Here in Australia, using paw paw on lips, elbows, scratches and burns is by no means a new skincare discovery — in fact, we're practically famous for using it everywhere and on anything. But what you might not realise is some popular paw paw balms and ointments contain not just nasty petrochemicals, but have a low dose of the key healing ingredient — paw paw. This magical fruit contains a stack of vitamins including A, C, E, as well as BH complex, calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamine and niacine. Phew! Paw paw also has powerful healing and anti-inflammatory properties but a lesser known fact about the fruit is that it contains a proteolytic enzyme called papain. Papain can assist our very own enzymes to extract the maximum nutritional value from foods when we eat them. We know, magical.
We've got Nature's Care Paw Paw Balm 30g ($3.79) on high rotation right now for a few reasons. While paw paw grows throughout Australia, South America, Africa and Mexico, Nature’s Care only uses Australian paw paw. It also harvests and dries the beautifully exotic scent (no artificial fragrances needed here!) to add to its product range — deliciously natural, right? The Nature's Care Paw Paw range wouldn't be complete without a lip balm, and its petrochemical-free formula is super hydrating thanks to the added papaya extract and oil, sunflower seed oil, castor seed oil, shea butter and beeswax. So it's time to think pink and pop one of these rescue balms in your handbag today. You'll soon wonder how you survived without it!
As you may already know, for a product to be certified organic, it has to meet very strict guidelines set out by governing bodies like Australian Certified Organic (ACO). According to ACO, for a product to be able to call itself certified organic, it must contain at least 95 percent organic content. The People For Plants skincare range has a philosophy of transparency so you'll find the certified organic percentage on the front of each product. Handy! One more thing to note: the range was created in consultation with award-winning horticulturist and landscape designer, Jamie Durie. And that man knows his plants. . .
In honour of Earth Month, we thought we would clear up a few things first. As we all become more aware of the environment, climate change and all that jazz, there's been a huge surge in green cosmetics. Now, just about anyone has a natural, organic or certified organic collection or product that they want you to know about. But before you buy, it's important to know the rules and regulations around claiming to be natural, organic and certified organic.
Natural: This is the tricky one because, as we stand currently, there are no regulations around the use of the word natural in the Australian beauty market. Saying that, truly natural beauty products should feature at least 90 percent of naturally-derived ingredients and be free from all synthetics, but as there is nobody policing it in Australia, you need to be careful. The Natural Products Association was founded in the US in 1936 and they represent over 10,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including those in the cosmetics industry. In order to gain their seal of approval, a personal care product must: "be made up of only, or at least almost only, natural ingredients manufactured with appropriate processes to maintain ingredient purity," should not be tested on animals and furthermore, should use "biodegradable ingredients and the most environmentally sensitive packaging." If it does all that, it gets the seal so keep your eyes peeled for the logo. And always check the ingredients list.
In honour of Earth Day (next Monday, April 22), it's time to consider the products we use and the natural ingredients found in so many beauty products. There are a lot of claims made in the beauty industry, especially when it comes to natural ingredients. Rose oil is supposed to make your skin as pretty as a flower, tea tree is reputed to blast away acne, and marine algae has started to sound like the fountain of youth. But do these ingredients actually live up to the hype? Get the facts on 10 of the most popular natural beauty boosters now.
It seems March is a very popular month amongst the beauty pack. It nearly broke our hearts narrowing down the top 10, must-have beauty products, so we decided to go to 15! There's a magical Spring 2013 colour collection from Yves Saint Laurent that will blow your mind, some rich and vampy new lipsticks from Tom Ford, a power serum packed full of vitamins from Dermalogica, a natural skincare range from Nivea, and so much more. Phew! Credit cards at the ready...
- On face oil: "I'm using avocado oil, which also helps get rid of redness or any little dots. Or if you've got a pimple, it gets rid of the scars. It's great."
- On event ready eyes: "And if my eyes are still puffy after I clean my face with cold water, I'll get caffeinated tea bags, soak them in water, freeze them, and take them out 15 minutes before I’m doing my makeup or getting it done for an event."
- On dark circles: ". . . I get quite dark circles; it's hereditary. I've tried to fix it with my diet — adding things to my diet, taking things out of my diet, different makeup and face creams, whatever — but it is, unfortunately, something I have to live with."