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Shortlisted for Awards

FFSA Shortlist lo-resSo, we might have some news…

In a flurry of excitement back in February, we decided to send our soaps out into the world… to be judged…

I know, I know, what a thing to subject our soapy offspring to. But we did it anyway. Mean hey? Well perhaps not.

Being an allergy sufferer, I’ve been a long-time follower of the Free From Food Awards.

They’ve put me on to such deliciousness as a vegan, palm oil free ‘cheese’ that actually tastes nice! (the Blue Cheese being a personal favourite); and a whole host of other treats.

A few years ago though, all my Christmases came at once when they launched the Free From Skin Care Awards.

Like their tasty counterpart, these are of course concerned with products that exclude the common food allergens; but they also take into account the use of artificial additives and, extra wonderfully, also ethical issues.

There was nothing for it – we had to enter.

Then came the hard part, which soaps should we send to be judged?

Being all natural, vegetarian (mostly vegan) and palm oil free, our entire range was eligible to enter.  Given the allergy focus though, we thought it best to stick with our soaps that are particularly good for sensitive skin.

For variety, we chose a pretty soap in our signature scent, the Rose Geranium; our mildest soap, initially actually created for a woman with a severe sun allergy, the Coco Castile; and, of course, the sensitive-skin friendly & scrubby favourite, the Oatmeal Soother.

Months passed…

Nails were bitten…

FFSA Commended 14 Lo-resFear abounded.

It seems though, we had nothing to worry about.

Totally taken aback and flattered beyond belief (particularly as we’re such fans of the awards!) we recently discovered that ALL of the soaps we’d entered had gained some sort of recognition!

Giddiness took over.

It turns out that our Rose Geranium has been officially ‘commended’ in the Hard Soaps category, and BOTH our Coco Castile and Oatmeal Soother have been shortlisted to win!

We literally couldn’t be happier 🙂

Rigorous testing is going on right now of all the shortlisted products, and the winners will finally be announced at the Love Natural, Love Organic show at London Olympia on 4 July.

It would be truly amazing to win, but we’re extremely happy to have got this far.

More About the Free From Skin Care Awards

“The FreeFrom Skin Care Awards are designed to celebrate and encourage skincare and cosmetics manufacturers who create products that exclude many of the allergens, chemicals, fragrances and artificial additives associated with skin and health concerns, ethical and environmental concerns, and which may appeal to those looking for purer or more natural cosmetics and products for their skin, including those with problem skin conditions.

Entries are initially assessed by panels of independent skincare and natural health experts who choose products to commend, and products to shortlist for an award of excellence. These shortlisted products then undergo a rigorous month of testing by experienced Beauty Bible testers before the best in each category are selected as gold, silver and bronze winners in the final judging stage.”

Another Award

And for those of you that have read this far, we can reveal that we know for certain that we’ve actually won another very prestigious award!

I know, we’re totally bowled over.

We’ve been sworn to secrecy so can’t yet reveal the details just yet, but Watch. This. Space.


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Habitat gets a style injection from our soaps

Habitat Catalogue Cover featuring All Natural SoapWe’ve always said that our black and grey Charcoal Detox and Mens bars add a touch of style to any bathroom, and it turns out that Habitat agree.

One of Habitat’s photographers was recently spotted perusing the stalls at Spitalfields Market, London looking for ‘just the right black soap’ to complete one of his bathroom shoots, when he was drawn to the ALL NATURAL SOAP stall.

We were pleased to see the very stylish gent approaching us, and he told us he had been looking everywhere for a stylish, chunky black soap but none he had found had quite fit the bill.

All Natural Soap in Habitat Catalogues_cropHe proceeded to look through our wide selection of hand hewn grey and black bars, and after a few minutes’ consideration, the Habitat photographer announced he had found just what he was looking for. Armed with a black Charcoal Detox and grey Mens bar he happily trotted off.

It seems that the soaps were indeed ‘just right’, as one of them has made the final cut and is being used to dress an elegant bathroom scene in the latest Habitat and Habitat in Homebase catalogues.

The photographer opted to use the square cut, black Charcoal Detox bar, and we must say we think it looks fab.

Habitat in Homebase Catalogue Cover featuring All Natural SoapNot only nice to look at, the Charcoal Detox bars are also lovely to sniff and, imagine that, also great to wash with 🙂

Why not pick yourself one up to spruce up your skin and sink this festive season?