The Green Beauty Movement: What’s Trending for 2019?

Natural beauty trends for 2019

Year after year, more people are turning to natural products for their skin and beauty needs. As we head into 2019, here are our top beauty trends to help maintain a youthful and glowing complexion, naturally.

To look at skin health more completely, it’s important to look at what’s going into the body through nutrition and how the body is functioning. Healthy skin from the inside out is a key concept to embrace and includes consuming a sufficient amount of water, clean whole foods, omegas – including hemp oil, probiotics, and food-based antioxidants to support protection from the aging process. And collagen. Lots of collagen. Following on from eating superfoods to support our wellbeing, we will start to see more superfood ingredients in skincare products such as kale, spinach and green tea, all of which contain antioxidants that help support skin structure and integrity.

Consumers want to know what’s in their product, if it’s good for them, and of course, want products that work. Gone are the days where choosing natural means you’re sacrificing effectiveness. The rise of natural products has meant a rise in technology of patented natural ingredients that have scientific studies behind them. With concentrated plant extracts, plant peptides and enzymes, it’s never been a better time to switch to natural and clean label products. Plant-based and vegan products are likely to continue to increase as the cruelty-free movement grows.

As well as being healthy to use with ‘good’ ingredients, people are also considering the impact their product will have on the environment. Will the empty bottle that our favourite shampoo was contained in take 1000 years to break down? Was it made from fossil fuels?
As consumers, we’re looking for products that do better – for us, and for the planet – but that doesn’t mean we want to give up anything in terms of quality. NZ beauty brand Ethique are a strong contender in this space, with completely compostable packaging. They’ve already saved the planet from over 1 million bottles of personal care.

The time of supporting local, small businesses who stand by their values is resonating strongly with consumers who want to make sure their dollar is going somewhere worthy. Smaller boutique brands are competing well with the bigger cosmetic companies, with more agility and flexibility for changing formulations based on feedback.
A more realistic and authentic beauty movement is shaking things up as smaller independent makers with a philosophy of ‘Real Beauty’ and no photoshopping is appealing to many consumers.

We want to know that what we are buying is going to work for us, and thanks to technology, this capability is expected to grow in the skin care industry. Manufacturers are finding ways to give us a personalised experience in order to get the exact product we’re after. We’ll be able to choose our skincare based on quick tests and come away with a formulation that’s suited especially for our needs.

Hemp seed oil
An exciting ingredient being introduced into skincare, Hemp Seed oil is rich in nourishing fatty acids that help to hydrate and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hemp helps to balance oil production and doesn’t clog pores so it’s ideal for those trying to balance oily skin and acne. Hemp seed oil doesn’t contain any psychoactive substances, so no need to worry.

It’s no surprise that probiotics may start to be found in our serums when there is so much popularity around fermented foods with consumers at the moment. Certain probiotics in skincare can support immune response and reactivity as well as support healthy regeneration of skin cells.

Author: Liz McNamara is the Natural Health Expert at HealthPost and has over 16 years of experience in natural health. As a Registered Naturopath and the President of the Naturopaths & Medical Herbalists of New Zealand (NMHNZ), Liz is passionate about health education and helping others to lead naturally healthy lives.
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Four Easy Ways to use Hemp Oil

4 easy ways to use hemp oil

With its delicious nutty flavour, Hemp seed oil is a great way to get essential fatty acids omega 3, 6 and 9 into your daily diet. Give these four ways to enjoy hemp seed oil a try!

  1. In a smoothie – Simply blend into your daily smoothie.
  2. Add to your favourite dip – try this delicious Cashew Dip recipe below
  3. As a Dipping oil – Dip fresh bread and sprinkle with slightly toasted and slated sesame seeds.
  4. As a Salad Dressing – Try this easy Cherry Tomato Salad with Hemp Seed Oil Dressing below

Cashew Dip


  • ½ Cup cashew nuts, soaked
  • 2 TB lemon juice
  • 2 TB filtered water
  • 1 TB apple cider vinegar
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 TB Hemp seed oil


  1. Add all ingredients, except hemp seed oil, to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a small dish and drizzle with hemp seed oil. Enjoy with veggies sticks or with your favourite crackers.

Cherry Tomato Salad with Hemp Seed Oil Dressing



  • 2 Cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Cup cucumber, cubed
  • 1 Small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 TB Hemp Seeds (Optional)


  • 1 TB Hemp seed oil
  • 1 TB Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • Freshly ground pepper and a pinch of salt


  1. Combine all prepared salad ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small jar, tighten lid and shake well.
  3. Dress salad and enjoy.

Shop our full range of hemp products online.

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Hooray for Hemp!

Hooray for hemp

Our customer ambassador, Je T’aime Hayr, talks all things hemp and gives her honest review of our hemp products.

As of November 12, 2018, the New Zealand government amended its law to allow the sale of hemp seed as food for human consumption. Predicted to generate up to $20 million of export revenue within three to five years, this is not only a huge win for regional economies, but for foodies, too.

While it is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant, hemp’s incredibly low levels — less than 0.3 percent — of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) means you can’t get high from consuming its seeds. However, the humble hemp seed is still creating a buzz.

Hemp seeds are a complete protein and contain all nine essential amino acids, which are needed for healthy muscles and tissue. They deliver around 11 grams of protein per two tablespoons – about the same amount as two eggs. Hemp seeds also have an ideal 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3, the essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are recommended as part of a healthy diet. In fact, polyunsaturated EFAs are used by the immune system and play a part in nourishing healthy joints. They also provide fuel for the skin’s own healing and self maintenance, part of that beautiful glow we all want. These small but mighty seeds also contain high levels of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which are important for hormonal balance, particularly at that time of the month. To top
it all off, they’re a great source of vitamin E and minerals, such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc. Phew.


Boasting a mild, nutty flavour, hemp is a versatile and flavoursome addition to any meal. Hemp seeds add a tasty crunch to yoghurt, salads or cereal, while hemp oil is perfect for baking or smoothies, or to drizzle over roast vegetables, pasta, eggs or salads. Its low smoke point means it can’t be used for frying so is best saved for after the dish is cooked. Hemp protein powder is an ideal vegan alternative to whey and soy protein.

I spend a lot of time cooking for hungry boys, so I appreciate that there are a number of ‘HealthPost approved’ ways to get healthful hemp into the family diet.

  • Capsules are convenient, but you’ll need to take a few per day. Made from 100% New Zealand grown hemp, Radiance Hemp Seed Oil, $26.20 (90 capsules) is extra virgin and cold pressed, and comes in a vegan capsule. New Go Healthy Go Hemp Seed Oil 1,100mg, $20.50 (100 capsules) offers a slightly higher dose, and is also extra virgin and cold pressed from locally grown New Zealand hemp seed. For those that want to buy in bulk, New Hemisphere Hemp Seed Oil Capsules, $42.90 offer really good value, with 240 capsules per container.
  • I love hemp seed oil; it’s extremely versatile and easy to get it into my children’s meals. As skin care oil, it is super nourishing when applied directly to parched skin or added to bath water. Try Thompson’s Hemp Seed Oil, $18.90 (200ml) or New Hemisphere Hemp Seed Oil, $23.30 (250ml) – the easy-pour spout makes drizzling it a mess-free task.

  • Radiance Hemp Protein Powder, $26.20 (280g) is hemp seed in a raw, unflavoured, finely milled form. Three tablespoons added to smoothies, breakfast bowls and baking gives you 8.8g hemp protein. I found the texture to be slightly gritty, so I’d reserve it for baking only.
  • Nutra Organics Hemp Protein Salted Cacao Maca, $57.20 (500g) is a certified organic blend of hemp protein, sprouted and bio-fermented pea protein along with zinc, magnesium, prebiotics, probiotics and fibre. The taste is a little salty, but becomes more palatable when blended with a ripe banana.

Check out the full range of hemp products online including hemp seed oil, hemp protein and hemp seeds.

Article by Je t’aime Hayr, HealthPost customer ambassador

jet'aime-6A self-confessed ‘Green Smoothie Queen’, Je t’aime loves to write about health, wellness and eco-living, and has not-so-secret hopes that her words may help to ‘save the world’ while inspiring people to live their best life. She lives in Auckland with her partner and their two boisterous twin boys, and when she’s not busy writing or wrangling her toddlers, you’ll probably find her dancing, at the gym or unwinding on her shakti mat while reading one of the many books she has on the go. 

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Salted Cacao Hemp Ice Pops

Salted cacao hemp ice pops

These Salted Cacao Hemp Ice Pops are a delicious and healthy way to cool down this summer.

Makes 8-10 large ice pops
Prep time: 5 minutes
Set time: Overnight


Topping Ingredients

salted cacao hemp ice pop recipe


1. Add all ice pop ingredients to a high-speed blender and process until smooth.
2. Pour into your favourite ice block moulds and place in the freezer overnight or until set.
3. For the topping, drizzle melted chocolate and sprinkle bee pollen and sea salt over the ice pops just before serving. The ice pops can be decorated and stored in the freezer until ready to eat.

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