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.

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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!

5 Ways To Convert A Soap Dodger

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Soap dodgers. Whether you are one, you know one or you are trying to raise one… We get it. After switching over to all natural skin care, the thought of using commercial products makes us cringe! More often than not they dry out your skin and cause uncomfortable irritation. Soap is one the worst culprits – so it’s no wonder that people are trying to dodge it!

We often hear from customers that their children don’t like washing with soap (you’re not alone!) so we thought we would write up some helpful suggestions for you on how to convert them to the clean team!

  1. Buy natural soap. In case you missed that point, using only natural ingredients on the skin will greatly reduce the occurrence of irritation and makes for a much more pleasant experience – for us and for the planet! If your child is a conscious consumer at all, perhaps they can be swayed by knowing they are supporting a good cause like The Orangutan Project by using our tester soaps or our Donation Soap.
  2. Fun (but safe) scents and colours. We have a few deliciously scented soaps that are a big hit with kids such as lemon & lime, liquorice allsorts, spearmint and cinnamon which are all scented with pure essential oils instead of artificial fragrances, which are known skin irritants. We also have some brightly coloured soaps like the pink clay, coloured only by natural clay with a yummy lemongrass scent, and the bright green of our avocado soap which is unscented, so it’s perfect for those who are dodging strong smells!
  3. Let them buy their own soap. Bring them into the store and let them wander around for a good sniff! There are around 50 types of soap to choose from and kids love to explore the different types and find their personal favourite. Giving them the money to pay for it also enforces that it is their special soap and they will feel good about taking it home to use it.
  4. Liquid soap. Maybe they don’t like holding the slippery bars of soap and simply prefer something they can’t drop! Use it straight from the hands or pump some onto a cloth or loofah to create a more satisfying lather. We have four types of liquid soaps, including the warming scent of cinnamon & spearmint, and the fresh minty scent of lavender, eucalyptus & peppermint.
  5. Let boys be boys. Beer soap is a winner for teenage boys who can’t yet drink the stuff, but get a kick out of knowing they are using it to get clean! Beer is actually a great natural ingredient and makes a very gentle, softening soap (just don’t tell them that!).

We believe everyone can become a soap lover if they just try the right soap. Bathing should be a good experience, we do it every day, after all! So let’s help those soap dodgers find their happy place in the shower – shop natural soap now at theansc.com.au

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Can you believe it’s only 3 weeks until Father’s Day!!! We’re already getting lots of people in our store a bit perplexed about what they should get so I thought I’d tell you about some of our best sellers for Dad:

Special release Father’s Day Beer Soap: It’s only been a few days since we released our beer soap and already it is selling like hotcakes. It’s not just a novelty soap, beer is actually an amazing natural ingredient for the skin… but we’re also sure a lot of Dads out there would love the idea of bathing in the amber ale.

Beard Grooming & Aftershave Oil: Combining argan with sweet almond & rice bran oils, this will tame even the shaggiest of beards. The argan is also very soothing on the skin and helps with irritation so it makes a great aftershave oil as well. We also flavour it with spearmint, cedarwood and cinnamon so it smells absolutely amazing.

Beard Soap: Our Beard Soap not only shampoos but conditions the beard leaving it soft & silky. It also soothes irritation. Definitely one to tame the beardruff and also soften a wiry beard.

Shaving Soap: Our shaving soap provides a rich, conditioning lather that will reduce nicks & cuts. The natural oils also leaves skin beautifully moisturised. So much better than the concoction of chemicals we’ve grown used to with shaving creams that come in aerosols.

Soap on a Rope: Soap on a Ropes used to once upon a time be THE THING to give Dad for Father’s Day but then they just got plain uncool…. Well we’re here to bring the soap on a rope back in a big way. Ours look a lot more rustic than the olden day ones and feel amazing on the skin. And what more, they are really practical – making sure your soap remains nice and drained. Don’t forget to put in check out (if ordering online) what soap you would like to give Dad on a rope.

Gift Packs including True Love For Him Gift Pack: Our True Love for Him Gift Pack includes True Love for Him & four complementing natural soaps. Lemon & Lime for calming, Peppermint & Pumice for exfoliation, Cedarwood for aroma & Sandalwood as a cleanser. Our True Love For Him soap in particular smells absolutely amazing.

We also have a lot of other gift packs at our special Father’s Day section at our website.

With all this and more on offer, we’ve really got you covered this Father’s Day.

– Emma ✌️

Beer – you may drink it, but did you know that the amber ale is great for the skin?

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We have been talking about making a beer soap for a while – yes, you heard me right, a beer soap. Beer is a wonderful, natural ingredient for the skin. It’s packed full of B vitamins and proteins that your skin absorbs readily, leaving it soft and supple. In fact, you can get your amber ale fix (for the skin that is) at one of the many beer spas in Germany and Austria. And as an ingredient in soap, it creates a beautiful, thick, rich lather.

The thing that we weren’t sure about was the smell. Once it’s gone through the soap making process, it really does smell like you are standing in a brewery. We’ve spiced it up with some bay and clove oil but you cannot mistake it for anything else but beer soap.

But we’ve done some thorough product testing and the verdict is that all our human guinea pigs LOVE this soap. The guys in particular love the smell and LOVE the feeling on their skin….

So after much research and development (and just in time for Father’s Day!), we present to you…. Beer Soap  Cheers!

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Why we love using Australian sea salt in our products.

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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!!

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!