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For the longest lasting manicure, always start by applying a base coat. Orly Bonder is brilliant as it's rubberised formula helps to prevent chipping.

All the base and top coat products you need to create the perfect home manicure

After your base coat is dry, apply 1 or 2 coats of your chosen colour. Apply in long sweeping strokes from the nail bed to the tip. Try to leave a tiny gap next to the cuticle and at the sides of the nail. If you flood the nail bed and sides the result will be messy.

Try to have enough nail colour on the brush that you can work quickly and avoid having to re-dip the brush mid-nail.

Allow the polish to dry a little before applying a Top Coat. This will protect your colour and prevent chipping. If you have long nails, an expert tip is to run a little top coat under the free edge of the nail so that it completely seals the colour at the end of the nail too.

For the most professional finish you can then apply 1 to 2 drops of Flash Dry Drops to each nail to aid drying and leave them with a gorgeous high gloss finish.

If you have made any mistakes they can be whisked away easily with the an orange stick wrapped in cotton woll and dipped into Gentle Polish Remover to leave you with perfect, salon quality nails.

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The thin membrane on the wall of the mouth absorbs that which touches it, as does the tongue. This is how mainstream toothpaste, loaded with chemicals can harm your health.

You can't currently find toothpaste that is 100% organic. The main ingredient chalk, is a naturally occurring product of nature and cannot be cultivated by man thus will not be certified organic by the certification bodies.

But you can find all-natural products that contain organic ingredients. When searching for a safer alternative to scrub your pearly whites the nasty ingredients to avoid are:

  • Foaming agent SLS - an unnecessary ingredient in toothpaste, can cause severe skin and mouth irritation. If you suffer from mouth ulcers, cutting out SLS laden toothpastes can often be a huge help.

  • Fluoride* - If ingested fluoride can cause nausea, vomiting, fluorosis and osteoporosis. According to the Fluoride Action Network, the average tube of Colgate for Kids toothpaste contains enough fluoride to kill a small child.  The US Food and Drug Administration ensure all toothpaste labels have a poison warning and emergency number in case swallowed.

  • Sodium Hydroxide is used as a whitener for teeth but also as a bleaching agent for household cleaning products.

  • Artificial sweeteners (saccharin) and colours are potential cancer causing ingredients, as is carrageenan, which is used to thicken toothpaste.

  • The antibacterial agent triclosan is added to toothpaste to reduce plaque but can also cause ulcers and allergic reactions.

  • If you would like to avoid these ingredients, then the best option is to switch to a natural toothpaste.  At So Organic we have a wide range to choose from which all avoid the ingredients mentioned above.

    One notable exception is fluoride*, because although it can be potentially harmful if swallowed, it does also have the ability to help remineralise the teeth and make them stronger which is why your dentist will recommend that you use a fluoride toothpaste.

    We therefore stock a few toothpastes with fluoride for those customers that want it, but lots without it too. We label them clearly so that it's easy to tell the difference and make your selection.

    If you need any advice or help choosing please don't hesitate to get in touch or call us on 020 8465 5600, our specialists use all the products themselves and are always happy to help. 

    0 Comments | Posted in General Hints & Tips By Nicki
    This velvety serum restores radiance >>

    When the cold weather hits it’s always a shock to the system, but now the cold snap has arrived with a vengeance, your skin might be feeling the effects.

    Apply 1-2 times per week for an intense moisture hit >>

    It could be tight chapped cheeks or a sore nose following a cold, or perhaps cracked lips that don’t seem to improve no matter how much lip balm you slick on. Whatever the issue, when the cold weather strikes, you’ll need to give your skin some serious TLC to get things back on track.

    Dashing in from the cold outdoors to warm and toasty central heating can leave skin feeling parched and dry.

    Rehydrate by adding a serum to your usual skincare routine, and protect the skin when you are outside with a rich daily moisture cream.

    A rich nutritive cream to provide extra care in the colder weather >>Boost your routine with the addition of nourishing face mask to add some extra moisture too. Some moisturising masks can even be put on at bedtime and left to soak in all night for a super intensive moisture boost.

    If you are under the weather with the winter snuffles, then our cold relief bath oil or bath salt with the decongestant scent of eucalyptus is just the thing to help you breathe more easily.

    And if you have fond memories of mum rubbing Vick on your chest for coughs and colds, take a look at our Aromatic Chest Rub, a gorgeous warming & decongestant aroma in a totally organic formulation.

    Pure natural oils to nurture your lips >>  A totally natural alternative to rub on your chest >>

    Conventional lip balms based on petroleum oils and synthetic fragrances are usually the chief culprit for cracked and sore lips that never heal. Opt for an organic lip balm packed with natural oils that actively nourish and soothe the skin and see an immediate benefit. From £2.95.

    We hope these winter skincare tips; provide a little relief from your cold weather skincare troubles. Hang on in there; it will be spring before you know it (hopefully!)

    0 Comments | Posted in Beauty General Hints & Tips By Sam

    Top tips for keeping your hands and nails in beautiful condition... naturally.

    Organic products for your perfect home manicure

    We use them all the time, but many of us fail to give our hands any sort of care and attention at all. We lovingly slather on the lotions and potions to keep our faces young and beautiful, protect them from the sun and dutifully use our scrubs and masks. But how often do we give our hands the same care? Make time for a little bit of home hand care and it will really pay dividends.

    Little and often

    It doesn’t have to be complicated, buy a few tubes of organic hand cream and leave them in strategic places; your desk, handbag, next to the sink and then just apply a little bit each time you notice the tube! It will pay off and in no time at all your hands will be looking better, feeling softer and you’ll be well on the way to improving your nails too.

     Intense moisture hit

    At the very least keep a really rich organic hand cream or hand balm next to your bed and apply some each night before going to sleep. That way your hands will get a little care at least once a day.

    Organic products for your perfect home manicure

    File sparingly

    Files your nails little and often with a gentle glass file or emery board (never use a metal file they’re just too harsh). Keep several around the house and in your desk and hand bag so that the minute you feel a snag or rough edge you can smooth it out properly rather than resorting to nibbling!

    Scrub until smooth

    Exfoliate your hands one or twice a week, pour about a teaspoonful of salt into the palm of your hand, mix in a little oil (either plain vegetable oil or your favourite body oil, either will do) and massage it all together. Rub over the backs of your hands and between the fingers as well as over the palms. Massage around the finger tips too (avoiding any cuts of course as it will sting) as this will help with softening and loosening your cuticles

    Cuticle Care

    If you care for your hands regularly, you’ll find that the cuticles stay looking great without much effort. If you do anything to them at all, simply massage in a few drops of cuticle oil and use an orange wood stick to gently push them back. Steer clear of tools to cut and clip your cuticles, leave that to the professionals as you risk introducing infections and damaging your nail bed if you get it wrong. 

    Limit polish

    There’s no such thing as totally natural nail varnish. In my experience water based ones don’t work and for me unless a product does its job properly there’s no point using it. The most natural finish for your nails is to gently buff them to a natural shine, which on well cared for nails looks like a beautiful French polish. If you must use nail varnish then go for one that is as free from nasties as possible, Orly is a good professional quality one which is 3 free (i.e. Free from DBP, Formaldehyde and Toluene). It gives a really long lasting professional finish. We have just added the Benecos Natural Nail Polish to our range too; these have a 5 free formula which means they don’t contain DBP, Formaldehyde, Toluene, Camphor or Colophony.

    Home manicure essentials.

    Skin Blossom Rose Geranium Hand Cream £5.95 for 75ml

    Dr Hauschka Neem Nail Oil £16.25

    Badger Balm Cuticle Care Balm £4.99 for 21g

    Orly Nail Varnish £5.60 for 5.3ml or £10.50 for 18ml

    Visit us online for all your organic beauty treats. For expert beauty advice call me and my team of products specialists on 0800 169 2579 or email us with your questions.

    0 Comments | Posted in Beauty General Hints & Tips By Sam

    Gorgeous mineral eye shadows in shades of brown and bronzeWith the Autumn underway, and nature all  around us transforming into every shade of gold and brown, now’s the time to give a thought to changing our make up to shades to suit the season. Gone are the days of summer pastels and holiday brights; this time of year calls for golden brown and smooth chocolate shades to echo nature’s autumnal palette. Lilac and purple are popular autumn make up shades too.  

    Mineral foundation will cover beautifully without ever feeling heavy or cakedWithout the summer sun to give us a glow, many of us find that blotches and uneven skin tone are more of a problem in colder weather.  To even things out and restore radiance a foundation is a better bet than a tinted moisturiser and mineral foundations allow you to build up coverage as much as you like without ever feeling heavy or caked.  Lily Lolo Mineral foundation is a real find. The finish is as good, if not better, and the application is as easy as any other mineral powder foundation we’ve tried (and we’ve tried a lot!) and the price is just a tiny £14.99 a pot.

    A kabuki brush will give your mineral foundation the perfect finishYou really need a kabuki brush to apply mineral foundation. The super kabuki from Lily Lolo is £15.99 and works really well, the silky bristles feel wonderful on the skin and are vegan friendly too.

    Blend together eye shadow shades of gold, brown, bronze and taupe to set the autumnal tone for your look. A perfect palette of autumal eye shadow shadesLavera eyeshadow quattro's in either Indian Dream or Cappuccino Cream are ideal and from only £12.50 for 4 beautiful shades are ultra affordable too.

    Choose eyeliner to complement your eye shadow shades; Lavera for soft and smudgy, and Dr Hauschka for something slightly firmer (but certainly not hard) to enable you to draw a more precise line.  Finish off your masterpiece and frame your eyes with good mascara. Our top picks are Dr Hauschka Volume Mascara in black for maximum definition and build, and Lavera Volume mascara in black or brown to lengthen and separate lashes with silky sheen.

    Rich and creamy Organic Lipsticks give cold weather protectionIn colder weather, a good lipstick can help protect your lips from the elements whilst finishing off your look perfectly. Organic Lipsticks are a real treat to use; they glide on silkily to leave lips soft and smooth with colour that really stays. For a glossier finish the Lavera Brilliant Care lipsticks are heaven, they feel just like wearing lip balm and come in 4 gorgeous shades all of which complement the autumn colour palette beautifully.

    Revive your make up bag for autumn and get a Free Make Up bag worth £14.99 when you spend over £30 on make up while stocks last.