Not Just a Pretty Face

Recycling and some…..

Most of our empty hair and beauty bottles and containers are recycled to help the environment and reduce waste.  Now it’s time to help the world in another way.

Fairtrade, Animal Friendly, Organic, Ethical trading.  Do these words cross your mind when you’re browsing the hair and beauty aisles?  And do you really know what they actually mean?

Time for a lesson……

You will be surprised to find there is now a wide range of hair and beauty products that are organic, Fairtrade or both.  For a product to be deemed organic it needs to be produced in a natural environment without the aid of man-made synthetics.

Ethical trading focuses more on the people who make the products they sell and their working conditions.  Not every country has employee rights or a minimum wage or even certain working conditions that employers need to provide for their workers.  Fairtrade-fortnightI’m sure we’ve all had a good moan about our jobs at some point but it could be a lot worse.  More and more retailers are signing up to The Ethical Trading Initiative to help achieve a better working environment for workers across the world.

LeapingBunny540Have you ever wondered what the leaping bunny logo means? And why it is only on certain products?  The leaping bunny means it is animal-friendly, which in turns means it is not tested on animals.

Do you know which retailers are part of an ethical agreement?  Maybe it’s time you did.  And if you do decide it’s time to swap your old faithfuls for a better alternative, I am guessing you’ll want to know which brands can help.



Bodyshop-beautywithheart1The Body Shop has been gracing High Shops since the 70s and is one of the largest retailers of hair and beauty products that promotes a cruelty free image.

In the UK Sheabutter Cottage is a company that takes great pride in sourcing quality ingredients directly from farmers and producers or through community projects.  Their products include handmade Cioccolatina natural toiletries, exotic butters and supplies, as well as Tropic Isle Living range of Jamaican black castor oils.




Marks & Spencer is also a pioneer of Fairtrade and you will find many beauty products that carry this logo. Marks-and-Spencer-results-007



Terressentials is an American company that sells a wide range of certified organic products for skin, hair and babies.  They also offer other goods made with certified organic hers and certified organic essential oils.

Dr Bronner’s are the makers of the best selling certified organic and fair trade soaps and personal care products.  Their Magic Soaps are synonymous with Old-World quality and time honoured simplicity.


How many shopping days to Christmas………

So you want to do your bit but don’t know where to start?  Let’s start with our Christmas lists, not just yours but everyone else’s.

The Body Shop has a fantastic Seaweed Range; Day Cream, Night Treatment, Clay Mask, Toner, Facial Wash, Facial Exfoliator, Pore Perfector, Moisture Lotion.  All containing Bladderwrack seaweed that grows wild in clean waters off the south-west coast of Ireland.  Sounds so clean and refreshing, and imagine how you skin would feel.

Dr Bronner’s Orange Ginger Organic Lip Balm would be an ideal addition to anyone’s stocking.  The organic avocado oil and beeswax provide excellent lip protection against the winter weather with organic jojoba and hemps oil helping to moisturise – keeping your lips looking beautiful too.

Terressentials Organic Fragrance-Free Gentle Bath Gel is ultra-mild and perfect for sensitive or dry skin.  Made from skin-softening organic olive oils, organic jojoba oils and organic botanical extracts this low-foam castile cleansing gel is truly unique.

Sheabutter Cottage Chocolate Face Mask is a fragrance-free mask designed to detoxify, gently exfoliate and soften.  Made with organic fair trade cocoa, organic vanilla, rhassoul and a splash of peppermint.  TLC for your face and perfect for chocoholics.


At Zara, we embrace the diversity of all our customers. We have products to suit every skin and hair type. We value our customer opinions and their beliefs when it comes to the products they want to buy; and we anticipate on meeting their expectations. For this reason, we offer both organic products and their chemical counterparts.

With a growing number of our clients opting for healthier, greener ways of living we are committed to purchasing only brands that operate within our Organic Products Ethical Policy:

Suppliers must:

1.      be against animal testing of any ingredients

2.      ensure ingredients maintain genetic diversity including the protection of plants and wildlife habitats.

3.      ensure ingredients are the freshest possible and be ideally locally sourced.

4.      help all those involved in organic production to have a life that meets basic needs in a safe working environment, providing an adequate return and satisfaction from their work

5.      distribution methods should minimise the impact on the environment and be carbon-neutral



Beauty by Zara was inspired by a mission to find reliable beauty solutions at affordable prices and sell them with supreme confidence and infectious enthusiasm. We first opened our London store in 2008, and its success encouraged us to take our knowledge, experience and personal know-how to a much bigger audience. You can connect with us now on Twitter



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