A Tough Nut: Why Sugar Scrubs Are the Better Alternative to Walnut Scrubs

 

From time to time, we all yearn for a deep cleanse. Congestion, flaky skin and uneven texture require a more serious approach, and your regular shower gel cannot provide it. That is when you need to resort to physical exfoliants, AKA scrubs.

With endless available options, it can be hard to choose the right scrub. If you are a fan of deep exfoliation, you might be drawn to harsher, walnut-containing products. But are they safe to use? Let's talk about some physical exfoliators that you can add to your weekly beauty routine without being afraid of damaging your skin.

 

Is Walnut Scrub Bad for Your Skin?

According to leading dermatologists, you should never use walnut-containing scrubs in your skincare routine. Why? The certified dermatologist Shasa Hu claims that walnut is too harsh. Its granules are not round enough, which may cause microscopic abrasion to your epidermis.

In other words, walnut scrubs might cut up your face with micro-injuries, making you more sensitive to environmental pollutants. In case you do not want to have micro-tears irritating your skin, you need to consider safer, gentler alternatives.

 

Sugar, Ah Honey Honey

Unlike ground apricot or walnut shells, the sugar naturally dissolves during use, meaning it transforms from scrub into a gentle polish that perfects your skin. Its rounder granules are less abrasive, which is perfect for sensitive skin.

Other benefits of sugar-based body scrubs include:

  • It gently exfoliates your skin, even if it is extremely sensitive;
  • Sugar scrubs fight signs of aging;
  • Sugar brightens tired, dull-looking skin.

Apart from its excellent exfoliating properties, sugar cane contains minerals that are good for your skin. The glycolic acid and minerals found in natural sugars can protect your skin by keeping toxins out. To discover limitless skin benefits of sugar scrubs, try out my range of natural, vegan sugar scrubs. All of my body scrubs feature sugar as the main exfoliant to promote radiant, glowing skin.

 

Other Scrubs for the Ultimate Cleanse

If you crave for a really deep exfoliation, you can try sugar scrubs mixed with other plant-derived ingredients:

Coffee Body Scrub

If you want to be squeaky clean and smell like your favourite morning beverage, choose a sugar scrub that contains grounded coffee. Apart from removing dead skin, coffee has other benefits:

  • Exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties;
  • Reduction of cellulite and stretch marks;
  • Improved circulation.

If you have always wanted to add a powerful body exfoliator to your weekly routine, take a look at my Coffee Body Scrub. To maximise sugar and coffee benefits, I'm enriched with Vitamin E, nourishing Coconut Oil & Grapeseed Oil, plus I smell like fresh Mandarin. Yum! This impressive blend will clean your skin and make it glow.

Green Tea Body Scrub

Green tea has powerful detoxifying properties. So if you want to wash away toxic pollutants, there is nothing better than my Green Tea Body Scrub. This mix of Green Tea Matcha Leaf Powder, Sugar and Jojoba Oil will purify your skin and mind. Plus it smells like coconut & lime, heaven!

Raw Cacao Body Scrub

Do you love chocolate as much as I do? Then my Raw Cacao Body Scrub is an absolute must-have. Raw Cacao Powder and Almond Oil will make you smell like a (vegan) chocolate bar while taking good care of your skin.

Activated Charcoal Body Scrub

Struggle from blemishes and spots? Help your skin fight skin conditions with my Activated Charcoal Body Scrub. A power couple of Charcoal and Peppermint oil will help to reduce inflammation and boost the healing process.

Bamboo & Lemon Body Scrub

Next time you take a shower to wake up in the morning, try my Bamboo and Lemon Scrub for an instant, refreshing energy boost. Its zesty fragrance will wake up your senses while sugar and salt are cleansing your skin.


Keep Your Skin Nourished and Healthy

To achieve better results, use only natural, safe ingredients on your skin once or twice every weak. Our all-natural, vegan products will help you nourish your skin without causing allergies and irritations.

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5 Tips for a Healthy Relationship when Your Partner Is Not Vegan and You Are

Vegans all have to put up with our non-vegan acquaintances. They ask uncomfortable questions, provoke heated conversations and can disagree with your choices. Often as a vegan, you may have to accept that sometimes veganism is the non traditional path and that your own wellbeing is more important than taking everything to heart.

However, things can get a little more complicated when you date a non-vegan. Sharing your life with someone who does not have the same views could be tough. But if you are ready to look past your partner's dietary choices, there are some guidelines you could follow to achieve a harmonious relationship.

 

1. Focus on Other Values You Share

People have a right to form their own opinions, and there is nothing you can do to force your partner to go vegan. If "Earthlings" did not make your partner reconsider his or her diet, take a step back.

Instead of imposing serious conversation, give your partner some time to reflect and think about veganism. In the meantime, focus on other aspects of your relationship. Let your partner know that veganism is an important part of your life but so is your relationship.

 

2. Veganise His/Her Favourite Dishes

Probably, your partner associates vegan food with a smoothie or lettuce for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In this case, you need to show your boyfriend or girlfriend that every dish can be veganised.

Prove to your partner that being vegan does not mean saying no to his/her favourite treats. Cook your partner's favourite dish using only vegan ingredients. This simple trick can change your beloved one's opinion on going vegan.

 

3. Introduce Your Partner to Cruelty-Free Beauty Products

If food is too hard to tackle, you can start with other vegan things. Replacing your partner's hygiene products with cruelty-free alternatives is the perfect first step. Oftentimes, vegan beauty products are healthier as they are made of organic, non-toxic ingredients.

Buddy Scrub's Wash & Moisturise Bundle is a staple for anyone who wants to switch to a vegan skincare routine. Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash will leave you squeaky clean, and Sweet Orange & Lavender Body Lotion will nourish your skin.

 

4. Communication Is Key

Every strong relationship is built upon trust and openness. Even if the person you date is not vegan, you should feel that no topic is off-limits.

Unfortunately, sometimes talking about veganism feels like having a political debate. To avoid unnecessary tension, set boundaries and respect your partner's point of view. Only by communicating like adults you will be able to find common ground. Explain the reasoning behind your choice to be vegan to help others understand your motivation & intentions.

 

5. Make Vegan Friends

If you feel like your partner is not ready to go vegan, it is time to build a support system outside of your romantic relationship. Making vegan friends and meeting people who understand your choices will remove the need to talk about veganism at home.

Join Facebook groups that are dedicated to vegan community building, connect with other vegans via social media, attend local vegan events or workshops or spend more time with your current vegan friends.

Being surrounded by vegans, your partner may realise that giving up animal products is not that extreme and that many people have gone vegan.

 

Dating a non-vegan is tricky. If you are in a relationship with someone who does not share the same values, make sure to set some boundaries and communicate with each other openly.

At the end of the day, it is all about understanding and loving each other. If it does not break your heart to walk the vegan journey alone, there is no need to break up. Keep an open heart and send love to your partner.

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5 Essentials for the Ultimate Self-Care Sunday



No one is protected from stress. Even your toughest-looking friend probably screams into a pillow when no one is around. We are humans and aren't made to be Zen masters naturally, so managing your emotions & wellbeing is a skill you can learn.

Of course, you can always binge-watch Netflix and eat pizza, but there is a better way to cope with negative emotions.  As a substitute for a day in bed, I want to share with you my go-to self-care routine to replenish your energy. Here are five self-care practices to reboot your system:

 

1. Treat Yourself to a Delicious Meal

Whether you prefer cooking at home or dining out with friends, it is a must to indulge in a nice meal at least once a week. Do not think about diets and caloric intake -- it is okay to let go of restrictions every now and then.

Think about what foods remind you of family, special moments, happiness or any other positive emotions and warm your soul. Such a treat will help you kick off your Sunday and set the right mood for the rest of the day.

 

2. Get Out In Nature

If the weather is cooperative, stretch your body and reconnect with nature. In Japan, people practice "forest bathing" to improve health and stress-resistance.

It is proven that spending time in a forest can reduce stress, depression and hostility. If outdoor exercise is not your jam, consider other activities you could do out in nature like have a picnic or lay outside on the grass and watch the clouds. An ambient music playlist will help you unwind and appreciate the time spent outdoors.

 

3. Do a Spa Treatment at Home

Because professional spa procedures can cost an arm and a leg. Luckily, with the wide availability of professional products, you can pamper your skin without spending a fortune. Lucky for me, I've got everything you need for the ultimate at home spa indulgence.

My all natural, cruelty-free and vegan skincare includes body scrubs, body care and body oils which are perfect for cleansing, nourishing and refreshing your skin. After a Buddy Scrub spa, you will feel refreshed with some much needed me-time and ready to tackle whatever challenge life throws at you.

 

4. Journal to Reflect on Your Life

Have you ever caught yourself having negative emotions for no reason? In this case, take your time to self-reflect and reveal concealed problems that need your attention.

The secret of journaling is being honest with yourself. Dedicate 30 minutes to dissect your negative emotions and understand the cause. The awareness will help you address the issue and find the right tools to deal with it.

 

5. Stay Away from Electronic Devices and Go to Bed Early

Have you heard of blue light's negative effects on sleep? Blue light is ommited from devices like computer and phone screens and actually causes out body to produce more melatonin (the hormone that controls sleep). So, the more you look at devices before bed, the more melatonin is produced and keeps your brain alerted, making it hard to fall asleep.

If you struggle to sleep at night, try not to use electronic devices two hours before bed. Rather than wasting your time on social media, get a book you have always wanted to read. Reading will prepare your brain for healthy eight-hour sleep.

 

Ward Off Monday Blues with the Ultimate Self-Care Sunday

No one says that it is easy to be calm and grounded. Inner peace takes time to achieve. To ward off stress and negative emotions, dedicate time every week to nurture your mind and body. Perhaps 'self care sunday' can be your weekly reminder.

At first, it might feel weird and unnatural, but practice makes perfect. At some point, your self-care routine will become an integral part of your life. You will see how choosing mindfulness over passive entertainment gets easier every time.


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5 Reasons To Switch To Natural Skincare

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We all understand the effort (and money) involved when you have a solid skincare routine in place. You cleanse, tone, moisturise, apply various oils and perhaps even serums and acids. Plus your cupboard of face-mask products is enough to make Kylie Jenner swoon. Sure, they might not all be made from natural ingredients, but why would that matter? What could possibly be worth up-heaving your skincare arsenal and making the switch to natural?

Well, I’ll be the first to tell you right now that making the swap to natural skincare is one of the best things you could do for yourself, and here are my top 5 reasons why…

 

1. Higher Standard Ingredients

The beauty industry is a huge market, worth billions of dollars every year. Despite this, the ingredients are surprisingly unregulated for such a powerhouse industry, and there is little in the way of policing what goes into our skincare products. It really comes down to the integrity of the skincare companies themselves, and the consumers own research.

In Australia, cosmetics are regulated by the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), that places much-needed parameters around what our local cosmetics businesses can and cannot put in their products. And while they do a great job of regulating what goes into our cosmetics, there are still many synthetic and potentially toxic ingredients that can be found in the most harmless looking products.

By choosing skincare products with all natural ingredients, you can ensure that you’re not lathering synthetic or replicated ingredients on your biggest organ and instead are making use of the pure and beneficial properties that come from our plants.

 

2. Better For The Environment

Remember when microbeads in skincare were all the rage, before we found out the damage these tiny beads were doing to the environment once they were washed off our faces and down our drains? Sure, microbeads sounded great in theory but they were essentially little balls of plastic used to exfoliate your face & body. Once washed off, they’d go on to live forever in our oceans causing pollution and endangering the sea creatures who live there. It’s no surprise this harmful ingredient is now banned.

Even if you don’t use microbeads, do you know what your skincare is made from? It may contain other synthetic and potentially harmful ingredients that get washed down your drain into our waterways and eco-systems. By choosing products with natural ingredients, there is less chance of impacting the environment and animal species.

You can even take this one step further and consider the packaging your skincare comes in. Is it recyclable or biodegradable, or will it simply take up a little more space in landfill once you’re finished with it? All of my packaging comes in recyclable packaging so you can ensure they will be disposed of appropriately – or perhaps you can even reuse them! My jars make a great trinket holder.

 

3. Safer For Your Skin

You probably know that your skin is the largest organ in the human body, yet you may not focus on what you put on top of it as much as you should. Consumers love eating organic, healthy, unprocessed foods, but it’s so important to place that same healthy emphasis on what goes on your skin as well. Treating your body like a temple (as you should!) shouldn’t just include a healthy interior. Your exterior deserves the same royal treatment.

So what ingredients should you look to avoid in skincare? Major chemicals of concern are phthalates, plastics that can be found in perfumes, hair products, skin lotions and nail polishes; parabens, that are known endocrine disruptors, which means they have the potential to lead to hormonal imbalances and other serious health concerns; sodium laurel sulfates and sodium laureth sulfates (SLS/SLES) that can be found in products that create foam, like toothpaste, shampoos and body wash; and toulene, which is a chemical found in nail polish and hair dyes, and has been believed to be toxic to the immune system, even having the potential to cause birth defects in unborn children.

 

4. More Effective Results

Yep, natural skincare products can provide significant improvements to the condition of your skin thanks to the naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Natural ingredients won’t include those harsh, toxic chemicals that can cause dry skin, premature aging, sensitivity and other issues. Some people with sensitive skin can still experience issues with natural ingredients, but the potential for this occurring is about 0.1%.

Getting rid of all the unnecessary chemicals and toxicities allows the really effective ingredients to shine through, meaning you’ll need less in the long run because - surprise, surprise - your skin will actually get better! All of my skincare products are all-natural and it’s important for me to have zero nasties inside so I can protect you on the outside!

5. You’re Making A Stand

By buying natural skincare products, you’re telling the world what you stand for, what you care about, and that you’re happy to invest in the health & wellbeing of you and your family. Rather than just pouring more money into conventional, synthetic heavy skincare brands that don’t have your best interests at heart, you’re letting those brands know that as a consumer you want and deserve better. Because as a consumer, YOU hold the power to choose what goes on your skin and it’s so important to use that power wisely.

 

So there are my 5 reasons why choosing natural skincare is the better choice when it comes to your skincare regime. You might be someone who wants to scrap all of your products at once and start fresh, or may be someone who prefers to choose a natural skincare option once a product has run out.

Either way, I’m here when you’re ready. I have a full range of natural, vegan and cruelty free skincare products that cover all of you skincare needs, the natural way.

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