Best of British… and making scents of household cleaning.


Mary Portas has got more people thinking about buying British with her fab Kinky Knickers. (Still haven’t managed to get my hands on any, such is the demand). But when you have a mainstream TV channel as your shop window and a touching tale to tell, it’s easy to get the message across. Following my recent visit to the Natural & Organic Products Europe show at Olympia, I was heartened to see more British brands emerging in the bodycare and wellbeing arena. Several years ago, the choice of British brands was limited compared with those from elsewhere in Europe, Australasia and the US.

I managed a brief chat with the lovely people at Blend Collective, Pai Skincare, Essential Care, Thea skincare, Better You and Viridian amongst others and am looking forward to testing and reviewing a number of products. I was especially pleased to see a new range of makeup from Essential Care and will be checking out their eyeshadows soon. There is a great big void when it comes to British natural and organic makeup; it is also one of the toughest things to get right and many brands already offering ranges have still not cracked it, in my opinion.

While we’re on ‘buying British’…
Is your home Naturally Gorgeous? Having a healthy, chemical-free environment is as important to wellbeing as using natural personal care products, so I can’t go without mentioning the wonderful new British cleaning products brand Greenscents. Based in Dulverton, Somerset this family business is committed to sustainable and ethical solutions proving that household products are no longer the ‘poor relation’ in the organic world. These are seriously impressive, highly concentrated products with divine smells to keep your home and laundry clean, fresh and healthy. The scents are all natural and smell good enough to wear! My particular favourite is Minty… delicious.

So, go on, get those rubber gloves on and support another great British brand!

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