Brand Story: Olive Branch

Olive Branch is a Greek company that produce a range of products using classic Greek ingredients with a unique touch. Their olive oil is made on their family farm located in South East Crete. Not only that, they also make chunky olive tapenade, Greek mezze dips and a big range of marinated olives and antipasti.

Olive Branch was founded by Maria Koinaki. Born and raised in Crete, Maria’s family owned olive trees and as a child Maria would help with the annual olive harvest which involved hand picking fresh olives and helping her father take them to the local olive mill.

Growing up surrounded by olives, Maria decided to turn her father’s olive oil into a brand. She knew that everyone used olive oil out of the knowledge that it is good for you, but no one knows why; Maria wanted to change that.

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Brand Story: Milly & Sissy

Milly & Sissy produce a range of unique powdered beauty products where you simply need to add water to activate them.

Milly & Sissy was founded by good friends Milly and Sissy who both have a passion for animals and the environment. Milly has had a career working in the health and beauty industry and has lived abroad in Asia and Europe. Sissy lives in the Midlands with her family and growing number of animals which includes sheep, guinea pigs, dogs, cats and horses. Combining their passion and talents they were able to create the Milly & Sissy brand. They are always looking for ways to improve our way of living that will have as minimal an impact on the environment as possible. They believe that every single person can make a difference based on the small changes that we can make to our lifestyles.

Their aim is to try and reduce our negative impact on the environment.

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Introducing Tyne Chease

I know so many people who have said they could never be vegan because they’d miss cheese too much. It’s understandable really because cheese is amazing. Thankfully the vegan cheese market is growing – we’ve even started selling it. Today I’d like to introduce our only vegan cheese brand – Tyne Chease.

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Introducing Votch

It can be difficult to find stylish, vegan friendly and ethically made accessories, sometimes you just can’t have it all. That’s where Votch comes in! These gorgeous faux leather watches from London based brand Votch prove that you don’t have to compromise your ethics for fashion. Continue reading Introducing Votch

Delicious Alchemy Gluten & Dairy Free Oaty Cookies

Sometimes you just need a gluten free cookie fix, and that’s ok. These gluten & dairy free oat cookies were the easiest to make, preparation took around 15 minutes and then 18 minutes in the oven. You can have delicious cookies in well under an hour! Continue reading Delicious Alchemy Gluten & Dairy Free Oaty Cookies

Summer Skin Care Tips

As the weather changes, so too should our skin care routines. What is good for your skin in the cold months isn’t necessarily beneficial in the summer. Using natural, organic skin care products is so much better for you as there are no potentially harmful chemicals in the products that will be absorbed into your body. Continue reading Summer Skin Care Tips

MADE SAFE by Natracare

Back in February, Natracare became the first Brand with MADE SAFE™ certified pads, tampons, maternity pads and nursing pads. This is a new certification to show which products are made with ingredients that are safe for you, and when you look at what’s in a regular pad or tampon you realise just why the MADE SAFE™ certification is important. Continue reading MADE SAFE by Natracare

NEW Baby & Kids Bath & Body Care from Ecozone

Ecozone have always been known to offer high quality, eco-friendly household cleaning alternatives, and have now introduced a range of baby & kids bath & bodycare so you can bathe your little ones safe in the knowledge that you aren’t using any harsh chemicals. Continue reading NEW Baby & Kids Bath & Body Care from Ecozone

Healthy Fruit & Inulin Smoothie Recipe

If you watched the BBC’s ‘How to Stay Young’ you will have heard of Inulin already. It is recommended by experts to help reduce health risks because it aids visceral fat loss and increases fat metabolism. Get your daily dose with this smoothie recipe!

blueberry-smoothie1 Banana
1/2 Cup of Strawberries
1/2 Cup of Raspberries
1/2 Cup of Blueberries
1 Carrot
1 Tsp Organic Inulin Powder
1 Sliver of Ginger
1 Cup of Apple Juice

 

 

Blend all the ingredients together, pour into your favourite glass and enjoy!

We’re thrilled to have Inulin Powder newly in stock at Natural Collection, and can’t wait to try even more recipes with it. If you have any you’d like to share, let us know!

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Vegan Shoes

When it comes to fashion for vegans the rules are quite simple – no leather, no wool, no silk, no fur – and there are plenty of options to choose from as many pieces are made from cotton or polyester, and you can get faux leather or faux fur. Stereotypically vegan shoes are ‘ugly’ and unsuitable for the fashion conscious – is this why people shun them so much?

I can absolutely say with 100% confidence that not all vegan shoes are ugly, you can see from the images in this post just how pretty vegan shoes can be! Continue reading Vegan Shoes