This Is How Slow Beauty Eco Salon Gives Back To The Planet

Slow Beauty Eco Salon helps Eminence Organics plant 10 million trees

Eco Friendly Beauty Salon

What are some things that we do to be environmentally-friendly?

Slow Beauty Eco Salon is proud to be Canberra’s only 100% authentic eco-friendly beauty salon. Firstly, the energy used to run every aspect of the salon is 5% green energy, with a plan to increase this amount each year. The salon is mostly paperless, with pre and post-care advice, invoices, receipts and gift cards all sent electronically. I recycle all product containers, use LED lights where possible, use green cleaning supplies and paper products, and use only organic and naturally-derived products in the salon. All linens are washed and dried on-site with cold water (and the appropriate anti-bacterial and anti-fungal additive in accordance with the ACT Health Protection Service requirements). The washing machine has a 4* energy rating, and the heat-pump drier has a 6* energy rating. The gift bags and tissue are recycled and are accepted back for re-use. The organic Tea Tonic teas that are offered to guests are loose-leaf, so require less production processing, and they are composted at the end of each day. Read more

What else do we do that is different from the average salon?

In life, it’s often the small details that accumulate to induce massive change. I hope to inspire and encourage others to tread lightly on their own paths. I take the time and make the effort to focus on the details, so that small, cumulative changes eventually lead to creating a kinder world, the kind of world I want to pass on to the next generation, and those generations that follow.

Why is it important for you to work with skincare products that are good for the planet?

The choice to work with Eminence Organics is a conscious one. I love the superior quality of Eminence Organics products, and that they are tested in independent laboratories for efficacy. Eminence gives back to the environment with the Forests for the Future tree program, which is just a win-win for everyone. I love being a part of this program and improving our environment. Contributing to the common good is a great feeling. I want our environment to be clean and healthy not only for this generation but for future generations as well. A clean planet means a healthier environment for us to live in, which is better for our health. My clients LOVE Eminence and everything it stands for, and they like to see how many trees we have planted together.

Green Brand Partners

Eminence Organic Skin Care

It’s no secret that Eminence Organics loves the planet. They plant a tree for every product sold and are the first skincare brand to plant 10 million trees. They use recycled and recyclable packaging, and their Certified Organic Farm relies on traditional farming practices that heal the earth. Since 1958, they have turned to eco-friendly solutions that are good for Planet Earth and good for us.

Becoming an organic, sustainable company takes hard work. At Eminence, we’ve earned numerous certifications that recognize our commitment to organic agriculture and wonderful spa experiences.


USDA ORGANIC 

A leading global standard committed to recognizing organic agriculture.
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DEMETER CERTIFIED 

Demeter is a certifying body for products from Biodynamic® Agriculture. All products are subject to a strict and comprehensive verification process. 
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ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION 

A membership-based business association that promotes and protects organic trade. 
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ISPA MEMBER 

ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth. 
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B CORPORATION®

Certified B Corporations® are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good™. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 1,900 Certified B Corporations in over 130 industries and 50 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business.
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ONCOLOGY TRAINING INTERNATIONAL (OTI)

Oncology Training International (OTI) is committed to educating and empowering estheticians & skin care therapists to impact the lives of cancer patients with compassion and healing. OTI has recommended a selection of Eminence Organics products as suitable and effective for skin-related issues during and post-cancer treatment.
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CRUELTY FREE

The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program administers a cruelty-free standard and the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo for companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products that are cruelty free. 
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FSC CERTIFIED PRINTING METHODS 

FSC is an international certification and labeling system dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. 
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Alexandria Professional

Alexandria Professional pride themselves on providing the highest quality and most natural epilation product around. Their formulas are vegan and their sugar is so natural, you could eat it! The products are safe to use from head to toe: fragrance-free, paraben-free, petro-free, and non-comedogenic. But they don’t JUST care about the skin; they prioritise the community as well through green initiatives. All the containers are recyclable and are made with previously moulded plastic (regrind) whenever possible to minimise waste. All of AP’s retail tubes are made by Express Tubes,  a US company that recycles at all production sites. They also work towards minimising waste, electricity and water usage as much as possible.

The Universal Sugar Warmer by Alexandria Professional is the first sugar warmer designed to save on electricity use with the lowest wattage on the market. Alexandria Professional sugar pastes are made of only three ingredients: sugar, water and lemon juice. The paste dissolves in water, and when used with Landfill Biodegradable gloves, and wipes, the sugaring is the most environmentally-friendly hair removal available!

Zuii Organic

Zuii is proud to carry some of the highest global certifications on offer to Organic businesses. Zuii cares about the environment, animals and your health. That’s why their products are made with the best ingredients available and they’ve been credited with some amazing certifications to back it up. 


Below you will find a list of our certifications. If you are looking for certifications for a particular product, you will find them listed on the product page.

VEGAN SOCIETY CERTIFIED LOGO

The Vegan Society Trademark is the international Vegan standard. Saving animals one product at a time, Zuii has a range of products happily certified by the Vegan Society! 
Find out more about The Vegan Society Certification and their Standards here.

**Zuii Organic offers some Vegan Friendly options within our product range, you can view all of our Vegan Certified and Vegan Friendly products here

 

The BDIH & COSMOSORGANIC Trademark is one Zuii carries proudly. BDIH is the Association of Industrial Companies and Trading Firms for pharmaceuticals, healthcare products, food supplements and personal hygiene products. The COSMOS-standard sets out innovative, challenging and progressive criteria for organic and natural cosmetics to ensure they are safe, effective and good for the environment. Zuii is pleased to let you know our entire range Certified Organic with BDIH and COSMOS!  Find out more about COSMOS ORGANIC Certification and their Standards here.

NASAA Certified Organic (NCO) is a fully-owned subsidiary of The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA) and provides certification services to operators within Australia and internationally. Our standard Zuii Cosmetics range is entirely NASAA Certified. NASAA provides the only consumer guarantee to verify ‘organic’ product claim, requiring a minimum 95% Certified Organic ingredients with the remaining 5% from a natural origin. NASAA prohibits the use of synthetic and chemical ingredients from products that are certified. NASAA is nationally audited and accredited under the Australian Department of Agriculture (DOA) Organic and Bio-dynamic Program. Find out more about NASAA”s Certification and their Standards here.

NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS

Choose Cruelty Free is passionate about saving animals from the horrors of animal testing. They require businesses to meet strict criteria to carry their badge, to enquire the products are not tested on animals under any circumstances. Find out more about Choose Cruelty-Free and find Zuii listed on their website here.

PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies verifies that Zuii does not conduct or commission any animal tests on ingredients, formulations or finished products, and pledges not to do so in the future.
To research, educate yourself or donate to PETA and view more of their amazing work with animals please visit their website here

AUSTRALIAN MADE MAKEUP


Australian-Made: 
Zuii Organic is manufactured and dispatched on the Sunny Gold Coast, Australia! We are proud to be Australian Made & Owned and to run all of our processors right in one place. If you want to find out more about us, our location, or chat with them, click here.

AWARD WINNING ECOTAN NATURAL ORGANIC VEGAN MAKEUP


Award Winner!
 This symbol indicates that our product has won as award! The world recognises how wonderful our products are and we are so grateful for that! You can also check out the awards page here.

Three Warriors

By purchasing Three Warriors you can trust you are always using tanning products that are organic, natural for your body and face, are cruelty-free, environmentally conscious and proudly Australian made. Our sunless tanning products and tanning scrubs are also certified by Toxic Free Safe Cosmetics Australia and the Organic Food Chain (OFC). 

Tea Tonic

Tea Tonic is all about fun, but they take their commitment to the environment seriously. Through a range of sustainability initiatives, they ensure their premium teas are safe, healthy and Earth-friendly – so you can enjoy every sip with a clear social conscience.

First, there are the ingredients, which are 100% natural, primarily organic, the best tea gardens of the world. That means no pesticides, no chemicals and no harmful nasties. But that’s just the beginning! Their manufacturing processes are as fresh and clean as our irresistible teas. From using biodegradable, unbleached teabags to environmentally-friendly, recyclable packaging, everything they do is designed with sustainability in mind.

You only have one body, and we only have one planet. Tea Tonic helps you care for them both, and is the logical choice for an eco-friendly beauty salon.

Cedar & Sage Organics

Cedar and Sage Organics are passionate about health, well-being and caring for the planet, people and animals. They strive to use only the best quality ingredients which are organic and wild-harvested where possible. 

Stephanie Kratzel, the creator and owner of Cedar and Sage Organics, created her vision from her off-grid property located outside of Bungendore NSW, where she lives with her husband and two children where the products are hand produced.

Steph discovered a passion for health at a young age as her mother, a nurse who also studied naturopathy, taught her many things about natural remedies and the importance of healthy, sustainable and organic living which is one of the core influences in creating the products you can now enjoy.

The Calendula used in many of C&S’s products is grown on the farm and all of the products are created on site using sustainable practices that range from our solar powered production process through to our use of sustainable packaging.

While raising her own children, Steph started taking more care to read labels on food and skincare – It was then that Steph realised that so many ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ brands were not as clean as they advertised. Steph’s creative spark inspired her to create her very own functional products with authenticity at their core.

We love the teeny-tiny carbon footprint associated with stocking Deodorant Pastes from Cedar and Sage Organics, and I’m so excited to have them in my eco-friendly beauty salon!

Nutra Organics

Nutra Organics are on a mission to support the health of their customers with conscious wholefood products, made with integrity, and to take good care of the health of the planet and its people. They strive to be the leader in their space and inspire others to follow their lead to make better choices, from environmental sustainability through to caring for the community. Their vision is to tread as lightly as possible, by transitioning their entire range to home compostable or sustainable packaging, ensuring all ingredients are sustainably sourced and actively give back to the environment and community. Nutra Organics Superfood Lattes and Collagen are available in our online store, The Slow Beauty Experience. They are the perfect internal support for your eco-friendly beauty salon treatments.

Full Circle of Skin Conditioning: Weekly Care

Alexandria Professional Full Circle of Skin Conditioning at Slow Beauty Eco Salon in Canberra

We all know the basics of skincare: cleansing, toning and moisturising. (If you’d like to know more about these steps, you can find more information in Full Circle of Skin Conditioning: Daily Care). But are you missing something? Read on to discover three simple yet important steps that are key to getting the best results from your sugaring experience.

Product Image: Alexandria Professional Salt Smoothie Body Scrub at Slow Beauty Eco Salon in Canberra
Alexandria Professional Salt Smoothie Body Scrub

Exfoliation

Why exfoliate?

Exfoliation is the key to vibrant skin. Regular exfoliation removes the hard keratin layer build up bringing luminosity and clarity to the skin. For younger skin, exfoliation unplugs pores and keeps the skin clear and smooth.

The Alexandria Professional® Salt Smoothie® is formulated with the highest concentration of round, granular Dead Sea salts. Gently exfoliating with Salt Smoothie® regularly not only helps eliminate unnecessary dead skin cells, but it will also mineralise and hydrate your skin.

Begin by squeezing out the proper amount for the area to be treated. Blend into both palms and begin massaging into dry skin by using small circular motions. Do not wipe off. Soak hands in warm water, shake off excess, and start to massage the Salt Smoothie® into the skin. Repeat until Salt Smoothie® is completely absorbed. Pat dry if you’re not following up with Mud Puddle®. Safe and gentle enough to use every day!

Product Image Mud Puddle - Hungarian Wellness Mud at Slow Beauty Eco Salon in Canberra
Mud Puddle – Hungarian Wellness Mud

Detoxification

Our Mud Puddle® is comprised of a medicinal blend of natural thermal properties, one of which is Silicone Dioxide. Mud Puddle® contains 60% Silicone Dioxide which is a building block of collagen from skin to bone. It is a natural anti-inflammatory that deeply penetrates the skin and clears stored toxins. It will naturally keep your skin brighter and softer. Immediate results are experienced when using Mud Puddle®, which makes it a wonderful addition to your facial skin care home regimen as well.

Three easy ways to benefit from Mud Puddle®

  1. Blend with distilled or purified water and apply a thin layer on the desired area. Leave for 10-20 minutes. If mud dries too quickly, spritz water to re-hydrate so it continues to “work”.
  2. Blend with Restore™ Hydrating Lotion to provide a deep hydrating treatment.
  3.  Soak in a bath with ½ cup of Mud Puddle® added to the water.
Phenomena-All Skin Repair
Phenomena-All Skin Repair

Soften and Repair

Alexandria Professional’s® distinct and well-balanced formulation of essentials oils and Shea butter in Phenomen-all® Skin Repair is being hailed worldwide as a miracle “skin repair”. Conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, ingrown hairs, keratosis, damaged skin, surgical incisions, and wrinkles don’t stand a chance.

Apply morning and evening by squeezing a small amount into the palms of your hands, emulsifying it and massaging into skin. For large areas where the skin is not too troubled, we recommend combining a small amount of Phenomen-all® with our Restore® Hydrating Lotion.

“NO MATTER WHAT PART OF THE CIRCLE YOU START WITH, YOU WILL ALWAYS GAIN IMMENSE BENEFITS SIMPLY BY GETTING STARTED.” -ALEXANDRIA PROFESSIONAL® CEO AND PRESIDENT LINA KENNEDY

Each step of this skin management system integrates into the next. The sugaring treatment will remove dead skin cells and hair which makes it optimal to start skin cell softening. Keeping the skin cells well softened and other skin conditions at bay will prepare the skin for easier exfoliation. Exfoliating any excess dry skin makes it optimum for our mud to penetrate easier and deeper in order to purge out impurities. Now when you return to sugaring, the treatment will be easier, faster and even more effective!

Maintaining professional and at-home regimes of these treatments is a sure way to improve your skin’s integrity. We recommend starting off using the Full Circle Travel Kit to begin your introduction to the program.

Full Circle of Skin Conditioning: Daily Care

The Full Circle of Skin Conditioning is a home-care program designed to optimise the condition of your skin between your body sugaring salon treatments. The goal of this program is to give you the healthiest skin possible while eliminating and preventing ingrown hair problems and dry skin.

The Alexandria Professional Full Circle of Skin Conditioning skin Treatment Program
The Alexandria Professional Full Circle of Skin Conditioning Skin Treatment Program

Body Sugaring

After you’ve found a salon offering body sugaring services, you’ll want to make sure they are offering a thorough service with quality products, have excellent standards for hygiene and are highly trained and certified. I choose to work with Alexandria Professional and am a certified Alexandria Professional Body Sugaring Practitioner. I advocate the use of the Full Circle Skin Conditioning Skin Treatment program, which is offered exclusively through Slow Beauty Eco Salon. Using the most advanced formulation and all-natural ingredients, the Alexandria Professional sugar hair removal paste delivers exceptional results that will improve the skin’s integrity while diminishing regrowth.

Start by loving your skin

I Love My Skin Travel Kit
Three steps to loving your skin

If you’ve spent any time with me at all, you’ll know that the basics of any skincare regime are cleanse/ tone/ moisturise. The I Love My Skin Kit works in harmony to promote clean, healthy and balanced skin for the face and body. The I Love My Skin Kit is a travel-sized starter to get you in the habit of caring for your skin like you have never done before! It contains three products, which I’ll tell you more about below:

Presept Skin Cleanser

Presept Skin Cleanser
This gentle, non-abrasive cleanser is great to remove any oils, dirt and bacteria from the skin.

Cleansing with Presept is the first step in sugaring – it removes all dirt, make-up and lotions/oils so that the sugar paste can adhere to the skin and grip the hair. Presept Skin Cleanser is concentrated and is ideal for removing make-up, underarm deodorant and even suntan oils. As a daily skin cleanser, a little goes a long way–pump Presept on to a dampened face cloth to gently wash all body parts. It is even gentle enough for babies!

Presept is a gentle skin cleanser and is an effective yet gentle makeup remover. It will not strip the skin of natural protective oils or emollients, nor disturb the skin’s natural pH balance. It is fragrance-free making it suitable for sensitive skins, children and infants.

Presept Skin Cleanser™ leaves the skin feeling hydrated without feeling tight or dry after washing. It is available in a Travel pack so you can easily take care for your skin when you’re away from home.

Formulated with love and no nasties, it contains: Aqua/Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol (and) Capryl Glycol, Citric Acid, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA

Essential Tonic

Essential Tonic
Essential Tonic’s anti-inflammatory properties make it great for sunburns and acne.

Essential Tonic is used for pre- & post-epilation. It has natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory & anti-microbial properties. Its fine mist-spray delivers a whopping explosion of myrrh. Essential Tonic’s anti-inflammatory properties make it great for sunburns and acne and its antifungal properties help to sooth athletes’ foot. Use it on eczema, psoriasis, nappy rash, cuts and even on shaving rash to calm and soothe red, irritated skin.

It has a soothing and calming effect on the skin while helping to reduce redness (if any) after treatments.

Essential Tonic opens the cuticle of the hair shaft, allowing the sugar paste to grip the hair.⠀⠀⠀

Ingredients

Aqua

Lactic Acid: a multi-purpose ingredient used as a preservative, exfoliant, moisturiser, and to provide acidity to a formulation

Polysorbate 20: a solubiliser, emulsifier, viscosity modifier, and stabiliser of essential oils in water

Commiphora Myrrha: attributed with disinfectant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-itching, cicatrizant, tonic, stimulant, sedative, and astringent properties. Myrrh can be valuable in products designed for acne treatment.

Restore Hydrating Lotion

Restore Hydrating Lotion
This non-comedogenic, hypo-allergenic lotion is suitable for eczema, psoriasis and is very soothing on sunburns.

Restore Hydrating Lotion is a high-quality lotion that has been formulated to hydrate the skin and maximise the benefits of sugaring.

It is ideal for moisturising dry and flaky sensitive skins as it penetrates deep into the skin to restore flexibility and regenerate skin cells. It will leave your skin soft and supple. It is an all over body hydrating lotion that softens and moisturises your skin without irritation or a greasy after-feel.

Restore is safe to use from head to toe and is:
Fragrance-Free
Paraben-Free
Petrochemical-Free
Formaldehyde Free
Non-comedogenic

Ingredients
Aqua

Glycerin: a humectant used in moisturisers, it is water-binding and able to draw and absorb moisture from the air, thus helping the skin retain moisture.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: an emollient with good spreading properties. It promotes penetration and does not leave visible traces of oiliness on the skin.

Cetearyl Alcohol: an emulsifying and stabilising was produced from the reduction of plant oils and natural waxes.

Ceteareth 20: an emulsifier for oil-in-water creams and lotions.

Glyceryl Monostearate S/E: widely used in cosmetics. It is an emulsifying and solubilising ingredient, dispersing agent, emollient, formula stabiliser, and surface-action ingredient.

Gluconolactone: used in cosmetics for its anti-acne properties. It can also help improve skin hydration given its water-binding ability.

Sodium Benzoate: a non-toxic, organic salt preservative that is particularly effective against yeast, with some activity against moulds and bacteria.

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil: an emollient with soothing properties.

Hydroxyethylcellulose: a thickener, protective colloid, binder, stabiliser, and suspending agent.

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil: commonly used as a carrier oil, it softens and smooths the skin. It has a high linoleum acid and other essential fatty acid content.

Phenoxyethanol: a broad-range preservative with fungicidal, bacterial, insecticidal, and germicidal properties. It has a relatively low sensitising factor in leave-on cosmetics.

Tocopheryl Acetate: (vitamin E) an antioxidant that helps prevent unsaturated oils and sebum from becoming rancid.

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil: a moisturiser and emollient. Reduces transepidermal water loss without completely blocking the transportation of water vapour and gases, providing the skin with suppleness and softness.

Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil: has excellent penetration and sun-screening properties.

Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract: has clinically proven anti-inflammatory and repairer properties. It is also considered bactericidal, anti-itching, soothing, antiseptic, purifying, refreshing, and hypoallergenic with the ability to neutralise skin irritants.