Friday Night In with Irene from Nourished Life
I've known Irene for about a year now and she was the first woman and business I came across when I was looking for more natural beauty alternatives. Her passion is infectious and her dedication to the most pure and honestly natural products is incredible. If you're looking for natural, body-loving products to pamper and look everyday gorgeous, then Nourished Life is the shop you need to visit. I have total faith that anything in the store that you can slather or brush on, or massage into your skin will be nothing but nourishing. No nasties guaranteed.
So now we are starting to think ahead to Spring/Summer and revealing our limbs again post-winter, it was the perfect time to chat with Irene about how her store started and her hot tips for going au naturel!
Happy Friday Night In!
Please share a little about yourself!
I’m a mum of four, wife to a gorgeous policeman, coffee lover, natural beauty expert and makeup addict!
How did Nourished Life come about?
I come from a long background in media buying and advertising. Through that time I was (and still am) a total makeup addict and for years overloaded my body with toxins from mainstream makeup and skincare, processed foods and long hours until it all finally caught up with me and I began feeling the physical side effects.
That’s what prompted me to start thinking about what I put in and on my body so I threw away every product in my home that I couldn’t understand the labels of and began researching natural toxin-free alternatives. That’s what prompted to start blogging about my research on what ingredients to avoid as well as the best, most effective natural alternatives to makeup and skincare, which soon evolved into the online shop of my dreams – Nourished Life - a place where everyone could buy affordable pure, safe, natural and organic products online and all in the one place.
The most rewarding part of your work/website?
Helping people look beautiful and feel amazing with all natural products that will not harm their health, skin or the environment.
What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could?
Learn to speak fluent Italian
Favourite place in the world?
Sydney’s Northern Beaches
If you were a spice, which would you be?
5 things you can’t live without?
My MAC laptop
Lorna Jane Yoga Pants
Egyptian Magic (a natural all purpose balm that I use for everything)
Dr Alkaitis Nourishing Treatment oil
If you could choose to eat anything in the world for your next meal, what would it be?
Vegetarian tacos packed with delicious, organic vegies and cheese!
What was for breakfast?
Organic almond milk with my Carla Oates BODY Powder and a coffee.
How would you classify your eating style?
Natural, simple, nutrient dense with a few little treats here and there!
Your favourite way to stay active?
Yoga and walks on the beach with my husband and kids
What are your top 3 tips for women switching to more natural products?
1. Don’t get overwhelmed by how many products you need to switch – as something runs out, simply replace it with a natural alternative
2. Always read the label closely – Whenever buying beauty products always look for the words 100% Natural, Certified natural, Made with organic ingredients or Certified Organic. The industry is still quite unregulated and companies often talk about their products being soft, gentle or even ecofriendly or natural, which can be very misleading for consumers.
3. Do your research and ask the experts on all the incredible natural ingredients and products out there before you buy and find what is best suited to your skin type and age to ensure you don’t waste any money and get the best results!
Your ultimate combo for naturally beautiful skin?
A healthy, balanced diet packed with superfoods and good bacteria + gentle, natural products suited to your skin type + big smile = beautiful skin
Your best advice for living a wholesome, healthy lifestyle?
That sometimes just changing the smallest things can make all the difference, trying to do everything can just be too overwhelming.
How can readers find you?
Head to my website www.nourishedlife.com.au or you can follow me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/nourishedlife and instagram http://instagram.com/nourishedlife for natural beauty news, tips and inspiration!