Christmas Gifts for Men | Nourished Life


Men can be so difficult to buy for- so often they just ask for underwear and socks! Men deserve to feel pampered too, so this Christmas, surprise your boyfriend, dad, brother or friend with a natural grooming gift. Not sure where to start? To make the gifting process that bit easier, we’ve put together a list of gifts the men of Nourished Life have all tried, tested, and most importantly, loved!

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Read on for our guide to the best Christmas gift ideas for men.

Let’s talk about skincare

Guys need to show their skin some love, too. Are the men in your life still using supermarket brand 3-in-1 products? It’s time to change that!

Ethique’s Tip-To-Toe is the perfect gift to start with, as it’s still multi-purpose and no-fiss- just without any nasty toxins or chemicals, and housed within sustainable, recyclable packaging. This clever bar acts as an all-in-one shampoo, body wash and shaving lather.

The Skin Juice Man Brew 2 Pack makes for another great men’s skincare Christmas gift, containing two skin care essentials for men- a facial cleanser and facial moisturiser, the ideal duo to kickstart a well-rounded, natural skincare routine!

Let’s get grooming

Beards can be a whole new ball game, requiring products suitable for your both hair and the sensitive skin on your face. Thankfully, there are natural products that do the heavy lifting for you!

The Bearded Chap Staunch Beard Wash harnesses the soothing properties of natural Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Grapeseed Oil to cleanse and revitalise your beard, plus it’s created in Australia in small batches so you know you’re gifting sustainably and supporting a local business.

Another grooming gift your partner, brother or dad will love is The Badger Beard Grooming Kit, which includes The Badger Beard Oil and Badger Beard Balm to keep his beard in tiptop shape- naturally.

Packing performance

Natural inner health supplements are a great addition to any lifestyle, whoever you’re shopping for this Christmas.

We love the Amazonia Raw Natural Protein Isolate, which contains 82% sprouted protein from Golden Pea and activated Brown Rice, making it the ideal way to increase your man’s daily intake of protein and support the repair of their muscle and tissue.

Another great natural health booster is the WelleCo Super Booster – Men’s Libido + Endurance, which is created with a potent blend of Chinese and traditional herbs and extracts designed to support libido, sperm motility, prostate health, energy levels and physical stamina.

Misc gifts and sunnies for every season

Sunglasses are a perfect Christmas present – used all year round, and immediately for Aussies and New Zealanders who experience Christmas in summer! We love Baxter Blue‘s range of sunglasses, all of which feature innovative, non-prescription CR39 Blue+ lenses, which filter out damaging blue light before it can harm your retinas- plus the range is huge, so you’re guaranteed to find a style the man in your life will love!
For when the sun goes down, your man will love the Manta Sleep Mask, which provides 100% blackout and a comfortable, adjustable wraparound design to to help him enjoy a sound night’s sleep.

Shop our full range online now, or check out more gift ideas on the Nourished Life blog.

Brand: Amazonia, Baxter Blue, Ethique, Manta Sleep, Skin Juice, The Bearded Chap, WelleCo





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Eco-Friendly Christmas Gift Ideas | Nourished Life


We’re all spending more and more time trying to minimise our waste output and to ensure our spending habits aren’t of detriment to the environment- but those good habits can be very difficult to maintain over the Christmas season.
From gift wrapping to food waste and impulse purchases, so much of what we purchase over the holidays ends up contributing to our growing global waste crisis.

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This Christmas, gift consciously. No matter who you’re shopping for, there’s a way to gift in a sustainable, eco-friendly way- and we’ve done the hard work for you. Read on for our guide to eco friendly gift ideas for an eco-friendly Christmas.

Stored & sustainable

Sustainable food storage makes for the perfect eco-friendly Christmas gift- simply use, rinse and repeat! Not only do these gifts provide beautiful and sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics, ziplocks and similar, but some of them also work to keep food fresher for longer. It’s a Christmas win-win!

The Swag Lunch Swag is perfect for anyone who takes their lunch to work, serving as an 100% unbleached, unseeded cotton, environmentally friendly and reusable insulator for hot or cold food. Another perfect, eco-friendly Christmas gift for those who love to snack on the go (or who have been enjoying the resurgence of picnics of late!) is the Stasher Snack Bag, a brightly coloured, reusable container that can be used and washed over and over again, designed to reduce the number of single-use plastic bags being sent to landfill each year.

The Swag

Sometimes your packed lunch needs a little bit of extra coverage. Save your loved ones from having to reach for single use plastic cling wraps and gift them some Agreena this Christmas. These 3in1 wraps are a completely reusable, non-toxic and recyclable alternative to cling film, tin foil and baking paper made from the highest quality platinum silicone.

Agreena

We’re all taking our own reusable bags to the supermarket now- so why are we still having to use single use plastic produce bags to bag up our fresh fruit and vegetables?! The Life Basics Mesh Produce Bags are the perfect practical, sustainable gift, perfect for everything from Apples to Zucchini, with a handy drawstring for easy closure and transport.

Eco-friendly products made easy

Single-use plastic and eco-unfriendly packing is a huge concern when it comes to both home and personal care products. Help your friends and family reduce their waste contribution by gifting them eco-friendly, sustainable, refillable and reusable products these holidays.

We love the Georganics range of eco-friendly oral care products, in particular the Oil Pulling Mouthwash in English Peppermint, the Natural Floss in Charcoal and the Toothtablets in Spearmint. These eco-friendly dental products work to care for our teeth as much as they support a healthy environment, using pure, organic, ethically sourced, vegan ingredients and keeping their environmental footprint low.

Gift your loved ones a calming, natural body treatment with Ethique Lavender & Mint Bodywash. Designed to cleanse and moisturise at the same time, this body bar is handmade and packed with nourishing Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Castor Oil, Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter and comes in compostable packaging, unlike traditional body washes in plastic bottles! Another great, eco-friendly body product is the ASUVI Palm Grove Deodorant which is both environmentally-conscious and effective, housed within 100% recycled plastic packaging that can be refilled and reused.

Asuvi

Shop our full range online now, or check out more gift ideas on the Nourished Life blog.

Brand: Agreena, ASUVI, Ethique, Georganics, Life Basics by Nourished Life, Stasher, The Swag





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An Expert Reveals that You Really can Sleep Your Way To Good Skin


If you’ve ever wondered if beauty sleep is a real thing, then wonder no longer. A recent study published in the journal Nature Cell Biology confirms a direct link between hiccups in your circadian rhythms (the body’s sleep, wake, and eat pattern) and the skin’s ability to synthesize collagen. So, in short, you really can sleep your way to better skin. To understand this better, we chat to Biologi‘s Dermal Specialist Lucy Macdougald about getting those few extra zzz’s can be the thing to revive your skin.

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How does your sleep affect our skin?

“It’s pretty easy to notice how sleep effects our skin when you see what happens when you’re not getting enough of it. Most people would have experienced the effects of a few sleepless nights or interrupted sleep and what it does to your complexion. Lack of sleep typically shows itself in the skin, either through the appearance of a dull, dehydrated and lifeless complexion or dark circles under the eyes. There are a few ways that sleep can affect our skin:

Collagen Production

“When we sleep, our body releases the important growth hormone that’s supports collagen production. Lack of quality sleep inhibits a fresh surge of growth hormone and thus diminishing collagen production. However, a good night’s sleep can allow you to wake up with the opposite – a glowing complexion.”

Cells Regenerate

“Sleep allows our cells to regenerate through cellular mitosis which is the process of skin growth and repair. Mitosis occurs when single skin cells separate from identical cells replacing old cells with new, healthier cells. While mitosis can happen during waking hours, sleep boosts the process which is why people often wake up after a good night’s sleep with a brighter complexion.”

Cortisol Slows Down

“Cortisol could be considered as the root of skincare evil. Cortisol is a hormone released when the brain detects heightened levels of stress, which unfortunately can increase inflammation and damage skin cells (which can lead to breakouts, dehydration and red, irritated skin). While you’re sleeping, the body is in its most relaxed state which naturally slows cortisol production lessening the toxic impact on the skin.”

Increases Melatonin

“Melatonin is often known as the sleep hormone. Released during slumber, melatonin activates antioxidant enzymes to build up protection against free radicals in the skin. Free radical damage can cause cellular damage which leads to signs of premature ageing and dehydration so your skin will thank you for all the melatonin you can give it!

So, the answer to great skin is sleep?

“Well, it certainly helps! 25% of our skin’s ageing can be attributed to genetics; however, a huge 75% is influenced by epigenetics, or environmental and lifestyle factors like sleep. So, getting enough sleep can help to attribute to great skin, but we do need to look into the other factors as well. Lifestyle factors like diet or water intake obviously has an impact on our skin, as does things like alcohol, stress and sun exposure. While there’s no substitute for a good night’s sleep there are ways you can maximise your overnight sleep routine.”

Thorough Cleanse before Bed

“Removing make up before bed is skincare 101, however what many people can neglect is removing their make-up thoroughly and doing a proper cleanse. We always recommend a double cleanse by first removing your makeup with a microfibre cloth like Biologi’s Microfibre Cloths, then backing up with a gentle cleanser to thoroughly remove makeup, sunscreen, oil and impurities.

Biologi Microfibre Clothes

Biologi’s Bc Refresh Cleanser effectively removes all traces of dirt and make up without disturbing the skin’s natural oils and moisture essential for hydration.”

Biologi Cleanser

Hydrate

“Many people don’t realise that the skin naturally dehydrates during sleep. Besides drinking enough water throughout the day, try to end each day with a glass of water and then drink another as soon as you wake to replace the lost moisture that dehydrates cells.”

Go to sleep before 11pm

“From 11pm onwards, mitosis accelerates. As rested as you can be during this time will boost the process to help you wake up with glowing skin. Everyone’s sleep needs can differ, however typically you do need a minimum of seven hours of quality sleep to enhance natural processes.”

Apply an effective skincare regime before bed

Biologi Bm Regenerate Serum

“Applying an effective skincare routine before bed is a great way to allow the active ingredients to fully penetrate deep into the dermal layers while you snooze. Biologi’s new Bm Regenerate Anti-Ageing Serum is the latest single-plant ingredient serum setting new standards in anti-ageing skincare. Harnessing the power of Australian grown Mountain Pepper Berry, it offers superior antioxidant and collagen-boosting potential. Delivering high antioxidant capacity and boasting an array of skincare benefits, the serum enhances collagen production, repairs barrier function, and increases hydration to gently defy the visible signs of ageing.”

Brand: Biologi





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