It wasn’t all that long ago when I happily stumbled across the quirkily named Black Chicken Remedies. I was most intrigued to find out all I possibly could about this indulgent brand and how it came to be. Today I’m thrilled to say we can learn more about Black Chicken Remedies thanks to founder Chey Birch who has most graciously agreed to do an interview. I also have a special discount treat for readers, read on down below to find out more.
Could you please tell us a little about your lovely brand?
About 15 years ago while working in banking I discovered aromatherapy and was amazed by the potency of essential oils for healing. My new passion occupied my every thought. I read everything I could about oils and their properties and experimented day and night with the support of enthusiastic friends and family. My knowledge and experience grew day by day. I remember the day in Aromatherapy class when I learned if we put essential oils on our body, within 20 minutes they can be detected in the liver, this started me thinking what ingredients were in the beauty products we use every day? When I learned just how toxic many of these products were I knew in my heart I could create truly authentic products that heal rather than harm.
What makes Black Chicken Remedies stand out from other natural brands on the market?
I realised so many people can be automatic when it comes to their daily skin routine and by offering some guidance about applying focused energy, like being mindful, can make a significant difference in how we feel and how we experience changes in our body and who we are from the inside and out.
That’s why we called our first two products Love Your Body Oil and Love Your Face Serum to encouraging people to focus their thoughts on their bodies when they are applying these products; the result of which is having a resounding effect.
I started making these products for me so no expense was spared in the quality of ingredients I chose to include and that hasn’t changed, what you are buying today in any of my products is the same quantity ingredients I originally used for myself no skimping – because YOU ARE WORTH IT.
I’m committed to delivering products that reduce the chances of anyone developing chronic health conditions through their choice of skincare, which is why BCR products are proudly toxin free and 100% natural.
I absolutely adore oils of any kind – why do you think oils are more beneficial for the skin then lotions/creams?
Moisturisers and creams must contain chemicals to stop them going off unless they have a very short shelf life and are stored in the fridge BUT oils can be made from 100% natural and organic ingredients, for example Vitamin E oil is a natural anti oxidant and its great for your skin too. Oils are popular right now because people are looking for ways to address their special skin concerns in an effective and 100% natural way.
The molecules in oils are smaller than moisturisers too so they can penetrate much deeper and deliver nutrients and antioxidants to the skin and help address specific issues such as wrinkles, dehydration, sagging skin and redness. They absorb faster, go deeper and act quickly. So its like comparing oils to your specialists while creams are your GP.
I have to ask – where did the name “Black Chicken Remedies” come from?
Black Chicken Remedies is a name I chose to recognise healers of every sacred tradition who understood how to communicate with nature, how to extract the medicinal properties from plants and create powerful healing remedies for their communities. So the story, the legend of the Black Chicken (you can read it on our website www.blackchickenremedies.com ) is a simple and interesting way of pointing people back to the historical significance of our ability to look at nature as our pharmacy.
Australian Aborigines had a person they called the Ngangkari , whom another culture might call Sharman. This was a medicine man or woman who had a highly developed affinity with nature – routinely they would venture into forests or bush land and communicate with nature to be guided on which plants or herbs would be suitable remedies for their patients in their communities – these were very knowledgeable people who were often chosen very early in their lives to hold these valued positions. What they harnessed was often made into creams, salves, oils and a host of other applications in order to bring about cures to those that sort their help. Hence The Black Chicken Knows!
What does your daily beauty routine consist of?
I like to keep it simple as I have a very active lifestyle. I swim about 1-2 klm every morning so keeping moisturized is very important. I moisturize with our face serum before and after swimming! I am quite disciplined in that I cleanse and moisturize everyday, morning and night and exfoliate my face every couple of days and dry skin brush my body every day.
Can you tell us about the benefits of the fabulous oils included in your products?
Yes each product is a unique formula of therapeutic oils.
Love Your Body oil has 12 oils each one specially selected for its ability to relieve the effects of dry and dehydrated skin. To choose a few it includes Rosehip that helps reduce wrinkles and is great for tissue regeneration with scars and stretch marks, Hazelnut and carrot oil to increase your blood flow, plumping up slack skin and encouraging lymphatic drainage, Coconut oil to keep skin supple to reduce the sag effect and lets not forget Ylang Ylang to help balance the sebum but also for its aphrodisiac properties! Makes it perfect for loving your body and somebody elses!
Love Your Face Serum contains 11 all natural therapeutic oils and is the ultimate antidote for helping fight the signs of ageing. These 11 oils are carefully chosen to stimulate new cell growth, promote elasticity, replenish, plump and transform the appearance of skin. Its a highly concentrated blend of ingredients includes Apricot Kernel oil, which is rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids and helps skin retain elasticity and suppleness, Jojoba oil which prevents clogged pores by balancing the sebum and providing all day moisturisation, the sweet scented Neroli essential oil which has a soothing and calming effect on the skin and improves elasticity, Sandalwood essential oil, which is amazing at relieving inflammation of the skin; there is also Evening Primrose oil; vitamin E oil; Argan oil; Palma Rosa and Rose Maroc absolute essential oils; Ylang Ylang essential oil; Rosehip oil, all which hydrate, plump and repair the delicate skin on your face.
Both products not only are great for the skin but calming for the mind.
Do you have any beauty/lifestyle tips?
Yes I have lots but here are my top 5:
1) Keep hydrated – drink plenty of water at least 2 litres a day. The body is about 50% water so the cells need to be kept hydrated – this will show in your skins health and it’s easy to do!
2) Exfoliate 3 times per week to remove dead skin cells to keep the skin fresh and aid regeneration of cells. We shed about 1 million cells per day so skin brushing and exfoliation will help keep the skin soft and smooth.
3) Moisturise regularly. All skin types need and love moisture – the skin needs to be nourished whether oily or dry to retain a happy balanced protective layer
4) Protect your skin from the elements – skin needs to protect you so you must protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. A minimum spf 30 is required daily to ensure you will not burn or age or damage your skin even on cloudy days
5) Be present – so many people can be automatic when it comes to many aspects of their life, practice mindfulness!
Do you have any spa treatments done? If so, what’s your favourite?
I love massages! They are great to stimulate the blood flow and aid with detoxification but also to bring you back into your body and totally relax you.
What’s next on the horizon for Black Chicken Remedies?
Our Love Your Body Polish is next (due for release this month) and so far in our trials its been a big hit. The pink Himalayan salt assists with detoxification and removal of dead cells and then we replenish it with great oils.
There are a couple more for release this year all targeted at healing the skin.
A very warm thank you to Chey for allowing us her time and also for offering a generous discount code. Until the 31st of October, use the code Lace15 at the checkout of Black Chicken Remedies online store and you’ll receive 15% off your order.
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