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Naturally beautiful

You don’t have to drop a small fortune to get mega effective skincare. Find out what product is like a multi-vitamin for your skin and yet only costs $19.95.

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Dry Brushing

From aiding digestion to improving skin texture and helping your body eliminate toxins, dry body brushing is one of the best ways to show your skin a little TLC. Find out everything you need to know about making body brushing part of your morning routine…

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Vital Protein Green Coffee

Thought protein drinks are only for people who huff and puff and pump iron? Think again! Protein is essential for the support of lean muscle mass, energy levels and weight control. And if you’re going to have a protein drink, you might as well make it the cleanest and most pure one going around – Vital Protein Green Coffee. Oh, and did I mention that I’m giving away 10 prize packs so you can get your own Vital Protein hit?!

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Everyone’s got an opinion on sugar these days. But have you tried Sugaring?

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Stop right there! There’s no need to look any further. The Care (About You) Package is the sweetest Mother’s Day gift you’re ever going to find.

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It is awfully sodden in my neck of the woods – in fact, one of these wouldn’t go astray. I just need the matching Hills Hoist!


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Sam Sample’s passion for a holistic approach to health and happiness is contagious. She walks the talk and has recently launched Be Naturallyou, a go-to destination of info designed to inspire a more naturally beautiful you. Recently I caught up with Sam to find out what makes her tick.

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Have you noticed that ditching sugar seems to be the new Atkins diet? Everyone seems to be going sugar-free. Everyone by me! And I certainly won’t be breaking up with my sweet friend anytime soon, especially now that there is a new honey in town.

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I like brands that take the road less travelled – like Be Genki. With most beauty products there is a lot of fluff and not much substance. Be Genki on the other hand takes a holistic view and advocates wellness on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. After all, ‘genki’ is Japanese for being happy, healthy, positive and in harmony.

What initially piqued my interested was that their products are made from GM-free natural ingredients and contain no synthetic colours, fillers, fragrances, parabens, mineral oils or petrochemicals.Hallelujah! It’s their attitude though that has held my curiosity.

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In fact, all summer I have been using the Be Genki Face Mist. Every time I pick it up and see the label it makes me think about what actually makes me happy. For me, it’s all about love. It’s being with the people I love. It’s spending time doing the things I love. And it’s my love of newness – new ideas, new people, new opinions, new experiences.

Interestingly, Dr Timothy Sharp from The Happiness Institute suggests there are some general principles for being happy, including:
  • being clear about your goals
  • living healthy
  • being positive but realistic
  • fostering key relationships
  • using your strengths
  • enjoying the moment
So, my friends – the million dollar question is, what makes you genki?

The Aromatherapy Co’s ‘Cotton’ range is my favourite. I love the combination of kraft paper and doily motif in fresh tones.

It probably comes as no surprise that given the time of year, I’ve been shopping up a storm. One brand that keeps popping up on my travels is The Aromatherapy Co.

Initially it was the packaging that made me notice. But when I dug a little deeper, I realised that beauty is more than skin (or should I say label!) deep for The Aromatherapy Co. All of their home fragrance and body care products are natural and free from nasties like parabens, artificial fragrances, sodium laurel sulphate and mineral oil. Plus, they are ardently against animal testing and 85 of their packaging is recyclable – which earns double brownie points in my book!

In the quest to find out even more about The Aromatherapy Co, I tracked down their founder and director, Sarah Townsend to see what makes her tick and how she turned a passion for natural therapies into a booming brand.

Sarah Townsend, founder and director of The Aromatherapy Co.

My fascination with aromatherapy began when…when I was a child and I spent many hours in the garden gathering any herbs and flowers I could find. I’d then blend them to make all sorts of potions. Later on I studied famous herbalists and their practices to see how amazing nature is and all it has to offer.

I’m inspired by…my children

My top aromatherapy tip is…sleeping is a very big problem for many of us (including myself) and therefore I always have lavender essential oil and our relaxing blend beside the bed. I find a few drops on the pillow works wonders to send me into a deep restful sleep. Also tea tree oils is a must-have in your first aid kit, it really is a little miracle healer and can be used in so many ways as it is a natural disinfectant and great for dry skin.

I thought ‘someone pinch me’ when…Everyday I thank the universe for my family and friends, I am truly blessed.

The only way to juggle a young family and thriving business is…to be very organized and be surrounded by a fantastic support unit.

My favourite essential blend is…orange and jasmine. It is so revitalizing and regenerating for your skin and it always reminds me of summer holidays.

If I could turn back the clock…I would have stayed at home longer when my girls were babies as they grow so fast.

The ‘Aroma Gardener’ range.

I’m passionate about…the environment. We use recyclable materials in all our packaging and have done so for many years.

Most people don’t know that I…have a amazing father who has inspired and mentored me and is my best friend.

My favourite holiday destination…is our holiday house on an island in Auckland. It is my solace and where I do a lot of designing and creating.

My hope for 2011 is that…that the world starts taking global warming very seriously and starts making the difference that is so needed.

My golden rule is…always give back more that you take!

Psst! Make sure you check back in tomorrow as I have a deliciously decadent giveaway from The Aromatherapy Co up for grabs…