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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.
30 Episodes
I thought I had a handle on green cleaning, but today’s chat with Nicole Bijlsma has really opened my eyes. The author of Healthy Home Healthy Family, Nicole is also a building biologist, owner of Abode natural cleaning products and an expert on everything non-toxic cleaning, including mould! I love Nicole’s no-nonsense approach — she tells it like it is as we discuss greenwashing in the natural cleaning industry as well as just how dangerous mould can be in our homes. She also talks me through her very popular range of products. I had no idea that to clean your kitchen you need a formula that breaks down grease and to clean your bathroom you need a formula that is acidic to break down E. coli and bacteria! Nicole is an absolute wealth of knowledge and in this episode, she is so generous with her tips and tricks to help us use fewer toxins in daily life. I was so surprised when she mentioned how crucial a good vacuum cleaner is! She’s so knowledgeable in fact, that she has created a “Building Biology” course to train people to identify hazards in interior environments. Open a window, get some fresh air and enjoy our amazing chat!   Key takeaways: Most supermarket laundry powders have binders and fillers that make them cheaper, but you need to use more to achieve the desired results. Many cattle stations across Australia use Abode cleaning products as their food grade cleaner, which means that they are safe for the animals and the environment. Abode are bringing out a body range featuring hand wash, shampoo and conditioners formulated for people with skin sensitivities, allergies and asthma. To combat bathroom mould, you should wipe down wet surfaces with a microfibre cloth to eradicate mould-creating moisture. Nicole recommends turning off all phones and routers at night to ensure you’re not exposed to electromagnetic frequencies.   Links and resources: Abode on Nourished Life Building Biology   Connect: Listen to other episodes of Talking Clean with Irene Join my private podcast Facebook Group Follow Nourished Life on Facebook Follow Nourished Life on Instagram
If Rachael Finch is doing it, I wanna know about it! In this episode, I had the great pleasure of asking Rachael all about her wellness journey, her FOUR businesses and how she goes about planning and organising her busy life. Since being crowned Miss Universe Australia in 2009 she has gone on to be a TV host, a model, a brand and health ambassador as well as a very successful businesswoman AND a mum! Nourished Life is so very excited to be launching Kynd Scent, Rachael’s beautiful line of all-natural perfumes. Join us as Rachael and I talk all about clean living, role models in the wellness space, and how she loves learning to be the best version of herself. We talk about her diet, her supplements range, her fitness apparel range and how important it is to take a balanced approach to life for us to flourish. I’m so thrilled to be stocking all 4 of Rachael’s very unique scents so make sure you check them out. The best thing is that they also come in a gorgeous sample kit so you can try them all!   Key takeaways: Through her perfume business Kynd Scent, Rachael aims to minimise the toxic load on the body. Rachael shares the mind-blowing statistic that before a woman leaves the house, she will put about 168 chemicals on her body! “Body by Finch” is Rachael’s online health and fitness platform — check out their app! Rachael practices Vedic Meditation (meditation with a mantra). Rachael has designed a pair of blue light glasses with Baxter Blue (available on Nourished Life).   Links and resources: Kynd Scent on Nourished Life   Connect: Listen to other episodes of Talking Clean with Irene Join my private podcast Facebook Group Follow Nourished Life on Facebook Follow Nourished Life on Instagram
Acai — tricky to pronounce on the first go, but keep practising because I’m here to tell you that this incredible superfood is here to stay! No doubt you’ve seen the acai flags outside cafes about town. Well, I’ve got the man behind them on today’s show and he’s a wealth of knowledge on all things nutrition and supplements. Dwayne Martens is the founder of Australian-owned, certified organic company ‘Amazonia’. Their products include supplements, nutritional powders and proteins. Dwayne personally discovered the incredible health properties of the acai berry back in 2008 and in the beginning, he sold freeze-dried acai powder at the Fremantle Markets. Fast forward to today, and his company is not only going the extra lengths to make sure their protein is the cleanest on the market but also helping to preserve habitats in the Amazon where their acai berries are grown. In this chat, Dwayne tells me all about pre-fermentation, how Amazonia’s products are heavy metal tested, and just how acai berries travel from the tree to their processing facility. I’m obsessed with their ‘Sugar Crave Release Spray’ and Dwayne explains the science behind the product that’s helping me combat my chocolate cravings!   Key takeaways: Protein isolate is the most concentrated protein available. Acai is pronounced “Ah-Sigh-Ee”. To ensure their protein powders are easily digestible, Amazonia has sprouted and fermented their protein. That means it’s pre-digested and easy to process. Amazonia acai berries are hand-harvested on swamplands in the Amazon. Amazonia vitamins come from a wholefood source (like sea buckthorn juice) and contain no synthetic vitamins.   Links and resources: Amazonia on Nourished Life   Connect: Listen to other episodes of Talking Clean with Irene Join my private podcast Facebook Group Follow Nourished Life on Facebook Follow Nourished Life on Instagram
I’m so excited about this episode! We put the call out to you on our Instagram for questions about all things health and our in-house naturopath at Nourished Life joins me today to get stuck into them. Melanie Ruckley has been with me at Nourished Life long enough for me to know that she’s a wealth of knowledge regarding gut health, skin health, women’s health and so much more. Today we have our very own health Agony Aunt answering your questions; from how to deal with cystic acne to supporting your gut microbiome. (It’s important to remember that this information is general and that your own healthcare professional should always be your go-to for more personal health issues and direct advice.) Mel and I chat about the best ways to combat hormonal acne, including which supplements are useful, and I share my experiences with adrenal fatigue. We also discuss hormone imbalance and how stress is often the cause. We also discuss fertility, toxins in our environment and just how important our oral health is to our overall health. Make sure you listen out for Mel’s favourite breakfast and lunch ideas for busy mums with kids!   Key takeaways: To improve acne prone skin, Mel recommends getting to the root cause such as identifying stress, hormonal imbalance or dairy intolerance. If the body is producing too much of a hormone and the liver isn’t clearing excess hormones properly, you may find you get hormonal acne. If your lymphatic system is sluggish, Mel suggests helping to clear it with herbal teas such as calendula, burdock and nettle. Mel’s tips for optimum fertility are addressing adrenal fatigue and detoxing before you start trying to conceive. Mel’s tips for dealing with adrenal fatigue are using mindfulness apps (being present in each moment), simplifying your life, getting to bed earlier, choosing healthy food and spending time in nature.   Links and resources:   Connect: Listen to other episodes of Talking Clean with Irene Join my private podcast Facebook Group Follow Nourished Life on Facebook Follow Nourished Life on Instagram
Some of you may know that I’ve had difficulties with adrenal fatigue for a while now. I’ve always suspected that my gut health might have something to do with it, especially my penchant for sugar! What I didn’t realise is that gut health is virtually connected to everything. I’m talking stress, fertility, hormones, weight and so much more. In this episode, I’m joined by naturopath, nutritionist and author Katherine Maslen, who enlightens me about all things gut health — it’s truly fascinating! Join Katherine and me as she talks about what a healthy digestive system should look like, how sugar feeds the yeast in your gut and how fixing our gut health first can have a huge impact on so many areas of your health. She also explains the ketogenic diet, the difference between pre- and probiotics, and how veggies should be the cornerstone of your weekly meal plan.   Key takeaways: Your gut is a very complex system that starts with your mouth and is followed by your stomach, small intestine, pancreas and liver. If you have a problem in one area it can easily impact another area. If you have a lot of bloating, Katherine recommends eliminating wheat and dairy for two weeks. If you don’t see any change, it might be time to see a naturopath. Your gut microbiome is made up of 2–3 kilos of bacteria, yeast, viruses and archaea organisms, all operating in a delicate balance. Katherine’s podcast “The Shift” is a video documentary series featuring interviews with gut health experts. Katherine recommends eating 2 types of probiotic food daily, such as kimchi, sauerkraut, miso or yoghurt with live cultures.   Links and resources: The Shift with Katherine Maslen (podcast)   Connect: Listen to other episodes of Talking Clean with Irene Join my private podcast Facebook Group Follow Nourished Life on Facebook Follow Nourished Life on Instagram
We all know about raw food, but did you know there’s such a thing as raw skincare? Back in the ‘90s when no one was really thinking about natural products, Dr. Saul Alkaitis — a chemist, research scientist and molecular biologist — was creating his eponymous brand. Dr. Alkaitis looks at the skin as a complete living organism. With his products he strives to bring the skin into balance and to maintain that balance. In today’s fascinating episode he talks me through his skincare line, explains the science behind his brand and tells me how he keeps his unique raw formulations alive.   Key takeaways: Dr. Alkaitis uses the whole plant in his formulations, not just extracts. What you put on your skin absorbs and spreads throughout your body via your bloodstream. In his line, Dr. Alkaitis says that there will sometimes be slight differences in each formulation as the plants used change from season to season. Dr. Alkaitis believes that a soap made from whole plant oils (cold pressed) is the best cleansing agent. The Dr. Alkaitis Nourishing Treatment Oil is a universally applicable oil which can be used as a serum and a treatment oil.   Links and resources: Dr Alkaitis Skin Care on Nourished Life   Connect: Listen to other episodes of Talking Clean with Irene Join my private podcast Facebook Group Follow Nourished Life on Facebook Follow Nourished Life on Instagram
OK, it has to be said ... the famous Pai Rosehip Oil is hands down my favourite rosehip oil ever! There is no comparison to this superior oil with its extraordinary regenerative properties. When Sarah Brown created Pai Skincare she had a clear vision of what she wanted to achieve. And if you have sensitive skin, you won’t be disappointed. Sarah has created potent and luxurious certified organic skincare specifically for sensitive skin types! Today we chat about how she started by mixing organic creams in her garage, to now making their new cleansing oil that has been flying off the shelves! We talk all things green-washing, serums for sensitive skins, alcohol in products, the possibility of keeping alcohol out of serums and about how the term “anti-ageing” is banned at Pai HQ. Sarah tells me that everyone can get something from using rosehip oil — it can be so beneficial for people with all sorts of skin needs. You don’t have to have sensitive skin to use these products, but for those of you who have it, you’re in good hands with Pai. And listen out for the name of the famous actress who put this brand on the map!   Key takeaways: One of the worst causes of skin ageing is inflammation. Sarah’s night time routine is: Camellia and Rose Hydrating Cleanser, a double cleanse using their Rosehip Cleansing Oil, a spritz with the Rice Plant Tonic, then 3 drops of Rosehip Oil, and finishing with Gentle Eye Cream.  When making rosehip oil, Pai use the whole plant. Most rosehip producers just make oil from the seeds inside the hip, but Pai use the hip and all the flesh for maximum potency. When choosing rosehip oil, look for colour and aroma; it should be vivid orange and should smell herbaceous and peppery. “Sensitive” isn’t actually one single skin type – it refers to so many different types of skin with different needs and issues.   Links and resources:   Join my podcast Facebook Group:   Connect:
I can’t even begin to articulate how different my teenage years would have been if period undies had been invented. Luckily for the next generation, Aussie-owned brand Modibodi is smashing the stigma around all things menstruation. And let me tell you, these are no ordinary undies. Whilst Modibodi undies are designed specifically for periods and light bladder leaks, they are also helping the planet. In this episode I’m chatting to Kristy Chong, the creator of Modibodi period underwear. And today we get really honest about our own experiences relating to menstruation. Join Kristy and me for a heartfelt chat about reusable period undies that actually last the distance, exactly how they work, and Modibodi’s “Give A Pair” program. According to Kristy, 1 in 5 women have heavy periods – if that’s you, this episode could just be a gamechanger.   Key takeaways: Period undies work by absorbing liquid through the top layer straight through to the middle layer, with a waterproof layer that protects your clothing. If you use period underwear in conjunction with a menstrual cup (if needed), you can truly have a zero-waste period! A big part of Modibodi’s mission is to educate, break down taboos and open up conversations about periods so that menstruation is no longer shameful. Kristy recommends that teens have at least 7 pairs of period undies; one pair for day and one for night, washed on day three. For minimal fuss cleaning, Kristy is a fan of just throwing the underwear in the washing machine when it’s time to wash.   Links and resources:   Join my podcast Facebook Group:   Connect:
No one has to convince me that technology is GREAT and that our devices allow life and business to be more efficient, engaging and (of course) fun! But we all know there’s a downside. Technology is so captivating because it’s designed that way. So what happens when our eyes get too much screen time? Today’s guest is Dr Kristy Goodwin, a digital health and wellbeing expert, university lecturer and author of “Raising Your Child In A Digital World”. In this episode, Kristy tells me all about blue light (the light that’s emitted from our technology devices) and blue light glasses (glasses which combat blue light damage). In today’s world, we’re constantly exposed to blue light, which can actually have potentially negative impacts on our eye health and sleep habits. In this episode listen out for some great advice like ‘Why you shouldn’t email your boss late at night’, Kristy’s top 3 tips to promote eye health and a really helpful tip that we can all use: the 20-20-20-20 rule!   Key takeaways: Being exposed to blue light during the day can actually be helpful as it resets our circadian rhythm. Making your sleep environment as dark as physically possible will help to improve the quality of your sleep. Great news for those with glasses: prescription glasses can have a blue light filter applied to the lens. According to Kristy, switching on “night shift mode” on your device isn’t enough to protect you from blue light damage – it doesn’t necessarily block all blue light. The research on the impact of blue light is still emerging, but over prolonged periods of time, exposure to blue light may increase macular degeneration (irreversible eye damage.)   Links and resources:   Join my podcast Facebook Group:   Connect:
I am SO proud that I bought this brand to Australia! Today’s guest is the amazing Susie Wang — the brains behind 100% Pure, an almost entirely vegan brand of certified natural skin care, organic makeup, hair care and body products. There are hundreds of products in the range, including their world-famous Coffee Bean Eye Cream (which was once responsible for crashing my website after I spoke about it on TV!). In this episode, Susie tells me about how she first realised the importance of safe and clean ingredients in skincare. Years ago she was formulating for a cosmetics company, and in the lab she knocked over a chemical she was putting into a skincare formula. She watched in horror as it warped the lab table! This experience changed her approach completely, and now, she’s famous for developing her own ways to use fruit pigments and 100% clean ingredients in everything from makeup to hair care. You’ll also find out why I think she’s the absolute Queen of Vitamin C!   Key takeaways: For their cosmetics, 100% Pure uses fruit pigments instead of mineral pigments to create their colours. Madonna is a huge fan of 100% Pure — she once went into one of their flagship stores and bought almost everything on the shelf! When you use caffeine around the eye area, it can help to stimulate blood flow and de-puff the area. When you want an increase in circulation in the skin, you can use topical caffeine or massage the area. The 100% Pure Green Tea SPF30 is a mineral sunscreen with superstar ingredients like zinc oxide and antioxidant-rich green tea – it combines the best of skin care and sun protection!   Links and resources:   Join my podcast Facebook Group:   Connect:
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 care The 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:
Comments (2)

Sky-Lee Martin

Thanks, great podcast. I like your honesty Irene.

Feb 14th

Daria Dwyer

I could barely sit through this person saying "beautiful food" for the fifteenth time in five minutes, but I could not deal with this DIETITIAN saying coconut oil was one of these aforementioned "beautiful foods". I guess she's a dietitian, and not a nutritionist, for a reason.

Dec 11th
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