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Going Natural: The Benefits of Organic Tampons and Liners

In an age where living a healthy and organic lifestyle is paramount, why shouldn’t this extend to our panty liners and tampons? Sure, it might seem a little awkward at first, but you can’t deny the facts: Most conventional tampons and pads can contain synthetic perfumes and chlorine-bleached materials such as rayon.

RELATED: How To Make The Switch To Organic Skincare

Organyc is changing all of that, however.  You see, unlike conventional brands, Organyc cotton fibers are never bleached with chlorine, using naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide instead. Their products are also biodegradable, containing absolutely no crude oil derived plastics – even the outer wrap and backing for pads and liners are created from corn starch.

You will be able to find something which suits your lifestyle, whether it’s pads, liners, or even tampons. All Organyc products are Certified Organic by the Soil Association and the Global Organyc Textile Standard, which ensures these methods are providing a safer future environment.

Organyc Tampons, $6.95

Made with a 100 per cent hypoallergenic cotton wool core for maximum absorbency. All tampons are free from chlorine bleach and colouring dyes, and the natural cotton can hold up to 20 times its weight in liquid. Each pack contains 16 tampons, available in regular, super and super-plus sizes.

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Organyc Pads, $6.95

Made with 100 per cent organic cotton inside and out, Organyc’s pads are naturally hypoallergenic, breathable and pH neutral. They are free from crude-oil derived plastic, instead using a backing and wrapping made from corn starch.

Ultra thin and with wings, they are especially comfortable and suitable for women with sensitive skin. The individually wrapped pads are available in packs of 10, for both moderate and heavy flows.

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Organyc Panty Liners, $6.95

These ultra-thin, flat panty liners are made from organic cotton with a highly absorbent, breathable core. The organic top sheet allows air to pass through promising no irritation and all-day comfort. The panty liners are available in packs of 24, folded and individually wrapped to slip easily and discreetly into your handbag.

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April 23, 2015

DIY Eye Makeup Remover

Buying makeup is often expensive, but removing it from your skin doesn’t have to follow suit. Generic makeup removers often sound too good to be true and claim to remove a full-face of makeup in seconds. If you’re sick of using the same old products, why not try making your own which caters towards your skin type. Below are just a few products which remove makeup effectively, without burning a hole in your pocket.

Ingredients

Extra virgin olive oil

Aloe vera water (or natural aloe vera from the source)

A clean plastic bottle

Cotton pads

Instructions

  1. Start off by filling your clean plastic bottle with 500ml of aloe vera water.
  2. Then simply pour less than half a cup of extra virgin olive oil into the mixture. The oil is highly potent, so it’s best not to add too much into the bottle.
  3. The oil will float in a thick layer above the water, then close the bottle up and really shake the mixture well so it completely combines.
  4. Soak a cotton pad with the mixture then gently press it over your eye so it can break down the makeup particles. Don’t rub your eye since this could cause damage to the delicate skin and lead to premature lines and wrinkles.
  5. When you’re done, use a mild cleanser which will wash off the extra virgin olive oil from the surface of your skin.

Other natural makeup removing substitutes

Aloe vera: Natural aloe vera is perfect to use on the face and delicate eye area since it is soothing and will calm any rough patches or dry skin. If you can’t get your hands on any aloe vera plants, a gel is also amazing to use on a cotton pad to effectively remove makeup.

Almond oil: Not only does almond oil work to reduce skin pigmentation, but will easily help to remove face and eye makeup as well. Using just a dab of natural almond oil on a cotton pad will leave skin feeling clean and smooth in seconds.

Coconut oil: Using coconut oil under the eyes will help to remove that irritating residue left by wearing mascara for long periods of time. Simply apply some coconut oil on your lashes and rub downward to remove any excess makeup still lurking on the skin. Then cleanse and tone as usual.

Recipe by Michelle Phan

Image via Healthy Living How To

July 9, 2014

How To Make the Switch to Natural Skincare

Thinking of ditching the nasties and switching to natural skincare? There are so many natural beauty products out there, it can often be intimidating finding the right natural and organic products for you. Irene Falcone, founder of toxin-free beauty site Nourished Life, shares her 5 natural beauty tips to have you glowing in no time.

 1. Start multi-tasking
Find one great, all natural multi-tasking product to replace 3-4 of your old products. I love the Egyptian Magic all-purpose skin cream, the 100% Pure Lip & Cheek tints and La Mav Organic SPF 15 BB Cream.  This is a great way to not only update your skincare routine, but it will also de-clutter your beauty drawer.

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2. Choose products that keep working throughout the day
Look for skincare and makeup packed with natural antioxidants to help continually fight the free radicals we’re all constantly exposed to. The Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish range is packed with powerful antioxidants derived straight from fruit and vegetables (and is completely edible!).

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3. Simplify your nighttime skincare routine
Switching to a potent natural facial oil. Pure but simple organic face oils such as Rosehip and Argan can literally transform your skin while you sleep. Good quality, natural rose hip oils contain a multitude of fatty acids and anti-oxidants which can improve the appearance of everything from wrinkles through to pigmentation (another great multi-tasking product) The Pai Organic Rosehip oil is like pure liquid gold.

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4. Look for “100% Natural” or an Organic Certification logo
The great news here is that if a product carries an official certification logo, you know that it has been developed under strict guidelines and has undergone a high level of third party testing to ensure these guidelines are met. This is one of the easiest ways to filter out all those brands claiming to be natural with hidden nasties!

5. Hydrate your skin from the inside out by drinking lots of water
We hear it all the time, but this is one of the most cost-effective, simple ways to remove toxins, keep your complexion glowing and your body healthy.  If you find this hard to like me, invest in a beautiful glass water bottle with a built-in lemon reamer. The lemon juice makes the water easier to drink and adds an extra burst of real vitamin C.

Are you a fan of organic or natural skincare? Which products do you use? Tell us in the comments!

January 14, 2014

My Business: Organic Farming

Busy mum Penny Brown, 35 is an organic farmer and lets us in on her life and work habits.

Tell us about the farm …

We farm seasonal organic vegetables and natural bush foods. Farming involves enriching the soil, sewing seeds and planting seedlings, weeding, protecting crops, dealing with farm pests and diseases, harvesting, and distributing or selling the produce.

We have a 25-acre farm located on the Shoalhaven river flats, east of Nowra. We employ 3 part time hands and work 3 days a week on the farm. The remainder of the week is spent in Sydney. I work approx 30 hours a week doing farm stuff.

I operate a stall at Paddington markets every Saturday. I also do the North Sydney Growers market every third Saturday of the month. The rest of my week is devoted to looking after my 3 daughters.

Where do you sell your produce?

We sell the produce from the farm mainly to the central coast market at Flemington and also to organic shops. We also sell to local restaurants in the area straight from the farm.

Is there a big market for organic produce?

The market for organic produce is constantly growing, it is a very exciting industry to be involved in.

Is it difficult to compete with big suppliers?

Competing with other big suppliers is not a problem, providing we maintain our quality. There is never enough organic produce available.

How did you get into this, and was it difficult to get started?

We got into this industry because we were looking for something to get us out of Sydney. We are in the interim stages of making sure that this is a viable business. Currently, we lease the farm. I’ve been a horticulturist for 15 years, with experience in nursery work, landscaping and bush regeneration.

It would be difficult to start an organic farm from scratch. It’s a lot of hard physical work. We took over the lease of our farm after it had been run as an organic farm for 10 years, so in some ways, a lot of the hard work had been done. Nevertheless, it’s never-ending, unrelenting work, and you really need to love it.

What is a typical day for you?

My children are the priority of my day – I have to meet all their needs before I can consider work. If I am at the farm their father or other family help out, and when I’m doing the markets their father has them. Days on the farm or at the markets start as early as 4:30am and often don’t finish till 7:30pm or later.

What’s the best part of your job?

The appreciation you receive from customers. They often say they have never eaten produce like it, they are totally blown away by the difference. At the market stall we sell produce that is picked the afternoon before, so it’s always wonderfully fresh.

What’s the worst part of your job?

When the exhaustion catches up on you, and then having to hold it all together because being a mum comes first.

What’s the average salary from small-scale farming?

There is no average salary. We have a comfortable life and really I’m not in this for the money, I do it because I love it.

For more information on where to buy Penny’s organic produce, call Earth Care Organics on 0413 627 587.

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