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Talking Clean with Irene

Talking Clean with Irene

Author: Irene Falcone from Nourished Life

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Talking Clean with Irene is a show about how to kick the toxins out of your life and live a more natural and sustainable lifestyle. On the show, we talk to scientists, doctors, entrepreneurs and the creators behind the beautiful organic brands we love. Hosted by Irene Falcone, clean-living expert and Founder of Nourished Life.
20 Episodes
For anyone who might be overwhelmed by the world of nutrition, let’s get back to basics!This week I’m talking to fully qualified nutritionist Steph Lowe about the simple steps we can take to help improve our daily eating habits. Steph is the resident nutritionist at Melrose Health (known for their range of health foods and supplements since 1979) and she shares just how easy it is to make the switch to healthier eating ... often it’s in the dressing!In this episode, Steph explains how nutrition affects our everyday lives, including the food/mood connection. She also talks about how we’re living in a society that defaults to carbs, and how these options don’t always include proteins and healthy fats, which are what we need to feel satisfied and full.We talk ‘healthy fats’ and how to use them, and Steph even shares her ‘get-up-and-go’ smoothie recipe! Key takeaways:Olive oil is a great source of essential Omega 3 fat but is best used as a dressing — it can be heated to about 160 degrees and no higher.When it comes to gut health, it’s important to focus on food diversity.To make a frozen banana substitute for your smoothies, freeze an unpeeled zucchini!Saturated fat means that the integrity of the oil isn’t impacted by high temperatures.Steph’s ideal lunch is plants (1-2 cups of veggies), a palm sized piece of protein and some healthy fats (2 tablespoons in total). Links and resources: Join my podcast Facebook Group: Connect:
According to a recent study, a single fleece jacket can release up to 250,000 microfibres in just one single load of washing. Those fibres are going straight into our waters and into our food chain, which means that we could actually be eating our own clothes!Rachael Z. Miller has found a way to fight the microfibre nightmare, one laundry wash at a time. Creator of the Cora Ball, a device that helps to catch the micro-plastics from your laundry water, Rachael is big on little acts of sustainability.In today’s episode we talk all things ‘global plastics crisis’, zeroing in on micro-plastics. We chat about her incredible invention and how it’s designed to help anyone who wears and washes clothes to reduce microfibre pollution. Key takeaways:Throw the Cora Ball into your washing machine and it will catch the microfibres, stopping them going down the drain and ending up in our waterways.The device's design was modelled on coral! Coral feeds by catching little objects as water washes through and past it.The Cora Ball can catch up to 26% of the fibres that would otherwise wash down your drain!If you have a big washing machine Rachael recommends using 2 or 3 balls.Any textile (clothing, bedding, curtains, etc), even natural fibres, is vulnerable to breaking down in the wash. Links and resources: Join my podcast Facebook Group: Connect:
Would you believe me if I said that you could clean your home by adding bacteria instead of killing it?Welcome to the world of probiotic cleaning. In a nutshell, it’s the process of spraying good bacteria onto your household surfaces and allowing the army of good bacteria to scare off the bad bacteria. No gloves required!On this episode, Michelle Perkins, the creator of Counter Culture, tells me about her innovative range of probiotic cleaning products. We chat about the growing opposition in the medical field to harsh cleaning agents and she explains how we can kick the household cleaning toxins simply by adding good bacteria. Michelle also shares insights about the growing body of research proving the vital role bacteria play in our overall health and wellbeing. Key takeaways:Counter Culture products are brewed in the same way that you would make kombucha.Triclosan (a main ingredient in many household cleaners) may have a negative effect on the endocrine system, especially the thyroid.Our everyday overuse of antimicrobials has created a resistance to a range of bad bacteria.Counter Culture products aim to improve the environment of a surface, rather than trying to change it or kill off all the bacteria.Michelle says the Counter Culture Air and Fabric Freshener is ideal for pet stains. Links and resources: Join my podcast Facebook Group: Connect:
If you’re going to change once thing in your routine to make it toxin free, change your deodorant! This week I’m talking to Chey Birch, the founder of Black Chicken Remedies, one of the very first brands I ever stocked. Chey’s Aussie-made pure natural skincare, body care, and essential oil products are preservative free, and don’t contain any kind of ‘fillers’.We chat about her wonder product that sparked a revolution — the famous Axilla deodorant paste — the first deodorant paste made in Australia. Whilst Black Chicken are known best for their deodorant, Chey shares some of her other best-selling products, including an essential oil blend for procrastinators! She explains the story behind her company’s unique name and how what started as a hobby quickly grew into a brand that our Nourished Life community absolutely adores. Key takeaways:The ingredients in Black Chicken’s exfoliator are crushed argan seeds, rice powder and clay. This means no harsh walnut seed extract like other brands.Their famous Axilla deodorant is used under 850,000 armpits all over the country.To use the Axilla deodorant: just place a pea sized amount under each armpit and rub it in like you would a cream.Axilla deodorant gets its name from the place it treats — your armpits! That area is where your axillary glands are.Chey’s recommendation for detoxing your armpits is to use their “Cacao Revelation’ face mask as an armpit mask to draw out impurities. Links and resources: Join my podcast Facebook Group: Connect:
In this episode we’re talking medicinal mushrooms (or as I like to call them, magic mushies!). I’m joined by medicinal mushroom expert and Founder of SuperFeast, Mason Taylor.Mason is a tonic herbalist and a passionate health educator. After suffering from exhaustion, he was blown away by the power these mushrooms had on his energy and made it his purpose to help others discover their benefits.Get ready to learn about out how medicinal mushrooms can clear up your skin, give your more energy and even boost your libido - all of this whilst still being able to have your morning coffee! Key takeaways:Coffee can throw you out of whack but the good news is that you don’t have to give it up. Herbs like Jing can be added to coffee as an elixir to help balance it out whilst giving you energy and more.We’re all born with a different amount of ‘constitutional Jing.’ You need to respect the constitution you have by adapting your lifestyle to use an appropriate amount of energy for your Jing.Reishi mushrooms are great for aiding sleep. They work with the nervous system and can be added to chamomile tea before bed to help calm the mind.Herbs can only do as much as your lifestyle allows. By adapting your lifestyle, you can help herbs work more effectively. Links and resources: Join my podcast Facebook Group: Connect:
Here’s a story: I was once banned from an online forum for talking about natural deodorants. Can you believe how far we’ve come in recent years? Mainstream deodorants are some of the worst offenders when it comes to potential toxins as they can be full of synthetics, aluminium and parabens. Making the switch to a natural deodorant is such an important part of cutting the toxins out of your everyday life. In this very highly requested episode, I get all the goss on natural deodorants from Melanie McVean and Chris Caley, the creators of Australian-made ‘No Pong’. We talk about how natural deodorants differ from mainstream antiperspirant products and they talk me through the different formulas they’ve created and how you can get started with using them. Chris and Melanie also share their top tips for re-using their deodorant tins as well as what it’s like to run a business with your partner.For all the vegans: I’ll keep you posted about the launch of their vegan version coming up soon! Key takeaways:No Pong does exactly what it says on the tin (hence the name)!Antiperspirants and deodorants are classified as different products. Chris estimates that someone transitioning from mainstream deodorants to No Pong might need a few weeks to alter how their sweat glands behave and therefore see a difference.No Pong has a bi-carb free deodorant product for anyone with sensitivities.Using a rub on cream deodorant is a great way of keeping an eye on your health by checking for lumps in that area regularly. Links and resources: Join my podcast Facebook Group: Connect:
We all know that sustainability is best when it’s fun and social. What if I told you there was an easy way to declutter, shop for bargains, connect with your community AND participate in the war on waste? Would you believe that you don’t even need to leave your street to participate?Introducing: Garage Sale Trail — a weekend of garage sales on one weekend right across Australia. Last year alone over 3 million kilos of secondhand items were sold.This week on the podcast, I talk to Andrew Valder (Co-founder of Garage Sale Trail) about this incredibly successful event.Garage Sale Trail is a not for profit social enterprise which organises a yearly weekend of garage sales right across the country, with total support from local councils. Shining a spotlight on how important it is to reuse things and think about the waste that we create, this event also sounds like a heap of fun and a great way to get involved in your local community.What started as a community event in Bondi Beach with the tag-line “Don’t Dump It, Sell It”, Andrew tells me his team realised what was needed was people coming together in their local area to declutter, to buy, to swap, to sell and to reduce waste.In this episode I asked Andrew NOT to get me started on fast fashion, but we DID have a little chat about it (oops!). But I’m pleased to report that the rate of growth of secondhand fashion is outstripping the growth of fast fashion! We also talk about the concept of a circular economy versus a linear economy.You can get involved by registering a garage sale on their website. And shoppers can find out what’s going on in their local area by searching the site. If you put your postcode or suburb in, the site will show you all the Garage Sales that are happening nearby.It’s free to register, and this year it’s taking place on October 19 and 20. (P.S. If you’re in Sydney and have some vinyl to sell, get in touch and let me know!) Key takeaways:Vinyl, homewares, clothes and textiles are the biggest sellers on Garage Sale Trail.An easy rule when thinking about giving away goods to an Op Shop is: ‘If you wouldn’t give it to a mate, don’t donate’.Every time we produce something it is either depleting the world’s resources or it’s creating carbon emissions, and the philosophy of “make, take and dispose” is adding to landfill. Andrew and his team have just launched a new initiative called “Grow it Local” to encourage people to grow food locally. It’s for anyone from windowsill gardeners to people with a plot full of greens. Yay!The strangest things that Andrew has seen for sale are a yacht that was used in ‘The Great Gatsby’ and tanks from war museums. Some people even list their houses! Links and resources: Join my podcast Facebook Group: Connect:
What if I told you that I have found a simple way that we can stop over 80 billion plastic bottles from ending up in landfill and in the ocean every single year? What if I also told you that I’ve figured out how to replace five 350ml bottles of regular conditioner with just one product? Join me as I chat to qualified scientist Brianne West, the founder and creator of Ethique, a range of completely zero waste solid beauty bars. They might look like soap, but trust me, they are anything but!Back in 2012, whilst searching for a solution to our global plastic crisis in her science lab, Brianne wanted to find a way to create an entire beauty range without using one single bottle. And you know what? She went ahead and did it. In this episode, Brianne tells us exactly why and how she created the most sustainable cosmetics company in the world, as well as how we can get the most out of these game-changing bars. Brianne actually reminds us that we used to use bars for everything – before plastic and liquid products took over.Brianne teaches us how to properly use and store solid bars to get the longest possible use out of them, and also helps clear up the confusion surrounding the difference between biodegradable and compostable products. Make sure you listen closely because she even drops some serious hints about brand new Ethique products coming very soon! Key takeaways:Most liquid shampoo and body wash products are made from up to 95% water, whereas Ethique bars are concentrated with only active ingredients – no water at all.Biodegradable vs Compostable? Biodegradable means that something will break down over time; compostable means it will break down completely and be of use for another organism’s growth within a certain time period.Just one Ethique conditioner bar can actually replace up to five 350ml bottles of regular liquid conditioner.Ethique is a carbon neutral company, they are living wage certified and also they participate in a 20% donation scheme (donating 2% of revenue or 20% of profit, whichever is highest, to charity).For anyone new to solid beauty bars, start with a face cleansing bar for a gentle introduction. Links and resources: Join my podcast Facebook Group: Connect:
If there’s one iconic natural beauty brand, trust me, the subject of this episode is it! I’m talking about Weleda, around for over 90 years and recognised all over the globe with its classic and colourful packaging.In this week’s show I speak to Jayn Sterland, Managing Director of Weleda in the UK. Jayn absolutely lives and breathes everything natural beauty, and as someone who’s been named the winner of “Who’s Who in Natural Beauty” for three years in a row, she definitely knows what she’s talking about!Weleda is THE original natural skin care company and the epitome of clean beauty, but they like to do things differently – they’re farmers as well as pharmacists! Jayn and I chat about how Weleda products are centred around health, the body and the environment right from the very beginning of the production process – seriously, right down to the time of day that their plant ingredients are harvested.We also delve deep into the issue of greenwashing, which Jayn tells us has unfortunately become rampant in the mainstream beauty industry. An absolute expert on this topic, Jayn shares exactly what greenwashing actually is, why it’s a problem for consumers and how we can stay informed. Join Jayn and I as we tackle these tricky topics but also get optimistic about the future of natural health and beauty. Key takeaways:Weleda has been 100% natural and organic for over 90 years – since 1921!The formula for their bestselling Skin Food has not changed at all since 1926.Skin Food is a staple in Victoria Beckham’s skin care (as well as countless other celebs and public figures worldwide!)According to Jayn, “greenwashing” may trick consumers into thinking a product is natural or organic when it’s not – to avoid it, we should read the labels and do our own research. Don’t trust the fact that the product has a green leaf on it.Weleda’s plant ingredients are grown on their own biodynamic farms around the world and are harvested at just the right moment, when the key properties are their most potent. Links and resources: Join my podcast Facebook Group: Connect:
This might be a controversial opinion, but I think that skin care is the most important investment you can make! In this episode, you’ll find out how you can rejuvenate your skin and experience the magic of natural spa treatments without even needing to leave the house.This week I’m talking to Megan Larsen, the founder of Sodashi, one of Australia’s most luxurious organic skin care brands – and one of the pioneers of Australian natural beauty! Since its creation in the '90s, Sodashi has become a globally recognised brand that is now used by organic beauty therapists and facialists in exclusive, high-end spas around the world. Megan tells us the story of how Sodashi came about after she discovered a massive gap in the market and decided to combine the best of essential oils and skin care in her kitchen.An expert in essential oils and aromatherapy, Megan gives invaluable tips and advice on how to make the most of your skin care routine. She talks us through the Sodashi range, why it’s a bit more expensive than other brands and why we don’t necessarily need to conform to one “skin type”. Megan even addresses the controversy surrounding whether essential oils should be used in skin care, and also guides us through the basics of her book, Startups and Self Care (available from Booktopia, Sodashi, Amazon and Kindle). Key takeaways:The Sodashi range combines the benefits of essential oils and skin careThe Rejuvenating Face and Neck Moisturizer was the very first product Megan made and is still her best-selling product today.Megan says essential oils are some of the best anti-ageing ingredients in skin care but must be used correctly.Sodashi skin care products can be mixed and matched together, without needing to stick to just one skin type.If you’re not sure where to start, try a Sodashi cleanser, skin drops (or face polish) and a moisturiser. Links and resources: Join my podcast Facebook Group: Connect:
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