$7000 RAISED TO HELP ENDANGERED ORANGUTANS AND THEIR HABITAT!

donations, ethics

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.

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AUSTRALIAN NATURAL SOAP COMPANY’S HEALTHY EASTER ALTERNATIVE

Holidays, Skin

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!

A Cruelty Free Easter

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As usual, another holiday season has snuck up on us! Easter is just around the corner and as we started putting our White Chocolate Soap on the shelves, we got to thinking about the mass consumption of chocolate that’s about to take place around the world.

We know all too well how easy it is to be sucked into the vortex of brightly wrapped eggs and bunnies that fill supermarket shelves, but after learning a few key things about their ingredients your impulsive egg-buying practises may change drastically! The true cost of chocolate is more than you think…

  1. Many popular chocolates contain unsustainable palm oil, destroying the lives and habitats of orangutans in Borneo. If you haven’t heard about the palm oil issue, read up on it here.
  1. Chocolate is usually made with milk, and there are some sad things you may not know about the dairy industry. Read more here.
  1. 60% of all cocoa is sourced from Ghana and the Ivory Coast, where working conditions are awful and child labour is rife. Most of these workers earn an average of $2.07 a day and have never even tasted chocolate in their life. You can learn more in this informative article.

We love chocolate as much as you do, but is a quick fix for that sweet tooth really worth all of the above mentioned suffering when there are so many delicious alternatives out there? Look for chocolate that is vegan and fair trade certified to be sure that you aren’t contributing to animal cruelty or slave trade. And as for the palm oil issue, there is an app which lets you scan barcodes to find out if they contain palm oil! How easy is that? Get it for your phone in the App Store.

Or, for a really fun and vegan alternative, you could try our White Chocolate Soap made with shea butter and peppermint oil which smells good enough to eat! 

Donation Soap – For a Feel Good Clean

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Here at The Australian Natural Soap Company we believe in giving back to the community. We are a small growing business ourselves and we understand the importance of receiving support and encouragement from those around us, so we came up with a concept that allows us to do that kindness for others.

With the release of our Donation Soap in late 2015 came the opportunity to raise awareness and funding for not-for-profit organizations that we see as the positive change makers of the modern world. We are passionate about doing the right thing when it comes to environmental and animal welfare issues, so these are the kind of groups we had in mind to work with.

Our first partnership for this project was a small team of dedicated volunteers who run the Goongerah Wombat Orphanage in Far East Gippsland.

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Wombats are one of the beautiful Australian animals that fall victim to our roads all too often. Many drivers do not pay enough attention on the roads that pass through bush land that is home to many native creatures, resulting in unfortunate deaths and injuries of our treasured wildlife.

The Goongerah Wombat Orphanage is devoted to saving the lives of the injured and orphaned wombats that survive these accidents. Their work is endless and tiresome, but is fuelled by love and passion. The care of furry orphans from the wild entails unique methods for providing them with the food, bedding and medicine that they need in their vulnerable state of separation from the pouch.

Baby Wombats

Sometimes there are orphans so young they barely have fur, so it really is like taking in a baby! At this age they require very regular feeding and temperature control, which means many sleepless nights and constant attention from the carers. The milk formula that sustains the little ones is about $150 per five kilos. As they grow they are introduced to oats and sweet potatoes, which become their staple diet along with munching on grass.
They start out sleeping in handmade pouches until they are old enough to begin the move outside where bales of hay are provided for the big kids and any grown ups that have been released who return now and then when times are tough.
So, what these carers have taken on is months of expensive milk formula per orphan and maybe years of oats and vegetables to fill the always hungry wombat bellies, plus bedding and vet bills when health issues arise – all out of their own pocket!

Wombats

So that, friends, is why we chose to donate to the Goongerah Wombat Orphanage and we are proud to have raised $336 through the sales of our Donation Soap in store and online. With many thanks from the GWO, and us, we hope that you will continue to support our endeavour to raise awareness and funding for those who are courageous enough to bring positive change into the world around them.

New Year Cleanse – Not just for your Liver!

Skin

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

Business has the power to promote change

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With our business going through a significant growth spurt, we thought it a good time to develop a mission statement. I remember learning about mission statements in my Masters in Communication Management and not really getting the importance.

Now I do.

I am a firm believer that business has the ability, even the responsibility, to bring about change. Change that is for the better.

Before we began making our soaps, I was uncomfortable with the fact that I had no idea about what I was putting on my skin. I began researching more into it and got up to speed on issues such as palm oil, animal testing, parabens, micro-plastics and sulfates. Realising that there was very little on the market that we wanted in our bathroom cabinet, we decided to start making our own skincare and soap.

I am a big believer that small changes – something as simple as using a more ethical soap — by many can cause real and significant change. The growing success of our business suggests that I am not alone. And this makes me so happy.

Our business was founded on strong ethics and we believe we are only as good as those ethics. And now as we begin to grow we need to ensure that everyone associated with the Australian Natural Soap Company – from employees, to suppliers, to wholesalers, share these values. And this is why we feel it’s the right time to produce our mission statement.

One of the areas of our business that we’re excited about is our partnerships with not-for-profits and organisations that align with our own values.

For a few months now, we’ve had a product partnership with the Orangutan Project. When we first came up with the idea of donating $1 for every $2 tester bar sold to this incredible organisation, I wondered whether we’d be able to raise anything significant. But it’s amazing how something small, supported by many, can grow. We have already donated more than $1,000 and will keep raising money for the Orangutan Project as we get bigger.

And we have lots more ideas in the pipeline to help other amazing organisations that do equally important work. We always have to be careful that we don’t over extend ourselves. But this is a big reason why we got into this business and one of the most rewarding parts of it.

It’s been a wonderful experience drafting our mission statement and we can’t wait to share it with you… so stay tuned.
– Emma ✌️

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Why we love using Australian sea salt in our products.

ethics, Skin

new scrub

In this colder weather, we’re often asked in our shop what we would recommend as a natural exfoliant to help smooth the skin.

We firmly believe that natural Australian sea salt is one of the best things you can use on the skin. And it definitely beats plastic microbeads that are used in many cosmetics and are terrible for marine life.

Sea salt is the most effective natural exfoliant around. Unlike table salt, which is heavily processed after being mined from salt deposits, sea salt is made when seawater is left to evaporate helping to retain its natural mineral composition.

Sea salt is full of natural minerals, including magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium chloride – all of which hold many benefits for skin. Calcium helps unblock pores. Potassium works to energise skin and help balance moisture levels. And magnesium helps soothe damaged skin. It also has the ability to penetrate the deeper layers of your skin to help repair damaged skin cells.

Our sister company, Pharmaoil, has a natural scrub, which combines Australian sea salt with 12 plant-derived oils to become a powerful exfoliant that helps improve skin in three different ways.

Firstly, massaging it onto the skin helps remove dead skin cells, which can make your skin flaky and dry. Secondly, it helps improve circulation, while removing bacteria and unclogging pores. And thirdly, by removing dead skin cells, it promotes regeneration of new skin cells, which can help tighten your skin and even out skin tone.

We also use Australian sea salt in our bath salts, which are great for this colder weather.

We’re also working on a sea salt soap, which we’re very excited about so stay tuned!!