My Natural Product Finds for November
Well I can’t really believe we have almost reached the end of the year! So with this, my 2nd last article in this series on which natural product finds I have come across, here is November!
This organic shampoo is made from Avocado oil and Sunflower oil, so it really hydrates the hair without coating any silicones!
It washes really well, as a more natural style shampoo, free from parabens and SLS. So I was delighted to find a relatively safe shampoo to use, in terms of chemical freeness.
That being said the only downside to this product is that it contains parfum fragrance as well as natural essential oils, which is a shame. Fragrance as an ingredient alone is an 8/10 toxic level from the EWG’s cosmetic database. Such a shame, a lot of natural products seem to fall down in this category, instead of using more essential oils for the natural desired fragrance. A good example of this is Burt’s Bees haircare products, they also include fragrance. Hopefully these fabulous brands will realise that people expect their natural/ green skincare products to be fully clean, ie no fragrances.
This wonderful Irish Company has beautifully selected essential oils, which have been carefully sourced sustainably by Benoit, the creator and owner. I selected thus Atlas Ceder Oil for our home diffuser as it is well known to be uplifting, and we all need a little bit of that at the moment! It has a wonderfully light, sweet but gentle aroma that is both reassuring and calming. Benoit has sourced this oil from Morrocco, and he mentions how not all small farmers have organic certification or can obtain it, and he is right we do need to look beyond certification sometimes. Benoit ensures all his oils are sustainably sourced, using pesticide and fungacide free farming.
Have a look at their lovingly curated range of essential oils, the packaging and graphic design on their site is gorgeous. They also have Carrier oils, which would be wonderful massaged in the ends of the hair and also pretty defusers which I am hoping my other half might get me for christmas ; )
You can get their range here on their site.
McNutt of Donegal – Lambswool Scarf
We spent a wonderful 2 weeks during the summer of our staycation in Donegal, and were lucky enough to drop into McNutt’s workshop in Downings. It is like Avoca Hand-weavers was years ago before it was bombarded with external brands. The workshop is pretty magical, with machinery around the space, and the factory next door. The variety of the scarfs, throws, pashminas, baby blankets and linen is worth a trip up if you did want a night away. I picked up this gorgeous lambswool scarf which is so soft, not scratchy and the herringbone design in the wool is so expertly handmade. From a price point they are much much cheaper than other Irish wool factories – such as Foxford Wollen Mills etc. So, now is the time to grab some wonderful home throws for your couch before they bring their prices to current retail levels.
We also picked up a sweet little baby blanket as a gift for our friend, and they are just so so soft but snug and breathable more importantly.
They had a handful of small Irish businesses dotted around the space too, such as Donegal Bog Cotton (Soaps, Candles and skincare), and a small kid’s space filled with children’s books by Irish Authors.
You can now buy online from them here, but do pop up for a visit if you can as it is well worth it.
During these cold, windy days I have found my skin has been quite dry, especially my hands after all the hand sanitising. This little gem is just so handy to have, on feet before bed, or hands during the day! It is quite rich, which means it is great for dry skin, but I would recommend this for pre-bedtime routine as it does take a little longer to absorb into the skin.
The scents are geranium, lavender and geranium, which smell wonderfully relaxing. It contains both organic shea and coco butter, hence it being wonderfully rich! A great price point too, as usually under 20euro for a 200gm tub, but this beauty usually gets into their gift sets, in a smaller 100gm so keep your eyes out for them.
See you next month for my final Article in this series!