Monday, 9 April 2018

My Garden Keeps Me Alive

If not for my garden I might go a little stir crazy.  Inside the house is tedious at times and even more so because I spend most of my there.  Sure I can paint or colour in, I can create or read a book.  Yet outside is so much more appealing, even on cloudy days (especially on cloudy days!)

random garden art: two old metal bars through wire fencing

It's nice to get out in the garden, check on how plants are doing, check out how they're growing and what they're producing, or check if they're dying and need more attention.  It might be new flours, new fruit, new leaves, new growth... exponential growth.

There is nothing clean lined or neat about my garden.  It's a jungle with interesting bits of undergrowth and hidden plants, spots of garden art and favourite sitting areas.  Mind you what I call garden art is random bits of stuff (maybe junk to some) that I kind of piece together to make something 'eye catching' - or just 'there', 'different'.  Nothing particularly 'arty' about them.

shady spot to sit under the olive tree
I don't have a lot of muscles... well technically I have the same as everyone else - though not quite as strong... but I do like to use them by rolling heavy pots about, digging, cutting wire, pruning, climbing up and down ladders.  Gardening is an active thing.

There is also the produce which the whole family enjoys: pumpkins, olives, herbs, lemons.  It's all very exciting to go out and find things are thriving or ready to enjoy.  Being able to grown and eat things from the garden makes it just a little bit more special, more personal, more enjoyable.  Plus the neighbours grown different things and sometimes we get to trade.

always something to see or find
Things I never / rarely have to do: weeding [link], lawn moving, pulling out, killing off.  The garden was well prepped to combat weeds long term.  There is NO lawn to mow; it's all bark and stones and plants and paths.  It's rare that something requires removing or changing spots.  It's rare that something takes over and requires kulling.

If you're a garden lover what is it about your garden and being outside that appeals to you?

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

How to look after your wooden chopping board

Looking after your wooden chopping board is pretty much the same as looking after your face and body.

When washing your face you apply a cleanser, then a toner that kills off bacteria and hydrates the skin, then you apply a moisturiser.

The same applies with your chopping board.

First you want to clean your chopping board with water and a natural cloth, which acts much like an exfoliating scrub does for your skin - smoothing and refreshing the surface of your board.

Follow with some natural vinegar (making sure it's the real deal i.e. fermented and not a fake vinegar substitute).  This is the antibacterial aspect of the cleanse.  Leave to dry before doing the next step.

Lastly drizzle some olive or coconut oil over your board, not too much, and massage all over the board with your hands (moisturising your hands as well).  Leave to sit for a couple of hours or over night before using.  This allows the oils to penetrate the wood.

When done your dried out dull board will look renewed and refreshed.

clean wooden chopping board with water and eco cloth

tools of the trade: natural vinegar and olive oil

after vinegar application leave to dry

after olive oil application leave to soak in overnight

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Freebie Chasers

If you're in business offering a freebie of some sort you've probably had your fair share of freebie chasers.  That is a group of people who go around finding out who's offering something for free and chasing it.  Often these chasers work in groups that know each other (like minded people stick together and all that...)

JOLI had one such group do exactly that.  One day there was a surge of subscribers and at first I was super excited because it was like "Yay the words getting out, people are hearing about JOLI and I'm on my way to becoming a household name".  Couldn't be more wrong.

It turned out it was a group of people who knew each other, most likely a handful of friends local to each other, neighbours, who chase freebies as a group.

What alerted me was the repeated use of the same key addresses, they each lived in the same suburb in close proximity to each other, and the unlikely hood of those random people living together.  Does Ms Wood really live with Ms J Taffs and Ms Scanna?  Does Mr Scanlon really life with Ms T Taffs (who incidentally has the same surname as Ms J Taffs) and Ms Widburn.  How likely is it that Ms Thomas lives with Ms Fowler, Ms Lauren and Mr Sabott?

J Wood - Kitchener street
T Scanlon - Murray street
T Thomas - chapmans road
J Taffs - Murray street
S Fowler - chapmans road
T Taffs - Kitchener street
B Scanna - Kitchener street
J Lauren - chapmans road
D Widburn - Murray street
K Sabott - chapmans road

I don't know about you but here in the JOLI household we share the same surname.  And I know this won't always be the case.  Partners may live together and keep their own names though generally  children with have either his or hers / his or his / hers or hers / surname.  There are even groups of people who live in shared housing such as uni students (there is no university or college in the country town these people reside).

Either way it left me suspecting their genuine interest in JOLI vs just wanting lots of free samples and thinking this was a good way to get more than one sample.

I also had another lady (completely unrelated to the above people) phone me after receiving her sample stating that her daughter, son and husband's, samples never arrived.  Turns out only the mother had subscribed which is why she was the only one sent a sample.

She gave me some strange excuse about how her son and husband don't use a computer much, yet apparently they had subscribed and were waiting for their samples.  She also said her daughter had request a bath sample - even though the mother stated the daughter doesn't like baths.  I got the distinct feeling she was just trying to wrangle more samples out of me. 

I told he lady they'd all have to subscribe in order to receive a free sample which they didn't do.

After these incidents JOLI stopped offering free samples altogether.  Firstly they're not cheap to put together or post.  Secondly a few people unsubscribed after receive a sample, then subscribed again requesting a different sample (to which they received a one per person message).  Thirdly it detracted from those genuinely interested in JOLI products vs those who just wanted something for free.

As a business what type of freebie chasers have you come across and how did you deal with them?

Monday, 5 March 2018

Leading Brand Claiming To Be Pure & Natural

Using the words 'pure & natural' on their Body Lotion, joining the 'pure, natural, organic' wagon because they know this is what more and more consumers are looking for. 

How natural is it really?

The ingredients:
aqua, glycerin, alcohol denatured, cetearyl alcohol (3rd & 4th on the ingredients listing which means there's a lot of alcohol - though yes technically alcohol is natural), isopropyl palmitate, glyceryl stearate citrate, octyldodecanol, argania spinosa kernel oil, glyceryl glucoside, sodium carbomer, methylisothiazolinone, phenoxyethanol, linalool, limonene, citronellol, benzyl alcohol, butylphenyl methylpropional, alpha-isomethyl ionone, geraniol, parfum.

Can you read all that? It's hard to know what's in the product with all those technical names and there are a number of ingredients in there that I personally choose to AVOID.

So let's investigate.
  1. isopropyl palmitate = it's a type of stearic palmitic acid with alcohol
  2. glyceryl stearate citrate = is a citric acid
  3. octyldodecanol = a long chain fatty alcohol
  4. argania spinosa kernel oil = argan oil
  5. sodium carbomer = sodium salt of carbomer
  6. methylisothiazolinone = preservative [hazard rating 5 out of 10 - irritation]
  7. phenoxyethanol = prservative
  8. linalool = is a terpene (a large group of volatile unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants, especially conifers and citrus trees) [hazard rating 6 out of 10 - irritation]
  9. limonene = limonene is a scent ingredient and solvent naturally occurring in the rind of citrus fruit
  10. citronellol = a natural occurring scent derived from plants
  11. benzyl alcohol = a naturally occurring and synthetic ingredient used as solvent and preservative; has been associated with contact allergy.
  12. butylphenyl methylpropional (also called lilial) = is a synthetic scent ingredient; associated with allergies and contact dermatitis [hazard rating 7 out of 10]
  13. alpha-isomethyl ionone = a group of naturally occurring and synthetically produced scent chemicals
  14. geraniol = a naturally occurring scent oil found in plants [hazard rating 7 out of 10]
  15. parfum = fragrance [high hazard rating]
The product is 'pure & natural' because it contains NO parabens, silicones, colorants or mineral oils. It's a good start.  The brand is owned by a European country and in Europe many of the chemicals we use are banned there.

As to whether they test on animals, for all appearances they do not, however, they do state: "we cannot guarantee that ingredients we purchase have not been tested for or by someone else."

Regarding selling their products in China which requires testing they state: "The answer to this problem is to convince the Chinese authorities that animal testing for cosmetic products is unnecessary. AND: According to our (website) statement concerning animal testing we do not or make anyone else do animal tests for us and we are the great promoter of alternative test methods wherever possible."
[from Surprisingly Vegan]

Compare the above product to JOLI's
Light Moisturiser face & body lotion:

The Ingredients:
aqua, almond oil, chamomile,citrus seed extract,cypress,emulsifying wax, natural preservative, pro vitamin B5, rosehip oil, vitamin E.

Can you read that? Yes! It's nice and simple isn't it. This is what I choose for my 'pure & natural' moisturiser.  What do you choose?

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Chemicals to Avoid in your products and why!

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is a common ingredient found in our cosmetics and personal care products, including shampoo, soap, shower gel, toothpaste, shaving cream and bath foams. SLS is also known as a surfactant - a surfactant breaks down the surface tension of a liquid, allowing it to foam or to penetrate solids. It is widely used by manufacturers because it is cheap.  Sodium lauryl sulphate is also used as an industrial degreaser to clean the grease off garage floors and in engines.

SLS & Skin - Sodium lauryl sulphate is a known irritant and is actually used in clinical studies for that purpose - to irritate the skin so that the effects of other substances can be tested. When applied to human skin it has the effect of stripping off the oil layer then irritating and eroding, leaving it dry, itchy and sometimes inflamed. It cleans by corrosion and dries the skin by stripping the protective lipids from the surface so it can not effectively regulate moisture balance.  SLS can also aggravate more serious skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis.

SLS & Eyes - In experimental, acute eye tests, a solution of 10% sodium lauryl sulphate caused corneal damage to the eyes if not irrigated or irrigation was delayed. A solution of 5.1% caused mild irritation. Studies have also shown that SLS could retard the healing and keep childrens eyes from developing properly by denaturing the proteins and not allowing for proper structural formation. Children under six years old are especially vulnerable to improper eye development. It has also been said that SLS could cause cataracts in adults and delays the healing of wounds in the surface of the cornea.

SLS & Hair - Because sodium lauryl sulphate is such a caustic detergent it can cause scalp irritations, corrode the hair follicle - impairing the ability for hair to grow, and strips moisture from the delicate hair shaft, leaving it dry and brittle. SLS & Science - Sodium lauryl sulphate has a low molecular weight of just 40, ingredients under the weight of 75 enters the body. Therefore SLS can rapidly be absorbed into the body and be retained in the eyes, brain, liver and heart, which may result in harmful long term effects.

SLS & Ethoxylation - When SLS goes through a process called ethoxylation (this is where the degreasing agent becomes less abrasive gives it enhanced foaming properties) this compound then becomes Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES). The problem here lays with the fact that ethoxylation causes residues of a compound called 1, 4-dioxane to form. 1, 4-dioxane has shown in tests to be carcinogenic in rats and mice and is absorbed through the intact skin of the animals. Furthermore, this compound has been classified as a possible carcinogen in humans. According to the European Economic Community directive on cosmetics, 1, 4-dioxane must not be present in commercial products. Consequently, the assay of this substance in marketed cosmetics is of a direct concern.

Parabens are a group of chemicals widely used in the cosmetic industry, it is reported that 99% of beauty products contain them. They are preservatives that inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungus and mould, to extend the shelf life of a product. The most commonly used parabens in cosmetics are methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben and butylparaben.  Parabens may cause skin irritation, cause allergic reactions and interfere with the intestinal flora which is vital for the cleanliness of the intestines.  Recent research suggests that parabens are able to mimic the action of the female hormone oestrogen, so there is a link with breast cancer, although this has not been proven and further studies are needed.

Phthalates are chemicals used in many toiletries to help the fragrance last longer. It is estimated that around 90% of beauty products contain these symthetic preservatives. Animal studies on certain phthalates have shown the chemicals may cause a variety of problems, including reproductive and developmental harm, organ damage, immune suppression, endocrine disruption and cancer. The major concern is that as phthalates are so ubiquitous in our environment, no one knows for sure what the long term exposure, even in small doses, may be doing to human health, particularly developing infants.  Phthalates are so widely used that it may be nearly impossible to eliminate your exposure entirely. However, we feel just by omitting them from the cosmetics we use will make a difference.   Phthalates may be listed as: Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Diethyl phthalate (DEP), Butylbenzyl phthalate (BBP).

A recent study conducted at the University of Washington in Seattle has shown that potentially harmful phthalates (plasticisers) are absorbed through childrens skin. All of the 163 urine samples from infants up to 28 months contained at least one phthalate, and 81% had seven or more. High doses of phthalates have been known to produce unnatural hormone activity in tests.

Propylene Glycol (PG) is a colourless, nearly odourless syrupy liquid that is derived from a natural gas, that is commonly used in anti-freeze and brake fluid! It has found its way into cosmetics as a binding agent. It penetrates the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. It is considered so toxic that it requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when being handled. Because Propylene Glycol penetrates the skin so quickly, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns against skin contact to prevent consequences such as brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.

Oxybenzone (also known as benzophenone-3) is the widely used chemical in many sun products with high sun protection factors, its function is to 'filter' ultra violet light on the surface of the skin, converting it from light to heat, but it can also be absorbed through the skin. As yet there has not been any conclusive research to indicate what happens when the oxybenzone is absorbed through the skin, but UV light causing cell damage is well known and you may choose to avoid this form of sun protection. If light is converted to heat in the basal layers of the skin, damage to growing cells is very likely.

Formaldehyde is a toxic, colourless gas that is an irritant, and a carcinogen. When combined with water, formaldehyde is used as a disinfectant, fixative or preservative in deodorants, liquid soaps, nail varnish and shampoos. Also known as formalin, formal and methylaldehyde, it is a suspected human carcinogen and has caused cancer in rats. Formaldehyde can damage DNA, irritate the eyes, upper respiratory tract and mucous membrane, and may cause asthma and headaches. It is banned in Japan and Sweden.

Nitrosamines are not intentionally added to cosmetics, they are contaminants accidentally formed during either manufacture or storage if certain ingredients are combined. There are NO safe levels of these chemicals and whats even more worrying is that they are able to penetrate the skin. Products to watch out for are those containing amines or amino deerivatives, particularly di- or triethanolamine (DEA, TEA, MEA see below), which may form nitrosamines if combined with an ingredient which acts as a nitrosating agent, e.g sodium nitrate. Amines and their derivatives are mostly present in creams, cream lotions, hair shampoos and cream hair conditioners. Beware of mixing products.

Diethanolamine (DEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA), Triethanolamine (TEA) are hormone disrupting chemicals known to form nitrates and nitrosamines, often in conjunction with other chemicals present in a product. They are almost always present in cosmetics that foam: bubble bath, shampoo, body wash, soap. Dr, Samuel Epstein, Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Illinois, reports that repeated applications of DEA based detergents result in increases in liver and kidney cancer.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

I Am A Failure

Apparently keeping it real is an important part of running a business and something that sets small businesses apart from large corporations.  Yet there is this thought in my mind that no one really wants you to air your dirty laundry.  People only want to see the rainbows and sunshine part of you and think of you as Wonder Woman (or Superman) - invincible, awesome and amazing.  And what if you do air your laundry and it's so dirty people balk and you go down in flames? 
Yes there is a real fear there!

On a whole JOLI is a veritable wealth of information (just read through this blog and you'll see) with a skill set in many areas such as: nail technician, beauty therapist, aromatherapy (therapeutic use of essential oils) and natural herbal medicine.  The experience and the knowledge I have garnered over the 10+ years I've been in business astounds even me at times, from building websites for friends and treating my families ailments with natural remedies.  In that sense I am accomplished and proud.

However, when it comes to running a successful business I am failing.  I have tried as many things I can think of and followed all manner of advice including creating an outrageous product (1million for your very own live in personal beauty therapist for a year) because it's meant to be attention gabbing.  Huh!  Only one person ever said anything.

I've placed adds in green magazines and green online websites/directories, free listing websites like Hot Frog, Yellow Pages, local school and kinder newsletters, mail-outs, prizes, donations, community newsletters, brochures at animal rights events, products in goody bags at business events, approved by PETA and Choose Cruelty FREE, accredited by Safe Cosmetics Campaign, basic SEO courses, backlinks, articles for like minded websites, listed products on other people's websites, customer and independent reviews/testimonials,  refer a friend program and subscriptions, loyalty rewards, network and marketing events, my own newsletters plus freebies when you signup, website blog and this blog to show my vast knowledge, Youtube, LinkedIn, expos, markets, pamper parties, DIY classes, eBook, colouring books, Facebook page & adds, competitions, eBay, car signage, promotional material, my own website, invested in brand design/new logo & labels, free samples with orders, free products with orders, free mineral makeup samples (working with like minded companies), gift cards for other businesses to give to their customers, spoken with business advisors, letters to salons and gift shops and retreats, gift cards/product samples and other surprises in the mail boxes of my customers and subscribers...
Short of running down Bourke Street Mall naked (which is looking pretty good right about now)... You name it.  I've tried it.

And nothing has worked!  I'm still not even remotely where I wish or need to be (embarrassing to admit) - which means I can't afford much by way of courses or promotions or PR or all those others costly things that people say "You have to spend money on to make money."  Ok so let's say I spend even more than I already have... where do I invest that money?  What is a sure bet?  Most people will put there hand up and say "Invest in me!" but they offer no
(don't pay unless it works) guarantees and my dollars could be wasted - like they have been so far.

I am tired, fed up and angry over reading endless marketing articles (from the numerous companies I subscribe to) and umpteen sales books only to hear empty platitudes like:

"Develop a strong story – why does your business exist and what problems does it solve for customers? Be clear about what your company stands for, what it aims to achieve, and identify SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely) business goals." KBB

That's nice dear!  Done that.  Now what?

Or find your target audience.  That's nice dear!  Done that.  Now what?  Going to tell me specifically how and where I reach them?  No, didn't think so.

Or you need to be on social media.  Tried that... didn't work.  Ended up spending hours a day on there with so little to show for my efforts because no one was seeing my page unless I PAID & even then it only got me a few more likes that didn't convert to sales.  It was depressing and disheartening to only have 800+ likes when others in my industry had thousands.  Feeling like a loser with a capital L


Or find yourself a mentor?  That's nice dear!  Going to tell me where I can find a decent (doesn't rob the bank / doesn't say the same as everyone else) mentor?  No, just going to tell me I should get one. Alrighty then.

Or articles that say How This Lady Turned A Hobby Into a Thriving Business will one useless line "I used creative ways to market".  That's nice dear!  Care to elaborate?  No.  Then what's the point of reading this article when you've basically told me NOTHING!

Or establish yourself as an expert in your field.  That's nice dear!  Thought I was already doing that.  Now what?

Or you have to upsell, give the customer more than they expected.  Been doing that right from the start.  Now what?

When I first began, way back when it wasn't even cool to be into natural, eco friendly, animal friendly, chemical/toxic free skin care, I sat down with a business manager who explained to me how few people there were who were interested in what I was offering (something like less that 1% of the Australian population when you minus the men, children and ignorant).  Since then numerous businesses have joined the 'natural' band wagon (including mainstream companies); a number of whom have become successful even though they're not as natural as they claim.  And here I am, offering the real deal and still struggling along.

I don't stick my products on store shelves because they're made to order which saves the planet's resources - because we're only using what is needed when it's required.  To do anything otherwise (i.e. mass produce) is not environmentally friendly.

Months ago I sat down with a biz mentor only to be told the same thing everyone else is saying: I need to work out my target audience and get back on Facebook with some new and exciting content.  Well Gee!  If the content I was creating wasn't working for me then (and I thought it was exciting) how will it suddenly work now if I go back on?  He also suggested I come up with new products to pique people's interests.  What is the point in doing that (since it costs lots of dollars to make happen) when the current products are barely selling because very few people have heard of me, therefore, very few of my products are selling in the first place?  And when I do create new and exciting products they don't sell.

I'm frustrated and pissed off because I can't find the answers and for all the millions of articles and marketing experts out there.  There are so few willing to cough up advice that will actually help and make a difference to small business.  There is a plethora of information on basic knowledge, helpful for getting off the ground... but then what?  It's not like there's a Life Line for small businesses to ring and say "I'm thinking of ending it all.... Help!"

On the one hand it's awesome I've hung in here so long!!!!  I know plenty of businesses who have come and gone while I'm still alive and kicking.  I just wish I knew the secret formula to success... "When will I, will I be famous!"  I just wish that others who knew the answers weren't so lacking in coming forward and sharing that information (and I'm not talking about experts who charge 2.5k for others to learn what they know because that sum is painful!).  [I've spoken with marketing businesses who offer to do marketing for 2.5k a month for a couple of hours per week work.  If I had 2.5k to spend each month I wouldn't need marketers.  And they don't guarantee results.  I'm meant to just take a leap of faith that they'll work and if they don't bad luck and I've wasted my money.]  What I'm talking about is... imagine if those who knew the answers didn't rip you a new *sshole just to teach you what you need to know.  Imagine if marketing articles were actually helpful and didn't just give you wishy washy clich├ęs or useless one liners but actually taught you the skills and steps to you need to take.

Imaging how many small business would NOT fail and close down if this were the case!

Got a small business of your own and want to share your thoughts... please do.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Win a Jar of Rich Cream Moisturiser

JOLI Natural Skin Care are giving away two jars of Rich Cream Moisturiser to two lucky people.
* Australian residents only.

All you have to do is:

follow this link for more details

Rich Cream Moisturiser

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Why are Natural Bath Products a Better Alternative?
Why are natural bath products a better alternative?
We all love to indulge in body pampering sessions at home! Don’t we?

However, we often overlook the fact that what we apply to our skin can have an impact on our overall health. Most of the bath products available today are laden with toxins and harmful chemicals. We lay a lot of emphasis on nutrition, exercise and diet. However, an essential component often ignored by us are the cosmetics we use.

Exposing the body on a daily basis to harmful chemicals and synthetic ingredients may have long-term damaging effects. Ever thought about the chemicals lurking in your daily bath products? Eager to switch to all-natural bath products for a truly delightful and nourishing experience?

Well, with the wide array of natural bath delights available, you can ensure that your skin remains healthy always. Read on to learn why natural bath products make a better alternative.

The use of preservatives in bath products:
Most companies make use of preservatives and fillers in bath products to extend shelf life and yield better profits. However, such ingredients contain traces of toxic chemicals that may wreak havoc on your body. In the long-run, the use of such products can lead to serious health issues.

We all use shampoos, lotions and bath products but what we often miss is the high content of chemicals in these products. A widely used ingredient in cosmetics is SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) which is basically an engine degreaser. It serves as an ingredient to remove oils. It causes the skin and hair to lose all its natural moisture.

In the process of shampooing, we expose the entire body to the harsh chemicals in the shampoo. This results in the skin being stripped of beneficial oils. Most of the bath products that we use today are in reality detergents. They are too harsh for the skin and are often referred to as ‘bar’ and not soap.
In this context, imagine using products that are not only devoid of chemicals but will also add essential moisture to your skin? Will it not be a delightful transformation for your skin?

With the use of pure and organic products enriched with Jojoba oil, coconut oil, Olive oil, Almond oil and other essential oils, you get to nourish your skin with natural nutrients.

The benefits of Essential oil in bath products:

Essential Oils are extracted from flowers, bark, roots or peels. Enriched with natural goodness, essential oils offer a multitude of benefits for the skin and hair. Since they are made up of natural ingredients, they are absolutely safe to be used for all skin types. With their invigorating fragrance and exceptional benefits, essential oils can indeed do wonders for your skin.

If you are eager to switch to natural bath products and wondering where to begin with, we have the right solution for you. Listed below are a few products that you can add to your skincare regime.

1    Himalayan Pink Salt Coarse Granules:

Nourishing and soothing, Himalayan Pink salt granules can do wonders to your skin. They offer a range of benefits for the entire body and are can help to relax tired muscles. Immerse yourself in this bath salt to experience incredible benefits.

2    Epsom salt:
Epsom bath salt makes the perfect natural ingredient that can be effectively used to exfoliate the skin, remove blackheads and add a healthy glow to the skin. Epsom salt can also help to remove excess oil from the skin to keep it feeling smooth and soft.

3    Bath bombs:

If you are eager for a spa-like experience at home, natural bath bombs make the best alternative. Colourful and refreshing, bath bombs offer a truly enriching experience. You can easily make your own bath bombs with the purest organic ingredients for a one-of-a-kind bathing joy.

4    Organic castille liquid soap:

Created from the purest ingredients, this bath soap is the best alternative to traditional cleansers. Packed with the goodness of essential oils, the soap can deeply cleanse your skin while retaining the natural oils.

5    Lavender essential oil:

With its floral herbaceous aroma, lavender oil is renowned for its wide array of benefits for the skin. A few drops of the oil can be added to your bath water for an exhilarating feel.

6    Sweet orange essential oil:

Stimulating and refreshing, sweet orange essential oil is indeed a great product to add to your regular bath. With its nurturing benefits and citrusy aroma, it can make your bathing experience an amazing one.

7    Witch Hazel extract:

An extremely versatile ingredient, witch hazel extract is known for its wide benefits for the skin and hair. It makes the perfect natural skin toner and can be safely used on oily and sensitive skin after a nice languishing bath

8    African Black Soap:

Enriched with Vitamin A and E, the soap is free from chemicals and offers wonderful benefits for the skin. If you are looking for an all-natural soap for smooth and supple skin, give this product a try!

9    Jojoba Oil:

Rich in Vitamin E, the oil possesses the property to deeply nourish the skin. It can be used as an after-bath moisturiser to hydrate the skin and make it appear smooth and supple.

10   Sweet Almond Oil:

Abundant in Vitamin D and proteins, sweet almond oil makes a great after-bath moisturiser. It is the ideal natural ingredient for dehydrated and dry skin. With regular use, you can enhance your complexion and add a radiant glow.

With their myriad of benefits, natural bath products indeed make the perfect alternative. Free from chemicals and harmful components, they can nurture the skin and hair with their nutrifying ability.

Are you excited about giving these natural products a try?

If you are looking for natural ingredients, N-Essentials is your one-stop destination. We bring to you a wide range of pure, natural and/or organic cosmetics and essential oils. In case you are looking for more information about natural ingredients and essential oils, feel free to call us today. Alternatively, you can also email us at

Guest post written by N-Essential