Which hand cream would you choose?

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I normally avoid direct comparisons between brands of skincare because I don’t really believe in the principle of tearing other businesses down. But for goodness sake…when will we see the damage we are doing to our bodies through hidden (or not so hidden) dangerous chemicals?

To illustrate the vast difference between the safety of skincare products, we have created a direct ingredient comparison between Rubifresh (all natural) and Nutrimetics hand creams. This is absolutely NOT about putting down Nutrimetics. In fact over the years I have loved that brand. It is about exposing the dangerous ingredients that find their way into our bodies, and questioning whether we should be willing to continue to flood our bodies with these harmful chemicals.

Rubifresh Hand Cream Ingredients:

Purified water, Coconut oil, Cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate (an emulsifier made from olives), Glycerine (vegetable), Camellia seed oil, Shea butter (certified organic), Cocoa butter, Betaine (from sugar beet), Avocado oil, Pomegranate oil, Tocopherol (natural vitamin E), Calendula oil, Raspberry seed oil, Licorice root extract, Bellis perennis flower extract, Aloe vera leaf extract (certified organic), Xanthan gum (a natural sugar derived from corn), Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, Mentha spicata (spearmint) leaf oil, Parfum (natural)

Nutrimetics Hand Cream Ingredients:

Water, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Butylene glycol*

*Butylene glycol easily penetrates skin and weakens protein and cellular structure. It can cause skin irritation, dermatitis and hives from too many mast skin cells.  Repeated exposure may also lead to sensitivity or skin allergies.  Once an allergic reaction occurs, the body’s immune system remembers the invader and will react negatively each time it comes in contact with the substance. The California Environmental Protection Agency warns against excessive contact as it may have effects including brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. 

Glyceryl stearate, Peg 100 stearate*

*PEGs can be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system and the California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development. Other common concerns include: reproductive disorders, carcinogen contamination, proven cancer risk, endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity, and skin irritation.

Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol*

*Possible eye, lung, and skin irritant

Cetearyl ethylhexanoate, Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, Dimethicone*

*Possible eye, lung, and skin irritant

Tocopheryl acetate, Calendula officinalis flower extract, Algae extract, Chondrus crispus (carrageenan), Fucus vesiculosus extract, Algin, Commiphora abyssinica extract, Arnica montana flower extract, Panthenol, Sorbitol, Glycerine, Polysorbate 20*

*Polysorbate starts out as harmless sorbitol, but then it’s treated with carcinogenic ethylene oxide

Carbomer, Trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, Methylparaben*, Ethylparaben*

*Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Associated with breast cancer

Diazolidinyl urea, Sodium hydroxide*

*A powerful alkali used in industry for cleaning drains and pipe lines also used in oven cleaners. Known as caustic soda. Workers exposed to steam containing sodium hydroxide have suffered lung damage and an increased risk of throat cancer. 

Fragrance, Citral, Geraniol, Hexyl cinnamal, Limonene, linalool

So just like food ingredients, we need to be paying more attention to the safety of our skincare ingredients. You can find every ingredient listed on our website under each Rubifresh product listing – nothing but naturally derived nourishing ingredients to build skin health. Make the change to natural today. The health of your skin (and your body) depends on it.

Rubiwomen is written by Ms Tristan Fahey, Owner/Founder of Rubifresh skincare.

Find us at www.rubifresh.com.au

Manage eczema and psoriasis naturally

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No, this is not just a pretty flower I picked from my garden. It is Calendula officinalis, or the humble marigold. In the garden its bright and summery and pretty, but on your skin, it is a mircle healer.

Eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis (with which I myself suffer), are some of the most common skin conditions in the world, and their incidence is rising. Around 5-10% of the Australian population suffer from atopic dermatits and psoriasis (Syd Uni). Not only do these conditions have cosmetic implications, they have also been linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity and higher morbidity. Common treatments include corticosteroids and coal tar (byproduct of coal processing). Here’s what the medical profession themselves say about these treatments:

“With long-term use of topical steroid the skin may develop permanent stretch marks, bruising, discolouration, or thin spidery blood vessels. Topical steroids may trigger or worsen other skin disorders such as acne, rosacea and perioral dermatitis.” (www.patientinfo.com)


“In animal studies, coal tar has been shown to increase the chance of skin cancer.” (www.drugs.com)

So let’s not beat around the bush here. These treatments are NOT a good option for overall health. Enter….the miraculous healer: CALENDULA.

  • Well known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Rich in beta-carotene, flavinoids and courmarin, amongst other amazing microelements
  • Soothes, calms and heals
  • Scientifically proven to be effective in treating radiation dermatitis in cancer patients
  • In ancient cultures, in the American Civil War, and in World War 1, the flowers were applied to cuts and wounds to stop bleeding, prevent infection and speed healing


At Rubifresh natural skincare, we use calendula in our Hydrating Body Gel, along with nature’s master-hydrator Hyaluronic Acid. Customers repeatedly come to us with stories of how this product is miraculously healing their skin conditions, many of them having tried “every medical solution known to man” with no effect.
Contact us for more information.
Rubiwomen is written by Ms Tristan Fahey, Owner/Founder, Rubifresh skincare.

How Effective is Natural Sun Protection, really?

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In the almost four years since starting Rubifresh natural skincare, I have found that although there is a great interest in the idea of a natural sun screen, many Australians are sceptical about whether a natural product would be effective for our outdoors lifestyle in the intense Australian sun.

The evidence seems conflicting, but like so many areas of this industry, it depends on who you listen to and who you trust.

The medical industry survives on fear, evidenced by the language and tone of this Daily Mail article (23/7/14) on natural sunscreens;

“Organic enthusiasts are risking contracting skin cancer by using DIY sunscreen, doctors warn. In a worrying trend on the internet, alternative health bloggers are advising people to use coconut oil and beeswax to protect their skin because shop-bought sunscreen has ‘toxic ingredients’. Some advocates claim that ingredients such as carrot seed oil and red raspberry seed oil have a sun-protecting SPF of up to 50 – a claim dismissed as ‘absolute nonsense’ by medical experts.”

“We have no idea how safe these products are. It is like Russian roulette – you don’t really know what the ingredients do, there is no way to measure their SPF, it is just absolute nonsense and really quite dangerous. People who really are worried about the chemicals added into commercial sun screens should simply cover up or stay out of the sun.”

Unfortunately, natural products usually suffer from being swamped by the huge research funds the ‘non-natural’ cosmetics companies have access to. For this reason, it seems prudent to search for the evidence, both amongst research, and in real life situations on real peoples’ skin.

Natural sunscreens such as Red Raspberry Seed and Carrot Seed Oil work by a different mechanism than the ‘sun blockers’ we are used to, and are therefore more difficult to test by the same measures such as SPF. Basically, they work at building the body’s defence against harmful effects of sun exposure, rather than blocking the rays, per se. However, some studies have been conducted on the ‘sun blocking’ power of these ingredients, and they reveal some very interesting findings.

Let’s take a quick objective look at Red Raspberry Seed Oil, as we at Rubifresh use this as our key sun protection ingredient in our Anti-aging Moisturiser, Ultra Rich Anti-aging Moisturiser, Body Cream and Lip Balm.

The facts about Red Raspberry Seed Oil:

  • Contains 83% essential fatty acids (EFAs) which can increase cell membrane fluidity, enhance barrier function and repair, decrease trans-epidermal water loss and inflammation, and improve moisturisation and cell immunity. For these reasons, EFAs greatly soothe and remedy skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
  • Contains high concentration of Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage. Free radicals affect the skin cells by causing wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and age spots. Vitamin E therefore protects the skin from these common signs of aging.
  • Contains high concentrations of polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants. Studies have shown that when applied to the skin, polyphenols protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation and enhance skin cell regeneration, improving tone and elasticity

In addition, a 2000 study published in the Journal of Food Chemistry found that the UVA and UVB protection afforded by raspberry seed oil is reportedly similar to titanium dioxide with an SPF protection factor against UVB rays of 28-50, and an SPF protection factor against UVA rays of around 8.

At Rubifresh, we always say to our customers that our Anti-aging Moisturiser, Ultra Rich Anti-aging Moisturiser, Body Cream and Lip Balm have the highest level of natural sun protection (red raspberry seed oil, in the highest recommended percentages), so the products will have enough sun protection for your everyday – in and out of buildings etc. For those times when you are right out in the Aussie sun for hours, perhaps then use a ‘sun block’ for extra protection.

However…this month we received this great testimony on our Facebook page, giving support to the idea that our moisturisers may offer an even stronger sun protection benefit:

(Jenni Cole, Rubifresh Facebook page Mar 2016)

Oh my goodness! Had a full day in the sun at the Rugby 7’s with no sunscreen – only my Rubifresh moisturiser…. After full day of sun exposure I wasn’t even slightly pink while my friend had sunburn, sunstroke and peeled for a week! Amazing!!!

To support this testimony even further, we read from Nadia on the Body Unburdened website:

I’ve been using red raspberry seed oil daily for the past few weeks with great results! It does not clog my pores whatsoever and leaves my skin super smooth. As far as sun protection, I have been using it daily on my face but will not be using it for a full day in the sun or as a full-body sunscreen due to the low UVA coverage. However, I feel that it suits my day-to-day sun protection needs just perfectly (I walk to and from work and during my lunch break, but am otherwise in the office). I will continue to use my sunscreen lotion when spending an extended period in the sun since it provides far greater UVA protection.

If you want to see for yourself, be one of the first 10 people to contact us, and we’ll send you a travel size pack of either our Anti-aging Moisturiser or Ultra Rich anti-aging Moisturiser (both with red raspberry seed oil) for free – only pay postage. Love Rubi xx

This blog is written by Owner & Founder of Rubifresh natural skincare. Find us at www.rubifresh.com.au 

International Women’s Day – so what?

7 Mar

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. Why? Surely not because women are in any way superior to men. Nor do we celebrate that women can be just like men. We were created quite intentionally for a unique role. Women were not made inferior to men. Just different. When women lead, and people want to follow, it is precisely because they lead in a ‘woman kind of way’; not needing to emulate a man’s way of leading.

We recognise this day because in many parts of the world, women are indeed treated as second class…as somehow less worthy than men. It is true that even in our affluent Western society, women are not always given the same rights, rewards and opportunities as men. This needs to change and we need to start whatever groundwell of change we can influence.

But we do not gather today to winge and complain (please, let’s not use the day to do this!). We gather as a community of women to encourage, to inspire, to build up, not to tear down. To recognise the contribution that men and women together can make to this world.

Today, make a choice to sow love, encouragement and optimism into your community. This is where we as women will make a real difference.

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Fresh is Best

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Just as fresh food is best for our bodies, so too are fresh ingredients best for our skin. But WHY?

It is fairly well known that the fresher we eat our food (especially vitamin and mineral packed fruit & veg), the bigger the dose of those vits & minerals our bodies receive, and the better our bodies can process them due to their superior texture, moisture and flavour. This is not only about providing the body with essential nutrients to function, but also about building the body’s own ability to maintain itself in a healthy state. A fresh, healthy diet helps build immunity, protect against aging, increase energy so we can stay active, increase joint function and organ function, and a whole host of other cool things.

Our skin is no different. A healthy outer layer not only looks great and feels great, it also helps protect our bodies from nasties entering the bloodstream…creating a cycle where healthy skin maintains its own youthfulness.

Our skin is actually designed as our first line of defence, with many built in strategies for keeping nasties out, thereby doing its part in maintaining a healthy body. However, depending on a whole host of factors (chemical load, age of skin, temperature, enzymes, size of molecule, location on the skin and more) it has been shown that up to 60% of what we put on our skin ends up in the bloodstream. The obvious advice is therefore to only choose natural skincare products & ingredients that can help build both skin and ‘whole body’ health.

The other important factor, however, is FRESHNESS. Natural ingredients used at their freshest help load up the skin with maximum skin-loving vitamins and minerals (many of which come with great scientific evidence), as well as helping to build the skin’s ability to maintain its own youthfulness.

Get some freshness and feel the difference today!

Rubiwomen is written by Ms Tristan Fahey, Owner/Founder of Rubifresh Skincare. We only use the freshest, natural ingredients in our products.


At last the tide is turning towards natural skincare!

27 May

Thanks to changes in technologies and attitudes, “Love the skin you’re in” is the latest catch cry of the beauty industry, according to Sarah Bristow, Beauty Directory. “The beauty world is moving away from elaborate cover-ups and cosmetic injections and into the skincare sector, focusing on improving the condition of the face itself” Sarah says.

Well…it’s about time! Yay!

A recent study by Euromonitor confirmes the skincare sector is the biggest contributor to absolute growth, making up a quarter of beauty’s total annual revenue, and growth is expected to continue.

On catwalks of the world, many of the looks are now focused on radiant natural skin rather than colour and foundation.

Beauty Directory spoke to a handful of experts from the industry about what this shift means for skincare in 2015.

Put the knife away
“The all-natural look no longer simply relates to the ingredients used in products, but also consumers’ disinterest in going under the knife” Sarah says. Yay…we say! According to data released by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons early this year, cosmetic surgery is on the decline. Yay…we say again!

The article says that non invasive surgery (such as Botox) remains popular. Boo…we say!

Embrace the oil slick

According to Beauty Directory, oils have taken the beauty world by storm, with every major women’s publication far and wide touting the benefits of its use in a daily skincare regime. “Their popularity can be attributed to their intensely hydrating properties and ability to absorb into the skin’s surface better than standard moisturisers. Face oils are particularly effective in treating ageing skin – from your late 30s, the skin’s natural oils decrease, causing wrinkles to appear deeper.”

Lucky we were one of the first with our luxurious Rubifresh Cleansing Oil 3 years ago! Yay us!

Go au naturale
Sarah also says “Just as there is growing interest in what we are putting into our bodies, there is heightened awareness about what’s going on to the skin’s surface”. There is clearly a huge groundswell of support for natural ingredients amongst consumers.

At Rubifresh Natural Skincare, we can’t wait to see the movement of ‘natural’ continue, and even hope the era of Botox will soon be over and we can get on with life!

(article summarised from Sarah Bristow’s Beauty Directory article)

Rubiwomen is written by Tristan Fahey, Owner/Founder of Rubifresh Natural Skincare. www.rubifresh.com.au


30 Nov body


If exercise is good for us, we would assume it is good for our skin. However, if we do not replenish our skin post-exercise we risk minimising the effect of our exercise, and causing skin problems that could be prevented. With a few basic steps after our workout, we can ensure we match our skin-health to our healthy bodies.

Exercise increases circulation, which in turn improves the appearance of our skin, and aids detoxification and cell renewal – a natural anti-aging benefit. Perspiration helps maintain our body temperature, and stress-releasing exercise such as yoga helps smooth fine lines by encouraging the muscles of the face to relax. For some people, exercise can also aggravate skin conditions if there is a build-up of bacteria, clogged sweat glands or chafing and redness. We need to keep pores unclogged, skin free of bacteria & chemicals, and effectively cleanse our faces after our workout, to reap the benefits of exercise for our skin.

During exercise, our bodies release toxins which can build up as a result of lifestyle factors such as environmental pollution, food additives, smoking, alcohol consumption and chemically laden personal care products. Many of these toxins are released through our skin as we perspire. If we do not wash our faces after exercise, the moisture in our sweat evaporates and we are left with toxin-laden salts on our skin. These can cause irritations and blockages in our pores, and intensify the dehydration caused by exercise. Straight after exercise, splash your face with lukewarm water to wash off surface dirt and perspiration, and help cool the body. The colder the water, the more your body will think it needs to hold onto the heat, so lukewarm water is best for helping the body release the heat.

But water alone will not remove the oil based dirt and toxins trapped in the skin’s oily layer. Follow your water wash with a gentle facial cleanser to wash the toxins away, loosen the dead skin cells, and leave clean pores which can breathe, and maximise the effectiveness of our exercise. The most effective way to cleanse is using a cleansing oil. Most commercial cleansers contain surfactants which strip the skin of its natural oils and upset its pH. This can often irritate the skin and actually cause the skin to produce more oil. Soapy, foamy products do not cleanse more effectively, they just indicate a harsh product.  Oil cleansing most effectively removes grime and makeup from deep within pores, and doesn’t strip the skin of vital moisture. Cleansing oils help the skin regulate its sebum production, helping manage the oiliness of the skin. Choose a cleansing oil that contains drawing oils such as olive oil, as well as oils which nourish and replenish the skin.

As exercise increases circulation, it also aids our skin’s shedding process. As we age, our skin needs a little help getting rid of the dead skin cells. A cleanser will start to loosen dead skin cells, but an exfoliator is needed to fully remove these cells. Follow gentle cleansing with an equally gentle face scrub to remove the dead skin cells and reveal a fresh, smooth complexion. Always scrub gently and in a circular motion, and use every 2-3 days (not every day). Scrubbing too vigorously or too frequently can cause too many layers to be ‘rubbed off’, and this can lead to breakouts and irritations.

And finally, rehydrate! Our bodies are predominantly water, and a vast proportion of this is held in the skin. Moisture in our skin performs a number of functions, including a protective barrier, a vehicle for vitamin/mineral transport, and holding the shape (and plumpness) of our skin. During exercise we lose a large amount of water through perspiration. When our skin is dehydrated, it encourages fine lines and wrinkles to form, and skin to sag. Choose a light natural moisturiser that still allows your skin to breathe, and ideally, if you have very dry skin, use a super-hydrating serum under your moisturiser for extra hydration and protection.

So it’s quite simple: cleanse, exfoliate, rehydrate for beautiful post-exercise skin health!

Rubiwomen is written by (Ms) Tristan Fahey, Ownr & Founder of Rubifresh Skincare