Dr Bronner’s Lavender Liquid Soap – 946ml (£12.99)
All the way from the USA (and with weirdly religious undertones) this product in particular I used along with ‘Ecover Laundry Liquid’ in my washing machine. Just a small amount, not only cleaned my clothes with its natural, chemical free ingredients, but also made them smell clean and fresh! The Dr Bonner’s liquid soap comes in a range of fragrances, if lavender is not your thing. It also has multiple use. For example, with this nearly 1 litre bottle, you could use it as a hand wash, body wash, bath soak and as I used it, laundry liquid!! The bottle states it has 18 uses!! So when your shower gel or hand wash next runs out, get yourself some of this and re-fill the bottle. No one will know and I won’t say anything!
Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Lavandin Extract, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Lavender Extract, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
* CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin
Viridian – High Five Multivitamin & Mineral Formula – 30 Capsules (£8.26)
If you take supplements such as multi-vitamins, then as with everything on this blog, KNOW YOUR INGREDIENTS! Lots of multi-vitamins out there are made using cheap, harmless, fillers. Ingredients that are added to bulk out the tablet and not benefit you what so ever.
The percentage of the key ingredient may also be so small, that you’re required to take one tablet four times per day (who has time for that?). The jury is still out as to the real benefits of taking supplements, but if you do take them, read the label and make sure you’re consuming the best possible ingredients.
Viridian is one brand I’ve researched, tried and tested. Available on-line from lots of outlets, including Whole Foods and Neals Yard. They guarantee non-GM, non-irradiated and 100% active ingredients with no nasty additives whatsoever. No added sugars, no colourings or artificial flavourings. Viridian are also against the use of animal testing and do not test any of products or ingredients on animals.
Here’s the full break down of ingredients in each capsule:
Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5 as d-Ca pantothenate) 150mg
Magnesium ascorbate providing: Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) 100mg/Magnesium 7mg 107mg
Natural Beta Carotene/Carotenoid Mix D.Salina (Equiv to Vitamin A 833ug) providing: Beta Carotene 5mg/Cryptoxanthin 39ug/Zeaxanthin 32ug/Lutein 25ug 5mg
Niacin (Vitamin B3 as niacinamide) 50mg
Kelp (providing Iodine) 25ug
Calcium (citrate) 10mg
Magnesium (citrate) 5mg
Vitamin B6(pyridoxine HCI) 25mg
Thiamin (vitamin B1 as thiamine mononitrate) 25mg
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 25mg
Grape seed extract 95% proanthocyanidin 20mg
Zinc (citrate) 5mg
Selenium (L-selenomethionine) 50ug
Potassium (citrate) 2mg
Choline (bitartrate) 5mg
Iron (bisclycinate) 1mg
Boron (sodium borate) 0.5mg
Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol – vegan) 10ug
Folic acid 400ug
Chromium (picolinate) 50ug
Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) 50ug
in a base of alfalfa, spirulina and bilberry
Remember to take any supplement regularly, in order to maximise the beneficial effect.