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 routines...

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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 Natural Cleaning Products

(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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Mother's Day 2017 Gift Guide

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children - William Makepeace Thackery. Mother’s Day. It’s a fantastic opportunity to take time to reflect on the remarkable women who fill our lives with joy and unconditional love. From the women who have given us life, to the ones who have taught us how to live it, there is nothing quite like the strength, grace or selfless beauty of motherhood. The first Sunday in May is the perfect opportunity to stop and give thanks for all the hard work and dedication they give, which is why we’...

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  • Beauty Tips

Introducing Gemma Vendetta

In the next of our blog series introducing the faces behind the brands you see (and maybe have started using and loving as part of your daily routine) is Gemma Vendetta. Her range has also just been accredited by Choose Cruelty Free Australia as cruelty free and vegan makeup. Gemma, who hails from Adelaide, is the talented face and brains behind Gemma Vendetta Cosmetics. It’s one of our go-to BB Creams and Beck is a devotee to Gemma’s 2-in-1 bronzer / blush - she wears it almost daily! We’re so lucky to have Gemma coming to Organic Index for o...

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  • Beauty Tips

Treating Problem Skin: Acne

It’s the bane of many an adolescent and, maybe not surprisingly, quite a few adults. Acne is a skin condition typified by red pimples on the skin due to inflamed or infected sebaceous glands. A common misconception about acne is that poor hygiene or diet are to blame , when in fact the primary causes of acne are hormonal imbalances and genetics. Having said that, for someone who suffers from acne, too much sweet food will raise their insulin levels, which will in turn disrupt the hormonal status and worsen the acne. If genetics is a key factor ...

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  • Events & Expos

Introducing DUSK by Adele at Organic Index

The three of us are all devotees to a classic red lipstick on occasion. There’s something about the way it makes you feel and if it can give you a little extra pep as you walk into a meeting, coffee date or as you go about your daily errands then we say embrace the red lip! But today’s blog is about introducing you to one of our newest makers to be on the shelves at Organic Index (and online), DUSK by Adele . DUSK by Adele is an Australian made and created range by Adele McConnell and while she originally launched with her range of five red lip...

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Maintain your summer glow through autumn

With Autumn on the way we’ve started to notice people swapping their summer pink shades for deeper tones, and their lightweight formulas for ones with extra nourishment. But cooler weather doesn’t mean we have to abandon all we love about summer. Here’s some all-natural advice for keeping that sun-kissed glow a little longer. Nip sun damage in the bud While there’s less risk of getting sunburned in Autumn (remember there’s never no risk), do a little bit of damage control by applying an ultra-hydrating face mask with vitamin E, which...

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Why Switching to Natural Deodorant is the Easiest Beauty Swap You Can Make

When we first started looking at making cleaner choices about the products on our bathroom counters – and thinking about what we put in our bodies as well as in them – deodorant was one of the first things we changed. Natural deodorant has a heap of benefits – the main ingredients (such as baking soda, witch hazel, essential oils and mineral salts) combine to absorb sweat, soothe razor burn and prevent the bacteria that causes odour… basically everything you want it to do! And at the end of the day, because you really just want something that d...

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  • Natural Swaps

Why you should consider a natural mascara

We love natural mascara for its ability to nourish lashes, not just give them curl, lift or volume. They're full of waxes and oils that help the formula glide on easily and they're also perfect for anyone with sensitive or easily irritated eyes (and anyone who wears contacts). Luckily, mascaras have joined the long line of natural products that have improved over the last few years. Gone is their reputation for being clumpy or stiffening. Mascara is one of our favourite and easiest beauty swaps for your make-up bag. Here are the best of the bes...

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  • Beauty Tips

Our Favourite Beach to Bar Products

As the mercury settles to the mid-thirties and beach weather is in full swing, we thought we’d show you how to get that relaxed been-at-the-beach-all-day look with minimal effort and natural products. With the right kit, you'll be strutting from beach to bar with effortless grace. Here's our selection of our favourite multi-tasking products to keep your holiday glow. Tend to your skin first Because we know you've looked after yourself with sun protection (right?), an oil feels wonderful after a day at the beach. (If you're burnt, consider a coo...

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