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Gorgeous Goodies New In

Gift Sets collageWe have some most delightfully gorgeous new goodies from the fabulous Faith in Nature that could solve many gift issues you have….

I love Faith in Nature because they use totally natural products, all of which are vegitarian (most vegan) and cruelty free and where possible organic.  You will not find any of these in Faith in Nature products:-

  • No animal tested products. No animal ingredients. No ingredients tested on animals (with a cut off date in accordance with BUAV (Cruelty Free International) requirements of 1988.
  • No Genetically Modified ingredients.
  • No synthetic colouring or fragrances.
  • No SLES, SLS or Parabens.
  • No artificial preservatives.
  • No BPA plastic (and they use rPET bottles wherever possible).
  • No Methylisothiazolinone (MI)

40thThey have come out with some fabulous gift packs – great to treat yourself, introduce a friend to the wonderful Faith in Nature or give to someone you feel deserves something special.

Starting off with the 40th Anniversary (hey, they are nearly as old as me!!) Gift Set which has five sensual varieties of mini Shower Gel & Foam Bath (all 100ml) – Aloe Vera & Ylang Ylang Coconut , Pineapple & Lime, Raspberry & Cranberry  and Seaweed & Citrus.  A shower gel/bath foam for every mood!  And all for the fabulous price of £12.99.

You can also get some fabulous twin-pack shower gels for £7.99 (2 x 250ml bottles) to suit different moods

revitalising_energisingBoth of the shower gels in the Vitalising & Energising Gift Set,  Aloe Vera & Ylang Ylang and the Seaweed & Citrus, are great at helping me start my day – even after a broken night with small children!relaxing_luxuriousIf you are wanting something to help prepare you for a calm evening and a great night’s sleep then the Relaxing & Luxurious Twin Pack may be for you!  It has gorgeous Lavender & Geranium and luxurious Chocolate scents to treat your senses. Be ware of the chocolate one though – it really makes me want a box of dark rich chocolates to go with my bath!

mini_skin_care_packWe also have fabulous the Faith in Nature Mini Skin Care Gift Pack with  Intensive Moisturising Cream (50ml), Restorative Hand Cream (50ml) and Replenishing Moisturising Cream (50ml).

mini_body_care_packAlongside this is the Faith in Nature Mini Body Care Gift Pack which contains Revitalising Body Lotion and Exfoliating Face & Body Polish – these combine to gently polish and help the skin feel softer, smoother, nourished and moisturised.  Mmm, you can just hear your skin sighing at the sound of that!

pineapple_twincoconut_twinWe are not forgetting your hair….  we have fabulous shampoo & conditioner twin-packs in Pineapple & Lime, Aloe Vera (great for men who don’t want to be too ‘scented’), Lavender & Geranium and Coconut!  What treats and all at £7.99 per pack (250ml bottles).

I have chatted to people at events about Faith in Nature and some have pointed out a couple of ingredients that they have concerns with – Parfum, Amonium Laureth Sulphate and the use of Palm Oil.  So I have been to the FiN website to answer my concerns and I hope yours:-

Parfum – Faith in Nature only uses natural fragrances obtained from pure natural essential oils, designated by the plant name in the INCI ingredient list or as ‘Parfum’.

Amonium Laureth Sulphate – All our products are blended from a mix of essential oils, herbal extracts and other wonderful and special ingredients. Some of our products (shampoo, shower gel/foam bath and hand wash) contain a base called Ammonium Laureth sulphate (ALES). We do not use SLS, nor SLES.  ALES is considered to be a safe and effective cleansing agent and is rapidly biodegradable. Virtually 100% of this base is immediately removed from the skin or hair by the simple act of rinsing with water.  Whilst ALES can be derived from animal fats or from petrochemicals, all Faith in Nature products containing this base only contain ALES that has been derived from plant/vegetable oil.  A prime advantage of our ALES is that it has a large sized molecule. This reduces its ability to irritation when blended in our bases, compared to other bases; the small SLS molecule and the more irritant SLES.

Palm Oil – Faith in Nature have always had a policy of not using petroleum or animal fat based ingredients and from the very beginning sourced our detergent from vegetable based ingredients.  In the early days, the alternative base material was made from coconut oil. However, over the years, coconut has been replaced by palm oil, as the oil palm is a much more prolific grower than coconut. As a result, our suppliers cannot now guarantee that they will be using coconut as the base in the future.  Whilst palm oil is used in a number of our ingredients, we work hard to ensure the palm oil we use is sourced responsibly. We also closely follow recommendations from The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in sourcing our palm oil. Currently all of our soaps are made with fully sustainable RSPO accredited palm oil. We actively work on solutions to limit the use of palm oil in our products as a long-term goal.  The majority of our suppliers are signed up to the RSPO and all aim to have zero non-sustainable palm products by 2015. Additionally we are also in the process of certifying the rest of our raw materials as being from certified green palm through the Green Palm Accreditation Certification System.


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‘Poo Free? Soapnut Shampoo Bars could be the answer

Going ‘Poo Free’ seems to be a real trend at the moment – people are not using commercial (synthetic) shampoos and their hair is feeling all the better for it.

Some people go for broke and use nothing at all on their hair except for water – after a while the oils will balance out and your hair will become manageable and pleasant to look at and touch.

Others use a dilute solution of baking soda with a dilute vinegar rinse and again, it may take a couple of weeks for the natural oils to balance and leave your hair looking good.

However, if you want to avoid the commercial shampoos with their oil-stripping detergents and other chemicals that may irritate the scalp, but don’t fancy going cold-turkey on hair products, then one of our new Soapnut Shampoo bars could be the answer.

These lovely bars are made with Soapnuts and a variety of plant-based oils and essential oils.  All three can be used on both the hair and the skin:-

coconut soapnut barCoconutty Soapnut Shampoo Bar –  This one is for coconut fans everywhere! A beautifully constructed shampoo with loads of coconut milk for superior lather and rice bran oil and jojoba oil for added conditioning properties. When you feel like you need a little bit of extra sunshine pamper yourself with this shampoo and our brand new Sea Salt & Coconut soap and get transported away to sunnier climes.

dead sea soapnut bar

Dead Sea Soapnut Shampoo Bar –  Along with the amazing cleansing and conditioning ingredients that all of our shampoo bars contain, we have also added rice bran oil for those of you all with hair that can be dry or brittle. If that wasn’t yummy enough, we have also added a generous helping of dead sea mud with its 35 minerals to make your hair feel clean, healthy and restored. Dead sea mud will hydrate and strengthen your hair and make it look and feel years younger! Oh by the way, it smells DIVINE!

lemonavocado soapnut barLemon & Avocado Soapnut Bar – Is your hair just not quite behaving? Doesn’t know whether its oily or dry? This is the shampoo for you! Gently cleansing without stripping your hair and replacing any lost moisture for a beautiful head of fresh, bouncy and nourished hair. The added avocado oil is amazing for hair and skin and is rich in vitamins A, D, E, B6, Magnesium, Copper, Iron, Amino Acids, Folic Acid all essential for hair growth and nourishment. I literally have nothing else left to say except … Enjoy!

They do sound gorgeous – will have to try one when my current shampoo (our lovely Seaweed one) runs out.