moon time essentials

writer: Jutta joki
Picture: Ona Rihu

As I’m typing these words I’m on my period. And I am loving it!
After years of seeing my menstrual phase as the necessary evil I have now found new respect for this phenomenon that makes me so wonderfully feminine. This is my love letter to “that time of the month” and an invitation for you to change the way you see your period. There is a deeper meaning behind our bleeding. It is a sign of us being able to birth whether it be new ideas, projects, or a baby. And with birthing there comes pain, both emotional and physical. Our moon time can stir up emotions of frustration, anger and discontentment. That is why it is a sacred time for deep reflection and evaluation. As we are shedding our uterine linings, we will benefit from thinking: what else can we shed? The things we want to release and let go of begin to surface. I find that this state of introspection (where both brain hemispheres are equally active) enables transformative, deep work. I find it easier to concentrate and immerse myself in new ideas. I tap into this clarity and wisdom. In chinese medicine, period pain is considered as stagnation of blood or energy. I have yet to crack the code to a pain-free period, but in the meantime I make sure to get my needs met with plenty of self-care.

This is how I navigate my moon time:

moon time

3 mellow days –

I do my best to schedule three days for doing nothing, but resting and making myself as comfy and cosy as possible. This usually looks like a pillow and blanket fort with an ample suply of comforting warm drinks. I will lighten my work load as much as possible. I make alone time my priority and ensure I have fewer social engagements if any.

nourishing, warming food –

This is important on the week leading to my cycle and also during my period. Opting for warm meals with grounding root vegetables and healthy fats is a good idea. Steering clear of cold smoothies and other cold food/drink is imperative.

thinx period panties –  

As one preferring to flow more freely, instead of a period cup, I opt for other sustainable ways to ride my crimson wave. Period panties are my #1 way to go. They are super comfy and work well on my lighter days. On my heavy days I use washable organic cotton cloth pads in addition as needed.

raspberry leaf and nettle infusion –

herbal infusions are a great way to add minerals and some plant magic to your period. I use raspberry leaf to tone the uterus and nettle to replenish the iron lost during the bleeding.

oat heat pack –

I use an oat heat pack to keep my lower abdomen warm and cosy. It increases the blood flow, eases cramps and feels oh so comforting!

essential oils and magnesium spray –

a lot of essential oils have warming, cramp relieving and hormone stabilizing effects. I usually go for clary sage, basil or francincense. I dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil and rub it on my stomach using slow, circular movements. I often add magnesium spray and top the whole thing off with the heat pack. Period bliss!

journaling and tarot -

journaling is the perfect use for that inward energy during menstrual phase. I concentrate on intuitive and reflective writing. Sometimes I like to throw in an impromptu tarot card session too.

This is something I find works for me. Something else might work for you. Be sensitive to your own individual needs and care for yourself gently. Even if you are not currently experiencing a normal female cycle (missing your period for some reason), I invite you to be sensitive and alert as you too might also find a more introspective time of the month. Whatever the case may be, let yourself soften, turn inward and celebrate this special time of the month.

BONUS TIP: If you want to undertand your cycle better, I highly recommend the book Womancode by Alisa Vitti.

cabbage miso coconut soup

(vegan & gf)

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

Red Cabbage, miso and coconut soup

Cooking Playlist:

Ok so hold on before you read any further… like we all know every recipe needs a soundtrack (or if that wasn’t a thing already, now it is). Anytime I’m cooking soup it’s Soup for One by CHIC. Heh.

Like confessed many times before I’m all about soups, especially Sunday meal prep soups. Today’s recipe is extra vibrant, very budget friendly, nutritious and most importantly super delicious. To be exact. It’s so delicious I dropped everything I was doing to get the recipe out here for you to try as soon as possible. So without further rambling here it is:

cabbage miso coconut soup

ingredients:

  • 500g red sliced red cabbage

  • 100g (frozen) cauliflower florets

  • 1 medium sized red onion

  • 2 stalks of celery

  • 1 tsp of each: coriander, ginger and mustard seeds

  • 2 tbps tamari

  • 100g coconut milk

  • a generous tbsp of miso paste (I used red miso)

  • a squeeze of fresh lemon and some olive oil

how:

  1. Cut your onion and celery, heat a sauce pan and lightly cook the onion and celery in a drizzle of oil until they start to soften (about 3 min). Add your spices and cook for a few more minutes.

  2. Add the cauliflower and about 100ml of water. Cook until the cauliflower is at let’s say medium (if you use frozen cauliflower, just wait until it melts a little).

  3. Add the cabbage and 800ml of water , bring to a simmer and let it the cabbage cook for 5 min. Turn of your heat, add in the coconut milk, give it a stir and cover with a lid. Let the soup rest under the lid for 5 more minutes before adding in the miso and lemon and giving the party a mix with either a stick blender.

  4. Check the taste, add more spice if needed and serve with some seeds and fresh herbs.

A mending tutorial

Writer : Brynna Hall
Photography: Brynna Hall

Illustration by    Sarah Lazarovic

Illustration by Sarah Lazarovic

The clothes that we choose to adorn our bodies with carry meaning. Before they reach the consumer’s hands there are stories behind where the material was grown, the factory in which the cloth was manufactured, and the person who sewed the garment together. As a fiber artist and consumer, my goal is to honor the meaning behind textiles and add my own designs into the mix. The illustration “Buyerarchy of Needs” by Sarah Lazarovic defines a new paradigm in our consumer-based society.(1) Since seeing it for the first time, I have copied the words down in my own journal and begun to implement the tenets that Lazarovic promotes. For my art practice I am habitually adding fabrics to my collection by seeking out thrifted finds and second hand materials. It has been relatively easy and inexpensive to purchase only second hand or material off cuts for my work. However, buying nothing and relying solely on what I have and swapping with others has taken a few extra steps. One of the ways I’ve been able to abide by the tenets Lazarovic presents and continue to produce new work is by learning how to mend.

Mending techniques have become an important part of my design aesthetic that it is an effective way to add visual interest and added texture to existing garments. I’ve mended a hole in denim step-by-step to explain one of my favorite mending processes. The mending, or darning style, that I depict is bound by a basic woven grid structure. Because I work with these supplies often I was able to use a needle and thread I already had. My thread is sourced from Offcut Basel, a second hand material and art supply store in my region.

Supplies:
1 Sewing Needle, Embroidery thread or light-weight yarn, Fabric needing mending

Step 1: Clear away any stray threads or ragged edges from the hole.Thread your needle without a knot but leaving a long end that you can weave back in later. Choose your darning thread or yarn. I’ve chosen embroidery floss that is thicker than the denim material because it is easier to see the process, but for invisible mends I recommend thread that is similar in weight and color to the fabric.

Step 2: I prefer to outline the edge of the hole with a quick stitch, this isn’t necessary with sturdy fabrics, but with fragile ones it provides a stronger foundation for the darning stitches.

Step 3: Beginning on the back side of the fabric and above the hole, pull the needle through to the front. Create a small stitch by sewing back through to the other side. Don’t forget to leave a long tail on the backside ~ I prefer to weave the thread back in when possible instead of making a knot that could disturb comfort of the garment ~

Step 4: After you’ve created a few stabilizing stitches above the mending hole, pick up the edge of the hole, going under the edge, thread through and end by going over the bottom edge of the hole. Create a few reinforcing stitches on the other side of the hole.

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you’ve created vertical lines of thread going across the entirety of the hole. The back side of my work has diagonal stitches leading me to the next row.

Step 6: With the needle on the wrong side of the fabric, I chose to make some stabilizing stitches on the right side before I start weaving horizontally over the hole. It is also possible to immediately begin weaving through to the over side without these stitches. Alternate the weaving pattern with each row as you go over and under every vertical thread until you reach the other end of the hole.

Step 7: Weave in the ends on the backside in a similar way to how you’ve been working on the front. Weave over and under a few threads and turn the needle and do the same in the opposite direction for security.

With this basic understanding of how to create a new woven structure where one is missing, feel free experiment, break the traditional rules, and add your own aesthetic to future projects. For example, to complete this project I chose to colorfully embellish the surrounding area with the simple running stitch that we learned above. This piece is a part of my collaboration with the German upcycling brand, Planet Stetten. We are designing a capsule collection that combines hand-embroidery techniques with screen-printed text that promotes the importance of valuing quality clothes that have been discarded in favor of fast fashion trends.

If you’d like to give it a go I recommend listening to a podcast or watching a documentary while working as mending requires time and patience. Here’s what I’ve been listening to as I work ~

Clothes and the Rest - An Ethical Fashion Podcast
The True Cost” Documentary now on Netflix
Plastic Planet” Documentary

If you are not interested in sewing or mending by yourself (it can be time consuming, tedious, and knot-inducing!) I encourage you to seek out artists and designers that will alter clothes for you. Ripso is a U.S.A. based platform that offers customizations to its customers by pairing them with a designer that specializes in their chosen customization. These few tools can extend the life of the clothes already in your closet and add a layer of personal value to your garments.

(1) Rivetto, L. (2015). Thrift, Make and Buy: The Top Levels of the Buyerarchy of Needs. Available here

Arkivé Atelier - haastattelu

Kirjoittaja : Meri Frig
Kuvat : Arkivé Atelier

Teillä on mielettömän hieno konsepti. Miten Arkivé Atelier sai alkunsa?

Maria: “Kiinnostuin ihmisten vaatteiden kulutustottumuksista opiskellessani vaatetussuunnitelua. Kandidaatintutkielmassani tutkin muoti- ja lifestyleblogien mielipidevaikuttajuutta kestävän kehityksen näkökulmasta. Jo tuolloin 2012 mielessä alkoi itää haave omasta sivustosta, jonka kautta voisin positiivisesti vaikuttaa ihmisten tapaan kuluttaa vaatteita kestävästi.
Myöhemmin muutamia vuosia sitten kiinnostuin selvittelemään tapoja pitää parempaa huolta vaatekaapistani. Tietoa ja tuotteita kyllä löytyi, mutta ei ollut yhtä paikkaa, mistä kaiken olisi saanut kootusti. Tämän lisäksi sain huomata, kuinka vähän vaatetusalan yritykset tarjoavat tietoa myymiensä tuotteiden ylläpitoon ja huoltoon. Yritysten toiminnassa ja ihmisten käytöksessä oli selkeästi havaittavissa pikamuodin aiheuttama vaatehuollon kokoinen aukko, jonka paikkaamisesta syntyi minulle tärkeä missio.”
Jenna: “Tapasimme Marian kanssa sattuman kautta vuoden 2017 lopulla ja hyppäsin pian mukaan Arkivéen. Olin vuosia vaatealalla vietettyäni huomannut, miten jopa alalla työskentelevillä ihmisillä oli suuria aukkoja materiaalituntemuksessa puhumattakaan materiaalien huollosta ja hoidosta. Koottua tietoa tai laadukkaita hoitovälineitä oli vaikea löytää. Perustimme yhdessä yrityksen ja lanseerasimme sivuston kokonaan uudelleen viime kesänä ja siinä samalla avasimme verkkokaupan. Meille on tärkeää, että Arkivé on myös visuaalisesti kaunis ja yhtenäinen 
kokonaisuus.”


Mitkä ovat ehdottomasti teidän omat lempparihuoltotuotteet nyt talvella?

Maria: “Uudeksi talvisuosikiksi on noussut Saphir Mirror Gloss -vaha, joka luo pintanahkaisten kenkien kärkiin ja korkoihin normaalivahaa tehokkaamman suojan ja kauniin peilimäisen kiillon. Värillinen vaha paikkaa myös naarmut ja haalistumat tehokkaasti.
Vaatehuollon puolelta kestosuosikki on Kent CP6, jota käytän näin talvisin päivittäin pölyn ja irtolian puhdistukseen. Kyseinen harja on ehdoton must-tuote pölyjen puhdistukseen tummista hienojakoisista neuleista!”
Jenna: “Pukeudun talvella suht käytännöllisesti - paljon villaa ja denimiä. Luottovillakangastakkini on todella paksua, karheaa villaa. Se suojaa viimalta, mutta kerää ärsyttävän paljon irtokarvaa itseensä. Kentin kaksipuolinen CC20-harja on luottoharjani varsinkin talvella. Harjan pidempiharjaksisella päällä harjailen takkini puhtaaksi ja lyhyempiharjaksisella rapsutan kuraroiskeet farkkujeni lahkeista.
Päivittäisessä käytössä olevat merinovillakerrastoni vaativat hiukan enemmän pesua kuin perusneuleet. Arelan biohajoava villapesuaine on paras tähän asti kokeilemistani - se jättää vaatteet pehmoisiksi muttei ollenkaan rasvaisiksi. Konepestessä käytän myös aina Guppyfriend-pesupussia!”


Kerroit että oma kulutuskäyttäytymisesi on muuttunut?

Maria: “Vaatekaappini on ollut jo vuosien ajan hyvin pieni ja uudet hankinnat harkittuja. Arkivén myötä tarpeeni ostaa uutta on pienentynyt entisestään. Kiillottamisesta ja silittämisestä on tullut uusien hankintojen miettimisen sijaan rentouttava laittautumisriitti ennen tärkeitä tilaisuuksia. Jos vaatekaapista puuttuu jotain, niin mietin löytyisikö se jokin ystävän vaatekaapista”
Jenna: “Yksi ahdistavimmista vaateteollisuuteen liittyvistä ajatuksista on tuotetun tavaran määrä. Emme tarvitse näin paljoa eikä kaikkea tarvitse aina riittää kaikille. Olen omaksunut ajatusta oman vaatekaappinikin suhteen - minun ei tarvitse omistaa kaikkea. Kokeilunhaluinen olen silti edelleen ja muutosta kaipaan aika ajoin. Onneksi vaihtoehtoja uuden ostamiselle on ja välillä muutokseksi riittää vaikka vain uusi tapa meikata!”


Ketkä ovat tyyli-idoleitanne?

Maria: “Minulla ei ikinä ole ollut yhtä tiettyä tyyli-idolia vaan inspiraatio vaihtelee ajoittain pienin vivahtein. Tällä hetkellä inspiroi Meryl Streep elokuvassa Minun Afrikkani sekä Margaret Howellin viime kesän kokoelma.”
Jenna: “Isoäitini ja äitini ovat opettaneet, että jokaisen tulisi saada pukeutua haluamallaan tavalla. Olin itse nuorempana aika ujo ja muistan, kuinka rohkea veto oli alkaa käyttämään vaikkapa punaista huulipunaa. Nykyään varsinkin todella nuoret ja todella vanhat ihmiset, jotka rikkovat totuttuja odotusarvoja teoillaan ja pukeutumisellaan, ovat suuri ihastelun kohteeni. Pidän myös ihmisistä, jotka saavat toisille hyvän mielen, koska tyylikkyys ei ulotu pelkästään vaatteisiin. Mutta jos puhutaan pelkistä vaatteista, innostun aina Lemairen estetiikasta, Phoeben Céline-taiasta, kanadalaisesta Beaufillesta ja Ranskan uuden aallon elokuvien henkilöhahmoista.”

Miten muuten huollatte tyyliänne?

Maria: “Tyylini pohja on ollut jo vuosien ajan lähes muuttumaton. Päivitystä haen hiustyylin muutoksilla, asusteilla ja koruilla. Esimerkiksi kenkäpari tai huivi voi olla elementti, jonka ympärille tyylini pääsääntoisesti rakentuu tietyin aikavälein. Tämän talven juttu on esimerkiksi pitkät saappaat ja hameet. Ensi kesänä aion sonnustautua silkkihuiveihin ja kokeilla myös kauluspaidan ja shaalin yhdistelmää Karen Blixonin tyyliin.”

Jenna: “Yritän huoltaa itseäni, kehoa ja mieltä, sekä muistaa rentoutua ja kuunnella itseäni. Huomaan, että esimerkiksi lomalla levättyäni saan aina parhaimpia ideoita ja palaan yleensä tyylini alkulähteille. Maisemanvaihdos ja elokuvat auttavat myös! Yritän aina muistaa, ettei tyyli tule pakottamalla. Monesti olenkin tuntenut itseni tyylikkäimmäksi silloin, kun olen vain lähtenyt kasuaalisti ruokakauppaan.”



Missä ovat mielestänne parhaat vintagekaupat ja vaatevuokraamot?

Maria: “Vaatevuokraamoja en ole vielä kokeillut – toistaiseksi minulle on riittänyt ystävien vaatekaapit jos vaatekaapista on puuttunut jotain. Suomesta parhaat kirpparit löytyvät ehdottomasti Lahdesta, Hämeenlinnasta ja Rovaniemeltä! Vintagekaupoista Helsingissä Pieni Sydän Second Hand, joka on niitä harvoja vintagekauppoja, josta voi löytää myös hyvälaatuisia- ja kuntoisia perusneuleita.”
Jenna: “Viime kesän mansikkapaikkojani olivat pienemmät, hieman syrjäisemmät kirppikset Espoossa ja Tampereella. Rakastan pyöräillä ympäriinsä kirppisten perässä, katsella maisemia ja nauttia pullakahvit jossain hyvin perinteikkäässä paikassa. Kallion Frida Marinasta olen löytänyt vintage ja 2nd hand -helmiä, joista Vuokon villakankainen workwear-jakku ja Friitalan täydellisesti istuva nahkatakki ovat hyviä esimerkkejä. Lisäksi Frida Marinassa on lämmin ja asiantunteva palvelu ja monesti oston yhteydessä saa kaupan päälle tarinan vaatteen edellisestä elämästä. Loppuen lopuksi löytöjä voi kuitenkin tehdä mistä vain, kunhan jaksaa pyöriä ja penkoa. Itse nautin juuri etsimisen tunteesta. Ihailen suuresti isäni taitoa bongailla roskalavoilta hienoja huonekaluja.”


7. Piditte hiljattain vaatehuoltoetkot. Oletteko järjestämässä uudestaan? Mikä soittolista soi viimeksi taustalla?

Maria: “Seuraavia etkoja ei olla vielä lyöty lukkoon, mutta soittolista on jo tekeillä: ainakin Richard Marxin Hazard tulee soimaan seuraavilla etkoilla!”
Jenna: “Haluaisin myös pitää seuraavaksi vaatehuoltobrunssin. Olen yllättynyt kuinka moni tuttava on lähestynyt meitä viime aikoina jonkin vaatehuoltoon liittyvän pulman kera - aihe todellakin koskettaa kaikkia! Olisi mahtavaa istua alas porukalla hyvän ruuan ääreen ja jakaa hyviä niksejä. Brunssin lopuksi voisimme pitää vaikka nahkakenkä-workshopin, koska esimerkiksi suolatahrat ovat tällä hetkellä monen päänvaivana. Jos minulta kysytään, niin taustalla voi soida mitä vaan Marko Haavistosta Pet Shop Boysiin!”

Seuraa Arkivé Atelieria instagramissa ja facebookissa!

5 tips for how to survive the winter

writer: Emma Ranne
picture: Emma Ranne

Eira, Helsinki Winter

Here in Finland we only have a couple of hours of light during the gloomiest months of the winter. Not seeing that much of the sun and missing out on those few hours of light when at work or school, will of course have some effect on your energy levels. 

How can you boost your winter time energy to keep you going no matter how dark, cold and wet it is out there? We gathered our best tips, that work for us when (most of the time) thriving through the Finnish winter. 

Now it’s of course starting to get lighter and lighter day by day, but I though this would still be nice to share with you even though we’re about to shift from winter to spring soon.

 

1. Chase the light

Try to catch those few light hours by going out during the day. Even if just for a tiny 10 minute walk (if school or work is holding you back), it will make an instant difference. It doesn’t even matter if the sun isn’t out, just the fresh breeze and that bit of natural light will do.

 

2. Cozy up

Accept the winter as it is and make the most out of it. Horrible weather outside? Gather your friends, light up some candles and host a cozy little curry night. To add some extra fun you could throw in some board games as well. It’s completely ok (and very much human) to not feel energized at all times. Allow yourself more sleep, take it easy, and try to create some extra coziness whenever and wherever you can.

 

3. But stay active

This is as important as to allow yourself to get cozy: stay active. Go for a walk, hit the gym, do some yoga. When your blood gets flowing and your heart pumping you will soon feel reborn. Chase those endorphins even though you might need to push it a little on those pitch black rainy mornings.

 

4. Vitamin D

This is something I should definitely up my game in and take better care of. In the summer vitamin D comes provided by the sun, but in the winter you can’t quite rely on that. Don’t forget to introduce vitamin D supplements to your daily food palette during the darker months! In Finland the recommendation for adults varies from a daily 10-30 micro gram vitamim D boost, from the start of September to the end of April. Vitamin D supplements aren't always vegan so be sure to check that with the pharmasist. Here's one good option by Terranova.

 

5.  Light therapy

We Finns just don’t give in and go on with full ‘‘sisu’’ when it comes to the darkness. If there’s no sun light to wake us up, we’ll just take care of it ourselves. Light therapy lamps have during the past few years become a gadget found in almost every Finnish home. It’s a lamp that is as bright as natural light, and can be used in the mornings and during the day to wake up your body and make it believe it’s day and not night (as that’s what your body thinks when it’s dark out there). The thought of having an artificial sun might sound a bit sad, but even though my slightly critical preassumptions I’ve found this to be one of the most effective tools to tackle the winter dip.

By now I’m just really really looking forward to the warmer months. I miss the sun, long days and my summer warderobe. But hey we’re getting there!
Meanwhile…What is your favourite winter survival tip?

 

why switch to natural materials?

Writer: Ona Rihu
Pictures: Catarina Böckerman

My journey away from fast fashion has had many nuances to it over the years - but I’d say this one feels the most sustainable. Quitting fast fashion and being vegan for me meant that I didn’t buy anything made of animal materials - even thrifted. That made second hand shopping a bit difficult sometimes, and after reading about microplastics and all the other downsides of synthetic materials, I knew I didn’t want to support that either.

second hand cashmere sweater : 12€ from Fida

So, what’s left? I came to the conclusion that if i truly wanted to be ethical and ecological, second hand natural materials are the way to go. They’re long lasting, require less washing and don’t release microplastics into our oceans. My favorite materials for the summertime are cotton, silk and linen, and in the wintertime I try to find wool and cashmere. I do own quite a few pairs of vintage leather boots from the 80’s-90’s, mom style is my favorite! Second hand shopping for natural materials works for me because it’s affordable, the clothes are long-lasting and you’re not directly supporting the industry.

a few tips to thrifting natural materials:

  • Look at the tag. This might be a bit obvious, but when I see a piece I like the first thing I check is the tag, and material. I try to avoid non-biodegradeable materials like nylon and polyester.

  • Smell it. Natural materials, especially wool has a spesific scent. It can also collect smells so it’s good to check before buying.

  • Care: Don’t wash sweaters and other thick items of clothing too often. I like to have t-shirts under my knits, so I only have to wash the t-shirt and I can just air out the knits, or wash them once a month.

  • Air it out! The best thing about cold weather is airing out your clothes. It kills bacteria and makes your clothes smell fresh and clean.

  • Hangers - I try to hang all of my precious items - like cashmere sweaters and wool pants. That way you’ll guarantee a longer lifespan and they wont get wrinkled.

  • Get minimalistic - you really don’t need 10 different sweaters, having a few trusty ones in rotation is well enough. Less is more!

ida ginman - meet the illustrator

writer: emma ranne
picture: from Ida

ida ginman - interview with graphic designer

The new month is here and it’s time to introduce you to our February illustrator, our lovely friend Ida Ginman. This creative soul studies graphic design in Malmö, Sweden while husstling an eco friendly print business and creating high quality informative content for possibly one of the prettiest instagram accounts I know. Ida also hosts a lovely podcast together with yoga teacher Julia Hackzell called Soul Sisters which I’ve been hooked to ever since it came out. Just saying.

Without further rambling, let’s give the word to Ida:

heya ida! Could you please introduce yourself to our readers, Who are you and what do you like to do?

I’m Ida, a twenty-something day dreamer who was born and raised in Finland. Nowadays I’m based in Malmö, Sweden, where I’m studying a bachelor in graphic design. On the side I also do a little bit of freelance design work as well as run my environmental friendly print business Kinder Prints. Besides all the design stuff I’m a introvert who likes her own space, but once you get to know me you’ll see I’m a real giggler. I start most of my mornings with a matcha latte and end my days with yoga. For the past six years my heart has been held by someone in Australia and I think that is where I’ll eventually end up.

We would love to hear the story behind the power woman in your illustration. Who is she and how does she inspire you?

I decided to draw Emma Watson. She was my first ever girl crush when I watched her in the Harry Potter movies as a child. As she grew up, so did I. Today she stands up for so many important things and is really using her influence for something good. She’s for example working hard for women’s rights and runs the feminist book club Our Shared Shelf. We need more power women like Emma who’s truly beautiful inside and out. 

How did you get into drawing, what does it mean to you?

I was basically drawing before I stared walking. My mom has told me stories about how she was worried about me being dead as I wasn’t making any noice in my room, but when she checked on me I was just sitting there drawing. I lost touch of this in my teenage years, but now I’ve found back to my passion again. I think drawing is a way of brining your inner world out to the physical one. It’s such a simple and raw way of expressing yourself, and at the same time it’s a very meditative state for me. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

‘‘Do what you love.’’

What would your dream job be like?

In the future I would love to run my own graphic design studio somewhere by a beach in Australia and I’d only be working with sustainable and ethical brands. 

List 10 single things that make you happy:

My boyfriend, videos of cute baby animals, breakfast with friends, hugging my grandmas, sunshine, Australian beaches, the feeling after yoga, clean sheets, good coffee and late Summer evenings.

Where do you go when you need some inspiration?

For some reason my inspiration (mostly) flows when I sit down at a cafe surrounded by other people. I’m also lucky to live in Malmö which is a very bike friendly city, so I often head out on a long bike ride when my mind feels stuck. 

What is a weird habit you have?

I’m a creature of habits, so I guess I don’t see any of my daily rituals as weird. I do have an obsession of having to make it to at least one cafe every day, otherwise it’s not a good day. 

What’s the best book you’ve read so far?

On the Emma Watson note, I love all the Harry Potter books and I feel like I should read them all again. One book that has definitely made me think about life in a different way is Melissa Gilbert’s book Big Magic - I’d recommend it to everyone!

3 songs that we should all put on our playlists?

This is such a hard one, but let’s see:

  1. I’ll cheat on the first one: Florence and the Machine’s latest album High As Hope - please take time and listen to all of the songs on her latest album. I’ve never been as me mesmerised. 

  2. Years & Years - All For You

  3. James Bay - Us

The most beautiful place you’ve ever been to:

The world is full of beautiful places, but after living abroad I’ve come to realise how beautiful the Nordic nature in Finland is - all year around

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natural haircare - shampoo favorites

In my journey of switching all of my cosmetics to natural ones, I’ve found shampoo & conditioner to be the hardest match to find. I’ve always had a sensitive scalp, and I’m sure my years of modelling and getting my hair dyed, heat-treated and styled at my job hasn’t helped. Luckily I’ve been able to grow out my natural color, so dying my hair is no longer something I need to think about. Yet, my scalp is still very dry and sensitive. I wanted to share some of my favorite natural shampoos I’ve tried over the years.

Mossa Vitamin Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner*

This vitamin moisture shampoo & condition has worked well for me, allthough I feel like with this shampoo as well as other natural ones, my hair doesn’t stay fresh & clean for more than 2 days. Really good price-to quality ratio, smells amazing!

Lush Shampoo Bar

I bought this when traveling to bali, and I must admit it was very convenient and effective. The big plus here is that it comes without plastic packaging, but the reason I didn’t continue using this is that it’s not 100% natural. Great for traveling and minimalistic packing!

Frantsila Birch & Peat Shampoo and Conditioner*

One of my favorites, this one makes my hair and scalp feel super clean.
I love supporting Finnish brands, and Frantsila is a beautiful family company that’s values I can truly stand behind. Great price to quality ratio.

Attitude Organics Moisturizing Shampoo*

This somehow reminds me of my childhood, a very standard shampoo without any of the nasty chemicals! Makes my hair squeaky clean, and with this shampoo my hair will remain clean for a few days longer.

Rahua Classic Shampoo*

A luxurious, dreamy product. I mean, it has the scent of Palo Santo. Do I need to say more? I love with this brand but it’s a bit on the pricier side. Great if you’re in the mood to treat yourself!

*products given

Writer: Ona Rihu
Picture: Catarina Böckerman, ona rihu

let's talk about kundalini

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne & kundaliinijooga helsinki

(body, mind and soul)

kundalini yoga helsinki - Kuldip S. Khalsa

Sometimes the timing simply just feels so right it becomes a little magical.

So was the case with the quite university drained me getting a surprise invite from Kundaliinijooga Helsinki to spend a weekend with yoga teacher Kuldip to learn the basics of kundalini yoga - yoga that combines the elements of mind, body and spirit.

Before the course I had only heared the concept Kundalini Yoga flow by, but never got a grip of what it actually was all about. It was in the 1960s when yoga guru Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini from India to the West. Kundalini yoga has roots that reach over a period of more than 2000 years and has been in constant development ever since and been amended by its practioners. Like Kuldip told us yoga shouldn’t stand still, it’s in constant change molded by its practioners. He encouraged us to learn the basics, but also to try to let go from what we’ve learned and see what works best for ourselves. I really loved that idea. I mean just to think of something that has been alive and evolving over a period of 200o years, formed and shaped by generations - sounds pretty miracelous right?

The introduction course that I attended was held on 2 days and it covered all from body (in which we went through motion but also talked about food and diet) to mind (meditation) and spirit (in which we learned about chakras, and the deeper connections of yoga with the soul). Kuldip had a nice way of teaching in a way that made the sometimes quite abstract things appear as something that could easily be adapted to our everyday lives. It was an inspiring weekend and Kundalini Yoga is for sure something I’d like to explore more in the future too.

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Now at the start of the new year I’ve made myself a promise: I want to find my way back to routines. Routines that support my day to day hustles and allow me to thrive, be productive, feel nourished but most importantly connected to myself in a peaceful way in which I find that yoga really helps me. I’m trying to make room for standing still, and I think the course was an eye opener to find more keys and ways to do so. Keys and ways that are easy to hold on to.

Are you feeling a spark to add a dash of yoga to your every day routines? Kuldip from Adi Shakti Academy is organising an introductory short course called ‘‘Kundalini 101’’ where you can learn all about the basics. The course is held on March 23rd from 10:00-12:00 at Kundaliinijooga Helsinki. If you’re free and craving some new inspiration, I’d highly encourage for you to book the morning off and cosy up at the studio for some yoga wisdoms. As our reader you’ll get to do the course with a little discount for 20€ by using the code: INLACExKUNDALINI.

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savoury beetroot waffles (g,ve)
 

(g,ve)

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

vegan and GF beetroot waffle

topped with a warm kale salad, sauerkraut
And Tahini
 

Who doesn't love the idea of having bright pink waffles for lunch? Well I do. For the past few years I've been experimenting with chickpea flour pancakes. They're pretty simple to make, require only a few ingredients and can easily be switched up by trying new spices and toppings. When my friend was out exploring the islands of Bali, I got to borrow her waffle iron and so these beetroot waffles were discovered. I used my regular savoury pancake mix but switched the pan into an iron.

 

How:

  1. Let’s start with roasting the eggplant. Heat your oven to about 200C (or 175C with fan). Cut the eggplant into discs of about 1-2cm. Sprinkle with salt and let the eggplant ‘‘sweat’’ for about 10 min before rinsing the salt off. This will help with getting a nice soft texture when roasting the eggplant in the oven. Cut the discs into chunks and top with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast the eggplant for about 15 min.

  2. While the eggplant is roasting we can mix our dough by starting with the dry ingredients. Mix the cumin and salt into the flour. In a separate bowl whisk together the water and beetroot juice before mixing the liquids in with the flour to create a pancake mix like dough. Let the dough rest for 5 min before baking.

  3. While the dough is resting let’s prep the toppings. Grab your frying pan and add a few table spoons of water. We’ll start with steaming the kale. Once the kale is steamed we’ll add in the garli, oven roasted eggplant and mushrooms. Spice up with salt and pepper.

  4. Bake your waffles in some good quality olive oil. Serve hot topped with the warm veggie salad, tahini and sauerkraut. Garnish with some sesame seeds.

ingredients (for 2):

  • 2 dl chickpea flour

  • 1,5 dl water

  • 0,5 dl beetroot juice

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • a pinch of salt

  • olive oil for the baking

  • kale

  • oven roasted eggplant

  • mushrooms

  • tahini

  • 1 garlic clove

  • sauerkraut

  • sesame seeds

 

 

 

meet the illustrator: nina nguyen

picture: from nina
writer: emma ranne

nina nguyen - inlace calendar interview

The new year is here and we feel ready to explore everything that is to come with 2019 - hopefully you do too.

Last month we published our second Inlace calendar which is all about power women - We gathered a group of 12 wonderful young illustrators and asked them to explore and draw the women they admire, or are inspired by. As each month goes by, we will interview the illustrators and share their stories as well as the stories behind their illustrations for the calendar. You can read more about the project here.

So 12 wonderful illustrations by 12 wonderful illustrators. Are you ready to meet who’s behind January? Let us introduce you to this years first illustrator: Nina.

hey nina, could you please introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi everybody, my name is Nina and I’m 22 years old. I live in Vaasa, Finland where I work as a Vinyasa yoga teacher and Aerial yoga instructor. I love to travel and enjoy reading a good book. I also enjoy painting, drawing and drinking coffee - preferably with good company.

We would love to hear the story behind the power woman in your illustration. Who is she and how does she inspire you?

I chose to paint Mother Nature as the power woman of January. Mother nature is rooted into her soil where she plants her roots, nourishes her seeds and protects all life around her. She is abundance, she is the bringer, the nourisher, she is home for all plant life.

She inspires me to stay grounded through both good and difficult times. She reminds me to nourish and to be patient with my thoughts, ideas, feelings and the people in my life.

How did you get into drawing, what does it mean to you?

I’ve loved drawing in kindergarten and haven’t stop doing it since. For me, drawing/painting is a way of meditation. I lose track of time and only focus on what is in front of me. I find it very liberating to be creative!

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

“Practice, practice, practice and all is coming”

What would your dream job be like?

Pretty much what I’m doing right now and to work in a creative field.

List 10 single things that make you happy:

Coffee, the beach, chocolate cake, yoga, my dog, the movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, rainy summer days, the color green, full moon and mangoes.

Where do you go when you need some inspiration?

I prefer to travel, exploring new places and culture. I think it us the best way to get inspired! But when I’m broke I go to Pinterest… hehe!

What is a weird habit you have?

I talk in my sleep and in different languages.

What’s the best book you’ve read so far?

“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara

3 songs that we should all put on our playlists?

Mama, You Been on My Mind – Jeff Buckley

We Can Fly – Niteshifters, Simon Tellier Remix

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye


The most beautiful place you’ve ever been to:

So far, it’s Lanzarote.

you can find nina on instagram here to follow up with her adventures, yoga and art -
our 2019 calendar is available via embroselife













our inlace christmas table

(vegan, mostly GF)

writer: emma ranne
picture: catarina böckerman

healthy christmas cookies

With only two more nights (or three for our non Scandinavian readers) until Christmas, it’s time to settle into holiday mood, dig into your recipe archives and pick what to set your table with this Christmas. We gathered a list of recipes from some of our favourite blogs and curated a little Christmas menu that we would love to try out next week. With this we want to wish you a soft and cosy Christmas - happy days, yummy food, and especially time for and from those you love. X

in the AM

  • Some extra creamy vegan rice porridge, a Finnish Christmas tradition - this one by Jenny Mustard is topped with lingonberries and baked tahini pears. After a few years of experimenting with different vegan variations I think the best result is achieved when the rice is cooked in Oatly’s Ikaffe - coconut cream is lovely too. Oh and topped with lots of ceylon cinnamon!

  • Or if you want something a little different but still in the category of rice porridge try the black rice pudding by fan of this planet.

  • Try and top the porridge with this chia and orange blossom jam , by Vanelja.

  • If you’re not into porridge you could try to make some home made coconut yogurt topped with some oven roasted plums or bilberries and gingerbread crumbs (-> see recipe for GF gingerbread down below)

at pm

and something sweet

tips for a mindful xmas

(inlace contributor)

writer: Laura Sulankivi
Picture: Ona Rihu

5 TIPS FOR MORE SUSTAINABLE, ECO-FRIENDLY AND STRESSLESS CHRISTMAS

The lights are twinkling all around and we  keep our fingers crossed wishing for the snow making its white magic on time. I’m adding cinnamon basically to every food I’m eating in these days.  It’s almost here again. The most wonderful time of the year. Christmas.

On the other side, it’s also known as the most consumeristic, unsustainable and wasteful time of the year. Personally, I used to love Christmas. I think back to the Christmas time in my childhood and feel warm and a bit giddy and sentimental too remembering my favorite ornament which I used to hang on our cozy spruce in the living room. I still do love the idea of being with family, having holidays and eating a lot of good food, but all the hustle and the dark side of the celebration causes me stress sometimes. And I have a suspicion that I’m not alone with this.  

mindful xmas

What could we do to make Christmas more sustainable, conscious, and enjoyable and minimize the environmental effects from the such a short period of time? Nobody is perfect, so don't stress too much. It's all about good intentions and being aware of how our acts and consuming are affecting our Mother Earth. These are my 5 tips for your Holiday season!

1.GIVE MINDFULLY

When we start to think about Christmas, it usually means that we start to think about the gifts. We start to ask our friends or family members what they would want for Christmas. They’ll say nothing. We’ll buy something anyways. Why do we give stuff just to give? In my opinion, the presents side of things should take over the place and just causes too much stress for most of the people. I mean, what we really want and need these days, is just some time together. Instead of buying stuff, you can always give non-material gifts. You can give experiences like festival or movie tickets. You can host a dinner for everyone, you can go for a trip. It can be just anything you like to do together.
In case you still want to give something, there is always a better way to do that! Organizing a Secret Santa is budget friendly and reduces the consumption since every person is buying only one present.
Another idea is to give something home-made, something made with love. This is something I personally like to do. Make your own peanut butter, or fill a recycled glass jar with home-made crunchy granola made from organic, fair-trade ingredients, and you. just. can’t. go. wrong.
Christmas is also a great place for spreading a certain message, as you may have known from our previous article presenting our wish list of conscious gift ideas. Give someone your favorite ethical makeup, vegan chocolate or piece of sustainable clothing. At the same time, you are not only putting your own money for something you believe in but also introducing new products to your friends and family. Who knows, and maybe next time in the store they’ll remember that brand or product.

2.WRAP PLANET-FRIENDLY.

Every year tons of wrapping paper is going to the trash after opening the Christmas presents, which is equivalent to cutting down tens of thousands of trees only for that one specific day. This time, look out for recycled wrapping paper or go through all the old magazines or newspapers to find colorful pages. Free your imagination for more personal looking gifts!

3.BURN PLANT-BASED WAX CANDLES.

The traditional, cheapest candles made from paraffin are not the best choice your own health or for the environment. Candles made from natural plant-based wax again, are more eco-friendly because they are smoke-free and biodegradable, made from renewable natural resource and a definitely better choice for especially people having issues such sensitivities, allergies or asthma.

Here is the link to our earlier article offering better alternatives, if you haven’t read it yet.  

4.CHOOSE PLANT-BASED AND CREATE YOUR OWN TRADITIONS.

Hopefully, you have found your way into a plant-based diet already, but if not, there is a lot of yummy vegan alternatives and possibilities to cook a greener Christmas dinner! You can also always give up the traditions that don't feel homely and create your owns. Fill the table with your favorite foods, whatever you like, christmassy or not. Because at the end of the day, Christmas time is for enjoying, and it really doesn’t matter what the people next door are having on their plates.

5.REDUCE FOOD WASTE.

I feel it a bit challenging sometimes to suddenly cook a dinner for an entire family when usually it's just two of us around the table. Go through your recipes and make some calculations and plan the dinner table together before,  and share the responsibilities to make it more enjoyable and relaxed for all. This is a simple way to shop smarter, keep the amounts realistic, and reduce food waste and save money of course!

 

vastuullisuus on chic - Karita Sainio

(inlace contributor)

Kirjoittaja: Meri Frig
Kuva: ida hanhiniemi

vuonna 2019 inlacemediassa tullaan näkemään uusia nimiä - olemme löytäneet ihania contributor-kirjoittajia jotka tulevat jakamaan ajatuksiaan ja antamaan inspiraatiota vieraskirjoittajina. Kiitos ihanasta tekstistä meri!

Karita Sainio on kirjailija ja vastuullisuuteen erikoistuneen pr-toimisto Sugar Helsingin perustaja. Hänen Hyvin Eletty -kirja on ”jokaisen nykynaisen must-have-käsikirja kestävään elämäntapaan.” Kirja on myös niin kaunis, että sen haluaa heti laittaa kirjahyllyssä paraatipaikalle. Selailin sitä taas uudestaan miettiessäni parempia joululahjaideoita. Kysyin Karitalta, mitä hän fiilistelee juuri nyt. Haastattelusta tuli ihana, inspiroitunut fiilis – kiitos Karita!

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Ihastuin kovasti Hyvin eletty -kirjaasi. Voitko kertoa kirjan sanomasta lyhyesti?

Kiitos Meri, ihana kuulla! <3
Olen työskennellyt vastuullisten brändien parissa viimeiset reilu t kymmenen vuotta ja Hyvin eletty olikin luonteva jatko edellisille projekteilleni. Oma missioni työelämässä on jakaa tietoa vastuullisista, päivittäisistä valinnoista synkistelemättä ja parempiin valintoihin inspiroiden. Kirjasta halusin tehdä helposti lähestyttävän (ja kauniin!) oppaan, josta löytää ne juuri omat vinkit oman arjen vastuullisiin valintoihin. Kirjan kautta oivaltaa, että vastuullisuus on oikeastaan aika helppoa.   

 Hyvin eletty -kirja opastaa kauniiseen vastuulliseen elämään. Miksi ”kauniiseen” ja ”vastuulliseen,” yhdessä?

Mielestäni vastuullinen elämäntapa on tyylikästä, älykästä ja puoleensavetävää. On luontevaa haluta hyviä arvoja ja niiden mukanaan tuomaa kauneutta ympärilleen. Sen sijaan, että vastuulliset valinnat jotenkin rasittaisivat, ne tuovat harmoniaa ja itsevarmuutta elämään. On voimaannuttavaa ottaa asioista selvää ja tieto myös helpottaa valintojen tekemistä.

 Mitä vinkkejä antaisit vastuullisuudesta viestimiseen, heille, jotka tulevat uutena tälle alalle? 

Aikoinaan päätin, että työskentelen ainoastaan vastuullisten brändien parissa. Silloin vastuullisuudesta viestiminen on oikeastaan aika helppoa, sillä se on sisäänrakennettu brändeihin ja viestiä ei tarvitse erikseen rakentaa tai päälleliimata. Monet vastuulliset brändit ovat laadukkaita, esimerkiksi kosmetiikassa raaka-aineet ovat aitoja tai ruokapuolella luomua ja ravintorikasta. Tällöin viestissä voi keskittyä tuotteen laatuun ja vastuullisuus tuleekin kaupan päälle, ikään kuin itsestään selvänä kivijalkana tuotteelle – tarinoita ei tarvitse keksiä.

Mikä on nyt ’bubbling under,’ eli jotain ihan uutta, vastuullisuuden maailmassa?

Mentoroin paljon uusia yrittäjiä ja selkeästi uusiobrändit ovat jo syntyessään vastuullisia – se itsessään tulee muuttamaan maailmaa jo paljon. Uskon, että juuri nyt on paljon kehitteillä esimerkiksi muovia, puuvillaa ja muita ekokatastrofimateriaaleja korvaavia vaihtoehtoja, zero waste -innovaatioita, lihaa korvaavia vaihtoehtoja ja uusia energiaratkaisuja. Vastuullisuus koskettaa oikeastaan ihan kaikkea. 

Mitkä eettiset tai ekologiset paikat tai brändit ovat juuri nyt suosikkejasi?

Uuh, herkullinen kysymys, näitä on niiiiiiin runsaasti! Tänään minulle tulisi mieleen Aida Impact, super elegantteja silkkikoruja valmistava, Suomeen pakolaisina tulleita naisia työllistävä brändi, Embrosé, uusi vastuullisiin lifestyle-tuotteisiin erikoistunut nettikauppa joka on pastellisävyissään kuin karkkikauppa, Duara, jonka kautta voi yöpyä Afrikassa tai Aasiassa osana paikallista arkea ja siten jakaa turismin rahaa kansainvälisten ketjujen sijasta kehittyvien maiden asukkaille, Magnesia jooga- ja hyvinvointifestivaali, joka laajenee ensi kesänä Suomenlinnaan, Supermoodin Youth Glo -sarja joka tekee iholle ihmeitä ja Kuuman herkulliset soija-cappucinot & letut. 

Mitä blogeja tai esimerkiksi Instagram-tilejä tykkäät seurata?

Juuri nyt huomaan seuraavani erilaisten startuppien ja vastuullisten brändien tilejä, benchmarkkaus- ja inspiraatiosilmällä, sillä työskentelen itsekin uusien liiketoimintakonseptien ja brändien rakentamisen parissa. Rakastan yrittäjiä ja uusia yrityksiä ja saan niistä paljon inspiraatiota!  
Muuten olen aika tarkka sisällöstä, mitä kulutan. En esimerkiksi juuri ollenkaan seuraa Instagramin Storiesia, vaikka se onkin viihdyttävää, mutta jatkuva höpinä usein vain kuormittaa aivoja ja on vähän turhaa muutenkin. Huomaan etsiväni ylipäätään elämässä syvempää viisautta somen alta, olen lopettanut Facebookin käytön ja ajastanut Instagramissa kulutetun ajan. Blogeja en oikeastaan seuraa ollenkaan, mutta suosikkeihin kuuluvat ystävien blogit kuten Visual Diary (ja Insta!! yksi parhaimmista), Anna Vihervaarasta, Ida365. Tottakai Sugarin oma media on lähellä sydäntä, ja Inlace, tykkään! :)




inlace dream list pt.4

(emma)

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Dear Santa… I dream of waking up to palo santo scented cozy mornings. To start my mornings at an extra slow pace, having time for a little yoga before heading to any uni lectures. I dream my skin would feel as soft as in the warmer months. Speaking of warmer months, I dream of dancing my heart out at Flow Festival (possibly one of the most sustainable festivals around) next August.

Embrosé, Palo Santo - Mamita botanical, body oil - machete, hoop earrings -
Flow festival helsinki, festival tickets - filippa k - yoga set

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inlace dream list pt.3

(catarina)

inlace dream list pt.3

Dear Santa,

Thank you for this year, all the magic, love and lessons it brought to me. Thank you for the souls you sent on my way, for them my heart is ever grateful. Thank you, thank you and thank you. As the year is wrapping up, I’m ready to let go, let go of it all that holds me back. All the shit that I was holding on to, help me let go. So I can unlayer, unlayer myself to the most authentic form of my being. To help me unlayer, here are some tools that would assist me on my journey. So dear santa, I wish for love, deep love towards myself, towards all life. I wish for sun, being nude on an tropical island, an island I can call home. I wish for working my emotions through flower drops. I wish for sexual healing, feminine healing, to let go of all that baggage I’ve carried for centuries in my precious yoni. To help with her healing, I wish for the golden lotus deep dive into my mystical sexuality, a new crystal wand for the exploration and for soothing her some yoni oil. Let 2019 be filled with pure authenticity, from myself and from every soul this planet inhabits.

goldenlotus, female sexual empowerment- workshop helsinki - frantsila, flower theraphy - willowfeminineoil, yoni oil - chakrubs, crystal wand - tarot/angel cards, moonchild tarot

inlace dream list pt.2
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Hey babes! The holidays are here, and we wanted to share some ways to share love. Christmas is much more than presents, it’s time to be with our loved ones. It’s time to cozy up, and have radical self-care moments. It’s about forgiveness, acceptance and letting go. So we can let the love in, be the love we wish to receive. There is many ways we can show our love, show our acceptance. This year i’m calling you to think outside of the box..actually just burn the box and watch how the limiting ways of thinking burns in front of your eyes. I’m calling you to think how you would like to show your love. On this dream list, we’ve picked some of our favourite conscious gifts. If you feel like buying some of these Mother Earth loving brands, remember to pack them on biodegradable packings. But beside these awesome material gifts, how bout giving something non-material. How bout giving love, through giving your time to someone you love. How bout giving a gift card to share your gifts, share your presence. Cause most precious gifts, are the gift of our magical presence, our deep ‘in the now’ presence.

How ever you choose to give and receive love this year, I hope you do it from your heart.

EMBROSÉ, Inlace calendar 2019 & self care box - Tikau, doggy basket - Organicbasics, goods -Keepjar, mesh bags -Larq, next level water bottle -Ruohonjuuri, bamboo toothbrush- Savisisko, keramiikat & kurssit -Bamboo, toothbrush - hetkinen, next level organic cosmetics

all about candles

Writer: Ona Rihu
Picture: Catarina böckerman

organic coconut and rapeseed wax candles

The season is truly here - There’s nothing better than cozying up in the light of candles when it’s getting cold outside. I myself am a huge fan of candles - but I only learned about their influence on our health pretty recently. It really does make a difference which kind of candles you burn. Traditional candles can make your indoor-air filled with toxins. Paraffin - the major ingredient in most candles releases carcinogenic chemicals into the air when burned. I won’t go all in on the bad stuff - you can read more with a simple ecosia search.
I am here to offer you an alternative:

Coconut wax candles

Organic coconut wax is a luxurious, delicious smelling alternative to stearin. It doesn’t release any harmful chemicals into your room air but it does throw scent extremely well. It’s naturally obtained from coconuts. We are in love with these Woodlot candles from Kaarna living. The different combinations of essential oils are an absolute treat to smell.

rapeseed wax candles

Rapeseed wax is an interesting ecological and clean burning alternative to stearin and paraffin candles. It burns odorless and clean. These candles are hand poured in Germany from local rapeseed oil reducing the candle's carbon footprint. Rapeseed wax is a new discovery for me, and I’m very happy to have found it! I love these tealight candles because they don’t have metal around them and they burn nice and slow. You can find rapeseed wax candles at kaarna as well.

Soy wax candles

Soy wax in itself is is also toxin free and more environmentally friendly than traditional candles. This hygge candle from embrosé is perfect for creating a cozy atmosphere in your home with it’s heart-warming natural scent.