Silver success at the FreeFrom Awards

Silver success at the FreeFrom Awards

We’ve got used to winning at the Free From Awards (we were ‘Best Brand’ last year), and have always done well with our entries. This year’s awards took place in early July at the ‘Love Natural Love Organic Show’, with the prizes being presented by Radio 2 personality and long-time promoter of all things natural and organic, Janey Lee Grace.

Unfortunately there was no gold for Botanicals this year – but we did win silver in the ‘Problem skin’ category with our Soothing salve. And our Nourishing face balm won bronze in the ‘Face care (leave on)’ category. So considering the number of entries from virtually every producer of natural skin care products (and there’s an awful lot of us), that’s still pretty good going – even if we say so ourselves!

Rigorous testing

Just getting the products short-listed is an achievement – and all four of the products we submitted (including Beautiful hands anti-ageing serum and our Mandarin & chamomile cleansing melt) sailed over that hurdle. This involved “a rigorous month of ‘real life’ testing” by a team of six Beauty Bible testers.

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Himalayan detox bath salts wins Green Parent award

Himalayan detox bath salts wins Green Parent award

We are delighted to announce that our Himalayan Rose mineral bath soak has been given a bronze prize in the Green Parent natural beauty awards.

Botanicals bath soak contains pink Himalayan rock crystals – which contain no less than 84 minerals – plus Dead Sea salts and Epsom salts. This blend of salts is perfect to revitalise the skin and ease sore, aching muscles.

The essential oils of rose, lavender and ylang ylang make the experience soothing and therapeutic. Our salts come with an attractive wooden scoop making them a perfect gift. Simply add a heaped spoonful to running water and enjoy for 20 to 30 minutes. Bath-time bliss!
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Reviewed; body polish, hydrating mist & facial serum

Reviewed; body polish, hydrating mist & facial serum

It’s time to bring you our latest reviews from some great beauty bloggers  (To read the full reviews, simply click on the links. And click on any product heading to view full details on our website.)

Revitalising body polish

We have had so many lovely reviews of natural body polish, it’s a staple product all year round but perfect for summertime. Here’s what Journalist and lifestyle blogger Angelina thought:

“The organic cane sugar and Himalayan salt crystals penetrate deep into skin, removing any dead skin cells or impurities clogging the pores. While the organic infusion of lemongrass, mandarin and ginger invigorate and put a zing in your step. Summer here we come!” Angelinascasa blog

Organic hydrating mist with Mandarin and Chamomile

Our organic hydrating mists are great as the second stage in your skincare routine. Post cleanse they can be sprayed directly on to the skin or on to a cotton pad and applied to the face. Here’s what Jess from the Beauty Sanctuary blog had to say about her experience using it:

“My Botanicals hydrating mandarin & chamomile mist has been working wonders for combating my slightly sallow skin in the mornings and compared to other products in the facial mist category, this one feels really soothing and actually quite moisturising.” The Beauty Sanctuary Blog

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Latest reviews: Hydrating mists and body polish

Latest reviews: Hydrating mists and body polish

It’s time to bring you our latest reviews from some of our favourite beauty bloggers  (To read the full reviews, simply click on the links. And click on any product heading to view full details on our website.)

Organic Hydrating mists

We produce two lovely hydrating mists; Rose and camellia and Mandarin and chamomile. Both mists are suitable for all skin types. But rose and camellia is particularly suited to dry and mature skin. And mandarin and chamomile would be the perfect choice if you have normal, combination or sensitive skin.

The great thing about these mists is that they can be used in a variety of ways; as a toner, to refresh make up, or simply as a pick-me-up during the day. Thanks to the lovely flower waters used, they are also the perfect product to take to the beach this summer. In fact they are one of our summer essentials!

Here’s an excerpt from Beauty Best Friend Blogger, Laura’s recent review;

“The mist can be used like a toner, spritzing onto a cotton wool pad after cleansing and then wiping away any traces of cleanser before moisturising as normal. Alternatively you can also spritz it directly onto the face as a cooling pick-me-up, I’ve been doing this during the recent warm weather and it’s really refreshing.” Beauty Best Friend blog

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Beautiful hands anti-ageing serum is a hit

Beautiful hands anti-ageing serum is a hit

It’s easy to forget that our hands are exposed to the elements just as much as our face. So they need just as much care and attention. Especially since the skin on our hands is often the first to show those tell-tale signs of ageing.  This is why we developed an innovative hand serum which is full of organic cold-pressed oils that are perfect for nurturing and rejuvenating the skin.

Most hand creams are a mix of oils and water. What makes our serum different is that we use only pure oils – making this a perfect intensive treatment, as well as a great addition to any at-home manicure.

The serum has received some great customer reviews (click here to read them). Sarah is a professional therapist;

The product is nicely packaged and simple to use – and you only need a couple of drops at a time so it lasts for ages! I teach my own spa handcare courses and I am definitely going to introduce the students to this product.

bb-logo-smAnd we’ve just heard that the serum has been given a silver award (right) after being tested on the Bizzie Baby website. Here’s some of their comments;
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Why we need to take more care of our soil

Why we need to take more care of our soil

Here at Botanicals, we recognise the importance of using ingredients grown on soil which is not tainted by chemical fertilisers. Which is why we were one of the UK’s first skincare companies to carry the Soil Association logo. And it’s also why we support the organisation’s year-long campaign to promote the quality of soil – which is so important for the quality of our crops and our food.

Speaking about the effect of farming on our soils, Soil Association Chief Executive, Helen Browning, warned:

“We’ve already degraded about 40 per cent of our soils internationally, and that’s happening here in the UK as well. If we don’t take care of our soils, we won’t be able to feed people in 50 years.”

Helen went on to talk about the price of organic produce, which is often higher than conventionally farmed:

“But I think if you have the option to support a way of farming that is much better for the environment and much better for animal welfare then it’s a great thing.”

Organic sales up by 20%

In the organic health and beauty sector many more consumers than ever before are looking for a symbol of authenticity such as the Soil Association organic certification. In fact organic sales rose by 20% in 2014.

Botanicals’ entire range is certified by the Soil Association, as well as the new international COSMOS standard. This means that our our organic ingredients are farmed to the highest standards, paying attention to sustainability and environmental impact – including soil health.

Microbeads to be banned in cosmetics?

Microbeads to be banned in cosmetics?

Microbeads are back in the news this week as environmental campaigners joined forces to celebrate ‘World Oceans Day’ by increasing pressure on major cosmetic companies to stop using these minute plastic particles in products ranging from body scrubs to toothpaste.

These beads are so small that they pass though sewage filters and end up in the sea. And it’s here they enter the food chain, getting ingested by plankton, molluscs, fish, birds – and eventually humans. And since the particles absorb toxic chemicals found in our polluted seas, this could be a serious health issue for both animals and ourselves.

Cosmetic companies add microbeads to their products as a scrubbing agent – to exfoliate and clean. But although many companies have been forced by public pressure to find natural alternatives, some of the largest organisations – including both Clarins and Olay – are said to be dragging their feet.
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Reviews: Botanicals face balm & body polish

Reviews: Botanicals face balm & body polish

It’s time to bring you our latest reviews from some of our favourite beauty bloggers  (To read the full reviews, simply click on the links. And click on any product heading to view full details on our website.)

Nourishing Face balm

This is a very concentrated nourishing balm. It contains no water or fillers so a little goes a long way. The Shea Butter, grapeseed oils and extracts of green tea and wild rose make it perfect for skin that is dry or as an intensive treatment after exposure to the sun.

“The balm has a beautiful, soft rose scent which is rather relaxing at night. It leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated by the time morning rolls ’round.” Pretty Green Tea Blog

Radiance Body Scrub

With summer on the way this is the best time to start preparing the skin. Our award-wining Radiance body polish is just perfect for the occasion. With 100% natural ingredients, including raw sugar cane and himalayan detox salts, as well as invigorating

“Botanicals Body Polish is a must for prepping skin for summer.  It’s one of those products that  doesn’t just have a surface effect but works right into the skin.” Berrys Beauty

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Avocado: a super food for the skin

Avocado: a super food for the skin

Could the humble avocado become the next ‘Beauty Must Have’? The popularity of avocado as a ‘super food’ has been steadily rising thanks to their abundance of nutrients. But avocados are just as equally a ‘super food’ for our skin.

This is because 77% of the fat in an avocado is oleic acid – which helps prevent and repair damage to your skin by helping to encourage cell growth and increase the amount of collagen in the skin. And more importantly, it neutralises free radicals (caused by pollution, stress and toxins) which cause the skin to age more rapidly.

Three of our most popular products contain avocado – Botanicals Balancing mask, Mandarin and chamomile moisturiser and our Radiance facial serum. We also offer organic avocado cold-pressed oil. (Click on any link to view the products on our website.)

Here a few more reasons why avocados are a worthy choice for both your diet and skin care:
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Get Britain Buzzing

Get Britain Buzzing

It’s a sad fact that our native bee population is in decline – both in numbers and health. This is particularly worrying because of their essential role in pollinating our food. We wrote about the subject back in 2009 in this post “Campaign to save the honeybees”. What’s really concerning is that a ban on pesticides linked to the decline has failed to halt the problem.

The Royal Horticultural Society has a great article highlighting why pollinators are so important and what we can do in our gardens to help. Click here to read it in full.:

“By planting nectar and pollen rich flowers over a long season, gardeners can help reduce this trend. In return, an abundance of pollinators will ensure garden plants continue to reproduce through seed and that many fruit and vegetable crops such as apples, strawberries and tomatoes successfully set fruit.”

The RHS recommends:

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