Abi Speaks; Don’t be Fooled on China’s New Rules, Animal Testing is Still an Issue

Our founder and organic skincare expert Abi Weeds shares her views on hot topics in the natural and organic beauty, wellness and skincare spaces.  This month, she reviews the updates to China’s animal testing policy, whether they go far enough and how it could impact your buying decisions.   For the last three decades, consumers …

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The 2020 Guide To Organic Beauty

The 2020 Guide to Organic Beauty Numerous high street brands market their products as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ but there is little that is actually natural or organic about them. The UK law makes it OK for skincare companies to claim their products to be organic with only a small percentage of the ingredients actually being …

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Methylisothiazolinone (MI) and Why We Like the Precautionary Principle

Methylisothiazolinone (MI) and Why We Like the Precautionary Principle As those of you who follow us might know, we care deeply about making cosmetics ‘clean’. – For 30 years Margaret has been striving to create exceptionally pure skin care – focused on bringing a smile to highly sensitive and allergy-prone skin. So we’re delighted that …

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Fair Trade Products – Why Buy Them & Why We Produce Them

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight (24th February – 9th March) theme is ‘Stick with Foncho’. It’s all about abolishing the unfair banana, so-named because years of supermarket price wars have reduced the farm-gate price of bananas down to a pittance. Of course Fairtrade Fortnight isn’t just about bananas, but about raising awareness and understanding of fair trade the world over. (I realised just how much this was needed after chatting with a new ethical label the other day – more on that later.)

When will all organic beauty products finally be organic?

Those not accustomed to my ranting about the lack of regulation in organic skin care products might be a bit confused about the title of this blog. So as a quick explanation, here’s the issue… you can go into a shop and buy a shampoo made by a company called Acme Organics and it could have never seen an organically grown plant and could contain a host of synthetic chemicals you might have wanted to avoid…

Shea Moisture Through Raw Shea Butter

Not all shea butter is made equal. And not all shea butter growers and producers are treated in the same way. Read about the benefits of shea butter in skin care and why buying fair trade shea butter can make a big difference.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Glass versus plastic? Recycled or virgin? Local sourcing? Here are some of the issues facing a small environmentally-responsive company when it comes to packaging …and some good news on our ongoing progress…

Why we don’t use palm oil

Palm oil is a form of vegetable oil obtained from the fruit of the oil palm tree (Elaeis Guineensis). It has recently become one of the world’s most widely-produced oils and is a key ingredient in many cosmetic products. Having been asked recently if Essential Care uses palm oil (an emphatic no!) we thought we’d explain why we don’t use it….

Are Parabens Linked To Breast Cancer?

A study published this month has raised questions again about the potential correlation between the use of parabens in food and cosmetics, and the possibility of developing breast cancer.