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.

Want to know more about JAK Organics? Shop the whole range here!

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Biggest Ever Baby Wipes Cheat Sheet – 45 Wipes Reviewed

Biggest Ever Baby Wipes Cheat Sheet

Hello Charlie's Safer Baby Wipes Cheat Sheet

When you’ve got a baby, you use a lot of baby wipes. Think about how many nappy changes you do each day! And every time you change your baby’s nappy, you wipe potentially toxic ingredients over the most sensitive parts of your baby’s body.

I know you’re looking for safer baby wipes, because I get so many emails about them! So I’ve researched and reviewed a whopping 45 baby wipes for you for this Cheat Sheet. And for the very first time, I’ve popped them all into a gorgeous ebook for you. You’ll be able to refer back to it whenever you want!

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Baby Wipes: Researched and Reviewed

Here’s all the baby wipes I’ve reviewed for this Cheat Sheet, in alphabetical order.

  1. After Touch Instant Wipes
  2. Aldi Mamia Fragrance Free Wipes
  3. Aldi Mamia Scented Baby Wipes
  4. Baby U Baby Wipes Fragrance Free
  5. Baby U Bamboo Baby Wipes
  6. Baby U Goat Milk Fragrance Free Baby Wipes
  7. Bambure Bamboo Baby Wipes
  8. Bambure Natural Baby Wipes
  9. Coles Comfy Bots Baby Wipes
  10. Coles Comfy Bots Fragrance Free Wipes
  11. Coles Little Explorer Baby Wipes
  12. Curash Baby Wipes Fragrance Free
  13. Curash Moisturising Baby Wipes
  14. Curash Soothing Baby Wipes
  15. ECOCARE Organic Baby Wipes
  16. Ecoriginals Baby Wipes
  17. Gaia Bamboo Baby Wipes
  18. Goat Kids Bamboo Wipes
  19. Huggies Fragrance Free Baby Wipes
  20. Huggies Lightly Fragranced Cucumber & Aloe Baby Wipes
  21. Jackson Reece Herbal Baby Wipes
  22. Jackson Reece Unscented Baby Wipes
  23. JAK Organics Baby Cleansing Oil Wipes
  24. JAK Organics Baby Aqua Wipes
  25. Johnsons Baby Skincare Wipes Lightly Fragranced
  26. Joonya Eco Baby Wipes
  27. Little Innoscents Baby Wipes
  28. Little One’s Fragrance Free Baby Wipes
  29. Little One’s Scented Baby Wipes
  30. Luv Me Eco Bamboo Wet Wipes
  31. Mommy Care’s Biodegradable Eco Baby Wipes
  32. Natracare Baby Wipes
  33. Nature Babycare Sensitive Wipes Lightly Scented
  34. Nature Babycare Sensitive Wipes Unscented
  35. Pea Pods Bamboo Baby Wipes
  36. Pigeon Baby Water Wipes
  37. Playdays Chemical Free Baby Wipes
  38. Red Nose Wipes by Aussie Wipes
  39. Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes
  40. Simply Gentle Organic Baby Cleansing Pads
  41. Simply Gentle Organic Baby Wipes
  42. Thank You Baby Wipes
  43. Tooshies By TOM Baby Wipes
  44. WaterWipes
  45. Wotnot Baby Wipes

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All this and more is in our brand new Safer Baby Wipes ebook Cheat Sheet. And because I love my readers (that’s you!) so much, there’s even a special bonus for you at the very end of the ebook.

It’s right here, and it’s free, so what are you waiting for? Grab the ebook now!

Hello Charlie Safer Baby Wipes Cheat Sheet ebook

Baby Wipes: Researched and Reviewed

I’ve written quite a few posts about baby wipes over the years, so for more information, have a look at these articles:

  1. What Are Baby Wipes Made From?
  2. Baby Wipes: Toxic Ingredients You Should Avoid
  3. Are Your Baby Wipes Giving Your Baby Nappy Rash?
  4. Why Flushable Wipes Aren’t Really Flushable

Are we missing any?

I’ve tried to include every single baby wipe available in Australia, but if I’m missing any, let me know! Drop me an email at info@hellocharlie.au with the name of the wipe and a link, or pop it into the comments below.

So go on, grab yourself a cuppa and get reading!

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Biggest Ever Baby Wipes Cheat Sheet