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 supplements 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 an...

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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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Make The Swap | Perfume

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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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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