A RETAILER’S GUIDE TO THE BEST NATURAL SUNSCREEN

As more consumers make greener choices for their beauty and personal care products, there is a corner of the market that is innovating in a big way – suncare.

Valued at AUD $20.48 billion, the global suncare market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.6% to 2030. Predictions are that natural, organic and eco options will dominate with consumers now acutely aware of the impact traditional sunscreen chemicals have on skin and the environment.

NATURAL SUNSCREEN INGREDIENTS

There are broadly two types of sunscreen – chemical and physical.

Chemical sunscreens contain active ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate or avobenzone. These are all UV absorbers. When they are rubbed into the skin, they work to absorb the UV rays from the skin, preventing sun damage in the process.

On the other hand, physical sunscreens work as a physical barrier between skin and the sun. They contain active ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. 

For one, consumers are increasingly conscious of the products they use on their skin. But there’s also significant concern around the damage common chemical sunscreen ingredients are causing to reef environments. Destinations like Hawaii, Palau and Aruba have even gone so far as to ban sunscreens containing chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate. 

What does this mean for sunscreen sales in Australia? We have some of the most beautiful ocean environments in the world and a country of sun-loving water enthusiasts. As natural health turns mainstream, more Australians are embracing sustainable brands across all categories, making the decision to stock natural sunscreen alternatives a smart move for retailers.

Amongst the hundreds of brands we stock at Unique Health Products, we’re proud to count many natural sunscreen suppliers in the mix. These considered choices are leaders in the eco suncare market, with strong brand awareness and high-quality, premium offerings. 

SurfMud suncare

SURFMUD

Created by surfers looking for a product to stand up to long surf sessions, SurfMud now caters to a broad market including surfers, families and eco-conscious consumers. 

Made with non-nano zinc oxide and natural, plant-based ingredients, the formulations are reef safe, cruelty free and non toxic. 

  • Made and tested in Australia
  • Hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin
  • Recyclable, low-impact packaging
People4Ocean physical sunscreen

PEOPLE4OCEAN

Co-created by marine biologists and spa skincare specialists, People4Ocean products are mineral-based and made with a proprietary blend of botanical essential oils.

Packaged in 100% kerb-side recyclable packaging, the reef-safe formulations are made in Australia and are right on-trend to cater to the eco-luxe market. 

  • Multitasking formulas for sun protection and skin nourishment
  • Beautifully scented with natural botanicals
  • Offers both suncare and after sun products
Little Urchin natural suncare

LITTLE URCHIN

Designed for the whole family to use, the Australian-made Little Urchin range is 100% natural with sunscreen and moisturising products. 

The ingredients are chosen to be gentle on skin and the environment resulting in reef-safe formulations that are suitable for sensitive skin. 

  • Non-greasy and rubs in clear
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Organic ingredients
Ethical Zinc sunscreen

ETHICAL ZINC

Suitable for sensitive skin and with no chemical UV filters, the Ethical Zinc range is reef safe and made in Australia.

Up to 4 hours water resistant, the products are SPF 50+ and offer broad spectrum protection. 

  • Fragrance free option available
  • Made using 100% solar power
  • Certified cruelty free

JACK N’ JILL

A popular brand with parents for their extensive range of oral hygiene and bathtime products, Jack N’ Jill also has a kids sunscreen.

Made in Australia with chamomile and calendula, the non-nano SPF30 formulation is 3 hours water resistant and offers broad spectrum protection.

  • Fun packaging to appeal to children
  • Suitable for 6 months+
  • Free from preservatives and synthetic fragrances
Wotnot natural sunscreen

WOTNOT

Ideal for people with sensitive skin and with formulations that are gentle enough for babies, the Wotnot range is made with herbal extracts and free from artificial preservatives. 

The products use nourishing, organic ingredients to care for skin and zinc oxide for broad spectrum UV protection.

  • Vegan friendly and not tested on animals
  • Reef friendly
  • Also offers tinted BB SPF Creams and sunless tanning products
Natural aloe vera

ALOE VERA

After sun sprays, lotions and gels are the perfect sunscreen companion products for those who may forget to apply or reapply their sun protection.  

Aloe vera is widely known as a soothing treatment for sunburn. It works to reduce inflammation providing relief to red, painful skin.

Brands such as Aloe Pura, Dr Organic and Every Bit Organic Raw all offer natural aloe vera alternatives with organic ingredients. 

SUNNY SALES WITH NATURAL SUNSCREEN

You can find all of the wholesale natural sunscreen brands and products above in our online store where you can shop online, anytime. Alternatively, call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register for one here.

RACING TOWARDS ZERO: THE CLIMATE IMPERATIVE FOR BUSINESS

Climate change. Originally the realm of science, has long been part of the global political conversation. But more recently there has been a shift. Businesses are stepping in and stepping up to help carry the weight of climate change.

There are many major Australian and global brands making serious climate change commitments. It’s a race to zero. And in this race, everyone’s a winner.

WHY NOW?

With bushfires, floods, sea levels rising and global temperatures on the up, consumers are more aware than ever of the need for climate change action. So much so that they’re prepared to change the brands they buy from if it will have a positive impact on the environment. 

Consumer research from Deloitte has shown that consumers are concerned… and they’re talking with their wallet. 42% of consumers have changed their spending habits in response to the environmental stance of brands they buy from. Interestingly, 21% of people have also encouraged other people to also make the switch. Younger consumers aged 18-24 are three times more likely to make these purchasing switches than the 65+ age group. 

It’s no longer simply a buying decision. Consumers have an expectation on brands to be active on environmental issues such as climate change and carbon emissions. 65% of consumers in the Deloitte research expect CEOs to do more in regards to sustainability and societal issues.

J.P.Morgan research also reveals that brands need to concern themselves with not only emissions from their own facilities and production but also across their entire supply chain. For consumer staples brands, these Scope 3 emissions, i.e. indirect emissions from sourcing and product disposal, can amount to as much as 95% of a company’s total emissions. 

The time to take action is now. 

MAJOR BRANDS, MAJOR COMMITMENTS

Across the globe, major brands are sitting up and taking notice. They are taking a stand to reduce their emissions. And they aren’t messing about. They are racing towards zero in a serious way.

What are some of the climate change commitments these brands are making?

Mars has committed to zero net carbon emissions, including Scope 3 emissions, by 2050. Part of their plan includes working with farmers on regenerative agriculture to overhaul their supply chains. 

In Australia, Coles Group has also announced a commitment to reduce net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. They also have a goal to reduce combined Scope 1 (direct emissions) and Scope 2 (indirect energy emissions) carbon emissions by 75% by 2030 with a move to 100% renewable electricity by 2025. 

Zero net carbon emissions by 2050 is also a commitment McDonald’s has made along with efforts in using renewable energy, moving towards regenerative farming, and switching to sustainable packaging.

The Climate Pledge has more than 200 signatories, including Coca Cola and PepsiCo who have all ambitiously committed to zero net emissions by 2040. 

TAKING ACTION THAT MATTERS

At Unique, we are proud to partner with brands and retailers who are committed to making positive change.

Ethique’s focus on regenerative business practices and CLIF’s commitment to people and climate action are two examples of this. As well as People4Ocean, Little Urchin and SurfMud producing reef-safe suncare, Ever Eco’s dedication to reducing single-waste plastic, and Earthwise’s move to recycled packaging. 

What each of these brands, and the hundreds of other brands we stock, have in common is their vocal commitment to causes that matter to their brand and customers. They are transparent about the journey they are on and show genuine dedication to bringing about positive change.

The tide is turning and it’s turning fast. Brands, both small and large, that don’t prioritise sustainability across their business and supply chain risk losing credibility and customers. This applies equally across manufacturers and retailers.

WITH YOU ON THE SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

No matter where you are on the journey of taking positive action on climate change commitments, we’re with you. We stock hundreds of natural, organic, fair trade and eco-friendly brands to stock your shelves with sustainable alternatives. Shop online, anytime, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t yet have an account with us, you can register for one here

THE FUTURE OF EXPERIENTIAL RETAIL

There is a burgeoning consumer-led imperative – experiential retail. Consumers want more and they are looking to you to provide it.

According to the CBRE predictions for the future of retail into 2030, in-store experiences will continue to be a key tenet of customer retention. 

Customer experience, the way your customers interact with your brand at every touchpoint, from in-store retail to your online store, social media presence, advertising and more, is at the heart of this trend. Given the expansion of online retail and the associated convenience, experiential retail is now more important than ever before.

Now is the time to shift towards the future of retail by taking your customer experiences to the next level. Here are a range of ideas to help you reimagine your physical presence and create an experience your customers won’t forget.

SURPRISE AND DELIGHT

The little things matter. That’s nothing new. But in the new age of experiential retail, there are more opportunities to surprise and delight your customers through innovative experiences.

Customer service, loyalty rewards and in-store treasure hunts are all simple ways you can leave an impression with your customers. They are relatively easy to implement and help to ensure a positive retail experience. 

However, to take it a step further, consider personalisation. According to McKinsey, customers expect personalisation in their retail experiences. While this personalisation is highly sophisticated for larger omnichannel and online retailers, the opportunity for personalisation in niche, speciality and smaller retail outlets is still possible.

Consider targeted offers based on purchase history, birthday discounts or even real time personalisation of products, particularly in the gifting category, in-store. 

Experiential retail displays

CREATE EXPERIENTIAL RETAIL DISPLAYS

What in-store shopping offers over online retail is the ability to create immersive displays. 

Whether it’s instagrammable spaces with interactive elements or tasting booths to sample new products, the opportunities for engaging customers in new and different ways is unrivalled in store.

Experiential retail displays can draw on the power of the senses to capture consumer attention and get shoppers excited.

These types of immersive displays could be anything from a visually-appealing endcap of RXBAR protein snack bars or a fresh batch of aromatic Upton’s Naturals Jackfruit cooking for live tasting, the opportunity to mix an Ethique Concentrate or sample the latest Keto Naturals snacks. 

EMBRACE OMNICHANNEL

Australia Post reports that July 2021 saw online retail hit its highest peak to date with 5.6 million households buying something online during that month. Online shopping has certainly become a fixture of the way businesses operate.

The KPMG Future of Retail Report reveals that 81% of shoppers engage in research online before they make a purchase. Having a brand presence online, hand-in-hand with a retail shopfront can broaden your customer base.

For those who do go down the omnichannel path, a seamless experience and consistent branding is critical to ensure your online and in-store experiences are positive. The various elements of an omnichannel strategy can create interaction points for customers such as buy online, pick up in store ‘click and collect’ shipping options or exclusive offers to entice online shoppers in-store and vice-versa. 

Sustainability as an experience

SUSTAINABILITY AS AN EXPERIENCE

There is no questioning the importance of sustainability in driving consumer behaviour. 57% of consumers are willing to change their shopping behaviour to minimise the impact they have on the environment. This echoes other research on the rise of sustainable brands

However, it’s not just sustainable brands that consumers are looking for. Sustainability can also play a significant role in experiential retail. That is, your behaviour and choices as a retailer can form part of the customer experience.

Consider shelf wobblers and displays to showcase your sustainable range and also your sustainability initiatives as a business. Also consider your choice of packaging and bags, and provide the option to email receipts instead of printing them, for both in-store and online, to back your sustainability stance.

A TRUSTED ADVISOR FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS

For more than 25 years, we have played an important role as trusted advisors for retailers, both big and small, all over Australia. We have our finger on the pulse to bring you the latest products and retail trends so you can position yourself for the future. We stock hundreds of natural, organic, fairtrade and eco-friendly products in the Unique Health Products online store. You can shop online 24/7, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t yet have an account with us, you can register for one here.

DEMAND FOR SUSTAINABLE PERIOD PRODUCTS IS ON THE RISE

In Australia there are two conversations converging to drive growth in an expanding feminine care purchasing trend. Not only are consumers more aware of the environmental impact of the products they are using, but conversations about women’s health and menstruation are increasingly becoming less taboo. 

As shoppers trend towards reusable and sustainable period products, educating already eco-conscious shoppers presents a large opportunity for health and beauty retailers.

A HIGH GROWTH MARKET

In a 2018 study from the Global Sustainability Institute in the UK, researchers found that all but 14% of survey participants were unaware of or had previously not considered the environmental impact of menstrual products. And that impact is not an insignificant one.

Most reusable period products are made of plastic which can take between 500-800 years to break down in landfill. Considering that the average person will use up to 12,000 period products in their lifetime, that is a lot of plastic making its way to landfill, or even worse, our oceans. 

According to research by Research and Markets, the feminine care market is expected to grow at a global Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.8% from 2020 to 2025. The largest growth segment within the market is forecast to be reusable products, such as menstrual cups. 

EDUCATION IS KEY

Menstrual cups were actually developed in the 1930s at around the same time as tampons. However, It took them more than 80 years to really enter popular use. 

That popular use amounts to a global menstrual cup market that is predicted to hit AUD $1.29 billion by 2026. 

But menstrual cups aren’t the only sustainable option available for conscious consumers. There are now a range of biodegradable disposables that are a more sustainable choice. 

Retailers can play a big role in education on the availability and benefits of these products. From posters to shelf wobblers, eDMs and social media content, talking about the environmental and sustainability benefits of these products opens the door to more opportunities for sales in this market. 

At Unique Health Products we stock a range of sustainable options, both reusable and disposable, to help you meet the rising demand. 

The Hello Cup

THE HELLO CUP

Designed by two women (one of them a registered nurse) The Hello Cup is a menstrual cup made from medical-grade thermoplastic elastomer. It contains no BPA, latex, silicone, heavy metals, rubber, beach or other nasties. 

The Hello Cup comes in a range of certified food-grade colours – Black, Blue, Lilac and Blush. A single Hello Cup will last for at least five years and is the equivalent of more than 2000 single use tampons or pads.

Another reusable option from The Hello Cup is Reusable Liners which can be used as an alternative to single-use panty liners or as a backup for The Hello Cup. There is also a Hand and Hello Cup Cleanser available.

TOM Organic

TOM ORGANIC

The TOM Organic range of Tampons, Pads and Panty Liners is made using GOTS certified organic cotton. The tampons – available in Super, Regular and Mini – are 100% biodegradable and packed in recyclable packaging with no plastic outer wrapping. The applicator tampons – available in Super and Regular – also have a cardboard applicator, rather than the plastic used in many other disposable brands. 

TOM Organic Pads – available in Regular, Super, Overnight and Maternity – are also 100% biodegradable, hypoallergenic, breathable and free from chlorine and dioxin bleach. There is also a period cup in the range which is made from 100% medical-grade silicone following sustainable manufacturing principles.

Innovative and trending TOM Organic Period Briefs are made with soft, organic cotton, and are breathable and reusable for a practical sustainable solution. They look and feel like regular underwear but the 4-layer leak proof design can hold up to three tampons’ worth of fluid. 

Lunette

LUNETTE

Founded in 2005, Lunette is a menstrual cup pioneer. As a trusted brand they are committed to sustainability education and empowering choices for period care. Lunette Menstrual Cups are made from soft, medical-grade silicon, and are BPA and chemical free. They are a comfortable, safe and odourless.

The Lunette range is available in a variety of colours, including Clear, Blue, Orange, Yellow and Violet. They also produce a Menstrual Cup Cleaning and Disinfecting Wipes. 

Tsuno

TSUNO

Every one of the Tsuno eco-friendly period products comes in beautiful and recyclable artist-designed packaging.

The Natural Bamboo Pads – Regular, Super, Overnight – and Natural Bamboo Panty Liners have a natural bamboo and corn fibre top sheet with a biodegradable sleeve wrapper. 

The range of Organic Cotton Tampons – Mini, Regular and Super – are made from GOTS certified organic cotton and are free from chlorine and dioxin bleach. They use bamboo for its softness, absorbency, breathability and sustainability credentials. 

Natracare

NATRACARE

Natracare produces sustainable period products without the synthetic chemicals, chlorine and plastic that are used in so many disposables.

The Natracare Pads come in a range of sizes and styles – Ultra Pads (Regular with Wings, Super with Wings, Long with Wings and Super Plus), Ultra Extra Pads (Normal with Wings), Maxi Pads (Regular, Super and Night Time), Maternity Pads and Panty Liners (Mini, Curved, Ultra Thin and Long). They are all plastic, chlorine and perfume free and made using only sustainable materials.

The tampons are available with applicators (Regular and Super) or non-applicator (Regular, Super and Super Plus). They are made from certified organic cotton and are 100% compostable. The applicators are made from biodegradable cardboard and also compostable.

Natracare also has both a point of sale counter unit and floor display for displaying the range in store. 

MEET THE DEMAND FOR SUSTAINABLE PERIOD PRODUCTS

Each of these products are available for wholesale order in the Unique Health Products online store. If you don’t yet have an account with us, you can register your account here. Otherwise you can order online 24/7 or contact our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904.

THE RISING DEMAND FOR NATURAL PET PRODUCTS

We’re a nation of pet owners. That’s what the 2020 Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey found. 62% of Australians own a pet, with the majority of these, 72%, owning a dog. Other research from Animal Medicines Australia (AMA) has shown that the number of pet owners could now be as high as 69%. They estimate that more than one million additional dogs have taken up residence in Australian households since 2019. 

Along with these high and increasing numbers of pet ownership, research from IbisWorld revealed that expenditure on pets has increased over the last five years, specifically calling out human-grade pet food as a growth area. The AMA research referenced above found that dog owners have spent $20.5 billion on their pets in the last year. 

Another trend identified by the IbisWorld research is related to health and wellness with more and more pet owners adopting a holistic approach to their pet care. This is a sentiment echoed by Dr Edward Bassingthwaighte, a veterinarian of more than 20 years with a specialisation in holistic practices.

“The interest in holistic pet care is growing just as rapidly as it is in the human sector,” says Dr Bassingthwaighte. “People who take an interest in holistic care for themselves then naturally want to do that for their animals too.”

At Unique Health Products, we proudly stock a range of natural pet products and brands. We’ve included a selection of these products below to help you cater to the growing trend towards holistic pet care.

Plant-based pet food

PLANT-BASED PET FOOD

Food for dogs, not dog food. That’s the guiding principle behind the Rascals Treats brand. The plant-based range includes a Meal Topper and a selection of Dog Treats, each with a fun name and a nourishing list of ingredients.

The human-grade, wholefood products are also free from common allergens – wheat, nuts and grains.

The premium black packaging is also home compostable, adding to the appeal for customers looking to buy sustainable brands

Hemp Seed Oil Capsules With Turmeric by Essential Hemp may also fit the bill as a product that your customers can use for themselves and their pets. 

Dr Bassingthwaighte says that “turmeric is an awesome herbal medicine for dogs, particularly for older animals. Hemp seed oil also has some benefits such as omega fatty acids.”

Dog shampoo bars

DOG SHAMPOO BARS

With an established reputation as a leader in producing plastic-free Solid Bars, Ethique also has a range designed specifically for dogs. With two shampoos – Bow Wow Bar and Shampooch (for sensitive pups) – and the Pawfector Conditioner, the products are available in both mini and full sizes. 

With high-quality, natural ingredients such as tea tree, neem, oatmeal, coconut oil, flaxseed, cocoa butter and lemongrass, the Solid Bars are highly effective, plastic free, gentle and suitable for dogs and horses. The benefit of a Solid Bar when washing pets is that it removes the fuss of messing about with bottles, lids and pumps to make bath time that much easier.

The Australian Natural Soap Co also produces a Dog Shampoo Bar. Made with saponified rice bran oil, saponified coconut oil, saponified castor oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil and peppermint oil, it leaves pooches with a soft and shiny coat. 

Compostable dog waste bags

COMPOSTABLE WASTE BAGS

The Biotuff Dog Waste Bags are an eco-friendly alternative to regular dog waste bags as they are both biodegradable and home compostable. The bags are made from GMO-free, renewable, plant-based material and are an environmentally-friendly alternative to divert organic waste from landfill. 

The bags are leakproof with superior puncture and heat resistance. They have a soft touch and come in packs of 60 bags (4 rolls with 15 bags each). There is a pack available with a dispenser for first time purchasers as well as refill packs for repeat buyers. 

Fun dog products

A NOD TO DOGS

For consumers who want to wear their love of dogs with pride, there are two animal-inspired Bamboo Sock styles from Funky Sock Co such as Mischievous Pugs and Sausage Dogs in Buns. Using designs from local artists, the socks make a statement while still being comfortable and breathable, as they are made with high-quality bamboo fibres. 

There are also two dog-inspired prints available in the Retrokitchen 100% Biodegradable Dishcloth range – Dogs as well as Dogs & Cats. The collection includes a nod to many other animals such as cats, fish, penguins and rabbits for animal-loving, eco-conscious consumers. 

STOCK UP ON NATURAL PET PRODUCTS

At Unique Health Products, we’re proud to stock all of these natural pet products and hundreds more natural health, organic, fairtrade and eco-friendly brands in our online store. You can order online 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. If you don’t yet have an account with us, register for a wholesale account today! 

HEALTHY INDULGENCE: HELPING CONSUMERS HAVE THEIR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO

Whether they’re opting to follow a keto diet, transitioning to more plant-based meals or swapping main meals for regular snacks, Australian eating habits are changing. Despite the desire to eat healthier, they’re not willing to deny themselves a little indulgence.

IbisWorld research has found that the health and wellbeing concerns of Australians have increased over the last five years. As a nation, we are more aware of our health and the choices we make. The attitudes and preferences of consumers are changing, and this presents a great opportunity for the natural health industry.

This change is happening in the context of natural health trending mainstream. Grocery aisles are integrating, innovation in the natural health industry is thriving and consumers have an expectation of seeing more eco-friendly and healthier options as they do their shopping. 

But that doesn’t mean consumers can’t also indulge in a healthy treat that aligns with their health goals. Cater to these customers who want to have their cake and eat it too with a selection of better-for-you healthy indulgences. 

BAKING MIXES

Combining convenience with healthy indulgence, packaged baking mixes are a simple way for consumers to have a healthier treat.

Brands such as Low Carb Life, Get Ya Yum On, The Monday Food Co and PBCo. each caters to different macro and dietary choices or requirements such as keto friendly, gluten free or low carb. 

CHOCOLATE TREATS

The chocolate market is a thriving one. As the interest in healthier living rises, so too do the healthier chocolate alternatives available to consumers. 

What does healthier chocolate look like? For starters, there are protein-packed VitaWerx chocolates, vegan HeroCup nut butter cups, organic, fairtrade Bennetto chocolate blocks or the keto-friendly Little Zebra Chocolates. Consumers are spoiled for choice. 

SAVOURY SNACKS

There is no denying that the opportunity for snack sales is booming but not everyone has a sweet tooth. For those people, an indulgence may be more of the savoury kind. 

2die4 Live Foods has a huge range of savoury nuts and other snack options. For more of a chip-style treat, brands such as Banana Joe, Keto Naturals and Nudus Bites each have an innovative and top-selling offering.

HEALTHIER DESSERTS

In the same vein as the convenient baking mixes, healthier mix-and-eat desserts are popular options. 

Botanika Blends and Macro Mike are leaders in providing healthier desserts such as ‘nice cream’, custard and creamy puddings. The plant-based, all-natural options are also higher in protein offering healthy benefits all around. 

STOCK YOUR SHELVES WITH HEALTHY INDULGENCES

At Unique Health Products, we’re proud to stock each of these brands along with hundreds more. For more than 25 years we have played a role in propelling the natural health industry forwards to help you deliver the latest and greatest products to your customers. Place your order for these delicious healthy indulgences online 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904. If you don’t yet have a wholesale account, register with us today!

AWAKEN SALES WITH NATURAL SLEEP AIDS

Consumers are increasingly turning to organic and natural sleep aids to help with poor sleep quality.

Up to 45% of Australian adults don’t get enough sleep due to a number of lifestyle and environmental factors including stress, increased pressures and work patterns. This is leading to a sharp rise in demand for natural sleep solutions. What was once a sleepy market is now waking up to create some major sales growth.

Maximise potential with these curated natural solutions.

Natural sleep aids to consume

CONSUME

RELAXING ORGANIC TEA

Made from 100% organic ingredients, the Sleepy Temple Blend from Buddha Teas contains a blend of lavender, chamomile flower, liquorice root, skullcap and spearmint to create a mellow and soothing flavour in a bleach-free tea bag.

AROMATIC AND CALMING SLEEP TEA

Sleep Tea by Your Tea draws on Chinese herbal wisdom and contains a blend of rose, hgan cao (liquorice), bulbus liluu and Chinese red date, hong zao and wu wei zi (schisandra berry). With a sweet and smooth taste, each box contains a one-week supply of tea bags. 

WESTERN HERBAL TINCTURE

Passionflower is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to promote sleep and ease restlessness and sleeplessness. The PPC Herbs Snoozeze Herbanica Herbal Tincture uses Australian grown herbs to create an organic and vegan formulation, free from gluten and dairy to help promote good sleep. 

SLEEPY HERBAL INFUSION

Naturally caffeine and preservative free, Kintra Foods Loose Leaf Sleepy Tea contains a blend of organic chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, linden flowers, passionflower, hops flower and lavender in an eye-catching, recyclable glass jar.

CARAMEL BEDTIME TEA

Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime Tea contains a delightful blend of chamomile flower, skullcap and L-theanine. The sustainably-sourced rooibos combines with other ingredients to create a sweet, caffeine-free bedtime tea. Each packet contains 16 tea bags. 

THE BIG SLEEP 

Each pack of Ministry of Tea’s The Big Sleep has 20 herbal tea bags with a combination of 100% certified organic chamomile, rooibos, cinnamon bark, valerian root, lemon balm and natural orange flavour. 

Natural sleep aids to apply

Apply

CRYSTAL-INFUSED OIL 

The Sleep Essential Oil Roller from luxe brand Summer Salt Body is infused with amethyst crystals and a calming blend of lavender, bergamot, mandarin, lemon, cedarwood and chamomile essential oils to relax the body for sleep. And, makes an ideal gift thanks to its beautiful packaging. 

THE POWER OF MAGNESIUM

Amazing Oils Magnesium Pro Sleep Lotion is a fast-acting targeted way to treat sleep-related issues and ailments. The effective combination of relaxing ingredients works synergistically to relieve sleeplessness in one single, affordable lotion that is easy to use. 

SLEEP SPRAY

The Goodnight Co. Sweet Dreams Sleep Mist contains cedarwood, frankincense, geranium, lavender, chamomile and sweet orange to help calm the mind and body for sleep. The mist contains all-natural ingredients and is vegan friendly. It is available in two sizes – a convenient 10ml size for travelling and a larger bedside 100ml.

Natural sleep aids to use

Use

VEGAN SLEEP MASK

Cruelty free and vegan, the Dream Eye Mask from Summer Salt Body is available in two colours – Midnight and Rose. Made from a satin and spandex blend, it is designed to improve the quality of sleep while also protecting the delicate skin around the eyes.

AROMATHERAPY FOR SLEEP

Using ultrasonic technology, The Goodnight Co. Ceramic Diffuser is a safer way to bring the benefits of aromatherapy into the home. With a stylish appearance, the diffuser can be paired with The Goodnight Co. range of essential oils including Calm and Goodnight as a complete natural sleep solution. Also available in Black and Stone Grey. 

THE GIFT OF SLEEP

The Sleep Gift Packs from Wheatbags Love include a wheat bag eye pillow infused with organic lavender to soothe tired eyes, a natural sleep balm with lavender, rosewood and vanilla essential oils as well as a set of earplugs. The gift packs are handmade in Australia and available in Grevillea, Banksia Sky, Heart Gum and Wattle designs. 

STOCK YOUR SHELVES WITH NATURAL SLEEP AIDS

You’ll find these natural sleep aids, alongside hundreds of other products, in our online store. Register for a wholesale account with us today! If you already have an account, you can place an order online 24/7 or give our friendly sales team a call on 1800 787 904.

ETHIQUE CURLY HAIR

You might be surprised to learn that more than 50% of the population has curly or wavy hair. While straight tresses have dominated hair styles for many years, more and more people are embracing their natural curls.

Google Trends data shows that searches for “curly hair” have steadily increased over the last five years. In one dedicated Australian curly hair Facebook group alone, there are more than 87k members. 

That’s where products like Ethique Curly Hair come in. Tailored specifically to the needs of curly, wavy and coily hair, the products deliver everything textured hair types need in a zero-waste, sustainable, solid bar so consumers can #giveupthebottle, not their curls. That’s a big tick for curls… and an even bigger tick for the planet.

Just like the rest of the Ethique range, the Curly Hair products are sustainably produced, biodegradable, cruelty free, plant based and 100% plastic free. But there’s so much more to these solid bars of curly goodness to get your customers excited about. 

Here’s a rundown of the products along with some helpful FAQs.

Ethique Curly Hair - Professor Curl

PROFESSOR CURL SOLID SHAMPOO BAR

Made with a super nourishing blend of shea butter, betaine (from beets) and cocoa butter, Professor Curl is a 100% soap-free, pH balanced formulation that gently cleanses.

Curly hair types are naturally drier. Importantly, Professor Curl nourishes the hair so as not to dry it out. It doesn’t contain any sulphates, silicones, waxes or drying alcohols. These are all common ingredients in shampoo… and the culprits when it comes to stripping essential moisture from the hair. 

Formulated to work with the Curliosity Conditioner & Co-Wash Bar, it is suitable for all drying methods. The result of using Professor Curl is soft hair with defined curls. 

Each Professor Curl Solid Shampoo Bar is the equivalent of three plastic bottles of liquid shampoo.  

Ethique Curly Hair - Curliosity

CURLIOSITY SOLID CONDITIONER & CO-WASH BAR

The hero product of the Curly Hair range, Curliosity serves as both a conditioner, co-wash and leave-in treatment to revive, restore and reinvigorate curls.

The luxurious blend of hydrating ingredients includes shea butter, jojoba, castor oil and cocoa butter. Like the Professor Curl Solid Bar, it contains none of those curl-drying ingredients like sulphates, silicones, waxes or drying alcohols.

One Curliosity Solid Conditioner & Co-wash Bar replaces nine plastic bottles of liquid conditioner. 

FAQs

Do the products work with the Curly Girl Method?

If your customers have curly hair, there is a good chance they know about the Curly Girl Method. It was developed by an American hairdresser, Lorraine Massey, and has since taken on a life of its own. 

The Curly Girl Method covers everything from how to wash and dry different types of curly, wavy and coily hair to styling tips and products to use. It recognises that curly hair is much drier than straight hair and instructs followers how to keep their hair moisturised so as to enhance the hair’s natural curl pattern. 

An important aspect of the Curly Girl Method is the ingredients to avoid in hair care products, i.e. sulphates, waxes, silicones and drying alcohols already mentioned above. 

The Ethique Curly Hair range has been developed in line with the principles of the Curly Girl Method. 

What is co-washing?

Co-washing (or conditioner-washing) is one of the pillars of the Curly Girl Method. It is also sometimes referred to as ‘no poo’. 

Rather than using shampoo, the Curly Girl Method advocates for washing curly hair types with a cleansing conditioner. Ethique Curliosity has been formulated for this purpose. It can also be used as a regular conditioner. 

To use Ethique Curliosity as a co-wash, it should be gently massaged into the scalp to ensure dirt and oils are removed before rinsing well. I.e. it can be used in the same way a regular shampoo would be.

While Curliosity can replace shampoo in a regular curly hair routine, Ethique recommends using a foaming shampoo (such as Professor Curl) once every 3-4 weeks. This is to prevent the risk of fungal infections and also to remove any product build up that may accumulate. 

12 curly hair types

Can the Ethique Curly Hair range be used with all types of curly hair?

Yes, both Professor Curl and Curliosity can be used with all wavy, curly and coily hair types (2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b and 4c).

The Curly Hair range was tested with a consumer panel prior to launch. Consumers with all curly types were included in the trial. 

The results of the trial showed:

  • 87% loved the look of their curls after using the new Curly Hair duo
  • 88% found their hair to be softer and more manageable
  • 87% found the duo didn’t weigh down their hair
  • 90% would recommend to family and friends with curly hair

How do you store the Ethique Curly Hair Solid Bars?

All Ethique Solid Bars, including the new Curly Hair range should be kept dry between uses. They shouldn’t be left to stand in pooled water or get too wet. 

The bars love fresh air so should be stored somewhere they can drain and get air circulation, i.e. in an Ethique Bamboo & Cornstarch Shower Container or a wire soap holder.

Why are the Curly Hair Solid Bars a different size to the rest of the Ethique Shampoo and Conditioner Bars?

The size of the Professor Curl Solid Shampoo Bar is 108g (compared to 110g for other Ethique Shampoo Bars). This slight weight difference is due to the density of the shampoo. It is still the same size and dimensions of other Ethique Shampoo Bars so it fits perfectly into the Ethique Bamboo & Cornstarch Shower Container.

Curliosity contains over 80% more conditioner than other Ethique Conditioner Bars (110g instead of 60g). When Curliosity is used as a co-wash, it uses more of the product than when used as a regular conditioner. The larger size of the bar accommodates this.

STOCK UP ON ETHIQUE AT UNIQUE HEALTH PRODUCTS

We are proudly the exclusive wholesale distributor of Ethique products in Australia. You can stock up on the innovative Ethique range, including Curly Hair, in the Unique Health Products online store. You can shop online with us 24/7, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register for one here. You’ll find Ethique alongside hundreds of other exciting natural, organic, fairtrade and eco-friendly brands. 

KEY INGREDIENTS FOR IMMUNE HEALTH

The topic of immune health is one that has had a meteoric rise over recent years. This trend has seen the global market for immune supplements grow from AUD$27 billion in 2021 to a predicted AUD$42 billion by 2028. 

Consumers want products, especially supplements and food, that they can use to support their immune system naturally. Learn more about the key ingredients found in these products and how they combine to provide powerful immune support. 

QUERCETIN

Quercetin is a flavanol, or naturally occurring flavonoid polyphenol compound, found in several fruits and vegetables. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Trials have shown that, in particular scenarios, Quercetin can reduce the incidence of viral upper respiratory tract infection. Namely, during periods of high mental stress or in the immediate post-exercise period following intensive exercise. These two scenarios are established as times when immune function is decreased and the incidence of viral infections is higher. 

ZINC 

Zinc has antiviral properties and also plays a role in immune function regulation. Adequate levels of zinc are also crucial for the development and function of particular cells in the body linked to immunity. 

Similarly to Vitamin D, there is widespread Zinc deficiency in our population. An Australian study conducted with adults in Tasmania found that as many as 30% of men are deficient in this important mineral. 

Research has shown that zinc can reduce the symptoms and severity of cold and flu. It has also been shown to play a role in reduced incidence of upper respiratory tract infections. 

VITAMIN D

Vitamin D is essential for normal immune function. Why? It’s an immune modulator. That’s to say it can modify the immune system to help improve its function.

The number of Australians who suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency is significant at 31%. For women, the proportion jumps to 39% with a deficiency. This number increases in winter.

One large study of more than 10,000 people found that daily Vitamin D3 oral supplementation can prevent acute respiratory tract infection. These benefits were more visible in those with a Vitamin D deficiency, although there were positive impacts for those people with normal Vitamin D levels. 

VITAMIN C

Long lauded for its antiviral properties and its ability to support the immune system, Vitamin C plays a role in enhancing various immune cell functions. 

Vitamin C supplementation has been shown to shorten and alleviate symptoms of the common cold. 

Interestingly, when taken concurrently with Quercetin, there is evidence to show that Vitamin C may have a synergistic effect, increasing the efficacy of the Quercetin to optimise its antioxidant and antiviral effects. 

IMUNI Immune Defence

IMUNI IMMUNE DEFENCE

The first in a range of practitioner-quality health supplements, Immune Defence from IMUNI draws on scientific evidence on the efficacy of the above ingredients. The powerful combination of nutrients creates a nutraceutical that contains optimal ingredients at the right therapeutic doses.

This blend of vitamins, minerals and flavonoids is specifically formulated to prevent respiratory infections and reduce the symptoms and severity of common colds and flu. It works by replenishing vital nutrients and minerals to protect against oxidative stress in the event of infection. It also helps to neutralise cell-damaging toxic chemicals to enhance the body’s immune response.  

Immune Defence is a plant-based supplement. It contains Vitashine™, the world’s only Vegan Society & Vegetarian Society registered, 100% plant-sourced Vitamin D3 ingredient. It also uses the purest and most effective ingredients, including QU995™ The World’s Purest Quercetin™ with superior bioavailability and unmatched purity. 

For more information regarding the science behind these nutrients, you can visit IMUNI’s website. The IMUNI team have also come up with a variety of ways to engage your consumers with evidence-based nutrition and healthy living tips via their blog ‘The Journal‘ and their Facebook group. The brand is also active on social media across Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

CATER TO CONSUMER INTEREST IN IMMUNE HEALTH

When your customers are looking for products to support their immune health, a high-quality product such as IMUNI Immune Defence, is the answer they are looking for. Immune Defence is available alongside a wide range of immune-supportive products in the Unique Health Products online store. You can shop online with us 24/7, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register for one here