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Brand Spotlight: An Interview with Petit Kiddo

Petit Kiddo Morgan and Canelle

A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting these two amazing ladies, Canelle and Morgan, from Petit Kiddo. Hello Charlie was one of the first stockists of Petit Kiddo, and it’s a great product. The best way to describe it is as a 3 in 1 baby bum cleanser. It replaces wipes, barrier cream and powder and it’s based on a traditional French recipe called liniment oleo calcaire. Or in Australian, calcium oil liniment.

Whatever you call it, we love Petit Kiddo. It’s made in Australia and born in Bondi.

Petit Kiddo Morgan and Canelle

Recently, I caught up with Canelle and Morgan to find out more…

Tell us a bit about Petit Kiddo

Our business was born in Bondi, about 2 years ago. We decided to make an Australian version of some of the baby products we were missing. We want the best of our French background and our Aussie lives.

Petit Kiddo is about unique skincare for babies and children, inspired by French recipes, and made in Australia.

Our very first product is the Petit Kiddo Baby Bum Cleanser which is our very own version of the French liniment oleo calcaire; every French parents’ best kept secret.

What’s your background?

Let’s start with you, Canelle.

Good question! From a professional point of view; I studied Business and Marketing in a very Parisian Business and Management School. After that, my jobs went from managing teams for crew of helicopters on luxury yachts, to various roles as a PA, EA, marketing admin in the cosmetic industry, music industry, video games to name a few – in France, USA, and Australia.

On the personal side,  I was born in France. I grew up in a tiny cute village – Seillans-  on the hills located behind St. Tropez and Cannes. My parents had a restaurant where I met people from all over the world at a very young age. Away from the craziness of the French Riviera but not too far. Studying in Paris was a bit of a shock to the system but it was a good shock. All those experiences combined gave me the travel bug, and I studied in Italy, lived in NYC, and visited many other countries. When I met my soulmate it was clear we would keep travelling. We ended up in Sydney with 2 backpacks, and 1 job. This was almost 13 years ago.

How about you, Morgan?

I am initially a country girl from Dordogne, South West of France and grew up very connected to nature and natural products, just because that was what surrounded us.

I became a city girl when I started studying Architecture in Bordeaux, then I moved Delft in The Netherlands and from there finally to Sydney back in 2003.

I’m always struck by the difference between the two lifestyles. On one hand I envy the way my family still lives in France with their own veggie garden, and have a lifestyle that’s very connected to the elements of nature. On the other hand, I also like a big city lifestyle like the one I have in Sydney. But then you have to deal with the constant search for good natural products because I don’t always feel that mass production is healthy enough to consume. I lived for the past 5 years in Rome and that was actually a very good middle ground between my life in Australia and France.

How did you come to start Petit Kiddo?

Canelle: I’d been doing my version of what is now known as our Baby Bum Cleanser Liniment in my own kitchen for my kids. I always wanted to share it and make it in bigger batches but kids, jobs, moves, and life in general didn’t let it happen until about 2 years ago.

Petit Kiddo Baby Bum Cleanser
Petit Kiddo Baby Bum Cleanser

Very quickly I realised how big this project could be and also how good it would be to bounce my ideas, share my doubts, and enjoy the wins with a sidekick. So I asked Morgan if she would be interested in joining me. Back then, Morgan was in Europe, slowly making her way back to Australia with her family. I knew she had been using this particular baby liniment for years and I knew we could work well together.

A few months later, our first batch arrived in her home even before her furniture – which was still on a loading dock in Italy!

Petit Kiddo baby liniment is a natural product specially formulated for the nappy area.  You use it instead of using wet wipes. A bit of our liniment on a cotton pad or washcloth will leave the skin perfectly cleansed but also moisturised and protected by a thin layer of olive oil. It’s easy to use and no rinsing needed. Anyone who tries it is amazed at how good it feels on the skin.

Do you have any upcoming or new products?

Canelle: We recently developed a Face Paint Remover. It’s a make up remover specially formulated for children’s sensitive skin.

All our products are the results of our experiences and busy lives. Both Morgan and I have 3 kids, aged from nearly 11 to 4 1/2 years old. There’s a good mix of boys and girls. We have a great network of friends but no relatives nearby to support us. We have been through a lot together! A lot of fun, cuddles, laughs, as well as challenges and bumps.

Petit Kiddo’s range of products are unique. We are offering Australian parents the best ‘earth friendly’ option. Better than just water as it cleanses and moisturises; better than wipes as it replaces the combo wipes+moisturiser+powder. As a result, it minimises waste.

When we realised we were not the only ones to be missing out on this, got working on it and Petit Kiddo was born.

What’s your favourite organic/natural product? (not a Petit Kiddo one)

Canelle: I’d say another French staple ‘Le Savon de Marseille’ but as I can’t always get it, I love Dr. Bronner’s soap bars and liquid soap. Another one of my faves is the mascara from Ere Perez.

Morgan: I love some of Caudalie skincare products as well as the Bio Nuxe moisturiser.

In Australia, I recently discovered the coconut body polish from Coconut Tree, Tsuno pads and Noosa Basics. All amazing products!

Tell us a guilty pleasure of yours

Canelle: A good mojito and a good chat with no filters with my girl friends. Also, I recently started surfing – yeah right after 12 years in Australia, it was about time! – and I’m not that good yet, but this feeling when I manage to stand up on the board…it’s good!

Morgan: No more guilt feelings anymore…just pleasure 😉 in moderation. I love a glass of wine, a healthy treat, and a spa treatment. Like most mums I think? 😉

What’s something that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face?

Canelle: My kids playing, laughing, and dancing. Me listening to Jamaican music, from rock steady to reggae, anything… If live it’s even better. Live music with my kids is the perfect combo to make me smile.

Morgan: Funny comments from kids, meeting friends I have not seen for a long time, and staring across South Coogee Park watching for whales.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

Canelle: My first name Canelle means cinnamon. Only my dad wasn’t sure of the spelling! (It should have two ‘n’s in French, too.)

Morgan: I have a few things. Funny? Most people call me Momo instead of Morgan. I’ve never worn make up in my entire life. And I have two professions, one as an architect and the other as a business owner of cosmetic for kids and babies – and I love both.

What are you reading, listening, or watching at the moment?

Canelle: Reading, I’m struggling to get through ‘Corps et Ame’ from Frank Conroy.  Actually I’m looking forward to going to France to have time to sit back, relax, and start the Vernon Subutex trilogy from Virginie Despente.

Listening, when working from home I listen to French online radios like Radio Meuh, Djam Radio or France Inter (when I need to keep informed about the French news). In my car I listen to East Side Radio and FBi Radio when the kids let me choose.  And always some good old Gregory Isaacs, Bob Marley, NTM, Noir Desir (French bands) on the playlist.

Watching, currently I’m binge watching ‘The Legend Of Korra’ on ABC iView with my kids.

In terms of movies, I only watch feel good movies. I can’t watch any apocalyptic or end of worlds or drama movies since I’ve had my first kid.

Morgan: I am reading a wonderful book by Elena Ferrante (part of the trilogy) ‘A Brilliant Friend’. I am listening to French radio when working, and I don’t watch TV at all so I really am unaware of anything being broadcasted…

Want to know more about Petit Kiddo? Shop the whole range here.

 

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Everything You Wanted To Know About The Australian Natural Soap Company

australian natural soap company

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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Always In A Hurry? Try Weleda’s New 5-in-1 Natural Beauty Balms

Weleda's natural bb cream

I’m super excited to introduce you to Weleda’s new natural beauty balms. This 5-in-1 BB cream will save you time on your daily beauty routine. It moisturises, mattifies, and gives you a subtle glow and a sheer tint. It also refines the appearance of your skin, covers minor blemishes and strengthens your skin’s natural protective function.

All this in one tube!

Weleda's natural beauty balm bb cream

About the company

Dr. Rudolf Steiner and Dr. Ita Wegman (one of the first women physicians in Europe) launched Weleda back in 1921. 

After 97 years, Weleda still “strive to make the best non-toxic, cruelty-free, paraben-free, GMO-free, phthalates-free and synthetic fragrance-free products available in the marketplace.”

As a result, Weleda is one of the most established and respected natural personal care companies in the world. Which is why we get so excited when they release new products!

What are Beauty Balms (BB Creams)?

Beauty balms are a combination of skin care and makeup. This versatile product is a moisturiser, foundation, primer, and concealer all in one tube.

According to a chemist at Englewood Lab, Ni’Kita Wilson:

“The idea of a well-formulated BB cream is that it’s the only product you’ll need after you wash your face.”

BB creams is short for blemish or beauty balms. They were first developed in Germany by Dr. Christine Schrammek way back in the 1960’s. However, they only gained popularity around mid 2000’s when these creams reached the Asian markets. Then in 2011, BB creams arrived in the western market and the rest is history.

Always In A Hurry? Try Weleda's New 5-in-1 Natural Beauty Balms

About Weleda’s Natural Beauty Balms

Aside from it’s versatility, Weleda’s natural beauty balm is also 100% Certified Natural by NaTrue.

This BB cream is also vegan and gluten free.  And because it’s from Weleda, it’s naturally cruelty free and not tested on animals. 

Weleda’s natural BB cream is available in two shades; bronze and nude.

It is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive ones. The texture is silky and light and it has a pleasant, lightly floral smell.  It won’t clog your pores, but still provides a good coverage for minor blemishes.

 

Benefits of using this 5-in-1 natural beauty balms

  • Hydrates your skin
  • Mattifies skin
  • Sheer, buildable tint and a subtle glow
  • Refines skin appearance
  • Strengthens skin’s natural protective function

Key Ingredients

Jojoba Oil is a light moisturiser and is easily absorbed by the skin. Aside from these, jojoba oil also helps in reducing the signs of premature aging.

Cucumber fruit extract is a humectant, which provides lasting moisture to the skin. While humectants are good in hydration it should be combined with occlusives to work its magic. Which is where Shea Butter comes in.

Shea Butter is great at protecting your skin from moisture loss. It is also known for its skin healing properties.

Witch Hazel distillate, don’t be intimidated by its name. This wonder ingredient is a known astringent which is capable of reducing acne, insect bites, and inflammation. 

Iris Germanica Root extract also known as the bearded iris. The root of this plant is normally used for its fragrance because it smells similar to violets. Aside from its smell, this plant also has a mild anti inflammatory property.

Babassu Oil comes from a South American plant called Babasu. Babassu oil has a lot of benefits. But when it comes to skin care, this oil helps with acne. It is also as a good moisturiser.

Mineral pigments provides mattifying properties and a subtle tint.

Fragrance: Rose geranium, ylang ylang, and vanilla.

Full ingredients

Nude: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mica (CI 77019), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Alcohol, Galactoarabinan, Squalane, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cetearyl Glucoside, Iris Germanica Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Farnesol*.*from natural essential oils

Bronze: Water (Aqua), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mica (CI 77019), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Alcohol, Galactoarabinan, Squalane, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Iris Germanica Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 / CI 77492 / CI 77499), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Farnesol*.*from natural essential oils

What’s the verdict? 

I’ve been testing this at home, and I like it. It’s easy to apply, either with your fingers or a foundation brush. You can just do one layer for a sheer tint, or if you want to apply more, you’ll find that it’s easily buildable. And if you can’t quite get the colour you want, you can blend the two shades together. As they’re mineral based colours, they blend really well into your skin tone.

I love how fast it is to apply, and how easy. Even if you’re blending colours, it takes no time at all.

And even though there’s titanium dioxide in this (which often irritates me), I find that even after a full day of wear, my skin is fine.

I’ve been wearing mine over moisturiser, because my skin is really dry. Especially at the moment, as we head into winter and I’m adjusting to cold air and drying heaters. But for normal skin, or summer skin, you wouldn’t even need a moisturiser. Gotta love that!

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Organic Clean: The Greenest Clean

Organic Clean, Natural Cleaning

There are more people today who are interested in natural cleaning products. Maybe because there are more information out there about the effects that mainstream cleaners have on the environment and our health. Because of this, more consumers are now looking for safer and greener cleaners. Organic Clean aims to fill in that need.

Organic Clean, Natural Cleaning

 

How it all began

The company owners have 50 years experience between them in the organic food and cosmetic industries.

When it comes to cleaning, they noticed that the market lacked Australian Certified Organic (ACO) approved products.  If there were existing in the market, they’re normally not transparent with their labelling.

Some comes with ingredients that weren’t as safe as claimed. And some products don’t disclose their ingredients at all. After all, Australia doesn’t require this from cleaning products.

That’s when Organic Clean was born. They aim to make natural cleaning products with transparent labelling. Products that will only use safe and organic ingredients.

Organic Clean ingredients

The surfactants used in Organic Clean products come from coconut oil extracts and the soap nut tree.

The natural saponins they use are biodegradable and hypoallergenic. This ingredient is gentle on skin and clothing too. As an icing on the cake, saponins are natural insecticides and insect repellents.

Essential oils

Essential oils can add pleasant scents, yes. But they also add germ killing and deodorising properties to products. Here’s a list of the essential oils Organic Clean use:

Lavender is a versatile oil and has a relaxing trait. But it’s also deodorising and an antibacterial.

Cinnamon Bark  has a great and  lovely smell. But it is also a disinfectant, antiseptic, and an anti fungal.

Peppermint is a hybrid between watermint and spearmint. It is a great insect repellent and have strong antibacterial properties.

Sweet orange and its main ingredient limonene is a good grease cutter. Sweet orange is an antibacterial and anti fungal. But it also has anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant properties.

Tea Tree extract is famous for its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. But it’s also an anti fungal.

Lemon is a powerful and popular cleaning agent. It has antiviral, antibacterial, grease cutting, and deodorising properties.

Lemongrass is a broad spectrum antibiotic, antiviral, and anti fungal. It is also a used as an insect repellent and as a deodorant.

Organic Clean has spent years of testing to make sure that their products are as safe and effective. They never contain bleach, phosphates, or ammonia. Plus, all are septic tank friendly.

They don’t use any artificial perfumes or fragrances either. Essential oils are a much better alternative for a scent sensitive person.

These products are as tough on dirt as any standard cleaner. For old built up grease, just spray and let soak for 30 seconds before wiping.

Certified by multiple agencies

Organic Clean’s products only uses organic ingredients. And all their ingredients are from certified organic farms. Only approved to use in organic products were used for their non plant substances. And no GMOs can be found in their ingredients.

Currently, ACO doesn’t cover cleaning products. But Organic Clean is certified with the Allowed Input Standard for Australia.

Organic Clean is Vegan Accredited and is Choose Cruelty Free Certified.

Want to know more about Organic Clean? Shop the range here, or see some of the products below!

 

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Dr Bronner’s: Castile Soaps vs Pump Soaps (What’s the Difference?)

dr bronner castile soaps vs pump soap

You’ve probably heard about Dr Bronner’s soaps. This family-owned company has been in business since 1948, and they’re one of my favourite ethical brands. Dr Bronner’s castile soaps have been around from the start, but the pump soaps are a more recent addition. So what’s the difference between the two?

dr bronner castile soaps vs pump soap

The castile soap is the result of generations of soap making expertise. Dr Bronner’s castile soaps are pure, and that purity means that you can use them for so many different things.

So why make a new type of soap when the castile soap is so good?

Dr Bronner’s say that over the years many people have asked for a thicker, more moisturising soap. They wanted one that could be used with a pump dispenser, and a soap that is USDA certified organic. (The pure castile soap is not USDA certified. The water and saponification agents used in manufacture are inorganic and can’t go towards the 95% organic ingredients necessary to get the USDA label.)

About Dr Bronner’s Pump Soap

Which is where Dr Bronner’s pump soap comes in. It’s made with shikakai, a form of Acacia concinna, an Ayurvedic medicinal plant that has been used in skin and hair care for hundreds of years. The bark is powdered and added to the soap for its moisturising effects, as well as acting as a thickener. It also has antifungal properties that make it a great dandruff shampoo for non colour treated hair.

If you find the castile soap a little dry for personal care, you’ll like the pump soap. I’ve never found Dr Bronner’s castile soap drying, even with my super dry skin. But I’ve been trying the pump soap in the shower, and I do like the extra hydration.

In addition to the shikakai, the pump soap also contains organic grape juice and sucrose. These ingredients act as humectants, helping the skin hold on to its natural moisture (and incidentally bringing the tally of organic ingredients up over 95%, making this soap USDA organic).

Let’s compare the ingredients:

Pure Castile Soaps vs. Pump Soaps

Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap

water
coconut oil*
potassium hydroxide*
olive oil*
hemp oil*
jojoba oil*
citric acid*
tocopherol (vitamin E)*

Dr Bronner’s Pump Soap

organic grape juice
sucrose
coconut oil*
potassium hydroxide*
olive oil*
shikakai powder
hemp oil*
jojoba oil*
salt
citric acid*
tocopherol (vitamin E)*
* USDA certified organic

 

 

As you can see, they’re very similar. The main difference between the two (aside from the moisturising) is in the look, scent, and texture. The pump soap looks quite different from the clear pure castile soap, since the shikakai is brown and about the consistency of cinnamon powder.

The formulation of the peppermint pump soap is different, using a different mint blend with spearmint oil, so it’s not as cooling as the pure castile soap version.

Classic Dr Bronner’s castile soap is only suitable for foam pump dispensers (diluted with three times as much water). If you use it in a normal pump dispenser, it tends to get clogged, which can be frustrating. The pure castile soap also makes a better household cleaner, since bathrooms, dishes and countertops don’t need moisturising.

In general, whether you use the pump soap or pure castile soap is a matter of personal preference based on how your skin reacts – they’re both great cleansers.

Dr Bronner’s make great soaps, whether it’s the castile soap, the pump soap or the bar soaps. But the rest of the range is pretty fantastic, too! Try the bestselling hand sanitiser, my family’s favourite natural toothpaste, or the lovely all purpose magic balm.

You can check out the Dr Bronner’s range here at Hello Charlie.

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Shopping Guide to Weleda Natural Body Oils

Weleda has been one of the top natural beauty brands since it was founded in 1921. They’ve been making the best natural body oils since 1926, when they launched the Arnica Body Oil, beloved of athletes and weekend warriors worldwide.

They’ve recently redesigned the packaging of their all natural, plant based body oils. The new bottles are made from 85% recycled dark glass. And there’s a new pump top to prevent oxidization and spillage.

Weleda Natural Body Oils

What are body oils and why should I use them?

If you’ve always used a body lotion or moisturiser, body oils might be a new thing for you. They’re more intensively moisturising than body lotions, and if you’ve got dry skin, these might just be your new favourite thing this winter. Plant based oils are similar to your skin’s natural lipids. They support skin metabolism, and help your skin to build a protective layer.

Body oils made with mineral oil – petroleum byproducts – are a whole different ballgame. They don’t allow skin to breathe and can’t be metabolised. Plant based, natural body oils have regenerating, nutritive and antioxidant benefits that mineral oils simply can’t match.

Your skin quickly absorbs Weleda’s plant based oils. You won’t feel like you’ve just done a shift at the local chip shop. They leave your skin with a subtle sheen, not an oil slick.

If you have acne prone skin, don’t worry. Weleda uses plant oils that are noncomedogenic (don’t clog pores).

Apply your body oil when you get out of the shower, while your skin is still damp. You can also use them for massages, or right before you go to bed. The oils protect your skin’s lipid barrier and stop moisture from evaporating.

About Weleda natural body oils

Weleda has a range of eight body oils, from specialty oils like the Arnica Massage Oil to beauty oils like the Wild Rose Pampering Body Oil. They’re made of pure natural essential oils and cold pressed plant derived oils (except for the sea buckthorn oil, which is CO2 extracted).

All the scents are made purely from natural essential oils. They’re all designed to work harmoniously with the different plant oils chosen in each blend. Let’s have a look at each one.

Weleda natural body oils

Stretch Mark Massage Oil

This natural body oil helps prevent and fade stretch marks caused by pregnancy, weight gain or growth spurts. Made with sweet almond and jojoba oils, plus wheat germ oil (rich in vitamin E) and organic arnica flower extract to improve skin tone and elasticity. The Stretch Mark Massage Oil uses rose, neroli and myrrh essential oils for a subtle floral scent that boosts feelings of confidence and calm. Just divine!

Arnica Massage Oil

Used before and after exercise, this body oil increases circulation and helps relax muscles and prevent soreness, too. Arnica blossom and birch leaf extracts strengthen the skin, while rosemary and lavender essential oils have a balancing effect.

Birch Cellulite Oil

Massage this oil into your skin twice a day and you can see and feel the difference in skin firmness and elasticity in just one month. Birch leaf, rosemary and ruscus (butcher’s broom) extracts renew the skin, supported by grapefruit and cypress essential oils. Apricot kernel and jojoba oils give your skin a silky soft finish.

Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil

Perfect for mature skin, with organic pomegranate oil and golden millet to regenerate skin. Macadamia nut and jojoba oils nourish it. This is one of my favourite scents, with orange, davana and vanilla. It’s fresh but feminine. Gorgeous.

Lavender Relaxing Body Oil

The newest addition to the Weleda Body Oil range, the lavender oil leaves your skin soft and has an emotionally calming effect. Pure lavender essential oil balances your skin and helps you relax. It’s a bright, fresh lavender smell, not musty or old lady-ish. Sweet almond and sesame seeds oils moisturise your skin.

Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Oil

Organic sea buckthorn and sesame oils are full of unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin content, helping to restore your skin’s lipid layer. The result is soft and supple skin. This is one of my favourite scents, with grapefruit, mandarin orange and sandalwood essential oils. It’s fresh and bright, but warm, too.  Independent testing showed a 30% increase in skin’s moisture after using this for 4 weeks.

Wild Rose Pampering Body Oil

Organic wild rose, sweet almond and jojoba oils stimulate skin regeneration and improve elasticity. Damascus rose, ylang-ylang and rose geranium give this body oil a luxurious floral fragrance. Again, it’s a fresh, bright scent, not musty or cloying.

Evening Primrose Revitalising Body Oil

I tried this for the first time last week, and am in love with it. It’s a rich body oil, perfect for mature skin. Evening primrose, jojoba and wheat germ oils help increase skin firmness, tone and elasticity.  The scent is soft and subtle, with magnolia, cardamom and sandalwood for spicy floral scent with woody undertones. Lovely!

Shop the full range of Weleda Body Oils right here at Hello Charlie.

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Hello Sunshine! 123 Nourish Me Sunscreen Review

I get asked for natural sunscreen sticks all the time. And until now, I’ve had to say that I didn’t know of any.

So when one of my customers asked me to check out 123 Nourish Me’s Facestick, I got a little excited. Lots of kindies ask for parents to provide roll on or stick sunscreens, because they’re easier to apply. So I’m super happy to say that I’ve finally found a good one!

This zinc-based mineral sunscreen has an SPF 30, and it’s safe for children six months old and above. Zinc is the most soothing of the natural sunscreen ingredients, so it won’t irritate your little one’s skin.

Hello Sunshine! 123 Nourish Me Sunscreen Review

Sunscreen for toddlers

Applying sunscreen to young children can be challenging – chasing them down and smearing them with cream while they scream and squirm. Honestly, who can blame them? Sunscreen creams can feel sticky and greasy, smell odd and taste terrible. And once kids hit the “I can do it myself!” stage you’ll have to contend with them trying to apply it on their own (and the subsequent mess).

This stick is so easy to use that my friend’s five-year-old son takes it to kindergarten and applies it all by himself. It’s a good way to get kids into the sun-protection habit early. Regular use of a natural sunscreen is a must, what with our bright Australian sunshine.

Mineral sunscreens offer safe and effective broad spectrum sun protection, but they can leave you looking like you’re wearing clown makeup. The 123 Nourish Me Sunscreen goes on clear, thanks to the micronised (non nano) zinc, and it’s easy to rub in (even on my husband’s unshaven face).

The stick does have a fairly firm texture, especially when it’s cold. You could try rubbing it between your palms for a couple of minutes before application to warm it up. We found that the best way was to rub it back and forth on your skin and it soon warms up and glides on.

I’m absolutely loving this for the kids. The stick has a firm lid that’s not going to pop off in the bottom of a bag, but kids can still open it easily. Throw it into the bottom of their beach or swimming bag and they’re covered. It’s water resistant, but still needs reapplication every two hours if you’re swimming or sweating a lot.

Hello Sunshine! 123 Nourish Me Sunscreen Review

I’m completely happy with the Hello Sunshine ingredients, too. The mineral sunscreen formulation and natural ingredients mean you don’t have to worry about what your children are being exposed to. It’s gentle and doesn’t cause adverse reactions, even on sensitive skin. My kids break out in rashes with chemical sunscreen (we had an incident at school camp recently where my son decided to try his friend’s sunscreen instead of his own), but not with this one.

And I have to mention the smell. Hello Sunshine uses food grade vanilla, and I swear this smells like vanilla ice cream. My youngest loves this just because of the divine scent.

123 Nourish Me sunscreen ingredients

You can see this reviewed in our Biggest Ever Natural Sunscreen Cheat Sheet, too!

  • 100% preservative, oxybenzone and paraben free
  • Active ingredient is zinc oxide for UVA and UVB protection
  • Micronised particles reduce the white cast you get from some natural sunscreens
  • Scented with food-grade vanilla, so it has a delicious smell that my kids and I love
  • Castor, jojoba and coconut oils offer natural skin protection
  • Beeswax and carnauba wax for water resistance
  • Silica is a mineral that helps give the 123 Nourish Me stick its spreadability and silky texture
  • Vitamin E protects the skin from pollutants and acts as a natural preservative
  • Never tested on animals (only people)
  • Listed on ARTG (Australian Register Therapeutic Goods)
  • Reef friendly

Ingredients: Active: Zinc oxide 245mg/g, Inactive: Castor oil, beeswax, coconut oil, medium chain triglycerides (fractionated coconut oil), carnauba wax, shea butter, simmondsia chinensis oil (jojoba), silica, di-alpha tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), natural vanilla flavour.

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Shopping Guide to Natural Sunscreen

natural sunscreen shopping guide

natural sunscreen shopping guide

In the Australian summer, you can’t get away from sunscreen. It’s an essential part of your summer sun safety. But you need to make sure that you’re choosing a sunscreen with good ingredients.

And that means looking for a sunscreen that uses a physical barrier, rather than a chemical absorber, to protect you from the sun.  Ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium oxide physically block the sun. Chemical absorbers protect you by absorbing the sun’s rays. But there can be lots of issues with chemical absorbers, from health to environmental issues.

That’s why I always recommend using a natural, mineral based sunscreen like zinc based ones. There’s a large range of natural sunscreens now. And so it becomes difficult to choose!

Don’t forget to check out our Safer Natural Sunscreen Cheat Sheet, for an indepth look at 25 different Australian sunscreens.

Tips on using a natural sunscreen:

Zinc sunscreens are thick – that’s how you get the physical barrier and the sun protection. But there are a few tips to make it work for you.

  • Knead the tube before you squeeze it out, especially on a cooler day. I’ve found that if it gets hot, the oil can separate so you need to kind of squish it back next time yo use it. On a hot day, just give it a good shake before you apply.
  • Warm it between your hands before you apply to help it go on more easily.
  • Apply the sunscreen a bit at a time, and rub it in well. Then move on to the next area. This works better than squeezing a great big blob in to your hand and trying to cover everywhere at once.
  • If you have olive or darker skin tone, most zinc based sunscreens are going to leave a white cast. Try using a tinted sunscreen and rub it in well.
  • Remove zinc sunscreens with a face washer or baby wipe, plus warm water and a gentle soap.

Over the years, my family have use every single sunscreen we stock here at Hello Charlie. So here’s my opinion on them all:

Eco Logical Sunscreen – Baby

Our bestselling baby sunscreen!

  • Face: okay, but you’re better to use the face sunscreen
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: neutral. Not drying, but not moisturising either.
  • White cast: yes
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: anyone over 6 months
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Eco Logical Sunscreen – Body

  • Face: no
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: neutral. Not drying, but not moisturising either.
  • White cast: slight white cast, but rubs in well
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: better for kids and adults, although safe for babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: very water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

 

Eco Logical Sunscreen – Face

  • Face: yes
  • Body: you can, but it’s better for face
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: didn’t dry out my dry skin too much
  • White cast: very slightly white, good if you rub it in really well. Pop a tinted moisturiser over this for good, natural coverage
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: better for kids and adults, although safe for babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

Eco Tan (Eco by Sonya) Natural Sunscreen

  • Face: yes
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: good on my dry skin, tested by oily skinned friends who liked this, too
  • White cast: no, rubs in clear
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: better for kids and adults, although safe for babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Grahams Natural Sunclear Sunscreen

  • Face: yes, although maybe not under makeup, depending on your skin
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: yes, without being greasy
  • White cast: no, rubs on clear like the name says
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: better for kids and adults, although safe for babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 2 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Little Innoscents Natural Sunscreen

  • Face: no, too oily
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: yes
  • Moisturising: very moisturising, so great if you’ve got dry skin
  • White cast: yes. Not so bad if you rub it in well.
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

Little Urchin Natural Sunscreen

  • Face: okay for face, but possibly not under makeup. Read the review here
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: not once you rub it in
  • Moisturising: not super moisturising, so you may need to moisturise once you’ve washed it off
  • White cast: very slightly white, but it rubs in well
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Little Urchin Natural Sunscreen – Tinted

  • Face: okay for face
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: not once it’s rubbed in
  • Moisturising: I need to moisturise after I wash this off, but I have very dry skin
  • White cast: no, because it’s tinted
  • Fragrance: yes (natural from coconut oil)
  • Babies, kids or adults: better for kids and adults, but safe for babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Natural Instinct Invisible Sunscreen:

  • Face: okay for face as it’s not greasy. See the review here
  • Body: great for body
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: not really. I find this a little drying on my (already dry) skin, but my two boys like this one
  • White cast: like the name says, it’s pretty much invisible once you rub it in
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Natural Instinct Tinted Face Sunscreen:

  • Face: okay for face as it’s not greasy, and it’s tinted. See the review here
  • Body: great for body
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: not too bad. Better than the invisible one
  • White cast: no, as it’s tinted
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: better for kids and adults, but safe for babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Natural Instinct Kids Sunscreen:

  • Face: okay for face as it’s not greasy, and it’s tinted. See the review here
  • Body: great for body
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: better than the invisible one, but dry skins may need to moisturise after using this one
  • White cast: a little bit of a white cast, but rubs in okay
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Simple As That Sunscreen:

  • Face: ideal for face and for wearing under makeup. See my review here.
  • Body: works well on your body, too.
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: neutral. I have dry skin, and find that I have to moisturise after this. But if you have normal or oily skin, you wouldn’t need to.
  • White cast: no, doesn’t take much to rub it in.
  • Fragrance: yes (natural)
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Soleo Organics Natural Sunscreen

  • Face: too oily
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: can be a little, but okay if you rub it in well
  • Moisturising: yes
  • White cast: can leave a slight whiteness, but rubs in well
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

UV Natural Baby Sunscreen

  • Face: no, too oily
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: yes
  • Moisturising: very. Skin doesn’t feel dry after a day at the beach
  • White cast: no, as it has a little bit of a tint
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 2 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

UV Natural Lip Sunscreen Sport

  • Face: yes, designed for lips
  • Body: no
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: not like a lip balm, but it won’t dry your lips
  • White cast: just enough to make your lips look pale
  • Fragrance:
  • Babies, kids or adults: kids and adults
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

UV Natural Sunscreen

  • Face: no, too oily for face
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: yes
  • Moisturising: very. Skin doesn’t feel dry after a day at the beach or pool
  • White cast: no, as it has a little bit of a tint
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 2 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

UV Natural Sport Sunscreen

  • Face: too oily
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: yes
  • Moisturising: very moisturising, won’t dry your skin out
  • White cast: no, as it has a little bit of a tint
  • Fragrance: yes, from essential oils
  • Babies, kids or adults: best for kids and adults because of the essential oils
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: 3 hours water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Wotnot Natural Sunscreen 100g  &  150g

  • Face: no, too oily for face
  • Body: yes
  • Greasy: yes
  • Moisturising: yes, great for dry skin
  • White cast: yes, but absorbs pretty well when you rub it in
  • Fragrance: no
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

 

Wotnot Sunscreen for Face:

  • Face: ideal for face and under makeup. See my review here
  • Body: works well on your body, too
  • Greasy: no
  • Moisturising: neutral. I have dry skin, and find that I have to moisturise after this. Friends with normal and oily skin found they didn’t need to
  • White cast: no, requires very little rubbing in
  • Fragrance: yes (natural)
  • Babies, kids or adults: good for everyone from babies 6 months +
  • SPF: 30+
  • Water proof: water resistant
  • Reef friendly: yes

Please bear in mind that I’ve tested these on myself, family and friends and that you might find something I said was drying is actually oily on your skin. Or perhaps you’ve got a darker skin tone than my (English & Scottish heritage) family. This is just a guide to try and help answer the many questions I get asked about natural sunscreens! Vanessa xx

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