WHATS HOT APRIL 2020

MAKE 2020 THE YEAR OF ECO-FRIENDLY BATHROOM SWAPS

We throw away over 264 million plastic toothbrushes away every single year. In fact, look around the bathroom and see how much plastic is in the everyday products you use – from toothbrushes, to deodorant bottles, cotton buds and toilet paper packaging. However, there are plenty of sustainable options available – and it’s not difficult to make a change – why not make 2020 the year of swapping to eco-friendly everyday alternatives? Introducing Zed Bees  plastic-free subscription and gift boxes packed full of eco- friendly, vegan, natural and low waste essentials for the bathroom, delivered to your door each month. Based in Manchester and set up by husband and wife team Lee and Zoe, Zed Bees is an online shop with a mission to deliver plastic-free, sustainable, eco- friendly bathroom products to your door. The message, the offer and the product is as simple as it can be. One simple subscription box containing alternatives to the bathroom products you buy on a regular basis.

Zed Bees products are sourced from across the UK and aim to make swapping to an eco-friendly lifestyle as easy and as simple as possible – what you need, when you need it – starting with the bathroom.

Sustainability shouldn’t be difficult and it certainly shouldn’t be about sacrificing quality, price or ease. Zed Bees delivers plastic free bathroom essentials directly to your door each month – or as and when you need. It’s a quick and simple way for everyone to immediately reduce the amount of plastic in their bathroom without requiring a lot of effort.

A selection of wonderful, hard- working small suppliers were carefully chosen by the company based on the quality of their products alongside sustainability credentials and include You’re Gorgeous Handmade Soap in Colwyn Bay, Wales; The Soap Shop, Bedfordshire and Brush Fresh in Bristol.

Zed Bees is committed to using as little waste as possible.

THE STARTER BOX (£20)

The Starter Box consists of:

  • Zingy Lemon & Aromatic Litsea Body Soap (70g)
  • Soothing Lavender & Ylang Ylang Hand Soap (70g)
  • Nourishing Coconut & Argan Shampoo Bar (65g)
  • Minty Fresh Toothpaste Tablets (Fluoride) (Approx 62 tablets)
  • Reusable Toothpaste Tablet Tin
  • Bamboo Toothbrush
  • Organic Body Loofah

The Monthly Box costs only £10 a month and will top your bathroom up with the eco- friendly essentials without you having to lift a finger: (You can stop the subscription at any time).

  • Zingy Lemon & Aromatic Litsea Shower Soap
  • Soothing Lavender & Ylang Hand Soap
  • Nourishing Coconut & Argan Shampoo Bar
  • Minty Fresh Toothpaste Tablets (Fluoride)

Plastic Free Shop

Zed Bees also stocks a range of individual eco-friendly bathroom products which can be added in to the order at any time, such as:

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT https://www.zedbees.com/pages/our-brands-and-partners

SKIN REPUBLIC

Sheet mask brand, Skin Republic have a fantastic range of hand masks, which are the perfect remedy for dry hands this winter. The six masks range from a softening treatment, exfoliating, nail strengthening, anti- aging and repairing. The masks are all dual layered and touch screen friendly which means the outside of the glove is completely dry and the inside is saturated with hand loving serum. Here’s some of our favourites for a perfect hand ritual.

HAND REPAIR HAND MASK, £5.49

Containing an intense moisturising serum packed with collagen, shea butter, vitamin E and 10 plant extracts to soothe and soften dry hands.

 

24K GOLD FOIL HAND MASK, £6.99

Inspired by salon treatments this luxurious 24K Gold hand mask infused with a powerful blend of plant extracts for supreme- softness. Warming thermotherapy technology helps rejuvenate dry, mature skin. Rose oil helps replenish skin’s antioxidants, leaving hands rejuvenated and delicately scented.

NOURISHING AVOCADO HAND MASK, £5.99

A buttery avocado oil infused hand mask deeply conditionswith hyaluronic acid and vitamins to reveal smoother, softer hands. Locks in hydration, intensely nourishes and soothes for velvety-soft hands.

NAIL + CUTICLE HAND MASK, £5.99

This mask helps nails appear longer, stronger and healthier. Argan oil and Ceramides help moisturise and soften cuticles. Vitamin E helps strengthen nails from root to tip.

A NIGHT OF PASSION…FLOWER

If you want a good night’s sleep, you might be best forgetting about a night of passion and instead sit down for a cup of passion flower tea.

Scientists carried out research into the effects of drinking passion flower tea, in 41 people, in a double- blind placebo controlled trial. For a week, participants drank either a passionflower tea or a placebo tea, before having a ‘washout period’ (a week where they drank neither the herbal tea nor the placebo tea) for a week and then swapping teas – not knowing which tea they were having when. All participants filled out a sleep diary and it was found that sleep quality showed a significantly better rating when people were drinking the passion flower tea, compared to the placebo, with the researchers concluding…

“These initial findings suggest that the consumption of a low dose of Passiflora incarnate (passion flower), in the form of tea, yields short-term subjective sleep benefits for healthy adults with mild fluctuations in sleep quality.”

 

SINGLE INGREDIENT PASSION FLOWER TEA

One of the only single ingredient passion flower teas available in the UK comes courtesy of herbal tea specialists Natur Boutique. A tasty tea, that’s perfect to sit back and relax with before bedtime.

To find out more or to buy, visit www.naturboutique.co.uk, www.vitaminbay.com or ask at your local health store.

A TEA FOR YOUR KNEES

If you suffer from knee pain, adding an unusual cup of tea to your diet might prove a simple and natural remedy.

Most of us will know burdock as an ingredient in the sugary drink Dandelion & Burdock, but its root can also be used to make a herbal tea. Although, until now, burdock root tea has not been readily available in the UK, research has shown the drink could help with knee inflammation.

Researchers split a group of 36 patients, with knee osteoarthritis, randomly into two. Everyone received paracetamol and glucosamine daily, with half also having burdock root tea and the other, control group, half having boiled water instead. At the end of the 42 day study, the scientists found that levels of certain chemicals in the body which act as indicators of inflammation (specifically Interleukin 6 and high sensitivity C-reactive protein) had reduced significantly in those drinking the tea, compared with the levels found in those in the control group drinking the boiled water, concluding …

‘The results suggested that Arctium lappa L. (burdock) root tea improves inflammatory status and oxidative stress in patients with knee osteoarthritis’.

TRY BURDOCK ROOT TEA

Natur Boutique specialise in herbal teas and have just launched the UK’s first organic burdock root tea. We brewed and tasted the teas at YOGA Magazine. They were calming, had a pleasant aroma and taste.

MADEGOOD ALLERGY FREE GRANOLA BARS

Whether you’re heading out and about or are just looking to change things up at home, MadeGood can help boost energy levels!

The granola bars are 100% vegan thanks to the syrup that binds the oats (rather than honey), so you will feel like you’re still riding the healthy wave, even if you do get drawn in by all the chocolates in the run up to Easter!

Every bar is packed full of organic all-natural ingredients – from dried fruits and wholegrains and also claim to be allergy free – which is a good thing!.

Pure sunflower oil is used so that the bars are low in saturated fat and have no trans-fat. The organic, vegan granola bars are a great source of fibre, vitamins and minerals, which can help contribute to a healthy digestive and immune system.

The bars are delicious for all the family, as the yummy and comforting flavours bring in family favourites such as chocolate chip, banana and mixed berry so each mouthful is a real treat as well as a truly healthy snack.

Perfect for lunch-boxes, treats and yummy. What’s not to like? Available from ASDA stores across the UK now.