How I Grew All My Hair Back With Coconut Oil

posted 2015 Oct by Flora Organica

We all want thick, luscious, shiny hair, don’t we? Yet very few of us are naturally blessed with ad-worthy locks. Take me for example, I was missing my hair on my tail, my backside and on my leg from all the horrible food I ate when I lived with my not-so-nice (I am being nice right now) "family". Thank GOD I was rescued by Flora Organica.

Thankfully, after being rescued one of the many wondrous new products I have been privy to use is Ecocare Coconut Oil. Surprisingly, it has been what I needed for my hair treatment. Beloved for thousands of years by those living in the tropics as a conditioner, coconut oil may well give you the hair you always dreamed of. It certainly has me, I am ready to be photographed at any angle now.

However, whilst many people say they use Ecocare Cononut Oil as an overnight hair treatment, many more believe it has stimulated their hair growth. Yep, they talk of coconut oil making your hair longer, thicker and healthier hair. I looked like a Staffie before Ecocare but now I am being mistaken for Cocker Spaniel. I am not going to lie, I love the attention! Does Coconut oil Benefit Hair Growth?



So How Does Coconut Oil Benefit Hair Growth?

Since coconut oil helps to keep your body healthy and your hair soft, it goes hand-in-hand with hair growth. Here’s how:

1) Prevents Breakage

The fatty acids found in coconut oil work with the natural proteins found in hair to protect it from breaking (and therefore allowing it to grow). In fact, the lauric acid found in our coconut oil is fantastic at caring for hair.

2) Moisturises

Shiny hair is happy, healthy hair and regular use of coconut oil couldmake your hair softer and more lustrous than ever before. You see, coconut oil is incredible at penetrating hair follicles and therefore moisturising and conditioning from the outside, in. In fact, the oil is so moisturising that it even protects follicles from heat and environmental damage.

3) Boosts Blood Circulation

If you massage your head with coconut oil, you’ll boost scalp circulation, meaning that more oxygen and nutrients will be sent right to your hair follicles, helping to stimulate growth.

4) Rich in Nutrients

Coconut oil is loaded with natural antioxidants and nutrients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Iron. Each of these plays a key role in keeping your hair soft and supple, and Iron can even eradicate dandruff from the scalp.

Don't even get me started about the other benefits of Ecocare Coconut Oil. I'll just say it also aids in cleansing the pores, removing makeup, deep hydration of the skin layers, rejuvenating and repairing the skin and moisturising. Don't believe me? Try it for yourself...

Top Tips to Spring Clean Your Body

posted 2015 Sep by Flora Organica


Spring is a wonderful time wake-up your system from the sluggish winter months and to give your body a beauty-reboot from the inside. The best way to do this is with a gentle spring cleanse.

Here are Flora Organica's top tips to get you started:
1. Drink lots of water - approx 8 cups of water per day: When it comes to cleansing your body, nothing flushes your system as effectively as good old H2O - just make sure it's pure and filtered so you're not replacing one toxin with another. By adding a squeeze of alkalising fresh lemon juice to hot water in the mornings, you'll not only kick-start your metabolism for the day but also help cleanse your liver, too.
2. Streamline your diet: Beauty begins in the belly and a great way to cleanse your body is to eliminate processed food, wheat, diary, caffeine, alcohol, yeast, processed meats and sugar for at least a week (and if possible reduce consumption ongoing for better health and wellbeing). Instead only eat fresh vegetables (steamed, raw, lightly stir-fried in coconut oil), fresh nuts and seeds as well as lean protein. Eat lacto-fermented foods like those found in Vanilla Body Inner Beauty Powder by The Beauty Chef. The lacto-fermentation process creates beneficial prebiotics and probiotics that support the body's detoxification and elimination pathways. Probiotics directly neutralise certain chemicals and toxins so that they don’t have to be processed through the liver. This helps to ease the burden on the liver. Avoid sugary and fried foods and for a healthy snack, nibble on raw nuts, preferably soaked in filtered water overnight to remove any phytic acid, for a hit of good oils to keep skin radiant.
3. Boost your fibre: Fibre is very important for cleansing out the bowels and moving toxin wastes out of the body. Chia seeds, psyllium husk, oats, fruits and veg are known as water-soluble fibre. These act like an intestinal broom, as they help to gently cleanse the digestive tract. Oats and chia seeds are best soaked over night before being made into Bircher muesli or porridge. They are much easier to digest and even more effective as a fibre cleanser. All grains, legumes and nuts contain a substance called phytic acid, which can bind to minerals in the gut and prevent their absorption. Soaking grains such as oats decreases the level of phytic acid, while still allowing us to eat unrefined whole grains that can provide important fibre.
4. Spice up your life: There are lots of kitchen-cupboard spices that can boost your cleanse - consider adding turmeric, cinnamon, coriander and fenugreek to soups and salad dressings and try replacing your morning or afternoon cuppa with a cleansing ginger tea - simply slice up fresh ginger root and add boiled, filtered water.
5. Support the cleansing process: When you cleanse, you are primarily cleansing your liver, kidneys and skin, as these organs are responsible for eliminating metabolic waste from the body. The easiest way to maximise your cleanse and support your organs is by taking a supplement that contains cleansing herbs, liver-supporting ingredients and natural probiotics, which is why we created CLEANSE Inner Beauty Powder. It contains nutrient-dense live ingredients as well as vitamins, minerals, fibre and natural prebiotics and probiotics to support your immune system, nourish your body from the inside and put you on the path to radiant skin.
6. Skin brushing: An effective way to improve lymphatic flow, eliminate toxins and help banish cellulite is dry skin brushing:
It’s best to dry brush first thing in the morning before you shower. Start with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer strokes.
Use a natural bristled brush (can be found at health food stores). Avoid synthetic or nylon brushes or gloves as they’re too sharp and can damage the skin.
Start with the soles of your feet, use swift upward strokes and brush from the feet, up the legs, working towards your heart.
Once you’ve covered your lower body, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart in the same manner.
Next (using a long handle brush or get your partner to help out), brush your back.
Lastly, work on your abdomen (moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon), chest and neck. It’s best to avoid your face as most people’s facial skin is too sensitive.
Brush for about 2-3 minutes until your skin is rosy and slightly tingly.
Always shower after you dry brush to wash off the dead skin.
Keep a separate dry brush for every member of the family, and be sure to periodically wash it. (top tips courtesy of The Beauty Chef)

"Your outer beauty will capture the eyes, your inner beauty will capture the heart"



Inner Beauty Comes From Within

posted 2015 Aug by Flora Organica

We all know that beauty comes from within, so we often get asked if there are any beauty specific products that will have you glowing like Cleopatra?

Well of course the answer is YES!! The Carla Oates Glow Inner Beauty Powder is a special blend of carefully selected certified natural and organic ingredients to nourish and enhance the sKin from the inside so your skin has a healthy glow on the outside. The synergy of these skin loving super foods creates a powerhouse of nutrients the skin needs to function at its optimum.

GLOW Inner Beauty Powder now contains two new beautiful ingredients; Maqui berry and Dunaliella salina. So there are now 24 skin loving super foods in the formula. All fermented too; which means their nutrients are more bio-available for the body to use.

New studies are showing that Maqui berries (found in the Patagonian region of Chile) are outperforming vitamins A and C and Acai berries in their anti-oxidant power. Dunaliella salina is also a super skin hero; a nutrient dense micro algae; known to be one of the highest sources of dietary beta-carotene.

Rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids - all sourced naturally from fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes - the bioavailability of these ingredients is then improved by the unique natural fermentation process.
With twenty years of research behind it, this unique fermentation process breaks down (or pre-digests) foods to make them more available to the body to use. A welcomed benefit of this exceptional process is the natural creation of billions of beneficial bacteria or probiotics that colonise the gut and bring a wealth of health and skin benefits. Also contained in this beautiful powder are prebiotics to encourage the growth of good bacteria.

GLOW Inner Beauty Powder will simply have you saying, "My skin is glowing". This product offers you supernatural skin care to help keep your skin healthy, radiant and resilient inside and out and glowing for days.

Flora Organica's "The Beauty Chef "range can be seen on our website at

The Must Haves While Travelling Like a Goddess

posted 2015 Aug by Flora Organica

Flora Organica recently ventured on a 5 day business trip. As you may have experienced yourself, travelling can be hectic!!! Not only that, as the trips seems to get longer, luggage allowance seems to get smaller and smaller. I thought I would share with you the beauty essentials for the everyday travelling goddess.

My must haves include: the double duty Human & Kind shampoo/ body wash. Human+Kind Sensitive Shampoo and Body Wash is ideal for time pressed women with sensitive skin and scalps. It has a mild apple and herbs scent and is gentle on the skin and kind to the hair. Its combination of calendula, Aloe Vera and Marshmallow Root Extract lead to better moisture levels in the skin, soothe scalps and help to detangle and add shine to the hair. Its beautiful apple and herbs scent with leave your locks smelling gorgeous!

I had to use Soapwalla's citrus deodorant to keep me smelling fresh. The natural deodorant utilizes superfine vegetable powders, clays, and lavender, peppermint and tea tree essential oils to absorb moisture, inhibit bacteria, and ensure a long-lasting and highly effective experience.

I could not leave home without the Flora Remedies' Calm Infusion as it was a particularly stressful working environment. I experienced a soothing, centring and especially calming feeling on my pulse points. It has a fresh, flowery, feminine,sweet and soft musk-like scent.

I kept my lips feeling silky with Stewart & Claire's Old fashioned Lip Balm. It is made with extra-virgin coconut. This lip balm has a subtle tropical scent.

Lastly, Perfect Paws kept my hands in great shape despite the cold. It felt like a fresh blast of moisture that softened my dry hands and feet! It is perfect to plump, soften and improve the appearance of dry, rough and scaly skin with this intense moisture barrier rebuilding formula. Organic lemongrass and pumpkinseed oils provide powerful antioxidants to further protect and cleanse the skin against the environment. Best of all it is 100% Australian owned and squeezed. Love It!!!!!

These products got me through the trip feeling like a fresh, faced goddess. I must admit though, there is no place like home!!!

Mummy's Tummy Juicy GIVEAWAY

posted 2015 Aug by Flora Organica

Quench pregnant bellies' moisture cravings with this indulgent stretch mark prevention cream. Flora Organica is giving away one lucky mummy a Mummy To Be Pack valued at $120 for Liking us on Facebook & Following us on Instagram. As well, comment under the Mummy's Tummy picture, on both sites to enter in the drawing, and tell us 5 things you LOVE right now. We would love to hear from you!!

Mummy's Tummy helps to minimise the risk of developing stretch marks. Perfect for any mummy to be looking for a healthy and natural alternative, a pregnancy safe juicy boost to protect and nourish stretching skin. 

This juicy bundle contains:
Mummy’s Tummy stretch mark prevention cream, satisfying pregnancy skin’s moisture cravings.

Melt sore muscles with skin saving Green Juice balm, perfect for a soothing baby massage or foot rub .

Mini Squeeze Travel Pack packed with all the juicy goodness the skin needs without artificial flavours. Includes Skin Juice signature cleanser, juice, moisturiser, night serum and exfoliant

Drawing ends August 17th

Skin Juice Perfect Paws GIVEAWAY

posted 2015 Jul by Flora Organica


Woof! Nice to meet you. My name is... Well, I don't actually have one yet, but we'll get to that later.

I am an 8 year old pure bred Staffi.  I came from a pretty bad place where I was kept tied up on a balcony and frequently not fed.  I was only half my proper body weight when I managed to escape.  Some nice rangers found me wandering as a stray and took me to the Sydney dogs and cats home at Carlton, where they looked after me and fed me back to health. Then my new human came along and gave me a second chance and a new forever home, as the new Flora Dog.

Despite such a bad start in life I am a sweet natured and loving dog who greets everyone with a full body wag and doggy smooches if you let me.  I am quite petite for a Staffi, at only 16kg and slightly taller than knee high to a human. I have a short, shiny, cinnamon brown coat with a tiny white four pointed star on my chest. I like to think I am a lap dog and I try to sit on my human's lap while she is at the computer.


My interests include playing in the sunshine as much as possible, taking sneaky naps on the sofa when I am supposed to be helping in the office, exploring the new neighbourhood, trips to the beach and trying out delicious raw and organic doggy foods.

My humans think I am a great little pooch. I am affectionate and engaging. I love my food, my toys and my new humans. I'm sure I'm going to fit in well with the Flora team and will offer lots of advice and opinions.

After my life experiences so far I am completely powered by unconditional love.

All I need now is a name. 

Do you have an idea of a name for me? 

Please send your suggestions via Facebook and Instagram! I would wuff to hear what kind of name you think would suit me. If I like your name suggestion, you could win the NEW Perfect Paws hand and foot cream by Skin Juice :) 

This giveaway starts today and ends Sunday 2nd August at midnight. 

Good luck :) Hugs and big sloppy kisses! 

Summer Bodies Are Made In Winter!

posted 2015 Jul by Flora Organica

In winter your instinct may be to curl up in front of the heater and TV to hibernate until the summer months. However, it can also be a great time to prepare your body for the seasons when you show a bit more skin by taking advantage of the cooler weather as a time to exercise without the sweltering heat. Of course, if it's raining and dreary outside you can hit the gym or use a yoga/pilates mat and some floor space in your own home!


Here is a good starting point for an indoor workout. If you ever thought pilates wasn't a "real" workout, this video will prove you wrong :)




After you've finished your winter workout for the day, don't forget to refuel with something satisfying. The Beauty Chef has a delicious Mushroom and Buckwheat Risotto recipe, perfect for winter comfort food (and very nutritious!) 

Chai Smoothie With The Beauty Chef's BODY Powder

posted 2015 Jul by Flora Organica


A delicious protein and nutrient hit, this smoothie will help boost your metabolism and curb cravings.

Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon meal supplement!

Serves 2




  • 1 frozen banana, sliced

  • 2 scoops BODY Inner Beauty Powder (Or Substitute Vanilla flavour for a Vanilla Chai infusion)

  • 2 cups almond milk (or milk of your choice)

  • ¼ cup macadamia nuts

  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice

  • 1 pinch of turmeric

  • 4 ice cubes, made using filtered water



Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth and serve.

GIVEAWAY: The Beauty Chef Vanilla Body Powder

posted 2015 Jul by Flora Organica



To celebrate the release of The Beauty Chef’s new Chocolate and Vanilla flavoured Body powders, we have one full size Vanilla flavour Beauty Chef Body product to give away!


Information on the new Vanilla flavoured Body powder:

“Developed by The Beauty Chef herself, Carla Oates, BODY tastes like vanilla (made with organic vanilla bean) and boasts three premium sources of clean plant protein from easily digested fermented brown rice, organic peas and organic chia seeds, naturally completing the amino acid profile. In addition, a mix of potent nutrients from 25 organic, fermented wholefoods including health-boosting alkalising greens and nutrient dense fruits are blended with antioxidant rich spices to provide a good source of fibre, 100 per cent of your recommended daily intake of vitamins C and K, 50 per cent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin D and a natural source of vitamins B2, B3 and B6.

In addition to fermented fruits, vegetables and spices, BODY also contains a power-hit of prebiotics and probiotics to bring the body into balance, while a unique green tea extract helps to support the body's metabolism.” (For more info see HERE).



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Competition is open from 7th July 2015 - Midnight July 21st 2015.

The winner will be selected randomly on the July 21st 2015.

The winner will be contacted by direct messaging on Instagram or Facebook and will have a week to respond with their address and a contact number. If we receive no response, a new winner will be chosen from the existing pool of entrants.

Winter Warmer Activities To Get You Off The Couch

posted 2015 Jun by Flora Organica

The cooler weather may have you reaching for the blankets, guarding the TV remote like Smeagol's 'precious' and refusing to take off your comfortable house slippers and that's perfectly fine... For a while. However, when you start to feel like you've overdone it on the relaxation time and your brain needs some stimulation (or you have started to get hungry for something truly substantial) here are some hints on how to warm up your winter.


Invest in a slow cooker:

Using a slow cooker can make cooking easy, time efficient and is perfect for hearty winter meals. 

According to Jessica Harlan of About Food, "The most important choice you need to make when you buy your slow cooker is what size to get. They range in size from tiny cookers that are good for one-person recipes or to use for heating or cooking dips, to large-capacity cookers (6 or 7 quarts or larger) that can prepare stew for a crowd. Keep in mind that many recipes specify the size of cooker needed. If you use a cooker that is too large, you risk burning your food. And, obviously, a cooker that's too small won't hold all of the ingredients. For a family of four, the best slow cooker is probably 3 to 4 quarts."


Volunteer at a soup kitchen: 

Or help out doing some volunteer work for another cause that is close to your heart. There is no time like winter to remind us of how lucky we are to have a roof over our heads. 

For those of you who live in Sydney, here is a helpful link to some ideas for volunteering. 


Take up knitting: 

Knitting is not just for your grandmother. It can be therapeutic, relaxing and a fansticic way of gaining new wardrobe accents without spending a lot of extra money. If you don't feel like knitting a scarf for yourself, why not knit it for a gift or even knit for charity. 

Here are 5 reasons why you should give knitting a chance. 


Find some fantastic vegan and organic food:

Visit the Orange Grove Organic Markets

An organic hub of the Inner West, the Orange Grove markets attract crowds every Saturday, searching for organic as well as conventional foods. According to the Markets' website, "This is an excellent venue to meet the producers who supply many of Sydney's leading eateries."

You can start off your day of foraging with one of Bowen's famed egg and bacon rollx or French pastry and wash it down with some delicious coffee from either Mayan or Cappuccino Afloat before exploring what the rest of the markets have to offer. You may also be pleased to hear that vegan friendly food can also be found at Orange Grove Organic Markets.


Try Sadhana Kitchen in Enmore: 

Sadhana Kitchen is a cafe/restaurant boasting a menu of entirely raw, organic vegan dishes. If this doesn't sound like it could possibly work for every category of a meal, you would be sorely mistaken. Their high tea menu is delicious and will delight vegans everywhere as well as winning over those who are not quite sworn vegans or even vegetarians. A little on the pricey side, but it has to be seen (and tasted!) to be believed.

Lavanila Is Back In Stock

posted 2015 Jun by Flora Organica

Good news for natural deodorant lovers! 
Lavanila deodorants are back in stock in a range of scents including:

Vanilla Grapefruit: An Uplifting Citrus. Essential oils of crisp grapefruit and lime combine for a crisp and fresh feeling.
Vanilla Lavender: Essential oils of Spanish lavender and soft Madagascar vanilla give a light and powdery fresh sensation that lasts all day.
Pure Vanilla:  Essential oils of soft Madagascar vanilla give a light and powdery fresh sensation that lasts all day.
Vanilla Summer:  Tropical pineapple and mango blend with exotic coconut and Madagascar vanilla for an island freshness that lasts all day.
Vanilla Lemon:  Bright and Clean. Essential Oils of crisp lemon, pure bamboo and powdery vanilla combine for our cleanest take on vanilla yet.
Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit
All of Lavanila's Solid Stick Deodorants provide superior, long-lasting odor protection. Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment. Lavanila is clinically Tested and Dermatologist Recommended. It contains no Aluminium, no parabens, no propylene and no harsh chemicals. 


How To Make a Simple Winter Salad

posted 2015 Jun by Flora Organica

People often tell me they are “not as heathy” during the cooler months, particularly with eating vegetables. This beautiful salad takes only minutes to prepare and makes the most of seasonal produce - fennel, pear and lemon. A little bit of effort will keep you looking and feeling vibrant all year round!

Image from Pinterest

 Pear, Fennel and Parmesan Salad 

* 2 baby fennel, trimmed

* 2 firm green pears

* 1 Tablespoon cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

* 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

* Thin shavings of parmesan (you’ll need approximately 80g)

* ¼ cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped



Fennel: Using a sharp knife or mandoline, thinly slice the fennel across the bulb

Pear: Hold pear upright on an even surface and thinly slice down each cheek trying to keep theor natural shape.

Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk olive oil and lemon juice together. Add a splash of water and whisk to combine.

Place fennel and pear in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss well.

Place salad on a platter and top with walnuts and shavings of parmesan.

Serve with protein of your choice e.g., chicken or pork. I especially love this recipe with smoked trout and fresh dill.

Serves 4-6


Rebecca McPhee

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Accredited Practising Nutritionist

Health Behaviour Change Practitioner

Human and Kind Prize Pack Giveaway!

posted 2015 Jun by Flora Organica

Purchase either a Human and Kind Body Wash, Shampoo or Conditioner from our online store to be entered into the draw to win a Human and Kind prize pack worth $136!



1x Facial Cleansing Cloths
1x Family Remedy Cream
1x 24/7 Hydration Day and Night Cream
1x Body Oil
1x BB Cream


Competition closes at midnight on Friday 26th June and the winner will be announced June 29th.

Only open to Australian residents.

Good luck! 


Flora Organica 

How To Take a Day Off (And Use It To Be Productive!)

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

Busy people all tend to have something in common in their lives: they forget to take time out for themselves. Sometimes we will be forced to take a day (or week) off due to illness and other times it is important to recognise when your body is trying to tell you that it needs some time to recuperate. So, whether you have caught the office cold, your muscles are aching from overexertion or you have temporarily lost the ability to concentrate on anything at all, at some point you will need to stay in your pyjamas all day and disconnect from the outside world. 


Inspired by Collective Magazine, here are some tips on how to make the most of a day off: 


 Enjoy some journalling 

Writing your thoughts out on paper can sometimes help you to process your feelings and experiences from the day. Lisa Messenger of Collective Magazine recommends writing in a stream of consciousness style, ideally when you first wake up in order to reap the benefits for the rest of your day, but the timing is not essential. There is no restriction on what you can write. Simply write whatever comes into your head and let your thoughts flow freely. 

 Make lists  

Making lists can be very therapeutic for a busy person. It's probably something you already do, but whether you're a list aficionado or in need of a bit of an organisation boost, making lists of the things you need to tackle in the weeks ahead can enhance your relaxation on your day off. Write it down, put it somewhere so that it is easily visible when you need it, then forget it. For now, it is time to disconnect from your responsibilities.

To Do List from Pinterest 

 Pamper yourself 

You can't go wrong with a bit of self love on a day off. Choose any product that takes your fancy such as a body scrub, deep conditioning hair mask, face mask or get creative and make your own pampering treat. Decide what you think your body, skin and hair might need and allow yourself a few hours to give yourself the treatments you need. If you're feeling like you could use some serious pampering, consider leaving a hair mask in all day while you continue to make the most of your day off.  

 Spend some time meditating  

A program that recently aired on SBS, Michael Mosley: Don't Worry Be Happy is definitely worth a watch if you need convincing about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. Let your thoughts go and try to give yourself at least 20 minutes to truly feel the benefits of slowing down and focusing on your own breathing.

Don't know how to meditate? Ashley Turner from Mind Body Green provides some tips:

"To begin the meditation, sit comfortably in your chair with your shoulders relaxed and spine tall. Place your hands mindfully on your lap, close your eyes, and as much as possible eliminate any stimuli that may distract you.

Watch your breath. Simply notice your breath flowing in. Flowing out. Don’t try to change it in any way. Just notice.

Silently repeat the mantra: “Breathing In. Breathing Out.” As your mind begins to wander, draw it back to your breath. Notice that as your breath begins to lengthen and fill your body, your mind begins to calm.

Consistency is key. Try to do this breath meditation first thing in the morning and/or at night. Be consistent with your meditation. Shorter meditations on a regular basis are more productive than long sessions every few weeks. Aim for 5 minutes a day and add 1 minute each week."


 Download an audiobook 

Lisa Messenger of Collective Magazine suggests audiobooks for those that are too busy to take time out to read. She recommends the business audiobooks section on iTunes for anyone looking for an excuse to keep learning during their time out, or the TED talk app for inspirational talks. 


 Vision boards 

If you love to get crafty, vision boards are a perfect way to spend your relaxtion time while thinking about the ways you would like to succeed in the future. Magazines, scissors and glue, pins or sticky tape are ideal for the old fashioned approach, but if these are not available to you or you prefer to keep things digital, Google Images, Pinterest ad Instagram are your friends. According to Lisa Messenger, "The free Google software Picasa is a foolproof way to create a digital mood board." 


 Get some good old fashioned sleep 

As much as you might like to, there is no escaping it. Sleep is essential to maintain normal functioning and if you're a busy person, it is all the more important to get your 8 hours a night. So, settle down with a cup of tea and your book or audiobook and let that sleepy feeling you have probably been fighting for far too long take over. 

4 ways to achieve glowing skin in winter

posted 2015 May by Flora Organica

Winter can wreck havoc on our skin as the the temperature starts to drop and indoor heating is cranked up. Here are 5 ways to keep your skin glowing through winter!

1. Exfoliate

Exfoliating on a weekly basis is really important in winter. Dull skin is often the result of a build up of dead skin cells so a gentle exfoliation one or twice a week will really help in keeping your skin looking fresh and dewy. I recommend the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser as it is super gentle and uses a combination of apricot seed powder and pomegranate enzymes to remove dead skin.

2. Use an Oil or Serum

Think of your moisturiser as your skins food and your serum and oils as its vitamins. It's a super dose of nutrients for your skin. I like to alternate between a hydrating serum or oil like Acure Organic Argan Oil and a resurfacing serum like La Mav Vitamin C Night Repair Nectar

3. Drink Water

Sounds simple but with indoor heating we tend to get hydrated without even knowing it. Make sure to drink plenty of filtered water as no amount of creams will hydrate your skin if your whole body is dehydrated. For an extra beauty boost, try the Beauty Chef's Hydration probiotic to aid rehydration and enhance your skin's radiance.  

4. Fake the Glow

If you have followed steps 1, 2 and 3 your skin should be in pretty good condition. A subtle tan can do wonders for getting that glow and i love the Eco Tan Organic Winter Tan as its a daily moisturiser that builds up over time into a beautiful honey glow and that doesn't have that awful fake tan smell.

A rosy cheek is also a wonderful tip for adding a healthy glow to the face. I am absolutely obsessed with the new range of lip and cheek tints from Tata Harper. These little pots give a sheer pop of colour that instantly make your skin look amazing!


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. 




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



  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

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.

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