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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…
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 moisturiser – 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.
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!
Staying silent in the presence of injustice is a clear sign you side with the oppressor. Being anti-racist requires action.
We want to turn our words into tangible actions. To simply repost another’s resource or a few links feels passive, performative and insufficient...there are two parts to the action we plan to take.
We believe you shouldn’t have to choose between doing the right thing and getting the best results. With UpCircle, you get to enjoy the uplifting benefits of nature’s own skin rejuvenators – and do the planet some good, too
More skin transformations here!!
Upcycling, the process of making something better from things that already exist. We do it in every single UpCircle product, but upcycling can be applied to much more than just ingredients.
If you made the vegan chilli recipe that we posted last week you will have been left with a few empty tins. Read on to see how you can give them a another life in a new form!
Whether you belong in the panic buying crew or the anti-hysteria crew, we can all benefit from some creative home cooking recipes at the moment.
So, we thought we would share with you some of our favourite tasty meals made from pantry-essentials that you hopefully won't have to venture out to buy, but already have in the safety of your home!
UpCircle HQ is a pretty quiet place at the moment, as is to be expected. Half of our workforce (2 out of 4 of us!!) are working from home. However, when your job title is "Warehouse Manager" working from home is a bit tricky! Safe to say we've had to get creative and stay open-minded!
So let's check in with the "at home crew" and see how they're adapting!
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.
UpCircle is now a business deeply ingrained in the olive ecosystem! How? Because we make our Face Mask from the fine powder of discarded olive stones.
But what is the process that makes this by-product? And how does it go (literally) from farm to face?
Join us for a celebration of all things olive.
It's that time, you've used every last drop of serum, scrubbed on every last grain of coffee, there is no evidence your balm jar ever even had balm in it.
But what now...? What should you do with the packaging? In this blog we go through each individual bit of our packaging so you're clear exactly what to do.
You'll be pleasantly surprised how simple it is.
With global warming and #zerowaste at the forefront of our minds in 2019, we’re all becoming increasingly aware of the environmental footprint we are leaving.
Use our easy guide to assess the sustainability of your skincare routine with easy swaps to ensure minimum environmental impact and maximum results!
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?
Becoming vegan, even temporarily, can be a daunting prospect. So we’ve written a handy guide with key information, easy swaps and things to consider for Veganuary!
Cleansing your skin is absolutely vital! Most of us are city-dwellers, constantly bombarded by airborne bacteria and pollution.
If we don’t properly clean our skin, these toxins and dirt accumulate, contributing to aging, spots and pigmentation.
Healthy-looking skin is clean skin!
As a female founded brand, with a predominantly female team, what it means to be a woman in today's society is something we are passionate about here at UpCircle.
This week we have a guest blog from the girl power duo Hannah and Izzy, the founders of shado mag. Read on for a look into some of the different ways women around the world are creating change.
We’re here to talk food waste. A recent Evening Standard article discussed how fears of climate change are gripping Britain, with over 85% of the population worrying about how our planet is changing!
Read on for top tips to save your food from ending up in the trash - including a couple of fridge-clearing recipes!
International Coffee Day. A global celebration of our favourite beverage... and our favourite skincare ingredient!
So what better way to celebrate than by sharing our top skincare recipes that all feature (you've guessed it) COFFEE!
We'll keep this brief, today a global climate strike is under way, with millions of people protesting for an end to the age of fossil fuels and climate justice for everyone.
Team UpCircle is joining the strike, so forgive us for the radio silence - there was no way we were going to miss this.
If you'd like a little more detail on what all this is about, click below.
Our friends over at Little's Coffee have really come up with the goods... this blog contains their top 3 coffee-based cooking recipes. Because yes, you can drink it, you can scrub with it - and you can also eat it!
And then, just to finish off, a boozy coffee tipple to tie things all together.
So. Click below and stay on board the coffee appreciation train.
Let's not beat around the bush, being "green" is pretty trendy right now, meaning lots of brands are jumping on the bandwagon, making marketing U turns in a bid to be the most eco of them all.
How can you spot unsubstantiated or misleading claims? Who is genuine? Who is just riding the wave?
It's now just over 6 months since we switched up our brand, waving goodbye to Optiat and hello to UpCircle.
But how has it all gone? What have we achieved and what have we learned? And, perhaps most importantly, WHAT'S NEXT?
Once we're off our bums and at the gym, there seems to be no downside to getting in a good workout — that is, unless post-workout pimples begin to appear.
We hand over to fitness correspondent Molly for her expert tips in managing the workout / breakout conflict.
ICYMI: We just dropped our brand new Cacao and Coffee Body Scrub and unsurprisingly the orders went flying out the door. Why unsurprisingly? Can you name one better pairing than chocolate and coffee? We'll wait.
These two are the GOAT. The MVPs. The OGs. So, in celebration of all things chocolate, we've gone into more detail about why it is that we're all so obsessed, and why its not just the taste that's drawing us in.