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A natural tan (with or without the sun)

It’s been a harsh winter and I’d like to think that, if there is any justice, a great summer complete with all the benefits of getting out of doors more, is on the way. Many of us will think of how to get that summer sun kissed look but because (a) there are no guarantees of sun in Ireland and, (b) when it does show its face, we have to be so careful about being safe in the sun, I think it’s wise to have a plan B in place. Many people turn to tanning products to get the look without sun or sunbed. But even here care is needed as many of the mainstream tanning products are so full of chemicals that, when you consider that what you put onto your skin inevitably passes into your bloodstream, you might feel it best to avoid them.

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With this dilemma in mind we’ve just taken on some of the Eco Tan by Sonya range. Eco Tan by Sonya is Australia’s first all natural and organic tanning product range. A lot of great products seem to be coming from down under recently, we love Sukin bodycare, Boody bamboo clothes and, of course, Australian Bush Flower essences for our emotional wellbeing! Anyway I digress……..
As is often the case the range was born out of need (and indeed crisis) in the life of its founder Sonya Driver. Here’s the story.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Eight years ago, Sonya Driver was a wife, a mother and a sister. She had the world at her feet and a great sense of self worth. She had just bought a beachside block of land with her husband to build their dream house and left her job as an international flight attendant to be a full time mother.

Sonya’s world was turned upside down when her husband called and said the marriage was over. She was suddenly abandoned, unemployed and living in a run- down house. Sonya was left to raise her girls alone. To add to a dire situation, her gentle- spirited sister was diagnosed with a melanoma. In an attempt to lift her faith and be a strong, positive influence over her fragile sister, Sonya began a new life.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”11809″ img_size=”full” style=”vc_box_outline” border_color=”green”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]She got up from the ground and spent two weeks volunteering in East Timor, where she fed hungry children and comforted the sick. She shampooed the hair of women who had never before had their hair washed. After two weeks living in a desolate village with little food or water, Sonya was distracted from her grim situation at home. Surrounded by people who had nothing, she was able to put her situation in perspective.

Sonya returned to the Gold Coast determined to make a positive change and support her sister, whose cancerous growth had been cut from her arm, leaving a horrible scar.

Still wanting to get a tan without the risk of harmful UV rays, they sought the next best thing. Sonya and her sister began getting regular spray tans together but soon became concerned about the ingredients they were constantly covering themselves with. Sonya began to research the ingredients used by many different brands, regardless of their claims. She says it only took her a few minutes to decide not to use their products anymore. After all, our skin is our largest organ, and much of what we put on it is absorbed into our bloodstream.

Sonya threw herself into making a true organic tanning range made from cacao, flower essence, chamomile and all things natural and organic.

In 2011, Eco Tan made Australian history by becoming the first and only tanning manufacturer to be certified organic by the Organic Food Chain under the Australian government.”

So armed with our first sample and thrilled that we’d found a range that was 100% natural, vegan and vegetarian and absolutely ethically produced, we asked Michelle to do a small trial run. Here’s what she thought….[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]”It’s been a long winter alright and my body is physically aching for some sunshine, the holidays are booked so sunshine is on the cards, just five more weeks to go!!  With my Irish complexion I may not look like I need sunshine to keep me happy and balanced but my annual 10 days away in the Spanish climate really help keep my household in harmony. So I’ve five whole weeks to wait and I’m fed up with my blue complexion so when we were asked who wanted to try out the new fake tan range I insisted it be me!

The instructions instructed to exfoliate 24-48 hours beforehand, so me being me I decided to go middle of the road and I waited 36 hours before trying the Invisible Tan.   I have to say as soon as I saw it was a whitish cream I was a bit dubious, I don’t like putting on a tan I can’t see going on! But on I ploughed and being a cream it went on quite easy, I made sure to rub it in well and it was easy and smooth to blend in.  Only eight hours to wait until I’m transformed into a bronzed Goddess!!  The result – a light golden tan which suits my skin tone perfectly.  To be honest I was a bit worried what the end result might be as it said to suit golden/olive toned skin – which I certainly do not have!!  But apparently this tanning cream works with your skin pigmentation so I had nothing to worry about.

It’s amazing what a bit of colour on your body can do for your mood – I wasn’t quite the bronzed Goddess, but I had a bit of a glow about me.  Now if only the weather would allow me to actually bare some skin!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Our May Competition

As the hayfever and allergy season makes its presence felt we’re only too relieved (pardon the pun) to have A Vogel herbal remedies on hand to recommend.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]A. Vogel Luffa Complex Drops are made from seven tropical herbs including American Spikenard, Heartseed, Golden Thryallis, Luffa, Chapparal, Okoubaka and Toothpick Weed. All of these natural ingredients work wonderfully together. This herbal tenture is believed to be of great benefit for those who suffer with hayfever and can be used by children from 2 years.

If you’d like a chance to try it for free check out our competition on Facebook. The lucky winner will receive a hayfever hamper containing a Luffa Tincture and Spray, A Vogel Eye Drops and an A Vogel Nature C for natural relief from all the symptoms of allergies and hayfever. The prize is worth almost €50 , check our Facebook page to enter!

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You may have heard of Ruban, a new online platform for businesses like Only Natural to keep the public aware of any extra value they’re currently offering. We’ll be putting frequent offers up for on the site so, if you like the idea of supporting local businesses and saving money in the process, download the Ruban app today and keep your eyes peeled for our offers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

El Greco Tasting Day

You may remember last month we introduced you to Nikolas Papadopoulos our new supplier of delicious Greek foods, well Nikolas has kindly ageed to do a tasting day in Only Natural on Friday 4th May from 1pm.  So believe us when we say these foods are worth tasting so make sure to call in so you can transport your tastebuds at least to a sunnier climate![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”48px”][vc_single_image image=”11806″ img_size=”full” style=”vc_box_outline” border_color=”green”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

The Bush Flower Essence for Exam Time

We love the Australian Bush Flower Essences and have seen remarkable results with them time and time again. If you want to get your head into the right place before and during Exam Time, then Cognis Essence is the one to use. What does Cognis Essence do?

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  • Useful for study or pursuits that require deep concentration, giving clarity and focus when working, speaking or reading
  • Assists problem solving by improving access to the Higher Self, which stores all past knowledge and experiences
  • Counters negative states such as daydreaming, confusion and feeling overwhelmed
  • Promotes positive outcomes such as integration of ideas and information, clear concentration and enhanced learning skills
  • Simply take seven drops under the tongue or in a glass of water, morning and night.


The Action for Happiness Course (Wexford, 24 May 2018)

The Action for Happiness movement is a movement of people taking action to create a happier society and helps people take action for a happier and more caring world. Two good friends of Only Natural, who happen to be both happy and caring, Diann Fletcher Jones and Sandra Hayes have teamed up to run The Wexford Action for Happiness Course.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]An 8-week course that gives you the chance to meet friendly, like-minded people and find simple ways to make yourself and others happy.  The course will run on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm starting on 24th May, in one of our favourite places, Murphy’s Barn, Skeeter Park, Wexford

The course is run by local volunteers and based on donations – so please feel free to give whatever you can afford.  You need to register / enrol online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/action-for-happiness-course-8715118759#[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”11798″ img_size=”medium” style=”vc_box_outline” border_color=”green”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

About the Course

Exploring What Matters is a secular, science-based course for people who want to learn how to live happily and spread happiness to those around them.  It was created by the Action for Happiness charity to help people tune in to what really matters in life, connect with people around them and find small ways to start taking action.

Who the Course is For

This course is for anyone interested in exploring how to create happiness for themselves or others.  Maybe you’re someone who could do with some new approaches to try out in your own life.  Or maybe you’re passionate about creating happier communities and a happier world.  Either way, by coming together with others locally on this course you can find the inspiration and support you need to find the actions that work for you.

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