How Juniper Ridge creates wilderness perfume that smells just like the great outdoors

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Bearded visionaries, a trippy tricked-out van, and lots of herbs. This isn’t a flashback to the 60s – it’s just another day at Juniper Ridge. The company bottles botanicals fresh from the West’s forests, deserts, and coastal regions to create “wilderness perfume” that captures a glimmering burst of the great outdoors. Inhabitat recently joined Juniper Ridge for a rollicking weekend hiking through Mount Tamalpais (just north of San Francisco), where we learned about the plants and techniques they use to craft their Winter Redwood fragrance. Hit the trail with us after the break!

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South Africa’s BIG Five Adventures to Cross Off Your Bucket List

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Got a thirst for adrenaline? Check out these BIG five must-do activities for any global thrill seeker to embark upon in the world-class adventure destination known as South Africa. No matter how adventurous you are, South Africa has the perfect challenge for you.

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5 great reasons to build a geodesic dome home

 

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Dome homes. They’re kind of weird looking and they don’t exactly fit into those perfect little neighborhoods you see when walking around a cute downtown area or a clean-cut suburban gated community. But Buckminster Fuller saw the potential is those triangles: With the goal of creating a structure analogous to nature’s own designs, Fuller began to experiment with geometry in the late 1940s. In 1951, he patented the geodesic dome, and while you may not see a lot of on a normal city street, geodesic domes are known to be the most efficient building system available. So, why should you want a dome home anyway?

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Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won't

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If there are any trees in your area, you may have noticed that a couple of major changes come over them at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Branches end up laden with fruit, nuts, seed pods, and cones in preparation for seeding the next generation of trees. These majestic beings have been self-propagating for hundreds of thousands of years, but what if we’d like to harness some of that growing power to start our own food-bearing trees?

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5 vegan Irish recipes for St. Patrick's Day

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Today is Saint Patrick’s Day, and people will be donning green and quaffing Guinness to celebrate this quintessential Irish holiday. Although a lot of traditional Irish recipes are quite meat-heavy, there are some great vegan and vegetarian ones as well, and some of the classics can also be veganized with a bit of creativity. Read on to discover 5 meat-free dishes you can create for a good bit o’craic this holiday.

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Reading your weeds—what's your soil telling you?

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So, it’s mid March, which means that the summer growing season is a few short weeks away, and many springtime plants will be popping up soon. Although you might already be starting seeds for this year’s garden, it’s important to survey your growing area long before you pop any tomatoes into the ground. Some of the plants you’d like to grow this year might not be ideal for the soil you have, and reading the “weeds” that spring up in your space can give you a solid idea of what your soil is like, and what it might need, before investing time and energy into a garden only to have it fall short of your hopes and expectations.

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6 Cool designs that bring people and animals closer together

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6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

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7 amazing projects by 2015 Pritzker Prize winning architect Frei Otto

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Win a wonder sponge that removes bacteria using just water + a luxurious Coyuchi air-weight bath towel

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Perchloroethylene, triclosan, phthalates and 2-butoxyethanol: You may have never heard of these toxic substances, but they could be all over your home if you use common household cleaners. In fact, many popular cleaning agents and multi-purpose sprays contain chemicals that can make our families sick, which is ironic considering that’s exactly what we’re trying to protect them against by cleaning. The Zabada Handy is a non-toxic cleaning pad that eliminates the need for harmful cleansers by wiping away dirt and removing bacteria using just water. We recently had a chance to take the Zabada Handy and Marvel for a spin as well as Coyuchi’s luxurious line of air-weight organic towels. Read on for our reviews and enter to win your own bathroom prize pack including a towel from Coyuchi’s Air Weight Bath Towel Collection ($48 value), a Zabada Bathroom Handy ($30 value) and a Zabada Bathroom Marvel ($30 value).

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This giveaway is open to USA residents only. The contest will end at midnight on Thursday, March 12th. Good luck everyone!

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5 Ways to kick off your green spring cleaning with feng shui principles

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6 Most stunning examples of 3D-printed buildings

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Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

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The phrase “diamonds are forever” might be well known as the title of a James Bond film, but that statement is actually very true: these sparkling little bits of ultra-compressed carbon are among the hardest substances on the planet, and will last for centuries (millennia, even) if cared for properly. Did you know that there’s an entire industry devoted to pre-loved diamonds? These gems rarely depreciate in value, and for both monetary and ethical reasons, many people are now choosing to purchase recycled diamond jewelry; especially engagement rings. But what are the benefits of recycled diamonds? Why should they be preferred over “new” pieces?

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6 Hard-to-kill plants for the recovering brown thumb

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7 intoxicating green designs for a happy St. Patrick’s Day

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HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees,…

Most people have a pretty good idea of what pollen is. Some know it as the fuzzy, fluffy stuff that flies through the air and makes them sneeze from March to November, while others may…

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DIY hugelkultur: how to build raised permaculture garden beds

DIY hugelkultur: how to build raised permaculture garden beds

Although the term "hugelkultur" was coined by German horticulturalists Hans Beba and Herman Andra in the late 1970s, the actual technique has probably been used for thousands of years.…

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6 green ways to ward off the winter blues (a.k.a. Seasonal Affective Disorder)

6 green ways to ward off the winter blues (a.k.a. Seasonal Affective…

WINDOWHOP It's easy to get depressed when your work schedule has you getting less sun than Edward Cullen (you've got the sickly pallor to match and it's not nearly as sexy on you).…

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9 green tools for a bountiful spring garden

9 green tools for a bountiful spring garden

 1. Upcycled Seed Starters The most economical way to grow food is to start from seed, but you can't just throw those little guys directly into the ground. A month or two before you…

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9 exceptionally delicious (and easy) vegan meals you can make on a budget

9 exceptionally delicious (and easy) vegan meals you can make on a…

Tofu Scramble in a Whole Wheat Wrap This is a great way to get an energy burst of protein first thing in the morning, and the amounts listed here will serve 2 hearty eaters. Feel free…

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What happened to Architecture For Humanity?

What happened to Architecture For Humanity?

Architecture for Humanity, one of the foremost humanitarian building initiatives in history, shut down operations on January 1st, 2015. Despite the significant public funding and grants…

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LAST CHANCE: Win a DIY Feng Shui prize pack for Chinese New Year!

LAST CHANCE: Win a DIY Feng Shui prize pack for Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is just a few days away and, according to Feng Shui principles, now's the time to get your home in order for 2015. During this time of renewal, we can think of no…

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5 finalists announced for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe award

5 finalists announced for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe award

Philarmonic Hall Szczecin by Alberto Veiga and Fabrizio Barozzi Located in the Polish seaport city of Szczecin, the Philarmonic Hall Szczecin is a glass-clad concert hall that…

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6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

Sleep in a Dreamy Tree house in Atlanta Secluded Intown Treehouse offers fairytale-like accommodation for grownups in one of their three rustic cabins in Atlanta. They are entirely…

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7 DIY face masks for healthy, gorgeous spring skin

7 DIY face masks for healthy, gorgeous spring skin

These DIY masks can work wonders for a variety of skin issues—from dry, cracked cheeks and dull foreheads to acne breakouts. Try to use organic ingredients whenever possible, as the…

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Is the Paleo diet really Paleo?

Is the Paleo diet really Paleo?

The Paleo diet is all the rage as a way to “get back” to the way our Paleolithic ancestors ate. The only problem with the diet - besides being environmentally unsustainable - is…

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HOW TO: Recycle a sweater into a cuddly pillow for your couch

HOW TO: Recycle a sweater into a cuddly pillow for your couch

Are the throw pillows on your couch getting a bit faded? Want to update your décor? Just follow our tutorial to learn how you can create cozy new covers from recycled sweaters. Read on…

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Banish dry winter skin with 7 all-natural body scrubs you can make yourself

Banish dry winter skin with 7 all-natural body scrubs you can make…

Winter wreaks havoc on our skin, and whether you're dealing with greasy, ashy, or scaly "lizard" skin, a little TLC could work wonders. Body scrubs are great for exfoliating: they…

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8 natural Feng Shui winter cures for the home

8 natural Feng Shui winter cures for the home

It always seems that the colder season lasts longer than the spring and summer months, and with it comes a great deal of low energy. When it seems like winter is dragging on, purifying…

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5 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year with Feng Shui

5 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year with Feng Shui

This year, Chinese New Year falls on Thursday, February 19th in 2015. We say goodbye to the snake and welcome the year of the horse. There are magnificent parades, dancing in the…

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