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How To Live A More Conscious Lifestyle In 2018 According To Singapore It Girls

"Conscious living" is a term that has been bandied about for a while now, but what exactly is it, and how do you jump onto the bandwagon? We speak to the Female Collective's Bella Koh, Aarika Lee and Aude Giraud, who are championing small yet effective ways to make their lives - and the world around them - a better place.


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Koh (right) in Los Angeles-based eco-friendly label Reformation, and her daughter Alessandra in Stella McCartney

What conscious living means to you

“Living life with a conscience to yourself, your loved ones and the environment. It’s a choice to better ourselves and care for the future.”

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What motivated you to start this journey

“I started living consciously in 2009 after immersing myself in yoga and learning about factory farming. That journey didn’t end, and it became something I explored more upon having a child, from ensuring that the food we consume is sustainable to using more eco-friendly products.”

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The eco-friendly bath products Koh swears by: Mukti Organics’ shampoo and conditioner, and Grown Alchemist’s body cleanser.

Practical steps you’ve taken in the home

“At this point, the food we consume at home is 85 per cent organic and sustainable. Almost all of the cleaning products we use in the home – including dish soap, detergent, laundry powder and even toilet cleaner – are non-toxic and gentle to the environment.”

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Alessandra wearing a Stella McCartney outfit and holding a non-toxic wooden bowl

Lifestyle changes you’ve made

“These days, I’m treating my skin with care by introducing paraben-free and chemical-free beauty products. Alessandra’s wardrobe consists mainly of organic and unbleached materials, while I opt for pieces from Reformation, a label that makes clothes out of recycled fabric. I have been a loyal follower (of the brand) since 2012. Our cats follow a similar lifestyle with the food they consume. Their food is made with sustainable fish, hormone-free chicken, and even their catnip is organic. My recently launched #slowlife workshops aim to help others realise the importance of wellness and living consciously through our food and lifestyle habits.”

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