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Hi beautiful humans

My goodness it’s been a thrilling journey of expansion, new opportunities and wonderful, natural experiences over the past couple of months.

In case you didn’t know, we are thrilled and proud to announce that we have partnered with Truworths Elements stores and rolling out our retail offering to 20 stores nationally. Each set up is as unique as our original shop.

In April, we installed into:

V&A Waterfront – new CONTEXT store, Tygervalley, Canal Walk and Constantia Village. Truworths staff are there to assist you and take you through our Eco Diva journey

What you will find in each store:

  • Our full face & body ranges
  • Testers, so you can play, try, feel, touch, smell
  • Brochure information for you to take home with you
  • Information on each product & how to use them
  • Uniquely crafted wooden veneer light shelving
  • Lovely, friendly staff to assist you
  • Regular activations beginning in June/July
  • A true sense of #FLY (FirstLoveYourself)
  • The potential to change the health of your skin permanently

We look forward to welcoming you to our new homes and to helping you #FLY FirstLoveYourself

Please find our full roll out schedule and dates below:

Phase II (6 stores Johannesburg)- by end-May 2019

– Sandton

– Clearwater

– EastGate

– East Ways Mall

– Vaal Mall

– Mall of Africa

Phase III (6 stores Pretoria)- by end-June 2019

– Centurion

– Kolonnade

– Highveld Mall

– Menlyn

– Woodlands Boulevard

– Wonderpark

Phase IV (4 stores DBN/PE)- by end July 2019

– Gateway

– Westville Pavillion

– Greenacres

– Hemingways

As part of our rapid expansion, we have also moved our head office to 179 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town and will be launching our brand new flagship offering with refill station soon. Please watch this space as we will continue to update you as we progress.

Looking forward to taking you on this magical adventure with us.

Much love

Nicole x

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Hello lovelies

Are you a conscious shopper?

It’s world health day coming up this Sunday, so I thought we could focus on your health. Funny that. But without our health, life just ‘aint worth living. With your health in balance, you can truly realize your dreams and have the energy to put behind your dreams to nudge them along consistently. I love to dream, to visualise and to manifest and sometimes this takes so much energy, so I always ensure that I properly take care of my health. I do this through conscious eating, supplementation and following a chemical-free skincare routine (of course)

To get you started, I thought we’d begin with the basics and discover which chemical-nasties to really try and avoid . . .

‘Free from parabens, petrochemicals, SLS and animal products’

What does this mean and why do we care?

It’s a question most of us don’t even think about. We purchase our body and beauty creams without any pause. Our favourite creams with our favourite smells that moisturize, tantalize and seduce our senses. Delicious names like Body Butter, Anti-Aging, Skin Revitalizer, Hawaii Coconut, Strawberry-Vanilla and Bali-Mango Cream, entice us to buy and spread this deliciousness all over our skin, the largest organ of our body. And why wouldn’t we? If the FDA and other governmental agencies have approved the ingredients in these products, and they are sitting right in front of us on the shelves, shouldn’t we trust that they know what they are doing? Surely they have been through stringent testing and found to be safe? Especially when the brands say ‘natural’ herbal extracts?

Well quite possibly not. Should we just trust everything that is available for us to purchase these days, without arming ourselves with conscious knowledge on the ingredients lurking beneath the attractive packaging? It’s a whole other topic as to why the FDA approves additives that are proven to cause diseases. But they do, and we are living in a world where the only real control we have is over ourselves, and the choices we make. So I urge you to get to know your favourite brands inside and out. Check the labels to see if they have ingredients in them like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Petrochemicals,  Cocoamide, Methylparaben or Propylparaben.

According to numerous studies, there are more than 800 chemicals commonly used in commercial skin care products, 44 of which are potentially harmful. The body lotions, hand creams and moisturizers that you are using to soften your skin may actually cause the dry, cracked, scaly skin that you have.  Those same chemicals, when applied are absorbed through the skin and into your body. Once in the body, the chemicals have to be processed by your liver.

Let’s look at a typical ingredient list on a jar of common hand cream for example:

Water, – Stearic Acid, – Sorbitol, – Glycerin, – C-12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, – Sodium Borate – TEA, – Cetyl Alcohol, – Dimethicone, – Aloe Vera, – Phenoxyethanol, – Propylene Glycol, – Quince Extract, – Tocopheryl Acetate, – Cocoamide, Lauramide, Potassium Sorbate, – EDTA, – Allantoin, – Methyl Paraben, – Propyl Paraben, – Butyl Paraben, – Menthol

 Now let’s break down some of these ingredients from various studies and research:

 Sodium Lauryl (or Laureth) Sulfate:

Is actually car wash soap, an engine degreaser, garage and concrete floor cleaner. When used in beauty and hair products it is known to surround hair follicles in shampoo to keep it from growing, with the result that hair falls out. In Toothpaste it is known to possibly weaken enamel on teeth and cause cavities: SLS is very abrasive and may burn the skin, mouth or scalp. The journal of the American College of Toxicology reports that (SLS) is easily absorbed into your skin and builds up in your heart, liver, lungs, and brain… even if you wash it right off after using it!

Cocoamide, Lauramide DEA (diethanolamine):

Is readily absorbed through the skin, is a potentially cancer causing ingredient found in many mainstream cosmetics and toiletries. Reacts with nitrates in cosmetics to form another potential carcinogen/DEA. Your blood cells immediately take it through your skin to the body’s organs, particularly the liver, kidneys and heart.

 Petrochemicals

Many skincare products contain synthetic substances – petroleum (chemical) based. Studies have found that oral and topical application of petrochemicals in rodents resulted in anemia, kidney degeneration, and nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord. Even more disturbing was that several animals died before the study ended.

Parabens

Also known as Methylparaben, Propylparaben, IIsoparaben, Butylparaben. Parabens are a group of chemicals widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. They have been linked to possible carcinogenicity, as well as an estrogenic effect from being exposed to the continued use of parabens as preservatives. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in their report “Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment: Agents of Subtle Change?” reported that the parabens—methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl displayed estrogenic activity  in several tests. It is a known medical fact that estrogen stimulates breast cancer and anything absorbed through the skin may be as high as 10 times the concentration of an oral dose.

These chemicals can be found in many face and body moisturizers, shampoos, body washes, and cleansers.

So, with this slightly alarming knowledge, how do we ensure that we are living a healthy life through our beauty regimen? It’s really all about educating ourselves, fine-tuning our knowledge and reading labels so that you can understand what’s in them. It’s about taking charge of your own health and making conscious decisions and choices to be more aligned with nature for your health and the health of your family

We always want you to #FLY First Love Yourself

Much love

Nicole x

If you’re interested in finding out more about our range of 100% chemical-free, all natural products click HERE

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Eco Diva by Nicole Sherwin - 1M ago

Hi Lovelies

Want to know more about what is a good match for your skin? Here’s the low-down on this healthy acid.

Hyaluronic acid is a humectant.  Meaning, it draws in water and holds on to it.  HA can hold 1000x it’s weight in water.  So when hyaluronic acid is abundant in the skin, the skin looks smooth, plump and glowing.  Pretty much what we all want. As we age, especially in our late 30’s to early 40’s, the amount of hyaluronic acid our skin has, greatly decreases.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural glycosaminoglycan (polysaccharides that are an important component of connective tissue) and can be derived from multiple resources, natural foods, supplements and HA powders. HA is distributed widely throughout connective, neural, and epithelial tissue. It is of the chief components of the extra-cellular matrix (the tissue that provides structural support to cells). In short, hyaluronic acid supports many important areas of the body, with notable benefit to joints and skin. Hyaluronic acid can actually hold up to 1000 times its weight in moisture. So it’s a a fantastic match for the skin with regards to super hydration

Here are just some of the fabulous benefits.

  1. Diminishes Wrinkles– Applying hyaluronic acid on your face plumps up the skin to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
  2. Firms and Tones– When your skin is supple and hydrated, it plumps up to appear firmer, less saggy, and more toned.
  3. Hyaluronic acid also plays a key role in wound healing. It’s naturally present in the skin, but its concentrations increase when there is damage in need of repair. Hyaluronic acid helps wounds heal faster by regulating inflammatory levels and signalling the body to build more blood vessels in the damaged area.
  4. Stimulates Skin Cell Regeneration – While it won’t speed up the cell renewal process, hyaluronic acid does help promote skin cell regeneration by offering extra hydration and barrier protection to the skin. This naturally leads to healthier cells and a more vibrant complexion.
  5. Pigmentation – Hyaluronic acid also helps reduce and prevent age spots and pigmentation issues. But, it cannot do it on its own. When looking to treat dark spots, a vitamin c serum and vitamin c booster product should be paired with hyaluronic acid.

For ultimate hydration –  FIND OUT MORE HERE

Wishing you beautiful skin and a kind heart always

#FLY (First Love Yourself

Much love

Nicole x

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Eco Diva by Nicole Sherwin - 2M ago

Get seriously #glowing with our end of Batch Clearance Sale

Stock up on your faves and SAVE

Because we are 100% natural and only use 100% natural ingredients, each of our manufacturing batches have a shelf life of 18-24 months. Our products last much longer than that but for retail requirements, we keep things clean and simple. The good news is, we are offering some of your faves at ridiculously low prices to make way for our next batch.

Click on Sale Items below for more details:

Face Cream

Ecofoliant Skin Polish

Body & Foot Scrub

Gentle Calming Lotion

Sale starts Tuesday 26th – Sunday 31st March 2019 – only while stocks last

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This week on SABC3’s Afternoon Express, Eco Diva Nicole covers sensitive and desensitized skin and how to soothe and reduce these skin issues naturally. To find out more, watch the segment above.

What is the difference between sensitive and desensitized skin and how can we nurture the largest organ of the body back to it’s natural pH balance? To find out more, watch segment above

Sensitive skin refers to a range of conditions, from ailments such as rosacea and eczema, to severe allergies. While many people can have a skin reaction at some point or another to a product or ingredient, those with persistent issues are classified as having sensitive skin

Skin desensitization refers to a reduced sense of touch or sensation, or a partial loss of sensitivity to sensory stimuli.

Your diet and gut health play an integral role in the health of your skin. For both conditions we recommend consuming 70% organic veggies, especially the green veg like broccoli, cucumber, spinach, kale, beans and celery. These particular veggies are high in vitamins A,C, K, folate, anti-oxidants and minerals like calcium & magnesium, that assist the body’s natural process from the inside out to create a protective barrier and allow the skin to absorb the nutrient’s it needs to continually self-heal.

Consuming certain foods can really put a heavy strain on your liver, kidneys and intestines, which in turn will need to find a way to be eliminated and this may occur through the skin. Try to avoid the following: Sugar, cereals, alcohol, red meat, dairy and gluten. Remember to drink plenty of pure water every day to flush out any toxin build up.

For skin sensitivity and or irritations, we’ve created a really easy to make, affordable home treatment that will definitely show results.

 Skin Soothing Balm

Recipe:

2 tablespoon Olive Oil – (anti-oxidants, anti-bacterial, vitamin-rich)

4 tablespoons Coconut Oil  – (anti-bacterial, hydrating, deeply moisturizing)

1 tablespoon Honey -(anti-bacterial, anti-oxidants, anti-septic, nutrient-rich)

1 teaspoon Turmeric powder -(anti-inflammatory, anti-septic)

4 drops Chamomile essential oil (soothing, calming, relaxing)

Directions: Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly with a mixing spoon or wooden spoon to create a paste. Apply to skin as often as needed. We recommend 2-4 x per day for serious skin irritation.

*For those of you who may not have time to make your own, our Crème Brûlée Body Butter is extremely soothing & calming for sensitive skin & has wonderful multi-use benefits.

Pop on over HERE to find out more

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Tune in today at 4.30pm on Afternoon Express SABC3 as we focus on sensitive and desensitized skin and how to soothe and reduce these skin issues naturally

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DIY Cosmetic Chef Afternoon Express - YouTube

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Live from 4.00pm

After joining SABC3’s Expresso family almost 5 years ago as the cosmetic chef; Eco Diva, Nicole took her favourite recipes and worked with highly skilled biochemists to create the best formulae possible t0 launch the Eco Diva brand.

Eco Diva is 100% natural, organic, chemical-free, vegan, cruelty-free, unisex, for all human skin and is designed to match the skin’s molecular structure for ultimate nutrient absorption for gorgeously glowing, pH balanced skin.

Now 5 years later she chats to Jeannie D on SABC3’s Afternoon Express (DSTV channel 193) about entrepreneurship, empowering women and brand building through authenticity, integrity and self love.

Special Offer: Check out our carefully crafted Afternoon Express Gift Hamper containing:

1.Our famous Face Wash (Multi-use: a removes make up and whisks into a silky shaving foam),

2. Our hydrating Face Cream (multi-use: for face, eyes, neck and chest, assist with pigmentation and calming skin irritations)

and receive. . .

3. Our divalicious Ecofoliant Skin Polish worth R375 ABSOLUTELY FREE.

(Ecofoliant Skin Polish gently and naturally removes dead skin cells, assists in boosting collagen production and circulation to create glowingly healthy, gorgeous skin)

4. We have also included some of our yummy sample sachets for you for FREE to take full advantage of experiencing the Eco Diva range.

Total hamper value R1,100 for only R680 CLICK HERE for more information

#FLYfirstloveyourself #proudlyme #skinfoodforyoursoul

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2019 is in full swing ladies and gents. The Christmas tree might not be glowing anymore, but at least your skin can do the trick from now with a bit of chewing.

Beauty does truly come from within. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but guess what? The same formula applies to your skin.

The three musketeers are back and this time in green. Avocado, broccoli and spinach are at the top of our list. Avocado is full of fibre, magnesium vitamin E. It’s the perfect spread on toast and makes a wonderful dip for your lunch.

Broccoli is packed with Vitamins and is a brilliant detox food, this one is definitely the wonder veggie.

And finally, spinach is a powerhouse of all essential vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin E, your skin’s favourite! Try an easy salad combo of spinach, nuts and apple when you are in a hurry, or add feta and pomegranate for a fully fresh experience. Feel free to add some seeds (like flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and poppy seeds – all packed with nutrients) for that extra bit of love.

Speaking of nuts, almonds are the kings of vitamin E and rich in fibre, healthy fats, protein and magnesium. Almonds also help lower your blood sugar levels. They are the perfect ingredient for salads and smoothies.

Now that we have shared the basics, you can head to the kitchen with no effort and loads of creativity. The options are endless, but remember, no matter how much you chew-chew-chew, the most important elixir is still our favourite H20 and a good night’s sleep. The happy formula is eight glasses (best is bottled, filtered or spring water) and eight hours.

Have a glowing 2019 – and spread kindness wherever you go.

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy. It’s all that matters.” Audrey Hepburn

With Love

#FLY(FirstLoveYourself)
Wilke Marie

Eco-Diva editorial contributor

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