Monday, March 31, 2014

coming soon....

Coming to sanctum soon....

Cellulite Reduction
Circumference Reduction
Increased Tone and Elasticity

Thursday, March 27, 2014

coming soon....

Coming Soon.....

Fine Line Reduction
Increased Collagen Production
Increased Tone and Elasticity

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


This time around we were keen to play with the beverage side of things.
We've been getting such great feedback from our posts with recipes - we thought...let's play with something new!
These are two of our new favourites with the cider being one we'll keep in mind as the weather conitues to cool.
Fresh mint out of our garden went especially well with the ginger ale too.

Ginger Ale
* 1/4 cup Ginger Juice (wash and peel fresh ginger then grate as finely as possible.  Wrap in cheesecloth and squeeze out fresh juice)  * 1 apple juice (we used Spreytons 100% Apple Juice)  * 1/4 cup lemon juice  * 1/4 cup honey or agave liquid  * 1 lt sparkling mineral water  * fresh mint (optional)  * fresh lemon sliced (optional)

Add all juices and honey/agave together in a screw top jar - shake well.
Fill glasses to approx half full (amend for personal taste)
Top with mineral water with mint and slice of lemon

Apple Cider
* 2 cups apple juice (we used Spreytons 100% Apple Juice)  * 1/4 cup honey or agave liquid  * 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar  * 1 tsp cinnamon  * 1/4 tsp nutmeg  * pinch cayenne pepper

Blend all ingredients together
Store in sealable bottle
Serve chilled over ice or warm slightly

What we loved: the really fresh taste of both these drinks - though we caution anyone daring to drink the raw ginger juice neat (whew!!!)
How helpful both drinks were for both before and after meals - great for digestion!
How the spices really came out in the Cider when warmed

What we didn't love as much: next time we might use a little less nutmeg in the cider - but that's simply a person preference

Recipes courtesy of Everyday Raw Express by Mathew Kenney

Monday, March 24, 2014

lifestyle over age....

New in store at sanctum.
(we are very excited!!)

Australian made and owned Sin-Care Booster Lifestyle Serums!

In a beauty industry first, SIN-CARE has developed a line of skin care products specifically customised to fight Lifestyle Ageing.
Not all ageing is caused by genes or age; in fact, lifestyle factors can cause significant ageing to the skin.

Customised Lifestyle Serums are a paradigm shifting, important new concept. Most anti-ageing products address age alone – products are directly related to what your age is – not what your lifestyle is like.

Product creator Kimberley Pearson says “The formulators of even the most expensive creams do not know if you are a smoker, if you are going through a divorce, if you run every day or if you are a new mother not getting enough sleep.”

Unlike other skin care brands, SIN-CARE is not directed at AGE or SKIN type – rather SIN type - allowing women to customise their skin care type to the cause of ageing – not just the symptom.
You can even 'layer' the serums to address a variety of concerns with one easy step.

In store now: Sun Goddess (UV Damage); Line Rewind (fine lines); Sleep Doctor (fatigue and sleep deprivation); Urban Renewal (environmental pollutants, lack of oxygen) & Smokers Secret (enough said!).

Only $80 for huge 50ml!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

bittersweet....we don't think so!

OK... we've shared some amazing recipes of late... all good (and good for you!) and all very tasty!
This has to be one of the best however!!
Taste, texture it's got the lot!!
We took some of the leftover filling into sanctum a few weeks back and some of our Clients got to taste for themselves - let's just say there wasn't a lot left on the plate afterwards!!
Enough said.... enjoy!

Bittersweet Raw Chocolate Orange Tart

* 1 cup Dates (soaked for 4hrs if dried)  * 1 1/2 cup raw Macadamia or Brazil Nuts (we used Brazil)  * 1 cup dessicated Coconut
* 1 cup raw Cashews  * 1 1/3 cup freshly squeezed Orange Juice  * 1/2 cup raw Honey  * 5 drops Orange Essential Oil (optional - we used a teaspoon of orange rind instead)  * 1 cup organic Coconut Oil  * 1 cup raw Cacao Powder  * 1/4 cup Cacao Nibs for topping (optional)

Process dates and nuts till fine and starting to bind together - add coconut and process again till well combined
Press into a 27cm pie dish and set aside
Process cashews and juice till smooth
Add all other ingredients (except the cacao powder) and blend
Add cacao powder and blend again til silky smooth
Pour into prepared base and spinkle with cacao nibs if desired
Refrigerate to set and serve

What we loved: the ease of making this dish
The taste and silky smooth texture - it truly was a decadent chocolate treat!
The 'clean' taste left in our mouths after eating - no greasy film!
How long it lasted in the frigdge - as there is no diary, we found this lasted much longer than an ordinary chocolate tart - which was great becase a little slice goes a long way!!

What we didn't love as much: Ummmmm.....?

recipe couresy of Model Chocolate by Abigail O'Neill

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

vanilla bean almond butter fudge....

What a mouthful!!
In every sense of the word!
A dairy, refined sugar, animal fat free fudge, guaranteed to be choc full of 'melt in the mouth' goodness.
We've been using this as a very welcome handmade gift of late - no complaints yet!!!

Vanilla Bean, Almond Butter Fudge
* 1/2 cup Almond Butter (from health food stores, like peanut butter but made with almonds)  * 1/2 cup coconut butter (we made our own like here)  * 1/4 cup coconut sugar (from health food stores - although we have made one batch with dark brown sugar as well)  * 1/4 cup agave syrup  * 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or paste  *  extra vanilla powder or raw carob to dust

Line a brownie pan with baking paper
Using the double boiler method, gently melt all ingredients (except the dusting powder) till smooth - stirring regularly
Pour mixture into prepared pan, dust with powder and refrigerate

What we loved: despite having no dairy in this recipe, we loved the creamy texture and smooth taste
The looks on peoples faces after their first bite
The requests for the recipe after their last bite

What we didn't love as much: Just a little extra fiddling around to make the coconut butter and source the coconut sugar and almond butter

recipe courtesy of

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

layer apon layer.....

With the warmer weather slowly leaving us, at home we are hanging onto what's left as much as we can!
Still aiming to keep meals as light as we can before the hearty, heavier fare of winter meals becomes the norm.

Mexican Layered Salad
Top:  * 3 cups fresh corn kernals  * 1 red capsicum  * 1/2 cup chopped coriander or parsley  * 1 tblsp lemon juice *  1 tblspn lime juice  * 1 tblsp extra virgin olive oil  * 2 tsp cumin  
* salt and pepper to taste
Middle:  * 2 large avodaoes  * 1/2 cup chopped coriander or parsley  * 2 tblspn lemon juice (approx)  * pinch cayenne pepper  * salt to taste
Bottom:  * 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes  * 2 tblsp finely diced leek or red onion  * 1 tblspn diced chilli (optional)  * 2 tblspn chopped coriander or parsley  * 2 tblspn lime juice  
* salt and pepper to taste

Top Layer - combine all ingredients and season to taste with salt and pepper - marinate for several minutes in refrigerator before assembling
Middle Layer - mash all ingredients together with a fork until semi-smooth and fluffy - season to taste
Bottom Layer - combine all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper - marinate 10-20 minutes before assembling
Best served in a sturdy glass - can add a dollop of natural yoghurt underneath the guacamole if desired

What we loved: fresh, zingy and tasty!! 
Easy to make and way too easy to eat!

What we didn't love as much - a little heavy on the coriander for this recipe for our tastes, but will try substituting parsley more next time!
We also think a nut/seed layer could go nicely with this as well

recipe courtesy of ' Everyday Raw Express' by Mathew Kenney