While we’re used to foodstuffs like cocoa butter, brazil nut oil and apricots being sold fairtrade for the dining table, we don’t tend to think of these products as needing to be fairtrade when it comes to cosmetics or bodycare.
Then there are other ingredients we don’t think of much at all, such as herbs or spices like rosemary and ginger which are often used as aromatherapy oils.
For the last few years, The Visionary Soap Company has been leading the way in fairtrade to the beauty product world. We’re starting to stock their bars of soap at GoodnessDirect and hoping that it will help revolutionise life for the farm workers back where those basic ingredients started.
Look out for the Fairtrade logo on the beauty products you buy.
Having just written about vegan cosmetics which, by their very composition tend to be safe and natural, it’s good to introduce a new skincare range which is just that, and not surprisingly it’s vegan and organic too.
Natraderm have created a new line of moisturising creams for use in the shower, and for the hair and skin. And of course, being Natraderm, they are totally free from artificial colours, fragrances, sulphates, chemical preservatives or artificial foaming agents.
What is really excellent about these creams is that they are suitable for anyone with sensitive skin or suffering from eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, skin rashes and irritations.
The shower gels and shampoo are entirely organic and blended with extracts of Jojoba, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Olive Oil and Coconut Oil.
If you’ve ever used Natraderm you’ll know how soothing it is, so you can look forward to being gently cleansed and moisturised by these new skin-friendly creams.
How do you know what is really in your facial scrub?
You can read the smallprint, but only chemists can understand most of the words.
If you are a vegan the two crucial elements to choosing toiletries and cosmetics are the ingredients and the testing.
No cosmetic should contain products derived from animals (living or dead). And each item should be cruelty-free.
Testing on animals is not allowed in the UK, but companies can still sell beauty products here and test them abroad (for more info visit BUAV). Check that the makers specifically say their product has not been tested on animals.
Non-vegan ingredients to watch out for includes beeswax, collagen, elastin, keratin, lanolin, oleic acid, oestrogen, propolis and stearin. I list these because these are the ones I know about, but Viva offer a more useful and longer boo-hiss glossary of words for you to check your favourite items against; however, their list is not definitive and some ingredients listed can possibly be obtained without farming animals.
Brands which guarantee their creations are vegan include Organic Bloom, Urtekram, Faith in Nature*, Tom’s of Maine, Suma, Kingfisher Natural Toothpaste, Green People, Weleda, Yaoh and PitRok.
You can obtain all these from GoodnessDirect and you can find them by looking out for the ‘vegan’ flag on our pages or by selecting ‘Vegan’ in the My Options section.
Some of the latest items on our shelves include…
Suncoat’s hair mousse, styling spray and styling gel (check out their impressive nail polishes) PitRok’s handwash, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner Organic Bloom’s shampoo and conditioner Uketram’s no perfume shower gel Weleda’s skin food and Birch cellulite oil
NB. *Faith in Nature’s Propolis is non-vegan as it involves using bees.