The Benefits of Olive Oil for the Skin

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Olive oil is a staple in everyone’s kitchen that is used to create many delicious dishes, but what about the therapeutic qualities of this delicate and nutritious oil? Rich in nutrients, olive oil can be applied externally on the skin to improve skin’s softness, moisture, and overall health.

The skin is a highly absorbent organ—any substance that is applied to it will enter into the body’s tissues. That is why it is so important to use all-natural and non-toxic products in a skin care regimen.

Olive oil contains anti-oxidants such as Vitamins E and A, in addition to healthy fats that benefit the skin. These nutrients have the capacity to calm skin irritation and create more youthful, healthy, and beautiful skin. Also, olive oil is so mild that is safe for everyday use.

Cleanse

Australian Natural Soap offers various highly moisturizing olive oil soaps to improve the health and appearance of skin during the daily cleansing routine.

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Apply a few drops directly to the skin or mix in with moisturizing lotions or creams to enhance their effectiveness in a natural and soothing way.

Remove Makeup

Eyes are very sensitive part of the face, which is why rubbing the eyes or putting excessive pressure on the eyes when removing makeup can damage delicate eye skin. Store-bought makeup removers usually involve rubbing around the eyes in addition to containing harsh ingredients such as alcohol or chemicals. For an easy and safe alternative, apply olive oil to a cotton ball and place onto the eye area, holding for 30 seconds and then gently pulling downwards, removing cosmetic products that could irritate the skin if left on overnight.

Soothe Irritations

Skin irritations, such as eczema and psoriasis, can be relieved by the calming effects of olive oil. When skin is dry, inflamed or itchy, oil can be applied directly to irritated areas. Olive oil can also be added to bath water for a soothing and moisturizing experience.

Protect from the Environment

Skin ages faster when exposed to harsh elements such as UV rays and pollution. Studies have confirmed that Vitamin E can counter the effects of free radicals and sun damage for a more youthful appearance of the skin. Olive oil can be applied directly to the skin and gently rinsed off with cool water to reduce the effect of environmental damage.

Smooth Shaving

Olive oil is also effective as a shaving aid to help avoid skin irritations and cuts. Instead of using a store-bought gel, apply a coat of olive oil to the skin before shaving.

Olive Oil Soap

Australian Natural Soap’s all-natural and highly moisturizing Olive Oil luxury soap bar is made with 100% vegan ingredients and no chemicals, conveniently utilizing the moisturizing and cleansing benefits of olive oil without having to raid the pantry.

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Learn About Sodium Tallowate Before Using It On Your Skin

Sodium Tallowate is an ingredient that most people have never even heard of. This material is commonly found in many cleansing products and greatly affects the condition and health of the skin.

Tallow is fat derived from the fatty tissue of sheep or cattle, and is often used as a base by most soap companies that produce soap on a large scale. Sodium, Magnesium and Potassium Tallowate are the salts of tallow’s fatty acids. All three of these ingredients are used in many detergents and bath soaps. Sodium Tallowate is also sometimes found in shampoos, cleansing products, and personal hygiene products.

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Typical Ingredients in Commonly Used Soaps

Tallow can be harsh on the skin, pulling out oils that the skin needs to feel and look its best. Tallow can also make the skin feel dry and itchy by removing necessary oils that protect and hydrate. Sodium Tallowate is a surfactant, meaning it operates as cleansing agent, foam booster and helps to increase the viscosity of the product. Many people do not realize that those features which seem attractive are actually detrimental in the long run.

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Australian Natural Soaps takes care to use calming, hydrating base ingredients such as coconut oil and olive oil. These natural ingredients ensure that Australian Natural Soaps are safe for all skin types, even sensitive skin that needs very gentle cleansing without harmful detergents.

Although tallow was used to make some of the first soap formulations in human history, our knowledge of what is healthy for the skin and the availability of alternative ingredients has changed drastically since that time. Many large-scale soap and detergent producers have continued to use tallow, mostly for its very inexpensive cost. Typically, the tallow used by soap companies is a byproduct from the commercial meat industry, meaning that the tallow they use in their soaps originates from animals that are born and raised with the purpose of harvesting their resources with little concern for the animal’s well-being. It is common knowledge at this point that unhappy and mistreated animals that are fed antibiotics and hormones do not produce the same level of quality as a well-fed and cared for animal.

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If a company uses sodium tallowate in their soap, it is a pretty safe bet that they also use other undesirable ingredients that ultimately harm the skin, such as alcohol or chemicals. Australian Natural Soaps never uses any tallow, sulfates, wax or alcohol in any of their soaps. All Australian Natural Soaps are made with 100% vegan ingredients that are chemical and additive free, and have never been tested on animals.

When choosing products for use on or in the body, most people prefer to support companies that formulate high-quality products from responsibly sourced materials. Australian Natural Soap is proud to produce luxurious, healthful soaps made with environmentally-friendly and people-friendly materials.

The Healing Properties of Eucalyptus

Medicinal and refreshing, eucalyptus has a wealth of uses and desirable benefits for the skin and body. Eucalyptus energizes the senses, promotes relaxation, treats wounds and irritations, cools the body, stimulates circulation, and invigorates the respiratory system.

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Therapeutic

Aromatherapists often utilize eucalyptus as a treatment for improving breathing and relieving stress. The fresh woody aroma of eucalyptus encourages deep breathing and the circulation of air and blood throughout the body. Eucalyptus provides relief from pesky cold and flu symptoms by loosening up congestion in the lungs and sinuses. Eucalyptus has also been shown to be effective for improving the breathing in those who are suffering from bronchitis or asthma.

Relaxing and Rejuvenating

Eucalyptus has a unique quality in that it is not only used to energize and exhilarate the senses but it also soothes and relaxes the body and mind. The sweet smell of eucalyptus helps to invigorate the body in the morning and to relax before sleep.

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Healing

Eucalyptus is effective as a first-aid treatment due to its extensive healing properties. Cuts, wounds, blisters, bruises, skin irritations and insect bites can be treated and soothed with eucalyptus. A lesser known use of eucalyptus is to calm acne and reduce excessive oil on the skin.

Circulation

Eucalyptus promotes blood vessel constriction, resulting in the stimulation of blood flow throughout the body. Eucalyptus also helps to stimulate hair follicles, resulting in increased hair growth and quality, improving hair’s shine, thickness, and overall health.

Cooling

Eucalyptus can cool the body’s temperature, creating a refreshing experience in the shower or bath during the summer months.

Australian Natural Soap offers only the highest quality eucalyptus soaps for a completely natural and therapeutic experience. Shop these soaps and more now on AustralianSoap.com!

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Reasons to Avoid Alcohol in Your Skin Care Regimen

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Health and beauty products commonly include alcohol as a prominent ingredient in their formulas. Also sometimes referred to as ethanol, the detriments of using alcohol for skin care far outweigh the benefits.

Alcohol can alter a product in ways that from first glance appear to be favorable. Alcohol can give a product the feeling of weightlessness, which is preferable when compared to heavy, thick products. Alcohol also provides a fast-drying effect which can be especially desirable to those who tend to have oily skin. Alcohol has the effect of increasing the ability of the skin to absorb accompanying ingredients. Alcohol can also stabilize a formula, improving the texture and feel.

The Result?

Alcohol’s drying effect may sound appealing to those with oily skin, however the result ends up being the exact opposite. Skin that has lost hydration from alcohol begins to work overtime to produce more oil to compensate, meaning that oil gland production eventually increases past its normal level.

Alcohol does in fact increase the absorption ability of the skin, however that advantage comes with a price. Alcohol compromises the skin’s topmost protective layer, damaging the barrier that normally protects the skin from unwanted substances, ultimately reducing skin’s long-term health.

The skin becomes taxed by this back and forth, losing some of its ability to heal properly. Breakouts become worse and last longer than normal. Acne scars and blemishes linger instead of clearing up. Redness from the irritation of alcohol can appear, and inflammation is also common with routine use of alcohol-based beauty and health products.

Alcohol is a skin irritant, causing dryness and damage from free radicals. Alcohol can be described as a “pro-aging” substance, which is undesirable for the skin, especially the more sensitive areas on the face and around the eyes.

Consumers have come to expect these attributes in their health and beauty products, resulting in continued use on behalf of the product makers. The pervasiveness of alcohol as a prominent ingredient makes it increasingly difficult for consumers to not only recognize the long-term damage that frequent alcohol use can bestow on the skin, but also to easily find alcohol-free products to include within their skin care regimen.

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Choosing skin care products that are alcohol-free and use only natural ingredients is the first step to healthy, glowing skin. Australian Natural Soap is proud to offer 100% all-natural organic alcohol-free soaps to their customers.

 

 

The Benefits of Sea Salt for the Skin

Australian Natural Soaps is excited to offer the new Wavertree and London d’Camargue Sea Salt luxury soap! This bar contains all-natural ingredients that have been infused with sea salt harvested from the Camargue region in the south of France.

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The geographical location and climate from which sea salt is harvested plays a significant role in the composition and quality of the salt itself. The Camargue is Western Europe’s largest river delta, stretching along the French Mediterranean coast where the Rhone encounters the sea. The unique combination of sun, sea, and wind in the Camargue region creates a vast coastal landscape of bountiful red salt lagoons. Wild white horses and bright pink flamingoes bring color and life to this beautiful region. Camargue sea salt is harvested using traditional methods that preserve the minerality and therapeutic qualities of the salt.

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Nutritional Value

Darker in color than refined salts, sea salt contains more essential minerals without any unnatural processing or bleaching. Camargue sea salt is produced by the process of salt water evaporation and is prepared with very little processing, helping it to retain precious moisture and minerals that are more readily absorbed by the skin.

Natural minerals found in sea salts such as sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, bromide, chloride, iron, copper, and zinc are essential for healthy body function. This assortment of minerals is similar to the natural salts found on the skin, making it a safe and effective ingredient for optimal skin health.

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Healing Properties

Moisturizes – Sea salt helps the skin to retain moisture, keeping the skin soft, smooth and lessening dry skin conditions such as itching and scaling.

Exfoliates – Exfoliation with sea salts is an effective method for removing dead skin, toning skin tissues, improving blood circulation, and renewing the skin cells.

Detoxifies – Sea salt helps to detoxify the body by flushing out the pores and expelling toxins.

Treats Acne – The sulphur content of sea salt helps to cleanse and treat skin conditions such as acne scars and dermatitis.

Relieves Pain – Relief from arthritis, muscle cramps, and psoriasis is provided by sea salt’s magnesium and potassium content, alleviating body aches and pains.

Improves Sleep – Sea salt creates a calming and tranquil effect, encouraging restful and satisfying sleep.

 

Wavertree and London d’Camargue Sea Salt luxury soap is available now at Australian Natural Soap!

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An In-Depth Look at Exotic Scents

Most of the scents in Australian Natural Soaps are easily recognizable—however there are a few exotic and lesser-known fragrances that deserve a closer look.

Patchouli

Extracted by the steam distillation of the patchouli plant, patchouli is popular across many cultures due to its earthy, natural aroma and various health benefits. Patchouli is known for its use as an antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant, fungicide, and insecticide. Soap containing patchouli helps to soothe ailments of the skin such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and sores. Patchouli’s ability to function as an insect repellant makes it commonly used to protect clothes and skin from insects.

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Patchouli’s sweet and spicy aroma helps to eliminate or mask unpleasant odors, however this distinctive musky scent does not suit everyone, as some people can find it to be too strong for their taste. A great way to experience a moderate amount of patchouli without overdoing it is through the soft and delicate scent of Australian Natural’s mild Patchouli luxury soap.

Lemon Myrtle

Lemon myrtle is a citrus-scented tree that is native to Australia. This plant is so versatile that its leaves and oil can be used in the kitchen for cooking or teas, can be applied topically on the skin, and can also be used as an effective aromatherapy. The clean, uplifting lemon fragrance is both soothing and pleasant, promoting restful sleep and relaxation. Lemon myrtle also offers a number of health benefits as a powerful antioxidant and antiseptic.

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Refreshing and flavorful,  lemon myrtle can be found in many personal care products like soaps, body lotions, and lip balms. Lemon myrtle significantly diminishes antimicrobial activity, making it a great soap ingredient with natural cleansing properties and lively, refreshing scent.

Sandalwood

Used in many traditional medicine practices for at least 4,000 years, sandalwood is very calming to the mind and the body. The woody and sweet aroma is known for enhancing mental clarity and increasing alertness, making it a great choice for a morning cleansing routine.

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In addition to the aromatic benefits, sandalwood is also known to reduce anxiety, promote wound healing, and fight bacteria. Sandalwood can help to clear nasal passages for improved breathing. When used topically, sandalwood promotes healthy skin cell regeneration.

Australian Natural Soap uses only high-quality ingredients in each of their soaps, creating products that are effective cleansers with additional healthful benefits.

 

Getting to Know Vegetable Glycerin

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People today are mostly interested in health and beauty products which contain only natural ingredients that nourish and moisturize the skin. Australian Natural Soap is happy to offer their customers soaps that use only 100% natural and vegan ingredients without any chemical additives or animal-based products.

One of the ingredients used in Australian Natural Soaps is vegetable glycerin, also known as glycerol. This substance is a clear, odorless liquid produced from plant oils such as palm oil, coconut oil or soy oil. These types of vegetable oils contain natural triglycerides that offer noticeable benefits to the softness and overall health of skin.

Vegetable glycerin is produced through an extraction process called hydrolosis. Using the combined forces of pressure, temperature, and water, the glycerin splits off from the fatty acids of the natural oils to then be absorbed by water, resulting in a liquid with a texture similar to an oil or syrup.

Commonly used in health and beauty products due to its function as a humectant (a substance which attracts moisture to the skin), vegetable glycerin makes skin feel hydrated while simultaneously improving the solubility of the other active ingredients in the product. The nutrient-rich ingredients in Australian Natural Soaps such as soothing goat’s milk or cooling eucalyptus are made to be more soluble and able to impart their healing and refreshing qualities more effectively than other soaps. This solubility is why glycerin can be found in a number of cosmetics, skin care products and even foods.

Food grade vegetable glycerin is over 99% pure and is safe for ingestion. Products that are safe to eat are usually also safe for use on the skin. Skin absorbs the substances that it comes into contact with, meaning that when harmful chemicals and additives are in your beauty products, they can end up in your body via your skin.

Not only is vegetable glycerin is a safe, effective ingredient for skin care products, it is also useful as a treatment for burns and as a substitute for alcohol in herbal extracts and tinctures.

Australian Natural Soaps use only pure vegetable glycerin when producing their high quality soaps. No alcohol, animal products, or chemicals are ever used in any Australian Natural Soap bar. Read more about the other ingredients in our luxurious soaps!

The Best Soap Scents for Summer

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Everyone has their own favorite way of appreciating the summer season-–relaxing poolside, working in the garden, or enjoying a quiet evening on the porch swing. Australian Natural Soap offers a wide range of beautiful fragrances and effective ingredients so that no matter what you do this summer, there is a natural and satisfying way keep your skin clean and refreshed.

Evening Jasmine

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No scent evokes the deep warmth of a summer night more than Evening Jasmine. After the heat has subsided, the romantic and heady scent of dusk’s most potent flower is a fragrant and satisfying way to wash off the day.

 

 

Green Tea with Vitamin E

Although sun-filled days are one of the best aspects of the summer season, excessive sun exposure can wreak havoc on the skin. The Green Tea with Vitamin E soap bar combines two very powerful ingredients that help to heal sun-damaged skin. Vitamin E helps to reduce wrinkles and keeps skin looking youthful while the antioxidants in green tea revitalize skin that has spent the day lathered in sunscreen.

 

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Hot to the touch, red, or burned skin can be soothed with the calming and hydrating power of goat milk. Rich and creamy, goat milk will moisturize and cool sun-soaked skin.

 

Gardener’s Soap

For the garden to flourish all summer long, you’ll have to get your hands dirty. Pulling weeds and pruning branches can sap the moisture from skin, making hands and arms feel dry and itchy. The Gardener’s Soap contains crushed leaf, bran and oats for a mild exfoliating cleanse that scrubs the dirt away to reveal fresh and clean skin.

Olive Oil with Cocoa Butter

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Thankfully these two heavyweights of moisture are combined into one glorious bar. To counter the dry heat of summer, cocoa butter hydrates and heals. Olive oil is nature’s own ready to use moisturizer–elegant, rich, and soft.

 

 

Spearmint with Bran

The bran in this bar exfoliates, removing dead skin that may have accumulated on the feet or other rough spots. Spearmint revitalizes the senses while comforting the skin with its natural cooling effects.

Country Milk and Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is one of the best ingredients available for skin care. The proteins in oatmeal create a natural barrier between the skin and everything else, offering protection and leaving skin with a soft, moist glow. It is combined with fresh country milk for an extra rich and smooth experience.

 

Beach

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Decided to head to the mountains this year? You don’t have to miss out on the salty fresh scent of a cool ocean breeze. Australian Natural Soaps offers multiple Beach and Ocean scented luxury soap bars to make the shore come alive even when you’re far away.

 

Australian Natural Soaps offer an extensive variety of scents—floral, sweet, earthy, fruity and more. Shop all of your favorite summer scents today!

Why You Should Avoid Microbeads

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Microbeads have proven to be a popular addition to health and beauty products for the past decade. These plastic beads are marketed to consumers as providing a deeper clean or exfoliating the skin. Last year, the U.S. government banned the use of microbeads; however this law does not go into effect until July 2017. Here is why you should avoid them from now until then.

What are microbeads?

Microbeads are tiny particles of plastic that are less than 1mm in size. These particles can be spherical or irregularly shaped and are produced in a wide range of colors. Many body washes, hand soaps, and toothpastes contain microbeads. Refer to this list to find out which products use these harmful particles.

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Microbeads adversely affect our environment in many ways. Due to their extremely small size, the microbeads find their way through the filters of wastewater treatment plants. By passing through this filtering process, these plastic particles end up in our rivers, lakes and oceans. A study conducted in 2013 identified that one square kilometer of water in Lake Erie contained at least 1.7 million microbeads.

In addition to polluting waterways, the health and well-being of wildlife is also threatened. The Wildlife Conservation Society in New York State determined that as many as 19 tons of microbeads enter the water supply every year. The result is that wildlife ingests the beads, mistaking them for food. Not only can these beads harm the animal, but when those animals are consumed by humans, this unwanted plastic becomes integrated into the food chain. In a press release, the Wildlife Conservation Society concluded that “Microbeads are highly damaging to the natural environment and the wildlife that live there.”

Microbeads can also affect our personal health in other ways. The beads found in soaps and especially toothpastes can find their way into our bodies, becoming lodged in the gums or the digestive tract. These particles do not dissolve, not in the water supply or in the body.

There is good news for those people who like soaps that exfoliate, and it is that natural alternatives exist! Some Australian Natural Soaps include natural exfoliants that dissolve after use and do not adversely impact the environment. Australian Natural Soaps contain only natural ingredients in every bar–no microbeads or animal products are ever used to manufacture our luxury soaps. Visit our website to shop our wide selection of soaps available in an assortment of soft, pleasing fragrances.

The Truth About Palm Oil

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Even if you haven’t ever heard of palm oil, chances are good that you have used it at one time or another. Palm oil is a commonly used ingredient in many health and beauty products as it is a naturally rich source of antioxidants, especially Vitamin E.

The production of palm oil is controversial due to the many problems created through the loose regulations on the palm oil industry. Vast areas of tropical forests and valuable ecosystems are cleared to make room for large monoculture oil palm plantations. Clearing this land destroys vital habitats for many endangered species such as rhinos, tigers, and elephants. Not only are the habitations of wildlife destroyed, but more importantly, the people who dwell in the forest are evicted from their homes, jeopardizing their communities and livelihoods. This displacement creates social conflicts with no clear solutions. Additional negative impacts of unregulated palm oil plantations are soil erosion, air/soil/water pollution, and climate change.

What is Certified Sustainable Palm Oil?

Certified sustainable palm oil and palm kernel oil are only certified as such if the oil has been produced by plantations which have completed an independent audit to determine whether or not the plantation complies with the global environmental standards set forth by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The strict criteria that must be upheld to receive this certification relates to social, environmental and economic good practices employed by the plantation. The criteria includes–but is not limited to–ensuring traceability of the product, minimizing the use of hazardous chemicals, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and establishing the plantation on land that did not contain significant biodiversity, wildlife habitat or other environmental values.

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Founded in 2004, the aim of the RSPO is to promote the sustainable production of palm oil to protect people, the planet, and the prosperity of each. The RSPO does this in two ways: by encouraging producers to be responsible for their practices and by educating buyers on the environmental and economic cost of their purchase.

When purchasing a product that contains palm oil, it is important to note if that product complies with the standards established by the RSPO. It is not always easy to tell from a product’s packaging if the palm oil used is sustainable or not. The only way to really know is to contact the company who makes the product and find out for yourself. In the case of Australian Natural Soaps, we are proud to share with our customers that all of our products use RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil.

Remember, purchasing your products responsibly helps to conserve the environment, protect people and communities, and save the habitats of endangered species.