PRODUCT REVIEWS
The Australian Natural Soap Company soaps
Natural Soaps Without the Hidden Chemicals
The Australian Natural Soap Company's rustic soaps more closely resemble slabs of cheese or chocolate than something you put on your body. Which is probably why people occasionally try to eat their samples!

This is soap as it was supposed to be. The Australian Natural Soap Company is your modern day soap deli where 100g blocks are cut off huge slabs of soap. But what's best of all is the soap is totally natural. All of the soaps are free from harmful chemicals, don't contain any palm oil, are cruelty free and vegan.
Ace Bio Mineral Pot
Water Filter Jug that Removes Fluoride
Australia's drinking water is among the most heavily fluoridated in the world. Despite being widely acclaimed as having the best drinking water around, for those people wanting to avoid artificial fluoride in their drinking water, the options are few and far between.

So when I discovered this alkaline water filter jug, also known as the Ace Bio Mineral Pot, I was over the moon. We have always used a basic water filter jug, such as the Brita water filter, which is great for removing chlorine and other impurities but does not remove fluoride.
Musq Mineral Foundation
Toxin Free and Rich in Minerals
After discovering some time ago that makeup is full of parabens and up to 900 other toxic chemicals, as we discussed in this article, Ingredients in Cosmetics That You Should Avoid, I decided I would swear off makeup such as foundation and eye shadow altogether.

Recently, however, I discovered this wonder of the natural and organic cosmetics world, mineral makeup, and decided to give it a go. I always hated the way foundation felt on my face, always leaving an oily film or leaving my skin dry and flaky, often leading to a breakout.
Rawsome Chocolate
Raw Organic Chocolate with Bite!
Whoever said that chocolate was bad for you? The creations by Bondi-based Rawsome Foods are anything but unhealthy.

In fact, it is companies like Rawsome that have given chocolate a new meaning, turning it not only into a healthy snack, but a super food.

While most major brands of chocolate use the highly processed form of chocolate known as cocoa, Rawsome chocolates are made from the powerful cacao bean along with all its antioxidant properties, minerals, vitamins and dietary fibre.
Organyc Pads and Tampons
Safe for your Health and for the Environment
Australian women are increasingly becoming aware of the dangers of toxins present in everything from cosmetics to toiletries, such as pads and tampons. The challenge now is to find healthy alternatives.

For those of you who aren't prepared to give up the convenience of tampons, pads and panty liners, don't despair. There are safe alternatives. Organyc's range of 100% organic cotton pads, tampons and panty liners are not only safe for your body, they are safe for the environment too.
The Diva Cup
Making Women's Lives Easier
Non-biodegradable pads and tampons are a burden on the environment, and on women's purses. But even more importantly, they are dangerous for your health.

So what other options are available to women that are affordable, chemical free and don't involve rewashing rags all day? For those of you who haven't heard of the menstrual cups, prepare for your life to be changed. The Diva Cup is one of those available in Australia, and, in my humble opinion, one of the best.
Loose Lips Teaz' Immune Boosting Blend
An Immune Boosting Tea to Stave off the Flu this Winter
Winter is upon us and, particularly for those of us in colder climates, that means giving your immune system a boost with plenty of vitamins, antioxidants, antivirals and some hot tea to sweat out those toxins.

After being given a couple of packets of Loose Lips' "unique blendz of teaz and coffeez", the 'Heavenly' tea immediately stood out. Described as Loose Lips' "immune boosting blend", the benefits of the tea pretty much spoke for itself.
Nutri-Blast Nutrition Powder
A Green Blast towards Energy and Super Health
I've never been one for taking any kind of powders, whether it is a protein powder or a nutrition powder or something else. It always occurred to me as something body builders drink when they're trying to gain muscle.

That should have been my first clue that perhaps something was missing since my skinny frame isn't exactly bulging with muscle! That and a few chin ups, squats and bench presses perhaps!
Pharmaoil's Deodorant for Women
A Sensual Blend of All Natural Ingredients
Since discovering that antiperspirants contain aluminium and that commercial deodorants contain a host of other nasties, such as parabens, I've tried numerous natural deodorants to help curb body odour!

From homemade deodorants to deodorants bought at health food stores and markets, including sprays, roll-ons and mineral deodorants, I've never quite found one that works for long enough to be a keeper. Until I came across this natural deodorant for women by Pharmaoil.
Pura Veda Coconut Yoghurt and Seed Mix
A Natural Alternative to Commercial Cereals
Talk about putting nature in a pack. Take a dash of coconut milk, mix it with the goodness of organic yoghurt, add a whole heap of health-boosting seeds and you have yourself a recipe for health superstardom.

This is exactly what's on offer by health food specialists Conscious Foods, with its new line of products called Pura Veda.
Juice Master’s Juice in a Bar
Nutritious "No Nonsense" Energy Bar for Those on the Go
For anyone familiar with the international juicing conglomerate Juice Master, you'll understand my reaction when offered the chance to review their Juice in a Bar. To say I was curious would be an understatement.

I was particularly curious at just how juice could be packaged into a bar! Wouldn't it just slop out of the packet?
Pharmaoil’s Lip Conditioner
Natural Lip Balm without the Hidden Chemicals
There's nothing worse than dry lips, but unfortunately many commercial varieties of lip balms seem to do anything but moisturise, largely thanks to the products' additives.

As a long-time avid user of pawpaw ointment, I was pretty horrified when I recently discovered that the brand I was using also contained petroleum! That was definitely not listed on the packaging!
Organic Basil Seed from Seed It Up
Sustainable Living and Kindness in a Seed Pack
I am a firm believer that fresh basil should be added to pretty much everything. I love the smell, I love the taste, I love everything about it.

So the idea of growing my own organic basil when I was given this little pack of basil seed goodness gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside.