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As a natural skin care manufacturer I know what is allowed and not allowed with product labeling. As a natural skin care purchaser feel disillusioned when I make a purchase only to find the company isn’t doing what is legally required of them and/or duping the customer.
Legally companies are required to list ALL product ingredients on their labeling (aside from fragrance and other patents which have secret formulas). This is compulsory in case you have an allergy or bad reaction to an ingredient in the product. As a consumer you have the right to know if a product contains something you’re allergic to or an ingredient you want to personally avoid.
Some companies list the product ingredients on the box or outside packaging of the product and not on the label itself. This is acceptable legally because as a consumer you can still find out what is in a product prior to using it – even if you throw away the packaging before reading the ingredients.
Here are examples of dubious labeling I’ve personally experienced.
1) A product that listed all the ingredients and stated ‘essential oils’ but did not specify what essential oils it contained. This is No No because let us say a consumer is allergic to orange essential oil and this product contains that ingredient, the customer uses the product and has a bad reaction. Not good. Where as if it’s on the label the customer can then make an informed decision not to use that product.
2) A website that claims to be natural yet does NOT list ANY of the ingredients they use, or only lists what they class as ‘active ingredients’. A product is purchased and upon reading the label the consumer finds the product contains propylene glycol , mehylchloroisothiazolinone or methylisothiazolinone etc. (not only non-natural but also hazardous ingredients). As a consumer I want to know ALL the ingredients a company uses and will avoid websites that do not have a complete ingredients list.
3) A website claiming to be natural yet when products are purchased there are NO ingredient details written on the packaging. If a company is as natural as they claim and have nothing to hide why not let consumers know what is in the products they’re using.
4) A product that lists all the essential oils it contains yet not the ingredients base the oils are in.
These are just a few examples of misleading ingredients listing and companies not being 100% transparent about the ingredients they use.
Maybe you’ve had your own experience with this issue and would like to share your story?
Right off the bat you might be wondering what happiness has to do with natural skin care? Bear with me and all shall be revealed…
Instead of making a new year’s resolution I have decided to make the year 2017 about a theme: happiness.
2016 was a hard, stressful and sad year for many, with numerous celebrity deaths, as well as personal ones, along with numerous world tragedies. For me personally, dealing with the death of my step mum has been hard because she was my ally in all things skin care, natural and hand made. We would talk for hours about new soaping techniques, scent blends, creams, lotions etc. Her death has left a void in my world especially when it comes to having someone to talk to about my work and creations.
I’ve been reading the book Flow by Mihaly C. which talks about the types of things people do that bring about happiness – a state of mind where you’re so into the thing you’re doing that nothing else matters. Such a great feeling! This year I will be setting out to find and do those things that bring me the most flow, happiness, joy!
One such thing is my work, my creations. I love making products and get so absorbed in the process, lost in the delightful scents, colours and creams, dedicated to applying those product stickers on just right, deep in thought when measuring out ingredients and doing the sciency stuff. Nothing else matters in those moments of creation. Hand making these delectable products for you to enjoy is a labour of love and something I look forward to losing myself in more and more often.
So bring on 2017… the year of happiness! What flow activity brings you happiness?
Over the years there has been a large movement towards more ethical ways of living. As more people become concerned for our planet (our home) and our future, we have begun making more ethical choices in how we live and the effects we have on our environment. It has become more important than ever (and this importance is growing) to care for our planet so that future generations have a safe and healthy place to live, so that the earth is protected and animals are looked after.
Sustainable living is important to us, as is purchasing from ethical companies.
JOLI Natural Skin Care are an ethical company, but what does it mean to be ethical? Ethics may vary from company to company depending on what options are open to them. Here are some ways JOLI are ethical.
1) JOLI do not test on animals nor do we use ingredients that are tested on animals (by us or other third parties) because it is important to us that no animal suffer for a product. JOLI are all about healthy, safe and nourishing products. Safe for people, the environment and animals.
2) We use Australian manufactures for our packaging and labels which keeps jobs in Australian. JOLI feel it is important to support other Australian businesses and jobs.
3) A lot of our ingredients are produced in Australia, however, there are a number of ingredients that come from overseas, imported by our Australian suppliers. Where this occurs it is done via fair trade, giving third world communities a chance to make a decent living from their produce (no sweat shops!)
4) JOLI use recycled bubble wrap to keep our products safe on their journey from us to you. We approach companies who would have otherwise added their bubble wrap to landfill which means no extra bubble wrap was produced for us to ship our products.
5) Other parts of our packaging; BPA free containers, pretty ribbon, cellophane, paper bags etc. are recyclable, reusable or biodegradable and we send electronic invoices.
6) We have a number of charities we like to support. Charities that give support to minorities, young people who cannot defend themselves, indigenous people and disadvantaged people. Portions of our sales (your money) goes towards helping these people which gives us all a nice warm fuzzy feeling.
7) There is also the fact that our ingredients are biodegradable and don’t contain nasties that hurt the environment or YOU. This is one of the best things about JOLI Natural Skin Care.
When you’re thinking about making an ethical purchase of skin care products you can rest assured that JOLI is doing their utmost to be as ethical as possible because, like you, the health of our planet and your skin is important to us.
JOLI = Australian Made Australian Owned
JOLI are starting a new and fun campaign and want all of our customers and fans to join in!
The #idoitnaturally campaign is about sharing with the wider public our mutual love for all things natural, especially our love of good wholesome natural skin care.
What JOLI would like you to do is take a photo of yourself, a family member or friend using a JOLI product – it doesn’t have to feature your face and can feature any body part or whatever you feel comfortable with. It is preferable that the product you’re using also be featured in the photo.
Some examples :
1) Luscious Body Butter to moisturise your legs
2) Fancy Cuticle Oil on your fingers or toes
3) A bubble product in the bath
4) A moisturiser on your hands
5) Hair Styling Wax on your hair
JOLI customers who enter a photo will go in the running to win $50 worth of JOLI products and there will be TWO winners chosen.
You can enter more than one photo and each photo will count as an entry.
Send your photos to admin @ jolinatural . com . au (without the gaps) and we’ll caption your photos and post them on our Facebook page (closed).
The campaign will run from the 1st to the 31st of December and a winner will be chosen and announced early January 2017. All enquiries welcome
UPDATE: Winners are Peggy and Rebecca. Congratulations and thank you for taking part!
#idoitnaturally with JOLI’s bath bombs
JOLI have been having a huge amount of creative fun coming up with a new colourful and vibrant bubble bath range.
The new range features products that are brightly coloured and divinely scented!
The range includes; bubble truffles, bubble cup cakes and bubble bars.
The truffles: chocolate, mango and strawberry.
The cupcakes: jelly bean, dewberry delight, choc raspberry and apple pie.
The bars: moon garden (lilac pink white), mystique (blue yellow pink) and morning rain (orange blue lime).
To celebrate the launch of this new range JOLI offer you a 15% discount on your first purchase of any products within the bubble range.
Enter the code-word bubble to receive your discount.
JOLI’s original bath range, scented with essential oils, is still available and to tell the difference between the two they’re categorised as: Scented or Essentials.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
NQR* Apple Pie Cupcake free with VIP orders over $20.
NQR* Choc Raspberry Cupcakes half price while stocks last.
NQR = not quite right. The first batch of these cupcakes expanded making them look more like muffins. They’re not uniform in appearance yet still work perfectly well.
What skin care issues are you facing? Do you have oily skin with dry patches? Or maybe you often have dry cracked lips? Are you constantly suffering breakouts and blemishes or do you have a baby with an incurable bottom rash?
Or maybe you’re in need of a company that does not test on animals, does not use harsh chemicals in their products, or can tailor make a product to suit your needs?
Let JOLI know your skin care concerns and we’ll provide you with FREE skin care advice to help manage your skin care issues.
Simply go to our customer service page and send your questions through to JOLI for your FREE skin care advice.
NOTE: seeking advice from JOLI Natural Skin Care could result in receiving a FREE product sample!
*Australian residents only.
Word of mouth is one of the best forms of advertising. I know I talk to my friends about good and bad experiences all the time!
For example I have recently started seeing a physiotherapist who was recommended to me by a friend. This physio is by far one of the best health professionals I’ve seen to date and I’d happily recommend her to others.
This lady is so knowledgeable, not just about how the skeletal and muscular systems work, but also about many things related to womanhood. The things I’m learning about how my body operates and how nature has designed both the female and male form is amazing. Such as: in native cultures where the confines of clothing (in particular bras) to hide their nudity is non existent they don’t have conditions like mastitis or trouble with breast feeding.
I love learning!
I also like getting better and knowing how to implement behaviors and strategies into making my body stronger and able to age well in years to come. As an added bonus this therapist is also not big on chatting
This got me thinking about JOLI’s customers and what they’re thinking and feeling about our products and customer service and what they tell their family and friends about us.
So if you’d be so kind I would love you to tell us “What words do you use to describe us” to your friends and family? Comment on this post or drop us a line because knowing what we’re doing right and where we can improve is important to us
P.S. those brave enough to share their views will receive a FREE natural Lip Balm (flavours chosen at random) as a Thank You!
Father’s day is fast approaching, Sunday Sept 4th.
Finding the perfect gift ‘for dad‘ can be tricky so JOLI would like to make it a little easier by offering two lucky dads the chance to win 100ml Enliven Facial Scrub* this father’s day. *Our no1 selling product for men.
To enter all you have to do is:
1) Sign up to our newsletter or be a current subscriber.
2) Comment on this post, in 50 words or less, telling us why that special man in your life deserves to be the winner of this fabulous product and why you love JOLI products. The two most creative comments will be chosen for our two lucky winners.
3) Have placed an order with JOLI within the last 24 months. JOLI love to give back to our wonderful customers!
If you’re not a JOLI customer and would like to enter this Father’s Day Competition you can place an order here before Friday 26th August to qualify.
4) Tell a friend you know who would love JOLI Natural Skin Care, have them comment on this post about why they’d love to win, and you will both go in the draw!
Competition begins Friday 12th August and ends 26th August. Winners will be notified by email and Enliven Scrubs Sent out to two lucky men in time for Father’s Day.
Conditions of entry:
You must be on JOLI’s subscriber list and be a JOLI customer (or be referred by a JOLI customer who has also entered this competition).
You must be an Australian resident.
To keep it fair; the competition is NOT open to those who have subscribed to previous competitions only to unsubscribe after the competition has ended.
We all have those moments where it’s been a long time in between relaxations, a long time since “Me Time“.
Quite often we don’t have the time or energy to really commit to a good pampering and at times like this it’s easier to put pampering yourself on the back burner. Yet we all need some quiet pampering time, especially over the colder winter months.
So here’s a good little cheat to have a some pampering time that can be done in around 20 to 30 minutes.
~ Run your bath and light some candles while the water is running, put some relaxing music on. Set the ambiance for that wonderful spa feeling. Pour yourself a bevy while you wait (be it a wine or green tea) and sip throughout your pamper time.
~ Add wonderful smelling salts/milk and some bubbles to your bath. When your bath is ready, hop in and soak for a while. Let the water soothe your mind and body and cleanse your skin while the scents ease your mind.
~ After you’ve soaked for at least 10 minutes and you’ve let your mind and body relax, it’s time for some pampering. To keep it simple begin with exfoliating your face with an exfoliant glove. Move in slow small circular motions to keep your mind relaxed.
~ Scrub your body either withe the exfoliant glove, loopha or some body scrub, taking time to work on your arms, decolletage, breasts, belly and especially your legs. Relax some more and soak your mind and body for a little while longer. Remember to sip your bevy.
~ Wash your hair in your bath. There is something fundamentally peaceful about your ears being under water, drowning out the sounds of life while moving your hair around in the warm water. Take as much time as you like pretending you’re alone and the world, for now, is your oyster.
~ Using a pumice scrub your feet. By this stage you’ve soaked them long enough for the dead skin to be soft and easy to remove. Pay attention to the heels of your feet and the skin around your toes.
~ As an optional extra rub your body all over with a moisturising scented massage oil.
After this quick and easy pampering you should come out feeling more relaxed and pampered.
When choosing a mineral makeup over a mainstream cosmetic brand it can be tricky to know what you’re looking for, or what to beware of.
JOLI offer some helpful tips to make your choice easier.
Firstly let’s talk about the benefits of using mineral makeup. Mineral makeup doesn’t clog pores the way mainstream cosmetics do so you’re less likely to suffer breakouts and premature ageing; allows your skin to still breathe while naturally protecting your skin from the elements; offers high water resistance; gives a natural flawless coverage and (if you find a decent brand) mineral makeup is free of toxic ingredients.
Ingredients to watch out for (bad) when considering a makeup brand: bismuth oxychloride, talc, mineral oil / petroleum, propylene and butylene glycol, fragrance / parfum, SLS, triethanolamine, cocamide DEA, parabens, diazolidinyl urea, 3-diol imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM Hydantoin, Qaternium-15, fillers and nanoparticles.
Another thing to look out for is the use of kaolin in mineral makeup. Kaolin, in and of itself, is great for absorbing toxins that are drawn out of the body during mask application or used in bath bombs. However when used in mineral makeup kaolin is used as a cheap filler instead of using mica, and can be drying on skin (since it’s use is to draw out impurities from your skin which has a tightening effect).
If the mineral makeup you’re thinking of purchasing contains any of these ingredients opt for another, more natural, brand. Note: not all mineral makeup brands are natural or free from certain toxins.
Some good brands to consider are: