Essential care pieces for your hair and body

Get back to basics with some Essential Care pieces

If youve ever wondered where exactly the ingredients in your makeup has come from, youll be pleased to find out that organic makeup brand Essential Cosmetics, by Essential Care, has become the first ever makeup line to be approved by The Fairtrade Foundation

If you have not heard of Essential Care, they have been on a mission to create the purest skincare on earth since 2003; they produced the UKs first ever organically-certified shampoo and skincare certified to both Fairtrade and organic standard, so this new cosmetics line is a huge step into reaching the beauty mainstream, especially with our new heightened awareness of manufacturing and processing methods within makeup.

Comprising a collection of lipstick, pencils, mascara and pressed eyeshadows, this is make-up for the Mother Earth lovers, sensitive skinned, and generally more informed women amongst us because not only has it been certified 100% pure, organic and using fairly-traded ingredients, the range is also certified by the Soil Association.

Mother and daughter uber duo Margaret and Abi Weeds have spent over three years developing and creating Essential Care, which is a mineral-based makeup packed with the finest vitamin-rich organic plants oils, butters including the super ingredient Shea (grown and produced in Ghana, the Fairtrade certification ensures that the Ghanaian farmers get a fair wage and decent working conditions) and skin-loving native herbs such as calendula and rosemary.

Founder Margaret is a trained herbalist and aromatherapist and has been creating beauty products without synthetic ingredients since the 1980s. With a family history of eczema, her focus has always been on formulations best suited to the most sensitive or allergy-prone skin and she has had a vested interest in developing high quality, organic products.

The new cosmetics range is free from any synthetic chemicals, preservatives and fillers, bismuth oxychloride, hydrogenated oils, lead, mercury, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, silicones, talc and tree-nut oils, as well as being packaged up in a unique reusable and recyclable outer packaging.

Pleasingly for an organic makeup brand, there are plenty of colours and products to choose from: 7 lipstick shades, 3 pencils, mascara in black or brown and 2 eyeshadow palettes (Earth and Ocean each containing 4 pressed colours. RRPs range from £8.50 to £34.50.  The mascaras, lipstick, lip pencil and pressed eye shadows are also the first ever to be certified by the Soil Association.
For more info on where you can find Essential Care makeup stockists and to buy mail order, call 01638 716593 or buy online from There is even a 15% off introductory offer available for a limited period.

Other Organic makeup brands include Lavera, Natio and Kjaer Weiss.