London Ethnic’s annual Halloween party gathered together vampires, witches, sailors & swans, to name a few…
The party was hosted at Eight Members Club in association with our social dating partners “Catch me Cupid” for a night of high fashion, terrifying fun and mingling.
Congratulations to “Costume Queen” Marijke and Black Swan Theodora for winning the competition for the best outfits.
Our showroom event on the other hand was buzzing with entrepreneurs, photographers and models with their mini editorial and fashion students on Monday.
There was a hearty display of dried fruit by Urban Fruit, crisp bread by Easy Bean and organic olive oil by Eliris.
We also displayed our hand crafted organic beauty products from “Organica” beauty line, reformulated and in new eco-friendly packaging.
The main event however was the AW15 and SS16 collections that complemented the backdrop of a rainy SOHO, which gave context to the clothes on display.
Visitors throughout the two days were excited about the industry talk by editors from Glass magazine and were happy to hear about the ins and outs of how the collection came to be.
Reformulated, the luxury organic and vegan range is now free of phenoxyethanol and comes in stunning new “black” packaging for the discerning customer. We have switched to biophotonic glass packaging as a more environmentally friendly alternative.
Active ingredients such as Alpine Willowherb in the new Antioxidant Day Cream are protected and preserved by biophotonic glass; scientifically tested from European Universities & proven to prolong the strength & shelf-life of the organic matter by filtering out damaging rays of light whilst allowing beneficial violet light to penetrate. Phenoxyethanol, a preservative divisive within the natural beauty sector, is no longer used.
Other new and improved products protected by the deep violet glass – include the Nourishing Facial Oil rich with vitamins, minerals, watermelon extracts and niacin to help improve oxygenation of the dermis. The cream is usable for all skin types.
The Organica beauty range is made in England in the spirit of the company’s mission to produce authentic “Made in the UK” British fashion. There is an emphasis on using ethically sourced materials and minimising their impact on the environment. “All the Organica packaging is now sourced within Europe – much of it within the UK.” says Beauty Products Sales Manager Miranda Boscawen.
Notes: London Ethnic is a member of the ‘Fashion Association of Britain’, ‘The Ethical Fashion Forum’, the ‘Made in Britain’ organisation and an official partner for Parliament Week.
“Organica” by London Ethnic skincare range is entirely composed of natural organic ingredients.We believe nature has the answer to all our skin problems and with due respect for it we make sure to collect our needed organic ingredients through ethical farming, which protects the environments and promotes life.Every “Organica” cream has been ethically manufactured in the English countryside.
Without any special order, you will find below the list of some of our favourite oils that we use to produce our organic line of products:
- Andiroba seed oil: Renowned for its unmatched healing and nutritional properties. Rich in natural antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-seborrheic and anti-acne active components. It calms down acnes and soothes pimples. It is a highly emollient oil that works great on dry cracked skins. It helps reduce muscular aches & pains and reduce swelling.
- Epilobium fleischeri extract: A natural and organic rare alpine plant extract. Rich in flavonoids and has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Also high in the tannin oenethin B, which is very useful in regulating sebum production, making it very helpful for treating oily and sensitive skin. Also the oil helps diminishing the appearance of pores.
- Organic Coconut Butter: Coconut butter is composed by the coconut’s body and is rich of proteins, vitamins, minerals and fibre. Its high nutritional properties make it very efficient in tackling skin’s flakiness, dryness & improving skin’s elasticity. It fights off skin’s free radicals that cause it to get tired quickly and age. Also it is widely used to tackle stretch mark appearance. Being high in fatty acids, the butter is a great skin moisturiser.
- Organic Oil of Jojoba: It is the only oil that resembles to the human sebum. It is highly moisturising & promotes the natural production of collagen. It calms down irritated skin & softens dry skins, returning them to their natural balanced condition. Rich with vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium. Jojoba oil is found in the seeds of jojoba plant. Its sebum-like properties.
- Organic Oil of Safflower: Light oil that acts as a natural barrier to avoid the water from leaving the skin cells which helps keep the skin moisturised for long and increases cell membrane integrity. Rich of linoleic acid which helps skin’s natural regeneration process, making it faster for the acnes and blemishes to disappear. It gives skin a healthy glow, increases its elasticity and it helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Organic Oil of Apricot Kernel: Produced by the apricot seeds it is a light oil that balances, nourishes and lubricates the skin. Rich of linoleic acid, Vitamin A and E that delay the aging process. It gets quickly absorbed by the skin and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Organic Acai fruit oil: Renowned for its unmatched healing and nutritional properties. Packed with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids such as omega 3, 6 and 9. Rich in natural antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-seborrheic and anti-acne active components.
- Organic Oil of Eucalyptus: Apart from its anti-bacterial properties which make it ideal in the treatment against acnes and blemishes. It is very efficient for dry skin types as it improves the outer layer function of the skin.
- Organic Oil of Peppermint: Rich with menthol that cools and brightens the skin and also removes skin’s redness. It also helps control excessive oil reducing the appearance of acnes and clogged pores. It hydrates and makes the skin glow.
- Avocado extra virgin oil: This ultra-rich oil is very nourishing, deeply moisturising and is renowned to have healing and regenerating properties to rejuvenate the skin and soften the skin tissue. It is rich in vitamins, amino acids and sterols, and helps increase collagen in the skin. Contains high amounts of Vitamin A, B1, B2, D and E.
- Rosehip oil: It has a wonderful soothing, moisturising and softening effect on the skin and helps to reduce fine lines around the eyes and improve elasticity. It is a fantastic source of omega 3 & 6, essential fatty acids and is used to treat all kinds of skin problems such as acne, pimples, boils, eczema and psoriasis.
- Organic Oil of Lemongrass: It is renowned for its antiseptic properties which makes it very efficient as a face toner ingredient. Helps getting rid of the blackheads and provides acne relief. It is a natural astringent that minimizes the pores and firms the skin.
- Ginger essential oil: Strong, spicy and peppery with fresh citrus scents. Helps to reduce inflammation and ease muscular aches and promotes normal blood circulation. Very useful aromatherapy ingredient with soothing and warming qualities.
- Organic Oil of Orange: Helps to eliminate toxins and stimulate the lymphatic system to decongest the skin. Also helps to support collagen formation in the skin which is required for a healthy, young-looking skin. Has antiseptic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory and tonic properties.
- Cinnamon essential oil: It acts as a safe agent to promote collagen and biosynthesis in the skin and delaying skin’s aging process. Stimulates the blood circulation, bringing more blood to the surface of the skin and making it plump, reducing the fine lines. Used for easing muscular and joint pains. Has antiseptic and astringent properties.
- Shea Butter: Repairs wrinkles, fine lines and scars. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and deeply moisturizing properties. It has natural elements that provide Spf protection from the UV rays. Regenerates the skin and helps the production of collagen.
- Olive Oil: It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Good for chapped, dry, mature and sensitive skin as it protects against the elements and helps the skin retain its moisture.
- Coenzyme Q10: Found naturally in the human body, it is a powerful antioxidant which helps fight free radicals that cause damage and aging to our skin. It also promotes collagen and elastin production. Used in anti-wrinkle creams.
- Grapeseed oil: A light green oil which is pressed from the seeds. High in linoleic acid and highly moisturising. The oil absorbs very quickly into the skin’s pores and has natural non-allergenic properties. Contains vitamins A, B, C and E.
- Panthenol: Panthenol is the pro-vitamin of B5. It is primarily a lubricant, emollient and moisturiser. Panthenol has been seen to improve hydration, reduce itching and inflammation of the skin and accelerate and improve healing of epidermal wounds. It is also often used in sunburn treatment products to help repair skin tissue and protect the skin naturally against sunburn, providing relief for existing sunburn, and enhancing the natural tanning process.
- Sunflower Oil: Very moisturising, nourishing and high in omega 6. It is rich with antioxidants which make it very effective against acne, general redness and irritation of the skin. Sunflower oil is also rich in vitamins E, A, C and D and healthy carotenoids and waxes which form a natural UV protection for the skin.
- Sugar: Sugar’s small particles make an excellent natural and dissolvable, topical exfoliator to remove dead surface skin cells and reveal the glowing, healthy-looking skin underneath. Also has natural humectant properties which help to hydrate the skin.
- May Chang Oil: Steam distilled. Has a beautiful citrusy scent with anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, cooling and calming properties. Majorly used for aromatherapy products. Its astringent properties make it efficient in dealing with acnes and oily skin.
- Black pepper essential oil: This warm and spicy essential oil helps to increase warmth of the body and mind, relieving sore muscles and joints, and dispersing bruising by increasing circulation to the skin. Efficiently used as an aromatherapy product.
- Calendula oil: Calendula oil is a great moisturizer for dry skin and for severely chapped or split skin. It soothes the area and reduces the pain. Organic calendula flowers have been cold macerated in organic high-oleic sunflower oil. It has calming and soothing properties and particularly suitable for dry, irritated and sensitive skin.
- Cardamom essential oil: Cardamom essential oil has very strong antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It has a warming effect which means that it heats up the body. It is also good for relieving muscle pulls and muscular spasms. Efficiently used as an aromatherapy product.
- Castor oil: Castor oil is wonderful for use on acne and dry skin as it is naturally antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral. It helps to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin which soften and hydrate the skin, and can delay the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Organic Oil of Peach Kernel: Extracted from the peach fruit, the oil is rich of minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin E. It tackles open pores, skin’s dryness and aging. It is great for facial massage as it is easily absorbed by the skin.
Why organic skincare?
Helps biodiversity and avoids the damaging effects that the pesticides cause to the environment and the living creatures. Does not contain artificial chemical fertilisers or genetically modified corps. Organic farming creates organic oils which contain a bigger amount of nutrients and anti-oxidants.
How long does it take for an organic cream to be made?
Depends on the size of the batch but approx. 1.5 hours.
What is it special about the process? What does it include?
For a cream it is all about the emulsifying of the water ingredients with the oil ingredients. Mainly a lot of stirring. The procedure is the same if the oils are organic or not.
Where does the smell derive from?
Organic plant oils do have a stronger smell than non-organic refined oils and sometimes this can cause a problem as some oils do have unpleasant smell. Most non-organic creams are made with mineral oil which has no smell and this is one of the reasons for its use, plus it is extremely cheap. A non-organic cream may contain an added 0.5% of natural plant oil as a selling/marketing point, but our creams only contain plant oils (organic and fair trade when possible) at 10% or more. Essential oils are added for smell. They are chosen for smell as well as their therapeutic benefits.
Are the organic skincare products same efficient as other anti-age products?
It all depends on the products/ingredients you are comparing. A quick answer would be a definite yes. A organic anti-ageing face cream’s every ingredient has been chosen for it’s anti-ageing properties so it is bursting with ingredients such as: blueberry seed oil, rosehip oil, avocado oil, pomegranate oil, carotene, vitamin e, aloe vera, Q10, millet seed extract, spilanthes acmella flower extract, hyaluronate, sandalwood, frankincense.
Studies and reports are done on ingredients for their properties and benefits so I pick the best when choosing my ingredients for my products.
What is best for my oily skin?
Thinner, lighter oils are recomended for you, as they will not clog the pores and are higher in linoleic acid for instance rosehip, safflower oils.
What is best for my dry skin.
Dry skin needs heavier oils higher in omega 7 (palmitoleic acid) and omega 9 (oleic acid) eg. macadamia, avocado, olive oils.
What is best for my sensitive skin?
Essential oils can sometimes be a problem for sensitive skins especially the citrus oil although people react differently to different things. Sometimes a light facial oil can be better than a cream for those with very sensitive skin.
We all want to look young and have a healthy looking skin, but are we using the right products?
When choosing the right skin care product for you face, you need to find out what your skin needs.
Basically by asking three important questions that every counter girl will ask you:
- How does your skin feel after being washed?
- Is the T-zone (forehead-nose-chin) oily or dry in comparison to the other part of the face?
- What are your skin concerns?
- It is recommended to select products that are made from natural organic ingredients. Skincare products may comprise a range of synthetic and inorganic ingredients in them which can cause skin irritations and many other undesired side effects. This is not the case for organic beauty products which are made from a selected range of natural ingredients.
- Organic products are developed and grown without the aid of insecticides, synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or any other artificial chemicals and toxic substances.
- Organic skin care products are made from the extracts and oils of various organic plants. They are a mix of these oils and essences put together. As a result they give the products their colour and smell, which is not fostered with artificial chemicals.
Follow 3 basic skincare steps in your everyday life:
Step 1- Cleanser:
This first important step to remove all the surface impurities from your skin, including the day’s makeup, pollution, oils and dead cells and purify it. But choose wisely a product that preserves your skin balance and PH so you don’t risk dehydrating it by using the wrong cleanser.
Organica Foaming Face Wash: The Tea Tree and Lemon Cleanser has wonderful properties that make it a popular natural agent for curing all three types of infectious organisms: fungus, bacteria, and virus. Therefore it is the best ingredient for the fight of acnes with it’s anti-bacterial properties. While Turmeric is an antiseptic used to fight pimples and breakouts, it removes redness from acne and other types of scarring, reduces inflammation and evens out skin discolorations. Organic safflower and jojoba oils are added to replace the lipid barrier and moisture in the skin and to prevent your face from feeling tight.
Organica Hot Cloth Cleansing Oil: The organic cleansing oil gently and effectively cleans the skin by dissolving all traces of makeup, dirt and impurities without stripping your skin of its natural protective layer. Packed with antioxidants it also protects the skin against environmental damage. Grapefruit and lime for normal/oily skin & orange and lime for dry skin.
Step 2- Toners:
It is the second step to deeply cleaning the skin as it opens the pores and cleans the bacteria living inside the cells. The toner is designed to further cleanse the skin and shrink the appearance of pores. It is important to always use the toner after the cleanser, as it tightens and closes the pores after deeply cleaning the skin. With the toner you end the cleaning stage and prepare your skin for the full creams treatment.
Organica Face Toner: A cooling, high grade, pure organic floral water formed during the distillation of organic tea tree (for oily/normal skin) or orange blossom leaves (for dry skin). The face toner soothes and supports the skin depending on its needs and also helps to reduce its redness and give a vibrant glow.
Moisturizing your face during the day and also protecting it from the sun rays should be your most important every-day action. When selecting a facial cream, bear in mind what your skin needs but don’t neglect the SPF- protecting effect. Studies suggest that a regular skincare routine can save your skin 10-aging years.
Moisturising is the final step to smooth, radiate and make your skin more firm, in order to prevent the wrinkle forming from the facial expressions, dehydration and age, also to nourish and hydrate it.
Organica Nourishing Day Cream: A beautiful light cream for daily nourishment and protection and to improve skin elasticity and softness. Rich in antioxidants which help the fight against free radicals. Easily absorbed and won’t clog pores. Green tea and mandarin for normal/oily & Macadamia and rosehip for dry skin types.
Organica Spot Gel & Mask: Made from a special blend of plant extracts that are known for their antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties to help with spot prone skins. This versatile gel can be dabbed onto spots or used as a facial mask.
Submitting your body to excessive sun rays, non moisturizing or exfoliating it, will cause the skin to age quickly. The signs can be more visible in the décolletage area, forearms and hands.
The three steps of daily care routine: Cleanse, Exfoliate & Moisturize, should apply for your body skin as well.
Cleanse: When picking your body wash, make sure you are choosing a gentle product that cleanses effectively without drying your skin. For more your skin absorbs in the inside a big amount of products we put onto it, therefore harsh chemicals may reach the inside of your body through the open pores.
Invigorate, nourish & protect! Gentle, biodegradable cleansers that effectively clean your body without drying your skin.
After a long working day, add oils & salts to your normal bath. Organic aromatherapy essential oils help to ease muscular aches and ease muscular aches and pains.
The organic oils will leave your skin hydrated and moisturised. Pour 10-15ml into a running bath and sit back and relax.
Exfoliate: In order get rid of body blemishes and make the skin more responsive to moisturizers, make sure to exfoliate it with the right products. Choose a gentle exfoliator that won’t dry or damage the skin.
A brown sugar scrub scented with Peppermint and Eucalyptus made with invigorating essential oils in a rich shea butter balm.
Moisturize: As we mentioned above, your body skin is just as important as your facial skin and should get the same daily care you dedicate to your face to nourish and speed down the aging process.
Rich organic shea butter whipped with organic oils of calendula and peach kernel to soften, nourish & protect your skin.
A light, easily absorbed lotion to deeply hydrate and soothe your whole body. Handmade with a careful blend of organic coconut butter and organic oils of jojoba, safflower and apricot kernel. Full of essential fatty acids and vitamins to especially moisturise, nourish and protect dry skin.
Hands & Feet: Our hands and feet suffer from the exterior environment factors apart from being neglected and not nourished regularly. Our hands get too dry and red especially in the winter or from the house cleaning products. Our feet suffer the consequences of our work & lifestyle.
Add a small hand cream in your bag pocket & put your foot lotion next to your body lotion so next time you moisturize you’ll remember.
A thick creamy blend of organic shea butter and safflower, sunflower and olive oils to hydrate and protect hands from the environment. This hand cream is easily absorbed and leaves hands soft and supple with a beautiful lemongrass scent.
A refreshing foot lotion to hydrate and moisturize tired feet. Lemongrass and tea tree help to ease muscle aches and excessive perspiration.
Shop “Organica” body products here: http://www.londonethnic.com/product-category/beauty-3/londonethnicorganica/
London Ethnic joined the global movement “Fashion Revolution Day” which was launched after the horrific Rana Plaza catastrophe in Dhaka on 24 April 2013. The factory collapse led to 1133 victims dead and thousands more injured, casting a dark shadow over the history of fashion.
London Ethnic hosted their second commemoration for the fashion workers who lost their lives that terrible day, in London at the Lollipop Gallery on 24th April 2015.
The event raised money for their families and increased awareness of the human work exploitation in fashion brands and the importance of ethical and sustainable principles in the fashion industry.
“We are an ethical fashion house that produces all of our clothes locally. We know the names of all of the artisans who produce our garments, the conditions they work in and have visited them in London.” -Saumen Kar, London Ethnic’s CEO.
The fashion presentation included brand-new ready-to-wear designs from the London Ethnic House produced in collaboration with in-house designers Eleanor Johnson and Nuria Carvajal Garcia with designer Reece Walywn Curtis.
London Ethnic introduced for Fashion Revolution Day guests the new “London Ethnic Organica” skincare range, ethically handmade in the English countryside.
The new beauty collection is packed full of nourishing organic ingredients sourced from sustainable plants. Organic farming is better for the farmers, the environment and our bodies so you get all the great health benefits whilst helping to protect the planet.
The invite-only event gave the opportunity for politicians, leading ethical fashion campaigners, press, bloggers, photographers, models and members of the fashion industry to discuss the ethics of fashion. Speakers talked about how it is could be possible that thousands of people were harmed making clothes that the wearers of the clothes, and the label ordering the clothes, knew nothing about. More positively, the emphasis was on what the fashion industry and consumers can do to help make sure that such tragedies are never repeated.
Rushanara Ali of the Labour party said “This is a cause that I feel personally very passionate about. We can make a difference through ethical fashion companies. I was part of the Parliamentary group that visited Bangladesh after the tragedy. What happened was a crime. We need to make sure that these kinds of man-made accidents never happen again.”
Alistair Poulson from the Green Party said: “Consumers are interested in where their products come from and they are far ahead of politicians and companies.”
Anna McMullen, representative from the charity ‘Labour Behind the Label’ encouraged guests to ask labels “Who Made My Clothes?” – which became a globally trending hash-tag on twitter. She said, “The Fashion Industry has an amazing capacity for change. It can change the world.”
There were complimentary drinks sponsored by Chi, nibbles by Urban Fruit and Cortez Treats and an exhibition from the artist Dragica Carlin entitled: ‘A Myriad of Marks’. Musical entertainment was provided by guitarist Luca Fiore and saxophonists Oli Orletto and Julian Costello.
As an ethical fashion label we will be supporting Fashion Revolution Day and every other event that promises to promote the fair and right treatment for the fashion workers, that respects the environment and the eco-system & we encourage you to do the same…
“LONDON ETHNIC-London Fashion Week Event supporting Global’s Make Some Noise charity”
On 20th February 2015 the London Ethnic label hosted an event for London Fashion Week supporting Global’s Make Some Noise Charity. The event was supported by the British Fashion Council, members of the London Fashion community and celebrities including Russell Brand, Caroline Flack and the NFL star James Anderson who came from the USA to the event. The event incorporated a catwalk of London Ethnic’s ethical Autumn/Winter15 collection designed by London-based designers and produced solely in the Capital.
The AW15 line’s inspiration is derived from London’s edgy street style to the conservative office clerks daily wear, all brought together in structured tailoring and simplistic shapes.
The catwalk featured a diverse range of London styles from tailored office and daily wear to cocktail dresses, menswear prints and kilted trousers. The hues of seaweed, black transitioning icy blue pastels, mustard and bright corals dominated the womenswear.
The catwalk was accompanied by an electro pop performance by the British band KubaLove.
Global’s Make Some Noise is a national charity that helps disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Global, the Media & Entertainment company, which is home to the famous brands Heart, Capital FM, Classic FM, Smooth, LBC, Capital Xtra, XFM and Gold, has pulled together all its stations, reaching a combined 23.2 million people every week, to unite behind one cause.
The Press Night Club, in the heart of London’s Piccadilly Circus played host to the event and the drinks reception that kicked off after the models catwalk.
The event was also sponsored by Planet Organic, London Ethnic Organica Skincare, Mode IM model agency, Soho Skin and Minor Figures.