During these uncertain times, a common complaint we’re hearing from many people is that repeated hand washing is drying out and aggravating their skin.
In our experience, the vast majority of commercial soaps, in both liquid and bar form, are filled with synthetic ingredients, preservatives and chemical fragrances, which can really damage the upper layer (epidermis) of the skin and strip out the natural oils, leaving your hands (or any other part) dry and flaky. Over time, this can become chronic and hard to manage, leaving people feeling frustrated and helpless.
We have even recently heard from some friends that they have even been advised by their doctor to only use soap on their child’s skin once per week, to avoid aggravating sensitive skin – surely soap isn’t supposed to damage your skin?
Our skin is our greatest defender
In very simple terms, our skin is a protective barrier for our internal organs and internal body. It eliminates toxins from our body, and absorbs mostly everything we put on it; so we believe it is vital to enrich it with only beneficial oils and herbs which are free from any chemical toxins.⠀⠀
Non-Organic agriculture widely uses chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides, and residues remain on (and in) the ‘natural’ ingredients in skincare products. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Organic farming by its very nature is better for the environment and biodiversity in nature, and uses natural pesticides and other methods to protect the plants, flowers, insects and soil.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Absorption of harmful substances through our skin is far more dangerous than through oral intake. Harmful substances taken orally go through our digestive system where enzymes in our saliva, stomach, and liver break them down and purge them from the body before they enter the bloodstream.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
However, when chemical substances are absorbed through the skin, there is no barrier to prevent them from entering the blood stream. Snake venom absorption through the skin is usually fatal whereas ingesting it will result in illness, but rarely death.” (credit to Urban Wellness magazine ).
Our greatest love and joy
Our daughter Coraline (pronounced Coraleen) is our greatest love, joy and inspiration – she was born in 2017 and diagnosed with Down syndrome and two holes in her heart at birth. She is such a beautiful, funny, sweet and vibrant little girl who will be three soon, which seems hard to believe. We are so grateful that Coraline had her little heart fixed with open heart surgery when she was 15 months old, and now has a clean bill of health, thanks to the incredible cardiac team at The Evelina London Children’s Hospital.⠀⠀⠀⠀
One aspect of Down syndrome can be that circulation is a little less efficient than that of a typical child, and as a result the skin tends to become drier. When we first started to bathe her, and wash her hair, her skin sometimes reacted badly to products such as shampoo and soaps, which claimed to be natural but often contained synthetic elements. These caused allergic reactions on her skin.
From dream to reality
Kevin had been making organic natural soap which we both loved, so we started to use it on Coraline’s body and hair and everything changed for the better. We really wanted to help others, and so began the dream to start our own business, which would use only the best quality moisture rich organic oils and butters, including our own hydro-distilled essential oils, to ensure absolute purity. We launched Coraleen Skincare in February 2020.
What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it
Absolutely everything is made from scratch – Kevin worked as a chef in high-end hotels and restaurants for over 15 years, and it is his approach and philosophy to ingredient-led simplicity that underpins everything that we do here at Coraleen Skincare. We believe that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. Just ask Kevin about what Coraline eats-day-to-day.
Coraline and Us
Coraline’s mum Liz writes an award-winning blog www.coralineandus.com about our life, lessons and learnings with Coraline. Liz immediately wanted to share what we were learning with others and, in turn, learn from them. It was a shock to us, but fear was quickly replaced with love, and has been constant throughout our journey with Coraline.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Liz worked in international cultural relations and education at the British Council for over ten years on global programmes linking up people across countries, which were all about broadening horizons and changing perspectives. She is also passionate about ensuring that we look after our body and mind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We are passionate about making a difference to people’s lives, with a 50p contribution for every bar of soap going to Small Steps in Richmond – a charity close to our hearts as they provide ongoing physio support to our daughter Coraline, and for any child with additional physical needs, which makes the world of difference to the children and their family.
All of our packaging is made from recycled and recyclable card and paper which is free from toxic dyes, glues or bleach – we use only eco-inks for our printing. We compost all of the waste botanicals from our essential oils. We do not use any single use plastic in any of our operations.
Artisanal handcrafted soap bars for the whole family
Coraleen Skincare is a range of natural and organic soaps, handcrafted in small batches at Honeysuckle Cottage Farm, in Berkshire, using only the finest organic ingredients to ensure absolute purity, with a wonderful natural fragrance and a rich luxuriant lather which is perfect the whole family, especially for tired mums who need some pampering!
Perfect for your little one
All of our soaps have been formulated for sensitive and troubled skin but will produce incredible results for anyone who uses them, and they are safe to use for kids aged from six months (in truth we used ours on Coraline earlier than this).
Please see our website to find out more about our story and our range
Special 15% discount for Kensington Mums if you use the code KENSINGTON during your check out.