Our Home Tour: Downstairs Toilet Reveal

Now we're really starting to make some progress with making our house feel like it actually belongs to us, I thought I'd start to share some of the finished rooms with you.  

Shortly after moving in we decided we'd start with the downstairs toilet because, a: it's tiny, and b: it was really sad in there! It was lilac, which is my least favourite colour in the world, it had dark purple carpet (yeah I know - nasty) and before these photos were taken there were four shelves above the sink and a medicine cabinet above the toilet which made the whole room feel really claustrophobic and dark.

There was also a very nineties (and not in a cool-again-revival way like chokers and space buns) border running around the room which  I took great pleasure in tearing off one night after work!

We wanted a really bright clean space, somewhere that some of our house plant collection could live and where I could indulge my copper obsession without it being too overpowering. We also didn't want to spend too much money as it's not exactly a room we'll be spending much time in! 

I love how it came out! The lilac took a surprisingly long time to cover and we've still got the door and doorframe to finish but it feels SO good to have a whole room exactly how we want it. I'm really pleased with the wall decals which we'd never used before. We had planned to wallpaper the wall behind the toilet but the paper we chose was something like trying to put actual toilet paper on the wall so we gave up and ordered these instead. If it's REALLY warm the edges do lift slightly but otherwise they're perfect!  

I made a little reed diffuser from an antique ink well and some essential oil, and a few of my vintage observer and Harry Potter books have found a home in there too. I also planted a few cuttings from a string of pearls plant in a hollowed out seed pod which seem to be doing quite well perched on the window sill. 

I knew I wanted to hang my beloved air plants in here and their hangers were sort of the inspiration for the rest of the room. I made them from some really thin copper tubing and copper wire and hung them with leather cord. Aware that as the plants grow they might become difficult to get in and out of the hangers for watering, I used jewellery findings to link the top of the copper tubes together so the hangers could open. They we're really easy to make but I might write a tutorial if anyone's interested in knowing more? 

What do you think? I sort of want to fill it up with even more plants and have a mini jungle in there. One day we think we'd like to extend this room to fit in a shower cubicle/wet room area too but for now we're concentrating on making the rest of the house as happy as this tiny space is! 

Here's where everything came from:

Blind: Ikea
Flooring: Homebase
Wall Decals: CGHome - Etsy 
Shelf Brackets (sprayed with copper spray paint): All Things Brighton Beautiful
Copper Ampersand: Hobbycraft 
Geometric String of Hearts Planter: Isatu Hyde
Copper Mirrors: I bought these in Cornwall but you can find similar here
Wall Hooks: Mica Rica - Etsy
Light Fitting: Ebay  
Towel Rail/Shelf: I made this from an upside down Ikea spice rack and a piece of copper pipe - you can find my tutorial here 

Introducing 'Food Moments' - A Beid Bil Tamriya Recipe from Ellie Ward

I recently got an interesting message from an online friend I met through instagram. She is a fellow Eleanor, although she prefers Ellie, and I believe we 'met' (albeit virtually) after discussing natural dye techniques. We've stayed in touch, and a few weeks ago she suggested a recipe I might like to feature on The Salted Tail and it got me thinking. 

Reading the post submission Ellie sent made me realise how instrumental food can be in shaping our lives. I certainly have several memories that have food at their centre, and it is one of the most important factors in my life, from deciding where we go on holiday to the time spent perusing recipe books before I go to bed. 

I have also had some issues with food in the last few years, and it's only recently that I've let myself re-discover my love for it. I've been reading my books like they're novels, perusing the market stalls for local ingredients, devouring food based podcasts and binge-watching baking videos. 

It's like a really big bit of me has woken up (and gone in search of breakfast!)

So, to celebrate my reawakening, I've decided to start a new series I'm calling Food Moments. These will be guest posts, (plus a few moments of my own) sharing life's important memories and moments where food has been at the heart. Prepare for lots of reminiscing and recipes! 

For now, it's over to Ellie for the first in the series. She shares why a favourite cafe in Peckham became an important part of her family life, and a brunch recipe she devised after tasting a particular dish and needing to re-create it at home.


"I lived in Peckham for a decade before making the predictable move to outside the M25 when our son was born. We saw the area of London we lived in change over time. From a place with low rents that encouraged many to start innovative restaurants, artisan delicatessens, gallery spaces and yoga studios to a place known for exactly that. In poured money and gentrification took a firm grasp. Rents crept up and many of the original businesses were forced to re-locate. We decided at this point it was time to cash in and sell. 

Despite it’s relatively rapid ascent (or descent as some may argue) I miss that beautiful part of London everyday. I miss it’s vibrancy, its inclusion and its warm openness to all. One place sums up Peckham for me better than anywhere - Persepolis. Persepolis is a corner shop and cafe that has been in the same spot for 16 years. It’s run by an incredible lady called Sally Butcher and her Iranian husband Jamshid. It houses an amazing array of exotic goods: herbs, spices, oils and teas as well as other impossible-to-find-elsewhere ingredients.  

Pre-child, we would often go on a weekend morning for a slow brunch, tasting several unusual yet totally delicious dishes.  Once our son Ludo was born, we would call in after swimming for a refreshing pomegranate juice and a takeways box of Turkish delight from the counter. In fact, our son had his first taste of solid food Persepolis - flat bread and hummus - true story! 

The first plate I ever tried was an Iraqi breakfast dish called beid bil tamriya which is basically eggs, dates and cardamom. It’s so ridiculously simple yet so delicious. I ordered it because it sounded so odd I just had to try it! In the UK we tend to consider eggs outside of baking as a savoury ingredient - quiche, omelette, or hard boiled with a pinch of salt and soldiers. This dish however is a sweet sensation! 

For two people you’ll need:

- Butter or coconut oil for frying (I personally prefer coconut oil for it’s plant based fats and creamy taste) 
- 2 medjool dates (or three regular ones)
- 4-5 eggs (depending on your hunger level!)
- A teaspoon of cardamon powder (you can buy this pre-ground or break open some pods and grind the seeds - you'll need about 10 pods)
- Some great sourdough bread

First, de-stone and roughly chop the dates. Heat the butter or coconut oil over a medium heat and add the chopped dates. Fry them until they’re softened, mashing a bit with a wooden spoon as you go. Take care not to let them burn. 

Beat your chosen number of eggs and add to the pan with the dates. Stir constantly to scramble your eggs to your preferred consistency then remove from the heat and stir in the cardamom powder. 

Serve with sourdough, black coffee and a Sunday supplement." 

Ellie is a 36 year old ex-fashion buyer, now a mother and a maker. She lives in the modernist village of New Ash Green, Kent with her husband and son. She has a jewellery brand called Unknown Legend. You can find Ellie and her beautiful jewellery on Instagram or have a look at her etsy shop here.

This beid bil tamriya recipe is wonderfully delicious! I've made it several times already and I've also found that combination of dates and cardamom makes an amazing addition to porridge! I will definitely be visiting Persepolis next time we're in London. Ellie also recommended their recipe books which do look wonderful! Persia in Peckham for example is describes as 'A slightly daft English woman guide to Persian cuisine"

Hopefully you enjoyed the first Food Moment. I can't wait to share more stories with you, and if you have a favourite food moment you'd like to share please to get in touch - everything you need is under 'Contact' above! 

My Biggest Blogtacular Takeaways

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about my goals for this years Blogtacular, the biggest and best blogging conference in the country (and quite possibly the world.) This was going to be my second time at the conference, and I was really excited to be able to go to the pre-conference party at West Elm this year too.

As expected, Blogtacular was exactly the creative confidence boost I needed, and as well as catching up with some friends from last year and meeting some people I've got to know online in real life, I also met so many new people which is one of the best things about the event as a whole. I think working from home in any sense can be really lonely, so meeting people and having real life conversations is a huge thing, especially when everyone just gets it when you explain what you do!

For me, the weekend began on Friday evening at West Elm on Tottenham Court Road. I'm not always the most confident when it comes to introducing myself and talking about what I do in person, I could definitely be described as a webtrovert (reserved in real life and much more confident online!) Given that I've been feeling much more at ease with what it is I do and had my introduction nailed I found it so much easier this year to throw myself into talking to people (the wine may have helped a just a little.) The party was a great opportunity to catch up with people and also become familiar with new faces so that by Saturday morning when the main even kicked off I didn't feel like I'd arrived at school on the second day of term when everyone had already made friends the day before!

As well as the wine, window shopping and casual conversation, we also sat down for some round table discussions about various topics. I joined the instragram chat which was chaired by Katy English. It was so refreshing to sit amongst a group of people, some with 300 followers, some with over 15,000 and realise that everyone has the same issues - the algorithm, the lack of community, being followed fake accounts and online legging shops and above all, absolutely loving what we're all sharing but feeling a bit disillusioned with it all. The over riding feeling - and one that I totally agree with, was that all we can do is keep doing what we really love, only posting what is a true reflection of us and not what we think we get us more likes and followers because thats just not sustainable - or much fun! 

At eight o' clock the following morning, I set off for the main event. Over an amazing breakfast, I began to make final decisions about which workshops to attend. The day opened and closed with a keynote, with three workshop slots in between. I found it even tougher to decide this year, but in the end settled for Kayte Ferris of Simple and Seasons' Marketing Session, followed by a session on Finding Your Niche led my Mollie Makes editor Cath Dean, and finishing with a session on Self Doubt led by Sas Petherick.

You may remember that a few weeks ago I posted my entry for the competition Blogtacular and West Elm were running for conference attendees. Before the opening keynote, the winner of the most coveted £2000 prize was announced and I was beyond excited and grateful, and a little emotional to find I had won a runner up prize of £250 to spend in West Elm! The overall, and very deserving winner was Hester of Hester's Handmade Home who's miniature room entry was just inspired, and Shahira from Afro Glory also won a £250 runner up prize to make over her home studio space. This in itself totally squashed any feelings of self doubt that were still milling about in my head - to get a bit of recognition for something I love doing was the best feeling. Plus - £250!! I'm so excited to decide what to buy and to get going with our living room makeover!

I found both Kayte and Cath's workshops incredibly useful from a blogging and business perspective.
Lots of the topics that Kayte covered I had come across, and maybe even attempted to implement in the past but nobody had ever explained specific aspects of marketing so clearly before. Since the conference I've been able to really define my audience and have a much clearer idea of where I'm heading! Maybe it was all the sea related references but since thinking about the content I'm creating in terms of 'ports' and 'anchors' I'm finding it all so much more exciting. I've even started putting together an email newsletter as an extension to what I'm doing on the blog - so stay tuned for that in the next few weeks - there will be a sign-up form popping up soon.

The insights gleaned from Sas' self doubt session have stayed with me in other areas of my life too. We talked a lot about why we procrastinate, why we're not as productive as we'd like to be and why we waste time scrolling and channel hopping and making endless cups of tea. It turns out that the reason was the same for pretty much everyone in the room - we revert to these behaviours because they're safe. Nobody can judge us based on what we look at on instagram, or if we choose to spend the afternoon watching The Pioneer Woman instead of putting ourselves out there online. As soon as we feel like there might be a risk, like we might be seen or judged - it's so much safer to run back to the 'island of self doubt' which is equipped with Netflix, blankets, comfy slippers, tea and chocolates. Sounds lovely doesn't it, but spending time here doesn't actually help us progress in the direction we want to be heading. Of course, sometimes tea and rubbish TV is exactly what we need - but a lot of the time we use these things to hide from putting ourselves out there. For me, I realised that I specifically avoid doing things because I don't feel they match up to other peoples expectations of what it means to be successful - so I'm likely to place more importance on mowing the lawn, hoovering, or some other household thing because from that looks productive from the outside; keeping up with those things is what I think means I'm doing ok! There will be more to come about Sas' session in the next few days - she set us all some homework and I'm going to be writing about how that went for me.

So, what were my biggest takeaways at the end of this beautiful day?

First - I like my coffee hot!

There was a lot of talk over the two days about capturing our lives on Instagram. One conversation in particular was about how often people drink cold coffee because it often comes before the food they've ordered and they can't drink it until they've taken the perfect cafe-table-flatly. Not me! Yes, I often have a quick rearrange of plates and glasses and take a couple of photos (my most recent post on Instagram is the perfect example) and as one of my husband's main hobbies is coffee (both making it at home and hunting out the best places) it features in my feed a lot because it features in my life a lot! However, it's not so important to me to get the perfect photo that I'm willing to drink it cold - my Instagram feed is dictated by my life, not the other way around!

Secondly - I need to write for my readers!

Both Kayte and Cath's sessions were heavily focused on finding your audience and both talked about coming up with 'reader personas.' This is something I've sort of done before but I've never actually been specific enough to give my 'readers' names and properly flesh out their personalities. I spent some time working on this the week after the conference and it's helped so much, not only in deciding what posts will work but how much detail to go into within each. So, when writing I can think - do all three of my readers know what 'reduce by a third' means? Have they all mastered backstitch already or do I need to go into more specific detail? Of course, the answers to the questions are all inside my head, but it's really helpful to have three different people of varying abilities in mind when writing rather than just thinking that I know what I mean so surely everyone else must do to?

Thirdly - Glasses are deceptive!

Apparently I look very different with my glasses on! In my profile picture across all the platforms I use, I'm wearing my glasses, but at the conference I didn't have them on and so many people commented on how they didn't recognise me. In fact, Jenny and Lucy from Two Crafty Brownies and I spent most of the day looking out for one another after never meeting in real life and it wasn't until Kat managed to round us all up that we managed it - and again the culprit was my lack of eyewear!  So, I either need a new headshot, or to actually wear my glasses at these events!

Lastly - I love doing this!

I had been feeling a bit weird and deflated about the whole online-life-thing in the weeks leading up to the conference. I had been wondering if it was the right place for me to be - when I read that unicorn smoothies were on the menu for the pre-party I must admit I had a bit of a cringe. I'm really not into the unicorn thing, my aesthetic isn't super colourful, and I wondered if that's what people want to see. But you know what - I don't think that's the case at all and even if it is (to borrow a quote from the awesome Allison who I met last year) I love 'doing me' - knowing what I'm not just reinforces what I am, what I'm aiming for and what I want to share. Sometimes that might be the insta-cliche, but if it is - it's because that's whats happening in my life at the moment and I'll continue to be unapologetic about it!

To use another cliche, if people don't like what you do, they're not your people - and I can safely say that in the Blogtacular community, I've definitely found my people!!

(Thank you so much to Amber-Rose Photography for the beautiful photos in this post)


Recipe: The Easiest Ever Low Sugar Ketchup

For various health reasons, neither D nor I have an awful lot of sugar in our diets. We're definitely not super strict about it, but if we're going to eat something sugary, it's got to be really worth it! Something that we both miss, but have deemed to be unworthy, is ketchup!

D is a traditional ketchup eater, meaning that in his mind it's for dipping your chips in and squeezing on a burger. My use of tomato based condiments is a bit different. It would never occur to me to put ketchup on my chips (because mayonnaise is surely the only choice?) but there are three things that are just wrong without it: Scrambled eggs, cheese on toast, and shepherds pie! Strange choices maybe, but I honestly feel like a shepherds pie is wasted without a large dollop of it.

So, I set about making a ketchup that would satisfy the need for a tomato based sauce and was also super quick to make, low in sugar (which traditional ketchup is most definitely not) and cheap.

This could definitely be made with fresh tomatoes, but unless you have a huge glut of them in the summer I feel like it would be a bit of a waste to make them into ketchup when they're so amazing fresh. Plus, this sauce gets used up really quickly in our house so there would be no chance of there being any left by the winter if we treated it as proper preserve, so by using passata rather than fresh tomatoes it can be made all year round.

These quantities make a ketchup we like, but feel free to alter the amounts to suit your own taste. The smoked paprika gives it a slightly barbecued flavour, but you could swap it for normal paprika if you like. You'll need:

500ml of passata
4 teaspoons of maple syrup
4 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons of worcestershire
2 teaspoons of smoked paprika
2 teaspoons of salt

Put all the ingredients into a small saucepan and simmer (very gently or it will spit all over the kitchen!) for about 15-20 minutes until it's reduced and nice and thick. Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning if you think it needs it, but remember the taste will be slightly more subtle when it's cold.

The recipe makes around 300ml depending on how much you reduce it down by. If you buy a glass bottle of passata you can re-use the bottle to store your ketchup, or it fits quite nicely into two small jars. I had plans to put this batch into the screw top glass bottle in the pictures, but I managed to drop it in the sink while I was washing it up and smash it so it ended up two recycles honey jars instead!

As we use this really quickly, we don't tend to worry about sterilising the jars properly, just pour the ketchup in while it's hot, seal them up then turn them upside down so the hot ketchup covers the whole inside surface. This should be enough to create a vacuum that will keep them fresh for  a little while. You'll notice the safety button on the lid pop in if you're using a jar. If you wanted it to last longer, wash the jars/bottles and their lids in hot soapy water, rinse with hot water then without touching the inside of the jars or lids, place them in a hot oven to dry. Take them out when you're just about ready to bottle the ketchup and let them cool just a little. Pour in the ketchup, seal up and turn them upside down for a few moments.

And there we have it - super simple, super quick and supremely tasty ketchup ready to slather all over your shepherds pie...or dip your chips in if you really insist!

Currently Coveting - Wednesday Wishlist

It's been three months since I've written a wishlist post. Either I haven't been doing as much window shopping as usual or things just haven't been catching my eye, but since the last list I haven't naturally reached that point where I've had enough things I'd like share. I love putting these posts together, but I like to make sure that the things I include are genuinely things I would love to own and use.

In the last few weeks though, I've been saving some things to instagram and pinterest and have gathered a few things to share with you that have definitely made their way onto my wishlist! Enjoy...

I've been following Rebecca's stunning instragm account for a while and if you're at all interested in natural dying, fabric and yarn, or just completely beautiful images (including recently some tiny baby toes!) then I highly recommend you head over there and check her out. The first issue of her self published magazine Plants are Magic (which has a separate instagram feed here) looks stunning. After experimenting with ice dying a few months ago I've been interested in giving some natural, plant based and foraged dyes a go and I think this magazine might be a great place to start. It's filled with interviews, projects and and stories all revolving around the magic of plants, and the theme for the first volume is Wellbeing. It sounds wondeful and I'm desperate to get my hinds on a copy. Rebecca has also published a book, Botanical Colour at Your Finger Tips which looks amazing if you're looking for a more in depth look at natural dying. 

Sometimes I come across an object which is a bit of me! This necklace (not to mention many of the other stunning pieces in the Promises Promises range) really speaks to me. The colours are those I always choose, I love the combination of polished geometric brass and the more raw, coastal feeling of the cast jesmonite. I'd never heard of jesmonite until I found this jewellery, it's similar to concrete but looks and feels like natural stone. I have been obsessed with beach treasure since I was little and I think necklace this looks like it could have been found on the sand and re-purposed into a beautiful piece of jewellery.  The whole range is really unique and interesting - definitely one to look at!   

Another necklace! I think the warmer weather makes me more inclined to get my jewellery out, as it can feel like a waste sometimes to wear accessories when they end up getting hidden under scarfs and coats. This chevron necklace is something I've been on the look out for for a while. I'm a big fan of 'simple' in every sense, and that generally applies to clothes too. I love nothing more than a perfect cotton t-shirt or a simple sweatshirt, and I think a really understated necklace with a v-neck t-shirt looks beautiful. This beautiful chevron from Sharon at The Simple Latte is made from sterling silver and its a dinky 3cm across making it perfect to wear everyday. Sharon's etsy shop is full of lovely minimal pieces, and I'm also a big fan of her delicate gemstone necklaces. I'm hopefully going to be talking to Sharon about her work in more depth soon, so if you're a fan stay tuned for that in the next few weeks. 

On the theme of simple, how perfect is this playsuit from Stalf!? I've been really enjoying wearing playsuits, dungarees and all in ones recently as they're comfy, they don't require any thought and you can easily make them more dressey if needed. I spotted this one being worn by a few people over on instagram and it's just the sort of thing I would love to wear. They're all out of stock at the moment (which can only be a good thing I reckon!) but as well as black it also comes in steel blue and 'ice cream' which might be the best colour description I've ever heard! Stalf have so many perfect simple pieces that I know would fit so comfortably into my wardrobe. Stalf is based in Lincolnshire and is driven not by what is in fashion, but by the women who wear the pieces and I love that! Slowly crafted clothes made for loving and re-wearing year after year, just like owner Paris' grandparents did! 

About a year ago, I fell completely in love with bullet journaling. It finally got me organised, I found making lists massively helped my productivity and I loved having everything in one place. The freedom to just turn the page and write a list was great, and not having a months and weeks preprinted allows you to be completely flexible in how you use your journal. However - recently I've found I'm not making the time to draw out the months and weeks as they roll round and am consequentially getting to the middle of the month and realising I've forgotten something because I haven't been transferring things out of the 'yearly planner' section into the monthly one. I also don't necessarily like carrying so much past staff around with me, so I feel like a change is in order. I've been doing a bit of research and feel like a Midori Travellers Notebook could work really well for me. They sell loads of different inserts, including pre-printed (and undated) monthly and weekly diaries which would remove the need to draw these out. There are also lined, squared and plain paper inserts so by using a squared one I could continue my daily bullet journalling as I do now, and as they're quite thin (and less than £5) once one is full I can just remove it and start a new one. I also quite like the idea of having a separate insert for the lists that I keep and use for longer than a day, things like blog post ideas, money tracking and lists of things to make. I'm really keen to try the system out and would love to hear how you find it if any of you use a travellers notebook already. 

Hopefully you've enjoyed this long overdue roundup of some things that have caught my magpie-eye.  I think I might make these posts a monthly feature. Writing them weekly as I used to do feels too frequent and I'd like to have space for some more focused, in-depth posts about individual makers and businesses so if you think you'd like to be featured please do get in touch.

Enjoy the sun while it lasts folks!

Tutorial: The Ultimate Lavender, Milk and Honey Pedicure

Since I was little I've loved soaking my feet. After a day in the garden, running around barefoot, playing tricks on each other with the hose and building birds nests out of cut grass and twigs, my sister and I would take turns to plunge our feet into the washing up bowl, always full slightly too hot water and with a cloud of fairy-liquid bubbles spilling out onto the carpet. 

As an adult, I like to make more of a ritual of the foot soaking process - I can't be the only one who still likes to indulge in these cosy warming practices even in the summer right?  I'll build myself a sofa-nest of pillows and blankets and surround myself with a satellite of requirements: snacks, a warm drink, slipper socks, a foot scrub, moisturiser and a towel (which is obvious yet quite often forgotten, resulting in me having to send someone upstairs to retrieve one for me)  

I've also moved on from the fairy-liquid bubbles, and love to make my own sugar scrub and foot soak. This lavender milk and honey variation is perfect at the end of the day, post shower and just before bedtime. 

First, we'll make the sugar scrub. These ingredients make enough for a 250g jar but you could make enough for one use by reducing the quantities:

Lavender oil is well known for its calming and relaxing properties, so it features in both the scrub and soak recipes. The sugar in is a gentle exfoliator, and the coconut oils serves to not only bind the ingredients together, but also to act as a moisturising mask. 

First mix the lavender flowers and sugar together. This ensures the flowers will be nicely distributed throughout the scrub and not get clumped together once you add the coconut oil.

Gently melt the coconut oil and leave it to cool - too hot and it will start to dissolve the sugar! Add it to the sugar and lavender flowers along with 5-10 drops of lavender oil depending on how strong you would like the fragrance. I'm a big fan so I went with 10. 

Mix all the ingredients together really well. It should have the consistency of wet sand and just start to clump together. 

Leave the scrub in a cool place for around an hour, stirring regularly. This helps to make sure the coconut oil has begun to solidify and won't just run to the bottom of the jar. If you're only making enough for one use you can skip this step an use it straight away. 

Spoon into a jar and, as long as you don't let any water get into it it should last for a couple of months.

Now for the foot soak! This isn't really a recipe, more some additions to add to your bowl of warm water. (I should probably add here that my adult self now has a separate washing up bowl reserved only for foot soaking and air plant watering - you know you've made it in life when that's a thing!)

I like to start with the water really quite hot. That way by the time you've applied your scrub and let it sit for a while the water will have cooled to just the right temperature. So, boil the kettle and add enough cold water so you can just tolerate your hand being in it. 

The first addition is milk, and I choose to buy organic even when I'm not actually consuming it. The fat in the milk makes the water lovely and silky and it also nourishes your skin, so it's good to add to your bathwater too. Milk also contains lactic acid which acts as a gentle exfoliator.  Add about 250ml (or a small glass worth) to your warm water and marvel for a moment at the swirling patterns it makes. You could also use powdered milk which works well, but as I prefer organic it's quite hard to come by. 

The next ingredient is a generous tablespoon of raw honey. Raw honey has a whole host of benefits including aiding healing and acting as a moisturiser, as well as having anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-inflamatory  properties. You can use whichever honey you like or usually have at home, but I'm really enjoying this lavender honey from Hilltop at the moment. It's made from lavender flowers so has a lovely subtle lavender taste. Obviously that makes no difference whatsoever here, but it's the honey we're using at the moment! It's best to use raw honey regardless of whether you're eating it or dunking your feet in it as honey which has been pasteurised loses most of its beneficial properties. 

The last thing to add is a handful of lavender flowers along with a couple more drops of lavender oil. You can either sprinkle the flowers into the bowl which looks very pretty but can be a bit of a pain once you come to dry your feet. If I can't be bothered to deal with the mess, I like to place the flowers inside a paper tea filter, but you could also use a tea infuser, or tie them inside a square of muslin.

So, now you've got everything ready you can settle on the sofa, making sure you have a towel, your favourite moisturiser or body butter, tea, snacks, the TV remote, a good book...you get the gist! 

First, using a generous handful of the sugar scrub, scrub your feet and ankles paying particular attention the the heels, the outside of your big toes and anywhere else that gets especially dry or cracked (You can rinse your hands in your foot soak bowl)

Leave the scrub on your feet for about five minute to let the oils soak in. If you like you can wrap your feet up in cling film and a warm towel, but mostly I just like to rest them on the edge of the bowl. 

Once your water is cool enough, plunge your feet in and relax for as long as the water stays a pleasing temperature. When it starts to get too cool, rinse off any scrub that's still on your feet and dry them thoroughly. 

Apply your moisturiser. I like to refer to a reflexology chart to pay particular attention to any areas of my feet that reflect areas of my body that might need some attention. I often find the inside of my big toes, which relate to the neck especially helpful. 

Put on your slipper socks, curl up under that blanket and don't move for the rest of the evening! Bonus points if you can persuade someone else to empty the bowl for you!