Eucalyptus trees are a powerhouse plant for many natural remedies.
Indigenous Australians used eucalyptus leaf infusions as traditional medicine for treating body pains, sinus pains, congestion, fevers and colds.
The Blue Mallee variety is native to Australia and yields a particularly high quality eucalyptus oil. We have sourced Australian Certified Organic Blue Mallee, and use it in 3 of our products:
- Organic Eucalyptus Blue Mallee essential oil – great for at home aromatherapy and homemade cleaning products
- Chest Balm – 100% pure and natural it is safe to use on yourself or children. Rub it on the chest, back and soles of feet to help clear congestion and aid in a peaceful nights sleep.
- Massage Blend – we have added Eucalyptus to our Massage blend as it has a gentle warming effect on the body and aids in reducing inflammation. Perfect for at home massage.
TIP: If you are lucky enough to have access to a Eucalyptus tree try hanging some of the leaves in the shower so that the steam releases the healing aromas.
Blue Mallee Eucalyptus has an earthy fresh scent, is energising, balancing and purifying. We consider it a staple for every household.
Health happiness and beautiful skin
Did you know a lot of the sunscreens out there do not protect us against harmful UV rays. Many brands also contain chemicals that affect our hormones, damage our skin, and sometimes increase the risks of skin cancer. Here are some tips for you to use the next time you are buying sunscreen.
Limit your use of sunscreen by covering up when in the sun and avoiding the sun during the middle of the day (when the sun is at its hottest)
Look for sunscreens that contain Zinc Oxide. Physical sunscreens, containing either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, form a film on top of the skin that reflects or scatters UV light.
Avoid chemical sunscreens, which absorb UV rays. While chemical sunscreens can protect against damage from UV rays, they can also contain toxic chemicals which are all absorbed through the skin and end up circulating your blood stream.
Amongst a list of many there are a few ingredients to look for and avoid:
- Dioxybenzone and oxybenzone – very powerful free radical generators around as they can disrupt hormone function.
- Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) – PABA releases free radicals, damages DNA, has estrogenic activity, and causes allergic reactions in some people.
- Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC) – kills cells in mice even at low doses
- Benzophenone – hormone disrupting chemical that interferes with thyroid function and lowers testosterone, and there are serious concerns about its impact on male fertility.
What is Nano technology? Many sunscreens contain nanoparticles of zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Older sunscreen formulas use larger particles, which is what gives most sunscreens their whitish color. Smaller particles are less visible, meaning that when you rub the sunscreen into your skin, it doesn’t give you a whitish tinge. There is a lot of debate about nano particles and what they do. The fear is that they’re so small they seep in through our skin cells, but the jury is still out on the damage they may do.
So what brands are safe?
You can check the ratings of sunscreen brands on the EWG website: www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/
Don’t be scared of the sun… vitamin D has many benefits to your physical and mental health. Try and get sun every day (with no sunscreen on) but only for 20 – 40 minutes at a time and before 10am or after 5pm (in Australia).
With all the lovely luscious beard being grown around Australia lately, we thought it fitting that we let you all know about what oils act as the best moisturisers to keep your beard in top condition, as well as your skin underneath.
Skinmade has a selection of organic base oils that fit the bill. The two we would recommend for use as a beard conditioner are jojoba oil and macadamia oil.
Firstly, jojoba oil is not actually an oil, it is a wax extracted from jojoba seeds. It is high in vitamins and is similar to skin sebum, so absorbs quickly and helps maintain skin pH, making it non-greasy and great for all the different skin types hiding underneath beards. Jojoba strengthens and nourishes beards, helping to prevent breakage, while leaving behind no greasy build-up. It is important to use unrefined jojoba oil on beards as refined jojoba oil is stripped of all its moisturising properties and looses its lovely nutty scent. Our Skinmade jojoba oil is sold in a 100ml glass bottle for $30 and contains 100% pure, cold pressed, certified organic jojoba (simmondsia chinensis) oil.
Macadamia oil is amazing for beards too, especially if you live in a colder climate and need an oil slightly heavier than jojoba. It has a luxurious feel to it and will penetrate your beard and skin, which softens new whisker growth and deeply nourishes.
The Skinmade Macadamia oil contains 100% pure, virgin, cold pressed, certified organic Macadamia (macadamia integrifolia) oil and is sold in a 100ml glass bottle for $16.
Both oils and more are available from our online store.
Since starting Skinmade, we have been overwhelmed by the amount of people that tell us that they have sensitive skin. We believe it is the toxic chemicals in skincare that is actually damaging skin and causing long term sensitivity.
Have you ever read the ingredients list of your beauty products?
The truth is so many of the products you buy are filled with toxic chemicals that may make your skin feel good when you first start using it, but in actual fact damage your skin after long term use. It’s so important to understand and know what you are putting on your skin.
Here are some of the top 12 most used dangerous chemicals:
1. BHA and BHT
Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer (BHA). .
2. Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number
Look for p-phenylenediamine hair dyes and in other products colours listed as “CI” followed by five digits. Potential to cause cancer and may be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain.
3. DEA-related ingredients
Used in creamy and foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. Can react to form nitrosamines, which may cause cancer. Look also for related chemicals MEA and TEA.
4. Dibutyl phthalate
Used as a plasticizer in some nail care products. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant.
5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
Look for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15. Used in a variety of cosmetics. Slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer.
Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions.
7. Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)
Any mixture of fragrance ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics — even in some products marketed as “unscented.” Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.
8. PEG compounds
Used in many cosmetic cream bases. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Also for related chemical propylene glycol and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., polyethylene glycol).
Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers. A petroleum product that can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer.
Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.” Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Suspected endocrine disruptor and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane). Harmful to fish and other wildlife.
11. Sodium laureth sulfate
Used in foaming cosmetics, such as shampoos, cleansers and bubble bath. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Look also for related chemical sodium lauryl sulfate and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).
Used in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants. Suspected endocrine disruptor and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
All of these chemicals are known to be harmful to fish and other wildlife.
There are many alternatives to products containing these toxic ingredients. All Skinmade products are free from damaging chemicals such as the list above. We only use plant based ingredients such as cold-pressed oils, herbal infusions and pure essential oils. Our products are beautiful to use, are 100% natural and will improve and support your skin.
We have searched long and hard here at skinmade to find natural alternatives to Dimethicone and guess what? We did it. Nature has given us so many silky oils including Meadowfoam that allow creams to glide nicely on your skin, without blocking pores.
Hi it’s Genevieve here… so I stayed at a nice hotel on the Gold Coast last night. Beautiful room, beautiful views and overall a great stay. Then….(cue dramatic music) I checked out the amenities in the bathroom. A fancy brand of lotion, body wash and shampoo were neatly laid out on the sink. Unfortunately all my Skinmade products were at home so I used the body lotion and arrggghhh! It was so gross. So different to all the Skinmade products I test on myself. It felt thin, watery and plastic as though I had melted down some glad wrap and was spreading it on my skin.
Yes, its true I have become a skincare snob since starting this company. I have become so accustomed to the natural, pure, raw Skinmade ingredients that I forgot what these synthetic products felt like. Good brands, fake ingredients and made in China!
I couldn’t let this one slide so I emailed the hotel suggesting they should be supporting local Australian skincare businesses. I told them to check out www.skinmade.com.au and see what real skincare looks like, made by a real Australian company. It’s so important to support Australian brands that use natural ingredients.