Flossie Concierge

If you find yourself always wanting more hours in the day, you’re not alone. These days, life moves so fast and it seems like there is barely any time to complete tasks and most importantly, take time out for ourselves. If you are a student, busy mom or a working professional, it is so easy to forget to take a breather from rushing around all day, not to mention forgetting to take care of ourselves sometimes. With technology taking up a big part of our lives, there is some technology that can actually make life a little bit easier.

Last month I was introduced to an app that no woman should live without called Flossie Concierge. Jenene Crossan is the brain behind Flossie Concierge and the original website Flossie.com, which was created in February 2012 to make it easier for women to book in hair and beauty appointments. Jenene describes the app as ‘Uber for beauty’, which it really is!

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The Flossie Concierge app let’s you search for hair and beauty services that you can request, book and pay for via your mobile phone. If you need a last minute wax, hair cut, pedicure, spray tan or even eyelash extensions simply open the app and tell Flossie what you would like to get done, along with how much you want to spend and a preferable location. This request is then sent out to approved salons with responses directly sent back to your phone. So simple and all the hard work taken care of.

After finding out I had a last minute function to attend I thought it would be the perfect time to try this app out. Being a student I often don’t get many opportunities to get glammed up so booking in to get a blow wave and eyelash extensions was super exciting. I booked into get a blow wave to freshen up my locks at RDF Salon in Parnell. After requesting a booking on Flossie I had a reply from them within 15 minutes, so quick! After my blow wave I booked into get eyelash extensions at Lash Noir at City Works Depot in Auckland City. After requesting this appointment, I had a reply within 15 minutes with a range of times they could book me in for. Both salons had exceptional service and affordable prices for a student like me! Not only was I super happy with the service but my day went from being stressful and frazzled to cool, calm and collected.

How to use the app:

To begin using Flossie, simply download the app for free on iTunes or Google Play and register. After a customer has made a request and you have confirmed your booking, you are then taken through a secure payment gateway where you need to enter your credit card details and you are ready to go!

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Thank you so much Jenene and Flossie for creating this life-changing app that has made my life that much easier!

L x

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New to Essano, plus a Giveaway

New Essano Products

It’s no secret that we love supporting New Zealand brands and we are such big fans of Essano. Essano are an affordable, organic skin care range available in Countdown Supermarkets around New Zealand and  Priceline Pharmacies, selected Woolworths supermakets and now also in Coles, Australia.

Essano have added four products to their existing range and we are lucky enough to be able to giveaway 2 full sets of all 4 products to some of our lucky followers.

Introducing:

Rosehip by essano Pure Defence SPF15 Moisturiser – 75ml

Moisture-rich Skin Protection. Naturally.

The perfect everyday solution to deeply hydrate, nourish and protect your skin.New generation mineral SPF protection gives a natural defence you can trust. Pure protection in an effective blend of moisturising Rosehip Oil, active natural botanical extracts and Vitamin E. You’ll love the way the light, non-greasy formula soaks into the skin without a trace.

A must-have for summer

Rosehip by essano Nourishing Hand Crème  – 120ml

Hydrate, Protect and Revitalise your hands

Lavish on the organic goodness of this nourishing hand crème for younger looking, beautifully supple hands. You’ll love the feel of soft, smooth hands and the sensory invigoration of the light, fresh Wild Rose & Jojoba fragrance. Certified Organic Rosehip Oil works together with active natural botanical ingredients like Shea Butter and Jojoba to intensively hydrate and lock in moisture.

Rosehip by essano Gentle Facial Exfoliator  – 100ml

Revitalise, Polish and Refine

Reveal radiance! Refine skin tone and texture, for smoother, brighter skin. This gentle facial exfoliator uses tiny Rosehip Bio-exfoliating granules to lift and clear away dead surface skin and impurities. Gentle and soap free.

Rosehip by essano Certified Organic Rosehip Oil – 45ml

Certified Organic Rosehip Oil enriched with Acai Berry Antioxidant Oil is now in a larger 45ml bottle; more nourishment; more skin renewal; more value.  Who said you can’t buy Love?

For more information on the new products visit the look Essano website

To enter our giveaway visit our Facebook page.

J & L x

* Terms and conditions apply:
New Zealand and Australian residents only can enter.
Winner must claim prize within 5 working days otherwise we will re draw.

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Black Chicken Remedies

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Five weeks ago on Instagram I posted about a natural deodorant I was trailing from a brand called Black Chicken.  A brand by Chey Birch that was dreamt up in 1989 in Bondi, Australia.  Chey’s main concern and reason for creating these beautiful products is that we apply so many products containing damaging chemicals and synthetic fragrances to our skin.  She wanted to find a way to reduce the chances of developing chronic health conditions, to assist the body in a natural way and harness the therapeutic power of natural oils to enhance wellbeing, physically and spiritually.  Something Libby and I are very passionate about, so naturally Black Chicken was a brand I wanted to know a bit more about.

Since my Instagram picture I have used the deodorant every day and am so impressed I have dedicated a whole blog post to some of their favourite products I since have gone on to use.

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This new deodorant paste is a remedial and chemical free deodorant formulated to neutralise underarm odour instantly and keep you fresh without inhibiting your sweat glands ability to dispel toxins often found in unwanted fat.  The Axila paste ticks all boxes and the tub is small enough to carry around in your handbag.  I hear time and time again that natural deodorants do not work.  I can promise you that this does, it exceeded every expectation I had and will be a staple in my house from now on.

Why is the Axila deodorant paste so good?

• Contains only natural and certified organic ingredients

• Neutralises odour fast

• Lasts all day whether in the office or working out (yup, I have been to bikram, brisk walks and been stuck in a hot stuffy office – no smell)

• A deodorant paste that is invisible after application (rub a pea size amount under your arm pits and it disappears, no stained clothes)

• Aluminium free, alcohol free, paraben free

• Blended with pure essential oils

• Vegan and not tested on animals

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Another Black Chicken product I have tried is their Complexion Polish, It’s a powder exfoliant made with rice powder, argan shell and clay, which you mix with a little warm water to create a slightly coarse paste. Rub into dampened skin for a minute and voila…dull build-up removed to reveala smoother, renewed complexion.

Again, no additives, fillers, preservatives and NO plastic micro beads – they are a cause for concern! Not just for ladies, this scrub is fantastic for men pre face shave and helps to reduce ingrown hairs.

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Their last product I have absolutely fallen in love with is their Love Your Face Serum.  Having dry skin I am serum obsessed.  My skin laps the goodness up and when applied at night I wake up with the smoothest skin.  This serum is anti ageing, super hydrating and plumps the skin.  You can use this morning and night, I like to use this before I put on make up as it hydrates my skin and foundation glides on and stays looking fresh all day.

There are 11 therapeutic oils in this serum, 98% certified organic ingredients, no parabens, petrochemicals and no artificial ingredients.

Vitamin E Oils, Apricot Kernel Oil, Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Argan Oil, Rosehip Oil, Neroli Essentil Oil, Palma Rosa Essential Oil, Rose Maroc Absolute Oil, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood Essential Oil.

Thanks to Planet Botanic we have some Black Chicken products to giveaway and some other goodies from their website.  Planet Botanic are the online stockists of Black Chicken and also Blissoma Solutions, another natural skincare brand you can be in the running to win.  For details on how to win 1 of 2 skin care packs check out our Facebook page.

Julia x

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HAIR // Julia’s Beauty Essentials

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Welcome to part 2 of my beauty blog post series –  this post will cover the products I use on my hair.  If you missed the first post I wrote last week about face skin care you can read it here.

My absolute favourite indulgence is going and getting a blow wave, it’s all part of my scheduled “me time”… that helps me justify the cost! A fresh blow wave makes me feel like a million dollars, I would choose one over a pair of new shoes any day!

I have been dying my hair for years and years and have been every shade possible.  Black, brown, orange, red, white, yellow (oops) and blonde.  If you regularly dye your hair you will know that trims and treatments help keep the health of your hair in good shape.  Diet also plays a big part as ultimately what you eat becomes part of you.  If you would like to learn more about the connection of diet and hair I would recommend the purchase of Dr Libby’s book “Beauty From The Inside Out“.

Just like face skin care I am moving towards using natural based hair care and have found there to be a lot of brands available at reasonable prices.  My absolute favourite hair care brand is Original & Mineral.  I have blogged about their blonde shampoo and conditioner here and when in Auckland get my hair dyed with their products at Stephen Marr.  (If you are in Auckland book in with Donielle at the Takapuna salon, she is incredible!).  Their products contain over 90% natural ingredients and they have taken out most of the nasty chemicals that we should not be using on our skin – Parabens, Triclosan, Sodium Chloride and Propylene, just to name a few.  Their products are not tested on animals and are Made In Australia.  At the supermarket more natural based brands are popping up, Eco Store is one of them and at $10.95 a bottle of shampoo only a few dollars more than chemical based brands such as Herbal Essences.

* These blog posts are not sponsored.  All of the products featured are because I use and love them, so my comments are completely genuine and come from the heart.  

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Top left clockwise: Original & Mineral “Know Knott”  conditioning detangler Coconut Oil Shop “Ancient Wisdom” Coconut Oil | Original & Mineral “Detox Deep Cleansing Shampoo” | Sans Ceuticals “Activator 7” Hair, Face & Body Oil | Herbology “Organic Hair NourishertreatmentOriginal & Mineral “Hydrate & Conquer” Conditioner  |

SHAMPOO:

Original & Mineral  “Detox Deep Cleansing Shampoo” // 350 ml / $39.00 NZD
– If you love giving your scalp and hair a deep clean, have it free of any dirt and build up oil then this shampoo is just what you need.  I love the smell of peppermint oil and cucumber, and the ingredients also include grapefruit extract.  I would recommend using this product every time you wash, however if you are on a budget then alternate every second wash.  Made in Australia and not tested on animals.  You can buy here if you are in New Zealand and here if you are in Australia.

CONDITIONER: 

Original & Mineral ” Hydrate & Conquer” // 350 ml / $39.00 NZD
– This is my favourite conditioner and it won me over purely based on the smell.  I have been using this conditioner for 18 months now and nothing else comes close to being as perfect.  I used to not be overly fussed with salon hair products and thought that supermarket brands did just as good a job – nope, I was wrong.  Hydrate & Conquer is King! As the formula is so rich and nourishing you only need a tiny bit, apply to your ends, leave on for a few minutes and you will smell divine.  A 350 ml bottle lasts me a few months (I have long hair) so it is well worth the price.  Again, Made in Australia and not tested on animals.  You can buy here if you are in New Zealand and here if you are in Australia.

SCALP TREATMENT:

Herbology ” Organic Hair Nourisher” // 50 ml / $35.00 NZD (approx)
– Herbology is a small, carefully selected range of products made from high quality organic oils and blends that help you care for your body, from head to toe.  The founder of the brand is an Aromatherapist who lives in New Zealand where the products are made.  Considering the products are all organic and NZ made I find the pricing to be very reasonable.   The Organic Hair Nourisher is a beautiful hair and scalp treatment made with Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Avocado oil with Rosemary and Lavender essential oils.  The best way to use this product is to massage into your scalp and roots of the hair, comb through and leave in for an hour or so before you wash it or over night and wash out in the morning.  Best done weekly/fortnightly or if you have very dry hair, an itchy scalp or dandruff I would suggest applying twice weekly.  You can buy here.

HAIR MASQUE:

Coconut Oil Shop “Ancient Wisdom” Coconut Oil // 160 ml / $14.70 NZD
 You can eat coconut oil and it also doubles as a beauty product which is great as you can purchase coconut oil at an affordable price.  For years I have used coconut oil as a hair masque and find it to be very effective in keeping my hair nourished and soft.  Before you go to bed apply coconut oil to the ends of your hair, tie your hair up in a top knot or plait, place a towel on your pillow and sleep with the oil in your hair.  The next morning wash it out and as it is an oil I find it best to double shampoo your hair to ensure the oil is all washed away or when your hair dries it will look greasy.  I like to do this masque every few weeks and in Summer once a week.  You can purchase coconut oil here.

SERUM:

Sans Ceuticals “Activator 7” // 250 ml
– Sans Ceuticals products are Made In New Zealand, most of the products are vegan friendly, all products are made entirely of natural ingredients, with the exception of retinal palmitate.  The Activator 7 Oil can be used on your face too however I just use it in my hair as a serum.  The product is highly concentrated so only a very small amount needs to be used.  Pre & after blow drying or after using a straightener or curling tongs run the oil through your hair ends.  It leaves your silky smooth and shiny! Some of the ingredients include Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Baobab  Oil (high in Omega 3,6 & 9).  In you are in NZ you can buy here and for international stockists click here.  

CONDITIONING DETANGLER: 

Original & Mineral “Know Knott” Conditioning Detangler // 250 ml / $39.00 NZD
– If you have thick or long hair you will understand why a detangler can be your best friend.  Know Knott saves me from ripping my hair out when I am combing it, which in turn helps reduce split ends.  Cold-pressed organic Argan and Macadamia oils will leave your hair conditioned and make it easier to get any knots out.  Spray though wet hair from roots to ends and your comb will glide through with ease.  Free of any harsh chemicals, not tested on animals and Made In Australia.  If you are in NZ you can buy here and in Australian you can buy here.

 

I am still on the search for a natural based dry shampoo and curling products.  What are some of your favourite hair care brands? Share below!

Julia x

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FACE // Julia’s Beauty Essentials

Libby and I get asked weekly from readers what our beauty regime is, our favourite products or for recommendations of natural or organic cosmetic products.  Those questions inspired me to put together a 4 part series of blog post showing you what cosmetics I use on a daily/weekly basis.

My budget is not always kind on me (I know there will be many of you nodding your head at this comment), being a Uni student there will be months when I have extra money and can splurge on a luxurious beauty product, and then there are those months when a text book purchase comes before something expensive that needs replacing.  Due to this I can use two different brands of the same type of product – one with a cheaper price point and not necessarily 100% natural and then a more expensive product.  In a perfect world I would only use natural products, however if this was the case I would be broke, and know that this would be the case  for many others.  I do what I can when I can.

If you are looking to update your beauty products to natural based alternatives start with the basics, there are SO many products available and you are always going to find something that suits your skin type and budget.  It is nice to see companies working towards re formulating their product ranges to move away from synthetic ingredients and replacing with natural plant based ingredients.

In this blog series I will cover the products used on my face, the following week hair, then body and then make up.
* These blog posts are not sponsored.  All of the products featured are because I use and love them, so my comments are completely genuine and come from the heart.  

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Face1:  SkinFood “Cleans All” Cleanser.  2: Manuka Doctor “Foming Cleanser”.  3: Martina Organics Toner.  4: Model Co “BB Plus Cream”.  5: Trilogy “Rosehip Oil”.  6: Martina Organics Moisturiser.  7: Tailor Masque.  8: Suvana Organics “Paw Paw and Honey Balm”.  9: Manuka Doctor “Age Defying Eye Cream”.  


CLEANSER:

1. SkinFood “Cleans All” Cleanser // 100ml / $13.99 NZD
– This is my go to cleanser that I have been using since my early 20’s.  It is super creamy and light.  Ingredients include Aloe Vera, Sunflower Seed Oil, Kiwifruit Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Linden Flower Extract, Manuka Honey, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Sweet Orange Oil.  With a price tag of $13.99 it won’t break the bank.  SkinFood is a trusted brand, they have re formulated their products to include more natural ingredients and I applaud them for this.  Made in New Zealand and available in most supermarkets.  You can purchase here.

2. Manuka Doctor “Foaming Cleanser // 150ml / $37.75 NZD
– If I have worn make up and need a deeper cleanse I love Manuka Doctor Foaming Cleanser.  Foaming Cleansers have always been a favourite of mine as you can lather and see the dirt come off your face.  This cleanser is part of the APIclear range from Manuka Doctor for more troubled blemished skin.  You can purchase here.

TONER: 

3. Martina Organics // 180ml / $72.00 NZD
– Martina Organics are the new kid on the block, a New Zealand brand I have just started using and and have fallen in love with.  With 3 products on offer the range is going to grow and I can see big things happening for this brand.  This toner is so luxurious and smells divine.  The ingredients include Organic Rose Water, Organic Witch Hazel, Organic Jasmine Essential Oil, Organic Manuka Essential Oil.  What makes this brand so special is that all of the ingredients are organic, the product is hand blended in small batches, completely pure and the products are Unisex.  I spray this toner on in the morning as soon as I wake up and at night before applying moisturiser.  My favourite beauty brand of the moment.  You can buy here.

DAY MOISTURISER: 

 Manuka Doctor “CC Cream with SPF 20” (not pictured) // 30 ml / $39.95 NZD
– ApiRefine CC Cream SPF20 is a colour correcting formula that works to brighten and smooth skin’s appearance.  The colour of this CC cream is very light so I use this as my go to day moisturiser in Winter, when my tan has faded.  It has a colour correcting formula that works to even out skin tone and hides any redness – just what a good CC cream should be doing for you.  This cream also contains Organic Cactus Extract, an ultra-refined elixir which is clinically proven to firm & hydrate skin.  You can buy here.

4. Model Co “BB Plus Cream” // 35 ml / $19.95 AUD
– I have tried a lot of BB (beauty balm) and CC (colour correcting) Creams and find Model Co’s to be the best for coverage, price point and for giving skin a glow without looking oily.  As I do not like to wear foundation in the day time Model Co BB cream is my Summer/Spring day moisturiser, it lasts all day and has a dry finish so is perfect for hotter temps.  It contains serum, moisturiser, primer, foundation and SPF 30+ UVA and UVB Broad-Spectrum Protection sunscreen so has all bases covered.  Very important to choose day moisturisers that contain sunscreen.  You can buy here.

NIGHT MOISTURISER:

5.  Trilogy “Certified Organic Rosehip Oil” // 45 ml /$39.90 NZD
– Trilogy was founded by two Kiwi sisters in 2002 and their Rosehip Oil has become one of the most awarded beauty oils in the world.  I have used their Rosehip oil for many years now (have blogged out it here) and absolutely love it.  It is super hydrating and completely natural.  Rosehip Oil is best known to help reduce scars and stretch marks so can be used on the whole body, not just the face.  The oil is extracted from the seeds of organically grown rose hips, it is a super food for the skin.  As you only need a few drops a 45ml bottle will last many months so in terms of price this product is affordable and available almost everywhere.  You can buy here.

6.  Martina Organics // 100 ml / $99.00 NZD
– One of the most luxurious moisturisers I have ever come across.  A blend of Organic Argan Oil, Organic Baobab Oil, Organic Camellia Oil, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Macadamia Oil, Organic Marula Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Jasmine Essential Oil, Organic Manuka Essential Oil, this product is going to nourish skin inside and out.  Hand made in New Zealand, unisex and suitable for all skin types.  As my skin tends to be more on the dry side it laps these ingredients up and I wake up with super soft skin.  You can buy here.

 FACE MASQUE:

7.  Tailor Masque // 50 ml / $31.00 NZD
– About a year ago I tried Tailor Masque and was instantly hooked.   It left my skin feeling so silky, tight and a was great way to get rid of any breakouts.  All Tailor Skin Care products are made from natural and organic ingredients, with no harsh chemicals, fillers or parabens and are tested on humans not animals.   One of the ingredients in the masque is Bentonite clay.  Bentonite expands when wet. When it dries it contracts, tightening the skin.  Bentonite also has an electrical charge which helps to draw toxins from the skin leaving skin feeling smooth and soft.  Hand made in New Zealand, Tailor is a brand that is affordable and works.  The range is expanding to include more products, a brand worth checking out.  You can buy here.

LIPS:

8. Suvana “Organic Paw Paw & Honey Balm” // 25 gm / $11.95 NZD
– For years I used Lucas Paw Paw Ointment, but recently found out that it contains pharmaceutical grade petroleum jelly and wax.  Although the brand claim it safe, if there is a natural alternative that is priced the same, of course it is best to switch brands.  Suvana is certified organic and contains paw paw, honey, coconut oil, cacao butter… you will literally lick this off your lips.  There is always a tube of this balm in my handbag, car and on my bedside table.  Not just for your lips this balm can be used on any part of your body and is gentle enough to use on babies too.  Say bye bye to Vaseline.  You can buy here.

EYES:

9.  Manuka Doctor  “Age-Defying Eye Cream” // 15 ml / $34.95 NZD
– Anti ageing skin care doesn’t feature all to much in my bathroom cupboard, but as I head towards my 30’s I thought it was about time to introduce a product. Starting small with eye cream as this can be an area to show the first signs of ageing.  Manuka Doctor products contain purified bee venom which is proven to boost collagen.  Other ingredients in this product are Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut and Vitamin E… all known to be nourishing and will help keep my peepers smooth and hydrated.  I use this product in the morning before applying moisturiser and at night before going to bed.  You can buy here.

I hope you enjoyed this first blog post.  I welcome feedback, questions and product suggestions with open arms.

Jx

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Manuka Doctor CC Cream

If you are a girl who likes to have an even skin tone but doesn’t like to pile on layers of foundation in the day time we recommend that you try a CC cream.  CC stands for colour correction and that is exactly what Manuka Doctor CC cream does to your skin.  It is light, brightens and smooths your skins appearance, helps tackle redness and gives a nice glow.

I talked about my love of CC cream in a stuff.co.nz interview and have been using it for about two months now.

AR CC Cream Carton & Inner HRSome of the ingredients include Manuka Honey from New Zealand, Sorghum plant (a plant derivative which forms a stretching film on the surface of the skin to provide an immediate tightening & lifting effect.  Clinical  studies   prove  significant  wrinkle  reduction  within  one  hour  of  application), Organic Cactus Extract (an ultra-­‐refined elixir which is clinically proven to firm &  hydrate skin and a mixture of Vitamin C,  Zinc & Oleuopein (derivative of  Olive: scientifically proven to reduce age spots & even skin tone.

For 10 of our lucky readers we have packs of Manuka Doctor CC Cream SPF 20, Manuka Doctor Revitalising Day Cream SPF 15, Manuka Doctor Foaming Cleanser and a Manuka Doctor Lip Enhancer to giveaway.

All you have to do is like the Manuka Doctor NZ Facebook page and then comment on our Facebook status with which Manuka Doctor product range appeals to you the most.

Winners will be drawn on Monday 23rd December and be notified via Facebook so please check in on our page next Monday if you have entered the giveaway.  Prizes must be claimed within 3 days otherwise we will re draw.

Good luck!

J&L x

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Sweat It Out – Natural Deodorants.

Each day we apply many cosmetic products topically on our skin and one of the most lethal of all is applied under our arms and around our breasts.  Deodorant.  When deodorant is applied it is not washed off until the end of the day when we shower and by then most of what you have applied has been absorbed into your skin and therefore your bloodstream.  Just how much of the deodorant is absorbed into the surrounding breast tissue is not known.  Things such as applying the deodorant when you have just got out of the shower and your pores are open, or if you have a shaving rash and your skin is torn and exposed then the level of absorption may be increased.

Over the past few years I have tried many natural deodorant brands; creams, sprays, crystals and traditional roll ons.  I have personally found them to be average and due to this have always reverted back to generic supermarket brands.  Naughty? Yes without a doubt, and using supermarket deodorants (such as Dove, Rexona, Nivea) has always left me feeling guilty as the toxic ingredients in them are not the best for us.

Some of the nasty ingredients in deodorants and antiperspirants are triclosan, aluminium, and parabens (there are many more but I will just be talking about these 3).  What are these ingredients you ask? Let me tell you.

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Triclosan – This is in most deodorants and used as the odor killing part of antiperspirants for its anti-bacterial properties. Triclosan was first registered as a pesticide in 1969.  The FDA has said that in animal studies triclosan has shown to alter hormone regulation.  Other studies in bacteria have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.  The Environmental Protection Agency have classified it has a probable carcinogen (cancer causing).   Because of this some companies have removed the ingredient from their deodorant.

Parabens – these should be avoided regardless of what cosmetic product they are in as there is not enough research to show that they are 100% safe.  Parabens are used as a preservative in cosmetic products.  Anything that begins with ethyl, methyl, benzyl or butyl is a paraben.  They that can disrupt hormones, mimic estrogens, harm our precious reproductive systems and act as carcinogenic compounds.  Again, there is conflicting information so until they have been proven safe it is best to avoid, especially when there are paraben free alternatives.

Aluminium – I have saved the worst for last.  This is the most talked about and debated antiperspirant ingredient.  Aluminium is used in antiperspirants it clogs the pores and stops you from sweating.  The aluminium is absorbed into breast tissue, whether or not this is linked to breast cancer is still to be decided but hey, let’s be honest, spraying something onto your skin that is foreign to our bodies must not be that great for you, right? Some of the toxic effects of aluminium are mainly to do with motor coordination; these have been proved in epidemiological studies of subjects who have been exposed to aluminium.  There is no conclusive evidence for or against aluminium as a primary cause of Alzheimer’s disease but most researchers agree that it is an important factor in dementia.

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Sweating, or perspiring, is a normal bodily function and our bodies’ way of cooling down.  There is nothing wrong with sweat, and it’s not actual sweat that smells, it is the bacteria on our bodies that causes odour.  Using a natural deodorant will not stop you from sweating but it will stop the sweat from smelling especially if there are essential oils in the formula.

The purpose of this post is to make you think twice about what you a spraying under your arms each day.  Do you really need an antiperspirant? Is it necessary to spray deodorant on three times a day? Before bed?  If there are alternatives to chemical laden deodorants that are gentle and non toxic then they should be used.

For the past 8 weeks I have been using a natural deodorant for the purpose of this post as I wanted to make sure that the brand I recommended actually worked.  The brand is called Fresca and can be purchased from here.  Fresca works really well for me, it of course may not work well for you but of all the natural deodorants I have tried Fresca is the one that stood out and has made me start to use natural deodorants again.  The scent I have is natural citrus.   Where I live temps have already reached the mid 30 mark and on those days I may have to apply the deodorant twice which is really no issue.


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The ingredients in Fresca’s roll on deodorant are:

Purified water, aerated salt (saleratus), vegetable gum, fragranced only with essential oils of grapefruit peel (citrus x paradise), lime fruit peel (citrus aurantifolia), tangerine (citrus reticulata), mandarin (citrus) and Fresca Natural’s proprietary essential oils blend.

Fresca = 8 ingredients.  5 of which are essential oils that help to nourish skin.

Lets compare Fresca’s ingredients with Nivea’s anti perspirant pure invisible spray on deodorant ingredients.  (I could not find the ingredients on their website so went to the supermarket and wrote them down).

Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Aqua, Cyclomethicone, Aluminum, Chlorohydrate, C12-15 Akyl Benzoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Parfum, Butyloctanoic Acid, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Polysorbate 65, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol.

Nivea = 18 ingredients, half of which I can not even pronounce.

It is your body so your choice as to what cosmetic products you use.  At the end of the day if you can’t eat it chances are you shouldn’t be putting it on your body.  If you have never used a natural deodorant before there is no harm in giving it a try.  Fresca’s natural citrus deodorant is also safe for pregnant woman and has been naturopath approved.

To take a look at the other scents in the Fresca range here.

Would love to hear your thoughts below as to what natural deodorant brand you use and if you find it to be effective.

Jx

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Manuka Doctor Skin Care

I have been recently doing a lot of research into the healing properties of honey for use as skincare. I use honey regularly in my tea, smoothies and cooking and I have always heard amazing feedback about skincare products containing manuka honey.

Honey has powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. Advocates claim that manuka honey has something that other types of honey don’t. Manuka honey is produced from pollen of the manuka tree. It is high in methylglyoxal, which is a chemical that is responsible for its antibacterial activity. Most honey contains a naturally occurring active agent which supports good health but is easily destroyed when exposed to heat.  Manuka honey contains an extra active occurring ingredient, which makes it distinct from other honeys.

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In the last year I have had a very stressful workload because of uni, and my skin has been suffering from the stress.  This is when I decided to start using the Manuka Doctor skincare to give my skin a boost of nutrients and to make it glow again. I find that the products from Manuka Doctor are very gentle on my skin and they don’t burn like alot of other products I have used in the past. My skin is very sensitive so its great to have finally found a range of skincare that suits my skin type.

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Manuka Doctor Skincare products are produced from New Zealand grown and harvested Manuka honey, Purified Bee Venom (PBVTM) & other synergistic active ingredients. The result is a skincare range that has proven clinical results in counteracting the effects of acne, reducing the appearance of scarring and, of course, a great solution for anti-ageing. What I like about this product is that it is the only product in the world that uses Purified Bee Venom. Bee venom that is not purified can contain contaminants that are included during collection and handling processes.

Some of the benefits of Purified Bee Venom (PBVTM) include:

  • Nurtures cell regeneration
  • Activates renewal of damaged skin cells
  • Scar reducing effect
  • Helps collagen formation
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Supports the healing process of acne
  • Helps with the elimination and prevention of acne

Some of the nourishing ingredients in the Manuka Doctor skin care range include Bee Venom, Coconut, Manuka Honey, Avocado, Olive Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E.

My favorite products are:
Repairing Skin Cream
Foaming Cleanser (very gentle on the skin)
Hydrating Facial Cleanser
Restoring Night Cream
Facial Moisturising Lotion

 

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All Manuka Doctor products are Dermatologically tested. Manuka Doctor products should not be used by people that are allergic to bee stings.

Check out the Manuka Doctor website  for the stockists and for anymore information on this skincare range.

L x

 

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Bestow Beauty

Julia and I are often asked what skin care and supplements we use, I often find it hard to find products that contain no nasty chemicals or synthetic ingredients which can do more harm to our bodies. A friend of mine recommended I try Bestow Beauty products, they are like edible cosmetics that are full of superfood goodness to help nourish our body.

Bestow Beauty have created three products, the Bestow Beauty Oil, Bestow Beauty Powder and Bestow Detox Powder, these products that can be added to smoothies, salads, desserts and juices.
My two favorite products are the Beauty Oil and the Beauty Powder, both of which I use everyday. I find they make such a difference to my skin especially when I am really stressed out during exam time, I will increase the dosage to ensure I am getting enough nutrients.

My favorite way to have these products is adding them to my daily smoothie. I have attached the recipe for you to try!

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Bestow Beauty Oil

Bestow Beauty Oil is an edible product that is high in Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) that are vital for our health. Essential fatty acids are specific fats that are critical to the proper function of our body. Our body is not able to produce these fatty acids on its own, so it is necessary that we eat a diet rich in these crucial building blocks to maintain a healthy body.  We need EFA’s to help maintain healthy skin, hair, nails, brain function and regulate hormones, adrenal function and thyroid function.
Bestow Beauty Oil is a blend of organic, unrefined, extra virgin seed oils cold-pressed from flax and golden flax to provide you with a plentiful source of Essential Fatty Acids.

Every morning I add some Bestow Beauty Oil to my smoothie to ensure I am getting enough EFA’s through my diet.

Bestow Beauty Powder

Bestow Beauty Powder contains some incredible super foods including kelp, wheatgrass, blackcurrant extract, flaxseed, pumpkin flour and alfalfa. All of these ingredients are packed full of minerals, vitamins and amino acids, all of which are beneficial for skin, body, hair and nails.
The super foods in this product provide a source of all of the nutritional building blocks your body needs to produce good quality collagen and elastin, your skin’s natural, anti-ageing fibres.

My theory to having healthy skin is to feed the body with nourishing ingredients that are going to support the proper functioning of the skin, which will decrease blemishes and give skin a healthy glow.

Bestow Beauty Superfood Smoothie

Ingredients

1 banana
1 cup of berries
1 cup of spinach
1 1/2 cups of purified water
1 Tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Powder
1 Tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil

Blend for 3 minutes and serve!

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Check out the Bestow Beauty website for some more delicious recipes.
L xx

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Benefits of Coconut Oil

For a few months now I have been using coconut oil and cannot believe how much my skin has  benefited from this. Coconut oil or ‘white gold’ is the only thing I will apply to my face every night, I can’t live without it. In this post I will tell you why using coconut oil is one of the best things you can do for your health.

The benefits of coconut oil include increased immunity, hair care, skin care, weight loss, maintaining cholesterol, stress relief, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, dental care and bone strength.

There are medium chain fatty acids present in coconut oil – lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. This type of fatty acid refers to the length of the fat molecule which can make an enormous difference in our bodies. Coconut oil contains at least 40% lauric acid, this is also found in breast milk. Lauric acid is then converted into monilaurin in the body and provides our bodies with antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties. This is why breast milk is the best source of food for babies and coconut oil is a great food for everyone else.

Skin Care

Coconut oil easily absorbs into the skin, making it an excellent non-greasy moisturizer. Use it right after coming out of the shower, while your skin is still a little damp. It can also be used as massage oil. Coconut oil has high moisture retaining capacity. When applied to your skin this is what prevents it from drying out and cracking, providing significant improvement in skin hydration and water content.

The Lauric acid gives it its anti microbial properties. Using a small amount is supposed to reduce breakouts by reducing skin bacteria. Wash your skin first with a mild cleanser, and then apply a very small amount of coconut oil to the affected area.

Coconut oil can also be used to treat sunburn. The antioxidants in the oil can help reduce redness and limit some of the damage done to the skin by sun exposure. One of the ways that the sun damages your skin is through free radicals. Coconut oil is full of antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals. Make sure that you are using pure unrefined virgin coconut oil, this form is the safest on your skin. it has a low melting point so it will not solidify on your skin and clog up your pores.

Weight loss

A lot of people are put off using coconut oil because it is a fat. Coconut oil is actually used to promote weight loss. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzyme systems. The oil works by increasing the bodies metabolism so it can burn more energy and reduce weight. Coconut oil slows down the digestion of food, which helps you feel fuller after a meal. Many people notice that after adding coconut oil to their diet, they are less prone to snacking. Coconut oil slows down digestion which helps prevent blood sugar fluctuations after a meal by slowing the rate carbohydrates are broken down into glucose.
Coconut oil helps cleanse the body, balances the digestive tract and nourishes all cells in the body.

Hair care

Coconut oil is amazing for your hair! It helps in healthy growth of hair providing a shiny complexion. It reduces the protein loss for damaged and undamaged hair. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair.  I apply it to dry hair before going to bed and wash it out in the morning, you can also apply it during the day for two hours and then wash it out.

Cooking

Coconut oil is one of the few oils that is not damaged when heated to temperatures used in cooking, baking and frying. When you chose a cooking oil you want to choose one that wont be damaged under heat. Oils such as corn, sunflower, canola and soybean are damaged by heating and can cause health problems. You can use coconut oil at very high temperatures and even leave it at room temperature for months without it going rancid.

Immunity

Coconut oil is great for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system as it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. These antimicrobial properties can kill a variety of disease-causing bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites, yet they do not harm friendly gut bacteria or contribute to antibiotic resistance.

My favourite Coconut oil is available from The Coconut Oil Shop. I purchase the ‘White Gold Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil’ which is produced from organic coconuts harvested in Sri Lanka. The Coconut Oil Shop also sell fermented coconut which helps support gut health (Julia is a big fan of this).   The Coconut Oil Shop deliver free within New Zealand.  You can also check out their Facebook page.

You can add coconut oil to smoothies, herbal teas, baking, popcorn, breakfast oats, salad dressing, saute over vegetables and use as a cooking oil.

Libby x

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