Magickal Beauty Products With Heart (For The UK And USA!)

love it when I see witches getting major deals and spreading their magick; I always try to support my faves when they bag a sweet collaboration with a big company. There are many brands, however, who have never dipped a toe into spirituality or witchcraft before, let alone consulted an actual witch, bringing out "rose quartz" and "crystal" products with no actual crystal infusion or intent behind them, and certainly no help from occultists. They're jumping on a bandwagon that's been driven by the spiritual community, and churning out products that look similar, but don't have the same intention. And don't even get me started on "witchy" products that are tested on animals.

I've spoken before about the commercialisation of witchcraft, and how I feel about it being co-opted as a lifestyle trend by everyone and their nan. Part of the reason why I take issue with it is because I know so many amazing witches, creators, makers and artists doing great work, crafting unique products and not getting the attention or the support they deserve. It's not hard to find magickal products and tools designed by real witches, especially not right now. You don't even have to shop particularly "small" to shop authentic and more ethically. Here are some of my favourite brands and apothecaries, to get you started. 


A lot of these brands deliver worldwide too, but just ask a bit more postage! In this list I tried to stick to more easily-discovered brands so that you guys can all go and do your own research on Instagram or other social, just to demonstrate how much is out there and how easy it is to find good ritual products. Let me know if you would want to see my recommendations for local, Welsh artisans and makers. Many of my friends create their own magickal things and don't have much information about their projects online. Also, if you can think of any great woo creators I haven't listed here, please give them a massive shout-out in the comments.

Intuitive Skincare (And Why I Stopped Doing a Routine)

I've been obsessed with skincare since I was 11 or 12. I enjoy the process of it, the ritual of cleansing and beautifying the exterior self, indulging your senses in a way that feels like it's "doing something", and I kind of want it to be the answer to all my problems. As much as I don't want to, however, I must admit an uncomfortable truth, blogger heresy: my skin feels better when I leave it pretty much alone.

A lot of you will say I just haven't been doing skincare "the right way". You might want to suggest more products or techniques I should try, which is well-meaning but misses the point of what I'm trying to say here. I'm not against skincare - I just think our approach to it is a bit of a clusterfuck. I've been washing my face all my life, and doing a 3-step routine since I was still a child. By my early 20's my nightly skincare climbed up to 8 or 9 products, and got more and more complex. Looking at a lot of skincare forums and hashtags, it's hard for me to ignore the parallels between those spaces and the pro-anorexia forums of the 00's; both are full of very young girls becoming obsessed with perfecting an innately transient and imperfectable thing, sharing advice on how to "control" it, and all of them sure that if they only stuck to the right regimen, their life would sort itself out and maybe they'd be beautiful. This breaks my heart a little bit.

On The Commodification Of Witchcraft

Witchcraft is booming. New books, products, and spiritual services come out every day. Masonic and occult symbolism is vividly present in mainstream pop music, we have more cutesy "white witches" on TV than ever before, and more and more people are sharing their magic online, posting pictures of their altar space or Sabbat celebrations. I spoke with You Magazine recently about why I think modern witchcraft is becoming so popular, and to me the answer was obvious. Millenials and Gen Xr's want a spiritual path that honours everything organised religions too often ignore or demonise - women, our natural darkness, our sexuality, and above all, mother nature.

The surge in interest in witchcraft has been so great that Sephora recently announced they are bringing out a "starter witch kit", containing a rose quartz, a smudge stick, some oils and a few other things. The kit will cost $42. This news has attracted so many differing opinions and perspectives over recent days that I felt I needed to discuss it here. Let's overlook, for a second, the question of where these crystals were mined, and by whom. It's true that many trendy lifestyle stores have already been selling over-priced witch tools such as Tarot cards, incense, and crystals for years. But that doesn't make it acceptable. That doesn't mean we should grow complacent at every instance of unethical flogging of sacred materials. We are allowed to be angry every fresh time it happens. The commodification of white sage, and the unsustainable harvesting of it to meet demand from white girls dabbling in spirituality, is problematic on its own. White sage is not yet endangered, as some well-intentioned people on Twitter claim, but it does need to be responsibly harvested to avoid damage to what is left of our planet's wildness. Even putting aside the fact that you could buy enough herbs and seeds to start a garden, or several instructional books, with that amount of money, witchcraft isn't a commodity and it can't be bought at all. Not only could young witch's money be better spent, this kit is also spreading the idea that being a witch is all about having the right "stuff". How declawed and unthreatening have we become, that being a witch is a fashionable and kitsch identity one can pick up at Sephora.

How I Celebrate The Harvest Season

At the very beginning of August, I'll be celebrating Lughnasadh. Otherwise known as Lammas, or the First Harvest, Lughnasadh marks the golden days of high summer, and the beginning of the reaping festivals. The first fruit is ripe and ready to be picked, and we move on to another stage in our journey through the year. This day has much to do with fertility (all witch's festivals are about fertility in some form, as the wheel of the year mimics the natural cycle of all life and death) but it also revolves around the home and kitchen, nourishment, growth, fire and plenty.

On a personal level, it always feels to me like a time to honour everything the universe has given us, and welcome in the rewards we are about to receive for our hard work, struggle, and lessons over the year so far. If you've been blessed, now's the time to give thanks and open up for more. If you've been wronged or had it rough, remember that we all reap what we sow, and nobody truly escapes that fact. Moving forward in our own lane, and tending our lives with love and kindness - even when we can't yet see any results - pays dividends in the end. This day is also a reminder that the dark months are inevitably coming (sob) and we should make the most of the sunshine we have left. Here are some simple ways I like to mark the beginning of harvest season.

Growing My Hair Out After Years Of Bleach

There's so much writing online about how to grow long hair. Some of us can get almost fanatical about it, obsessed with achieving "Disney princess lengths". This is not that kind of post. I'm not interested in growing my hair as long as it can possibly go, no matter what; I started growing it because I wanted to be free of the discolouration years of bleaching and colouring had caused, leaving me with frazzled, khaki ends. It took a little time, but all of that is now gone, and I have my own natural colour and texture reaching my bra-straps. I last bleached my roots in March 2017, which means I've developed around 14 inches of fresh growth in 16 months. 

I haven't been taking any hair vitamins or wacky Instagram supplements. I eat a vegan diet and tend to mix up my wild medicine; I often take iron, kelp, Forage Goddess Drops, and soya protein powder. Getting enough protein in your diet helps all your hair grow, including your lashes and eyebrows, so I make sure I pack it in there.

Plant Babies

Being a nature-based solitary witch, most of my magic takes place in the kitchen, the bath, or out in the wild. Working with flowers, essences, plants, and herbs is central to my practice and my whole ethos as a witch; almost everything I do is based around tending human needs through the bounty we have right at our fingertips, and underneath our feet. Magic is nature and nature is magic. I like to grow my spells, eat my spells, bathe in the infused water of my spells.

Recently my boyfriend got this mini greenhouse from IKEA, and together we've been filling it up with our plants, creating a joint garden. The living room gets the most sunlight; it's almost like a greenhouse already, so that's where all the arid-loving plants live. The shady bedrooms of the house are much better suited to ivy and other shrubbery. Many of my plants have been in desperate need of  re-potting for a while, and we wanted to combine a few and make giant cactus/succulent gardens in larger pots. So, I designed little triads that would coexist harmoniously.

The Ultimate Vegan Carrot And Walnut Cake (With No Dairy Alternatives!)

2018 has kinda effortlessly become my year of baking. Getting really good at making vegan treats was one of the things I wrote down as an intention for this year, and for once I'm actually super proud of how far I've come with my New Year's resolution. I met my partner around the beginning of January and having him in my life has certainly helped motivate me to cook from scratch more - making him fall in love with vegan food brings me so much joy. Another thing that's been really helpful is Pinterest. Finding inspiration and starting-point recipes is so much easier on there than any other platform. The inspiration for this particular cake, a moist, crumbly, hearty and exceptionally sweet carrot and walnut cake, came from Loving It Vegan. I've changed the recipe considerably here, according to my preferences, and I love the result. I think it's one of the best cakes I've ever made, and it disappeared so quickly I thought I'd better share it. Unexpectedly, it contains no dairy alternatives in the actual cake base whatsoever. No nut milk, no margarine except a little bit for the icing, no boxed egg replacement. The rise comes from the baking powder and soda, and it's all held together by the carrot and the banana. This is all you'll need.

Getting Started With Crystal Magic

Crystals aren't just super cute ornaments and accessories (although they can be, should you wish!), they are also incredibly powerful tools for manifestation and magic. There are endless ways you can harness these powers and bring some crystal magic into your life; whether it's through jewelry, spellwork, interior design, a sex toy, small pocket-lining pebbles or anything else, wielding a carefully chosen stone can be a game-changing tool for self-reflection. Objects have the significance and the abilities that we bestow onto them (although some lend themselves to certain tasks better than others) and crystals are no different. I use them in almost every area of my life, from decorating to exploring sexual fantasies. Most of the gems pictured in this post were gifts from Eclectic Eccentricity, check them out if you're in the market for a crystal kit to get you started. If you've never delved into crystal magic before, and have no idea where to begin, here are some of my favourite multi-purpose gems and how they can enhance your well-being.

Rose Quartz: Known as the ultimate love stone, rose quartz is most often used in spells to help open the heart or attract romance. It has a soft, feminine, and relentlessly loving energy. Think of it as a salve for emotional wounds and a balm for a jaded spirit. Not limited to romantic love, rose quartz is perfect for opening you up to the possibility of friendship, community, and unconditional love in all its forms. Many people swear by rose quartz wands in sexual exploration, and use the stone to heighten their libido and create a feeling of sexual safety.