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Purity, Chastity & Innocence August 08 2018

“ Philosophy: Beautiful skin begins with exceptional skin care”

There are many benefits of using beeswax in cream making; it creates a thin, protective layer helping to seal moisture into the skin. Especially beneficial during the cool and drying winter months when our skin needs extra care and attention. I have noticed it even keeps my hands warm in the wind. 

Creams made with beeswax help to protect the skin from environmental toxins and irritants whilst still allowing the skin to breathe and not clog our pores.

 Orange flower extract with subtle citrus overtones is a natural astringent with calming properties for inflamed and sensitive skin.  It assists in helping to make skin soft and hydrated and perfect for use in cooler months.

Malka Orange Flower and Beeswax Cream is a combination of distillate of orange blossom, sweet almond oil, organic leatherwood beeswax and shea butter with coconut oil. There’s no added fragrance making it an ideal cleansing cream.  The beeswax makes it slightly heavier than our other creams, creating its own tiny beads of wax for traction allowing for a gentle and effective exfoliant.

Malka Orange Flower & Beeswax Cream can be used as a cleanser with a few drops of water on cotton wool, to gently wipe away make-up; especially effective in removing theatrical makeup and is an excellent barrier cream for softening hands, elbows, knees and feet.


To mask or not to mask June 12 2018

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey” – Victor Hugo

The layer of skin on our face is the thinnest of our whole body, which makes it particularly fragile and susceptible to damage. Some telltale signs such as dryness, redness, blemishes and flakiness caused by pollution buildup, dirt, makeup and even the change in weather.  This becomes more apparent coming into cooler months necessitating the need for additional attention and facial masks are a good way of eliminating these toxins.

To be honest I can’t remember what prompted my search to find a natural product to detox my face and the skin of my little ones. Perhaps it was an attempt to find an alternative to soap... I recalled that honey has natural antioxidant properties and doesn’t perish providing you keep it cool.

Just a teaspoon of Malka Honey Clay Deep Cleansing Facial Mask makes a wonderful facial scrub. Raw honey becomes granular in cold weather and the grains gently stimulate the skin, then melt as you softly massage your face.  A sticky mask of organic raw honey is a fabulous natural way to draw out the toxins to revitalise and energise the skin.

 There are two Malka Deep Cleansing Honey Clay Masks;

One infused with pink Argiletz clay, known for its properties of refining and softening combined with organic rosehip and jojoba oils with essential oils of parsley and organic Roman chamomile.  

For that extra invigorating feel use the stimulating mask infused with crushed cinnamon and sandalwood powder with organic evening primrose oil.

Both Malka Deep Cleansing Honey Clay Masks are also excellent to use as a full body exfoliating scrub or to dissolve in a bath for a fragrant, aromatic all over body de-tox.

These products are obviously micro bead free, hand stirred and freshly made to order.


Creams Naturally May 29 2018

“Be good to your skin.  You’ll wear it everyday for the rest of your life”

– Renee

The changing of the seasons …Autumn becomes Winter,the cooler weather and brisk winds drag the moisture out of our skin.

As our skin starts to dry out it needs a little more care and attention to protect and hydrate. Using good quality creams on a regular basis can repair and maintain our skin and be the key to improving the way it feels and looks, resulting in a healthier and smoother complexion. It’s important to have a regular skin care regimen to help prevent and treat dry skin and protect sensitive skin.

At this time every year, the demand for Malka Natural Creams increases and fresh batches of Malka organic jojoba hand & body cream are created almost daily.  All Malka Natural Creams are made fresh and preserved with natural anti oxidants. As not all creams are suitable for all skin types, a variety of Malka Natural Creams were created to meet client demands.

Malka Multi V Cream – Rich mixture of avocado, rosehip, lavender essential oil and wheatgerm oils which provides a vitamin A,C D & E boost for very dry or matured skin.

Malka Evening Primrose Nutritive Cream – Soothing booster cream of organic evening primrose, rosehip and borage oils balanced with a little organic shea butter, for night time use

Malka Organic Rose Cream – Fusion of rosewater and delicate softening organic jojoba oil, vegetable waxes and butters, used as a cleanser or hand and body cream.

Malka Organic Orange Flower Face Cream - Distillate of orange blossom combined with organic jojoba oil, vegetable waxes and butters, fragrance of the orient, delicate day cream for all skin types.

Malka Organic Lemon Myrtle hand & Body Cream - Fresh fragrance of organic lemon myrtle essential oil, a rich hand and body cream.

Malka creams are suitable for all skin types effectively absorbed when applied to damp skin.  Suitable for vegans.

 

“Malka creams are stirred by hand in separate batches, maintaining the life force of the individual ingredients creates a synergetic, soft result.  No superfluous air and fluff,  and not beaten to death ensuring Malka creams emulsify gently.  This is their point of difference” – Esther Steiner, Malka Natural Skin Care.

 

 


100% Pure May 25 2018

 

“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy essential oils,

and that’s kind of the same thing”  -  Anon 

An essential oil is fundamental in the sense that the characteristics are derived from the fragrance of the plant it comes from.  Generally these essential oils are extracted by distillation, often by using steam.

Increased interest with aromatherapy for improving well-being and positive health benefits has led to the revival of the popularity of essential oils.  These may assist with relaxation, energising and calming.

Malka has created over the years’ a range of distinctive and unique blends using 100% pure essential oils;

Malka Sweet Cinnamon: Malka’s signature scent will lift your spirits and focus your mind. An inspiring blend of spices and florals with dark notes, aromatics and citrus.

  • Malka Sleeper: For insomniacs and the over-stressed with lavender, lemon and ylang ylang.
  • Malka Bush Bundanoon: A scent of the bush, a native blend of eucalypt, mint and grassy essential oils.
  • Malka Provencale: Stimulate the mind and a germ killer with lemon verbena and lavender combined with thyme.
  • Malka Study: Piquant blend to help clear your head and motivate without stress, lavender, sweet orange, rosemary, chamomile and ylang ylang.
  • Malka Heavenly: Indulge yourself with the dramatic scent of jasmine, Moroccan rose and East Indian sandalwood.
  • Malka Relaxation: May help with anxiety, stress, and convalescence, to help settle overactive children with lavender, patchouli, vetiver and valerian for men and women.
  • Malka Energizer: Hints of citrus and geranium leaf creates a fragrance to clear your head and get you going in the morning. May help with detox and jetlag.
  • Malka Forrestial: Reminiscent of the forest, may be helpful for coughs and colds with mandarin, patchouli, oak moss and fir suits both men and women.
  • Malka Calm Recovery: For emotional and physical convalescence with orange, ylang ylang, clary sage and patchouli.

 There are so many ways to enjoy and benefit from Malka 100% pure essential oils; oil burners, massage oil, personal perfume, footbaths, room fragrance, drops on a pillow for a good night’s sleep and also wonderful to add to dried flowers and herbs for a herbaceous pot pourri.


Calendula May 16 2018

“One kind word can warm three winter months” Japanese proverb

Calendulas or marigolds take their name from the Latin ‘calendae’, the first day of the Roman month, perhaps because marigolds bloom most months of the year. Their common name, marigold, may come from Mary’s gold, referring to their colour and to the Virgin Mary. Frequently used in herbal medicine to reduce inflammation and to soothe or treat wounds or skin problems, such as dermatitis and nappy rash. Calendulas are also used in beauty products and hair rinses. Gardeners plant marigolds in vegetable beds, particularly near tomatoes, to deter insect pests. 

Malka Calendula Cream is one of our original natural skin care products, first made in 1991 for an eczema problem for one of my little ones and continuously sells by word of mouth today.  Made fresh with calendula extract, sweet almond and soya oils, organic shea butter and coconut oil wax. Hand stirred with no added fragrance and preserved with natural anti-oxidants. 

This unique cream is fragrance free and can be used on all skin types, including very dry. May help with dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.  Is vegan friendly, suitable for all ages and safe for use on children. 

Definition: Calendula is a modern diminutive of calendae meaning, little calendar, little clock or little weather-glass.

 


Pot Pourri "A Rotten Pot" May 15 2018

 

Pot Pourri  (French) Rotten Pot

People have been making pot pourri to mask their natural odours since time immemorial. Using fresh herbs and flowers gathered in the beginning of spring and summer, adding spice in the autumn and winter to enhance the fragrance and longevity of the mixture.  Also used to repel silverfish and moths.

After Lesley gifted me the antique silver lidded Stuart Crystal Bowl filled with her selection of dried petals and seeds, my obsession with Pot Pourri commenced.  Over the years I have developed and enjoyed putting together a decadent blend of native ingredients to create what is now one of Malka’s signature products.

Always seasonal I use a collection of native dried leaves, pods, flowers, nuts, barks and seeds which can include lavender heads, chamomile flowers, cinnamon bark, star anise, peel, shells, and petals. Malka’s essential oil blends can be added at a later time, which takes this delicate creation to another level.  Requested favourites include Malka Sweet Cinnamon, a warm and spicy fragrance; Malka Bush Bundanoon, reflects a scent of the bush; Malka Provencale, a blend of lemon verbena and lavender.

When entering Malka Studio Healesville you are filled with the heady scent of never ending hand-made Pot Pourri. Packaged in a gift box for protection, makes a fabulous gift, suitable for everyone, also available to purchase by the kilo.  This tailor made to order product is regularly packaged and sent to overseas clients.

Definition: mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl to perfume a room. It can be an interesting mixture of things.

 


Vicki's going to Sumatra! March 07 2018

Vicki Renner (author, facilitator, photographer) came in to the shop the other day to take photos of a Malka gift box for her fundraiser for The Orangutan Project.   We are more than happy to support her to 'walk the talk' and have put together a gift box full of Malka bits to the retail value of $275.  Those of you who donate $15 or more through the secure page will be included in her 'thank you raffle draw'.

This link gives you more information about her upcoming trip, its purpose etc.  http://www.vickirenner.com/travel/orangutan-odysseys/  

Donations can securely be made using this link  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/vicki-renner 


a quiet opening, the Malka studio outlet at 206 Maroondah Hwy Healesville October 18 2017

This October for the first time we’ve opened our doors to a new studio outlet store located in the charming country town of Healesville, 55k north east of Melbourne.

Built in 1886, and originally intended as a boarding house, the Heritage Listed Rathrone House is the new home of Malka Natural Skin Care.

In our front room you will be able to peruse our natural products, and in time, you will be most welcome to join us in regular group workshops. If you're interested in getting a small group together for shopping, to make your own simple skin care and home fragrance products or Christmas gift packs, please send through your Wish List to malka@outlook.com.au and we will sort it out.

 



For now  'the shop' remains nameless, while we present Malka Natural Skin Care & home fragrance products and our usual run-on stock specials, you’ll also find a wide range of hidden gems such as items from an early project with Susan West -Rouche Collaboration, sustainable sculpture by enigmatic artist Vaidas Zvirblis,  fair trade dolls and cards.

The space is being used as part store and part studio as the future plan is for all products to be hand made fresh on the premises.

 

  

  

  

 

 

  

 

Malka studio outlet:

206 Maroondah Highway  Healesville  3777

open Thursday through Sunday 10:00 - 17:00 


After 25 Years of Sundays We're Taking a Break from the St Kilda Esplanade Market August 20 2017

Malka Natural Skin Care at St Kilda Esplanade Market

After 25 years of Sundays, as of 2 April 2016 we will be taking a break from trading Malka Natural Skin Care Run-offs-promo stall at the St Kilda Esplanade Sunday Market. We still have bits and bobs, soap off cuts, end of run creams/soy wax candles/essential oils at clearance prices.

 

 


Forestial July 15 2017

Forestial essential oil: not just for the guys. The clean citrus freshness of the bergamot and mandarin essential oils, combined with the sweet wood scent of fir, makes Forestial Essential Oil ideal for helping to banish winter coughs and colds. Use in an oil burner to perfume the room, dilute for massage oil, or dab on a few drops as a personal fragrance to clear your head and your mind.

 

Did you know?

The mandarin (Citrus reticulata) is a native of south-western Asia, including China, and was introduced in Europe much later than the orange. Mandarins get their name from the English word for Chinese officials.

Mandarin essential oil is widely used in perfumes, including Armani’s Vetiver Babylone for men, Salvador Dali Classique for women, as well as Malka’s Forestial blend.