My 20 min DIY hair treatment

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It’s winter. It’s cold. We all know the results. Heating and the dry winter air are ripe conditions for creating lizard like skin and dull hair prone to split ends.

Imagine this….

Your hair needs a pick up and you are desperately searching the aisles for something… anything… toxic free to to restore condition and shine. Unfortunately if you’re like me, you’ll come home empty handed. I would rather go without than refill my bathroom with toxic chemicals. Yet the temptation is great…

Well aside from a trim, I have a quick and easy solution and its found in your very own pantry!

My 20 minute DIY hair treatment

2 tbsp raw unprocessed honey
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp jojoba oil

Mix into a paste and cover your hair with this goo. No need to add heat but if you feel like it why not! Leave for 20 minutes then wash your hair as normal.

Your hair will seriously feel delish and you might even be able to hold off that haircut for a rainy day.

Go forth and proudly love winter!

xx

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July beauty faves

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1woman-rugged-up-in-scarf-during-winter_article_newWinter.. It’s cold.  You could choose to hide yourself behind thick scarves and woollen beanies, or… you could choose to rock out your winter skin with these latest favourites I am in love with!!

ZWENA OIL OF MORROCCO 100% pure organic Argan oil

Sourced by the Berber women in Morocco, this fair-trade oil is pure gold.  Many women have tried and loved the benefits of “Moroccanoil” products on their hair. Not many have looked closely at the ingredients.  Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone and many others that you can’t pronounce.  The Argan Oil it contains sure does coat our hair in shine but at what cost to our health.  Step in Zwena.  This 100% pure organic Argan Oil is the real deal but without the frills.  Used on your hair and your skin, this oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and filled with antioxidants to reduce the harshness of winter.  It’s not cheap, but a little goes a long way.  A truly beautiful and luxurious oil.

http://www.zwena.com.au

ELUSYION Liquid Mineral Foundation

This vegan and cruelty-free foundation is fabulous and even better is that it is made right here in Australia.  I find this foundation can be used lightly or heavier depending on the coverage required.  With ingredients like Rose water, Aloe Leaf extract and Jojoba, Olive and Coconut oils it helps to reduce the drying effects of winter.  I was torn between Elusyion and Inika foundations but Elusyion had the perfect match for my skin.  I am so happy with it.  It covers every flaw and looks so natural that my husband doesn’t even know I am wearing make-up!

http://www.bkind.com.au

100% PURE Fruit Pigmented Black Tea Mascara – Black

You all know how much I rave about Irene from Nourished Life!  Well this is another little beauty that she stocks in her store.  Most toxic free mascaras that I have tried have been great apart from the fact that you end up wearing them down your cheeks!!  This one is sooo much better!  For one, it’s water resistant and smudge proof.  Two, it does not contain any synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial colours or fragrances or any other harsh toxins in it’s ingredients list.  Three, it’s filled with lash conditioning ProVitamin B5, Vitamin E, Oat and Wheat proteins.  It’s a staple in my everyday morning routine.

http://www.nourishedlife.com.au

And then, at the end of the day, I am currently using my ENJO daily face off.  With water alone and a very gentle circular motion, this little blue microfibre pad amazingly removes every bit of makeup and oil from my skin.  It is so easy that I just use it in the shower.  You will see the make up come off with every wipe!  No cleanser necessary!  Brilliant!! After each use I just wash it with a drop of castille soap and then gently roll it to remove excess water.  It’s now ready for tomorrow’s use.

http://www.enjo.com.au

How to detox your hair and skin

1970393557931520_7sXZM65s_cOkay….What you’ve been waiting for!!  My favourite organic and toxic free body creams and hair care, toxic free make-up brands and removers and organic self tanners.

HAIR CARE

All I can say is “Yarok” rocks!!

I have tried pretty much all their hair products and I am soooo in lurve!  I am not a big hair girl.  I wash, treat and straighten my hair.  My hair is chemically lightened and prone to frizziness.  As my hair is frizzy, I aim for a smooth, free-falling feeling, preferring to steer clear from beach type products.  I get enough of that if I leave my hair be!

Well… Yarok’s “Feed your volume” shampoo and conditioner are such lovely products to use.  Unlike other silicon free, natural based shampoos, Yarok’s version feels like your hair has truly been fed!  Your hair feels soft and silky!  The cleanse is a great one too.  No residue left behind.

Their “Feed your Ends” leave-in conditioner……Wow! Love it! So light, yet so nurturing! I  apply this before drying my hair and then once I have straightened I add a few drops of “Feed your Shine” as a serum. Yum!

“Feed your Roots” mousse is great for getting that lift in your volume when you feel like a little oomphhh!

And “Feed your Youth” is a lovely oil based treatment oil that stimulates your scalp and hair to retain, as it says, the youth of your hair!  Just be careful to wash out well as it can leave oily hair if you don’t.

And Yarok’s products seem to work best when styled.

All of Yarok’s products can be found online in Australia at www.nourishedlife.com.au

BATH SOAK

My favourite bath soak is from Perfect Potion.  Detox Bath Soak. Double Yum!  What a luxurious way to detox!  Some Queen B beeswax candles to detox the air around you, some music…maybe a book… Need I say any more!

BODY SCRUBS

Make your own! So easy! Sugar, salt, lemon juice, honey, coconut oil.  Here’s a link to my yummy recipe.

BODY TREATMENTS

Coconut Oil….Coconut Oil…Coconut Oil!!!  Nature’s little secret!!! It is a moisturizer.. an antibiotic… a multivitamin…. a multi-nutrient, boosting, nourishing, anti-aging, anti wrinkle and anti-oxidant lotion…. An all in one skin cream!  And if you buy raw, virgin, organic coconut oil then, it’s super healthy too!  Pure coconut oil will not clog your pores.  Cheaper versions will.

For something a little richer for hands etc I love “Mokosh’s shea body butter!”  So rich and luxurious, you only use sparingly, therefore one jar of this body butter will last forever!

FAKE TAN

If you don’t believe that there could be an organic, all natural, fake tan then you are not alone!!  I researched long and hard before I tried “EcoTan”.  And I am here to tell you that it is the real deal!  The closest fake tan that you can get to nature!  And it is so easy to use and the colour is great!  When used properly, I found none of the streaking that I have found with other well known versions!

TOXIC FREE MAKE-UP AND REMOVER

I am not a huge make up wearer so this an area I am still researching.  What I can tell you though is Lavera and Zuii are fabulous toxic free make up brands.  Their lippies are DIVINE!!!!  I am especially in lurve with Lavera.

For a make up remover, I love “Mokosh’s Organic Makeup Remover“.

For make up, head straight to the experts!  Three fabulous Australian online stores that stock only toxic free make up that works!  These stores and their creators are inspirational people.  I am sooo proud to be able to share them with you.

Nourished Life

B kind

I am Natural Store

Hope my Greening your bathroom series has helped you on your way to detoxification.

Part one: Greening your bathroom cabinet and your health

Part Two: Toxic free skin care

Namaste ♥

xx

My liver, my home and my life

1336443251611845When I started on my journey to detoxification, I didn’t really know what I was looking for.  I thought I was clean.  I thought I was healthy.  I thought I felt good.  I thought I had it all going on well…..   Little did I know!  My wake up call was a morning of EXCRUTIATING abdominal pain that found me in hospital.  Unfortunately after 6 hours it disappeared on it’s own, as quickly as it began.  Therefore I never received a proper diagnosis.  It was suspected that it was either gallstones or a burst ovarian cyst.  Neither sounded good.

Never wanting to experience that agony again, I decided right then and there that the health of my gallbladder and liver were of strong importance!  Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Iridologists, Native American Medicine Men….(yes!  So true!)  have always told me that my liver was sluggish.  Funny I thought cos I am not a drinker.  I do not smoke.  I live simply and healthily.  It was only now that I took their advice!

“Fair, fat and forty”  was how my mother always described the victims of gallstones.  I have learned now that there are actually 5fs.  Fair, fat, female, fertile and over forty.  One, yes I am fair.  Two, weighing in at 48kgs I would never consider myself fat!  I am a yoga loving, pilates freak with a six pack!  And as for over forty……. Well, I’m not there YET!!!!  So how?

I started on a cleanse of fats and sugars from my diet.  I increased my fibre intake and started taking supplements like chia seeds, mesquite powder, maca powder, bee pollen and increased my LSA intake.  I replaced chocolate with homemade cacao balls made with agave syrup.  I added EVERYTHING coconut into my diet.  I cut out red meat for a period.  Being gluten free, I didn’t eat wheat but I did have rye bread for breakfast.  This I cut out.  I replaced my breakfast with my green smoothie.  My lunch was yoghurt and oats with the above supplements.  Dinner was fish or chicken and LOADS of fresh and raw veges and salads.  My treats were my cacao balls, dates and sesame seeds.  My once a day medicine, 2 tablets of “Fusion Liver Tonic” and I teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water.

I also cleansed my home of the small amount of toxins that existed.  I greened my bathroom cabinet.  I even tried a old chinese gallbladder cleanse.

Things happened slowly but it’s amazing looking back four months now.  I do not crave sugar.  My energy levels are more consistent.  I don’t crave fatty foods when I’m tired.  The biggest surprise for me is that my body has ridded itself of cellulite!  What?!!  Yeah I agree….I never thought it was possible!   And the best thing…. my pain has not returned!

I have a few people and companies to thank for my new found health.  One is “Loving Earth”, a fabulous Australian company putting our health and the health of the planet at the forefront of their business.  They have a fabulous online recipe log of YUMMY, healthy meals!  Another is a fabulous Aussie woman called Irene who runs “Nourished Life.”  Initially writing a blog about detoxifying her cosmetics, she has grown into a one stop online advice and store designed to make toxic free products easy, delivered to your door and reasonably priced.  She has taught me that my so called “healthy” home was actually still full of toxic chemicals that were greenwashed!!  For that, thank you Irene!

So I told you that in my next blog I would tell you more about beautiful organic and toxic free body creams and hair care, toxic free make-up brands and removers, organic self tanners and some fabulous online web sites that only sell guaranteed toxic free products.  I think they deserve a blog of their own…..

Stay tuned! ♥

xx

Greening your bathroom cabinet and your health

RackMultipart20130103-6661-9w4hdvSo it is January.  A new year.  A time of detox.  A time of renewal.  A time of change.

What better way to renew, detox and change than by starting the new year with the resolution to change the products that load your body with toxins everyday, silently, without you ever even noticing?  You can only eat so much healthy food, work out so much in the gym or in the park and drink water till the cows come home…. These things are great but the sad fact is they are not going to detoxify you if you are still lathering your body in the harshest and most harmful toxic chemicals known to man!!!

  • Suffer from eczema?
  • Suffer from acne?
  • Suffer from psoriasis or rosacea?
  • Do you have joint problems?
  • Sleeping troubles?
  • Hayfever?
  • Pigmentation?
  • Hormone imbalances?
  • Do you suffer hair loss?
  • Eye irritations?
  • Headaches?
  • Tiredness?
  • Cellulite?

All these symptoms are caused directly by toxic chemicals and are a sign that your liver is struggling to cope.  Over time, research can show these chemical overloads can lead to conditions such as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue.

Would you believe, your body has the ability to absorb up to two and a half kilograms of toxic chemicals every year through your skin!!!

These chemicals include carcinogens, pesticides, endocrine disruptors and reproductive toxins.  These same chemicals are Formaldehydes.  Paint thinners.  Anti freeze.  Petroleum.  Lead.  And the scary thing is that there is NO safety watchdog watching over the beauty industry!!  So when you reach for that cheap bottle of cosmetics, PLEASE (for you and your family’s sake) think again…

So how do you start to change the products you bring into your bathroom cabinet and your home?  There is no safe way other than to throw all those expensive products out, recycle the bottles and start again.  If you can’t bear to do that, then at least promise yourself and your family that you will buy differently once you have used all that shampoo… Or moisturiser…. Or lip gloss… Or mascara….

There are some FABULOUS healthy and totally toxic free products out there on the market and for not much more than you already pay.  Unfortunately the way forward is not easy, as the only way to know that you are truly safe is to read the ingredients on every single packet and bottle you buy.  Companies like Sukin whitewash their products as natural and healthy, when really they still contain Phenoxyethanol (A product similar to formaldehyde.  According to a warning by the FDA of 2008, “Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that is primarily used in cosmetics and medications. It also can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration in infants” – Wikipedia.)

I have been blessed to have had the luxury of sampling some fabulous Australian and International products from companies that are leading the way in fabulously healthy, non-toxic skin care and make-up that is world class and that really does work.

Over the next few blogs, I hope to share some of these, and the fabulous online stores that stock them, with you.

I hope you stick around to find out more…

xx

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The toxins in our everyday beauty products

ecomom and Jessica

What can I say?

The majority of us are born with beautiful, perfectly functioning, healthy bodies.  Just like a car, if we maintain them with maintenance, quality fuel and a bit of TLC, we have the power to keep them in good health.  Dis-ease stuggles to live in a healthy body.  Life is a gift.

For a one stop toxic free beauty store in Australia head to http://www.nourishedlife.com.au/

Nourished Life is run by a gorgeous lady called Irene who has dedicated the last year and a half of her life to finding THE most healthy beauty products on the market.

Thanks to http://www.ecomom.com/ for the image.

x

 

My new Subi favourite

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    I cannot believe that I have lived so close to this gorgeous organic beauty bar for the past year and I have only just walked into it for the first time today!!!  I am talking about “b kind” in Churchill Rd, Subiaco, WA.

Such a gorgeous clean-lines store filled to the brim with beautiful organic top-class and totally natural treats from beauty to hair to make up.  All their products are ethically sourced, free from sodium laureth sulfides, parabens, pegs, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance, genetically modified ingredients and animal testing.  WOW!   And it was soooo lovely to see that they also have local offerings from Western Australian companies doing their bit in the worldwide organic cosmetic scene.

I have come home with some divine Mokosh Shea Body Butter in geranium and patcholi (said to be deeply moisturising and nourishing), a gorgeous hot pink lippy from Zuii and made in Australia.

Mokosh looks like a fabulous Australian company containing between 95 and 100% cerified organic ingredients and they don’t use palm oil.  None of their ingredients are bleached, heated or diluted, and to top it off they are handmade in a little Fremantle studio right here in WA!  I tried a tester of their hand cream and OMG…. DIVINE!  I can’t wait to try more of the range!

Another company I really liked the look of is Sodashi.  Using biochemistry, aromatherapy and Ayurvedic principles, their products are considered the purest skincare range on earth!!  And they too are made right here in Fremantle, WA.  There packaging is gorgeous and is recyclable and printed with natural vegetable dyes.

I cannot wait to try their products.  I will let you know my verdict.  As you know, it will take a lot to beat my organic coconut oil and Rose hip!!

xx

Beautiful Hair with Yarok

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Oh my goodness! ATTENTION GIRLS!! Throw out all your toxic hair products and check out Yarok NYC!! The products are AMAZING!! And they are healthy!! No more cancer causing ingredients….

Free of toxic alcohol, paraben, sulfates, Yarok uses certified organic ingredients and prides itself on being 100% vegan and cruelty free.  And they even donate 3% of their profits to The Pachamama Alliance, a non-profit organisation that protects over 10 million acres of rainforests in the Amazon.

Can I say Yarok’s Feed your Roots and their Feed your Youth are remaining in my bathroom cabinet for centuries to come.  Never have I come across a hair care range that I have loved as much as this!  The products feel so pure!

Now you don’t have to sacrifice your hairstyle for the earth.

Get on it!! I am loving them!! x