Summer 2021 Swimsuit Trends

Whether you’ve got a trip planned or are just making it a “staycation” this summer, we hope it includes a little time pool or beachside. Today we’re taking a look at the top swimsuit trends for summer of 2021. There are some new trends (hello glitz and glamour!) and some old favourites (keyhole cutouts are back for another season). And once you’re enjoying your new suit, be sure to keep it beach-ready and smelling amazing with your favourite Eucalan scent!

Keyhole Cutouts

Keyhole cutouts are back for another season! Go for a bit of a plunge with the Olive Halter Plus Size One Piece from Cupshe. Or make it a little bit strappy with the Gabifresh Cup Sized Wrap Underwire Bikini Set by Swimsuits for All. If you’re up for something unusual, check out the Aster One Piece by Cult Gaia.

3 Swimsuits featuring keyholes: An olive halter one-piece with a keyhole at the chest, a bright pink bikini with lots of wide straps and an apricot colored one piece with a large flower cutout.

Asymmetrical Silhouettes

Asymmetrical is in and oh so cool! Go for something sleek and modern with the Rib Asymmetrical One Piece from Athleta. Or have some modern fun in the sun with Les Essentiels Scarlett Bikini from Net-a-Porter. Or combine asymmetrical and a keyhole cutout with The Reversible Claudia by Solid & Striped. (Bonus: this suit is part of the Solid & Striped sustainable swimwear line meaning its produced from fabric leftovers, fishing nets and industrial plastic which reduces the carbon footprint of fabric production!)

A collage  of 3 asymmetrical swimsuits: a black one piece ribbed suit with one shoulder strap, a burnt orange two piece swimsuit with one shoulder strap, a reversible one piece with aqua and white wave print, with a side cutout and one strap.

Glitz & Glamour

Glam it up with gorgeous shimmery fabrics for a little of that Hollywood glitz! Nothing says glamour like gold – we love the Beach Shimmer Bikini by Loft. Or add some ties (another trend!) with the Lurex Swimsuit with Bows from Violeta by Mango. If you’re lounging poolside, add some accessories and let the Blush and Gold Pineapple Set from Doll shine!

3 shimmery swimsuits: a gold bikini, a dark blue/violet lurex one piece with bows at the hips, a rose gold bikini with gold pineapple print

Ties & Belts

This year we’re seeing a focus on details like ties and belts. The Beach Wrap One Piece Swimsuit by Loft is the picture of elegance. Whereas the Grace Bikini by Free People adds a bit of that shimmer plus fun ties. Or go wild with the animal print in the Beach Riot Tie One Piece Swimsuit by Anthropologie.

3 swimsuits with ties or belts: a black one piece with wrapping and ruching across the front with a gold ring accent, a shimmer light blue bikini with ties at the waist and center of the bra, an animal print one piece with a decorative fabric belt tied around the middle

We hope we’ve given you a bit of a taste of what’s hot this year! If you’re looking for more inspiration, we have a Pinterest board dedicated to beautiful swimwear. Now go forth and enjoy the water!

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Summer Sock Inspiration

Soon the seasons will be changing again and we have high hopes that we’ll get to spend some time out and about this summer. When we think about summer knit and crochet projects, we think lighter weight yarns, smaller projects and portability, and that means one thing to us: socks! So whether you’re exploring the great outdoors or laying poolside, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite new sock patterns for your summer project inspiration.

Fun in the Sun

If you’re laying in your beach cabana, or you’re on the go with the kids, you’ll need a drink and a project that doesn’t require a lot of concentration. These patterns seem like easy knitting to us!

A collage of 4 different socks - stripey, ridged, slightly lacey, and basketweave.

Clockwise from top left:

  • The Soxploration Heel Wrap by Denise DeSantis has an interesting heel construction, but otherwise is perfect for a self-striping yarn. You can just knit in the round and let the yarn do the work! (Ravelry)
  • The Ready, Set, Go Socks by The Chilly Dog are slightly textured, but short and sweet. You’ll have a new pair of socks ready to go before you know it! (The Chilly Dog)
  • The Toe Beans by Louise Tilbrook are also shorties, with a simple lace pattern reminiscent of cat’s paws. Snuggle up with your best feline and knit the night away. (Payhip)
  • The Rook Socks by Tanis Lavalee have a short textural repeat that is easy to read when knitting. Knit one pair, or outfit the whole family! (Ravelry, Tanis Fiber Arts)

I’m Gonna Level UP!

The next set of sock patterns is a little more challenging; nothing you can’t do, but a bit more lace or cables, or even some colorwork. If you’re looking for a project that will pique your interest, here’s a few to try!

A selection of cabled socks (grey and yellow), lacy socks (pink and yellow) and colorwork socks (white with pink cacti all over)

Clockwise from top left:

  • The cable patterns in Intersections by Marcelline Smith symbolize the way all of our lives are connected, and the rich sock it creates shows how enriched our lives are by these connections. (Ravelry, Etsy
  • The Summer Crush Shorties by Tracie Millar add some fun cabling to a short sock that’s perfect for those warm summer days. (Ravelry)
  • Summer Flowers by This Handmade LIfe are gorgeously lacy and remind us of wildflowers through the summer season – these will be quick to knit as they’re only anklets! (Ravelry)
  • The Sandy Ripple Socks by Shannon Long were inspired by the waves at the beach – what could be more summery? (Ravelry, Blue Fern Yarns UK)
  • The Saguaro Blossom Socks by Margaret Stauffacher are so fun! A little colorwork, a little summer sun and you’ll have a pair of socks that would make anyone smile. (Ravelry)

Crochet ALL Day

Of course we can’t forget our crocheters! We’ve found a few great patterns, so grab your hook and pick your next project.

A collage of crochet socks: plain grey, mosaic like colorwork, striped and lacy lavender

Clockwise from top left:

  • The Pixel Socks by Svetlana Kochkina look like they’ll crochet just right: not too tall, not too short, not too complicated, just enough texture to add some interest. What do you think? (Ravelry)
  • Colorwork isn’t just for the knitters! The Ramble Socks by Yvonne Choi combine a neutral and a variegated yarn to keep you guessing what’s coming next. (Ravelry)
  • The Herringbone Socks by Ashlea Konecny look like the perfect pattern for all that self-striping yarn you’ve got in your stash. (Ravelry, Heart Hook Home)
  • And the Lacy Socks by Kristin TenDyke will add a delicate sock to your summer wardrobe. (Ravelry, Simply Crochet Issue 108)

School’s out… we’re FREE!

If you’re looking for a quick free pattern for your summer crafting, we’ve got you covered there as well. These are our top picks!

Clockwise from top left:

  • If you just need a simple vanilla sock, check out I’m So Basic by Summer Lee. Add contrasting heels and toes for extra fun! (Ravelry)
  • You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here! Check out the After Party Socks by Beki Norman and raid the stash for that special self-striping skein you’ve been saving. (Ravelry)
  • If you’re visiting waterfalls and tidepools, and love the idea of cascading waters, check out the Cascading Cables by Lisa Park Tomaszewski. (Knitty)
  • And for our crocheters, these look like the perfect socks come fall. Get started now with the Watson Waffle Socks by Lakeside Loops and you’ll be ready when cooler temps return! (Lake Side Loops

Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to keep your socks in tip-top shape with a Eucalan Delicate Wash spa treatment between wears. All of our scents are lovely, but Grapefruit and Jasmine will have you smelling the summer citrus and oh, those summer nights.

We hope we’ve given you a little inspiration for your summer sock crafting! We’d love to see what you make – tag us using the hashtag #eucalan on Instagram or come visit our Facebook group

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A new FREE pattern from Eucalan: Branches and Blooms Double-wrap Cowl by Michael Harrigan

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re now offering a new pattern, the Branches and Blooms Double Wrap Cowl designed by Michael Harrigan, for FREE when you sign up for our newsletter. Today we’re featuring an interview with Michael, and chat about his design inspirations, favourite patterns and his book. Keep reading to learn more!

A lavender lace cowl, double wrapped around the neck of a mannequin.

An Interview with Michael Harrigan:

Q: How did you come to knitting and designing?

A: When I was around 9 years old my mother showed me the basics of knitting and crocheting. However, I grew up on a farm in the northeastern US, and in that area and at that time, knitting was not one of the approved pastimes for a young boy. The needles and crochet hooks were put aside – for quite a few years, in fact.

Several years ago I started to knit again and it quickly became an integral part of my daily life. I bought lots of books and learned a wide range of techniques. Then I bought more books and experimented with lace, texture, and colorwork stitch patterns. It wasn’t long before I started combining stitch patterns into designs and decided to write out the instructions so I could share them with others (and remember them). I soon discovered I could upload the patterns to the internet and was off on a new adventure. I also improved my skills and increased my range through the Master Hand Knitter certification program of The Knitting Guild Association (tkga.org).

Over the past few years I have designed patterns for accessories, including shawls, wraps, cowls, hats – and one Fair Isle-patterned gansey. I’ve self-published the majority of my designs but have also produced others for yarn companies and online and print magazines.

Q: What are your favourite techniques and projects to design?

A: Lace knitting and color-stranded knitting are my favorites. Travel has a major impact on both the motifs and colors I use in my designs. Some decades ago I spent the better part of a year in Central America and was captivated by the colorful work of artisans in Mexico and Guatemala. Many years later my travels took me to Africa, where I was enthralled by the magic and mystery of Egypt and Morocco, and the talented artisans of South Africa. I have been fascinated by the designs of rugs in Turkey and the embroidery I’ve come across in China. There’s such an amazing wealth of hand-crafted riches throughout the world – and I certainly enjoy travels of discovery.

I like to spend time in historic settings, visiting local artisan markets and bazaars, and also taking in landscapes and natural features. I try to recreate what I have seen in stitch patterns—interpreting elements of nature, landmarks, and textiles I’ve come across.

A couple of summers ago, we visited the Shetland Islands – long an inspiration to me, both for the knitted lace from the northern island of Unst, and the wonderfully colorful patterns of Fair Isle. On a trip to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania a couple of years ago I had the opportunity to get some hands-on advice on color-stranding knitting technique in Riga, Latvia. At the end of that trip, on a visit to the Russian National Museum in St. Petersburg, I found inspiration for a new colorwork design based on a piece of ethnic embroidery.

Q. What are some of your favourite designs?

A: One of my all-time favorites is a small shawl with intersecting lace panels called Twists and Turns. Another one of my favorites that features a bit of lace is called Northern Leaves

Two shawls in a photo collage. On the left a blue shawl with lacy zigzags down the spine and along the edges is draped in a tree. On the right a variegated orange/pink shawl with a center spine of lace diamonds is wrapped around a mannequin.
L to Right: Twists and Turns and Northern Leaves

There are of course a couple of colorwork designs in my “top four” list: Berries, Leaves, and Vines has been a really popular design and the most popular of all is my Windows Wrap. They all have stories behind them!

On the left, a black woman smiles holding a colorwork cowl in white, yellow-green and red. On the right, a grey-haired white man wears a long colorwork scarf with grey and brown.
L to R: Berries, Leaves & Vines Cowl and the Windows Wrap.

Q: What was your inspiration for the Branches and Blooms Cowl? Did you start with the stitch patterns, or the yarn, or the idea of a cowl first?

A: The color came first with this design – and was inspired by photos of the Eucalan Lavender fragrance. The branches and blooms stitch patterns came next and I thought the combination of the color and the stitch patterns would look really nice in a long, drapey cowl.

A lavender lace cowl lies flat on a table covered with a mosaic tablecloth.
Branches & Blooms Double-wrap Cowl

Q. What’s a question you wish I asked?

A: I wish you had asked about my book! 😉

Travel-inspired Knits is my first book of patterns and features 10 designs that have resulted from my passion for travel. You can find the digital version available on Ravelry and print copies are readily available also from major online booksellers and from my publisher in Ireland, Anchor and Bee.

A book cover with a background of colorwork knitting, the cover reads "Travel-inspired Knits, 10 Original Patterns for Hand Knit Accessories  by Michael Harrigan."

Thanks to Michael for taking the time to answer our questions!

Branches & Blooms Double-wrap Cowl

This delicate lace double-wrap cowl is perfect for spring and summer. Easy enough for those new to lace, and varied enough to keep master knitters interested, this drapey cowl is a must have accessory!

A lavender lace cowl is draped around the neck of a mannequin.
Branches & Blooms Double-wrap Cowl

A few details:

Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners EXQUISITE (100 grams, 800 meters, 80% Falklands wool; 20% silk): 1 skein Portobello (#525)

Needles: US 2 (2.75mm) 24”/60cm circular knitting needle or size needed to achieve gauge.

Gauge: 27 stitches and 41 rounds = 4″/10 cm in Branches and Blooms stitch pattern.

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We hope you enjoy the pattern and can’t wait to see your versions! Please share them with us on social media using the hashtag #eucalan.

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Spring Cleaning with Eucalan

Spring is here and we’re ready to sweep out the old and welcome the new! If you’re eager to get some cleaning and organizing done, we’ve got you covered. Here are our favourite tips and tricks to whip your surroundings into shape and ready yourself to move forward into spring and summer!

Join our Spring Cleaning Challenge – Are you drowning under piles of clothes, crafts, papers and knick knacks? Even if you feel like you’ve got things under control, the seasonal shift is the perfect time to tidy up. We started our Spring Cleaning challenge a few years ago and this popular free PDF that we created breaks everything down into simple steps to get you started on this year’s spring cleaning! We’ve also got a Pinterest board full of great tips for tackling your spring cleaning and making it as easy as 1-2-3.

A box of clothing, books, shoes and other items marked "Donate"

Spring Cleaning Your Wardrobe – Have you checked out your closet lately? Now is the time to get ready for warmer weather. Washing your woolens with Eucalan before you pack them away until next winter will keep them safe from fibre loving insects. Now is the time to sort clothing into Keep/Donate/Toss piles to weed out your favourites. And of course bring out those summer swimsuits and fun dresses – now’s the time to switch things up!

Women's fall clothing on a clothesline; a pair of jeans, a taupe scarf, a yellow sweater.

Organizing and Storing Your Lingerie – You don’t have to be Marie Kondo to do a little management of your beloved lingerie collection. In this post from our archives, we’ve put together some practical tips for sorting and storing your lingerie that work for the real world.

Drawers full of neatly organized bras and panties in all different colors.

The Ultimate Stain Guide – This handy PDF will guide you through treating stains and keeping your most-cherished items looking like new! Print it out and hang it up in your laundry room – it’s our gift to you!

Bottles of Lavender Eucalan on a pale background, text that reads "The Ultimate Stain Guide"

We hope these get you started on your spring cleaning journey. If you’ve got advice, tips or tricks of your own, we’d love to hear them. Comment below or tag us on social media using the hashtag #eucalan!

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An artistic painting of a broom that is upside down and drawn to look like a tree; the handle is the trunk and the bristles look like the branches of a tree.

Every Day is Earth Day with Eucalan

Although each April brings us the official commemoration of Earth Day (April 22) we like to think that every day is Earth Day at Eucalan. We have always been committed to protecting our natural resources, particularly our waterways, but we’re always looking for (and sharing!) eco-friendly tips to lessen our impact on the environment around us.

1% for the Planet logo

Starting in Fall 2020 we renewed our commitment to the Earth and became a member of 1% for the Planet. What does this mean in practical terms? We have committed to donating 1% of our gross sales through a combination of monetary, in-kind and approved promotional support directly to environmental nonprofits. Since we love our waterways, we have stepped up to support nonprofits dedicated to implementing solutions in the following areas:

  • Access and recreation: Facilitating people’s ability to enjoy our natural resources and inspiring them to be stewards of our planet.
  • Activism: Focusing public attention on what is at stake for the planet in the current economic and political environment.
  • Biodiversity and habitat: Protecting the variability of life on earth in service of healthy ecosystems and our planet.
  • Drought mitigation: Reducing vulnerability to and the impacts of droughts.
  • Environmental justice: Ensuring that all people and groups, regardless of race, gender, income or nation of origin, are entitled to environmental protection.
  • Fisheries and sustainable fishing: Promoting fishing practices that reduce overfishing and overconsumption.
  • Freshwater conservation and clean up: Preserving and maintaining the quality of freshwater resources globally.
  • Human health and economic development: Creating positive health outcomes and economic growth through the responsible management of natural resources.
  • Law and public policy: Political or legal action used as a tool to protect our natural resources.
  • Natural resource conservation: Managing natural resources responsibly and using these resources to mitigate environmental degradation.
  • Ocean conservation and clean up: Preserving and maintaining the quality of ocean resources globally.
  • Renewable energy: Energy generated from sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat.
  • Youth education: Environmental education specifically targeted to a youth audience.

We already have a ton of great resources for you to consult if you’re interested in helping us celebrate Earth Day this month, and every day:

  • 4 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Year Round – From starting a butterfly garden to “greening” up your laundry routine, we’ve got some great ideas on how you can make some eco friendly changes to your life!
  • Eucalan: An Alternative to Dry Cleaning – The good news is that garments that are labeled “dry clean only” can be laundered easily and safely at home, AND save our environment! Check out this article for our top tips.
  • Sustainable Tourism & Eucalan – When we can get back to traveling we expect a renewed commitment to sustainable tourism. That is, travel to destinations to support the local economy and preserve the pristine environment. These can be enjoyed in a number of ways, from backpacking trips to eco resorts. Read this blog post from our archives to learn more.

We’ve also got a page on our website dedicated to Eco Friendly Laundry Tips. Here are a few of our favourites:

Run your washer and dryer at night to ease electrical and hydro burdens. Not only do utilities charge less at off peak hours (save yourself some money!) there are fewer demands on the electrical and water grids during the overnight hours.

A bottle of Eucalan against a starry night sky.

Make it a full load or adjust the water level to the amount of laundry. 

The window of a front loading washing machine full of clothes.

Skip the dryer. While both washing and drying require a lot of energy, skipping the dryer will reduce your carbon footprint quite a bit! Hang clothes to dry on clotheslines or lay them flat to dry.

White clothing hangs on a clothesline to dry.

Hand wash when you only have a few items – it’s easy using Eucalan!

Two hands wash some clothing items in a bright green bowl with bubbles. A bottle of Eucalan sits nearby.

If you’re using your dryer, clean the vents and lint traps regularly. This improves air circulation, making drying time more efficient so you’ll need less of it. It can also help you prevent fires!

A bottle of Eucalan next to an open dryer and a lint trap full of lint.

We hope we’ve given you some tips for making eco-friendly changes to your life. If there’s something we’ve missed, we’d love to hear from you!

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Our Favourite Pinterest-inspired Spring Crafts

Now that we’ve passed the Vernal Equinox we can look forward to spring! The days are getting longer, the weather is warming up and we have a bit of hope and optimism for this new season. Today we’ve gathered some beautiful and crafty ways to start welcoming spring into your home. If you’re looking for more ideas, we have a Pinterest board full of spring inspiration, but these are our favourites!

Bring the outdoors inside!

Spring is a season for planting and new beginnings. We also know you may be using a few eggs soon. Why not combine the two into these DIY Eggshell Planters from Twinkle Twinkle Little Party?

Looking to bring some spring blooms indoors? Why not gather flowers from your yard, or visit a florist and learn how to arrange them beautifully with this tutorial from A Pretty DIY Home?

This one’s even good for the environment! Upcycle tin cans you already have at home into great little planters for succulents. Check out this tutorial from Mom Always Finds Out.

Faux Florals

Even if you don’t want to bring real blooms inside, these “faux” florals will add a touch of spring to your indoor environment!

Decorate your front door or a bare wall with this romantic boho inspired wood bead wreath tutorial from Kippi at Home.

Or perhaps you’re interested in paper crafts? There are tons of tutorials on Pinterest, but we’re smitten with Cherry Blossoms from Happy Happy Nester created from tissue paper.

Perhaps you’re a quilter? There are so many quilts to love, but check out the Tulip Quilt, a free pattern from Allspice Abounds. It looks like a great way to use up stash fabrics in bright colors for the spring!

For the Kids

If you’re looking to keep little ones occupied in celebrating the new season, we’ve got you covered!

If your littles love paper crafts, here’s a simple tutorial for tissue paper flowers from Say Yes. (Bonus: creator Liz Stanley and her daughter Edie have an Art with Edie IGTV channel!)

Stuck indoors on a rainy day? Grab some q-tips, paints and construction paper and create a cherry blossom tree with a handprint trunk courtesy of Glued to my Crafts.

If you’ve got some general craft supplies (yarn, popsicle sticks, beads, pipe cleaners and the like) check out these fun woven yarn butterflies from the Craft Train!

We hope we’ve given you some crafty spring ideas to get you started celebrating the new season!

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Knit and Crochet Pattern Inspiration for Spring

We know we’ll be waiting at least another month or two longer in Canada to see spring buds, but it’s already time for the new spring and summer knit and crochet patterns to be released! Planning knits for the next season is like a breath of fresh air, and a hopeful look at what’s to come. Today we’ve rounded up our favourite new spring and summer looks to share with you. Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration for the season ahead!

Tops and Tees

Spring and Summer mean warmer days perfect for tops and tees. We’ve been so inspired by Pom Pom Magazine’s Spring Issue, but we particularly love Four Quarters by Julie Robinson.  Irina Anikeeva just released her Vernal Collection full of springy projects, but we think the Irvine Tank Top is a stunner! Designer Jacqueline Cieslak just released a book, Embody, full of sewing and knitting inspiration; we’re smitten with the Deren Tee. If you’re looking for a simple, elegant cardigan to fend off the chill, check out Amaryllis by Elizabeth Smith from Manos del Uruguay’s Spring collection. And we can’t forget our crocheters! We love the Riviera Tee by Sincerely Pam from Crochet Foundry’s Spring Issue. Another great find? The Mermaid Tears Tee by Katie Clary.

Shawls

Spring days and summer evenings can be a little cool and there’s nothing better than having a shawl to pull around your shoulders. We found so many lovely shawls it’s impossible to share them all, but there were a few of our favourites. The Synchronized Shawl by Michael Vloedman is a striking wrap with pops of color. Ginger by Amy Christoffers makes use of a new colorful cotton blend from Berroco. Optimism by Lana Jois radiates cheerfulness and hope. For our crocheters, we’re blown away by Feather Wings by Megan Lapp! If you’re after something a bit more practical, we love the delicate Sampler Shawl by Brianna Iaropoli. And what about a little bold and bright color with Meadow by Anna Nikipirowicz?

Other

While we were browsing for tops and tees and shawls we found a few more patterns that let us dream about spring and summer adventures. If you live in a milder climate, you may wear your socks year round. We love the Flying Birds Shorties by Joji Locatelli as well as the delicate lace of the Summer Vine Socks by Jem Arrowsmith. Spring often means new babes and how sweet would they look in Ariadne by Lisa Chemery? If you’re interested in home decor, the new Daydreamer collection by Chloe Turlow has both womens fashion and a collection of fun cushions – we love the Greenhouse Cushion. We also love what we’re seeing in Interweave Crochet’s spring issue, including the Estuary Tote by Anne Potter. Finally, spring is a wonderful time for a picnic and the Floating Squares Blanket by Craftling Designs caught our eye as the perfect blanket for picnicking in the park.

We hope we’ve given you some inspiration to start on your spring projects. If you’re looking for more ideas we have Pinterest boards dedicated to knit and crochet patterns we love. If we’ve missed your favourite new pattern in our roundup, please share it with us!

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Celebrate Grapefruit Month with Eucalan!

Did you know that February is National Grapefruit Month in the United States? Sources are hazy on how this came to be, but as early as 2003 people were celebrating this citrus fruit. Since Grapefruit is one of our favourite scents, we thought we’d devote a post to all things grapefruit!

Here are a few fun facts about grapefruit:

  • Grapefruit is a hybrid citrus fruit, a cross between pomelo and sweet orange.
  • It is said grapefruit originated in Barbados or thereabouts and was introduced to Florida in 1823 by the Spanish.
  • A grapefruit is about 4-6 inches in diameter, with yellow to orange rind, and segmented flesh that is white, pink, or reddish depending on variety. Its flavour is tart with a hint of sweetness
  • In 1929, the Ruby Red grapefruit became the first grapefruit variety to receive a U.S. patent. 
  • Florida grows about 75% of the total grapefruit crop in the U.S., along with Texas, California, and Arizona. Grapefruit is available all year long—from somewhere.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, grapefruits are grown all over the world, with China, the United States and Mexico as the world’s leading producers.
  • Grapefruits are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, plus fiber. Like all citrus fruits, grapefruit is high in Vitamin C, which helps bolster immune systems. 

If you’re looking to enjoy grapefruit this month, we’ve got tons of fun recipes on our Pinterest board!

Want something a bit savory? Try this vegan Avocado and Citrus “Ceviche”!

These Grapefruit French Macarons look like a delicious treat!

And how gorgeous is this (gluten free!) Grapefruit Tart?

If you’re looking for a frosty treat, don’t miss these Pink Grapefruit Margaritas!

Want to craft some grapefruit inspired designs?

The Grapefruit Splash cardigan by Rachel Brockman is a fun, kicky cardigan perfectly sweet and tart! This one is free on Knitty.

Fancy a little colourwork? These Citrus Mitts by Kris Knits would be so fun in a grapefruit inspired palette!

Pamplemousse (the French word for grapefruit) is a cozy, cropped cabled pullover designed by Thea Colman. Love those cables!

And of course don’t forget our grapefruit scent! Eucalan’s Grapefruit Delicate Wash is scented using essential oil of grapefruit. Grapefruit oil is a natural antiseptic which is particularly beneficial when washing garments that lie close to the skin such as hosiery, workout wear, bathing suits and lingerie. The lanolin enriched formula helps to naturally condition fibres and keep static away. Use on all your delicates and enjoy the fresh, light, invigorating scent. 

We hope you’re enjoying grapefruit month! 

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Eucalan and Your Pets

Except for our unscented version, Eucalan Delicate Wash uses essential natural oils (eucalyptus, jasmine, grapefruit and lavender) as moth and flea inhibitors, antiseptics, and to add gentle scents to your woolens. Eucalan is gentle enough for everything your pets touch (toys, blankets, etc.) and even your cherished four-legged friends themselves! Read on to learn more.

Your Pets

Your pets can actually benefit from being washed in non-toxic Eucalan. The lanolin helps to condition their skin and hair/fur while Eucalyptus essential oil can help to repel fleas.

For small pets (e.g. a small dog, guinea pig, or hedgehog), add anywhere from 5mL/1tsp to 15mL/1 Tbsp of Eucalan to basin or laundry tub. Fill with water. Then wash your friend in the water and Eucalan mixture. You can follow up with a gentle rinse but if they dash away, it’s ok, Eucalan won’t harm their coat or skin. Then remove your friend from the water and give them a towel dry.

For larger animals (e.g. a large dog or horse) we recommend a slightly different method. Get your animal thoroughly wet. Then you can rub full strength Eucalan directly onto their fur or hair. Be sure to start with small amounts as a little goes a long way. Rinse as much of the soap as you can off and then towel dry.

Pet Bedding, Blankets or Saddle Pads

Depending upon the size of item, you may want to wash these in your washing machine, in a large tub outdoors or in your bathtub.  You should always launder these items according to the directions indicated, simply substituting Eucalan in place of laundry soap.  You can then dry small items in the dryer on a low setting with a tennis ball or dryer balls. For larger items, you can dry those outside on the clothesline or draped over a picnic table or fence. If you’re concerned about discoloration (particularly in white bedding), be sure to dry items out of direct sunlight, as it can cause fading and yellowing.

If you have sheepskin or shearling rugs or mats that your pets love, we’ve got special care tips for those. We’ve also got extra tips and tricks for oversized items and wool blankets!

Horse Blankets and Coolers

To launder horse blankets and coolers, spread the blanket flat on the floor/ground. Soak the blanket well with a hose and then dribble Eucalan onto the blanket. Next, scrub your blanket with a clean stable brush. Finally, rinse off the dirty water and hang the blanket on a fence or clothesline to dry.

We hope we’ve given you some new ideas on how to incorporate Eucalan Delicate Wash into your TLC for your cherished pets. If we’ve missed anything, we’d love to hear from you!

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Valentine’s Day Lingerie 2021

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and while a romantic dinner or getaway to Paris is out this year, there’s no reason not to spoil yourself (or your partner) with something silky and sexy for some indoor fun!

If you’re looking for luxurious French embroidery and sheer tulle with intricate details, look no farther than Journelle’s Spotlight Embroidered Balcony Bra. Other matching pieces are also available! Thanks to Wen at Comics Girls Need Bras for sharing this one with us!

Shopping for a curvy figure? How gorgeous is this set: Matilda Kiss by Elomi? Thanks to our friends at Lingerie Briefs for sharing!

Looking for va-va-voom red or sexy, stunning black? Parfait Lingerie debuted it’s collection over the holiday season, but we think these looks will be around long past Valentine’s Day!

Want to add a stunning piece that can be worn a variety of ways? This Victorian faux suede corset from Corsettery caught our attention!

Worried about choosing the right size? Why not try The Lingerie Gift Box from Barely There Intimates! The gift box includes: the pantie or a garter belt of your choice, a silk sleeping mask, a candle, a hand-drawn lingerie postcard with the option of gift message included and a special bonus.

We also love the Rosy Trio gift set from Amo Ambiance which includes a pink “Hibiscus Passion” bath salt, a “La vie en rose” candle and a “Hot chocolate” hand cream. 

And of course our favourite gift for any lingerie lover is the ultimate guide to intimate apparel: In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear and Love Lingerie by The Lingerie Addict’s Cora Harrington. Signed copies are available on her site!

We hope we’ve given you some ideas and inspiration for making this a sexy or sweet Valentine’s Day to remember!

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