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Win your organic Shea Butter winter beauty essentials

 

Martina Gebhardt, biodynamic skincare founder

Ah, biodynamic shea butter: what can’t this ingredient do? From its proven moisturising and healing abilities, thanks to the high concentration of fatty acids and the rich tree nut oils that soak into the skin and seal in moisture, to its power to aid the skin’s natural collagen production and its ability to combat oxidative stress and encourage healthy cell turnover (as a result of oleic, linoleic & stearic acids), organic shea butter does it all. We know how great this gift from Mother Nature is, and we want to offer you a chance to discover its amazing properties yourself!

Sheabutter biodynamic beauty by Martina Gebhardt

We’re giving away a Martina Gebhardt Shea Butter Trial Kit, worth £30, to one of our fantastic, dedicated readers! The kit contains:

  • 1 x Shea Butter Cream, 15 ml
  • 1 x Shea Butter Lotion, 30 ml
  • 1 x Shea Butter Tonic, 30 ml
  • 1 x Shea Butter Cleanser, 30 ml

The organic and biodynamic winter beauty hero for dry and sensitive skin

The biodynamic gardens at Martina Gebhardt Germany

This luxurious skincare range is tailored specifically for hypersensitive and allergy-prone skin, as it does not contain any essential oils, alcohol, herbal extracts that might cause a reaction, and is free of bee products, synthetic ingredients or mineral oil. The Shea Butter range is certified by Demeter and is not tested on animals.

The kit is great for travel lovers, as it will fit perfectly in your carry-on bag, or even for people who love having a little beauty treat in their handbag for any skincare emergencies or just extra papering on the road. Not to mention the simple, yet decadent glass bottles are great for keeping the products fresh (the skincare range does not contain any preservatives, just natural, organic ingredients), but also gives a lesson in sustainability, as there is no plastic packaging.

To be in for a chance to win this luxurious skincare gift, leave a comment down below telling us why you think you should be the lucky winner and make sure you share our first article in the Good Organic Hair Salon Guide on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The winners will be announced on 14th of December.

You can purchase Martina Gebhardt products here:  Buy Martina Gebhardt Biodynamic Skincare 

Written by editorial intern Andreea Dulgheru. Andreea is studying for an MA in Magazine Journalism at Kingston University.

Clothing with a conscience: the sustainable scarf of dreams

Your grandmother knitting away inside the house for the family, playing in the snow as a child, taking a stroll through a park while enchanting snowflakes are dancing around in the air: all these images come to life through this beautiful, handcrafted, fair trade wool scarf from People Tree.

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Crafted by artisans from Nepal with a heavyweight ribbed-knit from 100% wool, which comes in two colours: a seductive, rich burgundy reminiscent of pomegranates, and an magnetic, deep blue as though made from sapphires, this scarf will keep you protected from the harsh cold, while simultaneously adding a luxurious and sophisticated pop of colour to your winter outfit. The scarf would make a wonderful investment fashion piece or Christmas gift to treasure.

The simplicity, yet attention to detail is what makes this scarf so special. Instead of opting for the traditional tartan or multi-coloured patterns, the artisans working for People Tree have chosen to let the vibrant colours and texture shine, as the intricate honeycomb pattern is simply a sight for sore eyes and it combines elegance and comfort in this fair trade piece of clothing.

The eco-friendly fashion winter hero

There’s a reason why pure wool is a staple to keep the cold at bay during winter time: the fibres trap dry, warm air near the skin, protecting you from the harsh wind and low temperatures much more effectively during the cold months. This, together with the long durability of the wool fibres, and the hypoallergenic properties of the material, are only a few of the amazing qualities of this 100% wool handmade scarf.

But it’s not just this that makes this scarf so sublime: it’s the people. No machine has touched this garment; it was made by artisans at the Kumbeshwar Technical School in Nepal, who produce high-quality, hand-knitted cardigans, jumpers, hats and other clothing items and accessories. Every loop and every inch of this scarf has its unique story and journey, and just like us, there are no two alike. And by buying this scarf, you’re keeping the story alive, as the funds are used to further support fair trade income-generating programmes for its producers and allow artisans to continue their dreams of making beautiful clothing without compromising their integrity or family life.

People Tree Textured Scarf – £49.00

Written by editorial intern Andreea Dulgheru. Andreea is studying for an MA in journalism at Kingston University

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Everyone deserves to have great hair, and we at Ethical Hedonist believe the only way to achieve that is to use all-natural, organic hair products made from the freshest and most potent herbs and plants; after all, we feed our body the best organic food, so why not do the same with hair? But often times, experts know better, whether it’s about a fabulous blow-out or reviving your tresses with chemical-free dye. We are creating the Best Organic Hair Salon Guide to offer you the top salons in the UK where you can get fabulous organic hair care, without contaminating your locks and scalp with toxic substances, but instead nourishing them with sustainable and cruelty-free products, imbued with all the minerals, vitamins and nutrients Mother Nature has to give.

Tabitha James Kraan Organic Hair Salon

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Philosophy

Set in the picturesque Cotswolds, home to A-list celebrities such as Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant, Tabitha James Kraan is a trailblazing organic hairdresser, with a plethora of industry awards, including the Best Regional Hair Salon award at the Marie Claire Hair Awards 2019,  her own organic product range and a cutting edge organic hair salon in the pretty, golden-hued village of Stow.  (Think Kate Winslet’s cottage in the Holiday). Like all top hair stylists, Tabitha is an artist at heart, and she combines a fascination for organic beauty and plants with running a destination organic hair salon with trendy, avant-garde styles that continues to evolve and reinvent itself at the same pace as fashion and hair trends.

Her award-winning salon, with an eclectic design that combines city style with the elegant and cosy Cotswolds atmosphere, aims to provide a luxurious and relaxing experience for clients. Tabitha James Kraan’s philosophy is delivering holistic hair treatments, using only organic ingredients with the most potent vitamins, nutrients and minerals to rejuvenate and nourish the hair and scalp, without polluting the skin with harsh or irritating chemicals.

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Price range

Mid – high end

Services

The salon offers a range of services, from cuts & finishes, to colouring and highlighting using the salon’s own organic hair product range researched and formulated by Tabitha for 20 years, following an initial consultation with the client. A regular cleanse, cut and finish costs between £40 – £95 for ladies and between £38 – £60 for men, depending on the stylist chosen to offer this service. Teens have a 10% discount on haircuts, which start from £20 – £30 pounds. Semi-permanent colour treatments range between £35 – £65, whereas a design colour treatment starts from £60 and can go up to £145. More information about treatments can be found online.

The salon also offers additional services, such as the Bespoke Balancing Treatment (£10), using Tabitha James Kraan’s signature Scented Hair Oil and The Hair Elixer (£30) for coloured or damaged hair.

Star Buy

The Booster (£8) – a scalp massage with coconut and argan oil to increase circulation and offer the hair a healthy shine

Products

For all their treatments, the salon uses its own range of organic hair products, launched in 2015 which are available for purchase online. The range includes her signature Scented Hair Oil (certified by the Soil Association Cosmos), with a delicate aroma of rose, and Dry Organic Shampoo (two versions for fair and dark hair). All ingredients used, like argan oil (restores hair moisture thanks to vitamin E and fatty acids) and goji berry oil (rich in vitamins A and C, which help with the iron absorption in the scalp) are certified organic and none of the products are tested on animals.

Best kept secret: Use the Dry Organic Shampoo to create your own fabulous, big hair blow, that will also soothe an itchy scalp.Tabitha James Kraan organic dry shampoo

Eco Cred

Besides focusing on organic hair care, Tabitha James Kraan hair salon is passionate about environmental sustainability. The salon runs on 100% energy from renewable sources, uses recyclable towels and cleaning products and uses low-energy light bulbs, as well as recycles 85% of total waste.

Address

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Tabitha James Kraan Organic Hairdressing, Brewery Yard, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1AA, +44 1451 831 999

Written by editorial intern Andreea Dulgheru. Andreea is studying for an MA in Magazine Journalism at Kingston University.

We are growing our organic hair guide as we speak! Get in touch if you are the founder of an organic hair salon or company and would like to be featured in our guide.