Here’s An Easy Peasy Skincare Regime For Teens and Tweens

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Ah, puberty! That period when you’re starting to really care about how you look – only for your hormones to begin wreaking havoc on your skin. For some teens, pimples are few and far between. For others, they’re painful and constant and life altering. Here’s are some tips on skincare regime for teens and tweens.

Get your teen into good skincare habits by using natural products. We’ve got some some natural skincare regimes for teens and tweens that can help at this time of change.

skincare regime for teens and tweens

If you dealt with breakouts and other skin issues at this age, then you know how much of a toll it can take on your self confidence. This is why it’s important to help your teen or tween develop a good natural skin care regime instead of working to fix skin issues later on.

Natural skincare regime for teens and tweens

Not all teens will appreciate the importance of skincare at this point, but try to start them young nonetheless. A good skincare regime is quite simple, really: just cleanse, tone, and moisturise. Sun protection is a must for daytime. Spot treat when necessary. Exfoliate or apply a mask once a week or whenever skin feels particularly dry.

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When I was a teenager, we didn’t give much thought to the ingredients in our skincare products. Fortunately, times have changed and we’ve become more aware of the chemicals in mainstream skincare. For teens and tweens, choose natural skincare products with as few ingredients as possible.

Facial wash

808 Dude Zit Free Face Wash for a good teen skincare routine
808 Dude Zit Free Face Wash

A mild facial cleanser is all that’s needed to get rid of dirt, sweat, and excess sebum that can clog pores. Make sure your teen uses this twice a day: in the morning to get rid of oil that have accumulated overnight and before bed to get rid of makeup and other debris from the day.

A common mistake is scrubbing too much and trying to remove every trace of oil. Remind your teen not to overdo it, as doing so will only have her skin overcompensating by pumping out more oil. At this age, even face washing can be a chore. Two good alternatives are micellar water, which requires no water and no sudsing, and makeup remover wipes, which are a good option for lazy days and when on the go.

Here are some of our facial wash recommendations; 808 Dude Zit Free Face Wash, Acure Brilliantly Brightening Micellar Water, Acure Incredibly Clear Acne Towelettes, and one of the favourites, Lavera’s Cleansing Gel.

Or she could try a solid cleansing bar, like the charcoal one from The Australian Natural Soap Company.

Toner

Toner rebalances skin’s pH after cleansing. Go with an alcohol free toner, which won’t damage young skin’s natural moisture barrier. Here are some alcohol free toners your teen can use; Harmoni’s Kiss Toner Passionflower & Rose and Zkin Organics Clear Skin Toner.

Moisturiser

Harmoni's Kiss for a good teen skincare routine
Harmoni’s Kiss

Another common mistake is thinking that when skin is already oily, moisturiser is no longer needed. Young skin needs water though, not more oil, so go with an oil free, water based moisturiser.

This one from Harmoni’s Kiss is lightweight and calms breakouts with a blend of lavender, mandarin, and ylang ylang essential oils. Unless your teen’s skin is extremely dry, moisturiser can be limited to daytime so skin can ‘breathe’ overnight. 

Another good one is the Acure Incredibly Clear Mattifying Moisturiser. The lightweight formula helps control sebum production, and helps to rejuvenate damaged skin.

Acne treatment

Weleda Aknedoron Cleansing Lotion
Weleda Aknedoron Cleansing Lotion

Covering up spots with globs of makeup isn’t the right way to get rid of them. Neither is trying to scrub them away with abrasive scrubs, which will only irritate already inflamed skin.

If your teenager is dealing with acne, skip the harsh scrubs and astringent toners. Instead, look for products with natural chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid. A good example would is Lavera’s 3 in 1 Wash Scrub Mask.

For when the odd pimple pops out, dab on a spot treatment like the Acure Incredibly Clear Acne Spot or 808 Dude Clear Skin Spot Free Gel. The Necessity Zit Stick is a go to for those suffering from congested skin. It’s an easy to use solution that uses a blend of antibacterial essential oils to flatten spots and help prevent scarring.

Necessity Zit Stick
Necessity Zit Stick

Facial mask

Once a week, use a mask to buff away dead skin buildup and draw out impurities. A good one can also help dry out existing blemishes and keep new ones from popping out. Try Redmond’s Bentonite Clay Healing Clay.

Redmond Bentonite Clay Healing Clay
Redmond Bentonite Clay Healing Clay

Sunscreen

Most of the wrinkles that will appear on your child’s face later in life are from sun exposure she gets in the teenage years. Get your teens or tweens into the habit of sun protection. Remind them to use sunscreen or a moisturiser with SPF every day, even if they’ll only be in class all day.

Wotnot Sunscreen for Face
Wotnot Sunscreen for Face

The trick to getting young ones to slather on sunscreen is to get one that feels nice on the skin. If it’s too greasy or sticky or heavy, you’ll have to nag them every day to apply it. One of our favourite sunscreens is the Wotnot Face Sunscreen. It’s lightweight, non comedogenic (won’t clog pores), and is perfect for using as a primer under makeup. But the best part is that it’s zinc oxide based. Aside from offering good sun protection, zinc oxide calms inflammation and dries out pimples.

You can also try Simple As That Sunscreen.

That’s basically all natural skincare regime for teens and tweens, to get them started. Remember to keep it simple and to stick with products that are formulated with good ingredients, and for sensitive skin. Apart from the above, it’s also worth looking into natural nail care, lip care (highly recommend Hurraw!), period care, and hair care (greasy hair can lead to clogged pores and acne).

What natural skincare products have your teens found useful? Share below!

Image credits: 808 Dude, Harmoni’s Kiss, Weleda, Necessity, Redmond, and Wotnot

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How To Care For Dehydrated and Dry Skin

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Dry skin and dehydrated skin may seem synonymous, but they’re actually two different things. Dry skin is a skin type characterised by a lack of oil or lipids. Dehydrated skin, which is really more of a skin condition, is caused by a lack of water.

Today, we’re looking into the best ways to deal with dry skin and dehydrated skin. Should you moisturise? Should you tone? Which natural skincare products work? And what kind of makeup should you use? We’ve got the answers.

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But first, let’s get to the core of the problem.

What’s the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin?

Dry skin and dehydrated skin may have different underlying causes, but most of the signs are similar. Dry skin and dehydrated skin are prone to dullness, flaking, and visible fine lines. Both are characterised by a matte appearance and fine pores.

Dry skin often feels itchy and looks red, splotchy, and leathery. Dehydrated skin feels tight and is usually accompanied by dry, cracked lips. Note that dehydration can happen with any skin type, which means you can have oily and acne prone skin and also be dehydrated.

There are a bunch of factors that can result in dry skin, including genetics, ageing, your diet, the weather, overusing certain skincare products, contact with allergens, and overscrubbing. As for dehydrated skin, this temporary condition is usually brought about by insufficient water intake or excessive sweating.

If you suspect that your skin is either dry or dehydrated, try to figure out which external factors or lifestyle choices may be causing your skin problems. You can also improve the condition of dry or dehydrated skin by incorporating natural skincare products into your everyday skincare routine. For dry skin, choose products with rich oils and lipids. For dehydrated skin, look for moisture-binding ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin.

How to cleanse dry and dehydrated skin

  • Dry skin

For everyday cleansing, use the Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion. This is a great choice for dry skin: it’s extra mild and extra gentle, is water based, and has powerful moisturising ingredients. You only need a moistened cotton wool pad to remove this, which is perfect if you find that regular washing only makes your skin drier.

Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion

For moisturising ingredients to get through the rough upper layers of dry skin, you’re gonna need to do some exfoliating. A good facial cleanser will gently break down the dead skin cells and other impurities that adhere to your skin and cause dry patches. This allows the hydrating ingredients of your moisturiser to really sink into your skin and do their job.

For dry skin, you have to use an extra gentle exfoliating cleanser. Go with non grainy formulas such as this one from Acure. Instead of physical exfoliators, it uses active fruit enzymes to gently remove dead skin cells and reduce fine lines.

Acure also has a non abrasive Brightening Vegetable Peel, which uses sugar cane extract and apple cider vinegar to gently exfoliate. Use either of these 1-2 times a week.

  • Dehydrated skin

Get dehydrated skin back on track with a mild cleanser that deep cleans as it hydrates. The Weleda Gentle Cleansing Milk lifts off impurities without sucking moisture out of your skin. It’s water based and packed with jojoba and sesame seed oils.

Weleda Gentle Cleansing Milk

Andalou Naturals has a lovely Cleansing Foam that’s extra mild and soap free. It has vegetable glycerin, a powerful ingredient that pulls in water molecules from your surroundings and binds them to your skin, leaving it as smooth and plump as a baby’s bottom.

What toner should you use?

Both dry and dehydrated skin will benefit from a hydrating toner that locks in moisture after you wash your face. Use one with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. Like glycerin, hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant that attracts water and deposits it into your skin.

Andalou Naturals has an amazing Floral Toner that has hyaluronic acid and another natural humectant: aloe vera. Use it morning and night after your gentle cleanser and tuck it in your purse before you head out. It’s great as a facial mist and because the smell is heavenly, it’s the perfect mood booster as well.

How to moisturise dry and dehydrated skin

  • Face

Look for ingredients such as lactic acid, which will rehydrate your face and reduce the appearance of fine lines. The Weleda Almond Soothing Face Cream is extra mild and formulated for very dry skin. This beautifully rich facial moisturiser’s packed with lactic acid and nourishing sweet almond and plum kernel oils. It’s water based and light enough to wear under makeup.

If you’re using the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses cleanser and toner, follow them up with the Day Cream from the same line. This satin soft cream contains a wealth of powerful ingredients (Alpine rose stem cells, rosehip and pomegranate oils, hyaluronic acid) that will completely transform your skin’s texture.

Apply your moisturiser immediately after cleansing and toning, before your skin begins to feel tight. Follow it up with a good sunscreen.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Day Cream

  • Eyes and lips

People with dry skin are prone to fine lines, especially around the eyes and mouth. A good eye cream, such as the one from Acure, will stimulate collagen production and reduce wrinkles and crow’s feet.

Chapped lips is one of the most obvious signs of internal dehydration. Use a petrochemical free lip balm such as the Melrose Little Bird Organic Paw Paw Balm or the Miessence Jaffa Lip Balm to keep your lips kissably smooth.

Makeup for dry and dehydrated skin

The makeup you use should be an extension of your skincare. For both dry and dehydrated skin, choose mineral makeup that corrects flaws as it nourishes your skin.

Primer

People with dry or dehydrated skin tend to have visible fine lines and rough, flaky patches. A good primer will smoothen everything out and create an even canvas for your foundation.

While it’s best known for its ability to soften hands, knees, and elbows, celebrity favourite Weleda Skin Food actually also works as a primer. And because it has a rich but non greasy formulation, it’s perfect for those with dry or dehydrated skin. Just warm a drop or two between your fingers and apply all over your face. You can even mix it with your favourite foundation to make a hydrating tinted moisturiser.

Weleda Skin Food

Concealer

Using waterproof concealer on dry skin is a no-no. If you need extra coverage, go with a moisturising concealer such as this one from Miessence, which hides imperfections without looking cakey or dry. Another good option is the Lavera Natural Concealer. With ingredients such as organic shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil, it conceals spots and dark circles without settling into every wrinkle and fine line.

Foundation

With dry skin, you don’t want to use anything that’s mattifying or formulated to control oil. Instead, keep dry skin at bay with a moisture packed foundation like the Lavera Tinted Moisturising Cream 3 in 1, which has shea butter and argan oil, or the Benecos Natural Creamy Makeup, which has organic plant extracts for extra hydration.

If you prefer something lighter for daytime, go for a BB cream such as this one from Andalou Naturals, which provides sheer coverage, or a CC cream designed specifically for dry skin.

Blush

Cream blushes are your best option. The Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pots, for example, have a creamy formula that delivers a nice flush of colour and a good dose of hydrating olive and avocado oils.

Mineral powders let you build up colour but won’t settle in your pores. Try the Lavera Mineral Rouge Powder, which has a nice silky texture, or the Benecos Natural Compact Blush, which has a noncaking formula and is packed with moisturising plant oils.

Benecos Natural Compact Blushes

Lipstick

If your lips are dry or dehydrated, look for lipsticks with ingredients that nourish and protect. The W3LL PEOPLE Nudist Colourbalm, a lip balm and lipstick in one, is enriched with omega oils. Neek’s Vegan Lipstick has a base of shea butter, jojoba oil, and avocado oil — perfect for parched lips. 

Powder

Powder tends to sit on wrinkles and rough patches, so those with dry or dehydrated skin should steer clear. But if you really must use a little powder to set your makeup, go for light mineral powders and avoid anything oil absorbing or mattifying.

Lavera’s Fine Loose Mineral Powder is a good choice if you’re looking for a transparent setting powder. This one softens imperfections and fine lines. It’s also finely milled and gentle enough to use on sensitive and acne prone skin.

If you need something that offers more coverage, go for the tinted one from Benecos. Like the Lavera powder, this is infused with organic plant extracts. It’s lightweight, leaves a demi matte finish, and comes in four shades.

Facial mist

Even if you’ve prepped your face well and used the right makeup for your skin type, certain environmental conditions can still leave your skin dry and tight. Keep a bottle of facial mist on your desk so you can top up your moisture levels when the air conditioning at the office is wreaking havoc on your skin. Try the Mt. Retour Organic Rose Hydrosol. You can use this before makeup (as a primer) or after (as a hydrating refresher).

Hello Charlie stocks a wide array of products for dry and dehydrated skin. Shop them here.

Do you have dry or dehydrated skin? How do you deal with it and what natural skincare products do you use? We’d love to hear your tips and recommendations.

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Image credits: Weleda, Andalou Naturals, and Benecos.

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Zk’in Organics: Must Have Organic & Natural Skincare Products

Zk'in Organics

It’s not that hard to find natural skincare these days. In Australia alone, there are tons of ‘organic’ skincare products for practically every skin issue. But working out which brands are truly natural and organic is a whole different ballgame.

As someone who spends a lot of time researching eco brands, let me tell you it can be to wade through the greenwash and the wacko claims and find brands that I can actually trust. 

Luckily, Zk’in Organics gets it right.

Zk'in Organics

I love Zk’in’s approach to ‘honest beauty’. From their ingredients to their manufacturing processes, their packaging and marketing, no shortcuts are taken and nothing is compromised.

Zk’in (pronounced ‘skin’) is committed to being honest about the ingredients in their products and the results they achieve. The whole range is natural, ethical, and dermatologically tested. Zk’in is certified organic by COSMOS, the leading international standard for the natural skincare industry.

About the company

Zk’in Organics CEO Grace Culhaci began tinkering with natural skincare after she developed a skin condition during her first pregnancy. The situation drove her to take a closer look at the ingredients in her personal care products. It changed her life forever.

After discovering that many products that claim to be ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ are actually full of known carcinogens and toxic ingredients, Grace sought to make a difference. Eventually, she learned how to create certified organic skincare products and, using them, was able to treat her condition.

Why I love Zk’in Organics

Commitment to ‘honest beauty’

One of the things that I really appreciate about Zk’in is how they choose to market their products. Here’s how they explain their approach to promotional images:

“We do not adapt images of women in a manner that plays on insecurities. There’s no altering the size or body shape of our models and we do not use excessively thin women in any of our communications. We do amend minor imperfections in our model’s appearance and correct lighting. What you will see in all of our images, is natural honesty beauty as captured by the eye of a professional photographer.”

I have to say that I love this. How many times do you see flawless skinned (and still photoshopped!) 18 year olds marketing a product aimed at women at least double that age?

Clinically proven ingredients

I love how Zk’in never settles for anything less than the best. You can go to their website to see the clinically proven results from the ingredients they use. Our favourites are:

  • Paracress extract — Clinically proven to smooth wrinkles and lines. And it works just like injectables to remove crow’s feet and expression lines, but is completely safe and pain free. It’s in the award winning Zk’in Line Smoothing Serum. According to Zk’in, 75% of users noticed a wrinkle minimising effect the day after they first used this product.

Zk'in Line Smoothing Serum

  • Brown seaweed extract — Helps prevent skin breakdown and preserves skin collagen to enhance overall skin appearance by up to 68%. Find it in the Zk’in Brightening and Hydrating Masque, which smoothes wrinkles and enhances skin elasticity by up to 67%.

Zk'in hydrating masque

  • White willow bark extract — A natural anti microbial that helps prevent skin infections and bacteria growth that lead to acne. A natural source of salicylic acid, white willow bark extract acts as an anti inflammatory for acne prone skin. Find it in the Zk’in Clear Toner, which enhances cell turnover by up to 25%.

Zero tolerance to ‘unnatural beauty’

There’s no greenwashing and no synthetic ingredients here. Zk’in Organics doesn’t use parabens, sulphates, nano particles, or GMO ingredients.

Zk’in products don’t contain petrochemical derived preservatives like sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, or phenoxyethanol.

Instead, Zk’in uses an all natural preservative system that’s vegan and petrochemical free. This preservative system earned Zk’in a research and development grant from the Australian Government in 2014 for their contribution to Australian science.

Zk’in also has a zero tolerance policy to unsustainability. The company uses BPA free, food grade packaging made from materials that are safe and recyclable.

Most of their products are palm oil free. And the ones that do contain palm oil use RSPO certified oil, and that’s less than 0.5% in just 5 of their products. Zk’in only uses Quillaja bark extract that’s FSC certified and their coffee beans (in the Clarifying Exfoliator) come from a waste wise coffee source.

Zk’in is also carbon neutral and have a waste management practice that achieves 95% diversion from landfill. All their organic waste is collected for energy creation.

All of the Zk’in Organics range is vegan and cruelty free.

Ready for natural skincare that gives you real results? Hop over to Hello Charlie and check out Zk’in Organics.

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Natural Makeup and Skin Care for Oily Skin: How To Stay Matte All Day Using Natural Products?

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Current makeup trends lean towards the dewy “I woke up like this” look. But when your skin is already oily, it can be just about impossible to achieve that luminous appearance and not leave your face an oily mess. Fortunately, we have natural makeup and skin care for oily skin that will help you deal with your overactive oil glands. Even if you have oily skin, you can make your makeup last all day – yes, even if your face tends to get really greasy.

natural make up and skin care for oily skin

What is oily skin?

First, let’s talk about oily skin and how to know if this is really your skin type.

Most people will experience some occasional oiliness, but real oily skin is a different matter altogether. If your face tends to look like it was slathered with Vaseline an hour or so after washing (and not applying any products), then you definitely have oily skin. Aside from surface oiliness, this skin type is also characterised by large pores, inflammatory acne, redness, blackheads, and whiteheads.

While oily skin can be really difficult to deal with, the good news is that this skin type is less prone to fine lines and doesn’t age as fast as other types.

If you’ve determined that you belong to the oily skin club, don’t despair. With the right natural skincare products and a few tricks, we can successfully combat grease and wear makeup that actually stays on all day.

Here’s how.

Start with a clean face

Getting your face to stay shine free begins with proper cleansing. Because oily skin is prone to acne, it’s important to find products that address both excess sebum and blemishes.

We’ve got lots of great cleansers for oily skin, whether you want to use a facial wipe, micellar water, cleansing gel or cream, or even a solid facial soap. Here’s some of our recommendations:

Natural Makeup and Skin Care For Oily Skin

Facial wipes:

wotnot facial wipes
Wotnot

Micellar Water:

Cleansing Gels & Creams:

Facial Soap:

Australian Natural Soap Company Activated Charcoal
Australian Natural Soap Company

Tone or not to tone?

Lastly, don’t forget to tone. A toner can help tackle bacteria and balance your skin’s pH. Try these natural toners for oily and acne prone skin:

Does oily skin need moisturiser?

If you have oily skin, you might feel that moisturiser will only make your face greasier. However, if you skip on the moisturiser, your skin could get dehydrated, which will lead it to overproduce oil. So, yes, you should definitely still use moisturiser. But you have to choose the right formula.

First of all, oil based moisturisers are an oily girl’s nightmare. Go for non greasy ones, such as the Lavera Basis Moisturising Cream or Kelapa Organics’ SPF15 Facial Moisturiser. Those formulated for oil control, such as this one from Acure, are also great.

If you just can’t live without your richer moisturisers and facial oils, save them for overnight use and choose the more mattifying ones for daytime.

simple as that moisturiser
Simple As That

Blemishes and spots

Oily skin can be prone to acne and blemishes. So it can be useful to have a product up your sleeve to help deal with these.

The Weleda Aknedoron Purifying Lotion is designed to be used on spots, not on your whole face. Dab some on over your moisturiser. Echinacea, thyme and pine needle oil help zap spots, while witch hazel water balances your skin and biodynamic calendula and organic chamomile extracts soothe inflammation.

You could also try:

Now on to makeup!

Primer makes a huge difference

Makeup and oily skin usually go together, well, like oil and water. When your skin is greasy, makeup can slide right off before you even make it out the house. Or when you do get your makeup to stay put, you can end up looking like a total greaseball within minutes.

Prepping your face with primer is a crucial step if you have oily skin. Primer evens out your skin, gives your foundation something to cling to, and absorbs some of the oil on your face.

Invest in a good primer for both your face and your eyelids, but avoid the hydrating or light reflecting types. These will just make you look shinier and are really more suited for those with drier skin types. Using an SPF product will protect your skin, which is why we love Wotnot’s Sunscreen for FaceIt’s mattifying and does double duty as a primer under foundation and as your SPF30 sunscreen.

You could also try Zk’in’s Line Smoothing Serum as a primer.

If your eyelids tend to look like two pools of grease by midday, you can keep your eyeshadow from creasing with the Benecos Natural Eyeshadow Primer. This has a subtle gold shimmery shade; you can add your eyeshadow over the top or just pop on some mascara for that no-makeup makeup look.

Once you’ve moisturised and primed your face, take some tissue or a blotting sheet and lightly press it over the parts (usually the T zone) that tend to get the oiliest. This helps prep your face for the next step: foundation.

Choose the right foundation formula

For oily skin, you can’t just slather on any old foundation. Luminising or moisturising foundations won’t keep oiliness at bay. Instead, choose ones that are formulated to combat shine.

Benecos has a Light Foundation that is water based, which makes it suitable for oily and blemish prone skin. For fuller coverage, the company also has a Natural Creamy Makeup, which is buildable and has a matte finish.

For good coverage and long lasting wear, go for Lavera’s Natural Liquid Foundation. This one lasts up to 10 hours on your face and gives off a soft, porcelain look. And for days when you’re not in the mood for heavy makeup, reach for the Benecos Natural BB Cream. This colour correcting product absorbs excess oil and also gives off a matte finish when set.

Benecos natural bb cream
Benecos

Finish off with translucent powder

As with foundation, if you’ve got oily skin you can’t just go for any setting powder. Highlighting powders and shimmery formulations will only emphasise oil and look awful after a few hours. Instead, opt for translucent mattifying powders such as this one from Benecos, which is talc free. For a demi matte finish, choose the Benecos Natural Mineral Powder. Unlike the translucent powder, this one comes in four shades and has anti ageing properties.

Before powdering your face, wait for your foundation to set or your base will end up looking cakey. Next, apply your bronzer or blush. Gently blot your T zone one more time, set everything with powder, and you’re good to go!

Bring a touch up kit

If you’ve prepped your face properly, oily skin shouldn’t require constant maintenance all day long. However, it’s still a good idea to put together a travel friendly touch up kit that fits in your purse and allows you to revive your makeup if things do start sliding off. Throw in some blotter sheets for soaking up excess oil and the Benecos Natural Compact Powder for shine control. Wotnot Facial Wipes for Oily Skin are also great for midday touch ups.

Hello Charlie offers an assortment of natural makeup and skin care for oily skin. Shop them here.

Do you have any oily skin tricks to share with us? Any natural skincare products or makeup for oily skin you think we should stock? Please tell us in the comments below.

 

Image credits: Wotnot, The Australian Natural Soap Company, Simple as That, and Benecos.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About The Australian Natural Soap Company

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We’ve been hearing lots of good things about The Australian Natural Soap Company for some time now. And we finally have them in stock!

The Australian Natural Soap Company (ANSC) are makers of a wide range of natural soap and skincare products that are natural, ethical, detergent free, paraben free, vegan, cruelty free, and proudly Australian sourced. Their natural soap and shampoo bars really tick all the right boxes for us, which is why we’re so proud to be able to make them available to you.

the australian natural soap company

About Australian Natural Soap Company

The first ANSC soaps were made right in the kitchen of Emma and her husband Anthony. The couple had grown tired of looking for soaps without harsh detergents, sulphates, parabens, and synthetic fragrances, and so began making some of their own. It wasn’t long before people began to fall in love with their luxurious and all natural soaps and shampoo bars.

Why we love ANSC

There are so many things we love about this company, not least of which is their commitment to ditching plastic and reducing their environmental footprint.

We’ve already said no to things like disposable coffee cups and plastic toothbrushes, so it’s a relief to finally be able to stop buying toiletries in plastic bottles as well. Australian Natural Soap Company products are fully biodegradable, as is their gorgeous packaging.

Handmade in Melbourne with ingredients sourced from all over Australia, ANSC soaps and shampoo bars are super nourishing and leave your skin and hair feeling so good long after you’ve stepped out of the shower.

ANSC uses only the highest quality plant oils, which makes their soaps so much more gentle on skin than store bought soaps. They have natural soaps that cater to all skin types, even really sensitive and easily irritated skin.

All ANSC soaps are palm oil free, sulphate free, paraben free, and detergent free. They’re easy to use, non drying, and last much longer than regular soaps. They don’t foam as much as conventional soaps, but that’s actually quite reassuring as we now know how bad foaming agents like sulphates are for skin.

Natural soap and shampoo bars are perfect if you’re striving for a waste free lifestyle. The products are concentrated, which means you’re not transporting heavy products that are mostly made of water. It’s also easier to avoid using too much. Instead of pouring shampoo into your hand, you’re just lathering it straight onto your hair.

They’re also perfect for travel! The soap and shampoo bars are solid so you can bring them in your carry on without problem. And if you’ll only be away for a few days, just slice a little bit off so you don’t have to bring the whole bar.

Our favourite products from ANSC

We love the Original Solid Shampoo Bar, which is great for itchy scalps but doesn’t leave your hair greasy. I’ve been testing this one at home, and I’m super impressed with it. No more dry and itchy scalp, but my hair is also not as oily. Not sure how that works, but it really does work!

The Solid Facial Soap comes in several varieties that address specific skin concerns. The Salt Cleanser has magnesium salts for acne, the Australian Pink Clay reduces skin irritations, and Activated Charcoal draws impurities from your pores.

One of ANSC’s bestsellers is the Calamine Soap (Zinc). It’s a real godsend for people with psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and other skin issues.

And we can’t fail to mention the Solid Soaps in Peppermint & Lavender (lovely relaxing scent), Avocado & Macadamia (super moisturising), and All Australian Tea Tree (antibacterial).

Have you made the switch to natural soaps and shampoo bars yet? If you haven’t, do yourself (and the planet) a favour now. Check out Australian Natural Soap Company on Hello Charlie.

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Shopping Guide: All The Natural Dental Products You Need For Healthy Gums And Teeth

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When you’re making the switch to natural products, it can seem overwhelming. Where do you start?

Well, I think that you start with the products that you use most often. And you use dental products twice a day, so that’s a great place to start!

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Think about toothpaste. You use it twice a day, every day. And yet toothpaste can be full of toxic ingredients. I wrote a post recently on what to look out for when you’re shopping for natural toothpaste, so that’s a good place to start.

But there are lots of other products that you use for good dental health.

Here’s what you’ll need for your new natural dental care regimen:

A new toothbrush

Your plastic toothbrush will end up sitting in landfill for hundreds of years. Replace it with one made from biodegradable bamboo or cornstarch. Eco friendly brushes are also better for you — they’re gentler on teeth and won’t hurt your gums.

Toothbrushes with activated charcoal bristles are also brilliant. The Binchotan charcoal-infused bristles on the one from Keeko help remove plaque and prevent the growth of bacteria on the toothbrush itself.

For a deeper clean, you might want to try Dr. Tung’s Ionic Toothbrush, which is clinically proven to remove more plaque than regular brushes. It also reduces gingivitis and hypersensitivity.

Tip: Did you know you’re not supposed to brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking? According to this study, it’s best to wait at least 30 minutes.

Natural toothpaste

A good toothpaste is key to good oral health. But what if your toothpaste is doing more harm than good? Common toothpaste ingredients like triclosan, fluoride, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulphate, and parabens all have damaging effects on the body.

Instead of the usual supermarket brands, opt for natural toothpastes without synthetic foaming agents, artificial colours and preservatives, and other nasties. Grant’s, Dr. Brite, Miessence, and Dr Bronner’s toothpastes use natural antibacterial ingredients and breath fresheners like peppermint, clove, neem, activated charcoal, and organic coconut oil instead.

Dental floss

Flossing can actually be fun and eco friendly. Noosa Basics’ bamboo fibre dental floss is infused with activated charcoal and lightly flavoured with essential oils. There’s also Dr. Tung’s “smart” floss, which removes up to 55% more plaque and comes in a biodegradable dispenser. I cringe whenever I see dental floss picks (so much plastic waste!), but these ones from Pearlbar are fully biodegradable and are charcoal infused to boot!

Tongue scraper

Tongue cleaning is an ancient dental care practice recommended by both Ayurvedic practitioners and modern scientists. It’s a fast and easy way of getting rid of the food buildup and bad bacteria that can cause bad breath, gingivitis, cavities, plaque, and other dental issues. Do this before you go to sleep and you’ll wake up with fresher smelling breath and a fur free tongue. Try Dr. Tung’s classic tongue scraper, which has comfort grip handles, or the one from Keeko, which is made from copper.

Alcohol free mouthwash

Most of the mouthwashes you see on store shelves contain a frightening amount of alcohol. Apart from the unpleasant burning sensation and the dryness it leaves, you really don’t want alcohol in your mouthwash because it may harm the strength and appearance of teeth. It has also been linked to oral cancer. Fortunately, there are tons of natural mouthwashes that remove plaque, freshen breath, and reduce gum inflammation – all without alcohol.

Non toxic teeth whitening product

Mainstream teeth whitening kits contain harmful chemicals like carbamide peroxide, which can erode enamel and cause sensitivity over time. If staining or yellowing is a problem, there’s loads of natural teeth whitening products to try. The most effective are based on ingredients like activated charcoal, bicarb, bentonite clay, and organic coconut oil.

Breath freshener

For sweet smelling breath when you’re out and about, grab these natural breath freshener capsules or a bottle of mouth spray. Two of our favourites are the organic one from Riddells Creek and the one with activated charcoal from Dr. Brite. They’ll leave your mouth feeling — and smelling — minty fresh in an instant!

VCO for oil pulling

Coconut oil (VCO = virgin coconut oil) is a popular choice for oil pulling not only because it tastes good, but because it’s high in lauric acid that kills bacteria and reduces inflammation. Keeko’s pre-portioned and lightly flavoured coconut oil packets make oil pulling more fun and fuss-free, especially when on the go.

What are your biggest dental health challenges and what do you do to address them? Any natural dental care products you swear by? Share below!

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Shampoo Bars: Can You Actually Wash Your Hair With A Solid Shampoo Bar?

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You’ve probably already heard of shampoo bars, maybe from friends who backpack or travel a lot. They might sound like a quirky idea. Do they actually work? Can you really wash your hair with a solid shampoo bar?

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What are solid shampoo bars?

In general, shampoo bars are solid soap bars used to wash your hair. If you look at the ingredients list on your shampoo bottle, the first, and by far most plentiful, ingredient is water. Solid shampoo bars get rid of all that and leave you with just the active components. Plus, they don’t need preservatives.

There are three kinds of shampoo bars.

Cold processed

Cold processed shampoo bars are usually made by home crafters and natural product companies. They use saponified oils such as sweet almond, coconut, castor and grapeseed, along with essential oils for scent and therapeutic properties. These bars typically don’t contain sodium lauryl sulphate and the like, just pure natural ingredients.

Glycerine based

Glycerine based shampoo bars tend to be gentler on your hair, but might have ingredients derived from palm oil, so make sure to check the label. They probably won’t lather up like the other bars and don’t have much clarifying action.

Solid surfactant bars

These quite often contain sodium lauryl sulphate, just in solid form. They can be very harsh on the hair and I don’t recommend them.

What’s so good about shampoo bars?

One really fantastic thing about solid shampoo bars is the lack of packaging. In 2017 one million plastic bottles were purchased every minute worldwide. By 2021 this number is expected to increase by 20%. The oceans and landfills are choking with them.

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Shampoo bars are usually packaged in paper and cardboard, so they’re perfect if you’re getting into the waste free lifestyle.

Shampoo bars are light, compact and incredibly easy to travel with. Whether you’re going to the gym, backpacking or getting on an airplane, a shampoo bar is so much easier to pack than a bottle of shampoo. You don’t have to worry about spillage, liquid limits or overweight luggage fees.

Transition to shampoo bars

Like any other time you change your hair care habits, your hair might need a little while to get used to the change. Experiment with your new shampoo bar. You can try lathering it up in your hands before applying, rubbing the bar on your scalp or cutting it into small pieces so it’s easier to work with.

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It won’t give you a great mountain of lather like traditional shampoos. But I’ve been testing out The Australian Natural Soap Company shampoo bars, and I find that they lather up just fine.

Because of their composition, cold processed solid shampoo bars might leave your hair with a slight waxy coating. I find that they leave my hair squeaky clean, and hard to pull a comb through. Depending on your hairstyle, you might like the extra body and texture.

How to use shampoo bars

I don’t like the texture by itself, but I’ve found how to make it work. Use a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a couple of drops of essential oil. I’ve been using rosemary oil because it’s good for hair and I love the smell, but you can add any oil you like. I put them in the bottom of a jug, then fill the jug with about a cup of warm water while I’m in the shower. I just pour it over my hair, and leave it for a minute or so, then give it a quick rinse. It’s enough to condition and add shine without smelling ACV every time you turn your head.

If your hair feels dry, you could also apply a leave in conditioner and comb through.

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How to choose the best solid shampoo bar for you

Find a shampoo bar that works for your hair type. If you have dry hair look for a bar with conditioning ingredients such as macadamia or argan oil. Someone with oily hair might like a bar made with lighter oils such as grapeseed, and clarifying essential oils such as tea tree and lemon.

Proper cold pressed bars are the best. Read the label and look for all natural ingredients – avoid anything containing sulphates, palm oil and artificial fragrances.

Looking for a shampoo bar that will fit your hair type? See our range of shampoo bars here

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Plastic Free July: Rethink the Plastic in Your Bathroom

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Plastic Free July started with just a few participants from Western Australia, and now it’s a worldwide movement. This July, take the challenge! We can all stop and think about our plastic consumption and by making a few small changes in our lives, we can make a big impact on our planet.

This month we’ll be releasing a series for Plastic Free July so if you’re after inspiration, feel free to join our newsletter which can be found on the right side of the screen. 👉

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Last week we talked about steps you can take to work towards a plastic free kitchen.

This week we’re going to talk about taking steps towards a plastic free bathroom.

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Plastic Free Dental Care

Do you know that in the US alone, over 50 million pounds of plastic toothbrushes get dumped into landfill every year? That’s billions of toothbrushes! But don’t worry, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t brush your teeth. You can take care of your teeth and still be eco conscious.

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Here are some alternatives to your plastic toothbrush and floss:

Go Bamboo Toothbrushes. Has two variants one for adults and one for children. This is a fully biodegradable toothbrush with bamboo handles and its bristles are made from a biodegradable polymer.

Pearlbar, like Go Bamboo, also has two variants for their toothbrushes. They also have for adults and one for children. For adults, you can pick between soft or medium bristles. Their handles are also fully biodegradable and their bristles are infused with charcoal for that extra whitening action.

There’s also The Natural Family Co, with biodegradable resin toothbrushes; Jack ‘N Jill’s biodegradable toothbrushes for kids; and My Magic Mud’s bamboo toothbrushes.

Biodegradable floss is a little trickier. We haven’t been able to find a fully biodegradable floss. But we do have floss picks from Pearlbar with biodegradable handles, and dental floss from Noosa Basics and Dr Tung’s that are in fully biodegradable packaging, which is a step in the right direction!

Plastic Free Haircare

Are you still using plastic combs and brushes? Why not make the shift to wooden ones? Wooden combs and brushes aren’t just eco friendly, they look great, too. Using a wooden comb or brush can also help to pull oils on your hair from root to tip.

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When it comes to static, plastic combs and brushes actually adds a positive charge to your hair which causes the hair to be more frizzy. This is not the case when it comes to wooden hair combs and brushes.

There are lovely wooden combs available, as well as plastic free hairbrushes at Bass Brushes. For children, there’s the lovely Fawn & Milk Goat Hair Brush and Comb Set.

Another way to cut waste is by shifting from your traditional shampoos to shampoo bars. The Australian Natural Soap Company (ANSC) has some great shampoo bar options, and they’re all plastic free.

Plastic Free Facial Care

It can be hard making the switch when it comes to facial care. But there are plenty of eco friendly options out there that can compete with your favourite brands.

ANSC has a ton of great facial soaps! For great natural cleansers, we recommend  ANSC’s Pink Clay and Black Clay facial soaps. If you’re looking for an antibacterial soap, then their Salt Cleanser is your best bet. They also have a Charcoal facial soap for acne prone skin. Charcoal is also good at drawing those toxins from your skin.

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The Australian Natural Soap Company

Instead of using disposable facial wipes, why not remove your makeup with Black Chicken’s Reusable Face Cloth. Just use it with your favourite cleanser and viola!

Plastic Free Personal Care & Feminine Hygiene

Think plastic free for your period, too. Your ordinary tampon is actually not pure cotton. Most common brands have plastics in them like rayon, polyester, and and other synthetics. Each woman will use an average of 11,000 tampons in her lifetime and it will be in the landfill long after we’re gone. Not to mention the packaging that these tampons comes in as well.

A much more eco friendly option for periods are menstrual cups. They’re getting more and more popular, because aside from the fact that they’re reusable, they’re also wallet friendly. You can use your menstrual cup for up to 10 years! Why not try Lunette Menstrual Cup?

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Now if a menstrual cup is just too much to contemplate if you’re making the switch, there are also great options for plastic free tampons and pads in the market. Natracare, Organyc, and Tom Organic tampons and pads are completely plastic free, including their packaging.

You could also try Modibodi’s leakproof period underwear. Another option are reusable pads like Hannahpad. These are washable pads made out of 100% cotton. They’re washable and reusable and can last you 2-3 years.

Plastic Free Body Care

Deodorants, soaps, and body wash normally comes in plastic packaging. Not to mention plastic loofahs and and microbeads in body scrubs. There are a bunch of plastic free options for body care in the market.

Instead of using plastic loofahs, choose to go for a more natural option. How about a Bass Body Brush instead?

Aside from shampoo bars and facial soaps, ANSC also has a ton of variety when it comes to body soaps from refreshing peppermint to  moisturising avocado they have it.

When it comes to deodorant, there are also plastic free options available. Physic Garden has 3 varieties; Revitalise Deodorant, Sensitive Deodorant, and Relax Deodorant. Also, Physic Garden’s products all comes in glass packaging.

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The Physic Garden Relax Deodorant

Plastic Free First Aid Kit

You can even go plastic free in your first aid kit. Popular adhesive bandages are mostly made out of plastic. Instead of using those try Patch Organic Strips.

This brand’s adhesive bandages are 100% biodegradable because they’re made from organic bamboo fibre, and their packaging, while it looks like plastic, is actually a fully biodegradable cellulose. Another option is Everyday Good Co Biodegradable Bandages.

Plastic Free General bathroom

The bathroom is such a small space, but you’ll be surprised at how much waste it can produce. From soap holders to bath mats – they all contribute billions of tonnes of waste to our landfills. Here are some alternatives.

Instead of buying a plastic soap holder, you can get Bass Body Care Sisal Soap Holder. For bath mats, you can try Hevea’s bath mat, this bath mat is 100% free from PVC and is made of naturally biodegradable rubber.

Organyc also offers biodegradable cotton pads and cotton buds. If you’re looking for another brand, Go Bamboo also offers bamboo cotton buds.

Also, think about your toilet paper. It might be made of recycled paper, but if it comes packaged in plastic what’s the point? Try something like Who Gives a Crap, packaged in paper and delivered in a cardboard box.

You don’t have to try and do everything at once. But small changes made by lots of people add up to a big difference. So what can you change?

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Cruelty Free vs Vegan Makeup and Skincare: We Explain the Difference

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You may have seen labels on makeup and skincare products that say vegan or cruelty free. The common misconception is that cruelty free and vegan are the same. But this is a misconception, as they’re not the same thing at all. So in this post we’re going to discuss about cruelty free and vegan makeup and skin care, and the actual difference between the two.

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Are cruelty free and vegan the same thing?

Vegan products don’t contain animals or animal byproducts, but does it mean they’re cruelty free as well? Well, not exactly. Vegan makeup and skin care products are made strictly from plant derived ingredients. However, they may still be tested on animals.

Some countries, such as mainland China, mandate animal testing for products that will be sold within the country. Even companies that don’t normally test on animals may do so in order to access the lucrative Chinese market.

Cruelty free products are never tested on animals. This includes both the ingredients and the final products. They use alternative forms of testing, usually through computer modelling, in vitro tests, or studies done on human volunteers. They may still contain animal products, though.

In short, the vegan label applies to the ingredients that the products are made from, while cruelty free applies to the process of bringing the products to the public.

Common ingredients that come from animals

Some ingredients that  may come from animal parts:

  • Collagen – normally comes from chickens’ feet
  • Keratin –  from animal feathers, hair, horn, nails and hooves
  • Squalene – usually comes from shark livers
    • Not the same as squalane (with an ‘a’), which is a similar compound from vegetable oils or sugar cane. Squalane is actually better because it’s more shelf stable and doesn’t go rancid extremely quickly like squalene does.
  • Gelatine –  from boiling animal skin, bones and hooves
  • Carmine (aka cochineal) – a bright red pigment made from insects
  • Guanine (pearl essence) – from crushed fish scales
  • Retinol – usually from animal and fish livers or egg yolks
  • Elastin – from cow ligaments and aortas
  • Shellac –  from the lac insect

Some products that are not from animal carcasses, but are still from animals, such as:

  • Honey, beeswax, propolis, and bee pollen
  • Lanolin – usually from sheep’s wool
  • Casein – milk protein
  • Oestrogen or Oestradiol – from the urine of pregnant horses

There are also products that may come from plant or animal sources:

  • Hyaluronic acid – can be from the combs of roosters or fermented wheat.
  • Stearyl alcohol, and stearic, palmitic, and oleic acids – can be from animal fats or synthesized from hydrogenated vegetable oils.
  • Glycerine – most likely from plant sources, but can be from animal sources too.
  • Glucosamine – may be from shellfish, chicken bone marrow or corn.

So these products may still be vegan, but if the label doesn’t say, don’t assume. Ask questions!

Which logos and certifications should you look out for?

These watchdog groups make it their mission to certify makeup and skincare companies as cruelty free and/or vegan.

For cruelty free certifications

Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) is an Australia based non profit organisation that certifies companies as animal testing free. CCF also campaigns to end animal testing throughout the world. They maintain a list of cruelty free vegan products as well.

Leaping Bunny is made up of a coalition of animal rights organisations from the USA, Canada and Europe.

For vegan certifications

Certified Vegan and the Vegan Society certify that products are not made from animal or animal derived ingredients, nor have animal products used in the manufacturing process (such as sugar filtered with bone char). Animal derived GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are also prohibited. These organisations also ensure that manufacturing plants carry out a thorough cleaning process to avoid cross contamination with non vegan products.

Looking for vegan makeup? Then you can check out this list to find some of our vegan makeup recommendations.

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Brand Spotlight: An Interview With JAK Organics

I met the lovely team behind JAK Organics last year, and they’ve quickly become one of my favourite local brands.

JAK Organics has a ‘no compromise’ ethos, and they’ve done an amazing job in ticking as many eco boxes as possible. Their products are 100% natural, biodegradable, compostable, vegan, and cruelty free. Aside from these, their products contains no GMO, no palm oil, and they use sustainably sourced ingredients and materials.

Plus, their products are also effective and affordable.

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JAK Organics is Australian owned, designed, and made. The only products that aren’t made in Australia are the wipes, because of manufacturing limitations.

Recently, I caught up with the team to find out more…

Can you tell me a bit about JAK Organics history?

JAK Organics is made up of 3 sisters (Jemma, Alysha, and Karissa + 1 soulsister Kate, who interchanges nicely being another ‘K’). Having all grown up in the Sherbrooke Forest in Victoria, we have a well developed respect and deep love for nature.

As sisters we were brought up by a health conscious mum. She had an impressive veggie patch and brewed her own kombucha. She taught us everything about the importance of living a life without unnecessary chemicals.

When we were growing up, it was not the ‘in-vogue’ thing to eat a predominately vegan diet, make your own avocado face masks, or almond meal scrubs. Lucky for us we have a mum who put health first! The bonus was clear skin, bright eyes, and shiny hair.

Our dad, being the entrepreneurial type, has always encouraged us to dig deep and follow our dreams. He taught us that there is almost always a way around ‘no’ if you are passionate enough about something. JAK is the perfect avenue for us to follow our passions and cultivate change in the mass chemical populated skincare marketplace.

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What inspired you to start JAK Organics?

Our mum’s words of wisdom echoed loudly as we entered the next stages of our lives. When we became mothers we refused to use most commercial products.

However, for the sake of convenience, we succumbed to using commercial baby wipes. From there it was the terrible rashes that followed. The process to recovery is what really spurred us on to create JAK.

We didn’t want to expose our babies to anything that would irritate their skin or compromise their immune system. So we started making our own coconut oil soaked paper towel wipes. They worked. However they were clunky, they ripped easily, were ugly, and hard to travel with.  It generally failed in the convenience department.

And because oils and water don’t mix in the natural world, and we wouldn’t compromise on our ‘all natural’ ingredients list. It took the better part of 3 1/2 years perfecting our formulas before releasing them to the marketplace.

Why is natural and organic so important to you?

Mainly because ‘natural and organic’ have always been at the centre of most of our daily choices from a young age. It’s always been really important to us.

Consumers are now so much more aware of the importance of natural products. As a result, it’s putting a great deal of pressure on commercial companies to clean up their act. We couldn’t be happier!

This growing knowledge means that more and more people are making better choices, and supporting manufacturers that are bringing those better choices to you.

What do you use as a preservative?

For our botanical SCRUB, all rounder SOOTHE balm and GLOW wipes, we don’t use any preservatives – it’s just the raw ingredients that make up these three skin treats.

In our other wipes, because they contain water we need to use a preservative. For our BABY, FACE and BODY wipes we use a certified organic preservative combo of potassium sorbate and sodium levulinate. It is important to note that it is the certified organic versions of these preservatives that we use.

We use these preservatives from their originals source: mountain ash berry for organic potassium sorbate and sugarcane cellulose for sodium levulniate. The non organic versions are not naturally occurring, they are synthetically made chemicals.

In our AQUA water wipes we use certified organic preservative of glyceryl caprylate mixed with silver dehydrogen citrate. Unfortunately there’s no certified organic version of this available. However it is non GMO and palm oil free, it’s made from coconuts, and the salts of silver respectively. This preservative combo offers a broad spectrum antimicrobial function so it won’t breed unhealthy bacteria and mould!

Are all your ingredients certified organic?

We use as many certified organic ingredients as possible when we’re making our products.

All the ingredients in our botanical SCRUB, our all rounder SOOTHE balm, and our GLOW wipes are.

Not all the ingredients in our BABY, AQUA, FACE, and BODY wipes are certified organic but we use as many as possible. For instance, our BABY wipes contain 9 out of 13 ingredients that are certified, where as our closest competitors have only 1-3 certified organic ingredients. We are yet to find a pack of wipes that has more certified organic ingredients than ours.

What was the very first item you launched?

Initially we were planning to release our BABY wipes first. However, our FACE wipes were released first due to some manufacturing hurdles. Then SOOTHE and SCRUB came along to create a no fuss but highly effective skincare routine.

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From the success of our FACE launch and by popular demand, we were then able to launch our BABY wipes, BODY wipes, GLOW, and AQUA wipes.

We started with a focus on the personal wipes segment because it was a good challenge. There are many barriers to the entry in the marketplace and it was a space that really needed to be shaken up. We wanted to make baby wipes safer, better for the customer, and better for the environment.

Is there a JAK Organics product that is a customer favourite and why?

Our BABY wipes are definitely our most popular due to the amazing skin benefits, good function (great for poos as the oils literally dissolve the stick), and they help reduce nappy rash. But our AQUA and FACE wipes come in at a close second. Our FACE wipes are actually attracting quite a cult following amongst makeup artists, models, and beauty loving eco warriors.

Personally, what product are you most proud of? Do you have a favourite?

Definitely our BABY wipes and our SOOTHE balm due to the countless messages of gratitude for bringing out a product that genuinely helps people in their daily lives. We get so many parents telling us how our wipes have helped cure their babies’ nappy rashes and our SOOTHE has been praised for helping heal customers acne and even lupus reactions. My personal favourite to use however is the BODY wipes. They’re reinvigorating, and moisturising to the skin. And they smell amazing! They are perfect to help us stay fresh in our busy lifestyles.

What’s next for JAK organics?

We have some very exciting product developments coming up that we can’t wait to share with you this summer. We are also always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and plastic usage, and are on a constant endeavour to find a biodegradable option for our packaging.

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