Air fresheners, toothpaste, shampoo, the list goes on...... the good news is all of these toxic products listed in this article can be replaced with natural alternatives.
Australian made and hand crafted - Hibou Naturel – enchanted range, is a gentle and deliciously tropical smelling anti-acne skincare range. Designed for oily, combination and acne prone skin. A few of the natural ingredients in this 3 step system are wild orange essential oil, pawpaw, vanilla infused jojoba oil and calendula. All of these ingredients help to reduce inflammation and control the oiliness of your skin. Made from natural and certified organic ingredients, suitable for men and women, as the subdued unisex scent smells like a tropical rainforest.
The Enchanted Cleanser – a gentle cleanser containing orange essential oil to help regulate oil production and regenerate skin cells.
I love it when I can use a cleanser morning and night and feel safe in the knowledge that the ingredients are actually helping my skin.
The cleanser is a gel consistency and lathers up very nicely.
The orange essential oil also promotes collagen, so is great for anti-ageing benefits. Rosemary extract is helpful for oily skin and improving skin tone. I found that this cleanser throurougly cleansed my skin and kept it looking and feeling fresh and revitalised.
Ingredients: organic castile liquid soap, purified water, citrus sinensis (wild orange) essential oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) essential oil, xanthan gum
The Enchanted Tonic – naturally rebalances skin PH with the help of lavender and orange blossom infused floral water.
It reduces the size and appearance of pores and removes dirt and residue after cleansing.
A wonderful tonic to spritz on after cleansing, or even to use during the day to rejuvnate skin. I love using this on hot summer days, espcially when I return from the beach. The light scent is lovely and refreshing.
Ingredients: lavandula angustifolia (Lavender infused water), citrus aurantium (orange blossom) infused water
The Enchanted Lotion – containing the citric benefits of orange essential oil and pawpaw fruit extract, mango butter, grapefruit extract and infused vanilla pods. You know that saying, if a product contains ingredients you wouldn't want to ingest, you shouldn't put it on your skin! This is a product which actually sounds good enough to eat, the ingredients are so pure and natural.
This lotion has the perfect consistency for oily skin, I found that it moisturises perfectly, doesn't leave any residue, at the same time keeps any dryness at bay. A wonderful and soothing after sun lotion too, I used it after I accidently had a bit too much sun over the holidays!
Ingredients: purified water, Australian Jojoba oil, mango butter, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate (natural olive oil emulsifying wax), glycerine (vegetable & palm free), citrus sinensis (wild orange) essential oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) essential oil, organic carica papaya (papaya) fruit extract, organic calendula officinalis (calendula) infused oil (sunflower) Citrus paradise (grapefruit seed extract), infused vanilla pods
The Enchanted range helped to keep my oily skin feeling clean and fresh from impurities. No new pimples and a feeling of smoothness.
All of the Hibou products have been sourced from high quality natural ingredients and also use Australian farmed and produced or certified organic ingredients.
Free from parabens, artificial fragrances & preservatives, petroleum and sulphates. Gluten free and vegan friendly and not tested on Animals.
A really lovely and effective natural skin care system for treating acne in a gentle way, but also great for more mature skin. These products can be safely used on teenage skin without the fear of a bad reaction.
Available at Hibou Naturel.
This is very scary. The Australian federal police have issued a warning to the public after a deadly chemical was found in a fake eyelash glue removal product. The brands aren't mentioned, but the products are coming from China, so please be careful!
We are exposed to over one hundred chemicals in our skin and haircare products every day. You may not think about the five or six unpronounceable chemicals in your shower gel when you lather up in the morning. You may not know which ones are linked to hormone imbalances and even cancer. Have you seen these statistics before?
The average woman will ingest 4-6 pounds of lipstick over her lifetime. Lipstick contains mineral oil which is a known carcinogen.
20% of personal care products contain at least one chemical linked to cancer.
The more you investigate, the scarier it seems. However, you can make changes to your daily beauty routine, reduce the chemicals your skin absorbs and maybe even save a little money along the way.
Here are five easy steps to start your green beauty journey:
Learn to read labels
First, you need to know which chemicals you should avoid in your products. For example, in your conditioner, stay away from ingredients with “-eth”, like sodium laureth sulfate. Often, a good rule of thumb is, if the ingredient is very hard to pronounce and sounds like a chemical, look for an alternative. Many brands claim a product is natural when it only has one or two natural ingredients. In time, you will learn the difference between natural, organic and cruelty-free cosmetics. Apps like Think Dirty make it very easy for you to educate yourself and choose the safest products. Just scan the barcode and learn about all the potentially toxic ingredients in the product and find safer options.
Simplify your routine
Strip your beauty products down to the essentials for your lifestyle. For your face, start with a simple cleanser, like organic handmade soap and include a toner and moisturiser.
For your makeup bag, try products that multitask like a colour stick that can be used on the eyes, lips and cheeks. Seek out brands that use recyclable packaging. Remember, the green journey is not only about using chemical free products but also being environmentally responsible.
Try your own treatments
The best way to know exactly what is in your beauty treatments is to make your own.
You can start slow and make your own two or three ingredient sugar face scrubs. Then create simple face masks and moisturisers. When you’re more confident, whip up your own deodorant and even toothpaste! There are a large number of DIY recipes for everything from foot cream to eyeliner. Just perform a search on Pinterest.
Beauty from the inside out
What you put into your body is as important as what you put on. Great skin and hair begins with a nutritious diet and exercise. Limit the quantity of processed food you consume and increase the nutrient dense vegetables. Walking when you can instead of using transportation, not only benefits your waistline, but also makes a positive impact on the environment.
Don’t feel overwhelmed by the number of new brands, products and terms you will learn when you start your green beauty journey. You can detoxify at your own pace. Try using the 80/20 rule where 80 percent of the products you use are clean and 20 percent are more conventional. Just like a food diet, it is hard to be perfect 100 percent of the time! As your knowledge grows, you will rely more on your intuition.
This post has been contributed by Michelle Brown.
Promoting beauty from the inside out, Qsilica have a wonderful natural range of acne products to help keep skin clear, at the same time keeping nails strong and hair looking beautifully soft and healthy. Formulated with Silica, which is a natural beauty mineral found in quartz crystal, this is where the Q comes from in the Qsilica range.
Completely natural, no harsh chemicals and very gentle on skin.
The Blemish Control Kit comes with the 3 products below -
Naturally clear skin cleanser
A refreshing skin cleaser which has a light foaming action. The main ingredients are Silica, vitamin E and jojoba oil. It also contains lavender, sandalwood and maleleuca oil, which gives it a really lovely scent. This cleanser gently washes skin of dirt, but doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry, compared to other acne face washes, this feels like a nice and luxurious face wash, but with the added benefit of the amazing silica to help keep skin clear of impurities. It can also be used by those who don’t suffer from acne, as silica is an amazing anti ageing mineral. I don’t suffer from acne, but I do get the occasional pimple, this helped to keep my skin clear and left if feeling soft and smooth.
Naturally Clear Spot Gel
The spot gel is to be used after cleansing with the silica face wash. Containing silica, willow bark, salicylic acid, olive leaf, lemon and tea tree extracts. The naturally soothing aloe and cucumber soothes skin and reduces redness. I know that this gel works because I used it on a pimple which popped up at the worst place possible, which was my nose. I haven't had one of these in years, so it was good timing that I was sent this kit to test out! After applying the spot gel, the zit disappeared after two days, without having to squeeze or anything! This can also be applied as a preventative treatment to areas whiich are prone to pimples.
Naturally clear skin support supplements
These vegan tablets contain a combination of natural ingredients to help support and keep acne proned skin clear. The zinc and vitamin A helps to balance hormones. The tablets also contains the following herbs and vitamins which have been traditionally used in western herbal medicine to support and detox skin - Barberry root, burdock, green tea, silica, B3, B6 and B5.
The combination of zinc and b6 actually have an amazing effect on skin, I have used these two supplements previously for stress relief, but at the same time I noticed my skin starting to clear up. So when taking the naturally clear supplements I also noticed that my skin felt a lot less oily, with less blackheads. I think combination of the vitamins and carefully selected herbs in Qsilica tabs are an amazing addition you could add to you daily skin care routine, especially if you suffer from acne and cannot handle the harshness of other acne products.
I'm happy to recommend Qsilica, as I believe that silica is a mineral which many people are missing in their diets and this natural skin care system can be a big help for those who want to treat their skin naturally without resorting to chemical filled skin care.
No parabens, petrochemicals or synthetic fragrances, Qsilica is Australian made by the family owned company Planet Health.
Each product can be purchased seperately, but if you have an acne problem, the kit is the best option.
Available at - Qsilica.
A gentle facewash bursting with positive energy and uplifting citrus vibes. Another beautiful product from Australian Bush Flower essences.
This is a delicate serum which feels ultra smooth and soft to apply, I actually haven’t used many face wash serums before, it's quite a unique product, particularly in the organic world. I was pleasantly surprised by how soothing it felt on my skin. Bursting with sun ripned citrus energy to awaken senses and invorgorate tired skin.
Containing anti-aging alpine rose stem cells to help protect skin from environmental stress. It also contains the following healing flower essences - Angelsword, Bauhinia, Billy Goat Plum, Bottlebrush, Five Corners, Fringed Violet, Macrocarpa. The energies of these essences relate to inner strength and self acceptance.
I found it helped to lift my mind out of negative mode.
Suitable for all skin types, organic and natural. Once applied the serum turns into quite a nice creamy lather, it cleanses thourougly without leaving my skin feeling dry.
Part of the Love System range, which was created by Paul Loveday, he spent 7 years developing these naturopathic inspired skin care formulations which contains the amazing properties of Australian bush flowers.
The energies contained in the flower remedies are designed to nurture and care for your skin and your inner self.
Morning citrus dynamis can be found here.
Hair loss is a condition that is most commonly associated with males; however, it is seen that older females will also suffer from this problem. In previous years, the most common cause of hair loss was age and the influence of genetics but in modern society there seem to be far more contributors to alopecia (the technical term for hair loss). Due to the contemporary individual's poor diet, lack of exercise, and many styling treatments; the increase in risk of hair loss at a younger age is higher than ever before. Of course, there are pharmaceutical treatments that can assist in reducing or preventing this problem but they can result in additional side effects. This article will discuss the natural method to avoid this condition and looks at the top herbs to promote hair growth.
1. Ginkgo Biloba
One of the most beneficial herbs currently available for various ailments, ginkgo biloba is highly advantageous as a natural hair growth agent. Due to the herb's ability to increase blood flow to the brain, it is able to stimulate the growth of hair follicles and repair any damage that may have been experienced. Many people in the global population utilize ginkgo biloba as a memory enhancement supplement; however, it is also possible for these natural herbal supplements to stimulate hair growth when taken on a daily basis.
A well-known Chinese herb, ginseng is another stimulating resource that influences the activity in the brain and central nervous system. As with ginkgo biloba, ginseng is able to stimulate areas within the brain and repair any damages to the hair follicles; thus promoting hair growth for the individual. It is possible to locate ginseng in the form of herbal supplements but this herb is most commonly found as an ingredient in organic shampoo.
Rosemary is arguably the most well-known natural agent used as a hair loss treatment. This herb has been used by individuals of different cultures for hundreds of years and is most effective during the initial stages of hair loss. While it is possible to apply the crushed rosemary directly and see positive results, it is recommended that the rosemary is combined with olive oil as this will stimulate hair growth and nourish the hair follicles. Yet, it should be noted that rosemary does present several side effects for people with neurological conditions such as epilepsy; therefore, it should be used carefully.
One unique herb that is not very well known among the general population is that of horsetail. This oddly named herb is commonly used as a strengthening agent for bones and nails; however, it is also beneficial as a means of reducing hair loss. The ability of the herb to strengthen body parts includes the human hair and, as such, improves the quality of the hair follicles. Horsetail can be found in many natural conditioners and should be used regularly to act as one of the many herbs to promote hair growth.
Mike Johnson is a successful businessman that maintains a website dedicated to herbal health treatments, Herb Power, which provides high quality information related to the benefits of using herbal treatment for many health conditions.
I Iam just loving these natural paste deodorants! If you haven’t tried one before, now is the time to think about changing. What I love about No Pong is that it’s so economical, all I need is a tiny dot sized amount and it literally lasts all day long. It contains beeswax and coconut oil to help it stay put and the cornstarch absorbs moisture. Baking soda adjusts PH levels, so that bacteria can't survive. Added to this are a beautiful blend of certified organic essential oils of Sweet Orange, Vanilla, Lemongrass, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Lime, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang and Geranium.
A stand out for me with this deodorant is that it is water resistant for up to 12 hours!, so I can go to the beach, go swimming, go for long walks and still feel nice and fresh. It also contains frankincense! one of my all time favourite essential oil scents, it has a very calming effect on my mind. The overall scent of No Pong is light and anyone can wear it, male or female. I would describe it as light and refreshing, slightly woodsy and citrusy and this scent lasts through the day without a hint of any type of smelly armpits.
I’ve been using it for a few a weeks now, one of which I was away on holiday being active outdoors, walking around alot, going out to dinner and this was a very hot week, we had a heat wave. I also wore it out to a food and wine festival, an all day experience in the hot and humid weather and No Pong stayed working the entire day. The next week I wore No Pong when I went back to work, this is the big test for me because when being under stress, I naturally sweat and when I'm at work I want to smell nice at all times!
If you're heading for an extra charged up gym workout at the end of the day you could probably re-apply beforehand, but for my day to day racing around and for yoga class I didn't need to.
No Pong is a safe, effective natural deodorant. It does not contain parabens, aluminium or any nasties at all.
We all know what aluminium and parabens do right? Studies have shown a connection between these chemicals and cancer and dementia. There is absolutely no need to use products which contain damaging chemicals when you can use a fantastic natural product such as No Pong.
Here is a complete list of ingredients - Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Corn Starch, Beeswax, and a proprietary blend of 100% pure, certified organic essential oils consisting of Orange Sweet, Vanilla, Lemongrass, Cedarwood Atlas, Bergamot, Lime, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, and Geranium.
No Pong is Australian made, very affordable (only $5.95!) with cheap shipping ($3.00). I love how they have kept the price so low, it's something I really appreciate in a natural company.
I also like the trendy little tin it comes in. No Pong can be purchased from their online store.
An old remedy, but a good one! It's amazing that such an affordable little remedy such as castor oil can have such amazing effects on skin and hair.
Woohoo! is a 100 percent natural deodorant paste and the first thing I want to say is this really works, it works all day long!
All you do is apply a tiny little pea sized shape of paste to your underarm and gently rub it in, it absorbs within a few seconds. You really do only need a tiny bit, so this jar is going to last me for ages. It’s hard to believe, but this tiny amount of deodorant protects me for the entire day, from 7.00 in the morning until I arrive home in the evening. It actually eliminates odour without blocking your pores. It does not contain aluminium, which is highly toxic and stops you from sweating. Woohoo keeps you dry by absorbing moisture. I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks now and I love it.
I like the cute pink colour jar it comes in and it smells really nice, it’s a light natural scent, one of my favourite scents so far in the natural deodorants I've experienced. It contains the gentle scents of cedar, orange peel oil, lavender and vanilla, which can be worn by men and women.
It doesn’t irritate my skin at all, which is really important after shaving! , so it is perfectly safe to use for anyone with sensitive skin. The paste is clear when applied and it doesn't leave any marks or stains!, which is great as I've had a bad experience with another natural deodorant before and it ruined my top!
It’s ingredients are all natural and soothing and good for your skin, no dangerous parabens (which studies have shown to be found in breast cancer cells) and aluminium (which has been linked to alzheimers).
Here is the full list of ingredients -
- Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Root Starch, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Kaolin Clay, Isoamyl Laurate, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla) Wax, Triethyl Citrate, Zinc Oxide, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Wood (Cedarwood Atlas) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Oil and Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) Extract
All natural, organic, vegan and Australian made. Free from aluminium salts, phthalates and parabens.
The creators from Woohoo! Body, Aaron and Phoebe have spent a long time perfecting the perfect natural deodorant. I don't think you'll be disappointed :)
Visit Woohoo! Body.
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