Super Skin Tips from Powerful Women: Elizabeth Abegg

Our new ECO. Rosehip CO2 Super Serum is our most powerful product yet, so to celebrate it’s launch we’re running a blog series featuring a small handful of equally powerful women and their super skin tips. The second installment in the series features Elizabeth Abegg, one half of the duo behind Byron Bay-born label Spell & The Gypsy Collective, better known as Spell. Founded in 2009 by Elizabeth and sister, Isabella, the cult fashion brand has been one of the countries most successful when it comes to expansion and online growth. Elizabeth has lead Spell from strength to strength, all the while making time to raise her beautiful young family, be a part of the tight-knit Byron community and most importantly, to look after her health and well being. We chat to Lizzy about what empowerment means to her and her super skin tips for that golden Byron glow..

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Super Skin Tips from Powerful Women: Irene Falcone

Our new ECO. Rosehip CO2 Super Serum is our most powerful product yet, so to celebrate it’s launch we’re running a blog series featuring a small handful of equally powerful women and their super skin tips. The first installment in the series features Irene Falcone, the founder of natural skincare, make-up, organic beauty and health store, Nourished Life. Irene has made it her mission to seek out the most gorgeous, natural and certified organic beauty products on the market so women can be their most beautiful selves, without all the toxic chemicals. We chat to Irene about what empowerment means to her and how she chooses to empower others..

 

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What does empowerment mean to you?
At Nourished Life, all of our warehouse pick and pack team are mums, and they all work around school hours. Having come from working in the corporate world for over 15 years where there were zero flexible working hours, I believe this is the best example of what empowerment means to me.​ To be able to run a company this way.

Which powerful women inspire you?
The women at the Nourished Life office inspire me every single day and I hope I do the same for them. True inspiration comes from within and from those that surround you, not from the media. ​

What do you do to empower others?
We empower our customers with choice, the choice to choose cruelty free, toxin-free, sustainable products over mass marketed supermarket options.

What are your super skin tips?
Drink plenty of filtered water with a little food grade magnesium flake.

Do you have a mantra that you live by?
Take your passion and make it happen.

What mark do you want to leave on the world?
I want to have helped as many women as I possibly can to shop healthier products. Products that are good for humans, animals and our planet.

 

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Follow more of Irene’s journey with Nourished Life on their Instagram, and get your hands on our brand new Rosehip CO2 Super Serum here.

ECO. Vibrant Living with OceanZen’s Steph Gabriel

In the latest installment of our ECO. Vibrant Living series we chat with the founder of OceanZen Bikini, Steph Gabriel. Not just about functional and stylish swimwear, OceanZen is also an environmentally conscious brand, having just launched their new swimwear collection made from recycled fishing nets and plastic bottles. Steph embodies what it means to be healthy, active and vibrant while bringing her passion to life..

 

OceanZen tells a story of active, healthy, vibrant and natural women – in an industry that can be quite grueling and unrealistic, has this been a conscious focus for you?
OceanZen was created to be a relatable brand. When  I first launched OceanZen it was ultimately a lifestyle that my friends and I lived. We lived at the beach, we would explore, cruise on our bikes, surf, we soaked up the sun and laughed away our day. This is a relatable lifestyle to the ocean-loving girl and this was so important to represent that through the brand. In a world where social media is a major influence to our generation, it can be so easy to compare and contrast your life and looks to someone else. It even gets me sometimes.. so that’s why I love to have the models smiling, laughing and having a good time where possible on shoots, because ultimately that is what OceanZen represents :)

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Using essentials oils in Winter

From experience we know how profound the effect of a whiff of sea air can be, instantly lifting our spirits with the promise of holidays. Conversely we are filled with a sense of dread by the evocative smell of antiseptic and its strong hospital connotations. This potent connection between nasal receptors and brain is the reason why aromatherapy works. Aromatherapy seeks to identify and direct the mood altering properties of smells and to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. The “smell” is captured as an essential oil by a process of distillation of plants including flowers, fruit, wood, bark, herbs and spices. This oil may be used in small quantities in burners, candles or diffusers that release their fragrance into the air or combined with carrier oil and used in massage.

When essential oils are released into the air the beneficial effects include mood enhancement, promotion of a sense of wellbeing, improved breathing and decongestion, heightened energy and awareness, relaxation of muscles and improved digestion. Topical application of these oils by massage leads to better healing for wounds, relief from menstrual cramping, better respiratory function, reduction of inflammation, improved circulation and many more. The benefits of essential oils are perfect for harnessing during the cold Winter months, so we’ve made it simple to introduce essential oils into your routine with our favourites for Winter.

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Introducing the skin superfood: Rosehip Oil

Always a favourite, our ECO. Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is nature’s superfood for the skin; rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin C to provide hydration, regeneration and repair for more even-toned, firmer and plumper skin.

Our ECO. Certified Organic Rosehip Oil comes from the foothills of the Andes in Chile, where it is wild farmed and the perfect climate and location for the plant to flourish. The skin superfood comes from the hip of the rose which is the fruit left after the rose bush has blossomed, before being crushed to extract the nutrient rich oil. ECO. Rosehip is 100% organic and cold pressed to preserve the inherent beneficial properties.

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Introducing the new Almond & Papaya range!

We are excited to announce the launch of our NEW Almond and Papaya collection, your everyday essentials for all skin types!

We all know the nutritional benefits of eating almonds; they’re loaded with calcium, magnesium, Vitamin E and potassium and are a great source of protein, fibre and healthy unsaturated fats. But did you know the benefits of almonds extend to the wellbeing of your skin as well? Almond oil works as a natural face exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and stimulates the growth of healthier skin, in turn plumping and firming the skin. The rich moisture in the oil is absorbed by the fatty cells of the skin and utilised by the skin tissue to repair damaged cells, giving a more youthful appearance. The high level of fatty acids contained in almond oil also serve as a natural emollient for the skin, meaning moisture is locked in my helping the skin form a protective barrier. Sensitive skin types and those who suffer from conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis or rosacea will benefit greatly from such an emollient. We have taken all of these brilliant benefits of almond oil and formulated our beautiful new Almond Cleansing Lotion and Moisture Cream.

 
The ECO. Almond Cleansing Lotion is a gentle yet effective cleanser that is suitable for all skin types. With a powerful combination of plant extracts and vitamins such as Sweet Almond Oil, Calendula and Vitamins B & E, this everyday cleanser is a skincare essential for softer skin that is nourished and hydrated.

Tip: double cleanse at night to remove make-up and impurities

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Jessica Cox Nutrionist

ECO. Vibrant Living with Jessica Cox

Jessica is a passionate foodie and qualified, practicing Nutritionist with a Bachelor Health Science and ten years of clinical experience. Jess is the founder and business owner of the successful Jessica Cox Nutritionist Clinic based in Brisbane, Australia. The Jessica Cox Nutritionist Clinic (JCNC) treats all facets of health conditions, though specialises with ongoing digestive issues and food intolerances. Jess uses her website and blog as an expression of everything she loves rolled into one, including her passion for creating recipes that cater for food intolerances. We chat with Jess about how she stays vibrant, active and healthy.

 

What is your daily active living routine?
From Monday to Friday I’m generally up at 6am and out of the house by 630am if heading to the gym, or down to the local foreshore for a walk or some HIIT. I love to work out in the morning as it gets my blood pumping and it gets me really motivated and in a positive head space for the day ahead. Generally I am at the JCN clinic by 9am and we have a busy day of seeing clients for all sorts of nutritional treatments (digestive health, weight issues, hormonal concerns, fatigue etc), along with running the content on the blog and the social media sites. We all aim to really stay on top of our nutrition and energy through the day by taking regular visits to the kitchen for nourishing foods and lots of cups of green tea! I really try to enforce a ‘get outside and have your lunch break in the sun’ policy too. The day ends around 6pm and then I either head home to make dinner and relax with some very important down time (currently involving Orange Is The New Black), or I may fit in a yoga session or a gym session if I have not been able to fit it in earlier in the day. Weekends are very active as we are renovating our home. I am up early and generally either quite physically active with the house, or if not I will get another HIIT session in and a walk perhaps. Weekends are also fundamentally a time that I value to get in a bit more sleep and have ‘me time’, as I spend so much time with people during the week. Me time allows me to recharge.

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Protecting our Saltwater Playground

We live and breathe on a blue planet; it is the heartbeat of our Earth, the backbone of our country. In Australia, our beaches are who we are, they’re our home and our identity. However, as a general society, nobody wants the job of looking after them and we are in desperate need of a major culture shift.

It is estimated that over 8 million tonnes of rubbish enters the world’s oceans each year; a monstrous 80% of this marine debris being plastic pollution. Plastic pollution doesn’t go away; as it travels through the ocean it is gradually broken down into smaller and smaller pieces by the sun and saltwater, meaning that a single plastic bottle could break down into millions of plastic fragments that wash up on to coast lines or are ingested by marine wildlife. It is estimated that there are 13,000 pieces of plastic in every square kilometre of the ocean – a devastating statistic that is responsible for the death of 1 million seabirds and over 100,000 marine animals each year from plastic entanglement or ingestion.

As consumers, it can be difficult to understand the ramifications of our habits when it comes to waste. While we may think we are too small to make a difference, the combined actions of humankind as an entity is mind-blowing. If something is broken, it isn’t fixed, it’s replaced. When a new model comes out, the old version, which still does exactly what it’s supposed to do, is thrown away. We buy things we don’t need and when we get sick of them, they become part of the growing mass of waste that cannot ever truly be disposed of. When you throw something away, there is no “away.” Rubbish doesn’t just disappear because you left it behind. Ultimately, every piece of litter ends up in waterways, which eventually lead to the ocean.

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How to become a morning person

How you start your day sets the tone and your mindset for the rest of the day, yet how many of us actually take the time to begin each day on the right foot? We’ve shared a few tips to help you make the most of each day and become more of a morning person.

#1. Set intentions before you go to bed: what do you want to achieve the following day? How do you want to feel the following day? And what do you need to do in order to feel that way? Consciously decide the next day’s intentions each night and create a positive mindset to wake up to.

#2. Get active and outdoors: there’s nothing better than starting your day with fresh air, salt water and all the hues of lush green. Especially if you work indoors, getting outdoors in the morning will ensure you get your nature fix in case your day ends up being madness (as it often is) and you don’t get the chance later on. If you need more motivation, make plans with a friend so you’re not tempted to hit the snooze button and stay under the covers. You can even leave your work-out clothes laid out so you’re all set to roll out of bed and go. Early morning exercise also elevates your body temperature and adrenalin levels which means the energy boost will last all day. If you need another reason to get active in the morning, research has shown that exercising before breakfast actually burns more fat and results in greater weight loss than exercising later in the day.

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