Review: Natural Instinct facial products

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I have been using a couple of the Natural Instinct products for my face. They are an Australian made natural skin and hair care brand, which are formulated with botanically-derived ingredients, certified organic extracts and pure essential oils. There are no nasties in their products, so they are grey-water safe, and products are not tested on animals.

Daily mosituriser – sinks in nicely, and is not greasy like some. It smells of jojoba and rosehips, and contain B5.

Facial scrub – the right texture and is not too grainy. My face felt clean afterwards and it contains jojoba and walnut.

Foaming and cream cleanser – Both satisfying products. The foaming cleanser lathers to a light foam and is scented with lavender and rosehip. The cream cleanser is scented with jojoba and witch hazel.

Clarifying toner – left my face toned and finished. It smells citrusy and refreshing of rosewater, witch hazel and orange flower.

What I like about these products all the products are free of sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, PEGs and mineral oils. There are also no artificial colours or fragrances.

Thank you Natural Instinct for allowing me to trial these products. 

Gingerbread scented scrub recipe

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This makes a great last minute present for Christmas. If like me, you’ll be able to find all the ingredients in your cupboards so you won’t need to buy anything. I used recycled tomato paste jars, and the amount fills five of them easily.

The label is from Raining Hot coupons. They use a different recipe from the one below and it is based on sugar and coconut oil. Perhaps I’ll try it next year.

I’ve used sweet quatre epices, which is made up of a traditional combination of spices based on classic French cuisine. If you don’t have this one, just makeup 1 teaspoon of each of the following spices: allspice, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon.

Gingerbread scented scrub recipe

2 cups of salt
1 cup of epsom salts
4 tsps of quatre epices
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond essence

  1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly together.
  2. Label recycled jars or containers and fill with mixture.

Thank you, Herbie’s Spices for the spice sample. 
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Natural Instinct hand wash, body wash and shampoo review

Natural Instinct

We have been using a couple of the Natural Instinct products for awhile now. They are an Australian made natural skin and hair care brand, which are formulated with botanically-derived ingredients, certified organic extracts and pure essential oils. There are no nasties in their products, so they are grey-water safe, and products are not tested on animals.

Natural Instinct Hand Wash – is a firm favourite in our household. It lathers well and has an authentic lemon and lavender smell. Even better it also comes in a 1-litre refill bottle to save on packaging.

Natural Instinct Sensitive Soap Free Body Wash

This is another firm favourite. It cleans well and has no scent. You get a smudgy lather rather than big bubbles.

Natural Instinct Sensitive Shampoo

This one doesn’t lather as well as my regular shampoo because it is free of sulphates (SLS and SLES), so you’ll need to use a generous amount. This one is also scent free and ideal for use if you have dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis or allergies.

What I like about these products are the generous sized bottles they come in and the pump spouts for easy application. All the products are free of sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, PEGs and mineral oils. There are also no artificial colours or fragrances.

Thank you, Natural Instinct for allowing me to trial these products. 

How to make your own sunscreen video

I love this video on making your own natural sunscreen from coconut oil, beeswax and zinc oxide powder. If it’s good enough for a fair-skinned surfer, Zach Keenan, then it will be good enough for me in the beaming Australian sun.

It’s important to not cover your whole body in sunscreen as you need exposed skin to absorb vitamin D.

Detox footbaths

Every couple of days I have a foot bath to help relax the muscles in my feet and detoxify my body.

I fill a small tub up with just enough warm-hot water to cover my feet and then add a handful of one of the following ingredients:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Bicarb soda
  • Dead sea salt
  • Epsom salt
  • Seaweed

Sometimes I’ll add couple of drops essential oils.

I’ll sit and try to meditate for about 20 to 30 minutes so it’s my relaxation time. The hot water and salts combination works to leach toxins from your system.

Hands down, or should I say feet down, my favourite is the Epsom salts baths. It’s an easy way to give your body a boost in magnesium.

The Epsom Salt Council lists the following health benefits from the proper magnesium and sulfate levels:

  • Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
  • Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
  • Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
  • Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
  • Relieved stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.
  • Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
  • Improved oxygen use.
  • Improved absorption of nutrients.
  • Improved formation of joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins.
  • Prevention or easing of migraine headaches.

I will warn you – the seaweed one leaves your feet with a green tinge!

Devita and Wot Not – natural sunscreen reviews

After discovering some nasties in my sunscreen, I decided to see if what natural sunscreens were available. I bought a new one and then discovered that it contained nanoparticles. Something I’d never even heard of!

The Environmental Working Groups (EWG) says:

Mineral formulations incorporate zinc oxide or titanium dioxide in nano- and micro-sized particles that can be toxic if they penetrate the skin.

One of the most common ingredients of sunscreens is oxybenzone. It can trigger allergic reactions, is a potential hormone disruptor and penetrates the skin in relatively large amounts. This chemical should be particularly avoided with children.

So I turned to Ananda Mahony from Vitale Natural to ask for some suggestions, and she recommended these two natural and safe sunscreens:

 

Devita Solar Block 30+ Suncreen is 100% natural and provides full spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection utilizing pure zinc oxide, and is titanium dioxide free.

This one smells how I remember zinc sticks in high school. It’s a little thicker and heavier so if feels like it’s going to protect you from the sun.

It contains: Zinc oxide 19% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Aloe barbadensis (certified organic aloe vera gel), Water (purified), Camellia sinensis (Japanese green tea) leaf extract, Capric/caprylic triglycerides (derived from coconut oil), Glycerin (vegetable), Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Olea europaea (olive) oil, Lecithin phospholipid, Hyaluronic acid (vegan source), Simmondsia chinensis* (jojoba) seed oil, Squalane (olive), Panthenol (vitamin B5), Tocopherol (vitamin E), NaPCA, Rosa moschata (rose hips) oil, Centella asiatica (goto kola), Copper gluconate, Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, Fucus vesiculosis (seaweed) extract, Allantoin, Sodium riboflavin phosphate, Chondrus crispus (Irish moss), Lavandula officinalis* (lavender) essential oil, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower essential oil, Vitis vinifera* (grape) seed extract.

 

Wot Not SPF 30+ Sunscreen is free from titanium dioxide and made from 100% natural and organic ingredients.

It contains grapeseed oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, candellila wax, beeswax, carnauba wax, shea butter, gmo-free vitamin e, purified water, certified organic aloe vera*, silica, naticide (all natural preservative). Active: zinc oxide.

Better yet it’s Australian made and owned.

Wot Not is my favourite of the two. It smells nicer and has a good consistency so it’s not sticky and hard to put on. Both have very light mild fragrances and I’d forgot that I’d even put them on.

Resources

Alternatives to disposable sanitary products

Cloth menstrual pads are economical and environmentally friendly. They can be made with any absorbent material. I think unbleached cotton is the best, but hemp or cotton fleece would also work.

There are plenty of printable patterns online to make a reusable pad at home.

Simply rinse the reusable pads in cold water and soak in a basin of cold water until you are ready to put them in the washing machine with any other load of washing. The soaking water can be used on your garden – it is a natural product after all!

And why not also try a reusable cup instead of a tampon:

How to make your own dry shampoo

Here is a great recipe for a natural alternative to dry shampoo. It will help to absorb excess oil and is a convenient quick fix in-between washes.

1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1/4 cup of rice flour

  1. Mix together all the ingredients and keep in an air-tight container.
  2. Massage into the scalp and through the hair as needed.
  3. Leave for about 5 minutes then brush out vigorously. You may like to stand over a sink as it can be a bit messy!

Alternatively you may like to ditch your shampoo gradually and know how to go shampoo free (also know as “no ‘poo”).

Suvana Paw Paw & Honey Balm review

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I’m loving Suvana’s certified organic Paw Paw and Honey Balm. It makes a great lip treatment and is incredibly moisturising. Ideal for dry, chapped or sunburnt lips. You can also use it for nappy rash or cracked nipples.

It’s petrochemical free (who want’s to put that on their lips?) and free of synthetic preservatives, chemicals or fragrances.

It contains Castor Seed Oil, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Paw Paw Extract, Honey, Jojoba Oil, Vanilla Bean Oil, Candelilla Wax, Carrot Oil, Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni Extract, Natural Vitamin E.

I felt duped when I found out that Lucas’ Papaw Ointment is based on petroleum jelly and contains only 3.9% paw paw. I immediately threw out the little red container that I carried in my handbag!

Product review: What’s in your deodorant?

Conventional antiperspirants and deodorants are a toxic mess:

“I am not sure why anyone in their right mind would want to spray a 25 per cent solution of aluminium under their arms everyday. We are worried about a trace of aluminium in a cooking pan that might cause Alzheimer’s, so why do we shave our underarms and apply a 25 per cent solution to that area every single day? It is absolute madness. People need to understand what is really in a pot of under arm cosmetics. It is just a toxic mess really!”

– Dr Philippa Darbre, Senior Lecturer in Onocology, The University of Reading

There are plenty of alternatives without the nasties. Here are some that I have tried over the last year: