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How I transform Comfrey to Creams

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Once a year the comfrey that I have grown for 2 years is bursting with new sprouts and the transformation from seed to skin begins. The process of growing, harvesting, cleaning, and soaking overnight, chopping the root and making our apple cider vinegar tinctures and oil infusions can take a number of days for each root.

From each plant, I produce around 1 kilo of comfrey once a year. So, while labour intensive the outcome is comforting. From the very first bottle to the last of the season the comfrey root tinctures and oils are carefully prepared into our popular Heat Rub made with 3 apple cider vinegar tinctures including the comfrey root;  Comfrey Ointment made with the root oil infusion and beeswax; and Gardener’s Hand Cream made with apple cider vinegar root tincture.

Made from freshly harvested, permaculture grown comfrey herb on our eco-sustainable farm and are available online through our shop and in carefully selected stockists around the country.

Use as often as needed. As with all topical products, it is advisable to test on a small area of skin first. For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes.

Buy our Comfrey Ointment

Buy our Comfrey Heat Rub

Buy our Gardeners Hand Cream

Apply comfrey externally, to treat joint inflammatory disorders, wounds, bone fractures and gout. Commonly comfrey can be found in extracts, ointments, or compress pastes of comfrey leaves and roots.1

Comfrey contains an abundance of mucilage and holds a chemical compound that promotes cell generation, which strengthens the skin.2

Also in the comfrey plant is allantoin, which can have a moisturising & clearing effect, assists with hydrating and exfoliating, smoothes the skin, promotes wound healing, and provides a soothing anti-irritant and skin protectant effect.3

1 https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/comfrey
2 https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/c/comfre92.html
3 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allantoin

Benefits and features of Saarinen Comfrey products:

  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • No Animal Testing.
  • FREE from Added Artificial Preservatives, animal by-products.
  • FREE from Synthetically Produced Substances, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and Genetic Engineering (GE)

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VITAMIN E – All natural, GMO and Palm oil free

The Vitamin E we use in our products is GMO-free and vegetable obtained.

Vitamin E Oil is a natural antioxidant. It is very moisturising (particularly helpful due to its close relationship with our sebum oil) and has been known to help minimise scars, help improve severe dry skin, and is also noted for its anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing benefits and its success in reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Topical application of Vitamin E has been proven beneficial in many clinical trials. It has also been found to absorb the energy from ultraviolet (UV) light. This means its helpful in photo-protection and preventing UV-induced free radical damage to skin*.

The Vitamin E Oil that we use at Saarinen Organics products is a natural, GMO-Free Vitamin E Oil (Tocopherol T-50) – the purest form of natural vitamin E available and is obtained strictly from plant sources only.

So the very best things you can do is to apply vitamin E nightly and also eat a wide range of food that contain high vitamin E to help you glow from the inside out, what you eat we can definitely see on the skin.

*http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-E

*https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583891/

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Nicolina Bridal Trunk Show

We are so excited to be teaming up with the lovely Saarinen Organics for our Nicolina Bridal Trunk Show this Saturday!

Every bride who has an appointment will be receiving a gorgeous gift pack worth $97, just for booking!!

Saarinen Organics has been creating an All Natural Skin Care range using herbs grown on their permaculture farm at Wyndham, Sapphire Coast, since 2008.

Every one of their beautiful products is made by hand using traditional methods, helping your skin to glow naturally.

Stunning wedding gowns + luxurious skin care = the perfect way to spend a Saturday. We can’t wait!

— at Saarinen Organics..

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MACADAMIA NUT OIL- Certified Organic

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Macadamia Oil

When we’re young, we hate when our skin produces excess oil, because it can cause acne. However, this same oil, known as sebum, becomes our friend as we age because it helps us keep the skin moist and gives a youthful appearance.

Sebum is produced in far less quantity as we get older, with a considerable depletion occuring at age 40. This is why our skin dries out and eventually begins to wrinkle. The cosmetics industry encourages us to turn to synthetic moisturisers to help slow the process, but those products are simply not as effective on our skin as sebum oil.

Luckily nature is generous and provides multiple solutions. Recent research has found that palmitoleic acid, the omega 7 fatty found in sebum can be sourced from multiple elements of the natural world. One such of these is particularly abundant, helpful, and native to Australia – Macadamia Oil.

Our Sebum supply declines as we age, however the qualities of Macadamia Oil have been proven to act as a natural anti-ageing tool.

When applied to the skin it is absorbed fully and doesn’t leave a greasy feel. Because it’s so close to your skin’s naturally produced oil, it’s able to help soften fine lines and wrinkles, providing a treatment that is both nourishing and grounding.

This is why we use Certified Organic Macadamia nut oil in our all natural eco skin care range. Handcrafted on our Permaculture farm in the Bega Valley, Wyndham, NSW.

A little about the properties of Macadamia Nuts.

Macadamia nuts contain over 75% of their weight as oil, the remainder is: 9.0% proteins, 9.3% carbohydrates, 1.5% moisture, 1.6% mineral matters and 2.0% fibre. The kernels of macadamia contain vitamin A1, B1, B2, niacin and essential elements such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. The oil is a triglyceride oil and contains primarily monounsaturated fats up to 80–84%. Macadamia oil contains the highest percentage of monounsaturates when compared to both olive and canola oils.[1]

Macadamia nuts are also high in oleic acid (omega 9) and linoleic acid (omega 6) which helps the skin to restore its barrier function and maintain moisture. These fatty acids also boasts anti-inflammatory properties, helping your skin to remain healthy and smooth.

Macadamia nuts contain over 75% of their weight as oil, the remainder is: 9.0% proteins, 9.3% carbohydrates, 1.5% moisture, 1.6% mineral matters and 2.0% fiber. The kernels of macadamia contain vitamin A1, B1, B2, niacin and essential elements such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. The oil is a triglyceride oil and contains primarily monounsaturated fats up to 80–84%.

Akhtar; et al. (2006). “Evaluation of basic properties of macadamia nut oil”. Gomal University Journal of Research, 22: 21–27. Retrieved 2 January 2016.

 

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Night intensive face cream

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Our Aloe Vera and Vitamin E Night intensive face cream, i have formulated for us worldly ladies and gents.
I have researched what happens to our skin as we age and found that we stop producing sebum oil at 40. So i have packed this cream full of oils that best represent our sebum oil. Also soothing aloe vera and many other ingredients to help you glow naturally.

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OUR STORY

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Our story of how we grew our Eco sustainable business.
My Husband Gregg and I , together with our daughter Gemma, live on our 5 acre farm in our self-built straw bale home in beautiful Wyndham in the Bega Valley area on the NSW Far South Coast.

A life long dream finally became reality, as a family to live a eco-friendly, sustainable life and produce an income that nourishes our mind, body and spirit and leave only a small footprint behind us.

The land we needed had to be suitable for Mediterranean herbs and also Aussie medicinal herbs as well. Many Mediterranean herbs need many hours of sub zero temperatures to re grow the next year and also harsher environment effectively create an abundance of flowers, which are often the main source of the herb plants used. We also needed a good water source, non contaminated by large surrounding farms though not to isolated for we still needed a strong community to be involved in.

We found our piece of paradise, situated at the foothills of the snowy plains, bordered by national parks and lush with pristine soils and creeks. This provided the perfect foundations for our family-run eco business and new home. Gregg, a qualified carpenter, and I built our straw bale home powered by a large solar system with a solar hot water and solar bore pump, complimented by a slow combustion stove for providing warm meals and hot water, minimizing our family footprint every step of the way.

Following traditional Permaculture and Organic practices, we grow not only organic medicinal herbs for our business, we also farm small-scale sheep, chooks, ducks, have planted over 200 fruit, nut and berry trees, as well as grow enough vegetables for ourselves and friends.

A bore-water irrigation system and solar powered pump works efficiently to keep our plants and animals watered year-round. We are also committed to regenerating our land for the future, with a few acres along our creek frontage under re-vegetation in conjunction with Land Care, doubling as a wildlife corridor.

At first whilst I studied herb culture, we grew organic vegies and herbs, selling locally with the goal to sell dried medicinal herbs to manufactures of skin care and also manufacture an organic food range, for I was a retired chef. When our baby girl arrived Gemma, it quickly became apparent that she suffered from a very dry skin condition from her neck to her scalp. The doctors opinion was cortisone which I refused. I researched and found calendula ointment to be a good starting point to help keep the dry skin moist. So I started studying topical naturopathy which lead me down the path to a mentorship who handed down recipes from 9 generations, and thus Saarinen Organics was born. I loved making and learning about creams and herbs, it was exciting, new and the business just grew naturally.

Now well and truly committed to our health and that of our animals, plants and land, it was time to put our knowledge, skills and philosophies into practice with our all natural skin care range. From the ground up and every step of the way, we ensure purity in ingredients beginning with the most basic of all, capturing all water used in our products in a food grade stainless steel rain water tank.

Lucky for us locavore living is well and truly alive in the Bega Valley with as many ingredients as possible purchased locally if they are not already being grown at our family farm. Honey and bees wax is from Tony Bee, Lavender essential oil from Mt. Darragh Lavender, fresh chillies from Disaster Bay Chilli to name but a few.

Having studied herb culture and a naturopath mentorship, I have taken ancient toxin-free recipes handed down through the generations and perfected over time to bring you the best of what nature has to offer in its purest, simplest form. All products are hand made right on the farm and kept fresh by, you guessed it, a solar passive cool room housing our products and ingredients.

Products full of integrity, hand made with love, and with the health of both you, and the environment at the centre of it all.

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CHEST RUB

CHEST RUB
We are now in the depths of winter.

Our Saarinen Organics Chest rub is a warming and comforting blend of essential oils to help you relax and breath deeply. My daughter says “its like a warm hug” with a uplifting aroma of our Australian bush.

I blend our chest rub with local low heated beeswax, certified organic olive oil and certified organic essential oils of

Eucalyptus, Rosemary, T-tree (cajput), Rosalina, Peppermint and Lavender.

Further more you can put these essential oils into a burner to help with the winter blues.
The following are extracts from research on essential oils.

Happy reading from
Kay Saarinen
Saarinen organics
All natural skin care
Herbs grown on our Permaculture farm and made into our all natural skin care, from seed to skin.

“Eucalyptus works as an expectorant and helps cleanse your body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that can make you feel sick.” from Dr Axe

“Rosemary essential oil is known to relieve respiratory disorders such as whopping cough, asthma, sinus infections, and bronchitis.” from Doctors health press

“Tea tree oil has been found to exhibit protective activity against bacteria, fungi, and yeast, according to a 2000 study from a German research team (3). These microbes can cause inflammation, which depletes the immune system and leads to symptoms including coughs and congestion. Fortunately, tea tree oil contains antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties. It’s a great essential oil for sore throats, coughs, and bronchial congestion.” from Doctors health press

“Peppermint is an essential oil best known for its antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, and expectorant properties. Peppermint is a common treatment for sinus infections, respiratory infections, coughs, colds, and sore throats. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2010 (2) suggests that the antispasmodic activity in peppermint oil helps relieve coughing. The menthol in peppermint oil is thought to calm and soothe sore throats, while also relieving coughs by thinning mucus.” from Doctors health press

“Lavender is one of the most common essential oils available. It’s especially useful for respiratory disorders and symptoms such as colds, influenza, coughs, and sinus congestion; it can ease breathing problems when phlegm is trapped within the sinuses and lungs. Apply a few drops of lavender oil on the back, neck, or chest for relief.” from Doctors health press.

“Rosalina essential oil is an excellent oil for upper respiratory tract congestion and infection, particularly useful with small children. It is a gentle expectorant with anti-infectious properties because of its 1,8 cineole chemical content. This essential oil is extremely gentle on the mucous membranes.as well as the skin.” from still point aromatics

Stacey Asplin reviewed Saarinen Organics. — 5 star
May 12 ·
I’ve been using Saarinen Organics for the past 8 years, all their products are amazing. I love thats it’s all natural local and Kay makes each product herself, I know what’s in it and it’s safe for my kids with no chemicals. Her calendula cream is awesome with her chest rub having an amazing smell and her face creams are so glorious to put on, once you’ve used her products you’ll never use anything else again.

Cheryl Tennant reviewed Saarinen Organics. — 4 star
August 26, 2016 ·
I recently bought a pot of chest rub and love it, more effective than vicks and without the chemicals that I was intolerant to. I already have others lined up to by this product as well

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HEAT RUB

HEAT RUB
SO we are not all about skin care we also have a wide range of products to help those in need. We love love our heat rub and have been making it for 10 years now. Both Gregg and I were the guinea pigs, we just couldn’t find anything on the market that would help our needs. We both work hard and needed something to relax areas, i think that’s why we were able to nail it.(Gregg is so honest with his feed back as hubbies are lol) and also our customers, i like hearing all sorts of feed back so we can improve.
We have been honoured to have many Natropaths and massage therapist use it in their treatments now with some amazing feed back.
So about our heat rub, i make with 3 Tinctures of fresh and dried herbs and Apple cider Vinegar. This is a very old traditional method using a natural base acid to draw the goodness from the herbs without damaging cells, I was tought this method from my mentor who had had it handed down 9 generations. Most tinctures now are made from alcohol or universal solvents which i just found too harsh for my skin.
Using this method some Tinctures can take from 3-6 months to make. Our heat rub has a Comfrey root, Chillie and Hypericum Tinctures mixed with Arnica infused oil and essential oils to help warm areas that need some TLC.
Our Comfrey root is grown here on our Permaculture farm so we use it fresh in the Tincture.
“Comfrey roots and leaves can provide natural healing properties for all different types of ailments because of its high allantoin content which makes cells grow faster. Comfrey contains a special substance called allantoin. This is one of the reasons why comfrey-treated bones knit so fast, wounds mend so quickly and burns heal with such little scarring. Comfrey is often called knitbone or healing herb.” – mother earth news
Our Hypericum Tinctue (st Johns wart), we make using fresh and dried flowers, as this is a noxious weed i cannot grow this on our farm though we often purchase this herb from wildcrafters locally.
extract from organic facts “Anti-Inflammatory Agent: The soothing nature of St. John’s Wort and the rich concentration of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds make it perfect for easing the aching pains of arthritis, in addition to gout, joint discomfort, and muscle aches. Just as it helps ease inflammation on the skin and in the gut, St. John’s Wort also lowers inflammation in the cardiovascular system, thereby helping to lower blood pressure and decrease stress on the heart.
Skin Treatment: If you use St. John’s Wort in topical application in the form of a salve or tincture, it can speed the healing process of burns, bruises, and scrape by stimulating circulation of oxygenated blood to those skin cells so that repairs can begin.”
Our chillie Tincture we make from fresh chillies from local growers and what we can grow our selves.
Chillie is fantastic to warm areas up without damaging the skin.
Arnica infused oil we buy in certified organic and the essential oils too are certified organic which are
Winter green
Peppermint
and
Black pepper
All of which help warm small and large areas and help you relax.
Saarinen Organics
All natural skin care
Helping you glow naturally

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ABC South east Story Box landed at our place

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What a great program with many small rural stories out there, the story box got handed around the community for our chance to have a little chat.
When it was our turn it was 5:45 in the morning and I was thrown a bit on this one, my goodness, Trump was elected the night before and I wasn’t ready for that question!!!! lol
Thank you ABC for this
xx KAY

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ABC Rural came out to our Saarinen organics farm for a radio interview

Kay Saarinen ABC Rural inteview

How wonderful that ABC Rural came out to do a radio interview all the way to our Permaculture farm in Wyndham, the foothills of the Bega Valley, NSW. The interviewer was so wonderful and had me at ease and chatting away. It was easier than i thought when talking from a place of truth and passion.

xx Kay

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CALENDULA OINTMENT

FROM SEED TO SKIN
We grow our Calendula flowers on our Permaculture farm all year round, giving us access to fresh flowers to make our calendula oil infusion from scratch for our amazing Calendula ointment.

We collect the seeds and sow them every season.

My daughter loves to help me pick the georges bright orange calendula flowers, as we chat about life. We pick the calendula flowers after the morning dew has lifted when the flowers are open and before the native bees are out. It is so important to pick after a few dry days so the pollen is still fresh and abundant to get that really rich orange colour.

Once picked we spread the flowers out on a drying rack and pick out any weeds and bugs.

I than take the fresh calendula flowers into my sterilised lab and begin the process of infusion. We use Victorian bio dynamic olive oil to infuse our calendula flowers. It takes a very long time to infuse. (there is a secret step i shan’t reveal that has taken many years to perfect)

I than blend the finished calendula infused oil with our magnificent local low heated bees wax to make our very popular Calendula ointment. Our local beeswax is second to none, non refined, low heated so it still has honey in it. Of all the samples that i have tested over the 10 years i have been making calendula ointment no other bees wax has come close.

Calendula is well known as natures antiseptic. I love using it as a lip balm, finger tip balm, dry knees, elbows and heels. My daughter suffered from a very dry eczema and it helped in relation to the very dry skin, helping to keep it moisturised all day and the beeswax gives a great barrier from the elements.

click on the link below for direct link to our calendula ointment
http://www.saarinenorganics.com/…/lip-c…/calendula-ointment/

Thank you for taking the time to read our story and to all our loyal customers for your support over the 10 years that i have been making our calendula ointment.
xx Kay Saarinen

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Fertilizing on our Permaculture farm.

Fertilising on our Permaculture farm.
Its ALL about fertilizer and it has to be sustainable.

Over the 15 years we have been building up our Permaculture farm, the biggest cost we found was buying in fertiliser for our 100’s of fruit, nut and berry trees and shrubs. At first we bought organic pellets, we spread preparation 500, blood and bone, seaweed, fish emulsions and local sheep poo buy the trailer load.
All these things were great start ups tho just not economically sustainable when we are talking large scale. SO of course we started up our worm farms and composts, still there wasn’t enough to go around. We cut the tussocks and mulched though again it wasn’t enough to go around so we had to buy in hey.

Finally we have fertilizing nailed with 2 systems.

System 1 – In the orchard we have muscovy ducks that love a bath tho aren’t water bound, so we were able to set up a cow trough and we harvest their liquid fertilizer via gravity feed down the hill through a poly pipe and feed the trees. The Ducks also have very large poop that are nitrogen high and feed the trees as well. They eat the grass and the fallen fruit, this system has very little input from us now, we just empty the duck bath once a week and give them grain in the morning. In fact we have chairs in the orchard that we sit and just enjoy watching them potter around while we munch on apples. We now have a goat and 2 sheep that eat the tussocks and keep blackberry under control.

System 2 – Outside the main fruit orchard all other fruit trees we grow comfrey under, this way the comfrey leaves die and compost under the trees, keep the weeds down and they fertilise them with pot ash, magnesium and calcium. We also give each 1/2 a wheel barrow of pony poo only once a year, so under the trees are teaming with worms creating little ecosystems that feed the tree with very little input from us.
It took a while to get it right with poo. At first we had the little mini ponies, tho they couldn’t be let out in the large paddock because they would founder so we had to lock them up and buy in dry hey, not sustainable. So than we tried a couple of big horses, they soon stripped the place and feed had to bought in, again unsustainable, We finally found that 2 x 10h ponies work for our land, they can be let out into the big paddock and we haven’t needed to buy in hey for a few years now. All our beds only get pony poo, straight on, no composting, we have a great poo picker upper that goes on the back of the mower that picks up poo, we pile it up and wheelbarrow it in the garden with ease. YAY!!!! sustainable at last.

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Our children’s future choices, are our choices we make today.

Gemma

“What i do now, what i show my child now, will depict what choices she will make for herself in the future”
On our Permaculture farm, where we grow our herbs for our all natural, eco skin care range, i often think of our daughters future.
I often see the caption “children see, children do”
Our daughter is constantly dressing up and running through our garden, she sees us working, harvesting food and herbs.
I want to teach her about eco choices across the board, products that care for the environment and her body as well.
We grow our herbs on our ECO Permaculture farm and manufacture from scratch incorporating local and certified organic ingredients.

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WHAT IS BEAUTY TO YOU

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WHAT IS BEAUTY TO YOU
Beauty to me is
Clean and healthy skin
Clean teeth and a smile
Clean and healthy hair
Clean and healthy food
Clean words and thoughts
Clean clothes
Clean and healthy on the inside.
I want to teach my daughter that wanting to feel beautiful doesn’t mean to over coat your skin with makeup or fear wrinkles, skin that is clean, shiny and healthy is beautiful.
Health and beauty radiates through clean healthy teeth and smile, so brush them every day and laugh often, there is nothing more beautiful than a face with character, with lines of laughter, love and life.
Clean and shiny hair simply brushed up in a pony tail, neatly trimmed, is far more beautiful than hair sprayed and torched for hours each day.
To eat clean healthy food you will be a nice healthy weight and you will glow with health of shiny hair, nails and skin, your breath and teeth will naturally be beautiful.
Clean words, there is nothing more ugly than harsh words and anger, stand up for yourself tho there is need to be mean or gossipy, you will be admired loved.
Clean clothes, dont worry about the fashions of the now, as long as your clothes are clean and feel comfortable to you, believe me girl when i say to you, a clean potato sack will look good on you when you are clean and healthy.
It is so ok to play in the garden and get covered in dirt,
it is ok to play in the sea, your hair full of salt and sand,
it is ok to cuddle your favorite chicken at the kitchen table
and go wading in the dam knee deep in mud to harvest reeds to weave your bags, this is not ugly dirty dirt, this is clean dirt you can wash off.
Ugliness is the dought we carry to needlessly be knee deep in dept to cover ourselves in fashion and paint. Ugliness is anger and mean words and thoughts, drugs, smoking and fast food are the ugly dirty dirt you cannot wash off.
Glow naturally, age naturally and cleanly is the most beautiful and kind thing you can do for you.
Saarinen Organics.
All natural skin care, to help you glow naturally from seed to skin.
www.saarinenorganics.com

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Micro plastic free SCRUB

MICRO PLASTIC BEAD free scrub
I do hope many have seen the devastating toll these plastic beads have done to our water ways. I have over the years had many a discussion on plastic beads, expressing my concerns of the effect they will make on the environment, finally the knowledge is main stream now.

From a business point of view i understand why the companies used them for they are cheap! profit, profit, profit !

We here at Saarinen organics choose to use Jojoba wax beads in our scrub, they are strong enough to clean out the pores and remove a layer of dead skin cells, though than they melt and moisturize! why do companies not use them, because of the price, they are very expensive, in fact our margin is very low on our scrubs due to this. We are not all about that, we are about living sustain-ably both from our land whilst caring for the land! These are the reasons too why All natural skin care products, just cannot compete with larger companies price tags.

https://www.facebook.com/Saarinen-Organics-117924038289263/?fref=nf

follow the above link and check out what platic beads are doing to our environment.

xx kay

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Why we called our business “Saarinen Organics”

With our big banner up at the markets,”Saarinen Organics” customers often stop and ask “Is that a Finish name?” or “why Saarinen Organics”

Well this particular decisions is a bit of a love story, I know, I know, the first rule of business is to make decisions with your head not your heart, Our buisness name is all about my hubby, for “Saarinen” is my husband Gregg’s surname, with the origin of Finland, he is the second handsome generation in Australia.(Tall, blonde, blue eyed and yummy!!)

Ok so there was a little bit of business in there for the Saarinen’s have a very strong background of architecture and carpentry, infact my husband is a licenced carpenter and so is his father, funny enough Gregg’s sister even married a carpenter, that’s a very strong family gene!

The name Saarinen has links with Eero Saarinen, the very famous architect and is now considered one of the masters of American 20th-century architecture. There has been a surge of interest in Saarinen’s work in recent years, including a major exhibition and several books.

Eero Saarinen first received critical recognition, while still working for his father, for a chair designed together with Charles Eames for the “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” competition in 1940, for which they received first prize. The “Tulip Chair“, like all other Saarinen chairs, was taken into production by the Knoll furniture company. ( I tried to buy one for my hubby, though alas to expensive for this little black duck) He went on to be part of the Sydney opera house as well as many famous buildings.

Annnnd this is where it gets soppy!

I often am referred to as the owner and founder of Saarinen organics, as for the part of the creams, yes this is so, though it has been rather a joint Business effort. With Gregg’s amazing skills, we have been able to create a little slice of paradise here with our straw bale home, store shed, processing room, paving, retainer walls he has done all with his bare hands and a little help from me. As the business has grown he has built buildings to accommodate it with class and style using environmental friendly building resources where he can. Therefore i wanted to honor Gregg’s major input in our business by naming it after him. Awwwww kiss, kiss.

We are definitely a team, I am the main gardener, manufacturer and harvester while he builds the infrastructure, all the irrigation and fencing as well (we only got a professional fencer in a little while ago to help due to time) Gregg also is the muscles in our operation loading and unloading and setting up at markets. Unpacking deliveries, sending things off, we defiantly share the workload that is for sure oh and yes he is often knee deep in the washing up when its time to manufacture (still don’t trust him to lable yet!!)

So there you go, a team we are, the man behind the woman, with his strength and love, together we have and are building a dream together, without my Mr Gregg Saarinen, i don’t think i would be where i am today, and i am lucky that he says the same thing about me.

Love him to bits and love being Mrs Saarinen (apart from when he leaves the toilet seat up of course)

 

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Stinging nettle in creams ????? WHAAAAAT

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STINGING NETTLE
How i love you, we have grown the best stinging nettle i have ever seen in our garden this year, check out the little spikes on this beauty, oooo does it pack a punch too !!!

Each spiky hair is like a hollow needle filled with formic acid, the same chemical in ant saliva that causes pain to humans when bitten. ( hence why our hypericum oil is also good for nettle bites and ant bites)

So why oh why?? i hear you mutter!! well we use the fresh leaves and stems in our night day and eye creams for it is a…………

Anti-inflammatory: This is perhaps one of its most well known properties. Nettle has a natural ability to calm and soothe inflammation, which makes is the perfect choice for helping to reduce redness in dry skin.

Antioxidant: Like most plants, nettle has a number of protective antioxidants that help reduce free radical damage to the skin, providing anti-aging benefits.

Antibacterial: Research has shown that nettle is effective against microorganisms, helping to kill off bacteria. This makes it effective against acne and as a natural preservative in skin care products.

Also nettle is great for…….

Razor nicks & swelling: Nettle has a natural astringent property that helps to reduce the swelling associated with active acne and razor nicks. You can apply a solution of the extract to the skin to help stop bleeding, as well as to shrink and tighten pores. To make your own rinse, boil finely crushed nettle leaves in water for 10 minutes, then let it cool and use to rinse the scalp.

Hair growth: Nettle is said to have a stimulating effect on the scalp, and is often found as a rinse for the hair. It may help to regenerate hair growth and reduce dandruff.

 

Nettle is often found in wet gullies, we are lucky enough to have a plentiful supply in our pristine creek beds that bounder a notional park. We are only the second farm that the creek meets after cumming out of the national park, lucky for us the farm next door is a wildlife carer and the national park is far to steep for any weed spraying, lucky we are!

Nettle is harvested easily with gloves, i think i have been stung so many times that i hardly feel it anymore, I must admit i do carry with me a bottle of our hypericum oil “just incase I get bitten good” when i venture down the creek.

My little daughter is a laugh, from a little tot she has called it “the owie bite you plant” lol, cute hey.

We are fortunate too that i can grow it in our garden, not many people do this, as our business has grown i don’t have the luxury of donning the gummies and trekking down to the creek to fetch my fresh nettle for the infusions i make for our night, day and eye creams. So now i do grow it for a quick fresh harvest, and i must say this years nettle has packed a punch after all this rain, annnnnd i have grown it along the path!! (i do hear my name cursed from my hubby from time to time, i shan’t share what he says!!)

So thus this is why the dreaded stinging nettle has a place in my heart and in my creams.

 

 

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Why use a Toner, how and when!

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There has been some controversial conversations in regards to the use of toners of late. The humble toner has had a bad wrap, only due to its most advertised use being that of restoring the PH balance once soap had been used to clean the face (and please, please i hope no one reading this is still using soap on their beautiful delicate facial skin!!). Additionally, some of the concern is also due to the over chemically manufactured toners on the market which dry out the skin far, far too much, leading to the decline of Toners in your daily skin care regime.

The humble, well formulated, all natural toner has many, many greater uses and applications than once advertised. I think, and thankfully many beauticians agree, that the humble toner has a MAJOR place in beauty and is making a come back, (just would like to say at this point that i have been making our toner now for 8 years, just to clarify that i am not just jumping on the band wagon!!!! 🙂 It’s essential for achieving a healthy, radiant glow. You’ll find that applying a toner can be the perfect addition to your skin-care routine.

After cleansing, your skin needs a range of ingredients to restore and soothe its surface. Skin can never get too much of these important ingredients, which include antioxidants and antibacterial ingredients as well as soothers. The benefits can give your skin a healthy, younger, fresher appearance and can be felt and seen almost instantly.

WHAT SKIN TYPE WOULD BENEFIT FROM A TONER

  • Oily skin.
  • Large pores.
  • Hormonal breakout prone skin.
  • Pimples and acne.
  • Scrub cleansed skin.

WHEN?

Tone your face before and after a shower with our All Natural Toner!

WHY?

For oily skin and large pores that attract dirt. So if you don’t tone first, when you hop into the shower your pores will open up quickly and absorb even more dirt and grime from the day,creating more of a problem.

HOW?

So soak a facial flat cotton wool with toner and wipe your face gently, don’t go at it like your buffing your silver wear! avoiding under your eyes, following your cheek bone. With a fresh cotton wool, again soak it with our all natural toner and press on very effected areas where pimples and acne are present, this second application is the first antibacterial phase for pimples, leave it there for a little bit to utilize the amazing essential oil of Lavender Angustifolia, the only lavender you can apply to your face. Also this is a perfect time for the antioxidants to do there thing which is found in many of the ingredients though particularly in the Certified organic Witch Hazel and Certified organic Rosewater, which are the prominent active ingredients in our all natural Toner.

Once in the shower and your pores open up, this is the best time to gently scrub with our scrub cleanser, packed with jojoba wax beads they are strong enough to clean the pores out than they melt leaving your skin clean and moisturized though not that horrible and tight, absolutely stripped of all oils feeling when you use a chemical scrub, remember! We are cleaning, it’s not an oil and grease change! And of course the honey will sooth the tender freshly scrubbed skin.

Once out of the shower do your tone again, for this is the second anti bacterial treatment for exposed acne and pimples and helps to close large pores.

AFTER TONING

For acne, pimple and oily skin types, please wait another 15 to 20 minutes to allow the skins oils to re balance and only moisturizer those areas that are dry, avoid effected areas and ONLY moisturise if you really need to though. Use it sparingly and use our Day cream with soothing Aloe vera. Do look after under your eyes though and of course your neck, our nourishing serum is the one i would recommend for oily skin for you only need a small amount and the oil has a very long life span. For your neck I recommend our Intensive night cream with Aloe vera. For all other skin types I recommend our Intensive night cream.

INGREDIENTS IN OUR TONER

Certified organic Witch Hazel, Certified organic Rosewater, Local Chemical free Lavender essential oil, Certified organic Glycerin, Tincture of Benzoin and a fresh herbal infusion of Elder flower,Borage flower, Lavender and Calendula flowers.

The fresh herbal infusion in our toner, I make using our fresh medicinal herbs grown right here at Saarinen Organics and infusing them in our rain water, caught in the stainless steel food grade tank. For more information visit our blog in regards to our water.

You can try our all natural toner by ordering here.

Here’s to healthy, glowing, clean skin naturally xx

P.S if you love our toner please do leave a review to help grow our small family business, we are growing through word of mouth and i would loooove to here from my customers, thank-you in advance, I really appreciate it

xx Kay