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Personal Care

We stock the widest range of natural and organic personal care items, including shampoos & conditioners, hair dyes, body washes, anti-perspirants, toothpaste & mouthwash.

 Come visit us! Our fully trained staff are always willing to help with any queries.


  • Soaking in a bath of Epsom Salts is a natural way to encourage the elimination of toxins from the body.
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    EPSOM SALTS

    We stock a wide variety of naturally scented Epsom Salts, each one specifically aimed at distinctive ailments. Each essential oil is chosen for its healing properties, thus combining the traditional benefits of Epsom salts with aromatherapy.

     

    A handful of Epsom salts in your bath may help to

    • Ease stress
    • Improve sleep & concentration
    • Relieve pain & muscle cramps
    • Aid detoxification
    • Soften skin
    • Ease PMS
    • Relieve migraine & tension headaches
    • Ease constipation
    • Reduce bloating & water retention

    Soaking in a bath of Epsom salts is an effective way of absorbing magnesium sulfate, a pure mineral product vital for many bodily functions. It is also a natural way to encourage the elimination of toxins from the body. The salts activate fluid movement in the tissues and increases perspiration. To enhance this effect we also recommend daily dry skin brushing.

     

     

  • Achieve radiant, healthy skin. Helps combat cellulite & stretch marks. Aids detoxing and kickstart metabolism. Feel more energised.
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    DRY SKIN BRUSHING

    • Stimulates and enhances the lymph system in detoxification
    • Helps remove and prevent cellulite build up 
    • Strenghtens the immune system
    • Enhances digestion
    • Improves circulation
    • Tightens skin and improves texture through exfoliation and cell renewal

    Simple tips to successful results

    • Use a brush with natural fibres only (synthetic fibres may scratch the skin), bristles should be neither too soft or too firm
    • Use a brush with a long handle to reach all of the back
    • Only ever brush on dry skin - brushing on wet skin will only stretch the skin
    • Ideally bath or shower after brushing
    • Brushing before bedtime is not good for some as stimulating the circulation and lymph system may result in insomnia
    • Cover the whole body (except the face) with long, sweeping strokes
    • Remember to always brush towards your heart

    Call us on 01 633 3535 for more information, or ask our staff in the shop! 

  • Sulfates is the commonly used term for a group of anionic surfactant cleansing ingredients more correctly known as 'alkyl sulfates'
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    Surfactants are the workhourses of cosmetics and toiletries, functioning as cleansers (in facial cleansers, shampoos and bodywashes), and emulsifiers (in face and body creams and lotions), solubilisers (for dissolving fragrance oils in water-based products, such as rose and lavender water).

    Sulfates are univerally chosen by the industry due to their strong cleansing power and low cost. As a group alkyl sulfates are strong irritants. Researchers have warned that sulfates such as sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) may cause 

    • Dry itchy scalp
    • Dandruff
    • Corrosion of the hair follicle leading to hair loss
    • Readily absorbed by skin tissue
    • Development of cataract of the eyes

     

     

  • Many everyday products contain chemicals that could be bad for your health – chemicals that can disrupt hormones, are linked to cancer, cause allergies and inflame your skin.

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    Many everyday products contain chemicals that could be bad for your health – chemicals that can disrupt hormones, are linked to cancer, cause allergies and inflame your skin.

     

    While cosmetic ingredients are often deemed safe in small amounts, we have no idea what effect hundreds or thousands of them combined are having. The following are just 8 of the common groups of chemical used in regular beauty products and toiletries:

     

    Phthalates

    Phthalates are commonly found in nail varnishes, hairsprays, body lotions and deodorants. They are potentially cancer causing, and high doses have been linked with birth defects and liver damage in laboratory animals. They are strongly suspected of causing allergies in children. The use of some phthalates in children’s toys is restricted in the EU, though their use in beauty products is unregulated.

    Examples: di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) and di(2-ehtylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) Diethyl Phthalate

    Sodium lauryl sulfate & sodium laureth sulfate

    These foaming and cleaning agents are commonly found in toothpastes, shampoos, shower gels and many other personal care products. They strip natural oils from the skin, and can cause eye damage and skin irritation. They have been found to contain the chemical 1,4-dioxane, which is suspected of causing cancers, though the American Cancer Society stresses SLS and SLES are not carcinogenic. Also called: SLS, SLES, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)

     

    Parabens

    Parabens are used as preservatives in conditioners, hair gels, make up, skin creams, hair dyes, deodorants, sunscreens and many other products. A study of breast cancer tissues found parabens in 18 out of 20 samples, though the results have been debated by scientists, and there is no conclusive proof that parabens cause breast cancer. Propylparaben has been shown to decrease male sperm counts.

    Examples: Methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, butylparabens, alkyl-p-hydroxybenzoates

     

    Amines

    Found in a huge variety of personal care products and cosmetics, amines act as preservatives and foaming agents. They have been linked with hormone disruption, and some are suspected to increase the risk of cancer by combining with nitrates to form cancer-causing nitrosamine compounds.

    Examples: Monoethanolamine (MEA), Diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA)

     

    Ureas

    These are widely used preservatives, and a cause of skin inflammation and allergies. They are sometimes listed as Germall II and Germall 115. Diazolidinyl urea is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, as it releases formaldehyde (see below).

    Examples: Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea

     

    Fragrances

    Synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics can have over 100 ingredients. These include compounds known to be cancer causing. Fragrance chemicals have been linked with headaches, dizziness, rashes, vomiting and skin irritation. In 1986, the US National Academy of Sciences said that fragrance chemicals were potentially neurotoxic and needed further scientific investigation, though little has been done since.

    Coal Tars

    Coal tars are used as colorants in hair dyes, and skin softeners in a variety of personal care products. They are known to be carcinogenic in high concentrations. In the US, products containing the coal tar ingredient 4-methoxy-m-phenylenediamine (4-MMPD, 2,4-diaminoanisole) must display the warning: ‘Contains an ingredient that can penetrate your skin and has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals.’ No warning is required in the EU.

    Example: p-phenylenediamine

     

    Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde acts as a disinfectant and preservative in products such as deodorants, nail polish, soaps, shampoo and shaving products. It is a potential human carcinogen and is toxic to our nervous systems. It has been linked to eye damage and birth defects, and is known to cause skin cancer in animals. Low-level exposure to formaldehyde has been linked with headaches, fatigue, dizziness and seizures.

     

    Beauty products – choose natural and organic

    The best way of avoiding toxic chemicals in cosmetics and toiletries is to choose natural and organic products. Read labels very carefully and ask questions.

     

  • DANIEL FIELD NATURAL COLOURS

    We stock Daniel Field range of amonia & hydrogen peroxide-free permanent & semi-permanent hair colourant

    range & the Daniel Field natural lights highlighting kit.

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    DANIEL FIELD NATURAL COLOURS

    We stock Daniel Field range of amonia & hydrogen peroxide-free permanent & semi-permanent hair colourant

    range & the Daniel Field natural lights highlighting kit.

    The Daniel Field Nautral Colours range is a water-activated power formual which effectively covers up to 100% grey hair

    • odourless non-drip foam application - no toxic fumes                                                           
    • thickens & conditions hair
    • does not alter or damage the hair structure no matter how frequently applied
    • does not contain parabens, resorcinol, metallic compounds or alcohol
    • suitable for all hair types, including ethnic
    • suitable for vegans
    • not tested on aminals does not contain aminal derived ingredients
    • 100% recycled & recyclable packaging

    Daniel Field Natural Highlighting Kit is a certified organic rich formula, amonia-free phyto lightener with a fruity boost

    • luminous clear blonde shades - up to 5X lift
    • does not contain sodium lauryl/laureth sulphates, parabens, resorcinol, artificial fragrance or colourings
    • odourless non-drip formula - no toxic fumes
    • simple to use - just mix & brush on
    • suitable for all hair types
    • contains natural seaweed extract & certified organic avocado oil to buffer & protect the hair during the lightening process
    • may be applied up to the root of the hair for more natural results
    • ideal for use on previously chemically treated hair

     

  • Improve air quality, enhance your health
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    SALT LAMP IONISERS

    The air all around you is made up of molecules, all of which have an electrical charge on them. Negative ions are good for you! The bring oxygen to the brain, boost your immune system, and lift your mood. Studies show they may even help lessen depression.  Tested and researched to produce negative ions, salt lamps are well known in Europe and most people will feel the difference int he air quality right away.  

    WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM SALT LAMPS?

    The most dangerous levels of positive ions occur in polluted cities. Exhaust fumes from cars, trucks and buses: factory smoke, cigarette smoke, dust and soot, and electromagnetic pollution all combines to create a potent mixture of positive ions and ozone that gradually destroys our lungs and ruins our health. City dwellers should therefore be aware of the benefits Salt lamps can provide. 

    Salt lamps benefits also include

    • elimination of bacteria, mould, dust
    • may relieve hay fever
    • lessen migraine
    • reduce post operative pain

    The science bit!

    The emission of ions is primarily caused by the alternating actions of the salt's ability to first absorb water, then evaporate it. The unique ions emission Salt lamps process is due to the transformation ability of the electrically neutral salt molecule.

    Caring for your salt lamp 

    Salt has hygroscopic properties, which means that it draws water from the surrounding athmosphere. Sometimes in particularly moist or humid conditions the lamp surface may be slightly damp to touch. Lighting it for a few hours dries it very quickly.

    To Clean: wipe the lamp with a damp (not soaking wet) towel or sponge in order to remove dust. Once cleaned, dry the lamp with a paper towel or turn the lamp on for a while.


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