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Urtekram Hand Cream

I have recently begun using products from the wide range from Danish company Urtekram, which focuses on delivering gorgeous products for those with sensitivity, allergy or simply wanting something more natural in their cosmetics and pampering. They are particularly hot on ensuring products like the hand creams meet with standards for organic certification, green/eco and vegan living.  So often, companies striving to fulfil such stringent standards, fail to then produce items that are gorgeous and lovely to use, but not so with these hand creams!  I have the Rose and Nordic Birch versions and both of them are absolutely lovely.  The textures, first of all, are rich and creamy, without being oily.  So your hand cream stays where it should do – on your hands.  This kind of texture is especially welcome during the colder months, when skin needs that extra boost of moisture and comfort.  The other top feature is the scents.  If you like anything on the rose and rose geranium vibe, then the Rose hand cream ticks the box.  Admittedly, it has more of the geranium oil than rose oil quality, but it really is a luxurious smelling and feeling product, which has been making me feel cared about each time I use it.  Needless to say there’s not much left of the 75 ml pinky-red tube, which has fitted very handily into my handbag. Urtekram_NordicBirch_edtdThe other winner is the Nordic Birch, packaged in a lilac pink tube – the colour matches its light fragrance and general feeling of sensitivity, mixed with freshness.  This cream has a really subtle and uplifting scent, designed to evoke the experience of walking through woodland and enjoying the fresh air.  Subtle, but slightly heady, one to relax with whilst listening, perhaps, to Elkie Brooks singing Lilac Wine!  Nordic Birch  currently sits on my bedside table and provides a reassuring hand caress before bedtime.  Both tubes feature easy, flip open caps and are of a slightly chubby, friendly build.  As well as these products being easy to use and lovely to apply, what I am enjoying is that they make my hands feel so much better, pampered and nourished.  And although there are some fragrances involved, they are natural and non-irritating so I haven’t ended up with the usual dryness, itching or redness that I can get from so many hand creams. I am looking forward to exploring more from the Urtekram range – I think they’re a company to look out for.  UK stockists include the independent store, Lansdown Health Foods in Lewes, East Sussex (Tel: 01273 474681).  The full range of Urtekram products can be viewed at

A new approach to home beauty

A Review by: Diana McMahon-Collis of:


A new book by Author: Paul Peacock

Published by: The Good Life Press Ltd

RRP: £7.95

Within the Precycle! ethos there’s an emphasis on frugality and plain old money saving – with the idea that you can make what you see on the shop shelves “for a fraction of the cost” – which includes concocting your own deodorant, shampoo and furniture polish.  Will the personal hygiene items compete with all those high profile beauty products in glossy advertisements?  Maybe, maybe not.  But they could well accord with the “home spa” and organics approaches to hair and skin care.

There are a few less easily available ingredients mentioned; I would not readily know where to find rennet, glycerine or lanolin. for example – fortunately the author gives advice of suppliers in the Resources section at the back of the book.  I draw the line, though, at wondering how to find 1kg rosehips, for a recipe for a tonic high in vitamin C, in the “Vitamins and Supplements” section.

This is a sweet little section of a generally interesting book on living more of the “Good Life”, nonetheless, wit maybe more of a wave in the direction of Culpeper’s Herbal than a fully fledged red carpet trip.  It is a nice idea, just the same – and you have to admire the author for making some potentially quaint ideas more appealing to a more modern audience.  Be assured that the author isn’t just serving up some wild claim or suggestion that, for example, garlic is good for you.  There’s an example given from “real life” where soldiers in the Great War were given garlic paste on field dressings to act as an antiseptic for their wounds – and the government, apparently, supplied this through purchasing the garlic bulbs from the farmers.

Informative, practical, useful and inspiring – those are the words I would use to sum up this book.  It could save you some money too, somewhere along the line and the idea of using more time and less money seems to fit for where many people find themselves in the current economic climate.

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