How to Have the Easiest Picnic Ever

Summer weather often conjurs up images of picnics on weekends, but it often seems like a lot of work to plan, pack, and do. Never fear! We’ve put together some easy-peasy tips for a no-fuss, relaxing guide to your best picnic ever.

Picnic Prep

  • Plan your location. A nearby park is always great, but maybe there is a new park you would like to try, a little further away? Whatever your choice, try to check in advance to make sure there are plenty of trees for shade.
  • Keep the food simple – sandwiches, salads, fruit and other types of food that you would enjoy cold are ideal.  Or bring the fixings for a great cheese board – assorted cheese, great bread and crackers, and some fruit.
  • Try not to bring too many disposable things- melamine plates are a great lightweight choices for picnics that are reusable, and just bring your normal cutlery from home. Don’t forget napkins!
  • Bugs are no fun at a picnic- wash your picnic blanket in advance with Eucalan in the Eucalyptus  scent to help rerepel bugs naturally.

  • Check the weather report – weather can change quickly, and even though it looked clear when you checked yesterday, the forecast might be different on the day.

What to Bring

  • If you have a little wagon, it is a great way to easily transport all your picnic goodies to a great spot deep in a park, where it might be a little quieter and more relaxed.
  • While those beautiful (and expensive!) wicker picnic baskets are adorable, you don’t need them to have a great picnic. Packing your supplies in tote bags or in the wagon will work just fine.
  • Two plastic bags – one for garbage, to be disposed in the nearest bin, and the the second for keeping the dirty dishes all together until you can get them home for a wash.
  • It’s worth mentioning again – napkins! Good quality paper napkins or cotton napkins are perfect for wiping greasy hands or even giving the plates and cutlery a quick wipe before stashing in the plastic bag.

Keeping the Fun Going

Messes happen – a bit of ketchup here, some mayonnaise there. Stop potential stains in their tracks by bringing along some of the Eucalan Stain Treating Towelettes to make clean ups a breeze. Because sticky hands happen:

Don’t forget – picnics are really about enjoying being outside, not about transforming the outside into the indoors. Leave the music at a home, but bring a frisbee, ball, or other game that would be fun in a park. It’s a great way to make the most of that glorious sunshine, and the too-short summer!

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How to Pack Light When Traveling with Kids

This is a guest post from Julie Crawford, of knittedbliss.com. She recently took a trip and tried out our Getaway Gang!

How to Pack Light Traveling with Kids | Eucalan.comTraveling with small kids can strike fear into the heart of even the most stalwart of travelers, but I recently did just that –  I took a two week trip to England and Spain with my husband, 4-year-old daughter, and 9-month-old son, and we only packed two small suitcases. Spain was hot, and England was chilly – none of the clothes we wore in England were worn in Spain, and vice versa.

The secret? Packing strategically and washing things as we traveled.

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If you are going to do any traveling (especially with kids!), you need Eucalan’s Getaway Gang. It contains 10 packets of no-rinse wash, 6 stain treating towelettes, one emery board, and a little sewing kit for emergencies (even tiny scissors!).

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I took some of the stain treating towelettes, the emery board, and the sewing kit (minus the scissors, as airport security can be pretty strict) in my carry on. And I was glad I did, since I got chocolate milk on me in the departure lounge, before even getting on the plane:

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Possibly light grey pants were not the best travel outfit choice. But the stain towelette did the job, and took away the worst of the chocolate milk. All that was left (other than a damp spot, which needed to dry) was the faintest mark, hardly visible during the rest of the journey. Once I took them off and washed them completely, it was like it never even happened.

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Packing Your Carry On: Tips

  • Don’t just throw the pouch with all your Eucalan goodies into your checked bag! Take out at least 2 stain treating towelettes (3 if you’ve got kids with you), the emery board, and the sewing kit (if you have to leave the scissors in your checked bag, that’s okay).
  • Pack a lightweight change of clothes in your carry on not only for the kids, but for yourself – take it from my husband, who had the misfortune of being vomited on by another kid (and not one of our own, another little one who didn’t make it to the washroom in time.)
  • Pack a plastic bag for serious messes. Because even if the above hadn’t happened,  the baby had a crazy diaper situation and required a full wardrobe change mid flight.  I just bagged up the offending outfit and washed it when we got to our destination.
  • Antibacterial wipes- this is the only time I use them. When we first get to our seats, I wipe down the armrests, the trays, everything around us. Not just because the baby will inevitably end up chewing on an armrest, but because you know that they don’t ever really wipe down the surfaces of the plane between flights.

As for packing light, I only packed 4 outfits for each country for each person (except the baby – he had some extras ), which meant that me, my husband, and my 4 year old had a total of 8 outfits: 4 for cool weather, and 4 for hot weather. We also packed lightweight waterproof jackets (England was indeed rainy!).  Each outfit was chosen for it’s ability to be worn with everything else packed for that climate  – shirts had to match all the shorts that were packed, light sweaters and cool weather clothes had to be able to mix and match. This meant that you could recombine pieces for a lot of variety, even though very little was brought for each person.

In England we were staying with family, in Spain we stayed in hotels and then a rented apartment in Barcelona.  Having regular access to a washing machine makes it a lot easier to pack less, but having fewer items means that you also don’t have full loads of laundry very often, even with 4 people. Sink washing certain items just made sense, as I could do it in the morning and things would often be dry by the following morning:

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The baby sleepers in particular seemed to need far more frequent washing than anything else- not that surprising, as babies are pretty messy!

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In England, the laundry detergent they had was so harsh and really overly fragranced that I ended up rewashing the first load in Eucalan. It got out the strong perfume smell of the previous detergent. In Spain, I wasn’t about to go and buy laundry detergent, so I used Eucalan in the washing machine and everything came out perfectly:

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We are already talking about another trip again next summer- but this time if we go to different places, we will try to choose ones with a similar climate!

 

 

 

 

 

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Last-Minute Valentine’s Gift Guide

Did Cupid sneak up on you this year? Here are some last-minute gifts to give & get for Valentine’s Day 2016, plus a few sweet DIY ideas we’ve spotted on Pinterest, too!

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Marlies Dekkers’ Le Train Blue Wire Padded Plunge Balcony and matching bottom are a romantic choice, featuring superior shaping and craftsmanship in a delicate powder pink hue that makes us think of the 2016 Pantone Colour of the Year, Rose Quartz.

Wrapture Fragrant Balm is a travel-friendly moisturizer featuring the romantic scent of night-blooming jasmine, a natural aphrodisiac. This balm is great for moisturizing rough skin (especially during the dry winter months) and does double duty as a perfume, too.

Slip on a pair of Vienne Milano thigh highs to add a romantic flair to your Valentine’s night out. Shown here is the Elisabetta style which features an exquisite Italian lace band at the top that is not only beautiful, but ensures a no-slip fit.

For the hard-to-shop for man in your life, treat them to the ultra-comfortable Saxx Ultra Boxer Fly in a bright red stripe pattern (trust us, they’ll much prefer stripes over a more overt Valentine-themed print)!

If you’re feeling crafty, whip up this knit Valentine Pouch or crochet Valentine Treat Bag, both of which are available as free patterns on Ravelry. They’re perfect for packaging sweet treats, small treasures, or even a tin of our Wrapture Fragrant Balm!

Make some sweet treats such as these chocolate-covered peanut butter hearts (click here for recipe on the Baker by Nature blog).

Finally, include a Eucalan Gift Pack with your gift to ensure that they care for specialty items properly. Each pack includes 100mL bottles in each of our five scents, making this a great choice for virtually everyone on your list.

What We’re Loving: Subscription Services

It seems like the latest craze is monthly subscription services which deliver curated boxes of goodies right to your doorstep! No matter your area of interest, there is a subscription service for you – we’ve seen everything from culinary goods to baby items, lingerie, beauty items, workout gear, yarn and craft items, and even subscription services for cat and dog owners!

What’s great about most of these services is the level of customization which most of them allow; usually, a short questionnaire is filled out when signing up to help curate your monthly selections to ensure you receive items you’ll love!

In addition to receiving fun surprises at your doorstep each month, subscription boxes are a great low-risk way to try new-to-you products for very little cost (most subscription services offer premium items at a discount to what you would normally pay retail).

Monthly Subscription boxes featuring Eucalan!

Eucalan has been honored to have our products included in the following subscription boxes:

Product Updates: Better Than Ever!

Since the introduction of our Jasmine scent, Wrapture, we have been pleased with the warm response this romantic fragrance has received from our fans. It seemed only natural (pun intended!) that we updated two of our best-loved products to include Wrapture!

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Our Gift Pack now includes 5 100mL bottles of Eucalan (one in each of our scent options); it is neatly packaged in a clear re-usable zipper bag that’s perfect for gift-giving. Include it with a cute baby item, beautiful lingerie or the lovely sweater you’ve knit.

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The Getaway Gang has been similarly updated to include all you see here: single-use pods in each of our five scents, our stain-treating Wipes, a miniature sewing kit, and a nail file. Everything is packages in a clear re-usable zip bag which is easy to stash in your suitcase to keep your garments in great shape while away from home.

 

As travel season kicks into high gear, we hope you’ll find these product updates handy for all of your on-the-go needs!

Why Unscented?

With so many fragranced products available these days, sometimes an unscented product can be a breath of fresh air! Unscented Eucalan is an excellent choice for those with scent sensitivities, but it’s also an ideal choice for anyone who doesn’t want to experience clashing fragrances on laundry day. Fragrance allergies are on the rise, and did you know that many supposedly unscented products actually contain fragrance to “hide” the natural scent of its ingredients?

Rest assured, Unscented Eucalan has absolutely no added scents; it contains only 7 natural ingredients:

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While Unscented Eucalan does not have the moth inhibiting properties of our Lavender and Eucalyptus scents, it does condition fibres with naturally derived lanolin – which also repels dust mites! It’s an excellent choice for the whole family, and if you plan on spending time in the great outdoors, using Unscented Eucalan to wash your camping and hunting gear will ensure that you don’t attract any unwanted visitors!

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Catching up with Kristin Omdahl

Knit and crochet designer Kristin Omdahl has been keeping busy this summer! Her latest endeavor is her own line of beautiful yarn called Bamboo So Fine. This lustrous and silky yarn pairs perfectly with Eucalan’s Wrapture by Kristin Omdahl, which is infused with the intoxicating aroma of night-blooming jasmine. Each skein of yarn has generous yardage and comes in your choice of exquisite colors; Kristin also includes patterns and a sample of Wrapture with each purchase!

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Most knitters and crocheters find that long crafting sessions leave their hands feeling dry, so we recommend adding a tin of our Wrapture Fragrant Balm to your knitting bag! This emollient product absorbs quickly, leaving your skin moisturised without any residue that could transfer to your project. It’s great for taming cuticles and rough patches, plus you can apply to your pulse points for a pleasing natural fragrance.

If you’re curious to learn more about Wrapture Fragrant Balm, check out this recent product review on the Rock + Purl Podcast to learn more!

 

Breaking News: Eucalan on Zulily!

We are thrilled to have our products included in the Clean Slate: Laundry Day Essentials event which is happening now through Friday, June 20 on the shopping site Zulily!eucalanZulilyUPDATED

 

Choose from four great deals on your favourite Eucalan products: the Eucalan Delicate Wash Gift Set, the Home & Away Lavender Delicate Wash Set, the Home & Away Eucalyptus Delicate Wash Set, and the Romance Delicate Wash Set featuring Wrapture by Kristin Omdahl. EucalanZulilyProducts

This limited-time event is open only to the US and it ends soon, so don’t delay!

 

Gift Ideas for Everyone On Your List

As the holiday countdown marches on, do you find yourself at a loss for what to buy for everyone on your list? We've got a few more suggestions for you on this week's blog post! 

1. New Parents: Our Lavender scent is a great choice for cleaning baby items like plush toys, blankies, and bedding. One clever mommy blogger recently posted step-by-step instructions for using Eucalan to wash your child's playpen – with cold and flu season in full swing, the naturally antiseptic properties of Lavender Eucalan can banish hidden germs. 

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2. Lingerie Lovers: There's nothing more romantic than our new scent, Wrapture by Kristin Omdahl! Featuring the intoxicating aroma of night-blooming jasmine, Wrapture is the perfect way to care for your intimite apparel. Tuck a 100mL bottle of Wrapture into your gift box, or indulge in our limited-edition Holiday Gift Box which contains 2 single-use pods of our jasmine scent, Wrapture by Kristin Omdahl, 2 stain treating towelettes and a tin of our new Wrapture Fragrant Balm. 

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3. Knitters, Crocheters and other Crafty Folk: Give the gift of choice! Our Gift Pack contains four 100mL bottles in each of the following scent selections: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Grapefruit and Unscented. We've got an easy-to-follow video tutorial demonstrating the wet block process using Eucalan, or you can check out this photo tutorial on the A Baby's Smile Blog. Eucalan is also ideal for washing sewing and needlepoint projects – click here for detailed instructions on our website

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4. Outdoorsy Types: Unscented Eucalan is the best choice when you don't want any lingering scents to attract unwanted attention. Camping enthustiasts and hunters can keep their gear clean and tidy with Unscented Eucalan. With absolutely no added fragrances, it's also a great choice for anyone with scent sensitivities, too! 

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5. World Travelers: A Getaway Gang has everything travelers need to look their best, no matter what surprises might be in store for them. It contains single-use pods  (2 each in our Eucalyptus, Lavender, Grapefruit and Unscented fragrances), 4 handy wipes, a pack of peel & pat lint removers, a nail file and one sewing kit, all in a re-usable vinyl zipper bag. No suitcase is complete without this easy-to-pack survival kit for essential garment care! 

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Need more gift ideas? The Knit Darling blog has several great gift ideas for the knitter in your life, or visit the My Sister's Knitter blog for more gift-giving inspiration. 

Don't forget, not only is Eucalan available at these fine retailers, it is now available on Amazon Prime, too! 

Goodbye Sweaters, Hello Summer!

Is it FINALLY time to put away those winter woolens? Make sure you watch our latest YouTube Laundry Lesson before you store those sweaters for next year!

All garments will eventually develop pills due to friction from wear and laundering. You can use a sweater shaver or pumice stone to quickly and easily remove pills before washing your sweaters (and other winter woolens) and packing them away for the season. We recommend using our Lavender or Eucalyptus scented wash to take advantage of the moth-inhibiting properties – you'll be so happy you did so when sweater weather returns in the fall!

You need not pack away your Eucalan for the season, too – your favourite scent is great for keeping workout wear and swim suits looking like new! Click here for simple instructions on our site or watch our quick Laundry Lesson below!