingredients:

Organic Aluminum Free Bicarbonate Soda:

A natural substance that is alkaline and pH balancing and is antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and holds anti-inflammatory properties. Bicarbonate of Soda may also whiten teeth and has a low value relative dentin abrasivity score making it optimal for dental hygiene.

Organic Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil:

A powerfully healing, moisturizing and anti-bacterial cleanser that is gentle on the skin. It softens the keratin caps and makes exfoliation much easier and allows for a deeper cleanse. Coconut Oil helps maintain a more natural balance of lipids on your tongue, while still having potent antibacterial properties, and reduces plaque and decay-causing bacteria.

Organic Bentonite Clay:

A healing clay that cleanse and supports the body temple by aiding in drawing out toxins, heavy metals, chemicals and impurities from mouth, skin and gut. As well as increasing immunity and reducing inflammation, this healing clay also possesses a wide variety of minerals and nutrients including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium.

Organic Peppermint Essential Oil:

Peppermint contains powerful antimicrobial, expectorant and antiseptic properties, beneficial for oral and topical uses and can aid in relieving soreness, digestive complaints and skin inflammations.

Organic Cinnamon:

Organic Cinnamon contains significant concentration of antioxidants, and contains powerful antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, anti-platelet and antiviral properties, making it extremely beneficial for oral and skin health.

Organic Frankincense:

Frankincense had been valued for its powerful healing properties for centuries. It contains strong antiseptic and disinfectant properties and can help prevent dental health issues like tooth decay, bad breath, cavities or oral infections. It is also a powerful astringent, adding in protecting skin cells and slowing signs of aging.

Organic Myrrh:

Myrrh contains potent antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It has been since ancient times as a natural healing remedy for ailments, inflammations and wounds, and due to its antioxidant activity, can aid in skin rejuvenation and reduce signs of aging. Because of these properties, it may aid in preventing gum disease and relieve mouth and gum irritations.

How to Use:

Toothpaste Replacement: Simply scoop desired amount from jar and spread on toothbrush. Scrub teeth and tongue as usual.

Face Mask: Simply scoop desired amount from jar and spread thinly on to face with fingertips. Keep well away from the eyes. Leave for 5-15 minutes before washing off using circular movements exfoliating as you wash.

Body Scrub: Simply scoop desired amount from jar and scrub your body using circular upward brushing motions. Can leave to absorb for 5-15 minutes, and then wash off.

Dangers of Commercial Toothpaste:

The mouth is one of the most absorbent places in the mouth, and although we aim not to swallow toothpaste, some is still absorbed in to our bloodstream and lines our mouth and tongue after brushing. Considering we brush 2-3 times daily, the amount our bodies are exposed to does add up over the course of a lifetime, and the mouth and gums are the gateway to our entire system.

Various commercial large-brand toothpastes do consist of toxic and harmful ingredients of which we must be conscious what they are and how they may be affecting our bodies. Chemicals such as triclosan and fluoride, surfactants like sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), aspartame and other artificial sweeteners, propylene glycol, diethanolamine among others, have all shown links to bodily ailments and even cancer.

Harmful Microbeads found in commercial body-face scrubs:

Microbeads are tiny plastic pellets used within various commercial body washes, cleansers, exfoliants, toothpastes and scrubs. They are extremely harmful to the environment as they travel through the drainage system to our oceans and absorb toxins long the way. They are then eaten by marine wildlife and fish, and eventually by humans.

Choosing non-harmful and polluting beauty products is vital for the sustainability and welfare of our planet and animals.

RECIPE:

(Makes approximately 100g)

13 tsp Organic Aluminum Free Bicarbonate Soda

7 tsp Organic Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil

1 tsp Organic Bentonite Clay

5 drops Organic Peppermint Essential Oil

5 drops Organic Cinnamon

5 drops Organic Frankincense

5 drops Organic Myrrh

 

Honouring your Menstrual Cycle

Honouring the sacredness of the menstrual cycle is a concept that is quite foreign to most women. However the amazing ability for the feminine body to create, carry, birth and nourish new life, is bound to the beauty of our cycle. How we care for our bodies and our cycle, are more important than we may think. And the attributing impacts of our feminine hygiene products on the environment, to our health and the impact on our bank accounts is more significant than one may realise.

Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies. It is extremely permeable, especially around and inside the vagina. Most products touching the skin will be absorbed within the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body, and as the average woman uses tens of thousands of tampons and pads in her lifetime, the exposure to dangers in disposable feminine products is all too common.

Tampons and Pads are considered “medical devices” and hence the ingredients and methods of manufacture are not monitored for internal health and wellbeing.

Disposable hygiene products consist of dioxins, synthetic fibres, petrochemical additives and various plastic components and webbing. Plasticising chemicals such as BPA and BPS are used, as well as phthalates, odour neutralisers and fragrances. All of these are potentially hazardous, and research has linked these chemicals to various cancers, heart disease, organ failure, embryonic development disruption and irregular gene expression.

Chlorine and other harsh chemicals are used to bleach the fibers, and can create toxic dioxin that is deemed unsafe at any level of exposure.

 This blend of materials can create a humid environment, reduce breathability and can alter the vagina’s pH balance by introducing foreign bacteria and absorbing the healthy bacteria.

Beauty of the Cloth Pad

Our stunning collection of unique Bamboo-Cotton Modern Cloth Pads encourage women to honour their sacred phase of menstruation in a luxurious, yet conscious manner. Our Pads have been thoughtfully designed to inspire women to embrace the ever-changing body temple, whilst understanding the implications disposable pads and tampons have on our health, our hygiene and the environment.

Our Modern Cloth pads provide a new way of viewing periods, and we believe that during this time, the body temple needs to be nurtured and supported. Our Cloth pads are the most cost-effective products to use during your cycle, but more importantly, will keep damaging waste out of landfill.

The Cloth Pads are extremely lightweight, soft and durable and provide comfort, whilst offering ultra absorbency.

How much can I save switching to cloth?

Most women will menstruate for approximately 35 years and will use anywhere between 10,000-20,000 feminine hygiene products over that time. So when considering the number of disposable feminine products needing to be purchased over this time, the costs are significant. Our Cloth Pads can last anywhere from 5-10 years depending on use and care. Purchasing a set will cost more to begin with, however you will save thousands over the course of your life.

How to Use:

Our Cloth Pads are designed to mimic disposable pads, so the transition is simple! Simply fasten the wings of your pad around your underwear with the snap and change as needed.

Recommended changing is every 2-6 hours depending on your flow.

Once used, simply fold up and snap the button closed, and place in your Mini Wet-bag if out and about.

Bare + Boho are passionate about minimizing our environmental imprint through sustainable and conscious living. We are proud advocates for holistic feminine health and nurturing the body temple.

Kind Kitchen: My journey to Veganism

My quest for health and vitality has been an ongoing, uphill climb. It has taken me far and wide, through varying degrees of extremes, in the hope I would find and settle on a particular eating plan that would secure me optimum health and happiness.

The journey was long, and there were many hiccups along the way; many times I had fallen off the wagon, and many moments of which I am not proud.

 But I can honestly say, that nothing influenced me more than one moment of enlightenment, when I realized my food journey shouldn’t and couldn’t any longer, be based on my own desire for personal health and what was in MY best interest.

It took me to realize and appreciate the deep and terribly dark interconnection between what I was consuming, and the personal impact I was making with every mouthful, in relation to the environment and the animals of which I have always proclaimed myself an avid lover.

The moment I awakened, things became clear, and the winding path of which I had travelled for many years, finally came to a halt. Now, the road ahead is clear, it is straight and it is narrow. For the first time, peace, purpose and passion have become the driving force behind my renewed food journey, and I look forward to each day, as I wonder where my adventure may lead me.

With my baby by my side, and hope in my heart, I remain motivated to seek truth and be inspired to live a life of kindness. I may fail and fall short along the way, but I will show my child, that I am doing my best with the knowledge I gain to choose compassion.

Our feastings are full of colour, full of life and full of love. Our rainbow plates of plant-based organic produce and sprouted and fermented goodies, produce satisfied bellies and peaceful minds. Our bodies are thankful and our heads are clear, and we are ready to tackle whatever is ahead.

It may come as a surprise to say, but my son was not my inspiration to leave rape, slaughter and exploitation off our plates, but he is certainly my motivation to continue along this path.

The generation we are raising will have access to more information and more truth than ever before, but they will also have more problems and more destruction to overcome too. So with each little one we bring into this world, there is a new hope created for a better world, one where compassion and empathy rule their little hearts, and sustainability and cooperation rule their minds.

Nutter-Butter Muesli Bars (Vegan + Sugar Free)

Nutter-Butter Muesli Bars

I am a HUGE addict of Nut Butter!!

I can eat the likes of peanut, almond, sunflower, macadamia butter straight out of the jar- and I am talking BIG dollops of creaminess coming my way!!

I am not in denial. I do have food addictions, and for some reason, the taste of roasted nuts blended with a pinch of Sea Salt, is pure bliss!

Sometimes when things are hectic (when is it not being a mum!) and I find I have totally forgotten to eat, a few spoonfuls of nut butter gets me going again!

So although I can eat it on its own, nut butters make a perfect addition to desserts, snacks, slices, cakes & cookies! They add a great BINDING factor in lots of vegan recipes- so I would love to share this little recipe with you!

ONLY 6 Ingredients!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Smooth Nut Butter (Almond, Peanut, Macadamia, Sunflower)

1 cup Organic Dates (Medjool are the best, otherwise regular dates work fine too, although may need to be soaked for 10 minutes and drain before use to soften.)

1/4 cup Organic Maple Syrup

1 cup Raw Insecticide-Free Almonds

1 1/2 cups Organic Rolled Oats

1 Tsp Organic Vanilla Essence

Optional Extras: Seeds, vegan chocolate chips, dried fruits

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.

Lightly toast oats and almonds for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. (You can also leave them raw or activate them if you choose!)

Blend dates into a food processor until a “dough-like” consistency forms.

Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl and set aside.

Warm the maple syrup and nut butter in a small saucepan over low heat until runny and smooth.

Stir and pour over the oat mixture, and mix- breaking up the dates as you mix.

Once thoroughly mixed and ingredients dispersed throughout, transfer to an oiled baking pan.

Press down the mixture firmly, until entirely flattened equally in the pan. (Sometimes a can of food/drinking glass can help!)

Packing the mixture tightly is important as this helps the bars hold their shape.

Freeze the bars for 15-20 minutes.

Remove the slab from the pan and slice into squares.

*Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. Best kept in Freezer for longer storage option.