As an Ayurvedic Therapist, I have been making my own herbal decoctions, scrubs and salves from natural plants and oils since 2010. A couple of years ago I adopted the philosophy of Ahimsa which is all about doing no harm. This really got me thinking. First, I applied it to my relationships. I began to realise that in the 21st Century, it’s pretty difficult to go even a single day without harming someone. For example, my (ex) brand of Tea is responsible for deforestation and immense suffering and plundering of communities in Sri Lanka. This bothered me and I stopped buying those brands. Some of my expensive 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?!
I began to think about integrity, particularly in my business and my dealings with clients. Many of the Ayurvedic herbs I use are endangered because of deforestation in India. I began seeking alternatives. We stopped using Sandalwood distilled from the bark many years ago, but I don’t think people are aware of the many herbs and plants nearing extinction because of the beauty and health industries. I began to seek other like-minded small-scale suppliers who cared about their clients and also thought about the cost to the earth of doing business. I use a lot of massage oil as an example, and last year I switched to NHR Organics who use only food grade essential oils and herbs grown ethically and never tested on animals. 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.
Integrity is really important to me. I don’t want to support a lifestyle or industry which plunders the earth or impoverishes a community. For a while I had to stop offering skin care products and facials as I struggled to find ethical and completely natural 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.
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, or you can try a back-neck-shoulder massage with facial lasting 80mins.