#SheSociety rounds up this week’s newest finds
If you loved season 1, settle in for another season of The Confession Tapes! Premiering in 2017, the Netflix Original The Confession Tapes, takes a look at what happens when a confession is not a confession after all. For years advocacy groups have attempted to demystify the legal system and pinpoint issues that arise when detectives are fallible. False confessions, coercion, and railroading are all covered in the true crime docuseries’ first season, and now the team that started it all is back for another run of fresh cases and unbelievable, allegedly, false confessions.
Belle’Botanique Non-Toxic Perfume Range
Belle’Botanique today launches their 100% natural and non-toxic range of unisex perfumes to combat the growing health concerns associated with mass market fragrances. Using natural, organic and sustainably harvested ingredients such as flowers, leaves, fruits, herbs, spices, woods, resins and roots, the locally made perfumes are uniquely crafted for their aromatic brilliance and mood-enhancing benefits. In fact, many of the botanical and essential oils used have a perceived positive effect on anxiety, inflammation, skin irritations, antioxidant support and memory association.
Using a natural grape-alcohol solvent sourced from Australian vineyards, Belle’Botanique employs a proprietary manufacturing process that reduces the use of artificial preservatives in favour of safe, food-grade preservatives, and is the first company in the world to release two completely allergen-free perfume blends.
The range, which is cruelty-free, paraben-free and non-GMO, includes Geranium Rose, Frangipani Neroli & Ylang Ylang, Tangerine Cardamom & Lavender, Amyris Vetiver (allergen-free),Peta-Ann, Jungle Dew (allergen-free), Pink Jasmine Lilly & Bergamot, and Danse Des Fleurs, and retail from $49 RRP.
Available independently via the Belle’Botanique website, the company is also running a ReadyFundGo campaign in order to raise crucial funds to conduct further skin research, source physical retailers and launch the perfume range outside of Australia. A percentage of all website sales and ReadyFundGo pledges will be donated to Belle’Botanique’s official charity partner, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, to assist with the organisation’s life-changing research programs.
A brave, brilliant and unprecedented examination of menopause from the author of the cult classic, Suicide Blonde.
Menopause hit Darcey Steinke hard. First came hot flushes. Then insomnia. Then depression. As she struggled to understand what was happening to her, she slammed up against a culture of silence and sexism. Some promoted hormone replacement therapy, others encouraged acceptance, but there was little that offered a path to understanding menopause in an engaged way.
She felt lost until she encountered a scientific fact: the only two creatures on earth that go through menopause are human women and female killer whales. Her fascination with this fact became the starting point for Flash Count Diary, a powerful exploration into aspects of menopause that have rarely been written about, including the changing gender landscape that reduced levels of hormones brings, the actualities of transforming desires, and the realities of prejudice against older women.
Flash Count Diary is a deeply feminist book, honest about the intimations of mortality that menopause signals but also an argument for the ascendancy, beauty and power of the post-reproductive years in women’s lives.
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