When Nathalie Bond discovered she was pregnant, she decided to stop using cosmetic products with synthetic chemicals – and began making her own. “Our bodies will absorb what we apply to them and, on average, women apply 168 chemicals to their skin every day with little knowledge of the damaging impact such substances can have.”
The neatly stacked e-shop Nathalie Bond Organics is now stocked with handmade skincare and bathtime treats made using sustainably sourced raw plant ingredients that are free from synthetics and preservatives. Each product is created in small batches by Bond, her husband and their assistant in a workshop on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Colourful pots of rose geranium and patchouli Himalayan pink salts (£18.50, first picture) promise to cleanse and detoxify; body scrubs (choose from bergamot and ylang ylang or peppermint and eucalyptus) blend fairtrade organic sugar with olive, lemon and jojoba oils to revitalise dull skin; and post-bath body oils (£21.50, fourth picture) are full of vitamin-rich nourishment.
Handmade soaps (£5.50, second picture) mix French clays (red for sensitive skin; yellow for dry; or green, able to absorb impurities and firm pores) with shea butter and fragrances such as wild lemongrass, pine needle and juniper or orange and clove. The sooty shade of the peppermint and eucalyptus block (third picture) is no cause for alarm though – its colour comes from activated charcoal, which is used increasingly by the beauty industry to absorb toxins and pollutants. In the Super Skin gift box (£24.50), a geranium and patchouli soap comes with a matching skin balm and a rose geranium lip salve that protects against the elements.
Next on Bond’s hitlist? New fragrances and body oils, and tapping into even more of the benefits of coconut oil – found in her soaps and body scrubs (£19.50) for maximum moisturisation.