https://shophitchcock.com/blogs/we-love.atom Shophitchcock - We love... 2019-10-04T07:39:00+01:00 Shophitchcock https://shophitchcock.com/blogs/we-love/we-love-all-about-kombucha 2019-10-04T07:39:00+01:00 2019-10-04T10:23:49+01:00 We Love...All About Kombucha Paul Mc Connell All About Kombucha prove that if you have the passion, you will find the product. We caught up with the brains behind one of Irelands best loved Kombucha brands to find out what drew them to business. Now pull up a pew, and share the tea.

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Keith and Emmet from All About Kombucha wearing Guardian by Shophitchcock

Sharing the tea.  

From a chance meeting at a party on the distant shores of British Columbia in Canada, the story of how Emmet Kerrigan and Keith Loftus came to form All About Kombucha is one to inspire the masses. 

After returning from Canada where they ran a landscaping company, the pair realised that their partnership in business worked too well to give it up now they were on home soil. 

Thus Avo Nice Day was born in November 2017. Catering to market punters and festival-goers all over Ireland, the pair provided an alternative to the carb-heavy and generally non-nutritious food offerings at said events. 

As keen healthy-living enthusiasts and having discovered Kombucha while working in Canada, they felt it would be lapped up by Irish crowds. All About Kombucha became the latest addition to their collective bow.

The boys have perfected something that was long thought of to be for health benefits and not taste. What All About Kombucha have decided - and proven - is that the 2 need not be mutually exclusive. 

We caught up with the brains behind the brand at their brewery in Moycullen to get a better knowledge of what the product is, what the benefits are and where it's going next. We even managed to get them to model our new Guardian collection while there ;)

 Keith from All About Kombucha wearing Guardian by Shophitchcock on a green sweatshirt

What are your backgrounds?

We both come from a commerce background in NUI Galway where we properly met (first time was at a house party back when we were 16, all a bit hazy).

Emmett: I grew up in the countryside and was always tinkering around; building treehouses and dens, driving mini motors and playing rugby. I've always had an underlying interest in business. Working from an early age in my parents shop, I would be selling Christmas trees, organising events...always in the middle of some social extravaganza.

Keith: I grew up in Knocknacarra after moving about a bit. I would constantly be writing, taking notes, putting down ideas. I got into cooking at an early age and then fed my curiosity with travel and different business endeavours. 

Leading from there, what made you want to start up your own business?

It's what our friendship was originally based on. We met one night at one of the University balls, and then kept joking about going to Canada and making loads of money... We did move to Canada, we did do our own thing but, we didn't make loads of money.

But we did fall into a business relationship over there and found comfort in it. We both excelled in different ways and found we were really well suited to work alongside one another. We never were happy doing anything else unless it was for ourselves and the greater good.

 For those who don’t know, what is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a freshly fermented sparkling tea. At its core, it's simply tea, water, sugar and time. You steep your tea, add some sugar and let it ferment for anywhere between 7-30 days. By the end of the fermentation cycle you have a fizzy tea that no longer tastes like tea. The sugar has been mostly converted into probiotics and healthy acids. Simple as! 

 What are the health benefits?

There are a number of health benefits to the drink. Firstly, because it's a tea blend you get all the antioxidants you get from tea. Its got probiotics which are good for the health of your gut biome, currently the worlds most studied organ! It's got numerous kinds of healthy acids which help cleanse and regulate the body and its organs. And it's low in sugar, so you can quench your thirst guilt free!

Emmet from All About Kombucha wearing Guardian by Shophitchcock on a white t-shirt

What attracted you to the health drink market?

We would actually get excited going into the shops when living in Vancouver to buy Kombucha. We loved it. Always drinking it. It just seemed to be a drink that was associated with so many cool things we were getting into- podcasts, yoga, meditation, healthy living. We loved it.

Why do you think there has been such a resurgence in the popularity of Kombucha in recent years?

Good question. I think there's a couple of reasons. Firstly, people always want to drink tasty things with a fizz. But we've slowly become more educated on how bad sugar is for you. And the options up until recently haven't been great.

Now, people are coming in and innovating. They're taking what was and creating what is. Your basic, sub standard Kombucha thats covered with a tea towel sitting in your Granny's shed was never going to be your drink of choice, was it? But now, people have taken a keen interest in it. They've gotten scientific about the teas, the water, the fruits and roots. The length of the fermentation process.

Also, with something like Kombucha, you'll find your body seems to crave it because it wants the healthy acids, it wants the probiotics. And the more research we do into gut health and reduced sugar intake the more we are looking for good tasting alternatives. Kombucha just seemed to surface at the right time.

What's been the highlight of your journey so far?

There have been so many! Every day is a journey really; it's hard to remember what happened even last week at times!

I think winning Galway's best start up is definitely up there with the best moments,  along with getting a 12 month contract to stock in Aldi. But the highlights are constant. We get to live a fun life and put all our creativity into something that gives people a good experience.

Keith from All About Kombucha wearing Guardian from Shophitchcock on a green sweatshirt

There have been a few very successful businesses set up by young people in Galway in the past few years. What do you think it is about Galway as a community that fosters this type of entrepreneurial drive?

Galway is the perfect balance between a city and a town. It's a concentrated hub. Not much goes under the radar and a lot of people in Galway are self made. They've all really excelled in their own way, therefore understand the struggle and want to help others out. It's great and we're delighted to be from here. The support from our local community has gotten us to where we are now.

Where do you see the business going/where would you like to take the business over the next 5 years

So many PLANS! We have loads of exciting things in the pipeline. We're concentrated on becoming one of Europes most innovative and best tasting Kombucha brands.

We are both not drinking at the moment and have found that there's not much choice out there when it comes to non- alcoholic options. They taste ok but you still get hungover from them, which makes no sense at all.

So we're working on a beer Kombucha that pours like a lager, holds a head and tastes citrus-y and hop-y! It should be fun. Who knows where that will take us. We're also looking into oat milk at the moment. Lots on the horizon!

 For budding entrepreneurs, what is the key piece of advice you can share for someone starting out on the business path. 

Find a partner where you compliment each others skills. This has been the key to our success; without one there wouldn't be the other. The bond is unbreakable.

Honesty too, you have to be honest with yourself and one another. We always say its for the good of the business not to become too emotionally invested in any one thing so you can stay objective and unbiased.

Also, just get it out there. Start now and improve along the way. Talk to people who have done it. Instagram is your friend, make some international connections. Organise calls, visits. Cultivate relationships in your local community and try and do some good with your product. Make sure you're doing it for the right reasons and don't harm anyone along the way. Oh, and stay on top of those accounts! 

 

Check All About Kombucha on their Facebook and Instagram pages. 

You can find All About Kombucha in Aldi stores across Ireland and in stores like Evergreen, Fat Tonys Lifestyle (Liosbaun) and Mountain Road (Moycullen)

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https://shophitchcock.com/blogs/we-love/gerona-deli-and-cafe 2018-08-17T11:43:00+01:00 2019-10-01T21:30:17+01:00 We Love...Gerona Deli and Cafe Paul Mc Connell

Not only are they top of our list for amazing breakfast and lunches, Gerona cafe maintain 100% compostable packaging for the the food they deliver to customers. We caught up with owner Geraldine to find out what pushed her to make the move towards an eco-friendly business and what the best part of running one of Galways most popular Cafes is. 

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Gerona Cafe and Deli

Dining with a conscience. 

Since opening in November of 2017, Gerona Deli and Cafe has become on our of favourite lunch haunts. From the hearty hot-pots and stews to the fresh, crisp salads (with some amazingly decadent pastries added into the mix) they serve all pallets and tastes. However, the attraction of this cosy breakfast and lunch spot goes far beyond the wonderful food they serve up. 

From the get-go, Gerona has always had its eye on the carbon footprint cafes such as their own leave behind. In Ireland alone, we generate an average of 61kgs of plastic waste per year - which is nearly double what the UK produces. 

Gerona Cafe and Deli operates on every level with this in mind. All the food they prepare is delivered via 100% compostable materials. 

So the amazing food paired with this effort to help our planets future has made Gerona one of our favourite places to wile away a couple of hours. We were delighted to be able to catch up with owner and chef Geraldine to discuss how the business started and why they feel the move to use compostable materials was important.

 

Was your background in cooking and baking Geraldine or when did your interest in food begin?

I moved to Galway in 2002 to study hospitality management and got a job as a kitchen porter in the Spanish Arch Hotel. I quickly discovered that I was really interested in food, something that had never even occurred to me before. I didn't have to think about it at all, just went where the interest took me from that point onwards.

Gerona staff with their reusable coffee mugs

What was the best part about opening up your own cafe and what were the tough parts? 

 

The best part about opening Gerona was getting to do the job I want, in the city where I want to spend my life.

There were some tough parts to the process but they can also be the most exciting parts: finding a location, deciding on decor, getting the fit out done and designing the menu and the brand… there's just so much work behind the scenes before you can open your premises; you need a lot of patience and energy to keep you going until you can finally get up and running.

 

Which leads to my next question: what advice would you give someone that is considering starting up their own business? 

Expect lots of obstacles!

 Staff at Gerona Deli and Cafe

What made you want to follow an environmentally conscious business model?

A lot of our business is take-out meals, so the decision to use compostable packaging was easy; there was just no way I would use single use plastics.

 

Was it difficult getting the business up and running using compostable materials?

It definitely required a little more time and care for testing the functionality of the packaging that was available. It is also more expensive to use than plastic. However, when you consider that our packaging is suitable to go into the organic waste bin, and that so far we have prevented almost 1 tonne of non-recyclable packaging from going to landfill, it really doesn’t seem like a lot effort to achieve that end.

 Coffee and lunch at Gerona Deli and Cafe

Is there a definite movement towards making this possible in the food industry now?

That’s my impression and I’m optimistic that the industry will make this a priority in the near future.

 

What has been the best part of running Gerona so far?

The food: coming up with new ideas, testing them out and trialling them with our customers, who are happy to get involved and give us their feedback. I love the food we have on offer every day and it’s a great pleasure to feed the people of Galway!

 

Keep up to date on the menu over on the Gerona Deli and Cafes Facebook page or find them on foot below! 

 

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https://shophitchcock.com/blogs/we-love/we-love-irish-socksciety 2018-04-26T11:51:00+01:00 2018-08-07T16:51:09+01:00 We Love...Irish Socksciety Paul Mc Connell Everyone loves funky socks but the people of Ireland LOVE the amazing creations of Joanna and Alex over at Irish Socksciety. We catch up with Joanna to find out what makes this footwear so popular and what they love about Ireland. 

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This...is...Class! 


The meteoric rise of Galway-Based Irish Socksciety has been a joy to watch. From custom designs for some of Galways best loved businesses, appearances on the ankles of Irish celebrities to winning the €3,000 Elevator Pitch competition at the Limerick Fuelling Ambition Roadshow, the company has had an amazing 12 months.

With each design riffing on a specific Irish-ism or locale, the brand has gone from strength to strength of late. Joanna and Alex, the brains and owners behind the brand, are an inspiration to all aspiring business owners: they took an idea and created a company. We caught up with Joanna to find out where this idea came from and what the future holds for the Irish Socksciety. 

 

Where did the idea behind Irish Socksciety come from?

We established our first business OLYART in 2011. We are both originally from Poland and both madly in love with Ireland so it felt only natural to establish a business that would showcase contemporary Ireland with a humorous twist. We started designing Irish souvenir gifts: magnets, mugs, bags, coasters etc. Two years ago we were searching for a new product and since we are big fans of socks ourselves we’ve decided to learn how to design them. 

While doing our research and product development we decided to separate it from our souvenir business and this is how Irish Socksciety was born.

We are absolutely infatuated with Irish people and the Irish culture. Being born outside of Ireland is giving us a handy outsiders view on the lifestyle and language. We are enjoying every single minute in Ireland and every experience is becoming an inspiration.

 

Starting out, what was your first set of highs/lows?

Experience gained while running a business was very helpful at the beginning of the new journey and I would say the biggest challenge was to learn how to design the socks so that they look good on every pair of feet that wears them. 

How do you come up with the designs?

We brainstorm ideas, think of Irish conversations, talk to our friends, listen to people chatting when queuing in shops, keep up with the current affairs. Then we do our best to transfer the idea to the socks; matching colour pallets, tying together the graphics etc.

 

What has been the high point of the brands story so far?

We are very lucky to be dealing with so many wonderful individual customers and also companies that decided to order bespoke designs. We are thrilled to be designing socks for Irish Cancer Society, The Galway Races, Titan HQ, Gourmet Tart, Tigh Neachtain, Kai Restaurant and The Blue Note to name a few. We loved it when An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was wearing our socks at the EU summit in Sweden. But most of all it’s the feedback we are getting. We can’t find words to describe how many messages, emails, calls we got from our customers who got in touch just to say ‘congratulations, well done and best of luck’. We are very, very lucky to be dealing with all of these amazing people.

 

You often do collaborations with other businesses/companies, have there been any that you found to be really rewarding/fun?

Every collaboration is a new venture and all are uniquely exciting. Every project gives us a lot of pleasure and fun and teaches us something new. We are glad to be supporting Irish Cancer Society so are particularly proud of that collaboration.

 

What advice would you give others that are considering starting out in business?

Believe in yourself and start with tonnes of research. Stay open minded. Listen to other people and remember that a good sense of humour will always save you.

 

What is next for the brand? Any interesting products in the pipeline?

We are planning to take over the world!

Before that happens, we have a few new designs scheduled for the rest of the year and we will reveal more bespoke designs as the months roll by. There might be some different products coming up, you never know! 

 

What’s been your favourite product so far? And your best selling?

We love the ‘Bye Bye Bye’, ‘Feck It’, and ‘You're a Ride’ socks. We are really glad that more and more people are going for the socks subscriptions, including the personalized one. It’s like getting a gift for every occasion in a year with one click!

All of the socks are selling well, the hurling and rugby ones are pretty popular now, thanks to the great Irish sportsmen. We are wearing our socks every day, so I guess we really like them all ;)

 

Check out Irish Socksciety online store at https://shophitchcock.com/

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https://shophitchcock.com/blogs/we-love/we-love-2-of-irelands-best-natural-skin-care-companies 2018-02-07T17:05:00+00:00 2018-08-07T16:50:54+01:00 We Love....2 of Irelands best Natural Skin Care Companies Paul Mc Connell Shophitchcock catch up with two of Irelands best new skincare brands.  Fiona Burke of Little Red and Ruth O'Loughlin from Ruths Palm-Free skincare talk about their natural skincare ranges and the importance of natural ingredients to their products.  

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 We speak to two Irish skincare companies that are at one with nature


Taking care of your skin is a top priority in these days of smog-infested cities and the stress of the 9-5 (thats a.m. as well as p.m.). So when choosing what skin care range you want to use, it’s great to know you can buy locally and also environmentally friendly. 

Ireland has a massive history of home-grown companies that utilise the wealth of natural sources of health and skin care native to our landscape. We caught up with 2 of our favourites to find out why they chose the natural route and what their products has to offer that the chemical-laden ones don’t.



Little Red

Little Red Products
   

Little Reds nourishing and enriching products are all founded on the use of Atlantic Irish Seaweed.Taking advantage of its abundance in nature and also its unique antioxidant properties gives her brand a truly Irish flavour. I've always found even being near the sea to work wonders on my body and mind; Little Reds products distill the invigorating yet calming nature of the sea into beautifully packaged jars and tubs. Owner Fiona Burke fills us in what makes her brand distinctly Irish and what its like running her own business. 

 Where did the idea for Little Red stem from and where does the name come from?

Little Red stemmed from a love of all things natural and organic along with a curiosity about how to make my own skincare products. I had always wanted to make my own, with a love of alchemy & trialling & testing (my background is in Engineering), I was eager to learn how. Then a couple of years back, I did an evening course with an inspiring Cork-based herbalist, Nikki Darrell, who covered a range of medicinal & herbal remedies, but also made a basic face cream with our group. It felt so good on the skin! I took the recipe home, & started playing around with it in my kitchen, adding essential oils & my own twist. I made a few small batches & sold them at Christmas markets. They were well-received so I decided to go further, 'up my game' and get a proper packaging and a logo designed. 

This is where the name came in: my graphic designer was trying out variations of my logo and asked me to throw some names at her - no matter how silly or absurd they may seem. "Little Red" was a nickname that I had been given at my cheese-mongering market stall in West Cork due to my red hair & small stature. I proposed the name and it just kind of stuck. 

Little Red Rose Gift Set

What does a day in the life of the Little Red company look like? Do you enlist friends/family to help with the production?

 Because Little Red is still a small company I cover a multitude of aspects of the business i.e., sourcing raw materials, production, product development, marketing, sales, research, social media - you get the general gist. So on a production day, for example, I'll hop over to my workshop across the yard (a wooden chalet which we lived in until our third child was born), while the family is still sleeping, and get cracking on preparing the ingredients for the hand cream/lip balm/face cream or whatever it is that I'm making. In between the production stages, I'll check my emails to see if I received orders online or whatever, grab some breakfast, make notes and plough ahead with making a large batch of creams at a time. I love the peace and quiet and meditative aspect to hand-crafting my creams. Sometimes I will have my friend Astrid helping me. If I have online orders, I'll pack those up, and arrange to get them sent out asap. Sometimes I try and squeeze in a social media post, though I must confess, not often enough! There just aren't enough hours in the day.

As well as Astrid helping me with production, she has also worked with me at craft fairs, for example. Because she knows exactly what goes into the products, she's great at informing customers and therefore is an invaluable asset in selling Little Red. If I'm bogged down with any decision-making, she's good to bounce ideas off too! My daughter, Suairni, (now 9) sometimes helps me with boxing and labelling and her older brothers will have their turns as well as my partner Christian. He's great for packing up big orders but is also very handy with carpentry.

So the last couple of years, I've commissioned him to make display units for selling my products at events. The majority of the time I'll find the designs I want on Pinterest and then Christian crafts them for me from beautiful seasoned timber. These I have used to display my products at the RDS Christmas Craft Fair, for example, and they are always much admired. At some point I will probably have to upscale and source more employees - this is the step that I find one of the most daunting as you can always take a hit yourself but if you employ someone else you want to be sure that you have enough business to be able to pay them.

Little Red Handcreams

The range seems tied to your childhood - going from the amazing “About” page on your store; how much do you feel this personal connection with the foundation/ingredients of the products and the locale where they are made has enriched the experience and production for you?  

Seaweed in all its forms is a source of inspiration, satiation and wonder for me! I love to swim in it, bathe in it and am more than happy munching on it in its many shapes and forms. It is a powerful healing ingredient, a superfood, whether it is ingested or applied to the skin topically. There is so much to learn about all its different uses and it constantly excites me. As an island nation, I believe we Irish don't use it enough. I was lucky enough as a child growing up in Co. Clare, to be introduced to eating dillisk by my parents anytime we went to the beach in Lahinch. So anytime I eat it nowadays it brings me right back there. My mother used to also make 'blancmange' or carrageen moss pudding which her six children would devour in no time.

Though I now live in Cork, I love to use carrageen moss from the west coast of Clare in all my creams. Nothing against Cork seaweed! But it's important for me to keep that Clare connection going - it's not just personal - it's my heritage, my (sea)grass roots if you like! I also like to support the family-run business who provide me with the seaweed - they've been doing it for generations; harvest it sustainably and also have organic certification. Then the beeswax I use is unbleached, with traces of propolis and honey and from West Cork(!), so I feel justified in using the best of ingredients from both counties. My children were all born and are being raised in Cork and I also know many wonderful producers in West Cork, so I am more than happy to source whatever I can from the area.

Of course the seaweed and beeswax I use are Irish, and any water in the creams comes from natural springs from the land I live on, full of minerals and nutrients. Then the organic base oils that I use - for example avocado and jojoba oils cannot be produced in our Irish temperate climate - so I buy them in from organic companies. Where possible I buy essential oils and packaging from Irish companies.

Little Red, Big Boys Box - Male skin care products

 What have been your best sellers to date? 

My 'hero product' and best-seller has to be my hand cream. It's a very gift-able product, and seems to appeal to guys 'n girls across the board. It has an uplifting, fresh, citrusy scent, and is packed full of healing goodness from seaweed, calendula, myrrh oil, etc...I know I must be doing something right when I receive emails out of the blue from happy customers whose cracked, bleeding hands have come good from using Little Red Hand Cream. It's the ultimate reward. Having said all of that though, my face creams are gaining popularity: the lip balms are well-received little pocket rockets and the cleansers and body butters also have their following.

Do you attend Markets or is your business conducted mainly via the online store?

I love markets! I have been a market-trader for almost 18 years now, since I left my engineering career behind. Most of those years I have spent selling farmhouse and artisan cheeses around Cork, Clare and Kerry from my cheese stall. Christian has taken over the cheese business now but sells a small selection of my products from that stall. More recently, I have set up my own separate Little Red stall at some of those same markets.

Because my products are all about the 'feel' and less about the 'visual', it's very important that I get out there and promote my brand, by offering people to try my products. I make everything myself so it is a source of great pride to me to be able to tell customers that I am the producer. When I sold cheese, it was never my own creation, so there's a different appreciation from the punters when it's your own baby. I also sell at Bloom in the Phoenix Park every June and of course at various Christmas craft fairs in the lead-up to the holiday season. Last October I also sold at the market in the Dingle Food Festival, which was most enjoyable.It blew me away how well organised it was with its laid-back feel and the eagerness of the crowds to approach all stalls and try out various new and different products. 

Last summer I started attending Skibbereen market in West Cork. It's just brilliant. I know many of the traders there from down through the years, and it's a haberdashery of quality food stalls, eclectic bric-a-brac and antiques, amazing crafts and jewellery produced in the region. Bantry is another old reliable, taking place every Friday, and peaking during the summer months with plenty of holiday-makers. 

Markets are vital for me in that I need to introduce people to my products, and allow them to smell them and experience them. 

Little Red, Lip Balm

Are there any other skin care brands in Ireland that you admire/love?

The natural skincare industry in Ireland has really taken off, which is great to see. Though we share the same ethos, each of us producers take a different slant on skincare and of course each brand has its own individual look and unique selling points. It's difficult for me to single out other skincare brands because we mostly all know each other but I think Ruth's Skincare highlighting palm-free ingredients is so incredibly important in this day and age.

In the last couple of years in particular, my family has become aware of non-sustainable palm oil being used in so many foodstuffs across the board; but unless you actively read the label, you could be blissfully unaware of the consequences of buying a jar of peanut butter, for example. Now when I take my kids shopping, they will often think to check the ingredients for palm oil, amongst other ingredients.

Eco-friendly and organic are two characteristics that I admire, not just in skincare products but as a consumer in general. Usually the big brands have massive marketing budgets and campaigns and can afford to sell to the masses in ways that little fish like myself never could. Also, the term 'natural' is more in vogue now than it ever was and a product can be mis-represented as 'natural' because it boasts some natural ingredients but also contains chemicals. Never mind the big guns though - if I can continue to promote Little Red with the same ethos using organic, sustainably-harvested ingredients in environmentally-friendly packaging, I'll be a happy bunny.

Check out Fionas wonderful, enriching creations over at www.LittleRed.ie or check out her stall at the Skibbereen or Bantry markets 

 

Ruths Palm-Free Skincare

Ruths Palm-Free Skincare: Palm-oil free Irish skincare products 

Ruth O'Loughlins brand is focused on providing a palm-oil free alternative to the major brands. Choosing to eschew the use of palm-oil due to the destruction its harvesting leaves in its wake, her aim is to show that you can nourish your skin without hurting the planet. 

What inspired you to start your business?

I had been working in Health Matters for a couple of years and had been learning all about natural skincare. I thought I'd try my hand at making soap as I love trying new things and thought it would be a fun hobby. When set out to make my first batch I found it very difficult to find recipes which did not contain Palm Oil or tallow (animal fat). As I was not comfortable using either of these ingredients I decided to do more research and develop my own recipes. 

What made you decide to go Palm Oil free? 

Deforestation for Palm Oil has a devastating impact on critically endangered Orangutans, as well as a huge number of plant and animal species. We are destroying the environment for something we don't actually need. Palm Oil is hidden in everything from snacks to skincare to cleaning products.

Ruths Skincare Lemon Lavendar soap

What advice do you have for people trying to avoid Palm Oil?

There are literally hundreds of different names for Palm Oil which can make things very difficult when you're trying to avoid it. When buying products that don't specifically state that they are Palm Oil free there are two things would suggest. Do a quick scan through the ingredients and if there's anything you don't understand, look it up. You can also email the company and ask them if they use Palm Oil or Palm Oil derived ingredients. 

How do you feel about sustainable Palm Oil?

don't have a lot of confidence in 'Sustainable Palm Oil'There's no denying that there is a lot of corruption in the Palm Oil industry so just to be safe I stay away from it altogether. If you chose to use products which contain 'Sustainable Palm Oil' I would suggest doing your own research rather than putting blind trust in these companies.

 

Ruths Palm-Free Skincare Lemon and Mint soap

 

What's been the biggest moment so far for Ruth's Palm Free Skincare? 

Two moments stand out for me in my business. About a year after Health Matters took on my soap I got an email from Kathleen Harris from The Irish Times saying she'd tried my soap and wanted to feature it in her columnstill have a copy of the article (hopefully the first of many!). The second big moment for me was when Evergreen Healthfoods decided to take on my soap in all seven of their stores. I was over the moon as Evergreen is such a fantastic company.

What's next for Ruth's Palm Free Skincare? 

I'm working on a few projects at the moment and I'm very interested making Ruth's Palm Free Skincare 100% vegan. You'll just have to wait and see!

 

Take care of your skin and support a greener environment over at www.ruthspalmfreeskincare.com or you can purchase them in-store from Evergreen.ie and other stockists nationwide

 

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