Toxin-free beauty: why I use oils

Posted on July 11th, 2013

I haven’t done one of these posts for a bit. Previously, I’ve covered off my preferred toxin-free cosmetics, safe sunscreens, toxin-free nail polish and safe fake tan guff. An update from my ablutions front: slowly, slowly I’ve been reducing what I use to a very small kit. And it pretty much comes down to oil. Even my mascara. And cleanser.

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Above are the products I use. There are a few more that aren’t pictured. I’ll detail things below. But to the oil bit and why I’m a fan. I can feel a list coming on…

1. Oil is a single ingredient. And clean.

Beauty can be simple. It can be one ingredient. No need for added hydro-proxy-double-enzyme-whatevers. It’s like whole food: eat the complete produce (the egg yolk and white together, full fat milk etc) and you get all the bits you need. Whole, un-mucked-with oil works better than the stuff with lots of ingredients on the box. So, for example:

* Pure rosehip oil: by far the most effective and complete moisuriser you can slap on your mug.

* Pure jojoba oil: by far the most effective makeup remover on the planet. Just ask a TV anchor.

* Pure coconut oil: by far the most effective body moisturiser you can use. You can read about how and why here.

2. Oil cleans oil

How so? Oil dissolves oil. That’s how life works. Or at least chemistry does. “Like dissolves like.” Get rid of greasy sticker smudges with Tea Tree Oil. Ditto on your skin. When you massage your skin with oil, it dissolves the oil that’s hardened with gunk from your day or from sweating and become embedded in your pores. Add some steam to open your pores and the sumpy, gunky oil can be removed with a cloth. That’s how.

3. Oils ain’t oily

I’ve kind of explained this (oil dissolves oil). But I know some of us have a hard time trusting the concept.

Like our issues with whole food – full cream milk and the like – I think we have a hang up about beauty oils, too.

Fat doesn’t make us fat. Oils don’t make us oily.

Oils also prevent you from getting oily after cleansing by replenishing your face and body with nice clean oil, so you don’t overcompensate. It keeps things nicely balanced.

4. Oils are cheap and sustainable.

I reckon my oily beauty regime would cost about $200/year. Not $200/product.

* You only need to use a drop or three of rosehip oil on moist skin. A bottle can last months.

* You can extend the life of an almond oil mascara by…adding some more almond oil.

Plus, most oils are available organic and produced locally.

The oils I use

Cleanser: Jojoba oil. I put a small amount on my (dry) face before getting in the shower. I’ll leave it on for a bit before turning on the water.  While the steam is building I wash my body, turning to my face last (allowing the steam to do its thing). Using a robust facecloth I wipe the oil off.

Brands: I’ve used Jojoba Company oil previously – it’s probably my favourite. Recently I’ve been using one I bought at Kings Cross market – locally made. I’ve also used Bloom Cleansing Oil, made with almond oil.

Makeup remover: as above, but I tend to do a second round.

Face moisturiser: Rosehip oil and Jojoba oil (when I’m travelling, it’s very handy to have to only pack the one little bottle). I use a few drops on my skin while it’s still moist. It blends and settles better like this.

Brands: Triology and Kosmea Rosehip oil.

Body moisturizer: Coconut and olive oil.

Brands: I use coconut oil that I’ve tasted for cooking and don’t like (so I won’t mention the brand).

Hand moisturiser: I’m in love with a “vata” blend my meditation teacher Tim makes. It’s become my signature scent. I pack it on each morning and the smell lasts, pacifying me nicely. Until I get frazzled by something.

Brands: I use Moksha.

Hair oil: Coconut and argan oil. I use a small amount – generally residue from moisturising my hands – on the ends.

Brands: I don’t touch that Moroccan oil stuff…it’s almost pure mineral oil. I only use 100% Argan. The Sydney-based Miras Hand is great and affordable.

Face scrub: A mix of equal parts sugar or sea salt and olive oil.

Makeup: I use a toxin-free almond oil-based mascara and lip stick. The latter, as I say above, can be kept “alive” by adding in extra almond oil as it gets gluggy. I’ve tried 237827 mascaras over the years I spent in magazines. This is the most smudge/water-proof one I’ve found.

Brands: Ere Perez all the way.

When traveling: I use Dr Bronner’s liquid soap – it cleans face, body and clothes. It’s a combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, together with pure essential oils. You can learn about Dr Bronner’s here.

Some extra thoughts:

Blogger Wellness Mama recommends her favourite moisturiser and cleanser:  using castor oil mixed with another oil (depending on your skin type)… 1/3 castor wtih 2/3 olive is her pick. She highlights there are some ethical and eco issues with castor oil, however. (She suggests trying this combo before moving on to coconut oil.)

She also shares some great exfoliator recipes. And a lovely hair oil recipe.

What do you do with your oils? Some favourite brands? Share away…

 

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  • http://www.jossieloves.blogspot.com.au Jos

    Great post – can anyone buy Tim’s oil? It sounds divine. J xx

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  • http://dog-eared.me/ Tracy Dawson

    Thanks for this Sarah, this is the new challenge for me. Would love to see my bathroom cupboards almost bare!

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  • Courtney

    I’ve only recently started using oils for my beauty routine but I’m loving them. I’ve started with a MooGoo oil cleanse method and rosehip oil, but once they’re finished I’m switching to making my own (less or more reusable packaging). I also use Melrose Castillo soap and apricot kernel oil as a body moisturiser. Oh and I use the Jojoba Oil Company stuff for a moisturiser during the day.

    I love your beauty posts! Are you still using the shampoo-free method for your hair in addition to all those lovely oils?

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  • Ms Jane

    Thanks for the mascara tip. I’d given up using the natural stuff cos they always dried out. My oil tip is for killing nits!!!! Instead of bombing them with all the poisonous concoctions from the chemist I put olive or coconut oil in my kids hair so the buggers drown and then comb them out. Works every time. Yuck!!

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    Julie Reply:

    Ms Jane have you tried Zuii Certified Organic Mascara? The black one “Granite” is so black and thick. It doesn’t dry out. I’ve tried a heap of natural ones too and this one is excellent. I buy online from Conscious Cosmetics. Free shipping and I also buy my rosehip oil from them too.

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  • http://Www.sparrowandsea.com Jess @ Sparrow + Sea

    I love the Esther Plus facial serum from Twenty8 – the smell is divine – but I had issues with the stopper bottle leaking in my toiletries bag. So I’ve been using straight rose hip oil. Had been using Sukin, but realised it didn’t say cold-pressed on the packaging, so once i finished it, I bought one from the health food store that is definitely cold-pressed. I’ve heard that this factor is important…

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  • Rose

    Wish I could say that oils worked for me but I can’t use them. They are just too irritating if you have rosacea.

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    Jasmin Reply:

    Hi I have rosacea too and find that a very simple routine using oils has been the best thing for my skin and also quitting sugar made the biggest difference, I can actually go out and not wear any makeup which I could never do before quitting sugar! Crazy how everyone’s skin reacts differently. :)

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    lilapud Reply:

    Hi Rose,

    I suffer from rosacea too – although a recent trip to Ireland seemed to clear it up completely?!!!
    But it came back when I moved on to Greece!
    It’s a truly baffling skin disorder … but I believe strongly it is gut-linked … I digress …

    I often put one drop of Lavender Oil in my night face cream and I find it really soothes my skin, (apart from getting the bestest, most sound night sleep ever!!) It also has antibacterial qualities as well as soothing.

    The one I use, I also use as ‘perfume’, it is handmade in Ireland using lavender from Provence (and I’ve got it on my site), and it is THE most potent lavender oil I have come across, and I’ve used heaps. I find it FAB for soothing my nerves, sending me back to sleep or getting me there if I’m having difficulty, & it just smells gorge. I also pour a couple of drops across a tissue and rest with it over my eyes under an eye pillow if I have to go out and I’m tired – makes your eyes look & feel totally refreshed (btw, if I’m doing this I usually do legs up the wall at the same time – 20 mins later Im a new me!!)

    If it’s any help, I have found using a good quality, GENTLE mask on my face every 3 nights, followed by a gently good quality skin care regime (incl my Lavender Oil), has really helped me manage my rosacea … but it hasn’t left me completely – really get’s me down sometimes.

    I should mention, that I use coconut, olive, avocado, rosehip & jojoba oil on my face too so if these irritate your skin, maybe you’re skin is too delicate for oils. (They should be fine for removing eye makeup tho?).

    With some (my) rosacea, it’s about rebuilding and strengthening the acid mantle of the skin, so working from the basal cell layer up. Hopefully someone will soon work out what causes it so we might get a definite cure. xo

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    VE Reply:

    I have perioral dermatitis, very similar to rosacea and rosehip oil is totally aggravating for my skin. Haven’t found a cure but I’m working on it…sukin products seem to be great.

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    Jennifer Reply:

    Hi VE,

    I have had perioral and periorbital dermatitis on and off for the last 15 years. It has been a long journey towards finding out what works for me, but I think I have finally found a combination that works well. Firstly, I have made my own ayurvedic skin care products to suit my pitta skin; all pure oils and edible exfoliators – however Rasasara make a beautiful ayuvedic skin care range if you can’t be bothered making your own.
    When I do have a flare up, I cleanse the affected area with diluted apple cider vinegar, wash that off with cooled down chamomile tea (infused for at least 30 minutes – the stronger the better), which is very soothing and then I apply neem oil directly onto the affected area (be careful around your eyes – if it gets into your eyes it bloody hurts!) – a small amount goes a long way. Neem is amazing stuff – antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, analgesic, anti inflammatory, and antimicrobial. It smells quite strong, but it seems to calm the redness down faster than anything else I have ever used.
    Anyway, that’s my little bag of tricks for dermatitis – I hope that it may help you.

    lilapud Reply:

    That looks like a great Ayurvedic option Jennifer, thanks so much for sharing that, I’m deffo gonna try it! Thanks again! :)

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  • Sarah

    I fell in love with argan oil in Morocco. O M G. It makes my skin hum. I used to be a Clinique addict until I began reading labels (!) and since changed to a regime very similar to yours. My skin has never been more even in terms of oily v dryness. But sorting out my diet (cutting out grains) helped immensely, too. Thanks for the link to Mira’s Hand!

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    Jamila Reply:

    Great to hear Sarah! Unfortunately some argan oils that are sold in the souks in Morocco or at some coops are actually culinary argan oils. Not bad for your skin, but the smell might put you off a bit. Our oil which is mentioned in the blog is cold pressed from unroasted ripe argan nuts. The culinary oil comes from roasted argan nuts.
    Jamila
    Mira’s Hand

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    Angela Reply:

    Ahh I wondered what was going on there! Thanks!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Oh is THAT why the smell?? Thank you so much for sharing your info. I wondered about this a few years ago when my friend brought back a small bottle for me. I was worried it was rancid xx

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    Jamila Reply:

    Andrea, your oil might have gone rancid. Argan oil keeps for 18 months to 12 year. But only if the nut is unroasted, was ripe when it was cracked and pressed etc etera. There are a combination of factors of why your argan oil might have been smelly.
    I have written a blog post a little while ago about how to know if you are buying good quality argan oil.
    Being Moroccan myself and working closely together with our women’s cooperative. I can clearly say that the argan industry has gone absolutely rampant in Morocco. Of the over 700 so called women’s cooperatives that produce these oils only 150 are maybe legit and only 1 cooperative is certified fair trade. Different methods are used to press argan oil, deodorising the oil etc etera. Therefor there are very different qualities of argan oil on the market. Read more here : http://mirashand.wordpress.com

    Jamila
    Mira’s Hand

  • Dana

    I was a rosehip oil junkie. Loved it, thought it was brilliant, but have recnetly discovered it brought out so much redness in my skin. if you have rosecea, or very pale skin with redness aroudn the tzone area, this actually enhances it.
    but coconut oil on my legs is the bomb!

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  • http://www.livehealthysimply.com Jessica Nazarali

    I use argan, coconut, rosehip oil and Dr Bronner products too. The less “stuff” in products the better I say!

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  • Elle

    I use a brand called Mukti Organics for my facial cleanser and moisturiser. It is one of the most natural/cleanest group of products that I have been able to find on the market. It’s a little pricey, though well worth it for those of us trying to reduce our toxic load, but still love using beautiful products. The products are absolutely fantastic. It comes from beautiful Maleny in Queensland.

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    Amy Reply:

    I’m a huge huge fan of Mukti Organics too! I genuinely love all of their products – particularly their shampoo and conditioner. xx

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    Vanessa Reply:

    Mancine Professional does a sweet almond oil in a 125 ml or a 1 litre bottle

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  • Karla

    I have been wanting to go toxin free with all my moisturisers and the like for awhile now so your post was perfectly timed. Thank you as always and for all your recommendations. Love reading other people’s suggestions also.

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  • Louise

    I love this post! I agree with Elle, Mukti Organics is divine and beautifully organic. Quality products & cheaper than the brand produced by a famous supermodel! I’ve found bi-carb soda to be an excellent skin exfolliant – has anyone heard any negative points about this? Oh, and sweet almond oil is great on the whole body right after a shower and towel-dry.

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    Amy Reply:

    I love Mukti too!!

    Where do you buy your almond oil Louise? x

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  • http://galadarling.com Gala

    Love reading your tips! Kind of related: I recently stopped using shampoo/conditioner and replaced them with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. It’s amazing and makes my hair so much nicer! And a question… Do you use sunscreen? xoxox

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Not usually, but shared here xxx
    http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2012/02/sunscreen/

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    K Reply:

    Did anyone else read the article about sunscreen the other day? A study was done, and it was found that a range of Australian kid’s sunscreen stripped paint!

    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home-garden/trinity-college-experiment-finds-kids8217-sunscreen-strips-paint/story-fneuz6rh-1226677161416

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    I can believe it!

    Rosa Reply:

    Check out the Environment Working Group (EWG) Guide to Sunscreens – it is concerning how many products we assume are safe for our kids actually contain seriously harmful ingredients

    Julie Reply:

    I’ve also been using baking soda then ACV to wash my hair for about 18 months & love it. I make a moisturiser with coconut oil & cacao butter, simple, delicious. I also make my own toothpaste, household cleaners & more. Cheap, no nasty chemicals & effective. If I do buy skin care my brand of choice is Living Nature.

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    Bel Reply:

    Julie, tell me more please – what is the process for washing your hair?

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    Kim Reply:

    I’m interested to know how do you make your own toothpaste.

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    Susie Reply:

    Yep – how to make your own toothpaste and washing powder for me?

    (I too use bicarb soda and ACV on my hair and I’ve found I only have to wash it once every 10 days or so. SO much better for scalp, hair and environment… I also make my own moisturiser, – I think I found the recipe on a similar post about a year or more ago – a combo of macadamia oil, almond oil, coconut oil, a few drops of rosehip oil and lavendar)

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    lea Reply:

    Hi Gala,

    I’ve tried the apple cider vinegar as a rinse instead of conditioner and loved how it felt on my hair (really clean and somehow ‘smoother’ if that makes sense?) – but I really didn’t like the smell? Even days afterwards, if my hair got slightly damp in the shower I could still smell the vinegar even though I had rinsed pretty thoroughly?

    Maybe I was using too much? Can you please run through what you do? (for the bicarb soda too please :)

    thanks!

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  • Cait

    Yes!

    Apparently using oils for body, face and hair is an old Gypsy beauty technique. I learnt that from Nadine Artemis who creates her own oil products here and more…

    http://www.livinglibations.com/

    ‘a botanical muse shaping effable plant-light into palpable consecrations to blush senses and muse imaginations…’.

    The ‘Best Skin Ever, Seakbuckthorn’, is divine and lasted 6months. However, with the postage things got exe so have gone back to local products for now. There is an Aus distributor on the GOld Coast who stocks a few things. Am not sure of her name but if anyone wants it, just google!

    Enjoy x

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  • courtney

    HI Sarah – what about Kora?

    i went to an info night with Mirranders mum and we sat there and ate the products with her showing how natual they are. is it just because they are expensive that you dont use them?

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    Amy Reply:

    I think simplicity is the key here. Although Kora is organic and natural, there is a huge number of ingredients in each product…Some of which, although are from natural sources, are highly processed. xo

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    SJ Reply:

    Agree re: the number of ingredients – ridiculous! Also, the integrity of the organic certifier they use (Eco-Cert) is definitely questionable! I did a post on this a while back (http://bit.ly/Yhk0yT) comparing certifiers and Eco-Cert comes 2nd equal at the bottom along with another French certifier.

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  • shelley

    There are many natural brands of skin care, mostly available from the Health Food store and some at Priceline. Brands such as Weleda, A’Kin, Botani, to name a few. All gorgeous and clean and effective.

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    K Reply:

    Yes, there’s quite a few available these days (heaps more than there used to be!)

    I’m a fan of A’Kin and use Harmoni’s kiss organic aluminium-free deodorant (http://harmoniskiss.com.au/body/roll-on)

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  • Clare

    Just wanted to point out that rosehip oil isn’t actually the best moisturising oil as it is more of an anti-inflammatory (which is why it’s recommended for pms symptoms)…. if you’re looking for hydration one of the greatest is African marula oil – super hydrating, non-greasy and both sustainable and fair trade.

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    Cait Reply:

    The thing with rosehip oil, I find, is that it’s heavier and less easily absorbed into my fine skin than Jojoba, which is a lot lighter. Jojoba is known to be the only oil that produces a wax that’s similar to our skin, hence it penetrates the skin quikly and doesn’t leave oily residue but is still super moisturising.

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    lilapud Reply:

    hey guys, i find it hard to absorb too, so I put a layer of my night moisturiser over it to seal it in … works a treat. x

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  • Kat

    Miod facial oil is amazing!!! Love their almond face scrub too. Its locally made in melbourne too- http://Www.miod.com.au

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    Isabelle Reply:

    I LOVE LOVE miod also! So good, complete natural and the most affordable on the market.

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  • Natalie

    I’ve been wondering when you’d do a post on this! I’ve started making my own skin products, using recipes I’ve found on Wellness Mama & other sites, made simply with coconut oil, coca butter, shea butter, olive oil, plus others & some essential oils to scent (though a chocolate-scented body butter is simply devine!). Great stuff. I’m not going back to the commercial stuff again. This is so easy to make & you actually see & feel results. I’ve made some for friends & they’ve commented on how good they are, including one who has particularly sensitive skin.

    Have you tried or considered trying the no-poo thing yet? I tried it for a couple of weeks & was surprised that my hair didn’t freak out (since I dye it a very light blonde). Going to try some homemade shampoo after I do some more research.

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  • Elle

    Hi Kacey, I personally don’t find the Mukti products irritating. I find the products that I use (cleanser and moisturiser) quite soothing and like how light they are on the skin.

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  • Steph

    I love Antipodes organic skincare from New Zealand – a bit pricey but you can usually get a great GWP or % off at Myer. Their facial serum and oils are beautiful. Also check out Beauty and the bees – http://www.beebeauty.com/ from Tasmania, seriously good moisturisers that are best kept in the fridge as they don’t contain all the preservatives found in cosmetics these days. I used to have the worst scalp but since using their natural bar shampoos, honey silk conditioner bar and apple cider vinegar rinse all the flaking and sores went away. I’ve tried a commercial brand since and all the nasty symptoms came straight back . The freight is a bit expensive but it’s super quick and every product I’ve tried has been a winner.

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  • Fi

    Hello girls with Rosacea – help me please! I have been struggling with redness for about a year now and have no idea what to do. I thought switching to oils would help, tried jojoba, rosehip and coconut to both cleanse and moisturise. No luck. Although I think the coconut is probably the best, least irritating.

    Any suggestion on what might help would be super appreciated. I’ve recently got some Lavera products so hoping they might help a bit.

    Thanks! xo

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    lilapud Reply:

    Hi Fi, see my reply to Rose.

    It’s a curse isn’t it?! It does manifest itself differently for different people – mine is little red spotty bumps in groups usually in one area at a time on my face.

    Try to keep it out of the sun, and don’t expose it to temperatures too hot or cold – yes even in the shower, as this will most likely irritate it too.

    I found drinking lots of fresh young coconut water helped and starting my day with warm water and lemon. I think alkalising your gut helps, but I my latest theory is that perhaps mine gets worse when I over eat – putting too much strain on my colon to digest too much food. Just an inkling I’m working on but Im convinced it’s gut-related as I said above.
    Definitely think a low sugar/sugar free diet helped mine too.

    Hope that helps,

    Li x

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    Fi Reply:

    Thanks Li!

    Yes – have been cleaning up my diet also. Trying to at least and seeing a naturopath in a few weeks. Have been on the lemon, ginger, acv water in the mornings. Will try getting stuck into the fresh coconuts too.

    Good luck!

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    Rose Reply:

    Hi Fi and Li, I actually have a lot of trouble tolerating oils and also moisturizers (or anything really) with a scent. I’ve tried rosehip and olive oil for my face. I’ve tried organic moisturisers too,but while I don’t react to some of these products, I find that they just don’t seem to nourish my skin. A few days ago, whilst on this endless quest I purchased a another brand of products but unfortunately my already sensitive skin broke out in horrible little pimple like things and my jaw-line and left side of my face went insanely itchy. Out of desperation (and since I’ve googled lots to do with rosacea and skincare) I went and bought some Clinique Redness Relief products. I have to say that so far it’s really calmed the itchiness and gotten rid of most of the pimples. I too think it’s gut related and I have a whole host of things that set off my rosacea. Thanks for your advice Li but for now I’ll stick with whatever I find that won’t make my skin react :-)

    Katharine Reply:

    Hi Rose (and Li, Fi),

    Rose you sound EXACTLY the same as me. I had no idea it was Rosacea! Everything seems to set it off. Even the Trilogy Rosehip oil. So sick of wasting money on these no-doubt beautiful products that everyone else finds to be so wonderful! The irony.
    I too think it’s gut-related Li. Although just for another hit or irony – it was only when I started cleaning up my diet at the start of the year, absolutely nothing processed, (never ate much sugar so that wasn’t a problem), making everything from scratch, no grains, kefir, coconut oil, green/beet juices, lemon water, fermented foods etc, and BOOM – eczema around my nose and chin (which is apparently the area related to gut issues). Never have I ever had eczema anywhere until now. I just can’t seem to get it right :(
    Sorry to have a whinge and divert slightly – but I’d just love to hear of any similar stories / successes.

    Thanks team!

    Rose Reply:

    Katherine I so hear you! I too am tired of wasting money trying every wonderful thing on the market that will help my rosacea! Re your clean and strict-ish diet, are you saying your eczema developed because of these changes or did yout change in diet help?

    Bex Reply:

    That damn Rosasea!!!
    I’d agree with being gut-related. Having some properly fermented foods I find helps. Bit of sauerkraut each morning with brekkie, no sugar and unfortunately, minimal alcohol :(
    Mine is an red ‘blush’ on my cheeks and can’t seem to find anything topical that helps, just keeping my diet in check.
    Would love options though.

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    VE Reply:

    Mine are hard red lumps around my chin and nose, they can be a big as a 10 cent piece and they are really hot and sore. I’ve tried lots of stuff and rosehip oil was one thing that caused heaps of problems. A used green tea bag held on the area calms them and does help a bit, I’ve cut out all SLS’s even changed my toothpaste. Nothing gets rid of them and I am really depressed by it, doctors are useless, just give me more acne antibiotics…I have had it for 6 years…one doctors said “exfoliate” well I do!!! I won’t go back to him, no idea. I’m using sukin now but will try the bicarb and ACV approach for my hair and jojoba oil and argan oil to cleanse etc…I really hope it’s not another waste of money. I have a collection of useless products.
    Diet may be the key and I’ve heard the candida diet may help. That diet is hard though so I am working up to it. Although today another massive break out so that could just force me to do the candida diet.

    lilapud Reply:

    It’s nice to know I’m not alone with rosacea!! I find when I change my products around a bit, it gets confused and goes away for a bit – but I’ve tried all kinds of diets and couldn’t recommend one, it’s just a mystery! Mine look like acne spots – gorgeous! And when I try to explain about it as rosacea, I feel people think i’m just making up excuses for my zits – hahaa!

    It does get me down sometimes, and I have to admit that I have taken the antibiotics twice (which clears it up completely), and I use Rosex, but I don’t wanna keep doing that and it bugs me that they/we haven’t figured it out yet, but I guess I could have worse things to stress about and i do try not to let it get me down (give myself the pep talk!) – just seems like sometimes you think you’ve solved it then BAM it comes back!

    I would be very careful about using exfoliators as they can be quite harsh – even the ‘gentle’ ones. I find that if I don’t use my mask regularly it gets worse, I think gently pulling any impurities up and out of the skin regularly is better for me rather than aggravating my skin by rubbing with an exfoliator – but that’s just me, I know it’s different for everyone. Before my current régime, my skin was so delicate that it would tear if I lightly scratched my nail over it – it was ridiculously thin. It’s better now but I’d like to improve it more with dermal rolling, but I keep putting it off as you can’t roll over rosacea spots!! Aaargh!

    For now, I just keep telling myself it could be worse, and try to remember to enjoy my life! Jane Iredale pressed powder helps me feel better! Thanks for sharing girls! xo

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  • http://lilapud.com lilapud

    Hi Kacey,

    I believe these two brands are not as entirely green as they make out … something I read somewhere (maybe on Jess’s Wellness Warrior blog if not here?). I am not 100% but maybe you might look into that further to be sure for yourself. Sorry to bear negative news :( but hope it helps in the end.

    Li x

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    Amy Reply:

    Mukti is definitely ‘green’…. sukin is definitely not ;)

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    lilapud Reply:

    Thanks Amy! :)

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  • http://www.chaiacupoflife.com Amelia Grace

    I’m a big fan of oils- especially jojoba oil, which I use on my face to remove makeup and as a cleanser …I also use oil for my hair. I live in India and oiling your hair is a MUST. I use Alma oil (in English is Gooseberry) -I actually just wrote about this last week!!
    http://www.chaiacupoflife.com/oiling-my-hair-the-indian-way

    I like your point that oil removes oil, I agree and can feel the difference on my face!

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    Amy Reply:

    Hi Amelia!

    Do you buy your Amla oil in India, or online? xx

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  • http://pimpmybricks.wordpress.com pimpmybricks.wordpress.com

    I used to spend a screaming fortune on stuff like Clarins etc. Then my skin decided it didn’t like anything I was putting on it and for the first time in my life I had spots. That was mainly gut related and my gut is on its way to health now, but I still can’t use much on my face. Rosehip and other oils cause me to break out. What works wonders, though, is ghee! It doesn’t feel very glamorous slapping clarified butter on my face but it keeps it soft, spot-free and a little goes a very long way.

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    Rose Reply:

    Hi pimp my bricks I don’t suppose you’d share any info on fixing your gut issues? I’ve been on a never ending quest to sort mine out but just seem to go round in circles. Thanks!

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    Katharine Reply:

    Ditto! Would love to hear more. Ghee sounds great (and like an affordable option even if I have to throw it out!)

    Thanks in advance pmb :)

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  • http://www.shopnaturally.com.au Jo @ Shop Naturally

    I’m a big fan of the ‘less is more’ thing. I have tested loads of Rosehip Oils and really new to the market is the La Mav pure organic rosehip oil. It’s lighter than others, it’s in an airless pump so less chance of oxidisation and it’s $24.95 for 30ml. They do an Argan Oil too.

    You’ve gone and picked quote a few of my favourite brands too, Jojoba Company for the Jojoba Oil, Ere Perez for the makeup, how divine are those Rosehip and Olive Oil lipsticks. My warehouse manager HATES lipstick, and has been using Chap Stick despite me slapping her for it and she took an Ere Perez Rosehip Oil Lipstick home and fell in love with it. Chap Stick have one less customer now!

    I’m about to crack open some of the La Mav Argan oil for my hair. All available at http://www.shopnaturally.com.au/ if anyone wants to pop by and say hi or ask questions.

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  • lea

    I’ve been using rosehip oil as a nightly moisturiser for about 5 years now and love it – would never go back to a ‘name’ brand moisturiser again.

    I use jojoba oil in the morning though, as the rosehip oil is not good to use on your skin in the daytime (without a sunscreen over the top) as it makes your skin more susceptible to sun damage (something to do with exposure of the oil to sunlight).

    A little bit of jojoba is also a really nice primer before applying make-up (the Ere Perez foundation is great and smooths over nicely with the oil as a base).

    :) Lea

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    Amy Reply:

    Lea, where do you buy your jojoba oil? xx

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    lea Reply:

    Hi Amy,

    I buy it at my local health food store – the brand is ‘the jojoba company’ – but I’ve noticed that it’s at a couple of the big ‘mega’ chemist type stores like ozepharmacy etc also…
    Lea x

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Ditto…you can also buy online easily.

  • Carla

    Can you only purchase Ere Perez online or do some retail outlets carry the brand? I started making my own face scrubs, masks and toners quite some time ago not just because it’s chemical free but because of the cost factor! Because I live and eat well I use enjo make up removal pads and the face glove and only use a cleanser maybe once a week. I love using coconut oil to moisturise with. The more minimal your beauty routine, the better you will look and feel I think :)

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    lea Reply:

    Hi Carla,
    I can buy Ere Perez at my local health food store…you may be able to contact them via their website and ask for stockists near you?

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    Carla Reply:

    Thanks Lea I will try that and my local organic stores :)

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    Jo @ Shop Naturally Reply:

    I’ve seen it in my local Go Vita. We sell Ere Perez online at Shop Naturally but you’ll be able to hunt it down in Bricks & Mortar stores too. We sell samples of the foundation if you want to ‘try before you buy’.

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    Carla Reply:

    Fantastic! Thanks for the help Jo :)

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  • http://www.amyelandry.com Amy

    Really loving this post, thanks Sarah!

    Oil usage is huge in Ayurveda – on the body, face, hair… everywhere (and I mean literally everywhere ;) )

    I recommend cold pressed organic black sesame oil for the body – which is great for all doshas, but really great for Vata types. You can buy it from http://www.bioveda.com.au

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  • http://www.amyelandry.com Amy

    I love Mukti… try all of their samples of their products for the different skin types…

    But get rid of the Sukin… it’s better than generic supermarket options, but not 100% great as it contains phenoxyethanol.

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  • http://www.anastasiaC.blogspot.com anastasia

    so informative – thanks for sharing your beauty routine!

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  • mandym

    great post Sarah , have you tried , Eye of Horus . It is amazing the most waterproof , all day proof mascara and eyeliners that stick like glue and use all natural ingredients :)

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    Nat Reply:

    Does the mascara brush give a nice separating effect? Sometimes the formula is great but the brush tends to be wrong for my long lashes ;)

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  • http://www.ultrainspired.com Cara

    I love my rosehip oil and ere perez mascara too! Also a huge fan of Indah Organics coconut oil range xx

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  • Jay

    I’ve been buying jojoba oil and rosehip oil from the guy at Kings Cross markets (and before that Bondi Junction when they used to sell there) for years. Love their clear jojoba oil. My skin has never taken very well to yellow jojoba oil, but their clear one has been amazing. I get dermatitis around my nose, and I’ve found it to be the only product for me that effectively manages and clears it up (this is after visiting dermatologists and purchasing expensive moisturising creams).

    Keeping it simple and natural is the way to go. However, I do wish I could find an effective solution for dandruff and an itchy scalp :P

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    Lynda - all about mama Reply:

    I’m a big fan of rosehip and jojoba oil too. Jay, I used to suffer from an itchy scalp and dandruff as well – I rub jojoba oil into my scalp every day and it has made a huge difference (plus it gives your hair a great ‘pick me up’ between washes). I wrote a post about my top five beauty products here : http://www.allaboutmama.com/category/beauty/

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  • Anna

    Hi Sarah,

    Can you please tell me what colour lipstick that is?
    Thank you!

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  • Sara

    As well as coconut oil that I couldn’t live without (make up remover, face and body moisturiser), I also use honey as a cleanser. Takes a little getting used to but I smear it on, brush my teeth, then wash it off and it leaves my skin feeling amazing.

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  • http://www.mirashand.com.au Jamila

    Thank you Sarah for mentioning our pure Argan oil on your blog, I am always humbled to see that something that was created by 50 women of our coop in Morocco is being used and enjoyed by women here.

    I adore your blog, your writings and your musings. What I maybe even love more is the community it creates. It’s magnificent to see women on your blog sharing thoughts, tips and offering encouragement to one another.

    We have had quite a few emails yesterday through your blog about our Argan oil. A little while ago I wrote a blogpost about Argan oil, you find it here http://mirashand.wordpress.com

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Oh good!

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  • Christel Long

    Interesting. I am maturing. Which oil would serve as a good anti-aging treatment. Also are they irritating to eyes?
    Cheers
    Christel

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Rosehip oil all the way!

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  • http://www.lucentimagery.com lucent imagery

    I have always found my skin is happiest with less products. BUT the one product I struggle with is sunscreen. Natural or chemical, expensive or cheap, I’ve tried sooo many and my skin burns and reacts whenever I wear them. I am now searching for a Powder SPF Foundation and wondering if you Sarah or anyone has any recommendations?

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    I’ve done a long post on sunscreens…outlining all my views and tips.

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    lucent imagery Reply:

    Hi Sarah, thanks for replying personally. I am seeking a POWDER sunscreen now but there wasn’t anything in that post about powdered spf foundations, so just wondered if you had heard anything since that post. Not to worry, will keep on searching.

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    Rosa Reply:

    EWG also have a great consumer guide on commerically available sunscreens and rate them according to the safety of their ingredients:-

    http://www.ewg.org/

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    Jules Reply:

    Hi Lucent imagery – I use a powder foundation with spf every day. It’s Inika Mineral Foundation. The SPF is only 15 but I find it’s better than nothing. The foundation is gorgeous though, feels like i’m wearing nothing at all and never causes break outs. Like i mentioned above I get all my stuff (including Zuii organic mascara) from Conscious Cosmetics. I forgot to post the address before sorry, http://www.consciouscosmetics.com.au. I believe you can order foundation samples from them too.

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  • http://www.dailyinspirationboard.com Rebecca Sands

    I previously used organic rosehip oil on my skin before moisturisor morning and night, and it made my skin feel nice. However I recently went to a dermatologist who told me oils aren’t great as they clog your pores and the skin stops actually producing its own oils (meaning it dehydrates itself). When you actually need these oils, say at menopause, your skin won’t produce it naturally as it’s been programmed not to need it.

    I’m personally not a skin specialist but it made sense, and I’ve stopped using rosehip oil on my skin and am using specialist products from the Dermatologist.

    I think it’s worth visiting a medical specialist to get a skin care regime that’s suitable for you, if you have skin concerns.

    That’s my two cents! Thanks, Bec

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  • http://www.argitalaustralia.com.au Rosa

    I sell a beautiful range of 100% natural skincare and personal care products from Italy called Argital – online and in my natural wellness practice in Sydney. Argital has been around since 1976 and they have constantly improved the quality of their products. The key ingredient is fine green marine clay, which is also rich in minerals, with strong anti-oxidant and purifying properties. Their range is internationally-certified so you know they are genuinely & 100% natural. My skin has never looked better since I started using them myself.

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    Jennifer Reply:

    Sarah, thanks for a great post. I have been using natural products for some time and love coconut, jojoba and macadamia oils on my skin and in my hair.

    Rosa, I discovered Argital on a trip to Italy and now am a convert. They are truly beautiful. My daughter has eczema on her wrists and elbows, and a patch on her face & scalp. I use Argital’s Chamomile cream with great results.

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    Melissa Reply:

    Hi Jennifer I agree with you about the Argital Chamomile Cream, the best thing I’ve tried for my eczema. I totally prefer to buy Australian, but I find that Argital is such a beautiful range, really good quality and affordable. I’m surprised so many people don’t know about it yet xx

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  • http://bentpeople.com adriana

    I think the strong message here is that it doesn’t need to be expensive. Simple is definitely better and easier to manage. I’ve used oils for over 13 years and even though I was working at a fashion mag and had access to all the high end beauty products I always came back to oils… it just feels better on my skin. rosehip rocks! almond oil is pure gold! and jojoba is like taking a holiday. Coconut in moderation is brilliant as a body lotion. Burn tip: tumeric powder mixed with coconut oil or ghee is brilliant for a quick recovery and no scars. It’s messy, but works incredibly well.

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  • sarah

    Hi Sarah
    Can you or anyone else recommend some colours for the ere pereze lipsticks, I like neutral sort of colours but with a bit of colour to them, but nothing too bright (if that’ makes sense), I have fair skin…it’s hard to tell from the colours on the website. Thanks, Sarah

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  • Alya

    Thanks for writing this post Sarah! I learnt to use oils as a cleanser/moisturiser/hydrator/everything-else from my mother and grandmother and am consistently amazed by the reaction I have from friends when I try to tell them “oil doesn’t make you oily!!”. The most convincing argument I’ve been able to throw at them is that your skin is an organ, just like your stomach, so why would you use something on the outside of your body that you can’t put inside? Not only is it healthy, natural and cheap, it also makes for a very quick and simple morning/night-time routine – only slathering one product on your face instead of four or five? that’s good enough for me! :)

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  • http://happyskincare.com.au Phoebe Breckell

    My skin breaks out at the sight of Jojoba and Rosehip oils. Some alternatives I love to moisturise with are chia seed oil and hemp seed oil. I find them lighter and they soak in better for oily/combination skin. Plus they both have higher omega 3 content than Rosehip oil :)

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  • http://www.winterlust.wordpress.com Anna V

    Thank YOU for sharing this! I’m in the process of changing all my skin & hair products as I’m starting to run out.

    I heard about the virgin/castor oil mix for night time cleansing which has worked wonders on my skin appearance and texture!

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  • http://www.therogueginger.com Erin

    I used almond oil when I was living in London. It was so cheap and lasted me for months! I only used it at night because I am so pale and I get worried about sunburn if i am putting extra oil onto my face. Plus I have such oily skin that I never needed anything in the morning.

    Right now I use oregano oil when I am feeling a little under the weather and put it onto my feet. I also blend with almond oil and put on my face to clean it up.

    The one problem I am finding is the lids on the bottles. I ideally would like a lid that is not made of plastic as I am trying to cut my use of plastic down. Does anyone know of a product that does not use plastic lids? Or offer a recycling program by taking the old bottles back?

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  • Fi

    Hi again – Katharine, I am the same! My skin seems to get worse the better my diet gets which is just weird. No idea what’s going on but am on a quest to find out so will hopefully get some better answers soon. I have found microdermabrasion helpful – but probably toxic, trying to turn a momentary blind eye to that though….

    Also – ditched my coconut oil on my face last night and this morning and actually seems a bit better. used my kora organics stuff. waiting for new lavera stuff to arrive…

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    Katharine Reply:

    Oh that’s so interesting!

    I did of course suspect that it might be my body purging toxins etc now that I was (hopefully) healing my gut, but for 6 MONTHS? Surely not! Yes I can’t do the coconut oil cleansing on my face either. Little bumps (not pimples – funny how they’re quite different). Same with olive oil. Haven’t tried jojoba. But I strongly suspect it will be the same. I might try ghee though…

    Dr Bronner’s was what set the eczema off – it was HIDEOUS when I was still using it. Now that I’ve stopped it’s calmed down remarkably but definitely still noticeable. I can’t use any cleansers now. Even cleansers I was using with no problem before having eczema are a no-go now. It becomes quite raised and inflamed, whereas now it’s just a red patch… Sorry TMI!

    Good luck with your Kora and Lavera!

    k

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    Rose Reply:

    Hi Katharine, firstly apologies I think I spelt your name wrong earlier. Secondly I think you’re on the right track with your diet , it might need bit more fine tuning. Over this past week my rosacea has been a lot more sensitive thanks to some products I bought to try to help things. I now react do much more strongly to my normal irritants and more my face is so extremely itchy. Basically trying really hard to clean my diet even more. I know once my gut is healed I won’t need to be so strict. Sarah is on to something and I guess she’s banging on about the sugar thing for good reason! oh yeah I wanted to say I’m not sure if your beet juices are helping or hindering you.

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    Katharine Reply:

    Hi Rose,

    Yes that’s what I was thinking – surely I won’t have to avoid all of the things I’m currently avoiding forever, just until I’ve resolved whatever’s going wrong in my gut. Then I can return to eating normally (healthily) without detriment.

    Why do you say that about beet juice? Is it just the juice, or beets in general?

    Just this morning I woke up with newly enraged eczema. This time, I think either citrus or sesame seeds may be the culprit. I ate a kiwi fruit and a mandarin last night (woahh settle down Katharine, don’t go getting too healthy!), I woke up sneezing and with a very runny nose. It was either the citrus, or the fact that I ate a couple of teaspoons of tahini (sesame seeds). I IMMEDIATELY felt itching after that.

    If anyone has suggestions out there on a great Melbourne based nutritionist that could walk me through an elimination diet or I would much prefer just getting blood tests, but I’m not sure if they exist for all food allergies…

    Rose Reply:

    With beets I can’t remember if it was that they are more acidic as opposed to being alkaline or if its a sugar thing. For me personally I’m now avoiding all fruit and some veg too. As you say its only till our guts heal. I’ve been to naturopaths though I’m in Perth not Melbourne and while its been helpful I just seemed to be avoiding so many things. What I want to do now is heal the gut as per body ecology diet and I quite sugar for that matter. I want to heal it so then I can resume a normal, healthy diet. Avoiding too many foods on a long term basis can rob you of nutrients, unless your alleegic to the. I reallt strict diet is also depeessing! yes heal the gut first and hopefully everything else will fall into place :-)

    Rose Reply:

    Oops! Please excuse typo’s I’m responding on phone!

    Katharine Reply:

    Thanks again Rose. I’d really, really love to hear more about your progress. I’m not sure if email addresses are allowed, but mine is info@katharineinnes.com – otherwise I’m sure I’ll get future comments if you continue to add to this post! I’d love to hear from you :)

    Rose Reply:

    Katharine it would be really great to hear how you progress too! If nothing else maybe we can motivate each other when our diets and skin issues get too much! I’m sure though that we are both on the right path to recovery Thanks for your email address I will keep you updated.

    Katharine Reply:

    Great, thanks so much Rose.

    Yes, I’d love a moral support buddy to pick each other up when yet another solution turns sour!

    If anyone else would like to jump on board, please email me as well :)

    Rose Reply:

    Thanks Katharine try this arvo

    Rose Reply:

    Hi Katharine I tried to email you this morning but it bounced back to me. I’ve checked and double checked and the address is correct. Are you having probs with your email? If not I’ll try again later.

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    Katharine Reply:

    How strange!

    I’ve just cleared the trash and sent a couple of test emails from another address and they’ve come through okay – so maybe give it another go?

    thanks

  • Maja

    Are oils suitable for sensitive combination skin, prone to breakouts?
    It took me years to get to the stage where my skin is calmer and balanced (not 100% blackheads or breakout free, but much calmer).
    I’ve used Paula’s Choice brand with 2% salicylic acid but would be interested in more natural range of products.
    Any suggestions?
    I’m also looking for natural products for my daughter, so thank you all for great tips and links on various products

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    Phoebe Breckell Reply:

    Hi Maja, my husband and I run Happy Skincare (http://happyskincare.com.au) and we have a whole range of oil-based products that were designed especially for breakout-prone skin… I was our inspiration! :) They’re all mostly organic and 100% natural and i’m happy to answer any questions you have.

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    Maja Reply:

    Thanks Phoebe
    Just had a look at your website. Do you think the products in the sample pack would be suitable?
    Maja x

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    Phoebe Breckell Reply:

    Yes I think the sample pack would be the perfect place to start. It has the oil-based cleansing balm and facial oil along with a Perfecting Tonic. The tonic has willow bark in it which is a great source of salicin.
    Phoebe x

  • JF

    I discovered recently Dr Bronners Skikakai Soap, which claims that the sugar (!) content is what prevents the drying out of the skin. The small blurb on the bottle explains:”…organic sugar is a natural humectant. Whereas salt pulls water out of the skin, sugar puts it back in…”.

    It’s organic and for me, yep, my skin has been really soft, even been using it on my face with no dryness whatsoever. The fact that the sugar is the “active” ingredient was a lovely ironic morsel too good not share! Perhaps there IS a use for it in our lives after all? :))

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    E Reply:

    Thanks for sharing that JF! Look forward to trying it out! :)

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  • Lauren

    Any tips for chilblains?? – maybe the anti inflammatory properties of rosehip oil might help out with the blighters, my toes are so painful and swollen after the cold snap in Melbourne this week!

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  • wendy

    Hi Sarah, any tips on how to travel with coconut oil easily. Ie. transitioning between its wax type state in a tin and its liquid state in a bottle? I cant quite figure out how to not have a leaky mess in my bag OR have it solidified in a pump bottle!!!!

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  • Justine

    Definitely check out MooGoo, they have awesome natural products and are Australian!!

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  • Sarah

    Hi Sarah

    Thanks for that post.

    I am a new oil skincare convert. Loving the oils particularly in winter- my skin has never looked this good! Less break outs and no longer dry and flaky.

    I have been buying my products from Cleanse Skincare (www.cleanseskincare.com.au).
    I think they are quite new and they have some amazing products. They were also very helpful answering my questions.

    Amy

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  • Jusine

    Can anyone suggest which oils to use on my face for very dry eczema prone skin? Thanks.

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    Phoebe Breckell Reply:

    I would recommend tamanu oil for your eczema breakouts (it’s a natural anti-inflammatory and actually has similar properties to a steroid cream), and moisturising with hemp oil which has a blend of omega 3, 6 and 9 which is something that many eczema sufferers are deficient in. Good luck !

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  • Trudi

    I get my oils here: http://www.seoc.com.au/

    They also have a great article on where their organic castor oil comes from – http://www.seoc.com.au/downloads/Oily-News-Winter-2012.pdf

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  • Sharon in Singers (formerly Philly)

    I use coconut oil as a cleanser and moisturiser. I do find some days that my skin just doesn’t like it as a moisturiser and I have to take it off and go back to my old stuff. I sometimes use rosehip oil, I recall reading somewhere not to use it all the time as a nighttime moisturiser, has anyone else heard that?

    I have just bought some almond oil and jojoba oil. It was suggested that I put some drops into rose water and spray it on as a moisturiser so I’m going to give that a go. Does anyone dilute with rosewater or just put it straight on? This wasn’t just for the face but for the body as well.

    I’m curious as well if anyone knows where I can get some of the products mentioned on line that would send to Singapore, I’ve checked iherb, which I have just started using, but obviously they don’t have them. I don’t think I can ask my mum to go hunting this stuff down for me :-)

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  • June

    For many years I have used Jojoba oil & Rose hip oil & have been very happy. Recently I have been using coconut oil for everything, still happy. A few weeks ago, after reading an article on Santorini Sun Organics, Nature’s Facelift Oil, 100% Pure Olive Squaline Oil, I decided to give it a try. I was so impressed that I ordered a special pack, cleanser, moisturiser & body & hair shampoo. The shampoo is the best I have ever used. Each day I rub a few drops of the facelift oil on the age & sun damage to my hands, they really are fading at last. I really enjoy reading all the posts here, always full of new ideas & great stories.

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  • edwina Sharp

    I am mature aged and have found that through medication for Crohns disease
    my skin on face can go bright red down through the T section and burns. the
    dermatologist recommended Avene Tolerance extreme cream, and tolerance
    extreme cleansing lotion and it has done wonders, your skin feels so soft .
    It is not cheap, but you dont need a lot. If you google some of the cheaper chemists
    you can normally save about $8.
    Well worth a try …..Edwina

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  • Andrea

    MV Organic Skincare has saved my skin – I have rosacea, allergies, eczema and a crazy autoimmune rash. MV is Australian and a very simple, beautiful routine and has gradually built up my skin’s strength again. The ‘Daily Soother’ oil is really pampering and the only facial oil my skin can tolerate.

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  • http://Fertileminds.com.au Anon

    Coconut oil is also the best lubricant. Forget chemical KY.
    Having a small jar by the bed is the way to go.

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    Stormageddon Reply:

    It WILL dissolve latex contraceptives, though! Be careful if you’re into protected sex.

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  • Leonie

    I use coconut oil as a body moisturiser after adding my own essential oils to smell nice. The other day a friend i had given a jar to said she was using it on her face as it was great under makeup as a primer, well i would not have done that as my face gets quite oily but i gave it a go and it works like a charm!

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  • Susan

    I found that rose hip oil is fantastic for fading both radiotherapy burns and the permanent redness from the sun on my upper chest area. It also seems to help fade those awful age spots on my arms. I’ve also found that it is a fantastic product for my face.

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  • D’Anne

    Thank you Sarah for another v.helpful post. Thanks also ladies for so much great sharing and info re managing rosacea and perioral dermatitis. I had a massive, never before seen, outbreak of papules/rash-like lumps about 6 mths ago (prob stress induced), which started small but ‘grew’ and migrated over my T-zone, at it’s worse it was v.uncomfortable and looked like psoriasis. I tried everything natural (topical & internal) including seeing my trusted Chinese herbalist but nout worked! Desperate I went to my GP who put me on 1 wks antibiotics & v.mild cortisone cream. The cream calmed it down quickly & it was about 90% ‘gone’ after a few weeks but got ref to dermotoligist who made the above diagnosis and put me on massive tetracycline for the past month (I was not happy but combated it w a-biotic resistant SB probiotics). Saw dermotoligist again today and although my face has cleared up (except for some mild redness and minor scars which are healing) he wants me to cont. taking tetracycline for another 3 mths (on grad decreasing dose)!!! WTF! :( . I don’t think I will continue taking it for a host of good reasons (incl. prev candidiasis) BUT has anyone been through this and did you find your skin was o.k./didn’t flare up once you stopped the antibiotics and just got on with simple, natural management? Thanks so much.

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    lilapud Reply:

    Hi D’Anne,

    I’m not sure what diagnosis you refer to above – did he name it as rosacea? Tetracycline is an antibiotic, right? Gosh that seems to be an awful long time to take antibiotics.
    I wouldn’t dare to suggest anything to you as Im not a doctor and I don’t know what exactly he’s trying to treat for you, but I just personally wouldn’t be happy with such a long time on antibiotics (regardless of dosage). I have used them in the past on two occasions when I had something important happening that I wanted no skin issues to deal with – each time I used them for a week and it cleared up, but after about 4 days off, my little papules & red spots returned, just one or two, here and there, regularly! Maybe this dermatologist knows something we don’t? Maybe taking the drugs for longer will make it go away altogether?

    I take a good pro-biotic and a really good fish oil to help with it (and it helps lots of things), and while I”m trying to manage it naturally – I still haven’t thrown away my remaining antibiotics!
    I totally understand your frustration.

    Would you let me know if you do decide to take the long term treatment, how it results for you? I’d (and I’m sure the others too) would be so grateful!! I am going to try Maz’s rec. of Blackseed oil and see what happens.
    Microdermabrasion was mentioned above, I don’t want to sound preachy, but I would stay well away from such treatments as they actually are very harsh and ultimately damaging to the skin – especially people with sensitive and delicate skin (people with celtic background and fair skin etc definitely). I have heard some negative stuff about it so just sayin’ to take care to research fully before taking such heavy measures. But everyone has to find their own way thru their rosacea – no judgement!!

    Sarah sorry for taking over the post with rosacea issues!! But thanks for the forum! :)

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    D'Anne Reply:

    Thx for yr reply, advice & support :) Dermatologist named it perioral dermatitis mainly but w some rosacea & now reckons I am highly likely to develop rosacea in time (yay!) but also acknowledged they don’t really know what it is, these are just generic ‘labels’, for a range of symptoms that diff people have varying mixes of sort of thing (which is prob why diff natural things work well or not for diff people, because no one has the exact same condition etc?). The rationale behind using tetracycline is for it’s anti-inflamm effect mainly (not anti-bacterial) but my Dr says they don’t actually know how it works on these skin conditions “it just does”. It is a very strong drug though & antibiotics are not a cure. Dermatitis/rosacea can always reoccur 9esp if you don’t work out the underlying cause/imbalance). There is a bunch of serious reasons NOT to take antibiotics too often/unnecessarily, never long term (unless it’s critical/life saving?) & to always complete the course & avoid creating a resistance to their efficacy &/or breeding super bugs.

    I am certain my skin complaint was the result of extreme stress at the time (I hadn’t ever had this skin prob before) & perhaps there’s also underlying gut issues/dietary alterations that would help too – I will find out. Maybe was also partly a side-effect of prior IVF meds that my body is still detoxing?

    My dermatologist is just prescribing these drugs based on his prev. experience & because they have nothing else to offer. I think they dole them out to a lot of their patients for many skin presentations? Thing was he didn’t ask 1 question about diet, environmental exposure to possible allergens or toxins or any other possible triggers or irritants & along with the drugs rec I use ‘aqueous cream’ as a moisturiser which is actually made of paraffin & SLS!! I did not buy/use the ‘aqueous cream’ & used either nothing or my organic rosehip oil, which I think has been fine but I am going to test out whether it may still ’cause’ some slight redness?

    I am definately not going to take the long term treatment, I’m just going to finish the remaining pills I have at half the dose over the next week or 2 & continue with natural skin care, restart my omega oils, implementing some dietary improvements & prob some new changes (e.g. more fermented foods, less grains). My TCM Dr thinks that now we’ve ‘broken’ the prior inflamm cycle that we have more effective options available using Chinese medicine if my skin begins to ‘play up’ again & he def doesn’t agree with long term antibiotic use (he too has many years experience). The dermatologist didn’t even ask to see me again after the 3 mths of added tetracycline treatment he told me to take! (He also gave me 12 rpts on the original script, which I think is a potentially risky practice…there is a world-wide & increasing problem with over-prescription of antibiotics & misuse of them – mainly how people take them & not finishing a course properly).

    Since having this skin prob, I don’t think I’d be using any face scrub or things like dermabrasion, for the reasons you suggest & because I think gentle & simple is the only way to go for me from now on. I have read some info that suggests lazer treatment that reduces small &/or broken surface blood vessels/redness/face heat can help minimise rosacea(don’t know if I’d ever use it)? I too might try the blackseed oil & I think it was the Ayurvedic mask (?) someone recommended & I’m going to research & experiment a little further with oils. I will also keep up with my probiotic supps :-)

    Thanks again & I’ll let you know of any good discoveries or revelations :-) Best wishes.

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    Miss Lilapud Reply:

    You sound like I’m a-thinkin’!
    It’s a bit sad the whole doctors-prescribing-the-way-they-do thing – not for us because we know to ask questions and how to research etc, but I often think about those who believe everything they say/do is the “right” thing etc … hmmm ….
    I’ve ordered the black seed oil and some capsules to try too (Huge thanks to Maz for THAT rec. I’m excited and hopeful! And in the mean time I will try to use rosacea as an exercise in acceptance!)). Best of luck to you with it D’Anne … stay well and healthy and happy, and do share any discoveries, cures or remedies, I will too! :) x

  • Rachael allanah

    I can happily say that I have a very very similar r souring and even use a lot of the same brands. I trust your recommendations and feel they are reputable so thanks for reassuring me that what I am doing is a good thing :-)
    @rachaelallanah – IG

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  • Bec

    Hi All…

    I apologise if my answer is above, but there was alot to read and I am tired tonight! haha

    I was wondering if everyones hair gets oily when using rosehip oil at night? I use rosehip oil under my eyes only at the moment and still find that my hair is a bit oily in the morning?!

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    lea Reply:

    Hi Bec,

    YES !!!! that’s the only drawback….great on your skin but I find it definitely ends up in my hair also :(

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  • Kirstie

    Eva Perez All The way!!! Love love their mascara!
    Plus they don’t test on animals. I’ve tried a few other brands but nothing compares!

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  • Jeri

    Hi Sarah,
    Love all your suggestions about wonderful toxic free body care products, but wish you’d list some that we could get in the USA. Many of the products you list are from Australia and they are not available here. Might anyone be able to post a list of products we CAN get here in the USA? Thanks!

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    Julie Reply:

    Jeri, I’m pretty sure Conscious Cosmetics ships to the USA (i posted about a couple of times above). I got their email last week saying now shipping to the US and soon the rest of the world. They’re an online store http://www.consciouscosmetics.com.au

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  • June

    This is the most amazing topic, many thanks Sarah. It appears there are many with rosacea, I have not found anyone to mention the fresh Aloe Vera gel. It is so easy to grow & can help with almost anything. As I have never had rosacea I Googled to check if it could help…Yes!! it has some very good reports, certainly worth a try.

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  • http://www.theeliteplan.com Bailey

    your blog is amazing. i sent you an email on some advertising questions and to share with you something pretty amazing!

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  • Nat

    Anyone had any pore probs with coconut oil? I was under the impression it was a clogging oil Thanks.

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  • Sarah

    I have started to go toxin free in my beauty products since falling pregnant. I have started my journey with Absolutely Gorgeous. The products are divine and some are organic. I am currently trying the whole skin care line and particularly love their Night Cream and Rosehip Oil. Thank you for all your recommendations. Love reading other people’s suggestions too

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  • Kate

    I have found some of the most amazing organic oil products at http://www.halkab.com.au They are based here in Perth but ship to the East. Their prickly pear oil is heaven!

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  • Daphne

    Thank you Sarah for sharing your experiences with these toxin free products. I have used lot’s of natural oils over the years for my skin and hair, even on the kids for their sensitive skin and found some better than others which must depend on the bodies response to certain oils.
    I came across the MIras Hand products at the Melbourne Mind Body and Spirit festival this year and tried their whole treatment which was based on a Hamam ritual – it is great for rejuvenating your skin in a non-toxic way. I actually use the Argan oil around my eye area mostly but recommend giving their exfoliation treatment a try.

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  • Nat

    A family member had salicylate intolerance some years back. Some things like pumpkin and eating prawns set him off and in his particular case his face and hands would swell hugely. The good news is that it seemed to go away after a year or two and now he eats whatever he likes.

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    Sherrie Reply:

    Oh, that’s great to hear that there might be light at the end of the tunnel!!! I was struggling to come to terms with a life of no fruit and very restricted veges! But for those who are finding they react to oils like coconut and olive oil, bear in mind that they are high in salicylates, so if you are sensitive you may not be able to cope with eating them or putting them on your skin.

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  • http://lilapud.com lilapud

    Wow I am intrigued and thrilled with your share, thanks so much Maz – I will get googling that straight away! I hope the others look back on this post too because I’m pretty sure that like me, they’ll try anything to help fix this!! Natural solution is right up our street!!
    Thanks again and blessings to you Maz, xox

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    Maz Reply:

    ‘Tiz a pleasure Lilapud :) I’ve had such amazing results with Black Seed Oil that I can’t stop raving about it. I’ve started so many people on it.. everyone seems to have their own success stories, which is great! Would love to hear how it goes

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  • VE

    thanks Maz, I’ve ordered some black seed oil and may try neem oil if that’s no good… Always need a backup plan
    Thanks everyone for the advice.

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    Maz Reply:

    Good luck with that VE! I wont lie to you, if you’re trying the oil, just make sure you don’t apply it too close to your eyes as it can be a little strong. However other than that, I have nothing but praise for the product :) Most importantly, it works! Would love to hear how it goes with you

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    Miss Lilapud Reply:

    Thanks so much maz – very excited to try it – even for it’s host of other benefits … will keep you updated!! :)

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  • Shani

    What an amazing post! I can definitely vouch for Black Seed Oil for a range of skin conditions- namely, rosacea and dermatitis. Apparently it’s an age-old remedy thats been used for thousands of years and has made a come back. Brand new to Australia it seems as not many people have heard about it. I’ve had friends use it for acne and eczema, and I’ve personally used it as an internal supplement (although it’s recommended that you take the oil internally and apply it externally if you are treating a skin condition). I’ve been sticking to the Hab Shifa brand and have been using it a short while and have already noticed a host of health benefits- most importantly, my dermatitis seems to be clearing up quite nicely! Would love to hear from anyone else thats used Black Seed Oil before?

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    Rose Reply:

    Lovely to hear other people have had success with Black Seed Oil. I was down and out with a terrible case of dermatitis on my scalp and a friend recommended Black Seed Oil. I was a bit hesitant at first as there doesn’t seem to be much information on it- especially in Australia, but I came across an Australian brand of Black Seed Oil and gave it a shot. I haven’t looked back since. The beauty of the oil is that its 100%, cold-pressed and possesses a range of properties of other oils out there, but with added benefits- i.e- unique components that aren’t found in other oils. I guess it is fairly new to Australia and thats why many haven’t heard of it. Its probably just a matter of time till the masses catch on :)

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    D'Anne Reply:

    Hi Rose, thanks for your info. I’m dealing with facial dermatitis &/or rosacea. Can you please tell us what the Australian brand of Black Seed oil is that you’ve found? I’d like to try it :-)
    Thanks very much.

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    Rose Reply:

    Hi D’Anne, sure. The Australian brand of Black Seed oil is Hab Shifa. So far they are the only ones I’ve come across that have Australian-made Black Seed Oil and are reasonably priced. I’ve been sticking to Australia-made Black Seed Oil because atleast it’s listed with the TGA- that way you actually know what’s in the bottle! They’re pretty helpful too. I e-mailed them before purchasing to find out if it would help with my condition. They suggested a regimen of taking the oil internally (either with the capsules or neat oil), and to also apply the oil to the affected area. I applied the oil on my scalp the first day I received it- just a few drops on my scalp overnight, and then washed it out in the morning. I noticed an immediate result- the itching stopped and so did my related hair fall. I’ve been continuing with the Black Seed oil capsules as I feel its resulting in a whole heap of other internal benefits- mainly with my digestive system. Hope you benefit from it as much as I did D’Anne!

    D'Anne Reply:

    Thank you! Sorry, I realised you had told us that brand name earlier already…Totally agree about using Aust products for those reasons (& to support Aust producers & biz) or at least stuff from equally regulated origins if you can’t get an Aust made health product.
    I’m very encouraged by your feedback & other people’s about this oil, esp after what my Dr ‘diagnosed’ & prescribed…thanks again & best wishes

  • Annie

    I use something called ‘Sweet Bee Magic’, which contains olive oil, beeswax oil, and royal jelly. Not yucky added ingredients. I decided to start using it about 2 months ago and have to say, I definitely notice that my skin is very soft and dewey in the AM. I don’t wash my face first thing in the morning either. I’ve used the homemade scrub Sarah mentions in her post and mine needs a bit of tweaking to get the ratio right :) I started down the toxic-free beauty path about 5 years ago, chucking Nivea, Neutrogena et al and replacing with natural products and am excited to see I am not the only one!!

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  • Mirjana

    Hello.

    Very nice post and amazing tips.

    I am from Europe and in search for more natural mascara as most are irritating to my eyes. Where can I buy Ere Perez almond mascara in Europe? Is there any other great brand out there with more healty ingredients?

    Thank you very much!
    M

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  • Violet

    Can anyone recommend a cleanser that’s good for blackheads but doesn’t contain heaps of nasty chemicals?

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  • Fi

    Wowsers! Thanks everyone for so much advice and great tips. I’m about to order myself some black seen oil also and cross my fingers it helps. Good luck everyone with our shared yukky skin issues.

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  • carolene

    I love this post! ordered a few of the oils after reading it. what about foundations? have you found a more natural option?

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    Hannah Reply:

    I use youngblood loose mineral foundation and really like it. It was originally created for patients who had facial surgery or other skin conditions so it’s very natural and lets the skin breathe. It’s really light but has great coverage (I have acne) and doesn’t contain the baddies that some of the other mineral makeups do

    http://www.youngbloodmineralcosmetics.com.au/

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  • Julie

    I love the Mira’s Hand argan oil, I came across the owners (a lovely couple, she is Moroccan and he is Australian) at an expo. I have been using the argan now for over a year and I use it for everything, my hair and my skin. And on my kids too when they have a bump or a scratch, it kind of works also as a super healer. We have a saying at home now when one of my kids hurt themselves ‘put some argan on it’.

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  • http://blahblahmagazine.com.au/ Cybele @ BlahBlah Magazine

    Great post and comments. I love using oils to clean my face and I scrub with ground oatmeal because it’s creates a protective barrier for the skin, holds moisture against the skin and helps maintain pH balance. It’s also lovely and gentle.

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  • Natasha

    Over the years I’ve tried a number of so-called organic oils and I’d have to say Argan oil is hands down the best – 100% natural unlike many others, easily absorbed, super hydration, no feeling of greasiness. I’ve used both the oil by Mira’s Hand – for body but also a few drops on my (dry, curly hair) – making it shiny without weighing it down – and the Body Moisturiser by the same brand. That is to say: once my husband discovered the moisturiser we were fighting over it! He shaves his head and almost all oils and moisturisers give him a rash, except this one . Plus divine smell. (not the Argan oil, which is odourless). Really unlike anything else I’ve tried.

    http://www.mirashand.com.au/product.php?id_product=46

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  • mirjana

    Thankyou Sarah for the wonderful information.
    Could you please tell me what you use as a sunblock?
    Thankyou and hope to hear from you soon
    kind regards
    Mirjana

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  • VE

    Hi Maz,

    I hope you get this message, I started using Black seed oil as you suggested at the end of July and my perioral dermatitis has basically cleared up. I still have some red markings but no infection, I hope these will fade over the next few months.
    After having perioral dermatitis for 6 years and being in pain and embarrassed all the time, it is a great relief to have this unsightly mess almost cleared up.
    Thank you very much for the suggestion, it has worked wonders and I am definitely telling everyone to try black seed oil.
    A big thank you Maz :)

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    Maz Reply:

    Hi VE,

    It’s so lovely to hear from you, and even lovelier to hear you’ve had such amazing results with Black Seed Oil. I truly am so happy for you!! I hope others on this blog who gave Black Seed Oil a try benefited as much as you have. I truly cannot say enough good things about this product. I think its a matter of time before the secret is out and it gains a mass following in Australia as much as it in other parts of the world :) I’m sure the company would love to hear from you too.
    Are you drinking the oil a well as applying it topically? Thank you so much once again for the update. I look forward to hearing from you in a few months when you tell me ‘the red marks have completely disappeared!’ :P

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  • VE

    Hi Maz,

    I used it just topically. I did try half a teaspoon of the oil but it’s not something I could do twice a day. I will try and get some BS oil capsules soon. Just need some $ first :) I think taking capsules would probably help remove the redness completely…

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  • samantha

    as a makeup remover using oil from the Jojoba Company do you recommend using their normal jojoba oil or the one they specify for makeup removal?

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  • christine rona

    Be careful of argan oil and coconut oil. If you use it too much a perioral or periocular dermatitis could form. You need to give your skin some time to breath. That is what happened to me. I would use this day and night then put my Bare Minerals foundation on. It took about 1 year and then whamo. Full blown dermatitis. I was out of work for 3 weeks with puffy eyes and small red bumps. Oil blocks the top layer of the skin, the horney layer’. Bacteria burrows underneath.
    Nurse Rona

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