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 beautiful friends, welcome back to our blog!

You may have seen them on the website already but we just wanted to make sure EVERYONE knows about our newest product…Shampoo and Conditioner Bars! We are so so proud of these and we can’t wait for you all to try them!

These little guys are amazing, they are super hydrating and packed with essential oils which will cleanse and nourish your hair. Each bar is pH balanced to suit your hair type. We have three variants available to make sure we take of you and your individual hair types needs!

The Shampoo Bars come in a 100g size and the Conditioner Bars are 70g. These bars are amazing value and last you much longer than a liquid formula, it’s much more cost efficient. The average liquid Shampoo is made from 80% WATER, where as a Shampoo Bar is highly concentrated and is less than 12% water! Imagine paying for “Shampoo” that is mostly just water in a fancy plastic bottle…ridiculous! Speaking of, unlike plastic bottles, these bars are packed in a fully recyclable and biodegradable package! #ecofriendly

If you suffer from dry scalp conditions I strongly recommend you try the Hemp Seed Oil Hydrating Shampoo Bar and the matching Conditioner Bar. Firstly hemp seed oil smells incredible, super refreshing, but it also helps to stimulate your hair growth! The secret ingredient is the Neem Oil and Karanja Seed Extract which help to relieve sensitive and itchy scalps.

If you are anything like me and you straighten or blow dry your hair far too often or maybe your hair is more on the frizzy side, you must try the Mandarin + Cedarwood Strengthening Shampoo Bar and matching Conditioner Bar. The smell is so sweet and spicy at the same time! The secret ingredient in this bar is the Hydrolysed Oats which bring back life and strength to your hair. The combo of Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter will leave your hair silky and smooth.

For those lucky enough to have simple normal hair, your match is the Rosewater Cleansing Shampoo Bar and the Moisturising Conditioner Bar. Rosewater is traditional yet beautiful and will help to thoroughly wash and cleanse your hair. The addition of coconut oil and olive oil will moisturise your hair and scalp.

MY TOP TIPS FOR USE

Using these bars is a little different than a traditional Shampoo or Conditioner so these are my recommendations:

– Make sure you store your bars away from direct water flow. If you want your bars to last a long time don’t let them get too wet when you’re not using them.

– Ensure your hair is properly wet! I find if my hair is not wet enough it will not massage into my hair as well because remember, this formula doesn’t contain nearly as much as water as normal shampoo does!

– To apply the Shampoo, first lather the bar in your hands as you would with a bar of soap then massage the product into the hair with your hands, starting at the roots and working downwards.

– To apply the Conditioner, warm the bar in your hands with water until the bar softens and a smooth cream forms. Use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to detangle your hair with the conditioner in.

Want to learn more about using this amazing product? Watch our “how to use” tutorial video below!

We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on our new Shampoo and Conditioner Bars, we really think you will LOVE them! Comment below if you have any questions! What scents should we make next?

Lots of love, Freshwater Farm xo

Hello Freshwater Farm Blog, how are you today?

Having a nice hot bath is the ULTIMATE way to relax and unwind and we want to show you how to do it right! These are our top 5 must have items for the perfect luxury bath. 

CANDLES

Candles are an obvious must for a luxury bath! They always seem to create such calming atmosphere. Pick your favourite scent, light the candles once the bath is run and arrange them around the tub. Lavender is the perfect scent for relaxation or try a citrus blend to clear the mind. Peppermint is also great for stress!

WOODEN BATH TABLE

A wooden table that runs over the top of the tub is a great way to take your bath time to the next level. It can be used to hold your favourite bath products, a hand towel, a book or even a glass of wine. 😜 You can buy a table like this in many homeware stores but if you want to save some money buy a wooden panel (a floor board/deck panel) from a DIY or Hardware store like Bunnings, have it cut to the width of your tub and ta dah you have a bath table ready to go!

FRESHWATER FARM BODY BARS

Now of course we had to throw in at least one of our products in here but I really do mean it when I say our Freshwater Farm Body Bars are truly a luxury bath must have item! They are available in so many stunning scents which will ensure you feel relaxed and refreshed. These body bars also produce the creamiest lather, making your skin feel super nourished and soft.

EXFOLIATOR

An exfoliator is the perfect addition for a luxury bath. Removing all of that dead skin away and revealing the new smooth skin below is such a lush feeling. Those with normal skin types should exfoliate around 3 or 4 times a week. Exfoliators come in many forms including a pumice block/stone, body scrubs, exfoliating mitts and exfoliating soap bars like our delicious Coffee Polishing Body Bar.

BUBBLE BATH MIXTURE

Finally, adding bubbles is the final step for that perfect luxury bath! Add a generous pour of your favourite bubble bath mix whilst the water is still running and watch those bubbles form. If you don’t have any bubble bath around you can also use a few pumps your favourite liquid wash to create a beautiful scent and give the water that smooth feel.

We hope these items help you to have the most indulging bath time EVER! Comment below your favourite way to relax!

Lots of love, Freshwater Farm xo