Fantastic to have a live interview with Andy, he was very interested in our business and how we got to where we are today and of course our sustainable living.
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.
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
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
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.
“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.
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 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.
All natural skin care, to help you glow naturally from seed to skin.
Thank you to all the wonderful new people i met at the Melbourne Super-show. We had a competition running for the 3 days, all you had to do was pop in your email address into the competition box for your chance to win $100 worth of Saarinen organics all natural skin care.
the winner is…….. Lauren Rodgers YAY xx
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.
follow the above link and check out what platic beads are doing to our environment.
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)
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.
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.
Tone your face before and after a shower with our All Natural Toner!
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.
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.
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
Recently I came across a study published by biologists from three universities that disproved the theory that flowers developed their bright and vibrant appearance to attract the insects, birds and mammals needed for cross-pollination.
The study was published only 6 years ago, claiming that the striking red colour we see in nature actually deters herbivores because of the high levels of cyanide.
Cyanide is commonly employed by plants to deter herbivores, leaving the biologists to believe that bird-pollinated flowers have evolved as a response to herbivore attack.
Leading scientist in the study, Dr Mick Hanley, says “It seems that Western Australian plants have not only developed a remarkable defence against would-be flower predators, but that they also clearly advertise the fact.”
So what’s all this got to do with natural skin care?
Well this study got me thinking about rose water and rose infused food, particularly tea.
As humans, most of us are drawn to the allure of bright red roses, red lipstick, striking red dresses or red cars that drive faster! Red things must surely mean trouble ahead!
Cyanide poisoning at low doses can cause weakness, loss of consciousness, headaches, vertigo, confusion, and perceived difficulty breathing.
But before you panic, cyanide can also be found in some foods such as almonds, apricot kernel, apple seeds, orange seeds, cassava and bamboo shoots. Chronic levels of exposure over long periods may result in increased blood cyanide levels, which can result in weakness and other symptoms including hypothyroidism, mild kidney and liver damage, but Vitamin B12 may reduce these negative effects. Ergo, Vitamin B12 deficiencies may lead to negative effects following exposure.
In other words, low doses of exposure will likely not harm you unless you’re deficient in other vitamins and minerals. A typically healthy human will not suffer from cyanide poisoning after years of using rosewater toner!
Even if you’re not the epitome of health, I could not find any studies that point to there being any reason to concern yourself with regards to cyanide poisoning in rosewater and other natural skin care ingredients. The number of articles and studies citing the benefits of rosewater and rose hip seed oil outweigh any negative information about a trillion to one.
Cyanide is found in the seed of the rose hip. Rose water and rose oil are made using rose petals. Cyanide like compounds in seeds of the rose family are destroyed by drying or heating, along with a lot of the high Vitamin C content, unfortunately. Cold pressed rose hip seed oil retains the nutrient content. Rose hip seed oil has a high content of unsaturated, essential fatty acids. It’s high absorbency makes it great for skin care, especially in the reduction of stretch marks, scarring and hyper pigmentation.
And should there be any new research casting any doubt over the use of rosewater or rose hip oil in natural skin care products, rest assured I’ll be on the case!
As the saying goes, every day’s a school day on a farm! And when your farmer is your manufacturer and your retailer too, you can be assured as the customer that the information we learn as growers, producers and manufacturers has not been lost in translation through the food chain. It has not been covered up by salespeople from large corporations who’d rather keep their jobs and better their commissions than they would tell the truth. Because we look our customers in the eye every single day, and when we learn something new, we rejoice. We don’t bury it and hope that it disappears because that might mean we need to change something. We embrace learning, and we embrace change, because we’re forever striving to improve our health by improving our products.
So stay tuned, because the team at Saarinen Organics have a passion for learning, and we want to share it with you. Just as soon as we get ourselves out of the garden and onto the computer!
Today I received some fantastic feedback from a customer recently, and it represented a turning point in all natural skincare.
The feedback was as follows:
My mother who is 91 with dementia had swollen legs & cellulitis developed leg ulcers – I visit every day & put on the calendula ointment to the ulcers & legs – it worked fantastically & they are almost gone now. I was a little hesitant at first because she has very sensitive skin – I thought you would be interested. As a pharmacist I had a whole pile of stuff on hand but full marks to your wonderful ointment. Thanks!
With all the products this pharmacist had on hand, developed for specific treatments with complex scientific formulas, our own calendula ointment grown on our family eco farm and manufactured in my on-farm studio worked a treat.
But you can buy calendula ointment at any pharmacy, right?
Yes. And have you noticed what colour it is? White. And do you know what colour the calendula flower is? Beautifully bright yellow! Stunning yellow, in fact, from the marigold family.
So what happens to calendula ointment to turn it white? The only way to achieve a crisp white cream is using clear oils, essential oils and adding a lot of water to the emulsifying wax to create that white colour. This means that the products aren’t made with herbal infusions, tinctures or whole oils which are coloured.
Pharmaceutical products tend to offer short term relief, without really getting to the root cause of the ailment. As a result, the problem often comes back ten times worse and is much harder to treat. Now you may think it’s all a conspiracy to keep you buying more, but it’s also a about the need for additional synthetic ingredients to reduce the cost of manufacturing and to help stabilise such complex, volatile products for long term shelf life and storage. It also comes down to, as you’ll read below, our expectations as consumers and what we’re conditioned to seeing.
Herbs are potent and powerful plants. They have wonderful healing abilities. Herbs and herb oils are too strong to use directly on your skin and they do need to be used in conjunction with other carrier oils and ingredients. Somehow, those wonderful healing properties of the herb need to make its way into a convenient and absorbent product to use on your skin.
So what’s the most effective method?
Tinctures are concentrated herbal extracts using alcohol as the solvent. Tinctures extract both the water soluble and alcohol soluble chemical constituents from the plant. Tinctures are fast acting on the body, and they also have a much longer shelf life than highly volatile oils.
Infusions are herbs steeped in lipids such as natural oils or liquid waxes where the properties of the herb are transferred to the oil.
Essential Oils, on the other hand, are extracted using either steam distillation or by solvent extraction. Solvent extraction often uses chemicals such as hexane, acetone, di-methylene-chloride and more in order to extract the essential oils from the plant. It’s popular because it increases production volume and takes far less time than other methods of extraction. But it opens the flood gates for all sorts of skin sensitivities.
And this is when you realise that learning to read and understand the ingredients list on the back of your skin care products is simply not enough! You must get to know your manufacturer and their methods.
Saarinen Organics spent four days at a health expo in Sydney last year showcasing our wonderful products to the world. I’ll never forget the feedback I had from one customer shocked at the colour of one of my creams.
“But it’s brown!”, she exclaimed!
“Yes!” I said proudly. Because it’s an all natural tincture. My herbal tinctures are all made from fresh herbs and therefore have that brown tinge. My aloe vera face gel is made from fresh aloe vera, and has a green tinge. My herbal infusions have either a brown or a green tinge. Because they’re all natural.
We’ve been so conditioned as consumers to expect that crisp, white cream that we suspect there’s something wrong with our skin care when it’s in its most natural usable form, untainted with toxic chemicals and not loaded up with water and emulsifying waxes. So much so, that it’s altering the effectiveness of skin care products. But when a pharmacist with a plethora of specialist products on hand takes the time to offer their feedback on our all natural skincare, bright yellow and all, we know we’re about to reach a turning point. As consumers, we want to know that we’re buying products that actually work, not just products that look nice and clean.
We live in a backwards world where using chemicals to grow your food is viewed as ‘normal’, and growing your food using natural, organic methods as nature intended requires payment of exorbitant amounts of money for certification of such natural methods. In only 100 years, just a few generations, we’ve managed to change the status quo so much, that we’ve flipped our food system on its head. Madness.
You might have noticed a shift in recent years. People caring more about their food. Getting closer to their food. Perhaps those joining the movement are driven by a revolt against the ColesWorths duopoly in support of local, homegrown, food that helps our farmers and our health (and our taste buds). There’s been a rapid rise in Western world disease, illness, allergies and intolerances and an increasing number of chemicals in our food is doing us no favours. And that awareness is fantastic. It’s the first step towards positive change and seeing consumers begin to dictate to producers that they’d prefer to spend their money on the FARMacy instead of at the pharmacy is sending a powerful message in a busy world where purchases of convenience so often win against our best intentions.
What I’d love to interject and take the opportunity to do here, is to insert into the minds of consumers that your skincare products should be as much if not more of a consideration here as the food you eat. Depending on where you get your information, we’re either absorbing kilos of chemicals per year into our bloodstream through face, body and hair products; or there’s absolutely nothing to be worried about all the fear mongering. Well, as is most often the case, the truth lies somewhere in between.
The skin does act as a protective barrier. And chemicals found in our urine may actually be a good sign that the body is excreting them. Our bodies work very hard to protect us against harm and fight off nasties. But should we be making the fight a little easier? We are all different. Absorption rates are different on various parts of the body. Different skin types, different seasons, skin disorders or dry skin, internal and environmental factors and the bazillions of different types of chemicals that we know not near enough about will all have a different effect on the individual. When it comes to the crunch, it’s not so black and white, we don’t have all the answers, and we just don’t know for sure how each individual will be affected.
Our bodies are complex, the environment in which we live is complex, and it seems that the ingredients list on the majority of skin care products is the most complex of all.
So if you’re of the mindset that prevention is better than cure, then going organic is right for you.
Which brings me to my next point.
Not too long ago, I ran a little survey by my customers. A focus group, if you will. And I uncovered something very valuable.
Knowing their manufacturer was more important to consumers than the Organic label.
Chemical-free and all natural are more important and more impactful considerations than an Organic label where different countries have different standards and not all organic products are created equal.
See, I started selling Saarinen Organics products at my local Wyndham Village Market. Where there’s no greater feedback as a grower and manufacturer than being face to face with your customers.
If there are any ingredients in Saarinen Organics products that I do not grow on my farm myself, you can guarantee I know everything about its origin. My lavender oil comes from a farm just down the road from Saarinen Farm, that I can visit any time, and see for myself that although they may have dropped the Organic certification due to the costs involved, their organic farming methods have not changed. My beeswax comes from a local producer that uses traditional methods to preserve the integrity of the product, and I can watch him in action with fascination and admiration at any time.
It’s hard to be a consumer. Marketers and designers are getting extremely clever at creating an illusion of an all natural product, though it’s undergone many a process to get it in the shiny pretty state you see in a department store. So to those consumers that have not met me at a Bega Valley farmers market or local event, this blog is where you’ll get to know me, and my products, inside and out. Because you need the confidence as a consumer to know what you’re buying, ingesting, absorbing; even if it’s all just to make the fight a little easier on our bodies.
This picture of a water tank may not look terribly exciting on the face of it, but let me tell you why you should be beaming as big as I am right now.
Liquid skincare solutions or creamy skin based solutions contain quite a lot of water or water-based infusions, our Saarinen Organics creams are ALL herbal infusion based. Unless your manufacturer is completely transparent, you wouldn’t know the origin of the water nor what type. It could be tap water for all you know and contain chlorine or fluoride or any measure of preservatives to prevent spoilage. Perhaps the skincare manufacturer is not even aware of what your water contains, as it’s not their priority or their ‘key ingredient’. Perhaps they’ve overlooked the fact that their “floral water” may not come from the most pure of sources or have been contaminated with chemicals or preservatives in the process from the company they buy it from if they do not make it themselves, as is often the case. Perhaps the containers it’s delivered in aren’t BPA free, and this chemical could be leeching into your products and into your skin, comprimising the integrity of the products you buy and use.
This is our stainless steel, food grade water tank. It captures fresh rainwater on the farm, the farm situated 200 metres from a beautiful National Park. It’s the water we drink from, the water we use to bathe and use to make our herbal infusions for our creams.
So you know exactly where our water came from. And you know exactly how our herbal infusions were made. And you know that the water used for our products is no lesser quality than the water the manufacturers themselves would personally drink.
It’s a highly overlooked ingredient in the manufacture of skincare products, as it’s the most basic and not the ‘active’ ingredient most companies wish to promote. But it’s in everything, and it’s hugely important. At least, when it comes to products of integrity.
I urge you to think about the products you use and consider that if you wouldn’t eat it, then don’t put it on your skin!
And admire our beautiful stainless steel, food-grade rainwater tank in all it’s glory!
It’s the little details that matter the most.
You’ve probably heard or read this sentence from many a marketer or salesperson in your lifetime. Often it’s a cleaning product. Something along the lines of, “If you only buy one cleaning product for your home, it needs to be this one, it’s the only cleaning product you will ever need!” Well I don’t mean to come across like a TV Infomercial, but Calendula Ointment actually is the most versatile skin care product you could use. I’ll tell you why, but first, some background
Calendula officinalis is actually a genus of around 15-20 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants in the Asteraceae family.
Calendula has been used traditionally as culinary and medicinal herbs. In fact, the petals are edible. So when I remind you, that if you wouldn’t eat it, then don’t put in on your skin, you know that Calendula safely fits within these parameters!
Pharmacological studies on the benefits of Calendula have shown that the extract has many soothing and antibacterial properties in vitro. In a tincture, topical use of Calendula can treat acne, sooth the skin. There is so much information on calendula, do google it for further information.
It’s these properties that make Calendula ointment a fantastic base for hand cream for tough, hardworking hands; body cream; foot cream for dry and cracked feet; dried, cracked lips; intensive treatment cream for soothing ; powerful and yet delicate enough for use on babies and children for fast acting, chemical-free organic care for your child in nappies, it acts as a soothing barrier ointment to keep babies bottoms protected and moisturised.
Saarinen Organics Calendula Ointment contains certified organic olive oil, Saarinen Eco Permaculture Farm organically grown Calendula flowers, and the best quality, chemical-free, traditionally produced beeswax from a local provider, where the quality and purity of the ingredients is what makes the difference.
It is for all of these reasons that you need two jars of such a wonderful, versatile skincare product. One for your handbag (and your nappy bag for those with young ones), and one for your first aid kit.
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It’s a fight to the bitter end! A fight that, fair to say, all of us will face in our lifetime. The fight against aging skin.
I’ve spent a great deal of time researching herbal skin care that works. I mean actually works. What kept popping up throughout my independent research was that, once we turn 35, our body starts to reduce the oil called SEBUM. And, if you thought age 35 was just the beginning, the early stages, then close your eyes. Because the process of reducing sebum oil can happen so quickly, that these oils have completely dried up by age 40.
So, what are we missing?
Sebum keeps fine lines at bay. A natural skin care if you will. It’s the best kind of face treatment. Research has discovered natural whole plant oils that replicate Sebum oil include Jojoba, Vitamin E, Olive Oil and Macadamia Nut Oil. Of course they need to be sourced from certified organic or chemical-free growers and extracted under strict guidelines to preserve the Sebum oil.
So what else can we do?
Our Night cream, day cream and also eye cream and nourishing serum all have the above oils in them, they are vital for a natural defense against the signs of aging. Naturally we are excreting sebum oils all day, so it is imperative to ensure you replicate the natural process. Also our scrub has Jojoba wax beads that are strong enough to clean the pores out though than they melt and moisturize for it is also important to clean the skin and remove excess oils and dirt.
A natural skin care regime will leave you skin feeling and looking more youthful, slowing down the signs of ageing and premature aging, smoothing wrinkles and fine lines.
If you’re going to fight the natural effects of aging, best to fight the nature with nature and replenish what you’ve lost, the natural way.