Uses for Coconut Oil!

In the last blog of our Fairtrade Fortnight ingredient series, we take a look about one of our favourite ingredients, organic virgin coconut oil…

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.

Organic Mascara: Top Tips on Volumising and Lengthening

Recently we re-launched our industry leading Organic Mascara to ensure a really long lasting effect. As well as some nice feedback (thank you!), its launch has also generated lots of interesting questions about mascara use and mascara ingredients; in particular about volumising and lengthening.

The Benefits of Citrus

When the snow is falling and the sky is grey, I definitely find I need some injections of colour and brightness to cheer me up, which is why I love Citrus fruit – and colours – so much. Indeed – Colour Psychologists, Beauty Therapists and Nutritionists alike highly rate the cheering scents, invigorating colour and uplifting properties of Citrus fruits.

How to make BB Cream or Tinted Moisturiser

So excited to have launched Margaret’s latest wonderful creation – the fab new mineral concealer! The reviews of our tester panel speak for themselves, so I won’t wax lyrical here about how great it is. But what I didn’t know is that concealer is about so much more than covering up spots and dark circles (much needed after my late night sporting viewing of the past 2 weeks!). We’ve posted a tutorial, written by Margaret and our makeup artist guru Kirsty as to its other uses.

Summer Skincare for Sensitive Skin

Continuing Margaret’s articles on summer skincare for sensitive skin (see Margaret’s previous blog on sunburn), this post covers Heat Rash and Prickly Heat, as well as PMLE and sensitive skin problems like eczema that are often worsened by summer heat.

Are Organic Cosmetics Effective at Anti-ageing?

A criticism or perhaps doubt sometimes levelled at organic beauty products is that they can’t compete with the ‘big brands’ on anti-ageing performance, even if they are healthier. So can natural ingredients really perform like the latest wonder ingredient from a hi-tech laboratory?  Well we really believe organic skincare can be more effective! Here’s why…

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….

Argan oil in skin care?

We had an interesting question from one of our Facebook friends (thank you!) recently on Argan Oil. Would we use it in our skin care? …

The Benefits of Rosemary

For the last in our series of blogs about plants that can help you kick-start the New Year, we’ve chosen one of nature’s  multi-tasking plants – rosemary.

The Health Benefits Of Mint – Nature’s Soother!

If you’ve overindulged during the festive season you’re probably familiar with one of the main  properties of mint. Many of us start the day with a wake-up burst of mint from our toothpaste,  too but there’s much more to mint than a breath freshener.  Here are a few more interesting facts and tips about one of nature’s most purifying creations.

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.

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Relax and unwind with Lavender

Continuing our theme of bringing some cheer and calm to your New Year, today’s blog is about lavender – one of the most popular and widely used of all essential oils, not surprising considering it has such an impressive array of applications. From inducing relaxation and aiding sleep, to soothing minor burns and grazes – this herbaceous yet sweet and floral essential oil is a must for every household! 

Pregnant & Using Essential Oils – Is There A Risk?

Whilst a woman may feel confident placing herself in the skilled hands of a professional Aromatherapist during pregnancy, she is understandably less confident when buying ‘Aromatherapy’ products off the shelf.