BEHIND THE SCENES – AFRICAN SHEA BUTTER

A Behind the Scenes Look at the African Shea Butter

A Behind the Scenes Look at the African Shea Butter

Shea butter is made from the nuts of the Karite tree in Africa. The process of turning raw shea nuts into finished Nilotica shea butter is known as “moo yao” in Langi, the local language. The nuts are cracked open, then roasted to give the butter a nice consistency. Afterwards, the butter is scooped out of the nuts, kneaded to make it more spreadable.

Its high content of essential fatty acids and natural anti-oxidant compounds provide extreme moistursing capabilities as well as cellular restoration making this a very popular ingredient in the cosmetic industry.

Good and all…..but what we may not know is the fascinating, hard labor-intensive process behind extracting this creamy shea butter that women covet in our personal care products.
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AUSTRALIA’S NEW COSMETIC INGREDIENT ASSESSMENT

Australia's New Cosmetic Ingredient Assessment

Australia's New Cosmetic Ingredient Assessment

We all know the Australian regulation for the use of cosmetic ingredients has been weak, scrawny and confusing.

So when I heard the news that the Australian Parliament has passed a new law that simplifies the regulation and assessment of cosmetic ingredients, I was over the moon.

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NATURAL REMEDIES FOR YEAST INFECTION

Natural Remedies for Yeast Infection

Natural Remedies for Yeast Infection

So you may have a vaginal yeast infection. There is nothing to be embarrassed about.

Vaginal yeast infections is a common occurrence. It’s caused by the build up of a fungus called Candida Albicans, which is normally found in small amounts in the vagina. The acidic environment in the vagina prevents yeast from growing. If the acidity of the vagina decreases, then too many yeast grow, causing vaginal infection.

The acidity of the vagina can be changed due to menstruation period, pregnancy, intake of antibiotics, steroids, diabetes, personal hygiene or birth control pills.

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ALCOHOL – THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON YOUR SKIN

Alcohol Booze & the Negative Effects on Your skin

Alcohol Booze & the Negative Effects on Your skin

It’s Friday night and you’re out partying with a group of friends. You head to a club and become immersed with the loud pumping music and vibrant dancing bodies. You get a few shots into your body to help you to relax even more and by the end of the night you end up drinking one too many and is carried home, hopefully by one of your trusting friends.

The next morning is not so pleasant. Looking at yourself in the mirror, your eyes are puffy, skin is dry, tone is blotchy and complexion is dull and lifeless. Alcohol takes a terrible toll on your skin. Excessive skin dryness, sensitivity and premature ageing are some of the more noticeable effects.

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INTRODUCING WOTNOT ORGANIC SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

Introducing Wotnot Organic Skin Care Products

Introducing Wotnot Organic Skin Care Products

Proudly Australian, the WOTNOT range are premium products using ingredients that are chosen for their abilities to benefit the skin by combining natural and certified organic ingredients, to gently cleanse, moisturise and soothe.

This gem of a brand has slowly become a celebrity cult brand with followers including:
– Tracey Spicer (Sky News presenter)
– Jodie Meares (fashion designer and t.v presenter).
– Erika Heynatz (singer, model and t.v presenter).

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HOMEMADE ORGANIC SHAVING CREAMS

Homemade Organic Shaving Creams

Homemade Organic Shaving Creams

Many supermarket shaving creams are simply a collection of water, chemicals, and hydrogenated vegetable-based fat.

Organic shaving creams on the other hand is created from natural substances that are grown, processed, and packaged without the use of agricultural chemicals, artificial colors or flavors, genetic modification, irradiation, or other synthetic ingredients. Plus, it is safe for the earth because it is made only from biodegradable, natural substances and plant extracts.

It’s also great for those with sensitive skin. Unlike chemical-based products, organic shaving creams don’t contain harmful toxins that produce allergic reactions.

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GET RID OF YOUR CHICKEN SKIN

Get Rid of Your Chicken Skin

Get Rid of Your Chicken Skin

Have you ever wondered what those funky little bumps on the back of your arms are? You know those red little spots that look like chicken skin.

It’s called “Keratosis Pilaris”, an extremely common skin ailment that manifests itself on the back of arms, shoulders and thighs. The rash is commonly called “chicken bumps” because of its appearance: small white or red dots that resemble pimples. They’re not painful and rarely itch, but can become inflamed.

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TRILOGY HYDRATING LIST TONER AWARDED BEST FACIAL REFRESHER

Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner Awarded Best Facial Refresher

Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner Awarded Best Facial Refresher

Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner has been named Best Facial Refresher in Cosmopolitan Magazine’s 2011 Beauty Awards.

In total, the industry expert panel and celebrity judged 325 products, across 83 categories.

This included 16 products which were granted the ‘Readers’ Kiss Of Approval’ award by Cosmopolitan’s 1.5 million readers who voted for their favorite products via the magazine and online.

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THE BURTS BEES NATURAL STANDARD

The Burts Bees Natural Standard

The Burts Bees Natural Standard

Burts Bees has worked for 25 years worldwide to educate consumers about the issues around claims made about ‘natural’ products.

Burt’s Bees Australia General Manager Emma Atkinson is keen to see more people talking about ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ personal care products. Recent interest in accurate labelling on the part of the ACCC, and the growing body of research about the potential harmful effects of ingredients such as phthalates, parabens and triclosan mean consumers are more aware than ever before.

“It’s about honesty about what we use and clarity about what we mean,” Ms Atkinson said.

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SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL SPA & BEAUTY EXPO 2011

Sydney International Spa & Beauty Expo 2011

Sydney International Spa & Beauty Expo 2011

Doors open this weekend for Australia’s premier spa & beauty event featuring 350 beauty brands, 14 top educators, 3 international makeup artists, 3 daily catwalk shows, the Nail Competition, the Makeup Awards, the Nail Bar and the inspirational Future Spa.

Sydney International Spa & Beauty Expo

Saturday 13 August 9am – 6pm
Sunday 14 August 10am – 5pm

Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour

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