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Monday, March 4, 2019

Wild Within offers unique handmade clothing with eco credentials

WildWithin logo
Image provided and used with permission.
If you’re anything like me, you prefer getting decent wear from your clothes. Fast fashion may be a thing for some, but it’s no use if your cheap and cheerful shorts or leggings split under the strain of a strenuous lift or ambitiously stretchy yoga pose in the middle of a heavy session in the gym. Been there, suffered that embarrassment.

Fortunately, help is at hand. WildWithin has some seriously cool active and casual wear. Leggings, vests, tanks, dresses, skirts, beanies and t-shirts are emblazoned with eye catching designs while some of the items are made in gym- and earth-friendly Ecopoly stretchy material. The company plants between one and four trees for every item of activewear clothing purchased. Ecopoly is used where possible, as it uses less water and energy to produce than regular polyester.

The designs are also inspired by the natural world, with top sellers including moon phase leggings and a full moon wrap skirt. There are also designs featuring leaves, flowers, the ocean, clouds, the sun and galaxies. The colors are by turns gentle and vibrant, rainbow hued and monochrome, but all the designs are striking. Unlike some materials, the leggings are not see through and are therefore equally appropriate for wearing to the gym or for casual trips. They may be comfortable for a flight or car journey, a shopping trip or a night on the town, depending on your preference. And of course, they are perfect for festivals and holidays.

Customers can choose where ‘their’ trees are planted if they have any strong feelings on the issue, as WildWithin supports many projects worldwide. Not only are the materials used better for the planet than conventional clothing, the trees planted as a result of a purchase will help offset the CO2 and other harmful emissions produced during the manufacturing process. This helps fight climate change and in some areas can contribute to increasing community sustainability by providing jobs or even food.

Customers after a unique design, logo or look have the option of a custom print on any item of clothing, while most of the designs on the site are unique prints in their own right, with only one handmade example available.

These items may be more expensive than shoppers would find in a High Street store, but on the other hand they are handmade, eco friendly, and feature eye catching designs which would also not be found in a High Street store. The extra cost is well worth it for the unusual designs alone, never mind the chance to give back to the planet through a purchase.

WildWithin is a great option for anyone wanting to stand out from the crowd for any reason. Buying early before the summer kicks in is recommended as not only are these items rare, they also take several weeks to produce and ship. The company have just launched an Ambassador Program and have planted almost 100 trees in the last year, in case anyone was wavering in their decision to purchase.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sublime Soaps - Handmade Soaps, 100% Natural


Sublime Soaps logo.
Image provided and used with permission.

The Sublime Soaps company has just put up a website and announced their first product. This is an ideal chance for early adopters to buy a great example of handmade, organic, natural soap.

Sublime Soaps will appeal to many people for differing reasons.

  • For those who like ethical products, the soaps are natural and organic.
  • For those supporting handmade crafts, the range is handmade.
  • For those allergic to chemicals and additives in commercially produced soaps, these soaps have none of that, but rather are soft on skin and caring to hands.

Sublime Soaps may have just opened for business, but their eventual range is aiming to cover all requirements, whether your skin is sensitive, oily or dry. The company offers 100% handmade, natural soap bars, made from organic ingredients.

The first product offered by Sublime Soaps, Peaches and Cream handmade soap, is PEG and Paraben free, made from a mix of ingredients including carrot oil, cucumber seed oil and aloe vera. Aloe Vera is soothing, anti inflammatory and moisturising; carrot oil is considered a detoxifier and rejuvenator, while cucumber oil is good for the skin. The carotene gives this bar a glowing orange shade, which is guaranteed to cheer you up even on the dullest day.


A bar of handmade soap.
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Used by arrangement with fiverr.com.





Sublime Soaps’ Facebook page lists all the properties of this carefully handmade item, including the fact that it is vegetable based and contains several vitamins. The company also claims that Peaches and Cream soap can help ease skin problems such as eczema, acne and rashes. As it is 100% natural, it is likely to have a better pH balance than some of the commercially produced soap bars, so this would not be at all surprising.

The soap will be available through the Sublime Soaps website once the site is fully live, but presently it is on sale via ebay. The website gives details of the postage costs buyers can expect, which seem to indicate that smaller orders within the UK will be sent out First Class Small Packet while larger shipments will attract a Medium Parcel rate due to the weight and bulk of the product. Soap, like many items, does not react well to being dropped, and so the bars are going to be sent well packaged to ensure they arrive in one piece rather than several. Worldwide shipping will be available and all prices and terms are clearly outlined on the site. Buyers from outside Europe are requested to contact the company to discuss shipping costs before purchase, which is sensible given that many countries charge import taxes on incoming goods even when sent as a gift.

Talking of gifts, a bar of soap from Sublime Soaps would make a good twist on the traditional ‘smelly’ gift for that difficult-to-buy-for female friend or relative we all have. I’m really looking forward to seeing how Sublime Soaps’ range develops, because several of my friends and family would probably prefer to use a totally natural product for washing than some of the other alternatives widely available in supermarkets these days. Even those with normal skin who simply prefer a soft and foamy soap could well become fans, given the moisturising and rejuvenating properties of the Peaches and Cream bar currently available.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ecover Washing Up Liquid -

Ecover Lemon & Aloe Vera Washing Up Liquid.
#GotItFree from BzzAgent.co.uk. Thanks guys.



The claim that a washing up liquid washes 40% more plates incomparison to its previous formula is one which cannot be ignored. In this house, that’s a lot of dishes.

So when BzzAgent Jono contacted me and asked if I was up for a free trial of the latest Ecover washing up liquid, of course I said yes. I’d used the brand back in the day when I could afford to pay the extremely high prices then charged by supermarkets for environmentally friendly products, but buying a house and getting married had put paid to any money I might have had spare. I was interested to try it again and see whether the good memories I had of it were still true, 20 or so years later. It’s quite sobering to think that Ecover have been in business for 35 years, so when I discovered them in the mid-90s, they were already an established, niche brand.



A 120ml bottle of Ecover Camomile & Marigold Washing Up Liquid.
Also free from BzzAgent.co.uk
A few weeks later, my Bzzkit arrived. One full size 500ml bottle of Lemon and Aloe Vera fragrance Ecover Washing Up Liquid, plus 3 120ml bottles of Camomile and Marigold. My friend has already laid claim to one of the 120ml bottles, because like me, she’s always happy to try new products. One of the others is sitting ¾ empty on the sink at the moment, alongside the abandoned bottle of ‘leading brand’ which I think we only bought because my husband was in charge of the shopping that day and the ‘leading brand’ was on offer. Normally, it would not darken my doors for any number of reasons, including that I do not wear gloves to wash up and I find the composition of this ‘leading brand’ too harsh on my skin.


Just some of the dishes waiting to be washed by Ecover's
washing up liquid. Soaked overnight in plain water.
Both my husband and I have now tried the Ecover washing up liquid. Our initial thoughts are that it does indeed live up to its claim of washing 40% more plates. We have tried it on the remnants of our normal fare, pastas, chilis and chicken dishes. It coped well with the aftermath of the roast we made last week for our friends, and has even managed to come out tops in cleaning the blender after a soup making blitz and the pizza tray after our usual Friday night homemade special.

The things I like most about it are:
1.    The bubbles are there, but not all encompassing. The ‘leading brand’ I mentioned earlier has a distressing tendency to make bubbles like no tomorrow, which makes the dishes difficult to dry.
2.    The smell is mild and friendly when it lingers after finishing the washing up.
3.    Ecover is gentle on my hands. No rough, dry, stiff fingers and palms with this brand.
4.    It’s environmentally friendly.


I have a feeling that this discovery may lead to a permanent change in my washing up liquid purchasing habits, as Ecover ticks all the important boxes for me. The slightly higher price which we may have to pay is more than worth the trade off in terms of a better washing up experience. I’m tempted to try the other items in the range too, just so I can see how they compare to our regular products.



Just a few glasses and a couple more plates and baking trays
for the attention of the Ecover fairy shortly. #GreenCanClean