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Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Bonjour & Welcome! Conscious by Chloé is a Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

Self Care - Pretend You're a Hotel Guest

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Whenever Octave leaves town and I have the opportunity to spend some time alone at home. Something irremediably happens: I start moving furniture all around the house!

It's a way for me to reappropriate the space, flex my interior designer muscles and give our little house a breath of fresh air.

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Our bedroom situation is not the easiest to furnish: 4 walls (duh), 2 windows, 2 doors, 1 air vent under one the windows, 0 bare wall.

The best situation I had found until now, so we would each have space to walk around the bed and room for a bedside table was to put the bed in the middle of the room far enough from the window so the air can circulate through the vent and so we wouldn't freeze our brains against it in the winter. But this meant no head support for reading - since we do not have a headboard (I'm totally considering DIYing one next summer).

Strangely enough I had not changed this configuration in close to a year, and then, I got a package from SOL Organics with brand new white & organic cotton bedding and knew it was time to spruce things up a little.

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I switched the bedroom rug with the living room one, ditched one of the 2 bedside "tables", brought in plants, and piled pillows to create the coziest reading nook on my bed.

SOL Organics Classic Organic Bedding Bundle King White by Conscious by Chloé

Our bed is a queen but our comforter is a king. I learned that trick a couple years ago. I love a comforter that cascades around the bed and hides our ugly bed frame. I love its weight and having the luxury to be able to get lost under the sheets without fighting for the covers with your partner.

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As for pillowcases - if duvet covers and pillowcases come as a set - I either make small alterations so they fit my queen-sized pillows, or, like here, put two of them in each pillowcase.

If I ever have to buy new pillows, I might upgrade to king-sized ones too. But I'm happy my our current set. We'll see when the time comes!

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I read somewhere that a great way to make your room fresh and cozy is to pretend you're in a hotel room.

And, to me, nothing says hotel room better than soft white sheets. There's something so luxurious to having soft, quality white sheets! They make a room bright, give a feeling of peace and are simply a perfect blank canvas which allows small details to stand out, like a bright-colored pillow, plants or a piece of artwork.

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SOL Organics is an organic and fair-trade bedding company. Their products are free from chemicals and pesticides, grown using sustainable and fair practices and shipped without plastic! Additionally, $7.50 from each sale go to one of the four charities they support.

I chose the SOL Organics Classic Organic Bedding Bundle and it's the softest cotton I've ever had the chance to sleep in. I highly recommend you order a set should you want to invest in sustainable and quality bedding that will have a big impact on your sleep experience.

Use the code CBC20 for 20% off your next SOL Organics order!

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This post was graciously sponsored by SOL Organics. The review and opinions are 100% mine. Thanks for supporting the carefully selected brands that support Conscious by Chloé!

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.


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Do you also move furniture around the house on a regular basis or is it just me?

Have a Blissful Weekend #31

Vintage Pop Up Market at Tendue
Pictures by Alba Betancourt for Tendue.

What are you up to this weekend?

I'm giving a Zero Waste Home Tour on Saturday and will help a friend host her first Vegan Mexico Street Food Pop-Up on Sunday!

I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few things that made my week and a couple links from around the web...

See you at the market!

Vintage Pop Up Market at Tendue


In the name of full transparency, please be aware that this blog post contains affiliate links - marked with an * - and that any purchase made through them may result in a small commission for me - at no extra cost for you. Thank you so much for investing in sustainability and supporting my work!


Have you read, made, watched or listened to something worth sharing with us this past week?

Community - 5 Free Ways to Support Conscious by Chloé

5 Free Ways to Support your Favorite Blogs by Conscious by Chloé

I have a confession to make, I sometimes do not know who I'm writing for. I started this blog to have a creative outlet, a place where I could experiment with writing in a foreign language, taking pictures and experimenting with DIYs. But I also started it to find like-minded people in a new country I had just moved to.

To a certain extent, it's been a success. I've posted regularly for the past 4 years and have somewhat found a certain balance in my all-over-the-place freelance life. I feel inspired, confident in my skills and proud of the content I've created.

But I miss the community I thought would naturally come with posting regularly on a corner of the Internet. I miss the interaction, the comments, the feedback.

I found a way to bypass that feeling by creating Zero Waste PDX, a more tangible, geographically-rooted community of like-minded people here in Portland, Oregon, but I do not want to give up on this space, Conscious by Chloé, my first love labor.

All that to say, I miss y'all!

I miss the comments from the early days from friends from back home in Europe, I miss the emails, the pictures of successful re-creations of my DIYs shared via Instagram.

It's no coincidence that I'm posting this on Valentine's day. So here's what I'd love you to do for me today - if you will:

1. Sign up for the monthly newsletter

Every month, I send a little update to you, sharing what I've been up to for the past couple weeks (i.e. using you as an accountability group for my New Year's Resolutions), highlighting a specific post, announcing upcoming events, and sharing unique content dedicated to this group of very special readers.
No spamming, pinky promise!

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2. Get the blog updates straight into your inbox

This is a brand new feature which was requested to me by 2 close friends. I had never realized that some people would rather receive my blog posts straight into their mailbox rather than regularly checking the blog or subscribing to a feed reader. So from now on, no excuses, you'll never miss a new article because you'll receive all the updates via email.
Again, no spamming, pinky promise!

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3. Sign up via Disqus to comment on my articles

A blog without interaction with its readers is just an online journal. In order to write content that's interesting to you, I need to know what you think, like and dislike. And the easiest way to do that is to give me your feedback in the comments section. I know it's a pain to sign up for yet another platform, but many fellow bloggers use the same one, so you'll only have to do it once.

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4. Follow Conscious by Chloé on social media

Let's put the social back in social media. A community is nothing without its members engaging with each other. You can come follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And, last but not least, join the Conscious by Chloé Community a safe, private online space where we'll be able to interact seamlessly! See you there!

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5. Recommend my blog to a friend

Because sharing is caring. Most of blogs I read and people I follow were recommended to me and I'm super grateful for it. I've been reading Garance Doré's witty words for more than 10 years (!), got suck into Cup of Jo's community when I moved to the States and just recently discovered Sunshine's yellow world! Here's how you can do it. Share a blog post on FB, tag a friend in an Instagram post or simply tell them about Conscious by Chloé if you feel like they would enjoy it.

Thank you so much for being here!


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Now it's your turn, please share your blog recommendations in the comments below!

Make The Switch - Loose-Leaf Tea

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Did you know that most tea bags contain plastic? I had never really thought about it until I saw this infographic.

I love a good challenge and search the web for answers but I also have the following mantra: simpler, greener, happier. So, instead of looking for a brand whose tea bags are compostable, I chose the easiest solution: no bags at all!

I'm a sucker for old school tea shops which look like apothecaries and I regularly bring them my jars to refill with fragrant caffeinated and non caffeinated loose leaf tea, but I'm also aware that we don't all necessarily have one of these in our neighborhood...

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Enter Arbor Teas, a small, family owned organic tea company based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan whose mission is to find the world's most fantastic organic teas and deliver them to you as sustainably as possible.

But how can a company sell loose leaf tea, online, sustainably?

Well, Arbor Teas has thought about it all.

Besides being passionate about tea, the brand is highly committed to sustainability. They consciously try to consider how every action, big and small, will affect our environment, from supporting organic and biodynamic farming, to offsetting their transportation carbon emissions, running a solar-powered facility and using backyard compostable packaging.

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Make The Switch to Loose Leaf Tea with Arbor Teas by Conscious by Chloé

Backyard Compostable Packaging

Arbor Teas is the first and only company offering a full line of loose teas in backyard compostable packaging. This eliminates the need for extra material and keeps it out of the waste stream.

Created from a cellulose film that is derived from wood pulp sourced from sustainably managed trees, the thin lightweight material breaks down quickly and adds practically no weight to shipping. The labels are composed of sugar cane-based paper. They're adhered with an innovative compostable adhesive that meets the requirements for biodegradability and compostability.

This means that you can send the packaging right to the compost bin, if you compost at home or in your backyard.

Note: Since facilities and regulations may vary in different places, make sure that your local composting plant accepts "compostable packaging".

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Make The Switch to Loose Leaf Tea with Arbor Teas by Conscious by Chloé

Make The Switch to Loose Leaf Tea with Arbor Teas by Conscious by Chloé

Organic Teas

Arbor Tea's entire catalog is certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program and their inventory is selected with quality, organic certification, and Fair Trade certification in mind.

Whether you're a fan of black, white, green, oolong, pu-erh, or rooibos tea, there is something for you in store!

Now we can all enjoy sustainable & organic loose leaf tea at home thanks to Arbor Teas!

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Make The Switch to Loose Leaf Tea with Arbor Teas by Conscious by Chloé


This post was graciously sponsored by Arbor Teas. The review and opinions are 100% mine. Thanks for supporting the carefully selected brands that support Conscious by Chloé!

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.


Make The Switch to Loose Leaf Tea with Arbor Teas by Conscious by Chloé

I'm a golden turmeric kinda gal, what's your favorite tea?

Make Your Own - Coffee Scrub

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

I have a slight obsession which consists in finding ways to reuse kitchen waste and food scraps before composting them.

This translates into growing avocado trees from pits, cooking stock from veggie scraps and making vinegar with citrus peels.

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Most recently, I've had the challenge to get creative with coffee grounds.

As I mentioned before, and as you can see in the "Latte Art" section of my Instagram Stories, Octave is quite the home barista now, so coffee grounds pile up in a bowl by our kitchen sink.

I use ground coffee on our plants (sparingly), to scrub pots and to make the simplest 3-ingredient face and body scrub.

Coffee, sugar and coconut oil are all you need to make this exfoliating and nourishing beauty product.

PS: It makes for a quick and personal Valentine's gift...

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Coffee Body Scrub

Supplies

  • 1 part ground coffee
  • 1/2 part coconut oil
  • 1/2 part sugar (granutaled, white, brown or coconut)

Tools

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Instructions

  • Melt the coconut oil if it's in solid form (I prefer double boiling to microwaving).
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Transfer the mixture into an airtight container.

Notes

Use on your face and body once or twice a week.
Be careful if using it in the tub or shower as it can get very slippery.
Also be mindful that coffee grounds and oils could clog your pipes. You can use a wet cloth to wipe your face and body and catch them or a shower strainer* to prevent coffee grounds from getting into your pipes.

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Head over to my shop section to find all my zero waste kitchen favorites* and more Valentine's ideas* .


In the name of full transparency, please be aware that this blog post contains affiliate links - marked with an * - and that any purchase made through them may result in a small commission for me - at no extra cost for you. Thank you so much for investing in sustainability and supporting my work!


Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

What's your secret to silky smooth skin?