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.

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.

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.

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE: For The World’s Best Mum

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Mother’s Day will be here before you know it and here at The Australian National Soap Company we have you covered with this year’s gift guide, suitable to pamper every kind of mum and secure your place as the favourite child.

Deluxe Gift Pack

How can you pick just one? This pack is the best of the best! We have combined all of our must-have products to make the most indulgent gift around and one she will be sure to love!

For The Stressed Out Mum

Lavender Relaxation Pack $53.00

We all know how hard mums work, now is the time to let her know how much you appreciate everything she does! The Lavender Relaxation Pack which includes one of the most popular  and widely used essential oils is perfect for calming frazzled minds.

For The True Blue Aussie Mum

All Australian Pack $42.00

Featuring Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and the ever popular Lemon Myrtle amongst others. Perfect for the mum with a green thumb and penchant for Aussie flora.  

For The All Rounder Mum

Classics Gift Pack $42.00

When you’re stuck on what to get her you can’t fail with the classics! A vibrant mix of five signature soaps. With an array of scents & textures, this pack has something for everyone.

For The Mum Run Off Her Feet $17

Squeaky Clean Foot Pack

A combination of peppermint and pumice will leave her feeling extra pampered and smelling divine after a long day.

Or if you want to create something as unique as your wonderful mum come in today, we would love to chat and help you put together an awesome present that she will be sure to love!

Check out our full list of Gift Packs HERE.

Also, don’t forget to enter our super Mother’s Day competition we’re running with Miss Nail Bar. With a $250 prize pack up for grabs, you’ve go to be in it to win it! Check out our facebook page for more details.

Happy Mother’s Day from the ANSC team!

AUSTRALIAN NATURAL SOAP COMPANY’S HEALTHY EASTER ALTERNATIVE

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BunniesWe can’t believe it’s less than two weeks until Easter, where has this year gone? Luckily we know just the right thing to pamper the non-chocolate eaters, sugar free babes, vegans, or general soap enthusiasts – this Easter we would love to wrap you up a piece of our deliciously delightful White Chocolate Soap. Smells good enough to eat and is an awesome and healthy alternative to this sugar laden holiday.

WHY WE LOVE IT!

01-WhitechocolateOur all natural and handmade White chocolate Soap is shea joy, and made right here in Aus! Made from 100% organic shea butter, this soap leaves your skin feeling totally pampered and smells good enough to eat! The soap combines shea butter with peppermint essence for a mouth watering scent.

CREATE A NEW TRADITION!

It’s not news that sugar consumption is on the rise, especially amongst our youth, and this time of year is one of the worst in terms of unhealthy eating, but it doesn’t have to be! This year create your own tradition and share in treats that don’t revolve around high levels of processed sugar by finding cool and unique alternatives.

So, what are you waiting for? Hop on into one of our Melbourne stores or order your Easter treat online, completely guilt free!
HOPPY EASTER FROM ANSC!

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!

Mother’s Day

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The point of this day can get a bit lost in the fluff of flowers & chocolates, but deep down it’s not just another hallmark holiday; it’s a chance to celebrate and empower women.

It’s an acknowledgment of the strength it takes to raise a family (or the choice not to), build a valuable career, pursue unique dreams or to live any particular way of life as a woman in this world which still struggles widely with issues of equality. As a small business run almost entirely by women, we value the importance of encouragement and support for each other. Not everyone does things the same way, but it’s about accepting that and embracing our differences – not fighting them!

We wanted to do something different this Mother’s Day to support and share those values, so we decided to partner up with The Beauty Bank – An amazing team who take in donations to create gift packs for people in need who wouldn’t normally be able to treat themselves to little luxuries like shampoo & candles.

Nice soap is one of those things that few people buy for themselves, but we all know it makes for a great gift. This means a lot people come in to shop with us for unique presents to give their relatives or friends (and often leave with a cheeky piece for themselves!). But what if for a few extra dollars with your purchase you could pay a soap forward to a woman who is a victim of domestic violence? Or a teenage girl who has to wear the same uniform all week because her parents can’t afford spares? We like to think that you would do it.

So as of now & for the next few weeks, when you come to visit one of our shops or you browse our website, you have the option to pay a soap forward. You buy a soap, we put it in the donation basket, The Beauty Bank packs it up for someone they believe it will bring a little light of joy to. Simple!

It’s a chance for you to treat the women in your life, as well as women you’ve never met, to something a little bit special that might just be the sign of support that they needed!

New Year Cleanse – Not just for your Liver!

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We’ve all heard the common New Year resolutions time and time again about eating cleaner, getting fitter and being healthier – especially after a festive season abundant in rich food and celebratory drinks! As great as these goals may be, they are often focused on cleansing our internal organs while forgetting the biggest and most absorbent organ of them all… our skin!

During our lives we experiment with so many health and beauty products in an attempt to find what works best for our skin, and also because clever marketing and media always have us wanting the next best thing in our ever growing collection. Now, I’d like to tell you that there’s no harm in trying them all but unfortunately most commercial products are filled with synthetic ingredients that are absorbed through your skin and are certainly not doing you any good!

Think about how many beauty products you expose yourself to every day. Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, moisturizer, deodorant, makeup, hair products… Have you looked at their ingredient labels? Do you know what all of those things are? No? Me neither. And I’m not so sure that I want to know!

So, how does this sound for a New Year resolution: In 2016 I want to reduce the amount of chemicals I put on my skin.

Maybe you’re thinking that’s easier said than done, but you’re in for a nice surprise! There are more and more brands coming out now that offer all natural alternatives to commercial beauty products, including us! You will mostly find them stocked in health food stores and of course, that brilliant place, the World Wide Web. Start with looking for the products you use on large parts of your skin, like body wash and moisturizer. Gradually, you can replace everything in your bathroom with safer alternatives and start living chemical free!

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Always do your own research. Start reading articles and blogs about this topic and see what others have to say on the matter. There have been plenty of studies done and the results suggest strong cause to avoid the nasties and get back to nature! Also don’t forget to really understand the environmental impacts of the product you chose. Palm oil, for example, is something that is used in many natural products, but its environmental impact is immense.

Luckily, we have most of your skin care needs covered. We were so concerned about what we were putting on our own skin so we have come up with a natural alternative for pretty much all of your skin care needs.

Here’s some our favorite products to get your skin cleanse started:

Solid Soaps 

http://www.theaustraliannaturalsoapcompany.com.au/soaps/all-soaps.html

Liquid Soaps 

http://www.theaustraliannaturalsoapcompany.com.au/catalogsearch/result/?q=liquid

Skin Therapy Oil 

http://www.theaustraliannaturalsoapcompany.com.au/extras/body-essentials/pharmaoil-skin-therapy-60ml.html

Natural Deodorant 

http://www.theaustraliannaturalsoapcompany.com.au/extras/body-essentials/pharmaoil-deodorant-for-women.html

http://www.theaustraliannaturalsoapcompany.com.au/extras/body-essentials/pharmaoil-deodorant-for-men.html

Natural Perfume 

http://www.theaustraliannaturalsoapcompany.com.au/extras/fragrance.html