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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:



READ MORE: Is going natural with deodorant worth the sweat? >>

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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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4 Tips For A Holistic Approach To Healthy Summer Hair

Monday, February 27, 2017 10:17:35 AM Pacific/Auckland



Let's face it - we all want glorious shiny and healthy hair, but between the heat and humidity of summer that can often be a littler trickier to achieve! So we asked Nicky James-Baird from Holistic Hair to give us some tips for fabulous hair over these hotter months.


Summer has finally hit!  So there’s lots of outside time, embracing nature and participating in favourite activities.  But regardless of what you’re doing, it’s important to think about protecting not only your skin, but also your hair during these hotter months.  Yes, we're talking about UV rays from the sun, loss of moisture from the wind, chemicals from swimming in pools, salt from the ocean, sweat and grime from sports activities and the list goes on.

So here’s 4 of our key tips to help keep your hair looking great and protected from the elements this summer.


1.  Use a natural, plant oil based conditioner to protect your hair

Firstly, nothing beats wearing a hat to protect your scalp and hair from UVA & B rays.

But a hat won’t protect your hair from the chemicals in a pool, the salt from the ocean, or the wind so a great way to shield your hair from these elements is to apply a natural, plant-based hair conditioner just before you go out. Use it like a lotion for the hair and re-apply if needed. The great thing about using a conditioner with natural plant oils is they coat and nourish the hair, helping to reduce absorption of the salt-water, chemicals, grime and locking in that much needed moisture. 

Try: Holistic Hair Hydrating Conditioner OR Sensitive Scalp Conditioner >>


2.  If you have long hair, loosely braid it

Long hair requires some extra attention in the summer season. It can be prone to splitting through loss of moisture and tangling, often caused through the wind.  A good way to combat both is to add the conditioner and then loosely braid the hair. Don’t tie it up tightly, or high on the head, as there is evidence that over time this can cause stress on the hair follicles, which could lead to hair loss.

Try: Holistic Hair Hydrating Conditioner OR Sensitive Scalp Conditioner >>


3.  Wash your hair as soon as you can, following a day in the great outdoors

Yes, it’s tempting to leave washing your hair to the following day, but it’s never a good thing.  Research shows that sweat from the apocrine glands (which are concentrated where there are hair follicles) contain lactate, urea, and other substances which make this sweat a perfect environment for the wrong bacteria. It's a fatty secretion and has the potential to be quite odiferous too. Added to this the bacteria in combination with dirt, grime and other chemicals can cause itching, dandruff and other unpleasant conditions.

Wash your hair with a natural shampoo and don’t forget to use conditioner to close the cuticles and add some shine. A weekly hair mask is also a great way to add an extra deep nourishing treatment and will really help to keep your hair in top condition.

Try: Holistic Hair Hydrating Shampoo OR Sensitive Scalp Shampoo >>


4. Pay attention to Your Scalp

Have you heard the term “Healthy Scalp, Healthy Hair”? Well it’s actually true.

The scalp is the home of the hair follicles and the hair follicles produce the hair.  But we're all unique individuals and live quite differently, eat, sleep and even breathe to our own rhythm. Our environment, circumstances and health all contribute to our day-to-day well-being. And one thing is for sure, your scalp and hair are a barometer for this.

As far as your scalp is concerned, pay attention - if it’s itchy, flaky or irritated then take some action. Topically, it may be as simple as washing your hair more often, to keep the sweat from causing irritation, or using a Herbal Finishing Rinse or Scalp Treatment Oil, to combat build-up, maintain a healthy pH and manage that scalp dryness.

Internally, drinking plenty of water, eating well and keeping the stress levels as low as possible can also help too.


Happy Hair from the Holistic Hair team xx



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Only while stocks last, limit of 1 per qualitying order.  

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Are you using enough sunscreen?

Thursday, February 2, 2017 6:47:20 AM Pacific/Auckland


Have you ever had those days where you put your sunscreen on, had a great day out in the sun....only to then get home and find you've got a little more colour than you intended?   If so, you're not alone as it seems that most of us don’t actually apply enough sunscreen to get the full level of protection that it can offer. 


While recommendations for the amount to apply varies between the sunscreen brands, it seems that a good rule of thumb is around 1 teaspoon per limb, including your face and neck, applied 15-20mins before you head outside.  And the trick from there is to then ensure it's reapplied atleast every 2 hours, or after you’ve been swimming or sweating.  


But because no sunscreen is going to offer you 100% protection from the sun, even with the recommended application, it’s worth adding in a few extra steps while you’re out and about on those long summer days: 


-          Hunt out the shade if you can

-          Also wear a large brimmed hat and sunglasses

-          Avoid the sun on your skin for extended periods of time, and add protective clothing if you can

-          Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that offers both UVA & UVB protection.


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Vanilla Bloom Natural Beauty Boutique is the gorgeous online store focused entirely on natural and organic beauty products from New Zealand and around the world; including natural skincare, 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. 

Our promise to you includes free delivery within New Zealand for all orders over $59.00, free samples and complimentary gift wrapping.