Chemical-free baby

Talking to Therese Kerr is like talking to your best friend’s mum. The one that makes the tastiest school sandwiches and has your favourite icy-poles in the freezer after a summer Saturday spent cartwheeling in her backyard.

So what if you weren’t cartwheeling with her supermodel daughter, Miranda Kerr, you know the mum I’m talking about. She’s friendly, knowledgeable, interested, advice-driven and maternal. No wonder Therese has launched a line of organic baby products, Divine Baby, to complement her growing range of personal care products including Divine By Therese Kerr, Divine Man and Divine Woman.

Not only are all of Therese’s products certified organic, they’re vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free and chemical-free.

Health Bird chatted to the passionate wellness advocate about choosing health, for you and your baby.

You chose the path of a holistic lifestyle after discovering you had cancerous tumors in your spleen. Has it been hard to maintain?

I choose health. With every choice you are either moving away from health or towards health and I choose health with everything that I do.  Considering the amount of illness and toxicity in the world it’s about making that commitment to yourself and to your family.

Why did you choose to add Divine Baby to your organic range?

I’m about babies been born without chemicals in their bodies. Every day we place a chemical burden on our body with products we use and babies are being born with around 200 chemicals in their little bodies. Divine Baby is about removing the toxicity from your life because one of the fastest ways we detox as a woman is to have a baby. But what we do is we transfer our fat-soluble chemicals to our children in utero. It’s really awful.  And breastfeeding is by far the best thing for our baby however we need to really cleanse first. Fat-soluble chemicals are wreaking havoc on our kid’s health.

How different is the level of toxicity in women’s and baby’s bodies than when you had your children Miranda and Matthew?

Years ago there, Bill Statham (author of The Chemical Maze) said there were around 80,000 chemicals in our world, now there is about 140,000. If I had known about this when I was pregnant with Miranda and Matthew, there is no way in the world I would have used chemical laden products. We just didn’t know. People assume that the products on our shelf are safe.  They are far from safe. There’s over 12,500 chemicals just used in skincare, baby care and oral care products alone, most of which have never been tested for safety. Unfortunately chemicals are used in everyday products on basis they are safe until proven otherwise.

How are your products different to other skincare on the market?

They are all ACO certified, so Australian Certified Organic, that’s the most stringent certification body in Australia.  There’s a huge misrepresentation of the use of the word organic, a company can say something is organic if it has one natural ingredient but it may contain hundreds if not thousands of chemicals. For example someone can claim a can of coke is organic if they put a wedge of lemon in it. That’s how lax the laws are. Just ridiculous.

What ingredients do you include in Divine?

Beautiful, certified organic, natural plant-derived ingredients that support the body. What you put on your skin goes into your blood stream and into your organs. The Environmental Working Group states that our skin will absorb chemicals 10 times quicker by way of digestion and that’s because our skin doesn’t have digestive enzymes available to break the chemicals down. Nor does it have the detoxification process of the liver to further break the chemicals down. If you can’t eat it don’t put it on your skin. All our ingredients are nutrient rich with antioxidants that support the body and don’t harm it in any way.

And that includes Divine Baby?

A baby’s immune system and central nervous system is immature and still developing and doesn’t have the ability to detoxify so you don’t want to put chemicals on it. Children have roughly double the skin surface per body weight of adults so they have more ability to absorb chemicals.

Do you think chemicals are contributing to infertility too?

One in seven women are infertile. We are the only species on earth that are contributing to our own extinction. I don’t want people to get tumors in their spleen or have endometriosis so bad they can’t have children. It’s all about education and providing a healthy alternative that actually works.

Yourself and Miranda are such advocates of this holistic lifestyle. You must be so proud of her range of Kora products too?

Yes, as a family we are committed to providing certified organic products. We have a public profile as a family and we use that. Be a champion for yourselves and your children and your children’s children. Stop buying the products that are causing this.



Healthy life of a New York supermodel

I first met Kiwi supermodel Teresa Moore a few months ago in New York City where she is based and lives with her fiancé. 

Despite the good genes, Teresa is a Paleo eating, green juicing, exercise advocate whose rise to the top is thanks to taking care of herself and maintaining a positive attitude. In fact she says happiness is one of her greatest achievements. How's that for crushing life!

In between globe hopping and modelling for clients like L'Oreal and H&M and kicking off her acting career with roles in Law & Order SVU and The Mysteries of Laura (she sings and plays guitar too!) Teresa took time out to share her top tips for wellbeing in New York. 

And when you're done reading, hop over to Teresa Tastes , Teresa's food and fashion blog that gives an insight into her love of, well, style and eats. 

What's your top healthy dine out spot and what's on the menu? 

ABC Kitchen by restaurateur Jean George in the Flat Iron district is a haven of organic, fresh cuisine in a eco-chic space. It is great for a sophisticated treat that is still healthy and delicious.   

I order: raw nantucket bay scallops, cranberry, apple, orange, and mint 
roast carrot and avocado salad, crunchy seeds, sour cream and citrus 

black bass with chilies and herbs, baby market potatoes and spinach 
sauteed skuna bay salmon, sweet and spicy carrot sauce, roasted carrots and basil 

ABC Kitchen

ABC Kitchen

What is your favourite organic beauty product buy?

All Natural Shikai hand and body moisturiser - Gardenia or Yuzu are great scents and made with rich and creamy shea butter. 

Renpure Argan Oil Shampoo is low lather and smells great. Renpure Argan Oil Conditioner is rich and creamy, all natural and really revives overworked hair. 

Renpure Originals Amazing Miracle Deep Penetrating Reconstructor is extra creamy and thick. Leave it in for 5-10 minutes to give your hair a thicker softer texture. 

Where would you recommend a friend go to for a yoga or Pilates class in the city?

I used to love SLT Pilates but now to get more variety I go to Equinox and try all the classes there. I like all high cardio classes like IntenSati, 30/60/90 and Deep Extreme which has elements of tribal dance. Super fun. 

When I am away traveling for work I run outside or do a quick Tracy Anderson video. 

Teresa works hard for the money! Hit the gym pronto if you want a bikini body to rival the New Zealand beauty's

Teresa works hard for the money! Hit the gym pronto if you want a bikini body to rival the New Zealand beauty's

What do you 'healthy' snack on between castings?

Kind Bars, Apples, Mandarins

Please share a Smoothie recipe with us!

I use my Nutribullet and make a quick and yummy smoothie in the morning. 

1/3  washed spinach

1/3 blueberries

1/3 apple 

5 ice-cubes

a dash of water

generous sprinkle of all bran

sprinkle of cinnamon 

Blend and voila! 


WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT AT COCKTAIL PARTIES

OIL PULLING!

I went to a gorgeous gathering at a divine Soho loft in New York last night. The kind of apartment one could only fantasise about living in in a city that packs people in so tightly performing a salute to the sun is challenging. 

While the conversation varied, much of it had a wellness slant. Allergies, gluten-free options and yes, oil pulling.

The holistic talk was accidental I'm sure, as it was an eclectic group of people - a documentary filmmaker, a life coach, a flight attendant, a fashion PR, a digital strategist - and while there was lots of chatter about the state of current affairs, God-fearing Texans and slave labour in the Middle East, people's dietary concerns and natural approach to skincare and healing was proof that the world really is on the cusp of a wellbeing revolution.

And yes, it was a cocktail party, but half the party were drinking sparkling water instead of sparkling wine and we munched on raw veggies and organic cheeses. 

Come 10pm I was ready to head home and as I said my goodbyes, one of the hosts was captivating guests with his experience of oil pulling - he revealed sparkling white teeth and swore he felt an elimination of toxins as a result. 

I've tried oil pulling a few times but was never able to commit to it for longer than a few days in a row. But what did I come home and do? Yep, I washed my mouth out for 15 minutes with coconut oil. And I can honestly say I woke up to whiter teeth!

The ancient Ayurvedic practice is said to improve everything from oral hygiene to skin conditions, hormone imbalances and hangovers. The idea is that swishing around a cold-pressed oil (coconut, sesame, sunflower) for 15-20 minutes removes toxins being held in the mouth where billions of bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and toxins like to hangout. Daniel Vitalis (who I recently heard speak at the IIN conference in NYC) describes the mouth as the doormat to your body - you know the one you wipe your feet on before you go inside to remove dirt and debris? Uh huh. 

It's suggested that oil pulling is best done first thing in the morning. Those mouth-bound nasty micro-organisms will adhere to the oil as you swish it around making it a toxic waste hellfire so do not swallow! Preferably spit the resulting salivary mess into the bin, not down the sink unless you're on good terms with your plumber. 

Tip: use organic cold-pressed oil - anything chemically manufactured doesn't make sense for detoxification.

New York's HEALTHY Hot Spots

New York’s long been ahead of the curve when it comes to health trends so on a recent visit to the Big Apple, Women’s Fitness uncovered the latest workout methods, wellbeing zones and healthy hotel stays. Here’s our guide to maintaining a happy, healthy you on your next trip Stateside.  

 Trend: Group cycling

Where: Soul Cycle

Cost: $34

There’s a universal motivation that takes over once you enter the dark, disco-esque studio, where futuristic bikes and fit New Yorkers take their places to ride for their lives. The premise is to start off riding, standing not sitting, and gradually turn up the resistance disc on the bike’s frame. This is no ordinary spin class, instructors take you on a journey building both emotional and physical strength to bass-heavy beats pounding around you. You’re urged to close your eyes and get in touch with your ‘soul fitness’ and ‘ride for what you want in life’.

As the intensity rises, you’ll be push-upping off the handlebars and incorporating weights into the workout, and you’re legs never stop spinning.  

Towels are provided and Smart Water is available for $2. Clip-in bike shoes are mandatory and available onsite. Warning, one class and you’ll be addicted!

 Want more: Ride for Change with the Cyc Method 

 Trend: Hot yoga (not Bikram)

Where: Y7

Cost: $20

Can you sweat it? Yes, you can at boutique yoga studio Y7, in hipster haven, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The mind/body balancing practice pushes yogic boundaries amidst music, darkness and heat - there are silent heaters that aid muscle relaxation and promote detoxification. With each class strictly limited to 10 students, it’s an intimate experience only for those up for a stretching and bending challenge.

 Want more: Turn up the temp and speed of your Vinyasa flow at Prana Power Yoga

 Trend: Barre fitness

Where: Xtend Barre Brooklyn Heights

Cost: $32

New Yorkers can’t get enough of this Pilates slash ballet-based workout. Xtend Barre incorporates both isometric micro-movements that sculpt, burn and align, as well as larger, more dynamic movements including plies, tip-toe squats and port de bra arm sweeps. Make no mistake, this is an arm-shaking, glute-quaking workout. ‘It’s called “Xtend” for a reason,’ says Kristine Storie, studio owner & instructor. ‘In addition to providing elements of excellent cardio, the large range of motion sequences enable the lengthening and elongation of muscles. Expect to be challenged, have a ton of fun, feel invigorated and leave standing tall.’

 Want more: Go en pointe with online lessons from Bar Method

 Trend: Landmark bootcamps

Where: Brooklyn Bridge Bootcamp

Cost: $20

Leave your fears at home and prepare to get your butt whipped as you step up on iron beams, push off cement walls and use the resistance of the bridge’s structure and your own body weight while burning up to 800 calories in an hour. While you’re catching your breath be sure to glimpse the sun rising over the Hudson River.

Want more: Travelling with your man? Try a date night sweat-fest with Bootcamp Republic

Trend: Juice pressing and cleansing

Where: Liquiteria

What: Cleanse

Liquiteria are still the big kids on the juice block having pioneered New York’s pressed juice obsession when they opened in 1996. Through their five Manhattan locations they now offer four levels of cleansing and the added detox support of a personal cleansing coach. All Liquiteria’s programs promise to flood your body with the nutrition it’s craving but if you’re a beginner, try the ‘Explore and Nourish’, while the ‘Deep, Dive and Heal’ is a more aggressive green-heavy cleanse.

 Want more: Try the love cleanses from Organic Avenue

 Where: Vitamin Chick

This artisanal juice bar offering on Spring Street in retail and gallery-rich Soho offers on-the-spot hydraulic-pressed raw organic juice flaves like the soothing Chia Pear – pineapple, pear, chia, raw coconut water or the fire-in-your-belly Red Smoke - tomatoes, red pepper, cilantro, lemon, celery, jalapeno, smoked salt, cayenne pepper.

Vitamin Chick, which also offers killer smoothies like the Avocalada and nutritious eats, was founded by Irina Koyfman and Marina Shin who say of the cute name; ‘In our native Russian language, we add the suffix "chik" to a name or thing to make it fun and cute.’

Want more: Grab a vitamin shot at juicers of the future Juice Press

Trend: Healthy Hotels

Where: Trump Soho  

What: Wellness Package

When booking the Trump Soho’s Wellness Package you’ll arrive to your king-bed appointed suite to find a Travel Fit pack waiting – so there’s no excuse for not working out those jetlagged muscles. Complete with Under Armour trainers, shorts, tee and sports bra, as well as light weights, a stretch band and a yoga matt, a time-zone adjusting sweat session has never been so easy. Opt to stretch and re-energise in your room or their cardio-ready fitness centre. The hotel is also home to New York’s only luxury hamman in the Ivanka Trump-designed spa, the perfect place to soothe tired limbs.

The Wellness Package also includes nutritious food offerings that use produce and spices grown on the hotel’s rooftop garden. Health conscious Green Machine or Antioxidant smoothies, Healthy Heart or Fitness breakfasts, and Poached Maine Lobster Salad are just a few of the dietary offerings.

Where: The James Hotel

What: Rooftop Yoga, celebrity fitness trainers and guided city runs

The James Hotel’s Urban Athlete package targets travellers who’s commitment to fitness doesn’t wane, no matter where they lay their head. Choose from vinyasa yoga followed by group or individual health coaching with your instructor, fitness classes with Oscar Baker who’s honed and toned the bodies of Rosario Dawson, Tom Brady and Petra Nemcova, or a guided running tour that takes in lower Manhattan’s sights. 

Trend: Earth to Table Eats

Where: The Fat Radish

What: Neighbourhood hang making veggies cool

On the lower east side locavores are flocking to the Fat Radish for chef Ben Towill’s organic, gastro-pub cuisine that uses ingredients sourced from the tri-state area. Dishes like celery-root pot pie, kale Caesar salad and beetroot crumble wow both on the plate and palate.

Where: ABC Kitchen

What: So-hot-right-now dinner spot

Michelin star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is leading the slow food movement with a menu committed to ecologically sourced produce from regional farmers and fair trade cooperatives. All ingredients are free of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, antibiotics, hormones, and any link to GMO. The rooftop garden provides herbs and micro greens and you’ll be seated on salvaged, reclaimed, and recycled dining room materials. If it’s good enough for Beyoncé and Jay Z…

Trend: Markets

Where: Union Square Green Market

What: Open air market with providores galore

Founded in 1976 by a group of farmers, the Union Square Greenmarket is now frequented by 60,000 visitors keen to support local agriculture. Soak up the atmosphere as you spend your foodie dollars on picked-from-the-tree fruits, award-winning breads and cheeses, fresh-cut flowers and organic wines, and delight in cooking demonstrations delivered by New York's hottest kitchen personalities. 

Where: Wholefoods

What: earth-loving supermarket offering organic produce, chem-free cosmetics and natural-fibre apparel

No visit to NYC is complete without a visit to Wholefoods whose promise is to stock the highest quality natural and organic products available and commit to ecologically supported resources. Nourish yourself at the salad bar, treat tastebuds to gluten-free baked goods, stock up on naturopathic remedies and wink at the other cute healthies wandering the aisles. One word, yum!

 

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Text by Kelli Armstrong

 

Organic Beauty Haven Found!

Want all your organic inner and outer beauty beloveds (and new discoveries) in one easy-to-access place? Of course you do! Well, look no further than The Organic Project.

The Organic Project is the an all-organic and all-Australian online beauty store offering celebrated natural products and new kids on the organic beauty block in the one destination.

It's a haven for the clean potion and lotion obsessed - now. instead of scouring several online and strip destinations, then obsessively breaking down the labels of brands you uncover, you can sleep and breathe easy by shopping at the first all-Australian apothecary.

All skincare, body care and internal beauty products are synthetic-free and safe for your skin and beauty cabinet - especially since they are not stocked alongside other chemically-laden products.

Brands on offer include The Beauty Chef, Indah Organics, DNA Elements, Jacqueline Evans, Aromantik and The Little Alchemist. And from all sales a percentage of the profit will be donated to Opportunity International Australia. OIA provides micro loans to women in developing countries enabling them to start their own small businesses. 

For travelling I love Flight Skincare's Sheer Luxury Milk Cleanser that contains Quandong seed oil. Quandong trees are found in the arid regions of Australia and the oil is a wonderful healing treatment that repairs and soothes skin. The product also contains goats milk, camellia oil, and essential Ylang Ylang to improve blood circulation for a radiant healthy glow. RRP$37.

Surface Skincare's Kakadu Plum & Ylang Ylang Rejuvenating Cream will reduce fine lines and wrinkles in 2-4 weeks. The Kakadu Plum grows natively across the top end of Northern Australia, and is the richest source of Vitamin C known. The Kakadu Plum effectively improves the growth of new skin cells. RRP$54.90.

Here's a preview of the Organic Project team's essentials to give you some ideas to carry you through Spring in the Southern Hemisphere.  

Emma's Spring essentials

Emma's Spring essentials

Gorgeous, all-natural product loving The Organic Project ambassador Emma Bridge shares her handbag must-haves with Health Bird

I'm a Virgo so there's not much in my bag, I like to keep it light so only my daily essentials make the cut!!  It's all about scents in there today...
Zara faux leather handbag: I love love this bag from Zara, my sunglasses are from there too.
Hanako Therapies spray: There are those moments in the day where I need to stop and take some deep breaths, and spray some of this. I am Bliss from Hanako Therapies is my go to stress reliever... it's great way to clear my mind and re-center.
Notebooks: I'm a bit old fashioned in that I enjoy hand writing some of my life, otherwise I might forget how to write!! So I carry my dairy (pink with green spots) and my daily notebook (white). My diary is from Joanie Loves Chachi in Woollahra and my note book was a gift.
Indah Sari Body Butter: One of my favorite all over body moisturizers and sometimes it make it into my bag as a hand cream. It has a scent of sandalwood and patchouli, two of my favs.
Book: I'm all about love, so there's no surprise that my favorite book of the moment is 'Enchanted Love' by Marianne Williamson. Can't stop reading it over and over again!  It's a bit magical...
Perfume: I've been wearing essential oils as perfume for years, so it was so exciting to find One Seed. I’m loving their perfume called Courage; it smells like heaven with Ylang Ylang, magnolia and rosewood.... it is for integrity, quiet strength and inner beauty...   They are 1000% natural and made in Australia, which I love.
Keys: Key chain from Joanie Loves Chachi in Woollahra.

No kitchen skills? No worries

Often it's the simplest food philosophies that create the tastiest meals. That's what Bianca Monley of Eat Fit Food was banking on when she turned her flavour-mazing and nourishing wholefoods recipes - free of preservatives, artificial sweeteners, additives and chemicals - into a home and office delivery system that now has Sydney and Melbourne's busy foodies, overtired mums and frustrated cooks raving. 

Eat Fit Food delivers fresh food daily, (you wake up and there it is on your doorstep, could it be any easier!) and I was lucky enough to experience the five-day cleanse program on a trip home to Sydney in September. 

Eat Fit Food home-delivered meals

Eat Fit Food home-delivered meals

There are plenty of programs on offer for both men and women. All meals are calorie conscious and portion controlled and designed to reset your eating behaviour when you've overindulged, perhaps during winter, a trip overseas or just an eat-a-thon of a weekend. It happens!

I was delivered fresh balanced meals each morning that promised to improve my vitality, digestive function and nutrient absorption. 

Here's a sample of what I ate:

Breakfast: Natural muesli with biodynamic yoghurt and rhubarb

Lunch: Grilled fish with quinoa and black bean salad with lime dressing

Dinner: Lime and coconut poached prawns with quinoa noodles and asian greens

I definitely felt lighter and energised eating EFF's prepared meals - that were tailored to my requirements, ie. no red meat or dairy. And the ease of heating them up was welcome.

What really excites me about Eat Fit Food is that they take pride in sourcing sustainably farmed ingredients and are environmentally conscious of their packaging and delivery in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint. 

The EFF peeps have also acquired the Eat Fit Food Farm where they'll grow lots of delicious organic produce to promote the paddock to plate way of eating. Follow the food delivery specialists on Twitter for more info.

Proving their popularity among the fit and fabulous, their celebrity endorsements from personalities like Rachel Finch, Miranda Kerr, Hugh Jackman and Ronan Keating are just as glowing as mine. 

A Gorgeous Organic Glow

Over the years I've been hearing a lot about natural skincare range Vanessa Megan - created with love in Sydney, Australia. But it was only recently that I actually tried the products for myself.

I opted to shake up my cleansing routine with the Lemon & Rosemary Exfoliating Cleanser, Rose Water Spray and N.E.O. Face Oil Serum. 

Wow! The cleanser manages to soften and moisten skin while it purposely removes dry skin cells. The Rose Water is a fresh spritz the livens up the dermis and smells like a garden and I simply cannot fault the N.E.O. - my dehydrated skin soaked it up overnight and within days I noticed a more even skin tone and morning glow equivalent to a decent eight hours sleep. Something I rarely get!

Then entire range, created by former model and actress Vanessa Gray, is Australian Certified Organic, chemical-free, paraben-free and has no artificial preservatives, colours or fragrances.. in fact the range is free from all nasties and packed full of only natural goodness.

I was lucky enough to interview Vanessa, who excitingly just became a new mum, about the delightful range that promotes a worry-free routine. 

Where did the idea for your brand Vanessa Megan stem from?

Vanessa Megan products were born from my best friend’s phrase: "You should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn't eat''.

Galvanized by this concept, I began investigating the ingredients in my bathroom cabinet and discovering skincare products laced with harmful and synthetic ingredients. I commenced a quest to find a chemical-free product that had all the regenerating and healing properties I was looking for. The search revealed a shortage of truly harmless natural skincare and so in 2001 I started formulating natural face products in my kitchen, studying the effects of various ingredients on my own skin. 

My love of biochemistry resulted in the birth of my own natural skincare brand which I christened: ‘Vanessa Megan’ after the Greek translation of my first and middle name: Vanessa  - ‘Butterfly’ and Megan - ‘Strong’

 Did you experience some hiccups on your journey to becoming a skincare entrepreneur?

My goodness, yes! I have had many hiccups making products that were terrible when I first started, using oils that were awful, conditioners turning to goop... But when it’s come to the business side of things, I have been blessed with great mentors who have helped me build the business that I have today.

 Has the range grown in line with your dreams? Where do you see its future?

The brand has grown beyond my wildest dreams. I mean this was a hobby, something I was going to do in between acting gigs, and now it has become a fully commercially operated business. I see the brand being exported to a few chosen countries, so we can keep the beauty of hand-made, artisan, certified organic products that everyone loves so much.

 Why is natural skincare so important to you - what is the message you are hoping to spread?

When you start going down the rabbit hole of chemical ingredients and what they can potentially do to your body, you understand the importance of using only natural / organic ingredients on your skin. The skin is our largest organ and everything we put on it is a direct entry to our precious internal organs through our blood stream

My best friend who the entire brand was inspired by lost her life to cancer nine years ago. When receiving radiotherapy she was advised not to use any cream or oil products with mineral oils in them. This was enough for me to focus on all-natural ingredients.

Sean Penn has just produced and narrated a very provocative documentary called ‘The Human Experiment’, highlighting the effects of chemical products in our every day life and how they can harm the human body, reproduction, and potentially the neurology of our children. I urge anyone who is interested to watch this film. Naturally Home has brought the film into Australia and you can find out more about it here.

 What are the benefits of the ingredients you use?

Not only are the ingredients we use in our products safe for the skin and body, the healing, longevity, anti-ageing benefits are seen almost instantly. We constantly receive emails from our customers in disbelief of how quickly they noticed improvement in the skin tone, elasticity, texture and overall appearance. Our Nature’s Elixir Oil (N.E.O) is our best selling product because of this reason. It is full of certified organic oils, vitamins and minerals like A,E,P,K and zinc. It really is a must for the beauty cabinet!

 I’ve been using the exfoliating cleanser, rose spray and serum and am delighted with the results, the texture and the scent - what sort of differences should clients see from using your products compared to chemically enhanced beauty products?

As above, customers see instant results and have an instant dynamic with the product, scent and action of what they use. The benefits of using our certified organic products are on a deep level as the products are actually able to penetrate their healing properties deeper into the skins layers. Customers tell us they wear a lot less makeup since using our products, as their natural skin glow returns.

 What are your best sellers?

Nature’s Elixir Oil N.E.O

Essential Blend Natural Perfume

Blood Orange Body Wash (Won Best Body Wash of 2013)

Petitgrain Cleanser

Resuscitate Eye Cream

You recently had a baby. Congratulations! How important is it that baby skin comes into contact only with natural products? What do you use on your baby?

Thank you, I just love being a mum! I always have used only natural products on my skin, but since (my daughter) Winter was born I feel even more strongly about her having only natural products and clothing against her precious skin.

I use our Baby Bath & Massage Oil every night, I use it in her bath and massage her when she gets out. When she gets older and dirtier I will use the Bubba Suds Bath Wash in her bath. I also use the Bum Bum Balm on her bottom and she hasn’t had any nappy rash since she was born. We also use the Bum Bum Balm on our five-year-old’s eczema which helps to reduce inflammation and the itch. I believe less is more, not only for my baby but for our adult skin also.

 Do you live an organic lifestyle in general?

Yes we do. Before I met my fiancé, Grant, I ate really well, but I didn’t have the time (or I thought I didn’t) to eat as organically as I could have. When we moved in together he guided our family unit to local organic produce, and I guided it on the cleaning product side of things.

We shop at our local farmer’s market on Saturdays in Bondi where we buy locally made yoghurt, locally produced meat and veggies. Mid-week we have two local organic shops we buy from and our local butcher sells only grass-fed meat. My stepson who is five has allergies to gluten and dairy, so we have to be mindful of what we cook for him also, which inspires new recipes and cooking. I have to urge people who are on a budget, that organic shopping does not have to be expensive and it tastes 10 times better.

Beachside Farmer's Markets

Started the day with a trip to Byron Bay’s weekly Farmer’s Market. Held every Thursday from 8am – 11am, (Saturdays 8-11 in nearby Bangalow) the fresh produce available ranges from fruit n veg to cheeses, eggs, seafood, juices and native flowers. All locally sourced, seasonal, full of flavour and delivered with love by the Northern Rivers locals.
There’s also smoothies and juices, coffee, and brekky roles available for those who need a wake-up call.
My green smoothie from Jungle Juice was the perfect morning cleanser.
And we now have a fridge filled with kale, blueberries, corn, strawberries, plums, potatoes, avocados, capsicum, tomatoes, garlic, pumpkin… and much more to see us through the first month of Australia's Spring!

BOTANICAL BEAUTY

I've fallen in love with FIG + YARROW - a delightfully botanical-based line of handcrafted organic health and vanity products made in Denver, Colorado. The face, body, and hygiene range is made using advanced formulations of vibrant roots, leaves, flowers, oils and mineral elements and trust me, it is a treat for the body and feast for the senses! Fig + Yarrow's use of nature's raw beauty with their wild-crafted ingredients inspires vitality and heightens the body’s senses. 

These heavenly-scented products (I'm in love with the Pink Love Salts) are the creation of apothecary artisan, Brandy Monique, who as a young girl was always playing in nature amongst plants and creatures great and small. Later she studied Herbalism and Plant Spirit Medicine which lead Brandy on a Shamanic journey in which she was able to speak to the plant spirits. "This came very naturally to me," says Brandy. "I began doing a tremendous amount of research on the efficacy and effects of natural ingredients for physical health and beauty." Brandy's research confirmed the guidance she would receive in her journeys and from there she was encouraged to start the Fig + Yarrow line using always natural and never synthetic ingredients. 

Choosing natural beauty products crafted with organic and wildcrafted ingredients is one very significant way in which we, as consumers, can collectively influence how the land, people and other creatures at the most basic level of our product chains are treated.

I firmly believe we receive the most benefit from natural products by approaching the plant and minerals respectfully and utilising their gifts responsibly.
Founder, Brandy Monique in the Fig + Yarrow studio

Founder, Brandy Monique in the Fig + Yarrow studio

Part of FIG+YARROW’s mission is to educate consumers on how to apply products so they feel the true benefits of the organic line. Watch a step by step to use the Cardamom and Coffee Anti-cellulite Body Scrub

 

Read about the benefits of paraben-free skincare