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Treat Your Feet with Beeutiful Foot Balm

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Well summer is now upon us, and with the much anticipated rise in temperatures and long sunny days gracing us, dare we say it, some of you may be casting off your beloved D&Ds occasionally to let your feet get the fresh air 😲

I’ll admit it, even here at D&D HQ there have been some barefoot moments lately, and if you’re anything like us the sight of your feet may have brought on a gasp of horror. Dry, cracked heels, dehydrated skin, and let’s not even start on the nails. A winter of neglect has taken its toll.

Luckily for all of us our friends at Beeutiful Skincare have the perfect remedy in their fabulous Foot Balm. This refreshing minty balm for tired, overworked feet has antiseptic as well as rejuvenating properties to put a spring back in your step. A blend of olive, calendula, peppermint, spearmint and tea tree oils are locked together in a beeswax and cocoa butter base to give your feet maximum hydration and ensure they are left feeling refreshed and soothed. *Breathes sigh of bliss and relief.

Beeutiful products are 100% natural, and the beeswax contained in their Foot Balm comes direct from their very own hives, with no nasty hidden chemicals added. Now you can see why we love them so much!

So grab yourselves a little tub of beautifully natural Beeutiful Foot Balm, and get those feet ready for summer!

And if you want to learn more about Beeutiful Skincare you can read our previous blog about them right here.

Love bees? Here are the socks for you:

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Old Sock, New Tricks

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January, with its resolutions and pledges, heralds a time of clearing out for many of us.

If you were lucky enough to receive some fantastic Doris & Dude socks, made with bamboo, organic cotton, and recycled polyester, the sock drawer is an excellent place to start your clear out. Make a nice big pile of anything that has gone thin, holey or is just plain boring (unlike your fabulous new D&D pairs) and let’s begin…

Firstly, the bin is not an option. In the UK we dump approximately 350,000 tonnes of textiles into landfill every year and it’s just not necessary.

You can do better than that.

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Any textile, no matter how worn out or ugly, can be recycled. Just put it through the washing machine first – textiles for recycling should be given clean and dry. Then pop it in your nearest textile recycling bank or in your kerbside collection (depending on where you live), where it will end up as padding for things like car seats, sound proofing, industrial blankets and many other such useful items.

Use this handy link to find your nearest bank: Find Textile Recycling Near Me

Some of you may be feeling a bit more creative. The options for sock creativity you can find online will blow your mind. There is literally no end. Just type in “sock crafts” or “things to do with old socks” and your journey begins. From the surprisingly useful, to the super cute, to just plain weird, there is a sock upcycle idea for you out there.  Here are a few of our faves:

  • Sticky bottle sock. Put your olive oil bottle in a sock – stops those icky sticky patches in your cupboard.
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  • Drywipe board eraser. No need for nasty plastic or polystyrene here. Either fill your old sock with something (more old socks?) or just slip it over your hand and wipe.
  • Keep tiny things safe. Perhaps you have children? Perhaps they have a MILLION tiny pieces of who knows what for their games/toys/extremely essential things that MUST NOT BE LOST. Chuck it in a sock – no more missing pieces from the games cupboard.
  • Sock platypus. Just because you can. Find out how HERE.
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  • Make bean bags – these are a great tool for boosting kids’ hand-eye coordination and relatively low likelihood of serious damage to your property.
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  • Weaving – this is not for the faint hearted but my goodness it looks AWESOME. Pick up a loom (Hobbycraft has them for around the £15 mark) cut up your old socks into strips and off you go! Here’s a handy video tutorial we found to help you out:

Now, go forth, and clear out that sock drawer!

And don’t forget to share your old socks’ new tricks on social media!

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Step into Christmas (socks)!

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The decorations are up (you nearly got frostbite fixing up the front of your house), the Christmas songs are blaring (Mariah’s got nothing on you Doris), the Mini-Dudes get more and more frenzied with every passing day, and we LOVE IT!

Yes, Christmas is so very nearly upon us and it’s time to get those gift lists ticked off so you can sit back and tuck into a mince pie or six.

Now, call us predictable, but we think socks are the perfect pressie for ANYONE. But these aren’t just socks, these are Doris & Dude socks (Definitely not ripping off anyone else’s line there. Nope.) Our socks are super lush and super comfy, made with organic cotton and bamboo, making them toe-crunchingly good to get your feet into AND kind to the planet. Not to mention they come in a huge array of funky designs so you can choose a sock that says something to someone this Christmas.

  • Big feet, big socks. That’s what they say, and if the Dude on your Christmas list can put the paper chains up without a stretch try D&D socks in UK size 11-14.

How about this Magenta Stripe design?

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  • Winter warmers. Perfect for winter walks or just chillin’ at home, our new Toast socks are extra thick and have to be squidged to be believed. Lush.
  • Read more in our Toast blog.
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  • Cool Christmas styles. From polar bears to puddings we’ve got Christmas socks covered!
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  • Kids. Call them stocking fillers if you like but D&D kids socks in UK sizes 12-3 are all killer no filler!
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  • Loooong socks. Knee length socks really are a gift at this time of year. We’ve tried tights under trousers and it’s just annoying. Much better option here.

(Calf length pictured)

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This blog would be way too long if we listed every single fantastic design we have to offer! So get to the online shop, browse and filter, and find perfect socks for everyone.

And if you’ve got the office secret santa coming up, we’ve got that covered too, in our previous blog post – Secret Santa Sorted.

Right, heads up for the important part – last orders for Christmas are Thursday 19th by 1pm. Write it down.

Now, where are those mince pies. Pass the brandy butter. *gives contented sigh*

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Secret Santa Sorted

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Ah yes, it’s that time again – the office Secret Santa is looming and of course you’ve chosen to ignore until, well, now.

Let’s not deny it, Secret Santa can be divisive.

As the allotted day approaches two distinct secret santa personality types emerge around your workplace. Type 1 LOVES secret santa and will take this task very seriously. More so in fact than whatever their actual job is. They have been carefully researching their target and have scoured the internet for that perfect gift with a personal touch.  Aaaand then there’s you, me and everyone else. We inwardly sighed when the secret santa was announced, and shamefully admitted to ourselves that we have no idea what Doris is into, despite having worked with her for 3 years, and put the whole thing into the little box called ‘Things to deal with later’ and chucked it somewhere into the back of our brains.

Fret not, Secret Santaers. Socks are the answer to your problem here (as they are in many of life’s problems). Everyone needs socks at this time of year, and with Doris & Dude you can tick off funky design, and environmentally friendly and sit back to bask in the glory of your recipients unexpected smiles on opening day. Job done.

Here are just a few suggestions to get you going:

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Blue Sprout

UK size 3-7 or 7-11

A Christmas classic

Purple Santa

UK size 3-7

Secret Santa all over

Gold Bike

UK size 7-11

For Cycles-To-Work-Dude

Xmas Blue Sheep

UK size 3-7 or 7-11

A Doris & Dude bestseller!

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A Toast to winter!

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Doris & Dude are proud to present the newest member of their family – Toast socks!

Made to the usual D&D formula of bamboo and organic cotton but in super thickness, these fabulous new socks take winter comfort to a whole different level! In three fun designs and available in UK sizes 3-7, these beauties are a perfect gift for the Doris in your life this Christmas.

Toast socks with walking boots
Toast socks

Full of natural goodness and kind to the environment, Toast socks (like all Doris & Dude socks) have natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to keep toes warm and hygienic with the wicking powers of good old bamboo.

Now, we’ve tested these socks, and they really do have to be squidged to be believed – whether you’re out enjoying a wild winter walk or keeping cosy at home, these fantastically thick socks will keep your feet super toasty and toe-crunchingly comfy, and are equally at home in your trusty old walking boots as they are in front of the fire.

Ultra-lush and super-comfy, these thick bamboo socks truly live up to their name and your feet will be warm as Toast!

Available to buy now for £9 per pair in three designs: