We use these products every day. If you're using products which aren't natural and organic, check the labels and investigate the ingredients, you will change your mind about using them.
I never use hand sanitizers made from chemicals, they are very toxic and contain tricolsan,
a very hazardous chemical to your health and damaging to the eco-system. Overuse of these chemically filled antibacterial products can also weaken your immune system. Stick to soap and water and natural hand sanitizers.
Fabric softeners, air-fresheners, sanitizers, soaps, the list goes on and on. This is a detailed article explaining how the chemicals in these products adversely affects your health.
Aloe Vera is one of the most soothing natural remedies for sunburn and many other skin conditions.
As this article states, it's full of vitamins, including B12.
Imagine how much money you could save by making your own natural cosmetics!
I’ve been lucky enough to have the pleasure of testing out a natural DIY lipstick kit from Create Your Cosmetics, an Australian owned company founded by Lana King, specialising in helping you create your own cosmetics at home, using natural ingredients.
I don’t have a lot of experience when it comes to making my own cosmetics, so this was very new to me, but it turned out to be quite a lot of fun and very easy and quick to make.
The kit I used was the Pink Amour (with Pink Mica and deliciously tasting natural Strawberry Fragrance Oil, it smells so good!). I also had a few additional Mica colours to play around with.
It’s basically a matter of melting and mixing and in a very short amount of time your lipstick mixture is ready to pour into the mould.
The first time I didn’t get it exactly right as I forgot to place a rubber band around the mould and the mixture was too hot when I placed it in the mould, but practice makes perfect and second time around it came out looking great.
I even tried mixing up a few different colours, the Mica Pearl added a shimmery touch to the pink lipstick and Mica Pink and Mica Orange turned out to be a pretty coral colour lipstick.
The ingredients used in this are very moisturising, such as the jojoba oil and shea butter and the actual lipstick colour gives a very pretty sheen to lips. You can always add more mica in, depending on how strong you want the colour to be.
If you want to get really creative you can buy a whole pack of mica colours and start experimenting.
The great thing about this kit is you know exactly what is going into your lipstick and onto your lips.
The ingredients used are all natural and of a very high quality -
You receive enough ingredients in your kit to make enough lipsticks to last for many years! The kit also comes with droppers, lipstick tubes, lipstick mould and stirring sticks.
I can’t wait to try out the other DIY kits, they have lotion Bar DIY kits and soap making DIY kits, as well as many beautiful fragrance oils to make your own perfumes.
All ingredients are safe and natural and perfect for beginners or experienced DIY artists.
You can click here to view or purchase the DIY lipstick kit.
Non-Organic soaps usually contain artificial fragrances and toxic chemicals.
Organic soaps not only feel so much nicer to use, but are good for your skin.
Organic markets are a great place to find affordable natural soaps or make your own!
For the past couple of months I’ve been using the La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation combined with the La Mav BB Cream.
This foundation is an all in one concealer, sunscreen, foundation and powder, which means you can use it on it’s own and it will work fabulously, you really don’t need to use anything else with it, but as the BB cream also contains a primer and moisturiser, I use this first followed by the Mineral Foundation.
This Mineral Foundation is 100 percent natural and certified organic, cruelty free and proudly Australian made. Completely free from all of the nasty chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals and synthetics.
The fact that this foundation is anti-ageing is a big added plus for me, as not that many loose organic powders are. It contains anti-ageing minerals and the anti-oxidant properties of certified organic rose-hip oil and vitamin C. It’s a good idea to start using anti-ageing products at any age, not just when you hit your 40’s and start noticing wrinkles! Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to skin care.
When applying I only used a light dusting and this set my make-up for the entire working day, no touch up’s needed. The staying power is extremely long lasting, it will last all day long.
La mav have done their research when it comes to performance and knowing what people need in their skincare products.
I find this powder to be very nourishing for my skin, at the same time as making my skin feel perfectly made up by hiding my imperfections, without making me feel as though I’m wearing a tonne of make-up. It adds a slightly glowing and soft shimmer look to my skin without making it look shiny.
As someone who can be prone to the occasional breakout, this also kept my skin clear and pimple free and hides any redness. This would also work well for those who suffer from Rosacea.
It comes in 4 different shades, I used the light/medium shade and this was perfect for my fair, but slightly tanned skin. It also contains a natural SPF 15 sunscreen and is water resistant, even on hot, sweaty days it will stay on your face!
The powder is very economical and you’re getting top quality at an affordable price.
I highly recommend both the La Mav BB Cream and Mineral Foundation powder as a healthy way to keep your skin looking and feeling great, I don’t think anyone will be disappointed after trying them.
Before this I was using a liquid foundation and pressed powder, but now I've been converted. Previously I've found other loose powders looked too thick, but this glides on smoothly and evens out to a very natural looking skin tone.
You can click here to view or purchase the La Mav Mineral Anti-Ageing Foundation.
For more information on La Mav please read my interview with La Mav founder Tarj Mavi.
I haven't had many smoothies with grapes, but the addition in a smoothie is a great idea, combined with flax and the other ingredients, this a tasty antioxidant recipe good for your skin.
It's won't be too hard to try to eat the food on this list, very tasty!
Since I stopped using make-up containing chemicals 10 years ago I’ve been on the constant look out for the best organic cosmetics available.
Changing to organic and natural doesn’t mean you have to stop using cosmetics which make you feel great and help to bring out your natural beauty.
When I was told that I’d be given the chance to trial La Mav’s anti-aging minerals collection I was very excited, particularly as La Mav's BB cream is Australia's first organic BB Cream.
As you may have read in my previous blog interview with La Mav founder Tarj Mavi, La Mav use the highest quality plant ingredients, are 100 percent certified organic and are at the top of the line when it comes to ethics.
BB creams are quite new to the scene, particularly Australian organic BB creams, the BB stands for Blemish Balm, they’re an all purpose foundation rolled into one (moisturiser, primer, foundation, sunscreen). This appeals to me, as it means I don’t have so many products crowding up my bathroom, saves room while I’m traveling and it’s also very affordable.
From the first application my skin loved this, it felt silky smooth and covered my imperfections instantly with a matte finish , I didn’t even need to use a concealer. If you do have heavy acne or pimples though, you may need a concealer to touch up with. It comes in one colour which is designed to blend well with all skin tones. At first I wasn’t sure about this as I have quite pale skin and I was worried it might be too dark, but somehow the colour and ingredients blended into my skin perfectly.
It seemed to enhance my skin tone and make it look more vibrant, I realised that the foundation I was using previously was way too light in colour and it didn’t need to be, but I was always so worried about getting that ‘orange’ look. This BB cream gives my skin a glowing, healthy look. It’s not as heavy as a foundation, it looks very natural and flawless without looking as though I’m wearing make-up, almost like a tinted moisturiser, but with alot more coverage.
It did a great job of hiding under eye circles and kept my skin feeling dewey and moisturised. When I’m in a hurry, it’s really nice to to skip the moisturiser on busy mornings. If you prefer thicker coverage, you can also use this underneath a foundation to even out redness.
Another important factor is staying power, especially if you’re working long days at the office and don’t have time to re-touch. When I used this combined with the La Mav Mineral Foundation powder, I’d give it a 10 out of 10 for staying power.
Some of the ingredients include Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil for moisturisation, Rosehip and Kakadu Plum to fight wrinkles and soothing cucumber seed extract to even out redness. All very healthy for your skin and certified organic, if you are acne prone it won’t clog up pores, it will actually help to prevent pimples. My skin has been feeling great and blemish free while I’ve been using this. An added bonus is it also contains a natural sunscreen. The scent is very soft, virtually no scent at all, so good for allergies.
Click here to view or purchase the La Mav BB Cream