Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flowers*
Used since the days of the ancient Egyptians to “comfort the heart and spirit”, and still remains one of the most popular herbs for soothing, nourishing and gently supporting healthy looking skin. It is renowned for skin calming and soothing, anti-septic and
anti-inflammatory properties and studies have also shown calendula’s efficacy in wound-healing.
Surviving Summer School Holidays
Chlorinated pools - whether it's your own pool or a local pool, chlorine isn't the most pleasant thing to leave on your skin. So our sneaky tip for you and your bubs, carry one of our travel sized First Light Organics Bath Washes with you and quickly rinse off chlorine after the pool, our bath wash takes away the smell and helps rehydrate the skin after exposure to the chemicals.
Insects - we love summer and its outdoor fun, and bugs don't worry us anymore as we are always covered in our First Light Organics Insect Repellent from head to toe- it smells lovely and is chemical free, and really does the job. We are so proud to provide one of the rare Certified Organic insect repellents on the market.
Sleep unsettled - all that partying and daylight savings can unsettle and overstimulate your Bub before bed. Our First Light Organics Baby Oil is perfect for a calming pre-bed massage.
Mozzies in your room - we all know that annoying buzzing around our heads before a mosquito attacks, but never fear, our Synthesis Organics Bug Be Gone Oil in a vaporiser or oil dispenser is going to make your rooms smell lovely and keep bugs at bay.
Smelly sweaty socks - if your kids love wearing their sneakers all through summer, help their feet by drawing moisture and sweat from their skin with our First Light Organics Baby Powder.
Nappy rash from heat - all babies are at risk of nappy rash in the warmer months, our First Light Organics Bottom Balm is so rich in nutrients and acts a barrier for any chaffing or rubbing with their nappy or skin.
PRODUCTS THAT THE WHOLE FAMILY WILL LOVE
A whole new season is upon us. It's time to shed the layers, detox your skincare cupboard and de-clutter your wardrobe. Whilst it is so easy to hold onto things, if you let go of old energy and products well past their used by date then you may feel so much better for it. Remember to read labels, as you won't be getting the benefit of cosmetics or skincare if they are out of date, some may even give you adverse reactions.
On a positive note, we want to help you refresh your baby's skincare basket by offering you a 25% discount this month.
OTHER USES FOR YOUR BABY'S SKINCARE
Becoming a parent can be full of hope, love, cuddles and apprehension. While so many new Mum's take time off from work to care for their newborn and children financial strain can be one of the challenges. So, being budget savvy we have developed a list of how your baby skincare can be multi-purpose!
WHAT YOU NEED FOR YOUR BABY'S CHANGE TABLE
Getting the baby room ready for a new baby is part of the fun of pregnancy. This list will help take the stress of what you really need for your change table:
In a generation whereby there are so many different products on the market called 'skincare', we start to question exactly what we do and don't need.
If you had an ultrasound whilst pregnant you would have noticed that all of the baby's organs were reviewed, and sometimes even measured. Our body's largest organ is our skin, so we must treat it with as much care as we would treat any of our baby's body parts. Any type of skin care product is going to be absorbed into your baby's skin, meaning that it will enter their blood flow and be distributed around the body.
We are huge advocates of a chemical free society. There is really no need to be putting chemicals on a baby's skin and we can't see any benefit for them using chemical based products over what nature intended. Any chemicals put onto the skin will be absorbed into the body.
One of the biggest myths of late is that baby powder is 'bad' for your baby. We have had recent feedback from some of our wonderful customers that they were told by some hospital staff not to use baby powder because it is not good for the health of the baby...we are assuming that they are referring to talc, which we agree has lately been found to have terrible impacts on wellness and health, but please don't leave baby powder on the shelf- ours is talc free and has oh so many fabulous uses and prevents chaffing, nappy rash, and even some heat rashes in babies during summer. Baby Powder can be your friend if you use it the right way, and has so many multipurpose uses around the home such as stopping stinky shoes, to untangling jewellery, as a dry shampoo and even to stop sand sticking to your feet.
Harsh and abrasive products are still available in some baby products in Australia, and while some other countries around the world have banned parabens for baby/ child skincare, in Australia these bans are not in place so it's definitely worthwhile reading the labels. We have only just learnt that baby wipes contain products that are banned in leave-on products such as creams and lotions but permitted in wash-off products like shampoo and shower gels.
Another thing to keep in mind is that when you are pregnant you should be considering natural products that will not impact on your unborn baby. Alarmingly Retinol (also known as vitamin A1) for example has warning labels not to use whilst pregnant or breastfeeding.
But, not all is bad- these days there is so much information out there to educate you on what options are available that align with your beliefs and medical experiences. Certified Organic options show amazing results and also mean you don't need a pharmacy degree to be able to read the label. If you are ever unsure ask your Doctor, Paediatrician, Obstetrician, Pharmacist or Midwife. We at First Light Organics always love to discuss the benefits of our ingredients and products too, so feel free to contact us via our website or social media.
Reference: Choice 2016
INGREDIENT FEATURE OF THE MONTH
WHAT YOU NEED TO PACK FOR HOSPITAL
A wise mum once said to me, 'why do I feel I need to be a pharmacist to understand the ingredients label on the back of my baby's bath wash?', and you know what, she was right, as a consumer you should feel comfortable that what's in a product is only the best for you and your baby.
There are so many baby products on the market, and to choose which is the one that suits your baby's skin, or which you like the smell of, the amount of lather, the packaging, or the values associated with the brand all vary from parent to parent and baby to baby, but there is one common goal - nobody really wants to expose their precious bundle to chemicals.
Even though we cannot see it, skincare is absorbed into the skin, meaning it is absorbed into our blood flow, reaching our organs and cells around the body. As trends see more and more people switching from fast food to a healthy green smoothie or salad, we hope that society starts to understand the impact chemical absorption is making on our bodies and make the switch from products that would be too unhealthy to digest to start using certified organic products which benefit the skin and wellness overall.
Whilst we are Certified Organic, made of only the purest and most potent of ingredients, we can assure you that you are giving the best product that works to treat your baby's skin and also will protect them from having to use an alternative chemical based product.
Being a parent is so busy and we know that you get bombarded with so much information, not to mention living with the tired fog that comes with sleepless nights- so here is a list of 5 products that are a must have in your nursery. They are paraben free, talc free, sulphate free, formaldehyde free, propylene glycol free, petroleum free...and only supplied with ingredients given to us by nature.
Wow, these soaring temperatures make us feel like they will never subside and a good old fashioned home-made ice block isn't breaking the sweat. While we feel hot our babies have a harder time regulating their body temperature and we need to ensure that they are well hydrated and comfy. Along with keeping them cool in singlets made of light natural fibres, skincare can also alleviate some concerns.
Baby It's Cold Outside
Just the thought of a chilly and cold winter right now gives us goosebumps, though the cold has so many beautiful aspects like a warm hot cocoa in front of the fire, skiing down the powder white slopes and warm baby snuggles after a nighttime feed. There are some baby skincare concerns that do need to be addressed to that their fragile skin does not dry and crack.
We are proud of our organic certification, many many hours, days and years it takes to achieve a certification, but mostly we are proud to be providing our loyal customers with only the best for their baby.
Every year we are audited by the Australian Certified Organic assessor to ensure that all processes, ingredients, delivered products, packaging, and bi-products are organic in nature. Within the skin care industry, it is known that the Australian standards are so high that it is a challenge to pass, hence many Organic products do not have a certification.
The real winner out of all of these Certifications is the customer, you can be assured that what you are using on yours and your baby's skin is natural, chemical free, paraben free, sulphate free and is safe enough to eat.
You may have seen the word Organic on packaging for skincare and assumed that it is all natural and chemical free...it is a case of buyer beware- to make mention of the word Organic a brand can still have under 70% of ingredients as organic in nature.
So, we leave you with a thought starter, what do you feel more comfortable putting on your precious baby's / child's skin; something safe enough to eat or something made of ingredients you aren't quite sure of, either what they are or even if they are safe to absorb into the skin, and in turn into the blood stream?
Every baby is a miracle, we need to nurture that miracle and set it off in the right direction for wellness and health. While we have all heard reports about different cosmetic ingredients causing damaging and health alarming issues we can proudly say that the First Light Organics products are all natural, all chemical free, all paraben free, talc free and Certified Organic to the highest of Australian standard.
There are a few words/ terms/ ingredients you may have heard of but not exactly sure what they are, we hope that this blog helps to enlighten you on what makes a Certified Organic skincare product so special and to avoid the hidden nasties that you may not know you could be using on your precious baby's skin.
The most widely used preservative in skincare, parabens have recently been found during research that they may cause breast cancer as they mimic oestrogen which is the female hormone known to cause breast cells (both normal and cancerous) to grow and divide. Parabens have also been known to cause some allergic reactions, dermatitis and rosacea.
PETROLEUM BY - PRODUCTS
Just the sound of these ingredients rings alarm bells. While petroleum by-products may appear to be a skin barrier, they smother the skin giving it less room to breathe and disrupts body detoxification, therefore slowing the rate of skin renewal and speeding up dehydration.
There have been studies that suggest that talc, when applied to the genital area, can be related to Ovarian Cancer, in addition to this talc containing asbestos when breathed in is also related to cancer, in particular, lung cancer.
First introduced into the cosmetics market over 50 years ago, PG is an organic alcohol made from the fermentation of yeast and carbohydrates. In turn, it keeps skincare products preserved and have a longer shelf life but there are natural ways to do that as well. Known to be associated with skin irritation and dermatitis.
Sulphates pretty much are corrosive cleaning agents which were initially created as a detergent and are often the basis of high lathering consumer products. Not only do they strip hair and skin of moisture but also strips away protective barriers leaving skin exposed to other conditions.
With the mention of links to cancer and skin irritation, our research shows that despite being banned from use in a number of countries, this preservative can still to this day be found in baby shampoo, baby soap, body wash, nail polish, cosmetic glues and colour cosmetics. Always check labelling and Google the derivative of the specific chemical. Formaldehyde comes in a number of different forms such as quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin... the list of names continue.
These days we are so lucky to have more resources on hand to understand exactly what is in the products we are using. Skincare is absorbed into our biggest organ, the skin, so product ingredients are not exempt from the possibility of entering the blood stream. So, let's protect our babies from anything that could impact on their health and wellness.
Get ready for Christmas, our gift packs are the most beautiful gift to give a baby and mum to be.
Be Naturally You
Aromatherapy can be a beautiful safe support through pregnancy and the early years of your child so we hope this article helps you feel more confident in enjoying the precious gifts of essential oils through this special stage of life.
Firstly we would like to acknowledge that there is a lot of confusing communication about the use of essential oils and pregnancy, on the internet and word of mouth.
As such, we recommend going to the experts and following good practice as set out by the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists - always using less than 1% dilution (generally that means using no more than 4 or 5 drops (0.25ml) per treatment or bath) and avoiding stimulating, detoxifying, sensitising oils.
We also recommend you consult your health professional if in any doubt.
Let it be noted however that “there are no records of abnormal fetuses or aborted fetuses due to the ‘normal’ use of essential oils, either by inhalation or topical application.” Bensouilah J, and Buck P. Aromadermatology. Abingdon, UK: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
Further “there are no recorded cases of miscarriage or birth defect resulting from aromatherapy massage using therapeutic applications of any essential oil.” Tisserand, R., and Balacs, T. (1995). Essential Oil Safety. New York: Churchill Livingstone.
Here are the guidelines set out by the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists:
“As is evident, most oils are suitable for use during pregnancy; the real danger comes when the dosages are incorrect or irresponsible. Essential oils work with the body, not against it. The body always remains in control with low doses of oils. “
The issue of safety of essential oils during pregnancy is still open to debate because the quality of many essential oils provided to clients or therapists are doubtful. It is recommended that you thus seek out and use the highest quality essential oils, carrier oils and other aromatherapy products in order to promote health and well-being. Therapeutic essential oils can present a very little hazard in comparison to synthetic oils.
The use of essential oils during pregnancy can be very beneficial. As with any other stage of life, essential oils are metabolised in the body when applied or inhaled. The body’s natural intelligence “knows how to break them down and utilise them to balance the human physiology.”
There are however some differences in how the body responds to essential oils when pregnant, including:
Oils to use with safety according to the IFPA (below 1% dilution) during the whole of pregnancy (not a definitive or complete list)
Chamomile German (Chamomilla recutita)
Chamomile Roman (Chamaemelum nobile)
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
Neroli (Citrus aurantium amara flos)
Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var amaraol)
Rose Otto (Rosa centifolia)
As is evident, most oils are suitable for use during pregnancy; the real danger comes when the dosages are incorrect or irresponsible or adulterated, synthetic or impure oils are used. It would be prudent to avoid the internal or undiluted application of even pure organic essential oils throughout pregnancy.
Shining some light on Domestic Violence
When we think of home we think of our own private sanctuary, a place where we feel safe, loved and protected. Yet statistics show for one in five children this is not the case. With domestic violence reaching epic proportions in our society, the chances of you knowing a man, woman or child that has been affected by domestic violence are high. We often wonder how can we help, what we can do? First Light Organics and Friends with Dignity believe that it is from the small actions we take that we see big change evolve.
How can we make a difference?
First Light Organics believes all children deserve the best. They are both the future and our responsibility. Their vulnerability means they depend upon our care and the choices we make for them. The First Light products have been created to nurture mums and their babies with the very best skin care from nature.
“We have chosen to do this as we believe in giving back to the community and would love mums and bubs in need to also be able to enjoy our products” says Theme Rains, who founded Synthesis Organics in 2006 in northern NSW and then went on to research and develop the mother and child range, First Light Organics.
“It's not the size of the gift or donations we receive that matters, it is the power of what it does. These gifts help survivors by restoring their faith, their dignity and giving them hope. As a Community, we need to SpeakOut against domestic violence, and StepUp and Support each other, one friend at a time!” says Lauren Eather, Volunteer.
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Every bub is different as we all know, some fair, some dark, some chatty, some quiet, some sleep so soundly, others...well we all know the others. But when it comes to the epidermis the same rules apply, skin can vary not only from child to child but also, season to season, as a reaction to foods, plants, pets or chemicals, stress, heat or even by the wonder of genetics.
When formulating the First Light Organics range we always have your baby's at the forefront of our minds. We have heard how you worry about eczema, dry skin from exposure to heaters and air conditioning, nappy rash, cradle cap and even skin concerns from being in the great outdoors.
There is one baby skin condition that not only looks sore, but it also bothers your bub as it itches and makes them feel uncomfortable, and that is eczema/ dermatitis. The First Light Organics range helps to ease the discomfort and clear it up. Eczema is a very common skin condition, but often one that's hard to find out the trigger for it to flare up.
Did you know that your newborn baby's skin is paper thin, it helps them not only to show you what their mood and temperature are like but also helps them to regulate their temperature. That's why it's so important to treat it with tender loving care, especially until it starts to thicken at around 1 year of age.
Ingredients that we use to help soothe and treat eczema include: