Meet Narelle – Green Goddess

 

Let me introduce you to Narelle Chenery.

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Narelle was a young mother when she started concocting natural skincare in her kitchen.

It all started when she learned that a company whose products she had been promoting as natural, weren’t natural at all but in fact full of chemicals. She had been using the products herself & on her children and wasn’t happy to discover what some of the ingredients truly were.

As a young mother, Narelle started looking for a genuine organic alternative.  She was concerned with what these chemical ingredients were & the dangers they posed to herself & her children. Who wants to be slathering chemicals all over their children’s beautiful little bodies.

Finding genuine organic products proved difficult in the early 90s so she decided to create what she needed for herself.

Journey in creating the Miessence range

A family member gave her some books on aromatherapy, herbal remedies, and recipes for natural skin care products. Surprisingly, even these books recommended toxic preservatives, so Narelle started experimenting with her own methods and created her first skin creams (which she gave away as gifts).

As her research deepened, she was captivated by the many wonderful offerings of Mother Nature, and grew more concerned about the poisonous ingredients that most cosmetics contained.

“Once consumers realise that health and beauty are inextricably linked, they will have to seriously question those unpronounceable ingredients in their ‘beauty’ products. We, as consumers, are incredibly powerful. Most of the time we just don’t realise it!” she says.

Narelle was inspired to share her findings with others and had articles published in several well-respected natural health magazines.

The response was so positive that Narelle soon realised that there were others just like her. Women & mothers who wanted the most natural products for themselves and their precious children. This fuelled her passion even more!

When she was pregnant with her third child, Narelle’s kitchen hobby soon grew into a vibrant home-based business.

As her children grew, so did the demand for her products. Narelle juggled nappies, school lunches, making products and product orders.

A year and a half later while showing her creations at a natural products expo, Narelle was approached by entrepreneur Alf Orpen. Impressed with her knowledge and dedication, Alf challenged her to create a fully certified organic skin-care range.

Narelle had been eating organic food since her first pregnancy in 1994, and believed wholeheartedly in the organic philosophy. She was up for the challenge!

Industry colleagues and critics said it couldn’t be done…that especially organic ingredients would spoil if not preserved with chemicals. Narelle trusted her intuition and persevered.

She made it happen

After eighteen months of intense research and development, and a generous development grant from the government-

🌱Miessence became the world’s first certified organic skin-care and cosmetic range.

🌱 Startling the multi-billion dollar natural cosmetics industry, her product range was third-party tested under flawless scrutiny, and awarded organic certification in January 2001.

Her intention was to create not only an entire range of certified organic lifestyle products

💖 skin-care

💖cosmetics

💖health supplements

💖household products

💖 Body care

💖 Hair care

but also to empower consumers with information and awareness of what is available, and what is best for health and wellbeing.

In short, Narelle envisioned offering products that would revolutionise the health and beauty industry!

So good you could eat it

The crazy amazing the about Miessence products is that they are certified to food standard – like you could eat them, they wouldn’t taste good but they are edible. They probably have more nutrition & beneficial ingredients than some ‘food like’ products on your local supermarket shelf.

Power to the people 🙌🏼

The traditional cosmetics industry turnover supports the production and use of toxic chemicals, which affects not only our personal health, but the health of our planet!

“If we withdraw our support of the toxic beauty industry, they will have no choice but to make radical changes to maintain market-share. That’s how powerful we are!”

Think about this and vote with your dollar

Miessence is an authentically natural alternative range of skin care, hair care, nutritional, home and body products, using certified organic ingredients. All made by hand on the Gold Coast of Australia.

 

Narelle decided that

👩🏽 She really wanted to empower women to decipher misleading ingredients lists and help them see through the green-washing rife in the cosmetic industry.

💄Create a range of products that were absolutely pure and had absolutely no chemicals in them.

That was the beginning of her business!

Fast forward to today

Miessence now sell in 65 countries, have about 100 products and 30 staff.

Bonus nugget

Narelles tips for wellbeing

Nothing new – Eat clean, drink pure water and exercise. Eliminate toxic chemicals from your life, your body and your environment. Be happy 🙂

Miessence is our product partner. I love the products use them & my family uses them. I truly trust the brand. I’m thankful that Narelle followed her passion in creating truly natural products & continues to create them. She is an inspiration, down to earth & I love her. She was the change she wished to see 🙌🏼

Much love

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I’m doing Gala Darlings Instagram challenge for March is magical.  I’ve missed a few days – Your favourite quote & Things you love Thursday. So I’m wrapping it all up here, as I always do things I’m digging anyway.

+ Ralph Waldo Emerson love ❤️You become who you decide to become

+ Wooden tiny home

+ All about paper craft at the moment

+ How to fill Bento 🍱

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Friday Friday Friday ✌🏼️

Im loving

+ Dresser styling

+ Toy treehouse in pot plant so cute

+ Paleo Chocolate mousse 

+ Start living don’t wait for perfect 💜 Just start whatever it is – it’ll never be the perfect time etc

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Happy International Women’s Day

Its International Women’s Day


Celebrating achievements of women, uplifting women, empowering the next generation of women.

The world economic forum predicts that the gender gap wont close entirely until 2186!! That is so crazy and we wouldn’t even live to see it at this stage.

Here is why I marched in the Women’s walk on Washington March. It’s all aligned with why I choose to speak on this issue now as well.

Women's rights human rights why I march

We must #beboldforchange now & also bring awareness to amazing female role models.

Gender equality is a worldwide issue but we see that in developing countries females are often restricted further in the opportunities that they are offered, education available. Often they aren’t treated equally socially, economically and can be thought of as ‘second rate’ citizens.

We must be the voice for those who don’t have the chance to stand up for themselves.

We can support charities and organisations, that are creating change in the developing world. They do amazing work by providing education opportunities, uplifting women and creating awareness around the many issues affecting girls & women.

You can help those most vunerable, move out of not just oppressing but often terrifying circumstances.

Half the Sky

The sky being held up by all of us and half of us being women.

Without us obviously the sky would fall pretty damn quick.

I love the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Through the stories in Half the Sky, authors Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty.

 

On the same line of thought.

I fricken love Marie Forleo’s speech from the  She’s the first awards night. Marie won the award for Mentor of the year.

Educating girls is the key to ending global poverty and healing our world.

Educating girls can break the cycle of poverty in one generation.

A girl who has an education will stand up for her rights.

She will empower her family she will strengthen her community and her economy.

But weve got a lot of work to do.

Because we have to dismantle the beliefs and the obstacles that block around 60 million girls right now from getting the education that they so richly deserve.

We have to put an end to gender related violence, to early marriage, to domestic slavery and the insidious long standing belief that girls just aren’t as important as the boys.

This is especially important now as there is a deep pain that exists in our society because women and girls have been so devalued by others and more than ever we have to come together to change that.

If we want to live in a more peaceful, just, equitable and kind world, that can’t be done without an uprising of strong and powerful women.

And if we want and uprising of strong and powerful women then we need an uprising of strong, powerful and educated girls.

So today I want us to promise ourselves and each other that never again will we fail to recognise, how hard it is for every girl to face challenges in a world that often treats women and girls as second class citizens.

Every single girl deserves to hear that she’s good enough, every girl deserves to know that she has value and every girl deserves  the education and opportunity to live into her highest potential.

Oh my gosh Marie it was so good I had to quote the whole thing.  {full video here }

I love Marie any way but this speech is perfect.

My fave – Educating girls can break the cycle of poverty in one generation. {Click to tweet} Yes lets do it 🙏🏽

 

What’s happening on for International womens day?

International Womens Day is currently celebrated in over 100 countries.🎉

It’s an official holiday in 20 plus nations including Afghanistan, Cuba, Georgia, Laos, Russia, Uganda, and Vietnam. In places like China, Madagascar, and Nepal, it is also a holiday, but only for women. So cool hoping it will one day be a national holiday in New Zealand.

✌🏼️Womens Strike

The Women’s March organizers have declared March 8 ‘A Day Without A Woman’, with an international strike to take place in over 30 countries. Women are planning to speak up in a variety of ways, including taking the day off work, not spending any money, and engaging in civic action like calling their representatives.

✌🏼️Women getting together

Women all over the world are getting together to discuss issues on gender equality and how they can make change within this.

✌🏼️People using their voices

Both in real world and online speaking out on the issue, celebrating women, supporting organisations that are working on the issue of gender equality. For some ways you can help speak up, check out this post from the IWD website.

 

Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and take bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. We can collectively help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over

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💖Lets Celebrate Women who are doing the damn thing.

💖Lets inspire & empower the next generation.

💖Lets be the voice, take a stand and make change for those who haven’t that chance to speak up.

🙌🏼 All hail the badass babes holding up half the sky 🙌🏼

 

How are you celebrating International Women’s day? Who are you celebrating?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Friday is here & Im loving

+ Hair do – wish I could do creative hair things

+ Spicy corn sauce is my life at the mo. I love this on anything or by its self 🙊

+ Flower print girls dress 

+ Bubble cup ✔️ Enamel brooch ✔️ Kawaii ✔️

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Friday Friday it’s pretty fab. I’m loving

+ Ice cube tray chocolates yum & genius. I made peanut butter cups like this once 👍🏽

+  Malala love 💜

+ How adorable are these matchbox messages 

+ Salt & pepper shaker sharpie DIY 👌🏼 Love the shapes & colours 🔶🔵

What are you loving today? Let me know one thing in the comments below 💗

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