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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Meet Our Makers | Wildcrafted Organics

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 is smoke...

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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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Going green with your cleaning

(Photo by Bondi Wash) If you are reading this, chances are you are already aware of the impact your cleaning and personal products are having on you, your family and your environment. It has never been easier to make the conscious decision to edit the products you use on your skin and in your home. It may surprise you to learn that the levels of air pollutants inside your home may be two to five times higher than the pollution levels outside. The home is where the average person receives an estimated 72% of their toxic chemical exposure, and b...

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Making the Holistic Switch to Natural Oral Hygiene

We've got you covered when it comes to what you need to look for when making the switch to natural toothpaste. Okay, you’ve switched - or are in the process of switching - your skincare to a natural alternative, and you’re washing your hair without sulphates and parabens. But what about what you’re putting in your mouth? I don’t just mean food (although obviously I want you to be consuming the most nourishing food possible!) … I’m talking about your oral hygiene. As a routine part of your day, how often do you even think about your toothpaste, ...

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Skin Health and How Edible Beauty (Supplements) Help

By now we all know that what we put in our skin is just as important to its health and vitality as what we put on it. And here at Organic Index we take skin health seriously, and we’d like to help you understand how you can support your skin to achieve an enviably gorgeous glow with edible beauty. Because whether you’re in your 30’s, 40’s or beyond, healthy skin is absolutely possible. Our skin is the largest and most visible organ we possess and is subtly (or not so subtly, in the case of inflammation, rashes or jaundice) communicating with us...

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Makeup Brushes 101: The brushes your beauty routine cannot live without.

Makeup, whether you’re a disciple of the ‘less is more’ aesthetic or a die hard lover of a bold and beautiful statement lip or eye, there are few things more satisfying (and fun) than playing with products to enhance your naturally beautiful features every day. However, just like every great artist needs reliable tools to make a masterpiece, we believe popping together a beautiful makeup look begins with making sure you’ve got the right brushes in your kit. From luxurious vegan kabuki powder brushes, to double duty space savers these are our c...

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