Month: December 2014

Love tomatoes: nature’s anti-ageing weapons

Tomatoes are grown and eaten throughout the world and are believed to be great for the heart . They contain carotene lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants. In some studies lycopene, especially in cooked tomatoes, has been linked to the prevention of prostate cancer and may help with decreased risk of breast cancer, head and neck cancers. Lycopene has also been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect against harmful UV rays and so for this reason the tomato is a great weapon against ageing. But also don’t forget to use sun protection (for UVA and UVB) and anti-ageing oils for your lips. As well as eating tomatoes for their benefits, if you’ve got some that are a bit squishy and not at their best for salads or cooking, then whizz them up in the blender with some lemon juice, a pinch of salt, pepper and a sprig of parsley for a lovely refreshing juice. Alternatively, twice a week at bedtime, cut a tomato in half and rub it over your face …

Mythical Corn – not just good on the cob!

Corn is a huge part of Mexican life. It’s an absolute staple food and has even had a mythical status in Mexico. Being an ancient and nutritious crop full of vital vitamins and minerals (including pantothenic acid, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fibre, manganese, and vitamin B6), the Mexican ruler, Moctezuma, made it a symbol of life and fertility and offered it to the Gods as sacrifice. We don’t sacrifice it as such, but we do offer it up to the makeup gods and use it in our GMO-free Translucent Corn Perfecting Powder! As well as corn starch and corn powder, we also use corn resin (which as PLA is what makes the body of our fabulous new Eco Sharpener!). Corn Resin is made by isolating the starch stored in the corn kernels and converting it into sugars.  During a process of fermentation and separation the sugars become lactic acid, which is used to create the plastic called polylactide. Corn Resin requires about 20% to 30% less energy to produce and contributes only half the carbon dioxide than plastics …

What is Organic?

It’s complicated, that’s what it is! And no, that’s not just an excuse for not being able to call all our products or ingredients organic. Fact is that the standard is defined differently in different jurisdictions and countries, so what is certified organic in the USA for example, may not be organic in Australia. So, like us, if you get your ingredients and formulate your products in a different country, then they may not be called organic in Australia… In general, organic products are those (of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals. Currently, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification in order to market products as organic within their borders. In the context of these regulations, organic products are those produced in a way that complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations. Trouble is, each of those countries has a different set of standards to the …

Inspirational Woman: Simone Kessell

Simone Kessell is an acclaimed Australia-based actress, model and television presenter, who was born in New Zealand and has also worked and lived in the USA. She has recently been on our screens in Channel Nine’s ‘Fat Tony & Co’, in the film ‘Singularity’, starring Josh Hartnett and Neve Campbell and will be in the next series of Channel Ten’s acclaimed drama, Wonderland. Simone lives in Bondi NSW with her director husband and her two boys. What is your daily beauty regime? I always cleanse morning and night. A light spritz of rose water and a light Summer Moisturizer followed with a tinted SPF 30. At night I use an oil (Rosehip) or richer moisturizer. It just feels right. I only wear foundation if I am working or going out at night. I try to keep my skin clean when I can. How do you keep fit and healthy? I try to run 4-5 days a week. I find I have to exercise or I go a little crazy. It’s my time to calm my mind. I …

Choose Cruelty Free: Say “No” to animal testing

We would like all Australians to get behind the campaign to ban animal testing for cosmetics and to ban the sale of products whose ingredients have been tested on animals. Animal testing for cosmetics has now been banned in the EU for almost two years. Now it’s time for Australia to get on board too. You may not know it but animal testing for cosmetics is still legal in Australia. Although assumed to occur infrequently, there are no official statistics to show how often testing is conducted or how many animals are subjected to suffering. Additionally, many of the cosmetics on sale in Australia’s shops will have been tested on animals in another country and while the actual end product may not have been tested on animals, individual ingredients may have been. There are a great many ways of getting around it and many of the world’s largest cosmetics brands have been tested on animals at some point in the manufacture process. The End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014 seeks to ban both cosmetics animal testing …