Babies, Families, Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Weleda Calendula Baby Range

weleda calendula baby

weleda calendula baby

Bath-time is not a fun time in our house.  Between that oh-so terrible hair wash and that nasty face wash, bath-time really is the worst part of the day for my daughter.  I sincerely doubt there is any product out there that would make bath-time more harmonious.  However, by choosing the right products I can at least ensure I’m not putting any harsh chemicals in her bath or in her hair, making bath-time a happier time for me and for my daughter’s delicate skin.

Weleda, who I’m already a fan of (see my Skin Food review), recently sent me some of their Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash from their baby range to try out, which combines soothing calendula with nourishing almond oil:

weleda calendula shampoo

First things first, I was delighted to see that it doesn’t contain any palm oil (I think), which is worth about 100 gold stars in my opinion.  It’s also 100% natural – free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances and colourants – as well as being free of raw material derived from mineral oils.   It’s also packed full of organic ingredients and vegan friendly.    All good things.

I’ve been using it now for a couple of weeks in my daughter’s bath, and it’s such a lovely product.  Yes, we still get the tears and the tantrums, but her hair is soft and shiny, and her skin is soft, with no irritation or dryness.  The scent is delicate and fresh, not harsh or overpowering; and the formulation is gentle on her eyes.  These things, coupled with the fact that it’s palm oil free, mean I can’t think of anything I’d rather use in her bath.  I’ve also been known to use some in the shower for me – my skin and hair are beautifully soft!

At £6.95 for 200ml it’s not the cheapest bath-time product, however it’s certainly not as expensive as some of the other comparable brands out there, and a little does goes a long way.  Definitely a favourite in our house!

You can pick it up online at Weleda’s website; in selected health food stores; or in Boots or Waitrose.

Disclosure: I was sent some products from the Weleda Calendula Baby Range to try out, but all words and opinions are my own.

Fashion, Life & Style

Ethical Menswear: Seasalt Menswear

ethical menswear

ethical menswear

2015 edit: Since this post Seasalt have sadly discontinued their ethical menswear line, but you might find this up-to-date guide to ethical men’s clothing companies useful.

I’ve done a few posts on fashion, but none on menswear yet, so I thought I’d rectify this right now with a post on Cornish based ethical clothing company – Seasalt.  I’m not aware of many ethical retailers for men, but Seasalt are leading the way: they have quite impressive ethical credentials, and have won a few sustainability awards.

And for another gold star, they’ve been increasing the amount of clothing they sell that is made in their local area by small scale producers, through their Locally Made project.  This helps supports and keep alive the remaining maritime textile traditions and other small scale manufacturing in Cornwall.  They’ve also branched out to other small-scale suppliers from other coastal areas around the UK & Ireland too, and aim to have at least 10% of their stock ‘locally’ made by next year.

Seasalt’s Menswear focus is on classic items that don’t date, so expect lots of heritage items:

sea salt cornwall

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ethical mens fashion

Yes, the Seasalt Menswear clothes aren’t cheap, but they’re built to last – the quality workmanship and use of high quality materials means you’ll get many, many, many wears out of their clothing.

Seasalt also do pretty nice clothes for ladies – think breton stripes and easy to wear dresses and you’re there.

If you have any recommendations for ethical men’s clothing then do let me know in the comments below!