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 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.


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.

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.

Introducing our "Return, Refill, Reuse" scheme


All UpCirclers are invited to help us close the loop (or, as we prefer, 'circle') on packaging. From Body Scrubs to Cleansing Balm, you'll now be able to reuse and relove your product time and time again. Hurrah! 

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 moisturisation.

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.



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.



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.

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.



Last week via our Instagram we expressed our sadness at what was a particularly awful week for women. We committed to gathering our thoughts before coming back with ideas for what we might be able to actually do. Have a read of this post for our actionable plan, and some additional resources.

Meet the new Team UpCircle members


Team UpCircle has gained 5 new members in as many weeks! We are so excited to be working alongside them and we're already benefitting from the fresh energy and ideas they've brought to the team. 

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.



One of the best things about working in a small team? Every one of us is our own boss. This International Women's Day is about how we each make a difference.

So, let's meet the team and celebrate the vital input of each of the UpCircle gals.

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.

DIY At-Home "Beauty" Recipes for Children


Looking for easy lockdown activities with kids? We've got the best surplus food DIY at-home beauty recipes for you to enjoy. Time to get messy!

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.

Five protein-rich foods for a vegan diet


Here's our five easy foods for getting enough protein in a vegan or vegetarian diet. It turns out that peanut butter is good for you? Yum!

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 practice mindfulness in your skincare routine


Here's our straightforward guide to practicing mindfulness in your daily skincare routine. With five simple tips you can easily try out using any skincare products. 

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.



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.

How much product to apply: A step-by-step guide


Using too much, or too little, of a product can be a reason for not seeing the results that you’re hoping for. So, when it comes to skincare you have to act like a bit of a Goldilocks to get it ‘just right’. To help you on your merry way we’ve made a handy guide.

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.



We use the highest quality ingredients, for the best possible results. You'll feel, and SEE, the difference! The proof is in the before and afters of our very own UpCirclers.

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 it's been. Quite frankly, we'll be glad to wave goodbye to 2020, it's been a bit of a shocker 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.

How to live life a little more vegan

Many of us have decided to ditch animal products from our diet, our wardrobe and our bathroom cabinets. Check out our simple guide on how to do just that.

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 sanitiser


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



In this post we combine our love of Christmas with our love of stopping waste ending up in landfill to bring you the ultimate guide to low waste decorations!



The reputation: Pushy, desperate, wild-eyed, greedy, excessive... fundamentally unsustainable. Not ideal.
So, as an ethical brand centred around sustainability, why have we chosen to participate?

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.



UpCircle HQ is a pretty quiet place at the moment. All but 3 of us are currently working from home during Lockdown 2.0.

So let's check in with the "at home crew" and see how they're adapting!


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.

Christmas Gifting with UpCircle


Let's talk Christmas gifting! The festive season is filled with excess packaging, presents and products we neither want nor need, so it's important to shop sustainably where you can. Check out our Christmas collection and do just that!

Coping with Lockdown – Take 2


We have compiled all of our learnings from the first lockdown to share our top tips for coping with lockdown take 2. We’re all in this together.

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.

Zero-Waste Pumpkin Recipe (3-in-1!)


Check out this clever zero-waste 3-in-1 pumpkin recipe using just 1 pumpkin! Featuring a Curry, Soup, and pumpkin skin Crisps. Our favourite at UpCircle are the Crisps - who'd have thought it?!



What products you put on your skin is just as important as the environment your skin is surrounded by. With the help of house plants you can keep skin hydrated and fresh all year round!

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.



Whilst we all love candles most of us probably haven’t thought too deeply about how they are made! So, with the recent launch of our repurposed candles (the first of their kind) we thought we would delve into the weird and wonderful world of candle making!

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.



In August we announced our "Back to School for All" campaign, with a pledge to donate to book bundles to 100 UK primary schools. Thanks to generous donations we smashed this target, and reached 135 schools!



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.

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