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…

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.



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.

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!

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.



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!!

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.



We want show the world there's no compromise on performance when elevating leftover natural ingredients. In fact, the results are usually much better than the conventional, mass-produced skincare options out there! Have a look, and a read, of some of our latest UpCircler feedback:

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 moisturiser


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.

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.

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.



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!

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.

UpCircle: Real People, Real Results!

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!!


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.

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.

What are parabens and why are they so bad?

It’s likely that you’ve heard of parabens and their bad reputation. But what exactly are parabens and why are they so bad? In this post, we explain all.

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.

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!


It's easy for us to tell you how amazing our products are... but we're biased!

Have a listen to some vlogger reviews - because you don't need to take our word for it!

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?

Double cleansing – what is it and how do I do it?

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!


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!

Did Someone Say Chocolate?

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.

The harmful chemicals hiding in your house

We are often told "BEWARE: There are hidden toxic ingredients in the products you use everyday". It's certainly not comforting... particularly when you've got little to no knowledge on what those nasty ingredients may be.. or how to decipher them. 

Well, here to unpack it all for us is Natasha (AKA Forage Botanicals) with a guest blog just for us.

Let's get stuck in!

Physical Vs Chemical Exfoliants - Which Is Better?

For the past few years, skincare has been having a major moment. But with more interest comes a lot more information, and it can be a little difficult to keep up with the dos and don'ts.

In this post, we break down the options when it comes to exfoliation to help you feel confident in choosing what is the best form of attack when it comes to scrubbing!

Cellulite later

Cellulite, a common bugbear that affects the majority of us – the vast majority of women will experience cellulite at some point over their lives. Yes, even the seemingly flawless “insta models”.

So, rather than agonising over how to banish cellulite (not an easy task), it’s crucial first and foremost to know that you don’t need to! Regardless, there are steps you can take to help minimise its appearance – so we thought we would share some insight.

What actually are face serums anyway?

Face serums. 5 years ago you might not have heard of them, whereas now it’s hard to hear about anything else. If you’re unsure what all this serum malarkey is about, don’t worry, you’re not alone. With so many skincare products out there, claiming to fix this and smooth out that, it can be confusing to know what they’re all for and which ones might work for you. We're here to unravel the mysteries of face serum for you.

An UpCircle guide to: DIY skincare

If you ask us, natural beauty is the way forward. DIY skincare is so easy, we think it’s mind-boggling that more people aren’t doing more of it.

So to encourage more of you to make the switch to natural skincare, we've put together our favourite DIY skincare recipes for you to try.

All The Nasties: Toxic Skincare Ingredients To Avoid

What we put on our skin is important. But do you know what ingredients you should be avoiding in your skincare? Here are the toxic ingredients you don't want in your beauty routine.

Can Coffee Oil Help Your Skin?

Our normal morning cup of caffeine is known for giving us a daily dose of energy, when all we feel like doing is crawling back to bed. But that’s only if you drink coffee, right? Turns out, coffee oil could be the answer to getting the benefits of coffee without actually needing to gulp it down.

Avoiding the Dead Look With the DIY Spiced Pumpkin Latte Face Mask

Society deems it unacceptable to take sweets from strangers or terrify the neighbours, yet on Halloween it’s actively encouraged. However, all of the face-paint, sugar-laden goodies and repetitive grimacing can leave your skin looking a little worse for wear.

Bring your skin back from Zombieland with our original DIY spiced pumpkin latte facemask. Who says your pumpkin has to go to waste?

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.

Caffeine for skin: what are the benefits of caffeine in skin care?


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