ONLY NATURAL INGREDIENTS IN OUR SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
ORGANIC & NATURAL = CHEMICAL FREE ?
We so often come across organic or natural skin care ranges that give the impression of being free of nasties and good for you, especially the organic ones. And that is ... until we read their label. Most natural or organic brands appear to contain some chemicals, synthetic additives, perfumes and preservatives. The Organic Soil Association, as the main certification body in the UK, allows certain preservatives in organic products, one of them being phenoxyethanol. They also allow ingredients such as benzyl alcohol and benzoic acid. We even came across an organic brand of baby care products, favoured amongst celebrities according to a mum & baby magazine, that contained perfume - with an explanation added on the brand's website, that small amounts were not harmful to babies! The fact that same perfume can contain 'phtalates' appears to be swept under the ... 'label'. When research has clearly linked such ingredients to numerous skin & respiratory complaints, hormonal disruptions and even cancer, we find it completely pointless producing an organic product and adding such things to it! Wouldn't you agree?
What is different about HANDMADE NATURALS?
Well, apart from the entire range being made by hand (from scratch!), every single ingredients is natural. The word 'natural' is rather vague, I am sure many would agree. And what one believes to be a natural ingredient, doesn't necessarily match some else's criteria. Our view is that natural is everything that is not man-made, is either found directly in nature or derived from plants (herbs, fruits or vegetables) & is of beneficial value to our body or skin. If we are to be truthful, every natural ingredient needs some sort of processing so that it can be used. Aloe vera juice needs to be pressed from the flesh of the aloe plant, filtered and then filled in bottles. The water used needs to be filtered to remove all bacteria and harmful toxins. The oils need to be pressed from the seeds or fruits of the plant. To produce shea butter, the nuts need to be collected, peeled, ground into a paste so that the oil can be pressed, filtered and then let to crystalise. Similarly, cocoa butter used in chocolate making or skin care, doesn't grow on the tree in convenient lumps which can simply be picked and used. To produce virgin coconut oil, the coconuts are first picked, cracked, grated, freeze dried and the oil is then pressed from the flesh.
What is important to us is that every ingredient - oil, butter, essential oil, extract or wax - has been derived from a plant and has had the least amount of processing, without the use of chemicals, solvents and other toxins. For this reason, we always choose virgin & fair trade butters and cold pressed & unrefined oils.
We are one of the few truly natural brands available in the UK. You will not find any hidden synthetic ingredients or chemical preservatives in our own brand products. The products are made in hygienic conditions, using reasonably sterile ingredients, and just buy adding naturally sourced grapefruit seed extract, aspen bark extract, vitamin e and essential oils, they last around 12 months which is pretty good considering their nature. For further details, please go to Natural Skin Care FAQ
We often look in disbelief at the prices of some natural or organic products - £50 for a jar of cream or £20 for a body wash. We firmly believe that natural skin care should not be a luxurious once-every-so-often treat but an everyday luxury because your skin and you are most important. The Handmade Naturals skin care range is reasonably priced, so that you can afford to look after your skin, and yourself, naturally.
You can find more information on the ingredients used in the Handmade Naturals' Skin Care range from the sections below.
- BUTTERS, HARD OILS & WAXES
- COLD PRESSED VEGETABLE OILS
- PURE ESSENTIAL OILS
- PURE HYDROLATES/FLOWER WATERS
- NATURAL ADDITIVES/PRESERVATIVES
DISCLAIMER: The information provided is for educational purposes only. Handmade Naturals make no medicinal claims for any of the products we sell.