The Nudge – Why this was the manual I needed to read. by Olivia Bosshard
On a rainy evening with a cup of hot tea I sat down on my couch and thought, this would be an opportune time for some reading. Being a lover of aesthetics (yes I tend to judge books by their covers) I picked up my new book that had arrived in the mail a couple days earlier. Gold embossed fluid lines, clean and simple; just what I was in the mood for! I was completely engrossed flipping from page to page, chapter to chapter, taking notes, highlighting, laughing out loud and putting tabs on pages. The cover of gold and the title could not be more true to how you feel once having read it.
Half way through the book and within an hour I glanced at my full cup of tea, I was so engrossed I’d completely forgotten about it. I thought how funny it was that my heart had been more than warmed, set on fire to say the least, not by tea, but by the book full of gold. The words; inspiring and enlightening, the author; hilariously clever, the book; ‘The Nudge’.
As an individual female who has had burning on her heart a business idea for about a year, this was exactly the book I needed to read. It is so easy to fall into the trap of perfectionism and thinking goals are unreachable and unattainable. Sonya debunks these myths in such a way that somehow leaves you feeling light and easy and ready to just go and give the idea a go. Yet you know what’s ironic, is when you read something like this, which doubles as a real life and business testimony, you can’t help but feel like it applies to all areas of your life: Perfectionism, plans, learning as you go and doing it all with truth and integrity.
If ever there was a “Boss Lady” you wanted to look up to, Sonya is that one! Someone who puts their head down and works hard without a hint of comparison or looking at what other’s do, or have. I think this is such a powerful mindset to grab a hold of for especially the younger generation and older men and women alike. It is so easy in this day and age to compare your life and situation, whether it is on social media or in person with another’s life. When all you see is someone else’s highlight reel and never or rarely hear or see their mishaps or the bumps along the road, it can be easy to think you are the only one or that the bumps aren’t normal. So THANKYOU Sonya for taking the time and vulnerability to bare the bumps along the rollercoaster and for being selfless enough to share your high’s and lows and invaluable knowledge.
One of my favourite quotes, (which you will see little quotes between pages of the book like love notes for the soul) is “Be ethical. Check your motivation. Do everything with a good heart. It all comes back”. And one thing you will see once closing the final chapters of this beautiful book, is the heart behind it all! Yes, what Eco Tan does through their skin care helps thousands of people in so many ways. However it didn’t stop there for them, having a heart that could see where they could bless and be a philanthropic love to people, that sometimes you won’t even hear or see is what the heart is. This book for me screamed of that heart too…I mean why else would someone who has built from the ground up a successful business share their secrets (like all of them) to help you and push you to do the same; their golden heart!
Thanks to ‘The Nudge’, I literally have two pages filled with dot points and checklists for myself to make for starting a business (who needs degrees right?) no absolutely nothing against them. However I do believe as I’m sure Sonya would agree, that we often have more knowledge, tools and power than we think we have, or the grand things we think we need aren’t always necessary. To give you some little clues; As Sonya says start with “Why?” and “what?” Do your research and know the substance, there has to be more than money! The rest of the secrets (and there are many) can be found on the heart baring, insightful and inspiring pages of ‘The Nudge’.
A book so perfectly named for the end result and feeling of closing the final few pages. It’s quite beautiful that ‘nudge’ means to gently prod or push… and that is so accurate of the words and the endmost feeling. Lovingly nudged towards living life to the fullest and to start DOING, our dreams with no standards of perfection, without all the “knowledge” we think we need and the “resources” we think we need. Do you have a dream? What’s your heart burning for? Do you feel the prod? Do you feel the nudge?
TURN AROUND! BRIGHT EYES… Supernaturally Bright Eyes are here to stay with EYE COMPOST.
It packs a punch, it’s as blue as the ocean and has a habit of turning the darkest of circles into smooth shining beacons of light!
Introducing my newest addition to the Skin Compost family say hello to our supercharged luxe eye cream … EYE COMPOST!
This is your new must have! it is seriously incredible you will see results after just one use,and of course is made with only Only Certified Organic and natural ingredients and is literally brimming with Vitamin C and active botanicals such as Kakadu Plum and Spirulina. These brighten, plump and help reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles.
Kakadu Plum with Vitamin C improves skin luminosity & helps reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. Pure hyaluronic naturally boosts the moisture in your skin for instantly visibly smoother younger looking skin. Spirulina brightens to help reduce the appearance of dark circles. Aloe Vera is calming, and has anti-inflammatory and soothing benefits.
What more could you want from an eye cream you ask?
To make this truly exquisite, innovative and heavenly I designed a unique Jade Stone to use as the applicator. It’s actually known as the ‘stone of heaven’ and has calming and cooling effects and helps to tighten and tone your skin.
APPLYING WITH JADE STONE APPLICATOR INCREASES CIRCULATION WHICH NATURALLY BOOSTS COLLAGEN PRODUCTION.
You can massage the cream into your pressure points for a purely blissful experience, It may be clichéd to say but the results truly do speak for themselves!…
“I have sensitive skin and find this eye cream is divine, vibrant & smells amazing!” – Shannon
“after just one use my fine lines are less visible and instantly plumped”- Macey
If you have been searching for a certified organic eye cream to smooth fine lines and dark circles this is going to be your new go to! I always strive to bring you innovative organic and cruelty free products and I’m so excited to see what you think! We also love seeing your results so don’t be shy please send them through!
I can’t wait to hear what you think! Please take before and afters to track your process.
Kicking eczema’s butt…. I have never known beautiful, soft, clear skin. I was very young when I first began to wonder what it would be like. At twenty-nine years of age I have just seen the light at the end of a very dark and long tunnel, and it is beautiful.
For as long as I can remember, I have had Atopic Eczema, a condition that affects over one million Australians. Categorised by symptoms of intensely itchy, inflamed and weeping skin, Atopic Eczema is commonly found in young children and less often in adults.
I remember being about nine years old when my family doctor told me that by the time I became a teenager my eczema would, as if by magic, disappear. That wasn’t the case. I wish I could go back and tell my younger self that in about twenty years, it was about to get a whole lot worse. Maybe I could have done something about it then and saved myself from the constellations of what were once red stars, now white scars, scattered across my body.
You could always find me with a tube of steroid cream and some sort of moisturiser that I’d picked up from the grocery store that claimed to relieve eczema, but in truth, only irritated my skin even more. For most of my life I loved my steroid creams. I was dependant on them. I wouldn’t go anywhere without a tube. If I did, I’d feel the pangs of anxiety, and that question that would kick and scream in my head… what do I do if I get a flare up?
But steroids only masked the problem. The cream would thatch over the holes left dug in my skin from a night of sleepless itching, but it was a cycle, a vicious circle of using poison to erase the marks of an unforgiving skin condition at the expense of my overall health. A life dependant on steroid cream is not something I would ever recommend to anyone, especially my child or even myself.
As I got older, I decided I would try natural products. There would always be that odd story of some miracle eczema cream that some parent had dreamt up for their suffering child. After being disappointed by countless ‘miracle’ creams, I gave up.
For most of my late teens to early twenties my skin was doing just fine (by my standards). I could handle the occasional flare up with steroids, and if I could convince myself to forget about the scars, I would allow myself to bare my skin in public.
It wasn’t until 2016 when I fell pregnant with my first child, that what I call my ‘hidden health,’ (the health that you can’t see, the harmony, or in my case, chaos, within the body that I never really gave much thought to) became important to me. I was eating better than ever before, but little did I know, I was on a plummeting downward spiral.
My skin hated me throughout my whole pregnancy. My face was covered in bright red blotches. I itched my skin like a woman possessed. I could only put it down to the hormones of pregnancy, maybe I was allergic to them? So, I waited. After giving birth, my skin seemed to be healing and I thought I was getting better. The hormones were diminishing and I could finally see my face again. Then there was breastfeeding. It was easy, and my baby was such a good feeder, but when my breasts became covered, and I mean absolutely covered in thick red, weeping, insanely itchy, angry rashes I was desperate to quit. I was sick of the pain, sick of peeling off the bloodied fabric of my clothing, bed sheets and bras that had fused to my skin.
I began to believe that it was the breastfeeding hormones that was the cause of my living hell, but I continued to breast feed, deciding that I’d better work harder to find a solution to heal myself without it effecting my baby. The desperate idiot in me turned to steroids. I was told it would be safe, if used in small amounts and with proper care to wash my breasts thoroughly before feeding, and so began a scary, painful and time-consuming saga of cream, wash, feed, cream, wash, feed, repeat.
Something about pregnancy caused my body to react to my everyday irritants one hundredfold.
That was working fine until the eczema appeared on my arms, back, legs and stomach. I was covered head to toe in rashes, spots, redness. I would sit in bed, crying. Not wanting to move because when I did, I would feel the cuts on my fingers, elbows and knees split and bleed. When I went to the doctor, he was able to convince me that I needed a nine-day dose of antibiotics and a strong oral steroid. I asked if it would make my eczema go away, to which he replied a very confident “Yes.” Poisoning my body, and my breast milk worked a treat! On the tenth day, the day after completing my round of medications, my beautified skin from the previous day had turned into a blazing fire of death and I realised that I jeopardised my heath and the health of my baby in the pursuit of ridding myself of eczema. I would never go back to a GP for help with my skin. Ever. Again.
My little girl was just over a year old and I was sitting on the couch, trying to distract myself from itching, I was scrolling through Instagram when I came across an ad for Eco Tan.
I never had any luck with natural products. They would only ever make my eczema worse so I had my doubts for sure. I began scrolling through their Instagram page when I saw a picture of a woman whose before and after picture of her legs looked amazing. Her before picture looked similar to my own. I was so full of hope and excitement.
It was then that I decided to do some research into eczema. I thought, if I was going to spend more money on trying yet another cream in an attempt to heal myself, I was going to do it properly. I looked into what foods I should and shouldn’t be eating and decided then that I would try to stop eating gluten and dairy products to start. The next day, I went out to the shop and bought myself the COCONUT BODY MILK and the PINK HIMALAYAN SALT SCRUB.
Before every shower I would scrub the heck out of my body with the salty scrub and let it sit for a few minutes, allowing the salt the get right in there and do its job. Then when I couldn’t handle the salty sting anymore, I’d wash it off and follow my shower with lathering’s of the Coconut Body Milk and wait—wait for the itching to start up again. But it never happened. It felt so good, I actually cried. I cried because it felt so nice on my skin. I cried because for the first time, it didn’t make me feel worse. I cried because I finally saw a glimmer of light, shining through the bitter darkness I’d endured my whole life, especially over the past almost two years.
It wasn’t even a week before I began to see my body change. My breasts, legs, back, arms and face healed. Cutting out gluten and dairy was healing my gut, preventing the flare ups, and the products were stitching my skin back together again, healing my cells to the point that they are now—naturally healthy. My daughter is just about to turn two and I am still breastfeeding her, doing so knowing that she is no longer exposed to any poisons, for that I am the most thankful. Flare ups only happen now if I give in to that bar of chocolate, or ice-cream, or a tray of donuts. But the absolute beauty of my life now, is that I am in control of my body. I control if or when I flare up, and I know how to recover. And it doesn’t involve ANY steroids.
They say eczema can’t be cured, only managed. Well, I didn’t just manage my eczema, I kicked its ass.
…and you thought it was extinct… it’s back! FACE COMPOST® MASK – The mask that constantly sells out.
The world’s most sought after organic green mask. This mask is TRULY unique. It’s delivered everything and more I could have ever wanted. Super organic greens, seeds, oils all the stinky chunky good stuff! It’s raw and organic just like compost.
No toxic perfume to cover up the spinach, chlorella, spirulina smell. This mask is PACKED with skin benefits. White clay is the best out of the clays for all skin types. It is a great detoxifier and the Chia Seeds get right into the pores which SERIOUSLY leaves your skin feeling deeply cleaned.
It’s my weekly ritual. I’ve been waiting for this day.
So if you’ve been waiting for this So what is it going to do to your gorgeous skin?
Eco By Sonya Face Compost® is not just any face mask; it is a phenomenal luxe mask for all skin types that will revolutionise your skin with smoothing, anti-acne, anti-ageing & nourishing properties. It will brighten and draw out impurities leaving your skin hydrated and drenched in green goodness. It will clear, smooth and feed. Next Level skin care.
7 Super Ingredients. 7 super powers. 7 minutes…. Next level skin care!
No GMO’s. No animal testing. Nothing!!! I mean nothing synthetic/ artificial. Auditing and strict transparency on every ingredient and process.
Yes, I could make cheaper natural products for you…. it’s not my calling to do that. It’s creating the BEST incredible Aussie organic formulations. At the end of the day that’s all that matters when it comes to beauty products, the INGREDIENTS.
Introducing the world’s first express spray on Organic Hemp body tanning water. A gorgeous express tan with phenomenal skin benefits! (without the munchies).
HEMPITAN Body Tan Water is revolutionary and made from only organic and natural ingredients in a unique spray on 1 hour Express formula. A beautiful blend of organic hemp and hyaluronic treats the skin while delivering your longest lasting darkest tan yet in a spray on convenience.
I wanted to create a tan that was dark and lasted a long time which is why I chose to use Hemp Seed. Organic Hemp Seed Extract has phenomenal moisturising and hydrating benefits that lock in moisture that helps prolong your tan. It’s also known to help relieve skin irritations and is non-comedogenic so it won’t block your pores.
Cacao helps to soothe, hydrate & balance skin complexion and Pure Hyaluronic that naturally boosts the moisture in your skin.
Hempitan, dries instantly and smells amazing. Trust me you’ve going to love the combination of sweet orange and cacao. It’s perfect for all skin types from fair to olive complexions. It’s the perfect partner for Face Tan Water
Just, beautiful clean ingredients just for you and all of the usual things you’d expect from us. Aussie made, vegan, cruelty free, certified organic.
Pores! The ever-growing market of products “claiming” to shrink pores may actually make you poor. I mean seriously, the market is filled with products making claims, not just for pores but everything under the sun! So are pore size products making you poor?
So how do we make sure we know what to look for?
What even are pores? Pores are all over your body, two types; sweat pores and oil pores. They are small openings in the skin under your hair follicle, which your glands beneath can pass through particles. Pore’s can be larger in certain areas of your body, especially the face; forehead and nose are problem areas for most. Like the rest of your body, each part plays an important role, so like them or not, your pores are here to help your body push oil to the surface and protect your skin.
Pore size is largely due to genetics, we all have them and we all need them, but what affects the size of them? And can we shrink them? I mean really shrink them?
Put simple, anything that affects the collagen of your skin is going to weaken the elasticity and support of your glands. Culprits for the appearance of pores or the damaging of skin sebaceous glands (under the pores) are sometimes small easy things we can avoid, however not a lot of people know these easy avoidances. So yes, science says you can’t actually shrink pore size, however you can make then appear smaller
However, (We all love that word after bad news right) there is hope! To really change the ‘appearance’ of pores; the key to keeping them small is keeping them clear. This may be the reason why brands claim that their product shrinks pores, when in actual fact it clears them.
Yet you really need to make sure what you are using is really clearing them with natural ingredients, rather than artificial synthetic ingredients that strip the skin of it’s natural oils.
During the day be sure to wear as light a possible coverage with SPF ingredients that actually work, numero uno – Zinc! So here you go, secrets out; avoid the sun if you can, if you can’t which lets face it, if you live in Australia like me it’s pretty hard to avoid. UV rays, squeezing pimples, dead skin cells and trapped sebum all contribute to damaging and /or widening pores.
SO, be very wary of “false claims” that a product shrinks pores and stick to natural products that:
A: exfoliate, reducing the amount of dead skin cells and
B: really give your skin a good clean naturally without stripping the natural sebum under your pores.
Make sure to cleanse before bed, washing away a days worth of dirt and oil build up in the pores is really important before beauty sleep.
Our super citrus cleanser is great at keeping pores clean and healthy.
Australian Finger limes cleanse deeply and gently.
Our vibrant intense Super Açai Exfoliator is designed to intensely exfoliate whilst enriching the skin with the powerful antioxidant and brightening properties of marvellous Acai!
Magnesium salts deeply clean and clear out pores for incredibly smooth and radiant skin.
Finish of with our Super Fruit Hydrator; a dynamic oil free moisturiser with pure Hyaluronic Acid and Wild Harvest Plum to naturally help reduce the appearance of ageing. It’s Non-comedogenic so it won’t blog your pores. (exactly what you need in a moisturiser)
Oil free & non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores.
ECO TAN Face Tan Water, The product that has claimed world-wide cult status!
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Face Tan Water | Gradual Tanning Toner
If I have been at all successful in sharing my number one message with you all, you will all know and understand what damage the sun does to our skin. It’s causes early signs of aging, pigmentation and most importantly, nasty skin cancers. This is why I am so passionate about creating products to both combat and prevent this damage.
My multi Global Award Winning, game changer, ECO TAN Face Tan Water, is one product that has claimed cult status amongst faux tan lovers and industry professionals world-wide.
The very first of its kind, actually, Face Tan Water is the only one of its kind and with people all over the world revelling in this revolutionary all natural and organic product, it has certainly upped the tanning game since its release back in September of 2015.
I kept hearing people say that self tanning their face causes them to break out. So that’s why I developed the world first certified organic Face Tan! Our brilliant formulation has oodles of phenomenal organic actives such as hyaluronic acid which is an anti-ageing miracle ingredient, plus orange peel extract to fight acne. It’s non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores.
Every day our socials and inboxes are flooded with customers telling us how much they love it, it just makes my heart warm.
“Absolutely in love with this brand right now. The face tan water leaves my skin looking and feeling refreshed and for the first time in a long time allowed me to feel confident in my own skin. I now go out without makeup with a new found confidence. ” – Kate – August 9th
One of the most frequent comments we receive is that Face Tan Water gives our customers more confidence in themselves and their appearance and that they are not wearing makeup as often, and are instead are going bare faced. I am so glad that our customers are so happy with Face Tan Water. It also assists in evening out your complexion, increasing hydration and minimising the need to cover your skin in layers of makeup.
“This product has literally changed my life!!!! I haven’t felt comfortable leaving the house without make up since I was 14 and with this face tan water I have completely stopped wearing make up. Absolutely love it!” – Nora, July 22, 2018
With absolutely NO hidden nasties, nothing synthetic or artificial and only Certified Organic and 100% natural ingredients straight from mother nature, do your skin a favour and apply Face Tan Water. Your skin will soak up the natural goodness, leaving you with a radiant natural glowing complexion and an added dose of confidence! Less Makeup MORE YOU!
A Global phenomenon, multi-award winner, certified organic, 100% natural, vegan, cruelty free, Aussie made, A FACE CHANGER. NO synthetics, Toxic Free, NoBS!
I would love to hear your experience.
So far I have learnt this. My identity is not my looks ( as they are fading ) nor my money ( as I’m only getting it together now) my business or brain. It’s my heart and sunshine that people gravitate to. How wrong I have been for so many years. I’m still in shock that my super fit, totally gorgeous husband loves me with complete zest as I’m fading so spectacularly!
I guess I underestimated my essence. The whole of me that is shining brighter with every decision I make to forgive. To love.
I crave the whole person I am. I crave the parts that were over looked to make way for the show.
So as my phones flashes up with messages of love from Romanian children that I helped up from utter despair I have the revelation of the word whole! Such a fulfilling spirit shaking experience, to lift others up.
So as my body’s facade fades my being gets a chance to live. For me to be whole requires others to be whole.
As a company, we really value winning awards as they reflect the amount of hard work that goes into creating products made with only Certified Organic and natural ingredients. We are determined to bring Eco Tan to every corner of the globe so that everyone can enjoy an all natural Organic Tanning, Skin Care and Body Care. This year we have entered the Janey Lee Grace – Janey Loves 2018 PLATINUM Awards and we need YOUR help!
Our Eco Tribe is so important to us and we only hope to grow bigger and educate more people on the ways of Certified Organic and cruelty free cosmetics. If you love our products, made only from natural and Certified Organic ingredients, then we need you to vote for us! WINNERS ANNOUNCED SEPTEMBER 2018
We have entered three of our best products in the Janey Loves 2018 Platinum Awards:
Face Compost® Mask is not just any face mask; it is a phenomenal luxe organic mask for all skin types that will take your skin to its next level. Created to brighten and draw out impurities leaving your skin seriously smooth, incredibly hydrated and drenched in green goodness.
Your Super hydrating and dynamic oil free moisturiser with pure Hyaluronic Acid and Wild Harvest Plum to naturally help reduce the appearance of ageing.
It’s Non-comedogenic so it won’t blog your pores.
Intensely moisturising while being incredibly light. Nourishes the skin at a cellular level.
If you resonate with our message of cruelty free, all natural beauty then help us tell the world! Follow the link and vote for one, or all, of our four entries and support our brand ethos of cruelty free, all natural cosmetics.
Thank you so much for your extended support. Our Eco Tribe has helped us grow to unprecedented levels and we’re forever grateful that you have helped Eco Tan get where it is today. Let’s make cruelty free beauty the only type of beauty!