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Hand-made Bathroom Basics

Visit Alain at our Malanda Market Stall. 

Can't get there? I'm working on a "proper" ordering process where you click and purchase; in the meantime, CONTACT ME to order online

I'm working on a "proper" ordering process where you click and purchase; in the meantime, CONTACT ME to order online

Contented cattle with a bowl of tallow soap in the foreground

Fragrance-Free Tallow Soap

Ingredients: 100% hand rendered tallow (tallow is rendered from fat that comes from cattle), rain water, lye.

Our ingredients, our ethics, and our soap-making process

Why we don't use essential oils in our Soap

Essential oils can both heal and harm. They're harvested and processed on an industrial scale with big impacts on plants and aquatic environments.  And they're highly concentrated and extremely powerful, with the potential to dull our senses, to kill normal as well as abnormal cells, and to contribute to antibiotic resistance. I support the careful use of essential oils by qualified healers; I choose to avoid them in other settings.

What people say about our Soap:

  • “Best shaving soap ever”
  •  “Solved a problem I had with stinging, itchy skin after showering”
  • “Resolved a rash on my hands, which comes back whenever I stop using this soap”
  • "I use it all over, including washing my hair"
  • "We all use it; it even works great for our dog and I feel good about not using nasty ingredients on her"

olive oil, beeswax, and Lip Balm on a wooden chopping board

Beeswax and olive oil lip balm 

Ingredients: local bees wax + olive oil. 

Food for your lips - olive oil and beeswax are skin-friendly ingredients that our bodies understand and agree with. 

Beeswax comes from bee keepers who need our support to maintain honey bee populations.


Natural tooth powder

Tooth Powder

Ingredients: bentonite clay, baking soda, salt, peppermint leaf powder, stevia leaf powder.

Why we don't use essential oils in our Tooth Powder

Essential oils can both heal and harm. They're harvested and processed on an industrial scale with big impacts on plants and aquatic environments.  And they're highly concentrated and extremely powerful, with the potential to dull our senses, to kill normal as well as abnormal cells, and to contribute to antibiotic resistance. I support the careful use of essential oils by qualified healers; I choose to avoid them in other settings.

Why use this instead of toothpaste from tubes?

The sweet, foamy stuff in the tubes in the supermarket is packed with ingredients that can damage our oral health. They have nothing to do with cleaning our teeth -- they're purely to make the toothpaste appeal to modern consumer taste.

Even most toothpastes labelled "natural" contain ingredients that are unfriendly to our oral micro-biome. And almost all of them are wastefully packaged.

Natural tooth powder ingredients - bentonite clay, bi-carb soda, salt, peppermint leaf powder, stevia leaf powder

As you can see in the picture above, this tooth powder contains ONLY ingredients that are completely non-toxic. The ingredients we use: 

  • discourage unfriendly bacteria without bombing your oral micro-biome,
  • stimulate healthy blood circulation in your gums,
  • bind with toxins to remove them,
  • support the remineralization process of healthy tooth enamel

Your toddler could eat this without harm. And we use washable, re-fillable containers that you can return rather than tossing in the rubbish.

If you prefer a paste, you can add water or coconut oil to our tooth powder to form a paste. Do this in small quantities and don't try to store the paste for too long.

Oral health is a big topic and there's more to it than what you brush your teeth with, but this is a good start.

Notes about using and storing this tooth powder

If you've been used to using the sweet, foamy stuff in the tubes,these tips will help you make the switch to natural tooth powder successfully. 

The peppermint and stevia leaf powders in this mix will lose their aroma and flavor quite quickly if they get wet, and because it contains salt the mixture will attract moisture. So it's a good idea to:

  • store it in the fridge or in air conditioning if you live where its very humid. When it's in use you can keep it in the bathroom but if you're storing it for any length of time put it somewhere with low humidity. 
  • train your family not to dip wet toothbrushes in it and to screw the lid back on after use. Unless you keep it dry, it won't be very appealing by the time you get to the bottom of the tub. 

Grated ginger and honey in a jar

Ginger Honey

Ingredients: organically grown ginger from our own garden + raw unfiltered local honey.

How to use: Use for coughs, colds, sore throats, cold or flu-related earaches, and sinus congestion. Tuck into it as soon as you feel a cold or flu coming on.

Strain out the lumps and use as cough medicine.

Pour boiling water over a teaspoonful (lumps and all) in a cup to make soothing ginger tea. Or put it (with or without the lumps) on your toast, drizzle it into your yogurt or muesli - enjoy it any way you would eat regular honey.

This is a live, probiotic food that will continue to "age" or ferment until you put it in the fridge, so do refrigerate if it's going to be a while before you use it.

More detail: Ginger has an amazing array of medicinal uses and preserving it in honey is a great way to make them readily available. I wrote about making ginger honey, here. And about how we grow our ginger in our real food garden, here. 

This product is too heavy for us to ship at a reasonable price. Available locally at the Atherton Food Coop and at the Malanda Market.


Laundry Washing Liquid

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Ingredients: washing soda, our home-made soap, rain water, and plenty of "elbow grease." No essential oils, because those are unnecessary and potentially harmful. Utterly safe for you, your garden, and all your clothing, sheets, and towels.

(Note that if you have fabrics that need to stay a bright, unnatural white, or neon colors, this isn't the best washing liquid for those fabrics.)

This product is too heavy for us to ship at a reasonable price. Available locally at the  Malanda Market.


Visit Alain at our Malanda Market Stall. 

Can't get there? I'm working on a "proper" ordering process where you click and purchase; in the meantime, CONTACT ME to order online.

More about us

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We're a family of 4 with a small farm near Millaa Millaa. For 16 years we've been practicing healthier choices in what we eat, wash with, and put on our skin. Recently we've begun to offer for sale some of the products we make for ourselves. 

It's all hand made in small batches at our kitchen table with the simplest and most local ingredients possible. Our goal is to source our ingredients first from our own garden and farm, secondly from local small businesses, and thirdly from ethical sellers who care about their impact.

We believe it's up to all of us, in our own kitchens, gardens, and communities, to get on with taking better care of ourselves and our families in ways that also take care of the world around us.

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