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?


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.

7 benefits of using face serum


Should you be using a face serum? We share 7 amazing benefits of using face serum, what face serum is, and how to choose one for your skin type and routine.

New Year, new skincare resolutions


New Year, new skincare resolutions.

2020 is here, and we've got plenty of suggestions for easy-to-implement skincare regime upgrades!

2020: A look back

What a year. We'll be glad to say goodbye to 2020, it's been a bit of a disaster for both people and planet! However, in the spirit of always looking for the positives, join us as we take a look back at an unforgettable year.

2021 skincare and beauty trend predictions

 

2020 is, thankfully, nearly behind us. As we look to the future, it’s time to consider the skincare and beauty trends for 2021 – here are our predictions.

The UpCircle guide to hand sanitizer

 

In our guide to hand sanitizer we explain everything you need to know to look after your hands – from ingredients to the best hand sanitiser for dry hands.

How To Win At Winter Skin

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.

Tips for dealing with maskne

 

If you’re suddenly getting more spots around your nose and chin from wearing a face mask, you’re not alone. We explain how you can prevent and treat maskne.

Skin and stress: top tips for managing stress

 

If your skin is sensitive or reactive, then stress will show on your skin. Here we share our best stress management tips to help your skin and wellbeing.

Caring for mature skin – our top tips

 

We share our top tips for taking care of mature skin care, along with our best recommendations of natural skincare products for mature skin.

The Hidden Benefits of Vegan Skincare

At UpCircle, we’re convinced that vegan skincare isn’t just better for animals, it’s better for you too. Here we explain the benefits of vegan skincare.

Ingredient Highlight: Apricot stone powder

 

Apricot kernel powder has an incredible range of benefits for both skin and overall health. We explain everything you need to know about this wonder ingredient.

Skincare benefits of chamomile

 

The chamomile benefits for skin are numerous – in this post, we explain what chamomile is, its benefits in skincare, and how to add it to your skin routine.

AN UPCIRCLE GUIDE TO: DIY FACE MASKS

DIY Face Masks are a great way to give your skin some love and attention AND use up some of those ingredients sitting in the cupboards! The added bonus? You know exactly what you are putting on your face!

Hyaluronic acid – what’s all the fuss about?

 

It may sound like something out of a chemistry set, but hyaluronic acid for skin and eyes is big news in the beauty industry. We explain what it is and the benefits.

What are toners and why should you use one?

 

What is toner? Many of us use it, but what does toner do for your skin and why should you use it? We explain the benefits in our guide to skin toners.

The benefits of using a safety razor

 

The benefits of using a safety razor are extensive, for your skin, your wallet and the environment. Here we explain why and how to use a safety razor.

The return of the solid soap bar

 

We are championing the return of the solid soap bar. Here we share its history and explain the benefits of using bar soap for both you and the planet.

How to create a low waste bathroom cabinet

 

 There are plenty of zero waste bathroom swaps we can make using eco bathroom accessories – here are our tips for a sustainable bathroom cabinet.

Back and chest acne: what you can do

 

If you’re reading this then you’re no doubt keen to know how to get rid of back acne, as well as acne breakouts on your chest. In this post, we’re going to help you find some solutions.

From the inside out: 8 foods for clear, healthy 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.

Argan and skincare – a journey from tree to moisturizer

 

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.

Skin Care Tips For Sensitive Skin – We Answer Your FAQs

 

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.

Exfoliating Tips for Face & Body

 

In our UpCircle guide to exfoliating, we share our top exfoliating tips for face and body – from what exfoliator to choose to how to exfoliate.

How to live a greener and more eco-friendly lifestyle

 

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.

The ultimate summer-ready skincare routine

 

With the summer months fast approaching, we share our recommendations for the ultimate summer-ready skincare routine – whether you have dry or oily skin.

How to calm facial redness and inflammation


We explain the causes of facial redness and share our top tips for how to calm red skin on face, from soothing inflammation to combating rosacea.

Palming off The Palm – Why Is Palm Oil Bad For The Environment?

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. 

Urban dwellers: what is skin pollution?


What is skin pollution and what are the effects of it on skin? In this post, we explain how to protect skin from sun and pollution naturally.

UPCIRCLE BEFORE AND AFTERS


We use the highest quality ingredients, for the best possible results. You'll feel, and SEE, the difference!

But of course, this is all very easy to say... The proof is in the before and afters of our very own UpCirclers.

The Step-by-Step Guide To Clearer, Brighter Skin

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!

How Used Coffee Became Gold Dust

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.

 

Blackheads, Whiteheads and the Grey in Between

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?

Behind the Scenes at Dragons’ Den (Shark Tank)

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!

An UpCircle Guide to: Minimising waste

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.

An UpCircle Guide to a Day at the Spa

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 & What Are The Benefits?

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.

Does Caffeine Help Your Skin?

 

Here we explain the benefits of caffeine for skin, whether caffeine can be absorbed by skin, and how to use caffeine skin care products.

Welcome to Your Sustainable Future

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. 

The UpCircle Guide to All the Coffee in the World, for Beginners or the Forgetful

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.

A Miniature History of Veganism

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.

By Whatever Beans Necessary: The Coffee Journey

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!

The Dramatic Rise and Fall of Microbeads

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?

Getting Under the Skin of Organic Labels

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.

Green and Clean. A Paradox?

Kermit the frog famously once sang “it’s not easy being green” and if you were to glance on over at any newspaper lying nearby you might be tempted to agree.

But it doesn't have to be that way - thanks to these tips.

Our Favourite At Home Beauty Recipes

What better way to explore how beauty products are made than to make them yourself?

Here are just a few of our favourite DIY beauty recipes. You won't believe how simple they are.