Peachy Clean Organic Beauty Boutique + GIVEAWAY

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Introducing a girl after my own heart, a product junkie that has the skin to prove how good truly natural and organic skin care is for you. Be inspired to give the chemicals and synthetic ingredients the flick once and for all as I introduce the lovely and gorgeous Haley from Peachy Clean Organic Beauty Boutique. She has also generously provided a giveaway to one lucky raw+pure reader… so keep reading!

What inspired you to create Peachy Clean? And why can all the products you stock be trusted?

I also work as a TV presenter for channel 7 so I get my make-up and hair done quite a lot and I started thinking ‘gosh I use a lot of products-I wonder what’s in them, I wonder if all this stuff is actually good for me’ – Oh man-when I first found out about some of the side effects from the toxic ingredients in everyday skin care (I’m talking breast cancer, infertility, birth defects, kidney damage etc etc etc…!) I was just in disbelief that these products were legally allowed to be sold to the public! ‘Did everybody know about this??’ I started doing my own research and just came up against so much mis-information, greenwashing, pink washing and flat out lies, and even when I thought I’d bought something ‘safe’ I’d google an ingredient only to find out that I’d been misled and duped by packaging and misleading claims (you’re legally allowed to advertise a product as ‘organic’ even if it only has 1 organic ingredient and the rest is a toxic cocktail!). I spent years trialling organic products and having tried so many ranges, I’ve sorted the good from the bad and can honestly say that I only stock the ranges I love! I’ve finally got the best skin of my life and I know that whatever I use throughout the day is actually good for me-and is far more effective than the horrible ‘designer’ stuff I used to use!

Being the skincare pro that you are what does your skincare routine look like?

If you asked my boyfriend I’m sure he would say ‘Out of Control’ ha ha! I’m a total skin care junkie! I used to have really dry, flaky skin and even the most expensive ‘regular’ product just never helped. I now get comments on my skin (a friend recently asked if I had botox!) and can brag about it! I trial every new range and product on myself so I can recommend products properly. I never go to bed with my make-up on (no matter how much champagne I’ve had!) and do the whole routine, cleansers, moisturisers, masks, serums, eye creams…it works though and it feels so good to take time for yourself and to treat yourself to good products! My skin has just benefitted so much from using concentrated, natural skin care. Try new things too-I used to be quite basic but it’s the serums, concentrates and masks that I never used to include that make the biggest difference.

How would you convince a natural/organic sceptic to become a natural goddess like yourself?

The main argument disbelievers come up with is that ‘it’s ok to use, the toxic ingredients are in ‘safe’ quantities’. That’s a broad term used by big companies with no scientific evidence to back them up and when they say ‘safe’ they mean per product. The average woman uses around 15-20 products per day (make-up, skin care, toothpaste, hairspray, deodorant etc)-that’s instantly 15-20 times any ‘safe’ amount and it builds up in your system. Then there’s the really scary facts about ‘regular’ skin care like that tests on breast cancer cells showed parabens from cosmetics and skin care in every sample (*journal of applied toxicology). Would you take a shallow bath in chemicals that were proven to cause cancer once a year? No? So why use products that build up in your system for the same effect? Aside from that-if you were to put a high-end, super expensive ‘designer’ product and a good quality organic product of the same type in plain packaging and see which product had the best results after a few weeks, I would just about guarantee that the organic product would come out on top every time! Why? It’s not full of the cheap synthetic fillers that are injected to make the product last 5 years on a shelf or to make it cheaper to manufacture on mass and maximise profit. Natural products are full of the good stuff and nothing else-no crappy ‘fillers’!

What are your top five products you just can’t live without?

I can never answer just 5! It’s like choosing favourite children ha ha!  Ok-I’ll do my best 😉

1 – AEOS Dew Facial Wash. It smells like rockmelon and the teeniest amount goes such a long way! It’s an incredible cleanser that actually contains tinctures of amethyst, opal and emerald! Just gives the best clean – my bottle is still going strong after a year! Value ++

2 – Weleda Skin Food. This gem does everything! Intense face cream, lip balm, hand cream, heel balm, barrier cream…Julie Roberts recently named it as one of her Top 5 products in the UK’s InStyle magazine too – smart lady 😉

3 – Sodashi Balancing Concentrate. Once you try a liquid exfoliator like this you won’t ever go back. It’s incredible and just dissolves dead skin cells to reveal baby’s bum skin! I use it on my whole body-as tough on heels and scaly legs as it is gentle on face-plus you only use a few drops so it lasts forever!

4 – Eco Tan Winter Skin. A gorgeous moisturiser that just gives you a gradual top up of colour. Great for just topping up a tan daily.

5 – Sodashi Brightening Marine Mineral Mask. If you get one mask-get this one. Gorgeous skin in a jar and definitely worth every penny. Lots of brides buy this one and supermodel Nicole Trunfio recently sent us an e-mail saying how she’s tried everything but Sodashi saved her skin.

What are, in your opinion, the WORST chemicals companies sneak into conventional/normal products?

When buying products, the worst offenders to look for in the ingredients lists are Sodium (or ammonium) Lauryl Sulfate – this is purely a foaming ingredient and is linked to the serious stuff like all types of cancers, asthma and infertility-even blindness in children! Completely unnecessary and extremely toxic. Parabens (of any kind-methyl, butyl, propyl) – this is a preservative ingredient and again one of the worst toxic additions! The basic rule of thumb is to look for numbers and initials. Nature doesn’t have numbers or initials so you can bet your bottom dollar it’s a synthetic toxin included purely to preserve the item on a shelf for 50 years or simply to make it cheaper to make. Palm Oil is one that gets me too-the use of Palm Oil has devastating effects on our environment yet you’ll find it included in products like ‘Earth Choice’ cleansers with pictures of a healthy planet emblazoned on the front. Um, the Earth called and they didn’t choose this. It’s greenwashing-pure and simple. There are some great databases like skindeep.ewg.org to check ingredients you’re not sure of.

Have you always been a natural user? If not, what did you notice when you stopped using chemical laden products?

I’ve always thought I was using natural by choosing the products that had words like ‘organic, natural, pure’ all over the packaging but it wasn’t until about 6 years ago when I realised this was just marketing – I felt like I was being ripped off! As soon as I started researching the ingredients for myself the change in my skin was dramatic. I still remember years ago being so fed up with my skin, I asked a beauty therapist to just give me whatever was going to work-bring out the big chemicals! My skin got so much worse and my wallet suffered too. I can honestly say I have the best skin of my life and get so many e-mails from customers who say the same thing since switching to decent products! It makes me really happy!

Often people become overwhelmed at the amount of green washing that goes on and/or the cost of natural products & give up converting all together. What are some easy areas/products that people can swap easily into their everyday lives?

Simply changing your hand wash cuts down on a lot of your daily toxic intake! If you try to do everything right, you’ll go crazy so change what you can and aim to keep improving. Switch your toothpaste and shampoo’s, then it’s not just you cutting down on your chemical intake-it’s everyone in the family and friends who visit. Make the first changes accessible to everyone and you’ll find it easy. The tip with shampoo and conditioner though is to give your hair around 2-3 weeks to adjust! Your hair will need to get rid of the chemical build-up of silicones from ‘regular’ hair care first and then the natural products can go to work on actually improving your hair instead of just coating it. It will feel like straw the first few times so many people quit-stick with it through the detox stage and you’ll have amazing hair!

GIVEAWAY!

 

Haley is generously giving one lucky raw+pure reader a Savi Organic Eye Cream, a Savi Organic Body Cream in Wellbeing and a Luminessence Soy Candle valued at $104.40! All you need to do is comment below with how you will or how you have already swapped a conventional product for an organic/natural alternative. Winner announced 26/11/12, Australian residents only.

 

 

 

PS. I am no way affiliated with Haley or Peachy Clean; I just love her philosophy, her online store and the products she stocks! It was love at first sight!

Peachy Clean details:

www.peachyclean.com.au

www.facebook.com/PeachyCleanBeauty

www.twitter.com/PeachyClean_com

41 Comments

  • Fleur says:

    With a household full of girls, skincare is definitely something that I take seriously. My eldest daughters are now very much into taking care of themselves and doing what they can to look and smell their best. I love discovering these new, beautiful stores that supply such an array of products that I can introduce to my girls and know that what I’m giving them will actually help to look after their skin, and not introduce added toxins to their young bodies. Our biggest change of conventional product to a natural one has been taking away their skin lotions and giving them each their own container of coconut oil (myself and hubby included!) that we put on after showers in the morning and in the evening before bed. Simple, effective and our house now always smells like summer :)

  • Renee Mayne says:

    Oh it sounds divine! I love and I am always looking for natural cosmetics. I swapped to Aveda Haircare and I LOVE it but I their Skincare isn’t right for me so I am still looking for a Natural Skincare Range. To feed my addiction.

    Rx

  • Hayley says:

    True story, I used to get quite bad spots and changing to natural ski care and makeup has cleaned my skin up like you wouldn’t believe. I still don’t thing I have found my ultimate combo, but I am enjoying the natural journey!

  • Isnt Peachy Keen an absolute gem!
    Like most women ive always been a bit of a sucker for any product that promises the world but after discovering the chemical laden ones very rarely deliver Ive gone back to basics and rather than just throwing out all of the ‘bad for me’ products I have been gradually replacing them with natural alternatives as each runs out and boy oh boy is my skin loving it!
    Ive also found that when your using pure, natural products, you dont need nearly as many of them. Coconut oil works a treat in so many ways, along with just a few others and your beauty stash is set!

  • Kylie Devlin says:

    What a great interview! I really had no idea and will now be frantically going through the bathroom cupboard tossing out products. I have a baby and am a total sucker for anything with “organic” on the label – how badly I need educating. I’ve just checked the baby wash and it claims to be free of “petrochemicals, alcohol, artificial colourants, nut oils, mineral oils, artificial fragrances, parabens and SLS” but I can see some very long words on the label – off to Google them now!

  • Haley says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful interview Danielle! And trust me-the love is more than mutual! What an absolute gem you are! And to everyone else-I love helping with product recommendations too-if you need help, e-mail me at info@peachyclean.com.au – love to help out 😉 What a woman Danielle! oodles of love to you!
    xxx Haley

  • Haley says:

    Renee I’m so sorry to be the bearer of bad news but Aveda is another company with great marketing! Aveda aren’t natural in the slightest! I used to think they were too 😉 These are the super toxic ingredients in their shampoo alone

    -Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Quaternium 80, PEG 7 Dimethicone C8-C18 Ester, Babassuamidopropyl Betaine, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glycol Stearate, Glycol Distearate, Polyglyceryl 10 Oleate, Polyquaternium 7, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone.

    It’s alot hey? Yup-great marketing I’m sorry! xxx

  • I have chaned the way I look at beauty products since i started to run a beauty group for fun…when i found out what could be in some cosmetic etc I was gobsmacked to say the least….we then from that point on kept a link to a brilliant website that tells you whats what…Shocked to read who are on this!
    http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/companiesdotest.pdf
    These are the Good Guys!
    http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/companiesdonttest.pdf
    http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/companiesdotest.pdf
    http://www.mediapeta.com

  • Michelle V says:

    I have only just become to be more aware of using products that are natural, so this has helped me out immensely! Thankyou!
    I have changed my facial scrub to a natural one, as I couldn’t believe the amount of chemicals in my other one!
    I am looking to slowly change all of my products in the near future.
    Thankyou so much for the opportunity to win; these products sounds divine, and would be placed under the tree for me this Christmas! :)

  • Julie Parker says:

    I love Peachy Clean’s website – how fantastic!

    I moved to using all natural and organic products about a year and a half ago now and will never go back. I started with deodorant because it felt so strange to me to be putting chemicals on my body in an area where they were literally seeping into my skin and glands. I thought I would struggle to find something that ‘worked’ but I did and it inspired me to keep going with all my body and makeup products too. It’s been a great decision and it’s nice to find more websites like Peachy Clean to help me with my choice!

    • Danielle says:

      Isn’t it just Julie, so glad I found it! What deodorant have you found to be good? I’m currently trying different ones… soon to be blogged about! Keep up the great work! :)

  • Kat says:

    i much prefer natural skincare…. thanks for this post!!

  • Anne Taylor says:

    Hi! I have replaced my normal daily moisturiser with Indah Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – really loving it and so glad I made the change.

  • Ariane says:

    I have replaced toners, and now make my own, using different essential oils. So I have a few, some for oilier days, and some for dry days.

  • Monique says:

    I have just recently switched over to Trilogy and love the fact that I am using natural products. Will have to check out this range now!! Thanks for letting me know about them :)

  • Bridie says:

    Love, love, love the article! I’m a bit of a health nut and love a good organic product! And would love to give this one a whirl 😉
    I’ve never heard of this so super keen to give it a go! I went to a Kora Organics night recently with Miranda’s Mum and it was so inspirational!
    Renee you should try O&M its a pretty amazing organic hair product!
    Loving all the advice! Keep it coming! xxx

  • Ab says:

    Hi all,
    I do have a confession, my beauty skin routine is pretty bad. Actually some would say it doesn’t exist…. naughty me! However i have been blessed ( well some would say harrassed) by the fact my skin is fair and can be sensitive to most things, including those harsh UV rays. From reading Danielles article it seems I am, (well my skin is) missing out on these beautiful products from Peachy Clean. I feel now is the time to change my ‘lazy’ ways!! Thank you for the informative article raw+pure :)

  • Kate Powe says:

    Love the switch to natural products, and your site is a great reference point! My favourite switches Pure Natural Therapies (Jacqui Bushell’s range, http://www.puretherapies.com.au/), Weleda Almond milk, Miessence Blemish Gel and WotNot’s facial wipes. Yet to find a decent mascara though! Suggestions? Also love to use a natural crystal deodorant – they really work! x

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks Kate, that means a lot! I’m still trialling mascaras but will be reporting my findings in the near future- so keep posted. Which crystal deo do you find works best? I am trialling a lot at the moment!

  • Great interview. I love natural products and I love the fact that more and more people are making the changes. I like to use sesame oil on my skin. It’s very versatile. I like to use it before having a shower, as a makeup remover, for my hair, on my face, in the bath and it even works as a natural UV protector, oh yeah and then I eat it!! Yum!! You do need to be careful in which brand you get as some are way too strong smelling!! :)
    Keep up the amazing work, I love reading and following!!

  • Emily says:

    Lovely interview!!

    I swapped my face cream first, figured the skin absorbs so much! Love organic makeup, the one thing I am yet to find is a decent organic eye-make-up remover… Would love that!!

    xx

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks Emily. Have you seen Haley’s reply below? I also love this AEOS cleansing oil, it is amazing! I also use Weleda Almond Oil to remove eye make up! Both work a treat.

  • Gemma says:

    Great interview and tips – thanks Hayley. For the last three months I have been ‘clean eating’ and am keen to apply this to my skin too! Like many of the others, organic extra virgin coconut oil is amazing and has 100s of uses as well as smelling and tasting great. I use it as a hair treatment, makeup remover and moisturizer for extra dry bits – as well as in the kitchen of course. I have also switched to the Kora soothing moisturizing cream and eye cream with great results. I would really like to try some of the products you suggested – particularly the now specialist items. Thanks again!

  • Haley says:

    Hi Emily! The best eye make-up remover I’ve found is also a cleanser – the AEOS Oil De Maq oil cleanser is absolutely gorgeous and fab even on waterproof mascara! It doesn’t leave your face feeling oily-it sinks in really quickly and just leaves your face super duper nourished and smooth. Plus you only use about 3-4 drops for your whole face so it lasts forever and ever! 😉 http://www.peachyclean.com.au/collections/aeos/products/aeos-cleansing-oil-de-maq#.ULMslY4ij0c

  • Haley says:

    Yay! Congratulations Kylie! Your Peachy Clean prize will be posted to you with love! Hooray! xxx

  • Danielle says:

    Thank you everyone for entering! I loved reading all about how you are making positive changes. Congrats Kylie Devlin who has won the amazing Peachy Clean gift pack. xx

  • Lisa says:

    Sorry to have missed out on prize :( ….but VERY glad you are talking natural skin care. In a past life I was Special Events Manager for a leading skin care brand….much has changed since then!!

    Now I only use natural and mainly organic skin care…I figure, if I eat organic and fresh , why wouldn’t I do the same for my skin?!

    One thing I found easy to swap but reduces chemical load greatly is swapping my body moisturizer for organic coconut oil!

    Lisa
    x

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