Welcoming Kester Black (and avoiding toxic nail polish)

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

Kester Black is a proudly Australian made and owned brand and is committed to supporting local business. They use sustainable production methods including recyclable materials and small batch manufacturing to minimise wastage. Kester Black products contain only the highest quality ingredients and all have CCF (Choose Cruelty Free), and Vegan Society accreditation.

Choosing 5 Free nail polishes like those of Kester Black’s range is a step in the right direction and helps to avoid a plethora of problems that can result from selecting products containing dangerous chemicals. Kester Black's products are all Five Free, meaning they are free from Toluene, DBP, Camphor, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin. All products are Australian made, cruelty free and vegan.

A comprehensive article by Sarah Wilson of I Quit Sugar outlines some of the important things to take into account when you are purchasing nail polish.

 

 Firstly, Sarah emphasises the importance of “knowing your nasties” 

 

Maria Hannaford at Econest works for an environmental organisation researching the impact our food system has on the environment and our health. She says most brands promoting themselves as “safe” these days will list themselves as “3-free”. This means they’re free of the top three nasty ingredients listed below. She explains:

  • Formaldehyde. It’s the stuff they use to preserve dead things. I should know, I worked in a lab for many years and let me tell you, there is a strict protocol around avoiding getting it on your skin or breathing in its fumes! It’s a known human carcinogen and can cause ear, nose, throat and skin irritations.
  • Dibutyl Phthalate. It’s the most controversial of these ingredients; it’s a known reproductive and developmental toxin, and is linked to hormonal and long-term fertility problems in newborn males. It’s banned in the EU. [But is apparently safe enough for Australians? – Sarah]
  • Toluene. A possible reproductive and developmental toxin that causes headaches, dizziness and fatigue. It can cause liver, kidney and brain damage, as well as damage to a developing foetus.

 

 Sarah warns us to “beware of polish removers" 

 

Of course, these liquids are not typically full of safe, nourishing ingredients.

“Narelle Chenery is a scientist and creative director of Miessence. She says nail polish removers are just as bad as the polishes. They’re usually full of acetone, fragrances, methyl ethyl ketone, phthalates and toluene. Most of these cause significant damage to the human body, she says.

Maria adds:  As far as nail polish removers go, all conventional types should be avoided due to the harsh ingredients, but also the potent fumes.”

Thankfully, the solution to this can be as simple as using hot water to soak your fingers and carefully peel or scrape the nail polish off. Water based nail polish is a lot easier to remove than regular nail polish.

 

  Sarah Wilson stresses the importance of avoiding nail bars  

 

“The experts all agree: Don’t enter a nail salon. Just don’t. If you do go, at the very least make sure you sit next to an open window.

Sabrina Jacquier Parr says: Linda McSweeny, Journalist for the Medical Observer, describes visiting a nail salon as ‘chemical warfare’ and it does not take a science degree to know she is right. Nail salons reek of toxic chemicals because they are just that, toxic!” You can read more here. Chemicals (like those listed above) and other volatile organic compounds are used at such high levels that they can often cause headaches, irritations and breathing problems. Plus there are links to far longer reaching health issues such as cancer and reproductive issues.”

If you must use nail bars, try to locate places that use 3 or 5-free nail products.

 

 

  Additionally, Sarah warns that if you’re pregnant, naked nails are safest  

 

“Sabrina Jacquier Parr says: Pregnant woman should think twice before getting their nails done in a nail salon; at least one study has also shown that pregnant women who work or regularly visit nail salons may be putting their fetus’ brain development at risk due to the chemical solvents used.

Nicole Bijlsma is an accomplished naturopath, acupuncturist and building biologist. She adds: Pregnant women, asthmatics and children should all avoid nail polish and removers. Pregnant women – or more importantly the developing foetus – is uniquely susceptible to the hormone disrupting chemicals typically found in nail salons as they go through critical windows of development. This enhances their susceptibility to learning and behaviour disorders, reproductive problems later in life, and breast and testicular cancers. Remember with hormone disrupting chemicals the lower the level of exposure the better. For this reason, nail polish should be avoided in babies and children.”

Ultimately, nail polish is in a world of products wrought with issues of ingredient toxicity. Those beautiful fingers of yours are often near your face and therefore your mouth, as well as potentially holding your children. Stick to 5-free for maximum safety!

 

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

1. Noshu Sugar Free Donuts

Sugar has terrible effects on your skin so I'm always on the lookout for treats that avoid refined sugar. I recently came across Noshu Donuts which are sugar free and baked, not deep fried. At first I was a little skeptical that it would taste like cardboard but let me assure you these are AMAZING! My favorite is the Caramel Spice and you can find them at About Life or on their website

                         

2. Tata Harper Lip and Cheek Tint in Charming

I tend to keep my makeup very natural but I have always used blush to give my skin a little lift and make it look healthier. I used to use RMS Beauty but the new Tata Harper Lip and Cheek Tints have taken blush to a whole other level with incorporating anti ageing ingredients!  I have been using charming and it gives the perfect pop of sheer colour. I have had so many compliments on my skin since I started wearing it and it has officially become my all time favorite blush.

 3. Pottery Classes at The Pottery Shed Paddington

I recently started pottery classes as it's something I had never done before and I liked the idea of crafting something I could use or gift. In 3 lessons they take you through the whole processes of using the pottery wheel, trimming your creation and glazing. There is something almost meditative about using a pottery wheel and crafting the clay, which I really enjoyed. I highly recommend The Pottery Shed in Paddington, classes are $45 each. Good write up about it HERE

4. Growing my own veges

I live in an apartment and really started missing not having an outdoor area. I don't know if it's my getting older but I have been having a growing feeling of wanting to become more connected to the earth. So I decided to take advantage of my fathers garden and start growing some veges! I am really interested in heirloom varieties, the kind you can't find at your local supermarket and this way i know my veges and 100% organic and not from over farmed nutrient depleted soil.

I bought my seeds from Rangeview Seeds and The Lost Seed. I bought organic soil from Bunnings and used some old pots I found lying around. There are LOADS of websites that give you great tips about starting your own vegetable garden.

5. Endless Cups of Tea!

With all the storms and wild weather we have been having in Sydney there was no better excuse to curl up on the sofa with a good book and a cup of tea. I was gifted a beautiful tea cup for Christmas which I adore as it makes having a cup of tea feel special. I always buy really good quality tea as this is a little indulgence I give to myself.

At the moment I have been drinking The Seventh Duchess Radiance Tea which helps reset the mind and body.

8 ways to raise your positive energy vibration

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

What is Vibration?

Vibration (or Universal Life Energy) is simply a method to describe your overall state of wellbeing. Everything in the universe is made up of energy vibrating at different frequencies. From a scientific and metaphysical perspective, you are a ‘being’ that is made up of different energy levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Each of these levels have a vibrational frequency, which combine to create your overall vibration of being. Vibrations operate at high and low frequencies. Lower vibrations of being are associated with disempowering thoughts, negative emotions, poor health and lack of spiritual awareness. Higher vibrations on the other hand, are associated with empowering thoughts, positive emotions, good health and strong spiritual awareness. So how do we raise our vibration? Read on to learn how you can start attracting more positive experiences into your life, enjoy better health and experience more positive thoughts and a better emotional state.

8 ways to raise your Vibration

1. Become conscious of your thoughts. Everything you think, say or feel becomes your reality. Every single thought that comes into your head has an impact on you. When you change those thoughts for the positive, your reality is likely to become positive too. Easier said than done in the face of adveristy though right? How 'bout this, the next time a negative thought shows up in your head, take the time to acknowledge it, thank it for showing up, and then dismiss it and turn it around for the positive.

2. Find something beautiful and appreciate it. Beauty is all around us, yet so often we walk around with our blinkers on. Stop rushing for a moment and take the time to stand in the sun and appreciate your surroundings. Next time you look in the mirror find something you love about yourself and say it to yourself. You may be surprised with how this makes your feel.

3. Be conscious of the foods you eat. Some foods vibrate at high frequencies, and some lower (broccoli has a high vibration as do blueberries; Big Macs don't vibrate at all. If you are consuming foods covered in chemicals and pesticides, or foods found within plastic packaging, it will leave you vibrating lower. Conversely, consume good quality organic produce, food as nature intended it, and feel the high vibrations disseminate throughout your body. Most importantly, pay attention to how eating certain foods makes your body feel.

4. Drink water. Water is a form of energetic life force. Drinking plentiful quantities of water (filtered is best) will assist your body to flush out toxins and keep your energy levels and vibration high.

5. Meditate. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and breath in and out. Too often we rush through our days with a scattered brain leaving us in a state of anxiety and stress. Meditation helps to calm your spirit down and put you in a peaceful state of mind. 10 minutes of meditation a day can change your life forever.

6. Be grateful. Making a gratitude list shifts your vibrations from focusing on what you don't have to what is already abundant in your life. There is more to be grateful for than you could possibly imagine.

7. Practice acts of kindness. Giving to someone else (without expecting anything in return) shifts your thinking from “I don’t have enough" or "Woe is me", to "I have more than enough to give to others.” Abundance is a high vibration. In the same vein, being kind (as opposed to being mean) puts you at a high vibration. Gossip or treat others badly and your vibration will suffer.

8. Get your blood pumping. Vibration requires movement, the more you move the better your vibrations move. So Get Active! Dance! The happier you feel, the more you will draw happy experiences to yourself because you are operating at a different frequency.

Here is a very interesting video on the power of positive vibration!

 

How to make Blueberry and Cacao Superfood Clusters

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

How do you satisfy a chocolate craving without jeopardising you diet? Try these little gems which nourish the body both inside and out. Coconut oil is hydrating, keeping the skin’s connective tissue strong which prevents wrinkles and sagging. Cacao, blueberries and almonds are antioxidant rich, encouraging cell and tissue growth, helping the body to repair itself. These superfood clusters are nature's answer to healthy, vibrant skin. 

 

 

 INGREDIENTS 

2 Tbsp organic extra virgin coconut oil

2 heaped Tbsp cacao powder

1/3 cup coconut flakes 

1 cup roasted almonds (could use other nuts such as macadamias)

1 punnet fresh blueberries or 1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp pure maple syrup

 

 METHOD :

  1. In a saucepan, heat coconut oil and cacao. Stir over a low heat until melted.
  2. Stir through vanilla extract, maple syrup, coconut flakes and almonds. 
  3. Gently fold through blueberries. 
  4. On a tray lined with baking paper, spoon 1 tablespoon at a time to form small clusters. Keep some distance between each cluster (Spoon out the mixture quite quickly as mixture will start to set and blueberries can clump together).
  5. Place in the freezer to set quickly (literally takes 5 minutes) or refrigerator if not serving for a few hours. Enjoy!

 

Why use pure maple syrup? 

Pure maple syrup is low fructose (eating high fructose foods can increase weight around the middle - the brain does not recognise fructose and is therefore converted to fat). Pure maple syrup contains important vitamins and minerals so it is a better (and more natural) choice than other sweeteners. It is also suitable for people with IBS who follow a low FODMAP diet. 1 Tbsp of pure maple syrup for a whole batch of clusters is still a very low sugar snack so can be enjoyed without feeling guilty!

 

Recipe by Rebecca McPhee

Director, Age Younger 

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Accredited Practising Nutritionist 

Health Behaviour Change Practitioner 

www.ageyounger.com

rebecca@ageyounger.com

M: 0432 969903

5 Ways Sugar Can Affect Your Skin

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

Refined sugar is in just about everything we eat so it's almost impossible to avoid all of the time. But through thoughtful eating we can certainly limit the amount we eat. Here are 5 scary ways that sugar effects our skin.

1. Inflammation

 One of the main ways sugar ruins your skin is because it causes inflammation in the body. Sugar is highly acidic, and while all acidic foods can cause inflammation to some degree, sugar is one of the worst. Any sign of inflammation in the skin will cause breakouts, so be sure to avoid refined sugars and added sugars including white sugar, brown sugar, agave syrup, molasses, maple syrup and honey if you’re prone to breakouts. Instead opt for fresh fruit or stevia, which is less acidic.

2. Wrinkles

 The inflammatory properties in sugar don’t only lead to breakouts, but also to wrinkles. Sugar basically attacks the healthy, supple collagen in your skin that keeps your skin wrinkle free. Sugar basically "eats" the collagen, so to speak, on a cellular level, which leads to dehydrated, dull-looking skin. When your collagen levels are depleted, wrinkles occur.

3. Free Radicals

 Free radicals are the components that cause inflammation and disease in the body. Studies have been linked to high-sugar foods and high-sugar diets creating free radicals in the body. Anti-oxidants are important for fighting free radicals, but that doesn’t mean you can have the best of both worlds. Eat antioxidant rich foods such as low-sugar fruits and veggies in place of sugar so that you can include more antioxidants in your diet and limit the harmful sugary foods.

4. Redness and Rashes

 Another way that sugar affects your skin is through causing redness and irritation. You can also blame this on the inflammatory properties in sugar. If you suffer from rashes or are prone to yeast imbalances in the body, it could be because you are eating too much sugar. Rashes can be a sign of yeast imbalance, and redness occurs mainly from inflammation. Eliminate all refined and added sugars and focus more on beautifying green veggies and fiber rich options instead.

5. Dehydration

 Sugar basically sucks all the water out of your cells, which can lead to dryness, puffiness and those terrible under eye circles we all hate! Sugar creates a major imbalance in your entire body. Be sure to avoid eating too much sugar on days when you want to look your best. Your skin will glow and radiate in no time! Drinking plenty of water doesn’t hurt either.

4 Reasons why PRTTY PEAUSHUN is great for all year round use!

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

The cult firming and brightening lotion PRTTY PEAUSHUN may need no introduction, however, have you considered how it can be a skin saver all year round? It may be obvious that in the warmer months we bare more skin and therefore require a little more help in covering imperfections and improving our skin's appearance, but there are some reasons you may not have considered for keeping PRTTY PEAUSHUN in your beauty routine throughout winter.

 

  1. It is moisturizing and smoothing. What could be better in winter when your skin starts to resemble scales and becomes generally lacklustre? Revitalise and bring back your summer glow in an instant with PRTTY PEAUSHUN’s range of skin tone shades.

 

2. While we’re on the topic of brightening up winter skin, let’s address the obvious. What if it gets all over my clothes? Why would I wear it all over my skin if nobody will see it? That depends on how and when you decide to use this magic product. Firstly, you can use it on your face! That’s right, it’s gentle enough to use on more delicate skin and can help to create a wonderful dewy glow.

 

  1. Secondly, if you are planning a winter escape to chase the sun for a change, you will inevitably be back in skin-revealing dresses, shorter sleeves and higher hemlines. The last thing you want is to look like you have stepped out of the cast of a vampire movie when you step out into the sunlight. For a quick fix of skin-smoothing, brightening and a sneaky tan-like glow you can’t go wrong with one of the darker shades in the PRTTY PEASHUN range. Don’t fear the tint! It will not look ridiculous and orange or streaky on even the lightest of skin tones and it washes off in the shower if you are dreading commitment to the colour.

 

  1. Last but not least, every time of year comes with its big events and times to dress up and look your best. We all know that rugging up during the cooler months and feeling the strain on our usual routines can lead to being neglectful of our skin. There is never a bad time to have PRTTY PEAUSHUN stocked up in your beauty collection for those last minute skin-fix emergencies!

How to Make a Beta Carotene Rich Soup

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

How do we ward off colds and flu and keep the immune system strong during the cooler months? We only have to turn to nature to give us the answer - using seasonal produce will provide all the essential vitamins and minerals needed to keep us looking and feeling good on the inside and out. At the moment, I am making Beta Carotene Rich Soup, one of my all time favourite comfort foods. Roasting carrots in olive oil actually provides more beta carotene, a potent antioxidant, than raw carrots. Antioxidants are nature’s answer to ageing younger. Perfect for a light lunch or snack!

 

 

 INGREDIENTS   

Serves: 4                                                  

500g carrots, peeled and chopped into small chunks

1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into small chunks

2 cups vegetable stock

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger

Freshly ground black pepper and Himalayan sea salt to season

Organic Natural/Greek yoghurt or Coconut yoghurt and dill to garnish

 

 METHOD 

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Place carrot and sweet potato onto baking trays. Drizzle with olive oil and use fingers to rub through the vegetables. Season with Himalayan sea salt and black pepper. Roast vegetables for 30-40 minutes or until soft.
  2. Place roasted vegetables in a blender and add all other ingredients. Puree until smooth (can also use a bamix).
  3. Garnish with yoghurt and dill, if desired.

TIP: This soup is quite thick in consistency. Add extra water if you like it a bit thinner.

 

- Recipe by Rebecca McPhee -

Director, Age Younger

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Accredited Practising Nutritionist

Health Behaviour Change Practitioner

www.ageyounger.com

rebecca@ageyounger.com

M: 0432 969903

Dry Skin Saving Tips For Winter

posted 2015 Apr by Flora Organica

Like many others, I have been plagued all my life by dry skin during the winter months. As the days become cooler and the humidity decreases my skin tends to develop scales and a dull appearance. My hands seem perpetually dry and rough and my feet don’t feel much better.

 

The biggest culprits are decreased environmental moisture, indoor heating and air-conditioning, harsh soaps and body products, excessively hot showers and consuming less water than we would in summer weather. Over the years I have discovered a few simple and effective remedies. They are very cost effective and might even help you save a few dollars here and there.

 

  1. Try not to use your heater as much as you might like to and turn the temperature down. A degree or two could make a big difference to the humidity levels in you immediate environment. It will also decrease your energy bills and lower carbon emissions. You can always rug up in more warm layers and blankets if you start to feel the cold!

 

  1. Use a humidifier. I have a small one that sits on my desk and if I need a little aromatherapy boost I can add some essential oils to it.

 

  1. We will all be tempted to take long hot showers, especially on those very cold and rainy days but this can play havoc with our skin. Instead I try to go for shorter warm showers, patting myself dry before moisturising all over.

 

  1. Make the switch from harsh soaps to a rich organic body wash or in-shower body oil. I love the simplicity of body oils. Just apply to your skin, rinse off the excess in the shower and emerge already moisturised with no need for extra products.

 

  1. Gentle exfoliation. Oatmeal based products are renowned for their skin-moisturising properties. Use them gently to exfoliate hands, feet, knees and elbows. I like to fill a muslin bag with oatmeal, and then soak the bag with me in a warm bath for all over soft skin.

 

  1. Use coconut oil. Apply it to your skin as a rich moisturiser and in your hair sparingly as a frizz tamer or more generously for about 30 minutes as a rinse out treatment. You can cook with it too! My friend Catherine chills ice cube trays of coconut oil in the fridge and eats one cube every day. I have been trying this for a couple of weeks now and have noticed remarkable improvements, particularly in my hair.

 

 

7. Drink more fluids. Hot weather in summer makes us thirsty but the need to stay hydrated is easy to forget in winter. Try sipping on delicious herbal teas throughout the day, as they will warm you up from the inside and hydrate your skin. I really love the Beauty Chef’s new Hydration Beauty Boost. It contains aloe vera and coconut water to support your body’s ability to stay hydrated. I have been taking Hydration Boost daily for a little over a month now and I’ve never received so many compliments about my skin before now. Beauty really does begin in the belly!

Soapwalla Has Returned With A New Citrus Scent

posted 2015 Apr by Flora Organica

Soapwalla is back in stock with a fresh new citrus scent to boot! 


If you have sensitive skin and a love for artisanal products that are lovingly crafted from the highest quality ingredients, Soapwalla is for you. The new citrus scent has notes of zingy lime and grapefruit that will help to lift your spirits and give you an aromatherapy boost for the day.

 

  

The new Soapwalla Citrus Deodorant Cream uses superfine vegetable powders, clays and a combination of citrus essential oils to absorb moisture, inhibit bacteria and ensure long-lasting deodorising, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. 

 

As with all Soapwalla’s other products, the new deodorant cream is made from organic, food-grade ingredients and pure essential oils. It does not contain additives like sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens or harsh and synthetic ingredients. Soapwalla is a proud member of the Leaping Bunny and Caring Consumer cruelty-free coalitions.

 

For more information check out our range of Soapwalla products here.

 

 Happy hunting for your perfect scent!

 

Love, Flora Organica

Breakfast In Bed For Your Mum

posted 2015 Apr by Flora Organica

If you're planning to treat your mum to breakfast in bed on Sunday May 10th, consider this deliciously healthy breakfast by Sugar and Charm. It's easy to make in advance and you can make extra to have some yourself!

 

 

Organic Cacao, Coconut and Quinoa Granola 

Ingredients

4 cups organic, old-fashioned oats

3/4 cup organic quinoa flakes

1/2 cup cacao nibs

1 cup coconut flakes

1 cut toasted coconut

1/2 cup raw, slivered almonds

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon organic cacao powder

1 egg white

1/2 cup organic honey (add a little more if you like it sweet)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoon coconut oil

                                                                            

Directions

Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl (except the toasted coconut) and mix. Then combine the wet ingredients and stir until mixed. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is coated. Spread the oat mixture onto a baking sheet with sides. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes, checking on it and stirring occasionally. The oats should be a nice golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool. Then toss in the toasted coconut. 

 

A cup of tea in bed...

What could be better to add to a healthy granola breakfast than a cup of revitalising and uplifting tea by The Seventh Duchess?

 Buy yours here:

 

Have a fantastic Mother's Day everyone!
Love, Flora Organica

 

The BEST Vegan Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream

posted 2015 Apr by Flora Organica

With winter coming there is nothing better then snuggling at home under a blanket with a cup of tea and a little something sweet.

This Vegan Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Icing is not only delicious but has skin loving nutrients! Carrots contain Vitamin A, C and Antioxidants which help reduce inflammation, evens skin tone and fights the signs of ageing!

Serves 9

Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons flaxseed meal

1/4 cup warm water

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

3/4 cup almond milk, rice milk, or soy milk

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

2/3 cup canola oil or melted coconut oil

1/2 cup cane sugar (alternatively you could use coconut sugar)

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 cups grated carrots

1/3 cup raisins, tossed in a bit of flour to prevent clumping

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

For the coconut cream frosting:

3 cans full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight in the refrigerator

2/3 to 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar,

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to Make

Preheat your oven to 180º C.

Lightly oil two 8-inch baking dishes (or a single 8-inch square or 8- to 9-inch round baking dish, if you don't want a layer cake).

1. First, prepare the frosting. As the coconut milk sits overnight, it'll accumulate a thick, solid layer at the top of the can. Remove this layer from the can (you can reserve the rest of the liquid for smoothies), and place it into a mixing bowl. Repeat with the other two cans. Add the confectioners' sugar and vanilla to the mixture. Use a hand mixer to begin whipping the frosting, starting on a low speed and increasing the speed as you go. Move the mixers around as much as possible (this will fold in air, which will make the mixture fluffier). Continue until it is whipped. Refrigerate the frosting for at least 2 hours, preferably 4, before using, so that it can solidify.

2. Lightly oil two 8-inch baking dishes (or a single 8-inch square or 8- to 9-inch round baking dish, if you don't want a layer cake).

3. To make the cake, stir the flaxseed meal and warm water in a small bowl. Allow it to sit and thicken while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, allspice, cinnamon, and ginger.

5. In a medium bowl, vigorously whisk the milk and apple cider vinegar together until frothy. Add the oil, sugars, carrots, and the flax mixture from step 3.

6. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, taking care not to over-mix (there should still be some clumps). Fold in the raisins and walnuts.

7. Pour the batter evenly into the two baking dishes. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the cake is spring to the touch, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely. Invert one cake onto a serving plate, and frost the top. Gingerly rest the other cake on top of the first, then frost the top and sides of the cake.

Cut into squares and serve.

Recipe courtsey of food52.com

New Products From The Beauty Chef!

posted 2015 Apr by Sabrina J Parr

One of Flora Organica's best selling range is The Beauty Chef's line of beauty supplement superfoods, in particular her raved about Glow Inner Beauty Powder!

So you can imagine how excited we were when Carla Oates (THE beauty chef herself) announced THREE new Inner Beauty Boost products being added to the line! All of them can be added to your juice or smoothie or diluted in water.

The Beauty Chef Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost $39.95

Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost is a delicious organic, bio-fermented, enzyme-packed probiotic concentrate designed to give you a daily shot of nutritional support that helps to protect your skin and body from free-radical damage and cellular ageing. 

It contains such ingredients such as papaya, pomegranate and vitamin E all of which are designed to help to fight rogue free radicals and stabilise and repair cell damage.

The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost $39.95

Specifically formulated to address skin firmness, fine lines, free-radical damage and aid skin maintenance, COLLAGEN contains a blend of Certified Organic maqui berry, acai, papaya, blueberry, goji-berry and pomegranate powders with grape-seed extract, zinc and vitamin C. Boosting natural collagen formation from the inside, the potent formula is also rich in antioxidants to help combat cellular damage and support healthy skin, hair and nail growth.

The Beauty Chef Hydration Inner Beauty Boost $39.95

Hydration combines organic coconut water, aloe vera and lemon myrtle to combat dry, dull skin, ageing and fine lines and free-radical damage. Meanwhile, the formula also works to improve gut health, circulation and oxygenation of the blood, to boost overall skin health.

All three products will soon be available at Flora Organica. If you have any questions about these products please feel to email us at hello@floraorganica.com.au

That Rainy Day You’ve Been Saving For Has Arrived

posted 2015 Apr by Flora Organica

So, you’ve been busy, you work hard and you’ve earned a little break. It’s also cold and miserable outside. Maybe you’ve been sent home early from work due to freak weather conditions in Sydney (it’s been known to happen). You’re ready for a day of me-time and pampering.

 

Here are some ideas to get you started…

 

Listen to calming music (or pump yourself up with happy jams):

Music has a way of stimulating the mind to reach a certain state of calm and happiness. Choose your favourite playlist for inducing a good mood and get lost in the moment.

 

Relaxing bath time:

These sweet, foaming elixirs by 100 Percent Pure will hydrate, soften and nourish your skin. 100 Percent Pure shower gels are never made with harsh detergents that can strip, dehydrate or irritate. You can experience warm relaxation with bubbles and divine scents without aggravating your skin. Need I say more?

Call someone special:

You know there’s someone you have been putting off calling (or perhaps you just haven’t had the time) and a rainy day is the perfect opportunity to make contact and remind that special someone of how important they are to you. It’s also a great time to make some sneaky inquiries about what to get your mum for Mother’s Day 2015 (Sunday May 10th, don’t forget!)

 

Read (anything!):

Get out your favourite book, the newpaper, a magazine or anything that suits your fancy. Slow Living Magazine is an ideal read to help you get back on track with a gentler paced lifestyle. Be sure to stay away from social media, which will only keep you rooted in your fast-paced life. We all love to stay connected but having time out is very important in maintaining peace and tranquility amidst the daily grind.

 

 

Face treatmeant:

Nothing beats a pamper day face mask by Acure for working over your cells with the power of Moroccan Argan Stem Cells and Chlorella Growth Factor, a true synergy of cell revitalization. Let the French Green Clay draw out impurities while Moroccan Argan Oil, CoQ10 and Seabuckthorn Oil provide moisture. 

 

Hair nourishment:

While you’re pampering your face, why not give your hair some love too? HairBliss organic repair oil is an infusion of 100% organic oils that assist with repairing dry, brittle and damaged hair by hydrating and conditioning, balancing oil production, enhancing blood flow to the scalp, delivering high levels of vitamins and minerals.

 

 

Drink your favourite tea blend:

Peace tea by The Seventh Duchess will help you to unwind from the rigours of the day and to enjoy a moment of repose. Herbal and fragrant, it is a serene, tranquil tisane with the sole purpose of relaxing the body and easing the anxieties of the mind.

 

We hope these ideas have inspired you to make the most of your next day off!
Stay calm and find the peace you deserve.

Love, Flora Organica.

Let Mother Nature love your mum this Mother's Day

posted 2015 Apr by Flora Organica

Mother's Day is coming up and Flora Organica is here to help!

Your mum is hard working, selfless and kind. It's time to let Mother Nature take care of her. Our range is sure to please the most stressed out to the most zen of mums, so look no further... 

Here are some gift ideas to make May 10th the special day that she deserves.


For relaxation: 

Every mum needs some inner peace. Help her to unwind with a meticulously formulated blend of Lavender, Chamomile, Spearmint and Passionflower by The Seventh Duchess.

 

For bath or shower time:

Treat your mum with a delicious and richly foaming body wash made with intoxicating organic Tahitian vanilla, skin hydrating honey and organic, anti-oxidant rich Green Coffee that helps increase circulation. 

 

For a skin miracle:

 

Treat your mum like a star this Mother's Day with this celebrity endorsed body lotion. Its light reflecting particles will give her a gorgeous glow. It comes in Plain, Light, Medium, Dark and Deep to suit every mum's skin tone.

 

Pure luxury face treatment:

Is your mum in need of an at home facial experience? Tata Harper has come to the rescue with this range of beauty serums and lotions that are sure to impress. These super concentrated products will go a long way and allow her to try the refreshing cleanser, repairative moisturiser, replenishing nutrient complex, Be Fierce softening lip treatment and revitalising body oil. With the presentation wow factor of a beautiful green velvet gift bag, your mum is sure to be impressed!

The Right Products For your Hair Type

posted 2015 Mar by Flora Organica

Choosing the right product for your hair type is essential if you want to get great results. Natural and Organic Hair Products work just as well, if not better then commercial products, just minus the scary toxic ingredients!

FINE LIMP HAIR

If you are looking to get some VOLUME in your hair you can't go past the creme de la creme of natural hair care: Rahua Voluminous Shampoo, Conditioner and Spray! It has a beautiful herbal scent of Lavender and Eucalyptus and really works to give some lift to your roots and more body through the ends.

If you are looking for a more affordable voluminous range then Acure Organics Pure Mint and Echinacea Volumising Shampoo and Conditioner is awesome.  Quinoa protein extract supports keratin which is the building block of your hair while Argan Oil will make sure that your hair will be hydrated and lifted.

OILY or DULL HAIR

Oily or Dull hair should look for products with ingredients that will break down the oil and built up product residue. Rahua Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner contain Citrus Oils that is extremely effective at dissolving oil at the roots.

Acure Organics Lemongrass and Argan Oil Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner is gentle enough to be used daily and works a treat on dull locks.

A Dry Shampoo is also going to be your best friend in between washes and to absorb any excess oil. Lulu Organics has the most incredible scent whilst the Acure dry shampoo has the added benefits of keratin boosting ingredients. To use simply sprinkle onto you hands and rub through the roots. 

 

CHEMICALLY TREATED HAIR / DRY HAIR

A Hair Mask if the best friend of anyone who suffers from dry sensitive hair. Opt for an oil based product such as Bliss Co Organic Hair Repair Oil that better penetrates the hair and gives maximum moisture. For best results do this once a week and leave it on for an least 1 hour.

Alternatively you can look at a leave in hair oil such as Lulu Organics Lavender and Clary Sage Hair Oil. Apply this to the ends of your hair for super hydration all day long.

When choosing a shampoo and conditioner opt for a product that is rich in replenishing oils such as Argan Oil. The Acure Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner will give some much needed moisture to your hair without weighing it down.

If you are unsure as to which products would be best for you hair type feel free to drop us a line at hello@floraorganica.com.au

 

 

 

My DIY Lemon Detox Drink

posted 2015 Mar by Flora Organica

Celebs have raved about the weight loss benefits of the Lemon Detox Diet. Personally i hate the word "diet" and look to this as more of a cleanse that is great for weight loss, reducing bloating and clearing your skin.

When you cleanse your body you start to naturally flush out toxins stored in your fatty tissue as it starts to break down. Cellulite is often caused by this build up on toxins in the fatty tissue and that is why even the skinniest of people can have cellulite!

Benefits of the Lemon Detox Drink

  • Helps reduce bloating
  • Increases the metabolism
  • Helps to alkalize the body
  • Promotes skin repair
  • Detoxifies the liver
  • Cleanses the urinary track

How to Make Your Own Lemon Detox Drink

You will need: 

Fresh Lemons (if you don't want to squeeze your own every morning just buy lemon juice in a bottle)

Cayenne Pepper

Apple Cider Vinegar

Maple Syrup (alternatively you can use Agave or Coconut Sugar)

Filtered Water

Directions:

Mix the juice of 1/2 a lemon, a sprinkle of Cayenne pepper, 1/2 a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of maple syrup with room temperature water and drink first thing in the morning (option to drink last thing at night as well).

This is really made to taste, it should be both sour and a little bit sweet.

 

 

 

 

The go to products of a beauty store owner

posted 2015 Feb by Sabrina J Parr

As the owner of Flora Organica organic beauty store i am lucky enough to have so many amazing products to choose from when it comes to my beauty regime! I am a firm believer in adjusting your skin care regime to fit the season and your changing skin care needs. 

Here are the products i'm currently loving and make up my current beauty regime!

CLEANSING

I always use two cleansers - one for morning and one for night.

Morning 

My skin needs a regular light exfoliation otherwise i start to get breakouts. I have used the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser for 2 years and still haven't found a product that i love as much as this one. It uses apricot seed powder and is super gentle.  It is the creme de la creme of exfoliators in my books.

Evening 

I look for a creamy cleanser to take off my makeup without stripping my skin and that i can use on the eye area as well. The Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser is a beautiful peachy pink cleanser that feels like silk and doesn't sting my eyes. A bit on the pricey side but like all of the Tata Harper products the formulas are concentrated and you only need to use a small amount so it lasts for ages. For eye makeup i use organic coconut oil followed by the cleanser so i am not left with a greasy residue.

MOISTURISING

Think of your moisturiser as your skins food and your serum as its vitamins. Morning and night is pretty much the same but because we are in summer i go for lighter products. I always use a serum that is targeted towards any skin concerns i have  which at the moment is focusing on anti aging because i am turning 36 this year and i feel it needs a little extra TLC! 

Morning & Evening

First i will spritz a toner, at the moment i am testing out a sample that was sent to me by a lovely new Australian brand called Flora Remedia (nice name!). After the toner i will apply a serum which at the moment is the Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Serum followed by Human and Kind Anti Aging Mosituriser which has organic acmeila clercea and is said to be a natural botox. It is lovely and light on the skin but still giving me good hydration.

I am not a huge eye cream user but the Human and Kind Moisturiser is designed to be used as an eye cream as well so i'll use an extra dab around the eyes.

I'll also apply a sunscreen in the morning before my makeup.

TREATMENT

Once a week i'll use a mask. My skin has been a bit congested at the moment so i'm using the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

HAIR

My hair tends to be thin and dry on the ends so i use Acure Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner which is one of the best natural hair ranges i have come across, and at an affordable price. I'm a foam girl, i like to get a lather in my shampoo and Acure delivers it without the nasties.

Once a week i will do a hair treatment using Hairbliss Repair Oil which smells divine!

BODY

I absolutely adore Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion as it gives the most gorgeous glow to my skin without looking like a disco ball. It is quick to absorb so it makes the perfect product to slap on in the morning. When i feel like my skin is a little more dry then usual i will use a more substantial moisturiser like the Indah Dreamland Body Butter which uses coconut oil as it's base.

When it comes to deodorant i reach for Lavanilla in Pure Vanilla. I like the solid stick, it keeps me dry and just works for me.

If you have any questions about the products i have mentioned or any on the site please feel free to email me at hello@floraorganica.com.au

 

 

FEB FREEBIES!!! Check it out!

posted 2015 Feb by Flora Organica

We have some fabulous freebie products to giveaway!!! To get your hands on a freebie simply add to your cart the minimum spend required for that product, add the freebie product to your cart and that's it!

T&C  - Only 1 freebie per order. Freebie will not be included in your order if the minimum order is not met. Only while stocks last!!

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR RANGE OF FREEBIES TO CHOOSE FROM

Best Selling Products of 2014!

posted 2015 Feb by Sabrina J Parr

Curious what were our hottest selling products in 2014? Here is a list of the products YOU loved the most (in no particular order!)

Soapwalla Deodorant Cream $18

Soapwalla was the first natural deo to come instore and has been a top seller ever since.  It gets RAVE reviews for users and each batch is made to order for Flora Organica. Shop SOAPWALLA

Rahua Voluminous Shampoo $40

The solution for flat tressed everywhere, Ragua Voluminous Shampoo contains Ungurahua oil is rich in Omega-9 and helps to restore, heal, moisturize and strengthen hair.  Shop RAHUA

Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion $58

Light reflecting particles in this body lotion helps even skin tone and camouflage minor imperfections like veins and cellulite. It goes on silky and gives the skin the most amazing glow. Gwynth Paltrow RAVES about this stuff and used it when filming Iron Man. Shop PRTTY PEAUSHUN

GLOW Inner Beauty Powder $59.95

If you have tried every skin cream under the sun and are still having issues the problem may be more then skin deep. This revolutionary organic beauty supplement is a naturally fermented combination of superfoods that is rich in Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants,essential fatty acids and amino acids.  Shop GLOW INNER BEAUTY POWDER

Axilla Deodorant Paste $16

Similar to the Soapwalla Deodorant Cream however this is locally made in Bondi. It's Vegan and made with a blend of essential oils and BO neutralising ingredients! Shop AXILLA 

Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Moistursier with SPF $47

If you are prone to break outs from SPF this is the product for you. Light and easily absobded it won't clog pores. Lemon Oil works to help detox the skin while Oat Beta Glucan protects the skin from UV rays. Shop KIMBERLY SAYER

Lulu Organics Dry Shampoo $38

The healthy natural alternative to those chemical laden dry shampoos, Lulu Organics silky hair powder will revive your locks on days you just can't be bothered to wash. It also has the most divine smell!! Shop LULU ORGANICS

 

SAVE 5% This Australia Day WEEKEND!!!!

posted 2015 Jan by Sabrina J Parr

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