All about Ethique
All about Life Basics
Winter Must Haves
Meet the founders of No Pong!
Towards Zero Waste
From the Editor
All about Life Basics
Lets talk about sex!
Guide to Ethique
Towards Zero Waste
10 reasons why we love No Pong
Banana Smoothie Recipe
Over the Moon Repair Cream
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The Winter chill has arrived, and while I’m missing the warmth of Summer I’m also enjoying the chance to cosy up with a cup of tea and a good book whenever I can! In this issue, I’ve put together my favourite Winter essentials to keep your skin soft and protected, and your health and wellbeing intact.
With Plastic Free July now upon us, I have also been focusing on sourcing the best low-to-no plastic products to help us all reduce our impact on the environment. Excessive amounts of plastic going into landfill places such a huge burden on our natural resources, and it’s simply not necessary when there are so many eco-friendly alternatives available!
Plus, in this issue, you have the chance to win a Life Basics pack worth over $1000! Full of toxin-free goodies I’ve developed myself, this prize includes an assortment of skin care, beauty and homewares which you can share with a friend or keep all to yourself.
From the EDITOR
1. Why did you create this Life Basics range?
For two reasons, I wanted to dispel the myth that buying sustainable, ethical or toxin free products is more expensive, and so I created a range that ticked all the Nourished Life boxes but was also super cheap! I wanted to also prove to myself and other suppliers that it is just as easy (if not easier) to produce products without all that necessary plastic!
2. How important is it to you that this range is plastic free or low plastic where possible?
The most important thing about Life Basics is that the demand for low plastic/plastic free products is rapidly growing! Where we are currently with the plastic and waste crisis worldwide is a critical tipping point, and for everyone voting with their dollar and choosing to buy products like these makes my heart sing!
3. Do you think that this waste movement is just a fad or a trend?
It can’t be, we don’t have a choice anymore! What’s happened is the power of social media has taken over - and educated people, given us all a platform to connect with other like-minded people, and turning the zero waste movement into a trend!
4. What are you top 3 products?
Charcoal Konjac Sponge
Activated Charcoal Face Soap
I Like to Mauve it Mauve it Nail Polish
5. What other products do we have to look forward to?
We plan to expand this range across all beauty and healthy living products!
But we promise to make them as cheap as possible by cutting out the middleman and selling directly to you!
Q&A with Irene Falcone
All about Life Basics!
“I created a range that ticked all the
Nourished Life boxes but was also super cheap!”
Lariese Evolve Personal Organic Lubricant is the No.1 selling Organic Personal Lubricant in Australia, providing perfect moisture replacement in a gentle, safe, organic, water-soluble gel. Formulated to match the slightly acidic pH level of intimate internal skin, it is mess-free, stain-free and leaves no sticky residue. Containing Moroccan Argan Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, Evolve Lubricant can be used with condoms of any type. It can also be used as a shaving aid! Available in fragrance free; Peppermint; Cucumber; and Lavender.
These Pelvic Floor Training balls are Class 1 Medical Device designed to gently weight-train the pelvic muscles in women, particularly those with uterine prolapse. This special weighted ball can also be used to treat incontinence, light bladder leakage, facilitate therapeutic training following pregnancy, and increase awareness of the pelvic-floor muscles. Discreet and designed for comfort, MEDIballs Secret’s special feature is its patented retrievable loop, which sits just up inside the body.
Eva is a beautifully created, innovative, hands-free vibrator designed to be used with your partner! Designed by women, for women the compact design and flexible wings of Eva enable it to stay in place and out of the way, while providing a 3-speed boost of stimulation. Made from medical-grade Silicone, the flexibility and strength of Eva’s wings help to provide a comfortable fit.
This Intimacy Oil is formulated with an undiluted blend of certified organic Coconut, Sunflower and Hemp oils which provides a very sensual feel. Hand-crafted in Noosa, this can be safely be used with condoms made from polyurethane, but is not suitable to be used with any product made with latex. Noosa Basics only uses organic, raw materials sourced from Australian suppliers.
Let’s talk about sex, baby!
Let’s talk about sex, baby! WITH MEL
The Bellabeat wellbeing trackers are an ideal way to track your menstrual cycle and help to predict your PMT days, your period and most fertile days. Made from natural, water-resistant wood composite and hypoallergenic stainless steel, it has an elegant geometric leaf shape and comes with a matching leather bracelet and stainless steel chain. It can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, or clipped onto clothing, and is compatible with Apple iOS and Android, connecting via the free Bellabeat app.
Hannahpads are reusable menstrual pads, made from unbleached, non-dyed, certified organic Cotton. They have a higher level of absorbency than disposables, are more comfortable, and their unique double-stitching holds the absorbent layers and edges of the pad intact for durability. Your Hannahpads should last for 2-3 years!
The JuJu Menstrual Cups are available in 4 different sizes and made from medical-grade silicone. These are excellent alternative to tampons and pads. They can be worn for up to 12 hours and with proper care, JuJu can save you thousands of dollars that would otherwise be spent on disposable hygiene products, and can prevent thousands of disposable products from ending up in landfill or the ocean.
Every so often I’ll stumble across a product unlike anything I’ve tried before, and I just have to share it with you guys. One brand creating some truly unique beauty products is Ethique.
This New Zealand based brand create totally toxin-free, eco-friendly skin and hair care products that all come in bar form- they look just like (and are just as easy to use) a bar of soap! If their innovation and the sheer effectiveness of their products wasn’t enough, the brand actually donates 2% of their revenue or 20% of profit (whichever is higher) to charity. Now THAT is a brand that seriously gives back.
“...the brand actually donates 2% of their revenue or 20% of profit (whichever is higher) to charity. Now THAT is a brand that seriously gives back.”
Guide to Ethique Hair & Skin Care Products
Put simply, Ethique’s solid hair and beauty bars contain the best natural ingredients for your hair and skin, packed into a solid form.
They’re incredibly easy to travel with (you won’t have to worry about going over your liquids limit!), they’re cruelty free, you aren’t left with plastic packaging to throw in the rubbish once you’ve used up the product (the boxes are actually 100% biodegradable and can be put in the compost) and they lather up into a beautiful, creamy foam as your standard liquid hair and beauty products do!
How are solid Hair and Beauty Bars different to soap?
Ethique’s collection of solid shampoo, facial and body care bars SO different to regular
soaps as they don’t contain any of the preservatives or nasty chemicals mainstream soaps contain. The pH levels of regular soap are usually around 9, while the pH levels of healthy skin sit between 4.5 and 5.5 making regular soap far too alkaline for your skin. Each of Ethique’s solid bars maintain the pH balance of both your skin AND hair, combining the benefits of healthy skin and haircare with the convenience of a solid bar!
What ARE Solid Beauty Bars?!
If your hair is naturally oily, I’d recommend the as it contains lime, lemon, orange, basil, rosemary and juniper to regulate your hair’s oil production. Team this shampoo bar with the as it conditions your hair without adding excess oil and uses cocoa butter and vanilla to eliminate any excess weight caused by oil.
If your hair is quite dry, try teaming the with . Both of these bars contain
coconut oil which helps to naturally hydrate the hair without leaving any greasy residue. If your dry hair is prone to frizz, I’d also recommed the as it fuses coconut and cocoa butter with banana and vitamin B5 for a supercharged frizz-smoothing treatment.
Itchy scalp? Prone to dandruff? The will be your saviour. This shampoo bar actually kills the microbes that can cause scalp conditions and uses a blend of natural ingredients to treat the hair and
scalp from the roots down.
Ethique’s fine hair as it maximimes volume without weighing the hair down thanks to a blend of ginger, orange, cinnamon and salt.
There really is an Ethique hair bar for even the fussiest family members - try the (it’s a multi tasker!) and the to keep everyone happy!
Which Ethique Shampoo Bar is right for you?
Which Ethique Beauty Bar is right for your skin?
bar contains fresh raspberries and mandarin to gently cleanse away impurities and help balance the skin. You can also balance oily skin on the body by using the
The for sensitive skin, as it harnesses the properties of coconit to cleanse the skin without irritiating it. Theis the perfect facial cleanser
is a great option for
sensitive skin on the body as it combines those powerful coconut properties with bentonite clay, which is great for healing irritations.
Mature skin types can benefit from , which relies on kokum and cupicau butters as well as rosehip and coconut oils to plump up and rehydrate tired, dry skin, as well as creating a barrier to help protect it from the elements. I’d also recommend the as it gently buffs away dead and dry skin that can enhance the visible signs of ageing.
If your skin errs towards dry, I’d suggest starting with the as it contains coconut oil, cocoa butter and kokum butter to smooth the skin as well as castor oil and sweet orange essential oil to remove debris and makeup. Follow it up with the to really hydrate dry skin, and opt for the for the body as it’s packed with coconut oil and cocoa butter to heal dry and cracked skin.
For oilier skin types, you can’t go past the . This natural cleansing
Your guide to living plastic-free with Nourished Life!
These re-usable silicone snack bags put an end to the use of zip lock bags and cling wrap! They can be used to store sandwiches, or to heat other food in the microwave. This innovative, air-tight container features a pinch-press seal for maximum freshness, and was awarded an Iconic Design Award in 2016 as the Best Environment Saver. It is also available in Circus, Aqua and Clear.
These wraps are a reusable alternative to single-use plastic wrap, and will save you money, help the environment and add some colour to your kitchen. Designed to wrap or cover all types of food, the natural antibacterial properties of beeswax keep food fresher for longer. Made from Cotton, Beeswax, Eucalyptus Oil and Jojoba, the wraps should last for 12 months
The KeepCup Brew Cork Edition is our favourite alternative to single-use coffee cups. Made from fully tempered soda lime glass that, with the lid off, can be heated to 110°C, its comfy-to-hold, natural cork band is made from sustainably sourced wine cork off-cuts.The glass cup, plastic lid and plug are also recyclable. KeepCups are available in a range of attractive colour schemes.
These Loqi Reusable Shopping Bags are water resistant, can carry up to 20kg and they fold up small enough to fit on your pocket! They has been manufactured without the use of harmful substances, they are colour-fast and even has a skin-friendly pH value. The bag measures 50cm (w) x 42cm (l), has an 11 x 11.5cm zip pocket and a 27cm handle, and is available in a range of designs.
Made from natural bamboo these re-usable straws are completely environmentally friendly! They come in a set of 4 and include a perfectly sized cleaning brush. They are long-lasting, smooth and help to protect the planet by reducing the number of disposable straws ending up in the ocean or landfill.
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This plastic free shampoo bar is equivalent of 3 regular bottles of shampoo! It is designed to maximise volume, and is ideal for those with limp or fine hair who crave movement and volume. Each bar is the equivalent of three bottles of liquid shampoo, and is safe to use on colour-treated hair.
This plastic free, carbon neutral Bodywash Bar has a fresh, zesty fragrance from natural essential oils and contain a combination of Coconut, Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter, which together work to super-hydrate the skin and leaving it feeling soft and smooth.
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Our toothbrushes are free from any plastic packaging, made from sustainable and biodegradable nylon that has been infused with Activated Binchotan Charcoal which is known for its natural antibacterial properties. This means it can help to reduce the bacteria that causes bad breath and also help to absorb chemicals such as chlorine from tap water.
Rich in electrolytes, vitamins, minerals and amino acid peptides from a unique combination of fermented Young Coconut, Mung Beans, Brown Rice, Red Lentils, Linseed, Alfalfa seed, Millet and Quinoa, this balm helps to repair skin cells, hydrate and smooth lines and wrinkles. It can be used anywhere on the face and body as often as needed.
Claimed to be the most concentrated Rosehip Oil on the market, as the complete properties of the plant are preserved in the extraction process. Its high concentration of Omega fatty acids, essential nutrients and Trans-Retinoic Acid deeply nourishes and repairs the skin, helping to improving firmness and elasticity.
This is a an extra creamy lip balm with warm Vanilla and Peru Balsam scent, made to deliver rich moisturisation to lips while you sleep. With a powerful hydrating, anti-aging, restorative blend of Avocado, Rosehip Seed, Meadowfoam Seed and Argan Oils, it also contains soothing, Azulene-packed Blue Chamomile.
PURE Papaya Vapour Balm contains a blend of pure Australian Eucalyptus, Broad-leaved Peppermint, Lemon Myrtle and Rosalina essential oils, and works to gently clear congestion and relieve coughing while it soothes and calms. In a moisturising base of Coconut oil and Shea Butter this balm is ideal for the whole family.
This multi use balm has been around since 1926 . made from plant and flower extracts, including Rosemary, Chamomile and Calendula oils and Wild Pansy extract. This rich, hydrating skin food calms and soothes rough, dry skin anywhere on the face and body while providing a barrier against environmental stresses.
When a truly unique new beauty product comes along, I just have to share it with you- No Pong is one of those products. This natural anti-odourant is Australian made, completely toxin free, and it really does work. There are so many reasons why I love this new product- here are the top 10!
1. The packaging isn’t made from plastic
Even if you’re purchasing natural, toxin free products, they’ll often still be housed in plastic packaging which means they’re not entirely eco-friendly. Plastic packaging will end up in landfill after it’s discarded, which is one of the reasons why I LOVE No Pong- the tin container is fully recyclable!
2. The founders really understand how the body works
Melanie, one of No Pong’s founders, has a professional background in women’s health, so she truly understands the human body and how it functions. Melanie realised how important it is to pay attention to the ingredients you expose your body to, which is why she created the first No Pong prototype.
3. It’s cost effective
It’s a common misconception that natural, organic and toxin free products are overpriced- this just isn’t true! One 35 gram tin of No Pong will only set you back $8.95, and….
4. A little goes a long way!
When you use deodorant in an aerosol can, you often feel as though you need to spray half a can before it does anything! The beauty of a cream, balm or paste deodorant, like No Pong, is that you only need to apply a pea-sized amount for the product to work, meaning a tin will last you for months and months!
“Melanie, one of No Pong’s founders, has a professional background in women’s health, so she truly understands the human body and how it functions.”
top 10 reasons why we love no pong
10. IT REALLY WORKS!
What I love most about No Pong is that is really does work. Body odour is the result of the bacteria on our skin feeding on the sweat that our glands produce. The ingredients in No Pong actually work to create an environment underneath your arms where bacteria physically cannot survive.
9. It can even survive the tropics!
No Pong founders Melanie and Chris actually created No Pong so they could use it on a surf trip through the tropics. That means that not only can it withstand tropical temperatures, it’s also so water resistant that you can wear it in the ocean!
5. It’s travel friendly
One of the great things about No Pong’s tin packaging is that it’s easy to carry around with you. The tin feels extremely light so it won’t weigh your bag down, plus you won’t run the risk of having an aerosol can confiscated from you if you’re travelling.
6. It doesn’t irritate the skin
Many deodorants mainstream deodorants can irritate the extremely delicate skin under the arms as they contain artificial fragrances and toxins. No Pong is all-natural, so it’s completely free from these potentially toxic irritants and chemicals.
7. The cream formula won’t leave a mess
Sick of finding white marks over your black clothing? The No Pong cream formula means you can apply the product exactly where you need it, and it dries quickly so you can get dressed without having to fear a smudge.
8. It’s gender neutral
The (all natural) scent of No Pong is very light, with subtle notes of citrus and is barely noticeable when worn, making it completely gender neutral- no more having to buy two different deodorants to keep everyone happy!
1 frozen Banana
1 cup Almond Milk
1 tbsp Earths Purities Repair From Within Organic Diatomaceous Earth
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Power Superfoods Chia Seeds
1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour into a tall glass, over ice if preferred.
Banana Smoothie Recipe
With Organic Diatomaceous Earth
It’s smoothie o’clock!
1. This rich, restorative facial moisturiser is made with potent native Australian Extracts and the beauty mineral MSM, known to visibly improve skin health.
2. Made in Australia by an Australian-owned company, this deeply moisturising cream is ideal for dry and skin types, delivering a boost of hydration to thirsty skin.
3. This nourishing cream is Certified Vegan and Cruelty-Free, made from naturally sourced and plant-based ingredients.
4. With Vitamins E and B3 as well as Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Jojoba and Hemp Oil, this non-greasy formula promotes healthy skin cell regeneration and supports its protective barrier to lock moisture in.
5. Free from synthetic fragrances and essential oils, it’s ideal for sensitive skin and can even help to provide relief from the symptoms of common skin conditions such as dermatitis.
Top 5 reasons you should try Over the Moon Repair Cream
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