This guest post was written by one hard working vintage mama, Kesenya of Alice Jeans. Visit her lovely blog here and her delightful soda pop shop here.
Don’t you simply love what Lydia is doing with her blog? I for one am constantly searching for beauty inspiration, particularly based around the whole vintage aesthetic which is so timeless in it’s appeal. Unfortunately for me, I have no training in the beauty profession as Lydia does, but I do come from a background with a very strong belief that beauty should be about creativity, displaying ones character and individuality, and particularly, should be about being good for us and those around us too.
It is with that in mind that I began my humble little blog Alice Jean’s – all about the creativity surrounding vintage culture and aesthetic expression. In more recent times I have also branched out into my own online store too, which I find very fulfilling. I carry children clothing, a small amount of art, and the occasional vintage item, but my main focus is on a charming array of all natural beauty products and soaps.
Alice Jeans Soda Pop Shop’s mantra is
to live our lives as gently , humbly and beautifully as we can
At Alice Jean’s, we draw upon the aesthetics of the mid twentieth century for inspiration, as well as the simplicity of a ‘home made’ 1950’s lifestyle to direct our product choices.
As far as our beauty products go, if you are using a commercially made soap, you may not even be using soap at all!
During World War Two, a shortage of raw materials made soap more expensive to produce and an alternative was found. Chemical and industrial advances made it possible to produce soap on a large scale. Soap making became one of the fastest growing industries of its day and became an everyday household item. Made from petroleum by-products, detergents were invented as a cheap alternative with an ability to scour any surface while rinsing clean.
However, detergents strip all the natural oils away from hair and skin. Littering the shelves of supermarkets and beauty stores, they look allot like soap, but aren’t. Mostly they are detergents (petroleum products) and can be most easily identified by the label. If ‘Sodium Lauryl Sulphate’ is in the ingredients list, politely place it back on the shelf! It is a caustic ingredient used for removing grease from car engines and is a major cause of eczema and many other skin conditions.
If you are looking for a true soap for your children and yourself, it does exist. Made by hand in small batches, using high quality vegetable oils chosen for their specific properties and natural ability to create a fluffy lather. our beautiful products are all natural, and made by hand, the true old-fashioned way.
You can see why I find using and selling these products so fulfilling!!
One of my favourite quotes is that ‘our environment should provide us with visible signs of tenderness.’ I know that Lydia’s wonderfully inspiring blog brings the concept of self-tenderness and kindness into my life every day. The joy of taking care of ourselves and being the best ‘me’ that we can be…..
It is my hope and dream that Alice Jean’s can be the same jewel in the lives of others.