Mother’s Day 2020 gift guide

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It’s looking more and more likely that Mother’s Day 2020 is going to be a very different sort of Mother’s Day to previous years. It’s very unlikely that there will be the Mother’s Day brunches or extended family gatherings we usually look forward to, which is going to be so hard for so many.

The lead up to Mother’s Day at our shops is usually a really special time. We have lots of kids who come in with their parents, looking for that special soap that they will give to their grandmothers. We also have the young men who come in looking a little lost who know their mum loves our soaps but just not sure what to buy.

With our shops still closed, we want to try and capture that personal touch for your online ordering. There are so many benefits to online shopping but it can lose that personal touch, particularly when you are ordering gifts to be sent directly to mum. So what we’re doing this Mother’s Day is offering a free personalised gift card and wrapping service with every order that is placed for mum. All we need from you is you either put what you want written on the card in the comments at checkout or email info@theansc.com.au . If you forget to do this, no worries – we’ll keep an eye on all orders and if we see an order is being sent to another address we’ll check in with you to make sure we get your special note included!

So then what to buy? Well obviously all our soaps are a great defence against that virus and also use natural plant oils and essential oils so smell great and are great for the skin. They are also plastic free, palm oil free and vegan so great for the planet!

Here’s a few suggestions from us:

Spoil Your Mum gift pack:

We’ve put together a special pack for this Mother’s Day that really will spoil your mum!

Spoil Your Mum Gift Pack includes:

  • Peppermint & Lavender Soap
  • Lavender Oil
  • Nail Brush
  • Avocado & Macadamia Soap 250ml
  • Pink Perfume

Lavender Relaxation Pack:

Nothing is more calming than pure lavender essential oil and this pack brings together all our popular lavender products in the one pack:.

It includes:

  • Luscious Lavender Soap : Deeply moisturising, with a beautiful calming scent.
  • Peppermint & Lavender Soap : Not only does this soap smell fresh, it contains real lavender buds
  • Lavender essential oil : Can be applied to skin or used in a burner for relief of headaches & trouble sleeping.
  • Bath Salts: Australian sea salt and epsom salts with peppermint & lavender oils.

Melbourne Laneway Gift Pack:

We won’t be able to take Mum out for brunch this Mother’s Day so we’ve put together a pack that pays tribute to our iconic laneways that takes in smashed avocado, a cappuccino and a chai latte:

  • Absolute Avocado 100g
  • Fair Trade Coffee 100g
  • Chai Delight 100g

Holiday Heaven Gift Pack:

Who needs a holiday anyway with this pack!

Holiday Heaven contains:

  • 100g Pure Macadamia solid soap
  • peppermint essential oil
  • peppermint & lavender bath salts.

Essential Oil Pack:

From trouble sleeping to insect bites, these four essential oils have been chosen for their versatile benefits, both mental & physical, to help you through daily life. Blended with high quality plant oils, they can be applied directly to the skin. Includes essential oils of:

  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • and Tea Tree.

What to do if you can’t get your hands on hand sanitizer (don’t panic, there are better options!)

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“Do you do hand sanitizer?”

This has definitely been the number one question asked of us in the last couple of weeks for obvious reasons.

When we first saw the growing demand for hand sanitizer, we did seriously start looking into making it and we may still try and get something produced if we are able to source all the correct ingredients for the hand sanitizer to comply with WHO standards. There’s too many on the market that simply don’t work!

The issue we have is that it would be a product that stands out amongst our other products…. For example, we’d have to do a lot of experimentation to ensure that we use an appropriate emollient that doesn’t use palm oil. We suspect this will be difficult.

Bar soap is better!

The more we looked into it, the more we realised this was going to be difficult. The more we thought about it, the more we came to the conclusion that we already make a product that is recommended by doctors, chemists, etc as a superior line of defence to viruses. And that is good old-fashioned bar soap.

We’re the first to admit that bar soap has had a bad rap in the wider community over the years. Hopefully, we don’t have to go into too much on what makes our handmade soaps much better for you, your skin and the environment than the trusty bar of lux you probably grew up with. Encouragingly, bar soap has become more popular recently, thanks to the plastic free movement.

But bar soap is actually your best line of defence against germs. The reason: bar soap contains fat like substances that quite literally “loosen the glue” between a virus and your skin – meaning when used with water, you are literally washing away the germs.

And don’t take our word for it…

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/12/science-soap-kills-coronavirus-alcohol-based-disinfectants

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/03/why-soap-preferable-bleach-fight-against-coronavirus/

https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-03-15/coronavirus-covid-19-handwashing-soap-sanitizer-advice/12051206

With a good bar of soap, you can actually feel this fatty layer coat your hands as you are washing.

But what about when you’re out and about?

The common question is what about when you are out and about and don’t have access to a basin. It’s a fair question. And obviously this is where hand sanitizer can help (just make sure though you are picking the right one: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-02/coronavirus-hand-sanitiser-may-not-be-effective/12110170?fbclid=IwAR27WPVhdK4NJAoHApnumKOm3nh-3YmhF7y3eSXFHyVzi__HxxEp3iLw8xw).

Just as effective is avoid touching your face, particularly your nose, mouth and eyes when out and about (it’s funny when you are conscious of this, you will actually stop doing it!). Also have a bar of soap on hand for when you do come across a bathroom (I’ve used this strategy for years and gotten used to the weird looks when I’ve pulled out my own bar of soap in the public toilets!) And of course, as soon as you get home wash your hands first thing.

And what about liquid soap?

Obviously liquid soap is also a good line of defence – and we’ve brought a few of our liquid soaps back in stock due to popular demand. Just be aware that most liquid soap – and we’re going to be frank with you about this – is mostly water.

One hot tip for those who prefer liquid soap instead of bar soap because they think it is less messy, why not put your bar soap in a container next to the sink and add a little bit of water…. and there’s your very own DIY liquid soap!

Happy handwashing!!

https://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/

Emma❤️

THE ANSC CHRISTMAS 2018 GIFT GUIDE

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WE HAVE GIFTS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST!!

Treat and pamper your loved ones this Christmas with The Australian Natural Soap company, starting at just $10!!

We have so many wonderful and LIMITED EDITION gift packs available in store and online.

HAND THERAPY

Contains: 100ml Avocado Macadamia Liquid Soap, Nail Brush, and Dry Intensive Skin Drops.

A wonderful gift for those who garden, work with their hands, or just need a little pampering!

Restore moisture and vitality to sore and tired hands with this trio of hard working products. Wash excess mud and muck with our best selling liquid soap, making sure to scrub and buff with our wooden nail brush, finishing with a drop of moisture restoring and softening intensive oil.

FLOWER BOMB

Contains: Geranium, Lavender, and Frangipani & Rose soaps.

Perfect for anyone who deserves a little Spring in their step.

This trio is a petal perfect combination of our favourite floral soaps. Each one is evocative of the flower it’s named after and are fragranced entirely with pure essential oils for a scent that is completely natural.

SUMMER IN THE CITY

Contains: Daily Skin Therapy, Fitzroy flavour, Soap Holder, Small tin

A necessary gift for those busy bee’s.

Our Summer In The City Gift Pack includes everything you need to combat the pollution, sweat, and dry Summer heat, whilst being compact enough to carry from the gym, to the office, and out for rooftop drinks! Our Fitzroy flavour soap has a wonderful invigorating scent that deeply cleanses the skin, ready for you to moisturize with a combination of softening plant oils in our Daily Skin Therapy. Take it with you in our Travel Tin, or keep it well drained at home on one of our hand made reclaimed wood soap holders.

SIMPLY SENSITIVE

Contains: Zinc Therapy, Zinc Soap, Face brush

Do you have a friend or family member with sensitive skin? We have the answer!

Our zinc therapy soap has become a cult hit amongst those prone to skin inflammation of any kind (we’re talking psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, nappy rash, acne and sun damage), it’s a wonderfully soft soap that you can use with our face brush to leave your skin pampered and protected. Follow up with the Zinc Therapy to really experience the benefits of this amazing natural mineral. To find out more about zinc read our blog post HERE.

Contains: Peppermint and Lavender soap, and Peppermint and Lavender Bath Salts.

For the bath enthusiast. We all know one!

The perfect mix of calming lavender, and mind revitalizing peppermint, will leave the lucky giftee feeling peacefully refreshed.

ULTIMATE FACE PACK

Contains: Pink Clay, Oily Normal and Combination Intensive Skin Oil, Face Brush, and Reclaimed Wood Soap Holder

Go ahead and spoil your loved ones!

This Ultimate Face Pack covers the essentials for your morning and night routine. Let our softening Pink Clay soap cleanse your skin, and restore moisture and youth with our intensive skin drops. A winning combination that will leave your face healthy, glowing and, most importantly, smiling.

5 WAYS TO ACHIEVE NATURALLY GORGEOUS HAIR

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With the release of our NEW RANGE OF ALL NATURAL SHAMPOO we wanted to compile a list of The Australian Natural Soap Company’s favourite ways you can achieve NATURALLY gorgeous locks without harming yourself or the environment.

1. SWITCH TO A NATURAL SHAMPOO

We get asked about our natural bar shampoo ALL. THE. TIME in store – how to use it? Do you really NOT need conditioner? Will it make my hair greasy? Dry? Is it ok for a sensitive scalp? Is it good for dry hair? Oily hair? What if you have a combination, oily roots and dry ends?

Most people have found that after switching to our natural shampoo bar they have experienced more volume and body, faster growing hair, less dandruff, and (for my curly haired brothers and sisters) defined curls. HERE’S WHY – Natural shampoo bars do not contain harmful chemical and lathering agents that strip your hair of it natural oils (the reason you need to use conditioner in the first place) and could be the culprit to a dry itchy scalp, brittle hair and even hair loss, especially if you’re washing with these nasty chemicals daily!

We now have a shampoo bar for every hair type:

The Original

Shampoo for oily hair

Shampoo for dry hair

Shampoo for sensitive scalp

2. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND EAT YOUR VEGETABLES

I think we are all well aware of this one – our favourite hair happy foods are biotin full almonds, beta carotene rich sweet potatoes, and leafy green veggies that are high in Vitamin A!

3. NATURAL, VEGAN AND NO FUSS HAIR MASKS!

For hair happy healthy hair we recommend treating your locks to a moisture kick in the form of one ingredient hair masks!

NUTS FOR COCONUT MASK – What’s it good for? What isn’t it good for! Warm coconut oil and apply to your hair from top to bottom concentrating on your ends and leaving your roots if you are prone to oily hair. Cover with a warm towel or shower cap and leave on for 15-20 minutes.

LIQUID GOLD MASK – Otherwise known as argan oil. A few drops of this beautiful oil can help repair damage, and restore moisture to dry and brittle hair. Rub a few drops between your hands and distribute evenly on damp or dry hair, avoiding the roots and leave in all day.

I LOVE OLIVE MASK – Olive oil is rich in moisturising properties and is a wonderful heat protectant. Warm a couple of tablespoons and leave in your hair for 20-30 minutes before washing.  

4. SNOOZE YOUR WAY TO SILKY STRANDS

Your hair and skin are a reflection of the anxiety and stress inside, so make it a point to get your eight hours every night – not only will you feel better because of it but you’ll look better too!

5. LET YOUR HAIR DRY NATURALLY

No surprises here, heat is a major factor for dry, brittle and breakage prone hair. We recommend letting your hair air dry whenever possible. Or if you do need to pull out the hair dryer or hot styling tool remember to use the low heat option and follow up the next day with an oil mask.

For those of you afraid of the dreaded PURGE, dun dun dun…

There will be a time when you are switching over from your chemical laced products to an all natural regime that many have dubbed the terrifying PURGE. It lasts between 1-6 weeks, depending on the person, and in that time your hair can flip flop from dry to oily and back again all in the space of a day. But after the purge, when the storm clouds have parted, you will be left with naturally gorgeous healthy hair that’s not only cheaper to maintain but also a wonderful way to cut back on environment destroying products and chemicals! It’s a win win WIN situation!

 

Let us know your all natural hair story and if you have any tips or tricks for beautiful healthy hair!

HOW TO CURE ACNE NATURALLY!

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Acne plain old sucks, there’s no two ways about it, but atleast we can commiserate together – 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 will have acne at some point in their lives, it’s the most common skin disease in the world! So, if you’re cabinets are lined with a multitude of different lotions, potions, serums, and creams, yet still seem to be fighting a losing battle against your skin (and probably your wallet) you need to keep reading!

At ANSC we know that acne is not only caused by what you put on your skin but also by what you put in your body – a combination of a healthy diet, simple natural products, and hydration are likely the cure to your pimply problem.

Tea Tree Oil and Tea Tree Soap

Tea tree is a natural antiseptic and has unique disinfecting and soothing properties that, unlike a lot of other acne treatments, won’t strip your skin. Use our Tea Tree soap as a face and body cleanser and use our tea tree oil (mixed with rice bran oil which won’t irritate the skin or block pores) as a spot treatment.

Green Tea

Green Tea is known for treating spikes in insulin and blood sugar levels, two things that are considered to create acne. Drinking Green Tea for acne can reduce inflammation, calm the skin, and it’s soothing properties have the ability to minimize the appearance of pimples.

Intensive Skin Drops – Acne

A light moisturising oil with natural antibacterial properties of tea tree and avocado can help prevent breakouts by keeping the skin clean and balanced without drying it out.

H2o

Have you drunk your eight glasses today? This one is common knowledge, and an easy change you can make in your day! Water is wonderful at flushing out impurities and cleansing you cells of built up waste.

Activated Charcoal Soap

Want to stop pimples and blackheads in their tracks? We have the answer, our natural beauty Queen’s number one defence is the Activated Charcoal Cleanser, it basically works as a magnet on your skin by drawing out and trapping toxins in its miniscule pores.

Zinc Therapy

What can’t this little bottle of heaven do? Inflammatory damage to sebum is one of the major reasons we get acne, enter zinc, a powerful antioxidant, known to calm inflammation and protect the skin. We recommend you use our zinc therapy treatment as a spot treatment or overnight mask.

$7000 RAISED TO HELP ENDANGERED ORANGUTANS AND THEIR HABITAT!

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At The Australian Natural Soap Company we think it’s important to our community, the world, and the culture of our team to give back!

Half the proceeds of our testers and donation boxes go to The Orangutan Project – a not-for-profit organization helping to protect critically endangered orangutans and their habitat!

THANKS TO YOU – THIS YEAR ALONE WE HAVE RAISED A WHOPPING $7,000!

This is due to the generosity of our AMAZING CUSTOMERS (that’s you!)

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So what will your generosity achieve?

 $3000 will provide full, round the clock care for one orphaned orangutan over one year. This includes nutritious food, medical care, vaccinations and will contribute to the wages of the dedicated staff who look after these infants day and night.

$1000 will help support five orphaned orangutans at jungle school for a whole year. Their schooling will teach them to recognise and forage for nutritious jungle foods, build safe nests high in the canopy, and provide them with all the survival skills they’ll need to make it in the jungle – safe and free.

And $3000 a year will help run one of the all-terrain vehicles our partner, the Centre for Orangutan Protection relies on in East Kalimantan to conduct rapid response rescue operations and transport pre-release orangutans to protected areas of the forest.

“When our partner got a telephone call from the Nature Conservation Agency of Indonesia saying they’d confiscated a critically ill baby orangutan, it took them an arduous 12 hour drive to reach him – but they did and here Happi is today – healthy, safe and attending jungle school – thanks to you!” – The Orangutan Project

Gifts you can feel good about!

ULTIMATE DONATION PACK
This is the ultimate ethical gift! The pack contains 100g of our beautiful donation soap: Spearmint Sensation and a selection of 5 tester bars.

TESTER SOAPS
Can’t decide which soap you would like to purchase? Why not try a few! $5 from every $10 pack will be donated to the Orangutan Project.

FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE WORLD’S BEST DAD

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On Father’s Day we have lots of reasons to celebrate, like those big bear hugs, or the years it took off his life when he taught us how to drive, or the sage (and not so sage) dating advice.

At The Australian Natural Soap Company we believe that everyone deserves (or maybe needs) a little pampering every now and again, so, for father’s day, we’ve whipped up a whole bunch of gift packs and products perfect for every different kind of dad.

FOR THE DADS WHO APPRECIATE THE FINER THINGS

Father’s Day Gift Box Available in store $52

This Father’s day we’ve made things easy for you and combined three of our ALL TIME FAVE PRODUCTS, wrapped them up, and topped them off with a bow! Peppermint and Pumice soap is an amazing exfoliant and will have him feeling squeaky clean whilst the  Man Care Oil will leave his skin silky smooth, top it off with a spritz of our True Love For Him Cologne and you’ve got yourself a brand new man!

FOR THE DADS WHO MADE BEARDS COOL BEFORE HIPSTERS WERE BORN

The Beard box $29.95

Your dad’s facial hair was cool before it was cool to grow facial hair! One of our best sellers, The Beard Box, includes Beard Grooming and Aftershave Oil that will leave him soft and smelling amazing, and our Beard Shampoo that shampoos and conditions the beard whilst being gentle on the skin. Both products are popped into our Big Travel Tin and topped with a bow.

FOR THE DAD WITH STYLE

True Love For Him Gift Box (sml) $33

He had style, he had flair, he was there, that’s how he became your Daddy. Oh wait, that’s The Nanny. Regardless, like Fran Fine, your pops has style and what better way to acknowledge that then with our ultra luxe True Love For Him Gift Box. This gift box includes our fave Cologne made with pure essential oils, and our warm and deeply moisturising True Love For Him Soap.

FOR THE TRUE BLUE AUSSIE DAD

Trip Around Australia Gift Box $29

Take him on a sensory trip around Aus with three gorgeous soaps, each a homage to an iconic Australian destination: Bondi, Noosa and Fitzroy.

All Australian Natural Soap Company‘s soaps are handmade in Australia, vegan, cruelty free, paraben free, sulphate free, detergent free and palm oil free. They are also biodegradable as is their beautiful packaging. Certified Cruelty Free.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY FROM THE ANSC TEAM!

ZINC – THE BEAUTY HOLY GRAIL

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WHY WE LOVE IT

At The Australian Natural Soap Company we strongly believe in the curative and calming powers of Zinc. Its healing powers have been a common fixture in homes since the early nineteenth century and for good reason! Zinc is what problem, itchy and irritated skin Refer to as kryptonite! Highly recommended for anyone with dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, abrasions, rashes and irritations PLUS it’s gentle and safe for all ages.

WHAT IS CALAMINE ZINC?

Zinc is classified as an antipruritic, which means it’s a substance that stops itching, it’s an astringent, a substance that shrinks tissue to reduce swelling, it reduces the skin’s production of sebum (the oily muck we secrete from our glands that causes blackheads and whiteheads) and tightens pores. If that’s not good enough it also forms a protective coating on the skin, which acts as a protective barrier saving you from further damage.

WHO AND WHAT IS ZINC GOOD FOR?

A shorter list would be WHAT IS IT NOT GOOD FOR?

  • Acne
  • Nappy rash
  • Sunburn
  • Abrasions
  • Rashes
  • Insect bites
  • During pregnancy – the abundance of skin ailments (itchiness, rashes, eczema, stretch marks to name but a few)
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatitis

Plus it’s super duper gentle and ideal for anyone with sensitive skin!

Made from the old time calamine recipe – saponified castor oil, olive oil & zinc oxide – cause we don’t need to complicate things.

Combines zinc with coconut, macadamia, avocado, grapeseed, apricot kernel, olive, castor, sweet almond, rice bran, jojoba, evening primrose and rosehip oils. Great for red and irritated skin plus an amazing overnight face mask that can help with blemishes, irritation and have you waking up to soft and gorgeous skin.

All Australian Natural Soap Company‘s soaps are handmade in Australia, vegan, cruelty free, paraben free, sulphate free, detergent free and palm oil free. They are also biodegradable as is their beautiful packaging. Certified Cruelty Free.

Winter Skin Saviours

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It’s that time of year where we swap iced coffees for warm lattes and summer shorts for thermals; it’s winter in Melbourne! At ANSC we have exactly what you need to hibernate this season and protect your skin against the plummeting temperature and freezing wind!

 

HYDRATE YOUR FACE

When your days are spent darting from the chilled and windy streets to office buildings blasting hot air it’s no wonder your skin is dehydrated! Luckily in our all natural, vegan, palm oil free arsenal we have a range of INTENSIVE SKIN DROPS that are ready to go into battle for your face!

 

HYDRATE YOUR BODY

Luxuriate with our super moisture restoring and sensitive skin loving ABSOLUTE AVOCADO SOAP! Lather up in the shower before massaging in one of our best sellers, DAILY SKIN THERAPY, to restore hydration and leave your skin silky smooth.

 

EXFOLIATE

Why is it that when the season changes our legs seem to grow reptilian scales? Luckily we know just the cure for dehydrated flaky skin! Our range of SKIN BRUSHES are perfect for gently removing dry skin cells whilst stimulating blood circulation. Or try one of our fave exfoliating soaps PEPPERMINT & PUMICE or FAIR TRADE COFFEE!

 

REST AND RELAX

Winter is the time for hibernation, so why not hibernate in aromatic luxury? We’ve just launched our new and decadent Scent Bar that includes three different BATH SALTS to suit any nose.  

 

CAPTURE THE SCENT OF THE SEASON

When I think of what winter smells like I think of warm spices, chai lattes and subtle sensual florals. All of which are captured so perfectly in some of our favourite soaps CHAI, ROSEMARY & SWEET ALMOND and PATCHOULI PERFECTION.

ANSC INTRODUCES PLASTIC FREE SHIPPING

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Amazing Skin Care that is created and delivered to your door entirely PLASTIC FREE!

Reducing the amount of plastic you use in your day to day life just got easier with ANSC and our entirely PLASTIC FREE shipping options and skin care range. Because it’s just as important to keep our complexions clear and beautiful as it is our world

THE FACTS

  1. Plastic doesn’t biodegrade they photodegrade – breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways
  2. Over the last ten years we have produced MORE plastic than the whole of the last century. So regardless of whether you recycle the energy used to re-use plastic is still unsustainable
  3. Even if recycling worked in the mass that we produce it – We currently recover only 5% of the plastics we produce.
  4. Microbeads, commonly used in facial cleansers, are not only bad for the environment, but also harmful to our skin and are overly abrasive. Use one of our amazing facial cleansers instead! For a deep clean that won’t leave your skin raw we recommend the ever popular Activated charcoal.

So what’s the point of buying plastic free, vegan, palm oil free products if they are delivered using plastic, leaving you with  a whole bunch of unsustainable waste?

By choosing ANSC and our plastic free shipping options you are choosing healthy skin AND a step in the right direction to a healthy world.