Xmas Gift Guide
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Q&A with Miranda Kerr, KORA Organics
Year In Review: Top Brands
Year In Review: Best Sellers
Gift Guide: Waste Free Xmas
Summer Must Haves
Gift Guide: For Him
Gift Guide: For Her
Gift Guide: For You
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It creeps up on me every single year - Christmas is just around the corner, again! This year we have been so busy perfecting formulas and expanding our Life Basics range, but the hard work has been totally worth it and now we’re getting geared up for the festive season.
In this jam packed issue you’ll find our guides to the latest and greatest natural products of the year, all the information you need to ensure you have a waste free Christmas, as well as a Q&A with the founder of KORA Organics, Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr, featuring your questions!
I truly believe that Christmas should be a time to relax and enjoy being with family. To help take some of the pressure off, I’ve put together a few handy gift guides to give you (or your partner) some helpful hints! So whether it’s a gift for him, for her, or a just treat for yourself, I’ve stocked up the store with the best natural goodies and gift packs to suit every budget.
Wishing you a wonderful festive season!
From the EDITOR
There’s nothing like having a glass of wine to relax and unwind after a long day, but most of us probably wouldn’t normally stop to think about what’s in our delicious glass of red, white or rosé.
Made through different processes to regular wine, Organic and Biodynamic wines actually contain much less sulphur dioxide, which is the preservative used to stop bacteria growth and also often the reason for those wine headaches! But what is the difference between Organic wine and Biodynamic wine?
What is Organic wine?
Organic wine must be made from grapes that have been farmed using organic practices. This means no synthetic herbicides, fungicides, pesticides or fertilisers are used during the production process.
Wineries may either follow ‘unofficially’ organic practices, or be officially certified by an independent organisation such as Australian Certified Organic (ACO) or the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA). The certification process involves meeting strict standards and requirements,
so that every aspect of the winemaking process complies with organic regulations.
What is Biodynamic wine?
Biodynamic wine is produced in line with organic principles, but also follows the biodynamic agriculture practices created by Dr Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s.
Biodynamic farming sees all elements of nature as interconnected and dependent on each other, including soil, plants and animals. Each element of the agricultural system is part of a wider ecology, so vineyard operations are designed to keep everything in balance, and are even timed to align with the lunar cycle.
Herb and mineral preparations are used to enhance soil, plants, and composts, such as Preparation 500, or Cow Horn Manure, a nutrient rich fertiliser made through a special process which takes several months.
This agricultural method is known to create flourishing produce, giving Biodynamic wine a uniquely rich and vibrant taste.
Your Guide to Organic and Biodynamic Wine
Miranda Kerr, KORA Organics
We asked our Facebook customers what they wanted to know from Miranda Kerr about her KORA Organics range of skin and body care, and had your questions answered by Miranda herself!
I am so proud of how much Life Basics by Nourished Life has grown this year. This year we focused on our commitment to environmental sustainability, launching our reusable Stainless Steel Straws, Eco Friendly Beeswax and Vegan Food Wraps and Biodegradable Konjac Sponges to help all Australian families minimise their environmental impact. We also launched our SPF 30 All Natural Facial Sunscreen, perfect for everyday use and suitable for the whole family.
This year we also introduced this amazing New Zealand based brand and its extensive range of solid hair care, skin care and body bars. What I love about this innovative brand is that every aspect of production is completely eco-friendly - they are a certified carbon neutral company, use only biodegradable ingredients and all of the packaging is compostable!
I was excited to be able to bring the super affordable Mineral Fusion brand to Australia this year for you! Not only do they have a range of natural hair care for every hair type you could ever think of, they also have a full range of colour cosmetics and great skin care. My favourite is their$14.95 which I find brilliant for controlling blackheads and congested skin.
“...to help all Australian families
minimise their environmental impact.”
YEAR IN REVIEW
I would never stock an item on Nourished Life that I hadn’t tried and loved, so I’m always interested to see which products you guys are loving and buying. To celebrate another year of living toxin-free, I’ve put together a list of this year’s highest reviewed products, from natural makeup to eco-friendly food storage!
YEAR IN REVIEW
With so many anti-dandruff shampoos on the market, this product is in a league of its own. Ethique Heali Kiwi is a shampoo in bar form, meaning there’s no plastic bottles and wasteful packaging, making it as effective at removing dandruff as it is good for the planet!
Extending the life of our fresh produce! The Swag was one of your favourite products this year.
This 2017 best seller is an all-natural antiodourant that works by creating an environment under our arms that help stop odour producing bacteria in its tracks. Also available in a bi-carb free version!
You guys have RAVED about the Cacay Oil’s incredible anti-ageing properties. This wonder oil has been clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Waste Free Xmas
At such a busy time of the year, sometimes it can be difficult to avoid waste during the holiday period, especially if you’ve got a lot of family or friends to look after. But I think we should always remember that whatever household waste we create ends up as landfill, so I’ve put together this easy-to-follow guide to help you have a waste free Christmas this year!
They might seem fairly harmless, but plastic straws are extremely wasteful given that they’re only designed to be used once. Replace the straws in your Christmas drinks with Life Basics Stainless Steel Straws. They even come with a cleaning brush so you can use them over and over!
Avoid having to accept plastic bags while gift shopping by taking your Loqi Reusable Shopping Bags. They’re lightweight and water resistant, and can carry up to 20kg so they’re perfect for gift shopping! They come in beautiful prints too, so you can choose one to suit your style. Just roll it up and pop it in your handbag for easy on-the-go use.
Our Life Basics produce bags are super large, designed to hold family size produce and replace those awful plastic supermarket bags. Each pack contains 8 bags that fit neatly in the free carry pouch which can be easily clipped onto your jeans or bag.
Nobody is shopping for their Christmas lunch ingredients on the day, so how can you keep your produce fresh? The Swag Starter Kit is a set of storage bags that allow produce to breathe, designed keep fruit and veggies fresh, ensuring they stay crisp and wilt-free until you’re ready to prepare them.
It seems like such a waste to toss out the leftovers from a delicious Christmas lunch. Store them safely (and without plastic) using the Life Basics Eco Friendly Beeswax Food Wraps Kitchen Pack, which features a range of different sized wraps. Beeswax wraps are an incredible natural alternative to cling wrap, keeping your food fresh and your home waste free.
The change in season brings with it a new list of essentials to keep on hand. Keep cool this summer by ticking off the must-haves from my list of natural, essential Summer products.
It’s important to stay hydrated year round, but it’s easy to get dehydrated in the draining summer heat. I always keep my Black and Blum Water Bottle on hand as it’s made from BPA free Tritan and even contains an Activated Binchotan Charcoal filter to help filter and purify tap water and make it taste great.
Has the salt water from the beach dried out your skin? Soothe and replenish your skin naturally with the Andalou Mint and Aloe Body lotion which has a cooling effect on the skin thanks to calming Aloe Vera and rejuvenating Peppermint, while hydrating Shea and Cocoa Butters nourish and protect.
Want a summer glow without the dangers that come with sunbaking? Opt for the Eco Tan Cacao Mousse instead. This lightweight, fluffy mousse will give your skin a beautifully deep sun kissed glow using entirely natural ingredients, meaning you don’t have to step into the sun to achieve a tan.
Sweat and summer heat come hand in hand. Keep odour at bay with the Life Basics Roll-on Deodorant, which relies on the antibacterial qualities of Coconut Oil to reduce odour and Zinc Salts to absorb unwanted underarm moisture, as well as nourishing Vitamin E. It also has a delicious tropical scent from Mango and Coconut, perfect for summer!
Protecting yourself from sun damage should be your top priority this summer. The Life Basics SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen uses a combination of Zinc Oxide, Calendula, rosehip and green tea to provide UVA & UVB protection. It is also non greasy so ideal for the face or fussy children.
Made from soft, eco-friendly organic bamboo, the BOODY Bamboo Men’s Boxers are seam-free, stretchy and comfortable. Breathable and hypoallergenic, bamboo fabric is known for its ability to regulate temperature, discourage moisture and inhibit bacteria, making these silky soft boxers ideal for everyday wear.
Stylish and easy to use, the Frank Green Original SmartCup in Black features a spill-proof lid and double-walled outer to keep coffee and hot drinks warm on the go. With innovative CaféPay technology for tap and go payment and a sleek design, this durable cup is dishwasher and microwave safe.
Perfect for post-workout baths or foot soaks, the Life Basics Magnesium Bath Flakes are made from pure magnesium chloride, helping to treat muscle cramps, aches and tension headaches. Sustainably sourced from the Dead Sea, these natural magnesium flakes work to calm and relax the body after a long, stressful day.
Designed to provide a thick and foamy lather, the Weleda Shaving Cream helps achieve a close shave, leaving skin feeling smooth, soft and supple. Ideal for all ages, this non-irritating formula contains soothing sweet almond extract and goats milk. Pair with thefor a practical gift.
Soft and luxurious, the Life Basics Bamboo Sheet Set in Navy is made from sustainable, eco-friendly bamboo fibre with a lustrous finish. Hypoallergenic, breathable and smooth on skin, these navy blue sheets are extremely durable yet become softer with each wash.
Count down the 12 days of Christmas with the Ethique Advent Calendar, filled with sample sizes of bestselling Ethique shampoo and body bars.
A decadent selection of certified organic teas to enjoy the Christmas countdown.
Perfect for keeping hair and skin smooth and wrinkle free, the Life Basics 100% Peace Mulberry Silk Pillowcase in White is hand made from ethical peace silk.
The KORA Organics Daily Ritual Kit for Sensitive Skin contains convenient mini sizes of the Gentle Cleanser, Calming Lavender Mist and Soothing Moisturiser, perfect for trialling a new routine or travelling light.
Clinically tested to enhance and lengthen eyelashes. The Lashfood Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhancer contains a blend of stimulating lavender water, aloe vera, rice protein and coconut juice to encourage thicker and stronger lashes.
For easy makeup application, this complete set contains eight professional quality vegan brushes made from sustainable bamboo.
Ideal for all skin types, containing organic noni fruit, sea buckthorn, rosehip & jojoba oil. This provides a rich source of essential fatty acids and antioxidants for the face.
For healthy, glowing skin, the Beauty Chef Holiday Glow Gift Pack contains the bestselling GLOW ADVANCED Inner Beauty Powder and COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost, which can be mixed together or taken individually.
A sleek water jug which actually filters, purifies and alkalises tap water, the Waters Co AcePot Bio+ Water Filter Jug fits snugly in your fridge door for fresh water supply. With a multi-layer filtration system, it helps to remove fluoride, chlorine and heavy metals while remineralising water with over 60 organic minerals.
After an amazing revamp, the KORA Organics by Miranda Kerr range features new and improved formulas in the facial moisturisers, mists and cleansers, as well as bright, beautiful and colourful eco-friendly packaging.
Carefully developed, each new formulation features a range of certified organic ingredients and natural plant-derived extracts, but the hero ingredient has to be one of Miranda’s longtime favourites, Noni Extract, which is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to help protect skin from environmental damage as well as replenish moisture levels.
There have also been some exciting, brand new additions to the range, including my favourites, the Noni Glow Face and Body Oils, as well as the deliciously scented Heart Chakra Aromatherapy Oil and nutrient rich Noni Glow Skinfood Supplement, perfect for adding to your daily smoothie for a boost of superfood goodness!
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This luxurious oil is a beautiful, lightweight alternative to traditional moisturisers. It hydrates the body and adds a real glow to the skin thanks to Noni Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil and Rosehip Oil without feeling sticky or uncomfortable. All you’re left with is silky smooth skin.
This treatment oil for the face and neck combines Noni Extract, Rosehip Oil, Pomegranate Oil and Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil to restore moisture to the skin as well as working to protect and repair the skin from environmental damage and reverse the visible signs of ageing.
A true handbag essential, this nourishing hand cream is the perfect way to hydrate and protect tired and overworked hands as well as soothing and nurturing dry and damaged nails and cuticles. This hand cream also works to protect the hands from visible signs of ageing.
Personally blended by Miranda Kerr, this oil combines only the finest supercharged oils to empower the energies of your Heart Chakra which is the wellspring of love, warmth, compassion and joy. Simply apply the oil to the inner wrists, base of neck and behind the ears.
Beauty really does start from within, so work this skinfood supplement into your everyday routine. Containing organic Noni fruit, Pomegranate, Mangosteen and Blueberry, this supplement works to deliver antioxidants to the skin from the inside out.
With a base of nourishing Castor Seed Oil, Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, this soft pink-toned luminizer contains Rose Quartz Powder for a luminous glow, as well as hydrating Noni Extract for a dewy finish. Apply to cheeks, temples and brow bone for a subtle highlight.
My top picks from KORA Organics
Ecostore are one of those natural brands whose products are amazing across the board. With body care, sensitive skin care, baby care and cleaning products for the home, Ecostore do it all and they do it well.
Founded in 1993 in New Zealand by Malcolm and Melanie Rands, Ecostore began as an answer to the lack of chemical-free products on the market at the time. With a commitment to providing the public with products that are safe to use but perform as well as their mainstream counterparts, all Ecostore products are backed by scientific research and innovation to ensure the safest health, environmental and efficiency standards are achieved.
There’s so, so much to love about this brand, so I’ve collated my top three Ecostore picks to help you start your Ecostore collection.
Three top picks
Even completely natural and toxin-free products can irritate ultra sensitive skin. Enter Ecostore’s Fragrance Free Body Wash (and entire Fragrance Free range), which leave out the fragrances and scents known to flare up sensitivities irritations, working to thoroughly cleanse the skin without stripping its natural oils.
Ecostore’s Kids range makes bath time with the kids fun and safe for their delicate, sensitive skin. This bubble bath contains only plant and mineral based ingredients to create rich, foamy bubbles as well as washing and conditioning young skin. Plus it smells of delicious fresh Pear!
This spray cleanser is a natural multitasker and can be used to clean everything from kitchen bench tops to appliances and walls. It’s antibacterial and thoroughly cuts through dirt and grime without relying on any harsh ingredients, instead replacing them with natural plant-based extracts and a fresh citrus scent.
Newly launched by Ecostore is their range of natural skin care, all made in New Zealand, Cruelty Free and Vegan.
With powerful natural ingredients to care for all skin types, including oily, dry, sensitive and mature skin, this range includes facial moisturisers, cleansers and oils, as well as body lotion, hand cream and a trial pack with four convenient, travel size products.
Each product has been dermatologically tested and formulated with nutrient rich and antioxidant packed natural ingredients and extracts, such as Pineapple, Seaweed, Avocado, Shea Butter, Grapeseed and Kiwifruit to help promote a brighter, softer and healthier looking complexion.
Deeply nourishing and ideal for normal to dry skin, this daily facial moisturiser contains potent Blackcurrant Oil sourced from New Zealand’s South Island. Rich in antioxidants, Blackcurrant Oil delivers a boost of nutrients and essential fatty acids to help boost radiance and improve the skin’s natural barrier.
With anti-inflammatory properties, this purifying cleanser is perfect for combination and oily skin types, helping to deliver hydration
while balancing oil production. With New Zealand Seaweed, Kiwifruit Oil and Pineapple Extract, this clarifying blend can be massaged into the complexion to soothe, brighten and deeply cleanse troubled skin.
With a base of nourishing Jojoba, Apricot Kernel and Grapeseed Oils, this nutrient rich facial oil also contains hydrating Kiwifruit, Avocado and Blackcurrant Oils. Brightening and replenishing, this vitamin antioxidant rich formula helps to stimulate collagen production, even skin tone and promote a healthy looking complexion.
Three top picks
Adored for centuries, the gorgeous, jewel-like berries of Pomegranates have long been utilised for their fresh flavour and nutrient rich properties.
When consumed, Pomegranates deliver a potent boost of antioxidants, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. One Pomegranate actually contains around 700 seeds and each contains up to 20% Pomegranate Seed Oil, which is richly nourishing, contains a high content of restorative fatty acids and is perfect for rejuvenating dry and mature skin.
From the age of 40 we begin to benefit the most from the revitalising properties of Pomegranate, as our skin’s regeneration processes start to slow down and need additional nourishment as circulation decreases. Mature skin can begin to dry out, become sensitive, and has trouble retaining moisture and softness, so Pomegranate Oil is actually ideal to help restore smoothness, texture and suppleness. Naturally-occurring phytochemicals known as Polyphenols help to improve elasticity and firmness, helping to slow down the ageing process.
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A beautiful gift for a friend or family member, or even just a treat for yourself, the Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body Care Gift Pack contains two decadent body products from the Pomegranate range. Weleda’s Pomegranate Seed Oil comes exclusively from the southern region of Turkey, where Pomegranates are grown biodynamically and sustainably sourced. This pack contains:
Restore softness to dry skin with the Weleda Pomegranate Body Oil, containing a potent blend of hydrating natural oils including Pomegranate, Olive, Jojoba and Macadamia. Notes of Orange and Vanilla give this luxurious body oil a sweet, fresh scent. Nutrient rich, this concentrated formula helps to encourage healthy skin cell renewal. Massage into damp skin daily after your bath or shower.
Luxuriously rich, this creamy body wash moisturises while cleansing, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and clean. Nutrient rich Pomegranate, Sunflower Seed and Macadamia Oils ensure skin is hydrated while also removing dirt and grime. With a fruity fresh scent with sweet notes of Orange and Vanilla, this Vegan body wash can be massaged all over the body for a refreshing and aromatherapeutic experience.
Fusion Health Stress and Anxiety tablets combine Holy Basil extract and Withania, which work together to provide a natural solution for stress and anxiety management.
Mainstream teeth whitening products have been known to contain some pretty harsh chemicals. This Dr Brite Whitening Kit is used in holistic dental practices as a natural whitening alternative.
As an all-purpose cleaner, Abode Natural Surface Spray uses plant and mineral based ingredients in place of the harsh ingredients (and fumes) found in mainstream surface sprays.
Need to relieve muscle tension, aches and pains but don’t want to reach for the mainstream versions? This Red Pepper Thermal Treatment Oil contains Capsicum extract, Wintergreen, Menthol and Camphor to warm the muscles.
The natural version of mainstream products...
Want to make the switch to natural, toxin-free products but aren’t sure where to start? Rather than going in blind and not knowing what to buy, I found it easier to identify which products I could easily replace with natural alternatives. This way, you aren’t left with any gaps! Here are a few great natural versions of mainstream products that I’ve been using and loving.
@Lorraine: Part of the draw card of period panties is the reduced environmental impact. Is there a rule regarding how long you should keep them, or how often should they be replaced? Is there an x number of wears before it becomes unhygienic or loses its absorbency and so is best replaced?
Modibodi: Our garments will last for 6 months to 2 years, and this is dependent on the wash and care of the garments. Underwear is considered a delicate product, so the elastic and thread may get damaged with wear and tear. Though wear and tear may appear this will not impact the effectiveness of the Modifier Technology built into the gusset of the undergarments.
@Rose: What’s the environmental break-even point? Eg, we know for keep cups that after replacing 10 takeaway cups it start being a net positive for the environment.
Modibodi: As soon as you commencing wearing Modibodi you are making a positive impact on the environment. It teaks an estimated 500 years for a disposable sanitary item to breakdown in landfill. Multiply that by the number of items you would regularly wear for discharge, bladder leaks and period management and you are instantly reducing your impact.
with the founder
Founded by mum and entrepreneur Kristy Chong, Modibodi is an Australian range of beautiful yet functional underwear designed to provide protection from “unmentionables” like periods and light bladder leakage. I asked our Facebook community what they wanted to know about this amazing brand, so I spoke to Kristy and had all of our questions answered!
@Irene: Can you explain how the Modifier Technology works?
Kristy: Modifier Technology™ is a built-in panty liner. It is moisture wicking, absorbent, leak proof, antibacterial, breathable, and stain resistant, and most importantly it is super comfortable. This patented technology is exclusive to Modibodi, you won’t find it anywhere in the world!
• The top layer quickly wicks away moisture, fights bacteria and stops smells, so you stay dry and fresh
• The middle layer safely absorbs fluid and locks it away (2.5-20mls depending on the flow you go with)
• The bottom layer is extra waterproof protection, so you’re super secure and sassy as always.
@Irene: How long can you wear them for each day?
Kristy: Depending on your flow and the product you purchase you may need only one pair per day or a second set on hand. Our Heavy flow absorbency can hold up to 20ml of fluid.
@Irene: Can you tell us a bit about the funding schemes for continence products?
Kristy: The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) is an Australian Government scheme that provides a payment to assist eligible people who have permanent and severe incontinence to meet some of the cost of their continence products. [For more info please email firstname.lastname@example.org]
@Irene: How does Modibodi give back and help women in need?
Modibodi works with various charities and organisations across Australia and internationally to support young girls and women in need. We work with organisations and charities to provide product or to assist with education. The charities include Share the Dignity, McGrath Foundation, Global Sisters, Samaritans, Catherine House and School for Life to name a select few.
@Danielle: How reliable
are these underpants while doing exercise?
Kristy: No matter if you are doing the downward dog at Yoga or intense HITT exercises, Modibodi underwear will protect you from leaks, odour & sweat.
Our Active range is ideal for moderate to hard workouts as it is also engineered with sports merino which is hands down the best athletic fabric on the market. It is all natural, Australian grown, is as comfortable as cotton, but is antibacterial, odour eliminating, moisture wicking, very quick drying and stain resistant. It also regulates the body temperature, keeping you cool when you are hot and hot when you are cold.
@Lisa: Do they need to be washed
Kristy: The best part about Modibodi garments is that you can care for them exactly the same as you would with normal underwear. Modibodi products are machine washable, preferably a gentle cold machine wash and hang to dry. We recommend allowing them to air dry in the sun as the preferred method of drying.
We’d highly recommend not using fabric softener or stain remover in the wash as it breaks down the hi-tech function of the garment and reduces the durability.
@Irene: Who is Modibodi best for?
Kristy: It’s essentially ideal for every person who wants protection from discharge, bladder leaks and periods along with odour and an alternative to disposable hygiene.
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