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A Day of Radiance

After using a few of Bella Boneca‘s products, I was so impressed & immediately reached out to Megan, who started this whole business.  She realised the importance of using natural products, free of parabens & not tested on animals.  She researched & put a lot of time into this, before realising that there wasn’t a product that suited exactly what she was looking for & thus Bella Boneca began…

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They are created using a range of natural ingredients that is handpicked to ensure that your skin is nourished & pampered.  The products are symbiotic, & work together to restore, heal & nourish your skin – leaving you feeling like a whole new person with soft & supple skin.

Last weekend they had a “Pamper Day” alongside Radiance Skin, Beauty & Nails at NHC Honeydew.  Guests arrived to an array of sweet & savoury treats, as well as champagne & orange juice.  Ladies were milling about, interacting & sampling Bella Boneca’s products that were out on display.

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The ladies were all exclaiming how much they loved the feel of the product, how it didn’t make their sensitive skin react, & how amazing the prices were!  From body scrub & wash; to facial serum & moisturiser; to baby products; Bella Boneca has it all.  They even have a cuticle oil that is in a convenient roll-top bottle so you aren’t wasting product & it makes the world of difference – as Belina told me, this needs to be applied every time you wash your hands in order to keep your cuticles moisturised & soft as well as preventing them from splitting & bleeding.

The one little girl told me that cream makes her skin hurt & she has to wash it off immediately, but after trying out the “baby range” she had no reaction at all & absolutely loved the smell.  Kids are brutally honest so I was super chuffed to hear this out of the mouth of babes for myself!

Megan also runs a great company called Lifestyle on Location, which is a mobile spa that provides treatments in the comfort of your own home or work space – what a great idea for a staff day or just a general pamper party (nudge nudge hint hint to all employers out there!).  These fabulous ladies treated all of us to our choice in treatment – either a manicure, pedicure or massage – & everyone who walked out of the room had a huge smile & look of total relaxation.  I think I could have spent all day there!

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These ladies also helped with recommending particular products that would suit our skin complaints/concerns, & we all walked away with at least one new item to try!  Mine included the Rose Water Toner, the Complete Daily Moisturiser & the Refresh Body Wash.  I couldn’t wait to get home & jump in the shower to try these out, & after a week’s worth of use I am happy to say that I haven’t had any negative reaction, & absolutely LOVE how they make my skin feel.  They do all smell quite “natural” or “planty”, but I really enjoy this & enjoy the fact that I don’t have hundreds of different over-scented products on my skin.

You can place your order for these products online directly off Bella Boneca’s website or why not pop in to Radiance Salon, sample the products for yourself & have a little pamper session for yourself?  You truly won’t regret this & your skin will thank you for it!

Thank you to Bella Boneca & Radiance Salon for such a wonderful morning out.  I truly loved the whole experience & being able to interact with such outstanding women who are defying the odds & building a brand that they can be extremely proud of!


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MooGoo Skincare

If you have been looking for a product that truly moisturises your skin & fixes so many skin complaints without chemicals & all that nonsense, then MooGoo Skin Care is the product for you!41225338_461356361032340_8772830585979666432_n.jpg

I have just got home from another hospital stint, & arrived back to a spoil box from them.  And boy oh boy was it stuffed full of gorgeous products!  They have everything from facial creams; to shampoo & conditioner; body wash; & skin udder cream.  They have a starter pack that you can purchase to try their basic products & see what you really think.  Their social media will make you swoon (check out their FB page & Instagram to see what I mean!)

My aunt & uncle used to own a dairy farm & I remember them telling me how moisturising & nourishing the products were that they used on their cows, so when I signed up for MooGoo’s newsletter & read up more about what was in their products I knew I could truly believe this.  Their customer service is out of this world, & they really took time to answer all my questions & put research into what I was asking & whether their products were safe to use with all my current medication & treatment.

In the beginning…The MOOGOO Memoirs
Once upon a time, on a dairy farm in Perth back in 2005, the MooGoo story began. The Head of the Herd (founder Craig Jones) noticed that his mum was using a white paste, intended for use on cows, to help manage a skin problem. The cream was formulated to help keep the skin on cow’s udders in good condition for milking, and although it worked, it was thick and hard to apply. As you can imagine, cow’s udders need to be kept soft and supple, not dry and cracked. No one likes an angry cow.

Since mum didn’t particularly like being lathered in a thick cream made for cows, Craig took on the task of reformulating it to be lighter and non-greasy to help mum out. The name “Udder Cream” was a bit crass for a lady, so they referred to it lovingly as Moo-Goo, (goo for the cows) and the name stuck. Starting a skin care company wasn’t the initial idea, but eventually friends and family found out about it, tried it and kept asking for more. But it didn’t stop there.

Since then MooGoo has grown to over 40 products to help with lots of different problems, from dealing with irritable skin and itchy scalps, to natural sun care products and a Baby Range for the little ones. Our ingredient philosophy remains the same: To make effective products using healthy ingredients, that we are comfortable using on ourselves and our loved ones.

Everyone has a skin problem
Anytime we mention skin problems, it seemed that everyone had a story to tell:


When developing a new product, first we do the hard yards and research what ingredients, in theory, should be the best to help with a specific problem. After much trial and error we settle on a formula, and start the testing process on ourselves. If we like it, then we ask friends and family to give it a go. If they like it too, then we put it into a bottle or a tube and call it MooGoo. If they don’t like it, we either ditch it or make some tweaks. Obviously a lot more goes into it than just that, but you get the idea. This is the process for all of our products.

Why we wake up in the morning

Our goal with our products is to make something that works. Understandably, not everything we make will work for every single person (because we are all so different), and there is no such thing as a miracle cure – except those that claim to be on morning television *insert eye roll here*. But we do the research and our ingredient philosophy is simple:

  • As edible as possible although we don’t recommend eating it.
  • Natural over synthetic any day of the week, even if it costs us a little bit more.
  • Non-irritating because we don’t need more irritating things in our lives.
  • Quality, and family first since our family and friends use our products, we don’t skimp on the ingredients.
  • Safe for every-body we choose ingredients that are safe for everyone to use, including children, newborns and mum-to-be during pregnancy.
  • Effective amounts we use ingredients in a concentration that is actually effective.
  • Ethical product testing we don’t test on animals, and we don’t export to any countries that might test on animals (you know who you are!).
  • Made in Australia we aren’t made by a multinational company, but rather make all of our products in Australia.

Why we choose what we use

Just because something is natural, doesn’t automatically make it safe and effective. Many poisons are naturally derived, but that doesn’t mean we would ingest them. Many essential oils are sensitizing to the skin, although naturally derived. Science has concentrated some of the best compounds found in nature, and for that we are grateful. We choose to use natural ingredients because, for a number of reasons, we think they are the best options.

Where natural ingredients are concerned, we recommend patch-testing all products. Many people have allergies to natural compounds such as fruits, nuts, dairy products and seafood, while virtually nobody is allergic to Cola. This doesn’t mean that Cola is good for us and that fruit is bad, it just means we need to be conscious and aware that people can have reactions to specific ingredients in our products that can be beneficial and helpful to many others.

What’s in it is just as important as what’s not

Lists showing ingredients that are not included in products (“Free From…”), while conveniently ignoring other harmful ingredients that are in products, really grinds our gears. Sure, it might be free from Parabens, but what’s that Phenxyethanol doing tucked away at the bottom of the ingredient list? There is lots of stuff we don’t use (like Parabens and Phenoxyethanol just to name a few). It’s easy to list fancy ingredients on the label (great for marketing), but do these ingredients actually make a difference to your skin, and if so, is there enough of it actually in the product to be effective?

We aren’t about label-dressing with fancy pants ingredients, misleading gimmick marketing, or selling promises of false hope. Instead we prefer to tell it like it is, and we just aren’t fans of the BS. We are proud to show all our ingredients on our website, not just the pretty sounding ones. We take pride in our formulas, and researching new ingredient developments really spins our tires *nerd alert*.

Always do your homework (or just ask us)

We invite and encourage everyone to look into the ingredients that are in the products they use or are thinking about buying. When it comes to skin care, the information out there can be overwhelming (understatement of the year), especially when so many websites say things like “XXXXX is a poison/harsh/causes cancer etc. without any evidence.

If you have a question about anything, just give us a ring or shoot us an email. Everything ingredient has a story and a reason why we use it. Our formulator loves to bang on about ingredients, so this will give him something to do.


Don’t believe the hype

There are many ingredients we choose not to use simply because they’re outdated. Technology and science have come a long way and we choose to evolve alongside it. We believe that using newer, natural alternatives instead of old-fashioned synthetic ingredients that were invented in the 1950’s is not only better for everyone, but also more aligned with the times (can you believe it’s almost 2020!?). And just because something comes in fancy, futuristic packaging, doesn’t automatically make it technologically advanced. This is particularly true for toothpaste, which is why we recently created a Dental Range, but we could go on about that for hours.

Natural ingredients can often come with a higher price tag than their prehistoric synthetic predecessors, but we do our best to keep our prices as reasonable as possible. But also keep in mind that a higher price tag doesn’t necessarily mean a higher quality product. It is tempting to believe this and understandable why some people spend over $200 on a cream with the hope that it’s better. Instead of paying photoshopped celebrities to convince you to use MooGoo, we think our products speak for themselves.

How green is MooGoo?

We might not have words like “Earth”, “Nature” or “Enviro” in our name, but we think we are one of the most environmentally friendly skin care companies around. All consumption has an impact, but we make the best choices we can, with the environment in mind. Here are a few things we do to minimise our impact on the environment:

  • Most of our creams are made in Queensland’s first carbon neutral facility that uses solar power and recycles its own water. Our packing boxes and brochures are made from recycled materials and are completely recyclable. We use non-laminated boxes for our packaging so they can be recycled too.
  • Our bottles and tubes are recyclable – personal care products aren’t suited to recycled plastic but ours can be recycled.
  • We do not offer refill pouches of our products as they are not easily recycled, therefore defeating the purpose of offering them.
  • Instead of bubble wrap or those annoying Styrofoam balls, we reuse old cardboard that is put through a special shredding machine to safely pack our shop and customer orders.
  • We use glucose and coconut based ingredients in our wash products because they break down into their natural components in the water system (silicone does not).
  • Ingredients we don’t use because they are bad for the environment include SLS, silicones, Parabens, Palm Oil, and so many more your eyes would glaze over.
  • Our warehouse and head office building is completely solar-powered.
  • We choose natural oils that only come from sustainable farms.
  • We are made in locally Australia, reducing our carbon footprint. Did you know 70% of Australia’s person care products arrives here on ships from overseas? Shop local!

Could we do it better? Probably, and we’re most definitely open to suggestions. If you have one, please let us know so we can improve.

But enough about us.

Nobody likes someone who talks about themselves all the time, right? So that’s just the basics. But write to us if you have a question; preferably something related to our products. You won’t get a typical corporate response from international headquarters, just an answer from a small, local team that knows and loves MooGoo.

I am going to be trying out all these goodies from tomorrow so keep an eye on my social media pages for an update as to how my skin is reacting/feeling.  I can’t wait for soft, moisturised skin; & healthy hair!


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Bella Boneca

When you meet someone, the first thing you notice is their face & their skin.  After suffering from teenage acne, & also having very pale skin that scars easily I have always put some research into what I am using on my skin.  Thanks to FB & Instagram’s algorithms they now suggest different skincare products & houses that they think I may like, & Bella Boneca popped up on both – so this was definitely a sign from the universe that I needed to look into them a bit more & start following them!

But as it happens, life gets hectic & I was in ICU for a week & then unfortunately time just got away from me.  I then saw an invite to an event that they are hosting in JHB next month (Beautiful Because Breakfast) & knew that this time I needed to do something about it.  Plus the MD’s name is also Megan (as is mine, in case you didn’t know) which did make me chuckle a bit.  She very graciously took time out of her busy schedule to answer some of my questions!

Your name:  Megan Clunnie
Business name:  BellaBoneca
Social media handles:  Facebook here, & Instagram here
What do you do: I am the founder and CEO of BellaBoneca and I have recently purchased a company called Lifestyle on location which is a mobile spa and events company. I am also a wife, a ”dog mom to 4 🐶” and a proud auntie and a “running” enthusiast.36555246_859078387611514_1736920787803176960_n

Why are you different to other beauty products:
1. Our products don’t contain any ingredients that may be harmful to your body. Our skin is the largest organ and is able to absorb the ingredients used in everyday products. Some of these ingredients may be harmful and its best to try and avoid products that use them.
2. Our products contain oils and vitamins that rejuvenate and restore the skins natural balance resulting in healthy glowing skin.
3. Our products don’t harm the environment-the body wash etc is not a pollutant when it reaches our water system.
4. Our products are vegan friendly and are not tested on animals.

Where can people buy products from:
You can shop online  or at any of our corporate salons operated by Lifestyle on Location.

Tell me more about your event happening:  The event is taking place on the 29th September at Olives and Plates in Sandton. The event is a ‘ time out’ for woman of all ages who would like a little ‘me time’. The name #beautifulbecause for me represents that we are all beautiful because we were created woman and that we need to celebrate that. We often think we will only be beautiful when we have lots 5kgs or if we could get rid of these wrinkles and that is not true. Yes it’s important to take care of our bodies (and our minds) but our true beauty is really from within. The event will have 2 guest speakers, stunning gift bags and great food. Guests will also be treated to hand massage or neck and shoulder massages. It will be a nice relaxed morning.13692648_533506943501995_8609477751860301643_n.jpg

Why are you passionate about what you do:  I love developing beautiful products that work and people get great results from but that don’t harm. It’s giving people a safer option. I love all the interesting and wonderful people I get to meet and I love the creativity that is able to flow when you are an entrepreneur.
Quote you live by: live a life you will remember

Don’t these sound absolutely beautiful?!  Let me know your thoughts once you have tried them out for yourself


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