Sonya Supports Friends With Dignity

An exciting time in Sonya’s life is approaching – her wedding! In September, Sonya will marry her partner of six years surrounded by her friends and family. During this period of planning, Sonya realised she wanted to give back to a charity. She wanted a charity that supported those who were not so fortunate to be surrounded by boundless love. 

Friends With Dignity is a charity that supports all victims of domestic violence. Their company mantra says that domestic violence does not discriminate, so neither do they; they seek to help every victim regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexuality. It is compromised entirely of volunteers who work with a network of refuge’s to support victims who have been displaced due to domestic violence. These men, women and children have to leave their homes due to fear. Often having nothing but the clothes on their back. 

With these victims in mind, Sonya had a brilliant thought; instead of asking for wedding gifts, she would get her guests to bring a donation for Friends With Dignity. The donation could be anything from a washing basket and pegs to dishwashing detergent. It is often the little, but necessary, household items that are overlooked. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and people don’t know how helpful they are to these victims. This way, instead of buying gifts for someone who is already so blessed with love, Sonya and her friends and family are paying it forward to those who need it. 

If you, like Sonya, want to support the worthwhile cause at Friends With Dignity, you can visit their website at

If you are, or know anyone who is, a victim of domestic violence you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for 24/7 support. 

Our Good Return Sponsorship – Samang Chen

Here at Eco Tan, our mission is to do good in the world. For the environment, for our skin, for animals and, of course, doing good for others. Sonya is a big believer of reaping what you sow, and her strong Christian faith provides the backbone of her charitable nature. 

Our latest charitable cause is sponsoring Samang Chen, a woman from Cambodia. She’s a farmer in the Kratie Province and works hard every day growing cassava – a major source of carbohydrates in Cambodia. Through her hard work and hustling, Samang earns $12 a day which she uses to support her three children. One day, Samang hopes that her business will pay for her children to go to university. Hearing Samang’s story struck a chord with everyone at Eco Tan HQ. We could all relate to being hardworking women who want to support our family.

For this reason, Eco Tan has provided a loan for Samang. With this she will be able to hire a ploughing contractor prepare for the next crop season. This will create a sustainable income for Samang and aid in breaking the cycle of poverty. We are inspired by Samang’s determination and drive, and we hope that our loan is the beginning of a prosperous crop season for her business. 

Sonya always says when you raise up a women, you raise up a community.

Coconut Deodorant – Is it a Smart Move?

Why would a tanning company make a Coconut Deodorant?

I know, I can’t help myself. If I can’t find an organic product that works my mind won’t shut down. My yoga friends tell me its my chattering monkey that tells me just make it! We have a few different products up our shelves that might surprise some people and in the mix is the coconut deodorant!

Our unisex, organic, coconut deodorant is BRILLIANT! It isn’t an anti perspirant that blocks your sweat gland with aluminium. It is vital that we let the natural toxins release from our body. We have all heard that antiperspirants are “linked”to Breast cancer.

Anyway the testing process wasn’t very pleasant for my running buddy Jo. We went through a few batches before we found the gold.

Deodorant Works
Just last night I received an email from Sarah Wilson saying ” Hey Son, it works”! Let us know what you think. My 11yr old is using it too. I wanted to send the whole class one however Charlotte was horrified. Apparently I am sooooo embarrassing!

Remembering Eco Angel Jess

Eco Angel Jess Ainscough

In November 2012, the beautiful Jess Ainscough was our Eco angel for the month. We we’re reading our interview with her and wanted to remember this beautiful soul…

Company Name: The Wellness Warrior

How you got started: I started as a blog to chronicle my experiences while healing from cancer naturally. That was about 2.5 years ago, and since then it has grown in popularity to now become a hub for all things health and wellness. It is a virtual sanctuary where I share my story, lessons, and healing info every day.

What brings you joy?

My little pug girl, my boyfriend, my family, reading brilliant books, being near the ocean, nature, raw cheesecake, preparing and eating amazing healthy food, connecting with my virtual family via my website, and so much more!

What is your style of Music?

I have a very eclectic taste in music – from laid back folksy stuff, hip- hop, dance, and especially old school stuff.

Do you have a book you could recommend to us?

I just finished reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed and it was brilliant! I’m also reading Pattie Boyd’s autobiography, Wonderful Tonight, and it’s great too. I love bios from that rock era.

Favourite destination?

The Sunshine Coast. I don’t think there is anywhere better than here!

Share with us a memory that makes you smile?

 In 2009 I trekked the Himalayas with two of my friends. It was amazing. We saw the most magical sights and met incredible people. But it was the physically hardest thing I’ve ever done, and completing the trek was the first time I realised how much inner strength I have. This was also right before I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time, so it is one of my last wild and free experiences. A little while after that I started Gerson Therapy and threw myself into my healing regime.

Share a favourite saying with us…

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens to us, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life.

What’s being healthy mean to you?

To me, being healthy means making all lifestyle decisions from a place of pure kindness and respect for yourself.

Your favourite Certified Organic product?

Coconut oil!

One vitamin everyone should take?

B12 (the methylcobalamin kind)

The Paradise Kids Angel Appeal

Our company supports many charities, but one of our favourites is the Gold Coast’s Paradise Kids.

The Eco Tan team took part in the Paradise Kids Angel Appeal. This is an annual fundraiser to support more than 300 children dealing with grief, loss or illness. Our staff wore white in the office and in the afternoon, Sonya and her children took part in the Angel Walk. This was held at the beautiful Southport Broadwater Parklands. They joined others who wore white and/or angel wings as they walked through Southport, raising money to “help heal the heartache.”

Paradise Kids is a Gold Coast Children’s Charity, founded in 1996 to help provide grieving children with counselling and support. All children grieve differently and may express anger, fear, guilt, repetitive behaviour and regression. These reactions are a normal response to loss of any kind. Paradise Kids offers art, movement, music, story-telling and safe anger management processes to allow children to grow positively through their loss rather than through repression of their feelings.

Check out some of our pictures from the angel appeal.

For more information please go to

“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood!”

What ingredients are you using on your skin?

Do you know what your using on your skin?

Our skin is our largest organ and a lot of what we put on it absorbs into our blood stream. That’s why more and more treatments are now available in patches! Understanding the ingredients is so vital to your health and overall wellbeing.

Don’t put synthetics on your skin; we encourage you to keep it natural and organic!

Ingredients we choose to use:
  • Chamomile
  • Flower ExtractAvocado
  • Avocado Oil
  • Honeysuckle Flower Extract
  • Rosewood Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Rose Geranium Oil
  • Grapeskin Extract
  • Orange Peel Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Cacao Fruit
  • Caramel
  • Aloe Vera
  • Raddish Root Extract
  • Bergamot
  • Witch Hazel Extract
We choose NOT to use:
  • Phenoxyethanol Chemicals
  • Proplene Glycol
  • Pegs
  • Parabens
  • Animal Derivatives
  • SD Alcohol
  • Silicone
  • Food Colouring & Artificial Dyes
  • Petrochemicals
  • Harmful Chemicals…

Be aware ingredients you use on your skin; start googling and reading ingredients on the backs of labels.

Tips & Tricks to Success in Business…

What I believe is… what you love to do is your calling.

You will naturally be good at it and you will instinctively know how to make it a success.

So many people go looking for business ideas, I hear all the time, “I don’t know what I want to do.”

My answer is always: ”Well, what’s your passion? What’s your gift? We all have something”.

At the risk of sounding like a bragger, I am good at business.

Anyone’s business. I don’t know why, I can just see how to make it successful and what structures and models need to be put in place to make it a success.

I am driven to see other people succeed! It excites me.

I love the doers of this world and will extend myself to anyone that has the right motivation and when my gut feeling goes crazy!

My team, on the other hand, hates it because I spend many hours per week mentoring mainly CEO’S of all sorts of different businesses. I also genuinely like to do it for free (much to my accountants displeasure). The reason I don’t like to charge is because that way I don’t have to censor myself.

Skin Cancer

We can just get it burned off… We’ll be right.

Skin cancer is one of those cancers we sometimes tend to think “well we can just get it burned off. We’ll be right.” It’s really only the last generation that we really have taken sun protection seriously. We cover our kids with creams, no hats no policy in schools and so forth. A child of the seventies and eighties it was a different story. We covered ourselves with reef oil and I remembered always being in a competition with my girlfriends who could get the darkest tan. The funny thing is, my sister who was diagnosed at 30 with a melanoma never sun baked. She grew up in the northern rivers area which boasts the highest rate of skin cancers in Australia.

Have you Packed your Festival Essentials?

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Here we go again – the festival season has well and truly kicked off worldwide! After seeing and hearing the amazing music and art at Coachella, if you, like us, are vowing to yourself you won’t miss another festival this season, we have good news for you! Not only have we combined highlights from the line up of global festivals in 2016, we’ve also prepared a list of essential camping beauty products to pack.

So first, which festivals will we be seeing you at?

Groovin The Moo kicks off this weekend in Maitland, with five festivals to follow throughout regional locations across Australia. Ticket sales for our favourite Australian festival, Splendour in the Grass, were also released on Thursday – I hope you didn’t miss out!

For our European Eco babes, we’ll be envious watching from the other side of the world of those lucky enough to be at Glastonbury in the United Kingdom, by Tomorrowland in Belgium and we couldn’t forget about Sziget in Hungary. Over in America, as the temperatures rise, we are dreaming of attending The Governor’s Ball in New York City, followed by Lollapalooza in Chicago.

Coffee Cup Overflows to Support Communities in Need

The Inspiring Kayla Hanna is helping the Communities in need, one coffee at a time.

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We interviewed the incredible Kayla Hanna. This Gold Coaster volunteers her skills and time to brew cups of coffee for the homeless. She helps those in need to bring communities together. Her initiative Kayla’s Specialty Community Coffee travels along the coast, most frequently at Coolangatta beach, to connect with the less fortunate and make a real and lasting difference in their lives.

As soon as you speak with Kayla, her sense of ambition is obvious – this initiative is so much more than a caffeine hit for her.

“It’s about sharing my knowledge. It’s about helping them with life skills to empower them and prepare them for the workforce”.

This is no cup of instant! Kayla has undertaken extensive Barista training and established her skills within the community, taking out two National Barista competitions! Kayla is now passing her knowledge along to anyone willing to learn to try and help them in gaining employment. When she’s not behind the coffee machine and sharing her skills counselling, Kayla works as a Chaplain two days a week at a local school.