Just One Thing to make a positive change!

Many people are today looking for sustainable and ethical companies to do business with. Be it fashion, stationery, advertising or skin care. There are many businesses choosing to be more ethical. In skin care this means transparency in how products are made, how the ingredients are sourced and the packaging used. I was invited by The Frugal Family- Ethical Budgeting and Wellbeing Expert to be interviewed for their Just One Thing series, and here’s how it went.

Run by Claire, the mission of The Frugal Family and the Just One Thing interview series is to look at small changes that can be made to support people’s financial goals and their ethical values. My interview was number 11 in the series, and it is definitely worth watching the other interviews for helpful advice from other ethical businesses.

The full interview can be watched here.

Meet Caroline from Hipsley Green, making natural skincare products in her workshop x

Posted by The Frugal Family – Ethical Budgeting & Wellbeing Expert on Monday, April 23, 2018


The Frugal Family:

Tell us about your business and what you are looking to achieve.

Hipsley Green:

Hipsley Green is a natural and ethical brand providing skin care and aromatherapy products. The products are handmade in small batches from the studio in the West Midlands and use a variety of natural ingredients.

When making new products I look at the problem that I am trying to treat and workout the best natural ingredients that I need to use. The Hipsley Green range has been formulated for problem skin types such as acne prone and sensitive skin, although there are products suitable for all skin types.

The aromatherapy range has been designed to provide natural relief for a range of lifestyle issues such as evening relaxation or stress release.

My aim with Hipsley Green is to provide people with natural products and to also share how amazing natural ingredients are. I also like to share my knowledge so that people can make their own products be it through the workshops that I run or from the recipes that I share.

The Frugal Family:

What inspires you to continue on this path?

Hipsley Green:

I am a firm believer in the benefit of natural ingredients and I think it is important to share this information. I like to focus on informing people of the benefits of natural ingredients rather than focussing on the ‘bad’ synthetic ingredients. I don’t want think we should sell on fear, we should sell on the benefits.

I am always amazed at the power that aromatherapy has on healing the mind and I use aromatherapy all the time depending on what mood I need to be in.

I also have children and where there are questions surrounding the long term effects of some ingredients I think I have to make the best choice for them now until they are at an age that they can make an informed decision for themselves.

Sharing my knowledge is also important to me and I enjoy showing people the benefits of natural ingredients.

The Frugal Family: 

Do you have a favourite website, resource, blog that would help people looking to make small changes?

Hipsley Green:

Pinterest is an amazing resource and it is a place where we have so much resource at our fingertips. You can find out about specific ingredients, for example, if you wanted to know the benefits of Why is natural skincare better? Here is a list of ingredients you wouldn't find in natural skincarecoconut oil, Pinterest will have hundreds of articles. You can go to Pinterest to look for certain recipes, for example if you wanted to find out how to make a body butter for dry skin, Pinterest will have it. You can find any recipe from a bathroom grout cleaner to a facemask to a body butter.

I’ll happily spend hours pinning to my boards. I pin recipes that I like and recipes that I want to try but might want to adapt them for my own skin. It is also a place for me to find out about new ingredients.

My word of caution with Pinterest though, is that not every recipe is safe. You’ll need to look at who has written the recipe, what’s their experience, do they have any qualifications on formulating etc. The majority of recipes are safe, but you may need to use some common sense when deeming which ones are and which ones aren’t.

The Frugal Family: 

Do you have a favourite gadget or thing that helps you on your mission?

Hipsley Green: 

My favourite gadget has to be my camera! I can use it to take pictures and to record videos on products that I’ve made. I can share these images on Instagram which is a great visual platform. I can share recipes such as diffuser blends that I have on that day. Or I can share recipes that people can make at home. I can talk about individual ingredients and their benefits or product benefits. I can even show how products are used on Instagram.

Where we are all so time poor I think a carefully constructed image can visually tell so much.

The Frugal Family: 

Can you think of Just One Thing that people can do to make a positive change today?

Hipsley Green:

I would recommend that people start looking at the ingredients in their skin care products and find out exactly what they are putting on their skin. This blog post on how to start a natural skin care regime provides some more advice. Look at the research on the short term and long term impacts of these ingredients and look at the natural alternative. Make an informed decision based on this research.

For more information about The Frugal Family and to watch their Just One Thing interview series please give them a follow on Facebook here. You can also follow The Frugal Family on Pinterest here for plenty of frugal living tips and advice.

If you want to try making your own skin care products then the Hipsley Green Pinterest can be found here

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