The Benefits of Manuka Honey & Manuka Oil In Skincare

Manuka honey is a nutrient-rich natural wonder derived from the nectar of the Manuka bush flower. This plant (scientifically known as Leptospermum Scoparium, if you’re in the mood for technical lingo) is indigenous to New Zealand. The honey that bees create using Manuka flower nectar isn’t just mouth-wateringly delicious – it also has unique healing and soothing properties.

Manuka honey is incredibly anti-inflammatory thanks to its natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. When added to skincare products like cleansers and moisturisers, the benefits of Manuka honey include a reduction in skin inflammation and redness, as well as an overall calming and soothing effect on the skin.

“Manuka honey is full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients,” says Antipodes founder and company director Elizabeth Barbalich. “Not only is it antibacterial, but it’s also antimicrobial which helps heal skin infections.” This antibacterial action helps to soothe and reduce the symptoms of skin conditions like acne and rosacea.

In addition to reducing inflammation and redness, Manuka honey is also incredibly hydrating. “Manuka honey is a humectant, drawing moisture into the skin, therefore helping to hydrate, heal and nourish the skin,” says Elizabeth. Read on to learn more about the benefits of Manuka honey in skincare, along with its vegan counterpart Manuka oil.

Manuka Honey Quality & Rating System

Not all Manuka honey is of the same quality. Scientific tests can be performed to identify the presence of certain natural compounds, which indicate if the Manuka honey in question is authentic, pure, and of high quality. Here’s some basic information about determining Manuka honey quality:

  • When Manuka honey is being tested, scientists look for the presence of signature natural compounds – the three main compounds are Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal.
  • This organisation verifies the quality of Manuka honey using internationally standardised testing systems, and they also help protect consumers from counterfeit Manuka honey (yes, this is a thing that exists!) by regularly checking and analysing honey samples from the marketplace.
  • You can read more about the UMF rating system on the association’s website, but as a guide, a great quality Manuka honey will have a UMF rating of 18 or higher. Antipodes, for example, only uses top quality Manuka honey with a 20+ rating.
  • Another common rating system is the MGO scale, with anything scoring a MGO rating of 692 or higher indicating great quality Manuka honey. You can read more about the UMF vs. MGO ratings systems here.

Our Favourite Manuka Honey-Based Skincare Products

Erica Brooke Honey Cream Cleanser

If you’re after a cleanser that nourishes while it cleans, look no further than Erica Brooke Honey Cream Cleanser. This rich, luxurious cleansing cream helps to heal, renew and hydrate your skin while also cleansing away dirt, excess oil and impurities.

In addition to anti-inflammatory Manuka honey, the cleanser also contains goldenseal extract and frankincense, which help to protect your skin from free radical damage. The formula also contains colloidal silver, which helps to reduce blemishes and skin irritation.

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Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Light Day Cream

With potent extracts like Manuka honey, bee venom, Vinanza grape, kiwi seed, mamaku black fern and calendula oil, Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Light Day Cream is a beautiful and natural way to get a gorgeous, luminous and hydrated complexion.

The natural antibacterial properties of Manuka honey helps to calm inflammation and shrink blemishes, while antioxidant-rich grape seed and kiwi help to brighten your complexion and protect your skin from free radicals, which can contribute to premature skin ageing.

This lush formula also contains nourishing avocado oil, which keeps skin feeling soft and hydrated. Avocado oil is also known for its anti-ageing and collagen-boosting properties, making this lush cream a must for women who want plump, supple and deeply hydrated skin.

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Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

There are very few things more luxurious and pampering that a rich face mask. Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask is a beautiful way to take 20 minutes out of your week and reclaim some me-time. Containing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory Manuka honey, this lush mask will leave your skin feeling soothed, happy and nourished.

Immediately after using it you’ll notice a reduction in redness and skin irritation, and your complexion will also feel deeply hydrated and moisturised to boot. This luxe face mask also smells divine courtesy of natural extracts like vanilla pod and mandarin.

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Manuka Honey vs. Manuka Oil

Manuka honey isn’t the only amazing thing to come from the Manuka bush. Manuka oil is a wonderfully healing ingredient that’s comes from the leaves of this potent plant. The oil is extracted by steam distillation, and can be obtained using sustainable practices that don’t damage the health of the Manuka tree.

Manuka oil has many similar properties as Manuka honey. It’s highly antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial – making it extremely anti-inflammatory. This means that it’s a fantastic ingredient to use in skincare products designed for sensitive, red, and reactive skin.

Because Manuka oil is extracted directly from the leaves and doesn’t involve the use of bees and honey, it’s a great alternative ingredient for vegans who won’t use Manuka honey because they actively avoid products made from animal or animal by-products.

Our Favourite Manuka Oil-Based Skincare Products

Manuka Biotic Natural Face Cleanser

A brilliant option for women with sensitive and blemish-prone skin, Manuka Biotic Natural Face Cleanser leaves your complexion feeling fresh and clean while also removing bacteria to help combat blemishes.

In addition to antimicrobial Manuka oil, this cleanser is blended with green tea extract and Witch Hazel, along with nourishing essential oils like jojoba oil, rosehip oil, and almond oil, which help to hydrate and nourish your skin.

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Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream

With skin-loving antioxidants and nourishing omega 3, omega 6, chamomile and rosehip, Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream is like a sweet, soothing dream for sensitive skin.

Manuka oil combats inflammation and bacteria, while its core ingredients of chamomile and rosehip deeply nourish, soothe and hydrate. This gentle formula is also free from alcohol, which can be triggering for sensitive skin conditions like rosacea.

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The Dirty Dozen: 12 Common Toxins Found In Beauty Products

While there are countless artificial ingredients and toxic nasties hiding in most mainstream beauty products, there are 12 in particular that give cause for major concern.

Often referred to as The Dirty Dozen, these ingredients and chemicals have been shown to be highly questionable with potentially devastating health implications.

Grab a pen and paper and familiarise yourself with these common toxins so that you can steer clear of them next time you’re shopping for cosmetics and toiletries.

1. PARABENS

Found in basically every mainstream beauty product you can get your mitts on, parabens (which usually appear on the ingredients list with prefixes like Butyl, Isobutyl, Propyl, Methyl, Ethyl etc.) are artificial preservatives that are added to products to help prevent bacteria and mould growth.

Parabens are a concern because they can mimic our own natural hormones, which can lead to endocrine disruption; a condition which has been linked to some types of cancer. Parabens have also been associated with skin irritation, dermatitis, rosacea, increased sun damage, headaches and dizziness.

2. ARTIFICIAL FRAGRANCE

If that department store beauty product you’re testing has even the slightest hint of a scent to it, chances are it’s loaded with synthetic fragrance. Usually listed as ‘parfum,’ or ‘fragrance,’ on the ingredients label, an artificial fragrance can have dozens – even hundreds – of ingredients.

It’s impossible to know exactly what chemicals have been used to create that specific scent, because beauty companies aren’t legally required to reveal their fragrance compositions. Artificial and synthetic fragrances have been linked to headaches, dizziness, skin irritation, nausea and endocrine disruption.

3. PHTHALATES

Found in some of the most popular beauty products on the market (including perfumes, nail polishes, and hairsprays), common phthalates include Diethyl Phthalate and Dibutyl Phthalate.

Phthalates are a type of plasticising chemical that’s used to make a product’s texture more spreadable or pliable, or alternatively to make a product adhere to the skin.

Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors, and they have been linked to lung, kidney and liver damage, and can potentially cause birth defects as well.

4. SLS & SLES

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) are found in products that lather up (think shampoo, foaming cleansers, body wash, liquid soap, bubble bath and even toothpaste) and are a type of foaming agent.

They are incredibly harsh ingredients and can often be found in industrial cleaning products like engine degreasers. Both SLS and SLES irritate the skin by stripping away it’s natural protective barrier, and have also been linked to allergies, eye problems, and hair growth issues.

5. TRICLOSAN

An antibacterial and anti-fungal agent, Triclosan is added to common toiletries like hand soaps, deodorants, toothpaste, hand sanitiser, and cosmetics.

While the idea of a germ-fighting additive might not sound bad in theory, Triclosan has been linked to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (known as ‘superbugs’) and also ends up in our water systems where it can affect the aquatic environment.

In addition, Triclosan has also been linked to endocrine disruption which can lead to serious medical conditions.

6. PETROLEUM & MINERAL OIL

Petroleum and petroleum-derived substances including mineral oil and paraffin are commonly found in lip balms, lipsticks, lip glosses, body oils, moisturisers, body balms, hair gels and conditioners.

Petroleum is a type of petrochemical that’s derived from crude oil, and it can cause a wide array of skin problems as it coats and clogs your pores and leaves a slick barrier on top of the skin.

In addition to preventing the skin from ‘breathing,’ petroleum, mineral oil and paraffin can also be contaminated with all kinds of toxins and impurities.

7. FORMALDEHYDE

Listed on the ingredients label as Imidazolidinyl Urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Quaternium, DMDM Hydantoin, Nitropropane, Bronopol, Oxaldehyde and Glyoxal, Formaldehyde is commonly found in nail polishes and hair straightening treatments.

It’s been banned from use in cosmetics in some countries and is a known carcinogen that has been linked to lung disease (including lung cancer), lymphoma and leukaemia.

It makes it’s way into the body through fume inhalation, and can cause eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, and has the potential to accumulate in the body which can lead to toxicity.

8. HYDROQUINONE

Also known as Quinol, Benzene and Diol, Hydroquinone inhibits melanin production and can be found in some skin lightening creams and anti-pigmentation products like brightening serums and skin whitening treatments.

It has been banned in some countries, and the FDA has stated that Hydroquinone may be carcinogenic, as studies have linked it to the development of tumours and leukaemia. It has also been linked to skin sensitivity and increased sun damage, skin irritation and organ toxicity.

9. MERCURY 

While it’s not commonly found in Australian-made beauty products, mercury can be lurking in certain mascaras, acne treatments and skin creams, along with ear and eye drops.

It will be listed on the ingredients label as Calomel, Mercurous Chloride, Thimerosal, Merthiolate, Mercurio, or Mercuric.

Mercury exposure can lead to mercury poisoning, symptoms of which can include tremors, numbness and tingling, irritability and depression, memory problems, vision and hearing problems, and organ damage – including brain damage.

10. PROPYLENE GLYCOL

You’ll find this anti-freeze solvent in brake and hydraulic fluids, along with some of the most common personal care and toiletry products like deodorant, baby wipes, toothpaste, moisturisers, shampoo, and run-of-the-mill cosmetics.

Propylene Glycol has the potential to cause serious health issues, including central nervous system disruption and organ damage. It has also been linked to hives, eczema, and allergic reactions.

11. COAL TAR DYES

Used primarily as a colouring agent in hair dyes and makeup, and also an active ingredient in some anti-dandruff shampoos, coal tar dyes will appear in the ingredients list with names like Aminophenol, Phenylenediamine and Diaminobenzene.

Coal tar dyes are known to be carcinogenic, and in some instances might also be contaminated with toxic heavy metals. In addition to this, coal tar dyes have also been shown to cause skin irritation and sensitivity.

12. BHA & BHT

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) are synthetic antioxidants, which are added to cosmetics like lipstick, moisturiser, and even baby products like nappy creams to extend the product’s shelf life.

They are suspected carcinogens and they also have the potential to cause endocrine disruption and have the potential to cause thyroid, kidney, and liver issues.

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Five Minutes With: Antipodes Founder Elizabeth Barbalich

Boasting high concentrations of luxurious natural ingredients like avocado oil, Manuka honey, kiwi seed, jojoba oil, chia seed oil and a selection of potent New Zealand botanical extracts, skincare brand Antipodes has secured a truly warranted place in the natural beauty Hall of Fame.

Here Elizabeth Barbalich, the founder and CEO of the highly coveted and successful New Zealand beauty brand, takes five minutes out of her busy schedule to share the company’s journey with us and discuss what’s next for the cult favourite skincare label. 

EE: Why did you decide to create your own skincare line?

ELIZABETH: I saw a gap in the market for a lifestyle brand that was natural, sustainable, and organic and that also had scientific validation.

I researched a lot of brands on the global market and I was seeking to create a strong lifestyle brand with clear merchandising cut through and a distinctive style. Antipodes is a niche brand that has graced the shelves of major department stores around the world.

What was the very first Antipodes product you launched?

The Antipodes Divine Avocado & Rosehip Face Oil. The key ingredient was avocado oil, and this product is scientifically shown to stimulate synthesis of Type 1 collagen, so its great introductory skincare item to have in your cosmetics bag!

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Why do you believe in natural skincare?

New Zealand nature is home to a lot of unique plants with potent healing and antibacterial qualities. These ingredients are oriented towards performance. We call our natural positioning “green beauty ethos,” as many answers to health issues are found in nature.

The New Zealand environment is pollution-free which means that our pure plant ingredients have low or no chemical residue. Obviously we choose certified organic ingredients where we can.

Did the popularity and quick growth of the Antipodes brand take you by surprise?

No – I had a clear vision from day one as to what I wanted to achieve and this has taken substantial investment, time, energy and financial resources alongside a uncompromising drive to make sure the brand has done well.

There are so many “me too” brands on the market that I knew a niche brand would succeed, but it has taken some time.

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Antipodes is hugely popularly not just in Australia and NZ, but all over the world. Why do international consumers love Antipodes?

Antipodes has so many special aspects to it that there are a number of things that attract our devotees. It could be our lush green wallpaper packaging and pure plant fragrances, or the poetry on our product boxes.

Over and above that the brand seeks to deliver results as well as connecting you with nature and New Zealand. One of our trademarks is “Scientifically Validated Organic Beauty,” and this sums up our core essence – science with pure objective results (in-vitro), as opposed to just subjective clinical trials.

What’s been your biggest ‘pinch me’ moment since the brand launched?

Sam Smith instagrammed Antipodes as his next favourite thing just prior to his NZ tour so that was a fun moment, however my biggest pinch me moment was when Antipodes became a core range in Wholefoods and Selfridges Department store in the UK.

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What’s next for the Antipodes brand?

We are launching a very cool range of products early next year (2017), and we will be excited to showcase this to Australian women.

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Five Minutes With: The Beauty Chef’s Carla Oates

As an organic beauty and health expert and a former beauty editor, Carla Oates knows more about the secret to great skin than the average gal.

Carla is an avid naturalist and product formulator, and she has spent the better part of the last two decades creating beauty products using foods from her kitchen and herbs from her garden, which resulted in the development of her successful beauty supplement and skin health range, The Beauty Chef.

Carla was kind enough to take five minutes out of her busy schedule to chat with us and reveal her secrets for a healthy, radiant complexion.

EE: When did you first develop an interest in nutrition?

CARLA: I had eczema and allergies as a child, and I went to a naturopath when I was a teenager who put me on a diet. From eliminating certain foods and eating others, I noticed a big difference in my skin and wellbeing.

I was working as a beauty editor around 17 years ago and was concerned with the amount of toxic chemicals in skincare, and because of my own personal experience, I understood that radiant, healthy skin comes from within. So I made it my mission to help educate people on healthier skincare options.

I made it my mission to help educate people on healthier skincare options

I wrote a book published a book called Feeding Your Skin, and over the last fifteen years I have written hundreds of articles on natural beauty and health and researched the benefits of plant-based foods for our skin.

My daughter had eczema as a child, and so around 10 years ago I was researching gut health, lacto-fermented foods, and probiotics. I started making lacto-fermented foods and noticed a big difference in her skin and wellbeing.

I created quite a demand, and that demand grew to friends of friends – so it seemed a natural progression to launch The Beauty Chef. Glow Inner Beauty Powder was my first product – containing 24 bio-fermented, skin-loving super foods.

Glow Inner Beauty Powder

How does our gut affect the way our skin looks?

At The Beauty Chef, our ethos is ‘beauty begins in the belly.’ Digestive health is key for healthy, radiant skin. Our gut is where 70% of the immune system lies, where we metabolise hormones, where we make detoxifying enzymes and where we make nutrients.

So much of what goes on in our digestive system can impact our skin – more and more research shows this link. For example, those with healthier gut microbiota have a better fatty acid profile in their skin; meaning their skin is more moisturised and hydrated.

Those with dermatitis have been shown to have a disruption of normal gut microbiota. Where there is gut inflammation, there will be skin inflammation.

What are some of the biggest nutrition and health hurdles women face today?

The prevalence of processed and high human intervention foods in the average diet. I also believe that an overload of synthetic and questionable chemicals in our food, personal care and skincare is problematic to our health, which is why I recommend buying certified organic food, skincare and personal care products wherever possible.

Also stress! Stress and a lack of sleep. Stress robs the body of nutrients and increases stress hormones that can be as problematic to the body as refined sugar. When we sleep we release important antioxidants and youth hormones. A lack of sleep raises stress hormones, interferes with hunger regulating hormones, and depletes us of anti-ageing antioxidants, melatonin and human growth hormone.

What does a typical day on a plate look like for you?

When I get up, I drink our Glow Inner Beauty Powder in water with a splash of lemon juice. This is usually followed by a breakfast of eggs with mushrooms, tomatoes and salmon, or a buckwheat, miso, apple and date porridge.

For lunch I’ll have a big chicken or salmon salad with nuts, sprouts and avocado. For afternoon tea I’ll have a cold pressed juice, or perhaps a black bean and cacao protein truffle made using The Beauty Chef Chocolate Body Inner Beauty Powder.

Dinner is usually light – mostly salads, veggies and a protein source, like lamb or barramundi. In general I eat lots of carrots, nuts and fruit and drink two litres of filtered water throughout the day.

I love curries, slow cooked soups and stews with bone broth, lots of vegetables, herbs and spices – these are easily digested and great for gut health. We have some great recipes available on our website thebeautychef.com.

You recently launched a topical skincare range – what prompted this?

I became concerned with the amount of toxic chemicals in skincare and cosmetic products. I believe that many of those harsh chemicals can not only compromise the skin’s protective acid mantle and therefore the health of the skin, but may also be absorbed into the blood stream.

One of my favourite products from the range is the Probiotic Skin Refiner, which embraces fermentation for the same reasons we use it with our inner beauty range. Research is showing that by supporting the flora on the skin topically, you can boost your immune system – so there is a direct relationship between what you put on your skin and your immune system.

Harsh chemicals not only compromise the skin’s protective acid mantle…but may also be absorbed into the blood stream

I love the fact that lacto-fermentation is a completely natural biological process. It breaks ingredients down (natural bacteria pre-digest the ingredients), making the nutrients more bio-available. We don’t need to make super-duper synthetic ingredients in a lab (which may send our skin and health into imbalance) to create ‘active’ ingredients.

Here, we have this incredible process that turns natural ingredients into super-natural ingredients that are active, balanced and rejuvenating – and it’s all done by nature! I love our Probiotic Skin Refiner as it is a skin hydrator, exfoliant and collagen booster – all in one.

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What’s a surprising fact about our skin that people might not know?

The skin, hair and nails are the last places in the body to receive nutrients, as they go to more important organs first, so nutrition is important for glowing skin.

What’s next for The Beauty Chef?

We’re launching The Beauty Chef Cookbook*. It contains more than 150 gluten-free and dairy-free recipes including healthy spins on traditional dishes, special occasion treats, simple family meals and time-honoured ferments.

*The Beauty Chef Cookbook by Carla Oates, $49.95, is available from October 2016 from thebeautychef.com and leading bookstores.

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Neo Deo: The Natural Deodorant Revolution

ALUMINIUM IN DEODORANT

You apply deodorant every day, but have you ever stopped to wonder what ingredients are lurking inside? Unlike natural deodorant, most mainstream antiperspirant deodorants contain aluminium compounds, which block your sweat glands to inhibit sweating.

While there’s no question that antiperspirants are effective at reducing sweat and body odour, aluminium in deodorant is a cause for concern. The aluminium-based compounds used in these products are made up of extremely small molecules that have the potential to be absorbed into your body.

Aluminium accumulation in the body has been linked to breast cancer, liver toxicity and Alzheimer’s disease; which is extremely worrying when you consider how many people use aluminium-based deodorants on a daily basis.

Read on to learn more about the potential dangers of regular antiperspirant, and why you should make the switch to natural deodorant today.

OTHER TOXINS IN DEODORANT

In addition to aluminium, most antiperspirant sprays and roll-on deodorants contain many artificial additives and chemicals that are known to be toxic. Some of these include:

  • Phthalates. These are plasticising chemicals that make cosmetic products adhere to our skin, and they are often found in heavily fragranced beauty products like perfumes and deodorants. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors (meaning they muck around with our hormone levels), and scientific studies have linked them to reduced testosterone and lower sperm quality in men.
  • Parabens. These are used as a cheap preservative. While they’re currently considered ‘safe’ for use in personal care products and cosmetics, parabens can mimic our own natural hormones which can lead to endocrine disruption – a condition which has been linked to some types of cancer. Parabens have also been associated with headaches, dizziness, skin irritation and dermatitis.
  • Triclosan. This is an antibacterial agent that’s often used in deodorants and antiperspirants. “Triclosan has been shown to interfere with thyroid signalling,” says Chey Birch, founder of popular natural deodorant and skincare brand Black Chicken. “Australia’s regulators said there is no immediate cause for public concern, but in the very same report they also stated that triclosan may be bio-accumulative, persistent in the environment, and very toxic to aquatic organisms. Products for human use that contain more than 0.3% triclosan must be labelled as poison.”

Perhaps what’s most worrying is the fact that tighter government regulations, stricter labelling laws, and more extensive research into the safely of these chemicals are pitted against the enormous profits earned by the big global businesses that dominate the personal care and cosmetic industries.

This is something that Chey finds very troubling. “When it’s not possible to prove beyond doubt the toxic load of a chemical, then the ingredient is deemed ‘safe to use’ – at least until accumulated evidence and hindsight proves otherwise,” says Chey, “and by then, for some of us, the damage is done.”

SWEAT ISN’T THE ENEMY

Despite what those antiperspirant TV commercials might lead you to believe, sweat is actually a healthy – and necessary – process. “When we sweat, it’s the body’s way of getting rid of toxins and waste so your whole system can run more efficiently,” says Chey. “Sweating also helps us maintain a healthy immune system because it reduces the amount of waste and toxins the body has to deal with – and of course, it helps regulate our body temperature too.”

Sweat is the body’s way of getting rid of toxins

As it turns out, sweat itself isn’t even the main cause of body odour – that particular (dis)honour goes to bacteria. “Body odour is caused when bacteria break down certain proteins in underarm sweat,” says Chey. Luckily, there are some fantastic toxin-free deodorants on the market that are not only safe and gentle on your pits, but they also neutralise bacteria naturally, helping to prevent body odour from developing.

HOW TO SWITCH TO NATURAL DEODORANT

Most people find it easy to make the switch from antiperspirant to a natural deodorant, but sometimes there can be a bit of a transitional period. “Occasionally, for first time users, it can trigger a pit detox,” says Chey. “The body begins to release all those clogged toxins as your pores relax and do their thing – body odour can be stronger than usual at this time.”

You can help speed up this detox process by working up more of a sweat and drinking plenty of water to flush out the toxins. “Eat well and maybe cut back your alcohol and caffeine intake until your system regains its natural balance,” suggests Chey.

NATURAL DEODORANTS WE LOVE

If you’re ready to make the switch to natural deodorant, a deodorant paste is a great starting point. To apply, you simply use a pea-sized amount of product and warm it up between your fingers before massaging it into your underarms using a slow, circular motion. Black Chicken is currently the most popular natural deodorant brand in Australia, and it’s also friendly on the wallet when you consider that one tub will last you for weeks on end.

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Here at THE ECO EDIT we’re big fans Erica Brooke’s range of unisex deodorant pastes. The pastes contain nourishing, soothing ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E to keep your pits happy and hydrated, and there are a variety of scents to choose from like wildflowers, neroli and vanilla. Erica also makes a double-strength formula, which is perfect for gym days. The brand also offers an unscented version for those with sensitive pits.

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If you’re currently using an aerosol or spray-on deodorant, we highly recommend trying Indah No. 5 Active Spray Deodorant. They’ve cleverly used colloidal silver instead of aluminium, which is blended with a mixture of powerful herbal actives that will keep you smelling fresh. As a bonus, the gorgeous scent of this deodorant spray is so nice that you can use it as a natural perfume too.

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If you’re more of a roll-on girl (or guy) and prefer a hands-free deo, we recommend Madara Bio-Active Deodorant. This little beauty comes with an easy-to-use roller ball applicator, which makes it perfect for popping in your gym bag – or for days when you just want a fuss-free deodorant option.

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