All posts filed under: Natural Skincare

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get glowing smoothie bowl

Carla Oates, known as ‘The Beauty Chef’, is a naturalist who is passionate about nature and the profound synergy we share with it. Based in Sydney’s Bondi Beach, Carla has been researching, writing and teaching about organic beauty and health for the last fifteen years. Check here her recipe for “Get Glowing Smoothie Bowl”, one of the many great recipes in her best selling book “Feeding Your Skin”.

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new beginnings

They say there’s a reason and a season for everything and as the year draws to a close (it’s November already!) we are celebrating the challenges, successes & learning of this year but also looking with excitement to 2017. We are always striving to find better ways to create the most beautiful natural skincare products and next year will be full of new things! We’ve been all about makeup for 13years and our evolution is not complete: we love to update, refresh, evolve our formulations, colour palettes, sustainability and packaging. We’ve made a big step for the environment this year, getting certified by the Carbon Reduction Institute to be Carbon Neutral. Now, we can happily announce we are expanding into products for the whole body and face..!

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Deep clean your skin with our cocoa butter mask

There are many ways to deep cleanse your skin and moisturize with natural and healthy ingredients, but the following amazing DIY face mask, made with cocoa butter, almond and chamomile oils, does both at the same time and you’re going to love it! What you need: Cocoa butter 7 teaspoons of almond oil 1 teaspoon of chamomile oil   Preparation: Melt a few grams of cocoa butter and mix together in a pan with the 7 tablespoons of almond oil on a low heat. Add a tablespoon of chamomile oil and stir until the mixture is properly blended together. Leave to cool.   How to apply: Apply some of the mixture to the face in a circular motion with a moistened cotton pad. Leave it on for 10 or 15 minutes, then wash off with warm water. After your face is clean, rinse it again, but now with cold tap water to help close the pores and improve circulation. That’s it! In addition to cleansing the skin, this mask works as an excellent moisturizer and it smells delicious …

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Toxins we use on a daily basis

Did you know that, on average, every single day, women use 10 products containing around 120 chemical toxins? It’s easy to focus on what we eat, but we forget what we’re putting on our skin. Our skin is the biggest organ in our body; it absorbs at least 60-90% of what we put on it, in a matter of minutes. You will be surprised to know how many chemicals you’re using every day, without even knowing. Think about it: On a daily basis we use shampoo, soap, skin care, toothpaste, makeup, perfume, deodorant and even nail polish, all of which contain countless chemicals that are a risk to our health.  These chemicals are associated with allergic reactions and are known to cause not only asthma, headaches and dermatitis, but also hormone disruption, nervous system disruption, mental illness and even cancer. Now, we know this sounds daunting, but there are plenty of healthy alternatives available to you and you can find them by just reading the labels! It can be difficult to know exactly what you should be …

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Inspirational Woman: Taryn Williams

Taryn Williams is a leading figure in Australia’s talent and modelling industry. She founded WINK Models in 2007, which she developed into a national business with an annual turnover over AU$3 million. She’s just launched her new venture,  theright.fit, an online agency that aims to remove bias and empower models and clients alike to make informed decisions about their next job or casting. She lives in Potts Point, Sydney and as a lover of all exercise, Taryn frequents as many different gyms, yoga or pilates studios as possible! What does being naturally beautiful mean to you? It means being radiant, from the inside out. Beauty comes from so many places, including being compassionate, loving, having confidence, laughing, loving your own skin and the way you interact with the world. What inspires you? Seeing other people succeed. It really does motivate you, especially if you’ve had a tough day, nothing inspires me more than seeing other people who have really fought their own battles and created something incredible. Top 3 inspirational women? Sheryl Sandberg – her book ‘Lean In’ was a really pivotal moment …

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Awesome Agave – nature’s super sweetener

One of Mexico’s most amazing native plants and used for all sorts of purposes from medicine to making paper, cooking and brewing tea or tequila! Agave has been planted in many other tropical countries around the world. Being a great drought-resistant plant from the same family as the yucca, you’ll also find it in many Australian gardens. One of the most familiar species is Agave Tequilana or Blue Agave, which we use in our Beautiful Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tints. Blue agave is thought to help reduce wrinkles and give strength, resiliency, and elasticity to hair. It’s a very good natural astringent. Agave juice is traditionally fermented into a rather potent and very popular Tequila. But on the medicinal side Agave Leaf tea can be used to treat constipation and excess gas! It is also used as a diuretic and even to treat arthritis. Agave syrup is about 1 ½ times as sweet as honey and is often used by vegans as a honey substitute. It’s great in smoothies with banana and cinnamon, as a topping for cereal and …

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Totally Natural Fragrance with Essential Oils

Perfumes can be expensive and difficult to find the one you like. Sometimes all you want is one key fragrance that you love that suits the occasion, day or night time or just makes you feel great.  Essential oils don’t just smell good, they also have the benefit of healing or mood enhancing qualities and they’re great as all-natural perfume. Perfumes are blends of oils and alcohol – some are up to 95% alcohol, but if you want to skip the alcohol part, then using Essential Oils on their own can be a great and inexpensive way to have a collection of different fragrances for different occasions. Some pure, undiluted essential oils shouldn’t be used direct to the skin, and never on broken skin, because they may cause irritation or de-sensitisation. The easiest way to use them is to get a little spray bottle and dilute them with water – Add 10-15 drops of essential oil (either a single oil or a blend) per fluid ounce/30ml of water.  If you want you can also make up …

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Ere Perez Pure Rice Powders – Perfect for Sensitive Skin

If you’ve got sensitive skin that doesn’t like makeup, but needs a little bit of colour, then Ere Perez Pure Rice Powders are the perfect solution for you.   They absorb excess oil and are made from extremely finely milled, soft rice powder to allow your skin to breathe while giving a light dusting of colour to your face. No irritation for even the most sensitive skins. “What’s important is that you don’t exacerbate your sensitive skin problem by covering your skin with more chemicals and entering into a vicious circle”, says Ere Perez. “Our formulations are simple and do not have many ingredients, but we make sure our active ingredients nourish each targeted area”. Ere Perez Pure Rice Blushers and Bronzers are designed to help those with even the most sensitive skin, by providing both performance and healing, harnessing the soothing properties of rice which is a natural exfoliator and absorbs excess oil. Multipurpose and versatile super-fine pressed powders that feel light on the skin, giving subtle, buildable colour. Perfect for all-year-round natural or vibrant …