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Roast Carrots With Natural Kefir Yoghurt Peanut Miso Dressing


Sometimes you want to get a little creative in the kitchen, so why not take the opportunity to reinvent a classic like roast carrots, in a clever culinary way, using The Collective’s Natural Kefir Yoghurt as the hero.

 

INGREDIENTS
1 large bunch of heirloom carrots
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 tbsp dried tarragon
3 tbsp The Collective Natural Kefir Yoghurt
2 tbsp peanut butter

1 tbsp miso paste
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp pistachios, roughly chopped
2 tbsp parsley, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C. Trim and wash a bunch of heirloom carrots and pop on a roasting tray.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle over with tarragon. Give the tray few shakes and roast in a 180°C oven for 20 minutes.
  3. To make the dressing, in a bowl, whisk together The Collective Natural Kefir Yoghurt, peanut butter, miso paste, honey and apple cider vinegar until smooth.
  4. Serve carrots on a platter, season with salt and pepper. Drizzle dressing over the roasted carrots and scatter with chopped pistachios and chopped parsley.

Nature knows best


For 25 years, Canterbury born and bred Linden Leaves has been transforming New Zealand’s natural plant-based goodness into goodness for our skin. We caught up with founder Brigit Blair about why we should nurture beautiful.

Brigit Blair with daughter Juliet Blair, photo by BeautyEQ

Can you tell us about how the Linden Leaves story came about?
It came from a mother desperate to help two of her children who had endless days and nights of being uncomfortable with allergies, rashes, eczema, asthma and extremely sensitive skin.

I thought a lot about the huge use of steroid creams and highly chemical prescriptive medicines they were using on a daily basis. It inspired me to think back to my granny, who was born and raised on the Chathams with no doctor and a healthy, natural lifestyle.

I thought how nature often knows best and how we have lost that deep connection to simplicity, a more gentle way of caring for ourselves and a healthier way of living.

I became interested in plant-based ingredients and the natural goodness when oils and extracts are taken from them carefully.

Plants also have a natural beauty and often a delightful fragrance – so different from the acrid smell of coal tar cream!

I wanted to develop the beneficial feeling that I find in beautiful nature and fragrance, and our freeze dried botanicals and bespoke fragrances add to the sensory experience of our products.

While not being a miracle cure, my children’s skin improved and the use of synthetic, chemical ingredients was drastically reduced, making me feel much more comfortable as a mother.

Over time the story has continued to evolve.

My daughter Juliet joined me in the business along the way and she has now taken the reins, driving the creative direction of the company and our beautiful new branding and new product ranges.

A passion for natural products, strong ethics, pride in New Zealand and a nurturing family-oriented approach have remained our guiding values.


You’re celebrating an incredible 25 years this year! Why do you think people have connected so strongly with Linden Leaves and your products?
I think many people believe in our quality ingredients and their benefits, in our integrity and honesty and in our story of caring not only for the skin, health and welfare of our customers and our team, but also for our planet.

We are staunchly Kiwi-made and have upheld our principles; we have not put profit before standing against animal testing, microbead use, mineral oils and plastic wrap.

We use recyclable containers and packaging and embrace a no waste and no excess philosophy.

I cherish the holistic approach of our company, creating a lifetime of value, care, respect and gratitude.


Your skin looks incredible! What does your beauty regime look like and what are your own favourite products?
Oh thank you! I think I am like all mothers and grandmothers – too busy and time poor! I think a beauty regime has to have simplicity and flexibility otherwise it will not work.

That’s the philosophy I had in mind when creating our natural skincare range – I wanted something simple to use that women could tailor to their age and skin type.

For my face and neck, I make a custom blend of essential facial moisture, miraculous facial oil and porcelain brightening serum, depending how dry, thirsty or nourished my skin is – every day can be different.

At night, I cleanse with the skin refining cream cleanser and use our beautiful marshmallow regenerating night cream.

As for my body, I have been using the same daily routine for 25 years – applying Linden Leaves natural body oil after my shower!

My skin has always stayed hydrated until the next morning.


What does 2020 have in store for Linden Leaves?
To celebrate 25 years we are rolling out a fresh new look for the brand with beautiful crisp navy, white and rose gold accents.

We have always used the best quality natural ingredients, but as the choices in this area explode, we are slowly but surely moving all our products to be 100 percent natural, which is why we had to say goodbye to our much loved Bathtime range.

Our Miraculous Facial Oil was the first New Zealand made NATRUE certified organic cosmetic last year and our skincare range is 100 percent certified NATRUE natural.

What’s more we launched two 100 percent natural home fragrance ranges this Christmas.

We want to provide women with a luxurious yet natural choice of lifestyle and skincare products.

I believe beauty comes from within, so it’s important we present a positive approach to beauty.

We have introduced the strapline ‘Nurture Beautiful’ representing caring for yourself, one another and the environment.


 

Science for Skin


 

Given the chance to rummage through the bathroom cabinets of international celebrities like Sam Smith, Cara Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger and Elle Macpherson , you’ll spot the green labels of Antipodes.

 

 

Despite the fact that this green beauty brand is now sold in more than 20 countries and continues to win multiple beauty and health industry awards for performance, the Antipodes story began right here in Canterbury where she grew up.

Armed with a University of Canterbury science degree she wasn’t sure what to do with, Elizabeth headed off to New York, before taking on a gig teaching Australasian surgeons how to use ground-breaking laparoscopic equipment. But it was the difficulty finding a natural product range that would work for her own dry and sensitive skin that resulted in the launch of Antipodes in Elizabeth’s kitchen.

Metropol catches up with Antipodes company director and founder Elizabeth Barbalich about the science of skincare.

What attracted you to the beauty products industry?
I saw a need in the market for a cool, avant garde, niche brand that elevated natural skincare to the next level. In my invitation to women to make a positive health choice by converting to natural skincare from their conventional brand, I wanted to offer them the familiarity of similar textures and levels of hydration.

I found the natural brands available at the time didn’t do enough to maximise hydration for my own dry skin. The natural brands that I’d experienced simply weren’t hydrating enough. So I invested a lot of time and care in replicating a velvety texture.

But I also wanted to offer them the courage of my convictions. I knew scientific proof of performance would be key in a market starting to fill with natural skincare. How could we stand out from the crowd with so much ‘greenwashed’ marketing?

I wanted consumers to be able to see past the hype to the black and white results of our independent, third-party scientific investigations – so they could rely on a scientist’s findings and really trust that Antipodes can work to improve your skin’s appearance.

The key to the brand’s success is our devotees around the world. Any number of people might try a brand after being attracted to something that may appeal like its packaging. But you will only buy a brand again and stay loyal to it if you find that it’s skincare that performs for you. The anecdotal support and testimonials we receive every day, as well as the huge results we get on our scientific and clinical testing, spurs us on.


How big is the company now?
We have just over 40 staff, but we are constantly expanding so that number will rise. Some staff are based in our key markets – Australia and the United Kingdom – and we’ll soon be bringing on board a business development specialist in Japan.


The company was the forerunner of the vegan beauty boom. Why was this such an important consideration for you?
I’m vegan, so this is a cause close to my heart. I looked at trends in natural healthcare and lifestyle and I saw that vegan skincare was going to be big, so I got to work to make sure we could give consumers what they wanted – certified vegan products.

Our vegan and vegetarian products are all certified by the Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom, the oldest and most respected vegetarian organisation in the world.

It’s great to see more people embrace the vegan lifestyle and more brands catering to them. This lifestyle is wonderful for health and wellbeing – my diet helps give me the energy to keep up with my demanding schedule.


How does your daily beauty regime look?
Always start with perfectly clean skin. Grapeseed Butter Cleanser followed by Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser gives a great double cleanse and doesn’t dry or irritate my sensitive skin. I follow that with Divine Face Oil Rosehip & Avocado Oil, then Kiwi Seed Gold Luminous Eye Cream and Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream. My look is finished with Skin-Brightening Mineral Foundation and Moisture-Boost Natural Lipstick in Dusky Sound Pink.


What should we be thinking about in terms of skincare as we head into summer?
Refresh your skin before summer begins. Reincarnation Pure Facial Polish & Exfoliator removes lifeless skin while replenishing vital nutrients. With a creamy, moisturising base of antioxidant-rich avocado and jojoba bean oils, combined with calendula and carrot seed extract, it reveals clear and revitalised facial skin.

Next, sun protection. Immortal SPF 15 Skin-Brightening Face and Body Moisturiser is a natural alternative to chemical sunscreens. It can allow you sun exposure of up to 15 times your normal burn time, utilising the natural sun care of raspberry seed oil.

Finally, pollution protection. As we’re travelling and going outside more when the weather is warmer, our exposure to harmful pollutants increases. Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum provides a daily natural barrier against pollution particles and is scientifically shown* to inhibit oxidative stress in-vitro by up to 52 percent.

Finally, restore your skin after exposure to the elements with Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream. Native New Zealand manuka honey draws moisture to your skin to help bring a truly ageless visage.

Revolutionary Vinanza Grape is a potent antioxidant extract from Marlborough sauvignon blanc grape seeds to help neutralise the effects of free radical damage that can lead to premature ageing.

It’s also scientifically shown to stimulate synthesis of collagen production in human cells by up to 92 percent**.


What do the next 12 months have in store for you?
We have some ambitious plans in place – new markets, new products and new projects. We’re working from a brand new premises in Ghuznee Street in Wellington, which means our team can gather and collaborate much more easily.

Our newly refurbished, heritage building gives us everything we need to put our big ideas into action – plenty of natural light, a skin lab for training and discovery, spaces for innovation, a living wall of plants for pure air, and a beautifully designed kitchen and bar in the basement, where the entire staff gathers to enjoy vegan lunches together.

 

*Trinity Bioactives: In-vitro Investigation into the Antioxidant Effects (Production of Superoxide) of Test Products at 0.10% by Activated Macrophage Cells After One-Hour Exposure. March 2018

** Trinity Bioactives: Independent Blind Study In-Vitro Scientific Investigation into the Effects of Antipodes Products on the Production of Type I Collagen in Human Skin Fibroblast Cells in Culture, Concentrations Between 0.02 and 0.200 mg/ml, 48 hours (2009)

 


 

Marmalade Clothing and Curiorisities

A beautiful boutique: a visit to Marmalade Clothing in Oxford

Deliciously warm autumn colours at Marmalade Clothing and Curiosities are a reflection of Oxford’s misty mornings, harvest time, vast open landscapes and woodland walks. The hues of heather, moss, lichen, copper, cranberry, blackberry and indigo all feature strongly amongst the natural fibres.

Marmalade Clothing and Curiorisities

Marmalade is well known for catering to lovers of Tencel, modal, bamboo and viscose. “This season the classic velvet coats and organic cotton dresses from Fairtrade favourite Nomads Clothing are back – and cosy knitwear and New Zealand merino will keep you warm and toasty!” says owner Jessica Fearnley-Campbell.
“As well as stocking the famous breathable bamboo socks from UK Fairtrade brand ‘Thought’, we now carry its full range of lounge wear – perfect for relaxing, yoga or the busy mum. This collection means you never have to compromise style over comfort again!”
Marmalade also continues to extend its range of Fairtrade and sustainable accessories and giftware to complement the gorgeous clothing. New this autumn are packs of reusable metal straws from CaliWoods NZ, and felted Easter decorations from Namaste – which supports child rescue in Nepal. Meanwhile magical Fairtrade fairies, pirates, unicorns and mermaids are this month’s latest edition to arrive from UK company ‘Believe You Can’.
Oxford’s annual A&P Show on 31 March is the perfect opportunity to make the cruisy 40-minute drive to this enchanting North Canterbury town this Easter. Perhaps try out the new authentic curry house, or pop into the retro 50’s diner – but definitely include a visit to Jessica’s beautiful, inspiring boutique.
Marmalade Clothing and Curiosities, 49A Main Street, Oxford or visit
www.marmaladeclothing.co.nz.

Natural cosmetics

The good stuff: seeking out cosmetics that are good for the body and soul

Natural, preservative-free and organic are the buzz words of the culinary world, as we increasingly seek foods which are equally as good for our bodies as they are for our planet. Yet it’s not just our food which is getting the natural makeover, as we seek safer and simpler products to fill up our bathrooms.

Natural cosmetics

Clean, green and organic are just some of the terms that have crossed the culinary divide and made their way into mainstream makeups with, even more surprisingly, vegan and gluten-free also making an increasing appearance on cosmetic packaging, alongside fragrance-free and paraben-free.
Thankfully, New Zealand and Australia are proud homes to some pretty powerful players in the natural beauty space, including Plantae and Ethique.
And it’s not just the ingredients list that these top talents are taking more responsibility over, with brands such as the Goodness range of skincare products and Christchurch’s own Lauren & Louise makeups choosing to source and supply only cruelty-free products.
Germany was first to this consumer consciousness party, banning animal testing in 1986 and, by 2009, the entire European Union had joined in. Since then, Israel, India, Norway, New Zealand, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan and parts of Brazil have all banned cosmetic testing on animals. We’ve roped Australia in too, with the country now committed to banning all cosmetic animal testing by July 2018.

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