If you have ever tried looking for 100% natural skincare, shampoo, conditioner or perfume you would know how difficult it can be to find a brand that contains absolutely no alcohol, parabens, synthetic colours or fragrances. If you take a look at the label on most beauty products chances are you can’t even decipher what’s in it. Many of those ingredients could contribute to long-term side effects such as eczema, cancer, infertility and more. We are slowly becoming more aware of the negative impact on our body when we consume processed, chemically modified food, but being conscious of what we put on the outside of our body is just as important. Our skin is our largest organ and deserves the extra TLC it craves.
Tinderbox is a small earthy business based in Ballingup, a cute little town nestled in the South West of Australia. They have used their love of plants and passion for healing to create pure, natural and safe products that really do work. Their commitment to use only quality ingredients from the plant world and ensure the end product is not corrupted with any hidden chemical additives is their number one priority. In order to avoid the usual odious preservative methods that can be potentially hazardous to our health the Tinderbox team hand makes every product in small batches. All Tinderbox products are suitable for vegetarians and most products are vegan friendly, with only a few containing beeswax, honey or bee pollen.
Once you try any of the Tinderbox products you will want to cram every cupboard in your house with these delightful blue bottles of creams, scrubs, perfumes and oils. To get your collection started you can find the Tinderbox necessities on the shelves at the Health Emporium in our cosmetic, herb or tea sections. The Tinderbox product range is so large and diverse you could literally smother yourself from head to toe in these stunning lotions and potions.
Starting from the top – Tinderbox Shampoo & Conditioner is created using 100% natural botanical aromatherapy oils that create a light, elegant and natural scent. These nutrient packed haircare products have been carefully formulated to enhance the natural beauty of your hair, restore the moisture balance and promote a healthy scalp. There are shampoo options for normal, dry & oily hair types and a conditioner suitable for all three. If your hair is especially damaged we do stock the Hair Conditioning Oil for an extra dose of moisture to quench your dehydrated, thirsty ends.
For the face – the Fennel & Yarrow Cleanser is a must have. It feels like silk on your skin and is ideal for removing makeup or just cleansing and restoring moisture. If you feel like you need something that penetrates a little deeper into the pores try the Exfoliating Face Scrub to leave your skin soft and fresh. Another great option is the Refining Face Pack which will give your skin a mineral-rich detox. If you like to follow up your face scrub with a toner then you will love the Orange Flower Refreshing Cleansing tonic. To finish off your daily face-cleaning regime Tinderbox has a choice of face creams that smell good enough to eat – from the Nourishing Night Cream, Harmonising Day Cream and a Precious Eye Cream that is hydrating and delicate, softening fine lines around the eyes.
For an all over healthy skin glow – Tinderbox has a range of different product options depending on which one of your body parts needs a little extra attention or how you would like to pamper and enhance your skins overall wellbeing. For a general exfoliate, buff and polish – try the Brown Sugar Body Buff, followed by your choice of Tinderbox soothing body lotions, non-greasy hand creams and replenishing lip balms which have been lovingly brewed using pure botanicals, including extracts of grapefruit seed, rosemary, olive leaf and other essential oils.
And if you thought they had forgotten anything think again. Tinderbox has an endless amount of extra little therapeutic recipes ranging from deodorants, mouth freshener, insect repellant, foot scrub, bath oil/salts, perfume, body sprays, massage oil and many more.
We are so in love with these products that we wanted to know more. Karen from Tinderbox has answered a few of our extra questions below:
Tinderbox evolved from an authentic love of plants, a passion for healing and exploring the myriad ways of creating pure and safe products for family and friends.
2. Difference? These are no ordinary products, but an experience of healing and well-being at affordable prices. Each product has been created with herbs whose healing principles we have grown to understand. We care about the ingredients being of the highest quality and with high standards of quality control, we ensure that the herbs we use are clean, fresh and efficacious, with their colour and aroma still intact. Utmost consideration is given to the inherent potential of each plant source.
Tinderbox skincare products are absolutely not tested on animals, nor do we use any animal-derived ingredients. The Tinderbox team is committed to species preservation and has been involved in local conservation projects at a high level over the years. We believe that humans occupy an important part in the intricate web of life that is not at the apex of creation but deeply interconnected with all animal life.
3. Must Have?
Tinderbox Day Cream – the facial moisturiser that suits most skin types. Nourishes and restores balance to all skin types. Packed with herbal power, this non-greasy moisturiser promotes the skin’s own functions to interact in harmony with the inner body and with the outer environment. The pure plant ingredients regulate the skin’s natural oils, leaving it pleasantly refreshed and hydrated.
Equanimity – The Scent for Clearing. Enhances clear intention to cleanse negativity in the home or workspace, creating calmness and equanimity. A meaningful way to create a happier, more congenial space. When you spray equanimity you feel something happen, something shifts.
4. Favourite Tinderbox product?
Night Cream – I have mature, dry skin and it packs a little bit of extra clout. It’s rich and nourishing. I’m also switching between Prosperity (A Scent of Abundance) and Mythic Muse (A Scent of Creativity). They both lift me into a different, more creative space.
5. The Future?
This year we have some great new products coming out. Our new Ethereal range of perfumes will be expanding into cream perfumes, so you’ll be able to get products such as Equanimity and Raphael in little reusable (and practically unbreakable) bamboo pots that you can carry anywhere and apply anytime.
Very early in the new year we will also add two new products to our skin care range – Quiver, the quintessential men’s moisturiser; and Face Mask, a ready-to-apply mask for intensive skin treatment. Both will be in our new range of Tinderbox blue ecopumps which are light, easy to carry and 100% recyclable. Later in the year we will be releasing a sports gel – a Fire and Ice gel with a warming and cooling effect on the muscles. Watch this space for more wholesome new releases.
Finally you can put your trust into a product that is not only beneficial for your skin, but also has a list of ingredients on the label that you won’t need to look up the dictionary meaning for. Your skin works hard to keep you healthy, and you can return the favour by looking after it with the gentle, safe and natural Tinderbox products which are guaranteed to make you look, feel and smell wonderful.
Written by Prue Rustean