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Wendyl's Green Goddess

The essential baby shower kit worth $96.80 for just $63.75!

I've had so many people ask me to put all my baby products and Mother's Little Helper into a kit so that they can get a good price and turn up at the babyshower with some pretty impressive stuff! They'll get my latest book which gives all new mothers the old-fashioned tools they need to keep themselves and baby chemical-free, plus the no chemicals Baby Mild Laundry Powder to wash all their clothes in before baby arrives, the Baby Wipe Kit so that she can make her own all natural baby wipes free of banned toxins and my very popular Wendyl-San laundry soaker to keep cloth nappies and other whites really white. All this would cost you $96.80 but this week we'll sell it  for just $63.75. By the way the teddy isn't included but you can get his friends just like him at Trade Aid stores and don't you love the cane bassinet! I got it at the Op Shop the other week and it's ready and waiting for grand-child number three, not that there's any pressure. To buy the Essential Baby Shower Kit click here to start shopping now. 

Haven't bought my new book yet?

If you  want to buy my new book you can get a signed copy and a free Bitch and Famous, my memoir of the time I spent editing women's magazines, for just $29.95 by clicking here.

At last I've worked out how to put a gift certificate on my website. I've had so many requests to do this from people who have friends or family who love my products but don't know what they would like or need when it comes to buying them a present. This is easy to do. Click on the button above which will take you to my home page. In the far right is a similar button. This will take you to Paypal, you choose the amount, type in the recipient's email address and send it off to them. They can use it on our Shop Now page, but they do need to register with Paypal which is safe and easy to do. 

Save $29.40 and buy our Starter Pack.

This is our most popular product at the moment because it's perfect for people who want to try the Wendyl's Green Goddess products for the first time and as a gift. You can even take out a few products for yourself before you gift it on! You'll get six products for just $55.80. The full price is $85.20 so you are saving a massive $29.40. We can't keep it at this price for long so get in quick.
You'll get:
1 Peppermint Paste (our bestseller)
1 Rose Laundry Powder
1 Blueing Powder
1 Spray Cleaner
1 Glass Cleaner
1 Mould Magic
All for just $55.80. Click here to buy.

My Books

My new book Mother's Little Helper - an old-fashioned guide to raising your baby chemical-free is out now. Click here to buy a signed copy and receive a free Bitch and Famous, my memoir about my time editing women's magazines (so long ago now!). To read about  my other books click here  

My Products

My Wendyl's Green Goddess business is nearly two years old and we now have a range of 21 natural cleaning products all made out of easy to understand, 100% natural ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, washing soda and essential oils. All have the recipes on them to encourage people to make and refill themselves. I didn't mean to start this business but one day a friend sat me down and told me to make them for people like her who were too busy to do it. And so these products were born and I thank all my loyal customers for making this a great little business. We're not making a profit yet but it pays for itself and that's fantastic.
To see all my products please go here to the Shop Now page of my website. 

What shops stock your products?

We are now stocked in 29 shops throughout New Zealand and working hard to get into more. To find out if a store near you is selling my products click here to go to my website retailers page. And please if you would like us stocked near you email us at with the name of the shop and a contact and we'll send them a pack and tell them their customers are demanding they stock us!

Look out for me
Read my columns in the Herald on Sunday, New Zealand Woman's Weekly, Weekend Herald and NZ Gardener. Listen to me on NewstalkZB on Fridays at 8.15am with Jeremy Wells and Mike Hosking and Saturday mornings at 11.15 with Paul Holmes. For NewstalkZB frequencies click here. 

Mint fly killers, sunscreen suggestions, bring back pot pourri - a recipe to try.

Meet my fly killers - three pots of mint! As you all know I've spent many a summer trying to get rid of the many flies which are attracted to my kitchen, mainly because of the hens outside. I really hate using toxic fly sprays so  I've tried fly curtains so that my kitchen looks like a takeaway shop, ribbons soaked in citronella hanging off the lights, weird mixes of black pepper and flour which just went mouldy, boiling couldrons of malt vinegar and fly swats. None have really worked until my friend Faye Niccol from told me to try pots of mint. It just seemed too easy and to be honest I'd read about mint and other herbs repelling flies but couldn't see the logic in it (sorry Faye). Then I was in my favourite plant shop up on Ponsonby Rd and they had potted up glorious big pots of mint so I grabbed a couple. I took them home, counted six flies in the kitchen, put them on the windowsill and came back half an hour later to no flies. I went back up to the plant shop and bought four more. I now have three in the kitchen, one in the lounge, one in my  bedroom and one in my office. And a week later, Not One Single Fly! My family have started avoiding the kitchen in case I ask them for the hundredth time "seen any flies?" And if I do see one I brush the mint leaves to release some of their minty goodness and the fly gets out of there fast. My husband likes having the mint handy for cooking too so it's win/win. I do encourage you to try a pot or two and let me know how you get on. This one's well worth passing on to your friends.

Keeping those babywipes off our shelves.

Some of you may have wondered what has happened to those manufacturers who supplied supermarkets with toxic babywipes which were involved in a nationwide recall after my book Mother's Little Helper raised concerns. I'm not letting the issue drop and will be having a meeting with Sue Kedgley and Denise Roche from the Green Party on Monday to get some guidance and support. I want to the lack of interest our Health Department has in prosecuting manufacturers who knowlingly flout standards which ban a certain chemical and are able to put these toxic products in supermarkets because if they get caught they will be no action taken. Let's remember that these people were asking you to pay good money to wipe a banned toxic chemical IPBC on your newborn babies. Am I the only person who thinks that's a crime? I'll keep you updated on this issue as I work out what steps need to be taken next.

Coconut Tropical Sunscreen

I am just about to make a new batch of sunscreen for summer and a holiday I'm taking to Vanuatu in a few weeks. But this time I really want it to smell like the tropical sun oil I used to lather on in the 70s. You know that gorgeous smell of pineapple and coconut which just says SUMMER! the minute you put it on. So I've sourced some coconut oil from Lotus Oils which has quite a strong coconut smell and I'm also going to throw in a vanilla pod when I make it. You could add coconut, pineapple and vanilla fragrance but you'd be rubbing on synthetics which kind of defeats the purpose of making a natural sunscreen. If anyone has any other suggestions for giving it some chemical-free tropical madness please let me know. Also I spied this natural sunscreen on a website which I have ordered to give to Gemma and Joel to use on our grand-daughter's Lila and Emmie.   I really hate commercial sunscreen going on small kids and this one looks pretty safe. But I also know that not everyone has the time to make their own so this could be a good alternative. I'll let you know what we think of it.

Knitzknutz Knitting Club

I got a lovely letter fro Ailsa O'Brien who sends out a newsletter every two months full of patterns, stories and puzzles. It started as a means of keeping our knitting history alive by gathering together  knitters from around New Zealand. She now as 230 members and charges just $20 a year. She sent me some back issues and I can't wait to sit down and give some of the patterns a go especially one for linen stitch which is really good for knitting blankets. If you'd like to subscribe you can email Ailsa at or write to her: Mrs Ailsa O'Brien, Unit 49, Rowena Jackson Retirement Village, 40 O'Byrne St, Invercargilll 9810.

Vacuum treat

I have to confess that I don't do much vacuuming these days. Mainly because we pay our daughter Hannah to clean the house once a week which gives me more time for hunting down pots of mint and getting into the garden! Recently I was told about how Electrolux has committed to collecting plastic which is endangering marine environments and turning it into vacuum cleaners. Read more here. This vacuum cleaner (right) was designed by New Zealand designer  Laurie Foon from Starfish, using an array of plastic collected from organised Electrolux beach cleanups around New Zealand. I've since been sent my very own  green vacuum cleaner from Electrolux which is not only really quiet but made from 70% recycled material, has an energy efficient motor, is 92% recyclable itself and I was very impressed to see that 100% of the packaging was made from recycled materials. I like to see large corporations like Electrolux putting their money where their mouth is on green issues. It's all very well to implement green policies across a company but actually doing something like keeping our seas clear of plastic makes a tangible difference. Oh, and I've been vacuuming a lot more lately!

Potpourri recipe

I was at the bach recently and a beautiful deep red rose has blossomed with the most amazing scent. I was immediately taken back to the 80s when every house seemed to feature bowls of potpourri and we all had to learn to say "popoori" and stop our drunk uncles from eating it thinking it was some sort of snack food! Potpourri is actually a very old tradition and I was wading through my latest purchase of old books and found a lovely old recipe written in tiny old-fashioned handwriting and so I've made some up using the fragrant rose petals. If you have scented roses you might like to try it too. It's a very natural way to make your house smell nice, or in my case my bach toilet which has always smelt a bit like an old man's pyjama pants  - not that I actually know what that smells like but I can imagine!
"Gather flower petals, leaves and herbs. Spread on sheets of paper and allow to dry in a warm atmosphere for two to three weeks (not in the sun). To each cup of ddried petals add 1 tsp common salt, cloves, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg (all ground together), 2 tsp powdered orris root. Mix, cover and leave for a few days to mature. Crush mixture before filling bowls or sachets. Orris root is an essential fixative in potpourri and smells of violets. 


I've spent years testing this oxygen soaker and stain remover and I'm so glad to finally put it on the market. The  secret ingredient is sodium percarbonate which is powdered hydrogen peroxide bleach which breaks down in the environment to oxygen and water. This is mixed with soda ash and works wonders on whites and stains. You can even make a stain removing paste by mixing with a little water. This 1kg jar will keep you in soaker for ages and costs just $19.95. Click here to buy for your whites and remember all my products come with a recipe on the label so that you can refill yourself. 

Baby Mild Laundry Powder Concentrate

Fragrance-free and safe and soft for baby like all my laundry powders this uses Dr Bronner's Baby Mild castile soap which contains olive, hemp, coconut, and jojoba oils. Just 1 Tbs per wash does the trick for baby's clothes and nappies and there won't be any chemicals left in them to agitate their sensitive skin. Can be used in front or top loaders. 500g for just $16.95. And remember all my products come with the recipe printed on the label so that you can refill yourself. Click here to buy now. 

Baby Mild Laundry Liquid

Made to the same recipe as our ever popular lavender laundry liquid but without any fragrance added. This wonderfully gentle liquid is just the thing for washing delicate woollens and baby clothes. We use Dr Bronners Baby Mild liquid soap which has olive, hemp, coconut and jojoba oils. Each 2 litre bottle will last for ages and costs just $19.95. To buy click here. And remember all my products come with the recipe on the label so that you can refill yourself. 

Baby Wipe Kit

Some supermarket baby wipes have the chemical iodopropynyl butylcarbamate in them which is a preservative which is banned in products that can be inhaled. How many times have you wiped your baby's nose with a baby wipe? This kit will set a new mother up with a wonderful NZ designed BPA free Click Clack cube (1 litre) which has a lid you can take off and on with one hand 
while the other holds baby. You fold into the cube kitchen towels or cloths and dampen them with the Baby Wipe Solution (500ml) which contains nothing but water, rosewater (antiseptic and anti-bacterial) and witchhazel (soothing for itchy, inflamed skin). Put the lid back on and you are set to go. Keep refilling as you run out, the solution will make more than four cubes worth. Kit costs just $29.95 and makes a great easy gift for new mums. Click here to buy. *Kitchen towels in picture not included. 

Baby Wipe Solution

If you already have an airtight container and some kitchen towels, now you just need the baby wipe solution. Each 500ml bottle contains nothing but water, witchhazel and rosewater. Witchhazel is antiseptic and soothing for inflamed skin and we source this without added preservatives. Rosewater is a wonderful antiseptic and anti-bacterial and we source this from a New Zealand supplier who adds no preservatives. This is wonderful as a refreshing face or hand cleanser as well. Each bottle costs $15.00 and you can click here to buy. Remember all our products come with the recipe on the label so that you can refill yourself. Click here to buy now.

Lotus Oils

Our Coconut Virgin Oil is grown organically in the Pacific Islands. With a beautiful Coconut smell this oil is lovely on the skin and is great for making your own sunscreen. We have it on special this week for just $5 for 100g. Click here to buy now.
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