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“To thine own self be true” – I’m pretty sure Polonius in Hamlet wasn’t alluding to ‘self-care’ when he uttered those famous lines and I hope the bard forgives me for interpreting it thus. I try to live by this principle but rarely succeed. I actually wear a necklace with these words on it – perhaps in the hope that its sentiment seeps through my blood stream into my brain. How many times a day do we find ourselves fulfilling the needs of others, without even thinking about what we might want? So what exactly is self-care? I see it as...

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I have a bit of an obsession with lip balm and become a little sweaty palmed when I can’t find it in my handbag. Dry, cracked lips are very uncomfortable at any time of the year but the colder weather can especially dry out our lips, as can the central heating, and so a good lip balm is a must. With all that mind, I am very delighted to introduce the first of our lip balms, the Pure Lakes Chocolate and Mint lip balm. We love Cacao butter, the fat obtained from cacao beans (the basis of chocolate). Its velvety texture, easy absorption, high level of moisture and wonderful smell make...

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In case you hadn’t noticed Christmas is fast approaching. Every year I promise to be more organised. I have ‘White Company’ fantasises with stockings hung up over a crackling fire, mulled wine brewing and a cashmere throw placed elegantly on the sofa.  The reality in our house is very different. We seem to have a sticky tape thief who comes only on Christmas Eve and steals every roll from every drawer, and I find myself muttering profanities at midnight as I attempt to wrap presents with Pritt Stick and string whilst simultaneously frantically ordering an ‘Elsa’ cape on Amazon Prime....

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This blog post first appeared on the Lake District Heritage website 26/09/18 Lake District World Heritage status is grounded in poets, authors and painters, with the inscription coming under the Cultural Landscape category. However those same beautiful lakes and fells that inspired Wordsworth and Ruskin serve as inspiration for all we here at Pure Lakes make, from shampoo and soap to cleanser and toner. Running a manufacturing business in a rural part of the UK, let alone a national park, can be challenging. The high cost of living, issues surrounding public transport and logistical concerns regarding supply chains are just...

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Shea Butter is both my biggest challenge and my best friend. Its high level of fatty acids and vitamins make it an incredible moisturiser and it can be a great help with dry/problem skin. Our Calendula & Beeswax Dry Skin Balm, Neem, Pine & Tea Tree Foot Balm and Chamomile, Calendula & Hyaluronic Hand Balm all contain Shea Butter and I use all 3 every night especially when the colder weather begins.  It has the unique ability to nourish without clogging pores. I like to put the balm on my hands and then wear gloves in the night for added...

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