Why it’s good to make things…

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The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind here at Pai HQ! Last week I was invited to speak at the EEF’s National Manufacturing Conference alongside political heavy-weights, Ken Clarke and Vince Cable. Representing small businesses, I was there to communicate the challenges we face as a British manufacturer in the beauty [...]

The women who inspire me

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Today is International Women’s Day (IWD) – a touch point in the calendar that celebrates all the amazing women, society and the media seldom put centre stage. To mark the occasion here are just a few of my lesser known, every day heroes that have inspired me to think differently and live my life better. [...]

Who’s Who in Natural Beauty – 2014

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This week saw the launch of the 2014 Natural Beauty Year Book at Whole Foods Market, Kensington. It’s one of my favourite events of the year as it’s a great chance to catch up with everyone in the natural beauty industry, and starts off the countdown to the new year nicely! The NBYB is a fantastic [...]

Pai wins its first Manufacturing Award!

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I’m so excited to announce that Pai has won its first manufacturing award! The EEF Manufacturing Awards celebrate achievements and progression in the manufacturing sector – encompassing brands as diverse as Rolls Royce to Pai. On Tuesday, we were announced as the South East Regional Winner for Export Development in the EEF Manufacturing Awards. We [...]

Which Chamomile extract is best for the skin?

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Famed for its soothing properties, Chamomile is one of the most popular cosmetic ingredients for sensitive skin. But not all chamomiles are created equal; are you using the most effective extract? A bit of background Chamomile is named after the Greek words chamos (‘ground’) and milos (‘apple’), so can be thought of as a ground [...]

‘Detox Reactions’ to new products – are they normal?

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We often hear skincare brands telling customers that redness or inflammation is a normal detox response to their products after initial use. Some natural companies even state that reactions can last up to a month but that this is ‘healthy’ and shows the botanical ingredients are working. Having personally (and repeatedly!) suffered inflamed skin after [...]

Watchdog investigates MI in beauty products

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Lots of you have been in touch following last night’s BBC Watchdog investigation into the presence of Methylisothiazolinone (MI) in popular cosmetic products. (link) The programme was a great follow up to the story we commented on back in July, which revealed that a rise in the presence and concentration of MI in leading personal care [...]

Brave new world: Is this a vanity step too far?

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Stem cell technology has long been a controversial but fascinating issue. Yesterday, I read an interesting article in the Telegraph about new advances in the field and how they might influence the beauty treatments of the future. Apparently, thanks to French genomic company Cellectis, ‘eternal youth’ could be yours for just £40,000. They’ve just announced [...]

How to spot an organic imposter

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At Pai we’re absolutely passionate about organics – and do absolutely everything in our power to ensure our products contain only the highest quality, certified organic ingredients. We go to such lengths to ensure the organic origin of our products because sadly, there’s no legal definition of the terms ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ in the beauty industry. So products are allowed to [...]

Pai launch at Lime Wood Hotel!

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I’m delighted to announce that as of today Pai products and facial treatments are available at the award-winning Herb House Spa at Lime Wood Hotel! It’s our first premium hotel and spa collaboration and we couldn’t have picked a more beautiful partner. Tucked away in the New Forest, Lime Wood is a rural retreat and [...]