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.


7 Secrets to Staying Healthy on Holidays

7 Tips to staying fit and healthy while travelling – By Asha Burnley

I’ve got the travel bug! Traveling can be life changing, but unfortunately it can also throw off your healthy lifestyle and fitness routine.

Here are my tips for keeping healthy, comfortable and energised while away from home. You don’t have to take a holiday from your healthy lifestyle with these secrets!

  1. Before you leave, make sure you’re packed with your health, fitness and travelling beauty essentials. You can download body weight workouts to your devices, pack a workout DVD or even bring along a skipping rope. I always pack my Coconut Body Milk to hydrate my skin from the stresses of traveling.
  1. Book accommodation with a fitness centre, pool or is close to a park so you can shake off any jet lag. If this isn’t an option, you can still get an awesome and quick workout done in your hotel room.
  1. Limit carry on luggage to ensure you enjoy a comfortable flight with plenty of leg room and a less cramped space. This is why I use Invisible Tan the night before I fly. This saves room in my luggage and I have a beautiful glowing tan all week!

Cleverly Blended Essential Oils For Your Outdoor Enjoyment

The NEWEST addition to our luxurious Eco By Sonya Driver range is an outdoor body spray. Next week, you will officially get to meet our Organic Personal Outdoor Spray!

 What you need to know about our outdoor body spray:

“It was so refreshing to be able to spray something that smelt so good and wasn’t toxic on him.”

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Cass Wicks, mother & attorney

Get weekend ready with Eco Tan!

The weekend is coming and you need the perfect bronze look. Here is our guide to the best tan results! First tip, your preparation starts Wednesday.

Need the perfect bronzed look for the weekend?

We share our Guide to get YOU the best tan results!

We have prepared a guide using our Certified Organic products that guarantees you will get your best tan results and natural glow for the weekend. Preparation is key to a perfect and even tan. So, to look your best, bronzed self on Saturday, your tanning routine actually starts on Wednesday.


Scrub - Weekend prep

It is vital that you always exfoliate before applying tan. Before your shower (morning or night, whichever you prefer), use our Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub on dry skin. This will exfoliate, detoxify and intensely hydrate your skin, leaving you with seriously smooth skin – this is essential for best results! We recommend using our Extreme Exfoliant Glove to provide a deep exfoliation. Our glove removes dead skin cell layers and old tan to reveal fresh, smooth skin – perfect for your tan preparation!

Awards Season – Eco Tan Wins Coveted Award!

The Eco Tan HQ is buzzing! Why? Because 3 of our best selling organic products were awarded at t the Natural Health International Beauty Awards 2016!



Natural Health International Beauty Awards 2016!

February has been an absolutely crazy month of celebration here at Eco Tan and Eco By Sonya Driver. Why? Because three of our organic best sellers were awarded internationally in the Natural Health International Beauty Awards 2016!

The Natural Health International Beauty Awards celebrate the very best in natural and organic beauty from around the world. Also, these awards are of the highest standard in the beauty industry as experts test, the editor approves and readers vote for the winners.

We can’t contain how excited we are!

It was only a year ago that we first arrived in the UK and Sonya and some of the wonderful ladies in the Eco Tan team visited London. Fast forward 12 months and not only did we beat our big players in the UK – for their own home-grown accolades! We are also celebrating 3 of our organic products as heroes in the natural beauty market!

Organic Beauty VS Mainstream Beauty

The mistruths about mainstream beauty... what harmful chemicals are people putting on their skin everyday? Time to choose an ORGANIC skin care range!

Using an organic skin care range really does make a difference.

There are SO many mistruths in Mainstream Beauty today, I want to educate YOU to choose an organic skin care range. Hey, even if it isn’t ours – be aware, read labels, do your research and know what is REALLY going onto your skin.

Things happen it life that lead you on a path. I became consumed with finding an organic solution as a safer tanning alternative.

Not only was there not a single organic tanning product, but I quickly started to recognise how harmful a simple lipstick was! I sure wasn’t going to use them and I definitely wasn’t going to take that risk on my sister’s skin. It is in these very moments, that Eco Tan my organically certified company was born. I vowed to speak up to Australian’s about toxic chemicals in mainstream beauty. Further, to make them aware of greenwashing.

The Most Important Question Of Your Life

We ask you American self-help author, blogger and entrepreneur Mark Manson's question... What is the most important question of your life?

The Most Important Question Of Your Life – Mark Manson

A few of us at the Eco Tan HQ connected so deeply with this article that we had to share… Written by from American self-help author, blogger and entrepreneur, Mark Manson.

Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing sex and relationships. To look perfect, make money and to be popular, well-respected and admired. To be a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when you walk into the room.

Everyone would like that — it’s easy to like that.

If I ask you, “What do you want out of life?” and you say something like, “I want to be happy and have a great family and a job I like,” it’s so ubiquitous that it doesn’t even mean anything.

New Year, New You! Time to Embrace 2016!

Will you commit to a new you for 2016? Come January 1st we always promise this year will be different. Let's stick to our 2016 New Years Resolutions!

New Years Resolutions

It happens every year. We all promise to ourselves that come January 1st, a new version of ourselves will emerge. A version that actually enjoys exercise and doesn’t stuff their face with junk food at every chance they get. GUILTY! It’s time to set our New Years Resolutions for 2016, something we can actually stick to…

It always starts off with good intentions, but suddenly it’s January 7th and we’re still in our pyjamas at 4pm. Having spent the whole day watching TV, with 2 empty packets of Doritos by our side. Oops!

Fear not! This year is different, because we want to inspire many to embrace 2016 as a year of holistic and healthy living. We want you to feel healthier and, in turn, happier!