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Our New Additions

Our New Additions

We have all you need for your bathing experience to be better than ever! From our brand new Watercolours range – To Shower Butters and goodies for the bath!

Let me just jump back to Watercolours for a sec and explain! You can now create art with colours and bubbles in your water! Our Watercolour range will capture a pigment of your imagination.

Sparkle & Shine Bath Blaster

Let your worries fizzle away into the oriental perfume infused waters! As you sit back, and let the pure sandalwood essential oil & gold of pleasure oil wash over you, soothing your senses into pure relaxation.


Moon Child Watercolours

Dream a little dream for me! Drift and daze to another world full of wonder. With calming Lavender & Frankincense essential oils, surrender your senses and indulge your mind!


Armour & More Watercolours

Paint the water pink with rings of rich colour! Take creative control of your bathtime, bringing the bold for a high impact bath! Filled with inspiring Clary Sage and stimulating Sweet Orange essential oils you'll feel motivated make a masterpiece!

Create art with colours and bubbles in your water! Our Watercolour range will capture a pigment of your imagination to make kaleidoscopic creations in your bath.

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Mainly found in items that are formulated to clean our skin, teeth and clothes, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are just a few ingredients that are added to a range of everyday products. Often confused due to their similar names, there’s a big difference between SLS and SLES.

Both made by mixing lauryl alcohol with sulphuric acid and adding sodium carbonate, these sulphate compounds known as surfactants and can be found in many soaps, toothpastes, shampoos and washing liquids that are widely available on the high street.

Surfactants mean that a little product can go a long way, all while other ingredients work to nourish, clean and protect.

With their main use to create the well-known foam we all know and love, these lather-creating extras also enable the core ingredients of products such as shower gel, toothpaste and washing liquids to be dispersed effectively across the entire surface area.

So, what’s the difference between SLS and SLES?

While both are added to create foam and help to produce a cleaning action, the two ingredients are very different.

Starting with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), this surfactant is a great cleaning product but is well-known to be an irritant when left on the skin for prolonged periods of time. By affecting the everyday function of skin proteins, this leads to damage of the outer layer of skin which helps to cause cracked, dry and tender skin.

If you suffer from comedones (more commonly known as whiteheads or blackheads), SLS has also been identified as a key player in increasing the number of these found on the face and body.

Additionally, SLS in shampoo and other hair products can often ‘sit’ on hair follicles even after washing, resulting in weakening of the hair follicles over extended periods of time.

So, sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Funnily enough, SLS is deemed as being ‘safe to use’ by many regulatory bodies such as The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA) and The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Panel (CIR). In recent years, it has picked up a considerable amount of attention across the internet with rumours of it being linked to cancer, however, there has been no evidence that SLS is linked to this in any way.

One thing that’s known is that SLS can be a skin irritant when left on for prolonged periods of time and that is one reason why we do not have it in our SLS free products.

If you do choose to use other brands that use SLS and feel any irritation, we would strongly suggest washing it off immediately and apply a soothing layer of SLS-free moisturiser to try to calm the skin.

Now we know a little more about SLS, sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) is created through a process called ethoxylation (any product ending in -eth has also been through the same process) where ethylene oxide is added to change the makeup of the compound.

Safe to use in bath & body products, this process means SLES is much gentler to use on both hair and skin and doesn’t strip the epidermis of any excess moisture, leaving it feeling soft, smooth and nourished.

At Fresh, we choose to stay far away from SLS and use SLES in our shower gel, body scrub and foaming bath jelly to create the foam and lather we all love.

When mixed with ingredients such as bergamot oil, orange seed oil, fruit extracts and tea-based infusions, SLES acts as an extremely effective addition to these products.

One key reason for choosing to use SLES is that while other foam-creating ingredients are out there on the market, many have been or are being tested on animals which we fully do not believe in or condone.

On the high street, you will find SLS or SLES in many products, including:

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Body wash
  • Toothpaste
  • Washing liquid
  • Shaving cream
  • Mouthwash
  • Bubble bath
  • Moisturiser
  • Sun cream
  • .. and many more
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Why we never do outdoor markets

Why we never do outdoor markets

Our customers know that we take pride in the products that we sell. We aim to have the best quality products suitable for all.

Because of this, we decided to keep the products in an environment that would not cause damage to the products or loss of fragrance.

Unfortunately, selling our products outdoors can lead to this kind of damage.

For example, the best way to store bath bombs & salts is by keeping them in a cool, dry place, protecting them from moisture because reaction with water/condensation can cause them to fizz and disintegrate.

So this is why we never do an outdoor market simply because the sun or cold can damage the products, and as mentioned, we want our products to reach you in the best condition possible.

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Torquay based Fresh gets a Twitter Boost from Theo Paphitis

Torquay based Fresh gets a Twitter Boost from Theo Paphitis

A Torquay based firm has received a business boost from Retail Entrepreneur Theo Paphitis.

Last week, Lee Smith, owner of Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, tweeted Theo
about his business during ‘Small Business Sunday’ and was one of six weekly winners to gain a retweet by Theo to his near half a million Twitter followers.

The weekly initiative, set up by Theo in 2010, now has over 3,000 #SBS winners and supports small businesses in the UK.

Business and retail entrepreneur and self-confessed Shopkeeper, Theo re‐tweeted Fresh Handmade Cosmetics message to his almost 500,000 followers and as a result, freshtorbay.co.uk has more followers and extra orders for their luxury handmade SLS free products.

They are also profiled on the #SBS website (www.theopaphitissbs.com) that is exclusive to all Small Business Sunday winners.

Lee Smith said, “We’ve only been in business a year starting from a small Market Stall Barrow to a fully stocked retail shop. It is great to have support from Theo because it’s been tough trying to raise our profile and Theo has recognised our hard work and helped spread the word about what we do to his following.”

Small business champion and Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue Chairman, Theo Paphitis, said: “We are thrilled to welcome new #SBS members every week and highlight just how important it is to support our small businesses here in the UK. My vision is that everyone who has ever won an #SBS re-tweet from me becomes part of a friendly club; like-minded individuals who can share successes and learnings. The website will also give a valuable profile to the winners chosen and I wish Fresh Handmade Cosmetics every success.”

Read the full article on We Are South Devon.

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