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Guest Post: Katey Mason of Aurora Strait Naturals

http://MarnieClark.com/Guest-Post-Katey-Mason-of-Aurora-Strait-NaturalsHappy April!  I am handing today’s blog over to Katey Mason of Aurora Strait Naturals, a brand new Australian company dedicated to creating pure, natural products with no nasties or toxic chemicals for parents, children and the home.  I think Katey and her business partner have a really beautiful business ethic, their products are gorgeous and I am very happy to help them get the word out.

Katey writes:

I was very young when I had my first son and was often misguided into things that I thought I HAD to do – feed him cow’s milk, vaccinate him (controversial), I was even under the impression that those jars of pre-made meals were good for him!  As he got a little older I started doing what every new parent should do (research) and found some nasty truths in a lot of things and I regretted going along with the mainstream even though I thought I was doing right by him.

After my second son was born I was very strict about what he ate and made sure that everything that went into his tummy was organic and homemade, until one day I looked at the ingredients of an “organic” bottle of lotion I went to apply to his dry skin.  I can tell you right away that the “organic” label certainly did not mean “good for you”.  There were ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce or even begin to think about where they came from and so I looked them up on a search engine.


I was taking all these pains and efforts to make sure my sons were being looked after from the inside and I didn’t even realise they were also being poisoned from the outside.  I began looking around and being a mother with two young boys and not yet back at work, I couldn’t afford to buy these products that were offered to me at such a high price.  So I began to research some more and having some experience in my kitchen and having a slight knowledge for essential oils and herbs, I decided to make my own.  To my complete shock, what I had come up with was amazing and it worked beautifully.  I ended up replacing every single one of our body care products: body wash, soap, lotions, talcum powder and facial cleansers.  I felt much better – physically and mentally – knowing that I was looking after myself without any harsh chemicals or cancer causing parabens.

I researched and studied enough so that I could perfect my recipes and hand them out to my friends so they could try and make a difference to their bodies too.  After trying them out, I had such wonderful feedback!   And so the idea of “Aurora Naturals” was born.  I could sell my natural, chemical- and cruelty-free products to people at a fraction of the cost of what they are paying in mainstream stores for products that are mass produced and riddled with all sorts of horrible ingredients.  When I mentioned this to my friend in America, Tessa Strait, she told me how she had been making soap for a long time and wanted to do the same thing.

Having the same goals and the same passion for natural products without ripping people off, we decided to merge and make a bi-continental company, “Aurora Strait Naturals”.  We both feel very strongly about giving our babies, friends and family the very best – and we want everyone to be able to experience natural and opulent products, not just those who can afford to pay for products that are heavily marked up so that companies can make fast money.  We have combined our recipes and skills and now we offer an array of home and body care lotions, body butters, body scrubs, eczema ointment, air refreshers, candles and much more.  We also have a specific baby care range to help mothers and fathers give their newborn babies the very best start http://MarnieClark.com/Guest-Post-Katey-Mason-of-Aurora-Strait-Naturalswith all natural and cruelty-free ingredients.

We are constantly broadening our product lists as well as our education to ensure we offer the very best, custom, natural products we possibly can.  Please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/auroranaturals and feel free to message us at any time with any questions or information.

Update:  Aurora Strait Naturals now has a website:  Aurora Strait Naturals

Brilliant, Katey.  I’m so proud of you.  The products are absolutely divine too – my special favorites are the Strawberry Lip Balm, the Coconut Lime Scrub and the Lavender Rose Lotion.  Using them you can just tell they have a beautiful healing energy.  My skin is soaking them up like a big thirsty sponge and asking for more.  They smell good enough to eat!  (and Katey says they are safe enough to eat too!).  Gotta love that.

If you would like my help with getting through breast cancer in an inspiring and ultra-healthy way, please sign up for my free e-newsletters and e-books on the right, and/or “like” me on Facebook (MarnieClark.com).  It is my honor and my goal to help you through this so that you emerge from breast cancer feeling better than before, thriving!

Safe Cosmetics: Why We Should Be Buying Organic

What Makeup and Cosmetics are Safe?

Being diagnosed with breast cancer led me into doing vast amounts of research on WHY breast cancer seems to be one of the scourges of modern living.  One in EIGHT women in the USA will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.  I knew there must be a reason for this, beyond what we’re told by modern science.

Part of the research I did took an interesting direction.  Putting aside all of the discussions about toxic environment, stress of modern day living, etc what I discovered is that many of our body products (in fact I’ll go out on a limb here and say MOST body products, especially those in the grocery stores and supermarkets) are toxic as hell.  We shouldn’t be using them!

Chemicals and Cancer

If you look at the list of ingredients in most hair care products, skin care products, deodorants, etc you can’t even pronounce most of the ingredients and many of them have NO business being put into our products. There is a definite link to some of these chemicals and cancer.

I’m sorry if this is turning into a rant, but it’s a personal sore subject for me.  Here are just 3 of the baddies:

Propylene Glycol – used as a skin conditioning agent, it’s strong enough to remove barnacles from boats!  My husband says it’s a constituent of anti-freeze.  What’s it doing in skin care products, especially those for babies?  Are you kidding me?

Paraben preservatives (methyl-, propyl-, butyl-, and ethylparaben) – used as inhibitors of microbial growth and to extend shelf life of products.  What delightful information I discovered about these came from a Professor Philippa Darbre at Reading University in England.  Her research on actual breast tumors discovered that parabens were in every sample.  Parabens have been shown to be able to mimic the action of estrogen, which hormone can drive the growth of human breast tumors.  This research was done in 2004 – why are parabens still being allowed in our body products???

DMDM Hydantoin – this contains formaldehyde.  Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen (causes cancer). Causes allergic, irritant and contact dermatitis, headaches and chronic fatigue. The vapor is extremely irritating to the eyes, nose and throat (mucous membranes).  It has NO business being in our body products.

This is a list of only a FEW of the toxic chemicals in body products being routinely used by women all across the world.  Please stop using any products that have these nasties in them.  Reduce your breast cancer risk.

Want something better for yourself?  I’ve done a lot of research on various companies making safe and organic makeup and cosmetics and I believe there is one that is top notch.  I found MiEssence products when I was living in Australia and they are now available pretty much world wide. I believe you deserve the best, most safe cosmetics, completely free of nasty toxic chemicals. 

If you prefer an American based company, I have found a good one in 100% Pure, their products are pretty divine and absolutely safe.  Click here to see their website:

100 Percent Pure

If you would like my help with getting through breast cancer in an inspiring and ultra-healthy way, please sign up for my free e-newsletters on the right, or “like” me on Facebook (MarnieClark.com) and I’ll do my utmost to keep you informed and empowered on your healing journey… and beyond.