Mother and daughter team, Margaret and Abi Weeds set upEssential Careas a family run business in 2003 based in Suffolk, England. Since that time the line has continued to grow and win many awards along with the Soil Association organic certification.
Their Organic Rose Moisturiser is one of the absolute best creams I have used, and can also be used as an eye cream (passes my multi-useful jack-of-all-trades rule!). Its very light and really leaves the skin velvety soft. The cold-pressed plant oils, naturally high in antioxidants of vitamins A & E, and sea buckthorn help counteract the ageing and collagen-destroying effects of 'free radicals' and sunlight. This product also finished Top 3 in the Soil Association Organic Beauty Awards 2007. 50ml for £14.95.
One of the reasons I started this blog, was touched on here in an interview conducted by the Soil Association with Abi & Margaret:
Q:What is the biggest threat to what you do?
A: Large companies/brands continuing to be allowed to market uncertified "pseudo" organic bodycare. It misleads the public into thinking that the quality is the same as certified organic bodycare, undermining the integrity and efforts of those dedicated to the organic movement.
I find this is particularly true when it comes to pricing, as you will find a host of 'natural' and even sometimes labelled organic (where perhaps one ingredient is actually organic), products at a fraction of the cost of true organic products, thus creating false economy and leaving the impression that too many organic products are just too expensive to buy.
I'm so inspired by the fact that in just about every section of this country, someone is creating a fabulous organic or natural skincare product, following their heart and trying to make the world a better place through fair trading. Next week I will be looking into the labelling differences and certification bodies for Britain and Europe.
However, next time you are out shopping for skin/bath and body care, why not have a look on the label and see if you can find this logo..