Do I need to use gluten-free skincare?


Last year, sales of gluten-free products reached £184 million in the UK. This growth was up a staggering 15% from 2013. According to Mintel, 15% of households in the UK are now avoiding gluten, citing it as a cause of various health problems. With intolerance to gluten on the rise, the demand for free-from foods […]

The rise of organics: Exciting news from the Soil Association report


News just in – the new Soil Association report on the rise of organic sales makes for really encouraging reading! There has been a growth in sales of organic health and beauty products since 2010. A sudden increase of 17% from 2012 – 2013 was looking promising, but the newest stats reveal that sales rose […]

Sarah Vine asks if organic products are worth it

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While lack of organic labelling regulations is an issue I regularly bang on about here on the blog, it’s very rarely covered in mainstream beauty media. So, I was thrilled to see Sarah Vine’s great article on organic beauty products and labelling loopholes in her Daily Mail ‘Beauty Sleuth’ column this morning. As she points […]

Which Chamomile extract is best for the skin?


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 […]

The Soil Association speaks out against organic imposters


Yesterday’s article in the Daily Mail names and shames Boots and Nivea for making false organic claims. Reporting on recent research done by the UK Soil Association, they examined products from a number of beauty brands making organic claims and found many to contain synthetic ingredients such as methylisothiazolinone (a particularly nasty preservative). There are […]

My Desert Island Beauty Essentials

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To coincide with Earth Day, one of my favourite blogs, The Beauty Shortlist has been running Green Beauty Week to showcase all things natural and organic. I had a chat with the editor, Fiona, earlier in the week to share my top five desert island beauty essentials. If you’re dreaming of a sun drenched beach […]

‘Five a Day’ Focus: Emotional Wellbeing


Everyday our bodies physically react to mental triggers. As the body’s biggest organ, the skin is also a surface on which our emotional peaks and troughs play out. For skin as happy as you feel, follow these top tips for maintaining your emotional wellbeing: Don’t compare yourself to anybody else While it might be difficult, […]

Meet the Ingredients that will bring you Age Confidence


As always – discovering and sourcing the highest quality, results-driven ingredients the organic world has to offer was the first step on the path to creating our new Echium and Amaranth Age Confidence Facial Oil. This time round, the biggest challenge for our formulation team lay in choosing what to leave out! There are so […]

Pai Skincare on set of Les Miserables


Last Friday saw the release of a film I’ve been dying to see ever since I first heard about it early last year – Les Miserables. If a killer cast of Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfriend, Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe wasn’t exciting enough, watching Les Mis on the big screen is going to be even more […]

Why you should use a Cuticle Balm

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For most of us, looking after our hands usually doesn’t involve much more than applying a decent Hand Cream every once in a while and picking a pretty shade of polish. However for truly healthy hands, a little cuticle care is required too. The cuticle is the thick layer of skin around the base of the […]

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