Monday, 26 December 2016

The Best Moisturiser by Body Part

Which JOLI moisturiser is the best option for different parts of your body?

JOLI's Rich Cream Moisturiser
Let's break it down.

Oily, acne, sensitive, young skin, hot weather =
Light Moisturiser
Normal to dry skin, combination =
Rich Cream Moisturiesr (for him)
Rich Cream Moisturiser (for her)
Very dry or mature skin = Whipped Cream Moisturiser
All skin types = Skin Serum

Fluffy Lime Eye Cream, lime as uplifting and toning properties

Moisturising Lip Balm - long lasting wear

Neck / Decoletague:
For older skin (40+) / very dry skin = Whipped Cream Moisturiser
For younger (30s) skin = Rich Cream Moistuer
For very young skin (teens / 20s) = Light Moistuiser

Whipped Cream
Rich Cream Moisturiser
Luscious Body Butter

Whipped Cream
Rich Cream Moisturiser
Luscious Body Butter

Belly, Bottom, Thighs:
To reduce cellulite = Enliven Facial & Body Scrub
To moisturiser = Luscious Body Butter

Legs, Body:
Whipped Cream
Luscious Body Butter

Rich Cream Moisturiser
Massage Oil

Heels = Luscious Body Butter
Toes (athletes foot) = Soothing Salve

Fancy Cuticle Oil
Why is it fancy? This product contains a trio of potent oils that penetrate deep into the cuticles to nourish and enrich from within.

Skin conditions: such as eczema, dermatitis, rashes, hives, bites etc.
Soothing Salve

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Yet another product lying about being natural

The brand Basic Earth calls their products Botanicals.

When you hear those names do you get the feeling they are earth friendly, containing natural botanical ingredients?

It's no surprise if you do because those names are designed to make people feel the products are natural and safe, from the earth and full of botanicals.

Then you look at the ingredients and see things are not even nearly as they claim.

Water, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, disodium lauroamphodiacetate lauroyl sarcosinate, sodium chloride, polyquatermium-7, parfum, disodium EDTA, citric acid, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, colours.

Water, cetearyl alcohol, cetrimonium chloride, clyceryl stearate, glycerin, parfum, diazolidinyl urea, disodium EDTA, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, colours.

Body Wash:
Water, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, disodum lauroamphodiacetate lauroyl sarcosinate, sodium chloride, polyquaternium-7, parfum, disodium EDTA, citric acid, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, colours.

Body Lotion:
Water, cetearyl alcohol, paraffinum liquidum, glycerin, acrylates/acrylamide copolymer, polysorbate B5, PEG-75 lanolin, parfum, disodium EDTA, diazolidinyl urea, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, colours.

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Methylchloroisothiazolinone has been restricted in the European Union for use in personal care products, including hair products, as it is sensitizing allergens.

Methylisothiazolinone has been associated with allergic reactions (contact dermatitis) and neurotoxicity.

Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) irritates kin and scalp and creates itching, may cause hair loss.

Note: people who use products containing these ingredients have reported hair loss.

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Disturbingly, as with many products like these, the Basic Earth products were at a Big 4 caravan park, given to guests for free to use during their stay.

No doubt the places that stock these products have NO IDEA of the harmful ingredients they contain or the harmful effects they can and do have on guests.

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Did Kylie Do More Harm Than Good

"Kylie Minogue's seal of approval sends sales of age-old skin lotion rocketing" ~ quote

A few years ago now our beloved Kylie Minogue confessed that she had given up botox and was now dedicated to using Pond's cold cream.  Her announcement sent sales of the product through the roof with many other women hoping to hold onto their youth by using the same product and hoping for the same results.  

According to research the original Pond's Cold Cream formulation had a mere 7 ingredients in it: 
Water, beeswax, mineral oil, ceresin, sodium borate, carbomer and fragrance.

Pond's is manufactured by Unilever who test on animals and have a high hazard ingredients rating (according to the EWG).  I can't help but wonder if Miss Minogue knew she was advocating animal testing firstly by using the product and secondly by making an announcement that caused a multitude of other women to buy the product?

According to one blogger who was trying to get to the bottom of Pond's reformulation of their product (supposedly to save on manufacturing costs and increase their profits): Pond's reformulated the product by adding toxic ingredients like that preservative DMDM Hydantion.  

In her blog writers have left various comments about the reformulation.

One such post states:

"If you check the ingredients, they've added a bunch of chemicals and preservatives.

New ingredients are: mineral oil, water, ceresin, beeswax, triethanolamine, behenic acid, fragrance, ceteth 20, cetyl alcohol, carbomer, DMDM hydantion, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, methylparaben.

A study found 'An increase in the use of DMDM hydantion in cosmetic products will also inevitably increase the risk of cosmetic dermatitis in consumers allergic to formaldehyde.'

'Iodopropynly butylcarbamate is used as a preservative in cosmetic formulations; it is acutely toxic by inhalation and should not be used in products that can be aerosolized or inhaled.'"

Triethanolamine (TEA): synthetic emulsifier, highly toxic, found to be contaminated with nitrosamines which are potent carcinogens, harmful if swallowed, irritant corrosive and serious eye damage, avoid skin and eye contact...

Parabens: display estrogenic activity, can have endocrine-disrupting action, possible link to breast cancer and reproductive effects in boys.

Was Kylie Minogue using the old formulation (less harmful yet made with mineral oil that clogs pores and stops skin from breathing)?  Did she stop using Pond's after the (toxic) reformulation?  Do animal testing and toxic ingredients concern her?  Do they concern you?  Tell us your thoughts. 

JOLI's all natural Rich Cream Moisturiser

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Ethical Ways To Shop

JOLI Natural Skin Care ethical eco friendly products
Recently I asked the question "What Are Ethical Ways to Shop?" on our JOLI page and got some great feedback and ideas.


While glass is great because it is recyclable, as are metals, it can be less economic and cost more to transport because of the weight.  Plastics are light and cost effective to transport yet can be hazardous to manufacture and also contain BPA that can leach into products.  Aluminium packing is often lined with plastic and contains BPA and how this affects recycling is anyone's guess.
Going into a shop and bringing your own packaging is ideal though not always possible, yet, when possible supplying your own packaging is a very economical ways to shop.


Natural fibers are better in that they allow skin to breathe and are often more fire retardant than man made material.  Certain fibers are better than others though, for example cotton takes a greater amount of water to produce than does bamboo.

Opp Shops

Buying second hand is a good thing to do for a number of reasons.  Firstly and primarily it STOPS us using up the earths resources and polluting it further - they way we do when we purchase something brand new.  Also we get to support the charities that sell second hand items and most of these charities support people with limited financial means.  Reusing also stops a large number of items going in to landfill (rubbish dumps produce a huge amount of methane as they decompose and methane is the number one cause of global warming).

Locally / Hand Made

Supporting local / hand made businesses is good for our economy.  It keeps our money in our country and we can put that money back in to infrastructure and more locally produced items and resources.   Plus it produces jobs.  More than that, though, it is good to know where your product came from and be able to ask the manufacturer directly about the ethics behind the items they produce.

Environmentally Friendly

This relates to things such as how much water it takes to produce a product, how big or small is the carbon foot print, were toxic dyes and other substances used to product the item?  Choosing organic and natural where possible is a great start to being environmentally friendly.

Fair Wage

In Australia we have a minimum wage so a fair wage tends not to enter our minds.  Yet there are some places in our country where fair wages are not adhered to (I've heard of factories for example who refuse to pass on wage increases to their workers).  Some places sell Aboriginal art and other works for hefty prices and pay the artist very little in royalties.  Some companies use overseas resources and people and don't pay fair wages or prices.  Again this is where shopping locally helps because we get to ask them questions about their practices.  
You have to think about the price here: if an item can be sold for a really cheap price how much did the company pay the workers to produce that item?  Cheap usually equals 'not ok', not just because it could break easily or be made with dodgy parts but also because the earth and people suffer to make that product only for it to be sold at low cost.  
Think about this: if an item cost more to purchase we'll purchase less which means we'll use up less of the earth's resources.

Purchase One Item At a Time

This is important for many reasons.  As consumers we tend to love spending money and have no problem with buying up big (i.e. Boxing Day SALES) yet the reality is huge amounts of resources are used up in order to produce ALL these products.  The more we buy the more we use of the earths resources.  We live in a time of plenty and think that having STUFF is a really good thing when the reality is 'less is more'.  It is better to have a few quality items that are ethical in production than a tonne of low cost items that reap havoc on our planet. 

Consider Your Ethics

What ethics are you looking for in a product?  Does the company you're purchasing from have the same ethics as you?  For example are you all about Animal Friendly and does the company you're purchasing from support this value?

Research Research Research

Don't be afraid to ask questions.  If you want to know about fair wages, animal testing or BPA free contact those companies you're thinking of purchasing from and get your answers.  Most companies are more than happy to tell the truth about their products, especially if they're ethical.  If you find a company that is reluctant to answer your questions they generally have something to hide.

What ideas do you have about shopping ethically?

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Why I Grow Weeds

A weed by nowadays definition is any plant that is invasive and unwanted, however, weeds have always served a purpose (hence why Mother Nature created them) and getting rid of them can sometimes have detrimental effects on the environment.

weed holding soil in place
Weeds grow quickly, are hardy and offer certain advantages such as being fabulous ground covers, perfect for stopping soil erosion.

The flowers weeds produce often attract predatory insects which in turn eat pesty insects and this can save your fruits and vegetables from getting eaten by insects before you get a chance to enjoy them.   In other words 'weeds' and other flowering plants, such as marigolds, yarrow and Queen Ann's Lace, are natures pest control.
weeds acting as ground cover

Some plants we consider weeds have medicinal properties such as:
Fennel (not the bulb type) = promotes milk flow, anti-inflammatory, circulatory stimulant.
Plantain = anti-catarrhal, antispasmodic.
Chickweed = astringent, antirheumatic.
Dandelion = diuretic, liver tonic.
Stinging nettle = astringent, circulatory stimulant, promotes milk flow.

weeds with medicinal properties
Weeds are also a great way to get children involved in gardening because they're so easy to grow. Children will take more interest in gardening if they're able to grow things successfully and what better way to start than with weeds - which are hard to kill.  I remember as a little girl loving those little pink peak flowers and wanting to grow lots of them.

Some weeds are also in place here to stop our little dog from doing his do-dos in unwanted places ;)

This is why I grow weeds in my garden (not in the garden beds but along side them).

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Thursday, 6 October 2016

Bad Service - Microsoft Hotmail

This one really boils my blood and I know there are many who can relate!

Some years ago Microsoft Hotmail decided to change how users access multiple email accounts.  For those with multiple accounts, who could jump from one account to the next using the one login and password, Microsoft decided they would change that policy "for security reasons".  Instead users had to logout of each email account and re-login to their other email accounts.

How this makes multiple email accounts more 'secure' is anyone's guess and just aggravated Microsoft users.

Add to that: Micrsoft Hotmail since decided to add extra security to your Hotmail accounts by requesting (and making it almost impossible to avoid giving) your mobile number or email address (this was introduced around 2 years ago).  They do this by requiring you get an access code from them which can only be sent to either your mobile phone or another email address.  There are ways to access your account without this verification code.

However I decided I would delete my account instead, because I don't want to give them my mobile number or another email account (too bad if a person only had the one Hotmail/email account) only to find deleting an account, in itself, is near impossible due to Microsoft and their stupid security code system.

"To close your Hotmail email account, visit and login with the Hotmail account you want to delete. Click the Security & privacy tab, and then click the More security settings link. Scroll down and click Close my account, then follow the prompts to delete your Hotmail account."

Here's what happened.

1) When I click on 'more security settings' I'm told I cannot access that page without a security code so, in desperation, I decided to get a disposable phone number, give that to Microsoft in order to get a 4-digit code text to me.

2) When I entered this code I received a message saying I'm locked out of my Microsoft account for 30 days.

3) Thirty days later I try and gain access to my Microsoft Hotmail account using my previous 4-digit code only to be prompted for a 7-digit code.  Where this 7-digit code is meant to come from I've no idea, so I say I don't have the code and am prompted to give them my mobile number so they can send me another code.

4) I'm given another 4-digit code which I enter only to be told I'm in another 30 day lock-out of my account!!!!!!

This is an absolute joke and from a business perspective I can't understand firstly how Microsoft are allowed to get away with this type of extortion and secondly how they're still operating!  Surely vast numbers of people have either closed or stopped using their Hotmail accounts.  Complaints about this code system flood the internet and yet Microsoft do nothing and refuse to undo this new security setup.

I can't believe how hard they're made it for users to access their accounts.

Have you experienced this Microsoft lock-out and ridiculous security code system?  Tell us about it!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Do you lie about your age?

For years my middle son though I was 28. Years ago he tried to guess my age and when he guessed 26 and I just said "Oh yes!" (fib fib) not wanting to tell him the truth because admitting my age out loud was too scary.   Some years later he was talking to me about my birthday saying I must at least be 30 by now. Lol.  Again I just smiled and agreed ;)

They say age is just a number and we certainly do put a lot of emphasis on being young and beautiful even though that is more a spot in time and genetic luck than the accomplishment we treat it as - as Carie Fisher so eloquently stated. 

That being said many of us do take a lot of pride in taking care of our skin, body and mental well being and love being told we look younger than we are.  It's a nice feeling when people are surprised to find we're older than they thought we were.  It's also fun for those who are able to get away with saying they're younger because it's believable (may as well enjoy it while it lasts).

It is important for many to age well and not let ourselves go and many people are afraid of ageing because ageing is seen as a bad thing for a woman to do even though: 
1) it is inevitable and 
2) it is perfectly acceptable for men to age.  
Take Carie Fisher and Harrison Ford for example, he's aged and that's ok, while Carie aging is a big fat No No!

How about you?  Do you lie about your age?  Are you comfortable with ageing?  What scares you about ageing and what do you look forward to?

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Bad Service - Reiki Practioner

  1. a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

This article is not so much about bad customer service and more about how certain things business owners do inadvertently sabotage their success. 

When I first heard about a lady in my area who was a reiki masseuse I didn't really know what that meant or entailed.  I knew reiki was about hovering hands above a patient and trying to heal them via energy passed from the healer to the patient, yet was unsure what the massage component would be like. 

At the time I was pregnant and having difficulties walking due to bubs pressing on nerves in my hip.  I hobbled into the reiki massage session and lay down on the table and when the lady began, she hovered her hands above my belly and I felt the baby move away from the area that had been causing me grief.  The massage continued and I walked out of their with ease, feeling very relaxed and content.  Prior to going I did worry that having the massage while pregnant might not be good for the baby and yet it was a really pleasant and relaxing experience. The practitioner was good.

She worked from home and had a massage table set up in her study.  It was a beautiful and peaceful setup with water running, soft music playing, she even used her Tibetan singing bowl which was so beautiful and powerful (the first time I'd ever heard one played before).  There was also a small chime hanging in the room which she randomly pumped into each time I had a session with her which I loved because I love the sound of chimes.  The practitioner told me she never bumps into the chimes with anyone else, must be something I need to hear.  

Her downfall was: she did not have regular days or times she saw people so I couldn't, for example, see her every second Tuesday at 5pm.  Her availability times and days varied so much she was often hard to pin down. Also getting a hold of her was hard and would often taken days to get in touch with her.  She also moved her massage area from the library (because she didn't like mixing her favourite place in her house with business) to her bedroom upstairs which felt like an invasion of her privacy, and also so open that I felt exposed when undressing to hop onto the table.  The room simply didn't have the same warmth or peacefulness as the library.

The last time I saw her was after I'd had a car accident.  I'd bruised and injured my joints in the collision and wanted some urgent healing because I was struggling to walk.  It took her two days to get back to me and then another two or so days before she could fit me in to her busy schedule (she had another job outside of her reiki). By the time I saw her it was almost a week after my accident and my body was already healing itself - my bruises were now a yellow green.  To add to frustration she advised me after treatment that the price had gone up $10.  This was not a big issue except that, as expected, I didn't bring enough money with me and she didn't advise me prior to the session. 

In the end I found it too difficult to see her and she gave off a subtle vibe of not really being committed to being a reiki practitioner.  There was no steadiness to her service or her way of being in relation to being a reiki practitioner.  It was all wishy washy and higgledy piggledy, and she would talk about how difficult it was to get customers and how she couldn't leave her full time job until such time as the practice was bringing in more clientele.  She would also talk about the universe and how it must be telling her the time isn't right.  A pity because she was very good at what she did and could have been successful if only she'd decided to commit fully.  

If only she had set days and set hours she worked on her reiki patients.  If only she had a committed room / space to perform her massages.  If only she was easier to get a hold of and response times were quick.  If only she had a newsletter or pamphlet of some sort to advise customers of her availability and prices / increases.  If only she'd stopped putting her potential in the hands of the universe and believed in herself more.  

Have you experienced or known someone who is not quite committed to the success of their business? Leave a comment sharing your experience with us.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Healing The Body Naturally

Lately I've written a number of posts about aches, pains and ailments (yes I've been having a good old Aussie winge).

Around the time I wrote the post Aches, Pains and Migraines it dawned on me that doctors and other medical professionals don't really have an invested interest in whether I'm well or not.  None ever do a follow up phone call or anything to see how I'm going, to see if I'm better or well.  After I've paid them my money (in some cases $220 for a measly 10 minutes worth of their time) they forget all about me.  There seems to be little duty of care among our health professionals these days.

I've always know the body can heal itself.  My dad taught me that as a teenager when he used to show me how he would meditate to cure his headaches.  I've used the technique of 'body healing itself' on illnesses (such as cold and flu) yet never really put my energy towards healing my body of its physical ailments.

So I began a journey of self healing.

Most of what ails me is occurring on the right side of my body.  [The masculine side: this is same for everybody, both male and female, regardless of which hand you write with.]  Therefore I predicted the masculine side of my body is really suffering.  Perhaps from burn out, mental exhaustion and physical fatigue due to the amount of conflict I've had in my life over the past number of years.  That conflict has since come to a close and the right hand side of my body "sighed" and collapsed in exhaustion.  It needed a break!

This may sound foolish to some, however, I began using the left side of my body more but not just picking up the kettle with my left hand instead of my right (because my tennis elbow was worse on the right), but also by having a conversation in my head between my right and left whenever I did things.

My left would say "Let me help you with that."
My right would say "Thank you."

I began treating my body as though the left and right have been separate all this time and have just now decided to come together, work together, and support each other.  Most likely my masculine / feminine sides have been apart, certainly working independently from each side, because I have relied on different sides to do certain tasks.  Now I'm getting into the habit of having my body work together.  For example: when I stand I engage both the left and right thigh muscles and glutes to get me up, whereas before I predominately relied on my left leg to do the lifting (because the right side aches).

What I'm finding is, in addition to the essential oil rubs I'm using as well as flower remedies, this joining of sides and having right and left work together is having an amazing effect on my body.  The weaker side is slowly becoming stronger.  The dominant side is getting a break and muscles are recovering from exhaustion. I ache less which is, of course, the main result I'm after.  I'm on the journey to wellness and it feels inspiring :)

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

DIY Natural Fire Lighters

These natural fire lighters work well because citrus peel and beeswax are flammable while smoldering enough to keep the flame going.

  • orange or lemon peel quarters or halves (any citrus fruit will do)
  • small dried twigs, leaves, bark - crumbled up into small bits
  • old newspapers / shredded paper - ripped into small bits
  • beeswax (about a quarter cup)
  • medium pot that can be scrubbed with steel wool
  • metal spoon
  • rubber gloves
  • tray
  • melt 1/4 cup of beeswax in your pot over low heat
  • when wax is fully melted remove from heat and allow to cool to the touch (but not cool enough to go hard again)
  • add about 2 handfuls of crushed leaves / twigs / bark
  • add about 2 handfuls of ripped up paper
  • stir with a metal spoon to coat everything well (if you need to, melt more beeswax in a separate pot and add to the mix)
  • put your rubber gloves on and scoop out a handful of mixture and squash down into your citrus skins
  • set on a tray allow to cool and set
To use:
Place a citrus peel, stuffed with beeswax and burnable materials, at the bottom of your fire.  Add kindling and wood then set your beeswax peel alight.  It will burn nicely helping to get your fire started naturally.

Clean up:

Working with beeswax is messy and it sets hard.  You'll find your pot and spoon need to be scrubbed clean, along with your rubber gloves.
You can either use an old pair of gloves or wash your gloves with detergent while wearing them, as though you're washing your hands as usual. 
Scrub your pot and spoon with steel wool and dish liquid.  

Love this recipe?  Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below :)

[recipe from my amazing cousin - thanks]

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Monday, 8 August 2016

Healing A Chest Infection Naturally + DIY

You can feel a chest infection coming on.  It starts off with a little tickle in the throat and builds up to a rampant heaving cough that wracks your body.

That was me one Saturday afternoon about 3 weeks ago.  I noticed a small tickle in my throat and by the next day I was coughing to the point of vomiting.  As usual I didn't want to go to the doctors and be given medication, most likely antibiotics, because I know the human body has the capacity to heal itself.  Also, I strongly believe that allowing my body to heal itself from illness builds up it's natural immune system.

natural home remedies
Usually when I have a cold, flu or tonsillitis I sleep it off for as many days as it takes, making sure to keep my body warm (within reason) because high temperatures kill off viruses.  I've noticed since dealing with illnesses this way I am getting sick less often (my last bout of tonsillitis was over 2 years ago - touch wood).  My last chest infection was over 10 years ago.

As soon as I felt that first tickle I got out the usual home remedy supplies: garlic, ginger, honey, peppermint tea, eucalyptus and peppermint oil, lemon; and did as much healing as I could each day.
  • A good dose of fresh garlic and ginger in my meals.
  • Eucalyptus and peppermint oil in a bowl of hot water, breathing in the steam with a towel over my head - a least once a day.
  • Eucalyptus and peppermint oil on a handkerchief that I breathed in regularly.
  • Rubbed eucalyptus and peppermint oil on my chest during the day and on the bottom of my feet before bed
  • Heat back on my chest almost all day (because cold makes it worse).
  • Rug up.  Keeping warm keeps the cough at bay. 
  • Peppermint tea with a teaspoon of honey and a slice of lemon throughout the day (i'm not a fan of sweeteners and yet I went through an entire jar of honey in a matter of weeks).
  • Natural cough syrup made with ivy leaf extract - even though over the counter cough syrups are reported to be placebo I still took my syrup three times a day when the cough was at its worst. 
  • I did take the odd lozenge (3 times) but I have to confess they made the cough SO much worse!   After taking a lozenge my cough would be wracking to the point I'd almost wet my pants from coughing uncontrollably.
  • Sleep, lots of sleep, especially during the early stages.  Sleeping helps the body heal itself.
  • Sleep sitting up.  Laying down makes the cough worse.
  • Very little talking or laughing, both made the cough worse.
Three weeks later the cough is still lingering by way of a small tickle in the throat, yet it has been gradually dying since day one.  I can feel my body healing and getting better each day.

Natural cough mixture #1
cold and flu remedies
Mix one tablespoon of olive oil, the juice of one lemon, one tablespoon of pure honey and one egg white (optional).  Take one teaspoon every two hours.

Natural cough mixture #2
Grate a piece of ginger and squeeze out the juice into a small bowl.  Mix one teaspoon of ginger juice with one teaspoon of honey.  Take that dose three times a day. 

Natural cough drops:
3 tablespoons of sugar
3 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of vinegar
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
2 drops of eucalyptus oil

Mix ingredients together and warm over low heat.  Pour mixture into a buttered tray, leave to cool, then break into small pieces and store in the refrigerator.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Why Go Green? JOLI Natural Skin Care Guest Blog

 JOLI butterfly logoQ1: Tell us a little about your business.

JOLI Natural Skin Care have their own unique brand of skin care products that can be tailor made to suit individual needs.  JOLI sell genuine natural skin care as apposed to companies who claim to be natural and organic yet aren't.  

JOLI wanted to offer the public a skin care range that truly does not contain hazardous, nasty ingredients, many of which are the cause of skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, skin irritation, rashes etc. 

JOLI have been making genuine natural skin care since 2005 with tried and true natural skin care formulations, and are Australian Made and Australian Owned.  JOLI are also approved by Choose Cruelty Free and are part of the Safe Cosmetics campaign (which means they're animal and human friendly).

Q2: When did you decide you wanted to go green?

After my second child was born I noticed a pattern; that my children were unable to use mainstream skin care products without developing rashes and skin irritations.  I, myself, was also suffering from overexposure to chemicals in my skin care and makeup.  Upon investigating this I found that many products on the market contain certain ingredients known to cause allergies and skin irritation, plus a wide range of other side effects

This was around 2003 to 2005 when my research into the way corporations use chemicals and toxic ingredients began.  I started looking into greener options, primarily for my family, and this grew into wanting to go bigger and larger and help many more people aside from my beautiful children and other family members and friends.  

Q3: What prompted you to make the move to go green?

The move to go green was almost accidental.  After researching skin care ingredients and realising they can be carcinogenic, endocrine disrupting and cause young girls to bud and bring on puberty I realised there is something drastically wrong with modern day skin care companies / corporations - who are more concerned about making millions than the care and wellbeing of the population, animals and our earth.  

From there I learned these chemical additions also affect our food, our water, our clothing, our cleaning products, our farm animals, the earth etc. and I knew I had to do something very special (I had a calling you could say) to help save our earth and people from these harmful ingredients.  By creating a product range that does not contain nasty and hazardous ingredients JOLI reduce the amount of chemicals people (who use our products) come into contact with on a daily bases. 

Q4: What difficulties have you found with going green?

Family support, primarily my husband.  Whilst he is very supportive of my endeavors to save the world he just isn't as passionate about it as I am.   From time to time he will still come home with some awful chemical filled product that he is convinced does a better job than green brands (i.e. washing powders, liquid soaps).  Educating him has been one of my biggest challenges because hubby is yet to realise my expertise on the subject.  

Also sharing my 'green' message with the public (especially when it comes to natural skin care vs mainstream products) has also been difficult.  Many consumers love their chemical filled products purchased conveniently from shopping centers and don't want to hear the truth about how damaging those products are to them and the environment.  Though the good news is awareness is growing :) 

Q5: Is there one area you’re still yet to go green?

Packaging!  I have found plastic packaging almost impossible to get away from entirely.  For example we can't purchase a loaf of bread that isn't wrapped in plastic (that flimsy, non recyclable plastic).  Although I have made major reductions over the years by using fregie sacks at the supermarket, purchasing fresh foods instead of packaged or frozen foods, making our own produce at home when we can, I still find (non recyclable) plastic a hard one to avoid. 

Luckily our council offers a great recycling program so much of what we use gets turned into reusable products. 

Q6: Can you list some of the benefits / positive effects going green has had on your life?

Family health would be top of the list plus the savings - never having to go down the cleaning or beauty isles in the supermarket.  What we save on money there we are able to put towards organic food choices.  My children's skin, with their lack of skin irritations and rashes, plus the bonus of having great skin and looking younger because natural is so good for our skin.  Gotta love that! 

Q7: What suggestions would you make to those wanting to go green but not knowing where to start?

Going green is a process.  There are so many areas to go green: skin care, makeup, cleaning products, food, clothing, packaging, menstruation, toys, electronics (not consuming or purchasing things you don't need to survive).  Start small and take one step at a time.  You can try to do it all in one hit, however, I find it's easier to tackle one area at a time.  For example start with skin care (or what you feel is most important to you) then move onto cleaning products, then food etc. 

Consult experts and read and follow green, earth friendly, natural blogs.  A vast many people are making moves to go green and have infinite knowledge to share.  

Q8: Any other advice / comments regarding going green you’d like to share?

Don't think going green is not important and can be put off.  The truth is 'our earth depends on you making good, green, eco friendly choices'!  You can be one of the masses, burying your head in the sand and pretending that purchase you made has no ill effect on the earth or other people... but you'd be wrong in your thinking.  Start now and spread the word.  GREEN is the new black ;)

Author BIO

Jodi is the lady behind JOLI and when she's not busy working on skin care products or pampering people in her salon she is joyfully tending to her garden and veggie patch, teaching and educating her children on sustainable ways of living. 

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Bad Service - Masseuse

Massages, we all love a good, enjoyable, relaxing massage!  The more enjoyable the better right?

Over the past few years I've been indulging in massages because as I get older I find my body is becoming more stiff and sore.  What better way to unwind than someone working away tension from the body. I've tried a few masseuses: some were very good but too chatty and spent the time talking and talking while I wanted to have peace and quiet; others were outright painful, leaving me feeling more sore and stiff than when I'd first arrived.

One lady seemed promising.  She had advertised her business in a women's networking group and I'd been on the lookout for a new masseuse.  Phoning her I found she charged $90 for a one hour massage which is fairly pricey.  She also did not have a claim number so I could not claim the massage as part of my health care.  Still, I decided to give her a try.

Upon meeting her one of the first things she said to me was a statement about how my husband and I must have a lot of conflict because men like a feminine woman and I'm not feminine enough.  This left me feeling incredulous thinking "Wow, you're going to lead a conversation with an assumption and an insult".  I said nothing about her remark, neither confirming nor denying any potential relationship conflict because I wasn't there for that.  Instead I talked to her about my requirements, a gentle relaxing massage, making sure to point out I wanted no pain.  I got a painful massage.  One of those digging into the knots and working them through thoroughly and painfully to the point where other body parts start to get pins and needles.  Randomly I thought maybe it just feels painful because I've got so many knots and tension.

When the massage was over the lady spent over an hour (I wish I was kidding) talking to me about her husband's new charity work in an attempt to get me interested in supporting his work.  It was like some maddening Seinfeld episode where I'm there trying to cut the conversation short, trying to get a word in that I need to leave, and simply being talked over, and me wondering how I got into this situation, how is this happening and how come she can't see I don't wan to be hearing this?  It was so unprofessional!

She sent me a follow up email during the week (using the title to her email "Awesome *insert her name*" which truthfully made me cringe, feeling like it should be about the customer, not her and her debatable awesomeness) asking me how I was feeling.  At least that is good customer relations.  Again I reiterated wanting a more gentle relaxing massage. 

Call me a sucker for punishment but I continued receiving treatments... briefly...

In between my next visit she found out I run the network meeting group she had joined (where she advertised her services) and realised I manufacture and sell my own skin care brand, requesting that I bring some samples and information at my next session.

The next time I saw her she told me she is also a medium and mindset coach and asked me if I'd had any miscarriages because she was sensing a lot of female spirits around me.  Again I was speechless thinking how inappropriate that statement is.  As a mother of boys how awful would it be to know that any miscarriages I might have had were potentially girls.  Again I neither confirmed nor denied the statement, thinking to myself "This lady really needs to learn some tact and she also needs to learn to read body language".  Again the massage was painful and I lay there deep breathing, thinking "I've had children, I can do this".   She remarked how strong I am compared to her male customers who complain about her rough massages.  At the end of the massage while we were going through product samples she talked to me about what physical activities I enjoy doing, I said dancing, and she said I should go out dancing with her.  The look on my face must have been interesting because she told me she realises I don't trust her yet.  Um, more like we're not friends and I'm there to receive massage treatments, not medium readings, not mindset coaching, not support your partner's business, just massages!

After my third painful massage I reiterated that I wanted a gentle non-painful massages and she said she had been feeling I'd be better suited to that and didn't know why I'd requested a hard massage in the first place.  Groan.  For a mindset coach she isn't all that good at listening to people.  How can you truly help people if you don't listen to them, both verbally and via body language?  After my third (painful) massage we talked about her skin care requirements and what product she'd like to purchase.  On that occasion I paid $100 and she didn't have change, saying she'd give me the $10 next time.

In the meantime, she came along to one of the network meetings I run to collect her product and meet other women in business.  She had told me she would bring the $10 she owed but when she arrived she only had enough money for the product she purchased - so I had to wait longer to receive my change (even though she had my bank details and could have deposited the money).  I know it's only $10 but it's the principle of the thing.  While at the network meeting she spent a great deal of our time talking about herself and her partner's business and other guests were feeling quite frustrated because she didn't pause for breathe or stop to listen to what other's had to say.  We all tried to get her to take a pause, to interrupt her, to have her listen to others... but it seemed she was not overly interested in sitting back, quietly listening to what others had to say or share.  In her mind it was (or is) all about her.

She sent follow up corresponded thanking me for inviting her to the network meeting and placing an order for additional products and we bantered back and forth via email.  Until I sent an email saying I would not be able to make my next appointment for personal reasons.  I sent her details for her order saying she could pay the $10 she owed me via that order.  She did not respond.

A day before my next appointment was due she sent a text saying she looked forward to seeing me and I reiterated that, as explained in my email, I couldn't make my appointment.  She asked if would like to reschedule and I said I needed to hold off (by now I was starting to feel she's not the right masseuse for me).  No response.  A few weeks later I sent her a message asking if she still wanted to go ahead with her order and reminding her she still owed me $10.  Days later I received a random email saying she was unable to access her emails and would I like to schedule another massage.  Nothing about the order she placed (not that I minded by this stage) and nothing about the $10 she owed.  Of course I'm wondering how she is emailing me from her email account if she cannot access emails?

I never responded, I never returned to her for a massage and I was never paid my $10 change. 

Again another well meaning business woman who is skilled in her profession, and no doubt a friendly, passionate person, yet not quite able to relate to customers - and not quite dedicated to one specific area e.g. is she a masseuse, a medium, a mindset coach or promoter of her husband's work?  In this case where she is having face to face conversations and interactions it is not good enough to not listen to what the customer is saying or requesting or look for signs (facial expressions, body language etc.) and see the customer is uncomfortable with her monopolising the situation and making it all about herself instead of the customer.  It could have just been me though I did wonder if other customers of hers had had similar experiences and reservations.

Have you had situations where you've felt the person serving you is thinking mostly about themselves and not you? Are you the type of person to be forward and speak up or do you (like so many of us) simply not return? 

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Starting a Vegetable Garden: Pumkins

At the time of writing my first blog about starting a home vegetable garden I had planted some pumpkin seeds not really expecting they'd do much. I've had so little luck when it comes to growing food (not that I'd previously put in any big effort) that I didn't have confidence in those seeds growing.

To my surprise pumpkin plants sprouted up and soon pumpkins were beginning to grow. At the time of harvest (in June before the cold weather really hits) the plant had supplied 10 healthy pumpkins.

As you can see by the picture the pumpkins we've grown have slight differences, some are squat and round, others are elongated and difference colours. They are JAP pumpkins and the seeds came from a lady who gave me a pumpkin she had grown herself.

One pumpkin accidentally got cut off early in the grown stage and that one was used for roasting, risotto and soup, while the seeds were dried out to snack on.

Another pumpkin was used to make pumpkin pie, the first time I'd ever made pumpkin pie, and it was delicious.

The next stage is preparing the remaining pumpkins for storage. Research suggests sitting the pumpkins on a sunny windowsill or other place where the sun hits and leaving them there for two weeks to harden their skins. Rotating once at the end of the first week.

Then they go into storage in a cool ventilated place out of the sun (I'm still yet to figure out where that will be). Put on a wrack that allows airflow around the pumpkins, not touching so they don't rot. Apparently the skins can be rubbed in oil for more protection.

It's all very exciting to have some home grown pumpkins and to be able to feed the family a number of dishes with food we've grown ourselves.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Bad Service - Winery / Restaurant

The settling was acres of vines set among a backdrop of gum trees and rolling hills.  The cafe restaurant was a quaint little setup of small tables and chairs under an alfresco patio, with a decent size dinning table inside by a cozy fire.  The owners were a lively easy going couple, full of quirks and fascinating, well traveled, stories.  The food was sublime!  The lady was a master chef.  The price was $25 per head which included entree, main and desert from a set menu.  Alcohol was on top of that which, of course, is standard. 

A picturesque scene and what would have, or could have, been a genuinely pleasurable experience...
except for the service.

1) Having two small children we made our booking for 5:30-6pm.  Entree was served after 7pm because the lady does the cooking all by herself and even tough we were the only customers that night it took her ages to prepare our meals.  During our wait the children became bored and restless and because there was a small dog inside the restaurant, the children were under the table, over the seats, here, there and everywhere playing with the dog.  The owners kept coming up to our table to tell my children to sit down and stop touching the furniture with their greasy fingers which made me feel like a bad parent, even though I consider myself a decent parent. The theme for the night was traditional Mexican and the meals were to die for.  So much flavour and large servings.  The owners got annoyed with us when we couldn't finish our meals (because we were wasting food).  When it was time pay our bill and leave the owners (mostly the woman) kept commenting on how our children had put greasy finger prints over the furniture, mirror, door nobs.  It wasn't a pleasant experience feeling as though my children were obnoxious and I wasn't keeping them in line.  At the same time I was wondering what they'd expected?  Children touch things, it's part of running a family friendly restaurant.  All up they did not give the impression of being child friendly and I found it ironic that they didn't mind the dog inside, which I thought was gross while we were eating, yet treated my children like filthy beasts

Since I saw this lady outside of her restaurant, helped her work on her website and considered her a friend, the next time I saw her she talked about having us back for dinner at her restaurant.  When she noticed I was reluctant she asked me if she gave the impression she didn't like my children.  I was honest and told her that is exactly the impression I got.  She said she thinks my children are lovely and we're welcome back anytime.

2) Some months later I was working on her website and the lady talked about how two families were coming to her restaurant and she thought we'd like to join them.  Thinking I'll give her the benefit of the doubt and give it another go, we arrived around 6:30 (not wanting to be too early like last time) and were told we wouldn't fit at the table inside and we'd have to sit outside - alfresco style.  That did irritate me a little because her primary reason for asking us to attend was to join the other families.  This time service was even more slow since the lady had extra mouths to cook for and worked alone.  At 7 one of the other mothers asked when dinner would be ready because she had small children who needed to be fed.  When told dinner would take a while she asked for boiling water to make 2 minute noodles for her children.  We sat outside by ourselves and as it got darker spiders came out of their hidey-holes and hung in corners above us.  I complained to hubby because the spiders were giving me the creeps and he complained to the man, who played host (while the wife cooked).  He said they don't eat much and that was that.  Entrees were served around 8pm.  They were small and my children didn't like or eat theirs.  The children were tired and restless and it wasn't fun sitting alone outside with the spiders, while the other families sat inside mingling and laughing and having fun.  At this stage I was voicing my annoyance to hubby saying I just want to get up and leave.  We ended up needing to put our youngest to bed because he was tired, so he was put to sleep in our car while we waited and waited for dinner.  Dinner was not served until after 8:30, dessert considerably later.  By then nothing was going to make me enjoy the night, even when the lady only charged us $12.50 per head for our boys because one didn't get to eat dinner.  I was in a foul mood when we left. 

Note: Coffee from the outside coffee machine was also extra though the owners didn't advise customers of this when telling them to help themselves to coffee, and just surprised them with a bill at the end of dinner.  I'd heard customers complaining about the extra unknown charges. 

3) Well over half a year later hubby came home one evening after having drinks with the winery owner  telling me they'd talked him in to us going over there for dinner again.  I was ropeable and wanted him to cancel, however, he couldn't bring himself to tell them no.  We found ourselves dinning there for a third time!  This time we dined outside with another family* with two children the same age as ours and it turned out to be more fun than usual because the children had friends to play with and we had a couple to talk to while waiting to be served.  Except at one point the man who ran the restaurant began yelling at my son, accusing him of going near some mushrooms at the base of a tree and breaking them.  He did lots of telling children off even when parents were taking care of the issue themselves - though I suppose it's to be expected of a childless couple who have no idea what it is to parent children.  Dinner, while tardy as usual, went as well as can be expected, except dessert - lamingtons made by another lady - were awful, dry and unappetising.  None of us finished them, my boys only taking a bite before deciding they didn't like them.  When the bill came we found that it was now $25 per head for entree and main only.  Those four dry tasteless lamingtons were $7.50each extra even when we hadn't liked or finished them!  This had never been disclosed to us prior to being offered dessert and whilst we commented on this they made no move to not charge us and we didn't bother to argue.  I made hubby promise to NEVER take us back there to eat again. 

4) About 2 years later, we had that same family* over to our house for nibbles and drinks and they got the idea that ordering some pizzas from the couple who ran the winery / restaurant would be a good idea.  I was skeptical and wanted no part of it.  They decided we would ask for takeaway pizza so we wouldn't have to dine there.  That afternoon we visited the husband and wife team and asked if they could do takeaway pizzas that we'd pick up at a designated time.  They were hesitant, wanting us to dine there instead but we were insistent, so they said they would make us six pizzas for $15each.  The husband offered us beer (the men) and wine (the women).  When the men were done with their beers he offered them one more each.  I made a point of asking him what the charge was (knowing they're renown for adding additional charges) and he said the drinks are on the house as it's news years eve.  My friend and I decided to also purchase a bottle of wine and the man told us we can pay for the bottle of wine when we collect the pizzas.  Later that night the men came home with the pizzas telling us the lady handed them over saying "I'm not doing that again, too much work and not worth it", plus the bill which I noticed was a lot more than it should have been.  We had been charged for the six drinks we'd been offered that afternoon!  I phoned the lady to complain about the bill, telling her her husband had said the drinks were on the house.  She said she knew nothing about that and when she'd asked him how many drinks we'd had he just told her "Six" so she billed us.  She wouldn't fetch the husband to have it clarified.  I forced my husband and my friend's husband to go back there and have words with them to which they did and reluctantly we were credited for the drinks.  At the same time the man offered for us to come over for news years celebrations, BYO drinks, nibbles supplied.  We declined.

It should be said they are a delightful couple and not malicious in anyway.  Their estate is lovely, quiet and peaceful and they also offer B&B accommodation.  All up it's a beautiful place with sublime food and hospitality.  They are trying to run a successful business and often the lady talked with me about how to achieve that.  On several occasions I'd advised that she have price lists on tables for coffee, beer, wine and spirits.  Let people know upfront the cost of things so they can make informed choices about what they wish to indulge in because receiving a bill with extra charges can really put customers off.  That type of negative experience can mean customers won't return.

As you can see by my experiences it was several little things, tardy service, telling off children, dog inside, spiders, awful desserts and additional charges without notice, that ruined these otherwise promising nights out.

What negative experience have you had that have put you off returning to a business?

Sunday, 26 June 2016

What's In That Product?

Nivea Visage Young Freshen Up Toner

Aqua (Water), PEG-8, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Panthenol, Aluminum, Chlorohydrate, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Benzoate, Frctose, Glycine, Inositol, Lactic Acid, Niacinamide, Urea, Methylparaben, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Alpha-Iso-methyl Ionone, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salictate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Parfum (fragrance).

Garnier BB Cream

Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua / Water, Propanediol, Alcohol Denatured, Clycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG/PPG 14/14 Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Magnesium, Sulfate, Talc, Phenoxyethanol, Caffeine, Aluminum Hydroxide, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tetrapepetide 7, [+/- May Contain CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride], (F.I.L. B5406 1/1).

I looked up what those numbers mean and according to EWG / SkinDeep Database they refer to inorganic colourants. From EWG (Environmental Working Group)

About CI 77491: This is an iron-based inorganic colorant, composed primarily of ferric oxide.
Other HIGH concerns: Persistence and bioaccumulationOther LOW concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Dimethicone, Leuconostoc/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf/Sorbus Aucuparia Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Cucumi Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Eta-Carotene, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Triethylhexanoin, Carrageenana, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Hexl Nicotinate, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-10, Behenyl Alcohol, Cocamide MIPA, Glyceryl Oleate, Calcium Citrate, Hexlene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sea Salt, Sodium Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

Burt's Bees Lip Gloss

Ingredients: ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides, cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), aroma (flavor)*, silica, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, jojoba esters, ammonium glycyrrhizate, tocopherol, glycine soja (soybean) oil. +/-: CI 77163 (bismuth oxychloride), CI 77861 (tin oxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides), CI 77019 (mica), CI 75470 (carmine), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77947 (zinc oxide). *natural flavor/arôme naturel

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