A beautiful body wash can transform your everyday hum-drum shower routine into an energising, decadent and uplifting experience. Here we reveal five of our favourite natural body washes that will add a touch of toxin-free luxury to your life.
Combining an addictive infusion of herbal absinthe with refreshing mint, pine and cypress, this gorgeous offering from Madara foams up into a luxurious lather and leaves your skin feeling clean and soft, while your senses will be invigorated and enlivened. The addictive fragrance is unique and truly intoxicating, and the bottle itself looks oh-so-beautiful in your bathroom.
For a truly indulgent and uplifting shower experience, try this energising body wash from Rahua. Scented with Palo Santo, lavender, eucalyptus and vanilla bean, this refreshing shower gel transforms your bathroom routine into an uplifting aroma-therapeutic experience. It gently cleanses skin without stripping away its natural oils, and is also infused with Rahua’s signature rainforest-derived Ungurahua oil, along with quinoa and hibiscus.
For a truly zesty shower experience, try this refreshing natural body wash. Formulated with kombucha, aloe vera, grape stem cells, spirulina, pine bark extract, white tea and green tea, this gentle yet effective body cleanser not only leaves you feeling squeaky clean, it also helps to restore your skin’s moisture and radiance.
Turn shower time into a ultra-refreshing experience with Mukti’s zesty Botanique Body Wash. Featuring the invigorating scent of desert lime and lemon verbena this luxe cleansing gel is infused with nourishing certified organic botanical extracts, it truly is a beautiful way to stay fresh and clean.
This fresh, vibrant castile soap works wonderfully as both a body wash and hand wash. The green-tea scent is the perfect way to refresh your senses in the bath or shower. Castile soap is made from plant-based ingredients, making it great for vegans, and Dr. Bronner’s version is concentrated, biodegradable and extremely effective in addition to being made with organic and certified fair trade ingredients.
While we adore healthy, safe and 100% natural skincare products, they do tend to be expensive due to the type of ingredients they’re made of and the associated cost of manufacturing natural products. But green beauty doesn’t always have to equal pricey beauty – here we reveal five of our favourite natural moisturisers that will keep your skin feeling healthy and hydrated without costing you an arm and a leg.
1. Best Moisturiser For Sensitive Skin:
Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Lotion
For those with a delicate and sensitive complexion, Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Lotion is a gentle and restorative option. Designed for skin that’s prone to imbalance and irritation, this extra mild lotion contains almond oil along with plum kernel oil to boost hydration and restore your skin’s natural protective barrier – and with continued use you’ll noticed a marked improvement in your skin’s resilience. This gorgeous facial lotion is one of our favourite natural moisturisers – and with a price tag under $30, we reckon it’s a total bargain too.
2. Best Day Cream:
Vanessa Megan White Tea Anti-Oxidant Day Cream
If you’re after a day cream that can help protect your skin from environmental stressors as well as keep it hydrated and supple, look no further than Vanessa Megan’s beautiful White Tea Anti-Oxidant Day Cream. Formulated with powerful natural ingredients like white tea extract and pomegranate, this lotion is loaded with potent natural antioxidants, which help combat free radicals. This will help keep your skin functioning at an optimal level, which in turn will help it look and feel more youthful for longer.
3. Best Night Cream:
La Mav Omega-3 Advanced Nightly Repair Crème
This award-winning night cream is an absolute steal at $49.95, and one of our top picks for mature and dry skin types. Designed to deeply hydrate, the rich and luscious formula features omega 3 essential fatty acids derived from jojoba, avocado, Marula oil and shea butter, along with hyaluronic acid which gives skin an intense boost of moisture. This decadent night cream also contains clinically proven bio-actives that will help your skin look and feel healthier, firmer and plumper.
4. Best Moisturiser For Oily Skin:
Acure Oil Control Facial Moisturiser
While most of us associate oily and acne-prone skin with our teen years, more and more adult women (and men) struggle with blemishes and excess sebum production. Some organic and natural moisturisers can overload oily skin, resulting in breakouts – which is why those with oily and acne-prone skin should seek out products designed specifically for their needs. Acure Oil Control Facial Moisturiser contains balancing ingredients including lilac stem cells, which have been shown to even out oil levels and help heal blemishes. The lightweight formula is also easily absorbed, so it won’t leave your skin feeling greasy or suffocated.
5. Best Body Moisturiser:
Madara Flower Dust Lotion
Hands up if you moisturise your faces on a daily basis, but are guilty of neglecting the rest of your body? You’re in luck, because Madara’s beautiful shimmering Flower Dust Lotion will inspire you to turn over a new leaf and treat your body with the TLC it so desperately craves. Featuring sparkling minerals and rosehip extract, this soft and beautifully lightweight lotion gives your skin a subtle, luminous shimmer and also keeps it hydrated for hours on end with moisturising ingredients like cocoa butter and sunflower oil. We recommend applying a little extra on your collarbones, shins and shoulders for an extra-glamorous glow.
Ginseng is an incredibly potent natural ingredient. Know for its invigorating, rejuvenating and revitalising properties, ground ginseng root is a popular health supplement that can boost lagging energy levels to help people function at their best. Read on to learn more about this natural super ingredient, and discover how it can work wonders for your complexion as well as your health.
ALL ABOUT GINSENG
Ginseng, which grows predominantly in east Asia and north America, has long been heralded as a natural way to reduce anxiety and increase mental clarity, and an extremely important component of traditional Chinese medicine. “Ginseng is an adaptogen, which means it can help to reduce the negative impact of stress,” says naturopath, presenter and author Emma Sutherland.
There are three main varieties; Siberian ginseng, Indian ginseng, and Korean red ginseng. “Korean red ginseng is the most powerful of all the ginsengs,” says Emma. “It’s the perfect tonic for fatigue and enhances both mental and physical health. Korean red ginseng actually protects our mitochondria – the batteries of our cells – from damage.” Healthy mitochondria results in better cell repair and reduced cell ageing and degeneration.
GINSENG IN SKINCARE
When used as an ingredient in skincare products like moisturisers, cleansers and face masks, ginseng can help boost healthy skin cell activity. “It increases skin cells’ ability to heal and repair by supporting the mitochondrial health of the cell,” says Emma. “Ginseng also increases skin hydration and collagen production and helps protect the skin against the effects of pollution and UV.”
Ready to incorporate this natural wonder ingredient into your skincare routine? Read on to discover our top product picks…
Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream
Boasting 99.6% natural ingredients, this incredibly hydrating, plumping and replenishing moisturiser is a total game-changer for masstige brand Kiehl’s. They’ve chosen to forgo artificial thickeners and emulsifiers, opting for plant-based ingredients instead – and the quality shows in the cream’s luxe, indulgent texture. Korean red ginseng and Manuka honey are the heroes of this nourishing moisturiser, and together they work to leave your skin looking fresh, radiant, smooth and plumped.
Vanessa Megan Cryo Facelift Ice Cube Treatment
This unique treatment instantly leaves your skin looking brighter, more toned and refreshed. The kit consists of individual serum infusions encased in mini containers which you pop in the freezer prior to use, along with a muslin cloth which is used in to apply the frozen serum. To use, simply pop out one frozen serum from it’s container, wrap it inside the muslin cloth, and massage onto your face, neck and décolletage until completely absorbed. Containing active natural ingredients including ginseng, hyaluronic acid, quandong and green coffee seeds, the treatment feels amazingly soothing on your skin and helps to combat puffiness and dehydration while promoting a radiant, luminous glow.
La Mav Sweet Orange Foaming Cleanser
This is one of all-time favourite cleansers here at THE ECO EDIT, and while as a rule we generally prefer cream cleansers, this foaming cleanser is the perfect choice for those with oily or combination skin. Formulated with ginseng, sugar cane and papaya extract, this gentle foaming cleanser removes makeup, oil and impurities to leave your skin looking bright, clean and fresh. It also contains nourishing goji berry, antioxidant-rich Kakadu plum, refining and soothing Witch Hazel, along with soothing rosemary and marshmallow extract for an extra dose of nourishment for your skin.
Nature’s Own Korean Ginseng 500mg Capsules
Combining a ginseng supplement with ginseng-based skincare is a great way to increase the potential benefits of this unique ingredient. Nature’s Own sell a ginseng 500mg supplement, which is one of the most potent options you’ll find at your local chemist. This supplement can help enhance stamina and endurance and may be particularly handy during times of stress. It could also help to boost and maintain a healthy immune system. We recommend taking this particular supplement in the morning – if you take it at night you can potentially experience some sleeplessness.
Radiant, glowing and beautifully healthy skin is something most women covet – but often it can feel out of reach. If you struggle with adult acne, dullness or temperamental and sensitive skin, you understand just how frustrating and demoralising it can be when you look in the mirror and aren’t happy with what’s reflected back at you.
And while genetics, hormones and environmental factors play a big role in how our skin behaves and looks, there are some simple lifestyle and dietary changes you can make – along with a selection of nourishing skincare products you can use – to help boost your skin’s health and create a complexion you’d be proud to show off to the world.
Healthy Skin Starts From Within
Just like your eyes are windows to your soul, your skin can be a proverbial mirror that reflects your internal health. “Your skin is most closely linked to your digestive, immune and endocrine (hormonal) systems,” explains naturopath, nutritionist and BioCeuticals Practitioner Educator Emily Seddon. “If your gut is not absorbing nutrients such as minerals, vitamins, fats, proteins and antioxidants, or if it’s being irritated by problematic foods, this can be reflected in the appearance and quality of your skin cells.”
The gut and skin are also similar in that they are both eliminatory systems. If you body isn’t eliminating toxins properly, it’s pretty near impossible to have to have healthy skin. “Issues with elimination organs like the liver can set off a chain of events that may cause the skin to become itchy and inflamed,” says Emily. Your hormone levels can also have a huge impact on the appearance of your skin. Ever noticed an extra pimple or two on your chin that pops up to say hi right before your period’s due? Fluctuating hormones are the likely culprit.
Ready to start balancing your internal health so you can begin healing and nourishing your skin from within? Here’s how:
Avoid highly processed foods. “Start by cutting out processed foods and avoid anything that is packaged,” advises nutritionist and wellness coach Jessica Sepel. “If you don’t understand the label, don’t eat it.” Jessica also advises giving up soda, cutting out artificial sweeteners, and avoiding foods labelled ‘low-fat’ or ‘fat-free’ – these are often loaded with sugar or are highly processed. Instead, opt for a variety of healthy wholefoods with a focus on fresh organic veggies and lean protein.
Reduce your consumption of caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol can be quite dehydrating and irritating to your internal systems, with alcohol in particular affecting the appearance of your skin. “Excessive alcohol intake can cause trouble by dehydrating the body and skin and increasing inflammatory markers in the body,” says Emily Seddon. “This can result in irritating dermatitis, and an overall red appearance of the skin.” This doesn’t mean you have to cut out alcohol and caffeine altogether – just keep your consumption sensible; one coffee or tea a day, and a glass or two of wine on a Friday or Saturday night is completely fine.
Up your intake of antioxidant-rich foods. Foods that are high in antioxidants – such as brightly coloured fruits and vegetables – help to combat oxidative stress and cell damage, which are linked to premature skin ageing. “Some antioxidants, like zinc and Vitamin C also play a large role in wound healing,” explains accredited practicing dietician, nutritionist and BioCeuticals Practitioner Educator Natalie Bourke. Up your intake of antioxidant-rich foods like green tea, blueberries, green leafy veggies, kiwi fruit, tomatoes, carrots and sweet potato. If you’re concerned that you’re not getting enough antioxidants in your diet, Natalie suggests you talk to your healthcare practitioner for a recommendation of a high quality supplement.
Eat more essential fatty acids. While we’ve often been taught to avoid fatty foods, our bodies actually need certain types of healthy fats in order to function properly – our skin in particular craves these healthy fats. “Fat is found in our subcutaneous tissue, which helps to provide the plump and smooth appearance of our skin,” says Natalie. “Beneficial fatty acids, like omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and chia seeds, have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body as well. Taken internally, they may help to reduce inflammation, redness and itching of the skin.” In addition to salmon and chia seeds, walnuts, mackerel, tuna, eggs (the yolk in particular) and flaxseeds are also great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. A supplement like fish oil liquid is also a great way to up you intake of omega-3.
Add probiotics to your diet. Probiotics are very important to your overall health and the appearance of your skin because they curb inflammatory processes that would otherwise go unchecked in your gut, which has a flow-on effect throughout the body. “Probiotics attune the release of ‘substance P’, which plays a huge role in several skin conditions,” says Natalie. “In fact there is research to suggest that probiotics can affect sebum production…one trial showed that 54% of acne sufferers had significant changes in their gut micro-biome.” Here at THE ECO EDIT, we love The Beauty Chef’s probiotic-enriched supplements, along with natural kombucha fermented tea.
Drink more water. This one’s pretty obvious, but adequate water intake is something that’s very easy to overlook on a day-to-day basis – and it plays a huge role in having healthy skin. Our skin is over 60% water, and it loses liquid very easily when the weather is dry or hot, or when we sweat. Drinking between 1.5 – 2L of water a day is ideal, as it will help to keep your body and your skin properly hydrated. If you struggle to drink that much water, you can also count healthy non-caffeinated beverages like coconut water and herbal tea towards your daily quota.
The best part of a healthy diet is that your skin won’t be the only thing that benefits. In addition to improving your overall health, you’ll feel more energised too. “When I feel healthy I feel like I can do anything,” says nutritionist and wellness coach Jessica Sepel. “When you embrace a healthy lifestyle, you realise that nothing feels as good as being healthy. I have more sustained energy, better quality sleep, my sugar cravings subside, I maintain a healthy weight, and my hormones stay balanced.”
Nourish Your Skin From The Outside
While your diet, overall health and genetics will play a critical role in the health and appearance of your skin, topical skincare also plays it part. Cleansing twice daily and replenishing your skin with nourishing, hydrating natural moisturiser is one of the best ways to ensure your complexion looks it best. This entire site is filled with information and recommendations for fantastic natural skincare products, but if you’re after some quick, fuss-free advice, we’ve included some of our favourite product picks below:
If you’re in need of a new cleanser, we recommend Mukti Hydrating Cleansing Lotion, which is ideal for all skin types and extremely gentle and nourishing. Generally speaking, we advise using cream cleansers rather than foaming cleansers or gels, as they tend to be gentler on your skin and are less likely to impair your skin’s natural barrier layer.
Exfoliating is also important as it removes dead skin cells, reduces congestion, and helps promote a healthy glow. The trick is to not overdo it – twice a week is plenty, and don’t apply too much pressure to your face when using an exfoliant. Try Madara Oil-To-Milk Exfoliating Scrub, which is gentle yet effective.
When Valentine’s Day comes around, a lot of fuss is made over loved up couples giving and receiving cheesy gifts galore. But we reckon that regardless of your relationship status, self-love is vital and you deserve to spoil yourself with treats that make you feel like the beautiful goddess you are. Peruse these covetable Valentine’s Day treats that will make the perfect pressie for numero uno.
Karen Murrell Valentine’s Day Gift Set
One of our fave lipstick brands Karen Murrell has released a gorgeous Limited Edition Valentine’s Day Gift Set that features two of her prettiest lipsticks shades, Violet Mousse and Poppy Passion. The delectable set also comes with one of the cutest cosmetics bags we ever laid eyes on, and is available for a limited time only from February 1st.
“I’m an unapologetic romantic and think that Valentine’s Day should be embraced and celebrated, not shunned and scoffed at,” says lipstick creator Karen Murrell. “I believe in love and the transformative power of lipstick. It’s an instant mood lifter and draws positive attention,” adds Murrell. We most certainly agree.
Soak Society Rose Wellness Soak
Is there anything more luxurious than dimming the lights, indulging in a glass of wine, lighting some candles and reclining into a warm, sensual bath? We reckon it’s a treat that can’t be topped, and Soak Society’s Rose Wellness Soak is the perfect addition to this relaxing, restorative pleasure.
Combining the most luxurious of rose petals and rose oils to captivate your senses and soothe your skin, this brilliant bath soak also contains active pink Kaolin clay and Himalayan pink salts that will smooth your skin and promote detoxification. Simply pour a few tablespoons into a warm bath and stir until fully dissolved before soaking away.
Mahalo The Petal Mask
Continuing on the rose theme, Mahalo’s decadent facial treatment mask will leave your complexion feeling petal soft and totally radiant. The luxurious formula features 28 active ingredients to nourish your skin, and contains active enzymes that gently exfoliate the skin by removing dead skin and stimulating cellular renewal for a healthy glow.
Mineral-rich Amazonian white clay revitalises while hyaluronic acid hydrates. In addition, the mask also contains bio-active Hawaiian and Manuka honeys, prized for their healing and moisturising properties. Rose is also incorporated in many forms; as a hydrosol, petals, essential oil and an absolute that adds to the decadent, luxurious face mask ritual.
May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon
If you can hear indulgence calling, May Lindstrom is the answer. Formulated for results and unparalleled pleasure, this skincare line inspires you to take your self-care routine to a whole new level of delight and indulgence, and The Blue Cocoon is one of the brand’s best-selling treatments that will have you addicted from the very first time you try it.
The decadent beauty balm concentrate is infused with natural fragrance that helps to promote tranquility and deep calm, and is applied by massaging into the skin where it melts on touch to transform into a fluid potion that tenderly envelops your skin in botanical extracts which soothe sensitive or irritated skin, while also easing stress to leave your feeling calm and clear-headed.
Burt’s Bees Natural Lipstick
If you’re looking for a pretty pick-me-up purchase that doesn’t come with an eye-watering price tag, Burt’s Bees Natural Lipstick is your new go-to. Featuring intense colour pigments combined with conditioning ingredients that provide eight hours of moisture, these gorgeous lip colours are so good you’ll want to collect all 14 shades.
The rich, vibrant colour lasts brilliantly, while the 100% natural ingredients feature moisturising Moringa and raspberry seed oils to help soften, hydrate and condition your lips all day long. And the best part? At $19.95, you can afford to indulge in more than one – we recommend three shades in particular: Scarlet Soaked, Nile Nude, and Tulip Tide.
Most of us cleanse and moisturise our skin on a daily basis, but we rarely treat ourselves to a luxurious face mask. This is because we tend to live incredibly busy lifestyles, and it’s hard to find precious ‘me-time’ when we’re so busy looking after everyone else. But we’ve found five beautiful and toxin-free reasons to make time for yourself – and your skin. Read on discover the best natural face masks that will help boost your skin’s health and radiance.
1. Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Face Mask
We love Manuka honey here at THE ECO EDIT – and with good reason; the stuff is basically liquid gold for your skin. Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask is loaded with this healing, antibacterial honey, which is a traditional remedy of New Zealand’s Maori people.
In addition to keeping bacteria at bay and helping to heal pesky spots and blemishes, this luxurious face mask is also intensely moisturising for your skin. It also has a heavenly aroma of natural vanilla and mandarin, which amplifies the beautiful and sensorial face mask experience.
2. Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Gel Mask
This gorgeous herbal mask is the perfect treat for your mug on hot summer evenings. Loaded with skin-loving antioxidant and hydrating vitamin E, this revitalising gel mask will leave your complexion feeling soft, nourished and refreshed.
In addition to deeply moisturising your skin, Jurlique’s Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Gel Mask also has a gentle exfoliating effect, courtesy of unique antioxidant beads. This helps to refine and brighten your skin, leaving you looking truly radiant.
3. Madara Brightening AHA Peel Mask
Brighten up your complexion and boost your skin’s luminosity with Madara’s Brightening AHA Peel Mask. This active mask contains a potent dose of natural fruit acids and lactic acid, which help remove dead skin cells to reveal a fresher and more radiant complexion.
The mask also contains vitamin C derived from quince fruit, which has an incredibly brightening effect on the skin, along with calming lavender and elderflower to keep your skin feeling soft and soothed. Use it twice a week, and you’ll quickly see why it made our list of the best natural face masks on the market.
4. KORA Organics Clay Purifying Mask
For a deeply cleansing and purifying experience, use KORA Organics Clay Purifying Mask once a week. Formulated to gently detoxify, purify and refine the texture of the skin, this natural mask helps to draw out impurities and also reduces the appearance of blackheads.
Containing purifying kaolin clay, nourishing Noni extract and soothing lavender, this hard-working mask will help restore a healthier and more radiant looking complexion and leaves your skin looking and feeling fresh, smooth, and clean.
5. May Lindstrom The Honey Mud
When only pure luxury will do, reach for May Lindstrom’s sensual The Honey Mud, which is a gentle enzyme cleanser and luscious face mask in one. It combines raw honey, bee pollen, white halloysite clay, along with macadamia oil, witch hazel and cocoa oil to renew, refine and invigorate your skin.
The rich, silky, pudding-like formula gently cleanses away the day while simultaneously infusing your skin with active enzymes and nourishing ingredients while also replenishing your skin’s hydration levels to leave your face feeling soft, plumped, and refreshed. This bad boy is definitely one of the best natural face masks you’ll ever use.
Here at THE ECO EDIT, we love discovering fresh, thoughtful, and ethical new businesses that are governed not only by a stylish brand vision, but also a strong moral compass and sense of responsibility to consumers and the environment. Fairlings readily meets each and every one of these criteria with its dedication to the best products and sustainable business practices.
Operating as an online essentials store that curates fair trade, vegan, organic and eco-friendly products, Fairlings was created in 2015 by Canberra-based husband and wife team Michael and Masa. Frustrated with a lack of high quality and ethical cosmetics, toiletries and day-to-day essential items in one centralised place, Michael and Masa decided to take matters into their own hands.
Here the minimalism-loving entrepreneurs reveal what prompted them to launch Fairlings, and what guiding principles they follow in their daily business practices.
THE ECO EDIT: What led you to open an online store?
Michael & Masa: As ethical minimalists ourselves, we have very high standards when making purchasing decisions. Inevitably we grew tired of wasting our time and money testing a bunch of natural products from a dozen different shops until we finally found one that worked.
It’s the combination of performance and ethics that is hard to come by. That’s why we created Fairlings – to help eliminate that decision fatigue and enable our customers to shop freely with a clear conscious. We do all the hard work for you through our selection process.
Why are natural and ethical cosmetics important to you both?
Natural products are extremely important to us because the general public aren’t aware of the toxic and unethical nature of mainstream products. The big brands are solely interested in increasing their profit margins and as a result, they do damage to the environment, animals, workers and our health.
We’re living in an exciting time where we have courageous and passionate entrepreneurs who a making amazing products that are as close to nature as possible. We feel like we have an obligation to make people aware of these alternatives and hopefully shift the demand of ethical everyday essentials.
You prefer to stock just one of each type of product – why is this?
Again, as minimalists, we hate clutter – especially mental clutter. What we found when we were trying to buy products at health food stores was the pain of deciding between 11 different natural deodorants. Masa is an obsessive label reader and it was excruciating process to decide which product to buy.
Ultimately, we didn’t want to buy a product that didn’t perform. We all know that feeling right? You’re in two minds of whether to push through and use it anyway (even though you don’t want to), or leave it to collect dust on your shelf, creating more clutter in the house. Other alternatives include throwing it out, or re-gifting the products to friends – none of these options seems like the right thing.
We thought it would be so much easier if the stores put their best foot forward and stocked what they thought was the best brand in a particular product category. We didn’t see that model anywhere, so we decided to start it ourselves.
A lot of retailers claim that they curate the best natural products but they still stock multiple brands per category, which mind you doesn’t always end up the healthier option. We’ve taken a more polarising approach by attempting to stock only the best.
Sure, there’s a risk of perhaps not being suitable for everyone, but it’s a risk we are willing to take in order to create a more pleasurable and simpler shopping experience for our customers.
Who the Fairlings customer is, and what are they looking for?
At the extreme end of the spectrum, our customers are minimalist vegans. We’re talking about the hardcore label readers who don’t want to create any excess waste or clutter in their lives. Our goal is to serve the strictest of customers and this is what we initially set out to do.
What we’re finding however is a large chunk of our customer base are women who are realising the harm that their current products are doing to their bodies and the environment. They’ve recently started their natural product journey and are finding what combinations work best for them.
They look at our products and read about what we do, and feel like they are in safe hands. They don’t have to read every ingredient and double check the products for safety. These customers used to have the perception that natural products are nice in theory, but they wonder, “do they actually perform?” We aim to debunk this myth and shift the paradigm with our handpicked range.
How does minimalism fit into your lives, and why is it important to you?
Minimalism to us means keeping what you deem as essential and eliminating the rest. We were mentally weighed down and overwhelmed with life. Minimalism was an outlet for us to detox our minds.
We started by decluttering our physical environment. We soon realised that minimalism is much more than decluttering your house – it’s a mindset. You start looking at your calendar, your inbox, your friendships, your mode of transport, pretty much everything, differently.
The question of, “is this essential?” aids of all our decisions. And it’s extremely liberating. The combination of minimalism and veganism has heightened our level of consciousness like we could never of imagined. It’s through this lens that we are now able to live a fulfilling, purpose-driven lifestyle each and every day.
What are some of your top Fairlings product picks?
It will be hard to pick only a few, as we love everything! Truly, that’s why we stock them. But if we had to pick our personal favourites as well as the ones that our customers are loving, here they are:
1. Mukti Hydrating Cleansing Lotion, $54.95
The best quality cleanser we’ve come across. It not only keeps your skin feeling clean, soft and nourished, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry like many other cleansers.
2. Vanessa Megan Organic Blood Orange Foaming Hand & Body Wash, $54.95
We love the 2-in-1 aspect of this product, both a hand wash and body wash. Smells AMAZING, leaves your skin feeling fresh and soft. This was one of the trickier items to find that was reasonably priced, felt great and contained quality ingredients.
3. The Divine Company Organic Peppermint Tooth Mousse, $19.95
Probably our favourite product. Cleans your teeth without the nasties! Has a wonderful flavour but an interesting texture because there is no plastic particles like most conventional toothpastes have.
4. One Seed Organic Perfume Sample Set, $37
A perfect gift or a great way to try a few different scents before committing to a bigger bottle. Organic perfume is a must if you love perfumes, conventional ones are super toxic!
5. Moonrise Creek Organic Vegan Mascara, $29.95
A beautiful vegan, organic and handmade thick mascara that will last you all day.
What’s next for Fairlings?
Our focus for 2017 is simple. Continue to find and work with amazing brands and build a community around our products and ethos.
More specifically, it’s our goal to bring on at least one new brand a month and to develop our community through our Ambassador Program.
We’re currently testing a brand that makes certified organic house cleaning products. This has been extremely hard to come by, especially in Australia, so we’re excited about that!
Coconut oil is one of the most versatile beauty products on the market, and helps prove that Mother Nature is undoubtedly the best beautician you’ll ever meet. From skincare to nutrition – and even whiter teeth – there’s very little this miracle oil can’t do. Read on to discover five fantastic ways to incorporate this natural wonder into your daily beauty regime.
1. As A Pre-Cleanser
If your regular cleanser isn’t cutting it when it comes to removing stubborn mascara and eye makeup, coconut oil could be your new bestie. Simply warm up a level tablespoon of coconut oil in the palms of your hands and massage it into your face in circular motions like you would with any cleanser.
Do make sure that you keep your eyes shut tight while cleansing with coconut oil, as any type of oil in your eyes is a big no-no as it can be irritating. To remove, use a warm face cloth or muslin cloth and gently wipe over your skin, and then follow up with your favourite cream cleanser.
2. As a Hair Mask
Coconut oil is incredibly nourishing for your hair because it’s loaded with hydrating and frizz-fighting vitamin E. It’s also great for soothing an irritated or itchy scalp courtesy of its natural antibacterial and healing properties.
Treat your locks to a weekly mask by heating up two tablespoons of coconut oil (more if you have super long hair) and working it into your scalp and strands. Allow it to soak in for half an hour while you read a magazine or have a cuppa, and when you rinse it out your mane will be extra glossy and silky.
3. As A Skincare Supplement
Coconut oil is a fantastic beauty supplement when used in cooking, and serves as a great alternative to olive oil or vegetable oil. It’s packed full of healthy fats, which help to hydrate and nourish your skin from within, so your complexion glows like never before.
“It can tolerate high heat during cooking, making it a safe oil to cook with,” says nutritionist and wellness coach Jessica Sepel. “It’s also a good fat, made of medium-chain fatty acids, which keep you full and satiated after meals and provide the body with energy over a sustained period of time.”
4. For Oil Pulling
Oil pulling, which involves swishing a teaspoon of coconut oil around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, is a natural way to help whiten your teeth and reduce toxins in your mouth. It might sound weird (and admittedly it can feel a little strange at first), but it’s a tried and tested technique for a whiter, healthier smile.
“Oil pulling is a traditional Ayurveda therapy that draws out toxins, and it’s a great cleansing remedy,” agrees Jessica. In addition to the more superficial benefits, coconut oil contains natural antibacterial properties, which can help to reduce plaque build-up that can lead to tooth decay. Want to give it a whirl? Try Keeko Coconut Oil Pulling kit in Morning Mint.
5. As A Face & Body Moisturiser
Thanks to all the healthy fats it contains, coconut oil in an incredibly effective natural moisturiser that helps to replenish dry, cracked or flaky skin. When used as a daily moisturiser, it can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and helps to plump up your skin.
Coconut oil also contains antioxidants, which help to combat skin-ageing free radicals, so with continued use it can work wonderfully as an anti-ageing treatment. Just be careful to avoid getting any oil in your eyes, as we mentioned previously this could cause irritation.
A Note On Fair Trade Practices
When shopping for coconut oil, it’s important to purchase brands that support fair trade practices. Many commercial coconut oil brands out there have been know to manufacture their product in mass quantities, and have been linked to worker exploitation and unsustainable practices. And while ethical and sustainable coconut oil might cost a few dollars more, it tends to be purer, healthier, so you get more bang for your buck.
“I think commercial coconut oil brands have enjoyed making a lot of money and exploiting fair trade practices, and more people are starting to realise this,” says INDAH’s Teisha Lowry. “We really noticed this when we stopped making our coconut oil for a period because we thought people wanted the cheap stuff, but we were pleasantly surprised. We had such a big callout for it to come back, because people really want what’s best for their health, our environment and humanity.”
Our favourite coco-nutty beauty buys:
These gorgeous products are either made from organic coconut oil, or use it as a key ingredient: