Is Your Deodorant Dangerous? 7 Key Ingredients to Avoid

We tend not to give much thought to our daily deodorant routine, but it’s worth taking a few minutes to consider what we regularly apply to our pits. Your current deodorant may seem as fresh as a daisy – but is it as natural as one? Steer clear of these seven toxic ingredients when choosing your products.

1. Aluminium compounds and salts

Aluminium is a common active ingredient in many antiperspirants, as it essentially plugs the sweat gland to minimise perspiration. The problem is that there have been concerns about the use of these compounds in skin products. Once in the body aluminium mimics the effects of oestrogen; a hormone that has been found in high concentrations in many breast cancers. This has led scientists to investigate potential links between breast cancer and aluminium-based deodorants.

Aluminium can also pose a threat to those on low kidney function, plus a study found higher traces of aluminium in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Although the correlation (if any) is not yet known, is it worth taking the risk when there are aluminium-free options available?

2. Alcohol

Many antiperspirants contain alcohol, which is used to dissolve different ingredients and to help the product dry quickly when applied. Alcohol kills some of the bacteria that forms odour, but it can also dry out skin and contribute to irritation. We prefer to use gentler ingredients such as organic coconut oil and magnesium hydroxide for their antibacterial effects.

3. Parabens

Parabens are synthetic compounds that are used to control bacteria, fungus and other unwanted microbes in a range of products like toothpastes, shampoos and deodorants. However, parabens can be absorbed by the skin and can mimic the effects of oestrogen in the body, affecting the endocrine system. Parabens have been found intact in breast tumour tissue, and they could be in your body right now – in one study of randomised people, almost 100% of urine samples contained traces of the compound. Denmark has taken the precaution of banning some parabens in products for children under three years old.

While these findings do not link parabens directly to cancer or illness, many people understandably prefer to go paraben-free with their product choices. Natural ingredients such as clove oil can be used for their antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties instead.

4. Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol is a synthetic organic compound used as a food and manufacturing additive – and also to de-ice aircraft in cold conditions! It’s used in some cosmetics and deodorants to soften their consistency and make the product easier to apply. It’s accepted that you’d need to ingest a whole lot of propylene glycol to experience adverse health effects, but there is another worry. Propylene glycol is used as a penetration enhancer, so if paired with harmful ingredients it could potentially aid the skin’s absorption of those substances. Best not even go there, we say.

5. Triclosan

Triclosan is used as an antibacterial and preserving ingredient in many deodorants, hand washes and cosmetics, but there are almost certainly safer ways to kill troublesome bacteria. Studies have found that triclosan can disrupt hormonal regulation in animals, and the American Food and Drug Administration recently banned the agent from being used in consumer skin care products. In fact, the FDA classes triclosan as a pesticide!

6. Phthalates

Phthalates are included in many cosmetics, fragrances and skincare products because they help to dissolve ingredients. Unfortunately, they’re also possibly linked to pre-term births in pregnant women as well as asthma. One type was found to be associated with male genital birth defects and reproductive issues in adult men. We think that for these reasons, phthalates are worth staying away from wherever possible.

7. Silica

Silica is used to absorb moisture from perspiration, however the ingredient can also cause skin irritation. Silica can also sometimes be contaminated with crystalline quartz which is a known carcinogen. Instead, we choose to use safer moisture-absorbing ingredients like vegetable glycerin, arrowroot and kaolin clay that offer additional benefits like improved blood circulation and added skin hydration. 

Fortunately, avoiding these seven ingredients doesn’t mean you need to lose friends through the perils of bad body odour! Try our original Axilla Deodorant Paste™, or our Barrier Booster option for sensitive skin. These Aussie-made products will effectively absorb moisture and neutralise smells, without the need to worry for your wellbeing.

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Neutralise odour and be toxin-free with natural, organic Axilla Deodorant Pastes.
And now new Axilla Deodorant Paste™ Barrier Booster for sensitive skin!

Natural Health Expert, Keira From @krumble, Reveals Her Top Skincare Products

Hey Black Chicken Remedies lovers,

My name’s Keira Rumble and I’m thrilled to be guest blogging here. I’m sure you’re wondering who I am and what brought me to be writing on this page. So first a bit about me…

I’d describe myself as an enthusiast and spokesperson for natural health and wellbeing. As well as my writing and blogging on the topic, I’m a qualified nutrition coach and I have my own range of nutrition supplement snacks.

How did I get here? Well, my personal journey has led me to actively seek out a more natural approach to day-to-day health. I haven’t exactly had it easy in terms of my health, having had a series of misdiagnoses and pre-diabetic in my early 20’s. I’m a newly found epileptic, and to top it all off I’m on the tail end of years of adrenal fatigue and heavy metals in my body!

After years of medications, with medication to support the side effects from the other medications, my body practically said enough was enough. I turned to alternative medicine (with the guidance of my doctors) and slowly weaned off quite a few of my medications, and changed the way I viewed my “illnesses”. I’m still working on my health, but one of the biggest lessons has been how important is it to know exactly what you are consuming and putting on your body as this can make a big difference. Our environment is unbelievably toxic and I am such a believer that this was a huge root cause for my body shutting down.

My mantra now is all about being as toxic-free as possible. I’m not saying that I walk around with a mask and gloves, but where possible and reasonable, I opt for toxin-free living.

Which brings me to Black Chicken Remedies. Recently I came across this brand and after reading about the founder Chey’s own personal health journey, I knew our health values were mutual.

Over the past month I have tried a range of Black Chicken Remedies products and I’m excited to share my experience here. It was really good timing when I decided to try them for the first time because I was about to head on a trip to Byron to spend a few relaxing days in a retreat for some much needed R&R.

My business had been keeping me really busy of late, and although I hadn’t been neglecting my health, I definitely was in need of a wellbeing boost.

The first product I tried was the Dry Shampoo.

I’m very fortunate to have been blessed with a thick head of hair, but believe me some days I dream of chopping it off! It’s high maintenance (the hair, not me haha) and I hadn’t come across anything natural and toxic-free that would extend the time between washes.

Being very aware that most standard dry shampoo has toxic ingredients like: Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Parabens, Alcohol Denat, and Talc, and knowing that your scalp absorbs things 5-10 times faster than other parts of your body, I was intrigued by the Black Chicken Remedies Dry Shampoo which has only natural ingredients.

In all honesty, I wondered if it would work! I love it when I’m proven wrong and when natural products work even better than synthetic and toxic versions. I can say that the Black Chicken Remedies Dry Shampoo has been a godsend. It’s surprisingly easy to apply and it works wonders! Even with the humidity I was able to get by without washing my hair for days. This picture was taken after I hadn’t washed my hair in days. It was greasy and it had lost it’s luster and fullness. I think my hands sum up my feelings exactly!

The next product on my hit list was the Cacao Revelation Mask.

I love a really good face mask, and this one had me at “cacao”. Cacao really is more than a super food. As a natural antioxidant it has anti-aging properties and is particularly good at healing skin at the cellular level. This is due to the high amounts of antioxidants in cacao which protect cells from oxidation. Health benefits aside, there’s just something so blissfully indulgent about having raw chocolate on your face, especially in combination with a relaxing bath which is exactly what I did after applying the mask.

After my face mask and bath, I tried out the range of skincare. I’m an avid traveler, and packing skincare is always difficult and more often than not results in a suitcase explosion of some sort.


The Balm of Ages™ got my attention

because it’s such a convenient product to carry around and it has so many different uses which means I only need to carry one product, not five. It comes in a palm-sized pot, and being a balm, it won’t spill! But this isn’t what got me excited.

Being super sensitive to skincare and with constant skin allergies I have to be really careful. I can’t use anything with chemicals or my skin will react and this sets off a chain reaction of symptoms (unfortunately one of the downsides of previous health conditions is that your body is ‘conditioned’ to react when it comes into contact with something it knows as foe).

For someone like myself with sensitive skin, this little pot of goodness has done wonders for me! I apply it on my lips and under my eyes as part of my little morning routine, leaving me not only glowing but also helping to restore a bit of life back into my face. Using incredibly powerful essential oils like frankincense and patchouli and other gorgeous ingredients like hemp seed oil, my skin has never felt so good (and trust me, I have tried a lot of different products!)

“I treated myself to some meditation in the open air, enhanced with a Serenity Nasalette™ Essential Oil Inhaler to get me in the mood”

So far my Byron retreat had been nothing short of complete wonderlust! Although not completely work-free, my skin felt rejuvenated. Since I’ve returned, I’ve had a chance to extend and recreate my Byron experience, and last week I treated myself to some meditation in the open air, enhanced with a Serenity Nasalette™ Essential Oil Inhaler to get me in the mood. I’ve never used anything like this before, but it definitely had a calming affect that set the scene for the most chilled and relaxing evening.

And I love that the Nasalettes are also travel friendly. I can literally carry it with me throughout the day and when I need a pick-me-up or mind reset, I have it on hand.

So my verdict? I actually feel so grateful to have come across a brand with the same ethos and values as my own. I can tell that all products have been carefully crafted and designed to provide healing and holistic health benefits.

Over the next few months I’ll be writing more about why your health is your number one asset. It is about listening to your body, respecting it, and taking a moment to feel.

If you’d like to read more about me and my journey, head on over to my blog at and follow me on instagram at @krumble

Thanks for listening and happy health!

Keira Rumble xx

10 Reasons Why Using Dry Shampoo Is Good For Your Health

By Chey Birch, Creator of Black Chicken Remedies
Wednesday, 31 January 2018

  1. Less shampoo equals healthier hair
  2. Dry shampoo helps regulate oil production
  3. Dry shampoo is convenient and saves time
  4. Dry shampoo adds volume and texture to your hair
  5. Dry shampoo can deliver nutrients to your hair
  6. Dry shampoo can help prevent premature hair greying
  7. Decreases the effect of heat damage
  8. Dry shampoo is travel friendly
  9. Dry shampoo allows you to be more active without having to wash your hair
  10. Natural dry shampoo can treat hair lice

I didn’t realise how toxic washing my hair actually was. I always thought the steam and hot water from the shower would wash away the many chemicals in shampoo products and that would be the end of it!

But ignorance is bliss. After doing a lot of research, I now know that shampoo is a toxic storm and terrible for your health and immune system. This is because the natural oils in hair (produced by the immune system) actually act as a protective layer on the scalp and washing these oils away frequently, leaves the skin more vulnerable to absorbing toxins in shampoo.

The problem was that the more I washed my hair, the more I NEEDED to wash it. Each time I was stripping away natural oils, and just like when you cleanse your skin with chemical products, the body tries to replenish with more oil. When my hair is too oily it becomes flat, dull and lifeless and the only way to resurrect my luscious locks is to wash it again.

But, the less you wash the better for your overall health. Plus, who has time to wash their hair every day, then blow dry and add styling products? I am late for work just thinking about it!

How can shampooing be bad for my immune system?

Most commercial shampoo and conditioners contain toxic ingredients; in fact there are 12 really toxic ingredients in most of them. Here are just a few that are found in everyday shampoo:

Sodium-Lauryl-Sulfate – Foaming agent, also found in shampoos, soaps, toothpaste, face cleansers and several other personal care products.


A known skin irritant and is also found in carpet cleaners, stain removers, pesticides and laundry detergent. Anything used to remove stains is potent and harsh and when it’s chemical-based, it’s a recipe for disaster. Not only is this ingredient bad for your health, it’s also a pollutant and toxic to fish and other aquatic animals.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Supposedly “natural” and derived from coconuts, this ingredient was voted “allergen of the year” in 2004 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. 14 years on and it’s still used in hair and body products!

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)

A Petroleum-based ingredient often contaminated with pollutants and heavy metals, many of which are known carcinogens linked to a host of cancers.

And these are just a few. Other chemicals include Fragrances, Triclosan, Polysorbates, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Retinyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride and Quaternium-15, the latter being a preservative that the European Union has deemed unsafe!

So imagine you wash your hair, sometimes even twice, in hot water and steam then rinse it off and it runs all over your body. It’s the perfect environment for the toxins to be absorbed straight into your body and scalp. Multiply that by 4 days per week or even 7 and you’re massively increasing your body’s toxic load. By this I mean your liver and kidneys are saying “Polyethylene Glycol … hasn’t that been linked to cancer? Quick let’s work overtime to get it out of here!”

Why is regular shampooing bad?

Every time you wash your hair, the foaming agents and chemicals in shampoos strip away natural oils from the hair follicle. When this happens, the body is less able to defend itself from toxins that enter via the skin layer. What’s more, the immune system is under pressure to produce more oil to prevent your hair from becoming dry and brittle. Enter more oil, followed by more shampoo and toxins, and so the vicious cycle continues! Even replacing just one wash per week with dry shampoo will help support your delicate immune system i.e. keep you healthy!

How does dry shampoo help?

Dry shampoo can help break this cycle as it absorbs excess oil and grease on the scalp, allowing you to push out the time between washes. I use it between washes and after exercise and I now only need to wash my hair once a week. This really has been a true game changer.

But beware – some dry shampoos do more harm than good.

Our Dry Shampoo does NOT contain Butane, Propane or Isobutane. It’s in powder form and is totally safe and natural for you to use!

I first heard about dry shampoo several years ago. Although the benefits were appealing to me, it was the harsh chemicals that kept me at bay.

Many of the dry shampoos made by big brands use powders like Talc as the active ingredient. Talc does a good job of absorbing moisture, however long term use of Talc has been under investigation to have an increased risk of cancers including lung cancer (from inhalation) and ovarian cancer (for women who use talc in nether regions)1. I simply wasn’t prepared to use a product with attached health risks just for the convenience of less hair washing.

Many dry shampoos still come in a spray can and that means something like Butane, Propane or Isobutane is needed to make it spray. These things are highly toxic to your body!

Chey Birch, Creator of Black Chicken Remedies using Dry Shampoo

Enter natural, non-toxic dry shampoo

For a while I’d been thinking about creating a healthy version of dry shampoo, with ingredients that would nourish my hair and not cause any harm to the body. I also wanted to reduce the amount of chemicals I was using on my hair through regular washing.

How is Black Chicken Remedies Dry Shampoo different?

There’s really no need for using toxic ingredients in hair products. Natural ingredients work just as well and are so much better for us. Our Dry Shampoo is made with all natural and non-toxic ingredients including Corn Starch, Bamboo Powder, Tapioca Powder and essential oils of Rosemary and Clary Sage.

I spent a lot of time researching and testing what would work best and nourish my hair at the same time. And as an added benefit, it also smells divine.

If you haven’t yet experienced the benefits of dry shampoo, here are my top reasons why you should try dry…

Chey xx

  • Less shampoo equals healthier hair

Have you ever looked at the ingredients list on the back of a shampoo bottle? Most shampoos use agents such as Ammonium Chloride, Glycol or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate along with a host of other chemicals to create a foamy lather when mixed with water. The more often you wash, the more chemicals you are feeding your hair. Over time this will damage your hair and scalp. Sometimes this leads to dry hair, premature greying, dandruff and a dry, itchy scalp. The best way to combat these issues is to limit the use of conventional shampoos.

  • Dry shampoo helps regulate oil production

Although washing your hair leaves it looking and feeling clean and fresh, we all know this is temporary. After a few days, your hair becomes oily once more and requires washing again. It’s natural for your hair to be slightly oily, but dry shampoo allows you to manage the amount of oil and increase the time between washes.

  • Dry shampoo is convenient and saves time

It takes less than a minute to apply and you don’t need water! In fact you don’t even need to shower and you can use it anywhere. Keep it in your gym bag to apply after a workout and you can simply style and go. Save time getting ready for work and social outings by removing the dreaded hair-wash and blow-dry routine.

  • Dry shampoo adds volume and texture to your hair

The natural powders used will add weight/volume to your hair, just use your fingers to create texture and style. This is particularly good for thin and fine hair which tends to fall flat especially when on the oily side. The Bamboo adds lift and volume while Silica (contained in Diatomaceous Earth* Powder) helps improve damaged hair and soothes irritated scalps. Use it as a styling product and create beautiful do’s.

*Certified organic ingredients

Our Dry Shampoo contains natural and remedial ingredients to help you revive and energise your hair

  • Dry shampoo can deliver nutrients to your hair

Our Dry Shampoo is a great way to treat your hair to plant-based nutrients and essential oils including rosemary and clary sage. Use as a ‘leave-in’ treatment and as often as you like to help keep your locks as healthy as possible.

  • Dry shampoo can help prevent premature hair greying

By eliminating chemicals, your hair will stay healthier and naturally vibrant for longer. We have used Rosemary essential oil, well known to nourish the scalp and hair follicles, helping to stimulate hair growth and prevent premature greying.

  • Decreases the effect of heat damage

After washing your hair, what’s the first thing you do? Blow dry, often followed by flat ironing or curling. Excessive heat creates damaged, irreparable ends. By extending your time between washes you reduce the need for heat to dry your hair after washing, taking the pressure off your hair and scalp.

  • Dry shampoo is travel friendly

Our dry shampoo comes in powder form so perfectly safe to take with you in carry-on bags and suitcases. It’s light and easy to carry around every day. It’s the perfect hair product to take to warmer climates with high humidity to keep oil and grease away.

  • Dry shampoo allows you to be more active without having to wash your hair

One of the things I love about dry shampoo is that I can exercise without having to factor in extra time to wash my hair after a workout. Which means I can exercise more… win win!

  • Natural dry shampoo can treat hair lice

That’s right! We use a safe and natural ingredient called diatomaceous earth, which is hailed as a natural pesticide. It’s used in a range of food and home-care products, it’s non-toxic and it’s proven effective in killing small insects including lice!

Try dry shampoo for yourself

To apply, just separate hair into sections and sprinkle the powder onto your scalp. Gently massage for up to one minute and comb or brush out any excess powder through the length of your hair if required.

I’m so excited to share our new Black Chicken Remedies Dry Shampoo. The natural, aromatic and remedial ingredients will give you fresh, healthy hair every time.




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The Essential Oil Guide To Sleep

Sleep. We all need it, and despite our best efforts, sometimes we need a little help catching some quality winks.

Sleep deprivation and sleep disorders are now all too common. Australian adults get an average of seven hours of sleep per night, an hour less than the recommended eight hours. Not only that, most of us are waking up at least twice each night.

What’s keeping us awake?

The number one sleep distraction (after needing to go to the toilet) is not being able to switch off the mind. Yep! We are keeping ourselves awake with thoughts about our day, what’s coming up, all the things on our to-do lists and anything the monkey mind decides to fixate on.

Your eyelids are heavy, but your thoughts are heavier. Sound familiar?

Mind chatter rates even higher as a sleep disrupter than noise distractions and being disturbed by partners and pets! So as easy as it is to blame snoring spouses or dogs who think they are on security alert, it’s really our thoughts that prevent us from slipping away into dreamland.

Why is sleep so important?

Quality sleep and rest is directly related to good health and wellbeing. In fact, your body is able to do the most amount of healing and restoring when it’s in deep sleep.

The importance of sleep has been known for centuries! Even Aristotle believed that sleep is a time of physical renewal, way back in 350 BC. We know it’s essential, yet we tend to deprive ourselves way too often.

Ongoing sleep deprivation is linked to a host of ill health, such as an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. It’s also linked to premature ageing and can impact on concentration and memory.

We all know the heavy feeling of waking up after a terrible night’s sleep and how hard it is to power through the day. A lack of sleep makes it so much harder to think clearly and perform at our best.

There’s no better way to offer ourselves self love that by prioritising quality sleep.

How do we improve our sleep?

The key to a good night’s sleep is to relax the mind (and body). Getting yourself into a relaxed state before you hit the hay is essential to having a peaceful slumber. But in our modern world of long hours of work, exposure to technology and often having late nights, winding down isn’t always easy.

For many of us, we need more than just finding a quiet space to switch off our mind and succumb to the feeling of total relaxation. The obvious things are to block out loud noises, switch off screens (especially phones and computers) and to avoid large meals, caffeine and alcohol just before bed.

The mind needs time to wind down so avoid too much mental stimulation. But if the monkey mind just won’t let up, there are other ways to switch it off. An important factor is establishing a good sleep rhythm.

The role of our natural circadian rhythm

We are designed to rise and fall with the sun. The sun contains different light variants throughout the day, and the different light defused can help our body release hormones to wake us in the morning (thanks to cortisol) and make us sleepy at night (thanks to melatonin).

But this isn’t always possible for those of us who live a little south of the equator. In winter we often rise and fall in darkness, and in summer, most of us sleep past sunrise.

Fortunately in our modern world, there are other ways we can naturally induce hormones and promote relaxation in the mind and body when its time for some shut-eye.

Whether you sleep at night or during the day (such as if you are a shift worker or enjoy the occasional cat nap) we can all improve our sleep any time of day.

Essential oils can be a great way to help our body find a natural sleep rhythm and help you find your inner calm before bed.

Essential oils and quality sleep

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years as supplements to improve overall health and wellbeing. There are many different essential oils with remedial benefits to aid a good night’s sleep. Some of our favourites include:

Lavender – whether dried or in oil form, lavender has a soothing, fragrant scent which has a very calming and relaxing effect on the body.

Cedarwood – as an essential oil, Cedarwood helps to release melatonin, the hormone that signals the body to go to sleep. So it’s no wonder that it is essential to drifting away into deep sleep.

Bergamot – slightly citrus, bergamot essential oil is uplifting yet relaxing. It’s often used in perfumes and fragrances and also as a natural cleanser in cosmetics. It’s a beautiful addition to aromatherapy remedies.

Cinnamon – with a myriad of remedial uses, cinnamon is one of the most potent essential oils on the planet. It is used for decreasing inflammation, calming the nervous system, increasing circulation and even relieving depression. Cinnamon helps the body return to a more natural state and assists the mind to do so also.

Vetiver – rich and earthy, vetiver has a grounding effect on the body so it’s great for overall wellbeing and reconnecting the mind and body.

Marjoram – called the “herb of happiness” by the Romans, Majoram is extremely soothing and helps to calm the nerves.

Black Chicken Remedies Sleep Repair Pack

Quality sleep will change your life. If you’re not sleeping soundly, it may be worth considering a few essential oil supplements to help you nod off.

Because sleep is something we all need (and let’s face it, most of us need more quality and quantity sleep) we have put together a Sleep Repair Pack. Each pack contains:

Slumber Essential Oil Blend

This gorgeous remedial essential oil blend is specifically formulated to reduce nervous tension and anxiety and promote deep relaxation. You can use it as a diffuser or with an inhaler such as our Slumber Nasalette™ Essential Oil Inhaler. It contains five essential oils with remedial benefits as well as providing a beautiful scent from cedarwood, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Vetiver and Marjoram.

You can even add a few drops to your pillow or a tissue and hold close to your nose as you drift away.

Slumber Nasalette™ Essential Oil Inhaler

Our signature inhalers provide a simple and convenient way to breathe in the benefits of essential oils. They’re little pocket diffusers you can take anywhere with you, refillable, and full of potent, targeted all-natural goodness.

Our slumber inhaler focuses on wellbeing before bedtime, however if you’re suffering from congestion and upper respiratory ailments which may keep you awake, try our Respire Essential Oil Blend combination.

Pyramedial™ The Scent of Sleep

As the name alludes to, our Pyramedial™ is quite literally a pyramid filled with heavenly scented goodness. For eons the pyramid has been a symbol of life force energy – a shape that resonates with earth’s magnetic field. Its energetic power has been understood by ancient cultures to attract positive etheric energy and convert negative ones. Now imagine a pyramid filled with the purest lavender to relieve nervous tension and insomnia – that’s what we call pyramid power.

Put this bundle of goodness beside your bed or between your pillows and ease into some of the most relaxing and restorative sleeps you’ve ever had.

Featherlite Silk Eye Mask

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as an eye mask to relieve tired eyes. Our Featherlite Silk Eye Mask is incredibly gently against delicate eyelashes and the skin around your eyes. There’s little to no pressure at all upon your eyelids so all you need to do is unwind and be transported to destination calm.

But first, sleep

If we haven’t convinced you of the importance of sleep, perhaps you are yet to experience just how amazing you can feel with a healthy sleep pattern! Don’t forget that if you have a partner they will also benefit from any improvements you make to your sleep, as well as co-workers and anyone you spend time with day-to-day. So this could be a win-win situation for everyone concerned 😉


Sleep Repair Pack



8 Things To Know About Inhaling Pure Essential Oils

Changing your life, one breath at a time

Imagine that you can change your mood, change your health and change your world simply by breathing in.  A home, where you can lift vitality or drift into relaxation whenever you need to.  A workplace, where you can fight lethargy, boost productivity and enhance creativity.  Imagine it, and then make it real.

For good or bad, the molecules we inhale do change us physiologically and psychologically, and those changes can be powerful.  And fast.  This is the science behind aromatherapy and the path to taking charge of your health, your confidence, and your life.

It’s a truth that’s been well known and practised for thousands of years.  Apart from regular exercise, inhaling essential oils and breathing the air you choose may be the most important step you’ll ever take to physical, psychological and emotional good health.

How does aromatherapy actually work?

Want more energy, better sleep and a stronger immune system?  Then you’ll need to get the very best out of those essential oils.  How you access these remedial benefits is crucial, and that means we need to think about one of the most vital and totally taken-for-granted parts of our physiology!  Our sense of smell and the olfactory system.

When you inhale essential oils, the molecules reach thousands of receptors in the olfactory membrane in your nose and follow the chemosensory pathway to reach, almost immediately, the limbic system of the brain.  This is the oldest part of the brain in evolutionary terms and is often called the “emotional” brain.

The limbic system connects directly with other parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance.

So how does inhaling essential oils improve health? 

When we inhale through the nostrils, the molecules we breathe in quickly interact with the olfactory organs and the brain.  Some molecules are also carried to the lungs and respiratory system.  This is how inhaling essential oils can have an immediate and clinically quantifiable effect on respiration, pulse and blood pressure and on the central nervous system in general.

“Essential oil constituents absorbed via inhalation may enter the bloodstream and reach the central nervous system with relative ease.” (Tisserand, R. Essential Oil Safety)

Because of this direct olfactory pathway to specific areas of the brain, inhaling essential oils can work very quickly and much more efficiently than oral remedies. From when you first inhale the oil to the corresponding brain trigger and gland secretion is less than a few seconds.

How do we know aromatherapy works scientifically?

Although this information has been understood for thousands of years, with ancient Egyptians using odours to treat disease and ancient Greeks writing books on the healing properties of essential oils, scientific studies continue to this day.

A clinical study at the University of Vienna, Austria (J. Lehrner, 2000) took 72 people awaiting dental treatment and split them into a control group and an odour group.  The odour group waited in a room where orange oil (Citrus sinenis) was diffused.  Clinical assessment showed that the people in the odour group quickly became calmer and felt more positive, with lower levels of anxiety than those in the control group. This study scientifically confirmed the relaxing, uplifting properties of this diffused essential oil.

What’s the best way to inhale essential oils?

Diffusers are an easy and effective way to bring aroma into your home and work environments but with the right choice, it’s obvious a diffuser can deliver many more benefits.  A good diffuser lets you get the most from the valuable properties of remedial essential oil blends and gives you more active management of your mental, physical and emotional health.

So what’s the best diffuser to use with essential oils?

There’s a bewildering range of brands, types and claims when it comes to diffusers and they can have very different capabilities and effectiveness.  Some are little more than air fresheners, others only work in small confined spaces, and others use heat to disperse the oils.  Applying heat to essential oils may break down or change some of the chemical components and remedial properties, destroying their potency.  It’s best to choose a diffuser that doesn’t rely on heat to push out the scent.

Fan diffusers move air across a surface that contains essential oils carrying scent molecules into the air.  Evaporative diffusers allow the oil to be exposed to the air and slowly evaporate.  These tend to have a limited range and suit small spaces.

Nebulising diffusers use cold air under pressure to force oil molecules into an atomizer. Fine particles of the oils are then pumped into the air and can be inhaled.

Ultrasonic diffusers work a little differently for optimal effect.  Skypipe™ Essential Oil Diffuser from Black Chicken Remedies is an ultrasonic diffuser with a permeable porcelain body.  It works by creating small intense vibrations (2.5 million vibrations per second) in essential oils with a little water, releasing a superfine soft mist which gently humidifies the air and disperses the potent remedial properties of the oils.

This type of ultrasonic diffusion allows optimal inhalation without irritating sensitive airways or altering the vital components and valuable remedial properties of the oils.

With the Skypipe™ Essential Oil Diffuser, those essential oil molecules can be inhaled through nose and mouth, reaching the brain, lungs and bloodstream in a matter of seconds for a fast and powerful effect.

Here’s a couple of things you need to think about.

A good diffuser will gently maximise the remedial effect of pure essential oil blends without causing irritation.  Powerful diffusion, gentle action.

The Skypipe™ Essential Oil Diffuser will do exactly that and give you three to seven hours of blissful aromatherapeutic air.

Where can you find great essential oil blends for your diffuser?

How you respond mentally and physically to the Skypipe™ Essential Oil Diffuser will be determined by the specific qualities, balance and synergy of the essential oil blend you choose.  Black Chicken Remedies has spent many years testing and fine-tuning a range of pure remedial essential oil blends to target many health concerns.

Black Chicken Remedies carefully blended essential oils may be relaxants or stimulants and can help with a range of health issues, including insomnia, nervous tension and congestion.  They can improve concentration and mental clarity, and help to alleviate mental and physical fatigue and anxiety.

Many essential oils have antibacterial and antiviral effects, which help protect and strengthen your immune system when inhaled, as well as purifying your personal environment.

If you could choose the air you breathe, why wouldn’t you?

As you breathe in, relaxing oils will immediately bring a sense of calm, energising oils will push through those feelings of lethargy and fatigue, and decongesting oils will cleanse the air, helping you to breathe more easily and receive even more beneficial effects.

Skypipe™ Essential Oil Diffuser with your favourite Black Chicken Remedies essential oil blend gives you a gorgeous start to every day. Improve your breathing capacity, uncover real awareness of your body’s miraculous capabilities, or take your meditation practice to a whole new level as you inhale deep healing and exhale stress and anxiety.  You’re going to really feel the difference – fast!

And at night, another divinely scented Black Chicken Remedies essential oil blend will help to trigger specific neurotransmitters in your brain, releasing serotonin and dopamine to give you blissful, uninterrupted sleep.

With the Black Chicken Remedies Skypipe™ Essential Oil Diffuser and Black Chicken Remedies Essential Oil Blends at home and at work, you can surround yourself with goodness and choose the air you breathe, knowing that every breath is a massive boost to your wellbeing and performance, whatever you’re doing.  At work, sleep and play, be the best you can be, just by breathing in.

Black Chicken Remedies Skypipe™ Essential Oil Diffuser is available only to customers within Australia.

Is seasonal skin a thing?

Yes, it is! Much like our seasonal diets, our skin needs a bit of seasonal TLC to keep it looking and feeling its best year-round.

Our diet changes by the seasons – in winter we relish hearty warming meals, and coming into Spring we love all things fresh and green.

Our skin also experiences its own seasonal changes, and in Spring it’s the perfect time to revitalise and re-energise our outer cells.

So while we dine on fresh salads and detox with green juices, Spring is a time to shed our winter layers.

Why does our skin become dry through winter?

Our skin is our largest organ, and just like our other vital organs, it needs essential vitamins, minerals and hydration. In winter, the humidity drops and there’s less moisture in the air, and so from the outside our skin is less hydrated.

There’s nothing like a nice hot shower on a cold day right? As luxurious as it may feel, hot water and skin are not the best of friends. Instead of adding hydration, hot water actually strips away the natural oils on our skin leaving it feeling dry, tight and often itchy and flakey. Try cooling down the temperature of your showers and your skin will love you for it.

While we shower in hot water, we tend to drink less water in the cooler months because we feel less thirsty. Our skin is the last organ to receive water from the body, so when we are less hydrated, unfortunately our skin takes the hit.

How to nourish your skin in Spring

This time of year, our skin is craving extra hydration and seasonal nutrients. Drinking water and eating a healthy diet full of nutrient-rich foods is helpful, but there’s also a lot of things we can do on the outside to give our skin an extra boost in Spring.

In the lead up to summer, it’s important to remove the dead cells that protected us through the cooler months, and replenish skin to give you that glowing, radiant summer-ready bod.

Did you know that most of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the bloodstream? True story! And in Spring our skin is ready to absorb a seasonal feast after being banished away through winter.

But before you go and lather yourself with this week’s market shop, it’s important to know that some natural ingredients are more beneficial than others.

Firstly, in order to penetrate the deeper layers of our skin, natural and essential oils work best.

Essential oils are (essentially) like taking vitamins and supplements – they are far more concentrated in their nutrients therefore they deliver far more nourishment to our skin.

Secondly, we’re sorry to inform you that our skin doesn’t only absorb the good. Anti-nutrients and toxins such as chemicals and fragrances used in mass-produced and artificially-made skincare are also absorbed, and this is not good news for our overall health. Many skincare brands also use ingredients which cause inflammatory symptoms to people with food sensitivities. Gluten is often used in skincare, and so are soy-based products which, when absorbed into the body, can cause many issues including hormone imbalances.

So if you wouldn’t eat it, why would you put it on your skin? Always read labels and use skincare made with natural ingredients. Hint hint 😉

What’s in season for Spring?

The sun is shining and this time of year we love vibrant sources of plant-based nutrients. Coming out of winter our skin microbes go crazy for natural and essential oils because they are so effective in replenishing nutrients which aid in the repair and re-generation of skin cells.

So what’s on the menu? Here’s just a few of our favourite Spring ingredients for our skin:

  • Avocado oil – one of the most nutrient-dense, plant-based foods on the planet and an amazing source of vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E. Perfect for nourishing dry, climate damaged skin.
  • Rosehip oil – providing essential fatty acids and helps our skin rebuild, rosehip is also known to combat free radicals that cause skin damage. That’s why it’s loved for its anti-ageing properties as it will preserve skin cells.
  • Hazelnut oil – this essential oil penetrates deep into our skin and helps to tone and tighten. It also provides a healthy dose of fatty acids and is linked to lowering cholesterol.
  • Nutmeg essential oil – nutmeg stimulates the mind and has analgesic properties – a great natural remedy for any aches and pains.
  • Vitamin E oil – one of the best known anti-oxidants for the skin; take care to always use a non GMO source (we always have and always will!)
  • Sandalwood essential oil – your skin will feel like it’s just done a yoga class! Sandalwood has a calming and harmonising affect and will help reduce tension. It also has the added benefit of rehydrating skin and relieving itching and inflammation.
  • Patchouli essential oil – used in Chinese medicine to treat skin ailments and scars, this soothes the nervous system whilst regenerating skin tissue and stimulating regrowth of skin cells.
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil – known to invigorate the mind, it also has tension relieving properties and can lift your mood. As if that isn’t enough, it also stimulates our libido!

How do we feed our skin for the Spring season?

Step 1 – scrub and polish

First off, after winter we need to remove the outer layer of skin cells. A natural scrub with a mild abrasive, such as Himalayan pink salt, is a great way to polish the skin and prime it for seasonal nourishment.

A scrub is also an excellent way to stimulate blood flow, and our Love Your Body Polish combines Himalayan pink salt with 12 therapeutic oils – delivering every mineral and trace element found in the human body as well as an abundance of nutrients. This will breathe new life into your skin.

Step 2 – good oil

Once you’ve scrubbed, your skin will be ready to lap up nutrients in the form of natural and essential oils. Many people believe that applying oil to your skin leaves your skin oily, but this is not the case! Our skin already produces its own natural oils – the trouble is, we often strip these away by taking hot showers, shaving and using soaps and skincare full of toxins.

Good oils derived from plant-based sources are essential for optimal skin health.

Don’t be tempted to lather skin with a moisturiser full of chemicals and fragrances. Once you’ve scrubbed away the dead cells, it’s really important to only feed your skin good ingredients.

We recommend our Love Your Body Oil which contains 12 essential oils and is designed to perfectly nourish your skin. We don’t want to claim this product as life changing, but it kind of is. Created to replace a multitude of nasty products found in most bathrooms, this nourishing multi remedial oil contains nothing but the best natural ingredients.

And in case you were wondering, on top of the nutrients delivered to the skin, every ingredient we use in our range has a remedial benefit far beyond skin health.

After your ‘Love Your Body’ treatment, don’t be surprised if you have an extra Spring in your step (pun intended!) But seriously, you will feel amazing and feel the benefits far beyond skin health. Essential oils have an overwhelmingly positive affect on our mental health, so be prepared to feel clear, centred and ready to take on the world.

Spring skin essentials (in case you missed them!):

Now go and enjoy Spring!

Why your pits are screaming at you, and what you can do about it

Sensitive skin can be uncomfortable. Especially if that sensitive skin is located at a joint like the underarm.

Whether you’ve been battling skin conditions for your whole life, or you’ve woken up one day and feel like your skin has turned on you (which it hasn’t) you’re not alone in your sensitivity. A growing number of people, particularly women, are dealing with skin sensitivity issues every day, including redness, inflammation, itchiness, burning and stinging, dryness, and flakiness—and not surprisingly, many of them are occurring in one of the most vulnerable areas of skin: their armpits.

Most of these people accept without question that they’ve got sensitive skin, and believe that their allergic responses are because of their genetic or physiological makeup. But how many of these reactions are due to legitimate sensitivities in the individual, and how many are due to external factors in the environment, like our hygiene routines and the products we use, which can be better managed or eliminated? And more importantly, how do we remedy them without compromising our comfort—and without the inevitable funkiness that would ensue if we gave up using any deodorant?

The skin is the body’s barrier

Most people don’t see their skin for what it actually is. It’s doing a super important job all the time: protecting your insides from the outside.

The skin is the body’s largest organ, but it’s kind of an ecosystem in itself.

It’s home to its own brand of flora, tiny microorganisms that are working all the time to maintain homeostasis and keep the rest of your organs functioning. It’s also acting as a barrier to keep pathogens out—albeit a semi-permeable one, that’s sensitive (in EVERY person) to what’s coming into and what’s going out of it.

One of the most important parts of this skin system is the pH. Healthy skin has a pH somewhere around 5.5, and it needs to remain there to work properly. But guess what? Most manufacturers make skincare products for the body that are alkaline. Your cleansers and creams—the ones that give you that tight, squeaky feeling that you think means ‘clean’—are messing with the delicate pH balance of your skin, stripping the natural oils and substances that belong there and compromising the barrier to your squishy interior.

We’re also launching assaults on our skin every day with our lifestyle choices: shaving, hard water, lack of sleep, chlorine, clothes, and dehydration can all interrupt the skin’s systems. Is it really a wonder then, that so many of us end up with rashes, redness, and rawness, especially in important areas like our armpits? 

What makes us sensitive

Our skin, like the rest of our bodies, is a complex system. Problems can be triggered by many different causes, and individual factors all interplay to determine if we’re going to experience sensitivities—and how intensely.

We can’t control many of these factors. Aging; breathing polluted air; living in harsh weather that’s particularly hot, cold, or dry; bathing in and drinking hard water (water that’s alkaline because of high levels of minerals like iron, magnesium and calcium); hormone imbalances; and genetic skin conditions can all cause irritations and allergies that can be hard to deal with. But many of the things that cause sensitivities are our individual lifestyle choices: lack of sleep and late nights, stress, chlorine swimming pools and sun exposure, household cleaners, and skin care products are all culprits that can be controlled

Is your skin taut or itchy? Could it be that your body products are too drying?

Some of the main causes of unnecessary irritation are products containing sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate, the chemicals in many cleansers and soaps that pretty much destroy the natural lipids (oils) in your skin. They cause little breaks in your skin, letting allergens in and precious moisture out. Is your skin burning and stinging? Maybe you’re using too many anti-aging and exfoliating products, that strip off more than the dead skin cells they’re designed to remove

Or maybe it’s not what you’re putting on—maybe it’s what you’re taking off.

How shaving compromises our barrier

Brace yourself for a revelation: shaving your pits could be harmful to your health.

There’s been a big social push in recent times to encourage women not to shave their armpits—because it’s kind of arbitrary, right? Men don’t do it, so there’s no real reason that women should. But if you’ve got sensitive skin, you probably already know that shaving your armpits also causes rash and irritation, and a bunch of other problems like ingrown hairs and razor burn. It’s basically a really harsh and painful way of exfoliating your armpit skin.

Besides this, shaving compromises the lipid barrier layer of the epidermis. This layer stops chemicals from entering the rest of the skin and getting into our blood stream. It’s kind of scary when you think about this layer being broken, and having no resistance against the chemical compounds in our deodorants—many of which are known to cause cancer! Our armpits are also full of lymph nodes, which are basically little filters to clean waste products from our blood, and compromising those guys is asking for big health problems like a weakened immune system.

If exposure to chemicals isn’t a good enough reason to let your pits grow wild and free, maybe the discomfort of shaving is. Once shaving has removed the lipid barrier, some people experience oversensitivity, inflammation, redness, itchiness, and dryness—which is why it stings so much sometimes when you apply deodorant. And this can happen even when you’re using good products! When you’ve damaged your skin with a thousand tiny cuts, even high-quality natural ingredients can sting and cause sensitivities.

Building the barrier back up

Not all of us are ready to give up shaving though, and that’s our right—it’s as arbitrary as not shaving, after all. But how can we be hairless style icons without damaging some of the most sensitive areas of skin we have?

The answer is in growing a thicker skin. When its barrier is intact, your skin will maintain a good balance of hydration, making it both flexible and resistant to pathogens

You can repair your barrier by:

  • Eliminating astringents: don’t use anything containing alcohol or anything very alkaline. Choose natural body washes and deodorant that won’t strip moisture or lipids from your skin
  • Soaking your skin: Use a moisturising shaving oil if you shave, and dampen? your skin for a little while before you shave (because dry skin is damaged more easier by the razor);
  • Eating a healthy diet: Eat foods rich in fatty acids and omegas (or taking supplements) to reduce inflammation and rejuvenate skin cells, soothing the skin from the inside; and
  • Using good deodorant: Stay away from antiperspirants (sweating is good for you!) and deodorants that contain harmful substances like aluminium contribute to irritating dryness…and cancer.

Strengthening your lipid layer could be the key to eliminating your skin sensitivities. We can’t fight every factor—we can’t stop the natural drying that comes with age, or the genes that made us inherit a predisposition to a skin condition—but there’s a good chance we can reduce their impact, and beat a lot of the environmental ones, by making better lifestyle choices. And one important way we can do that is by staying as close as we can to nature, using products with soothing and remedial ingredients.

Wellbeing is our driving force at Black Chicken Remedies, which is why we first formulated our best-selling Axilla Deodorant Paste. We made this product because we didn’t believe people should have to smear chemical-ridden, cancer-contributing substances into their vital organs to smell good. And it’s a winning formula—most people who’ve tried this product love it.

But not everything suits everyone, and some people (particularly the ones who want to keep shaving) are sensitive to some of the ingredients. That’s why we’re launching a sensitive version of Axilla.

All the strength of the original version, for neutralising odour, and doesn’t pinch the pores shut like antiperspirants do; but it’s a formulation designed specifically for sensitive skin, so it won’t cause irritations, even after shaving.

It’s strengthening for lipid barrier layer of the epidermis, unisex, citrusy, and suitable for sensitive skin, and it’s loaded with a bunch of other health-giving deliciousness, including:

  • Borage seed oil: which is full of GLA, a potent anti-inflammatory that also helps to regulate water loss and protect the skin from damage;
  • Magnesium: which boosts energy, reduces anxiety and nervousness, relieves muscle aches and tension, supports heart health, and helps to prevent migraines;
  • Shea butter: which remedies dry skin with nourishing and moisturising natural vitamins and fatty acids;
  • Coconut oil: which is antibacterial, antifungal, odour neutralising, and moisturising; and
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil: which is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antidepressant, and supports immune, cardiovascular, reproductive and digestive health.

With subtle overtones of citrus fruit and coconut, Axilla Deodorant Paste – Barrier Booster™ for sensitive skin is a just a little bit tropical. It’s immediately soothing, easily absorbed, and clear when it’s applied, and it’s got a non-greasy, non-sticky feel. Like all our products, it’s free of the nasty stuff like parabens and phthalates, and it does a better job—you can smell gorgeous all day without the irritation.

Having sensitive skin isn’t so bad anymore. It can be a great thing for your pits —they’re going to feel soothed and smell delectable! 


It’s all the strength of Axilla Deodorant Paste™ original
and it’s formulated for sensitive skin.

Precocious body odour: why your kid is getting smelly and how to stop it

Precocious body odour: why your kid is getting smelly and how to stop it

Ever heard of Precocious puberty? It’s a condition where a child’s body begins changing into that of an adult too soon. Scary huh!

For some time now, our lifestyles have been moving away from natural, healthy living and towards an abyss of synthetic, chemical-ridden creature comforts. It was only a matter of time before we saw the effects of these choices—and one of the most confronting is the early onset of body odour (and even precocious puberty) in our children.

It can be hard for any mum to watch their baby lose their babyness (and that addictive baby smell). But finding yourself in the deodorant aisle on behalf of an 8-year-old is just heartbreaking—and a strong warning sign that we need to make some drastic changes, quick smart!

Kids are naturally smelly—but it’s supposed to be from playing with the dog and not because their bodies are maturing too early.

We’re discovering more all the time about how our lifestyle choices are causing these body changes, and it’s frightening to see.

But we’re also finding lots of simple, natural options we can choose instead, and all we have to do is make the switch.

We all know mums can do anything. Now they can do even more, and protect their kids from exposure to body-bending toxins—while they keep them smelling fresh as a daisy (and the dirt its growing in).

Why puberty is getting earlier

Have you ever wondered why babies and little kids don’t get smelly body odour? It’s because before puberty sets in, their sweat comes from eccrine glands that pretty much only secrete water. It’s not until puberty that the apocrine sweat glands kick in, and begin to secrete the oily substances that our body’s resident bacteria thrive in (stink is a normal process in the adult body, by the way, because these little critters are only doing their job of digesting these oils). So why are more and more mums noticing their kids start to smell, and even buying them deodorant before they’re ten years old? In a word: chemicals.

The early onset of body odour can signal the start of outright puberty. Over the last few decades, the onset of puberty has begun to shift earlier and earlier, with girls as young as 8 and boys as young as 9 starting to undergo the physical changes of sexual development. While early puberty can be hereditary, in most cases it’s environmental: since we first noticed it in the 1990s, we’ve discovered that it’s linked to obesity and exposure to chemicals.

The obesity crisis is bad enough for our kids as it is, with poor diet and lack of exercise causing more morbid illness than ever. But researchers believe that it’s also triggering early puberty, especially for girls, where the natural build up of fat reserves signals to the brain that the body is ready for reproductive capabilities. The worst part is, fat cells can retain and store the hormone-disrupting chemicals we’re exposed to, so we end up stuck in a vicious cycle of weight gain and toxin exposure. Scary, right?

Precocious puberty can have a huge physical, psychological and emotional impact, and dealing with body odour is just one part of a larger parcel that the child has to endure. Besides that, early puberty isn’t just a problem in itself: it’s actually a symptom of a wider endemic—the daily doses of poison we give ourselves every day, which are causing lots of other debilitating health problems in our society. That’s why we need to overthrow our current lifestyle regime and get rid of the toxins in our foods and household products. It’s time to mutiny!

The worst offenders

So what exactly is causing our kids to suffer precocious puberty? Ironically, it could be the deodorant you’re buying to mask their increasing body odour. Most of the leading brands—whose marketing is often aimed at the pre-pubescent kids—all contain aluminium-based and/or zirconium-based compounds. Many well-meaning mums mistakenly believe they need to buy an antiperspirant to stop their kids from smelling, and it’s virtually impossible to find one that’s not loaded with these sweat-blocking chemicals that can mess up their kids’ hormones (which is also linked to increased cancer risk in the long run).

There’s also a lot of new evidence proving what we’ve suspected for a long time: added sugar is bad for our kids. Besides causing obesity, there’s new proof that high sugar consumption—especially from soft drinks—can affect young girls’ rate of maturation, causing the early onset of menstruation. So not only does sugar make us fat, it also messes with our hormones!

There are lots of chemicals in consumer products that can make us sick and cause our kids to stink prematurely.

But these are some of the worst offenders:

  • Parabens: found in many deodorants, shampoos, shaving gels, lotions, sunscreens, and toothpastes, and are known to disrupt the sex hormones, cause precocious puberty and raise breast cancer risk
  • BPA and BPS: found ubiquitously in plastics, and are known to mimic oestrogen and affect other endocrine-related pathways and to cause cancer
  • Phthalates: a group of industrial chemicals used to make plastics that’s linked to weight gain, precocious puberty, lower IQ in children, and reduced fertility
  • PFOA: a likely carcinogen and known to cause precocious puberty, found in non-stick cookware coatings
  • MSG: a food additive linked to low fertility rates
  • Non-fermented soy products: which are full of many hormone-like substances
  • Bovine growth hormone (rBGH): which is commonly added into commercial dairy products, and implicated in premature adolescence
  • Dichlorobenzene: a known carcinogen found in some mothballs and in solid blocks of toilet bowl and air deodorisers, and is associated with early puberty and menstruation
  • Metalloestrogens: a new concern, and a previously unknown class of cancer-causing, oestrogen-mimicking compounds, which are added to thousands of consumer products including vaccines

If these things sound terrifying, it’s because they are. But don’t panic—it’s much simpler than you’d think to eliminate the vast majority of them from our lives. We need to get a little bit smarter about the lifestyle choices we’re making, but it’s really as easy as saying NO to fake and YES to natural! 

What we can do to fight toxins (and precocious puberty)

We all need to pay a bit more attention to what we’re buying. This is especially true for mums, who still represent the biggest demographic of supermarket shoppers. We also need to get a bit tougher, since many of the things we’re buying are on request of pre-pubescent kids and teens who are much more susceptible to skeevy marketing campaigns than we are.

If we’re going to reduce our kids’ ‘toxic burden’—the modern condition—we need to choose healthier food and lifestyle habits and show them how to make responsible choices for themselves.

The list isn’t exhaustive, but some good ways to start ridding our family of hormone-disrupting, cancer-causing toxins are:

  • Eating fresh, raw whole foods: to eliminate BPA and phthalates from processed and packaged foods, and for balanced nutrition
  • Storing food in glass: to reduce the volume of chemicals leaking into our food from plastic containers
  • Eliminating or reducing sugar: to support healthy weight and body function
  • Using natural cleaning products: to reduce one our exposure to toxic chemicals and our impact on the environment
  • Eliminating fragranced products: including scented candles, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, air fresheners which contain hundreds of chemicals
  • Use a water filter: to prevent chemicals that have leaked into our waterways from getting back into our food and drinking water
  • Using natural body products: (including shampoo, toothpaste, cosmetics, perfumes, hand wash, body wash, and feminine hygiene products) and eliminate all products that contain triclosan and synthetic fragrance
  • Using natural deodorants: because they don’t block sweat (which is a healthy body process that gets rid of toxins!), and they use natural antibacterial agents to reduce body odour instead of synthetic chemicals

At Black Chicken Remedies, we’re doing our part to rail against poisonous lifestyles by formulating body products without harmful chemicals. But we know that doesn’t mean we have to give up our creature comforts or smelling good! Our Axilla Deodorant Paste contains a unique blend of vegan-friendly, all-natural and certified-organic essential oils and botanical extracts that supports body functions without the funk.

We only make products we’re happy to put on our own kids’ bodies, so we know your kids will be safe, too. With no toxins to worry about, and the addictive aroma of natural essences, there’s nothing to lose by trying it (except a whole lot of hormone-bending chemicals). Make the switch to natural now—we promise you’ll never want to go back!






Ditching toxic perfumes: how natural perfumes benefit your health with gorgeous aromas

  • Perfume is one of the most ancient luxuries we know of, people have been using the natural scents of herbs, fruits, trees, and other plants as body fragrance and to support their health.
  • But somewhere along the line, the health benefits of perfume got lost in fake luxury.
  • Mainstream product labels have one of their ingredients listed as ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’. This single ingredient is actually several chemicals—potentially even hundreds of chemicals found in your creams, cleansers, soaps, shampoos, detergents and other products which are known to be harmful to your body.
  • Fragrances from natural sources can have a big, positive influence on our bodies.
  • People all over the world have been harnessing the aromatherapeutic power of natural fragrance to stimulate the brain’s pleasure centres, to make associations with sleep and positive thought.
  • Natural perfumes can act as remedies for your health and wellbeing by uplifting your mood, easing nausea, promoting deep sleep and more.
  • There’s only one way to get away from the chemicals in fake perfumes: go natural!

We all love to smell good, right? That’s why perfume is one of the most ancient luxuries we know of. It’s well documented, even in the earliest recorded histories of the world, that people have been using the natural scents of herbs, fruits, trees, and other plants as body fragrance and to support their health. They drew on some of nature’s best offerings: citrus fruits, jasmine, wood, lavender, and resins and oils like frankincense. These natural ingredients benefited them in ways like reducing stress, promoting sleep and relaxation, uplifting their energy and improving concentration—while giving them an irresistible aroma.

But somewhere along the line, the health benefits of perfume got lost in fake luxury. The commercial perfume industry is booming, and it’s getting its trajectory at the expense of our wellbeing.

If you’re like many other people in our generation, you might not know how many toxic ingredients are in your favourite fragrance and what it could be doing to your health.

The truth is, even the best researchers don’t know ALL the ingredients we’re being slowly poisoned with, and we probably won’t know for a long time.

But don’t panic! Luckily, there are some smart cookies out there documenting the real health risks of perfumes (and other scented products with the insidious ‘fragrance’ listed in their ingredients), and they’re asking more questions and giving us more reasons every day to go back to nature and ditch the toxins in our synthetic perfumes. And there are some even smarter cookies (if we do say so ourselves) who are refining and wildcrafting health-giving blends of gorgeous natural ingredients into transcendently aromatic fragrances—so you can benefit your health while you smell like a million bucks.

How does natural fragrance improve your health?

Smell is an important sense. You’ll probably already know that, when you think of an occasion where you caught just a whiff of a familiar scent on the wind and it took you back to a memory as vivid as the day it happened. We don’t yet fully understand all the ways different scents impact on our receptors and our brains (including psychologically), but we do know that the impulses they cause can influence our basic bodily functions like heart rate, breathing, and hormone balance. And for as long as we’ve known, people all over the world have been harnessing the aromatherapeutic power of natural fragrance to stimulate the brain’s pleasure centres, to make associations with sleep and positive thoughts, and even to promote synaesthesia and dreams!

Fragrances from natural sources can have a big, positive influence on our bodies.

Researchers have found evidence through medical scans and scientific studies that lavender and jasmine can act as sedatives, measurably inducing calm feelings and promoting sleep.

They even hope to use jasmine in the future as a means of improving hand-eye coordination in musicians, surgeons, and sports players! It’s amazing to imagine a day where mainstream medicine will be made from rosemary (to improve alertness), apples (to lose weight, treat migraines, and lower blood pressure), lemons (to reduce stress), peppermint (to improve speed, strength and accuracy), oranges (to reduce anxiety and promote calmness), and cucumber (to reduce claustrophobia!). Who knows what other incredible breakthroughs are just waiting to be discovered in the environment?

But we don’t have to wait for some unforeseeable future to enjoy the benefits of these natural gifts. More and more health-conscious brands—like Black Chicken Remedies—are formulating incredible blends of natural ingredients that we can use to enrich our lives with a touch of luxury. All we have to do is ditch what we’re using right now: poisonous chemicals, in the form of synthetic perfumes.

How does synthetic perfume affect your health?

In the ancient world, people treasured perfumes. They were even worth more than gold, because of their medicinal benefits. But what’s on our shelves today are imposter fragrances, the fake counterparts of natural aromas—and their association with morbid health conditions and even cancer is only strengthening over time. They don’t even really smell good—you only have to (literally) stop and smell the roses to know that floral scents don’t really smell like flowers.

What’s worse is that it isn’t just the person wearing it that’s being harmed.

All the people breathing the toxic chemical-laden air are affected—which is why synthetic fragrances are becoming known as ‘the new second-hand smoke’!

You only have to step into the fragrance section of any department store to feel the dizzying, sinus-burning, headache-inducing impact that commercial perfumes have on us. They actually cause pain, don’t they?

Most of these fragrances are riddled with petrochemicals and phthalates, which are known to disrupt our endocrine system and cause breast cancer, obesity and fertility problems among many others. They’re formulated with potentially hundreds of chemicals at a time that cause hormone imbalances, ADHD, diabetes, obesity, cancer, nervous system disorders, asthma, and allergies—and if you’re spritzing yourself every day with one of the big-name brand’s secret formulas, you could be heading towards a pretty bleak future of poor health.

What’s actually in synthetic perfumes?

For most of the big brands, the short answer is: we don’t know. Because the major labels are protected under intellectual property laws—their fragrance formulations are a ‘trade secret’—they don’t actually have to tell you what they’re poisoning you with. Isn’t that scandalous?

If you haven’t made the switch to natural body products and perfumes yet, you’ll notice on many of your products’ labels that one of their ingredients is ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’. This single ingredient is actually several chemicals—potentially even hundreds of chemicals—which are known to be harmful to your body.

It might sound like a conspiracy theory, but it’s true: none of these ingredients have to be disclosed or tested for health and safety.

But that hasn’t stopped ethical researchers from getting to the bottom of these dirty little secrets. The Environmental Working Group (a non-profit group dedicated to protecting human health and the environment) estimate from a study that 72% of products with the ingredient ‘fragrance’ contained phthalates and petrochemicals. Groups like this are working slowly towards stopping these practices, but we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds.

So, what if you buy ‘unscented’ products instead? Sorry guys, these ones are even worse. They’re actually still a fragranced product, with a masking fragrance added in—so they’re doubly fragranced, and doubly chemical. And if you choose ‘natural fragrance’ products? There’s still no guarantee they’re safe: capitalising on the green movement, the big companies often attract people with products labelled ‘green’, ‘natural’, when they actually emit just as many toxic chemicals as regular products—because the essential oils are processed with a toxic solvent. There’s only one way to get away from the chemicals in fake perfumes: go natural!

What’s in natural perfumes?

Simply put: nothing that can make you sick. If that sounds complicated, you’re right! But that’s why we’ve done it for you. We’re not happy to breathe ‘the new second-hand smoke’ anymore—which is why we formulated our own signature scent. At Black Chicken Remedies, we crafted our Essential Oil Perfume #1: Transcendence, so we could rejuvenate our bodies with therapeutic natural ingredients that are as amazing to smell as they are at repairing damage.

We wanted the luxury of fragrance AND the health benefits of nature that we weren’t getting from commercial products—so we made it ourselves.

Transcendence is the first in a range of natural essential-oil perfumes designed to invigorate the senses. Just like we do in all our products, we preserve the integrity of the ingredients so your body is still able to recognise and communicate with their powerful properties. Transcendence is a non-toxic, roll-on perfume, designed to promote a sense of calm and heighten your wellbeing in a way that no commercially manufactured perfume ever could—and it smells better than anything you’ll find on those shelves, too.

And we’ve got even more exciting news: we’ve just launched our next Essential Oil Perfume #2: Epiphany. It’s unlike any perfume we’ve created—a smouldering fire of warmth and spice, it releases earthy notes like a forest after it rains. But more than this: it’s a natural, remedial perfume that will move you emotionally and energetically. Its abundant, restorative power lies in:

  • Oak Moss essential oil – Evokes the feeling of being fully abundant. It is deep, earthy and grounding.
  • Black Pepper essential oil – Warming and spicy. The scent is stimulating and awakens your body.
  • Petitgrain essential oil – A fresh, floral and often herbaceous aroma. Most commonly know for its ability to promote relaxation when smelt.
  • Cucumber oil – Hitting your olfactory system upfront, cucumber gives us an instant sense of refreshment, lightness and subtle sweetness.

Don’t take our word for it: just smell it.

We guarantee that once you go natural, you won’t go back!

Essential Oil Perfume #2 – Epiphany


Why Using Hair Oil Is Good For You

Need some hair revival?

There’s no doubt a great hair oil can give you the look. You know? That slow-mo swing of super silky hair. The soft touch-me shine as fingers casually sweep it back. Hair that breathes youth, health and vitality.

But before you reach for a conditioning dose of synthetic chemicals and artificial fragrances, please stop right there. Don’t you want to know exactly what you’re massaging into your scalp?

Many hair treatments contain synthetic ingredients, such as silicon emulsifiers, artificial fragrances and colours. These chemicals can give your hair a temporary fix of volume and sheen but when all the build up needs to be stripped away, there goes the look!

Maybe you already know how chemicals, good and bad, cross the skin barrier and enter the body. Maybe you’ve already decided you don’t want to massage any kind of toxins into your scalp. And you’re telling yourself right now, just as we did, that “a little bit toxic” is way too much!

HairOM™ – all natural intensive hair treatment to bring harmony to your hair

That’s why we’ve created a hair oil that’s good for you and good for the environment. It’s therapeutic and uses the power of botanical extracts to bring harmony to your hair, releasing its natural beauty from the inside instead of just coating the outside.

HairOM is a light luscious hair treatment with an all-natural, toxin-free formula, beautifully effective at deep conditioning.

Never used a hair oil?

Hair oils have been used by men and women for thousands of years to perfume and nourish the scalp and add strength and lustre to hair. Then along came more recent technology offering synthetic products without thought or care for the earth. We decided to do something about that.

Sometimes it seems as though everywhere you turn there’s a warning: toxic this, toxic that. Sad, but true. Why take a risk when there’s a much better alternative? With HairOM, we’ve done the hard work for you, developing and testing, testing, testing – always with the best natural ingredients – so that you can enjoy great results.

How does it help?

It’s your scalp and your precious hair, and we know you want to feel good about what you’re putting on it. At Black Chicken Remedies, we prefer to bring out the best in you naturally.

HairOM penetrates and protects your scalp and hair follicles.

It acts as a healing restorative and lubricant, encouraging healthy hair growth, and it also seals the cuticle.

If you’ve got problems with dryness, split ends, frizz, dandruff, itchy scalp, coloured or thinning hair, or just want to step up the feel-good factor – it’s time for a great hair treatment.

What’s in it?

HairOM’s all natural blend of ten therapeutic oils enriches your scalp, encouraging healthy skin, luxuriant hair and new hair growth. Its star performers include Organic jojoba, hemp, sesame and argan oils, infused with essential oils such as deeply nourishing geranium bourbon, rosemary, and cedarwood. Each ingredient has been specially selected for its particular remedial properties.

  1. Rosemary essential oil: This oil has been used for centuries as a remedy for thinning and brittle hair. Scientifically proven to prevent premature greying, it is also one of the top essential oils for stimulating hair growth and thickness, and helps repair dry and dandruff-prone skin.
  1. Cedarwood: We use cedarwood because it can revitalise hair follicles by increasing circulation to the scalp. It helps to boost hair growth and slow hair loss. It’s also a useful treatment for thinning hair and some types of alopecia.
  1. Lavender oil: We use lavender not just for its calming scent but because it can promote hair growth, and its antimicrobial properties combat bacterial and fungal skin disorders.
  1. Argan oil: Argan oil’s Omega 3, 9 fatty acids and antioxidants moisturise and protect your hair from heat and harsh conditions. It’s also wonderful for treating brittle and frizzy hair, leaving it soft and manageable.
  1. Geranium Bourbon: As the floral scent calms and relaxes your mind, Geranium Bourbon is hard at work nourishing and toning your scalp. This ingredient has been used for many years to develop and maintain healthy hair. It helps to regulate the secretion of sebum, improving balance for dry and oily scalps, leaving smooth, silky hair.
  1. Jojoba oil: Jojoba helps revitalise your hair, repairing damage and creating conditions vital for healthy hair growth.
  1. Clary sage: This wonderful oil, often used to help relieve stress and balance hormones, is a natural remedy for stress-induced hair loss, working well with jojoba oil. Together, the two remedies help to regulate oil production, preventing and repairing itchy, scaly patches that can lead to dandruff.
  1. Hemp oil: We use hemp oil for its proteins, which help in the formation of keratin, the main structural constituent of hair. Hemp oil also boosts blood circulation to the scalp.
  1. Sesame oil: Sesame oil helps to prevent premature greying and colour loss. It acts as a natural sun-blocker to protect the hair fibres and as a naturally deep-penetrating agent, it helps with healing from the inside out.
  1. Vitamin E: A crucial antioxidant, vitamin E helps to reduce inflammation on the scalp. It also works to repair and prevent damage to the follicles.

While each of these ten ingredients delivers specific benefits, the powerful and carefully balanced synergy of our essential oils and botanicals leaves your hair feeling gorgeous and smelling great.

Is HairOM right for my hair type?

HairOM is suitable for anyone with dry, damaged, dull, split, coloured, thin, thick, frizzy, tangled and even oily hair. It’s formulated to help just about every hair type. You want to be the best you can be? We can help. It’s so easy to get head-turning shine!

Will it make my hair greasy?

You might think oil would make your scalp greasy but actually, the opposite is true. HairOM suits just about every hair type, even oily hair.

Because HairOM works to nourish your scalp and moisturise your hair, it encourages a better balance of natural oil production, helping to prevent your scalp from over-producing oil.

Will HairOM help with eyebrow growth?

HairOM’s therapeutic ingredients will stimulate hair growth and help heal this area usually laden with synthetic chemicals through makeup and dyes. However, it won’t help with regrowth where your eyebrows have been lasered or plucked out. Apply a very small amount to your finger and massage the area until the oil is absorbed, avoiding the eye.

What’s the best way to use HairOM?

HairOM is a pre-shampoo deep conditioning treatment. A light oil with a mighty boost. Massage a small amount (1-2 teaspoons) into your scalp while your hair is dry and then work it through to the ends. Please remember, a little of this intensive oil goes a very long way.

Wrap your hair in a towel and wait at least an hour. For optimal absorption, you can even leave it in overnight. (It won’t stain your pillow.) Then shampoo to remove any oil the hair doesn’t absorb.

As with all our products, applying HairOM is a deliciously aromatic sensory experience that has you feeling almost as good as when you see the results!

To increase the benefits and maintain your healthy, shining touch-me hair, treat yourself to HairOM at least once a week.



Natural deodorant: go toxin free and still smell amazing

This generation is a savvy one: bit by bit we’re moving away from big companies in the skin care and beauty industries, because we’re learning more about the long lists of chemical ingredients in their products. We’re choosing natural ingredients over synthetic ones that have harmful side effects. Product by product, we’re making better decisions for our health by choosing brands that are safer for our bodies and the environment—and we’re enjoying the benefits of captivating scents and brighter-looking skin while we’re doing it.

But many people still don’t know that one of the best ways to protect ourselves from harmful toxins is to stop using regular antiperspirant deodorant.

If you’re one of the ones that do, you still might not have had the courage to move to natural deodorant pastes—because you still want to smell good, right? There’s a big misconception that all natural deodorants don’t work at stopping odour, so it’s no wonder that you’re not keen on paying for products that will only result in spending your days overpowered by your own ripeness.

But you’ll be pleased to know you don’t have to smell funky to eliminate toxins from your pits. And besides that, there’s a whole lot of other reasons you should care more about them, and go natural (without smelling au natural).

What’s hiding in conventional deodorants

If this is the first time you’ve read about the health consequences of conventional deodorants, don’t freak out! It’s important to know what’s in your mainstream cosmetics and skin care products so you can make an informed choice: but keep in mind, there are amazing, healthy alternatives just waiting for you to try them.

Unlike natural deodorant creams and pastes, mainstream deodorants contain lots of ingredients that aren’t regulated by health authorities—and that are bad for us.

One of the main ones is aluminium salts, which swells your skin cells to keep your sweat glands shut and stop you from sweating.

They also contain phthalates, propylene glycol, formaldehyde, parabens and even pesticides, which are absorbed directly into your blood stream. Believe it or not, you’d be better off eating them, because your digestive tract could do a more effective job of filtering them. (BTW, we don’t recommend that either.)

The science is out there, and the evidence is growing every day. Among many other side effects (and no doubt a bunch we don’t even know about yet), these chemicals cause endocrine (hormone) disruption, allergies, reproductive problems and inflammation—and the scariest of all: cancers (especially breast cancer) and Alzheimer’s disease.

We don’t know about you, but we don’t want to use carcinogenic products that make us sick. That’s why Black Chicken Remedies formulated a natural solution to body odour in our Axilla Deodorant Paste™. But there’s a whole other issue we should tackle: why we shouldn’t stop ourselves from sweating in the first place.

Sweating is good for you

Brace yourself for a massive revelation: antiperspirants don’t work! Despite the strength of the most dangerous chemicals they use to stop us from sweating, the most you can expect your deodorant to reduce your armpit dampness is by about 20%.

Most of us have been under the misconception for our whole lives that we should stop ourselves sweating.

So why do we have millions of sweat glands in our bodies? Nature is rarely wrong about these things, and sweating is no exception. You probably already know that sweating helps us to regulate our body temperature. But it does a lot more than that: it supports our immune system function, and allows us to excrete toxins from our bodies.

There are toxins in our environment, and we’re exposed to them every day—it’s part of the parcel of living on planet Earth. But sweating helps us to get rid of a lot of what we’ve absorbed, including heavy metals (arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium), BPA, and phthalates that are present in beauty and body products, plastics, water, cigarette smoke, car exhausts and other emissions. Sweat concentrates and excretes these metals and chemicals for us—in essence, it’s a daily detox. Pretty neat!

While we need to let our armpits breathe, they’re still a good reservoir for bacteria, which we all know can get kind of stinky. But we can still let our pores do what they’re designed to do while we control our smelliness—by giving them a helping hand with a good detox.

How to detox your pits

You might never have heard of an armpit cleanse, but it probably doesn’t come as a surprise when you think about how hard it is to remove the slimy build up your deodorant leaves behind. There’s probably so much of it still left there after you’ve showered that you wouldn’t need to reapply it, except that the residue traps bacteria, making you smellier! It also blocks your pores and causes all the health problems we’ve already talked about.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to unglue this gump from your pits and relieve the pressure on your valuable lymphatic system. A tablespoon of bentonite clay mixed with a teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar will do the trick: mix them together into a paste, apply it like a mask, and let it work its magic for about 15 minutes before washing thoroughly. You can repeat this process every day until your armpits are fresh and clean, less smelly, and less irritated. Another way to tell you’ve been relieved of your nasty chemical residue: you’ll get sick less often, because your lymphatic and immune systems are working better. Yay!

Once you’re free of your poisonous old deodorants, you can use diet and health conscious lifestyle choices to support normal perspiration and body odour.

You already know you should eat a well-balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, seeds, and healthy fats. But you might be surprised to know that if you’re sweating excessively, you might be able to reduce it by limiting your intake of spicy food, alcohol, caffeine, sugary and processed food, bad fats, and garlic and onion. There’s also food for smelling good: rosemary, sage, mint, parsley, basil, wheatgrass, and vitamins and supplements like chlorophyll and B and C are all natural deodorisers as well.

The natural, original, and best solution

Sometimes a good armpit cleanse can help to eliminate bad armpit odour altogether. And if you’re one of those people who can get away without wearing any deodorant at all, good for you! But there’s a whole lot of us who feel they do need a deodorant, or just want to enjoy nice perfumes on our bodies.

Black Chicken Remedies is the home of the original natural deodorant. We formulated our Axilla Deodorant Paste™ with a unique blend of organic, food-grade, plant and mineral-derived ingredients that naturally (and effectively) neutralise odour and inhibit bacteria without relying on chemicals or sweat blockers. We care about bodies: so we made a product that helps them do what they do naturally, without the funk that sometimes comes with it. We made our Axilla Deodorant Paste™ with a gorgeously luxurious texture that’s suitable for all virtually skin types, and (unlike most conventional deodorants), it’s completely invisible and rapidly absorbed once it’s applied.

We know there’s a bunch of other deodorant crèmes and pastes on the market. But at Black Chicken Remedies, we’ve been making them a long time. We’ve refined our unique blend of pure essential oils and botanical extracts into a tantalising blend that’s so good you won’t believe it’s for your underarms! We even won the Editors choice for best deodorant at the recent Beauty Shortlist Awards. And (as they always were) our products are all vegan friendly and made with love in Australia. There’s nothing to lose by trying them—except a whole lot of toxic stink!



The must-have natural body oil that will detoxify and nourish your skin

You might not know it, but your skin is one of your body’s most important organs. And while it does a pretty good job of protecting your other body systems from exposure, it can absorb toxins from many unlikely sources in the environment—maybe even from the body lotions and creams you’re using right now.

Cosmetics and personal care products are often overlooked as sources of toxins. The industry isn’t well regulated either, and the products hitting our shelves every year are often replete with synthetic chemicals—some of which are known to cause endocrine problems, and even cancer. You only have to look at the ingredients label to see whether your lotion includes parabens, artificial colours or fragrances, or sodium lauryl sulfate, and you’ll find you’ve unknowingly been exposing yourself to hazardous chemicals.

If that all sounds a bit catastrophic, don’t worry: there are much better alternatives available.

You don’t need to compromise on the quality of your body products to be done with toxic chemicals.

At Black Chicken Remedies, we’ve carved a place in the market for a truly luxurious body oil that’ll both detoxify and nourish your skin, delivering a gorgeous sensory experience you can enjoy every day while you reap the measurable health benefits of natural ingredients—and there’s a bunch of reasons why it’s better than anything else you’re using.

It’s all natural

Many people don’t understand that most things that are applied to the skin are absorbed into the blood stream and into the body’s systems. Like topical medications (including nicotine patches and GTN patches for angina), the chemicals in body products like creams and lotions end up travelling through the body. The worst part is, nobody knows what problems they cause over the long term—though there is a growing body of evidence supporting that the synthetic ingredients like parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, and formaldehyde in many popular body products cause cancer, allergies, dermatitis, respiratory problems, kidney damage, and reproductive problems.

That’s why it’s so important to choose natural products, and only ever put on your skin the ingredients you’d be happy to put inside your body. At Black Chicken Remedies, we’re proud to offer Love Your Body Oil: we carefully chose its exclusive list of natural ingredients for their health benefits, and lovingly combined them to give our customers a unique and luxurious sensory experience. With ingredients like hazelnut oil, carrot essential oil, geranium bourbon oil, and vitamin E oil, Love Your Body Oil has amazing potential to protect and repair body systems at cellular level, stimulating the circulatory system, and toning and elasticising the skin by maintaining cell integrity. But with ingredients like nutmeg essential oil, it’s in a class of its own, with naturally soothing and analgesic properties that are also known to relieve rheumatic pain and invigorate the mind.

It’s truly amazing what nature can do: and you’ll see just how powerful it is in this formulation.

It’s remedial

Your body products shouldn’t just smell and feel nice: they should actually do something to help repair damage. We sustain some degree of damage every day, just by living in the environment—but with the right ingredients, it’s easy to soothe and nourish our bodies, and prepare ourselves for each new day by fortifying our skin.

The skin’s natural absorption means that toxic chemicals can enter our bloodstreams through topical application of everyday body products. But we can harness this capacity for good—by only applying natural products, those with ingredients that have remedial and therapeutic benefits and support our health and wellbeing. Natural ingredients are rich in vitamins, and when they’re used correctly, they soothe, moisturise, and repair damaged skin. This capacity for regeneration is possible with ingredients like patchouli essential oil (which stimulates the regrowth of skin cells), sandalwood essential oil (which relieves itching, inflamed, and dehydrated skin), avocado oil (which is vitamin-rich, and soothes and moisturises dry, mature, and damaged skin) and rosehip oil (which uses the potency of essential fatty acids to regenerate tissue). Ylang ylang essential oil is also an important inclusion for its potential to balance sebum production, making it suitable for treating both dry and oily skin. These oils actively repair damage from burns, scars, and stretch marks, and soothe visible inflammation and dryness—which not only makes your skin feel better, but improves its cosmetic appearance, reducing wrinkles repairing visible damage.

But repair isn’t just skin deep. We chose Love Your Body Oil’s ingredients because they’re rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants that support multiple body systems: they’re known to soothe the nervous system, reduce tension, and measurably relieve the symptoms of anxiousness and stress. When you choose natural products, your whole body benefits—and you can feel, as well as see, the improvements to your health.

It’s a sensory experience

There are new body products on the market every day. Very few of them use or offer the health benefits of exclusively natural ingredients, but even fewer can offer a better sensual experience than what nature has to offer.

Many people think their body lotions and creams smell nice: but most of these people haven’t had the opportunity to experience what natural ingredients actually smell like.

There’s a big difference between the overpowering and chemically smells of synthetic scents, and the refreshing smells of the natural ingredients that they just can’t replicate (you might be surprised at how gentle and soothing the smell of natural lavender is).

There’s also lot of the danger in artificial fragrances: the chemicals used to make them have been associated with many different allergies, chronic conditions like dermatitis, and even severe health issues like respiratory distress. They’re all pointless risks to take, when nature has more invigorating and healthful fragrances just waiting to be used!

Love Your Body Oil  stimulates the senses, because we made it with what nature gave us. We didn’t set out to artificially create a particular scent—but if you want proof of the ‘heavenly’ smell of it, you only have to look at our customer reviews. They also consistently testify to the texture, telling us how much they appreciate the deep-penetrating benefits that it delivers without leaving the oily residue common to many popular products. It’s so versatile you can even add it to your bath, and enjoy the soothing effects as you relax, knowing you’re soaking real nutrients deep into your skin.

There’s a lot to love about natural products, and it’s a way of life for us at Black Chicken Remedies. We made Love Your Body Oil because we wanted a product to detoxify and nourish our skin, and to get the real health benefits of toxin-free ingredients. We’re proud of what we’ve made: it’s smooth and light, with a silken texture and a scent that’s loved by both women and men. Oh, and did we mention, it also goes a long way? What’s not to love?