Why you should join the Slow Beauty Movement

The Slow Beauty movement describes a fast-growing subculture of people who have lost faith in the ‘quick-fix’ often invasive products and procedures that are in abundance within the beauty industry.  Their focus has now shifted towards a natural, holistic approach to natural skincare with a focus on dermo-nutrition, wellness and genuine skin health from the inside out. The Slow Beauty movement ...
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What ingredients are there in your natural skincare?

Au Natural Skinfood feeds your skin from within with the best skincare natural ingredients New Zealand has to offer. Like superfoods, our natural ingredients heal and restore your skin while deeply nourishing it. Your skin will be stronger and capable of using its own natural barrier function to protect you from damage caused by stress and environmental damage.
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What’s your age again? Keep them guessing

It’s easy to achieve glowing skin with Au Natural Skinfood’s PM Natural Night Cream, that targets fine lines and wrinkles, the non-toxic way.  We bring you the best of clean beauty, skinfood that will strengthen and improve your skin, so that your age is not given away, all whilst you sleep at night.
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Is Titanium Dioxide in sunscreen safe for your skin?

As consumers sort out the different environmental factors that claim to have a devastating impact on skin health, sunscreen and UV protection still remain the number one focus for many. As our understanding of how detrimental sun exposure can be to our skin grows, so does the interest for efficient, safe and reliable sunscreens formulations.
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From acne to wrinkles: Your skin, your age

There’s nothing like feeling healthy and confident in your own skin, even when hormones, ageing or lifestyle have taken their toll (and wrinkles start appearing!). At Au, we are all about celebrating people’s individuality and about cherishing those little imperfections that make us unique – as long as the health of the skin, body and mind are not compromised.     
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What is eco-friendly skincare? Is it just a load of “greenwashing”?

Many companies claim to have bought into ethical thinking, but often leave consumers wondering if claiming green is more about sales generation that saving the planet. 
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Combating Climate Change #3: Fly (a little) less

If aviation were a country, it’d be the world’s 7th largest carbon emitter. By 2020, global aviation emissions will be about 70% higher than in 2005 and by 2050 they could grow by a whopping 700%. What can you do as an individual? The obvious answer is not much — but that would be defeatist.
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What you need to know about blackheads 

Are you battling with blackheads?  Those small blemishes that appear on your T-zone, defying even the most thorough skincare regime, are incredibly annoying.  Many of us are long term sufferers of blackheads, those annoying little black dots that just seem to come back time and time again.  The team at Au Natural Skinfood have researched this common problem and have put together a “go-to” ...
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Face Moisturiser vs. Face Serum

Confusing isn’t it!  As if there are not enough decisions to make in life.  After years and years of formulating and selling cosmetics, even I find it tricky at times identifying what is a face serum and what is a face moisturiser.  At different times of our life and indeed seasonally we sometimes need a moisturiser focused on what our skin actually needs.  Identifying the problem and then ...
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Manuka Honey – Skin Saviour

Manuka honey can be applied topically to the surface of the skin or be taken orally either in its natural form or as a supplement, maximising its range of benefits to the body.
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Combating Climate Change #1: Eat (a little) less meat

If cows were a country, the ‘United Herds of Earth’ would be the planet’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter. Animal products, particularly beef and dairy, create the majority of food-related greenhouse gas emissions. And of the world’s total emissions, an astounding 26% is tied up with animal products and their supply chains.
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News: Au Natural launches Dr Au Concentrates – Superfruit Eye Serum

Au Natural is proud to release Dr. Au Superfruit Eye Serum to its now burgeoning range of skinfood products. Au’s eye serum is clinically blended with radical superfruit antioxidants. It’s lightweight, comfortable to wear and fast-absorbing, treating all manner of eye concerns including fine lines, puffiness and dark circles, leaving the skin around the eyes looking healthy and replenished. ...
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How much facial cleanser should you use?

How much natural facial cleanser is enough? Do you ask yourself, “am I using too much and wasting product or am I not using enough and compromising my skin?” Like everything in life, there is not a one glove fits all solution, staying on the conservative side is a great approach, as using too much product can leave your skin feeling dry, tight and uncomfortable.
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How much face toner should you use?

Photo by Ethically Kate  @ethicallykate
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The Birds & The Bees – World Bee Day

Where would we be without the ‘birds and the bees’? As far as workers go in the garden, bees have to ‘bee’ the hardest workers of all. For years only a few environmentally orientated people and beekeepers understood and acknowledged the work of bees until recently they had become underrated and misunderstood.
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How much moisturiser is enough?

While liberally applying moisturiser may feel like the best way to treat your skin, your skin may not thank you!
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Why we’re saying no to nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is one of the scientific world’s newest breakthroughs and is currently being widely lauded for the advancements, it’s allowing scientists to make a wide range of fields. While the scientific jargon can be baffling, there are a few important things you need to know about this emerging form of technology, to help you understand why, at Au Natural Skinfood, we’re not incorporating ...
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How much Day Serum should you use?

While most of us know that day serums and serums, in general, are highly beneficial for the skin, what many people overlook is, a little goes a long way. Serums have a reputation for working wonders on the skin, boosting collagen production and stimulating cell rejuvenation, this is thanks to the deeply moisturising properties combined with anti-oxidant and vitamin-rich formulas.
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Wedding Ready Skin with Au Natural Skinfood

Photo by Natalie Kay @sustainablychic  sustainablychic.com
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Sustainable Easter – Some Easter Inspiration from Au Natural Skinfood

Easter is one of the longest holidays of the year and no matter what your beliefs are it is often an opportunity to get together with friends and family, spend time together and make lifelong memories.
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As seen in the press: Au Natural Anti-Ageing Face Oil Product Release

Au Natural are proud to release Anti-Ageing Face Oil to its now burgeoning range of skinfood products. The Oil, sourced from Harakeke seeds, and lightly fragranced with vanilla oil, means your skin is in for the most natural of treats. And as with all Au Natural products, there’s no compromising on the environment. AntiAgeing Face Oil is also certified vegan.
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Au Natural and Skin Microbiome

Microbiome is currently very topical, we hear so much about gut microbiome which is basically the entire collection of microorganisms in our gut, the skin microbiome is simply all of the organisms present on our skin.  The term “microbiota” describes these organisms in both our gut and our skin.
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The difference between Clay Masks and Mud Mask explained

If you love pampering your skin with a good mask but, like many of us, are a bit confused about the benefits and differences of what's on the market, you are in the right place! Mud masks and clay masks have grown in popularity in the past few years, and the options available in shops and online are countless. Before you commit to a specific product, it is important to know your skin type and ...
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Ugly vegetables - good or bad for us?

Having recently watched a Jamie Oliver programme where he was encouraging people to eat and buy “ugly fruit and vegetables”, I reflected on many conversations we have had about this very topic.  Having raised my children on a lifestyle property, it also occurred to me how many times we had laughed and talked about irregular or funny shaped fruit and veg.
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Bee-friendly gardens and competition

Our dog Nala and best friend who was 19 years old recently died.  Life simply is not the same, suddenly we have rabbits and the odd cat on our front lawn, Nala would never have allowed this on her watch!  When my husband is away travelling, I feel a little unsafe, I am not sure how I thought a 19 year old dog would protect me, but somehow I did.  We don’t have to rush home from work to feed ...
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Compostable and Biodegradable - What's the difference?

For those of us who are mindful of the impact our product packaging has on the environment, seeing disposable items labelled as compostable or biodegradable can be extremely reassuring, and can even help inform our decisions about which products we actually buy. It’s worth taking a closer look, however, about what these two terms actually mean, and their real-world impact on the environment, ...
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It’s Official: Au Natural has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand!

The Team at Au Natural Skinfood are absolutely delighted to announce that we’ve partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand. There have been many successes along our sustainability journey, but this could well be our most meaningful and the partnership was certainly not entered lightly.  As we continue to grow we hope not only to support the the Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand. ...
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Ingredients under the microscope: Grapeseed extract

Grapeseed extract has a long history of use for health purposes, dating right back to ancient Greece. In those times, it was used to treat various ailments including infections, inflammations, and digestive issues. The reason these ancient civilisations found the extract so effective is largely due to its high natural concentration of resveratrol, a compound which is known to boost the immune ...
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A World’s First: Compostable skincare refills from Au Natural Skinfood

Au Natural Skinfood to develop world’s first compostable sachets to refill their skincare products
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Top ingredients to avoid when stocking up on beauty products

Photo by Tegan Seymour from Permanent Procrastinantion @teegly
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Treating rosacea with Au

Photo by @madamezehn madamezehn.com
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Treating acne with Au Natural

Using honey for medicinal and healing purposes dates from as far back as the 19th century.  It was during this time that it was discovered that it was anti-bacterial and could help heal wounds.  As well as having an anti-bacterial action, honey is known to stimulate the production of special cells that help to repair skin tissue that has been damaged by infection.  Honey also contains ...
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All about Dr. Au Concentrates Superfruit Eye serum

Why we love it Au Natural Skinfood’s Superfruit Eye Serum has been clinically formulated to help your skin generate a high quantity of new, stronger cells, while taking care of the delicate skin under the eye. Natural New Zealand Avocado Oil, Ribrose, and a selection of berries’ extracts provide an abundance of quality antioxidants, emollients and tonic elements, that keep your skin looking ...
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All about Dr. Au Concentrates Anti-Ageing Face Oil 1

Why we love it Au Natural Skinfood’s Vegan Certified Anti-Ageing Face Oil is rich in New Zealand naturally derived ingredients that moisturise, lift and plump your skin, helping to minimise the signs of ageing. Harakeke seed oil, Moringa oil and Lakesis are only some of the ingredients that will awaken the proteins of youth in your skin, maintaining a healthy living environment for your skin ...
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Dreaming of a green Christmas

Wondering how you can make more planet-friendly decisions this Christmas?  At Au Natural Skinfood we have been brainstorming how we can apply our core philosophies to the festive season - both at home and in the office - and we have come up with 10 suggestions to help you achieve a truly green Christmas.
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A 'how to' guide to sustainable holidays

There’s no better time for a well-deserved holiday like the festive season, and we couldn’t help but organise ours the sustainable way! You might have heard of ‘eco-tourism’. It is the latest buzzword in the world of sustainability that means aspiring to conserve and protect our planet’s natural resources, habitats and biodiversity while travelling. Although it can all sound like a mission ...
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A guide for the Conscious Shopper

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us - who is not tempted to purchase (another!) pair of shoes, a smoothie maker, an iToaster or anything else at a discounted price? Black Friday and Cyber Monday are, after all, amongst the busiest shopping days especially in the in the States, with around 30% of annual retail sales occurring between this time and Christmas.
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Discover our mineral powder sunscreen

If you are looking for an everyday chemical-free sunblock that doesn’t run, doesn’t feel sticky on your skin and gives you a healthy natural glow, don’t look any further!
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Understanding the sunscreen language

As summer approaches (in the Southern hemisphere at least!), most of us start to think about that little extra protection that a tinted sunscreen or even a normal sun block under our make up can provide our skin. How many times did you find yourself wondering if your sunscreen actually works and if the ingredients that it contains are good for you? Well, we’ve been asking ourselves that a lot! ...
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What exactly is the skin's pH?

When professionals talk about the pH of your skin, do you know what they actually mean?  We hear the words pH Neutral or Balanced a lot, but often the meaning is not clear to most of us.
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Eco-refills: The sustainable future for skincare

At Au Natural Skinfood we want our subscribers to have great skin by using premium New Zealand ingredients including the power of Active 16+ Manuka Honey and at the same time have certainty that they are contributing to a sustainable environment, by eliminating single use plastic bottles.
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Thick, thin and ageing skin

Thinner skin, fine lines, sagging and wrinkles can be the first visible signs of ageing and illness. These changes can also be attributed to environmental factors, genetics, harsh skincare or make up, unbalanced nutrition, smoking, sun exposure and more. Unfortunately, light-skinned and blue-eyed people seem to show more visible signs of ageing earlier that dark-skinned and dark-eyed people.
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Ingredients under the microscope: Avocado Oil

At Au Natural Skinfood, we’re passionate about using sustainably sourced, natural ingredients in our products instead of harsh synthetic alternatives. We’re going to put Avocado Oil, one of our key ingredients, under the microscope so that you find out what it is, why we use it, and just what makes it so beneficial for your skin.
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Au talks about skin's barrier function

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and plays a very important role in keeping us living and well. It helps to protect us from outside threats such as viruses and bacteria. Our skin's barrier also controls a vital job which is keeping moisture inside our bodies, water is vital in keeping our organs working as they should.
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Why we love New Zealand Pure Bee Venom

At Au Natural Skinfood we look at how clever nature is in order to design and deliver the best skincare possible. New Zealand Pure Bee Venom is one of our favourite ingredients for its efficacy and gentleness on the skin. It is also a popular ingredient among those wanting visible results for their skin, but not wanting to resort to using chemicals and invasive treatments.
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What's so special about Manuka Honey?

Recent studies show that more than 1,300 ingredients have been banned for use in cosmetics and skin-care products in Europe, yet in the US, the list comprises fewer than a dozen. Do you know what’s in your skincare?
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All about Balance: Rotorua white Mud Masque

Why we love it Rich in minerals, volcanic Rotorua White Mud, 16+ Active Manuka Honey, Pure New Zealand Bee Venom and sunflower seed oil, Au Natural's Balance - Rotorua White Mud Masque is uniquely New Zealand! Active botanicals work hard to deliver a deep cleanse, to reduce open pores and to clear away dead skin cells, surface debris and make up residue. Au Natural's Balance Masque was created ...
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Ever thought of Vegetarian Skincare?

Whether you eat animal-derived products or not, applying non-vegetarian products on your skin is often not a good idea.  Our skin absorbs up to 60% of the products we apply onto it, this is a scary thought if those products are derived from animal fats, are synthetic, processed or full of preservatives, chemicals and toxins. You wouldn't put harmful ingredients in your body, so avoid putting ...
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How to clean the Au Natural reusable containers

Au Natural Skinfood’s aluminium certified food grade containers are light proof, leak proof, rust resistant and vapor proof, making them the ultimate storage for your skincare. We eliminated single-use plastic bottles from our range by creating a system of plant-based eco-refills that will be delivered straight to your door every 8 weeks (check out how it works). 
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Composting: A How-to Guide

In a previous post, we talked about how easily compostable our Au Natural Skinfood courier bags are, and thanks to your wonderful feedback, we’re back with some tips to help you get started with a compost bin of your very own! Whether you’ve got a large garden or a modest amount of outdoor space, a compost bin can work for you. No matter how responsible we are, we all generate food waste in ...
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Yes or No to GMO in skincare?

At Au Natural Skinfood, we’re vocal and proud about the fact that our products are completely GMO free, but we often find that information about GMO is sorely lacking. Here’s a quick rundown on all things GMO: What it is, what it means for you and the planet, and why we’re going without it.
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How skin changes during pregnancy

Pregnancy causes a number of changes to the body, with one of the most well-known being the addition of stretch marks around the stomach, hips and thighs. As well as this, however, there are also lesser talked-about changes to the skin, particularly with regards to sensitivity and the overall condition of the delicate facial area.
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Au Natural, here to help with your expanding family

Expanding your family is a time of constant change – sleep cycles are upended, and day-to-day priorities change dramatically as your focus turns to caring for your new addition.
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How Au Natural Skinfood got their name

Au Natural Skinfood is the newest and most exciting name in the cosmetics industry. Au is the first brand in the world to deliver a complete skincare range using 100% reusable, compostable or recyclable packaging. This comes seven years ahead of the sustainability pledge made recently by international brands L’Oréal, Unilever, Coca-Cola and Nestle who aim to achieve this by 2025.
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All About Repair: Multifunctional Manuka Lip Balm

Why we love it Repair is designed for use on lips, abrasions and burns, and is formulated with New Zealand Manuka honey, organic beeswax and sunflower oil. It is 100% natural, deeply nourishing, soothing and moisturising.
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What you need to know on skincare and pregnancy

While it’s always important to be mindful of the ingredients that make up the skincare products we use on a daily basis, this is never truer during pregnancy and while nursing. During these special moments, the choices you make for your own body take on extra significance, as they can have flow-on effects for the wellbeing of your little one.
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All about On The Go: Mineral Powder Foundation With Sunscreen

Why we love it
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New Zealand and our urban waste

Picture a world where our lakes and oceans contain more plastic that fish.  Where our local forests have been decimated and we live on a planet where we are experiencing the biggest mass extinction since the loss of dinosaurs.  A planet with no bees, so simple fruit, chocolate and coffee are no longer accessible.
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All about PM: Night Crème

Why we love it 
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What is Clean Skincare?

A few years ago, could you imagine that you would be whipping up kale and chia seeds for dinner, and that you would be actively choosing and paying more for organic bamboo clothing for your family to wear? I couldn't! During this time hundreds of skincare brands have discovered the natural movement, a movement that has organically swept across the globe.  Suddenly we all became more aware of ...
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All about AM: Day Serum

Why we love it
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Reusing Au Natural's shipping materials

Reducing waste is at the forefront of people’s minds. So much of the waste we produce is as a result of our deeply ingrained convenience culture – think of how readily we use and discard takeaway coffee cups, plastic milk and water bottles and disposable cutlery, when permanent, reusable options are available. In order to help ourselves and environment long term, we need to make a mindset ...
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All about Prepare: Brightening Lotion

Why we love it
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Upcycling and minimising packaging

More so than ever before, consumers are becoming mindful about packaging that comes with the products we buy. The wasteful nature of beauty products comprising of plastics tubes or tubs packaged inside glossy card boxes is increasingly causing customers to change their shopping habits, especially when coupled with the plastic courier bags used for deliveries, packed out with foam pellets or ...
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All about Remove: Gentle Facial Cleanser

This powerful cleanser has a strategic formulation that gently removes all bad bacteria from your skin while enhancing good bacteria. It is safe to use around the eye area and is free of harsh synthetic cleansing agents. It is ideal for all skin types, it maintains a balanced pH, and nourishes your skin. Find out more about the science of Au Natural here.
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Local skincare company out performs international brands

Christchurch based natural skincare brand Au Natural Skinfood has launched an innovative and industry-leading skincare line with sustainability at its core replacing traditional single-use plastic packaging.
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Five easy ways to make your home more sustainable

At Au Natural Skinfood, our motto is “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle”. You may think that we are only about skincare, but our team is really passionate about finding ways to help others make their lives and homes more sustainable every day. Starting is the hard part! But remember that every little bit makes a difference.
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Are you taking the right steps in your natural skincare routine?

Matching a good natural skincare regimen with a healthy lifestyle is the best way to keep your skin strong and healthy.  Like most things in life, routine and persistence are often the answer to delivering results, and reactive decisions to skin imperfections often don’t work. Quick ‘miracle treatments’ might fix the imperfection in the short term but, unless you address the cause of the ...
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Are you going circular?

Currently we are using the Earth’s natural resources faster than they are being replenished. We need to start operating within the limits of the planet, recognising that resources and materials are not limitless in supply. Single-use plastics are placing a huge amount of pressure on the environment across the world. Businesses now have a responsibility to be aware of their impact on the ...
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Disrupting the Cosmetics Industry

Au Natural Skinfood is providing world-class skincare without contributing to pollution. Are you looking for ethical, sustainable, and green beauty alternatives?
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