…that luxury bodycare is about more than gorgeous products and great packaging, and should be honestly priced.
…in creating gorgeous products full of natural ingredients rather than synthetic nasties such as parabens and sulphates.
…that great packaging looks even better when it’s sustainably sourced, and in making our products in the UK.
…that treating ourselves feels even better when producers in developing countries are treated fairly.
…that beauty is about bringing out the best in everyone.
It’s that kind of faith from Bubble&Balm that is getting them noticed – most recently by The Pure Beauty Awards for their Fairtrade Luxury Handwash.
They are the first ‘100% Fairtrade’ bodycare company in the UK, and their products actively support sustainability for the planet and no cruelty to animals.
And there’s no skimping on luxury either: their soaps are gentle on the skin, long-lasting and do not crack or go mushy; providing a rich, soothing and effective lather, leaving your skin to smell fresh and clean with a soft and smooth feel.
Check out their stylish soaps with citrus, lavender or shea butter.
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.
Have you heard of Shea Butter? A skin cream so good and so nutritious it is being used in chocolate and patisseries.
What is more Shea Butter is highly regarded for its ability to heal.
It comes from a tree known locally as ‘woman’s gold’, and grows as a nut on trees from the savannah belt of West Africa, from Senegal in the west to Sudan in the east. Indeed it really is woman’s gold because its recent popularity has transformed the lives of women, allowing them to set up businesses and look after their children.
Here’s the science bit…
The moisturising properties in Shea Butter are the same as the moisturisers produced by the Sebaceous glands in the skin. That makes it a superb moisturiser which melts at body temperature and absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling (I know this because I just tried it).
Because the cream is exceptionally high in its unsaponifiable quality (unrefined Shea butter is up to 17% unsaponifiable, most natural oils are less than 1%) it is believed that Shea butter has a high potency in important nutrients, vitamins, and other valuable phytonutrients required for healing, particularly vitamins A and E.
The natural cream has been noted to improve a number of skin conditions including blemishes, itching, eczema, psoriasis, lichen sclerosis and other forms of dermatitis. Additionally Shea Butter is used for insect bites, frost bite, small skin wounds and sunburn.
Pregnant mothers are also enjoying using the cream on their bellies to prevent stretch marks. The list of benefits could go on (so I’ve included a bigger list below).
We’ve found a Shea Butter which is organic and hasn’t been tested on animals. It comes combined with grapefruit, tea tree, lemongrass or lavender – all bearing a wonderfully fresh aroma.
This traditional balm is reaping dividends for both its users and producers. As one report noted, “For years, we have used it for everything. It cures our ills and fills our bellies. Now it is filling our pockets.”
Shea Butter is used for: Dry skin, fading scars, eczema, burns, rashes, acne, blemishes, dark spots, skin discolourations, chapped lips, stretch marks, wrinkles, soothing, daily face and body moisturiser, nappy rash, stings, minor burns (including sunburn), cracked skin, dermatitis, arthritis, athlete’s foot, after shave balm, scalp irritation, lip balm, massages, blisters, sun cream (up to SPF6).