Cleaning with Soap Nuts

Couple weeks ago, Tumblr introduced me to a natural, cheap, almost odorless, hypoallergenic, and sustainable cleaning agent called soapnuts (or soapberries)! The dried husk/shell of this fruit contains resin that is high in saponins, a naturally occurring chemical compound that reduces the surface tension of water so that it can penetrate and dislodge the solid/other liquid more effectively. Extraction of the active ingredient only requires that soap nuts be agitated in warm water; a lot of lathery foam will form. I’ve tested soap nuts as a

  • laundry detergent
  • body and hair cleanser
  • fruit/veggie and dishwashing cleanser
  • insecticide for my indoor plants

So far so good, although not fond of using it as a body cleanser; it’s too awkward to apply IMO. There are plenty of other uses, but I think this would be a particularly excellent ecofriendly way to bring along a camping trip to clean your wares.

To my gardeners: Trust me, I checked every pod. No leftover seeds, otherwise I would definitely plant a soap nut tree!

Manic pixie dream girl

(I don’t even say that with irony, I’ve finally come to terms with being a Mpdg and it’s incredible ❄)

I was sent this boucle blazer by Choies to review. I do have a few things from different parts of SE Asia, and sizing is always the biggest issue. I picked this blazer from Choies’ pretty sizeable collection of coats and jackets as it felt like it could fit, and it’s rather lovely, as you can see. It’s pretty lightweight and I don’t plan on using it for everyday wear - in any case, it’s nearly summer in the tropics. I went for the XL, and even though it doesn’t actually go upto the 46.5" bust that it’s supposed to have, it fits me fine. I was hoping it might be oversized, but I think this looks hella cute anyway. In other news, I finally perfected my nopoo routine by switching to reetha (soapnuts) from baking soda and I’m ridiculously in love with my hair now ♥


Blazer: c/o Choies // Blouse: ASOS // Shorts: Zara // Bag: Pull&Bear via ASOS // Stag Pin: eBay // Knee socks: ASOS // Vintage monk shoes 

this is where we are parking up for the night today! just came back from the old school gathering festival this weekend and we are now right next to a beautiful river in portugal called rio zêzere! already washed our dishes in a spring water source with soapnuts and now we’re nestled under the trees, chilling and being :) this beautiful life!!!! x x x x


i miss these days of living in the caravan so very much. waking up with the sun and a lil blonde faerie shouting from the outside “cece!!!!” every single day… i’d bring her inside and snuggle with her, laughing until we were out of breath. washing my face with the rain water and brushing my teeth with natural toothpaste, burying my dirty feet so deep into the ground that i could feel the heart pulse of mother nature, washing my bare body next to the vegetable beds with spring water, eating fruit all day long and hugging everybody every single day, as we woke, as we went to do something, as we went to sleep. every single time. we’d hug and tell one another how much we loved each other. washing our clothes with soapnuts in the sunshine. creating all things with our own bare hands. covering our faces and bodies in clay and laughing with each other. rolling in the sun. reading. singing. playing. learning so much. at night we’d gather and just contemplate the stars… my goodness. were the stars beautiful there. there would be shooting stars every five minutes. but we would never wish for anything because we had all we wanted and ever dreamed of. and occasionally there would be faeries fluttering their wings around us, and never once did we see them. a magical place it was. i miss them. i miss all of them. i love all of them with all of my heart. but they say that life is what happens when you’re busy making plans… and who are we to deny the unfolding of the road that we’re meant to walk upon. all of this painful separation is giving birth to healing all around, the most beautiful of transformations and the beginning of wonderful travelling adventures. i am grateful for everything. i’m working on self-forgiveness every single day and i know i will soon get there. everything will be alright. life is only about to start and i couldn’t be happier :) xxxx


Holistic Laundering

Okay, I am more than a little excited now. I just did two loads of eco-friendly laundry. Using only natural ingredients.

I used soap nuts from Mountain Rose Herbs in place of laundry detergent. For my rinse cycle I used a combination of vinegar, baking soda, and essential oil. 

For use in the dryer, I made a dryer ball out of acrylic yarn. It is kind of like tossing in a tennis ball with your clothes.

Anyway, my laundry turned out great. All of my clothes and linens are clean and soft to the touch. My sheets feel like velvet, and my workout clothes don’t have any trace of sweat or odor.

I am a convert. Try it and see how great it works. Not only are you saving a ton of money, but you aren’t exposing your body to unnecessary chemicals.