Archive for August, 2012

Faith, trust & alittle pixie dust…

Aug 30 2012 Published by under daily soap stuff

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We are so very very excited to share with you that Pink is now officially supporting the McGrath Foundation!

Simply Soap is proudly donating $3 from each and every “Pink” bar of soap sold to the McGrath Foundation. 

The aim is to fund more wonderful McGrath Breast Care Nurses, who support Australian families experiencing breast cancer.

Stocks are limited will be making more next week so that there should be always a constant supply.

* Fundraising period: 01/09/12 – 31/08/13

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Little hands

Aug 28 2012 Published by under daily soap stuff

Little Hands, a name that keeps coming back to my mind over and over, I love it.  One of my facebook followers Pene mentioned that our sample packs of soaps are perfect for her kids, she wrote ” My kids use them in the bath, perfect size for their hands :)” Uhh……, Little Hands, I have a few of those hanging around the place, convincing them to try and stay still whist holding soap samples wasn’t too difficult…

Little yummy hands

Perfect little hands

Soft innocent hands

Sweet little lovable hands

Thanks Pene.

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Felting fun

Aug 28 2012 Published by under daily soap stuff

I love doing this! Felting with 100% Australian Merino Wool! so very amazing and beautiful! LOve the colours!!

 

 

 

 

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Warmer weather

Aug 25 2012 Published by under Kangaroo Flat Lavender Farm

I’m not sure where winter went, I feel like I have slept through the whole season.  Yesterday I went outside and looked around and saw that the trees down our driveway were pink.   I must admit I had to take a big deep breathe, I am honestly not sure I am ready for the warmer weather yet because that means lots of work which means lots of energy, which I seem to be missing alot of lately. 

pink and flowers everywhere…

It was a little windy out and I didn’t think that any of the photo’s would be in focus (most were’nt) so I took a piece back inside.

The almond tree had flowers.

I then looked over to our orchard and could see colour there too. 

 I ventured out again this morning to hang the washing out, camera in hand, said hello to a bee, yes a bee, the weather is definatly warming up, the lavender is alittle while off yet and I am sure we still have some cold weather to come… but gee time really does fly.

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Some photo’s

Aug 15 2012 Published by under daily soap stuff

Some random photo’s from the last little while… so many more to choose from, hope you enjoy x Kelly x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oils ain’t oils..

Aug 07 2012 Published by under daily soap stuff

 It’s true you don’t always get what you pay for. My Aromatherapy course, being a Lavender oil producer and aload of research has taught me this. Adulteration is a major factor when talking oils, not just essential oils either- all oils, full stop. Actually even the oils that you buy from the supermarket whether it be olive or vegetable may or may not be exactly what you think they are.  Big statement I know but if you look into it a little you will see what I mean.  It comes down to not having enough or the right types of regulations and standards world wide for many industries….

What is adulteration anyway?  Well it basically means messed with, not in true complete form, been added too or taken from. Not whole, stretched and weakened with synthetic or natural compounds, diluted, you get my point.  Why are oils and many other things adulterated (?) I hear you ask, well its simple its always comes down to the big fat $$$.  Yucky money bringing out the worst in people.  An example I can give you with Lavender oil is this, it comes from my Aromatherapy study books and it sums up adulteration perfectly.

“in the year 2000, the small exclusive group of distillers who produce and sell Provencal (lavende fine from Provence is thought to be the best lavender oil) population lavender, calculated the entire crop of this specialized product from that year.  The total yield sold that year was 25 ton. This Lavender was sold to buyers from around the world.  In the united states alone 250 tons of lavende fine from Provence was sold that year.”

Ok if you do the math it’s easy to see that something has happened to that oil, by like 225 ton in just one country! Imagine the money they have made! even worse still (you may not want too but) imagine what they have done to the oil to make it stretch so far… and what sort of affect those additives have on the oil we use and even consume, are they toxic?, what about theraputically and fragrance wise.  Not good.

So how can we avoid and or dectect adulterated products?  

Try talking to your local producer, go fresh at the farmers markets, drop into local wineries and olive groves (I was told once years ago that olive oil doesn’t always mean olive oil, the standards of this suggest that oils can be labeled olive oil even if it contains just  a certain % of the real thing, the rest can be made up of any other sort of oil… even engine oil for all we know!? YIKES!!!! No thank you! not what I would choose willingly for myself, family and friends!!)  The biggest thing is to test them for yourself, after awhile and alittle research you get to know what good quality is and can then follow your nose. Another tip is to Trust your supplier, or look elsewhere and find one that you can trust. (Words of wisdom!)

In regards to essential oils look at things like..

Extraction method/quality for therapeutic activity, identifying botanical name and plant source, determining an oil through gcms and price, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is :)

Of course it also depends on what you want to use your oils for as to what grade of oil you need.

FYI the only olive oil I use is Locally grown, fresh, pure, and I trust them wholeheartedly! that Is Paling Yards Olive Oil.  Look them up they are the best! :) YUM! Hmmm what sort of olive oil do you use?? I remember the stuff from the supermarket smelling alot like ratsac…. I also remember watching Master Chef and listening to Matt Moran, he said that the worst thing you could do was spend all the time money effort in producing an immaculate meal then spoiling it with off olive oil!!! Funny thing was before I saw that show, I didnt even know what Olive oil was supposed to smell and taste likeuntil I started to by fresh from the farmers markets and I tell you what I will never go back to the supermarket again for this oil.

Where do you buy your Lavender oil from? do you know if your using and essential oil, or a fragrance oil? hmm…

 

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Roadley my friend you mean the world to me

Aug 07 2012 Published by under daily soap stuff

This soap reminds me of simpler days, laughter, trust, friendship, health, sunshine, natural beauty, strength and happiness. I love this soap…  I love my Roadley friend…. everything she does, the family she has created and what she represents.

This is my way of showing you what you mean to me, Roadley is made with blended 100% pure essential oils of  lemongrass, rosewood, peppermint, lime and lemon myrtle. The synergy of this blend is beautiful, delicate but strong, determined, so very capable, focused, uplifting and inspiring. Coloured to reflect a glorious sunrise and to represent a brand new beautiful day.

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Urban Chick

Aug 03 2012 Published by under daily soap stuff,new soaps

I love Hippy Chick so much that I decided to give her a friend from the burbs. Meet Urban Chick, obviously she would be all glammed up, with an “in” colour that is just so,.. hip!

 

 and with an armoa to boot she is alittle irresistable.  Im talking essential oils of Sweet orange, lemon, geranium bourban, white grapefruit and jasmine absolute. Im talking sophisticated! Uptown lolol and not so hippy.

 

Hippy Chicks meet Urban Chicks :) Can you spot the harbour bridge do?

 

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