Faithful to Nature Red Clay Konjac sponge

REVIEW: KONJAC SPONGES

 

Everyone is dealing with their lockdown cabin fever in their own way, and for me, it’s involved going into a cleaning frenzy! While tidying my beauty cupboard I found a konjac sponge I had received from Faithful to Nature. I had heard great things about these sponges for yonks and I decided it was time to ditch my faithful super-clean-foreo-luna-mini-2and try something new.

When I say ‘new’, I mean ‘new to me’, as konjac sponges have been used in Japan for centuries, both for beauty and medicinal purposes. My sponge contains Japanese potato fibre and red clay, but there are a variety of different infusions, from bamboo to aloe (see Faithful to Nature’s site for all the options). Red clay is particularly good for sensitive and dry skin as it’s high in iron oxide and revitalising minerals. It is also pH neutral, meaning your complexion will be protected by balancing the acidity of your skin.

Cleansing properly is not an option but a necessity in my beauty routine and using an organic and naturally biodegradable item like a konjac sponge ticks the boxes for all the right reasons...
Not only does a konjac sponge give a super-duper deep cleanse, but is organic, vegan and totally biodegradable…

A konjac sponge deep cleanses pores, has a soothing effect on sensitive and sunburnt skin, eliminates dryness and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and broken capillaries. It can be used with your fave cleanser or on its own to stimulate blood flow and promote new cell growth.

It’s best to soak your sponge completely first to make it pliable and soft to use on your face. The thread attached makes it easy to hang out and dry, which is great as there’s nothing worse than a manky smelling sponge – it is made of natural vegetables after all!

Konjac sponges are not only great for your skin but the earth too: they are environmentally friendly, vegan and the packaging is 100% plastic-free. Because they’re totally biodegradable, after a few weeks of use you can toss them into some soil. Not too shabby, hey!

Have you used a Konjac sponge before – your thoughts?

Happy Tuesday and hope it’s a sunshiny day up ahead!

 

Cath

FAITHFUL TO NATURE launch plastic-free organic and natural own-brand:

FAITHFUL TO NATURE organic and natural

If living as healthy as possible for you and the environment is your way of life, then Faithful to Nature would already be your number one online choice for buying organic and natural Products; and now they have just launched 100% plastic-free organic and natural own brand….

Transparency labelling and ethnicity is Faithful to Nature core priority and advising how to live a more sustainable and eco friendly existence. They currently have over 8000 products available that have been thoroughly scrutinised before being put online. Faithful to Nature has been championing the pureness of nature’s bounty for nearly thirteen years, providing South African families with natural and eco-friendly alternatives to all the daily-use products they may need.

Robyn Smith founder of Faithful to Nature

Robyn Smith, founder of Faithful to Nature

Robyn Smith, founder of Faithful to Nature says about her inspiration for conceptualising the brand. ‘I have been in a prime seat to watch consumer trends in the wellness and ethical retail industry for the past 13 years and in gathering these insights, it became very clear that the market was ready for affordable products that were produced and packaged with as very little waste as possible.’ The core focus for Faithful to Nature’s own-branded ranges is to provide an accessible collection of products that do absolutely no harm and are 100% plastic free. Robyn goes on to explain, ‘whether we are launching products for the pantry or the bathroom, fans of this iconic and much-loved brand can be sure that they are receiving true sustainable quality at the right price,’ she adds.

FAITHFUL TO NATURE organic and natural

Nature Knows Best

Faithful to Nature’s own brand means honest and ethical products that lead the global plastic-free and sustainability movements.

FAITHFUL TO NATURE organic and natural

100% biodegradable toothbrushes

With their strict ingredients policy and unwavering care, Faithful To Nature ensures every single product, meticulously meets a golden eco-standard. For instance, ‘Faithful To Nature’s pantry range of dried fruits, nuts, seeds, grains and pulses is packed in bags made from plant cellulose, certified by TÜV Austria to be 100% home compostable and marine biodegradable,” explains Katrien Grobler, CEO of Faithful to Nature. ‘It might look like plastic but it is not’, adds Katrien. ‘You could literally throw it in your compost heap and it will be gone within a month!’ the boxes are printed with soya based inks and are made from bleach-free kraft certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

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delish organic and natural soaps

These kinds of careful and thoroughly considered elements that translate to world-class products make for deeply encouraging, positive news stories within the South African retail sector. They also equate to the leading role Faith To Nature’s own brand is taking within the global organic product market.

‘South African consumers have been behind the rest of the world – particularly Europe – when it comes to mindset in relation to sustainability,’ reports Katrien. ‘So, it’s very encouraging to see how quickly locals are becoming passionate about saving our planet – like only South African’s can!’

FAITHFUL TO NATURE organic and natural

The packaging inside looks like plastic, but it is 100% plant based cellulose which you can add to your soil as it is biodegradable

She believes that as consumer education and awareness grows, so too will the competitive nature of this market, as companies and brands try to answer consumer needs. ‘In 2018, 30 % of consumers were willing to pay a premium for waste-free products,’ she says. ‘Unfortunately, the reality is that many brands and products aren’t as waste-free as they claim – it’s a phenomenon called greenwashing, and, greenwashing is a real problem,’ Katrien goes on to say. ‘Consumers pay a premium as they are trying to support sustainability and the planet, but aren’t educated on the high-level details. This simply means by their good intentions, they believe brands who aren’t 100 % percent authentic in their efforts,’ she says.

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100% biodegradable Konjac sponge (cleans your face so amazingly BTW!)

Faithful to Nature’s backbone is true integrity; ‘we guarantee NO greenwashing whatsoever!’ assures Katrien. ‘On our own brand collection, we are religious in ensuring transparency and honesty in how we provide truly waste-free, sustainable products.

Take Faithful To Nature’s Konjac Sponges for example; they’re made using 100 percent plant-based fibres, and are completely biodegradable,’ explains Katrien. And they are also so kind to the environment. Why? ‘A year’s worth of discarded sponges from one household could take up landfill space for upwards of 52,000 years,’ says Katrien, who adds that oil-based sponges can’t be recycled. It’s for this very reason that Faithful to Nature is so thrilled to be able to bring consumers the Konjac (AKA Amorphophallus Konjac) alternative. ‘Konjac has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 2000 years,’ Katrien goes on to say, and it’s most common use is to help soothe skin condition symptoms.

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Bamboo straws

Other world-leading products in the Faithful To Nature Own Brand collection include:

1. PANTRY ESSENTIALS:

Faithful To Nature’s plant-based pantry essentials are all-natural food items and ideal as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Think breakfast, lunch and supper – as well as all snacks in between – the range is fully comprehensive! Faithful To Nature has sourced the finest gluten-free oats, GMO-free popcorn, whole-wheat couscous, sulphite-free dried fruits and raw nuts. All of these pantry necessities are free from artificial additives like flavouring, colouring and preservatives to keep you and your family as healthy as possible.

2. CERTIFIED ORGANIC FOODS

Faithful To Nature’s certified organic foods are held to the highest EU standards by CERES. They’re grown on farms that cultivate and harvest with consumers health as their top priority. Using strictly non-GMO seed, zero chemical fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides, foods are grown as responsibly as possible. All of these exacting requirements ensure that the final product – delicious food for you to enjoy – is truly Faithful To Nature.

3. SUPERFOODS

Faithful To Nature’s superfoods is a special selection of the world’s most nutritionally dense, natural foods with unique benefits. Packed with plant-based protein, complex carbohydrates, heart-healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, these superfoods are here to supercharge your body in a truly holistic way. From African botanicals like baobab to remarkable Peruvian maca, the Faithful To Nature superfoods selection has something for every health-conscious foodie.

4. BODYCARE

Faithful To Nature’s all-natural body care collection includes essentials you need to show artificial and eco-toxic products the door! Most bathrooms are packed with plastic destined to litter the planet for Centuries. Faithful To Nature with its all-natural soaps, moisturising organic shea butter and bamboo toothbrushes made from 100% sustainable materials – yes, even the bristles – is the solution to the scourge of harmful plastic waste.

5. PERSONAL CARE

Make mundane purchases like toilet paper a grudge-buy no longer. With Faithful To Nature’s Sweet Sheets, know you’re doing your bit to save the plant – and supporting local business too! Sweet Sheets is totally sustainable toilet tissue and roller towel, says Katrien and is made from “the fibrous material that remains after the raw sugar has been extracted from sugar cane.” It’s proudly South African as it’s sourced from local suppliers in KwaZulu Natal. Also, it’s elemental chlorine-free and the inner roll is 100 percent recycled.

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It was glorious in the shade of the trees eating yummy food

Some of us beauty editors at the Faithful to Nature launch held in Mount Nelson Gardens

I hope that makes for an interesting read – I thought in my little way I was doing enough, but there is so much more we can do to live a more sustainable way of life – let me know if you have any tips to share?

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Take care and happy Friday!!

Cath

REVIEW: Johnson’s Vita-Rich Body Creams, NeoStrata Smooth Surface Daily Peel & Naturalmente

I always associate the Easter weekend with a change of seasons as autumn quietly steps into winter, so too does my beauty regime change up incorporating more nourishing products for the upcoming colder months. Johnson’s has added three body creams to their Vita-Rich range and they certainly are the answer for super dry skin!

The trio consists of a Revitalising Body Cream with added Grapeseed oil, non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores; Soothing Body Cream containing rose water extract renowned for anti-inflammatory properties to soothe irritated skin and Smoothing Body Cream with papaya extract, to slough off dead skin cells for a radiant and brighter complexion. They all smell rather delish and won’t compete with your perfume as once absorbed the smell disappears.

Johnson’s uses naturally derived ingredients, are non greasy, contain mineral and glycerin & gives 24-hour hydration. With a price point of R39,95 a tub, that’s not too shabby!

NEOSTRATA SMOOTH DAILY PEEL

If you’re looking for peels but not too sure where to start, consider exfoliating pads which contain the exact amount of product needed with every use. Neostrata Smooth Daily Peel is a Dermatologist approved home-system, with key ingredients Glycolic acid and patented Aminofil. The latter is an acid derivative helping brighten a dull complexion to increase luminosity. Glycolic acid has the smallest molecules which can penetrate skin deeply for better results, and is often associated in treating scarring, skin discoloration and signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Why is it important to look for products containing Glycolic acid? It is one of the best products to help with anti-aging concerns like a dull complexion, uneven skin tone, dark spots; you want to remove the dead skin cells that sit on your skin to help brighten skin and stimulate cell turnover thereby stimulating the production of collagen. As exfoliating pads have safe smaller amounts of glycolic acid in them compared to going for chemical peels, they are safe to use (even on sensitive skin), and used regularly they help smooth skin, texture improves and best of all for me, refines pores and you’ll experience fewer breakouts as they keep your pores clean.

Neostrata Smooth Daily Peel comes in a box of 36 dry pads and a bottle of exfoliant liquid which you pop into the tub so the pads can soak in the liquid. (I gave the tub a gentle shake about).The pads have a textured surface helping to buff dull dead skin, to help brighten skin. Using pads is an easy way of exfoliating, fuss-free and you literally wipe them over your face and then throw the pad away. For sensitive skin it is advised to do a patch test first, and only use the pads once a week; normal skin can use every day or alternate day. I’ve been using them every second day and at first I got a bit of a fright as two sun spots seemed to darken for a few days but then lightened and now my skin definitely looks brighter and more even toned. I am vigilant about using them only at night and popping on an SPF in the morning, something you have to get into the habit of doing every single day, no matter the season. It’s really totally useless using products and not complementing them with an SPF! (Eek I sound like my mother there and I did I listen to her?! Ummm no! So yip , I have sunspots which will never go away, but at least I can try and lighten them! Available online skinmiles here R869

NATURALMENTE BASIC DEEP HYDRATING INTENSIVE TREATMENT FENNEL & GERANIUM FOR HAIR

As I highlight my already dry coarse hair I’m always on the lookout for nourishing and moisturising products, so when my friend gave this to me to try (she knows how I bemoan my locks!) I was keen to give it a bash and try to incorporate organic products into my regime to balance out the other items I use.

The first thing you notice with Naturalmente Basic Deep hydrating Intensive treatment is the strong smell of fennel, something I can’t decide if I love or not (that sounds a bit weird I guess), but as the properties are fantastic for stimulating and healing I can live with it. It also contains geranium which adds a healthy dose of moisture. I comb through the treatment after shampooing and leave in hair while I get on with other things around the house; this is a good opportunity to pop on a mask, paint my nails and have a general me time for an hour or so before washing it out. It’s really helped with my frizz and I’ve grown to like the licorice-y smell, so went online and ordered a Naturalmente Balancing and Strengthening shampoo with aloe and sandalwood in it. The Naturalmente range uses natural and plant-based ingredients from certified organic farms and free from synthetics fragrances, no alcohol (a big plus for me as I find alcohol really dries out my hair), silicone and paraben free and packaging is completely biodegradable and vegan friendly.

R289 but Faithful to Nature products online here

And that is it for the day! Have you tried any of these products and if so what are your thoughts?

Happy Day

Cath

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REVIEW: Johnson's Vita-Rich Body Creams, NeoStrata Smooth Surface Daily Peel & Naturalmente Deep Hydrating Hair Treatment

Johnson's vita-rich body creams

I always associate the Easter weekend with a change of seasons as autumn quietly steps into winter, so too does my beauty regime change up incorporating more nourishing products for the upcoming colder months. Johnson’s has added three body creams to their Vita-Rich range and they certainly are the answer for super dry skin!

The trio consists of a Revitalising Body Cream with added Grapeseed oil, non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores; Soothing Body Cream containing rose water extract renowned for anti-inflammatory properties to soothe irritated skin and Smoothing Body Cream with papaya extract, to slough off dead skin cells for a radiant and brighter complexion. They all smell rather delish and won’t compete with your perfume as once absorbed the smell disappears.

Johnson’s uses naturally derived ingredients, are non greasy, contain mineral and glycerin & gives 24-hour hydration. With a price point of R39,95 a tub, that’s not too shabby!

Neostrata smooth daily peel

NEOSTRATA SMOOTH DAILY PEEL

If you’re looking for peels but not too sure where to start, consider exfoliating pads which contain the exact amount of product needed with every use. Neostrata Smooth Daily Peel is a Dermatologist approved home-system, with key ingredients Glycolic acid and patented Aminofil. The latter is an acid derivative helping brighten a dull complexion to increase luminosity. Glycolic acid has the smallest molecules which can penetrate skin deeply for better results, and is often associated in treating scarring, skin discoloration and signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Why is it important to look for products containing Glycolic acid? It is one of the best products to help with anti-aging concerns like a dull complexion, uneven skin tone, dark spots; you want to remove the dead skin cells that sit on your skin to help brighten skin and stimulate cell turnover thereby stimulating the production of collagen. As exfoliating pads have safe smaller amounts of glycolic acid in them compared to going for chemical peels, they are safe to use (even on sensitive skin), and used regularly they help smooth skin, texture improves and best of all for me, refines pores and you’ll experience fewer breakouts as they keep your pores clean.

Neostrata Smooth Daily Peel comes in a box of 36 dry pads and a bottle of exfoliant liquid which you pop into the tub so the pads can soak in the liquid. (I gave the tub a gentle shake about).The pads have a textured surface helping to buff dull dead skin, to help brighten skin. Using pads is an easy way of exfoliating, fuss-free and you literally wipe them over your face and then throw the pad away. For sensitive skin it is advised to do a patch test first, and only use the pads once a week; normal skin can use every day or alternate day. I’ve been using them every second day and at first I got a bit of a fright as two sun spots seemed to darken for a few days but then lightened and now my skin definitely looks brighter and more even toned. I am vigilant about using them only at night and popping on an SPF in the morning, something you have to get into the habit of doing every single day, no matter the season. It’s really totally useless using products and not complementing them with an SPF! (Eek I sound like my mother there and I did I listen to her?! Ummm no! So yip , I have sunspots which will never go away, but at least I can try and lighten them! Available online skinmiles here R869

naturalmente deep hydrating intensive hydrating treatment

NATURALMENTE BASIC DEEP HYDRATING INTENSIVE TREATMENT FENNEL & GERANIUM FOR HAIR

As I highlight my already dry coarse hair I’m always on the lookout for nourishing and moisturising products, so when my friend gave this to me to try (she knows how I bemoan my locks!) I was keen to give it a bash and try to incorporate organic products into my regime to balance out the other items I use.

The first thing you notice with Naturalmente Basic Deep hydrating Intensive treatment is the strong smell of fennel, something I can’t decide if I love or not (that sounds a bit weird I guess), but as the properties are fantastic for stimulating and healing I can live with it. It also contains geranium which adds a healthy dose of moisture. I comb through the treatment after shampooing and leave in hair while I get on with other things around the house; this is a good opportunity to pop on a mask, paint my nails and have a general me time for an hour or so before washing it out. It’s really helped with my frizz and I’ve grown to like the licorice-y smell, so went online and ordered a Naturalmente Balancing and Strengthening shampoo with aloe and sandalwood in it. The Naturalmente range uses natural and plant-based ingredients from certified organic farms and free from synthetics fragrances, no alcohol (a big plus for me as I find alcohol really dries out my hair), silicone and paraben free and packaging is completely biodegradable and vegan friendly.

R289 but Faithful to Nature products online here

And that is it for the day! Have you tried any of these products and if so what are your thoughts?

Happy Day

Cath