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The Ideas Factory
We're restlessly determined to make products that leave the planet better than we found it. We do things differently – and love sharing our ideas for making things better.
Each week we add to our blog, posting everything from DIY beauty recipes, waste-fighting tips, UpCircle guides and interviews with people and brands who inspire us.
Welcome to the UpCircle blog, we hope you enjoy reading…
Did you know these popular skincare ingredients come from animals? Here are all the non vegan skincare ingredients to be aware of and their vegan alternatives.
Winter is well and truly on its way, and whilst we swap our sandals for boots and Aperol in the park for mulled wine by the fire, we also need to adjust our skincare routines to keep us glowing! We're here to make sure the strong bitter winds and central heating don’t cause havoc for you and your skin.
While we know the importance of good skincare, we also know that healthy skin comes from within. So here are the best foods for clear skin.
We use the finely ground powder of discarded argan shells in our moisturizer – here we share the story of argan and the benefits of argan oil for skin.
We get asked a lot of questions around sensitive skin – from causes to the ingredients to avoid. Here we share our skin care tips for sensitive skin.
If you’re wondering how to be more eco-friendly and sustainable, you may not know where to start. Here’s our guide on how to live a greener life.
Palm oil is one of the most widely used ingredients in the world, hiding away in everything from bread to shampoo. However, its use has made the news for all the wrong reasons, leading to more and more people jumping off the palm bandwagon.
Ever wondered how to create a full skincare regime using UpCircle products? How often to use them and in what order? We've put together a handy step-by-step guide so you can get clued up on how to create your very own skincare routine, with tips on which products to suit your skin type!
The less coffee we waste the better. Fortunately, a number of clever companies have realised the great potential in leftover grounds.
Here at UpCircle, we’re fully on board with that message, and in the spirit of innovation, have lovingly compiled a list of a few of our faves.
Watch the TV for a while and, sure enough, you’ll likely be treated to an advert for some kind of acne skincare - normally involving a 20-something-year-old actor pretending to be a teen with a pimple.
One question though. What actually is a pimple, and how do you get rid of them?
What was the biggest surprise for us going on the show? Spending over three hours being grilled by the Dragons! Standing the whole time, with bright lights beaming at you, answering question after question.
We had no idea what the BBC would decide to show on TV. It could be the worst moment of our lives: embarrassed in front of millions, laughed at and kicked out of the Den. It was terrifying!
It's often been said that only two things in life are certain; death and taxes. However there is one more one thing that's for sure - the fact that no-one likes to see waste.
Keep that chin up though, there are plenty of ways in which everyone can minimise the amount of waste they produce. So delve into our handy guide and help yourself to help everyone. It’d be wasteful not to.
To chill out, relax and take a load off your mind, there's nowhere better than a day at the spa. Aromatherapy, massages, body scrubs - being seriously pampered is always a great way to spend your time.
In this article, the UpCircle team are here to guide you through the spa-going process, to take you to a seriously chilled out world.
What is activated charcoal and what does it do? In this post, we explain the different uses for activated charcoal and its various benefits in skincare.
It can often seem as though the world's gone a bit gloomy. Oil spills, smoke-spewing factories and unbearable temperatures forcing people to stock up on suncream.
At UpCircle we think a different future is possible, a better future. So throw open your blinds and look out. The year is 2040, it's bright outside. Welcome to another possibility.
We’re not one for hyperbole, but we don’t believe we’re exaggerating when we say coffee is quite literally the greatest thing ever.
As such we feel like it’s our duty to help unmuddle the most impenetrable of subject areas - the coffee shop menu.
In the early days people used a fair bit of meat. Cavemen would sit around a fire after the sun had set, boasting about how many gazelles they’d brought home that night.
However nowadays veganism isn't just accepted, it's become a mainstream movement. Come join us on a journey to find out what changed over all those years.
Where coffee comes from is still a mystery to many. Regardless of the reasons, we feel it’s not only important, but fascinating to know a bean's journey from shrub to scrub.
So put on your adventure boots and join us, it's going to be quite the ride!
Microbeads, remember them? They’re those tiny dots that were all the rage a few short years ago. Open virtually any facial cleanser and there they were, glittering in the bathroom light.
Why did they become so popular though? And, more importantly, why did they fall from grace?
In 2011 the first "organic water" hit the shelves of America, well and truly confirming the fact that people will, indeed buy anything.
However, getting under the skin of organic labels shows that there's more than meets the eye, so come - have a peek with us.