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Why You Should Start Dry Body Brushing

Monday, July 24, 2017 10:33:00 AM Pacific/Auckland


Dry body brushing has become increasingly popular due to its health & beauty benefits.  However, as most people's morning routines are already packed full and time short, is adding 'another thing in' worth the effort?  YES is most definitely our answer – the 5 minutes you spend each morning will be worth the investment of your time. 

Your skin is your largest organ and plays a role in the detoxification of your overall body; and as a result can be the first to show signs of imbalance.  By giving it a ‘morning wake up’ each day the benefits can be numerous:

- You get rid of the dry dead skin cells and in turn encourage cell renewal – the same way an exfoliant does for your face.  As a result your skin tone is improved, also allowing the body products you apply to better work their magic.

- Dry brushing your body can have a similar effect as massage, so by gently applying light pressure it can help move your lymphatic fluid through your body assisting with the elimination of waste.  Your body does this naturally, however body brushing can just speed things up while also helping to improve circulation and encouraging your body to operate more effectively.

- It has been suggested that by increasing the circulation you start to break down the unwanted toxins which include cellulite.

- By giving your skin a good brush each morning you’re also helping to give your body a wake up and shot of energy to start your day.


How to do it:

- Start with dry skin.

- In a gentle circular direction move up from your feet in long, slow strokes – this follows the flow of lymphatic fluid through the body back up towards the heart so you want to head in the same direction.

- Move up your body taking special care of softer, more fragile skin areas such as your chest and breasts  – and avoid areas such as your neck, face and any broken or inflamed skin (including skin cancers).

- Once you’ve finished going over your body with the brush enjoy a shower and wash away the dead skin cells.

- After showering nourish your skin with a beautiful moisturising natural body cream or oil. 

- Your skin should be pink after brushing – not red.


A few other tips:

- If you're a beginner just take it easy to begin with - the Hard Dry Body Brush can be a bit firm to start but within no time you'll start to feel the benefits.  

- Look for more natural bristle brushes which are usually cactus or vegetable derived.  Hydrea London Dry Body Brushes are made with FSC certified beechwood and are designed for easy home use.

- If you have particularly sensitive or fragile skin, just exercise caution – and make sure you use a softer brush and a super light hand.


Give it a try each day for the next 30 days and see the results for yourself!


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A chat with makeup artist Meagan Rawlings

Thursday, June 29, 2017 4:51:11 PM Pacific/Auckland


As a well loved & respected Makeup Artist (plus Beauty Blogger) Meagan Rawlings recently made the switch to natural and organic beauty.  So we caught up with her to find out more about why she decided to make the swap after years of using mainstream cosmetics, and what she's loving. 

Why did you iniitally start your business? I decided to go out on my own as a makeup artist because working Tuesday-Saturday meant it was impossible to take on weddings which I initially wanted to do more of. Now that I work for myself and have much more flexibility I do a range of work from photos shoots to weddings to special occasion clients. I also started up my blog to reach a wider audience in the hope my readers might find the tips and tricks that I had learnt from working in the industry for the past 9 years helpful. 


What was the reason you made the switch to natural beauty/skincare? It was actually after watching a documentary called The True Cost which is nothing to do with beauty but is about the behind the scenes of the Fast fashion industry. One of the biggest things that stuck with me from that was how unethical it was right from the growing of the cotton and the amount of pesticides that the farmers are exposed to, then the dying of the clothes with toxic dyes which those workers are exposed to and right through to the sewing of the clothes which can often be made in poor conditions. It got me thinking about ingredients in beauty products and where they come from, where are they grown? Who grows them? Where are they made? And what effect does this have on the people in the supply chain, the environment and also us the consumer. Once I started to research ingredients it was mind blowingly shocking just how toxic many of these ingredients were, I honestly had no idea and it had never once crossed my mind before that. 


What’s been the trickiest part about your transition to natural beauty products? The hardest thing for me being a professional Makeup Artist is that I still need to be able to do my job with products that perform and that I can rely on. There are some beautiful natural makeup brands out there but it takes time to trial products and it’s also very costly to change every single product in my kit in one go. As I discover something that I love such as the W3LL PEOPLE Mascara, then I will switch that out. It’s a slow process but this ensures that the level of quality stays the same.


What’s the best thing you do to take care of yourself?  I took up yoga a few months ago and it has been the best thing ever. I swear no one talks about how bloody hard it is but it’s awesome when you can finally see progress, plus I always feel super relaxed afterwards. 


What’s your favourite thing to do in your spare time? Reading or chilling out in the sun. I’m def not an active relaxer  - haha, I’m 100% sure I was a cat in a former life!


What are you reading right now? Not Just A Pretty Face - The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry by Stacy Malkan, wow this is an eye opening read. Everyone should read this!


Who’s the woman you admire most & why?  At this moment in time it’s Emma Watson. She recently started up @the_press_tour on instagram and writes details about the outfit she is wearing and the makeup used to create the look. She always wears ethically produced dresses and organic and natural makeup. If only more celebs who have huge followings could calm the ego down and use their influence to make a positive difference and create awareness on real issues, oh what a different world this would be. 


Meagan's top picks

Butter London Patent Shine 10x Nail Lacquer Molly CoddledI  get so many comments on this colour and it doesn’t chip! But best of all it is made without 8 of the nastiest chemicals usually contained in nail polish.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Natural; I can’t get enough of this! It’s super hydrating and doesn’t disappear off your lips within 5 minutes. It smells amazing too.

Inika Organic Certified Organic Makeup RemoverI used to use the Bi-Phase makeup removers previously which are made from toxic petrochemicals so I was stoked to come across this beauty. It works even better than the other versions at getting off eye makeup, especially waterproof mascara.

- Inika Micellar Cleansing Rosewater; I use a Micellar Water to prep every clients face and this is my new go-to. It gently cleanses and removes makeup without drying the skin.


Meagan's best makeup tip

Match your foundation to your chest and not your neck. When someone is looking at you they are looking at the whole you not just your neck and face. Everyones neck is paler than their chest so use a bronzer to even the colour out, the Inika Baked Mineral Bronzer is amazing.


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A chat with Nicola Mossman from Real World

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 2:16:03 PM Pacific/Auckland


We work alongside some amazing people who are creating incredible natural beauty brands that we feel super privileged to range at Vanilla Bloom.  And we wanted to give you a chance to meet them too and learn more about their story.  So we're thrilled to introduce Nicola Mossman, the founder of Real World. Nicola has created a beautiful range of luxurious natural hand and body care that's made right here in New Zealand. 


What's the philosophy behind Real World? We provide New Zealanders and people around the world with honest natural plant based products that not only look good but are good for you and your entire family to use. There are so many chemicals, toxins and nasties in products these days and it's very scary. Less is more.. and the same can be said for ingredients.  

Why did you start Real World?  Because I knew there was a real need for a natural plant based range that looked good on the outside as well as the inside.  
What are you most proud of in your business? That we provide people from New Zealand and around the world handmade hand and body care products that are honest, with none of the bad and all of the good that nature has to offer.


What was the reason you made the switch to natural beauty/skincare?  I was sick of all the ingredients listed on the back of products that I couldn’t even pronounce or even understand what they were. People these days are conscious on what they put in their mouths. They are wanting organic or free range milk, eggs, chickens but they are less concerned about the products they put on their skin. Our skin is our largest organ and so much is absorbed.  So I think things are changing and people are becoming more aware and wanting to know what is in the products they put on both their own and their children's skin.


What’s your must have natural beauty product you just can’t do without?  Our Real World Manuka, Mamaku and Kawakawa Repair Balm. I use this Balm daily. From dry lips, cuts and bruises on the kids or even on my face. It's an all purpose balm that sits on my kitchen window sill as it's always being used.  


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?  Trust your gut instinct, it very rarely fails.


What’s the best piece of advice you’d give your younger self?  Don't sweat the small stuff and surround yourself with positive people.


What’s the best thing you do to take care of yourself?  I have a bath most nights especially in winter. It gives me a chance to relax and unwind. It's even more luxurious with our Real World Bath Salts. I'm loving the Soothe one.


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Why This Is Our Top Selling Deodorant

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 10:14:00 PM Pacific/Auckland

As many of you will no doubt have experienced, finding the perfect natural deodorant can be a frustrating case of trial and rather odorous error.  But once you find it you’ll feel like you’ve won the jackpot!


And that's why I was so excited when I discovered Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste.  I'd seen how popular it was in Australia, tried it myself and loved it sooooooooooooo much I knew I had to add it to the store for everyone who had nearly given up the search for a natural deodorant that worked.  Ever since we've been continually stocking up as it flies off the shelves almost as soon as it arrives back in! 


So why is Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste so fabulous and popular?  Because it's 100% natural, free from toxic chemicals…and most importantly IT WORKS to keep you fresh all day!  It's been specially formulated to neutralise your underarm odour instantly and keep you fresh without inhibiting your sweat glands ability to dispel toxins.  


Here’s just a few of the reviews from our customers who are raving about it too:

“My friend put me onto this awesome product after I was talking about my sweating and odour issues, esp with certain tops.  I was having trouble with it before I even got out the door in the morning.  This has made a massive difference.  NO nasty smells, even wearing those certain tops. Yayee :-)  Highly recommend”   Review by Carla


“Gosh this stuff is good! Lasts all day, smells nice and you only need a tiny amount. Total winner!”  Review by Annika


“I've been using this deodorant for a month or so and love the fact that I can rely on it to keep me smelling fresh - there's never a time I've smelt any odour as with other natural deodorants. I've recommended it to lots of people.”  Review by Janette


“I suffer from really bad body odour, I couldn't wear certain materials and had to wear deodorant 24/7..... I had tried everything. One day a friend told me about Black Chicken so I ordered some. I was unsure this product would solve my problem I have had for years...... But to my amazement it did! It is absolutely amazing no smell anymore!!!!! Thank you Black Chicken for making my smell go away!”  Review by Steph


Read more reviews on Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste >>

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But if the idea of using your finger to apply your deodorant paste horrifies you we thought you might enjoy this:



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Your Chance To Try Black Chicken Remedies

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 12:34:12 PM Pacific/Auckland


The philosophy of Black Chicken Remedies is all about skincare your body can trust!   With a commitment to making the best natural skin care remedies to help you look younger, feel smoother and glow naturally, all of the Black Chicken organic beauty products are hand made with natural ingredients, no parabens, no petrochemicals and no artificial ingredients. And the range is so amazing it's just won Best Skincare Brand Australia in the recent Beauty Shortlist Awards 2017. 


So we're super excited to let you know that Black Chicken Remedies sample sachets have just arrived in.


So here's your chance to try! Just let us know what you'd love to sample by typing your preferred code into the gift message box that appears at the checkout and we'll do our best to include it with your order. ⠀


Please note to ensure we can give as many people as possible the chance to experience Black Chicken Remedies there's a limit of one sample per order, and it's only while stocks last as we have limited quantities. Also they're only available when you place an order. If we're out of that sachet when you place your order we'll let know asap. ⠀




AXILLA = Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste


LOVE YOUR BODY = Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Body Oil


BEARD = Black Remedies Chicken Beard Oil⠀


CLEANSE = Black Chicken Remedies Cleanse My Face


ICU = Black Chicken Remedies Intensive Care Eye Serum


LOVE YOUR FACE = Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Face Serum


If you have any question about any of the Black Chicken Remedies products feel free to touch base with us.  




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Vanilla Bloom Natural Beauty Boutique is the gorgeous online store focused entirely on exceptional healthy, natural and organic beauty products from New Zealand and around the world; including natural skincare, natural sunscreen, natural deodorant, organic makeup & cosmetics, natural fragrance and haircare.  In order to be stocked, the natural beauty products we range need to be free from unnecessary synthetic ingredients & potential toxins such as parabens, petrochemicals, SLS, oxybenzone and sulphates; and instead embrace the spirit of a cleaner, greener, natural approach to beauty. 

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