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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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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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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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How To Make The Switch

Sunday, January 22, 2017 10:43:45 AM Pacific/Auckland


The start of a new year is often when we refocus on health and wellbeing priorities.  In the same way you make choices about fresh food packed with natural, nourishing ingredients vs processed food high in preservatives and artificial additives you can do the same with your skincare and beauty products. 

There’s generally 2 ways to upgrade your bathroom cabinet or makeup bag:

1)     the everything goes option - where you undertake a full overhaul and start from scratch replacing all of your beauty products with healthier alternatives OR

2)     the easy does it option - where you begin to replace your beauty products as they run out or expire.  This is easier on your wallet and is a good way to start trialling new brands you’re probably less familiar with. 


So if you’re keen to make the switch and not sure where to start here’s what’s on our list:


SUNSCREEN: because this usually stays on your skin all day and covers a large part your body.  Look for sunscreen options without OxybenzoneThis is one of the most common ingredients found in mainstream sunscreen and the #1 chemical ingredient to avoid according to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), who study hundreds of sunscreens each year and make recommendations on ingredient safety. 

Studies have raised concerns that oxybenzone, which is estimated to be included in up to 70% of non-mineral sunscreens, may be a potential hormone disruptor which has also been linked to skin allergies. This is a worry considering how often sunscreen is applied over the warmer months.  In fact according The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention oxybenzone has been detected in more than 96 percent of the American population, based on a representative sampling of children and adults. Because oxybenzone penetrates the skin and can enter the bloodstream there are concerns it may then act like oestrogen in the body. While it is early days in studying the long term effects of oxybenzone, a number of studies have found links between higher concentrations of oxybenzone and potential health concerns.

And if that’s not enough there’s also links to oxybenzone damaging the coral reefs due to its toxicity.

Instead look for mineral sunscreens such which contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide that EWG give better safety ratings too.  Mineral sunscreen agents sit on the top of the skin and are classified as ‘physical sunscreens’ so are generally not absorbed into the blood stream. shop sunscreens >>


read: what to look out for in your sunscreens >>

read: what’s the difference between chemical & physical sunscreens >>


PERFUME:  as infatuating as a beautiful bottle of fragrance is, it can also be a cocktail of synthetic ingredients linked to headaches, hormone disruption, allergic reactions and respiratory problems.   It’s definitely worth avoiding if you’re prone to allergies and skin sensitivities.  And because perfume companies don’t have to disclose the full list of ingredients (so as to protect their trade secrets), it’s difficult to actually know what you’re applying to your skin, body and inhaling. 

Instead look for a natural perfume that has an essential oil base.  There’s been a recent surge of natural perfumes to hit the market, with the sophistication of many of the main stream alternatives.  shop natural perfumes >>


DEODORANT: while this can be one of the hardest products to switch, the hassle is definitely worth it once you find the perfect natural alternative. 

One of the most common questions we get asked is if a natural deodorant will stop the sweating…no it won’t.  Somewhere along the line we’ve been conditioned to think of sweating as bad after years of using antiperspirants.  Because sweating is an important function that aids in cooling your body, a natural deodorant will help to neutralise that funky odour, while supporting the body’s natural functions.  Natural deodorants are free from aluminium and all sorts of other ingredients that have been linked to health concerns, and there’s some really great options available now.  shop natural deodorants >>


read: is going natural with your deodorant worth the sweat >>

read: why this is our top selling deodorant >>

read: what’s the best natural deodorant for you >>


LIPSTICKS: Conventional lipsticks can include ingredients such as synthetic dyes, parabens and mineral oil and because they’re reapplied a number of times throughout the day and can be ingested it’s a good option to switch early on.  There’s plenty of gorgeous natural & vegan lipsticks available these days that have the staying power and colour options of the mainstream lippys, but instead are made from plant based ingredients and natural colourants.  shop lipsticks >> 


read: how to go clean with your lipstick >>


From here just continue to switch out products as they run out, with the focus on the products you use most often, you wear the longest during the day and those that cover the largest part of your skin. 

In terms of what brands to switch to, beware of every product that flashes ‘paraben free’ or ‘includes natural ingredients’ on the front of the packaging.  Instead seek out brands that have built their reputation around being transparent and more holistic in their natural beauty approach or visit retailers who specialise in healthy beauty.


If you’d like any recommendations or want to chat to us about switching your beauty products just touch base with us, we’d love to hear from you >>


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5 Of The Best For Summer

Monday, December 19, 2016 10:02:46 AM Pacific/Auckland


Get ready for the heat – summer’s here!  So here’s a round-up of our most wanted, most loved healthy beauty essentials to keep you looking and feeling your best during the long, hot summer days. 


1.  Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste: not only is this our # 1 selling deodorant, it’s also our most raved about.  We all know how frustrating it can be to find the perfect natural deodorant – often lots of promises but performance that fails to match.  And that is why Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste has been such a hit!  Not only is it 100% natural, it actually works!  shop now >>


2.  Warpaint Natural Teeth Whitener: this is the product we get the most questions about because people are so fascinated with it.  Yes, it’s black and messy (oh so messy!) but it leaves teeth feeling polished & clean while also whitening without the nasty stuff!  Just the thing for your stunning summer smile!   shop now >>


3.  Coola Mineral Face Sunscreen SPF 30 Matte Finish Tint: no one wants heavy, greasy sunscreens under their make-up, and that’s why this is such a star performer. Lightweight and smooth on your skin while it shields and protects you face from the harsh sun. You can just apply it under your makeup or wear it by itself.  shop now >>


4.  LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant Sport Luxe: finding a natural deodorant that ticks all the boxes is tricky enough.  And it's even tougher if you're an active, sports loving gal who wants a high performance deodorant without the horrid chemicals.  That’s why this has been such a hit with our customers.  In fact it's so good it recently won the Allure 'Best Deodorant' award. High Performance & Healthy!  shop now >>


5.  Hurraw Lip Balm Sun SPF15: perfect for those days in the sun to give your lips the extra protection they need.  It glides on silky smooth and and virtually clear, but it's been formulated it to be extra thick and creamy for longer staying power  while you're out and about in those shining rays!  shop now >>




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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. 

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