Sunday, 21 April 2013

Mother's Day Competition

WIN a "Triple" Mother's Day ~ gift set

In this gift set you get: 
Rich Cream Moisturiser - scent of choice
Fluffy Lime Eye Cream
Moisturising Lip Balm - tint and flavour of choice
Valued at $69.90 ~ retails for $62.90 online

To Enter:
Tell us in 50 words or less [by leaving a comment below] why your mum, or you, deserves to win this gorgeous natural skin care gift set for Mother's Day.

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Competition ENDS Sunday 28th May 8pm.  Open to Australian residents only.


Monday, 15 April 2013

Oils ain't Oils

Some of you may remember the above quote from the Castrol GTX commercial.

Well it's a true statement. Not all oils are the same.

Take essential and fragrant oils for example, there are higher quality oils than others.

Using the picture above for reference, let me begin by saying if the oil sinks to the bottom as it does in pic.a it's not a high quality essential oil. Oils should float for a start so if it sinks chances are there is not much 'oil' in the product. Pic.a is actually a quality fragrant oil, and you will find most fragrant oils don't float and many are much more gluggy than the one pictured - typically these cheap oils are made to be used in oil burners. If you have an oil that sinks and is really gluggy/vicous it is NOT a high quality essential or fragrant oil.

Pic.b is olive oil. This is to give you an idea of how gluggy you don't want your essential oil to be. While olive oil, and many other natural oils, are good for moisturising the skin you don't want your essential oil to be so thick it doesn't absorb into the skin well.

Pic.c is a great quality essential oil. The oil floats on the top, it is not gluggy and it has that nice fine spread that works exceptionally well for absorbing into the skin.

Pic.d is also another high quality essential oil and has much the same properties as pic.c. When looking for a great quality essential oil look for oils that behave similarly to pic.d & c.

Hope that helps with choosing your fragrant or essential oils.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Country Air Effects On Skin

When we think of country air, we think of clean fresh air, smog and pollution free.  Yet there are other aspects (draw-backs) to all that country air.

Over the Easter break and school holidays the family and I went away for some quality family time and to relax and recoup.  The first four days we camped at our favourite camp site, sleeping in tents and cooking over a fire.  While I really enjoy camping and getting back to basics I have to say my skin doesn't.  All that smoke and dirt and exposure to the elements, wind, sun, rain... leaves my skin dry and dull looking.  I did moisturise while camping, although I forgot to bring my facial wash and facial scrub.  There was a couple of times when I caught my reflection in a car window and was horrified by my appearance.  No matter how much shade I try to sit in I always come away from camping with a light tan and white panda eyes where my sunglasses were.  Proof of exposure to the elements. 

After camping we stayed in a country home-stay which is better for reducing exposure to the elements however country Victoria is still a very dry and arid place this time of the year.  You only need look at the dead grass all over the country side to imagine what happens to a person's skin out there.  In the home-stay there were mirrors (oh yay!) for me to get a really good look at my skin.  When I first arrived I could see the dirt and smoke lining the creases on my face dramatically emphasizing my wrinkles.  I felt like I had black heads all over the place even though I couldn't see any and really wanted to give myself a good facial.  I looked old and haggard and felt miserable about my grotty drab appearance.  My skin was in serious need of a wash and scrub and I couldn't do that because I'd forgotten to bring my facial wash and scrub.  There was an exfoliating glove there that I used because it was all I had yet it wasn't as affective as the enliven facial scrub.

We spent a week at the home-stay enjoying the kangaroos in the meadow, watching our boys play in the sandpit, bush walking, going to markets and curling up with a good book.  It was very restful and I didn't exactly want to leave and yet...

the first thing I did when I got home was rush off to have a shower and reach for my facial wash and enliven scrub!  As soon a I saw them I was like "Hello facial wash and scrub!"  I'd really missed them.