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And Another One: We Won Gold

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 11 July, 2017

It has been an amazing few months over here at Living Naturally! We have already won FIVE awards this year and now we have TWO more to add to our collection!

 

Living Naturally won GOLD for our Oat Milk & Calendula Soapnut Soap in the Hard Soap category and was a RUNNER-UP for the Best Overall Free-From Product in the sixth annual FreeFrom Skincare Awards.

The Awards were founded to encourage and reward manufacturers of skincare products that are ‘free from’ many of the allergens, chemicals, additives and fragrances associated with skin sensitivities, allergies, and ethical, environmental and health concerns.

The awards were presented at The Love Natural, Love Organic Show at Olympia on Friday 7th July.

 

The announcements followed a long judging process which included a rigorous month-long assessment by testers recruited by the Awards’ associates, the Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible, and concluded with week-long expert judging sessions.

free from skincare awards 2017 goldThe Free From Skincare Awards were founded in 2012 to encourage and reward manufacturers of skincare products ‘free from’ many of the allergens, chemicals, additives and fragrances associated with skin sensitivities, allergies, ethical and health concerns.

They are run by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson editor of the FreeFromMatters.com websites and director of the FreeFrom Food Awards (now in their tenth year) and the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards (in their third year), and Alex Gazzola, deputy editor of SkinsMatter.com and a writer specialising in allergies and sensitivities.

So Fresh And So Green: TWO Green Parent Awards

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 11 July, 2017

We are so pleased to have won TWO awards with Green Parent Magazine. The two featured products were the Chamomile & Rose Beauty Balm which was a 'Skincare Best Buy' and our Fragrance Free Herbal Healing Salve which got 'Baby & Child Best Buy'!!

Here are some of the reviews for our Chamomile & Rose Beauty Balm:

"Thrilled to have finally found the perfect moisturiser! I use this mainly on my face - it's thick, yet easily absorbed and intensely nourishing. Great as an after-sun too!
A really cost effective buy too, as a little goes a long way so it will last for ages. There's no use-by date on the pot, though, which would be good, but I'm guessing as it's composed of natural oils it will take a long time to expire." - Miriam

"I'm just about to order my second pot of this brilliant moisturiser. I was using a prescription creme for my rosacea but it left my skin drier than ever. After trying Chamomile & Rose Beauty Balm I've never looked back. Smells like an aromatherapy massage oil and moisturises like a dream. My skin looks noticeably smoother and no more rosacea postules!" - Clare

 

Our Salves have also been a big hit, here are what our customers have to say:

"This stuff is amazing, has made my skin clearer, very good for very sensitive skin." - Hollie

"They are right when they say a little goes a long way! Is so concentrate and easy to apply. I' ve been using it everyday to heal my habbit of taking of finger skin and cuticles... my hands look perfect now! I also used it to help heal a deep cut in my finger and in a rash on my puppies ear with success!" - M

 

These products are available in our Soapnut Skincare Collection

 

We Won An Innovation Award!!!

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 28 June, 2017

Thank you so much to Veggie Magazine who have awarded us with an Innovation Award! We are so thrilled to have won such an exciting award which really does encapsulate all we do here at Living naturally. Thanks to all the judges and here is a mention of our award in the magazine...

We won Editor's Choice in the Beauty Shortlist Awards 2017

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 31 May, 2017

After 6 months of testing entries from 38 countries, we won an Editor's Choice in The 6th Annual Beauty Shortlist Awards!

We are so pleased to have won this award for our very popular Bergamot & Ylang healing Salve which was also shortlisted last year at the Free From Skincare Awards 2016.

We have had some great comments from judges including:

" Informative instructions and useful information on properties of products. My skin looked smooth with a slight sheen. Stopped itching after applicaion. The product has a slight medicinal fragrance but it isn't overpowering. It has quite a think texture but as soon as you rub it in between your hands it disperses quickly. Good product that kept my dry skin moisturised all day and kept itching at bay. My skin felt smoother and there were less flaky patches. The product controlled my dry skin and kept itchiness at bay. I would use this product again just for the moisturising elements, it also helped to reduced itchiness from Exzema. Good value for money, a little goes a long way. Informative packaging listing severa uses. "

For more information our Skincare click here

Living Naturally & Aromastick May Giveaway

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 01 May, 2017

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TWO FREE Aromastick Botanical Inhalers with every order over £30!!


For several years now, Aromastick have been studying the volatile compounds of essential oils and their psychological as well as physiological effect on the user. To get the most out of these molecules, they have developed an easy-to-use inhaler which delivers scents about three times more effectively than the same scent used diffusely in a room.

An AromaStick can be used anywhere and at any time for six months or more.

Sometimes, everyone’s emotions need a little care. When that happens, scents delivered from an AromaStick can work wonders. Randomized and – where possible – placebo controlled research on our AromaSticks shows that neither zero-control (doing nothing) nor popular alternative methods beat our carefully formulated compositions when it comes to relaxing the body or stimulating the mind quickly and efficiently.

THE OFFER LASTS UNTIL STOCK RUNS OUT. ORDERS OVER £30 BEFORE SHIPPING. ONLY TWO INHALERS PER HOUSEHOLD. UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE UNABLE TO TAKE REQUESTS FOR INDIVIDUAL CHOICE OF INHALER FRAGRANCE.

Our Brand New Organic Soapnut Castile Soap Wins Award at Natural Organic Product Europe 2017

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 04 April, 2017



The winners of the Natural & Organic Awards Europe 2017 were announced yesterday on Monday 3 April at Natural & Organic Products Europe.

“The Natural & Organic Awards are now in their 22nd year, and it’s been fantastic to see them grow in stature – to the point, where now, they are the recognised benchmark for excellence in natural and organic,” said Jim Manson, editor in chief of Natural Products News.

“But as well as celebrating fantastic businesses and great products, the Awards also provide us with an opportunity to stop for a moment and celebrate the people – and the shared values – that make our natural and organic industry so special, and enduring.  Congratulations to all of our fantastic winners and finalists,” he said.

The ‘best new product’ awards were voted for by visitors to the show on Sunday 2 April and then judged by a panel of leading industry experts; including Julian Wright (‎purchasing director at The Health Store), Andy Derbyshire (buying controller at Tree Of Life), Alan Martin (owner/retailer of Food For Thought Kingston and Guildford), Wendy Atkinson (MD of Modern Herbals), and Shona Wilkinson (technical and corporate nutritionist).  The 13 winners were selected from over 320 New Product Showcase entries, in categories covering food, health, beauty and natural living.

Living Naturally were awarded a Finalist Award in the Best New Natural Living & Home Product category. Here are a list of the finalists and the winners of that category:

BEST NEW NATURAL LIVING & HOME PRODUCT

Winner: Kingfisher Natural Toothpaste Charcoal – Kingfisher Natural Toothpaste

Finalist: Dry and Light Incontinence Pads – Natracare
Finalist: Organic Soapnut Castile Soap – Living Naturally
Finalist: Woobamboo Eco-awesome Dentalcare – Mahi Naturals
Finalist: The Cheeky Panda Bamboo Tissue – The Cheeky Panda

For more information on our award-winning all-purpose Organic Soapnut Castile Soap please click here.

Going on holiday? Save space and money with our multi-use products!

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 25 July, 2016

If you have booked your holiday abroad or getting ready for your staycation, space is paramount. So here is our little guide on how to make the most of your holiday with our Multi-use Organic Soapnut products ....

1. Organic Cream Deodorants

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Our Organic Cream Deodorants can be used for your underarms and your feet, and in a worst-case scenario can be reapplied to freshen up if there are no showers available ... although we wouldn't recommend doing that for too long! We have also just reformulated it to last in hotter temperatures, so you won't need to keep it in the fridge ... although applying cool deo feels amazing in this hot weather! If you do leave it out in direct sunlight over 30 degrees, just pop it in the fridge to firm up again.

 

2. Ayurvedic Herbal Hair Mask

 The Ayurvedic Herbal Hair Mask, because of it's formulation as a powder, can be mixed with any liquid (water, nut milk etc) and used for the following: shampoo, face scrub, body scrub, hair mask and face mask. This jar will get you through at least one week, but if you are going for longer, buy two or opt for our Organic Soapnut Powder which can be used in the exact same way. 

 

 


3. Herbal Healing Soapnut Salves

Our SkinMatters Shortlisted Herbal Healing Soapnut Salves are by far the best space-saver ever! This hero product is great as a: moisturiser for your face and body, can be used as an oil-cleanser balm, after-sun skin soother, spot treatment, insect bite soother, balm for cracked feet and hands and as a lip balm! Phew!

 

4. Soapnut Soap & Shampoo Bars

Apart form the Soapnut Salves, this is my other favourite space-saver. Our Soapnut Soap or Shampoo (bars and liquid) can be used to wash: Hair, face, body, hands, clothes, dishes and pets (choose fragrance free options for the pets). All of our soaps are so natural and softening you can use it for everything, and at the end of the day ... Soap is soap!

 

 

5. Our Award Winning Man Balm

Our celebrated Man Balms are perfect for the man that likes to travel light. Use as a moisturiser, beard balm, hair pommade, treatment for cracked skin and lip balm.They come in three varieties: Bay & Lavender, Sandalwood & Orange and Fragrance Free.

So i'm sorted for my vacay, hope you are too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free From Skincare Awards 2016 ... We Won!!!!

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 11 July, 2016

 

We picked up FOUR awards including Silver for The Best Free From Skincare brand in the fifth annual FreeFrom Skincare Awards this weekend. It is so lovely to be recognised by such a prestigious award for our soapnut skincare. Not only winning one, but four awards is very exciting!

The Awards were founded to encourage and reward manufacturers of skincare products that are ‘free from’ many of the allergens, chemicals, additives and fragrances associated with skin sensitivities, allergies, and ethical, environmental and health concerns.

The awards were presented at The Love Natural, Love Organic Show at Olympia on Friday 8th July, by ‘Imperfectly Natural’ beauty and holistic health guru, Janey Lee Grace.

The announcements followed a long judging process which included a rigorous month-long assessment by testers recruited by the Awards’ associates, the Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible, and concluded with week-long expert judging sessions.

The Judges comments included:

"A first-time entrant with excellent products, all four of which were shortlisted, and deserved winner of three category medals."

Our other three awards were for:

award winning organic vegan free from skincare

Men's Grooming: Bronze for our Man Balm

“Over the month I feel that my skin does feel very well looked after, nicely moisturised and protected … it’s looking healthy and glowing, and there is no irritation, blemishes or sensitivity. I feel it would really come into its own during a cold winter when your face is exposed to the elements.”

 

 

 

Hair Care: Bronze for our Botanic Hair Oil

“The fragrance was lovely, herbal and fresh smelling. I have found the condition of my scalp to be improved, I suffer from dermatitis and the product has soothed it somewhat, it is less itchy."

"Left my hair soft and shiny. Does what it promises and I would buy it again, though I still have nearly the whole bottle left!”

 

 

Hard Soaps: Silver for our Activated Charcoal Soap

“Left my hands very soft and I didn't need to use a moisturiser as well. I was surprised as some soaps can be quite drying but this did have a nourishing effect.”

“Really gentle. Lathered well, didn't crack. Kept its subtle fragrance. Loved the packaging, loved that it's vegan, it could make a cute gift too.”

 

 

So many great comments from the judges, we're sooo freaaakkking stoked!!!!

 

 

 

 

Why You Should Never Use Petroleum Jelly As A Moisturiser

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 20 June, 2016

Most people never think of the ingredients in their products unless they have to. They assume that the companies are reputable, honest and wouldn't make things for our skin that could harm us. Let's face it unless you have an intolerance or an allergy, most people never really question any ingredients.

 

What's wrong with Vaseline?

Now I don't know anyone with a Vaseline allergy, but seeing Petrolatum on a product ingredient list should definitely scare you. Why would you want to put deodorised and filtered crude oil onto your face or body?

A guy called Richard Cheesebrough started selling 'Vaseline' around 1870. He made the Petroleum Jelly by using the residue of West Virginian crude oil (known as Rod Wax), distilling it and filtering it through 'Bone-Black' (animal bone charcoal). The process has changed a bit, but they finished product is still made from crude oil. It also has other names like soft paraffin, mineral jelly etc.

So not only is it made from crude oil, but that oil is taken on lands that could be farming food crops instead.

 

So apart from it being refined crude oil, what does it do to your skin?

If that wasn't bad enough, petroleum jelly is known as an occlusive. That means that it covers your skin and stops it from losing moisture, by creating a barrier and actually stopping it from breathing. And if your skin isn't spotlessly clean in the first place, it allows fungi to fester under it's barrier.

'But it makes my skin feel moisturised' you say? ... How does it do this? Well it stops water loss by suffocating your skin.

If you have petroleum jelly on your skin, and it looks moisturised, but you know it doesn't draw any moisture from the air, then it can only draw moisture from one place ... Your body and organs! So now you know why your lips look so plump.

The trick is that most of these types of products have other ingredients like emollients (oils and fats) and humectants (e.g. glycerine) to improve the feel of it and also how it behaves on your skin. So it will feel moisturised with the other synthetic ingredients in it, but your skin is very far from nourished.

 

Sooo ... let's recap:

1 - Made from Crude Oil - Fossil fuel, unsustainable - It has an environmental impact.

2 - Stops your skin from breathing.

3 - Draws moisture from your internal body and organs to plump up your skin.

 

What's the alternative?

Do not believe the hype! Just because the cream might claim to keep you moisturised for a number of hours or cost £100, you should still look at all the ingredients!

Even better, look for natural skincare products that use plant waxes, oils and butters to create superior products that will actually moisturise and nourish your skin. Simples!

How To Use Our Natural Soapnut Shampoo Bars

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 25 April, 2016

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Choose the right one for you

To get the most beautiful, bouncy, natural head of hair, make sure you are using the right bar for your hair type. Each of our shampoo bars are made with a unique recipe and contains a different blend of natural plant oils, essential oils, and clays, herbs or spices. Likewise each person's hair and scalp is unique and will react differently. We suggest trying samples until you find the bar that is right for you. Here is our quick cheat sheet for picking the right soapnut shampoo bar for you ...

Dry Hair: Coconutty, Hemp & Patchouli, Ayurvedic, Dead Sea Mud, Beer & Bay

Oily Hair: Coconutty, Lemon & Avocado, Ayurvedic, Beer & Bay, Dead Sea Mud

Normal: Lucky you! You can use any of them!

Thick/Curly Hair: Hemp & Patchouli, Beer & Bay, Dead Sea Mud, Ayurvedic

 

How To Use

After using our shampoo bars for 8 years, I think I have the shampoo technique down! Here is how to do it:

  • Comb out dry hair before shampooing. Do not miss this step, especially if you use styling products.

  • Wet bar and lather in hands, apply lather to hair. Or alternatively rub bar directly onto hair and lather well (this works well for me - mid length hair).*

  • Massage lather into roots and through lengths of hair. Rinse out thoroughly.

  • We recommend using our Herbal Hair Rinse Conditioner for amazing, bouncy & shiny hair but also to get rid of any soap/grease or product residue. Spray hair rinse from roots to tip, comb or massage through. Leave on for about 20 seconds, then rinse out. Repeat if necessary.

*When using the bars, one thing that is very important is to lather the soap up really well, and to use lots of lather when washing your hair. The most common spot, especially for people with long hair, is at the back of the head. You need to work the shampoo into your hair with water and lather up so that the dirt and extra oils not needed by your hair can be washed away.

Some find it helpful, to use the apple cider vinegar/herbal hair rinse conditioner before you wash you rhair with the shampoo bars. Apply to hair, comb through and rinse out. Then follow shampoo steps above.

If you are used to using normal commercial shampoo and shampoo twice, you will notice that the second wash produces a lot more lather. The first wash is mixing with the dirt and excess oil in your hair so the second wash is working on cleaner hair. The same is true for our shampoo bars.

So lather up, once, twice, maybe even three times at first. But please make sure to rinse every single time! And then an extra rinse for good measure!

 

Change is good

Sometimes you go through an adjustment period, when you are using a shampoo without synthetic ingredients. Nomal commercial shampoos and conditioners contain ingredients like synthetic silicones and silica that coat your hair (they leave a residue), and many hairdressers will tell you that it is a good idea to change commercial shampoo brands regularly, as your hair 'gets used to it' and needs a change. This may be only for a week or so, and your scalp will definitely adjust. But here are some helpful tips to get you through this period:

  • RESIDUE: You need to give the shampoo bars about a week to rid your hair of the old residues from your commercial shampoo. Because shampoo bar soaps do not strip hair in the same way as detergent based shampoos, you may notice your wet hair feeling different after washing than you may be accustomed. This is perfectly normal, you'll love how your hair feels after it dries.

  • DETOX: Normal commercial shampoos strip away your natural protective oils from your scalp and hair. Your dry scalp now produces more oil to compensate. As you transition to a natural shampoo bar, your scalp needs time to detox, to re-balance scalp oil production. This can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks and for some even longer.  During this transition period hair may feel extra greasy or heavy.

  • HARD WATER: Hard water can make it more difficult to rinse all of the shampoo from your hair, which can be a problem for people with long hair. Studies have also shown that hard water can be an eczema trigger.  The calcium and magnesium in hard water seem to cause skin to become more dry which may lead to irritation. You can either invest in a water softener attachment for the shower (we did this, so much better for skin and hair) or you can use our Hair Rinse Conditioner. If you are not partial to Apple Cider Vinegar, a good alternative is to mix 1 teaspoon of citric acid into 250ml of water and rinse your hair with this.

Hopefully you guys will find my definitive guide (fingers crossed!) to using our natural soapnut shampoo bars useful and if you do have any more tips that I haven't covered feel free to email me.

Shashi @ Living Naturally x

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