Botanicals-Blended by hand
Botanicals personal care and wellness products are blended by hand using only carefully selected natural and organic ingredients - and absolutely no petrochemicals or synthetic additives.
Aromatherapy, herbalism and Reiki have all played a part in the development of our products, which are designed to work holistically - with the person as a whole.
This follows our belief that beauty comes not only from the care and nourishment of the skin, but also from the emotional and spiritual benefits of plant essences.
We drew up a list of 'must-haves' for our formulations, which include the following:
To be effective - holistically as well as practically - and always give good results.
Pleasant to use, (in terms of fragrance and feel). We appreciate that our customers wouldn't want to use a product - no matter how natural - if they didn't like the smell!
Provide a therapeutic benefit. We add plant extracts and essential oils at a percentage sufficient to give a therapeutic benefit (not just to name them on the label).
Kind to the environment. All the ingredients we use come from sustainable sources and are fully biodegradable.
Cruelty free. We are totally against animal testing, and operate a non-animal testing policy for all our ingredients. We support, and are members of Naturewatch.
Good value. Most of our products contain 100% active ingredients, with little or no water content. You therefore need a much smaller amount than conventional products.
Soil Association Certified
Botanicals is one of only a handful of companies specialising in body-care products to be licensed by the Soil Association, Europe's most well-respected organic certifying body. Most people associate the Soil Association with organic food. And they may wonder why an organic standard should be important in body and skin care products.
Botanicals founder, Wendy Stirling, explains: "According to European law, all food must be certified as organic before it can be sold as organic. But this regulation does not extend to body-care products.
"It means that any company is allowed to label a product as organic - even if it only contains tiny amounts of organic ingredients. And even when the product contains other ingredients that are linked to health concerns - which are prohibited under organic food standards.
"We have genuine concerns about the over-use of toxic chemicals - for both human health and the natural environment. Becoming a Soil Association licensee shows our commitment to championing change for a greener and cleaner planet.
"The Soil Association standards are based on principles that require the maximum amount of organic ingredients, minimum synthetic ingredients, minimum processing of ingredients and clear labelling - so that the consumer can make an informed choice about the product they are purchasing.
"To comply with the standards, ingredients must be certified organic, or from sustainably produced natural sources. They must also be safe - from both a human health and environmental perspective - and be both fully biodegradable and certified non-GM.
"For many people, concerns about organic integrity are not that important when it comes to selecting a body-care product. But when there are two similar products - one made from a cocktail of chemical preservatives, additives and artificial fragrances, the other from high quality natural and organic ingredients (and no great difference in price) surely it's good to have a choice."