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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

organic aluminium free paraben free cream deodorant vegan soapnut skincare

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. Repeat until you have enough lather for your length of hair.*

  • Massage lather into roots. Rinse out thoroughly. When you rinse, all the soap that washes through the length of your hair will be enough to clean it.

  • 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 not to rub the bar directly onto their hair. It can be very helpful in making the hair less waxy, if you are going through an adjustment period.

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

Living Naturally Christmas Gift Guide Part 2 - Fragrance Free

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 16 December, 2015

vegan organic fragrance free hypoallergenic christmas gifts for sensitive skin

Last few days to catch the Christmas post, so here are some beautiful Fragrance Free products for anyone with sensitive skin.

Fragrance Free ...

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Top-left: Coconutty Shampoo Bar - A beautifully constructed shampoo with loads of organic coconut milk for superior lather and rice bran oil for added conditioning properties. Nourishing & Moisturising. Suitable for all hair/skin types, especially for dry or lack luster hair/skin or inflamed sore skin.

Top-right: Fragrance Free Shampoo - This botanically enhanced beautiful formulation, which contains conditioning organic botanical extracts of Nettle, Chickweed, Rosemary, Marshmallow & Soapnuts will cleanse your hair without stripping it and promote strong healthy hair growth.

Bottom-left: Fragrance Free Soapnut Salve - Our 100% Natural, 90% Organic, Vegan Botanically Infused Balm, infused with seven organic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory soothing herbs, will calm and deeply moisturise your skin leaving it soothed and protected. A deeply moisturising emollient balm.

Bottom-right: Fragrance Free Lip Balm - Our Organic Vegan Lip Balm is made with protective and nutritive oils, butters and waxes enhanced with our Organic Soapnut Extract and organic botanical extracts of chickweed, calendula and marshmallow to create an anti-inflammatory, healing, softening and nourishing lip balm.

Our Soapnut Skincare & Haircare products contain our Organic Soapnut Extract which has a stimulating effect to skin cells and helps the skin to produce it's own hyaluronic acid, which creates better hydrated, softer and smoother skin. Inside the fruit there are also natural sugars which attract moisture to the skin and lock it in, making the skin more resistant and elastic - therefore helping in the battle against dry and ageing skin.

Hopefully we have given you some great ideas for gifts this Christmas, and we hope you all have a peaceful and joyful Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Living Naturally Christmas Gift Guide Part 1

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 14 December, 2015

living naturally christmas gift guide

Right, you have one more week to get your gifts for Christmas Day! So here's our stocking filler gift guide:

Top To Toe Beauty ...

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Top-left: Organic Lip Balm enhanced with our Organic Soapnut Extract and organic botanical extracts of chickweed, calendula and marshmallow to create an anti-inflammatory, healing, softening and nourishing lip balm.

Top-right: Organic Deodorant Cream is an awesomely effective blend of natural, organic & botanic ingredients which will neutralise odour and nourish underarm skin. Fast absorbing and non-greasy. Free from: Aluminium, parabens, phthalates, propylene-glycol, GM and synthetic ingredients.

Bottom-left: Organic Coffee exfoliating scrub, naturally rich in anti-oxidants, removes dead skin cells leaving the skin healthier, nourished and instantly smoothed. Perfect for pampering yourself post-workout or before a special night out or in.

Bottom-right: Organic Herbal Hair Rinse Conditioner with organic soapnut liquid extract can help restore your scalps pH, clarifies hair, can help soothe itchy scalp, helps relieve dandruff & can also restore shine to processed or tired hair.


Food For The Skin This Christmas ...

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Our Soapnut Skincare contains our Organic Soapnut Extract which has a stimulating effect to skin cells and helps the skin to produce it's own hyaluronic acid, which creates better hydrated, softer and smoother skin. Inside the fruit there are also natural sugars which attract moisture to the skin and lock it in, making the skin more resistant and elastic - therefore helping in the battle against dry and ageing skin.

Organic Beard Balm - You can use this moisturiser for your skin, beard and hair. Packed with softening & regenerative ingredients like Soapnuts, Cocoa Butter, Shea, Jojoba Safflower & Hemp. Easily absorbed and non-greasy. We have these in Fragrance Free & Bay & Lavender.

Healing Soapnut Salves - Our 100% Natural, 90% Organic, Vegan Botanically Infused Balm, infused with seven organic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory soothing herbs, will calm and deeply moisturise your skin leaving it soothed and protected. In two fragrances: Bergamot, Ylang & Rose and Cardamom & Lavender.

Chamomile & Rose Beauty Balm - packed with nourishing & soothing herbs like Soapnuts, Marshmallow, Chickweed, Calendula, Rose & Chamomile and vitamin enriched regenerative oils like Rosehip, Safflower, Jojoba & Hemp. Great for all skin types and will help dry, cracked, itchy, inflamed, sensitive/problem skin and skin prone to acne, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Great for travelling skin!

Look out for PART TWO of our guide for a fragrance free Christmas for those of us with very sensitive skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan Life Magazine Review - October 2015

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 01 October, 2015

Soapnuts are a dried shell which can be used an alternative to chemical cleaners. They are totally hypoallergenic, very sustainable and can be used for many things - as a multi-purpose cleaner, clothes detergent - and now, shampoo. This vegan society approved rosemary and marshmallow shampoo smells delicious. It is so gentle it can be used as a body, or even face wash too. But that doesn't mean it doesn't do the job. After lathering up, my hair felt clean, and was deliciously, but not overpoweringly, scented. It left my locks with a definite sheen and softness that lasted for a couple of days. This shampoo combines a good, natural product with an ethically-sourced ingredient.

 

Soapnut Laundry Hack Number 7 : Using Linen Water For Toxin Free Fragrant Laundry

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 27 September, 2015

rose lavender orange floral water for soap nut laundry

Did you know that some fabric softener sheets actually use tallow animal fat. Normal fabric softener isn't any better with other toxic ingredients like chloroform, alpha terpineol, ethanol, synthetic musks etc. All of which can add up to allergies, asthma and sensitive skin.

So just skip all that nasty bad stuff and simply spray your drying Laundry with our alcohol free, antibacterial pure floral linen waters. These are so pure they can also be used as facial toners.

Soapnut Laundry Hack Number 6: Using Leftover Bits Of Soapnut Soap For Your Laundry

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 17 September, 2015

If you are like me and have loads of leftover soapnut soap that might just be too small to use, simply grate them up and throw them in the wash with your Laundry. You get clean fresh washing and you use up any bits of soap! The best thing about it is, that repurposed soap/laundry detergent is vegan, made with organic ingredients, contains no sls. parabens, phosphates, bleaches or any other rubbish. Sounds like a perfect alternative to conventional laundry detergent to me! Love soap, hate waste!

Soapnut Laundry Hack Number 5: Using Soapnut Soap Bars For Handwashing Laundry

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 10 September, 2015

zero waste laundry washing with soapnut soap bars handwashing laundry

If you are backpack travelling or just travelling light, and especially if you have no access to a washing machine, did you know you can use our soapnut soap bars to wash yourselves and your clothes as well?! Rub the soap bar onto wet clothes, scrub clothes using hands or washboard, rinse and dry. Do a patch test on delicate clothing.