Aster & Oak – All about Organic / Organics

Our blog posts and articles have a wide range of information on organics and organic products. Check out on up to date guides of the best organic products on the market, read up on the facts of organic cotton and organic cotton clothing, find the latest news on organic produce and find out why organic cotton is better for your newborn baby.

Check our our friends links page for other organic brands and companies that we love! Growing a human is hard work so mums-to-be deserve to know everything they can about the precious little uman growing inside them and how to care for that little bean that will one day grow to become a gorgeous part of our society.. We supply everything you need to know so you dont need to dearch hihgh and low to find out what you need to know about cotton that is organic, natural, safe and eco friendly.

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ENCHANTED Drop 1 Launching this Friday

DROP 1 of Aster & Oak’s new ENCHANTED Collection due for release 24.03.17

With sprawling meadows and a refreshingly vibrant colour palette, the all-season release from West Australian Label Aster & Oak has the children’s clothing market covered this season.

Aster & Oak Organic Enchanted Meadow Short Romper Aster & Oak Organic Enchanted FIELDS Harem Shorts

Aster & Oak is back this season in all its soft organic cotton goodness, with an all-season release that has to be felt to be believed. The Enchanted Collection is inspired by the magic of childhood and the joy of continuous discovery with each piece crafted to inspire play and adventure.

Splashes of vibrant blue and pink and their signature monochromatic tones providing the backdrop for the whimsical, lovingly hand illustrated scenes.

Aster & OAk Organic Pink Enchanted Meadow Dress

Practical wardrobe essentials such as 2 way zip rompers, onesies, shorts and leggings capture the magic of blowing a dandelion, making camp in a tepee and trotting along a winding path with beloved friends. The silhouette prints cascade across the clothing, perfectly capturing the playfulness that makes our children so special.

Aster & Oak’s products are printed using only organic plant based dyes and made from the highest quality GOTS certified organic cotton. They are low allergenic, non-toxic and beautifully soft, making them ideal to be worn by babies and toddlers with allergies or eczema.

Aster & Oak Organic Boys Enchanted MONO MAP Playsuit

Aster & Oak’s commitment to excellence and ethical practices has struck a chord with the public, resulting in a considerable social media following of over 30,000 supporters, all eagerly awaiting the newest launch.

Aster & Oak’s new collection will be available online and in a range of stores across Australia & NZ.

Another life adjustment… You don’t need chemicals for the squeak in your clean.

When you enter the crazy, uncharted waters of motherhood, your perspective on the simple things such washing can alter in ways you never before contemplated. Pre-children, you soaked your whites for a week, hand washed your designer bras, scrubbed and starched cuffs & collars, removed the occasional red wine stain on your husbands business shirt from his Friday work drinks and a chilli oil stain on your chinos from your lazy Sunday morning Yum Cha session with your girlfriends. It was easy. It took time, but you liked things to be perfect and let’s face it – what else were you doing? When deciding on a detergent to use, price was no issue, but the packaging had to be pretty – it had to look good when it was sitting on your perfectly clean, uncluttered and laundry free benches.

Washing would never be the same again.
Now at the forefront of your sleep deprived brain you ‘re wondering which laundry detergent will clean up vomit, nappy blow outs, weet-bix cement, soured nipple pads, footy socks, muddy knees and grass stains with minimal effort from you. As is the cost and your young family’s exposure to chemicals. A consideration high on your list if one of your little cherubs has eczema, dermatitis or any other allergic reactions. Did you know the chemicals contained in traditional laundry detergents reside in the fibres of our clothing and are absorbed straight into our bodies – we then top up those chemicals every time we wash our clothes. *Insert gasp of horror here*

Enter SOAPBERRIES!! – 100% organic, completely natural, hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal! You wont believe how simple they are to use and they actually work – I’ve tested them on my tribe! Check below to see what happens when they hit water (its freeeeakin amazing)!!

These little guys are as close to nature as you can possibly get – simply picked from the ‘Sapindus Mukorossi’ tree and dried in the sun, they’re ideal for all the sensitive skins and souls in your home…even the dog – they are great for nits and fleas too ! Being grey water and septic safe, the environment loves them as well… jeeeezzzz they’re practically the equivalent of sliced bread.

If all of the above wasn’t enough reason to make the switch, they’re over half the price of their chemical counterparts. A years’ worth of washing, (over 365+ loads) for $39.00!!  BOOM!

Your skin will thank you. The environment will thank you. Your back pocket will thank you and they will still look pretty on your (now hideously cluttered) laundry bench!

Soapberries organic baby clothing wash

 

Find out more on Soapberries here – http://www.thatredhouse.com.au/

WIN an $40 Aster & Oak Organic Clothing Prize Pack + 6 Months Supply of Resparkle Baby Wash!

Would you like to WIN a gorgeous baby clothing prize pack & essentials for your little one? We believe that a toxin-free home for baby is even better when it means a carefree life for mummy.

There are numerous ways you and your family can implement toxic free practices in your everyday life. A great place to start is by changing what you put on your family’s skin. Why organic cotton? Babies skin is very delicate and adsorbs the toxic chemicals & pesticides in ordinary clothing very easily. Read more about the dangers lurking in your baby’s clothes.

Organic baby clothes are made from 100% natural resources. In other words, you don’t have to worry about any harsh chemicals or other potentially harmful substances touching your baby’s skin. And as a bonus, the 100% natural material is safer for our environment.

So you have ordered a bunch of new organic clothes for your children, what now? You might be wondering how to take care of them.  You’ve gone through the extra effort to buy safer clothes… you certainly don’t want to ruin them by using the wrong products or laundering procedures – Read our article on How To Wash Organic Baby Clothing.

Win an essential baby clothing prize pack!

 

TO ENTER:

We’ve partnered with our friends at Resparkle — creators of organic cleaning range for healthy and baby safe homes — to give one lucky winner a 6-month supply of Natural Baby Laundry & Soaker and an Aster & Oak $40 gift voucher to go towards your baby outfit of choice!

To enter, just follow these easy steps:

1. ‘Like’ Resparkle and Aster & Oak on Facebook.
2. In the comments section below, tell us in 20 words or less why you’d love to win!

Entries close 12pm Sunday May 01 2016. The winner will be announced on the day.

 

GOOD LUCK!

Fresh Produce – Why would you eat foods with Soul?

I thought I was pretty clever when I come up with a little adaption of the Acronym from the slow food movement (Seasonal, local, organic wholefoods). I try to live by this as much as possible – Eating foods with SOUL:  Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed and Local.

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Best Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe With Hidden Veggies That Kids Love!

I have been asked numerous times to share my ‘famous’ spaghetti bolognese recipe, so here it is! This recipe is simple, quick and full of flavour and best of all, the kids absolutely LOVE it!! Lets be honest, as mothers we dont have endless hours to prepare and cook a fancy meal and alot of us have fussy children that look at vegetables like they are poison. Our Best Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe Can be made any day of the week and any leftovers can be frozen.

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How To Wash Organic Baby Clothes – Easy Tips For Organic Clothing Care

There are lots of ways your family can support eco-friendly practices, and a great way is through purchasing organic clothing. This clothing is not only better for us as consumers… it’s better for the ecosystem as a whole. But, if you’ve recently ordered a bunch of organic baby clothes, you might be wondering how to take care of them. You’ve gone through the effort and extra cost to buy safer clothes… you certainly don’t want to ruin them by using the wrong products or laundering procedures.

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November 5k Giveaway – Win an Organic Handmade Baby Swing

For the month of November we are celebrating reaching 5k Facebook & Instagram followers by giving away a gorgeous handmade macrame baby swing valued at over $200! The macrame organic baby swing is handmade with love and produced from soft cotton weave and wood. Your little one will delight in this swing and it can be used both indoor and outdoors; on the patio or in the garden under the shadow of a tree.

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The Dirty Truth Behind Children’s Clothing

When you shop for produce, you might be more likely to pick up the bag of organic apples versus the conventionally grown apples. Why is that? Chances are, if you are purchasing organic food, you’ve been asked by family and friends why you bother with the extra expense of buying organic, and chances are, you probably have an answer.

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Top 5 Essentials For New Mums

Like most first time mums, I honestly did not know what to pack for the hospital. I was so excited for my little girl to come, so much so that I had packed a whole month before my due date. Then I unpacked and packed again. This happened a few times. In the end, I managed to stuff everything and the kitchen sink into a 100L suitcase. I can’t really remember what I packed but I do know that almost half of it went unused. So because of this, i thought i would share our top 5 essentials for new mums.

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