Saturday, 11 April 2015

Best of British: Skin & Tonic

Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple. New brand Skin& Tonic creates hand-crafted, organic skincare created free from all synthetics and preservatives with never more than 7 ingredients. 

Simple is best
Skincare doesn’t need to be complicated. Surely we can do without the parabens, the ETDA’s, the mineral oils, the dioxins, the phthalates, the gender discrimination, the cheap labour, the exotic ingredients and, let’s not forget, all that excessive, wasteful packaging?

Why is organic so awesome?
The organic ingredients used at Skin & Tonic are highly therapeutic when retained in their natural, unadulterated state. The plant oils used have all been grown to international organic standards (as certified by The Soil Association) and have NOT been sprayed by nasty chemical pesticides. Skin & Tonic use ingredients that are packed full of nutrients, anti-oxidants and omegas that help maintain cellular growth. They also help fight the free radicals that we’re all exposed to every day through pollution and are antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Skin & Tonic products are as unisex and as multifunctional as possible. Check out Skin & Tonic Gentle Scrub that doubles up as a face mask or Skin & Tonic Calm Balm to calm both your dry skin and your mood.
From Sarah, the founder
I created Skin & Tonic with help from Josh (my boyfriend/partner-in-crime) and with inspiration and support from Deirdre (my master soap-making super mum). Josh and I met at a party in 2009 over a glass of Gin & Tonic and that was that – the unwitting union of two little like-minded dreamers/believers took place.
Together, we’ve been through some ups and some downs. Life can really suck at times and this was most definitely the case in 2010 when I was diagnosed with endometriosis. Getting sick made me realise that I needed to simplify my lifestyle and pay more attention to what I was putting into AND onto my body. I researched skincare and soon discovered that much of what I was using was full of nasty synthetic chemicals that were carcinogenic and endocrine disrupters.
I started to make skincare for myself using simple, organic ingredients. Within no time, a persistent case of dermatitis disappeared and my skin looked, and felt, great. So why couldn’t I buy something similar to this in the shops? I couldn’t find a single product that was completely free from synthetics and preservatives, or silly-frilly names and promises. Instead, all I found was overt gender discrimination and huge amounts of excess packaging. There was nothing out there that was simple, straight-talking, organic and cool! So I decided to do something about it. I quit my career in TV and re-trained in Aromatherapy and Skincare Formulation. Skin & Tonic was born…Thank you so much for joining our little skincare revolution.

Shop here for: Skin & Tonic from £3.90