Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution

Our pledge: You will find in every conscious.kin store recycle points for all skincare and cosmetic products Earth Day is a dedicated time to deeply connect , observe and access the impact we have made and continue to make on our earth and its ecosystems. Governments, large organisations, small business, schools, families and as individuals we are all responsible for the impact we have on the health of our planet. Established almost 50 years on the 22nd of April 1970, a day where millions of people took to the streets to protest the negati...

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7 Thoughtful Options When Choosing Skincare

Image Credit - Sarah Dorweiler ‘Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it’ - Joshua Becker At conscious.kin we’re all about less but better. Less quantity, more quality . That kind of thing. It’s an ethos that can be applied to everything including the products we shop for, how many items we think we ‘need’ in our beauty cabinet and how often we are buying them. As individuals it might not seem like a big deal. But when we’re making these choices together en mass...

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Meet Our Makers | Essence Of Humanity

It’s no secret that there are some amazing natural skincare companies out there, but it’s not everyday we come across a brand quite like Essence Of Humanity . For a start, they’re a 100% social enterprise , which means beyond the costs of running their label, all surplus profits go to helping children in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities . It’s not a model that would work for everybody, but Stacey Fraser , the founder, wouldn’t consider doing business any other way. Essence Of Humanity products themselves are just as beautiful as ...

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How Much Product Should I Be Using?

Image Credit | Christin Hume Happy Earth Day Week ! Since the theme of Earth Day 2018 is Reduce Plastic Consumption , we’re focusing on ways to minimise how much plastic we use, how much waste we create and how we can work together to leave a smaller footprint in general. Being mindful consumers and ‘buying intentionally ’ is the first step. You will have no doubt heard the catchphrase ‘ Buy Less, Choose Well, Make it Las t’ in reference to fast fashion, but it’s an ethos that can be applied to all of our consumption choices. Which is where o...

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The Art Of Oil Pulling

If the idea of swishing liquid oil around your mouth first thing in the morning grosses you out, you’re probably not alone. However, like lemon-water or cleansing your face, Oil Pulling is something you might really want to consider adding to your daily wellbeing routine . We all know that beauty trends pass through in interesting shapes and forms, many of which we’re more than happy to leave to the beauty vloggers. But Oil Pulling, like dry body brushing , is actually an age-old practice that we’ve only recently recycled back into general use...

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Brand Spotlight | Ethique

This week we’re shining a spotlight on clean beauty brand, Ethique ! If you’re already using Ethique products then you’ll know what we’re talking about when we say that this brand is revolutionising the way we use and consume natural skincare . Ethique takes the skincare products that we use every day, like shampoo, conditioner, cleanser, liquid body soap and deodorant and solidifies them down into bar form. Yes it’s magical but it’s also clever! Solid bars have a multitude of benefits - as a concentrate, they last for a long time. One bar of...

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#whatsinmybag | Date Night Essentials

Designated date nights with just the two of you are a great idea in theory, but hard to wrangle in reality. Now that you’ve officially merged together with a mortgage and offspring to show for it, dating can just seem like so much effort. Another box to tick on top of everything else. Oh we get it. It’s the easiest thing in the world to fall into the roles and routines prescribed to us by the household and after a while it can feel like you are more co-workers in operation ‘family life’, than lovers. Who is this person standing in front of you...

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Meet Our Makers | Lewin And Reilly

This week we had the pleasure of chatting with the founder of natural skincare label, Lewin and Reilly, Kim . We are proud stockists of Lewin and Reilly, one of the most luscious organic skincare brands on the natural beauty market. And just like the pristine environment of Waiheke Island in New Zealand where Lewin and Reilly is produced, the products are as close to nature as you can get . During a life-changing holiday to the Cook Islands, Kim and partner Andi, were left awestruck at the abundance of wild botanical produce around them and ret...

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Turning in for Autumn

It’s a 24/7 world we live in! Where once certain times of the week were held as sacred rest time, now we’re encouraged to be ‘on’ all the time. We wear our burnout as a badge of honour , our busyness as a sign that we’re doing our bit, living lives packed with purpose. If you’re not juggling parenting, a career and a side hustle then what are you even doing with your time? Feel familiar? The seasons are natural anchor points and we can find a reflection of them in our own cycles with summer and ovulation, autumn as post-ovulation as we start t...

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#whatsinmybag | The Festival Pack

Image Credit @rsanchescarvalho Whether you are a seasoned festival go-er or a first timer, there’s a music festival to suit every personality . Festival going in your 30’s and beyond has a slightly different flavour to in your 20’s. And attending a festival as a family is a whole new game altogether. But there’s only a few tweaks needed to turn it from a wild adventure with friends to a memorable experience the kids will look back on fondly forever. There are many family-friendly festivals to choose from but at this time of year, the one that e...

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Meet Our Makers | The Goodnight Co.

When it comes to sleep, we could all probably do with a little more. And if not more, then definitely a better quality of sleep . Whether caffeine, late night scrolling sessions, access to emails 24/7 or just our perpetually wound-up brains are to blame, we’re running on less than the ideal 7-9 hours of recommended of sleep per night. And you don’t need to be a neuroscientist to work out that the length and depth of slumber affects everything from our ability to cope with daily life, to our hormones and metabolism, right down to the appearance ...

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The How + Why of Brush Care

Image Credit - @joannakosinska Did you know that caring for your makeup tools and brushes is just as important as caring for your products ? We put so much time and thought into choosing the best natural products for our skin, but there’s a lesser known workhorse of our makeup kit that’s begging for love: brushes. According to industry experts we should be attending to the maintenance of our makeup tools with the same vigor as our products, and even include a regular brush cleaning session as part of our beauty regimen. Naturally you might ha...

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#whatsinmybag | The Nappy Bag

Image Credit @tanjaheffner There’s no time in life quite like those first twelve months of motherhood. Just like your baby is constantly changing, motherhood is ever-evolving too. The only constant, really, is change. Some phases are easier than others ; you're feeling like you’re on top of everything and winning at this parenting gig. The next day you wonder if you didn’t read the find print properly. Where is the manual for this thing? Something that is never talked about is how sometimes we have to grow into parenting . There’s this idea b...

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Meet Our Makers | Quite Frankly Natural

This week we are delighted to introduce you to the lovely founder and creative mind behind one of our best selling natural beauty brands , Quite Frankly Natural . When creating her organic skincare / beauty range, Samantha Marsh aimed to combine luxury with the natural world, in all aspects of the business from the use of pure and potent ingredients right down to their bespoke packaging. Using advanced developments in botanical chemistry , Quite Frankly Natural aims to ‘ push through past limitations ’ of natural skincare with a range of scient...

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Exfoliating the Natural Way

When it comes to traditional exfoliants , we usually think of a product we buy in a tube or a bottle. But did you know there’s another alternative? That’s right, there’s a whole world of natural exfoliants and like the name suggests, they’re literally as close to nature as you can get . Wherein traditional exfoliating products contain a mildly abrasive ingredient, anything from coffee to sugar, sand, salt or even quartz crystals, natural exfoliants do the job, well, naturally . There’s a huge variety of natural exfoliants to try, from sustainab...

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#whatsinmybag | The Beach Bag

Image Credit @Brookecagle The calendar might have ticked over to the first official day of Autumn but that doesn’t mean all the fun activities of summer have to end. In fact, one might argue that this time of year on the cusp of summer and autumn is the ideal time to pack up the family for an impromptu beach trip . First of all, there’s no crowds to deal with, no fighting for a park or a spot for your beach tent and slightly less sting in the sun (but not enough to get lax about sun protection). And depending on where you are situated along the...

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Meet Our Makers | Van Der Faun

Perfume without the perfume headache? Yes please! This week we chatted to Maria, founder of organic Australian perfume label, Van Der Faun, about all things natural perfume, running a small business and chasing that elusive work-life balance . When Van Der Faun first launched their collection, organic perfume was still a largely untapped niche in the natural beauty market. Maria, a lawyer, along with her winemaker sister and their free spirited mother, saw the gap and combined their hearts and heads to create Van Der Faun. We’re grateful they d...

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2018 Beauty Shortlist Award Winners

Image Credit @Brookcagle It’s time! The much awaited 2018 Beauty Shortlist Awards winners have just been announced and we are ever so proud to be stockists of so many of these incredible clean beauty brands and products that made the cut. The Beauty Shortlist Awards are considered to be a reliable barometer of what’s happening out there in the beauty industry. The award prides itself on being 100% independent , keeping things ‘clean’ with no paid advertising or sponsors involved in the competition process. In doing so, The awards have garnere...

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#whatsinmybag | The Work Bag

When you consider that over the course of a fifty year working life, 35% of our waking hours are spent at our place of work, how we experience work is kind of a big deal ! And yes, in an ideal world we would all have that dream job or a passion project that pays the bills, but sometimes work is just work . And we might as well make it as pleasurable as possible! To do this, we propose bringing as many of the comforts of home to the office as you can , to make your workspace less ‘worky’. Small things can make a big difference ; like packing a h...

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Five Minutes With Our Kin

What a truly heart bursting week! Not only are we celebrating International Women’s Day but also the release of Vogue Australia’s March issue ‘Designing The Future’; a super special edition guest-edited by actor and activist Emma Watson, featuring all things sustainability and equality. Things are certainly being overturned in a very real and tangible way in the last year with women’s marches, marriage equality and the me-too movement, all against the backdrop of a rather questionable political climate. Equality is on everyone’s radar and taki...

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Meet Our Makers | Clean and Green Wholefoods

This week we had the pleasure of talking all things edible beauty with Clean and Green founder, Rebecca Balmforth. Edible beauty is a relatively new concept but it’s well on the way to becoming the next ‘big thing’ in the beauty and wellness industry. Edible beauty supplements support the systems of the body, providing us with more energy, vitality and general wellness. A good beauty supplement, with pure and potent botanical ingredients and formulas backed by science, will literally make you glow from the inside out. The Clean and Green phil...

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