Magic Soap

Dr Bronners Magic SoapDr Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Pure-Castile Soap (also available in Eucalyptus; Almond; Rose; Tea Tree; Lavender and Citrus 236ml £5.49)

First of all, I love the label. Its claims put me in mind of the kind of thing that might have tripped from the lips of some snake-oil salesman out of Huckleberry Finn. Here are just a few extracts:‘Absolute cleanliness is Godliness! Teach the Moral ABC that unites all mankind free.’… ‘100% VEGAN. HEALTH IS OUR GREATEST WEALTH.’… ‘Shakespeare’s Hamlet, 1606: “Act well your part, complete the great full-truth task, there all the honour lies”.’… ‘All-One! All-One! Exceptions eternally? Absolutely none!’

The soap itself feels silky on the body.

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Iris investigates: Dr Hauschka Rose Garden Kit

Good Glamourista Iris tests the latest and best natural cosmetics…

wild roses by Nicolae Grigorescu

Wild Roses by Nicolae Grigorescu

Dr Hauschka Rose Garden Kit (Rose Day Cream 5g; Firming Mask 5g; Rose Body Oil 10ml; Rose Body Moisturiser 10ml; Hand Cream 10g – £19.95)

This little bag of trial size products from Dr Hauschka will make a wonderful gift to your self if you have been overdoing the party season and are in desperate need of a rejuvenating home spa treatment.

Normally the Dr Hauschka kits come in very practical little silver tins but the one I got was actually in a smart fabric makeup pouch. After a terribly busy week of roasting my body on the beach, Continue reading

Glamorous Gift Sets for Christmas

Bond Street Christmas by Jessica JonesDon’t fret, don’t frown. Stress-free Christmas shopping is simply a matter of matching the right person with the right present. The Good Glamouristas have pounded frosty pavements and almost drowned ourselves in potions, oils and creams to come up with the ultimate pick of this year’s gorgeous natural beauty gift sets. All you need to do is read our guide, force down another mince pie, reach out a languid finger and click. Continue reading

Know Your Nasties: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Jane Russell enjoys a nice soak in Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in a 1954 publicity photo for ‘The French Line’

Our ongoing guide to the top toxic ingredients in cosmetics.

SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate)

What are they?

SLS and SLES are foaming agents commonly found in shampoo, shower gel, soap, bubble bath, toothpaste and other foaming products. 

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A Bunch of Roses

Review by Iris

REN launched their ‘Clean Bio Active Skincare’ range in 2000 after company founder Antony Buck’s wife suffered from allergic reactions to skincare products whilst she was pregnant. In partnership with Robert Calcraft, Antony developed a ‘truly desirable’ range of high quality skincare products, free from synthetic fragrance and colours, petrochemicals, propylene glycol, animal ingredients, PEGs, TEA/DEA, sulfates, silicones and parabens.

The company ethos is summarised in their ‘5 Principles’:  Continue reading