Here we are again in December. I can't believe how quickly the year has flown by. As summer approaches and the weather in Australia warms up we are all looking forward to a Christmas break to celebrate with family and friends. On this topic The Beauty Chef office will be closed for some much needed R&R from Wednesday 23rd December and will re-open on Monday 4th January 2016. I hope that you are able to take some time these holidays to do the things you love. For me this will be swimming, cooking and relaxing with my beautiful family. Wishing you all a beautiful Christmas
New stockists: We're excited to announce more places in Australia and beyond where you can get your fix of Beauty Chef goodness. In the USA, we're thrilled that the stylish fashion and wellness chain Anthropologie will be stocking The Beauty Chef. Look out for our launch just before Christmas. Still in the USA, Maryland customers can pick up products at The Pearl Modern Spa and Boutique whilst our LA based customers can head to THE DETOX MARKET for their Beauty Chef fix - their store in CANADA is also stocking our range as well. Closer to home, the About Life stores in Sydney have picked up the brand, as has Lab Organics in Melbourne, while in Brisbane, you can grab our powders at Inspiring Beauty Medispa in Paddington and Davissa Skin Clinic in Robina. Event: In early November, The Beauty Chef, Carla Oates, was invited to talk all things gut health and beauty at the first Goodness Me Box Wholefood Night Market at The Grounds cafe in Alexandria, Sydney, alongside smoothie queen Lola Berry and Bondi health and fitness personalities Luke & Scott. With more than 600 people stopping by The Beauty Chef stand to taste GLOW and learn about how good gut health leads to outer beauty, the night market proved to be a unique health and wellness destination-experience. Stay tuned for more events this summer. Media round-up: American ethical fashion and beauty magazine A Green Beauty featured a piece on Carla in their latest edition - you can read more here. Did you miss the mention of HYDRATION Inner Beauty Boost in the November issue of Australian Marie Claire? Read how it can help prep your gut - and your skin - for the party season here. Instagram: We had so much fun a few weeks ago when Chinese medical doctor and fertility expert Nat Kringoudis took over the @thebeautychef Instagram for a day. She touched on the importance of taking time to relax, gave us a delicious smoothie recipe and inspirational words of wisdom - follow us if you don't already for more news, competitions and beauty tips plus innovative ways that Carla and other Instagrammers use their Inner Beauty Powders.
I love your Inner Beauty range but what is the difference between your powders and boosts?
That's a really great question because even though all The Beauty Chef supplements are packed with prebiotics and probiotics and are bio-fermented to address gut health and achieve beauty from the inside out, each product provides different benefits for health, wellness and beauty. My favourite way of looking at how the powders and liquid boosts work both individually and together is to think of them in the same way you would topical skincare: just like you would use a serum to supercharge your moisturiser, the Inner Beauty Boosts work to amplify the effects of the Inner Beauty Powders to address specific skin concerns. Put another way, the Inner Beauty Powders are your baseline all-rounders that keep your skin looking great on a day-to-day basis, while the Boosts are what you reach for when you need that extra hit of TLC, whether it's ANTIOXIDANT to fight against free-radical damage and cellular ageing, COLLAGEN to address fine lines and sagging skin, or HYDRATION to enhance radiance and combat dryness. The wonderful thing with both the powders and boosts is that they can be used separately for powerful skin benefits, or mixed and matched into a tailored powder-plus-boost combination that works specifically for you. For example, CLEANSE + COLLAGEN would be great for anyone looking to spring-clean their skin while fighting the visible signs of ageing; GLOW + HYDRATION would tackle dry-skin concerns by maximising moisturisation and radiance from within; while BODY + ANTIOXIDANT would help to maintain a healthy weight range while providing skin and gut benefits, repairing cell damage and reducing the signs of ageing. Ultimately, only you know which product or combination is right for your skin - happy experimenting!
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Gingerbread men - makes 12
6 medjool dates, pitted 1/ 3 cup (80 ml) boiling water 1/ 2 cup (125 g) almond butter 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1/ 2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder 1 cup (160 g) buckwheat flour 1/ 2 cup (80 g) millet flour 1/ 4 cup (30 g) arrowroot 2 teaspoons ground ginger 2 teaspoons cacao powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder 1/ 2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1/ 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg pinch of Himalayan salt dried currants, for decorating
Preheat the oven to 180. Lightly grease and line two large baking trays with baking paper.
Soak the dates in the boiling water in a small bowl for 10 minutes, or until softened.
Place the softened dates and any remaining liquid, almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla in a food processor or high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.
Sift the buckwheat and millet flours, arrowroot, ginger, cacao powder, cinnamon, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, nutmeg and salt into a medium bowl. Add the date mixture and stir until it begins to form a dough. Turn out onto a clean kitchen bench and shape into a disc. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Roll the dough out between two sheets of baking paper to approximately 3 mm thick. Using a gingerbread man cookie cutter press out shapes. Arrange on the prepared baking trays. Re-roll any scraps and cut out further men.
Decorate with currants to make eyes and buttons. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until light golden brown. Leave on the tray to cool slightly. Transfer onto a rack to cool completely.
store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Raspberry-seed oil Fresh punnets of sweet, succulent raspberries are yet another reason to love summer, but did you know that those tiny seeds that get stuck in your teeth are actually one of nature's best-kept beauty secrets? Raspberry-seed oil is like a super-food for your skin, loaded with complexion-loving vitamins, essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants that offer moisturising, hydrating, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing skin benefits. Below are six reasons why raspberry-seed oil is one of our favourite skin saviours - and why it's the hero ingredient in our Dream Repair Serum. 1. It's rich in vitamin E. This potent antioxidant mops up free radicals and prevents oxidative damage, which can lead to fine lines and premature ageing of the skin. 2. It contains high levels of vitamin A. Carotenoids (vitamin A) are powerful antioxidants that help to stimulate collagen production and cell repair, condition the skin and slow the effects of ageing. 3. It's a strong anti-inflammatory. Containing one of the highest levels of alpha linoleic acid of any fruit-seed oil (more than avocado and grapeseed), raspberry-seed oil calms the skin, hydrates, regenerates cells and may ease skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. 4. It is high in phytosterols. These cholesterol-like molecules are super moisturising and can improve skin healing and the appearance of scars, encourage new skin growth and boost collagen production. 5. It contains loads of essential fatty acids. These fats are good guys when it comes to maintaining healthy skin, as the high amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids found in raspberry-seed oil helps to keep the dermal barrier hydrated, soft and supple while keeping fine lines at bay. 6. It has natural SPF. Studies claim that raspberry-seed oil has a minimum natural SPF of 28 against UVB rays (the ones that cause sunburn), and an SPF of around 6 when it comes to UVA rays (the ones that cause skin cancer and lead to premature ageing), which means it may offer an extra bit of protection from the sun's powerful rays.
Nat Kringoudis 1. What's the best piece of beauty advice you've ever been given? In a world where there is so much 'perfection' and reality seems like it's gone and relocated itself to another universe, it can be really difficult to not let the whispers in your mind take over. For me the best piece of beauty advice was to focus on what I loved about myself. Many years ago I discovered that what we look for we will always find evidence of, so if I utilise this when I look in the mirror each day and focus on the 'nice bits,' I'm less interested in looking at the bits I don't love so much. Regularly practicing this has become a wonderfully uplifting habit. 2. As a busy Mum running your own business, how do you stay healthy and keep your skin glowing There are several staples as part of my regime. Firstly for me, I know keeping my insides in check is the absolute key to healthy skin. I've suffered from troubled skin most of my life, to finally find balance is so refreshing! I cleanse with either an oil cleanser or a cream cleanser (took me years to figure out that's what my skin loves) as an absolute and I never go to bed wearing makeup. I also commit to drinking plenty of fluids each day between water, herbal tea and juices. I find this also helps incredibly and finally for glowing skin, balanced hormones is a must. I practice what I preach there - I know my number one villain when it comes to robbing my skin is stress!