It's ok to be a little Sensitive...

In the excitement of getting a new product from the jar to your face in less than a millisecond (yep, we totally get it!) you’ll miss an important step. Before taking a new product for spin, it’s crucial to try a patch test. 

Patch testing is applying a small amount of a new product, before dousing yourself in it, to see how your skin reacts. It’s a simple step that can save you a lot of discomfort and help you pinpoint what products may be causing your skin dilemmas. It’s especially important if you have sensitive skin! Here’s how you patch test and what to look out for.

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Slip, Slop, Slap

Summer in Australia =  watermelon bellinis, salty days at the beach and lazy Sunday picnics in the park. But that’s not all kids, Australian summer can also mean serious skin damage. In fact, our sunny land Down Under has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. A compromised Ozone layer means Aussies are exposed to greater levels UV radiation, which can result in melanoma and non-melanocytic skin cancer as well as chronic sun damage. Yikes.

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Calendula: A Pot of [Mari]Gold

Calendula belongs to the daisy family and you may know it by the common name ‘pot marigold’’. This aromatic annual plant is native to the mediterranean and it popular for both ornamental and medicinal purposes. Traditionally used to treat stomach upsets, ulcers and menstrual issues, Calendula is now used extensively in skin care thanks to it’s amazing antibacterial and antiviral properties.

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An Apple A Day

A staple of fruit bowls everywhere, the humble apple also happen to be a powerful source of skin saving magic. When apple extract is used in skincare, the rich nutritional profile of this common fruit has far reaching benefits. From protecting against free radical damage, brightening skin and keeping large pores taut and toned, here are some amazing skin benefits the good old apple serves up. 

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Talk The Talk (Part 1)

Anti...what? Hydroxi...huh?  It’s an ingredient jungle out there and reading skin care labels can be hella confusing! We don’t want you to be in the dark about the products you’re using on your face, you deserve to know what skincare companies are selling you. To help you out, we’re putting together a Talk The Talk blog series. Over numerous  posts, we’ll give you the lowdown on 100’s of common (and not so common) skin care terms and how they relate to your skin. 

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Mindfulness & Skincare

The practice of mindfulness is grounded in ancient eastern traditions but in recent years it’s been swept into the media spotlight  as a practical way to diffuse the stress of busy modern lives. We’re encouraged to be more mindful in our daily routines, to bring a new level awareness and appreciation of stuff we usually do on autopilot. We can benefit from eating, exercising, working, socialising and even applying our skincare more mindfully. 

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10 Perfect Christmas Ideas for your ‘Others’ list

Right about now, we’re all scouring every corner of the internet for perfect gift goodness. While you’ve probably got gifts for your family nailed, because, ah, they’ve been hinting exclusively for months (!) what about the other special people in your life? Read our exclusive top picks for amazing gifts under $30 for your others list!

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Ode to Avocados

Avocado is a truly remarkable fruit, well deserving of the Superfood title. Rich in vitamins A,B,D, lecithin and fatty acids, this ancient superfood was loved by the Aztecs of Mexico and it’s thick, emerald green oil is an amazing natural skin care. Both the quick acting oil of the avocado and the fresh flesh deliver hydrating, regenerating and protective results for a happy, healthy complexion. Let’s take a look at some of the wonderful ways this Superfood nourishes your skin.

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Something Smells Fishy...

If you keep an eye on your ingredient list, you’ll probably realize just how common “fragrance” is. With 10,000 products using them, scented products cover anywhere from a third to a half of the cosmetic shelves. But you probably don’t know just what type of chemical “fragrance” is. Turns out, it isn’t a single chemical, but a mixture of 5,000 different chemicals. Using anywhere from 15 to 50 ingredients, packagers have a centillion of choices they add to cosmetics.

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