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December 6, 2015

All-Natural Cosmetics Put To The Test

Women love cosmetics, that’s a fact. It is just so much fun to try out different looks. Want to be glamourous? Red lippie will help! Want to look sexy? Get out that smokey eye kit!

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There are endless possibilities, which is why our bathroom vanities are often packed with products (something men will never understand). Recently, the trend of all-natural cosmetics has taken the beauty world by storm.

The health-conscious beauty lover not only cares about what a beauty product can do, but also about what’s in it. It makes sense; if you eat and drink healthy and avoid processed foods, why would you put chemicals on your skin?

You’d be mistaken if you think that all-natural cosmetics are beige, bland and smell like chamomile. The hippie days are over and organic, natural make up has become fun and flirty. Bellabox have released an all-natural beauty box for this month, containing six products with natural ingredients only. I have put them to the test and am more than impressed:

Organic Coffee Scrub:

This scrub is made from a mix of Australian roasted organic coffee grounds and recycled organic pod coffee, naturally evaporated organic sea salt, cold pressed organic virgin coconut oil and steam distilled organic peppermint essential oil. As a coffee lover, I can’t help but adore this product. There is nothing better than the smell of coffee and if I can use coffee to get rid of dry skin and promote skin renewal, that’s just a bonus!

Allurin Minerals Illuminiser:

If you love sparkly, glowing skin, you’ll love this Australian mineral illuminating powder. Its nude colour makes it perfect to use on your entire body; I prefer it on my legs rather than my face.

Jurlique Purely Age Defying Treatment Mask:

When it comes to face masks, I love the idea of all-natural ingredients as you never know what chemicals might do to your skin. This mask is a multi-benefit anti-ageing treatment with concentrated botanicals to help reduce the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Well, I don’t have any wrinkles yet, but it sure felt good and left my skin smooth.

Milk Hand Quench:

I have tried many different hand creams throughout the years and I find that there are great differences between products. What I hate most about some hand creams is that they feel greasy – not the case with this natural one containing cocoa butter and sesame oil. Bergamot fruit oil soothes the senses with aromas of mint and citrus, whilst aiding in healing eczema and cracked skin. What an all-rounder!

Jane Iredale Lip and Cheek Stain:

This is my favourite product! The little orange lipstick feels like a light lip balm and at first seems transparent, but after a few minutes on your lips, it adapts to your lip colour and brings out the most natural looking pink-orange hue you can imagine. Perfect for the I-woke-up-like-this-look.

Natural Cycles:

A thermometer? Oh I see, it’s a fertility app! While this might not exactly be a beauty product, it sure is all-natural! The app lets you manage your fertility and is a great alternative for women who are sick of the side effects of the pill or similar contraceptives.

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I loved this month’s bellabox and couldn’t resist to ask beauty director Samantha Taylor a thing or two about the all-natural cosmetics trend.

Natural and organic products are very popular at the moment. What are the benefits of natural cosmetics?  

If you have allergies or sensitive skin, explore natural brands as they can help soothe the skin and prevent further irritation.

This is the second natural bellabox and the first one was quite the success; have you noticed that women are starting to care about what’s in their cosmetics more?  

We tend to do a natural box at least once a year as we know our members are keen to discover more natural brands. Consumers are becoming more aware of what they put on their face and body, so the demand for natural brands is increasing.

What is your favourite natural product and why?

I love a good facial oil, as they are packed with nourishing ingredients and are wonderful for keeping the skin hydrated.

It’s finally spring in Australia, what are the biggest make up trends of the season?  

A pop of colour on the lips, pastel eye shadow and graphic eyeliner.

September 19, 2015

Top 6 Ayurvedic Beauty Tips For Healthy Skin

Have you ever heard of ayurvedic beauty products? They are commonly used in countries such as India to balance the body from the inside out, create a harmonised digestive system, and also to help solve any skincare problems as well. With the foundation of wholesome skincare, this is the perfect way to give both your body and your mind the ultimate detox.

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Moisturise

Rather than using a moisturiser from the drugstore, why not use something a little more homemade instead? Coconut oil can be used to tackle a multitude of conditions and can be used on the face, body, hair, and even ingested for good health. Aloe vera is also a great substitute if you can’t get your hands on coconut oil.

Oily skin

If you suffer from oily skin, use a chickpea flour mask at least once a week to soak up the excess oil. Rather than blotting your face with more makeup and chemicals, the chickpea flour will help to control the oil without contributing to more problems for your skin.

Milk bath

Treat your body to a raw milk bath at least once a week to soothe irritated skin. This could be anything from irritated pores, rashes, razor burn, body acne and even sun damage or peeling. The raw milk is packed with fats and lactic acid to soothe your skin and control the pH level.

Toner

Keep your skin looking bright and zit-free by regularly using a toner after cleansing and exfoliating. Not only will it help to minimise your pores, but anything with rosewater will actually soothe your skin over time.

Oil pulling

We’re such a big advocate of oil pulling, especially since it can really help your overall health. Replace your usual mouthwash with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and try to swish it around your mouth for at least 10-15 minutes.

Scalp massage

If you’re experiencing some hair loss, try a scalp massage to awaken the hair follicle. This usually happens when the seasons change and generally isn’t anything serious to worry about. Use a lightweight oil and massage your hair and scalp before washing out with shampoo and water. Leave it in for at least half an hour for a moisturising treatment.

May 10, 2015

How To Avoid The Dirty Dozen

We all know we need to be selective when picking which fruit and vegetables are best bought organic so, just in case you’re not yet clued in, here’s the list of the dirty dozen which record the highest level of pesticide residue so are best bought organic.

The dirty dozen:
Apples
Pears
Peaches
Nectarines
Grapes
Strawberries/blueberries
Cherries
Capsicum
Celery
Spinach
Lettuce
Potatoes

 

The best way to avoid the nasties is by eating your fruit and vegetables seasonally. This is often better for us as the nutrients are more accessible plus it tastes better when eaten within the seasons too. We source all our produce from local; chemical free and organic farms and because of this you won’t always find absolutely everything you might find in the big supermarkets – tomatoes in July anyone?

 

Food store Aboutlife aims to provide healthy, nutritious and organic food at reasonable prices so anybody, on any budget, can choose to preserve their health and the health of the environment whilst supporting their local farming community.

 

 

July 16, 2014

Pete Evans Wants You To Eat Organic: Here’s Why

Eating organic is important to celebrity chef Pete Evans. So much so, that’s he’s a proud Australian Organic ambassador, and part of a campaign to educate Australians about how to purchase 100% honest organic products.

The simple mission of the One Logo Says It All campaign is to spread the message that when purchasing organic products, look for a certification logo before buying. There are over 14,000 products on our shelves today that are classified certified organic.  However, thousands more claim to be organic yet have not passed any testing or auditing.

SheSaid chats with Pete Evans to find out why organic is so important to him and where he shops for organic meat and produce.

Why is organic important to you?
Choosing organic is important to me because I’m passionate about nutrition and I’m a keen nature lover too, therefore organic produce and livestock is the only option for my family and I.  Organic produce is free of chemical pesticides and fertilisers, it hasn’t been irradiated and it’s non GMO, so it doesn’t propose the health risks that non organic does, and also the harmful chemicals used in non organic farming can contribute to the pollution of our precious water supply too.

Organic livestock is raised in a much more humane way and is fed a natural diet that’s free of grains, hormones and antibiotics, making it an ethical and nutrient dense option.  Also by supporting organic growers you’re choosing to be ‘wildlife’ and ‘environmentally’ friendly, because a more natural ecology is obtained through organic farming procedures.  And at the end of the day organic food just tastes a whole lot better, which is of course in my mind, ideal!

What do you say to people who think organic is too expensive?
Unfortunately organic food is often more expensive, so I advise people to buy wisely and invest in a healthier future.  I believe that choosing organic meat and poultry is crucial, and because you don’t need to actually eat a lot of it, when you balance out your budget and your plate by putting more vegetables on it instead of huge portions of meat, organic meat can actually be totally affordable.

And the fact that you can rest easy in the knowledge that you’re eating an animal that’s had a natural life, rather than an unhappy, forced fed, caged life of misery is a much healthier option mentally and physically.  As far as organic vegetables and fruit go, always buy seasonal and definitely check out local farmers markets or head out to organic community farms like Common2Us, that way you’re supporting your local community as well as getting a good deal and looking after your health!

Who are some of your favourite organic food producers?
I’m fortunate enough to be involved in an incredibly community minded, organic, grass roots store called B.U Organics and we’re very proud to support predominantly Australian grown organic produce.  We love Cleavers organic meat which comes from ecologically sustainable Australian farms. And Common2Us provides us with loads of delicious veggies and fruit, especially one of my favourites – organic kale and also both of my daughters’ favourites – organic strawberries.

What are you looking forward to cooking this summer?
We actually don’t do too much cooking over the summer months as we eat a lot of salads, ceviches, tartares, green smoothies and on special occasions, raw (sugar, wheat, gluten, dairy, grain-free) homemade desserts.  So I’m looking forward to lots of refreshing summer vegetables like celery, spinach, cucumbers, lettuces, beetroot, carrots and summer fruits like blueberries and strawberries.

Do you eat and buy organic food and products?

Read our interview with Therese Kerr on why organic food and skincare is so important to her.

December 20, 2013

5 Things You Need To Know About Natural Cosmetics

With more and more women becoming conscious about the ingredients used in cosmetics, the demand for natural cosmetics is on the rise. There are more natural beauty products on the market than ever before. But are all natural and organic products the same, and are you getting what you expect when you buy a product labelled ‘natural’? We look at the truth behind natural cosmetics and which natural cosmetics brands we use everyday.

1. Natural cosmetics come in different categories

Yes, even when brands scream ‘natural’, the cosmetics may be widely divided as those containing some ingredients collected from nature; the all-natural products having every single ingredient sourced from nature; cosmetics made with organic ingredients (where ‘organic’ represents a standard of products); and cosmetics made with 100% organic ingredients. While we tend to believe that natural cosmetics will not have any chemical components, that’s definitely not always true.

2. Cosmetics and labels

There are no hard and fast rules so far as labelling cosmetics are concerned. So even if that lipstick contains a hint of strawberry flavour, it may be labelled as ‘natural’.  Different agencies around the world certify cosmetics as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ based on different sets of criteria. So whether the organic cosmetic you bought contains 100% organic components can only be decided from an analysis of the ingredients.

3. Check to see what you’re actually getting with natural cosmetics

Concerned about parabens and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate)? Plenty of ‘natural’ beauty brands and products still contain parabens and SLS  so don’t assume a product with the words ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ on the label is free of all those questionable ingredients. Also, check to see if your natural cosmetics contain fragrance – while you may love the smell of that lip gloss, fragrance in makeup is mostly always synthetic, even if it’s labelled as aromatherapy.

4. Natural cosmetic certifications

How do we know that cosmetics we buy are natural and chemical-free? A good way to know is to check for accreditation with noted certification agencies. In Australia, Australian Certified Organic is an agency that checks cosmetics and their ingredients with its world-leading certification scheme Cosmetics Organic and natural Standard, COSMOS.  Check with Australian Certified Organic to see if your natural cosmetics brand is everything they say they are.

5. Truth about mineral makeup

If you thought your expensive and branded mineral makeup is pure and natural, then you may be in for a surprise. While mineral beauty products include ingredients such as natural minerals, remember that minerals have been part of the cosmetics industry long before the ‘mineral makeup’ concept swept the market. Also most cosmetics include chemicals to increase their shelf life, and mineral makeup products are no exception. Mineral makeup products can also contain synthetic minerals which may cause irritation and allergic reactions. So before you reach for the latest mineral foundation or bronzer, do your research first.

Some of our favourite natural cosmetics brands include Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, Ere Perez and Organix. What are your favourite natural cosmetics brands? 

July 26, 2013