Author: papaya_and_lime

Luna Sundara Palo Santo: the Holy Wood

Luna Sundara is a sustainably harvested brand of Palo Santo; a natural wood aromatic incense used for centuries by the Incas and indigenous people of the Andes as a remedy for purifying and cleansing. Traditionally it is used for relieving common cold and flu symptoms, asthma, allergies, headaches, anxiety, inflammation, sea sickness and arthritis… it is even said to have cancer fighting properties. In Spanish, Palo Santo translates as “Holy Wood” and it is so named after the mystical Palo Santo tree that grows on the coast of South America and is a relation of Frankincense and Myrrh. Appropriately named, the enriching aroma of a burning Palo Santo stick is heavenly, with hints of mint and citrus at work. “It all began with love.” This is the opening statement of Luna Sundara’s ‘About’ page on their website and really, how perfect is that? Inspired by their shared love of healing, tradition, aromatherapy and respect for nature, co-owners Thomas Konik and Sandra Manay founded Luna Sundara early this year (Luna is the Latin name for moon and Sundara means beautiful …

Got Wood? A Sustainable Toothbrush that You Need Now

Got Wood, an Australian company, encourages their customers to ‘Make the Swap’ and throw away their plastic toothbrushes in favor of their naturally raw Mao Bamboo (Panda Friendly) biodegradable versions. Like so many other gorgeous vegan, sustainable and eco conscious brands I have found and devoted my custom to, I discovered Got Wood via their Instagram page. At first glance I just thought it looked pretty neat to have a wooden toothbrush sitting next to the bathroom sink but a quick read through of the companies goals and ethics on their website soon convinced me to go ahead and ‘Make the Swap’ for ethical as well as cosmetic reasons. I haven’t touched a plastic toothbrush since (and never will!). They are a rather cool little company that offers a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to the traditional plastic-handled toothbrushes that have saturated the market for decades and contribute to our problem of overflowing landfills. Every year over a billion non-biodegradable plastic toothbrushes are thrown away. Furthermore, waste that is not recycled is lifted by rainwater and …

5 Steps to Living Life with Intention

What are your dreams? Your goals? What does your heart hope for? Take a second. Look for answers within. Get intentional. What does it mean to live intentionally? Intentional living happens when we adopt a mindful attitude towards the choices and situations we are presented with each day. Most of us would agree that we are awake when we go through our daily routine. But how conscious are we? It is so easy to set ourselves to auto-pilot when we wake up each morning and go through the entire day mindlessly going through the motions of living. We sit blindly in the passenger seat of our own lives, allowing moments, experiences and feelings to just pass us by. When we live life with intention we perform every action with conscious intent and a desire to fulfill our core values. We do have basic intent behind most of our daily activities (washing the dishes so they don’t start to pile up and mold, taking the bus to work in order to earn a living, etc.), however …

GIVEAWAY UPDATE: and the winner is…

Ladies & gentleman, a drum roll please… The Lulu Dk Giveaway has officially ended and a winner has been chosen! We are stoked to announce that Kimberly Catapano is the winner of our beautiful Lulu DK temporary jewelry tattoo giveaway! We have sent you an email Kimberly and you’re beautiful arm candy will be winging it’s way to you from Bali before you can say ‘bohemian tattoo’. Also a huge internet hug and a thank you from Chelsea and myself to all of you beauties who took part and submitted your entries, we value your participation so much! Happy Thursday, folks.

giveaway: ‘Lulu DK’ Beachy Boho Tattoo Jewlery

Two weeks ago a work commitment saw me jetting out of my beloved Bali and spending a week at a travel retail convention in Singapore’s glamorous Marina Bay Sands. It was quite an adjustment to switch from breezy island gal to professional business lady: swapping flip flops for shoes and straight-drying my hair- I felt a little like Superman putting his spectacles back on and becoming Clark Kent again. But that’s not to say that I had a boring week. Far from it, as I had the opportunity to discover some exciting new brands in the Duty Free arena and was lucky enough to fly home armed with a bag full of samples and goodies to try. By far my favourite discovery of the entire show was New York based designer Lulu DK’s line of non-toxic temporary tattoo jewelry. Tattoo jewlery exploded onto the fashion scene last year with the fashion-forward pinning and ‘gramming photos of bronzed boho babes adorned in beautiful gold & silver jewelry designs. By now there are several brands on the market to choose from, but I feel that Lulu DK’s tattoos stand head and shoulders above the crowd as each tattoo …

Why I Gave Up Face Wash

I won’t blame any of you who may have already judged me, just a little, on the basis of this post’s title. So let me please begin by assuring you that while I am guilty of being a little bit of a hippie, I am certainly not of the dirty variety! To prevent you from backing away from your computer screens any further, allow me to clarify my opening statement a little. True, I have given up on face wash, but I haven’t given up on washing my face. You see, 10 months ago I adopted a natural, plant-based lifestyle. It began with boycotting the farming industry and eating plant foods only, but as I gradually became more educated on what I was allowing into my body, it led to an intense questioning of what I was putting on to it as well. I was beginning to feel the myriad benefits of nourishing my body and cells with organic, nutrient-rich whole foods: no more additives, preservatives or chemical nasties. It felt only natural to extend the …

Read Your Way into a Better Life

In the past year I have revolutionized my way of thinking and turned my life around in ways I never would never have thought imaginable. As I write this I am looking out over a deep blue swimming pool surrounded by tropical foliage and a fragrant frangipani tree blooming with delicate white flowers. The sun is a bright yellow paint drop on a perfect blue canvas, the people working on their laptops around me all wear shorts and sandals and an expression of blissful content. If you had told me 3 years ago that I would be doing location independent work on a tropical island I would never have thought it possible. There were many factors in play which ended in my decision to move here to Bali. However I truly believe that a vital key to success and manifesting positive changes in to our life lies not only in our actions, but the way in which we choose to perceive and react to the word around us. We hold the power to change our universe …

Choosing the Slow Lane: Our Decision to Move to Bali

My partner Bar and I officially became ‘ex-pats’ just over a month ago when we made the mutual decision to downgrade our entire lifestyle and move to the tropical Indonesian island of Bali. For us the decision to go ahead and book our one-way ticket with no steady employment or housing lined up for us on our arrival was a no-brainer. While some would understandably balk at what they would consider a reckless abandon of security and stable living, we simply saw an opportunity for freedom and adventure. A golden finger beckoning into the irresistible unknown. Between us we have already worked and travelled extensively all over the world; teaching English in South Korea, freelancing as a photographer in Vietnam and life art modeling in Denmark (I’ll leave you to guess who’s the last one is!) So, for us, the traditional map of university, career, marriage, home and babies did not stimulate the streak of wanderlust that colors our spirit. We yearned for an alternative lifestyle. For a pretty non-traditional couple we found that in …