Swap shower gels for natural soap bars
Avoid soap containing unsustainable palm oil or those wrapped in plastic. Only Natural have beautiful, naturally fragranced unwrapped soaps from ‘Faith in Nature’ and also from an Irish owned company ‘Palm Free Irish Soap’. By opting for packageless or minimally packaged products the need for recycling is reduced. Obviously recyclable packaging is better than un-recyclables but the recycling process still puts a significant strain on the environment. Some cosmetic companies offer a refill service where you can top up your container at a discounted rate.
Try Shampoo Bars
Shampoo bars are also a greener option worth trying. Palm Free Irish Soaps have a bar called ‘Thyme Travel’. I love the fresh, natural scent of this bar. To use simply rub on dampened hair and work up a lather then wash out. The makers of this bar recommend rinsing with apple cider vinegar as a great natural conditioner and then treating the hair to a drop of argan oil. Friends of mine have tried this and they love it, unfortunately my hair is too fine but my husband tried the product and is now fully a converted shampoo bar devotee. read more →
As always we have a wonderful selection of gifts to choose from this year:
The salt lamp, more popular than ever, decorative as well as therapeutic, we have all sizes, sculpted and natural. Prices start from only €17.
Combining ultrasonic technology, optional mood lighting and aromatherapy, the 105 Aroma-Diffuser is an elegant and safe alternative to the traditional night light oil burner. (Regular price €49.95 offer price €39.95).
Amber jewelry, made from real Baltic Amber, very beautiful as well as an source of healing properties. We’ve never had a better selection then we do right now!
We have been a lover of Palm Free Irish Soap here in Only Natural for quite some time and Chloé regularly brings a supply home to France to her Grandfather who claims they are the best soap he has ever tried! So we are delighted to say that they are going to be instore on Saturday 4th November from 1pm to 4pm.
Palm Free Irish Soap was born out of the first handmade Irish soap company (Gallunac est’d in 1996) to exhibit, produce and sell Nationally & Internationally, A Luxurious Handcrafted Artisan Soap. They are now at the leading edge of producing a visually stunning palm oil free soap that is totally Rainforest Friendly.
They use minimal packaging, all soaps are sold in a simple recyclable brown paper bag, (apart from their new Artisan Gift Pack, which is a simple recycled card box) and they ensure that all ingredients and products are completely GMO Free, and Free from any form of Animal Testing.
But aside from all this they really do smell delicious and leave the skin feeling beautifully soft and clean so make sure to call in and have a sniff and a chat and there will be samples to take home too!
Dr. Bronner, five generations of natural soap making!
And just like there is a Lilly, yes there also was a Dr. Bronner. Emanuel Theodore Bronner was born in 1908 into a family of three generations of master soap makers. He emigrated from Germany to California in 1929. Of Jewish origin, he tried unsuccessfully to persuade his family to leave Germany before the rise of Hitler. They didn’t and perished in the holocaust.
Subsequently he became a moral philosopher and promoted his All One God Faith and his Moral ABC. The central tenet of his belief was the goodness and unity of humanity ( surely a worthwhile starting point for any philosophy!) He continued to make liquid Castile ( vegetable oil based ) soaps using the labels as a vehicle for his philosophical beliefs and this is why the products still bear the same ( idiosyncratic from a modern marketing perspective ) labels to this day ( happy reading in the shower!)
So much for the story ! What’s in the bottles ? All ingredients are 100% natural and free of petrochemicals, the ingredients are fairly traded and organic where possible. So again we see the same ethos that informs Lilly’s cleaning products, respect for the planet and its population, respect for ourselves !
The liquid soaps are touted as multi use products with their proposed 18 in 1 ( and probably many more ! ) uses. According to their own literature “You can use Dr Bronners soaps for washing your face, body, hands and hair, for bathing, shaving, brushing your teeth, rinsing fruit, aromatherapy, washing dishes by hand, doing laundry, mopping floors, all-purpose cleaning, washing windows, scrubbing toilets, washing dogs, controlling dust mites, and killing ants and aphids. Now, that’s eighteen uses right there, but customers have told us over time about many more uses they have found for our soaps.”
Having read the list I think I’ve been a bit conservative, having gone no further than washing my hair and body with them but I can truly say that doing so has always been a pleasure. I adore the great scents ( derived from pure essential oils ) from peppermint when I want to wake up in the morning to lavender when I want the opposite last thing and including rose, citrus, green tea and others on the way, I really think they’re heavenly. On top of the liquid soaps we also stock their solid soap bars , their luxury Shakaki Pump soaps and have just taken on their lip balms and their brand new toothpastes in anise, cinnamon and peppermint.
Throw in the company’s impeccable ‘green’ credentials and their high value on the communities they work with and their own workforce and I’m sold. Try them and I think you will be too! We’ll have a representative from Dr. Bronner’s instore with us on 17th June. Call in if you’d like to find out more about these multi-use products. We also have 20% this entire range for the month of June.
If you’d like to listen to more about the company Michael Bronner, a grandson of Dr. Bronner was recently on Pat Kenny’s Newstalk radio programme – click here to listen.