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…

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.

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 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.

Upcycling inspo: Hair Scrunchies


At UpCircle we love re-purposing, so old clothes and materials are no exception. Check out this easy DIY scrunchie guide to make your own scrunchie from home. Grab an old t-shirt or leftover fabrics to upcycle your very own!

Zero Waste Vegan Cauliflower Cheese Recipe


Our friends at Too Good to Go have shared with us this wonderful Zero Waste Cauliflower Cheese Recipe. Most of us are guilty of throwing away the leaves, but this recipe will make you want to use the whole thing!

Living Low Waste with Children


Trying to live "low waste" can be even harder with children. So we've compiled a handy blog post full of ideas on how to live eco-friendly with young children - from food to birthday parties!

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.

Anti-racism resources, black-owned businesses and individuals to inspire us all

We want this blog to be a space full of anti-racism resources, black-owned business and individuals.

Let's keeping adding to it and learning together!

It’s back to school for us all… #blacklivesmatter

There has never been a more poignant time to reflect on how we educate our children, and ourselves. At UpCircle we want to celebrate the idea of ‘back to school’ week as for everyone. It’s not just children who can be learning and listening, it’s all of us. 

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.



As you know, we are alllll about upcycling, and we want to help provide inspiration for you to transform your trash to treasures in as many ways as we can. In this post we learn how transform that old dressing table stool in to a beautiful new one fit for a queen.



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.



We've just added soy candles to the UpCircle range. We collaborated with Subluceo to create them, so we thought we'd catch up with Sophie, the woman behind the brand, to find out more about why she decided to become a candle maker.

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