Coconut Deodorant – Is it a Smart Move?

Our organic deodorant creates a pleasant coconut scent & naturally allows your body to release toxins, whilst keeping you dry. Aluminium free!

Why would a tanning company make an organic Coconut Deodorant?

I know, I can’t help myself. If I can’t find an organic product that works, my mind just won’t shut down. My yoga friends tell me its my chattering monkey that tells me just make it! We have a few different products up our sleeves that might surprise some people and in the mix is the organic Coconut Deodorant!

Our unisex, organic Coconut Deodorant is BRILLIANT! It isn’t an anti perspirant that blocks your sweat gland with aluminium. It is vital that we let the natural toxins release from our body. We have all heard that antiperspirants are “linked”to Breast cancer.

Remembering Eco Angel Jess

Eco Angel Jess Ainscough

In November 2012, the beautiful Jess Ainscough was our Eco angel for the month. We we’re reading our interview with her and wanted to remember this beautiful soul…

Company Name: The Wellness Warrior

How you got started: I started TheWellnessWarrior.com.au as a blog to chronicle my experiences while healing from cancer naturally. That was about 2.5 years ago, and since then it has grown in popularity to now become a hub for all things health and wellness. It is a virtual sanctuary where I share my story, lessons, and healing info every day.

What brings you joy?

My little pug girl, my boyfriend, my family, reading brilliant books, being near the ocean, nature, raw cheesecake, preparing and eating amazing healthy food, connecting with my virtual family via my website, and so much more!

What is your style of Music?

I have a very eclectic taste in music – from laid back folksy stuff, hip- hop, dance, and especially old school stuff.

Do you have a book you could recommend to us?

I just finished reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed and it was brilliant! I’m also reading Pattie Boyd’s autobiography, Wonderful Tonight, and it’s great too. I love bios from that rock era.

Favourite destination?

The Sunshine Coast. I don’t think there is anywhere better than here!

Share with us a memory that makes you smile?

 In 2009 I trekked the Himalayas with two of my friends. It was amazing. We saw the most magical sights and met incredible people. But it was the physically hardest thing I’ve ever done, and completing the trek was the first time I realised how much inner strength I have. This was also right before I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time, so it is one of my last wild and free experiences. A little while after that I started Gerson Therapy and threw myself into my healing regime.

Share a favourite saying with us…

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens to us, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life.

What’s being healthy mean to you?

To me, being healthy means making all lifestyle decisions from a place of pure kindness and respect for yourself.

Your favourite Certified Organic product?

Coconut oil!

One vitamin everyone should take?

B12 (the methylcobalamin kind)

The Paradise Kids Angel Appeal

AEco Tan Angel Appeal: our company supports many charities, but one of our favourites is the Gold Coast’s Paradise Kids

The Eco Tan team took part in the Paradise Kids Angel Appeal. This is an annual fundraiser to support more than 300 children dealing with grief, loss or illness.

Our staff wore white in the office and in the afternoon, Sonya and her children took part in the Angel Walk. This was held at the beautiful Southport Broadwater Parklands. They joined others who wore white and/or angel wings. And together, they walked through Southport, raising money to “help heal the heartache.”

What ingredients are you using on your skin?

True organic ingredients – do you actually know what you are using on your skin?

A lot of people out there think that they are using true organic ingredients in the beauty products they buy. But they aren’t… People are so often fooled by fake organic products, we’ve dubbed this term “fake-ganics“.

We’ve said it a million times before and we will say it again: 

Did you know, our skin is our largest organ and a lot of what we put on it absorbs into our blood stream? That’s why more and more treatments are now available in patches! Understanding the ingredients is so vital to your health and overall wellbeing.

What we put ON our bodies is just as important as what we put IN our bodies. Sonya is just as passionate about using true organic ingredients in the beauty products she creates, as she is when it comes to the organic ingredients she uses in her Raw Organic Juicing!

Tips & Tricks to Success in Business…

Sonya Driver’s Business Success: Tips & Tricks

What I believe is… what you love to do is your calling.

You will naturally be good at it and you will instinctively know how to make it a business success.

So many people go looking for business ideas, I hear all the time, “I don’t know what I want to do.”

My answer is always: ”Well, what’s your passion? What’s your gift? We all have something”.

At the risk of sounding like a bragger, I am good at business.

Anyone’s business. I don’t know why, I can just see how to make it successful and what structures and models need to be put in place to make it a success.

I am driven to see other people succeed! It excites me.

I love the doers of this world and will extend myself to anyone that has the right motivation and when my gut feeling goes crazy!

My team, on the other hand, hates it because I spend many hours per week mentoring mainly CEO’S of all sorts of different businesses. I also genuinely like to do it for free (much to my accountants displeasure). The reason I don’t like to charge is because that way I don’t have to censor myself.

Skin Cancer

We urge you - have your skin regularly checked for melanoma skin cancer & practice sun safety. The statistics in Australia are frightening!

We can just get it burned off… We’ll be right.

Skin cancer is one of those cancers we sometimes tend to think “well we can just get it burned off. We’ll be right.” It’s really only the last generation that we really have taken sun protection seriously. We cover our kids with creams, no hats no policy in schools and so forth. A child of the seventies and eighties it was a different story. We covered ourselves with reef oil and I remembered always being in a competition with my girlfriends who could get the darkest tan. The funny thing is, my sister Rachel, never sun baked and was diagnosed with a melanoma skin cancer at age 30. She grew up in the northern rivers area which boasts the highest rate of melanoma skin cancer in Australia.

You Need to Believe to Receive

Eco Tan Founder, Sonya Driver, deeply connected with Dr Libby's talk 'The Pace of Modern Life versus our Cavewoman Biochemistry'... Read her review!

This video changed my life: The Pace of Modern Life versus our cavewoman biochemistry

I seriously urge you to watch Australian leading nutritionist and international speaker, Dr Libby Weaver, present The pace of modern life versus our cavewoman biochemistry. Dr Libby discusses how in today’s age women are feeling the pressure of trying to be all things to all people and our current biochemistry has yet to catch up…

Ever had the feeling someone was peeking inside your soul?

Well when I stumbled across this video on FB that is exactly how I felt! Instead of feeling convicted or guilty I felt so sorry for myself and other Women. I even cried for Dr Libby

Have you Packed your Festival Essentials?

With festival season on the horizon, we have put together a list of all your music festival essentials to ensure you don't forget anything!

Music Festival Essentials – have you packed everything?

Here we go again – the festival season has well and truly kicked off worldwide! After seeing and hearing the amazing music and art at Coachella, if you, like us, are vowing to yourself you won’t miss another festival this season, we have good news for you! Not only have we combined highlights from the line up of global festivals in 2016, we’ve also prepared a list of music festival essentials. Yep, the ultimate list of camping beauty products to pack.

Coffee Cup Overflows to Support Communities in Need

The Inspiring Kayla Hanna is helping the Communities in need, one coffee at a time.

We interviewed the incredible Kayla Hanna. This Gold Coaster volunteers her skills and time to brew cups of coffee for the homeless. She helps those in need to bring communities together. Her initiative Kayla’s Specialty Community Coffee travels along the coast, most frequently at Coolangatta beach, to connect with the less fortunate and make a real and lasting difference in their lives.

As soon as you speak with Kayla, her sense of ambition is obvious – this initiative is so much more than a caffeine hit for her.

“It’s about sharing my knowledge. It’s about helping them with life skills to empower them and prepare them for the workforce”.

Wholefoods For The Whole Family!

Stay Strong Mummy's "Detox Your Pantry" event on the Gold Coast was a night of sharing wellness stories and learning to buy wholefoods for the whole family!

Detox Your Pantry – Lessons from Stay Strong Mummy + Friends

Last Friday, the Eco Tan team was lucky enough to be invited to mega babe and super mum, Kimberley Welman’s “Stay Strong Mummy” Detox Your Pantry Workshop. The amazing Certified Holistic Health Coach and Personal Trainer, Vicky Reihana, and Instagram wholefoods blogger, Amanda, joined Stay Strong Mummy (Kimberley) in hosting an intimate gathering for like-minded mums.

Stay Strong Mummy (Kimberley) is a strong and empowering woman, much like Eco Tan’s founder, Sonya, who has created our brand’s ethos to be based on striving for health, passion and integrity. These ladies continue to teach us that a wholesome healthy life translates to inner joy personally and that extends to others.

Stay Strong Mummy's "Detox Your Pantry" event on the Gold Coast was a night of sharing wellness stories and learning to buy wholefoods for the whole family!Kimberley, Amanda and Vicky sharing their health and wellness journeys

The theme of the Stay Strong Mummy event was learning about wholefoods for the whole family. Busy mothers, Kimberley, Vicky and Amanda, shared their personal stories of how they came to see the health benefits of “trading up” every day pantry staples with heavenly whole food alternatives. As the women spoke, we (the audience) held onto every word while sipping organic wine and easting delicious wholesome treats!

Stay Strong Mummy's "Detox Your Pantry" event on the Gold Coast was a night of sharing wellness stories and learning to buy wholefoods for the whole family!

Vicky and Kimberley, a vision of health and wellness

The mummy’s were inspiring yet relatable women, all successful in their own way. Balancing a crazy household and children, while teaching them vital lessons on the importance of health and wellbeing. We wanted to share our top five takeaway lessons from the night with our Eco Tan family.

Nourish not punish

Although these women are at different stages of their whole foods journey, Kimberley, Vicky and Amanda now know to nourish and fuel their bodies. Eating on a regular basis, a balance of natural and unprocessed foods is the key! Stay Strong Mummy said, “I now eat more than ever before and feel the best I have since pregnancy”. These women made it clear that they did not believe in punishing their bodies with crazy diets that restricted food intake.

Be wary – don’t let the package fool you!

We need to be super careful when we scan labels for nutritional facts. The “organic” or “gluten free” label on food fools many people. But what people fail to see is that this does not necessarily mean the food is healthy. Vicky pointed out that sugar can easily be disguised in the foods we eat under one of it’s different 257 names!

If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it

It’s scary how many foods contain preservatives and processed ingredients. We would never eat these ingredients by themselves, so we shouldn’t be okay with eating them when they’re hidden in common foods. Vicky recommends avoiding big lists of ingredients with things that we can’t understand. She says “if we don’t know what it is, our body doesn’t know what to do with it”.

The key is being organised!

These super mums say the key to eating healthy is buying healthy. If you have wholesome foods in your pantry, you will cook with wholesome foods! Amanda said her kids like to be involved in their weekly food preparation (sometimes!).  Also, in her family, they dedicate Sunday afternoons to preparing and cooking several meals for the week ahead.

Stay Strong Mummy's "Detox Your Pantry" event on the Gold Coast was a night of sharing wellness stories and learning to buy wholefoods for the whole family!

Some highlights of Amanda’s delicious and wholesome kids lunchbox creations.

Trick your kids into eating more veggies

This is a lot easier than you think! Amanda showed us five different ways she cuts up carrots to make them appear more exciting to her children. “My kids actually enjoy having the responsibility to choose what snacks or vegetables they want in their lunch box! They also tell me how they would like them prepared and they even help to make it!” She also shared some of the insightful ways in which she manages to sneak more vegetables into her children’s meals, such as in savoury muffins and frittatas.