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Bathing Beauty Q & A

Bathing Beauty Organic Apothecary is a fabulous online boutique to source your natural and organic beauty products!

This one-stop-shop for all your beauty care needs stocks only the finest natural and organic products available on the market.

Specialising in exclusively emerging organic and natural beauty brands, you can be certain you’re browsing only the finest, top-quality products while on this site!

The founder of Bathing Beauty Organic Apothecary, Julie Q, was inspired to create this site by her passions to discover new brands and safe products which were produced under ethical procedures!

 

 

Can you tell us a bit about Bathing Beauty?

Bathing Beauty Organic is the ultimate online destination pioneering luxurious and influential cult organic beauty brands in Australia.

When did you start your website and what was the inspiration behind this?

We began in 2007, the first of its kind in Australia which focused solely on luxury organics. I was bored of the ‘health food’ type organic beauty that was being offered in Australia.  

I love to use organic, non-toxic, effective, beautifully packaged beauty products that are truly LUXE, and so I was on a mission to find these and bring them to Australia. 

When you first started, how did you customers find you?

Word of mouth, press and social media.

Do you have a process or a strategy for choosing brands for your business?

Yes I buy twice a year.

There are so many things I consider before selecting brands to join our portfolio, but mostly I like to buy for the demand of my customers.  I also look at the product, packaging, ingredients, provenance, brand ethics and how they would align with ours.

Upgrading beauty products for greener alternatives can be daunting doing this all at once. Where do you suggest people start?

It depends on what kind of ‘beauty type’ you are.

If you use lots of makeup and love colour – I would start there even with a simple lipstick change.

If you are not too concerned about makeup and love lotions, that’s another great place to start. If you’re both then most definitely start with the products you find you use the most?

Start with these and grow from there.

What have been your biggest learnings to date?

There is a lack of information that is presented in an easy to understand and practical manner on the topic of organic non-toxic beauty.

We’ve learnt that in order for us to convey our message, we need to not just offer amazing products at a global price with great customer service, we need to give them the why and how. This is why we have been  running workshops to educate and show our customers how to use products effectively to get most out of it.

What are your favourite products from the store?

Everything! But mostly RMS uncover up I use this daily, Goe Oil can’t live without this one, Lustra Cleansers from In Fiore, Blue Cocoon from May Lindstrom also the problem solver mask.

I wear Rose Noir Parfum Solide from In Fiore as well which comes in this gorgeous vintage brass compact.

Can you describe yourself in 3 words?

Peaceful, Kind & Lover

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Introducing Rebecca Powell, owner and designer of Tluxe

I'm excited to introduce you to English-born, Sydney-based designer Rebecca Powell.

Rebecca launched her label, Tluxe, in 2006.  She is a savvy business woman who has a Diploma in Fine Arts & Design and an Honours Degree in Textiles and Fashion.

The brand name Tluxe is a fusion of the words deluxe and Tee  - yep, it's got my attention!  Beautiful everyday wear made with immaculate craftsmanship and innovative design.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself...

A: I’m an energetic, motivated, fashion obsessed, yoga loving mother of two beautiful boys.

Q: What is the style of your new label Tluxe?

A: Celebrating understated luxury, Sydney-based brand Tluxe works with fine organic cotton jersey, silk and linen to create timeless wardrobe pieces which are ethically made in Australia.

Q: How long have you been in business?

I launched the label in 2006.

Q: What was the inspiration for the name of your label, Tluxe?

A: It’s a fusion of Tee shirt and deluxe. We built the brand on the basics.

A few simple yet luxurious jersey items that became building blocks for the range to evolve.

Q: What have been the hurdles you’ve faced in setting up your own business?

A: We had some intellectual property problems with an American company that had used the name Tluxe when we first started. It took years to resolve but we now own the trademark globally.

Finding your key staff and juggling a work life balance is also difficult at times!

Q: Do you have any tips or tricks you can offer others with regards to setting up a business?

A: Do your homework and make sure domain names and trademarks are available before beginning any branding.

Also establish a social media prescence before launching the brand.

Q: Which are your favourite pieces from the Spring range?

A: I love the metallic linen shift dress and the low crotch pleated Tencel pants.

Q: Where can we find your label?

Connect with Rebecca Powell at Tluxe: 

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8 tips for yoga beginners

written by Alexa Nehter

 

You want to hit the mat. You’re ready to go - but you’re scared and really, you don’t have a clue what to do. Have feelings like these been holding you back?  

Below are the most common inertia points which are keeping you from getting onto the mat:

You don’t have to be flexible

This is a biggie because it’s why most people never go. Please understand that this is one of the reasons you go to a class. You want to open up – physically, mentally and spiritually.

This will happen with time; it’s why yoga is such a beautiful way of moving your body. Yoga is not about gaining something elusive that you’re seeking to make you better, but rather about appreciating and polishing what is already there. You are already flexible, strong and calm and the more often you learn to let go, to observe your body in space and move into new possibility’s, the more you will open up.

There is no such thing as being good at yoga

It’s more about your ability to be open to evolve physically, mentally and spiritually. Don’t be afraid to listen to your body. If a posture doesn't feel right for you, make sure you ease a bit off to make the posture lighter.

The focus of yoga is to undo tensions in our bodies and mind, not to show off with free standing handstands. You can trust that you will do the right thing at any given time, and that your body will tell you what it needs.

Join a Beginners Course

There are plenty of courses out there for novices, where you will be guided through the fundamental ideas and postures of yoga. This is a great way to start as your teacher will cover everything you need to know in order to hit the mat in almost any studio or community centre in the future.

CONNECT (pre… present and post class)

I love talking to students before class; yoga teachers just do. Talking to students helps me better understand where they are at with their yoga practice. Teachers will ask you about injuries or any issues you might be challenged with.  Please also speak up during class if you don’t understand something or don’t know how to translate the instruction given to your body.

Sometimes you don’t even have to say anything, just wait – yoga teachers can usually see the question mark in your eyes.  After class is a great time to give you teacher some feedback, to ask question and to check in for the next class, or to discover alternative postures or classes.

 

Try out different styles and teachers

Don’t let a mediocre yoga class experience put you off your journey of yoga. There are many different schools and styles of yoga, and the first one you try may not be the right one for you. Have a look around your area, talk to some friends about where they go, and try a few different classes.

There is something for everyone and ‘every Body.‘

Be open minded

There is a lot of information on yoga out there. The different yoga styles, the philosophy and the practices are interpreted in all kind of ways. Yoga is an ancient holistic science that you can integrate into your life as it suits you individually. You can make it your own.

You don’t need to know everything in order to practice. The history, philosophy or level of difficulty of the postures will be taught to you when the time is right. You will get important insights when you are ready for it. There is nowhere else to go; just be curious and open for learning.

SMILE & Laugh

Yoga shouldn’t be too serious. Yes, we want to focus and concentrate, but everything flows a little easier with a smile.

Smiling about your tight hamstrings, your confusion about where left and right is, or what to do next in a sequence is humanly natural and so beautiful.

Curiosity is the key

It is such a beautiful thing to be a newbie. You really have an advantage here, because that’s what yoga wants to teach us: how to be open minded, vulnerable and look through the eyes of a new born. This is the essence of the Zen master.

Everything is new, everything unknown. This is a very advantageous position. 

German born and raised science educator turned yoga teacher, author, speaker, coach and passionate surfer Alexa Nehter inspires a wide audience with her relatable and encouraging approach to yoga and mindful, soul-electrified living.

Alexa facilitates retreats in Australia, Fiji and Europe, as well as courses and workshops to teach the true ownership of yoga and a life that is real, uplifting and juicy.

Her mission is to educate the world about the transformative power of yoga, mindfulness and the choice of living lightly, in a way that is inclusive, inviting and inspiring for others.

www.alexanehter.com
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Why should we roll?

written by Peta Serras 

Using a foam roller is a great accompaniment to stretching. We have a gladwrap like covering over our muscles called fascia. When we roll our muscles, it kneads any knots and tightness we may have which releases the fascia.

Using a roller means you can do self-massage which is handy when you can’t get to see your massage therapist regularly. You can control the amount of pressure you want to apply (or can tolerate!) and it’s a great way to keep on top of the problematic areas between visits to your massage therapist.

 

The 4 main benefits of using a foam roller:

Increased mobility 
We become less mobile when our muscles are tight. By increasing the flexibility we have in our muscles we will have more range of motion in our joints. Focus on the stiff and painful areas and use your exhalation to feel the muscle loosen up and relax into the release.

Replaces a massage 
An effective foam roller session will replace the odd massage. It does exactly what a good massage therapist would do - release and stretch us out.

Adding instability to exercises 
Lying on a foam roller and doing your usual core routine takes the exercises to a whole new level. When you lay on an unstable surface, you’ll find your core muscles working before you even start exercising! Try laying on a roller with your legs in tabletop and add some toe taps.

Injury prevention 
We often injure ourselves because our muscles and fascia become so tight our joints can’t work efficiently. An example is when the muscles in our legs become so tight, our kneecap can’t track properly which is one reason our knees can dislocate. It also means better form with your exercises, like a lower squat.

 

Here are my three favourite ways to use a roller:

Relaxing 
Simply laying on it from the top of your head, down your spine to your tailbone. Focussing on your breath whilst doing this is a simple meditative practice which also helps realign the spine.

Quad release 
Start in a plank position on the elbows with the roller under your quads. Roll from your knees all the way up to the top of the hips focussing on areas that feel sore or stiff. Vary the positioning by turning the toes in or the toes out to vary the release.

Backbend 
Lay with the roller on the upper part of your back, about bra strap height. Have the legs bent up with the feet flat on the floor and the hands behind the head. As you inhale bend back over the roller and as you exhale curl back up to the start position.  

"I love teaching Pilates and stretching for the positive effect it has on peoples lives. It seems so simple yet it’s so rewarding and I love that about it. 
It brings a smile to my face when I can help change my clients figure, get them to reach their goals and rehab an injury they thought they would have forever. I’m very lucky to have an extremely rewarding job."

 

Peta Serras is a Hunter Valley based Pilates Instructor, Model, Writer, Health Coach, Foodie and self-confessed Instagram addict.

She is passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle and inspiring others to do the same. Peta has a best selling stretching DVD that aims to get viewers flexible in 15 minutes a day and has been seen in Marie Claire and body+soul magazine.

Click here to connect with Peta

Healthy Kids Party

Last weekend my youngest son turned 8! - oh my......!!!  

It's only natural I wanted to provide food for the party which didn't have preservatives, refined sugars or any other hidden nasties.  

While I had a rough idea of what to serve, I was just too busy with work to make it happen by myself.  So I called in the services of kids food expert, Brenda Janschek.

Brenda is a Sydney based health coach who focuses on helping busy families provide healthy solutions for both families and kids.

Not only did we have a great catch up as we were preparing the food, it was also a lot of fun!

So... here's what we prepared:

 

Pesto & Hummus dip with celery & carrot.  I also brushed some wholemeal tortillas with olive oil, crushed garlic & herbs.  Then placed them in the oven until crispy - so good! (sorry, it didn't make the photo...)

 

Choc Chip Cookies  The cookies were demolished - I may have had a few too... 

Banana Piklets made with rice flour and banana as the sweetener - hugely popular
Vegetarian Sausage Rolls
(mixture shown in the top pic in the left bowl)
Mini Pizzas (top pic)
Sushi 

 

Brenda had a huge list of foods to choose from in her list, so the choice was limitless.  It made catering for the party quick and easy, providing food that was not only healthy but also loved by everyone.

If you're looking for a fun activity for your kids during the school holidays, Brenda is running some cooking classes in Coogee, Sydney. For full details, click here

I served up a new drink which has just arrived in Australia - cola Bionade!  I would never usually serve a soft drink, but this one is different:) I recently wrote a review on Bionade which you can read here.

To give you a brief overview, Bionade is from Germany and is an organic, naturally brewed drink which is fermented in water & malt. The kids were pretty happy to be served 'cola' in a glass bottle.  

Needless to say, they all loved it!

5 Minutes with Daniel Churchill...



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My favourite cafe is… Zubi Expresso Narrabeen. Best little place, great coffee and an amazing acai bowl:)

I wish more Australians would… eat with their family and cherish how fortunate we are to live where we do.

I feel a lot of it gets taken for granted. Whether it beside the beach or in the inner suburbs, our living and resources are amazing compared to many otherst in the world.

My favourite exercise is… the amazing push up.

Reason is that it can be done absolutely anywhere! People often believe it is for your chest, however when done properly it incorporates your core, glutes, upper back and shoulder stabilisers ~ amazing!

I love Crossfit too, but nothing beats your own body weight.

I like to cook… that's it! I like to cook hahah. I like to cook anything, but i do like getting my hands dirty.

On my cheat days I love making fresh pasta, but you are more likely to see me making Tortillas and Tostadas for Mexican with the fellas. Love making pasta out of sweet potato too ;)

I can’t live without… I'll say mum;) but it should be everyone! So for others, it's Cashew Nut Butter ~ oh my god, absolutely amazing! If you have too much of it, it can have affects on your neural activity - lucky I’m already weird!
 

You may recognise Daniel Churchill from Masterchef.  He is all about making nutritious cooking, realistic and delicious.

On his way to becoming the Healthy Cook of the world, Dan has formulated recipes that are easily replicated but more importantly showcase why food that is great for your waistline is even better for your taste buds. 

Connect with Dan on his website here