The Big Wet!

What’s Happening at the Farm- November 21

With a La Nina confirmed in Australia, we expect to see a lot more of this rainfall during Summer 2022, we have received a huge 320ml of rain at the farm starting around the second week of November which has really hampered the harvesting of our Tea-tree and Lemon-scented Tea tree. The first 150ml was well received by our thirsty plants but we could have done without the rest! However, it is much preferable to a drought.. We are lucky that we planted our new crops of lemon myrtle just at the right time, and with the addition of some of Neutrog’s Who Flung Dung fertilizer, we expect to see some great results come harvest time. We have been busily working to expand our plantation over the past few months, recently planting another 1000 lemon myrtle plants, 1000 Old Man Saltbush & 1000 Kunzea plants. The Kunzea was grown from very small tube stock in the greenhouse over the Winter and has recently been planted with another 1000 plants to come over the next month. Our Freshwater Farm Kunzea + Sandalwood range has quickly become a firm favourite among our customers, we now have a hand wash, body wash, body bar, and pure essential oil in the range. Have you tried it yet?.

A great deal of time has been taken in preparing the ground over Winter for more Lemon Myrtle, Kunzea and Saltbush in the plantation. We are also looking to add 1000 Melaleuca ericifolia (lavender tea tree also called Rosalina), a new addition to our essential oil collection. The essential oil of this species has a distinct lavender note that goes with a more traditional eucalyptus-like smell of the other components of the oil. This oil can be used in a diffuser, oil burner, or in the bath to release its relaxing, refreshing, and calming aroma. The ground has been extremely wet during November, so harvesting has been limited in the lemon-scented tea tree plantation. The Leptospermum petersonii (Lemon scented tea tree) is now in bud, soon the aromatic flowers will bloom attracting the birds and bees to the plantation. We are now in the process of harvesting all of the honey from our 12 hives in preparation for the influx of Manuka Honey, we have now got an abundance of newly harvested farm honey which is now available online  HERE The reason that we get manuka honey here on Freshwater Farm is that Leptospermum petersonii is a very close cousin of the Leptospermum scoparium (manuka bush), which is native to New Zealand and Australia. The only real difference between the two is that the Manuka bush flowers more profusely. The manuka honey that we produce on the farm is small in supply and is used in our hugely popular Lemon Myrtle + Manuka Honey range. Farmhand Ricky found an Eastern Rosella nesting in one of our old rotting fence posts this month, he made a containment line around the nest to give them some peace but managed to capture this beautiful image first! Yellow-tailed black cockatoos are also regular visitors to the farm, there has been a lot of Casuarina cunninghamiana (Australian beefwood) planted over the years at the farm as well as a lot of naturally occurring Casuarina glauca (swamp oak) which are a staple diet of the black cockatoos and generally attracts a lot of native birds. They are welcome guests at Freshwater Farm, even Frankie likes them!
 

Al captured this great shot of the White Egrets flying over the paddock last week. White Egrets love the wet, hence why they are spending so much time at the farm right now! They are also great for getting rid of grubs and bugs that are not so welcome at the farm. Did you know these beautiful and elegant birds are actually considered endangered in Western Australia and Victoria?

Farm dog Frankie had a great time with our new Freshwater Farm cows, we are not sure that the feeling was mutual!
We now have 11 cows on the property, given the sole job of keeping our paddocks under control, the grandkids just love them. The cows are getting lots of human contact, even hand feeding so that we can encourage them to clear the weeds throughout the plantation, luckily, they don’t like the taste of lemon myrtle! We do have to keep them out of the delicate low-lying regrowth of the tea-tree planation though as they may walk straight over it.

This month, Al was asked to sit in for our friend Uwe Stroeher at Neutrog for a chat with Graham Ross- Al, as a long-time 2GB listener jumped at the chance and did a great job! It looks like we could lose our distinguished leader to a new career in radio! Al’s extensive knowledge of horticulture came from his passion for gardening that resulted in him getting a diploma in horticulture and later fulfilling his dream of buying a working farm. It’s well worth a listen if you have a green finger.

You can find out more about our relationship with Neutrog and how their products have helped our crops HERE.
Hope you enjoyed our update and have a Happy Christmas!

 

Freshwater Farm Australia Christmas Gift Guide-Ideas for the whole family!

It’s that time of year again and we are all frantically searching for the perfect gift for our loved ones, or an end-of-year present for a school teacher, or even a work Kris Kringle. Freshwater Farm is a one-stop shop for all of your Christmas gifting needs, there is no need to look any further! Our Christmas Gift Guide has been carefully curated by our team to give you a number of options to find the perfect gift and with the biggest sale of the year underway, there has never been a better time to wrap up your Christmas shopping! We also offer complimentary gift wrapping and FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $25!  

The gift of ultimate relaxation! We have paired our pure Lavender Essential Oil with our ceramic diffuser for you to bring the spa experience home. Drift off into a restful sleep with our delicious lavender oil diffusing through the air.

Day & Night Diffuser Set

The ceramic Freshwater Farm diffuser offers one of the purest forms of diffusion available, whether you are a naturalist or prefer 100% pure essential oils or the modern twist of fragranced oils. Utilising the instantaneous benefits of ultrasonic vibrations, our diffuser works silently in the background to break down your fragranced infused water into a microscopic mist that easily dissipates into the atmosphere, leaving your mind, body and soul at peace.

Clean & Bright Bundle

The uplifting selection of Freshwater Farm products in our Clean & Bright Bundle has been carefully curated to surround you with the invigorating and energising scents of Lemon Myrtle + Manuka Honey, Tea Tree + Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Kunzea. The pack contains a Hand Wash, Body Wash, Body Bar, and Essential Oil. These naturally derived products are perfect for the whole family, but this pack features some scents that are great to give you that extra boost in the morning! Find out more about the skin-loving benefits of some of the signature ingredients found in Hand & Body Care Bundles.

Gifts under $60, For Mum, Teacher Present, Gifts for her

GIFTS UNDER $30

Our team has collated a selection of gifts under $30 that are ideal as a teacher present, gift for a friend, stocking fillers, or maybe just a nice treat for you!


How to Get Rid of that Dry Winter Skin


Spring has officially sprung! The sun is shining, the days are getting longer and finally we can start to break out our shorts and tees again! After this cooler Winter weather your skin is probably feeling a little on the dryer side! This is because when the weather is colder, your skin is not so great at holding water! So, as we start to get warm again (in Australia) this is the best way to prep your skin for summer to ensure a natural and hydrated glow all year round! If you are one of our friends in the UK or US where it’s starting to get chilly again, this will help you to protect your skin and fight off that dryness!



Tip #1 – Make Your Own Luxury Hydrating Body Oil

Body Oils are excellent for achieving that super hydrating experience for your skin. Because a body oil has a very similar composition to the natural oils found on your skin, the oil is readily absorbed helping your body to naturally repair and rebalance its moisture levels. Oils also have a fatty composition which are naturally rich with antioxidants and nutrients that will nourish your skin.

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How to:
  1. Find yourself a small spray bottle or container that you can use to mix your oil
  2. Add 100ml of your base oil of choice. For hydration we recommend using either coconut or sweet almond oil but you can even use a highly quality extra virgin olive oil or sunflower oil if you don’t have those on hand.
  3. Next for added benefits and a beautiful fragrance add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. You can use our Relaxing Lavender for a beautiful calming scent or Energising Peppermint to wake up your mind and body. Or maybe even a combination of both! If you want to test out to your scent combos, apply a couple drops to a cotton ball and waft the scent under your nose. If you are spending some time in the sun, best to avoid citrus oils as they can react with sunlight
  4. If you are looking to help heal any scars or blemishes on your skin, you can also add Rosehip or Argan Oil
  5. Once all of your ingredients are in your bottle, put on the lid and SHAKE to combine.
  6. Now that your body oil is ready we recommend applying to damp skin, fresh out the shower, to help your skin absorb all the hydrating benefits!

Tip #2 – Turn down the temp


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Now that the weather is getting warmer don’t be afraid to turn down the temperature in your shower! Showering for long periods of time with super hot water can really dry out your skin. Try to cut down your shower to 5 – 10 mins and be mindful of how hot your water is!


Tip #3 – Look for Clean and Natural Ingredients


Using products that contain harsh chemicals and unnatural ingredients can really damage your skin’s protective barrier causing irritation and dryness. If you want to protect your skin, products with a naturally derived formula can help to restore and heal. Here are some great naturally derived ingredients that are excellent for hydration to look out for:

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    Organic Shea Butter: I’m sure you have heard of Shea Butter before because it’s used in SO many lotions and moisturizers but for a good reason! Shea Butter is a natural emollient, meaning it helps to fill out the dry areas of your skin with its natural oils for a smoother and softer feel. At Freshwater Farm ALL of our body bars are triple milled with Organic Shea Butter to ensure you get that luxury lather every time you use our soap bars! The Organic Shea Butter helps to keep your skin hydrated and nourished.








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Olive Oil: Olive Oil is an excellent ingredient for hydration as it helps to prevent water loss from the skin. It is also rich with many vitamins including A, D, E, and K which help to protect to protect your skin and improve its health. Using an olive oil based soap or wash is the perfect way to ensure your skin receives all the hydrating benefits of olive oil without clogging your pores.









 All Freshwater Farm washes and body bars contain olive oil to make your skin shine

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Glycerin: Glycerin acts as a moisturiser to help make your skin smoother and softer. Being a humectant, it hydrates your skin by helping to draw in moisture from the environment and retain it in the top layer of your skin. It works best when used with other hydrating ingredients like oils and plant butters that it can draw moisture from. You see this in all of our body bars where glycerin is also combined with olive oil and shea butter to give your skin the best experience.








Some of our most hydrating products

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Tip #4 – Try an Oatmeal Bath

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If you really enjoy taking baths, try adding a few handfuls of colloidal oatmeal to your bath! Colloidal Oatmeal has some wonderful anti-inflammatory properties that help to heal your skin. Blend the oatmeal into a powder and add into the water whilst the bath is running. Make sure the water is warm (not scalding hot) and do not stay in the bath longer than 15 mins to avoid drying out your skin. Be sure to moisture right after your bath!












We hope these hydrating tips were helpful for you! Which ones will you try?


Lots of love,
Freshwater Farm xx

 

This week we are talking hand-sanitiser and how to make the best choice for your family

If we look back to pre-covid days we were probably not as stringent about hand washing or hand sanitising as we are today. It has now become a part of our routine like brushing our teeth! There are many sub-standard hand sanitisers out there that you have probably tried… Some are too runny, some are sticky and some just smell terrible! We are here to help you solve your sanitiser woes and explain a little more about what goes in to our Freshwater Farm Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Hand Sanitiser Gel that makes it the perfect choice for you and your family.

| 99.99% Effective in eliminating germs & bacteria |

What makes Freshwater Farm’s Hand Sanitiser different?

  • Contains Glycerin: This is what helps to keep your hands moisturised and hydrated
  • Natural Essential Oil Fragrance: Our sanitiser contains tea tree essential oils for a refreshing scent instead of that harsh alcoholic scent. The tea tree is grown on our family farm on the mid-north coast of NSW.
  • 70%v/v ethanol: This is what kills the bacteria and nasties
  • 100% Australian Ethanol derived from natural sugarcane



When developing our very own hand sanitiser, our lab team identified that the consistency of the product was really important to our customers. If it was too runny, it was not easy to spread evenly over hands and did not leave your hands feeling nourished and moisturised. The team used naturally derived Triethanolamine to emulsify and stabilise the product, giving it the beautiful gel consistency that it has.   We use our home-grown tea-tree in the product to give it a clean and typically Australian scent, that is know and loved. The tea-tree is harvested on our farm and distilled into essential oils that are added to our products, giving them not only a beautiful scent, but adding to the moisturising and nourishing qualities of our Hand Sanitisers.

For the full Tea Tree + Eucalyptus experience check out our NEW Family Sanitising Bundle!

Just $50 with FREE SHIPPING! ($61 RRP). From our family to yours…

Included in the bundle:

1 x Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Oil Surface Sanitising Spray – 500ml

1 x Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Oil Hand Sanitiser Gel – 500ml

2 x Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Oil Hand Sanitiser Gel – 60ml

1 x Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Sanitising Body Bar – 200g

Order today and receive FREE SHIPPING Australia-wide
With love, from Freshwater Farm x

Natural Australian Skincare Ingredients You Need To Try

Hey Fresh Farmers, today we wanted to share some of our research on a range of native Australian natural ingredients you will find in some of our products and at Freshwater Farm. We pride ourselves on using nature’s most unique and divine ingredients because we know all of the incredible benefits they can provide for your skin. Read on to find out how some of these Australian ingredients can really transform your skin and body.
 

1. Kakadu Plum  

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Kakadu Plum is an Australian native fruit which has actually been recognized as the worlds richest source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to promote collagen production. Collagen is the main structural protein of our skin, hence a higher level of collagen will lead to firmer and smoother skin. If you are after a youthful and toned look, Vitamin C is an essential ingredient. Vitamin C can also help to encourage the skins natural healthy glow and radiance.

Kakadu Plum is also an antioxidant which as discussed above makes it great for anti-ageing as it protects the skin cells from damage. It also helps to keep the skin cells hydrated.

Kakadu Plum contains ellagic acid which works to strengthen the skins protective barrier and reduce irritation.
Sara from our Lab Team says:
“One thing I love about the addition of Kakadu Plum in our products is that it is beneficial for people (like myself) who have blemish-prone skin. It’s high in anti-oxidants so it detoxifies the skin and prevents breakouts, meaning I can rock a more natural, low-coverage makeup look with confidence.”
Suffer from body acne? Kakadu Plum could be your saviour! Shop our Kakadu Plum + Australian Red Clay Body Bar  

2. Wattle Seed Extract

australian golden wattle Wattle Seed Extract comes from Australia’s floral emblem – Golden Wattle. It is often correlated with the spirit of Australia as this little flower is known withstand droughts and bushfires, hence represents the resilience of Australians.

Wattle Seed Extract is becoming a rising ingredient in natural skincare due to it’s antioxidant levels. Antioxidant is a word often thrown around in skincare but basically this refers to the ability of a substance to slow or prevent the damage of skin cells. This skin cell damage is caused by a failure to remove waste products of the cells or otherwise known as free radicals. The production of free radicals can be increased by factors like exposure to the sun or environmental pollution which for our skin causes signs of ageing. Antioxidants help to fight and protect the skin cells from this damage. Wearing sunscreen every day is another important step to protecting your skin from free-radical damage.

Wattle Seed Extract is also high in Gallic Acid which has a wide range of benefits for the skin including calming redness, fading dark spots and promoting an even skin tone.
Wilson from our Lab Team says:
“Without getting into the nitty gritty, Wattle Seed and its extract is rich in amino acids, promotes healthy, supple skin – it’s also shown to have reduced inflammation in some studies. It is honestly a no brainer when formulating a good quality, functional product for skincare and the fact that it is a well-loved Australian native is simply a bonus.”

Want to feel the benefits of Wattle Seed? You can shop our delicious new Saltbush + Wattle Seed Extract Body Wash here


3. Australian Saltbush

Australian Saltbush is a relatively new ingredient to modern skincare however in some Indigenous Australian Aboriginal cultures it was traditionally used for cleansing of wounds and irritations due to its antibacterial properties.

Saltbush is also rich in antioxidants and minerals to protect your skin.
Tom from our Lab Team says: 
“Due to its strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties, Australian Saltbush was an obvious choice to include in the Freshwater Farm range. Our Saltbush + Wattle seed extract body bars are a personal favourite of mine, and will leave your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated”
Like the sound of refreshing and cleansing Saltbush? Our Saltbush + Wattle Seed Extract Body Bar is now available!
 

4. Lemon Myrtle

lemon myrtleLemon Myrtle Oil is a native Australian botanical that not only smells incredible but has great benefits for the skin, no wonder it is becoming extremely popular in skincare. Lemon Myrtle Oil has an astringent effect, which is perfect for tightening the pores to reveal clearer skin. It also has high levels of antibacterial properties which can deeply cleanse the skin to rid of bacteria causing acne or irritation.

Lemon Myrtle has great antioxidant levels to strengthen and protect skin cells. It’s also also a good choice for oily skin and it can help to naturally balance the skins oil production to help rid of excess oil.

Lemon Myrtle Oil is also a well-known for its aromatherapy benefits. It is said to have an uplifting effect on the mood and can relieve headaches or stress.
Laymond from our Lab Team says
“Lemon Myrtle is an Australian native shrub with one of the most intense citrus notes out of any plant in this world. It contains a range of antioxidants, vitamin A and E and essential minerals such as zinc and magnesium to not only provide comprehensive protection but also repairs to the skin”
Love the Lemon Myrtle scent? Shop our farm grown and distilled Pure Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil here

5. Kunzea

Kunzea is alkunza flowerso a relatively new ingredient to skincare but it is a beautiful Australian native botanical. Kunzea is well known for its anti-inflammatory effect, helping to soothe any redness or irritation on the skin. Kunzea can also be used to help increase moisture and hydration.

In aromatherapy Kunzea works well for relieving headaches or a stuffy nose. It can also help relieve stress and keeps the mind refreshed.
Hazel from our Lab Team says:
“What I like about the addition of Kunzea Oil in our products is its lovely, refreshing and invigorating scent. It contains natural compounds that have anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties. Perfect in your everyday wash.”
Is your skin in need of a little healing and soothing? Shop new our Kunzea + Sandalwood Oil Castile Body Bar here!
Thanks for joining us today. We hope you enjoyed this little educational piece from us. Are there any other ingredients you would like to know more about?

Lots of love,
Freshwater Farm xo
   
 

This week marks NAIDOC week, to celebrate we have teamed up with a talented young artist from Worimi Country, the land Freshwater Farm calls home. Brittney Paulson is not only a very talented artist but also an inspiring young woman that is embracing her rich indigenous heritage and using her skills to educate and teach the next generation.

Freshwater Farm acknowledges the Worimi Aboriginal Tribe as the traditional owners of the land occupied by Freshwater Farm.

We asked Brittney to explain to us what NAIDOC week means to her, this is what she said…

Minyang nyura wubaliyn? Nyura yiigu marala barraygu. Yii barraba barray. Yii Gathangguba barray. Gathay nyiirun.

Welcome. What are you doing?

You have come here.

This is my country, this is Worimi country.

Let us go together.

My name is Brittney Paulson – I am a proud Worimi, Biripi, Kamilaroi Woman. I live on saltwater country – Worimi land.

If someone asked you; what does Heal Country mean to you, what would you say?

Learn the background and history – ask simple questions to our younger Indigenous generations; let them guide you & let them be your teacher.

Freshwater Farm (being located on Worimi Country) have given me the opportunity to share my experiences/also share a few wise words on what you can do to help celebrate NAIDOC.

We are working on something super exciting which I can’t wait to share with you all later on!

Firstly, I thought I’d share a little about what NAIDOC means to me.

I find it so much more respectful when others acknowledge where I grew up/ and ask about my mob. I love to rant on about my mob. These are things our younger Indigenous generation should be able to share; they should be proud.

I grew up confused, I was always so proud to be Aboriginal but how could I ever embrace something that none of my non-indigenous friends didn’t care about?

6 uncles, 7 aunties – (32) great aunties and uncles. If I asked my friends about my Aboriginal background; would they be able to answer? I’m 26 years old – this is something I think to myself all the time.

Personally, for me – NAIDOC week is celebrated every day. Everyday, I feel so proud to be an Aboriginal woman. I’m also proud be guided by the best people in the world – my mob.

It is important for me to educate others about the land on which we live on today.

“Country is more than a place. Country is family, kin, law, lore, ceremony, traditions, and languages”

Celebrating NAIDOC week; is a week of recognising our First Nations people & protecting our land which has always been a priority.
Connect to culture, learn something new about your own backyard and let’s start recognising the Traditional Lands our people live on today.
Respect the land you live on & let’s keep listening to the voices of our elders/First Nations people.
If you are someone who shared the BLM square however haven’t recognised NAIDOC week – then here’s me telling you to go do some reflection.
If I asked what traditional land you live on; could you answer that?
 
Learn about the culture in your own backyard.
NAIDOC isn’t a trend – It is an important time celebrated by our First Nations people.  – Brittney Paulson

Freshwater Farm are so excited to work with Brittney on an upcoming project, keep an eye on our social for further details coming soon! In the meantime, please support Brittney by taking a look at her art @ukamirra.art

Freshwater Farm xx


Our household waste increases A LOT around Christmas. Keep our planet happy and indulge this Christmas sustainably. Here are a few ideas on how you can do so:


1 – GO NATURAL

The fewer products you purchase that contain chemicals and nasty’s, the fewer chemicals go down the drain. By incorporating natural products into your day to day routine, you’re reducing the risk of water pollution and playing your part in keeping our environment thriving and happy. Give someone a gift that makes them feel good about themselves with natural products!

Our Lemon Myrtle Oil + Manuka Honey Castile Hand Wash is a perfect example with 100% naturally derived ingredients and proudly Australian made. We absolutely love the refreshing scent in every spurt; treat your loved one to this luxurious product and transform washing your hands into an experience.


2 – REDUCE YOUR FOOD WASTAGE

Did you know that the average food wastage bill in Australia sits at $20 billion a year? And as a nation, we waste 7.3 million tonnes of food each year? This makes Australia the world’s fourth highest food waster per capital (Ozharvest.com.au).

Food Wastage effects everything – Water, Land, Money, Labour and Energy. For Christmas this year we can not only show our friends and family love, but our planet too. 

 A few ways you can do this, is by:

  • Use up all your food in your freezer prior to Christmas, freeing up extra space for new leftovers
  • Shop with a list & Plan your meals – Christmas shopping can sometimes be overwhelming. Get your ideas onto paper and create yourself a meal planner or shopping list
  • Turn your leftovers into something yummy; if you’ve run out of ideas, go to Oz Harvest and check out to get some ‘Wasty Recipes’


3 – DONATE ANY UNWANTED GIFTS & FOOD:

Christmas is a time for giving and spending time with your loved ones. However, for those who are doing it tough, Christmas can be extremely isolating. This year in particular with the COVID-19 Pandemic, it’s more important than ever to look out for one another and support those who need it most. Why not this year, replace the traditional gift giving and donate your gifts to charity.

Have you been gifted something that just isn’t right for you? Have you got an excess of leftover food? Here are a few different charities playing their part, to help you play yours, to give back this year!!

  • The Salvation Army provides sources for donation of both gifts and food. Every year the Smith family donate 64,000 hampers and vouchers; as well as 160,000 meals to families and individuals in need. By contributing to this cause, you are enabling a family to experience a warmer and more fulfilled Christmas.
  • Another charity supporting this idea of Donating gifts this year is The Smith Family. ‘The Toy and Book’ appeal is your opportunity to bring Christmas to life and put a smile on those children who are disadvantaged. There are a number of ways you can do this- whether it be making a donation, purchasing a gift from their online Charity gift catalogue or volunteering your time.
  • World Vision are also on board, and recognise this importance of the festive season and giving back. Make your mark across the world and ensure children and youth have access to quality education or help to protect children affected by the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami crisis. Want to keep things local and in the country? Support Indigenous Australians with their literacy and numeracy- your $50 donation will go towards resources for children in playgroup sessions. 


4 – SUPPORT LOCAL AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES:

COVID-19 has impacted the entire world – it has changed up the way we live our day-to-day lives – not to mention how we celebrate with our family and friends. It’s been a tough year for small businesses with many having to close over the lockdown period losing countless sales and customers. This year for Christmas, why not explore the idea of supporting local Australian businesses to help them get back on their feet. The following are a few ways you can do so:

  • Feasting Locally: Support local Aussie farmers and source your fruit and veg for your Christmas lunch or dinner through local producers. This could be by going to your local butcher, farmers markets or sourcing Australian wines. 
  • Organise a Kris Kringle: whether that be with your family or between your friends – add the challenge of only gifting Australian made products. Set a centralised budget and you’re good to go!
  • Instead of a physical gift, gift an experience. Take the family down to the National Park or treat mum to a weekend away at an Australian Winery.
  • A gift for someone who already has everything: something for the garden. Make an outing out of it and head to your local nursery, go to your local farmers market or even a local arts and crafts centre and buy that special someone in your life; something they are able to nurture and watch grow over the Christmas period and beyond.

Sharing all these experiences and brands online through your socials media such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter is totally free of charge and an awesome way that you can continue to support and help local Aussie businesses thrive. If you have a great experience with a brand why not share it! This will not only be great exposure for the brand but will help other customers like you to find great Australian products!



    5 – THINK SOLAR POWER:

    Traditionally the house that was covered in the most Christmas lights, was considered to be the best and would draw the attention of families and crowds from the streets. However, times have changed, and with the cost of electricity continuously increasing – not only is it a waste of natural resources, but also impacts our environment tremendously.

    This year, consider things such as: 

    • Reducing the size of your outdoor displays 
    • Set time limits to when you turn your Christmas lights on and off, as opposed to leaving them on all night and day
    • Use LED Lights: LED use up to 95% less energy than other traditional styled bulbs
    • Solar Powered Christmas lights are a good way of using natural sunlight to light up your house and save your electricity bills

      We hope you enjoyed these helpful tips for enjoying Christmas sustainably! What changes will you make in your home?

      Lots of love Freshwater Farm xx

      Hi friends, how are we all keeping during these times? What are you doing to stay busy and healthy? We thought we would share with you how our beautiful Lemon Myrtle Oil is made, since so many of you have been LOVING it in our newest body bar, Lemon Myrtle Oil + Manuka Honey.

      The first step of course is to gather the fresh Lemon Myrtle. Lemon Myrtle is actually called Backhousia Citriodora, this is the botanical name commonly used in ingredient lists or when referring to the therapeutic properties of the oil. We have an abundance of Lemon Myrtle plantations at our lovely farm on the Mid-North Coast of NSW. We just love the smell of Lemon Myrtle and knew it would be a perfect essential oil to include in our products.

      The next step is where the distilling fun begins! Once the Lemon Myrtle has been harvested, it is placed into a large vessel. A second vessel, filled with water, is then heated to produce steam which travels into the vessel containing the Lemon Myrtle plants. The steam will extract the essential oils from the Lemon Myrtle and allow the essential oil molecules to rise to the top of the vessel.

      The steam containing the essential oil molecules is then transferred through a cold “condenser.” This cooling will convert the steam back to water, which is moved to a final vessel containing floral water at the bottom and the essential oil at the top. Think of it like Rose Oil and Rosewater, the Rosewater is just less potent with the essential oil.

      The Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil is then transported back to our factory on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, to be made into soap for all of you lovely people! We highly recommend trying our Lemon Myrtle + Manuka Honey Body Bar, the smell is just gorgeous and not to mention Lemon Myrtle is extremely beneficial to the skin with antioxidants, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

      We hope you enjoyed this little insight into how we craft our products! Do you have a favourite essential oil? Comment below!

      Lots of love, Freshwater Farm xo

      Hello!! Shoutout to all of our eco friendly earth loving friends!

      If you’re looking for a few tips to help you lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, this is the perfect article for you! These tips are simple and easy changes we can ALL make to our lives to help look after our planet.

      LOOK FOR NATURALLY DERIVED PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

      Think about it, any chemicals or nasties in your personal care products end up flowing straight from your drain into the ocean. This is extremely harmful to marine eco systems and especially coral reefs which are the main provider of oxygen to our earth! Check out our Body Bars and Washes which are 100% naturally derived!

      BE PACKAGING CONSCIOUS

      Try look out for items with reusable or recyclable packaging. This is a small way you can reduce your impact on the earth by minimising the waste you leave. For example if you forget your water bottle and you have to buy one on the go, try opting for a cardboard or glass packaged water. Our Shampoo and Conditioner Bars are also a great way to do to reduce waste. They come in a fully biodegradable and recyclable packaging instead of a plastic bottle like a regular liquid shampoo. They are also made with around 68% less water than a liquid formula!

      SWITCH OFF THE WATER WHILE YOU LATHER

      Cut down on your water wastage by turning off the water in the shower whilst you lather soap on your body and apply shampoo or conditioner. Switching off the water flow for even a minute can make a world of difference.

      CUT DOWN ON ANIMAL PRODUCTS

      The animal farming industry is one of the largest contributors to water waste and green house gas emissions, in fact according to some studies it produces more green house gas than all the planes, cars, trucks and ships combined WORLDWIDE. Following a plant based lifestyle is not only better for our planet but better for your body and health. Eating a plant based diet will reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering your cholesterol significantly and improving your energy levels. We understand that changing to a completely Vegan diet can be challenging so even choosing a couple days a week to follow this diet can make a big difference. You can also opt for Vegan friendly skin and body care products. We have a large selection of Vegan products at Freshwater Farm.

      BRING YOUR OWN

      This one is super super easy to do but will have such a huge impact! Bring your own reusables when you are eating or drinking out to reduce the waste you create. This includes (but is of course not limited to) items such as metal straws, keep cups, wooden utensils and reusable shopping bags. You can find all of these items at a wide range of stores including Woolworths and Coles. Keep these items in your bag for use on the go and that way you can say no that plastic fork for your lunch or the paper cup for your morning coffee!

      We hope these tips can help you to reduce your eco footprint. What changes have you made to your lifestyle to be more eco friendly? Share your top tips in the comments below!

      Lots of love, Freshwater Farm xo