Freshwater Farm donate $26,600 to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation

 

$26,600 presented to Indigenous Literacy Foundation!

 

Last week saw the celebration of a hugely successful collaboration between Indigenous artist Brittney Paulson and Northern Beaches-based business Freshwater Farm. On a rainy Sydney day, the sunshine briefly appeared when CEO and Founder Al Hutcherson presented a cheque for $26,600 to Indigenous Literacy Foundation representative Laura Atherden, with the help of Brittney Paulson and Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan in our Northern Beaches factory.

Presentation to Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Al’s speech began with an acknowledgment of the country and a welcome to Brittney and our guests. Al explained that the purchase of the farm (Freshwater Farm) has been the realisation of a life-long dream for him and his family and the regeneration of the native oil plantation has become his passion, with the oils distilled at the farm being used to manufacture Freshwater Farm products. Also in attendance on the day were local councilors, media, Ironwoman and Freshwater Farm brand ambassador Lizzie Welborn and the entire Freshwater Farm team to celebrate this huge achievement.

In her speech, Laura Atherden was so thrilled with the amount raised and explained that this amount of money would see over 2,500 new books published in Indigenous Communities around Australia, giving them the opportunity to publish books in their own language. The charity’s purpose is to invest in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to provide the tools and resources they request to shape the direction of their children’s literacy future. Through investment in Community and strategic partnerships, the ILF will support sustainable and positive change in Indigenous literacy through the supply of books and a greater focus on the publication of Indigenous content.

Artist Brittney Paulson and her partner Rhys Hessing
Brittney Paulson presented the original artwork to the Hutcherson family on the day, the beautiful artwork names ‘Where the land meets the sea’ will take pride of place in the Freshwater Farm offices for the team to enjoy.

If you would like to find out more about the amazing work that the Indigenous Literacy Foundation do, simply head over to their website https://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/ For all of you that have purchased products from our Limited-Edition range, thank you so much for your support!

Lots of love,
Freshwater Farm xx
 

 

Our top 5 skin + hair care essentials for your Easter camping trip!

 

Easter school holidays is that time of year when you pack everything that you own into your car and squeeze the kids into whatever space they can fit in for that camping trip to your favourite destination with everything crossed so that the dreaded rain doesn’t hit! There is nothing better at this time of the year than sleeping under the stars and waking in the morning to the cool fresh air and a hot coffee. There is no need to completely rough it, we have put together a collection of Freshwater Farm skincare essentials that will protect and nourish your skin and hair during the trip, whilst being great for the environment.

 

1. Keep It Clean

Our handy little Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Hand Sanitiser 60ml pump gels take up no room at all and will be your best friend if you have little people that are dragging themselves through the mud every 5 minutes! Our Australian-made hand sanitiser gel has been carefully formulated by our in-house lab team to ensure its’ thickness and ability to keep your skin nourished and smelling amazing using our very own Tea Tree Essential Oils from the farm. Once you try this skin-loving hand sanitiser you will never go back!

 

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2. Limit Your Chemical Use

Some of the products campers may bring with them include soaps and detergents to clean up their utensils or for some, they would want to clean up either their gear or some of their clothes. Most of these products we use contain harmful chemicals in them. When we pour out the soapy water we’ve used, it will drain into the soil or run to other water sources damaging the environment and polluting the water sources. Therefore, opt to go for natural biodegradable liquid castile soap such as our Freshwater Farm Lemon Myrtle + Manuka Honey Body Wash, castile liquid is made from olive oil and coconut oil making it 100% biodegradable and suitable for washing your body and your dishes saving you from packing multiple bottles. Throw in a bar of Tea Tree + Eucalyptus soap bar for an environmentally friendly shower staple suitable for the whole family.

 

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3. Zero Waste!

When it comes to packing your toiletry bag for the whole family, bulky shampoo and conditioner bottles can take up a lot of valuable space along with insect repellent and sunscreen. We have the perfect solution for the eco-conscious (and space-conscious!) camper with our Freshwater Farm Shampoo + Conditioner Bars. These soap-free bars are perfectly pH-balanced to 5.5 to ensure your hair and scalp remain hydrated and healthy. For normal hair, choose our Rosewater Cleansing Shampoo and Conditioner Bars. Our shampoo and conditioner bars are responsibly packed in 100% recyclable packing making them a better choice for the planet.

 

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4. Tick Repellant

Ticks are prevalent here in Australia and can carry some pretty nasty toxins that react to different people in different ways, even leading to the contraction of Tick-borne diseases such as Australian Tick Typhus or ‘Spotted Fever’. It’s always best to ideal to stay out of bushy areas and wear long sleeves and pants, but we also have some great tick-repelling solutions! Choose an essential oil such as Kunzea (Tick Bush) Essential Oil or Eucalyptus Essential Oil for their tick repelling qualities, either use the oils on a burner or add dilute with a skin-loving carrier oil such as coconut oil to apply directly to the skin.

 

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5. The Perfect Remedy for Hardworking Hands

Camping can be pretty hard on your hands, the heat during the day and cold at night, putting up the tent, and constant washing of dishes, clothes, and dogs! Take some time at the end of the day to give your hands some love after your shower by lathering them in our Freshwater Farm Rosewater Moisturising Hand Cream, its rich base of shea butter and almond oil will leave your hands feeling soft and nourished.

 

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Enjoy the Easter break, we hope the Easter Bunny comes to you!

 
Lots of love,
Freshwater Farm xx
 

 

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!



Happy Global Hand Washing Day

Hey Fresh Farmers! Today is Global Hand Washing Day, how exciting!! Global Hand Washing Day is all about reminding people of the importance of good hand hygiene to protect yourself and others around you from sickness!

We are sure by now (after the craziness of the last 2 years) we are all aware of the importance of hand washing so we thought today we would celebrate by giving you the run down on how to select the perfect hand wash!

So without further ado if you want a hand wash that will keep your hands soft, hydrated and clean here are the 5 things to look out for:


1. Castile Base

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Now I know we talk about this all the time but there are just soo many reasons to look out for a castile base when choosing a hand wash! The first reason is that Castile is plant based! Regular soap is often made from animal fats, but castile is made from plant oils like Olive and Coconut! Because of these plant oils Castile is extremely hydrating for your skin plus it’s perfectly safe for all skin types including sensitive. Castile based soaps are extremely effective at gently removing dirt and impurities from your skin.

   

2. Gentle Foam

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If you have ever used one of our Castile Hand Washes before you will notice they have a gentle lather with minimal foam and there is a very good reason for this. When your hand wash has too much bubbles and foam this can actually dry out your skin a lot! Our hand washes have been purposely designed as a liquid formula with a gentle lather to keep your skin nourished and protected.

           

3. Tocopherol or Natural Vitamin E

 vitamin e



Tocopherol is a form of natural Vitamin E. Vitamin E is excellent for improving the skins health and hydration. It is also rich with antioxidants to help ease inflammation or irritation on your skin. These properties make Vitamin E an excellent addition to your hand wash.

       

4. Natural Fragrance

natural fragrance



Synthetic fragrances can be not only harmful to your skin but to our planet too. Anything that goes down your drain ends up back flooding back into the ground or the ocean so if you enjoy using a hand wash with a lovely scent (I mean who doesn’t) why not opt for one that is fragranced naturally with essential oils! Essential oils also provide unique and beautiful scents that are often more gentle and pleasant for the senses.

       

5. Glycerin

glycerin



The final ingredient to look out for is Glycerin. Glycerin helps to hydrate your skin by drawing in moisture from the environment to the top layer of your skin to give you that glowing and soft finish. Glycerin is most effective when used with plant oils like olive and coconut that it can draw moisture from! This is one of the reasons why our Castile Washes work so beautifully to keep your skin smooth and hydrated.







And that concludes our guide to the perfect hand wash! If you are looking for a hand wash with all of these ingredients be sure to check out our Castile Wash range!

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We hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Lots of love,
Freshwater Farm xx

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:

    organic shea butter




    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

 

What’s Happening at the Farm

Farm Update | September 2021
 

After a pretty mild Winter, we are just starting to see a few warmer days and we can feel that Spring is on its way! In the coming weeks, we will see our Lemon Myrtle plantation start to flower and with the welcome scent thatal showing his daughter the lemon myrtle this brings to the farm, the bees will start getting busy pollinating the flowers all over the acreage.

At the farm, we have been extending our existing plantation with a further 7 acres of prepared land, rich in fertilizer ready for the seedlings to be planted in late September. The Lemon Myrtle, Kunzea, Saltbush and Melaleuca Erica folia (lavender tea-tree) seedlings are doing well in our greenhouses and are being prepared to go into the ground. 

Winter has been a time of clearing land, weeding and fertilizing in preparation for a busy Spring. We have also been preparing the plantation for bush fire season by creating a mulched paddocks around the edge of the plantation to protect the land from the threat of bush fires. Our guys at the farm are constantly working to ensure that the land is kept clear and looking beautiful.

The addition of the new still to the farm has not only increased our output of cooking essential oils but also has given us another edge on quality. We are extremely proud of the high quality of our oils and will never compromise on that.

We are very excited to have so many new vibrant botanical scents to our range this year and we can’t wait show you what else we have been working on!  

 

During the winter,

Our main focus was on upgrading our still on the farm, this was not an easy undertaking as we needed quite a large still to keep up with the increase in demand for our Freshwater Farm products. Al researched endlessly trying to find the right person for the job, but for some time could only find a company overseas. Al was resolved that he wanted to get this done in Australia and eventually found the right guy for the job on the North coast and began the process of designing the perfect still for Freshwater Farm.

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Shop our best seller Lemon Myrtle Oil + Manuka Honey range 

Our winter honey has just been harvested so we will be bringing our much loved Freshwater Farm Bush Honey back online very soon- it’s a true taste of Freshwater Farm. Our Tea Tree is just about to flower and our resident bees will get busy pollinating for us to start producing Freshwater Farm Tea Tree Honey, look out for this in the coming months.

We hope you enjoyed this little update from the farm!

Lots of love, 
Freshwater Farm xx
 

National Wattle Day 2021

Hello Fresh Farmers, we hope you are having a wonderful week so far! We are very excited because today is National Wattle Day! We recently introduced Wattle Seed to our range so of course we wanted to learn more about this celebration and what it means!

What does the Golden Wattle, Australia’s floral emblem, represent?

Diversity




The Golden Australian Wattle or Acacia has over 1000 species! This represents the great diversity of Australian people who have many different family and ethnic backgrounds. Let’s celebrate this wonderful diversity that gives us such rich culture!

Resilience


After bushfires the Golden Wattle is one of the first plants to regrow and cover the land with its vibrant flowers. This reminds of the importance of resilience in tough times!


We think this is an important one to remember right now. We know that times have been very tough recently with this pandemic still lingering on…but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. The best thing we can do is stay strong and look after each other! Just like the Wattle, we have all had time to ourselves to reset and renew so that we are ready to come back stronger and more beautiful than ever!


Unity




The Wattle is a symbol for what unites us as Australians! The bright yellow flower is represents the humorous and fun culture that we all share.

 

How can you celebrate Wattle Day?

Wattle Day is all about celebrating our friendships and having fun! It’s about helping each other through difficult times, as Australians do, and appreciating the beauty of Australian nature! So what can you do?

1. Enjoy a Wattle Themed Snack

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Wattle Seeds have been used in Aboriginal cooking for 1000’s of years as they are a great source of protein and fiber. Toast your Wattle Seeds gently to bring out a rich nutty flavor and sprinkle on some muesli for a delightful treat. Ground your toasted Wattle Seeds to take your homemade coffee or chai latte to the next level.


2. Take a walk through the Australian bush

Getting outside once a day some for some light exercise can really help you feel calmer and at ease. If you live near a walking track or national park, why not go for a bushwalk so you can appreciate the beauty of Australian nature. See if you can spot any Wattle along the way!


3. Try a Wattle Skincare Product

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Wattle Seed doesn’t just have a beautiful flavour, it’s also filled with some powerful benefits for your skin. Being such a resilient plant, it’s no surprise that Wattle Seed Extract can help protect and repair your skin. Wattle Seed is a natural source of antioxidants, which help to rid of damage causing toxins in your skin. Gallic Acid, also found in Wattle Seed, can help to calm redness and repair blemishes.

Shop our beautiful Saltbush + Wattle Seed Extract Body Bar.


4. Reach out to a friend who makes you smile

Do you have a friend that always makes you laugh or smile? We could all use a little pick me up sometimes so why not send them a message today to let them know how much you appreciate their friendship!

We hope you enjoyed this little diary update celebrating Wattle Day! What will you do to celebrate?

Lots of love,

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