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This month we are excited to launch two new packs that we recommend as essential to your daily skin health rituals.

Twin Skin Essentials Pack
moisturise + nourish your skin from within

It is essential to moisturise and nourish your skin from within. Between them, Bestow Beauty Oil and Bestow Beauty Powder are absolutely foundational to skin health.  That’s why we call them our Twin Skin Essentials.

BESTOW BEAUTY OIL moisturises your skin from within. Rich in EFA’s, it helps to clear congestion, makes your skin feel soft, smooth and velvety and gives it a natural, luminous glow.

BESTOW BEAUTY POWDER nourishes your skin from within. It contains eight super-foods, which are rich in the nutrients your skin needs to produce anti-ageing structures like collagen and elastin.

Twin Skin Essentials Express Pack
moisturise + nourish your skin from within

In this value-pack, Bestow Beauty Oil is packaged together with Bestow Beauty From Beneath, which provides essential skin nutrients in a capsule form for woman who need to be healthy on the run.

BESTOW BEAUTY OIL moisturises your skin from within. Rich in EFA’s, it helps to clear congestion, makes your skin feel soft, smooth and velvety and gives it a natural, luminous glow.

BESTOW BEAUTY FROM BENEATH nourishes your skin from within. These capsules are an alternative to Bestow Beauty Powder for clients who find taking a vitamin supplement more convenient for their lifestyle.

 

See your Bestow Stockist for details.

  • March 1, 2017

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Jenny Barrow is an inspiration to all of us at Bestow HQ. She lives and breathes wellness and mindfulness and we have witnessed her extraordinary transformation from a severely congested acne-challenged skin to beautiful, clear skin which glows everyday.She is a vital part of our team, assisting Janine and working as a valuable skincare trainer and consultant.As a connoisseur of healthy food we were very interested to get Jenny’s feedback on the new Bestow Berry Beautiful smoothie booster.

I love having smoothies all year round so I was so excited to try the new Bestow Berry Beautiful. I quickly realised this was not just another superfood blend but a hero ingredient.

I have tried many blends and powders in my smoothies over the years but have found that they either have ingredients that are not desirable or have a terrible taste that needs to be ‘hidden’. This simple blend of fruit and other super-foods such as chia make for a powder that is incredibly good for me with no nasty ingredients or added sugar.

There is no need to hide it with other stronger flavoured ingredients as the berries are a beautiful flavour on their own and provide me with high amount of anti-oxidants, Vitamin C and other nutrients, essential for keeping my skin healthy and glowing.

The ground chia seed in the mix provide high quality fibre, helping to ensure a healthy bowel. For someone like me with a skin that is easily congested, I struggle to find powders or blends to add nutrients to my breakfast without compromising my skin, however I can confidently say that Berry Beautiful only provides my skin with the nutrients it needs and not unwanted congestion!

Since using Bestow Berry Beautiful in smoothies, porridge, overnight oats and mixed into yoghurt I have found that the added fibre has definitely helped improve the health of my bowel and my skin has continued to go from strength to strength with the nutrients it needs being provided daily.

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  • November 1, 2016

We are delighted to introduce the latest member of the Bestow family – Bestow Berry Beautiful. This colourful super-food booster contains berry and fruit powders which offer an abundant feast of anti-oxidants to protect skin from the ageing affects of free-radicals.

Berry Beautiful also contains a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C, iodine and potassium. It is a powerful source of polyphenols and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients for health and wellbeing.

With a beautiful pink/purple colour and zingy berry flavour, Berry Beautiful provides a delicious, nutritious boost for everyday beauty, energy, protection and vitality.

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THE BERRY BEAUTIFUL STORY | JANINE TAIT

janine-tait-circle01These days, it’s hard to imagine life without laptops, tablets and mobiles. But it was really only around ten years ago that these technologies became commonplace. I remember this time well because I was very alarmed by the amount of radiation we were suddenly exposed to.

I knew that radiation increased the amount of free-radicals we came in contact with and I knew that free-radicals eroded health and damaged skin. They break down collagen and speed up the ageing process.

My first instinct was to try and limit my exposure to technology. But the fact is, that running a business, even a wellness business, requires me to be around technology all the time. I soon realised I was not going to be able to significantly limit my exposure to free-radicals.

ANTI-OXIDANTS ARE VITAL FOR SKIN HEALTH

I needed a different approach. I decided to protect my body by increasing my anti-oxidant levels. Anti-oxidants are incredibly valuable compounds which neutralise free-radicals in the body. If I couldn’t limit the free-radicals, at least I could take in more anti-oxidants!

Berry Beautiful is my delicious solution to the problem of the free-radical exposure we have in our modern lives. It provides a super-anti-oxidant booster which empowers your body to protect itself from damage.

BERRY BEAUTIFUL INGREDIENTS

Did you know that the more bright and colourful fruits are the more anti-oxidants they contain? This is why berries are a brilliant source of anti-oxidants and why they form the base of Bestow Berry Beautiful.

BLACKCURRANTS contain high concentrations of anthocyanins, polyphenols, anti-oxidants and other bioactives. They have shown to be beneficial for the cardiovascular system, immune system, eye health, brain and gut health and kidney health.

BLUEBERRIES are high in anthocyanins, the colourful anti-oxidant pigments that give many foods their wonderful shades of blue, purple, and red. Anthocyanins are powerful protection against freeradicals and have an anti-inflammatory affect on the body.

CAMU-CAMU are a cherry sized berry from the Amazon which contain more vitamin C than any other food on the planet. They also contain carotenoids which protect your collagen fibres and other important skin structures from free-radical damage.


ACAI BERRIES are said to have the most anti-oxidants of any food on earth. They are also rich in healthy fats and dietary fibre and are believed to help control appetite hormones, increase energy, prevent heart disease and help with many metabolic functions.

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POMEGRANATE
can help prevent or treat various disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, oxidative stress, hyperglycemia and inflammation. They have even been shown to provide anticarcinogenic effects.

BLACK DORIS PLUMS are rich in protective anti-oxidants and are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, folate and vitamin K. The phenols present in plums also help protect the essential fats in the neurons and cell membranes from free-radical damage.

CHIA-SEED FLOUR provides a gentle and nutritious source of soluble fibre to support clear skin through healthy bowel functioning. Chia is also a great source of omega-3 for healthy skin and zinc for healing.
Kelp grows in the ocean and provides a rich source of bioavailable minerals. It is also high in iodine which is vital for proper thyroid functioning and for maintaining a healthy weight.

Bestow Berry Beautiful has been produced in New Zealand and is Certified Organic by AsureQuality – an independent, government approved food certifying agency.

HOW TO TAKE IT

For best results you should take one teaspoon of Bestow Berry Beautiful everyday mixed into food or liquid.

The fresh, zingy flavour of black-currants and other fruits provide a delicious boost to your Bestow smoothie. It can also be mixed in with yoghurt, or simply added to juice or water.

Bestow Berry Beautiful should be stored in a cool, dark place and used within six weeks. It is great for children. We believe it to be safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding but it’s always best practice to check with your doctor or midwife.

BERRY BRAINPOWER SMOOTHIE

Make a beautiful breakfast smoothie containing Bestow Berry Beautiful and Bestow Beauty Oil to give you and your children a smart start to the day. These two Bestow super-foods provide the anti-oxidants, fats and proteins needed for optimum brain function and learning.

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BERRY BEAUTIFUL FEEDBACK

lisa-van-dykLisa Van Dyk | Gloss Beauty Boutique

It’s a juggle getting two kids out the door on time every morning. I have been guilty of putting everyone else in my family first and have often missed out on breakfast myself. Berry Beautiful has helped me to change that. I have made a conscious effort to make a breakfast smoothie each day to which I add Berry Beautiful and Bestow Beauty Oil. I feel so much better for it and am glad to be doing something for me. I have more energy and know that I am doing my body a favour by having a vitamin C and anti-oxidant boost first thing in the morning.

simone-rose-1Simone Rose | Simone Rose Organic Face & Body

I work hard, train hard and have a daughter with special needs. I need lots of antioxidants to combat the free-radicals and cortisol my body produces and Berry Beautiful is perfect for this. I love it! I have been enjoying the healthy berry yumminess in my breakfast smoothie. I use almond milk, coconut yoghurt, kale, Bestow Beauty Oil, Bestow Beauty Powder, Bestow Cleanse Powder, Berry Beautiful and blueberries. I feel like I am doing my body a favour by giving it this powerful anti-oxidant boost.

jenny-barrowJenny Barrow | Slow & Simple

I love having smoothies all year round so I was so excited to try the new Bestow Berry Beautiful. I quickly realised this was not just another superfood blend but a hero ingredient. For someone like me with a skin that is easily congested, I struggle to find powders or blends to add nutrients to my breakfast without compromising my skin, however I can confidently say that Berry Beautiful only provides my skin with the nutrients it needs and not unwanted congestion! My skin has continued to go from strength to strength with the nutrients it needs being provided daily.

Kylie Vandy | Kylie’s Beauty Clinic
I am totally sold on Bestow Berry Beautiful! It has become my favourite product from the Bestow range and my two children agree with me. For a three week period we had it every morning in our breakfast smoothie, along with Bestow Beauty Oil and Be Cleansed powder. We loved the vibrant berry colour and it really tastes like berries. After five days of using it my skin had a lovely radiance to it and I felt I had more energy. My son is 15 years old and gets the odd pimple on his nose, but during the three weeks he was taking Berry Beautiful he was was pimple free. I will definitely be recommending this product to all my skincare clients.

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I think you’ll pleased to know that Bestow Organic Teas are not only delicious and good for your skin, they are also helping to transform a community in Sri Lanka.

When we decided to develop a range of skin-beautifying teas, it was very important to me that they were not only organic but were sourced from a fair trade supplier.

I know that many of the workers in tea plantations in third-world countries are poorly paid and treated like second-class citizens.

For me, socially conscious business it is not about beating the supplier down to get the bottom dollar but paying a fair price for a quality product that is fair to all the people who are involved in producing it.

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Good For You | Fair For All

The day I discovered organic tea plantations in Sri Lanka was a happy day for me. This company is run by a fourth generation plantation owner, who is as passionate about environmentally and socially conscious business as I am.

“You wake up and you go, you are doing something good,” he says. “You look at the cancer rates. We are in the business of producing and selling food. You have got to produce food that is good for health. That’s why I feel organics is the right way. I believe in it.”

Changing from conventional to organic farming methods in 1992 required courage. “To change someone’s mind about chemical faming, they have to unlearn everything,” says Durka. “For them to understand the benefits of organics for their children and for their communities has taken a long time.”

Today, Durka’s plantations supply beautiful, organic teas, spices, cashews, fruits and other produce all over the world and are recgonised as organic farming pioneers in Sri Lanka.

The Hills Are Alive | Organic in Action

During my summer holiday last year, my husband and I visited the organic plantation in Sri Lanka to see where the magic happens. Thanks to their biodynamic philosophy, the fields and slopes are filled with life.

Organic basil and rose fragrance the air. Wild camphor grows in the hedgerows as a source of organic spray. Cattle roam, producing compost for the plantation and milk for the community, while specially planted trees provide shade for the workers, food for bees and a home for birds. My host told me that he had been to some plantations where there are no signs of life at all. I am pleased to report that their estates are buzzing with life and eco-diversity.

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Muthu’s Story | From Displacement to Development

Perhaps even more important to me was learning how the Fair Trade principles they abide by are making a genuine difference in the community. Many of the plantation workers are descendants of Indian estate workers who the British brought to Sri Lanka, when both of those countries were under British rule.

Muthu is the plantation owner and his family was part of this displaced community. “My ultimate goal is to bring back pride to the grower, and an identity to the farmer,” says Muthu. “I wanted to ensure an identity to a community of estate workers,” says Muthu.“I took it as my duty and responsibility to see this illiterate and marginalised community flourish through future generations.”

“At the inception of the project there were severe social problems among the disaffected and marginalised young estate population including alcohol and other drug dependencies. With opportunities to learn new skills, follow different career routes and be instrumental in the set up and development of new projects these problems are disappearing. There’s still a lot to do.”

Fair Trade Premiums Developing The Estate Community

A fair-trade premium from the sale of company produce product is reinvested back into the local community for the purposes of ensuring higher living standards.

The fair-trade premium is distributed via a Social Committee made up of elected representatives of the estate workers. Decisions about how to invest the income are made in consultation with the local community. 

Fair-trade premiums have funded the building of a new cultural centre at the estate where social functions, weekly meetings, clubs and classes are held. Estate workers homes have also been repainted inside and out and more cows purchased which provide income for community members. Education is also a focus for the community. English lessons are offered to the young people on the estate, which opens up new possibilities for their future. Schoolbooks have been purchased for young students.

Global Sisterhood | Much More Than Just Tea

Many of the estate workers who work in the plantations that the Bestow Organic Teas come from are women. I was able to meet the group of women pictured above when I visited. They didn’t speak English. This gave me a chance to practice my Sri Lankan on them, which they found very amusing! Despite our language differences, I felt a sense of kinship with them. They were mothers, sisters, daughters and friends. They wanted a good life for themselve and their chidlren – just like we do.

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The Fair Trade ethos means these women are paid a living wage, are provided housing and have access to medical services and education

It humbles me to know that my business choices can make such a difference for women in another country. It warms me to know that every time a woman back home in New Zealand buys and enjoys the benefit of Bestow Organic Teas, she is also supporting a sisterhood of women in a little community of Sri Lanka.

Time for a cuppa, I think. Join me?

 Janine

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NEW! BESTOW ORGANIC TEA RANGE

We are delighted to introduce you to the first in our new Bestow Organic Tea Range – two beautifully blended therapeutic teas Luminositea and Eternitea.

Luminositea and Eternitea will support healthy skin from within and the Bestow ‘Time for Me’ Tea Ritual we invite you to embrace, will further enhance your personal wellness journey.

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  • July 7, 2016

We are delighted to introduce you to the first in our new Bestow Organic Tea Range – two beautifully blended therapeutic teas Luminositea and Eternitea.

Luminositea and Eternitea will support healthy skin from within and the Bestow ‘Time for Me’ Tea Ritual we invite you to embrace, will further enhance your personal wellness journey.

THE STORY BEHIND THE TEAS | Janine Tait

janine-tait-2016I used to be addicted to coffee. It was hard on my nervous system and I knew my body didn’t respond well to it. Giving up coffee was a gift I gave to my body and I have never looked back.

I have since enjoyed exploring the colourful and therapeutic world of herbal teas. A simple tea-break can give you an extra boost of anti-oxidants, calm and relax you, cleanse the body or give you a burst of energy. It all depends which tea you choose.

At Bestow, we gather to drink herbal tea together each morning and afternoon. We take turns making it, getting out our vintage china and serving tea on a silver tray. It is a beautiful ritual which gives us a joyful pause in our busy day. Nutritionally, it is a great opportunity to hydrate and get some added vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

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It was important to me to know that we were all drinking quality organic tea so that our skin and body received maximum goodness and none of the pesticides and chemicals that can creep into supermarket herbal teas.

The best way to know what we were drinking was to develop our own range – so that’s exactly what we did! We were lucky enough to discover a Sri Lankan company with established organic tea plantations. I visited them in January. The people there are even more passionate about tea than we are!

The tea plantation is biodynamic and full of life with organic cattle providing compost, wild camphor in the hedgerows as a source of organic spray and the rich fragrance of tea leaves, basil and rosemary in the air.

Back home in New Zealand, we spent happy hours as a team drinking and researching our favourite therapeutic blends and we are happy to share these first two teas in our range with you.

LUMINOSITEA | Your Morning Glow

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 100% Organic White and Green Tea (Camellia Sinesus)

Flavour + Colour

A pale colour and gentle flavour


Therapeutic Benefits


White Tea is an anti-aging tea thanks to anti-inflammatory phytochemicals which help to prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin.

Green Tea contains a particular type of antioxidant which has been scientifically proven to increase the hydration of the upper layers of the skin, resulting in enhanced enzyme action and increase natural moisturising factors. A moist, hydrated skin reflects the light which gives healthy skin its luminous glow. That is why this blend is called Luminositea!

Best Time of Day
Enjoy Luminositea in the morning to get the stimulating benefit of the low levels of non de-hydrating natural caffeine and to get your morning glow on!

ETERNITEA | Your Anti-Ageing Tea

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100% Organic Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa), 100% Organic Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Flavour + Colour

A pretty pink colour and a tangy, fresh flavour with a hint of cinnamon.

Therapeutic Benefits


Hibiscus is a super-tea, containing more anti-oxidants than any other tea. These anti-oxidants help to combat the ageing affects of free-radicals in your body. Do your body a favour and arm it with goodness.

Cinnamon helps to stabilise your blood sugar which is essential for anti-ageing. When blood sugar levels are rocketing around it causes glycation, a process where oxidised sugar attaches to collagen molecules, curling and tangling the fibres. Cinnamon protects your skin by keeping your blood sugar levels sure and steady throughout the afternoon, and your collagen resilient and smooth throughout the years.

Best Time of Day to Drink

Enjoy Eternitea in the afternoon. Instead of putting yourself on a sugar roller coaster at 3pm, drink this sugar stabilising tea and eat a small handful of nuts to sustain you through till dinner time.

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THE BESTOW ‘TIME FOR ME’ TEA RITUAL

What makes a tea-break more than a tea-break?

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Intention! A tea on the run only offers you one-half of the benefits. We invite you to embrace the Bestow ‘Time for Me’ Tea Ritual as a way of building mini-retreats into your busy day. This relaxing ritual helps you to introduce a healthy self-care rhythm which is so important in pursuing a life of wellness and wholeness.

THE RITUAL

Put the kettle on.
* Select a beautiful tea-cup to enjoy your tea in.
* Steep your chosen Bestow Organic Tea in boiling water.
* While you wait for your tea to steep, take 5 slow, deep breaths. Put your hands on your belly and feel your belly rise and fall as you breathe all the way down.
* Sit quietly and sip your tea slowly, savouring this moment of blissful pause.

FAIR TO ALL

janine-tait-2016It was very important to me that Bestow teas were not only organic, but were sourced from a supplier that was fair to all of the the people involved in producing it. Many of the workers in tea plantations in third-world countries are poorly paid, and treated like second class citizens. I am pleased to report that the Sri Lankan company who supply our tea operate within a fair-trade business model. This means they pay their workers a living wage, provide housing and make sure they have access to medical services and education. For me it is not about beating the supplier down to get the bottom dollar but paying a fair price for a good quality product that is produced ethically.

FEEDBACK

robyn-marshallRobyn Marshall | Beautiful Hush

I have never liked the flavour of green tea. Because of this I have so enjoyed drinking the Eternitea, Hibiscus and Cinnamon blend, which is also very high in antioxidants and has a delicious taste! I find it uplifting and the cinnamon definitely helps to stabilise any sugar cravings. I don’t even need to have anything to eat when enjoying this tea. Our clients all loved it and said it shouldn’t be called tea but a refreshing juice! We are looking forward to serving it chilled in our waiting room during the warmer months.

testimonial01Jose Kakebeeke | Beauty With Substance

I am a big tea drinker. I prefer it over water so drink it morning, afternoon and evening. I really enjoy the Bestow Luminostea. It is much milder in taste than other green teas I have tried. This combination so so simple and delicious and the fact that it contains so many anti-oxidants is a real added benefit. Having a cup of tea is a comforting ritual for me, as well as a thirst quencher. If I am stressed or need to have a breather there will always be a cup of tea with it.

testimonial02Ashleigh Scott | Ashleigh Scott Facialist

I have never been a coffee drinker, but I do occasionally enjoy a cup of herbal tea. Especially in winter there’s nothing better than sitting down at the end of a busy day with a nice warming cup. It helps me relax and sets me up to have a good night’s sleep. I love that these teas have been carefully curated to ensure maximum health benefits, so I know I am doing something good for my skin and body. We have been serving both Luminositea and Eternitea to our clients for the last couple of weeks and have had amazing feedback. Our clients can’t wait to get their hands on a tin themselves!

  • June 2, 2016