Green & Friendly

Heddy Butler is the Director of Aesthetics Education, and founder of Green & Friendly.

Green & Friendly contains ideas that helps consumers in their efforts to lead more eco-friendly lifestyles with a specific focus on the beauty industry through interviews with key retailers, authors, and experts from around the world.

Green & Friendly provides ideas, tips, and information to help you improve the environmental sustainability of every aspect of your personal care: including products, food, lifestyle and everything in between.

The College of Natural Beauty has marked itself apart with the announcement of a range of eco-friendly changes to enhance its courses and customer experience.

“Sustainable beauty practices are now part of everything we offer and teach to ensure our students can help bridge a gap in the beauty industry which has been traditionally associated with high chemical beauty and housekeeping products,” said National Manager College of Natural Beauty Heddy Butler.

The College has replaced its beauty clinic skincare, nail and body care ranges with organic lines and recently incorporated into its curriculum a student visit to an organic farm which produces the ingredients for one of its new skin care ranges. “We’re started training our therapists in holistic counselling to help them understand the needs of their clients on a mind, body and spirit level which will help them provide referrals for further support where needed,” Heddy said.

The College of Natural Beauty has lightened its environmental footprint by replacing its previous housekeeping products with a lower chemical range and substantially reducing the number of disposable items used throughout treatments. “There is no doubt teaching our therapists about the merits of a natural approach to skincare and holistic beauty is the right thing to do and what many customers now expect in order to protect their health and the environment.”

Recently upgrading to an improved campus in Fortitude Valley, the College of Natural Beauty is situated just 2 kms from Brisbane’s CBD and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, an individual workstation for each student and the most spacious premises of any beauty college in Australia. The College of Natural Beauty offers cutting edge Diploma or Certificate qualifications in all aspects of beauty, with full and part-time study options available. Whether you are looking for a nationally recognised accreditation or simply to enhance your own skills for personal use, the College has a course to meet your needs.

When you see the word natural or organic on a skincare product what does is really mean? There is so much confusion surrounding green skincare, and regrettably false advertising about what makes a skincare product organic. Ambiguous regulations in the skincare industry result in manufacturers often not legally required to fully disclose their ingredients.

Follow these general rules about organic products

  • Look at your product ingredients to see whether it is really organic?
  • Look for the Organic Certification
  • Look for Logos from the highest organic certifying agencies
  • Look for Certifiers that do not permit any petrochemical or harmful ingredients.

So how do I know it is Organic?

Currently there a few laws and regulations in Australia to protect the use of the word "organic". In other countries however there are many food and skincare products that carry the word "organic" on their labelling, but only if it is certified organic by a recognised certifier can consumer be sure it is truly organic.

Certified organic products are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, or GMOs. Organic does not just mean free from positive chemical test results, it refers to how our food is grown and handled.

Certified organic or bio-dynamic products are produced with land management practices that prohibit use of artificial fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides, growth regulators, antibiotics, hormone stimulants or intensive livestock systems. Animals raised using organic methods are treated humanely and with respect.

Certification meets international standards which are assured through annual audits of all certified growers, producers, manufacturers and wholesalers by an independent third party auditor. There are a number of approved certifiers in Australia and many more internationally.

What to know more?

Check out the following websites:

www.bfa.com.au
www.jasminskincare.com.au
www.ynatural.com.au

You are likely to be well versed on how much fuelling your body with local whole foods can boost your health. But what about the ingredients in the beauty products you apply to your face every day? When we digest food our liver removes many of its toxins before it enters our bloodstream and tissues. Yet when we apply products to our skin, the chemicals travel into our systems without the benefits of that same detoxification process.

The skin is thought to absorb up to 80% of the products we apply to it in the same way a Nicorette patch works. This is why it is safest to stick to natural products where possible. The good news is there are more and more becoming available online and at our supermarkets and health food stores. We’re also starting to see more prices become more reasonable as more brands jump on board.

A good place to start is doing your own research. Look into the ingredients in the products you are currently using. If you’re not happy with what you find there, switch to a product with all natural ingredients and no harmful chemicals. And yes, I know how hard it is to find that lipstick in the perfect shade and the foundation that looks like a second skin. But if you are using it regularly and you’re not comfortable with the ingredient list, why not think about an alternative?

When choosing beauty products, I like the saying ‘Don’t put anything on your face you wouldn’t eat’. Reading the ingredients listed on your products is a good habit to get into. Not all beauty brands list their ingredients, which isn’t a great sign.

Remember you are entitled to ring the company and ask them questions about their ingredient list.

Here is a list of toxic ingredients to be aware of in your beauty products:

  • Talc: used as a bulking agent in many products. Research has shown it is a carcinogen and has been linked to tumours in lungs and ovaries.
  • Parabens: have been shown to mimic oestrogen and have been linked to breast cancer.
  • Silica (powder form): used as a bulking agent and has been linked to respiratory system damage.
  • Lead: used for its lasting power yet has been linked to nervous system damage.
  • Formaldehyde: a preservative linked to cancer.

There are some great websites available to support consumers such as www.ewg.org/skindeep. This site has a detailed database you can use to find out exactly what is in your cosmetics. The fact that almost 10,000 people ‘like’ the website’s Facebook page goes to show consumers are starting to stand up and pay attention in this area. If you’d like to learn more, check out www.safecosmetics.org, a website dedicated to a global campaign to heighten awareness and regulatory guidance in this area. The website www.teensturninggreen.org is also helpful, which lists the ‘dirty thirty’ beauty ingredients to avoid.

As far as natural beauty brands I can recommend, my personal favourite is the organic beauty line rms beauty (www.rmsbeauty.com). Ere Perez is also very good (www.ereperez.com) and Cargo’s PlantLove range is also worth having a look at (www.cargocosmetics.com/products/plant-love).

Did you know one of nature’s most effective moisturisers can be found in your very own kitchen? Yes beauty addicts – the organic avocado is an ideal chemical-free moisturiser for the face, hair and eye area and is a staple part of my own beauty routine. This humble fruit contains a nourishing and extremely deep penetrating oil, is rich in vitamins A, D and E, lecithin and potassium, commonly known as the youth mineral. Sound good?

The avocado is a true beauty superfood – the sterolins it contains can help reduce age spots, regenerate and rejuvenate the skin and even help heal sun damage and scars. You can benefit from applying avocado topically or consuming it raw or as an oil which will moisturise the skin from within.

Studies have also shown including avocado oil regularly in the diet significantly increases levels of collagen, a protein which gives skin an appearance of firmness and smoothness which we gradually lose as we get older.

Avocado oil is also easily absorbed into deep tissue, making it an ideal natural moisturiser for mature skins and those who suffer from psoriasis or eczema. Some even use the oil as a sunscreen! The best part is avocados don’t clog the skin’s pores, which is great for those who suffer from breakouts.

Speaking of spots, avocado and avocado oil can work well to prevent the inflammation of the sebaceous glands, a common cause of acne. It can also remove excess sebum on the skin, unclog hair follicles and remove dead skin cells – all without any side effects.

Its important to remember to choose the right avocado – it should be ripe otherwise it will be difficult to mash and challenging for the beneficial ingredients to penetrate the skin.

For those interested in experiencing the beauty benefits avocados have to offer, I’ve put together my favourite recipes for you to enjoy.

Heddy’s Avocado Eye Mask

Simply take thin slices of organic avocado from the fridge and apply to under the eye. Lay back for 20 minutes – bliss! This is a wonderful way to reduce puffiness.

Hydrating Hair Mask

  • 1 organic avocado
  • 2 tablespoons natural yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Mix together, apply to hair, cover with clingwrap and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse with a gentle shampoo if any residue remains.

Rescue Face Mask

  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ organic avocado

Beat egg yolk until frothy and add mashed up avocado.

Apply to clean skin for 20 minutes and remove with cold water.

By Amanda Rootsey

Amanda Rootsey

Now that spring is here, I wanted to share my top eight natural tips for shedding your winter skin and feeling your absolute best.

1. Hydrate: Ensure you are drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water a day & start the day with a warm glass of water with lemon juice to alkalize the body first thing in the morning. Avoid or reduce the amount of coffee & tea (except herbal teas) you are consuming, which dehydrate the body.

2. Moisturise: To combat any leftover dry skin from winter, try using oil-based serum, and of course, ensure that it’s natural and organic for the best results. 

3. Smooth lips: Exfoliate your lips gently with an old toothbrush or a wash cloth. Hydrate your lips with a natural lip balm like Hurraw. 

4. Spritz: Use a hydrating spritz, such as a rosewater face mist, under your make up for extra hydration or try spritzing on top of your make up to prevent a flakey look.

5. Rose hip oil: Give your skin some extra love with this deeply hydrating and healing oil.

6. Exfoliate: Increase circulation and get rid of dry, dead skin by using a body brush daily. Body brushing also helps to stimulate circulation, increase cell renewal and improves texture. Always brush towards the heart in long, smooth strokes and use your brush dry, before you get in the shower.

7. Bowl of water at your desk: If you work in air-conditioning or your home is heated, then you will probably find that the air is quite drying. Placing a bowl of water near your desk will help to keep some moisture in the air.

8. Eye mask:  It’s important to ensure you get enough sleep but if you don’t, why not try an avocado eye mask? Take thin slices of organic avocado from the fridge and apply to under the eye. Lay back for 20 minutes – bliss! This is a wonderful way to reduce puffiness.

Amanda Rootsey is a proud ambassador of the College of the Natural Beauty, Australia’s First Eco Model and the Founder of teen personal development academy, Shine From Within.

Today’s consumer is increasingly aware of the benefits that naturally-produced, organic products can have – not just on their own health and wellbeing, but on our wider ecological footprint as well.

The organic cosmetics and toiletries industry in Australia grew by almost 18% every year from 2009 – 2014, with revenue currently sitting at $236 million, according to IBIS World.

Natural beauty treatments and products have moved their way into the mainstream, and there’s a very good reason for it. These products are often the best option (yes, I said it!) for several reasons:

They are gentle

Chemicals and preservatives in cosmetics and skin care products can be a common cause of irritation and redness. While some products might appear to have an immediate positive effect, regular use could lead to damage over time. Natural products work more in harmony with your skin, and could help improve your skin’s condition over long-term use.

They pose less of a health risk

Most everyday beauty products – from your deodorant to your lipstick to your shower gel – contain synthetic ingredients which could be harmful to your health.

Parabens, for example (a common preservative in products) has been found to mimic the body’s hormones and adversely affect the endocrine system.* Formaldehyde, found in a number of cosmetic, hair and toiletry products, is a recognised cancer causing agent.**

While these hazards are strictly regulated, research is ongoing and there is yet to be a verdict on the possible impact of these synthetics, especially how they work in conjunction with each other and over long-term use.

They are green and friendly

Beauty products that are made with natural ingredients can have less negative consequences for our environment. Beauty products that are filled with man-made substances can put those chemicals out into the air, down our drains and in our water.

The safest solution? Feed your skin the same way you would feed your body – with the best, natural ingredients.

Sources:

* http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/parabens/
** http://www.womenshealthmag.com/style/formaldehyde-in-cosmetics-whats-the-verdict

5 chemicals to cut from your beauty routine

1. Goodbye Parabens

Found in: Cosmetics, deodorant, cleansers, shampoo (and lots more!)

Parabens are preservatives that are widely used to prevent bacteria growth in products. You’ve probably come across them before, as they are found in everything from your facewash, to your lipstick – even your toothpaste.

The concern? Parabens are absorbed very easily into the skin, blood and digestive system. They have been classed as ‘xenoestrogens’, because they mimic estrogen in the body and have been linked to breast cancer. There is, however, no conclusive evidence for this.

Parabens are not enough of a threat to warrant any real panic according to Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), but individuals (particularly vulnerable groups such as pregnant women) should still be cautious of them.

The solution? Many companies have removed parabens from their products completely (ie. Zuii Organic, Kester Black). Check for paraben-free labels on your toiletries and beauty products if you’d prefer to avoid them, and be especially aware of any product that is going to cover a large area of skin (ie. moisturiser or sunscreen).

2. Farewell Formaldehyde

Found in: Lotions, shampoos, sunscreen, soap, cosmetics, bubble bath, baby wipes

Formaldehyde is used as a preservative in a number of cosmetic, hair and toiletry products, as well as in the production of cleaning products, paper, and plywood.

The concern? Besides the general creepiness of making us think of dead bodies, formaldehyde is highly toxic and a recognised cancer causing agent (National Cancer Institute). Short term effects can include irritation and a burning sensation, with long term effects including cancer. Most products contain only very small trace amounts, but the risks could increase with continued exposure.

The solution? Most products will not directly list ‘formaldehyde’ on the list of ingredients, due to its very negative perception, so be cautious of names like ‘formalin’, ‘methanal’ and others that it hides behind. Sticking to products with only a few ingredients is always your best option, as you are limiting the number of chemicals overall.

3. See ya later, Propylene Glycol

Found in: Liquid foundations, moisturizers, lipsticks, suntan lotions, shampoos, etc.

Propylene glycol is an organic alcohol that’s used to help the skin absorb active ingredients, and to prevent the melting or freezing of cosmetic products. It slows the loss of moisture in many skin care products, pulling moisture from the lower layers of skin to give the top layers a plump and supple appearance.

The concern? Propylene Glycol is classified as an irritant, and has been associated with sensitive skin conditions, such as dermatitis and hives. While toxicity isn’t a major issue (PG is either ‘excreted in urine or broken down in the blood to form naturally produced lactic acid’), this chemical could dry out the lower layers of skin over time, leading to a cycle of dry skin and over-moisturising.

The solution? Check your bathroom cabinet for products with this ingredient, and be particularly cautious of those that you use frequently and/or over your face. Try replacing your foundation or moisturiser with a natural alternative (ask the CNB Clinic for some recommendations) and watch the difference it makes over time.

4. Nice try, Triclosan

Found in: Antibacterial soaps, toothpaste, deodorants, colour cosmetics

Triclosan is an antibacterial agent that works to eliminate bacteria, fungus and odours. It was originally developed for use by medical professionals only, but has since made its way into many everyday products.

The concern? Triclosan has been linked to disruption of endocrine and thyroid function, as well as having an impact on environmental toxicity. Triclosan is lipophilic (it ‘accumulates in fatty tissues’), and has been found in approximately 60% of human milk samples. With the large amounts of this chemical that end up down the drain, triclosan is unfortunately more likely to kill fish and algae than it is bacteria.

The solution? Opt for regular soap and water instead of products that list triclosan as an ingredient. It’s just as effective at protecting you from nasty bacteria, and you’ll be doing your part to save Nemo.

5. So long, Phthalates

Found in: Colour cosmetics, fragranced lotions, body wash, hair products, nail polishes

Besides being a complete mouthful, phthalates are most commonly used as a ‘plasticiser’ to make products like nail polish and hair spray a little more flexible. They also hide behind the acronyms DEP, DBP, and DEHP, and the term ‘fragrance’.

The concern? Phthalates have been known to cause endocrine disruption and even cancer. They have also been linked to reproductive toxicity and infertility, primarily among men. 

The solution? As with all of these products, read the label and be particularly vigilant about products containing ‘fragrance’. Again, sticking to products with only a few ingredients listed will help you to limit the number of chemicals being absorbed.

 

With CNB’s Diploma of Beauty Therapy (SHB50115), you’ll learn all about what’s lurking in your bathroom cabinet and the natural alternatives. Try booking an all-natural beauty treatment at the CNB Clinic or enquire about our beauty courses today.

Sources:

Parabens: http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/parabens/
Formaldehyde: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/style/formaldehyde-in-cosmetics-whats-the-verdict
Propylene glycol: http://thebeautybrains.com/2014/10/whats-so-terrible-about-propylene-glycol/
http://www.annmariegianni.com/ingredient-watch-list-propylene-glycol%E2%80%94it-penetrates-skin-only-to-dry-it-out/
Triclosan: http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/triclosan/
Phthalates: http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/phthalates/

face mask

Masks can add variety and skin boosting benefits to your beauty regime. Skincare is full of unwanted toxins, so why not create your own toxin-free natural mask?

If products are good enough to eat, they could be good enough to lather on your skin.

Below are some DIY mask ideas using fresh and organic produce that you might already have in your kitchen.

1. What: Cucumber

Skin type:  Sensitive and/or stressed skin
How:  Cut the cucumber in half place both halves in a blender with ice and a splash of water. Lather on your face and leave for 20-30 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
What’s in it for me? Cucumber is known for its soothing and calming properties. It will reduce inflammation, minimise redness, plump your skin, and protect it from irritants.

2. What: Avocado and lemon

Skin type: Oily to combination skin
How:  Mix half a peeled avocado with half of a squeezed lemon. Mix in a bowl until it is a smooth paste consistency. Smooth all over your face or on areas of concern for 15-20 minutes before removing with cool water.
What’s in it for me? Avocado is moisturising. When mixed with lemon, it helps to detoxify skin and stimulate pores to keep your skin free of impurities.

3. What: Yogurt and berries

Skin type: All skin types, including dull or mature skin
How:  Blend mixed berries with 1 cup of plain or Greek yogurt. Lather all over your face for 15-20 minutes and then remove with cool water.
What’s in it for me? Gram for gram, strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges, so they can have a very brightening effect on your skin. This boost of antioxidants helps to fade dark spots and add radiance, while the yogurt helps with hydration.

4. What: Honey and lemon

Skin type:  Dehydrated and/or congested skin
How:  Steam face over a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes to open up your pores.  Mix raw organic honey with half a squeezed lemon in a bowl and lather on your face for 15-20 minutes.  Remove with cool water.
What’s in it for me? The steam opens your pores to maximise the benefits of the lemon and honey. H is for hydration! The honey and lemon mixed together helps lightly stimulate the skin to remove dead skin cells and help reduce impurities. They also act as an antibacterial agent. Works well for your hands and feet too.

5. What: Green tea

Skin type:  Puffy tired eyes
How:  Place two green tea bags in boiling water, then leave in the fridge to cool down. Once cool, place under your eyes on clean dry skin and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Don’t wash off –
allow tea to dry on your skin. Just tissue off any excess moisture.
What’s in it for me? The green tea helps to reduce fluid retention by stimulating blood circulation, which is often the cause of puffiness under the eyes.

hair

Looking after your skin has never been such a hot topic. Your skin is your canvas, and creating a fresh canvas is the ultimate goal. We want our makeup to look natural, like a second skin.
Creating awareness around what we feed our bodies and what we put on our skin is key to making sure our skin is always looking its best.

To strive for flawless skin, there are a few things we need to look at:

What are you feeding your body?
Are the foods we are eating rich in antioxidants and minerals?

  • avocados are rich in essential fatty acids
  • berries are full of antioxidants which protect the immune system,  and fight free radicals and signs of aging
  • avoid refined sugar, which can cause inflammation and reactive skin

Feed your body with fresh, natural ingredients and watch the health of your skin improve.   
Are you drinking enough water?
Did you know your body needs two litres of water every day? Water helps to plump your cells, prevent inflammation, increase blood flow and circulation, and fights the signs of dehydration and ageing.
Are you getting enough sleep?
Research from the National Sleep Foundation* tells us that an adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Did you know your body and skin are in their most regenerative state while you are sleeping?
While your body is in its most relaxed state, your cells start to regenerate and repair damage caused by pollution, dirt, makeup and daily life. On average, it takes 28 days for your skin cells to completely turn over and renew.

How often do you change your pillowcase?
Your pillowcase collects dead skin cells, saliva and excess topical products from your skin. These factors can cause skin irritation and can lead to breakouts. Dermatologists recommend changing your pillowcase at least once a week and better yet, use a silk pillowcase for maximum skin benefits.  Silk is hypoallergenic; it allows the skin to breathe and maintain moisture better than cotton.
Do your cosmetic products contain toxins?
Make sure you always check the ingredients lists on the back of products. Anything with long lists and complicated ingredients could be full of things to avoid. Check out our recent blog here to see what chemicals you can cut from your beauty routine.

Look after your body and your skin will look after you. To strive for flawless skin, make sure you’re aware of what you’re feeding your body and putting on your skin. Your makeup will be looking flawless – just like a second skin – in no time at all.

Sources:

*https://sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need 

face mask and massage

At CNB, we pride ourselves on our commitment to using natural, sustainable beauty products – and that wouldn’t be possible without the amazing and devoted brands that we work with.

Here are our top 5 Australian organic beauty brands (in no particular order – we love them all) that we really couldn’t do without.

ZUII ORGANIC

Zuii Organic are truly one of a kind when it comes to organic products. They are the world’s first ‘flora-based makeup’, allowing you to literally cover your face in flowers!

All Zuii’s ingredients are 95% Certified Organic, with the remaining 5% being of natural origin; the use of chemical or synthetic ingredients is strictly prohibited. Floral ingredients including rose, jasmine and chamomile – all renowned for their healing properties – are crushed into a fine powder to form a nourishing and natural base to their products. With their beautiful bold colours, Zuii Organic certainly debunk the myth that organic products don’t perform to the same standard.

We were lucky enough to chat with the lovely Danni from Zuii Organic and hear about all the amazing benefits in person – watch the video here.

KESTER BLACK

Kester Black is a great Australian beauty brand, offering cruelty-free manicure and skincare products that are ‘inspired by beautiful design and uncompromising ethical principles.’ They use sustainable production methods, including recyclable materials and small batch manufacturing to reduce waste, and all their products are 100% vegan.

They are renowned for their gorgeous, high-quality nail polishes, but they also offer a rejuvenating skincare range made from 97%+ natural ingredients. Their commitment to natural and their bold design (check out their Instagram!) make Kester Black products a must-try.

TWENTY8 ESSENTIALS

Twenty8 Essentials is a beautiful brand which specialises in essential oils and skincare products – all which are completely free of synthetic chemicals, preservatives and fragrances. Their natural, botanical ingredients penetrate the skin deeply to help reverse the aging process and rejuvenate skin cells. They also spread a truly inspiring message about self-care and positive action.

“The most important step is the commitment you make to you for your own health and wellbeing. It takes 28 days to form a new positive habit. It also takes 28 days for new skin cells to reach the surface of your skin. We know 28 works with the cycles and rhythms of nature such as the moon, tides and a woman's cycle. Twenty8 will awaken your skin, your senses and your soul.”

We recently got to chat to Kim, the absolutely amazing founder of Twenty8 Essentials, about essential oils, the importance of self-care, and the potential positive impact of a micro-moment. Video to come soon!

ORGANICSPA

OrganicSpa is a luxurious certified organic and vegan range which caters especially to the professional spa / clinic environment. All of their products are developed in Byron Bay, and contain a blend of locally-sourced ingredients along with extracts from fair trade suppliers around the world. The end result? An absolutely gorgeous and nourishing line of products that will make your skin sing.

D+T

We couldn’t have our list of favourite beauty brands without a heads up to the gentlemen out there! D+T is a one-of-a-kind organic men’s hair and beard care brand. Founder and lead cultivator, David Rafter is incredibly passionate about creating authentic, sustainable products – and he makes them himself with all natural ingredients.

The name D+T comes from ‘Dave and Trudi’ (Trudi being Dave’s loyal Staffy puppy), symbolising the trust and connection he wants people to feel with his brand. Nobody wants an itchy beard… it’s nice to know that the boys are taking care of themselves – and naturally too! Have a look at our full length chat with David here.

As more and more people work to eliminate harmful toxins and chemicals from their daily routines, organic products become the natural first choice. If you’re making the leap to natural, start with one of these recommendations and it’s sure to be an easier transition than you think.

Amanda Rootsey

If you've got a bathroom full of gorgeous, natural and organic skincare then I’m guessing you already understand just how important it is to be wary of what we put onto our skin.  But what about what we put next to it? 

With a greater awareness of treading lighter on the planet, choosing to feed our bodies nourishing foods and removing chemicals from our home and beauty regimes, underwear, which is worn so close and intimately on our body, should be one of the first areas where we start to go green.

The often over-looked garments that we throw on each morning can be riddled with chemicals, made of unnatural fibres and the production process can wreak havoc on the health of the people who make the garments – and on our beautiful planet. 

DID YOU KNOW? 

Conventionally grown cotton consumes approximately 25% of the world’s insecticides and 10% of the world’s pesticides?  That’s a lot of chemicals!  It’s a little alarming to think that the majority of our briefs are made of cotton.

From a consumerism point of view, we have more underwear than women at any other time in history and it’s usually a throw-away item.   It’s pretty unlikely that we would take along our old undies to a clothes-swap isn’t it?

So what can we do about it?  And what do we need to look for in eco-intimates? 

  • Search for natural and eco-friendly fabrics such as bamboo and organic cotton – they feel amazing and are better for yourself and the planet
  • Support companies that are committed to eco-friendly and ethical practices
  • Look for garments that are certified organic, fair trade or accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia
  • Recycle your bras with organisations like UpliftBras.org.  Uplift Bras have sent 600,000 new and used bras to remote and disadvantaged communities around Australia, the Pacific and Asia.  They even ship in biodegradable packaging.

Here are some of my favourite brands to get you started:


Author Bio:
Amanda Rootsey is a proud ambassador of the College of the Natural Beauty, Australia’s First Eco Model and the founder of teen personal development academy, Shine From Within.   

Skin rejuvenation is trending right now – a massive 82% of participants recently surveyed by the Cosmetic Physicians of Australasia said they give the thumbs up for non-surgical cosmetic procedures when it comes to tackling premature ageing.

Skin rejuvenation is an excellent preventative treatment for premature ageing, but it’s also popular for those seeking to give their skin a fresh start. Let’s take a look at the top 5 skin rejuvenation technologies and what they can do for your individual skin concerns:

1. Hydrodermabrasion

You’ve probably seen or heard of a microdermabrasion machine. This is the process of delivering a professional grade of exfoliation to remove dry, dull and dead outer layers of the skin to reveal fresher, younger and healthier skin underneath. The most advanced form of microdermabrasion is called hydrodermabrasion, a fusion of exfoliation and intensive hydration therapy to instantly make your skin look and feel fabulous.

Hydrodermabrasion is great for:  smoothing out uneven skin tone, plumping out fine lines and wrinkles, brightening tired, dull skin, and treating mild to moderate skin congestion and acne.

2. LED Light Therapy

If you think lights can’t work wonders for your skin, think again. Of course, it has to be a very specific type of light. LED light therapy is a medically established treatment that uses thousands of specially coloured LED lights to activate the renewal and healing process in your skin.

LED is great for: rosacea, redness, inflammation and acne as well as fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and expression ageing.

3. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

IPL machines are a wonderfully diverse aesthetic technology. They not only can remove unwanted hair, they can also tackle all the most common skin concerns by treating problems like pigmentation, freckles and blemishes with wavelengths of light which convert into heat to non-invasively and painlessly to remove or reduce your trouble spots.

IPL is great for: reducing skin redness, clearing blemishes and skin congestion, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and evening out skin irregularities.

4. RF Fractional

If your skin really needs a helping hand with sun damage, acne scarring or accelerated ageing, RF Fractional treatments assist by resurfacing your skin with tiny, tiny pins (it’s not as scary as it sounds). Unlike the skin rejuvenation technologies mentioned above, RF Fractional requires a little bit of downtime after treatment to allow your healthy, gorgeous new skin to come through.

RF Fractional is great for: sun damage, ageing and loose skin, acne scars, deep lines and wrinkles.

5. Laser Rejuvenation

Laser rejuvenation is a powerful way to tackle your skin concerns head on as it has the ability to go deep beneath the superficial surface to eradicate skin problems where they begin and generate new and healthy skin tissue in its place. Like RF Fractional, laser rejuvenation may require a bit of downtime depending on what needs to be treated.

Laser rejuvenation is great for: unwanted tattoos, freckles, enlarged pores, wrinkles and pigmentation, acne and acne scars and loose, sagging skin.

Before we delve into the specifics of different skin conditions and the use of serums, let’s get down to basics – what actually is a serum?

Serums contain highly concentrated active ingredients which are formulated to address different skin concerns. They are designed to go on after the skin has been thoroughly cleansed and then moisturiser is added on top - this ensures that the active ingredients can penetrate into the skin and are sealed in. 

So now let’s take a look at various skin conditions and the serums that are best suited for them:

Pigmentation

Pigmentation is the occurrence of dark spots resulting from overexposure to UV light. UV stimulates melanocytes, the cells responsible for producing skin pigment which is called melanin. Over time, with overexposure to UV, these cells produce more melanin which tends to clump together in spots or patches known as hyperpigmentation. There are various skin resurfacing beauty treatments that can be done in a salon which effectively remove the skin from the pigmented areas, with new healthy skin growing in its place.

To treat pigmentation, it is best to use a serum at night and in the mornings. Vitamin C serums are great for morning use as Vitamin C is an antioxidant that neutralises free radicals. Free radical damage can be caused from UV exposure. Vitamin C serum also helps to protects skin cells from harmful UV damage by forming a barrier around the cells. Vitamin C helps to lighten pigmentation and improve skin tone. It is an essential vitamin for collagen production; therefore it helps the skin appear plump and hydrated.

Sensitivity

There are many reasons skin can become sensitive, some of which include using harsh chemicals and soaps. Over-exfoliation, allergies, certain medications, pollution, air conditioning, heating and even genetic factors can all lead to sensitivity of the skin. The best treatment is to find out what has caused the sensitivity and try to cut it out if possible.

To soothe sensitivity, a serum containing anti-inflammatory ingredients such a chamomile, aloe vera, squalene (derived from olive oil) or sea buckthorn oil will help cool down, calm and hydrate the skin. People with sensitive skin should also avoid any products containing artificial colours and fragrances as these can aggravate their condition.

Blemished

First and foremost, it is very important for people of all skin types to thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate their skin as this helps to prevent blockages which can lead to blemishes. Blemishes can also be caused from internal issues such as hormones, but it is still important to treat them topically.

A serum which contains salicylic acid will help to break down any blockages, as it is a small molecule with the ability to get into the pore and kill any bacteria present. Salicylic acid also promotes skin renewal, which helps to even out the blemished areas. Tea tree and citrus essential oils are naturally astringent, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, making them a fantastic ingredient in your serum for addressing congestion and blemishes.

Fine lines

Fine lines occur as we age; as the years go by, our collagen and elastin levels naturally decline. We have a naturally occurring substance in our skin called hyaluronic acid which binds water molecules together and, as it diminishes, the skin can sag and look less plump – and that’s when fine lines appear.

To combat fine lines, a serum containing Vitamin A is a must. The best form of Vitamin A to use is retinol, which is most effective for improving the signs of ageing. Retinol works by increasing cell turn-over and promoting new skin growth, improving the overall appearance of the skin. Retinol can be used on all skin types and has been scientifically proven to improve a range of skin conditions. For best results, use serums with retinol at night as they can make the skin more sensitive to UV.

So regardless of what your skin condition, there’s a serum out there for you. Visit your professional beauty therapist to get a skin analysis – they can diagnose your skin correctly and prescribe the appropriate serum for your skin type and skin conditions.

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January is the perfect time to reflect on 2016 and set goals for the new year. Whether you're looking to make changes in your personal life or your professional career – we're here to give you 4 tips to setting goals you can actually achieve.

1. Be positive

The way you word your goals can have a profound effect on your motivation towards achieving them. Make sure you set yourself up for success and become your own biggest cheerleader.

2. Prioritise

When you have several goals, it's important to prioritise them. This helps you to avoid feeling overwhelmed and directs your attention to the most important ones.

3. Focus

Some people create a vision board; others list their goals in a journal or simply write them on a piece of paper - whatever works for you. Just be sure to write your goals somewhere where you will see them often, to keep you focussed.

4. Be accountable

Share your goals with a loved one, friend, or colleague. The act of voicing our goals makes us more accountable, as people ask how we're progressing. So be sure to scream it from the roof tops!

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Calendula Oil 25ml

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Ideal to apply to rough, chapped and slightly damaged skin.

Calendula officinalis (calendula) infused in helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil.

Calendula Infused Oil possesses soothing and healing properties that make it suitable for normal, dry, sensitive and baby’s skin. Great to apply to rough, chapped and slightly damaged skin which has been exposed to the elements.

An infused oil which has been made by macerating Calendula officinalis flowers in sunflower oil. Ratio of the calendula infused oil to the herb is 10 parts to 1.

How to Use

Massage Certified Organic Calendula Infused Oil directly into the affected area as required.

Chemical Maze Bookshelf Companion

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The Chemical Maze Bookshelf Companion provides health conscious shoppers with all the information in The Chemical Maze Shopping Companion and much more. Designed as a home reference, it contains background information on food additives and cosmetic ingredients, plus an informative bonus section on household products. This book gives a wealth of handy hints and tips on keeping your family safe from the harmful effects of chemicals used in consumer products.

Eat Yourself Beautiful

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Get ready to eat and drink your way to beauty! With more than nutritious 100 recipes – many of which are free from gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast, dairy and sugar – Eat Yourself Beautiful is a simple and inspiring guide to eating for optimum health and beauty.

It’s my own personal guide to achieving inner and outer health through simple, delicious recipes using nutritionally rich, anti-inflammatory foods. If you think beauty is only skin deep, think again. Eat Yourself Beautiful features secret recipes for juices, snacks and meals using key anti-inflammatory ingredients and every day foods to boost longevity and promote vitality.

These delicious and easy to follow recipes contain everything from the skin-boosting power of plant collagen to the most potent antioxidants on the planet. Eat Yourself Beautiful is your complete guide to creating flavourful meals to jump-start your immune system, boost energy levels and maintain your long term beauty, health and well-being.

Edible beauty is the key to a healthy life, so get ready to eat, drink, and be beautiful!

Eating for Beauty

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In “Eating For Beauty,” author David Wolfe, one of America’s foremost nutrition experts, describes how to cleanse, nourish and beautify by utilising the benefits of a fresh-food diet. The lessons contained within this book can be applied to improve one’s appearance, vitality, and health. This book is about how to become more beautiful, not just how to maintain beauty or even slow the ageing process. It is about rejuvenation at the deepest level, and the enjoyment of life. This book contains the key for creating beauty within oneself through diet and other complementary factors. Though it explores the role of yoga, beauty sleep, and the psychology of beauty, this book is primarily about the way to eat for beauty. The Beauty Diet is based on principles of raw nourishment–representing the cutting edge nutritional science. With scientific explanations of the human body’s chemical reactions to various elements of nutrition, physical activity and sleep, this book provides a guide for how to reach your potential for beauty. More than 30 gourmet “beauty recipes” and in-depth descriptions of beneficial foods help to steer beauty-seekers down the path of aesthetic enlightenment. The magical, beautifying secrets held within this book will help the human race reclaim one of its most divine attributes: beauty, inside and out.

Green Goddess Blend 5ml

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A special blend of over 20 essential oils in celebration of our 20th anniversary.

This blend perfectly captures the essence of Perfect Potion. The essential oils in the Green Goddess blend epitomises the spirit of all Green Goddesses.
This blend helps you to appreciate the essence of nature, it nurtures and comforts, it promotes self awareness and wellbeing and helps one to embrace new ideas.

A fusion of over 23 essential oil blends selected carefully by the Perfect Potion team.
Add 5-7 drops of Green Goddess blend to your oil burner or diffuser.

Ingredients:citrus bergamia (bergamot) oil, citrus reticulata (mandarin) oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) oil, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, eucalyptus staigeriana (lemon scented ironbark) oil, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil, boswellia carterii (frankincense) oil, santalum spicatum (Australian sandalwood) oil, cedrus atlantica (Atlas cedarwood) oil, anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile) oil, eugenia caryophyllus (clove) oil, vetiveria zizanioides (vetiver) oil, cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) bark oil, agonis fragrans (fragonia) oil, zingiber officinale (ginger) oil, rosa centifolia (rose) absolute, jasminum officinale (jasmine) absolute, citrus aurantium var. amara (neroli) oil, melissa officinalis (melissa) oil, rosa damascena (rose otto) oil, nelumbium speciosum (pink lotus) absolute. (Certified organic).

Homemade Beauty

Homemade Beauty

150 Simple Recipes Made from All-Natural Ingredients.  All-natural skin, hair and body care recipes that are inexpensive, toxin-free, and easy to make. Homemade Beauty is a beautifully packaged collection of 150 all-natural skin, hair and body care recipes. “From turning blueberries into a lush detoxifying mask to fresh lemongrass into a non-toxic bug repellent, Homemade Beauty takes the ubiquitous eat-local, farm-to-table concept and brings it to the beauty category” This book offers recipes for organic beauty products that avoid the chemicals often used in commercial cosmetics.

 

I Quit Sugar For Life

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Quitting sugar is not a diet. Quitting sugar is a way of living without processed food and eating what our grandparents used to before the crappy food and the modern diseases.

With her bestselling book, I Quit Sugar, Sarah Wilson helped hundreds of thousands of Australians to kick the habit. I Quit Sugar for Life, Sarah shows you how to be sugar-free forever. Drawing on extensive research and her own tried and tested methods, Sarah has designed specific programs and recipes to help both families and solo cookers:

banish cravings and deal with lapses by eating good fats and protein
maximise nutrition with veggies
exercise less for better results
detox safely… without the fads!
eat sustainably and ethically – at home and out ‘n’ about
live with flow and less fuss
cook sugar-free: 148 desserts, cakes, kids’ lunchbox fillers, comfort dinners and tote-able breakfast and lunches.

I Quit Sugar for Life is not just about kicking a habit; it’s a complete wellness philosophy for your healthiest, calmest, happiest self.

Natural Beauty Gift Box

Natural Beauty Gift Box

This box says take some time for yourself and relax, you deserve it.

GIFT BOX INCLUDES

  • Rustic Round Soaps
  • Foot Balm — White Grapefruit & Mint
  • Mousse Massage Bar — Raw Cacao
  • Indulgent Body Cream
  • Body Balm — Honey & Vanilla

All items are hand packed with care. Each gift box comes complete in a slimline brown box packed with straw filling to complete the gift opening experience.

Only available while stocks last.

Pure Rose Hand Cream 100g

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Indulge your senses with the beautiful aroma of pure rose otto essential oil. Your hands will feel soft, smooth and moisturised as they readily absorb this light textured cream.

Ingredients: aqua, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, glycerin (vegetable derived), cetearyl olivate (plant derived emulsifier), stearic acid, sorbitan olivate (plant derived emulsifier), theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, sclerotium gum, sodium benzoate, cymbopogon martini (palmarosa) leaf oil, potassium sorbate, citric acid, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) leaf oil, rosa damescena (rose otto) flower oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil, glycine soja (soyabean) oil, geraniol*, linalool*, limonene*. Preserved with sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate. (*Natural constituents of essential oils, Certified organic).

Reflexology Guide

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This guide includes an explanation of the Emotional Freedom Technique, an alternative psychotherapy which manipulates the body’s energy fields by tapping on acupuncture points while focusing on specific thoughts.