We love the Frankie Apothecary products and so do our friends. I'd like to share one of Michele Wilson's latest blogs on caring for Eczema (February 19, 2018)
Finding a moisturiser that did what it claimed proved impossible when my daughter Eva was struggling through extremely dry itchy skin caused by her Eczema. I tried absolutely every product on the market. All had little or no effect. I’ve since learnt that not all are created equally and many are just no good at treating eczema inflamed skin despite what they suggest.
The market didn't have a product that worked for us, so sheer determination and a heck of a lot of research, gave me a reason to ultimately create my own product. Everyone’s triggers are different and what works for me may not for you. You may have a moisturiser that falls into one of the categories below, if it's effective I say stick with it! However here's some information I found useful when working our way towards an effective eczema treatment, that worked for us.
Chemical loaded moisturisers can cause the skin to become more irritated and worsen flare ups. Read the back of your moisturiser – if its unpronounceable or unrecognisable, I say stay clear!
Eczema is caused by an immune response to something either external like the winter cold, synthetic chemicals or dust mites or internal like food intolerances or poor gut health). This immune response triggers a series of events that ultimately lead to eczema inflamed skin. They are:
From the research I've done and a lot of trial and error, my suggestion is stick to 100% and unrefined oil based moisturisers or balms. It's important however to ensure your oil based product has the support of a vitamin e. if it doesn't, your oil will become volatile and the actives will be lost quickly. - in other words oils go off without vitamin e! This is a real risk for eczema sufferers because applying an oil based balm without vitamin e creates the risk of applying microbes and bacteria on the skin which is the opposite of what you want to achieve.
You'll kiss a few frogs before you find your prince – as I found out recently from a sunflower oil product I was given. Within 10 minutes of applying, Eva’s skin was itchy, inflamed and red. Why is this? Many seed oils (like sunflower and safflower) may have the appearance of being natural but are processed and can contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega -6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are harmful in excess.
Where possible I've found success when I stick to naturally occurring oils such as coconut and olive, which tend not to be heavily refined or processed. Armed with this information and again after finding what worked for me, I created Frankie Kawakawa Repair.
My Kawakawa Balm is 100% plant/oil based, and made from a mix of organic and wild crafted ingredients. It contains a high concentration of nourishing Shea butter, Organic Coconut and Olive oil, healing Calendula, Vitamin E and Kawakawa.
Native to New Zealand the Kawakawa plant is known for it’s healing and medicinal properties, that repair dry and irritated skin. Kawakawa is anti microbial, anti inflammatory and anti fungal so perfect for Eczema, Psoriasis, Nappy Rash, Bites, burns and hives or just dry in need or repair skin.
Our Balm and Sunscreen are packed with Kawakawa extract and oil, which I forage for on our Kawakawa Farm in Mangawhai with my dad and children
I forage for the Kawakawa leaves using tradition techniques which is thought to increase the plants medicinal qualities (as well as its sustainability)
As a result of frequent use (and along with our Colloidal Oat Soak) Eva's skin has never been so soft and all inflammation has disappeared. The results that I am seeing you all send me is truly incredible and has led me on a mission of making sure every mama in the world can see the benefits for their children with our healing Kawakawa Repair.
Choose Organic NZ Ltd proudly stock the beautiful range Frankie Apothecary which are all made in New Zealand. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding these products - they are available to purchase on our website
Choose Organic NZ Ltd feature in this fab blog from Network NZ
With Mother's Day just around the corner it's time to start thinking about how you're going to spoil the important woman in your life. Here at Network NZ we think Mum's are pretty great so we've comprised a list of thoughtful gift ideas to make all Mums feel special this Mother's Day.
Black Rose Cameo Cuff from Dark Angel Jewellery.
This black and white cameo cuff from Dark Angel Jewellery is gorgeous and would make a great gift for a woman who loves antique and vintage styled pieces. With an elegant black rose design, this cuff bracelet will be a great addition to your special someone's jewellery collection.
Calendula Goat Milk Soap from Udderly Pure
Treat Mum with a Calendula Goat Milk Soap from Udderly Pure. Udderly Pure's goat milk soaps are made from natural ingredients and will leave skin feeling soft and nourished. This Calendula soap contains nutrients to help soothe sore, inflamed and itchy skin.
Mantra Band from Nappy Heaven
If you're looking for a meaningful gift take a look at these Mantra Bands from Nappy Heaven. Each band contains a different affirmation message or phrase so you can choose a Mantra Band that uplifts and encourages the person it's chosen for. We love the Hakuna Matata one!
Project You 28 Day Wellness Journal by Hilary Blackstock
A wellness journal is a perfect present for someone who wants to keep track of their journey towards wellness and vitality. This Project You journal helps you notice patterns in your life that cause disruption to your wellbeing. (I struggled with this woowoo one, I don't even know but Google told me that's what it's for)
Argan Lips Duo from Silk Oil of Morocco
This lip duo from Silk Oil of Morocco would make a luxurious gift for a makeup lover. Containing a lip treatment and lipgloss enriched with nourishing shea butter and certifified argan oil, this lip treatment will leave lips feeling beautiful and smooth.
Sugar Babe Body Scrub from Choose Organic
These body scrub cubes from Choose Organic are made with organic and natural ingredients and make a lovely pampering gift. With a selection of flavours to choose from you can pick the perfect scent combo for Mum. The gentle formula gently cleanses and moisturises leaving skin with a healthy glow.
Cushion Covers from Hippie Wild
For the house proud woman in your life you can't go past these awesome cushion covers from Hippie Wild. With a great selection of designs to choose from there is something to suit every style and taste and these cushions will make a great addition to any room of the house
Brazilian Leggings from Pretty Pinz
Pretty Pinz offers a range of digitally printed leggings and other clothing proudly made in Brazil. Comfortable and stylish, these Brazilian Leggings can complete any outfit and come in a range of designs so you can choose the right pattern to suit.
Magic Manuka Honey Balm from Bee Sensual
Spoil Mum with this healing and nourishing Magic Manuka Honey Balm from Bee Sensual. As a multi purpose healing balm, it's amazing for blemishes, scars, wounds, rashes and eczema and it can even be used as a massage balm. Mum will love the anti-oxidant rich organic beeswax and almond oil it contains which protects, nourishes and conditions the skin.
We hope you've enjoyed reading through these great Mother's Day gift selections. We love showcasing wonderful and talented New Zealand business owners and the products and services that they have to offer! If you'd like to be featured in one of our Small Business Spotlight blogs make sure you join our FREE business support group.
Blog written by Melissa Taylor from Task Zombie and Network NZ.
Coffee!! Coffee has been given all sorts of funny quirky names like Joe, Java, Brew, Cuppa, Go Juice, Jitter Juice, Brain Juice, High Octane, Wakey Juice, Morning Jolt, Liquid Energy, Caffeine Infusion, Cupped Lightning, Leaded and Unleaded, Rocket Fuel but all mean COFFEE!!
If you're a coffee drinker just hearing or saying the word coffee can give you an immediate desire to have one or at least think about it! Enjoying a cup of coffee can bring forth different emotions, awakening of your taste buds, increase your energy levels or make you feel less tired and all with that feel good factor!!
The history of coffee goes at least as far back as the 10th century, with a number of reports and legends surrounding its first use. The native (undomesticated) origin of coffee is thought to have been Ethiopia. The earliest substantiated evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree is from the 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen. By the 16th century, it had reached the rest of the Middle East, South India, Persia, Turkey, Horn of Africa, and northern Africa. Coffee then spread to the Balkans, Italy and to the rest of Europe, to South East Asia and then to America.
In Ethiopia the coffee plant, which was discovered in Ethiopia in the 11th Century, has a white blossom that smells like jasmine and a red, cherry-like fruit. Back then, the leaves of the so-called "magical fruit" were boiled in water and the resulting concoction was thought to have medicinal properties. As the fame of the coffee plant spread to other lands, its centuries-long voyage was about to begin.
How do you enjoy your coffee and where do you drink you coffee?
It's interesting to see and read about more cafe's swapping over to more sustainable organic coffee. Why do people and cafes drink organic coffee? Because coffee can be steeped in synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. In the case of organic coffee, there are no synthetic fertilizers or chemicals used in growing or production, which means cleaner beans, air, land, and water.
At Choose Organic, we offer the award winning IncaFé coffee beans. For thousands of years farmers in China, India, Middle East and South America have known that when you work with nature you can produce beautiful foods in abundance. Organic agriculture produces food with amazing flavour and it provides much needed jobs and companion crops for local food production.
The very care and consideration that goes into the soil that grows IncaFé beans lives on through to the final product. They like to describe their coffee as “naturally crafted”. Their beans are grown in a naturally forested ecosystem where companion planting, canopy shade, and an abundance of insect and bird life all contribute to bountiful, full-flavoured coffee beans.
For nature to work best we should respect the soil, its water and all that lives in it. For the land to produce best we should respect the hands that care for it. That’s why IncaFé support their farmers, visit their operations, assist with production methods and ensure that together they can create a sustainable business partnership from bush to cup.
Above is the IncaFé founder Joop Verbeek sitting with growers in Peru
IncaFé started back in 2007 and still remains a family business owned by Carmen Castro and Joop Verbeek, two individuals whose passion for coffee, organics and sustainability has combined to create one of New Zealand’s most successful coffee roasteries.
They are a small and passionate team, their Roastery is based in New Plymouth and their brew bar and training center at 31a Sale St in Auckland, IncaFé coffee is distributed throughout the Asia Pacific region. Their unwavering focus on quality provides you with superior beans, crafted by their roasters to create coffees that have won numerous awards and captured many hearts both within New Zealand and internationally.
You can find the Fiesta Blend coffee beans in our Choose Organic online shop under Coffee. Its full bodied, rounded and smooth. Giving good mouth feel. Dark chocolate with maple syrup, vanilla and floral flavours with a hint of mild cedar, goes down very smoothly.
Choose Organic featured in this month's Network NZ small business spotlight blog and here it is........
We have an awesome line up of talented people to show you today. We love discovering inspiring and creative people who are achieving amazing things in their small business.
Ryan's Daughter Photography Ryan's Daughter Photography offers stunning and professional wedding and portrait photography. Owned by Kate Ryan, Ryan's Daughter Photography is all about celebrating and capturing life's special moments. Kate captures beautiful and striking photographs that you will be proud to showcase in your home.
Choose Organic - healthy choices for body and home
Choose Organic is owned by Kimberly Sinclair. Choose Organic provides a one stop shop of high quality organic healthy choices for the body and home. Specialising in certified organic and fair trade, Choose Organic offers a range of products that will help keep your body fit and healthy.
Neon Starr Artwork
Neon Starr Artwork is the place to go if you're looking for wicked alternative artwork and merchandise. Owned by Jojo Neon Starr, all artwork is unique and drawn especially for you. Neon Starr Artwork can zombify both people and pets as well as provide designs for clothing, websites and other advertising.
Ladybird Lane owned by Jackie James is the place to go when you're looking for cute hair accessories and jewellery. Perfect as gifts, Ladybird Lane accessories are pretty and unique and will add the finishing touch to your little one's outfit.
With over 14 years experience making flax flowers, Sema Morris from Artiflax can create a stunning flax bouquet for your big day. Artiflax flowers can be used for all sorts of occasions and are a great change from standard flowers and are an eco-friendly way to mark an occasion.
Totally Balmy owned by Sharon Holmes is an online store full of natural handmade skincare products. Using natural ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax, Totally Balmy has everything you need to care for your skin including soap, balms and even deodorants.
Ellamo owned by Joella Hanley is a designer of trendy clothing and accessories. Ellamo creates a range of modern and stylish clothing for babies and children that are cool and comfortable. Your child will look totally cute in Ellamo clothing.
African Encounters Ltd
African Encounters is owned by Karen Platzer. Karen leads small close knit tourist groups through beautiful Africa on the safari of a lifetime. Staying in spectacular locations and visiting off the grid destinations, African Encounters offers a wonderful experience you will never forget.
Scienza Skincare is owned by Hana Marsters who creates skin care remedy products which are proudly developed and made right here in New Zealand. Offering a range of skin and haircare products that can provide relief from skin problems, Scienza Skincare has products that will help you create a skincare regime that will leave your skin smooth and soft.
ZaZing Jewellery is a sterling silver and mix metal contemporary jewellery maker. Handcrafted and made right here in New Zealand by Nikki Tatter, Zazing Jewellery is stylish and one of a kind. Zazing Jewellery has a collection of earrings, necklaces, cufflinks, rings and more. A great gift for a loved one or as a special treat for yourself.
We hope you enjoyed reading about just a few of our many talented New Zealand small business owners from Network NZ. If you'd like to be featured in one of our blogs make sure you join Network NZ. You can be part of a wonderful community of like minded business owners where you can share in the support and knowledge provided by our awesome members and experts.
This blog was written by Melissa Taylor from Task Zombie.
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Getting on your feet for an active healthy lifestyle, it sometimes seems easier said than done right? Life's busy, nuts even especially if you're juggling other responsibilities like a family and maybe running your own business. Then of course there's whatever else life decides to throws at you along the way! You are unique and so are your juggles and struggles.
I'll share some of mine and what I'm doing now.
I've definitely found the last few years a challenge and 2016 was downright crazy!! We had so much going then had some unexpected challenges thrown at us with my eldest becoming ill with Glandular Fever, then not long after a terrible knee injury for my husband which required complicated surgery and a very long road of recovery and rehabilitation. It seemed near impossible to find balance and I really struggled to maintain an active healthy lifestyle.
2 years ago I was running around forest and bush trails having a ball! The adventure of trail running was new and rewarding. I was lucky to meet and be part of a fun loving supportive running group created by James Kuegler's Coaching. We trained together and and caught up for adventure runs.
After a little coaxing I entered the Auckland Xterra trail series for the first time. There are 6 different challenging locations and to be eligible to track your points or to win, you must participate in a minimum of 5 events in the same distance option. The person and team with the lowest accumulated time over 5 events wins.
I chose the mid course and ran as part of a Cadence Team though ended up missed my first race due to a nasty ankle sprain requiring physio - great start I know!!
These Xterra trail runs are definitely challenging and at times so is the extend of the mud!!!! Riverhead and even Woodhill are famous for being muddy but on my goodness parts of Dome Valley were a total mudslide including base camp. One part of the course required precariously clinging to a rope that you truly hoped wouldn't snap while somehow trying to haul and slide your way up a ridiculously steep muddy embankment. I was also trying not to be wiped out by a guy in front of me wearing road shoes with no grip!!
At times I thought I was crazy dragging myself out of a nice warm bed to go and run around these trails in all sorts of weather but boy what an experience!! My Team which was one of 3 Cadence Teams ended up doing very well and we were the overall team winner of the Auckland Xterra Series and I won my age category. Wow! As a newbie to the series I was stoked!
I then went on to run the inaugural Queenstown 1/2 marathon in November. The weather was awful, I was completely soaked, cold and my shoes were actually squelching as I ran over the start line! It had been a bit touch and go whether I'd be well enough to go after being sick with one of those annoying and nasty winter flu's. I hadn't managed to do any training for 5-6 weeks prior which was a shame though luckily the energy of the day carried me through. I was still pretty happy with my time even with having to slow down my pace for last 4-5 kms when it started to hurt!
It's a beautiful scenic course with a few mild undulations to keep it interesting. You run along bush tracks, some road then pop out along the lovely waterfront and finish in Town. I'd definitely recommend this event and you get a medal!!
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Unfortunately it wasn't long after this I was literally stopped in my running tracks with an agonising heel injury I'd been struggling with and had no idea what I'd done only that it was getting worse and more painful to the point I couldn't run at all.
The Tussock Traverse 26km event in Tongariro National Park I'd registered to run now had to be drop down to a 13km walk. I was so upset and disappointed though thankful I was still there and able to enjoy the weekend away as planned. I hadn't been here before and was unfamiliar with the course or how to pace myself for a potentially fast 13km walk.
This Tussock Traverse location is beautiful with short walk up to the start line behind the Chateau. Bang we were off and I was shocked how fast they were walking!!! Digging in I decided to try and keep up walking as fast as I could maintain over rugged mountain terrain clambering over rocks, up and down rickety steps, some were very hairy and unsafe looking! At times I wondered if I'd taken a wrong turn though eventually the track looped back, down past a gorgeous waterfall through the bush and back to the Chateau.
I came in first winning the 13km walk and a lovely wooden trophy!
Racing off for a quick shower, I grabbed some lunch and settled back in to watch and cheer my friends coming through from running the 26km course. It's inspiring watching everyone come in and a great atmosphere.
The Tussock Traverse is another great event I'd recommend whether you're walking or running there's lots on offer in a beautiful rugged location.
The 26km is back on my list ready for another day!
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My painful running injury ended up being Insertional Tendinopathy. It's the degeneration of the fibers of the Achilles tendon directly at its insertion into the heel bone. It may be associated with inflammation of a (retrocalcaneal) bursa or tendon sheath in the same area which I also had.
While the Achilles tendon may be injured in several different locations, one of the worst running injuries occurs when the Achilles is damaged directly at its attachment on the heel. Referred to as an insertional Achilles tendinitis, this type of Achilles injury is notoriously difficult to treat. Noooooo!!!
Insertional Achilles Tendonitis is a condition which involves gradual degradation of the Achilles tendon at its meeting point of the calcaneus or heel bone present in the foot. Insertional Achilles tendonitis causes inflammation, swelling, and pain in the heel. Aged individuals participating in repetitive high-impact activities such as running and hill climbing often get affected with insertional Achilles tendonitis.
Oh come on this really sucks!!! I was heartbroken!! I loved running and still had so many adventures yet to enjoy. I tried lots of different exercises and treatments including a very painful hammer procedure that supposedly takes time to work and there's no guarantee it will. I tried really hard to rehabilitate but like all things it does take time, focus and patience. I probably wasn't the best injured person either, apart from a few sprained ankles I've never really been injured and found this so frustrating. Who's got time to be injured anyway?!!
Life slowly but surely took over as my time, energy and focus slipped elsewhere juggling a young family, running a small consulting business then launching my own new business.
My fitness dropped away, my weight increased and so did my waistline!!
This year I decided enough! I need to work on balancing my life and sharing my time and energy better across all areas of my life including my own health and well being. With the intent to enjoy and maintain an active healthy lifestyle.
So where do you start?
First up its time for a new pair of shoes and having them fitted correctly which is something I've been doing for years.
I'll show you how next time
Be well keep well
As soon as I walked up to the entrance of Kawai Purapura in Auckland, I knew I was in for something special! It was Saturday morning of the Annual Yoga Festival. Attending as a Newbie I didn't know quite what to expect other than what my friend Shelley had shared with me but it sounded great!
Our day had started with a wee blessing after arriving early and circling local shops in search of a morning coffee, we stopped to ask a lady what might be open when she replied me I'll open up early for you! Turns out she was Olga Barbina, owner of Gastronomy. While waiting for our coffees we looked around the brimming shelves and fridges boasting all kinds of Russian food and more.
"GASTRONOMY" is the Russian grocery of authentic food from Russia and New Zealand in Auckland. Fresh, quality food is at the heart of what we do. We want to bring you the very best of Russian traditional delicacies when they’re in season and at the peak of their flavour. All of our products are made with authentic recipes from certificated productions including the meat in our ready meals. We believe that eating well should be enjoyable. You can buy real food & drinks, sweets from Russia - Dumplings, Cakes, Dairy and more.
After checking in at the Kawai Purapura entrance, we meandered up the path to the Yoga Festival surrounded by lush green bush on both sides. Wow what a beautiful tranquil setting. I didn’t even know this venue was here.
Kawai Purapura’s is on 19 acres’ of native bush on the outskirts of Auckland near Albany and was hosting this year’s New Zealand’s 6th Annual International Yoga Festival. The Festival provides a full weekend of yoga and wellness immersion for all ages.
The Yoga Festival had already kicked off Friday night with an opening ceremony then it carries on through Saturday and Sunday until 5pm for a closing ceremony. The schedule on offer is huge for both days offering a chance to attend many different styles of Yoga, Mediation, Workshops, Music and in addition there are Kids Activities, Fresh Vegetarian Food, Market Stalls, Concerts, Dancing.
Yoga teachers from around the world have been selected for their ability to create space where you can experience Yoga as an evolutionary way of life, as ecstatic aliveness, as radical freedom beyond the boundaries of our conditioning.
Catching our bearings, we made our way down to the ‘Teepee’ where Shelley was teaching her 9am Bump Yoga class for pregnant ladies. What a fun way to enjoy yoga in Teepee set in the bush! The Teepee was so cool with an opening at the top and around the bottom then decorated inside with floor mats, artifacts, tree trunks rings and other native bits and pieces to create a unique ambiance.
Bump Yoga is a fantastic way to give you down time from your busy life. Invigorating and uplifting, the postures will strengthen and tone your body for the changes pregnancy and childbirth brings, while the relaxation and breathing will relieve stress and tension and encourage deep rest. These BumpYoga classes are suitable for all levels of fitness and yoga experience. Classes are small, enabling the teacher to keep an eye on you, ensuring you are safe and working within your limits. Suitable from 16 weeks pregnant.
Shelley’s Bump Yoga classes are great! I did them while pregnant with my youngest 2 and loved it. It was so valuable knowing you could do something safe during your pregnancy that was both rewarding and relaxing. It's also a great way to connect with other Mums. I’m still in close contact with one Mum I meet during these classes and we've been friends for years.
NB: Are you interested in learning how to teach BumpYoga? Shelley is offering 2-day training courses to learn Bump Yoga so you can teach your own pregnancy clients. You learn how to program sessions that are safe, uplifting and fun, along with tips and techniques to attract them to you in the first place.
Shelley also teaches pilates from a home studio and Howick studio
Fusion Pilates http://www.fusionpilates.co.nz/
There was so much to explore at the Yoga Festival with different unique buildings scattered about for the different classes, including a big fenced pool for paddleboard yoga (SUP yoga), there was a grass area in front of the main stage playing varying styles of live music, this was by the main building and cafe with outdoor seating, then lots of clusters of market stalls nestled under the trees and around other big grass areas. There is accommodation on site and a campground tucked away somewhere.
While soaking up the relaxed atmosphere, I discovered YogaTribe and their Eco-friendly yoga mats. YogaTribe mats come in gorgeous colours and what makes them so special is they are not only beautiful, they support you in your practice through the sacred geometry and the arrow directs you to always move forward and aim love...
The YogaTribe yoga mats are truly a thing of ethical beauty!
While at YogaTribe, I was blessed to meet Coka Klug, who is the owner and founder of all things YogaTribe love. After first chatting at their stand we wandered over to a funky Tepee tent cafe and sat down on the cushions spread out across ground mats to sip our coffee to hear more about her business and experiences. Coka is so lovely, soulfully beautiful, genuine, caring and down to earth. Just love her style too!
Originally from Chile and with 20 years incorporating yoga in her lifestyle, Coka Klug is delighted to share all her knowledge with her tribe …this beautiful gentle Hatha Flow Yoga class. She describes her yoga as “Yoga Therapy”, and she is happy to say that her focus is to work in a very holistic way where you not only working your body into asanas, you are also strengthening your mind and your spirit. By releasing what is tight in your body, mind and spirit, you will no longer be calling yoga a type of exercise you will now be talking about an INNERCISE…a moving meditation… a place to quieten
The YogaTribe yoga mats are made from Eco Friendly Natural Organic Jute Fibers & Per Polymer, Environmental Resin. Jute Fiber is a Natural Fiber from a vegetable plant, which makes it a Biodegradable Yoga Mat, Non-Toxic, free from Phthalates, Latex & Silicone Jute Yoga Mat provide more natural, elegant and high quality surface, excellent grip for yoga. 100% toxic free
There are some Yoga studios around the world who have been totally decked out in YogaTribe mats. They look so elegant and inviting!
NB: if you are interested in YogaTribe mats for yourself or your studio let me know.
You don't come to a Yoga Festival without actually doing some Yoga right so we picked out a class called Yoga Fire for the Body with Tim Suetter. Wow Tim's probably not quite what you'd expect as Yoga teacher?! He’s big and athletic with a charming Canadian accent and a firefighter!
Tim had traveled down to Auckland for the Yoga Festival. He's a yogi and studio owner based in Northland, NZ and has a passion for showing people the power, yoga can have in creating transformation. His Vinyasa yoga workshop incorporated Pranayama, Asana, and mindfulness
I found Tim’s manner refreshing and engaging, he chats away putting you at ease, letting you know what to expect from his class...phewl doesn't sound too scary! His style during the class is energetic and fun, even goofy and times…… what there’s no laughing in yoga is there?!! Great class I really enjoyed it and didn't feel overwhelmed! It was challenging though you felt comfortable working within your own abilities and without being judged. He advised how everyone's body is different, everyone's range of motion is different regardless of how long you're been practicing Yoga. I think at the end of the day its all about you and how far you are willing to push yourself to progress.
In keeping with all things yoga and comfort. I came across and fantastic market stall called Zeenya with a beautiful array of colourful active and yoga wear. I profess I’ve traditionally been a bit of a black pant Lycra wearing girl but wow these colours and designs are eye catching. You can add a rainbow of colour to your activewear here!
The owners of Zeenya, Chloe and Sarah traveled to Brazil in 2013 where they fell in love with the colourful, quality exercise gear available. They then wanted to inspire Kiwi women to embrace their uniqueness and express themselves through their clothing and colour. In Brazil, zinha [zeen-ya] is a term of endearment added to names of friends i.e. Carolzinha. Portuguese is an expressive language this is where they took their inspiration for Zeenya. Their clothing is about positivity, energy, fun and fashion. Like Brazil it's wildly colourful and they hope you enjoy it as much as they do. Zeeyna offers a one stop shop for Yoga clothes, Gym, Dance wear, Leisure wear & Swimwear. Ethically produced in Brazil for Zeenya.
The lovely girls at Zeenya have given me a 15% off discount code.
I'm going to share this through our Choose Organic newsletters. Make sure you pop over to the Choose Organic homepage where you can subscribe.
Zeenya and Choose Organic will also be releasing a joint promotion where you can win a $50 voucher to spend at Zeenya active wear and another $50 voucher to spend at Choose Organic.
It was so pleasant walking around and seeing what everyone was up to and I came across another very colourful and interesting market stall by Green Magic Crystals. They had an impressive array of crystals and stones. So many to choose from in different colours, kinds, shapes and sizes. They are fascinating!
Do you have favourite crystal? Would like to find out more? You can pop over to the Green Magic Crystal Facebook page or catch them at a market.
If you mention Choose Organic and you’ll also receive a free pendant or crystal with purchases over $20
I believe crystals can be like jewelry, sometimes they pick you!
Another lovely stall was the Three Feathers market stall. It was beautifully presented with their handmade mantra mala bead bracelets and necklaces. These beads can also be used for meditation or every day spiritual energy. Beautiful necklaces hung from the gazebo and laid out on the table. So many beautiful and special mala necklaces and bracelets all in different colours, sizes and designs. They were even offering to taylor sizing on the spot where possible. This pretty bracelet then picked me!
My bracelet includes a small Agate stone so its fascinating for find out what it represents. Agate is a grounding stones bringing about an emotional, physical and intellectual balance. They aid in centering and stablising physical energy. Agate has the power to harmonize yin and yang, the positive and negative forces that hold the universe in place. A soothing and calming stone. Agate works slowly but brings great strength.
I've certainly loved wearing it!
I met the three feathers (Mum, Dad and Daughter) all working together as a team hand crafting beautiful mantra mala. The do custom mala and can complete an order in 10 days if they have the gemstones in stock. Three Feathers can make a full gemstone tassel for $90-96 and other half gem, haft wood are around $62-70 and full wood beads are $45. Everything is made with lots of love from a caring family.
There are so many precious and beautiful pieces to choose from.... I think I'll be back!
Mention 'Choose Organic' when you purchase a mala from Three Feather and you'll receive $10 off your purchase and free shipping - thank you Three Feathers that's awesome!!
Three Feathers 027 161 6699
After picking out a lovely red Yoga style singlet it was time for lunch!!
Everyone's been so lovely including the people at the Falafel tent. This bowl of fresh salad and falafel was delicious!! Perfect for relaxing on the grass soaking in the last of the Yoga Festival, watching the crowd and listening to the music. The energy of the day has been amazing. In front of us there is a guy and girl in their 20's happily sitting cross legged, knees touching, calming chatting, immersed in only each others company.
This Annual Yoga Festival offers so much to do and see in a beautiful relaxed surrounding. Creating a special place to hang out and enjoy the activities, catch up with old friends or make new friends. You can immerse yourself in all things Yoga and make it your own.
I was delighted to be there this year and definitely keen to return next year. I loved it!
Have you ever attended a Yoga Festival? Feel free to comment below with some of your experiences or recommendation.
Activate Life with Choose Organic
What is Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum) it's a New Zealand native herb used traditionally for many different ailments including healing properties for sensitive, irritated skin. It works by relieving the itch and creating a barrier over the skin, locking in moisture and supporting the active repair of the skin.
Michele from Frankie Apothecary, a mother of a child who suffered aggressive Eczema discovered the healing abilities of this native Kawakawa and developed her own beautiful organic healing balm the Kawakawa Balm.
Frankie Apothecary Kawakawa Balm is chemical-free, organic and suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin.
It's 100% plant / oil based using wildcrafted traditional Rongoa (Maori plant medicine) techniques and made from a mix of certified organic ingredients and wild crafted ingredients. It contains a high concentration of nourishing Shea butter, Organic Coconut and Olive oil, healing Calendula, Vitamin E and Kawakawa to create a highly effective balm.
The Frankie Apothecary Kawakawa Balm and Sunscreen are packed with Kawakawa extract and oil, which is foraged by hand, this is thought to increase the plants medicinal qualities (as well as its sustainability). Michele was making her Kawakawa batches in small quantities by hand however as the market awareness and demand has increased its now being manufactured (except for the kawakawa component which she still makes herself.
Frankie Apothecary Kawakawa Balm is made from Organic Beeswax, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Kawakawa Extract, Kawakawa Infused Oil, Calendula Extract, Kawakawa Extract and Vitamin E.
Apply Kawakawa Balm 2-3 times a day to irritated skin and then daily as skin begins to heal.
**Kawakawa Balm and Sunscreen can be purchased from Choose Organic**
I was showcasing Kawakawa Balm last weekend at a market when a woman exclaimed wow it smells so good, good enough to eat!!
Well as it turns out you can eat Kawakawa!!
Today I walked into our local Wild Wheat shop looking for some nice artisan bread for our Wedding Anniversary lunch and discovered this Olive & Kawakawa Focaccia loaf!
It was delicious!! Its a great summer loaf studded with juicy Kalamata olives and literally peppered with kawakawa which they've use as a culinary spice. It's perfect for yummy summer sandwiches stuffed full of fresh goodies and would be great sliced up as part of a antipasto platter with hummus & dunking in olive oil! Or go very kiwi with a wee spread of butter!!
Wild Wheat are selling this Olive & Kawakawa round loaf as part of their special loaf of the month for $6.00
I can't wait to see what the newly monthly special is!!
Wild Wheat supplies mainly to cafes and restaurants around Auckland but also has three great retail shops in Mt Eden, Belmont and Howick.
Have you ever tried Kawakawa?
A New Year a NEW YOU! With the start of a new year it's a great time to reflect and decide whether you need to make some lifestyle or routine changes. Its also the perfect time to review and switch up beauty regime.
What's in your makeup? What's in your skincare? Do you have some makeup free time?
Using World Organics organic and natural makeup is kind and gentle on my skin, it doesn't clog my pores and it certainly provides a healthier less toxic option of makeup. Even still I enjoy going #makeupfree to give my skin a breather and a break. The #nomakeup trend has certainly gained popularity too over the last year! Just don't forget to look after your skin with moisturiser and if course sunscreen if you're out in the sun.
I find the World Organics Nurture SPF 30+ sunscreen great for your face as its so easy to apply and doesn't leave you greasy or white!! Its quick and easy-to-use as comes in a handy roll up dispenser stick. Its an organic sunscreen protection with the added benefit of moisturising and nourishing from the lovely ingredients of organic Coconut Oil and organic Shea Butter. It's been formulated to cater for children, toddlers, babies and any other delicate sensitive skin like your face. The smaller size means its great for popping in your kids school bags, your handbag or even your car. It's made with 71.5% Organic Ingredients and 100% Natural Ingredients.
What about your skincare - have you checked out the ingredients? Are there any nasties? Has it been ethically made? Has it been tested on animals?
A recommended skincare regime would include a face cleanser, an exfoliant, a toner and moisturiser(s) - ideally high quality organic and natural. First start with a gentle Cleanser to remove any makeup and grime from the day. I use World Organics Everyday nourishing organic Carefree Cleansing Milk designed to cleanse and balance without stripping away your face’s natural oils or create irritations. The organic Evening Primrose Oil and Shea Butter help ensure the skin’s optimum lipid levels are maintained and the scent of sweet Orange and Lemon essential oils are not only beautiful but also help to lift your spirit. It's made with 86.4% Organic Ingredients and 99.6% Natural Ingredients
Gently exfoliating your face once or twice a week or up to 3-4 times a week if you have dry skin, helps remineralise the outer skin layers which also helps with with acne or dull skin. I use World Organics Everyday Bamboo and Shea Exfoliant it's a creamy, nourishing organic exfoliant that refines pores and leaves your skin beautifully radiant. The addition of bamboo particles is not only great for the environment (bamboo is a wonderfully renewable resource), but it's also great for those with sensitive skin who want to experience the benefits that a high quality natural exfoliant can provide. Its made with 76.55% Organic Ingredients and 99.6% Natural Ingredients
Using a good facial toner also plays an important role in assuring you have a healthy and clean appearance. Toners help to balance the pH level of your skin. pH levels are an indication of the acidity level of your skin and are measured on a scale of 0 to 14, with 7 being the most neutral level. Having a balanced pH level means your skin is less prone to oiliness and infection, creating a more vibrant and smoother appearance.
Toners provide hydration to your skin, which is essential to maintaining elasticity, smoothness, moisture and a more youthful appearance. Proper skin hydration reduces the signs of aging skin and provides an effective base for the applying your makeup. You'll also use less moisturiser if your skin is hydrated.
Toners also work to remove environmental toxins and other chemical residues from your skin. This helps your skin to look brighter and healthier, and long-term benefits may include less acne, less severe acne scarring and fewer wrinkles.
I use the World Organics Rose Revival Toner from the Replenish Range. Its a gentle and hydrating organic toner that helps restore moisture and improve skin texture and tone. Made with pure, certified organic rose hydrosols, it is a delightful treat for all but the most sensitive skin types. Its made with 96.22% Organic Ingredients and 99.6% Natural Ingredients. I have also used the Everyday Freshly Free Facial Toner which has a lovely refreshing soothing scent from the Ylang Ylang and Aloe Vera
As you "mature" there are benefits from adding a few extra easy steps to your skincare regime! In the morning I apply a little of the gorgoeus World Organics Wonder Lift Serum before moisturiser, taking care to avoid the delicate eye area. It's a luxurious, anti-aging organic serum designed to revitalise and tone tired skin. Rich in supercritical extracts and bioactives, the serum also benefits from the skin softening properties of Lotus Flower and the rejuvenating qualities of Rose Attar Oil. A little goes a long way and guess what my husband really enjoys using it too! Shhhh dont' tell him I told you!!
Rose Attar Oil helps to promote replenishment and luminosity of the skin and is effective in treating broken capillaries, wrinkles and stressed skin. “The Miracle Plant”, Aloe Vera has soothing, emollient and antibacterial properties which help heal skin disturbances, promote new skin growth, and counter the effects of aging. Aloe Vera stimulates cell growth and as such enhances the restoration of damaged skin. It moisturises the skin because it has a water holding capacity which offers a cooling and protective effect. The use of a supercritical extract of Lotus Flower compliments the Rose Oil as it provides skin softening qualities, as well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Its made with 90.95% Organic Ingredients and 99.2% Natural Ingredients
You can use the Wonder Lift Serum morning and night though I prefer to go for the treasured liquid gold of the Rose Attar Face Oil at night. Its a replenishing organic face oil that has been created to penetrate the skin and help reduce the signs of aging. Luxurious and deeply nourishing, this face oil includes Rosehip and Jojoba Seed Oils, which help promote skin suppleness and restore essential lipids. At the same time, a combination of six Ayurvedic supercritical extracts of herbs and flowers help restore and enhance the skin’s tone and luminosity. A little goes a long way and its defintely worth the investment. It's made with 78.08% Organic Ingredients and 100% Natural Ingredients
Back to moisturisers! Both men and women can find many benefits in using high quality facial moisturisers each day. Moisturising your face will help you to look and feel younger, you will have softer, more elastic skin, and it will keep your skin hydrated. All of these things are important if you want to make sure to look as young as you can in the years to come. You should only be using a moisturiser that is specifically made for the face. There are moisturisers for both men and women with different formulas. Ensure you choose a moisturiser to suit your skin type and age.
I predominantly use the World Organics Heavenly Rose Moisturiser from the Replenish Range as it works well with the Wonder Lift Serum and the Rose Attar Elixir Face Oil. It's a luxurious organic face moisturiser designed to promote replenishment and encourage luminosity in the appearance of the skin. Ideal for those with dry, mature, or combination skin types it contains a trio of supercritical oils: Rose Attar, Amla and Lotus that encourages luminosity in the appearance of the skin. At the same time, an extract of BoerhaaviaDiffusa provides anti-inflammatory and regenerating properties, helping to tone, balance and reinvigorate the skin. It's made with 81.3% Organic Ingredients and 99.6% Natural Ingredients
Sometimes I do mix up my moisturisers if I feel my skin doesn't quite need the full richness of the Heavenly Rose moisturiser. In this case I'll use the Everyday Honeysuckle day moisturiser and the Everyday Evening Primrose Moisturiser at night.
The area around your eyes is very thin and delicate and should be treated with care whether you're cleansing or applying makeup. Always taking care not to pull or rub the area too hard. This delicate area around your eyes, including eye sockets and eye lids doesn't need moisturising and with careful application of an eye cream in the right places it will travel a little inwards towards your eye anyway.
I have found using the wonderful Revival Eye Cream great! It's is a rich, anti-aging organic eye cream that has been formulated to decrease puffiness and dark circles around the eyes, as well as minimise fine lines. Full of the nourishing qualities of organic Aloe Vera and Shea Nut Butter, the eye cream also benefits from the addition of healing supercritical extracts such as Lotus Flower, Shatavari, and Amla, which not only help to soften and balance the skin, but also provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
For best results, gently pat a little of the eye cream on the tip of your ring finger around the outer area of your eyes morning and night. Start at the lower end of your eye brow and ark around to half way along your cheek bone. Anything residue remaining on my finger tips I gently apply around any other areas prone to wrinkles like around your lips It's made with 78.62% Organic Ingredients and 99.6% Natural Ingredients
You can tailor your skincare regime to suit your own skin type and age requirements. This can change thoroughout the year too especially with seasonal changes. If you are interested in a World Organics regime I can help you with your selection.
Enjoy your time of reflection and change for your new year and new you and how it feels to look after you and your skin. Go on give yourself some pampering you're worth it!!
Over the years our sense of smell has become very judgmental! We expect everyone to smell clean and fresh all the time, even if it means layering ourselves with all sorts of other odours and fragrances that conform to modern tastes and fashions. A typical morning routine is we get up, we wash, we roll or spray our deodorant under our arms and maybe spray our bodies with perfume as well! Everything we apply has fragrance all in the hope that we don't pong or smell bad. But is all this possibly doing us more harm that good?
Unfortunately a lot of the conventional deodorants contain aluminium, generally aluminium chlorohydrate or aluminium zirconium. These ingredients are designed to form a temporary plug or an invisible film covering the sweat duct, preventing sweat from reaching the skin’s surface. Whilst this process has become widely accepted, it is potentially harmful, as sweat is the means by which we eliminate toxins from our body. If the sweat duct is blocked, then these toxins get trapped under our skin.
And this is where the problem lies. Our armpits contain lymph nodes, which act like little filters for our blood and form an essential part of our immune system. They fight germs and infections and help to keep us healthy. In order to function well, they need to be kept clear of toxins and heavy metals. And yet, by choosing to use antiperspirants, many of us are trapping these toxins in. Worse, since our lymph nodes act as a gateway, these toxins have direct access to our blood system and are selectively absorbed by the liver, kidney, brain, cartilage and bone marrow.
Most of us aren't comfortable putting harmful chemicals on our body to look and smell good, but it's difficult to find alternatives that work!
So what's a better solution in dealing with the dreaded pong???!!
Unlike anti-perspirants which use chemicals or metals to block the pores and stop you sweating, Free Range deodorant deals with the odour issue effectively, allowing your body to function naturally. Free Range deodorant is the genuine article. Truly natural, certified organic and made right here in New Zealand with beautiful ingredients and no tricky labelling. And it works!
The Free Range deodorants are a range of silky, luxurious deodorant creams that combine an organic base of macadamia nut oil, cornstarch, beeswax and essential oils with natural sodium bicarbonate. Only the very best ingredients are used in the Free Range deodorants, which are free from aluminium, synthetics, gluten, dairy, soy, and chemical nasties. Unlike antiperspirants which use chemicals or metals to block the pores and stop you sweating, the Free Range deals with the odour issue effectively, allowing your body to function naturally. No hidden surprises. Natural confidence in a jar!
How to use
Spread a half-pea sized dab under each arm. Use less rather than more - just a little is very effective. Typical usage is once-a-day application, which gives all-day protection. It should be re-applied after showers, swimming, or changing the layer of clothing against your skin.
Free Range deodorant comes in four formulas
'Sensitive' formula for sensitive skin and pregnant mums. Deliciously fresh, soothing, and naturally antibacterial, with a subtle scent that’s light and airy from the certified organic lavender essential oil.
'Active' the unisex formula for the active lifestyle. A refreshing blend of citrus and mint certified organic essential oils, loved by both men and women.
'ManPlus' formula - masculine strength when you need it. Combines tea tree, peppermint and cedarwood atlas for antibacterial action that will see you right, even if you smell like a bear!
‘Super Sensitive’ is for those who find deodorants (especially natural ones) cause skin irritation. With significantly less sodium bicarbonate and extra essential oils for odour control it is effective while being gentler on the underarm. It is scented with orange, tea tree and spearmint essential oils.
The Free Range basics:
The Free Range Company
When Amanda-Jane Healy went from being a Wellington lawyer to a rural Taranaki mum, she began looking for practical, truly natural solutions to everyday problems. One of those little everyday problems was body odour. Like most people she wasn't entirely comfortable with the ingredients in the deodorant and antiperspirant products she was buying, but she couldn't find a natural one that worked well. After much research and many 'willing human' trials she had something that really worked. Last year she started the Free Range Company, selling the Free Range deodorants.
Some questions answered...
Can I use use it while pregnant? Yes. The Sensitive and Super Sensitive formulas are recommended for pregnant mums. The Active and ManPlus formulas contain peppermint essential oil, which is not recommended during pregnancy.
Does it stop me sweating? No - you have to block your pores to stop sweating, which is what chemical antiperspirants do. Free Range deodorant does absorb some moisture, but its main purpose is to deal with the body odour issue effectively, allowing your body to function naturally.n.
How long does it last? because Free Range deodorant is 100% pure ingredients with no fillers, it is extremely effective and very little is required. With typical once-a-day usage, the Deluxe size lasts around 4 months ($2.10 per week) and the Mini up to 10 days.
I've loved using this beautiful New Zealand produced certified organic deodorant. The essential oil fragrances smell divine with little amount going a long way keeping the dreaded pong at bay. But most importantly I know I'm not putting anything harmful on my skin which will end up in my body. Try some you'll love it!!!
Free Range deodorants are available for purchase at Choose Organic under Personal Care
Please let me know if you have any questions
Why choose organic?
Organic ingredients, when properly chosen and carefully manufactured, are profoundly effective, even inspiring to your senses, they are better for the environment and beneficial to your overall well-being. It's long been said that you're only as healthy as what you eat though the same could be said about what you put on your skin as well. Organic and natural products work in harmony with our bodies as Organic and natural ingredients nurture our skin and hair with wholesome nutrients that our body chemistry is familiar with.
Organic and natural ingredients do work and work well. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so it’s no surprise that the most effective synthetic ingredients are inexpensive chemicals modeled after natural ones.
It’s also important to remember your skin acts like a sponge and is your largest organ. Whatever you put on your skin can and will get absorbed into your body then your blood stream. Around 60% or more of what we apply to our skin will be absorbed into our body. Synthetic chemical ingredients are not always easily metabolised and can have potentially harmful effects. It's enough to make you think twice about letting your skin and hair soak up these synthetic ingredients.
Let’s compare Organic Ingredients with Non-Organic Ingredients
An Organic product is made from something living, a plant, vegetable or fruit. Sustainable farming practices have been use to create these ingredients. Any ingredient in an organic product must be purposeful and come from a renewable/plentiful source found in nature. This includes ingredients found in fauna, flora and plants, vegetable or mineral and minerals-otherwise known as animal like beeswax and honey.
Some synthetic ingredients should never be used in any personal care products, let alone ones labeled "natural." This includes ingredients like parabens, glycol, Sodium Sulfate, petrolatum and more. While these ingredients are deemed safe, there is enough evidence questioning their safety and rather natural alternatives should be used instead. Ideally synthetic ingredients in personal care or cleaning products should be avoided wherever possible.
With all this organic vs non-organic in mind I was rapt to get my hands on some high quality New Zealand made organic cleaning products and not just organic but certified organic - fantastic!! All thanks to Orchard Organic based here in Auckland.
Orchard Organic are a family owned business with great ethics that I felt was also in line with our Choose Organic ethics and products range which I value and think is really important!
They spent 3 years thoroughly researching and developing their range before launching to market in New Zealand. Orchard Organic currently have 2 great certified organic household cleaners available an All Purpose cleaner and a Bathroom cleaner. Both cleaners come in a attractive trigger spray bottle and refill bottle with 2 lovely essential oils based fragrances to choose from, Bergamot & Rose and Patchouli and Sweet Orange – yum!! They both smell amazing!!
The idea and concept of Orchard Organic All Purpose and Bathroom cleaners came about by Greg the owner and founder of Orchard Organic when he was cleaning his shower (good man!) and almost suffocated from the fumes and chemicals. Greg is a walking talking organic man with uncompromising values. His mission is to supply boutique premium organic products that are accessible to everyone. Orchard Organic’s vision is to be your primary organic household provider of health, hygiene and personal care products.
I have certainly been putting the Orchard Organic All Purpose Cleaner and Bathroom Cleaner to the test with our busy family of 5! We've also been doing several Open Homes a week so our house has needed to look spotless and smell fresh. What has been surprising is the Orchard Organic cleaners have also been a hit with my husband who not only commented how nice they smelt but has also enjoyed using them – now that’s saying something!!
I’ve found the trigger on the Orchard Organic bottles amazing they are powerful, great quality and with the 2 options of spray or stream. Funnily enough I also like the feel of the bottle again a mark of great quality. The styling and labelling of the bottles is very appealing and in keeping of being organic and high quality. I love the brown cardboard tag on each bottle they are super cute and remind you these Orchard Organic cleaners are BioGro certified organic, made in New Zealand, GE free, Natural, Antibacterial and Hypoallergic.
You can find more detailed information like the ingredients on our Choose Organic website but in summary....
These Orchard Organic cleaning products will take care of you and your family, you will also be helping to preserve our environment for our future generations. They are Antibacterial: with no residual and have been independently been tested and proven to kill common household germs such as Salmonella, E.coli and staphylococcus. These Orchard Organic cleaners are Hypoallergenic and have been tested on family & friends who suffer from asthma, allergies & sensitive skin, with no adverse effects. They are Environment & Waterway Safe being certified organic, non-toxic, non-hazardous, natural and fully biodegradable.
I’m really enjoying using these certified organic Orchard Organic household cleaners and I hope you will too. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Let’s keep our homes and our country organically clean and green
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