Solving Eczema, Naturally

Is there anything more delicious than the feel (and smell) of a newborn baby's skin? There is just something about the softness, the plumpness, the oh-my goodness-I-want-to-bite-it… And equally, how heart breaking - and frustrating - when your little one suffers from eczema. Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is one of the most common childhood skin complaints and presents as a red, itchy rash, that may also weep and form dry crusts over time. While most commonly found on the backs of knees, elbows, and arms, it can be located almost anywh...

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The Benefits of Natural Haircare

‘Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.’ Anna Lappe. Picture this: you’ve decided to make the switch to natural body and beauty products and so far you’ve overhauled your makeup bag and bathroom cabinet. Look at you go! Now there’s just one area left that we easily overlook on the clean beauty quest: hair. Generally, we go about shampooing and conditioning our hair, like we’ve always done. We don’t give much thought to what’s in our hair products, just as long as they’re value for money and do what the...

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The Perfect Sunday Unpacked

Welcome to the first edition of conscoius.kin unpacked; a little series we’re putting together to satisfy the voyeur in us all. We don’t know about you but personally, we love to know what’s in other people’s handbags, especially since it’s considered impolite to walk up to strangers on the street and poke around. This week we’re unpacking the ‘perfect Sunday’ and all the essentials you need for a jaunt to the farmers market. The official day of rest tends to go one of two ways: either we’ve hustled and bustled all day Saturday and are just sta...

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It Makes Scents | The World of Natural Perfumes

Our sense of smell is a powerful thing. Have you ever walked past something and been hit with a scent and instantly transported back to childhood? Smells are highly evocative and closely linked with memory; even the faintest whiff can take us back to a specific moment in time that we might otherwise have forgotten. It might sound a little magical and woo-woo but there’s an actual science behind this phenomenon: the olfactory is the centre of the brain responsible for processing ‘smell memory’. So it goes without saying that smell is important! ...

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Valentine's Gift Guide

As someone wise once said ‘don’t wait for someone else to buy you flowers, buy your own flowers!’. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we can’t think of a better occasion to treat yourself. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s day with your best girl friends, or anything in between, it’s certainly a good excuse to celebrate someone. And if not someone else, then the beauty-full woman that is, you. We’ve hand selected our most luxurious natural beauty and skincare treats, available from our in store showrooms and onlin...

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A Valentine’s Manifesto for Self

‘I love myself. The quietest, simplest, most powerful revolution ever’. ~ Ism There’s nothing like the arrival of Valentine’s Day to make you ponder the ‘L’ word. Of course, there are many types of love on offer in this lifetime. There’s platonic love, sisterly love, pet love, love for mother nature, parental love and a love for a something ‘greater’ than ourselves, to name a few. And our favourite: romantic love. As a society we love to hone in on the particular brand of love that is the couple bond. We’re fascinated by it. Hollywood, popular ...

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The Good Sleep Ritual

Are you getting a good night's sleep? A good bedtime ritual is something we might have known as children but as adults, it’s not something we give much thought to. But maybe we should! When the quality of our sleep permeates everything, from our mental capacity and emotional health - how we relate to the world around us and our coping ability - to our memory and metabolism, digestion and blood pressure. Why is it that in those times when we need the most sleep, we just can’t switch off? Our minds run over the events of the day, tomorrow’s to-do...

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Crafting a Beauty-full Life

The practice of ‘wildcrafting’ - or foraging - is harvesting plants from their natural, or ‘wild’ habitat and it’s this that is the foundation of award winning, Australian organic skincare brand, Wildcrafted Organics. It was while working as a herbalist in Bondi that Wildcrafted Organics founder Nicole Sullivan witnessed the nutritional and healing power of herbs firsthand. And this love of botanicals led her down the path of creating her own wildcrafted skincare, harvested from the highest quality organic ingredients. This week we had the plea...

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Dry Brushing For Your Best Skin Yet

You can’t flick through a glossy magazine or scroll past a blog these days without hearing about the latest beauty trend that is 100% going to change your life. At conscious.kin we’re big advocates for a simple, dare we say, minimalistic , skincare routine. One made up of a few key products and nourishing rituals that fit effortlessly into your day. There’s certainly a peace to be found in getting your skincare routine down to a fine art as the hype of new trends come and go around you. However, if there is one trend you might really want ...

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Out & About in the Valley

(Photo by Andre Cois at the 2017 James St Food & Wine Trail event - courtesy of the James St Initiative) Fortitude Valley or The Valley, as it’s affectionately known, is a hive of activity and has staked itself as Brisbane’s foremost retail and lifestyle precinct. The James St precinct features a curated mix of over 130 specialty stores, including an impressive range of design showrooms and fashion boutiques, award-winning restaurants and cafes, in addition to art galleries, design havens and grooming emporiums. Playing home to some of Austra...

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Trending in 2018: Glowing Skin

When it comes to summer, there is no denying it. Skin is in. And this trend will be carrying us through 2018. It is all about supple, fresh and glowing skin. Think almost bare “no trick, no contours”. Right up our alley here at conscious.kin! Let's start by taking you through some reliable steps to look after your skin this summer and have it ready to shine for the rest of 2018. These are the “Core Four” that build a solid foundation for beautiful, radiant skin. Preaching to the converted, I know. But, ladies and gents, where there ...

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Welcome to the new look conscious.kin

We hope you’ve had a happy beginning to this shiny new year! We are so excited to introduce you to conscious.kin’s brand-new flagship showroom located at 22 James Street Fortitude Valley . It was many months in the making and after a soft opening late last year, we’re hitting the ground running in January! Our showroom is a place of acceptance, connection and calm, where you can rest assured that every product, story or image you see in our space has been deliberately placed because we believe in the message it sends. Residents and visitors to ...

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Guide to Natural Sunscreen

Are you looking to keep your skin looking younger? As part of our core foundational steps, we highly recommend using natural sun screens, as o ver-exposure to the sun can parch your skin, causing lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and open pores. Natural sunscreens protect your skin, preventing irreversible sun damage and protecting from further damage, as well as keeping it hydrated, glowing and free of marks and blemishes. They offer safer, effective alternative to chemical sunscreens, providing sun protection free from synthetic emollients...

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Have you made the swap yet?

Going green and making the swap to clean beauty has never been easier, with a multitude of reputable brands paving the way for a toxin-free, cruelty-free lifestyle. If you haven’t made the swap to natural skincare and cosmetics, what's holding you back? Maybe we can help… This is a quote from The Guardian in an article posted in February 2016. “Deodorants and antiperspirants are probably as safe as the other chemicals we use on our bodies: soap, shower gel, perfumes and moisturisers. There doesn’t seem to be a good reason to demonise one ...

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  • Expert Advice

'Going Green' with Kira Simpson of The Green Hub

Created by Kira Simpson, The Green Hub is a curation of people, style, travel and beauty, which inspires its audience to live more sustainably in a way that suits each unique lifestyle. “I started The Green Hub with the intention to create a non-judgemental place where people can learn how to start making positive changes to their own lives. How I live my own life is directly reflected on the site, which is not perfect and not always easy!” says Kira, whose ethos is to make choices that are kinder to people and the planet. "I started The Green ...

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  • Meet Our Makers

'Getting the Gloss' with Simone Henderson of Gloss & Co 8-Free Nail Polish

Growing up, Simone Henderson knew she wanted to be in charge of her life. She had dreams of being like the business women she saw on television and, with spirit and determination, she set about conquering the corporate world. But she wanted more. “Fast forward many years, and having worked in government and corporate offices for most of my life, I was exposed to cultures where work seemed like fun, which was amazing and I wanted that!” she says. “People say that we are only one good decision away from a complete life overhaul, so I made it!” Ha...

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Taking the Leap with Jill Chambers of tmf.

It’s a (big!) leap from makeup artist to brand creator, but one that tmf. founder Jill Chambers has navigated successfully and now, four years later, her natural cosmetics are industry leaders in clean beauty. The tmf. brand believes that sustainable, earth friendly and harmful chemical-free beauty products are not only possible, but vital. “I believe in beauty and skincare that doesn’t compromise the health of my clients or our planet,” explains Jill. “I believe every woman deserves to look and feel her absolute best, and that beauty routine...

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  • Expert Advice

Evolving Mainstream Beauty

Beauty blogger and makeup artist Monique Peters has made the leap from big brand, mainstream cosmetics to a more holistic approach to beauty and wellness. Monique’s blog – The Beauty Journal – is a creative, honest and educational destination for all things health and beauty, and it is where she is sharing her personal journey as she works through health issues of her own. Having been several years without a menstrual cycle, and with severe hormonal and gut issues, Monique began a quest to empower herself with knowledge about what she was putti...

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  • Being Human

From one of our founding kin

"Beauty can be found in the day’s first rays of light, the ocean at night, the depths of someone’s eyes, a hand-crafted trinket or indeed the confidence of a person celebrating their unique gift, talents and appearance, It is without constraint, rules, barriers or standards. It is freedom" - Rebecca Medcalf Do you ever find yourself so over-exposed by information that it brings you almost to the point of disconnect? It seems that there are just so many causes, businesses, people and issues that fighting to be noticed in our daily lives… And jus...

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conscious.kin arrives at James Street!

Having emerged organically from its inner-city industrial roots, James Street and surrounding area has evolved into a high energy urban pocket - making it the ideal location for conscious.kin’s second store. Currently rebranding from Organic Index to conscious.kin, founders and sisters Rebecca Medcalf, Emma Dowling and Melissa Krueger are thrilled to be launching their second store, showcasing the best of Australian and New Zealand natural, crafted and ethical skincare and cosmetic brands. The precinct offers a mix of over 130 specialty shops, ...

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  • Events & Expos

Big news... We're rebranding!

Hold onto your hats... we are growing! Looking back over what has been an amazing year, we are thrilled to announce some new, bold and exciting developments to coincide with our 1st birthday! The organic growth of our business has proved a catalyst for change. Letting go in order to remain aligned with our core values, and clearly reflect the bond we feel with our growing community, we are transitioning from Organic Index. While Organic Index will always be a part of our story, we would love to introduce our new branding. So why the name chang...

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