organic beauty


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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LAVANILA deodorant review

Road Testing LAVANILA Natural Deodorant

Review of LAVANILA Natural Deodorant Finding a natural, aluminium-free deodorant that works can be a pretty hard task. With all the right intentions you give up your trusty Rexona and embark on the trial and error process of finding an effective, safe deodorant. Sometimes you hit the jackpot, other times you’re paranoid about putting your arms up. I won’t lie, some of them are pretty crappy. So far, from my experience, I’ve found products containing bicarb soda works pretty well. However for those with sensitive skin, it can be pretty harsh. Bicarb soda is very alkaline so can irritate (especially […]


Try IME Natural Perfumes

Everybody loves to smell good but so many perfumes on the market today are packed full of chemical nasties, enhancers and preservatives that we really don’t want to apply to our skin. Is there a clean, natural and safe alternative to traditional perfumes? IME Natural Perfumes are hoping to convince us of this. Back when I was at University I worked in a perfume shop and would spend every spare moment testing and sampling. I love perfume and matching a fragrance to a mood or outfit. But now, I’m just not comfortable with the idea of spraying a chemical concoction […]

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avocado face mask recipe

Edible Beauty: Avocado Face Masks

We know avocado is great for us – it’s full of vitamin E, healthy fats and antioxidants. But have you tried applying it directly to your skin? Many all natural skincare lines use avocado in the form of avocado oil. It’s used as a moisturizer and all natural source of free radical damage fighting vitamin A, E, and vitamin C. The fruit contains a lot of minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, etc. It also contains vitamins A, E, B and K. The result of that special cocktail is that the avocado face mask reaches the deepest […]


What’s so good about Rosehip Oil?

If you are looking for a brighter complexion, reduce the impact of scarring or acne or you want a natural product for shinier and healthier hair, then it is worthwhile investigating some of the benefits of rosehip oil. FYI – Princess Kate, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham all use it! Where does it come from?  Rosehip oil is normally extracted from the wild rose, “Rosa Mosqueta”, which is found in the southern part of Chile. The “hip” is the fruit of the rose plant and continues a multitude of fatty acids and other components that are responsible for the wonderful properties […]

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Lavera Organic Fake Tan

Product Review: Lavera Organic Fake Tan Lotion

I’ve been using the Lavera organic fake tan lotion for a couple of months now and just realised I’ve never shared my results with you guys! The Lavera Self Tan has won many awards internationally so I had to try it for myself to find out why. I’ve mentioned the Lavera brand quite a few times already so you know it’s a brand I use and respect. The Lavera range is Certified Natural by the BDIH, which also means it must not contain toxins. So the DHA (the stuff that makes you tan) in this product must come from a natural source. About Lavera Self Tanning Lotion […]