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August 21, 2015

The Body Shop celebrates 12 years of its Tea Tree range with super-sized additions

Alex Barrow/11.05

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The Body Shop’s Tea Tree range is celebrating its 12th year in production with a limited-edition super-sized collection of natural, skin-friendly products.
   From its launch in 1993, exclusive to Australia and New Zealand, the demand for the little bottle that packs a punch allowed for wider global distribution one year later. Now, as one of the best sellers, the Body Shop sells one bottle of Tea Tree Oil every eight seconds globally!
   The tea tree leaves are sourced from the foothills of Mount Kenya and, in line with the Body Shop’s ethics and values, are harvested and distilled through Fair Trade-approved farm work. From this comes the concentrated Tea Tree Oil. The oil itself targets blemishes, without any nasty chemicals, and leaves your skin feeling and looking clearer. Now, as part of a limited-edition collection, Tea Tree Oil comes in a 20 ml bottle, and the Tea Tree facial wash and Tea Tree toner are now available in larger 400 ml sizes. The range is in store from August 24.—Alex Barrow

August 13, 2015

Trilogy launches Raha perfume, benefiting So They Can to empower Tanzanian women and children

Lucire staff/12.14

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Trilogy has introduced a second perfume called Raha, following its limited-edition Jua Natural Perfume last year. The Raha Natural Perfume, again in partnership with So They Can, is another limited edition, which sees NZ$2 from every sale donated to the charity to educate and empower Kenyan and Tanzanian communities.
   Raha, developed in conjunction with perfumer Yves Dombrowsky, is a natural perfume with Tanzanian sunflower oil as its base, produced by one of So They Can’s projects. Its top notes are green galbanum, citrus, bergamot and black pepper, mid-notes are composed of blue iris, marine accord, rose and frankincense, and the basenotes are warm vanilla with subtle spice. All are natural ingredients.
   The name Raha translates to joy in Swahili, and the fragrance was inspired by the warn African rain which ‘brings joy, growth and survival. It cools the thirsty land, sharpens the crisp aromas of the bush, and brings life to plants, animals and people,’ says the company.
   The 7·5 ml roll-on applicator perfume oil retails for NZ$24·90 and hits stores on August 15 in New Zealand.
   Two hundred and fifty bottles are donated to So They Can for their own fundraising as well.
   Jua raised NZ$20,000, enough to provide an annual income for 50 women sunflower farmers and harvesters in Tanzania, according to Trilogy. The target this year is NZ$30,000, providing for 50 Tanzanian women and a full year’s education for 500 children.



Top Women farmers in Tanzania during the harvest. Above A sunflower field in Tanzania.

June 22, 2015

The Body Shop’s winter essentials help protect the skin: special promotion begins June 29

Fenella Clarke/2.31

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With the winter season in full swing, our skin isn’t feeling so good. This is where the Body Shop comes in, with their winter essentials, a few of their best products for the chilly months.
   We at Lucire have trialled four of these, but there are plenty more in store: the Hemp Hand Protector (100 ml, NZ$23·95), Shea Body Butter (200 ml, NZ$36·95), Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath (250 ml, NZ$29·95) and, for men, the Maca Root Energetic Face Protector (100 ml, NZ$37·50).
   Each active ingredient is Community Fair Trade from different places around the world.
   The hemp seed oil in the Hand Protector has both omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids, promoting healthy cell production and potentially improving very dry skin conditions.
   Meanwhile, the maca root in the Face Protector is rich in vitamins B, C and E as well has having calcium, iron and amino acids. These can promote energy levels and improve acne and blemishes. It is less thick than you might expect, but has a pleasant, masculine musky scent that emerges and subtly stays for the next few hours.
   The shea butter used in the Body Butter is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and skin protector. It helps with UV protection and is also good for dryness as it coats the skin and protects it from harm.
   The Wild Bubbling Bath’s argon oil, commonly used on hair, is also very moisturizing, making skin smoother and more radiant. It can also heal scars and, because of its high levels of vitamin E, it is considered to have anti-ageing properties.
   Notice a pattern? All of these are here to moisturize and protect the skin from the chilly, windy weather out there. Three of the products have quite earthy scents to them as well, meaning they have more of a unisex aroma. The exception is the Bubbling Bath, which has more of a beachy summertime smell, bringing me back to the days of lying on the beach without a care in the world.
   For a limited time you can get 20 per cent off the products in the winter essentials’ range if you buy two or more! The special runs from June 29 to July 19, 2015.—Fenella Clarke

June 19, 2015

Phoenix Organics’ Love Project helps clean up New Zealand’s polluted rivers

Fenella Clarke/22.55

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Top Phoenix Organics’ promotional image for its latest venture to tackle river pollution. Above The sites for the Love Project’s tree-planting between June and September. Below left A #loveyourwater promotional card, with wildflower seeds embedded within.

On June 5, Phoenix Organics started planting native plants along polluted rivers for the Love Project, a venture which started last year with the company helping to remove 5,000 â„“ of rubbish from New Zealand beaches.
   When figures were released by regional councils last month revealing that more than half of New Zealand rivers were unsafe to swim in and that Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Canterbury and Northland were the worst, Phoenix knew it had to help.
   Co-founder of Sustainable Coastlines, Sam Judd, said, ‘Working with Phoenix Organics, we’re helping communities to stop pollution at its source by setting up riparian planting events—these help reduce pollutants entering rivers by reestablishing native vegetation.’
   Phoenix is hoping that through the Love Project, its customers will feel inspired to make a real difference in New Zealand’s coastal areas.
   â€˜We’ve been committed to sustainability since day one and believe New Zealand should continue to build on its clean, green image through involving communities in projects like this,’ said Steve Cook, marketing manager for Phoenix Organics.
   The Love Project is also partnering with environmental artist Martin Hill, based in Wanaka, to create a sculpture during the project, with more information about being released late July.
   Auckland saw the first planting day on June 5 at Wakaaranga Creek; Wellington follows on June 26 at Owhiro Stream. Christchurch’s day is on July 31 at Travis Wetland, while Nelson’s is on August 21 at Corder Park. Northland and Waikato are in September.
   To find out more, you can look at Phoenix Organics’ Facebook and Instagram as well as the hashtag #loveyourwater.—Fenella Clarke


Above Phoenix Organics has planted one tree on behalf of Lucire publisher Jack Yan.

June 8, 2015

The Body Shop’s blueberry special-edition range is a perfect addition to winter

Fenella Clarke/23.47

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Out now, the Body Shop’s new special-edition blueberry range takes your health to a new level.
   With four products in this range including a shower gel, body scrub–gelée, body lotion, and their famous body butter, you’re sure to find something that you’ll like.
   With either real blueberry seed oil, or blueberry fruit extract, these new products have the real benefits. Being the ultimate superfood, blueberries have antioxidants that promote anti-ageing and brain power and have healing properties. Blueberries also have vitamins A, B complex and C, making them a perfect fruit in the winter as we start to fight the oncoming colds.
   People who like the Body Shops’s other fruity scents will love these products and their strong blueberry aroma.
   The body scrub-gelée (NZ$35·50 for 200 ml) is something new from the Body Shop and has a less creamy and more jelly-like consistency to it, making it both cooling and soft, while still having the exfoliating raspberry seeds to scrub that dead winter skin away.
   The body butter (NZ$36·95 for 200 ml) has the same consistency and formula as the others of its kind. It also has Fair Trade shea butter, instantly moisturizing. The body butter also has has the strongest smell of the products, that stays on the skin long after the product has been absorbed.
   The body lotion (NZ$24·95 for 250 ml), however, has a much lighter consistency and comes in a pump bottle form. Lotions have less oil in them compared to body butters, so they are best for all skin types, especially oily skin; this also has Fair Trade shea butter.
   The last product is the shower gel (NZ$16·50 for 250 ml), a beautiful blue liquid that is soap-free and contains Fair Trade honey. The cheapest in the line-up, the shower gel’s aroma bursts as you rub it into your skin, leaving it feeling and smelling fresh, clean and ready for the day ahead.
   These products are limited-edition so you better get in fast before they run out.—Fenella Clarke

May 30, 2015

News in brief: Chi launches Touch 2; Electra bicycles’ 1970s’ inspiration; Hair La Vie’s new video campaign

Lucire staff/7.29

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Farouk Systems’ Chi has launched a new touch-screen hair-drier, the Touch 2 (MSRP US$199·99), with more customization options. It features a 2·24-inch touch-screen control and that control the temperature, ions and speed, and allows users to tailor their blow-outs based on one’s hair texture. The drier can emit more ions for thick, coarse hair, and fewer for normal and fine hair. Chi’s ceramic technology generates moist heat and a consistent temperature.
   Electra reminds us that for summer 2015, its range of retro-styled bicycles are ideal for getting to the fun events of the season. The 1970s-inspired designs and bright colours of orange, pink and yellow, along with flower prints that some will remember were staples in period interiors, mark out the line. There are also interchangeable tassles for the handlebars, and other customization features. However, Electra’s Robin Vallaire, creative director, notes that the bicycles have the latest technology beneath all the 1970s styling.
   Hair La Vie, the natural hair-growth vitamin, has launched a video campaign which features testimonials, including celebrity hairstylist Stephanie Hobgood, who works with the likes of Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, and Rosario Dawson. Hair La Vie includes 20 natural, clinically proven ingredients, and no synthetic fillers, binders or additives. It says there are visible results after two to three weeks, priced at US$39. ‘When clients ask me for a product to help them repair and regrow their hair, I recommend Hair La Vie, because honestly, it’s the first vitamin I’ve seen that actually works. And I’ll tell you right now not a lot of them do,’ says Hobgood. Some of Hair La Vie’s profits are donated to worthy causes and to a scholarship for women.


May 28, 2015

Charitably chic: US events keep the focus on organic, eco and good health

Lola Cristall/4.10

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Direct from New Zealand, Trilogy, founded by sisters Sarah Gibbs and Catherine de Groot, introduced American consumers to their certified organic skin care line. Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is claimed to be the Duchess of Cambridge’s go-to product. Trilogy’s US launch is a much celebrated endeavour using premium and wholesome botanical extracts, where a small portion is enough, without leaving behind residue.
   From Trilogy to Organic Spa Magazine’s New York City media event, in honour of Earth Day, it was all about natural beauty, inside and out. Invitees were welcomed to the 36th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, overlooking magnificent city views, where a number of high-end exclusive products and destinations were unveiled. Jade Yoga, founded by Dean Jerrehian, is recognized for its eco, lightweight and comfortable yoga mats. Shea Moisture, established in 1912 by Sofi Tucker in Sierra Leone, promoted the skin’s silky smooth texture with its line of shea butter products. Parissa introduced its waxing products made for all skin consistencies and hair types. Ananda in the Himalayas provided guests with an idea of their spa escapade with an Ayurvedic experience. NeoCell supported health, beauty and anti-ageing with a natural approach. California-based Aura Cacia displayed their 100 per cent pure essential oils. JUstenbois’ maple wood sets are perfect for the dinner table, with a hint of eco-friendly chic. Founded by Pierre Simard, the products of made in Québec from natural materials. Boiron, a prominent brand in France, presented its homeopathic products including ArnicareGel and calendula cream. Balanced Guru presented their organic, cruelty-free products, including their all-natural body butter. MyChelle Dermaceuticals is known for a selection of products made for glowing skin. Lather’s hair, face and body products are infused with naturally healthy ingredients, leaving behind soft and radiant skin. Nubian Heritage returned with an assortment of its distinguished line of skin care products.
   While it is important to monitor what product goes on the skin, it is just as important to examine what is consumed to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Aslihan Koruyan Sabanci presented her Gluten-Free Gourmet Cuisine cookbook and Health and Beauty Home Remedies book, guaranteeing a delectably healthy and tasty meal as well as a healthier approach towards looking better. The event covered skin care, food and spiritual inner healing. Other sponsors included Reserveage Organics, Incredible India, Chiva-Som Health Resort in Thailand, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in San Diego, Napz, Rejuva Minerals, Immunocologie Skincare, Kimberly Parry Organics, Scotch Naturals, Buff Her House of Exfoliation, Emani Vegan Cosmetics, Babo Botanicals, EverclÄ“n and many more. Organic Spa Magazine along with its editor-in-chief, Rona Berg, emphasized how fashionable organic can be.
   Maven PR’s Alyson Dutch, was back with her prominent Consumer Product Event at Lowe’s Santa Monica. The Venice Room featured up to a dozen exhibitors. Kingston Technology presented its five-in-one Mobile Companion; Love Shawls showed off its two-in-one fashion statement, combining the elegance of a scarf with the appeal of a necklace; Bex’s decorative add-on shoe ornaments, designed by jewellery designer Sonya Ooten, exemplified personal style; Unselfish, by Paul Parkinson, highlighted individuals putting others first; Veestro, founded in 2012, is a vegan and organic food delivery service. Other exhibitors included the Thirst Project, a venture educating American students of the negative attributes in dirty water in South America, Africa and Asia. Other presenters included Simply Necessit-Ease, Slime, Lovera, Dealmoon and Blue Diamond. Eden Sassoon was present to talk about her campaign, #BeautyGivesBack, which permits the Thirst Project to be present at global hair shows, including the Paul Mitchell School.
   After three months of work to raise funds to support numerous charities, Paul Mitchell School’s 12th annual FUNraising Gala announced that $1·7 million was raised for a number of organizations including CAST, Cancer Schmancer Movement, Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Food 4 Africa, Gary Sinise Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Magic Johnson Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, No Limits as well as the Thirst Project. Fran Drescher, Marie Osmond, Magic Johnson, Pauley Perrette and a number of other notable personalities, including the cofounder of the Paul Mitchell Schools, Winn Claybaugh, celebrated the success. Along with being considered a reputable school where avid learners attain a well-rounded education in technical skills and business knowledge, they are also apt at raising money to support a range of foundations.—Lola Cristall, Paris editor








May 18, 2015

Refreshing: the Body Shop’s limited-edition vitamin E range, in stores now

Lucire staff/5.51

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In stores now, the Body Shop’s vitamin E special edition skin care collection has novel takes on two wonderful favourites plus a new release.
   The new range has the added bonus of wheatgerm oil, which is the highest source of vitamin E found in nature. The body doesn’t produce vitamin E, but it helps protect the skin and gets rid of free radicals.
   We’ve been in love with the Body Shop’s Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet (NZ$37·50 for 50 ml), which was perfect for the summer: it hydrates and refreshes and the package almost felt like a small ice-cream tub. The Body Shop says there are two million moisture-releasing aquaspheres in each jar; we just know it feels great on the skin and we’re happy to see its return this winter. It offers 24-hour hydration for the skin.
   Along similar lines is the vitamin E moisture cream, with the same floral scent. It’s not as fruity as some of the Body Shop’s other releases, but there’s a sense of substance when you open the jar. However, when applied, it’s light and fresh, and works particularly well. The bonus this season: the jar is now a larger 100 ml, and retails for NZ$45, for a limited time.
   The brand-new offering from the Body Shop is the Vitamin E Eyes Cube (we love the pun), a stick which you apply to the eye area to help you feel refreshed. It feels very cool on the skin when applied, and the effect lasts very long, helping with fatigue. It’s been one of our favourites in our tests and retails for NZ$34·95.

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