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…

A guide to choosing an SPF

In our guide to choosing an SPF, we explain the different types of SPF, why you still need SPF in winter, and the best SPF products for sensitive skin.

LGBTQ+ resources to celebrate Pride Month



We've pulled together our favourite LGBTQ+ resources, from podcasts to books and films, these are some our top picks...

Understanding skin structure and skin microbiome

 

Understanding the structure of the skin and the skin microbiome can be really useful in helping you choose the best skincare products and ingredients.

Salicylic acid benefits for skin

 

Salicylic acid is increasingly being recognised as a wonder ingredient in skincare. We explain the various benefits of salicylic acid in your skin routine.

MORE UPCIRCLER SKIN TRANSFORMATIONS!

It's all well and good us telling you how great our by-product beauty products are... but of course we're biased - so let's hand over to our customers to do the work for us.
Have a look and a read through some of our latest UpCircler skin transformations!

THE STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO CLEARER, BRIGHTER SKIN

 

A step-by-step guide to help you create the ultimate skincare routine including our top tips and tricks for using the products! 

Simple skin care routines for morning and evening

 

Are you looking for a simple skin care routine for morning and night that’s natural, straightforward, and absolutely not convoluted? Then this guide is for you.

A celebration of natural skin texture

We believe that everyone should celebrate their natural skin texture. But we also know that considering your skin texture is vital when choosing your skincare.

Bioplastics: good or bad for the environment?

 

What is bioplastic? We discuss the pros and cons of bioplastics, whether they are better for the environment, and the different types.

The UpCircle guide to skincare for men

 

In our UpCircle guide to male grooming and skincare, we explain all the basics of a good men’s skincare routine – from washing and shaving to moisturization.

Why we need to banish face wipes

 

Face wipes wreak havoc on both the environment and your skin. We explain why face wipes are bad for the environment and share some eco-friendly alternatives.

Tips for looking after skin during and after the menopause

 

Skin changes during the menopause are perfectly normal. We share our tips on the best skincare for menopausal skin – both during and after the menopause.

HOW WE CAN ALL HELP TO STOP ASIAN HATE

During the pandemic, Asian hate crime has wrongfully sky-rocketed. For many of us, over the past few weeks, we’ve consumed knowledge via social media, articles, podcasts – there's a lot to digest

We’ve created a non-exhaustive list of resources, which we hope will serve as a hub of educational materials for us to continue to #StopAsianHate.

Chai Five! Chai Health Benefits & Uses

 

We use leftover and repurposed chai tea spices in our soap bars and award-winning candle. Here we explain what chai is and the amazing health benefits of chai.

Our top tips for acne-free skin

We share our top tips to clear up acne and keep those blemishes at bay. From keeping your skincare regime simple to making some healthy lifestyle changes.

What is my skin type?

What is my skin type? The answer to this common question isn’t always clear-cut. We explain how to identify your skin type and choose products accordingly.

Why fragrance-free skincare is best

 

We explain why synthetic fragrances are problematic for skin, and why alcohol and fragrance-free skincare is kinder to both your skin and the environment.

IWD: MEET THE WOMEN OF UPCIRCLE

Here's to female empowerment! This International Women's Day is about how we #ChooseToChallenge and each of us can make a difference – After all - ‘A challenged world is an alert world!’ 

Skincare for oily skin – why your oily skin still needs oil

Here we share our best tips for oily skin. From characteristics and what causes it, to the best products to use and whether it’s okay to use oil on oily skin.

Why eye cream should be part of your skin routine

 

Eye creams are becoming increasingly popular – and for good reason. We explain the benefits of eye cream and why you should consider using it.

Is your skin dry or dehydrated?

 

Did you know that dry skin and dehydrated skin are different things? We explain how to tell whether your skin is dry or dehydrated and how to combat both.

How to tackle pregnancy acne

 

If you’re dealing with acne during pregnancy, you’re far from alone. We share our best pregnancy skincare advice and tips on how to tackle pregnancy acne.

Your sustainable & vegan Valentine’s Day gift guide

 

We’ve put together a list of thoughtful vegan gift ideas for her and for him in our sustainable Valentine’s Day gift guide – suitable for all budgets.

Fruit waters and their benefits in skincare

 

Fruit water for skin brings a range of fabulous benefits. We use bergamot, kiwi and mandarin fruit waters in our skincare – here we explain why.

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.

Hemp and CBD in skincare – what you need to know

 

What is hemp and what is CBD? We explain how these ingredients are used in skincare and cosmetics, as well as their health benefits for 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.