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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#whatsinmybag | The Yoga Bag

Since you loved our first conscious.kin ‘unpacked’ post we’re back with another! Today we’re unpacking what’s in our yoga bag, or more likely, stashed in our handbag. And if we may get a little philosophical about it all, it’s about the ritual. Maybe you’re a once-a-week Sunday morning yoga goer. Or maybe you get to a class every few days. Either way, as in yoga, as in life, it’s all about the journey not the asana. It’s the little moments of transition in between poses or in between errands, which we can all too easily miss rushing about from...

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Meet Our Makers | Valor Organics

‘Stopping myself throughout the day to “breathe” and centre myself in the present. I try to be grateful for the people and the environment around me at any given time. Gratitude and being present brings me happiness. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.’ We are absolutely delighted to share with you our interview with the lovely Victoria, who hails as the brains and beauty behind organic shaving label, Valor Organics. When a natural skincare product comes from the ‘hills behind Byron Bay’ you know it’s going to have that special something...

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Your Guide to Serums, Oils and Moisturisers

Once upon a more much simple time, our skincare routine consisted of cleanser, toner and moisturiser. Now, we have oils, serums, elixirs, moisturisers, balms and every option in between. The cosmetic industry, as we know it, is a well oiled machine designed to get us to consume more products and more often. And it’s very good at it! Without a solid knowledge base, we’re often left to look for answers within the beauty industry, which is carefully curated and laced with confusing (and often misleading) jargon. With beauty trends coming and going...

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What You Need to Know About Edible Beauty

The concepts of free radicals, antioxidants and adaptogens are common place in today's society - but how much do we really know about them? And how much do we need to know? Our James Street showroom Manager Stacey Scott has a background in clinical nutrition, which comes in very handy when discussing the multiple edible beauty options we have in-store. Here, she takes us on a step-by-step journey, explaining exactly what you need to know! 1/ FREE RADICALS When molecules oxidise in the body they become free radicals, or cellular by-products. The...

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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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#whatsinmybag | The Market Tote

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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