Fairtrade Fortnight is Feb 24 – Mar 9 and here is a link for some information.Visionary Soap whole range ( 38 products ) carries the fairtrade mark and the company has been dedicated to fairtrade since 2005. Among the first pioneering body care companies to use Fairtrade certified ingredients, all products have been specifically formulated to contain a very high percentage of Fairtrade ingredients, well above the minimum set requirement of 2% for a wash off and 5% for a leave on product. There soaps, on average, contain 60% Fairtrade ingredients, body butters – 99 to 100%, lip balms - 34%, body oils - 19% and there gardener’s hand salve – 34%.
So what is fairtrade?
Fair trade is an organised social movement that aims to help producers in developing countries to make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. It advocates the payment of a higher price to exporters as well as higher social and environmental standards. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries.
I got some lovely items to test out, they are all scents I usually wouldn't of gone for either. Which is a bonus. I'm a bit of a plain Jane when it comes to testing out new stuff as I hate the thought of me not liking something and it being a waste.
Geranium Rose Bath melt. £9.95 for 6.
You drop the melt into the bath and watch it fizz away right before your eyes and watch the rose petals appear. The rose really gives it a lovely scent. Each bath melt is hand rolled and has its own box. The oils from the bath stick to the skin and leave your body moisturised. I did have to wash the bath out a few times as the oil seemed to stick to the bath and make it very slippy.
The bath melts contain Fairtrade certified shea butter from Burkina Faso. sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), citric acid, organic botanicals and scented with organic essential oils.
Lavender Soap. £3.69
I've only recently started using soap again, I'm a total sucker for shower gels. Out of all the products this would most likely the one thing I would of picked up myself. I love the smell of lavender. I often use lavender oil in my bath when I'm feeling a bit stressed, it helps you to relax and give you a good nights sleep. The soap is a good size of 100 grams. Gives good lathering, the soap smelt wonderful and the scent is long lasting. I loved the bits of lavender that break away from the soap too.
The luxurious organic soaps are made using the traditional cold-process method using Fairtrade certified coconut oil from India, Fairtrade certified olive oil from Palestine, Fairtrade certified shea butter from Burkina Faso, Fairtrade certified cocoa butter from The Dominican Republic and essential oils and botanicals, including Fairtrade certified spices from Sri Lanka and India.
Grapefruit Lip Balm £3.45
I would of never picked up a grapefruit lip balm ever, I think grapefruit is one of the only fruits I dislike its as its really sour. I'm a massive fan of lip balms and I have many varieties around the house that I use. The grapefruit lip balm comes in a little glass jar (5ml) with a chrome top. I actually loved the scent of this lip balm, you only need a bit and it really moistened the lips and left them smooth and very soft. Its been a hit with my younger daughter too. Out of all the products I received it was definitely my favourtive.
The lip balms consist of sunflower oil, Fairtrade certified olive oil from Palestine, Fairtrade certified shea butter from Burkina Faso, candelilla wax, vitamin E (as a natural preservative) and lightly flavoured with essential oils.
Lemongrass, Rosemary & Mint Bath & Body Oil - £9.25
The body oil is gorgeous, you can smell all the different tones, its has a really relaxing element to it. The mint gives its a real fresh fragrance. I like how this is a multi purpose oil, you can use it in a running bath, after body moisturiser or as a massage oil. It comes in beautiful teal glass bottle (100 ml) with chrome top and dripper insert, you only need a little bit of this. Less is best.
There organic bath & body oils consist of sunflower oil, Fairtade certified sesame oil from Nicaragua, Fairtade certified olive oil from Palestine and scented with own blends of essential oils.
Cinnamon Orange Clove Soap - £3.69
This soap is really wintery, the cinnamon and orange glove really gives off a festive vibe. Again a good lather and the other half really took to the scent of this too. Comes in a 100g bar.
The organic soaps are made using the traditional cold-process method using Fairtrade certified coconut oil from India, Fairtrade certified olive oil from Palestine, Fairtrade certified shea butter from Burkina Faso, Fairtrade certified cocoa butter from The Dominican Republic and essential oils and botanicals, including Fairtrade certified spices from Sri Lanka and India.
I do love fairtrade products, I also liked how these are vegan too. As I know they haven't been tested on animals. I've recently started to look at this side of my products and I've been shocked to find out some of my favourtive brands do test on animals, which is a shame. I think you get what you pay for with fairtrade products and even though they are more expensive they are generally better quality.