This week, I’ve been taking part in Live Below the Line again. Live Below the Line involves living below the extreme poverty line ($2.00AUD per day) for five days for all of your food and drink.

As usual, it’s made me feel incredibly grateful for the circumstances into which I’ve been born. It’s made me reflect on what life in extreme poverty might be like. And it’s made me consider how much we spend day-to-day.

I’ve also been feeling a little under the weather, which has made me crave some small indulgences. I think one of the biggest misconceptions about buying ethically is that you have to spend a lot. This definitely does not have to be the case – and this post proves that. All of the below indulgences cost less than $10.00AUD each. With Mother’s Day on Sunday, these would also be a good idea for pampering Mum if you haven’t already checked out my gift ideas.

Incidentally, $10 is the amount I spent on food and drink this week whilst living below the line. Hopefully this offers some perspective –  what we consider to be a ‘small indulgence’ or ‘cheap buy’ is often more than the amount of income families in extreme poverty have to survive on each day. This is an everyday reality for 1.2 billion people around the world. But if you’ve been reading my blog for long enough, you’ll know that I truly believe that small actions can make a difference: such as participating in Live Below the Line, or purchasing Fairtrade where possible.

Dr Bronner Soap1. Dr. Bronner Pure Castille Rose Soap available online from ASOS for $5.87AUD (on sale from $7.83AUD).

Rose scented anything always feels feminine and indulgent.

Ethical credentials: Otherwise certified (Fair For Life)

Connected Goods Powder Box2. Hand Painted Floral Powder Box available online from Connected Goods for $9.00USD (on sale from $13.00USD).

Also available in other colours.

Ethical credentials: Made by a Fair Trade Federation Member

Alter Eco Chocolat

3. Alter Eco Dark Velvet Chocolate available online from iHerb.com for $3.38USD.

Ethical credentials: Fairtrade certified

Oxfam cushion cover

4. Cotton Ikat Cushion Cover in Deep Purple available online from Oxfam for $5.00AUD.

Ethical credentials: Made by a World Fair Trade Organization

Hampstead tea

5. Hampstead  Organic English Breakfast Tea available online from iHerb.com for $3.99USD.

The newest type of tea from Hampstead. And their teas are delicious.

Ethical credentials: Fairtrade certified

Aura Cacia

6. Aura Cacia Noruishing Cocoa Butter available online from iHerb.com for $5.34USD.

Ethical credentials: Fair Trade certified

Lush Charity Pot

7. Lush Charity Pot available online for $8.00AUD.

100% of profits go to Australian not-for-profits.

Ethical credentials: Made with Fairtrade Cocoa Butter

Sacred Grounds drinking chocolat8. Sacred Grounds Organic & Fairtrade Drinking Chocolateavailable online for $10.00AUD.

Drinking chocolate – the ultimate indulgence and what I’m planning to drink as soon as I’m back living above the line.

Ethical credentials: Fairtrade certified


9. Fair Squared Pomegranate Lip Balm available online for EUR 3,45.

Ethical credentials: Fairtrade certified

Oz Fair Trade Bombshell Bangle10. Bombshell Bangle available online from Oz Fair Trade for $10.00AUD.

Buying yourself jewellery is the ultimate indulgences. A beautiful simple, silver bangle with meaning – perfect for everyday wear.

Ethical credentials: Made with transparency in Laos (from recycled unexploded ordnance)

The idea of cozying up my home, slathering on some beauty products and relaxing with some cocoa and chocolate sounds pretty great right now.

Yours Fairly,


P.S. If you’d like to donate to my Live Below the Line team, you can do so here. And I’ve been blogging about my experiences living below the line here.


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