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Sweet smell of success
A pure organic skin care collection home grown on Tamborine Mountain has found
international success and opens its firstWellness Spa at Brisbane Airport
ihua Song is no stranger to global success. She had built businesses
in technology, manufacturing and property investment from Hong
Kong to London before a family health crisis inspired her to take a
dramatic detour. When her father was diagnosed with cancer the family
moved to the Gold Coast for three months during his treatment and a trip
to Mount Tamborine during that stay changed her life.
Today it’s not only her home but it’s also the base for her latest business
success – Jasmin Organics – a premium quality, certified organic skin care
collection that is sold in 15 countries. Overseas, Jasmin Organics is a rock
star – in Japan it is distributed by beauty market leader Shiseido, in Hong
Kong and Hollywood the products are used by actresses and in Paris it has
been awarded the highest accolade for its “green” practices – but at home
it’s still one of the beauty world’s best kept secrets.
However, that may change now that Jasmin Organics has opened a
mini day spa at Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal, located inside
the Departures area. It offers a top 10 selection of pampering services
from the 20-minute express facial therapy or a de-stress back, neck and
shoulders massage to a full hour-long body massage, each treatment
providing an introduction to the Jasmin Organics products which are
chemical-free, fully organic and formulated from ingredients grown at the
15-hectare property on Tamborine Mountain. Only rare ingredients, such
as Bulgarian rose and ylang ylang, are imported when necessary.
) began her quest to create a premium range of
natural skin care products in Brisbane but it was the quality of the water
that drew her to Tamborine Mountain to achieve the level of purity
she needed to make the leap from merely ‘natural’ products to certified
organic. It took three years to meet all the criteria for certification and the
company continues to be audited every year but the ‘farm’, on the edge of
a national park, is self-sustainable for all its water and power use.
Song also welcomes visitors to explore the gardens and see how the
products are made. This month it will be a hive of activity, and not only
because honey from their own bees will be ready to be harvested, but
many of the flowers will be coming into full bloom and ready for picking.
Almost 3o different plants and flowers are grown to produce 48 different
essential oils and four skin care product ranges, including three types
of lavender, lemon myrtle, camelia, geranium, roses, marigolds and the
property is bordered by macadamia trees.
Jasmin Organics Wellness Spa
is now open at Brisbane Airport
International Terminal, Departures.
Or visit Jasmin Organics at 197
Long Road, Tamborine Mountain,
60 minutes south of Brisbane in the
Gold Coast hinterland.
The healer. Used for centuries in skin healing and soothing. It is
a multi-purpose skin treatment that helps prevent skin damage
and may also assist with natural sun protection.
The nourisher. High in antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamin C
to help prevent free radical skin damage which can lead to
premature ageing of the skin. Avocado oil has also been shown
to reduce UV radiation from sun exposure because of the high
content of vitamin E.
The soother. Its calming effects on the skin can ease inflammation
and may help to soothe or eliminate rashes and other skin
The stimulant. It has an uplifting aroma and is favoured for its
antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Also known as a
circulatory stimulant, the oil derived from the lavender plant
helps to reduce breakouts and increase blood flow which boosts
skin cell turnover for a clearer looking skin.
The refresher. Rich in vitamin C and a variety of anti-oxidants
it helps to prevent bacteria on the skin and helps to rejuvenate
new skin cells.
The balancer. The oil extracted from the delicate rose petal is
often used for perfume due its intoxicating aroma, but it also
helps to balance and nourish dry or ageing skin. Used every day,
rose oil boosts skin radiance and provides essential nourishment
to reduce fine lines and has been known to decrease redness
| BNE November/December 2016