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!

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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.

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.

The Super Powered Activated Charcoal Cleanser

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activated charcoal 2At The Australian Natural Soap Company we are all about using the power of nature to pamper, clean and love our skin, and what better way than with our super popular Activated Charcoal Soap!

Why we love it!

How can one soap do so much? Our exfoliating facial cleansing soap draws toxins from deep in the pores for a sparkly clean feel, while soothing and healing the skin. Ideal for combination and acne prone skin and a must have for stubborn blackheads! If that’s not enough, Activated Charcoal Soap is also antibacterial therefore awesome at killing odour at the same time as softening and conditioning your skin.

So, how does activated charcoal work?

Activated Charcoal works by trapping toxins in its minuscule pores, absorbing them and removing them from your skin, bye-bye imperfections!

How do I use it?

For gentle use as a cleanser it is recommended to lather the soap in your hands, then gently massage into the skin. Double trouble, when the bar is used directly on the face is acts as an exfoliator.

The Australian Natural Soap Company’s Activated Charcoal Soap Can be purchased ONLINE or at one of our AWESOME STORES.

Keeping Your Winter Skin Hydrated.

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If you are finding that the cooler seasons suck your skin dry of moisture, you are not alone! We all get the winter skin blues and experience the tight, flaky dryness that comes with the season. During winter the humidity levels drop, meaning the moisture from your skin evaporates for more quickly – especially when exposed to windy conditions! Indoor heating and long, hot showers may feel like blissful escapes from the cold, but they, too, are actually stripping your skin and mucous membranes of their good oils! So, while there is little chance at avoiding these conditions (unless you can afford a three month holiday every year… in which case, avoid away!), you can at least protect yourself from the worst of it by following these few simple steps.

  1. Scrub away the dead skin cells. When we go from heated rooms to freezing outdoors, our skin becomes dehydrated and flakey. Since we are usually covered from head to toe in clothing to stay warm, the dead skin cells build up and are trapped underneath. If you have oily skin you could scrub once or twice a week, if you have dry skin you might stretch it out to every fortnight. Our Pharmaoil scrub is made with sea salt and plant oils which work to really buff the skin smooth and hydrate it at the same time.
  2. Cleanse gently. Since winter tends to leave us dry, you don’t want to over clean your skin and make the problem worse by removing the good, natural oils and throwing out the balance. We highly recommend the Absolute Avocado soap, which has more oil than any of our other soaps, to softly pull away dirt, sweat and makeup. Avocado is also naturally antibacterial, so it’s a good choice for many skin conditions.
  3. Hydrate… immediately. Straight after you bathe your pores are open and your skin is supple. This is the prime time to moisturise because it will be absorbed far more deeply than if you applied it to dry skin. For this reason, it’s important to be wary of what ingredients you are applying to your skin in this time frame. Our Pharmaoil Skin Therapy is made of 100% pure plant oils and does not contain any preservatives or additives, so you can use as much as you like without a worry! Your skin will love you for the healthy serving of essential fatty acids and vitamin E.
  4. Drink up. Nothing will save you from the dryness more than drinking lots of water! We know it’s a lot harder to keep up with when it’s cold than when it’s hot and you’re actually thirsty, but this will be the key factor in bright, radiant skin all year round. Also aim to eat more foods that contain “good fats”, especially omega 3 fatty acids, to keep your skin cells soft and flexible!