Yearly Archives: 2015


DIY Skin Brightening Toner

Looking for a skin brightening toner? With just two ingredients (you probably already have) you can make a nourishing, yet hard working toner that’ll liven up your complexion. What I love about this DIY Skin Brightening Toner is that a) it works, and b) it’s dirt cheap to make. Toner’s one of those beauty items I’m a little unsure on. Is it necessary? I don’t want to fork out a lot for a product that leaves me wondering if I’m being ripped off. I know a toner is supposed to give your skin an extra clean, picking up any residue left […]

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GLOW INNER BEAUTY POWDER

Gut love with The Beauty Chef, by Carla Oates

We’ve all heard the saying, beauty comes from within. But did you know that this is actually true (I’m not just talking ‘inner beauty’ either). Beautiful, glowing skin begins in your gut. So before you think about buying the latest miracle cream or speed dialing your facialist, why not invest your time and money into improving your digestive health? This will help you achieve a smooth and balanced complexion, reducing the amount of skin products you need to get your skin looking flawless and glowing! The gut is where 70% of your immune system lies, where we metabolise hormones, where […]


10 Christmas Gift Ideas That Will Please Everyone

I’ve been smashing through my Christmas shopping this year and feeling quite proud of myself. As a bonus, all this online shopping has led me to discover some pretty awesome gift ideas that I hope you will find helpful. I’ve put together my list based on things I would like to receive, i.e. non toxic, beautiful and practical. The product life and overall sustainability is also high on my priorities. 1. Give a gift that keeps on giving Oil Burner Everyone loves an oil burner – they infuse your home with your choice of natural scents (I’m loving jasmine and […]

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Shaving with coconut oil

Coconut oil gets touted as the cure-all for absolutely everything, even as a shaving cream replacement. So how does it stack up for removal of unwanted hair? I wanted to get to the bottom of why I need a shaving cream at all, and if I do, would coconut oil do the trick? Unless you love the thrill of having your hair ripped out with hot wax, you probably know your way around a razor pretty well. My relationship with shaving is one of the longest relationships in my life, and just like all long relationships, has been met by […]


How ‘safe’ is your beauty regime?

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs 60-80% of all chemicals applied to it. That’s not a made up figure, it’s backed up by science. How do you think nicotine or birth control patches work? Cosmetics are tested (to an extent) before they can be released for sale. So technically, all products are ‘safe’ by government standards. But it’s how they’re testing that’s the problem and the standards they’re required to meet. When determining the safety of a chemical in skin absorption it’s all about risk assessment. What determines the toxicity of […]

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Natural-Looking Evening Makeup Tutorial

  As much as I love Kim Kardashian’s heavily applied and contoured makeup, sometimes you’ve just got to tone it down a little – like when you’re heading out for dinner with your in-laws. I’m never going to advocate going sans-makeup (if I do, call the doctor as I’ve gone crazy), but I do support the occasional subtle evening makeup. This look also works for work functions where you want a little more ompf without looking like you’re there to sleep with your boss. All makeup I use is natural, organic (where possible) and definitely never tested on animals. I’ve included […]


The Best Natural Sunscreen’s

Sun exposure is a good thing. That’s how our body’s receive Vitamin D which is super important to our overall health (see my earlier post for more info). However, too much of a good thing can be bad and sun exposure is no exception. I generally recommend 15 minutes of sunshine a day, but if you’re going to be outside for longer than this, the old Aussie adage “Slip, Slop, Slap” is a must. My most recent job required me to spend every second day outside on a boat. Because I worked on water, I doubled my sun exposure from the […]

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12 Reasons to Eat Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have been a staple in Mayan and Aztec diets for centuries. Today, they draw the interest of many people for their health benefits and uses in cooking. It turns out chia seeds are a rich source of nutrients and antioxidants. 1. Chia Seeds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories Adding just two tablespoons of chia seeds to your daily diet will give you approximately seven grams of fibre, four grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, and a whopping five grams of omega-3. 2. Chia Seeds Are Loaded With Antioxidants Chia seeds are rich […]


Toxin-Free Tampons

The average female uses more than 12,000 tampons in her life. No doubt, if you’re reading this, you’re already a fan of natural and organic living. You look to avoid excessive consumption of pesticides and chemicals, and take a similar approach to your beauty regime. But there’s a little something in the back of your bathroom draw that you may be overlooking – your sanitary products. Organic cotton tampons, for instance, might seem a step too far. We often forget about our pads and tampons when making the shift to natural living. After all, they are essentials and we don’t […]

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I have a confession to make

You may have noticed I’ve been a bit slack posting lately. There’s been a few reasons for this. Partially because I’ve been super busy organizing the renovation of my house and also because I just haven’t had anything worth posting about. There may have also been an unhealthy addiction to the Big Love series on Presto. You see, I’ve been wanting to cover natural skincare for a while now. You all know how much I love organic makeup, but I’ve wanted to also include skincare. For the past two years I’ve been using all natural formulas and in these two years […]