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!
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!
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