When I adopted the Ahimsa (do no harm) philosophy 2 years ago, I had no idea how much it would turn my world upside down.
First I re-evaluated my relationships then broadened it to include my relationship with myself, the companies I do business with and my relationship with my mother – the Earth. I realised it’s nearly impossible in the 21st Century not to harm someone even before I’ve had my breakfast. For example – the company I bought my herbal tea from had a beautiful “face” but a black, corporate, greedy heart causing poverty and suffering to communities and deforestation in Sri Lanka. I would like to see them change their ways or go out of business, frankly, so I started buying from small ethical companies.
In 2010 I started making my own herbal decoctions, scrubs and salves from natural plants and oils. This was after I discovered my expensive ‘natural’ beauty products were being tested on animals. I had no idea when I bought them and binned them in disgust. I learned that a company can test their products on animals, wait 2 years and then market their products as “not tested on animals”. What?! The more I researched, the heavier my heart grew. Untold horror stories of cruelty and ecocide made me realise that Change starts with ME.
I began seeking alternatives. I don’t think many people are aware of the many herbs and plants nearing extinction because of the beauty and health industries. I simply switched to small, ethical companies. Last year I discovered NHR Organics who use only ethically grown, food grade essential oils and herbs. Their oils don’t contain preservatives or emulsifiers and are 100% plant based. Working with the energy of these beautiful oils has greatly enhanced my treatments.
For a while I had to stop offering skin care products and facials as I struggled to find ethical and completely natural beauty products to use. After a 2 year search, I discovered Tropic natural plant skincare. Tropic Founder, Susie Ma’s story really resonates with me. There is a saying in Ayurveda that YOU SHOULD NEVER PUT ANYTHING ON YOUR SKIN THAT YOU CAN’T EAT. And this is why I love Tropic – only ethically sourced tropical plants are used to produce Tropic’s freshly made beauty products which are then shipped straight from their Beauty Kitchens in Surrey to the customer – so no standing around in warehouses and therefore no need for nasty chemicals.
TROPIC is a certified CARBON NEUTRAL company, and as well as being VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE, their products are NEVER TESTED ON ANIMALS. They have won the Good Shopping Guide award as an ETHICAL COMPANY. In fact, Tropic has won over 100 awards. Not bad for a 15 year old who started out in 2004 by selling her home-made body scrubs in jam jars at Greenwich Market. Eventually she went on to appear in BBC’s The Apprentice in 2011 where Lord Alan Sugar was so impressed that he invested to become a 50/50 partner and the #GreenBeautyRevolution was born.
You don’t need to be an activist – you just need to make ethical heart-based choices.
Finally facials, body scrubs and luxurious foot massages are back on my treatment list. To celebrate, I am combining a full body Restorative Massage with a luxurious facial to brighten dull winter skin in an indulgent 120 minute package at just £85, or you can try a back-neck-shoulder massage with facial lasting 80mins at £60.
Please note: as of 7 December I am nearly fully booked, but will honour this offer for any bookings made before 31 December – the treatments can be booked for the New Year.