Beauty, skincare

Product Review – Enbacci Skincare

On Saturday I published my Meet the Makers interview with the lovely Yong-Li from Enbacci Skincare, you can find the interview here. I really enjoyed getting to know this Melbourne based brand a little more, and so did you! It was one of my most read interviews in a couple of months!

I mentioned I had been trialling a few of the products for a month or so also and thought it would be the perfect time to run through them with you.

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The three products I’ve been trialling are;

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The products are made here in Australia, and they even package everything themselves with recyclable packaging. They also seek to use fruit and plant stem cells which work actively on the skin to repair, moisturise and protect.

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Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Scrub – $45 AUD
Made with fine environmentally friendly micro-beads, this is extremely gentle on the skin and I find it easy to use without overworking it. I enjoy the smell, its light and not overpowering.

I love how it leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean and smooth. I notice my skin is brighter after using this also.

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Detoxifying Clay Mask – $44 AUD
Like all clay based masks, I don’t allow this to dry completely however the texture is more a creamy base than a traditional clay base mask. Kaolin Clay is a hero inclusion which works to draw out impurities in the skin yet is gentle on sensitive skin.

Once applied to my skin, I immediately feel my skin cooling and tingling which is refreshing. As I mentioned above, I love that the mask doesn’t dry down completely which makes it easy to remove and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry.

My skin is left feeling smooth to touch and not tight at all.

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Pore Minimiser – $30 AUD
As the name suggests this is a light cream that works to reduce the appearance of pores. While I haven’t yet tried wearing this under make up, it is noted on the Enbacci website that this can be worn under it.

Tea tree oil is one of the hero ingredients, this acts as an anti-inflammatory also. I quite enjoy the smell of tea tree oil so the smell of the Pore Minimiser doesn’t bother me. It works well into the skin and leaves a beautiful matte finish with no sticky residue.

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The whole range of products can be purchased on the Enbacci website where AfterPay is available. There is also a retail store in Prahran, Melbourne which I have been desperate to visit! Nothing like a physical store where you can go and smell everything.

I’ve really enjoyed using this range, especially on my #selfcare days as it feels like a luxurious spa day at home!

Have you tried the range?

Renee
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Beauty, skincare

Product Review – Be Fraiche

I was so excited when Helen reached out to me, through mutual introduction by our dear friend Louella from Kiss Ready Lips, and asked me to trial her Starter Kit.

I had met Helen at the 2017 Sydney Finders Keepers Market, where I was introduced to her line. The Happy Organic Girl was only 6 months young and I was still nervous to say who I was and what I was doing with my blog!

Helen was passionate, engaged and I loved hearing a little about the products. The Bean Scrub quickly drew my attention, alongside The Flower Face Cream.

Helen started Be Fraiche with her skin type in mind. Sensitive Combination skin. Struggling to find anything that worked for her, Helen took it upon herself to create a skincare line that would work but also be fun. She didn’t take this lightly either, working hard with study to increase her knowledge on the matter.

In 2015, Helen completed her Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation and Tutor Training (wow!). She also travelled to Grasse in France to learn perfumery.

What an inspiration!

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Helen has created the perfect sized Starter Kit for her Belle’s. Priced at $38 AUD, it includes everything you need to get a feel for the range.

The Starter Kit includes the following;

  • The Tea Cleanser, 50ml
  • Bean Face Scrub, 10ml
  • The Flower Face Cream, 10ml
  • Seed Face Oil, 5ml

Plus it comes in the cutest little bag that is perfect for travelling!

The Tea Cleanser
The Tea Cleanser comes in a handy pump bottle, and when pumped is a light weight foam. The Be Fraiche website mentions you can use this twice daily, I have enjoyed using it in the morning as I find it extremely refreshing.

The scent of citrus is welcoming (especially to help me wake up!).

I speak often that I require an oil based cleanser in the PM as I wear heavy make up but this would make a beautiful second cleanser.

The Bean Scrub
As I mentioned above, when I first met Helen, it was The Bean Scrub that drew me in. What was it? Was it actual beans – I was so intrigued!

Formulated with Japanese Adzuki beans which contain saponin, it works to remove dead skin cells and brighten the skin. This is a gentle exfoliator, which my skin loves.

I found that when I use this after The Tea Cleanser, my skin glows! My skin also doesn’t react due to the fineness of the scrub.

The Bean Scrub also uses Australian Pink Clay which works to draw out impurities.

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The Flower Face Cream
I am often too busy raving about my love of face oils (ha! never fear that will come after the next photo) that I often underestimate the power of a great face cream.

The Flower Face Cream isn’t mucking around either, it contains a bunch of ingredients  that work to soothe your skin such as rosehip and seabuckthorn (one of my faves).

Calendula is the perfect to addition that will help calm those with a little redness of the skin.

I found the Flower Face Cream light and that it easily melts into the skin. A little goes a long way, and while the Starter size is in a little pot, the full size is in a handy tube.

The Seed Face Oil
When I realised there was a face oil in the Starter pack, you should have seen my face light up! For the 100th time, yes I absolutely adore a good face oil.

Helen is onto something with the seabuckthorn fruit extract, this stuff is an absolute hero ingredient. This stuff will heal your skin, so perfect for those with sensitive skin or those with dry skin. Not only that, this has 8, yes 8 oils that work in harmony with your skin.

The scent isn’t strong, it smells very natural and earthy which I find pleasant. I use this in the evening alongside by Gua Sha tool as part of my facial massage routing – and I love it.

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I will note also, that all of the Be Fraiche products are made right here in Australia.

Our relationship has blossomed and I am so excited to meet Helen again in a couple of weeks, to talk more about her passion and goals for Be Fraiche. Thank you Helen for all of your support also!

Be sure to reach out to Helen via @befraicheskincare or via her website www.befraiche.com

Please let me know if you have any questions or who you would like to see next on the blog!

Renee
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Business in Focus

Meet the Makers – Naomi from L’Elu Skincare

Good Evening and happy Saturday! Tonight’s Meet the Makers is a little delayed as I have my Mama visiting!

I’m pleased to say, tonight we are chatting with one awesome boss babe! Naomi from L’Elu Skincare is simply wonderful, we met when I purchased 2 custom oils from her back in June.

I absolutely love Naomi’s business idea, how cool is it to customise your own facial oils based on how they work on the skin? Plus the packaging is so beautiful! I also really loved the hand-written note that accompanied my package, it was really special and made me realise the impact that buying from a small business has.

You can find the beautiful range of facial oils here and also be sure to check out how to make your own custom facial oils here.

img_4242R.Welcome Naomi! Thank you for joining us, and for letting us into the world of L’Elu Skincare! Let’s start with what any given day looks like for you?

N. Monday to Friday I work full-time, I try to exercise every morning before work and take at least 10 minutes to meditate. My weekdays generally look the same and I actually love routine!

After work I run around with my puppies and take them somewhere fun, then at home I’ll work through social media, any business items, responding to messages, and always working on development of my business (my brain is doing this a lot at work too – oops!). I usually fall asleep on my phone working on L’Elu. Weekends for me are about getting out and about and working on L’Elu, it’s two days where I (reluctantly) push my routine to the side and take the day as it comes!

R. I love routine too, even down to the train I catch and where I get on it! I’m a tad odd like that. What have you found to be the biggest challenge in running L’Elu?

N. Definitely social media! I really struggle  with content. I have plenty ideas and things I want to share, but I’m so hard on myself and think “oh what if people hate it, what if it sucks, this photo isn’t good enough” it’s so silly I know! But that’s my biggest challenge currently! And I never know how much of myself to share, where do I draw the line between being a brand not a personality/influencer?? See what I mean, I think so far into it!! Haha

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R. The biggest lesson I’ve learnt with social media is just be you. Don’t worry about following trends like patterns and things like that. Sure you want it to be visually appealing but we are all different. So if you want to post something, then post it! You’ve got this!

How important is the use of natural/organic ingredients to you and L’Elu?

N. I mean this is really important to me, but the number one thing above this I have to say is the ethics of where the ingredients are sourced. Making sure they’re sourced from somewhere that doesn’t test on animals, because whilst a brand can say they don’t test on animals – the ingredients they source individually before creating their product, can actually be tested on animals whilst they still make the cruelty free claim.

So number one for me is that, also making sure we know where the ingredients come from, they’re traceable and that we aren’t engaging in any sort of sub par human treatment, so fair trade. Natural and organic is also way, way up there, for example there’s so many harmful pesticides used on plants these days which end up in our bodies –  not just from food but what we put on our skin, it’s absolutely not worth it. Our ingredients will always be natural, GMO free, and organic.

R. That is so important, and something I’m sure slips most people’s minds. Making sure that the products they purchase aren’t tested on animals nor are the ingredients from wherever they are sourced.

What is your favourite part of the day?

N. When the sun is up!! I’ve been known to say I really dislike night-time. I just love the sunshine so much and it’s when I’m most productive. I’m an early riser for sure, so I can get the most out of the daylight!

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R. How funny, I am exactly the same. I generally get up around 6ish as I feel it makes the day feel longer and I can get so much done!

Anything new on the horizon for L’Elu?

N. Absolutely! By the end of the year we will have a range of skincare. Currently working on balm/oil cleanser, hydrating facial mist, moisturiser, masks and some body stuff – of course all customisable. It’s very exciting but takes time as I won’t release anything until I am 100% happy with it. Then there’s the financial side, it costs a lot of money to get a product ready for sale. But it’s coming….

R. Oh I bet! There is so much to it, than just popping some ingredients together and into a bottle. I’m excited for the cleanser though (spoken like a true cleanser addict!).

What would you tell someone who is looking to join the Green Beauty Community!

N. Definitely. Follow people like you (@thehappyorganicgirlau)!! Also follow #greenbeauty and similar hashtags on social media. People like yourself are so full of knowledge & passion plus the fact you seek out brands such as L’Elu is really getting us niche green skincare brands out there. When you come across a new skincare brand you’re interested in, flick them a message if you have any questions! I think the green Beauty community is such a kind place and many of us are small businesses full of passion and eager to help!

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R. That is so kind, thank you! I just think there are so many wonderful Australian skincare/make up brands who are doing great things for green beauty!

Outside of running L’Elu, working your 9-5 and then managing your social life – what do you do for fun?

N. Getting outside for sure! I absolutely love the outdoors and going on adventures, heading to the beach and trekking through the bush. I also LOVE attending markets and seeing what small businesses are creating and supporting them. I make an effort to head to them every weekend. I enjoy reading, and am constantly reading/researching about skincare, nutrition & mindfulness. Hanging with my partner, puppies and friends is when I’m happiest!

R. You’re lucky to live in a part of Australia that generally has good weather. I’m slowly climbing out of the indoors now Spring has arrived in Melbourne!

Talking of how I’m grateful it’s now Spring, how do you practice gratitude?

N. This is something I make sure I do daily. It’s so easy to have a crappy day and think everything sucks, and I’m not saying it’s bad to feel down about shitty things happening in your life, because we all need to feel that – we are human and everything is relative! However taking a moment to realise how much you have, can completely change your state of mind and then your physical world.

Every morning on my way to work I make sure I think of everything I’m so lucky to have, a roof over my head, food, clean water, air in my lungs, the safe country I live in  – I could go on. I make an effort to openly say thank you to the universe and actually smile – even if it’s forced! It’s so easy to go through each day and think of the bad things & what you don’t have (especially in the world of social media!), take a moment to look at what you DO have.

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R. How do you look after yourself and practice a little self-love?

N. YOU should always be your number one priority!! Put yourself first. This is something I’ve only recently started practicing and it’s made the biggest impact to my life and mental well-being. I’m a people pleaser, always want to make others happy, and that was often at the sake of my own happiness and wellbeing.

I like to think of the emergency procedures when flying – “put your own oxygen mask on before helping others”,  you’re so much better equipped to help those around you when you’re looking after yourself!

R. Ha! I love that, how true though. I will try to keep that in mind also as I have a tendency to say yes to everything without realising how it impacts me.

Thank you again Naomi for sharing your time with us, it has been an absolute delight!

I hope you have enjoyed tonight’s Meet the Makers, feel free to let me know if you have any particular questions you would like asked next or any feedback!

Enjoy your night!
Renee
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skincare

Product Review – Vitamin C Brightening Serum with Kakadu Plum, Tumeric & Rosehip, Scout Cosmetics

Ask me when my favourite time of the month is and I can say its when I review a selected Scout Cosmetics product!
July’s product was the Vitamin C Brightening Serum with Kakadu Plum, Tumeric & Roship – I was super excited to try this one.

The Vitamin C Brightening Serum with Kakadu Plum, Tumeric & Roship retails for $45.95 and can be purchased from the Scout Cosmetics website.

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Like all Scout Cosmetics products, this is jam-packed with a bunch of super ingredients such as Kakadu Plum, Aloe Vera juice, Tumeric, Rosehip and Orange Peel.

I was really interested to learn what healing benefits Tumeric had. I mean, I knew it was a superfood and great for digestion but how could it benefit my face?
Fun fact, Tumeric has anti-inflammatory properties and it can assist with healing acne scars plus reducing breakouts.

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I’ve spoken about Kakadu Plum and how it has more Vitamin C than any other ingredient. Why is Vitamin C important in skincare? It holds amazing anti-aging properties and assists the skin produce collagen.
Rosehip also assists with preventing those dreaded wrinkles!

One of the main things I adore about Scout Cosmetics is the use of organic ingredients where possible. In this 30ml bottle of goodness, 95% of the ingredients are organic.  Very impressive!

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While using this light-weight formula in the evenings, my skin feels hydrated and also visibly plumper. I love putting this on just after a shower when my skin is warm and ready to soak up all the goodness.
I really enjoy the smell of this, and the light fragrance it leaves once applied to my face.

As with all the Scout Cosmetics range, this comes in an easy to use plastic bottle with dropper that makes application easy.

Want to read more? Click here to read my Meet the Makers interview with Sylvie, the founder of Scout Cosmetics!

Have you tried any of the Scout Cosmetics products? Happy Friday Eve!

Renee
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Beauty, skincare

Product Review – Natura Skincare

I first met Monica the night I launched my first Meet the Makers Interview. I had put it forward to see who would be keen to take part and Monica was one of the first to put her hand up!
You can find the Meet the Makers interview with Monica here.

Monica sent over a selection of products to review, after I mentioned this is something I also do, to assist small business owners.

I received the following;

  • St Clements Scrub 250g
  • Rejuvenating Cacao & Honey Mask 50ml
  • Rejuvenating Serum, normal to oily skin 30ml

All products are made in small batches, by hand, to ensure all customers are receiving the freshest of products.

Natura Skincare’s products are free of fillers, chemicals and synthetics. They also do not test on animals.


Rejuvenating Cacao & Honey Mask 50ml
I was so excited to try this mask, the name sounds so inviting – Cacao & Honey. It sounds so good, I just want to eat it!

I’ve found due to winter, this mask does harden, but that’s easy to fix. Simply warm a little mask between your fingers or in your palm then apply.

Not only does this mask contain Cacao & Honey but also Kaolin White Australian Clay which helps to exfoliate and draw impurities, Shea Butter which provides moisturising properties.

When removing the mask, I like to use warm water and a muslin cloth. It will leave your skin feeling soft with a little residue from the moisturisng grapeseed and rose hip oils.

St Clements Scrub 250g – $25.00AUD
I’ve been finding this scrub perfect for winter. It not only hydrates my skin but the citrus blend of essential oils that are used are perfectly uplifting. I love using the scrub in the shower where I can take advantage of the beautiful aromas!

Raw Sugar has been used as the exfoliator, which I love. I find sometimes salt can be a little drying.


Rejuvenating Serum, normal to oily skin 30ml – $32AUD
The perfect golden oil, that’s not to heavy and comes in a glass bottle with a handy pump. Looks aside this is made up of some beautiful ingredients, including 6 oils;

  • Jojoba Oil
  • Macadamia
  • Rosehip
  • Coconut
  • Grapeseed
  • Apricot Seed

The inclusion of Hyaluronic Acid aids the skin in retaining moisture. One of my favourite oils is also used, Seabuckthorn! I love that stuff!

This is perfect morning or night due to its lightweight formula, however like with most oils I tend to use this at night.

I’ve really enjoyed using these products. You can tell so much heart, love and soul has gone into them.

I also love Monica’s enthusiasm for natural beauty, and how happy she is to share her knowledge. If you have any questions about Natura Skincare, feel free to reach out to Monica! She would love to hear from you!

I hope you have enjoyed tonight’s review of Natura Skincare, Monica’s details are listed below;

Website – http://www.naturaskincare.com.au
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/naturaskincare.au

Let me know your thoughts! Happy Friday Eve!

Renee
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Beauty, skincare

Product Review – Botany Beauty, Malie Organics

Malie Organics, is quite possibly my favourite brand around! I hold Malie Organics so close to my heart as they have inspired so much of my Green Beauty journey. The maker, Dana, has created such a beautiful line of products for the body including Beauty Oils, Scrubs, Body Wash, Shampoo & Conditioners and even Soy Candles – all scented with beautiful Hawaiian ingredients.

So how did I come to love this brand as much as I do?

Flashback to June 2017, when I wandered into the Malie Organics store at the Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu. I was met by such a lovely sales assistant, I kick myself for not knowing her name. If I had any questions they were swiftly answered with passion before I was left to wonder the store and smell the beautiful products.

So nearly a year later, when Malie Organics announced they were creating a skin care range, I was extremely excited! It was to be called Botany Beauty, with three new products complementing the very popular Firming Cream.

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The Firming Cream is not pictured here, however I purchased this in December and want to include it in my review. This cream repairs the skin and is full of antioxidants that assist with ageing and fine lines. I love how thick this cream is, but it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. The use of Hawaiian Coffee Fruit Extract excites me, with the Malie Organics website quoting this as having more antioxidant power than any other fruit source. Available for $45.00 USD

The three new products to the Botany Beauty line are;
* Cleansing Polish
* Illuminating Moisturizer
* Luxe Eye Cream

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Cleansing Polish – $49.00 USD

My favourite out of the Botany Beauty range, I absolutely adore the jelly like texture, refreshing scent and the use of Hibiscus Petals, Ground Olive Seeds, and Cranberry Seeds to exfoliate the skin! I believe this is gentle enough to use every night if you wanted to, with only a small amount being needed. However generally, I use this every second night. I really wish you could smell this one! So good!

The Cleansing Polish is on my shopping list for November when I am back in Hawaii!

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Luxe Eye Cream – $48.00 USD

The Luxe Eye Cream is generously sized, with a handy pump  for ease of application.
The consistency of the cream is light, with a fresh botanic scent that isn’t heavy, and as I found, didn’t irate my eye area. When I apply this to my under eye area I feel an immediate cooling sensation.

I remember using Witch Hazel when I was a teenager, and I find it interesting it’s still used today! The inclusion of Witch Hazel in the Luxe Eye Cream assists with reducing puffiness (which I’m fairly certain was my aim as a teen and minimising my spots!).

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Illuminating Moisturizer – $46.00 USD

Why use a primer when you have the Illuminating Moisturizer, well that’s what I’ve found! The Illuminating Moisturiser has an almost pearl like colour to it, when massaged into the skin it creates a dewy base perfect for foundation.
That’s not to say you can’t use it at night, with ingredients such as aloe vera to add moisture to the skin and allows the skin to work on repairing itself.

The Moisturizer contains Clove and until I looked up the ingredients, I couldn’t quite put my finger on what smelt so good!

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The perfect family of four, all of the products would go well in any skin care routine. As I mentioned above, I absolutely adore the Cleansing Polish.
Could it be due to my love of cleansers? Possibly! It’s fun to work between my fingers before massaging into my face!

I hope you enjoyed my review of the new Botany Beauty line from Malie Organics!

Renee
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Product Review – Scout Cosmetics, Six Oils of Rejuvenation

Last month I reviewed the Cell Renewal Peptide Serum from Scout Cosmetics, this month it is the Six Oils of Rejuvenation. A super nutrient blend of the following oils; Rosehip, Jojoba Seed, Sweet Almond, Avocado, Carrot, Evening Primrose and Sunflower. They all play their own part in helping the skin repair itself, be nourished and also glow!

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I was excited to receive this, as if you have been following me now for sometime, you will know I love anything to do with oils. Not only does my skin love oils, I love the therapeutic properties that are usually associated with oils. I find it a ritual in itself when I use an oil on my face.

The Six Oils of Rejuvenation includes 98% certified organic ingredients The company, Scout Cosmetics also offers vegan and cruelty free products.

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When using oils, there really is no right or wrong. It’s important you listen to your skin to see what works for you. Some may find the daily use of oils too much, especially those with oily skin. If you do have oily skin, an option for you, is to include a few drops in your moisturiser.

Personally, I like to use the Six Oils of Rejuvenation at night. Once I have cleansed and toned my skin. I enjoy using any remainder oil on the back of my hands and cuticles.

The Six Oils of Rejuvenation includes Ylang Ylang Essential Oil which I am a little sensitive too however the healing properties of Ylang Ylang far outweigh the smell for me. Benefits of Ylang Ylang include being a stress reliever, ability to lift your mood (source) and has also been known to have been used as a aphrodesacic, potentially making this perfect for use as a night facial message, need I say more?

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The Six Oils of Rejuvenation is a luxurious way to end your skincare routine. It is reasonably priced at $39.95 and can be purchased from the Scout Cosmetics website, here.

How do you incorporate oils into your skincare routine?

Renee
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Brand Review – The Natural Clay Co.

Brand Review – The Natural Clay Co
http://www.thenaturalclaycompany.com

Last week I received a very much needed package from The Natural Clay Co. My skin has been severely dry since visiting the beach and a mask was just in order.

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Th Natural Clay Co. offers a range of different clays;
* Australian Red Reef Clay – Ideal for stressed skin
* Australian Ivory – The gentlest of clays, suitable for all skin types
* Australian Pastel Pink – Calming and mild, ideal for all skin types
* Australian Yellow – Suitable for all skin types
* Australian White Kaolin – Ideal for sensitive, mature and dry skin
* Australian Olive Green – Ideal for oily skin and acne prone skin
* Australian Beige – Ideal for detoxifying and cleansing skin

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What is Australian Clay and why is everyone raving about it?
Free from toxins, Australian Clay is a 100% natural product and can be used in many ways. Used for healing and ceremonial practices dating back hundreds of years, today we can see it being used to treat acne and also to bring back that healthy glow.

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The Natural Clay Co. packages their clays in these cute re-sealable bags. As you are mixing the product yourself, you control the amount you are using therefore you can then limit the waste. The Natural Clay Co. is 100% Australian owned and offer 100% natural products, which are also cruelty free.

Now using the mask! The masks come with a reusable wooden spoon you use to mix the clay. Take 1 tbs of clay with water and mix. Apply to the face. Ensure you wash it off before it is completely dry. You will feel the mask working its magic!

I used the Australian Olive Green on my T-Zone and then the Australian Pastel Pink on my cheeks.

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Once the mask was washed off, my skin felt fresh and clear. I had that healthy glow I had been searching for!
I do recommend washing it off in the shower or bath, purely because it can be a little messy and what better excuse to continue your #selfcare routine that little bit longer!

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I was also lucky to receive one of their newly launched products, Pink Clay Sugar Scrub. There are two products in this range, the other is a coffee scrub.
The Pink Clay Sugar Scrub smells divine and you can smell the pink grapefruit as soon as you open the lid. Also notes of Bergamot make it very delightful on the nose.

Aside from smelling great, the scrub left my skin feeling smooth and removed all of that nasty dead skin I’ve been hiding in winter!

The verdict? I highly rate The Natural Clay Co. products as not only do they work, they are a amazing price point. Gone are the days of spending heaps of money on overpriced products that don’t work.
The clays and scrubs are also perfect for gifts and even to spoil yourself with.

Pop onto their website http://www.thenaturalclaycompany.com and see for yourself!

Renee x