Beauty Chat: Christina Siau, Founder of Christy Organics

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For Christina Siau, creating and seeking out satisfying, beautiful scents is something that’s in her genes. Coming from a family with three generations of herbalists and natural medicine practitioners, it’s easy to see how Siau came to create her lovely natural perfume line, Christy Organics. Using locally-sourced, organic and naturally-derived ingredients for her perfumes, Christina handcrafts these proprietary formulated scents using her creativity and extensive knowledge as a perfumer. If you haven’t already heard, I’m in love with Christy Organics perfumes! (Full review here). Read on to hear more about Christina, her inspiring business story, and her current green beauty obsessions:

Tell us a bit about yourself. What inspired you to create Christy Organics? 
I was born and raised in Malaysia before settling in Melbourne, Australia twenty-eight years ago. My immediate and extended families are all advocates of natural health and healing; we have been using natural and herbal remedies in our daily lives for generations. Although I have always been an enthusiast of natural remedies and aromatherapy, I wasn’t aware of the harmful synthetic chemicals contained in beauty products and fragrances until I developed allergic reactions to the perfumes that I had used for years, many of which were from popular and leading brands.  Over the years, my allergies escalated into a series of health ailments that required long-term and costly treatments.

The experience prompted me to change all my personal care products to natural/organic alternatives and stop using synthetic perfumes all together. At the same time, I undertook a journey to learn more about the synthetic chemicals used in personal care products and their adverse effects on our wellbeing and health.  The learning journey was followed by years of extensive research and studies in the use of natural and organic ingredients.
When I was on the journey of healing myself from my allergies and ailments, I started creating my own natural perfumes, as I could no longer wear the conventional synthetic perfumes and I couldn’t find any natural perfume that I like. However, I did not set out for this interest of mine to be a business.

It was only after going through a chain of drastic events and personal challenges over the last few years…..and then one day, in the middle of a conversation with my husband (Michael), it just appeared in my mind that I could combine my passion, ability of creating natural perfumes and all my business knowledge (I worked in business for many years) to developing a product and that eventually led to the creation of Christy Organics. Yes, I know it sounds like a cliché but it’s true.

What is the process like for creating your products?
The process is long and extensive as it requires a lot of attention to details but it is also very enjoyable and exciting. I only create when I feel inspired, therefore I select the ingredients according to my inspirations and intuitions.  After I have selected the key ingredients, I will then work through the composition and testing processes to complete the formulation. The composition and testing processes can take up to six months.

What is your favorite part of creating your products and why?
My favorite part of creating a new formula/scent is where I use my inspirations and intuitions to explore different combinations of top, middle and base notes, marrying the natural essences together and transforming them to a whole new scent.

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How do you find inspiration for your fragrances? What were the inspirations for the current scents?
My inspirations usually come from my personal experience, loved ones and environment. My first creation is Abundance, a fresh and uplifting scent with an overtone of sweet citrus. I created Abundance to help lift my energy and enliven my spirit as I was suffering from fatigue and anxiety. Abundance’s featured notes are Frankincense, Rose Geranium and Pink Grapefruit.

Urbane, a green and floral scent with a woody undertone was inspired by my daughter, Helena who loves Lavender and my best pal, Karen who told me about Helichrysum (a costly and rare ingredient with amazing properties). Urbane’s featured notes are French Lavender, Helichrysum and Sandalwood.

Satisfaction, a sweet balmy scent with a spicy top note, was inspired by my love of Vanilla, Tonka Bean and my parents’ love of Nutmeg. One of my childhood memories was having preserved Nutmegs as snacks. Satisfaction’s featured notes are Nutmeg, Tonka Bean and Vanilla.
All our perfumes ingredients are 100% natural and are at least 70% organic.

Do you have any favorite natural or organic skincare and/or beauty necessities? What is your daily skincare or beauty routine like?
My natural/organic beauty necessities are way too many to list down ….
My favorite skincare brands are Tata Harper and Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR). I use food grade coconut oil (Certified organic, extra virgin, unrefined and cold pressed) as makeup remover and double cleanse with Acure Organics facial cleansing gel. I moisturize with NYR’s Frankincense toner and cream. I also love Tata Harper’s rejuvenating serum. I pretty much use the same skincare products day and night.

For makeup, RMS Beauty is my favorite brand and I use most of their products and colors – Uncover Up #22 & #33, cream eye shadows, lip2cheeks, luminizer, powder and mascaras. I also love Vapour Organic Beauty’s foundation, Estelle & Thild’s raspberry lip balms, Intelligent Nutrients and NYR’s lip-glosses and Hurraw lip balms. As you can see I’m a lip product ‘junkie’ :)
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What are your goals for Christy Organics? What do you hope your products will show consumers?
I would like to raise awareness of the differences between natural/organic perfumes and synthetic perfumes, especially their ingredients. I hope that Christy Organics will influence more people to choose natural and organic perfumes over synthetic perfumes over time. Meanwhile, I plan to offer more quality natural perfumery products and scents to our customers in the near future.

I hope people will realize that there are natural perfumes in the market that are captivating, lasting and free of synthetic chemicals. I also hope that consumers will find our products an attractive natural alternative and good value for money.

You can purchase Christy Organics natural perfumes online for a special limited edition price + with free international shipping! (Check site for details.) Also follow Christy Organics on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more inspiration.

Don’t forget to read my full review on Christy Organics fragrances here and make sure to enter the amazing giveaway to win a handcrafted Christy Organics perfume!

*Photos courtesy of Christy Organics.

Scents That Transcend: Christy Organics Natural Perfumes + Giveaway

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I’m officially declaring my natural perfume rut as OVER. Done and DONE! When Christina Siau founder of Melbourne-based, Christy Organics reached out to me to introduce her handcrafted and natural perfumes line, I was more than intrigued. I was still riding on the success of finding a semi-natural and clean perfume from Lavanila Labs and was very willing to see if other natural fragrance products could keep me on this beauty high. Let me just say, my expectations have been exceeded. As I’ve said, I’ll take a spray perfume over a roller-ball or oil any day but with Christy Organics natural perfumes, I’m making a huge exception to the rule. Now, I can’t go anywhere without these amazing, handcrafted scents and that’s the truth. 

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New Releases Radar \\ 5

New Releases Radar 5

1. Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix Kit: Perfect as a small gift or as a way to sample these cult-favorite lip crayons, Bite Beauty recently released their Best Bite Remix Kit ($25) at Sephora. This kit includes 4 mini-sized versions of Bite Beauty’s High Pigment lip pencils in limited-edition colors that seem: Sablé (nude), Pomegranate (rose berry), Rhubard (plum berry), Winterberry (festive Raspberry red). These lip colors look perfect for fall and are included in a convenient, purse-sized metal compact. I have not tried Bite Beauty products yet but I have heard great things about their high performing qualities although one should be cautious of their not-always-so-organic ingredients. Available exclusively at Sephora.

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Above and Beyond Skincare Basics with Odacité + a Giveaway!

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It’s been interesting to see that as I’ve been blogging about green beauty, I’ve had a natural gravitation towards pure and effective skincare brands. Though I’m still crazy about makeup, I’ve realized that a solid skincare routine is the basis for healthier skin, happier attitude and overall well-being. Green beauty has led me to find some of the best natural skincare brands that provide high-quality, gentle, and healthy products that really do work.

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Spotlight on Green Beauty Shops

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Since I started going green with my beauty and skincare products, I’ve done a lot of online shopping (and I mean, A LOT). As someone who absolutely hates online shopping– I’m a touch-smell-feel-try-in-store kinda gal, I thought it’d be helpful to share my experiences with various online, one-stop green beauty shops across the spectrum. I love shopping from brands themselves (it always feels like a nice personal interaction) but, someones general green beauty shops are just more convenient with all the brands and products to shop from in one place.

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Releases Radar 4

1. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Cream Foundation: For all its ups and downs, 100% Pure is a brand I still love in regards to their all natural, vegan, cruelty-free formulations. I’ve talked about their skincare and makeup products many times before. Their Tinted Moisturizer is still an everyday, go-to face product for me and I’m curious to see how well their new Fruit Pigmented Cream Foundation performs. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is one of the first foundation products that 100% Pure has placed in jar/pan packaging. Aside from powder format, they foundations have only been of the liquid, pump-packaging type. Like all other 100% Pure products, the Fruit Pigmented Cream Foundation is 100% natural, vegan, gluten-free, and colored with fruit, vegetable and seed pigments for antioxidant protection. Featured in 6 shades, this new foundation is claimed to have “medium to full coverage with a glow” $36. 

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Scrubby Scrubby! Exfoliating with Kaia Naturals Bamboo Tapioca Beads Daily Cleansing Powder

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Kaia Naturals is a boutique natural skincare brand based in Toronto. The brand is known for featuring sustainable, biodegradable bamboo as a main ingredient in their products notably, their Juicy Bamboo Cleansing Cloths. (I’ve been eyeing these ever since I said a bitter goodbye to my convenient but seriously irritating Neutrogena makeup wipes.) All Kaia Naturals products are made in small batches, are paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and contain biodegradable ingredients.

The brand was founded based on “the need for multi-functional products that are naturally derived, environmentally friendly and simple to use. By harnessing the power of bamboo, they create custom-crafted products that nourish the skin and respect the environment.” 

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TOP DRAWER: Zao Organic Makeup

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Another confession: I judge products by their packaging. Yes, maybe that makes me shallow but at least upon initial inspection it’s always a piece in my consideration and future devotion. I’m a sucker for beautiful innovative design, is that such a crime? And when those qualities combine with organic, eco-friendly formulas in makeup and skincare well, just call me smitten. That’s what I’ve become with this gorgeous organic makeup line from Zao that I can’t help lusting over.

“The Zao philosophy is about an ethical and sustainable approach to living in harmony with nature. Looking beautiful should not compromise your health, the health of animals, or the health of the planet.”

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My Signature Summer to Fall Look- Tag

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I’m a Summer-baby so I like to think Summer is all year round for me. Unfortunately I live on the East Coast where seasons are actually a real thing. Not that I mind, just means that there are lots of factors to transition into. I was tagged by my fellow green beauty bloggers, Paula (Naturally Paula) and Jade (Nephriticus) to do the “My Signature Summer Look” tag. (Disclaimer: I’m terrible at taking good makeup-“action” shots, so forgive me. P.S. yes, my hair is shorter!) I thought since it’s already September that I’d talk about how my “summer look” will easily transition to my “fall look”:

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New Releases Radar // 3

New Releases Radar 3

1. Alima Pure By Night Fall 2014 Eyeshadow Collection: I’ve always been so inspired by the different collections Alima Pure releases and the new Pure By Night Eyeshadow Collection for Fall 2014 is no different. This collection consists of 5 beautiful limited edition eyeshadows: 3 Pearluster and 2 Shimmer that can be combined for endless dramatic or neutral eye looks. I’m dying to try the gorgeous “sea green” eyeshadow in Labyrinth!
“Five limited edition eyeshadows to add drama to your look this fall. Inspired by film noir, each shade beautifully captures the light and adds mystery to the eyes with just a simple wash of color. As always, each of these vibrant eyeshadows provides intensity using just three natural ingredients.” $12.50 for .07 oz/ 2g at Alima Pure or Pemberley Jones

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