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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

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Interesting Fact: Red roses deter, not attract. So is there cyanide in your natural skin care?

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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!

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When pharmacists look to herbalists – the turning point in all natural skin care

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.

 

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Is the Organic label the most important thing to look for in skincare?

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.

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Water – the most overlooked ingredient in skincare

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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.

 

 

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Calendula Ointment – The most versatile skincare product you will ever need

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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.

Click on the link to view our Calendula ointments availiable now. https://saarinenorganics.com/product/calendula-ointment/

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Natural (Anti) Aging Facts

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.