Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone...

No more sulking! I've decided to embrace the Winter months this year... 

As a child, winter time was full of the happiest, most cosy moments. Being a crafty kid, winter meant painting, drawing and colouring and cross-stitch, all the while being tucked up warm beside the heater whilst my mother would rummage around in the kitchen making hot chocolates and my favourite tomato soup!

As I got older, summer time on the beach with my pup and boyfriend seemed much more exciting! So my distaste grew - a freezing winter in Europe, during their coldest winter in decades, didn't really really help with my opinion! 

But my Nilla Nilla girls taught me to embrace my old friend, the cold, once again. What other time of the year could be better to enjoy coffee rich espresso lip balm? Or the delightful blend of deep chocolate and orange... Or an After 8 Mint Slice? Perhaps the most reminiscent scent of all for winter, cinnamon and honey, simply could not be enjoyed on a 35 degree summer's day...

So embrace winter... slip on some Pout Balm and face the cold - the blend of cocoa butter, jojoba and beeswax will protect you!

Available in boutiques and online now!

Congratulations to....

- JenMeister
- Moonspinner
- The EcoDiva and
- Thereisabuttonmissing

These lucky four Curious Oyster Blog followers have won themselves a Nilla Nilla Summer Pout Balm... 

If you are one of these lucky four please email me at and let me know which Pout Balm you would like sent out to you, and please do not forget to give me your postal address!

and for the grand lady prize... the Nilla Nilla Summer Collection...

Congratulations goes to - Marnee Watkins!!!

Yes summer is sadly well and truly gone now and today is the last day that these pout balms will be available for purchase at Nilla Nilla's Online Boutique... Some flavours may make an appearance next summer, I guess we'll have to wait and see.

But the exciting news is, Nilla Nilla's Winter Range will be available tomorrow! Watch out for tomorrow's blog...

Monday, May 25, 2009

My Little Shoppe...

I thought I would post some pictures of my little boutique for all you curious oysters out there!

Ooh... and can you spot my Nilla Nilla Winter Pout Balms? They were very popular at the Sonny and Coco Market last Sunday...

158-160 Barkly St - St Kilda - VIC - 3182
(cnr Carlisle and Barkly - across from the old National Theatre)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Nilla Nilla Giveaway!

Hey kiddies... Don't forget my lip balm giveaway! Simply follow to enter into the draw to win a Nilla Nilla Summer Pout Balm of your choice... There's 4 to be won!


Be in the draw to WIN the Nilla Nilla Summer Collection - YUM!!! Sign up for updates on the right to enter.

Drawn End of May, 09' - GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Herbal Infusions...

Everything happens in cycles... I could get all philosophical about this as my dear close ones know, but I will keep it strictly business here! 

I manufacture organic products, including lip balms, body balms even a dreadlock range, jaTaa. Amongst them all is a range I feel a very close connection to - Pilgrim's Ointment. For those that have been following my blog for some time would have noticed, I did a post about the Camino de Santiago. It is a pilgrimage across Europe to the north west edge of Spain. It is very loooong. It was during my 550+ km walk, that I damaged my feet. Both arches fully collapsed, pretty much on the first day! So needless to say I was in pain and agony every step of the way... I came across an ointment called, Unguento Tradicional, which did wonders for my feet - rich in arnica and aloe, it made it possible to keep walking day in, day out. 

When I came back to Australia, I couldn't get hold of this ointment. I was rather put off by it's petroleum content anyway, so I decided to put my manufacturing skills into making my own, natural and organic 'unguento' or ointment. This is how I came up with Pilgrim's Ointment! Today I have a healing lip salve, and a warming liniment and soothing ointment, each containing 17 plus herbs, all designed to relieve pain and promote healing.

So back to cycles, earlier this year, I was madly busy with my Nilla Nilla Pout Balm range. I could not produce enough, then out of the blue, I received order after order for my jaTaa dreadlocking products. I just caught my breath, when the Pilgrim's Ointment orders started creeping in. It was subtle but nevertheless, raided my stock and now I have only 2 ointments left!

"Make some more!" did I hear you say... yes I am, but there's a catch. The oil I use to make Pilgrim's Ointment, is a herbal infused certified organic jojoba oil.
The process takes 3 weeks in total as I only infuse my oils via the cold process method. This method takes time, but nothing great was made in a day! I pack all my herbs into a glass jar and pour on my oil. I only use certified organic dried herbs and certified organic jojoba oil. It is an incredibly pricey option, but the results are worth every penny! Jojoba is my choice because it doesn't make your skin feel greasy or oily - so important! Jojoba is actually a liquid wax at room temperature and is the closest substitute for human sebum, so this is why it sits so well on our skin!

Anyway, the sun was peeping through the clouds and I was in awe of the simple beauty in front of me. I get a kick out of the colours and the beauty of the infusing process. I just hope my camera captured it for you to enjoy...

Saturday, May 2, 2009

My cute pup...

I was taking happy snaps of my little girl today as I often do...

I could not stop laughing at this rather unflattering pose!

I think she looks gorgeous as ever, of course!


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