Shortlist success at the FreeFrom Awards

Our short-listed products.

Our three short-listed products.

free-from-2014-shortlisted-logoWe entered three products for this year’s ‘FreeFrom Skincare Awards’, and we’re delighted to announce that all three have been shortlisted.

This means they’ve been selected from many other natural skincare products as potential prize-winners. And will now be sent on to a team of 10 Beauty Bible testers for a month-long, in-depth evaluation.

Last year we entered three products and won two silver awards, and had another shortlisted. We also won a Best Brand award. So our record so far has been pretty good.

This year’s shortlisted products are our ‘Gentle cleansing melt‘ in the Face care (take off) category. Our ‘Revitalising body polish‘ in the Body care (take off) category. And our ‘Foot softening balm‘ in the Hand, nail & footcare category.

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New look to celebrate our 10th anniversary

Our new look.
Our new look.

Our new look to celebrate our 10th birthday.

Botanicals was born in 2004. During the last 10 years, our completely natural and organic skincare products have won both consumer praise and industry awards. To celebrate this important anniversary in style, we’ve decided to create a fresh and eye-catching new look.

Choosing the right design hasn’t been easy. We’ve looked at lots and lots of ideas, ranging from Victorian floral to modern minimalist. We’ve spoken to colour consultants and branding experts. We’ve even had a dedicated Pinterest board to get instant feedback.

We soon discovered that everybody has had different ideas of what they like – and don’t like. But we feel the design we’ve finally chosen is both elegant and simple. And more importantly, it reflects our ethos – focusing on the apothecary nature of the company, and the emotional, physical and holistic benefits of our products. And it allows the products to speak for themselves, rather than cloaking them in over-dressed packaging.
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Give your skin a spring clean

brighten your skin

Spring clean your beauty routine by treating yourself to one of Botanicals’ anti-ageing facial serums for instantly fresher-looking skin. And this weekend we’re offering a special, money-saving promotion.

brighten your skin

Brighter, fresher-looking skin

Infused with a powerfully potent blend of high-performing botanical oils and extracts to help fade and prevent the signs of ageing, they come in two varieties.

Customers with sensitive skin tell us they love the skin-soothing properties of our super-powerful Chamomile & mandarin anti-ageing facial serum. And those with dry and mature skin say our Rose & camellia serum leaves their skin feeling hydrated and fantastic.
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Botanical changes on the way

The nightmare of EU red tape.
The nightmare of EU red tape.

The nightmare of EU red tape.

It’s been four long months since we last posted on our blog. And that’s a ridiculous state of affairs in these internet-obsessed times. So it’s not surprising that many of our loyal therapists and customers were starting to wonder what’s been happening – or not happening – on the Botanicals front.

One reason is that we’ve been tied up in knots by EU red tape. It’s a long and frustrating saga, and we won’t bore you with details. But the EU – in their infinite wisdom – decided that anyone selling cosmetics and bodycare products had to comply with a long list of new regulations, involving lots of very complicated form-filling. And all done online at a website that kept crashing.
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Therapist profile: Liz Simha


liz-simhaIn another of our popular series featuring complimentary therapists, ex-teacher, Liz Simha (right), explains what led her along this path, and why she uses Botanicals products in her range of treatments…

Tell us a little about yourself and your business

My name is Liz Simha and I am the owner of Staines Reflexology, where I provide a range of personalised, holistic treatments with an emphasis on improving client wellbeing.  I am a qualified Reflexologist and Holistic Massage therapist and I have a particular interest in women’s health, pregnancy and stress.

As the name of my business would suggest, I am based in Staines in Middlesex where I work mainly from home, as well as offering a mobile service in the local area. At the moment I work mainly evenings and weekends as I am at home with my two young children, but this is about to change as my son starts pre-school next month so I will have more time available to develop my therapy business. This is an exciting time for me.
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Cosmetic chemicals blamed for skin allergy epidemic

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Products from Boots, Wet wipes and Nivea are said to contain significant levels of MI.

Products from Boots, Wet wipes and Nivea are said to contain significant levels of MI.

A staggering one in five children now suffer from eczema, with contact dermatitis being the most common condition. The British Association of Dermatologists is warning that a chemical found in everyday cosmetics may be partly responsible for this epidemic.

Methylisothiazolinone (MI) is used as a preservative in a wide range of popular moisturisers, shampoos and shower gels, including Nivea body lotion, Wet Ones and Boots men’s face wash.

Similar chemical preservatives have been withdrawn over recent years because of health concerns. Which has meant that the use of MI as a replacement has increased. But scientists are saying that higher doses of MI may well be responsible for the increase of contact allergies, such as eczema.
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Coming soon: our new organic face serum

The main key ingredient in our new anti-ageing serum is organic rosehip oil.
The main key ingredient in our new anti-ageing serum is organic rosehip oil.

The main key ingredient in our new anti-ageing serum is organic rosehip oil.

We’ve been developing a new ‘anti-ageing’ facial serum over recent months, based on cold-pressed, organic rosehip oil.

It went out to a team of product-testers a couple of weeks ago. And we’re now in the process of getting everything ready for the launch.

The results of the initial product evaluation were really positive. Here’s a selection of their comments:

“I found soon as I applied the serum it sunk in amazingly and made my skin glow with health. That’s what I loved with this product. No dryness – just healthy looking skin. It stayed soft and smooth all day. No need to apply again at midday.”

“I love the feel of my skin after only a few days, and you use so little it will be very economical.”

“I could see a more even skin tone plus my small blemishes seemed less obvious. My skin looked younger. Based on this trial, I would recommend it as it improved my skin in such a short time.”
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Just one week left for our September offer!


september-offerOur special half-price offer on our ‘Organic beauty try-me samples set’ has been really successful. It ends on September 30th. So if you’re tempted, now’s the time to place your order! Click here for full details.

We created the offer to support the Soil Association’s ‘Organic September 2013′ campaign. The collection contains two products from our facial range, two from our body care range, plus an aromatic oil.
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Botanicals now on Amazon


amazon-picWe’ve got some great news if you like purchasing on Amazon; we’ve put over 30 of our most popular products on our own Amazon shop. If you’ve got an Amazon account, you’ll know just how easy it is to order products using their ’1-Click’ buy button.

Click here to visit our shop. And click on the image on the right if you’d like to see a single product such as our Orange blossom body balm.

“It’s something we’ve been planing for a while,” said Botanicals founder, Wendy. “I use Amazon to buy everything from books to children’s toys. The service is always very good, with prices to match, and it’s really simple to order.”

We’ll be adding more products to the store over the coming weeks, so please do drop by and take a look.

Ps. We know it’s far too early to mention that well-known December celebration, but our gift boxes make great seasonal presents :-)! (Click here and enter the search term ‘gift’ to see them all.) Most of the boxes are now on Amazon, with more to follow.

Therapist profile: Carol Hardy-White


carol-hardy-whiteIn the latest in our series profiling therapists who use Botanicals products in their treatments, Lisa chats to Carol Hardy-White (right).

Tell me a little about yourself and your business

My name is Carol Hardy-White and I am married with four children and two grandchildren. My husband and I also support my younger half-brother who has complex needs. We live in a Victorian house which is the second house we have renovated. In my spare time I love decorating, crafts and sourcing vintage items for our home.

I have been in the holistic/beauty therapy business since 1999, and my business name is ‘Natural Health and Beauty by Carol’. I work within a multi-therapy clinic in Farnworth, Bolton, offering an extensive range of Holistic Beauty treatments. I aim to provide a friendly, relaxing and comfortable space in which clients can relax and unwind. I also like to share the benefits of holistic therapies with my clients so they can become more informed and therefore more responsible for their own health and well-being if they so choose.
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