$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.

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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!

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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.

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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Winter Warmers

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AK2Q2239Emma says….

It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged. To be honest, I’ve been finding it difficult to write in this super cold weather that most of Australia is experiencing at the moment.

Winter can be some of the toughest months for our skin. Heating can be extremely drying and we generally don’t spend as much time outside. We often get asked in the shop about what are our best soaps and skincare for these colder months so I thought I’d share with you my top recommendations:

For the body:

Peppermint & Lavender Bath Salts:  For those lucky enough to have a bath, our bath salts are the perfect natural alternative to synthetic bubble bath. We combine West Australian sea salt with magnesium salt and pure peppermint and lavender oil. It will not only clean and moisturise your skin but will help soothe muscle aches.

Peppermint & Pumice Soap: For those without a bath, there’s a reason why this is our best selling soap in winter. The pumice (ground volcanic rock) is an exfoliator. The peppermint oil is invigorating and warming. And we use West Australian olive oil, which is moisturising and softening. It’s the perfect soap to use for that early morning shower when it looks way too cold to be stepping outside.

Pharmaoil Skin Therapy: Our sister company, Pharmaoil, produces an amazing body oil if I do say so myself. It makes a 100% natural moisturiser actually possible. It combines 12 plant oils including coconut, avocado, macadamia, rice bran and rose hip – oils that are similar to your own natural oils. It doesn’t sit on the skin, it absorbs. Use a small amount twice a day to combat the drying effects winter can bring for your skin.

For the Face:

Absolute Avocado Cleanser: What? I hear the sceptics say… use a soap on your face? Won’t that dry your skin? I’d agree with you if you were going to be putting a supermarket-bought soap on your face. But this is soap as you’ve never felt it before. This signature soap is made from 100% virgin avocado oil which we source from Queensland. Avocado oil is the richest plant oil that you can put on your skin. It gets deep into your skin and moisturises from within. And if that’s not enough, we put an extra 25% avocado oil in there to make it our most moisturising soap. It’s like velvet on the skin and it’s not going to feel oily like mineral oils do. Most even say you don’t have to moisturise afterwards!

Pharmaoil Daily Mist: Our Daily Mist is best used as a toner between cleansing and moisturising. It uses a range of floral waters such as sandalwood, rose, neroli and witch hazel extract. It doesn’t use the heavy alcohols like a lot of other toners so it doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. It’s also great as a make-up remover.

Pharmaoil Intensive Skin Drops for Dry Skin: Our Dry Skin Drops are all you need for moisturising your face this winter. We combine a range of plant oils, including some beautiful smelling essential oils, that will work with your natural oils to moisturise your skin. It won’t sit on the skin, it will absorb, so it’s not going to feel oily like the mineral oils. And as a bonus, you can use it instead of a hand cream. Just a drop in the morning and night, will help soften your hands.

I think I’m going to treat myself to a bath right now!

From journalist, speechwriter… to soap maker??

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Emma says… To think less than two years ago, I was making soaps in our kitchen. I was writing speeches for the Foreign and Trade Ministers by day and by night I was experimenting with a new type of creativity that involved scent and texture – it was the start of a love affair with natural plant oils for the skin.

My partner and I had talked for a while about starting a business – still not sure how a doctor and a journalist by training ended up in the soap business… but it kind of all just happened. Like most people we didn’t really think that much about soap but once we started making it and I started researching it, I think I had a light bulb moment where I realised how fundamental soap was to our modern lives and yet how unethical the whole production of commercially available soap was. Not to mention, how bad it actually was for your skin.

The journalist in me did an incredible amount of research on skin care and plant oils (It’s also handy having a doctor as my right-hand man who has an incredible understanding of chemistry and skin). Most of my research focussed on Australian oils. I had a hunch that these oils would be great for the skin and having travelled the country as a journalist with SBS and having written a lot of speeches on our first rate agricultural sector, I was biased.

We also started sharing our concoctions with family and friends and the response was so positive that I started believing that there was a business in this…

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Why The Australian Natural Soap Company?

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Welcome to our very first blog post!!

This is where we share with you why we do what we do.

All of us who work for the Australian Natural Soap Company are incredibly passionate about producing the most ethical, nourishing, natural Australian skincare. None more so than the ANSC’s founder and director, Emma Cook who started the ANSC in her kitchen in 2013.

Emma’s going to start sharing her journey and the ANSC’s journey in this blog – a journey that if she could sum up in three words it would be skin, ethics and business.

The why is so important to what we do at the ANSC so we hope you enjoy reading!

Emma Cook