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We are thrilled to announce that Bestow is now available in Australia!

We have partnered with Professional Beauty Solutions as our distributor because they share our passion for holistic beauty.

Last week Janine was in Sydney and attended the Professional Beauty Solution’s conference and had an amazing experience. Janine met lots of beauty professionals and had the opportunity to launch the Bestow range.

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Please feel free to contact Professional Beauty Solutions if you have any enquires regarding stocking or purchasing Bestow within Australia.

Email: support@probeautysolutions.com.au
www.bestowbeauty.com.au

  • August 24, 2016

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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

luminositeaIngredients
 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

eterniteaIngredients 
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.

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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

Bestow Within: The Natural Food Journal, Volume 1 has been released!

This elegantly crafted food journal represents the Bestow philosophy on a plate, reflecting creator Janine Tait’s journey of discovery in skin and inner wellbeing. Janine shares her knowledge of dermo-nutrition to create a story of beauty, of nourishing the body with simple recipes to cleanse, detoxify, and heal the skin through natural food combinations that are made even more alluring by the photographic imagery delivered by co-creator, Sheryl Nicholson.

Bestow Within offers recipes that transcend diet, and instead honour the largest organ of our body, the skin, with recipes ranging from the revitalising, mineral-rich sushi rolls to anti-oxidant packed Raw Chocolate Mousse Torte.

Bestow Within also illustrates innovative ways to use the Bestow Beauty Oil and Detox and Beauty powders to further nourish the skin with the support of these lovingly developed edible cosmetics.

The price is just $19.50 which is very affordable and an ideal Christmas gift.

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