Sunday, 19 February 2017

Spontaneous Breakout

Acne pimple breakout
Spontaneous breakouts are when your skin has been looking good for a while, blemish free, scars have healed, no new pimples... then suddenly you're in the midst of a full blown breakout again!

When this happens think back over the last week or two before your breakout occurred.  What did you do differently then that maybe affecting your skin now?  Did you eat lots of fatty and sugary foods? Did you begin to drink alcohol when you hadn't been drinking for a while?  Did you increase your dairy intake?  Did you begin using a different product, perhaps one that uses petroleum / mineral oil as a base?


To give you an example, using myself as the casualty.  For the past three weeks I've been suffering through a breakout along my T-zone - forehead, nose and chin.  Starting off with one pimple here, one pimple there and becoming a T-zone riddled with red dots that even make up failed to hide. [insert major sad face] :-(

Before then my skin had been looking great for months and I was feeling really good about myself.

Anyone who suffers breakouts knows that wonderful feeling you get when your skin is looking awesome!!!!

What happened?  What changed?  Well it turns out that prior to my breakout we went on a 10 day family holiday.  While on holiday I was drinking wine with hubby almost nightly (I usually don't drink often), I was also having cheese platters and iced coffees (an increase in dairy), plus I was using a mineral oil based sunscreen which clogged my pores.  During this time I was NOT cleansing regularly or properly.  In fact I didn't bring my Facial Wash at all.

I was also reading more and I'm not very good at having idle hands.  When idle some people chew their nails, some people smoke, some people eat, some people pull at their hair.  I rub my face.  Touching your face with your fingers is probably one of the most detrimental things to do when it comes to pimples/acne.  Your fingers and hands have lots of bacteria and when you touch your face you're effectively infecting your blemishes.  You also spread the bacteria from blemish to blemish which is why it's important to clean your face correctly and not touch your face.  Wearing gloves can help.

Within a week of returning the first blemish appeared on my forehead and by the end of the week I had numerous angry red blemishes.  The toxins and impurities I was putting into my body were now coming out on my skin while the sunscreen had blocked my pores.  A bad combination!  Still I did not start routinely cleansing and looking after my skin until the end of the second week because I was being lazy and not taking care of myself.


It was time to set myself a challenge.  To clean my skin routinely for 7 nights in a row and improve and heal my skin, getting it back to looking blemish free again.  This consisted of drinking plenty of water daily to flush out toxins and impurities.  Cleansing, exfoliating and toning followed by an application of Skin Serum every night.  The Skin Serum helps with skin regeneration and healing while the cleansing steps clean away the bacteria.

Six days in and my skin is looking so much better.  No new pimples to report, the old pimples are dead or dying, the flaking skin around the edges of the dead pimples has lessened, there is still some slight scarring / skin pigmentation where the pimples were, however, I can now cover these successfully with mineral makeup.

** Take the 7 day challenge TODAY using JOLI's Blemish Skin Pack - I recommend you choose Serum instead of Light Moisturiser - and share your successes with us!!!! **

Sunday, 5 February 2017

I Don't Have A Green Thumb

If gardening doesn't call to you, sing to you, leave you feeling content and happy... then chances are it's not your thing and therefore you don't or won't have a green thumb.

Gardening is much like parenting (some are good at it and some are not).  If you don't water and feed and nurture your plants they'll die of neglect.  Of if you over indulge your plants and give them too much water they'll drown in your love.  If you pay your garden or plants attention often and interact with them regularly they will thrive.

However, here is some good news for all you brown thumbs: in a forest no one is watering, feeding and nurturing those plants and yet forests flourish.

Why?

Forests have their own self care methods that keep them thriving even in the most harshest of conditions.  Take Australian bush for example, usually growing in hot and arid conditions with little rain fall.

self sustaining Australian bush
I view gardening much the same way.  I plant shrubs and trees that require relatively small amounts of attention.  In fact I usually plant my plants and leave them to see which ones grown well all by themselves.  If they die they weren't meant to be there and I try something else.  Then I grow the smaller more needy plants around them in conditions that suit their needs.

For example the ferns are planted along the south side of the house, along the wall of the house to give them plenty of shade and a moist ground.  The succulents are planted along the north of the house because they need zero attention.  Along the east of the house are the vegetable gardens because they need lots of sun to grow plenty of produce.  I move plants around too if they look like they're suffering and in need of more sun or more shade.  As for the plants that are in full sun for most of the time but not necessarily sun loving, the larger trees give them shade and protection.

Just like a forest it is rare for any green matter leave my property.  It is all used in biodynamic ways.

Branches and leaves from pruned trees are placed around the base of the tree to give back and feed the plant from which they came.  Weeds are tossed into garden beds because they absorbed nutrients from the ground that I want to keep and give back to my plants.  A large raised garden planter serves as a compost bin in which food scraps and excess garden waste is tossed including egg shells which feed my garden calcium.  Any excess plant matter I cannot fit into the compost bin (because the matter is too large or the bin is full) I burn and then use as potash on garden beds - such as potatoes, peas, beans and lettuce which love potash.

These are just a few tips and tricks of the 'trade' and I'm happy to share.  If you have any questions let me know.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Beautiful Creative Hand Made Products

One of Liz's soap designs in pale pink and maroon
with silver glitter
It has been almost one year since the loss of my beloved step mum Liz.  It's been a hard year dealing with her absence because she was my co-conspirator, my sister in arms, my bosom buddy.   We were often creating and developing and playing around with ingredients, colours and scents. Liz with her soaps and bombs and fabric art and me with my lotions and potions.  We'd often call each other up excitedly saying, "I've been working on something new..." then go into detail about our projects.

Amazing water fall made with fine thread
by Liz
Liz was an artisan when it came to creating colours and scents and her products were just so beautiful and vibrant and full of delight.  Indeed I was in awe of her ability to create magical and amazing things!

Visiting with my dad recently, for whom the loss has been unbearable (their bond was like nothing I've ever seen in any relationship before), he bequeathed Liz's stock and creations to me, saying, "Liz would want you to have it and she'd be happy knowing it was being put to good use and not being wasted."

To say it was difficult entering the room where all her creative endeavors took place would be an understatement. Aside from stepping in from time to time, finding it too painful and quickly leaving again, neither my dad nor I have been in her workshop since she passed.  Being in her space this time... I half expect her to be in there going through all her magical creations, sharing with me her latest designs.  I broke down reading her notes and seeing all her tags and products half finished, things she never got to complete; feeling like it's so unfair that someone so talented was lost so soon.  It almost felt like blasphemy being in there packing up her things.  On a positive note my place now smells like her, Liz was the Queen of Fragrance, and I'm finding that wonderful; kind of makes me feel closer to her.
Under water world fabric art
by Liz

Now I have a collection of bath bombs and bubble cupcakes Liz was working on (amazingly I began working on the same thing without knowing Liz had also been creating these items as well - two great minds - and we never got the chance to share our creations with each other).

As an ode to Liz I will be showcasing her goodies on the JOLI Natural Skin Care website where you will have the opportunity to purchase her gorgeous creations.

Bubble Cupcakes
Bath Bombs
Marshmallow Bombs

Purple flowers hand made
by Liz
Note: while Liz was very good at keeping notes (tags) of what she made, the scents, what ingredients are in each product... I was unable to find which tag went with which product and do not have that information to hand ... so your guess is as good as mine.

The good news is you can bet your bottom dollar the products will be as sublime as they look!!!

Note also: that there is limited stock and once each product is sold out that will be the last of them because I have no way of replicating her amazing creations.

As JOLI always says... Enjoy!

Monday, 26 December 2016

The Best Moisturiser by Body Part

JOLI's Rich Cream Moisturiser
Which JOLI moisturiser is the best option for different parts of your body?

Let's break it down.

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

Eyes:
Fluffy Lime Eye Cream, lime as uplifting and toning properties

Lips:
Moisturising Lip Balm - long lasting wear

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

JOLI's Whipped Cream Moisturiser
Elbows:
Whipped Cream
Rich Cream Moisturiser
Luscious Body Butter

Arms:
Whipped Cream
Rich Cream Moisturiser
Luscious Body Butter

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

Legs, Body:
Whipped Cream
Luscious Body Butter
JOLI's Massage Oil - custom scented
Rich Cream Moisturiser
Massage Oil

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

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

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

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Yet another product lying about being natural


The brand Basic Earth calls their products Botanicals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Did Kylie Do More Harm Than Good

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

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

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

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

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

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

One such post states:

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

#idoitnaturally with JOLI's Rich Cream Moisturiser cold cream

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Ethical Ways To Shop

Recently I asked the question "What Are Ethical Ways to Shop?" on our JOLI page and got some great feedback and ideas.

Packing

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

Material

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

Opp Shops

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

Locally / Hand Made

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

Environmentally Friendly

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

Fair Wage


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

Purchase One Item At a Time

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

Consider Your Ethics

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


Research Research Research


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

What ideas do you have about shopping ethically?


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Why I Grow Weeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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