Sunday Sessions: On the Road with Sophie Hellyer

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 So this week we have had a little chat with Sophie Hellyer. Sophie is a surfer, environmentalist & writer living on the Atlantic coast of Ireland.

With English and British surfing titles Sophie loves the ocean. She has worked with the likes of Finisterre, Toyota and Hunter Boots. She is passionate about creating positive social change and protecting our oceans.

So listen up for her notes on the road...


What's the most importing thing to take with you on a Roadtrip.. this can be a few items... 

I try to take my flask, keep cup, metal straw, water bottle, spork and bamboo toothbrush everywhere! It's SO hard to avoid single use plastics on the road and these items make it a little easier.

Best moments / Worst moments that spring to mind. 

The bad: Flat tyres on rental cars in the middle of nowhere, lost board bags on flights, injuries that kept me out of the water in tropical places. 

The Good: Driving a new road and being amazed by the beauty around every corner, quiet little camping spots, sleeping on the side of the road in Norway with no tent and being woken up by drizzle and sunrise.

Do you plan your trips or just take them as they come? 

I don't do much planning for personal holidays , I might have an idea of some places I want to visit but no fixed schedule. I like to just see how I feel each day and do whatever I want to, stay a couple nights if it's beautiful or move on if not.

Best road you've ridden?

That's such a hard call! The road at home called the wild Atlantic way stretches all the way down the coast of Ireland, my favourite sections are  from ballyvaughan down through the burren to cliffs of moher, and the dingle peninsula. The route 1 up through big sur in California is also epic, and anywhere in Oregon or Norway!


Be sure to follow Sophie's journey here.

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The Good Stuff

Today Ren and I spent the day making natural deodorant to keep you smelling fresh but without putting all those nasty chemicals in your body.

For many years now the both of us have been trying different store bought natural formulas, and so we thought we would give it a go ourselves. This way know exactly what goes in it, and we can customise our own scents using organic essential oils.  

Using natural deodorant is so important as all leading commercial brands are known to include carcinogenic chemicals along with many other nasties. So its time to quit the Sure and Dove and get on the good stuff... 

Know whats in your deodorant:

  • Organic tapioca starch
  • Organic bi carb of soda
  • Organic coconut oil
  • A selection of organic essential oils
  • A dark glass pot with lid
  • Sticky label


Combine equal amounts of bi carb of soda and tapioca starch, then add coconut oil (warm it up in hot water if it's solid) until you reach a desired consistency. It shouldn't bee too cakey, but slightly runny. Keep in mind that the coconut oil will solidify. Add 10 drops your choice essential oil. Et voila!