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This Mother's Day remember to treat your Mum to all things that make her happy.
After all, she's spent many years caring for you - tending your skinned knees, wiping your tears, and cheering you on. Call, send flowers, make a card - and if you're lucky enough to live close by, perhaps you'll invite her over for brunch or an old fashioned tea party. We've been busy in our kitchens testing and sampling new recipes for the occasion. And just to be thorough in the process, we sat down with a few cups of tea and ran a taste test to be completely sure that our vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free baking would be just the right fit for teatime.
Here are two of our favorites:
Lemon Poppyseed Loaf
A comforting classic, this recipe was originally for 12 muffins, but it works equally as well as a loaf. It also has a blend of flours, which makes a big difference in gluten-free baking. Not a fan of maple syrup? You can substitute agave nectar or concentrated pear juice for the syrup. It will change the flavor slightly - the nectar and juice will result in sweeter muffins or loaf. The recipe is from Flying Apron's Gluten-free and Vegan Baking Book, by Jennifer Katzinger (published by Sasquatch Books). If you're vegan, gluten-free, or both, it's an incredible resource full of tasty recipes. Highly recommended.
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
- 3/4 cup garban...
Here at LUSH HQ, our spring months are often filled with gray rainy days that leave us longing for sunny afternoons spent outdoors. In an effort to bring a little of the outdoors inside (while staying out of the rain), we decided to make terrariums for our office!
Terrariums are fantastic little ecosystems that are simple to create and manage. Trust us: even the most gardening-inept can tackle making one! They provide us with a little piece of nature that will flourish on a desktop, bedside table or bookshelf in our homes or offices and create a connection with the environment that can be difficult to attain for the city-dwellers among us.
Not only do terrariums help to foster a deeper connection with the natural world, they also have positive effects on our health! NASA's studies in the eighties proved that houseplants improve interior air quality, and studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences show that indoor plants decrease incidences of dry skin, fatigue and coughing. If you're a business owner or manager, take note: a study by the same university concluded that offices with have living plants report less sick time taken by employees and higher productivity. Nobody wants to play hooky if they've got a terrarium to look after!
With all these benefits to owning a terrarium, what's holding you back? Not sure how to make one yet? Let's do it together- you'll be an expert in no time.
Have you ever wondered about the faces and places you might be sharing your shower with? Go behind the bottle and discover the who, what and where of four of our most popular shower products!
Grass shower gel, sourced by: Lee
Lee is a member of our intrepid Buying Team. He purchases wheat grass from Giddy Up and Grow, our supplier in Mission, BC, to make Grass shower gel!
Featured Ingredient: Fresh Wheatgrass Juice We buy our wheatgrass in trays and then juice it ourselves before adding the vitamin-packed ingredient to our shower gels, face masks, and moisturizers.
Turkish Delight shower smoothie, made by: Madu
This batch of Turkish Delight was handmade fresh by Madu in the Dairy Pots room of our Vancouver factory. Isn't he handsome?
Featured Ingredient: Rose Absolute Incredibly effective for softening and soothing the skin, we source our rose absolute from a village in Turkey.
Ro's Argan body conditioner, invented by: Rowena Bird
Rowena, our very own cosmetics genius, was the mastermind behind our best-selling invention. It was only right that we name the product after her!
Green Feature: Recycled Black Pots. Ro's Argan, like our body lotions, moisturizers, and face masks, is packaged in a 100% post-consume...
'Tis the season for delicious homemade treats. Our favorite crafty crafter Julia is back, and this time she's getting busy in the kitchen with Poppycock. Not just the expression of ladies who bridge or third grade teachers, Poppycock is a tasty popcorn treat perfect for the holidays inspired by our (equally delicious) Popcorn Lip Scrub. Hop in your kitchen, turn on your favorite holiday song and get ready to indulge in this seriously addictive caramel corn.
How to Make Your Own Poppycock!
- 1 cup popcorn (or 8 cups popped)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter (or vegan margarine)
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1. Pop popcorn until it's lightly toasted and set aside in a large mixing bowl.
- 2. Melt butter in a small saucepan, then slowly whisk in the sugar until fully melted.
- 3. Add brown rice syrup, baking soda, salt and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture and bring to a boil. Allow to cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until the mixture doubles in size and gains a glossy, caramel top.
- 4. Remove from heat and mix in almonds.
- 5. Pour the mixture on top of the popcorn and mix quickly to evenly coat each kernel.
- 6. Turn the popcorn out onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper and refrigerate overnight.
- 7. Break apart into...
After watching, and re-watching the ridiculously addictive Crafternoon videos, I admit that I was jealous that Julia, our LUSH Times Editor was having all of the fun. So I decided to do something about it!
I've been wanting to create my own mason jar snowglobe for a over year now and I had already put aside a mason jar and a retro Christmas tree figurine that I kept just for this project. With Julia's easy to follow instructions (and masses of inspiration from all of her wonderful cats), I was able to craft a little Winter Wonderland of my own in no time at all.
Here's how you can create your own masterpiece:
- - Empty mason jar (a wide mouth is easier to work with)
- - Figurine of your choice
- - Superglue
- - Distilled water
- - Glycerin (just a capful or two is needed)
- - Mica or cosmetic glitter
2: Pick a figurine in proportion to the size of your jar. This little tree has been around at every Christmas for as long as I can remember. (It still had tinsel stuck in some of its branches!)
3: Use a small amount of glue and attach your figurine to the bottom of the mason ja...