Sunday, September 27, 2009

Weleda - Natural Bodycare

At Weleda they see the universe as one integrated whole. This view is not new, it was shared by Rudolf Steiner, the founder, more than 80 years ago. They passionately believe that health is much more than a lack of disease but instead an integrated state of physical, mental and social wellbeing.

This holistic worldview is the basis of everything they do at Weleda, They create products that respect the environment, local communities and global customers alike.

There aim is to help everyone, old and young. This is not a marketing ploy but a way of life and is deeply rooted in all aspects of their business. These beliefs affect every decision made at Weleda.

Right from their first day in 1921, Weleda has been committed to restoring health and maintaining wellbeing for all people naturally, safely and ethically. With these values in mind they farm most of our natural ingredients biodynamically.

15 acres in Derbyshire are lovingly tended to exacting Demeter standards by Weleda gardeners, contributing to the 135 acres of biodynamic gardens the Weleda Group cultivates worldwide.

Fresh ingredients are assured for plant tinctures. As soon as plants are at the optimal time for use, the gardeners harvest them, so ensuring the best possible quality ingredients.

It’s that which makes Weleda’s specialist anthroposophic and homeopathic medicines first choice for many hospitals, clinics, doctors, pharmacists, herbalists, homeopaths, naturopaths and other complementary health practitioners. Weleda also produces 200 over-the-counter natural medicines, available in independent health stores and pharmacies.

For other essential plant ingredients, including some wild plants, ethical sourcing is assured. Weleda has established over 100 global fair trading partnerships, 50% of Weleda’s fair trading partners currently employ biodynamic methods, and the company is working towards a target of 100%. All fair trading farmers must produce ingredients of pharmaceutical quality.

Value for money comes second only to quality. Ensuring products don’t cost the earth – in every way – is important.

Weleda bodycare products are made without animal testing, petrochemicals or GM ingredients, and their minimal packaging is wholly recyclable, too. In this way their business works to improve the quality of life of their customers and their co-workers while respecting and enhancing their shared environment.

Caring for staff helps them in turn care for customers, so a full-time cook is employed for the Derbyshire staff’s organic kitchen, housed in the newly opened Garden Room. Along with comfortable areas to eat and chat, this new building offers space for yoga, massage and eurythmy (group movement sessions) for the team. With self sufficiency in mind, the gardeners have established a new biodynamic kitchen garden outside, so many of the cook’s ingredients come straight from our vegetable plot to the table.

To buy these great products and read more check out our new Weleda Section

Lavera Trend Sensitiv Lipsticks Receive Highest Ranking

Lavera Trend Sensitiv Lipsticks Receive Highest Ranking by ÖEKO-TEST--Europe's Consumer Reports--in August 2009

After testing 306 shades from all 21 lipstick brands, Oeko-Test Magazine released a study in August 2009 that gave many lipstick manufacturers the "red card" (not good) for containing ingredients that could have long-term health effects.

All 13 Lavera Lipstick shades were awarded the highest ranking possible for not containing harmful ingredients found in other lipstick brands.

German-based Lavera Naturkosmetik, a leader in "truly natural" beauty and skincare products recently received a "Very Good" ranking from ÖEKO-TEST--the Consumer Reports of Europe--for its safe ingredients.

ÖEKO-TEST released a study of 21 different brands of lipsticks sold in department and drug stores to analyze their ingredients and to identify problematic or possibly hazardous ingredients. As part of the study, ÖEKO-TEST purchased a total of 306 shades from all brands and gave many lipstick manufacturers the "red card" (not good) for containing ingredients that could have long-term health effects.

As part of this study, ÖEKO-TEST found that the winners of this test were all certified natural cosmetic brands. Among them were 13 shades from Lavera Trend Sensitiv line of lipsticks, all of which all received "very good", the top award possible, for not containing any of the ingredients listed below:-

anilin- halogen-organic color pigments - tartrazin- aromatic substances, which might cause allergies - other aromatic substances - polycyclic musk compounds- possibly hazardous UV filters- PE/PEG derivatives- paraffins, petroleum products, silicones

Öeko-Test Magazine was started by a few journalists in 1985. It evaluates and ranks various consumer products for its effect on health & environment, helping stores and manufacturers to improve their products. It is similar to Consumer Reports in the US, but with a much stronger emphasis on consumer safety and health.

Lavera products have been awarded top marks over 520 times since June, 1992. Since then, more than 320 Lavera products have received "Very Good" reviews.

In February 2008, Lavera's Self-Tanner was the only natural cosmetic product to receive a "Very Good" rating from the magazine. Öeko-Test Magazine rated Lavera as the #1 as the Greenest Beauty Brand ahead of 32 other companies (ahead of Dr. Hauschka, Weleda, Estee Lauder and L'Oreal), after testing over 1800 products!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Vitamin C - Vital role in repairing DNA damage

Vitamin C could have a vital role to play in repairing DNA damage, scientists have discovered.

Researchers from the University of Leicester and Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology in Portugal have found that the vitamin can improve wound healing and even work deeper in the skin to repair the damage done by free radicals to the cell’s DNA.

The team, comprising Tiago Duarte, Marcus S Cooke and G. Don Jones, tested a vitamin C derivative – ascorbic acid 2-phosphate (AA2P) – to analyse the effectiveness of sustained exposure on human dermal fibroblasts. They then investigated which genes are activated by the vitamin C in the cells, which were found to be those responsible for skin regeneration.

“The results demonstrated that vitamin C may improve wound healing by stimulating quiescent fibroblasts to divide and by promoting their migration to the wounded area,” explains Tiago Duarte, who was previously at the University of Leicester and is now at the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology in Portugal. “Vitamin C could also protect the skin by increasing the capacity of fibrolasts to repair potentially mutagenic DNA lesions.”

Dr Marcus S Cooke, who is a senior lecturer in the department of cancer studies and department of genetics at the University of Leicester, believes these findings could have important implications for skincare companies, but advises against companies using these findings to make claims about their products.“It is perhaps worth noting that the medium we culture cells in can be thought of as analogous to plasma. The cells are bathed in a vitamin-containing liquid. The cells ‘decide’ how much vitamin C they need and can take it up to achieve a concentration in the cell greater than outside the cell. I think it is conceivable that these results could be achieved outside the lab but it would take a scientific study to prove this.”

by Laura McCreddie

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Organic Beauty - by Jo Wood Organics

Indulge in Jo Wood's sophisticated organic fragrance and oils collection. The range contains 90% and above organic ingredients. This is the ultimate gift range with two decadent and sophisticated organic fragrances, Amka & Usiku. The Eau de Toilettes are certified organic by ECOCERT.

Jo’s Everyday range is designed to be used and enjoyed ‘Everyday’. The range includes your everyday essentials, Cleansing Body Mousse, Exfoliating Salt Scrub and Nourishing Body Cream in two new fragrances, Tula and Langa. Each product has been designed to richly nourish, soften and soothe the skin whilst protecting against damage from free radicals and other environmental hazards. The Everyday range is certified organic by ECOCERT.

For more info and to buy these fab products visit our Jo Wood Organics page.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Interview with Graeme Hume

The video is from a couple of years ago, but still interesting!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Corporate Gifts Available From Lucy Rose

Organic & Natural Corporate Gifts

We now offer many bespoke corporate gift packages to suit any occassion and whatever the budget. We can put together the corporate gifts for you or you can customise the gifts by choosing from our wide range of products and presentation boxes.

All our products are organic and natural, free from harsh chemicals and cruelty free.

Here are some suggestions for your corporate gifts:

Fair Trade Beauty Box/Hamper

Made in England Beauty Box

Relax & Unwind Gift Set

De-stress & Relax Head Massager

Xmas Gift Set

Pamper Yourself Set

'No More Hangover Kit'

For more info visit our corporate gift page.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Best Back To School Buy's

Our very own beauty guru's best back to school essentials.

Rosemary & Peppermint Detangler - by John Masters
Sarah Says: Superb for brushing your childs hair without the hassle of knots.

Children's Lavender Conditioner - by Green People
Sarah Says: Very effective when used in conjuction with your head lice comb.

Grapefruit & Kiwi Shower Gel - by Essentially Yours
Sarah Says: Fantastic 'wake up' shower gel to energise yourself or your teenagers in the morning.