Discover Australia Through Her Food

Like many lands, Australia is a multi-cultural society enjoying food from varying cultures but until recent times our very own naturally occurring foods have been overlooked. Although much of this continent looks barren and infertile, there is an abundance of food and this collection of seasonings aims to bring attention to some of the ingredients endemic to our Pacific Ocean home.

  • Bush Tomato Seasoning is perfect for pizzas, pasta, salsa, sauces, seafood, vegetables and casseroles.  It can be used in many dishes where a dash of spicy tomato is required. It has the right amount of bush tomato to balance the bitterness of bush tomato. Ingredients: Australian Tomato, Sea Salt, Bush Tomato, Aniseed Myrtle, Mountain Pepper, Paprika and Garlic
  • Desert Fire Seasoning adds a bit of bite to any dish.  Ingredients: Saltbush, Chilli, Sea Salt, Mountain Pepper, Lemon Aspen, Garlic and Ginger.
  • Desert Flakes Seasoning to be used as seasoning, in sauces and casseroles or as a sprinkle over bread, meat, vegetables or pasta dishes.  Ingredients: Saltbush, Sea Salt, Bush Tomato, Wattleseed, Lemon Myrtle, Mountain Pepper, and garlic.
  • Swagmans Salt is used in breads, salsas, salad, tomato based dishes. Ingredients: Sea Salt, Native Basil, Sea Parsley, Native Thyme , Saltbush & Mountain  Pepper.
  • Tropical Pepperberry Sea Salt Use it as a rub or to add a kick to any dish.  Particularly nice sprinkled over sweet ripe tomatoes and smashed avocado.  Ingredients: Sea salt, Mountain pepper and Lemon Aspen

Jessicurl Aquavescent Hair Spray

Alcohol, and propellant-free spray for soft, beautiful curls

Introducing the newest member of the Jessicurl family of products – Aquavescent Hair Spray.

Keep your curls on lock with this strong hold alcohol- free spray.

Aquavescent Hair Spray is the curl-friendly hair spray you’ve been waiting for. This fantastic frizz-fighter gives you all day and night hold, and humidity protection without the dryness that comes with alcohol-based hairsprays. Use this hair spray on styled curls for strong hold and more volume without the added weight of an additional styling product.

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Mountain Pepperberry: Plentiful again and perfect for Winter

Used both as an ornamental as well as a bush tucker plant the cool climate Mountain Pepper produce both a leaf and a berry.  The leaf provides a mild pepper taste but the berry has an unexpected zing.  Just when you think they are sweet their kick begins.  To some it could be quite hot.

Pepperberries are more versatile than conventional peppercorn, able to be used in sweet and savoury dishes.   The leaves, stems and berries have an aromatic peppery taste producing approx. 3 times the anti-oxidants of blueberries.

Pepperberry not only adds depth to a casserole or slow cooker, it imparts a beautiful rich burgundy colour to the dish.

Slow cooked Pepperberry Wagyu  (perfect for Winter)

Ingredients
2 small red onions
1 carrot
1 stick of celery
1 red capsicum
2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
420gm cubed Wagyu Chuck Beef
1 Tablespoon Pepperberry – coarse ground of whole
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon Bush Tomato 

Dice the vegetables and place in the slow cooker, add garlic, beef, Pepperberry, Tomato paste and water. Mix well to combine.

Slow cook for 7 hours.

10 minutes before serving add bush tomato seasoning and salt to taste. Serve with pasta, steamed beans and wild rocket salad.

Ingredients curly hair loves

Finding out what ingredients are in your hair products shouldn’t be hard. It shouldn’t be complicated either. And for all the curly haired people out there, it can be extra challenging.

Every ingredient in every Jessicurl product is there for the specific positive effect it will have on your hair. There are no fillers.

You can also rest assured that NO JESSICURL products contain any animal ingredients, nor do we test on animals. All products are tested on many heads of curls. That’s right! On real people who actually want to be a part of the development. These aspects of Jessicurl will never change.

JESSICURL INGREDIENTS

Aloe Vera. All natural. Moisturizes the hair without adding heaviness.

Avocado Oil. All natural. One of the best natural oils for hair. Adds moisture, softness and shine.

Benzoic Acid. This is a component of the preservative system we use in some of our products. 

Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol. Naturally derived, but not all natural. Emulsifies and thickens the conditioners. Also aids in static control and comb ability. This is what makes the conditioners creamy and detangling.

C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate. Not what I would consider to be natural. This emollient ester provides light conditioning with a silky-soft after feel.

Cocoa Butter. All natural. An extremely moisturizing butter that softens the hair.

Coconut Oil. All natural. One of the best oils for hair. Adds moisture, softness and shine.

Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Polysorbate 60. Not what I would consider to be natural. The combination of these two ingredients is what makes Confident Coils so nice and creamy. The Cetearyl Alcohol is a fatty alcohol and is actually good for your hair. It helps to moisturize the hair.

Cinnamal, Citral, Eugenol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool. These are naturally occurring active ingredients found in the essential oils used in some of our products.

Decyl Polyglucose and Cocamidopropyl Betaine. Naturally derived from sugar and coconut. These are two of the gentlest cleansers on the market. They keep our Hair Cleansing Cream and Gentle Lather Shampoo from stripping your hair but still get it clean.

Dehydroacetic Acid. This is a component of the preservative system we use in some of our products. 

Dehydroxanthan Gum. All natural. This is part of what makes Confident Coils so superb at creating chunky, defined curls. It also re-activates really well with water. This makes it easier to perk curls back up mid-day if they suffer a setback. 🙂

Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate. Not natural. Preservatives that keep the products from going bad. It makes up less than 1% of the entire weight of the formula. So we’re using enough to preserve the products but not so much that it could irritate your skin. Even with preservatives in products, it’s important to keep water and other stuff out of your products. They could still end up going bad. Close those caps!

Ethanol. You will see “alcohol” (in this case we use ethanol) listed as an ingredient in our Spiralicious Styling Gel. Ethanol is a necessary component in Polyquaternium 69 which is one of the ingredients we use in that gel. The proportion of ethanol is so low in this product that it does not have a negative effect.

Flax Seeds. All natural, organic. These provide a light hold that rinses out clean and will not build up. They’re what makes Rockin’ Ringlets and Gelebration Spray brown.

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride. Naturally derived. Thickens formula and is very conditioning. Helps to leave hair silky soft.

Hydrolyzed Oat Flour. All natural. Helps to thicken the formula and adds moisture to the hair.

Jojoba Oil. All natural. This oil is the closest of all oils to our skin’s own natural sebum. Adds softness and shine to hair.

Lecithin. All natural. Moisturizing and nourishing. We use only soy lecithin.

Magnesium Sulfate. All natural. This is plain old Epsom salt you’d soak your tired muscles in. The magnesium is a powerful curl enhancer, which is why we use it in our styling products.

Panthenol. Pro-Vitamin B5. Adds moisture and sheen to the hair.

Phenoxyethanol. A preservative that is considered one of the least sensitizing and also does not release formaldehyde. It’s approved worldwide (including in Japan and in the EU) for use in water-based cosmetics up to a 1% concentration. 

Polyimide 1. Not natural. One of the holding ingredients in Confident Coils. It’s particularly powerful at providing humidity protection and keeping your curls well defined.

Polyquaternium 11. Not natural. Water-soluble and provides hold without making the hair tacky or sticky. It is found only in and is one of the key ingredients of Spiralicious Styling Gel.

Polyquaternium 69. Not natural. This ingredient is water-soluble, provides hold, increased shine, frizz reduction and very effective in high humidity. Also doesn’t flake like other styling agents. It is found only in Spiralicious Styling Gel and is one of the key ingredients.

Shea Butter. All natural. An extremely moisturizing butter that comes from the Karite tree in Africa.

Vegetable Glycerin. All natural. This is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air into the hair shaft, resulting in much softer hair. It means it doesn’t build up on the hair. However, using too much at once can make your hair look greasy until you wash it again.

VP/VA Copolymer. Not natural. This provides some of the hold in Confident Coils. This ingredient is only found in Confident Coils. We understand that

Water Infused with Horsetail, Marshmallow, Basil, Burdock, Nettle, Coltsfoot, Parsley, Sage, Oregano, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Bay Leaf, and Thyme. All natural, and 30% organic. This is our special “Hair Tea” used in our conditioners. All of these herbs are good for hair, aiding in softness, shine and overall health of the hair.

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Aussie Fruit Holds the World Record

Kakadu plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) is a small deciduous tree found growing wild extensively through out the subtropical woodlands of the Northern Territory and Western Australia.  It bears abundant crop of small plum-like fruits.

The fruit has a very high content of vitamin C, in fact holds the World Record. It’s full of antioxidants, folic acid and iron.

The greatest use of kakadu plum fruits is for gourmet jams, sauces, juices, ice-cream, cosmetics, flavours and pharmaceuticals.

Order this season’s 100% Kakadu Plum (including seed) dried and milled into powder. >>>> HERE>>>

Wonderful White Kunzea

White Kunzea (Kunzea ambigua or tick bush) –

a lovely sweet (almost honey like) fragrant tiny leaf with hints of eucalypt and citrus, makes a great tea, and many uses as an infusion

Native to the coastal strip and adjacent plateaus of eastern Australia (New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania), 

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How to kill the frizz on humid days

At SuzeeBlu.com.au we love curls!!

Shampoo at most every other day. Shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils, which make your hair silken and combat frizz. Use a shampoo like Jessicurl Gentle Lather or Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream which are designed to nurture curly hair.

Jessicurl Too Shea! Conditioner works best on curly hair. Wash it off using cold water because cold water causes the cuticles of the hair to contract, simultaneously adding shine and taming frizz.

Jessicurl styling products like Spiralicious, Rocking Ringlets, Gelebration Spray and Confident Coils are smoothing and hold your hair in place.

Dry hair gently. Allow hair to air-dry as much as possible to reduce the amount of puffiness in your hair. If you must use a hair dryer put on a diffuser

Fighting your hair type will probably cause you a lot of frustration; chances are you’ll end up losing every time. If your hair is straight, avoid the urge to put it in curlers on humid days. If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, work with the waves instead of opting for a straight style.

Native Juniper

Boobialla is a native juniper berry and has a distinct flavour

A new publication called Warndu Mai (Good Food)  shows you how to embrace our country’s native ingredients and create truly Australia food and drinks at home.

Rebecca Sullivan and Damien Coulthard combine to bring you information, inspiration and practical ways to start using the foods that have grown in this country for thousands of years.

Boobialla Bitters

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Wait Time: 6 weeks

Ingredients (Makes 250ml)

Method:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a large sterilised jar, seal and shake well.
     
  2. Label and store in a cool, dark place for up to 6 weeks to infuse.
     
  3. Strain into a sterilised jar.
     
  4. Use 1–2 tablespoons in your drink as a bitter flavouring.
     
  5. For a digestif, serve in a small glass or on ice.

Deva Cut or Rezo Cut

Which Curly Hair-Cutting Method Is Right For You?

All curls are not one size fits all. Deciding on which technique you should have depends on your curls.

Deva Cut

A Dry Cutting Technique done on dry curly hair, never texturizing or thinning the hair because slicing into the interior of a curly haircut has the potential to create frizz. By cutting the hair dry, in its natural state, stylists are able to cut the curls where they live naturally, and thus create a beautiful shape.

Curl pattern and density are analysed to determine where on the head to begin elevating and creating layers.

Rëzo Cut

Whilst the DevaCut focusses on framing your face, the RezoCut maintains an even length all the way around your head. It liberates the curls from the root area so they can move about freely which means if you straighten a DevaCut, your hair may appear to be uneven, while the RezoCut will look even in both a curly and straightened state. The RezoCut is perfect for curlies who love their length, as it creates a shape while maintaining both length and volume.

Yikes I’m still frizzy

I know you want to see instant results but it can take a few weeks to get your hair back to good condition after years of using hair care products laden with nasties.

Don’t touch your hair too often because it transfers oils from your fingertips.

Don’t over wash.  Yes you wash it to cleanse the grease but no it doesn’t help.  Daily shampooing can strip your scalp of natural oils so your scalp produces more.  Try cutting back to every other day at least or 2 to 3 times a week.  (Right now I haven’t washed my hair for 7 days).  Your hair will thank you in the long run.

Don’t over condition.  You may be applying a conditioner that’s too heavy for your hair type or you may not be washing it out properly.   I use Deep Conditioner on my fine hair more as a leave in.  I smooth a small amount over the canopy focussing on the ends.

Check out Jess’s video on using the Light and Luminous product collection
https://youtu.be/Y7KCldodunk

Hope this helps and you have a curly day