Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Feet ~ A Neglected Body Part

Our tootsie (aka feet) are a largely neglected part of our body.  Most of the time it's too much effort to bend down all that way to take care of something we cover up in shoes majority of the time.  Or we don't care, or we hate touching feet.  There are many reasons why feet are so neglected.

  • So how about some quick and easy things to do do your feet to spruce them up.
Scrub brush - apply your favourite soap or shower gel to a body brush and and give your toes a good scrub.  This helps clean under the nail and have your toes smelling good.

Wash -  using a 10c size squirt of Facial & Body Wash lather all over tootsies thoroughly before rinsing off.

Exfoliate -squeeze a 5c piece of exfoliating scrub onto your palm and rub the lotion into the heels of your foot thoroughly, then rinse off.  Repeat for other foot.

Smell nice - drip a prop of cypress, eucalyptus, lemon or tea tree essential oil on the top of your foot and massage in.  You can add a drop or two of one of these essential oils to 10ml carrier oil and massage into feet.
  • If you want to get a little more pampering:
Soak - fill a bucket about 1/4 - 1/2 full of warm to hot water.  Add a good dash of Bath Salts Unwind.  They essential oils in this blend leave feet smelling good and soothe your tootsies.

Moisturise - whether you use Luscious Body Butter, Rich Cream Moisturiser or even Massage Oil, massage some moisturiser on the heels of your feet before you hop in to bed.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Lemon Curd / Butter Recipe - DIY

You will need:
185g butter, chopped
2 cups (440g) caster sugar
200ml lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon rind
3-4 eggs, beaten, strained


Combine all ingredients in top half of double saucepan or in heatproof bowl.
Stir over simmering water until mixture is fully melted, dissolved, thickened and mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon.
Pour into hot sterilised jars; seal while hot.  *Strain if there are any eggy lumps in mixture.

Makes about 3 cups (750ml) - Recipe best made a day in advance.

Recipe from: The Australian Women's Weekly Cookbook

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Looking After Baby Naturally.

How Precious is Your Baby’s Skin?

Parents are very protective when it comes to their newborn babies.  They don’t want anything bad happening to their precious new family member and work hard at keeping baby safe and content.  Parents like to alleviate symptoms such as cradle cap, colic, nappy rash etc.  Parents keep baby content by bathing baby, changing nappies, feeding and burping baby, giving baby soothing massages and giving lots of cuddles and kisses.  

When it comes to caring for baby parents want effective products that work, but what about products that are also SAFE?
Many products on the market aimed specifically for baby contain chemicals and ingredients that are not at all safe or protective of baby’s tender soft skin.  Products often contain ingredients that are known skin irritants, plus chemicals in products are absorbed into baby’s skin and blood stream - this is not good for your precious newborn baby. 

Some ingredients to look out for are:
Propylene glycol
Sodium laurel or laureth sulphate
Mineral oil
Mineral and petroleum based ingredients are made from crude oil (the same place car oil comes from) and dehydrate skin.  Parabens, fragrance, propylene glycol and SLES are known skin irritants, known to exacerbate if not cause skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and dry skin.

Here are ‘ingredients’ contained in some baby care products (with out mentioning brand names)

Baby Lotion:
Water, Propylene Glycol, Myristyl Myristate, Glyceryl Monosterarate, Oleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate, Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Syntheic Beeswax, Stearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, carbomer, fragrance, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, sodium hydroxide, red #33.

Daily Baby Lotion:
Ingredients: Glycerin, Allantoin, Benzyl alcohol, Distearyldimonium chloride, Isopropyl palmitate, Sodium chloride, Water, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Cetyl alcohol, Oat flour.

As you can see there are some iffy ingredients in the above products.  Check your baby care products right now and see what types of ingredients they contain.  Are they safe enough to use on your precious baby?

If you compare the above ingredients to the FULL LIST of ingredients used in JOLI Natural Skin Care products you will notice JOLI's range does not contain any of the above mentioned hazardous ingredients.

When is comes to safe skin care how precious IS your baby’s skin, or your friend’s baby’s skin, your nieces, nephews, grandsons and grand-daughters?  Precious enough to stop using baby care with known skin irritants and switching to a natural alternative?  Pure, natural, safe and effective products to use on baby’s tender skin.

P.S. You might also like to read this previous post about which brands “Test on Animals”.

Visit our website to get your natural baby care products and if you have any questions JOLI is only too happy to assist.