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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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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Try Some Divine Chocolate

If you’re a chocolate lover like me it’s likely you know about Divine. It’s probably the most popular certified Fairtrade chocolate available today. I remember the first time I tried it was in secondary school one Easter, our head teacher gave every student a bar and it was absolutely Divine! Now it’s my chocolate bar of choice because not only is it some of the most delicious chocolate I’ve tried, I also love that it is Fairtrade Labelled. Continue reading Try Some Divine Chocolate

Ethical Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and it’s one of those holidays where some of us just aren’t too sure about what to get our significant other. It can be particularly difficult to find ethical gifts that are within your price range – Valentine’s Day isn’t always a day for splashing out. Here are some of our top choices for the perfect ethical Valentine’s Day gift.

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Get to Know Green People

As humans we are inquisitive and resourceful creatures, when we need something and can’t find it, we’ll create it ourselves. That’s exactly what happened for Charlotte Vøht in 1994. Her daughter Sandra suffered multiple skin allergies along with eczema, and although Charlotte tried to find skin care products made with natural ingredients that would be gentle on her daughter’s skin, but it turns out most cosmetics found on the high street contained chemicals – they only needed to have less than 1% of natural or organic ingredients to be labelled ‘natural’.

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Baobab – the natural hangover cure?

Packed with energy-boosting essential nutrients, just a couple of teaspoons of our favourite Aduna Baobab superfruit powder in your breakfast smoothie, juice, yoghurt or porridge can help with that Christmas overindulgence. It’s a great source of antioxidants, vitamins & minerals too, great for your skin (New Year’s Eve party anyone?), immune system and general health. Continue reading Baobab – the natural hangover cure?

Chemical Free Cleaning with Bio-D

I’ve been using Bio D laundry liquid for about two years now and honestly I wouldn’t go back. The thing I love about Bio D is that it uses mainly plant based ingredients which is particularly great for laundry liquid and fabric conditioners which can really irritate my skin otherwise.

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Barretts Ridge Beer Bread – The Easiest & Tastiest Way To Make Your Own Bread

For some the idea of home baked bread is far more appealing than the reality of the effort it can take to mix, knead and prove a good dough. Others turn towards their trusty bread making machines which deliver consistent results time after time. However, if you’re looking to get your hands dirty and make a quick loaf without any fuss, Barrets Ridge Beer Bread Mix is for you. Continue reading Barretts Ridge Beer Bread – The Easiest & Tastiest Way To Make Your Own Bread