Merionwen. Naturally Nourishing.

by merionwen in Derby

Merionwen. Naturally Nourishing.
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On 9th April 2013 we successfully raised £2,205 with 77 supporters in 45 days

Merionwen is a natural skincare business working towards organic ideals. With these aims and ethics in mind I am creating a themed range of products starting with "vintage", "country cottage", "eastern spice" and "healing botanics". My goal is to make this business venture a byword for ethics and excellence, comprising of a range of entirely natural and organic, spa quality products to soothe, feed and indulge the body. You can luxuriate in a bath of sweet smelling potions that leave your skin radiant. Enjoy enticing and mouth watering goodies such as body butters, moisturisers, lip balms and soaps. All brought together under a sumptuous yet ethical ideal, leaving you with the knowledge that the ingredients contained will not harm your skin or the environment in any way. Bringing to the fore the health promoting botanics of the world around us to enhance the body's natural beauty and leave you with a warm glow of well being. With this pitch I am asking you to assist in bringing this business about. To help fund the organic certification. To make sure the correct, legally required equipment is in place. To assist in the cost of essential safety assessments. Most importantly to purchase the truly ethical and organic ingredients to produce these delicious products. With your help I can ensure this business has all the credentials I hold dear. Of course, I would not ask you to pledge anything for free and I hope the enticing rewards I have to offer will fill you with confidence in this tantalising business. For £5 I would like to offer a £6 *voucher to purchase goodies of your choice. For £10 I would like to offer a £12.00 *voucher to purchase goodies of your choice. For £20 I would like to offer a £24 *voucher to purchase goodies of your choice. For £50 I would like to offer a £60 *voucher to purchase goodies of your choice For £100 I would like to offer a £60 *voucher to purchase goodies of your choice, plus **a bespoke blend designed for you. This exclusive blend will carry your name indefinitely and be available for all to purchase. Offer limited to 10 pledges. and finally for those who would like to see Merionwen's products in their hotels, B&B's, guest houses and related businesses:- For £250 I would like to offer an exclusive 3 product line designed to your specifications for continued use for the duration of the business life. The product will be presented in handy miniature packaging suitable for guest bathrooms. It will contain **a bespoke blend designed for you. This offer is extended to a dozen bottles of the three products. With your premises name incorporated on the Merionwen label. This design would be exclusively yours. Once the initial delivery of the first order is completed for free, any subsequent order would be payable with a loyalty discount to 10%. The exclusivity of the line would remain yours indefinitely. Offer limited to 5 pledges. * All vouchers carry an 18 month expiry. And will be useable from one month after the completion of the pitch. ** Safety Assessed base recipes will be essential and are non negotiable. You can request scent, essential oils and even botanical additions. Additional ingredients subject to availability. Merionwen's Website Coming Soon. http://merionwen.co.uk/ You can follow real time progress on twitter https://twitter.com/Merionwen or on Merionwen's facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Merionwen/117896191728516?ref=hl E-mail me at mailto:helen@merionwen.co.uk

by merionwen in Derby

Parabens, Why not?

Parabens, Why not?

Well first of a ll we need to know what a paraben is and where to find it.

Parabens are a group of compounds (methyl-, butyl- and propyl- paraben, they are also known as hydroxybenzoic acid such as methyl-para-hydroxybezoic acid).

This class of chemicals are widely used across the board in cosmetic manufacture as a preservative.

They are also to be found lurking in the pharmaceutical industry. Found in off the shelf shampoo, moisturiser, shaving gel, deodorants, make up and toothpaste. These compounds and their associated salts are commonly used for their anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

It all sounds good so far doesn't it? After all who wants musty deodorant or furry moisturiser?

There are arguments going for and against the use of parabens. It has been widely circulated that the use of these compounds is mostly safe. However, it has also been widely publicised that parabens have been heavily linked to cancer. Personally I would rather err on the side of caution. Through research carried out at Reading University upon the breast tissue of patients who have undergone mastectomy due to breast cancer it was found that 99% of all the samples contained parabens 60% contained all five types of paraben that were being tested for.

Here is a link to NHS site that carry the relevant information.

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2012/01January/Pages/parabens-in-breast-cancer-tissue-studied.aspx

Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers. The paraben propyl paraben has been linked to a decrease in sperm level. This is with a daily intake of the accepted EU level of this paraben. The way it mimics oestrogen has been linked to young girls going through puberty at a younger age. An age where they may not be emotionally developed enough to cope with such changes without distress.

The jury is still hung over the effect of this chemical on the development of young adults and babies. However, I for one do not wish to take these risks with either my own lifestyle or in Merionwen's products.

It is for these reasons you will never find parabens in Merionwen's products.

If you want to get involved yourslef have a look at the Campaingne for Safe Cosmetics.

http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=291

Indeed there are much kinder forms of preservative out there. Due to EU law we have to have a preservative in hydrous products as the very presence of water can encourage fungal and bacterial growth. Rest assured, Merionwen will only use the most natural, gentle and kind preservatives.

One such preservative I shall be using is ÒPreservative EcoÓ. The ingredients are as follows :-

Benzyl alcohol. An organic compound, benzyl alcohol is produced naturally by many plants and is commonly found in fruits and teas. It is also found in a variety of essential oils including jasmine, hyacinth, and ylang-ylang. It acts as a bactericide.

Salicylic Acid. An organic acid the term salicylic comes from the latin salix meaning willow. It has historically been extracted from willow bark and meadowsweet and used as the active ingredient in asprin. It acts as a bactericide.

Glycerine. A by-product of soap making. Even soap made with natural ingredients! It is a clear, viscose liquid that is harmless and used across the board as a suspension for other compounds.

Sorbic acid. Isolated from unripe rowan berries this is an entirely natural compound. It is antimicrobial in it's action. It has the added advantage of degrading quickly in soil so it has long been considered extremely environmentally friendly.

Now enough science and back to the blending room.

Take care

Merionwen x


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