We are dehydrating everything @ Soapnuts HQ!

So if you follow us on Insta! you will know that we are going crazy for our new Excalibur Dehydrator! We have embarked on a grain free experiment and whilst doing this, you would not want to be without a dehydrator. We are complete newbies at all this, so apart from going fruit leather crazy, I was so happy to find this scrummy recipe for Vegan Coconut Biscotti.



These are the instructions from Choosingraw.com

Raw, Vegan Coconut Biscotti

  • 1/3 cup raw almonds
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups coconut pulp (from making homemade coconut milk — your amount will vary based on how thoroughly you strained the milk, among other factors)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or the seeds from a fresh vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax meal
  • 4 tablespoons coconut nectar, agave, or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut or almond milk


  1. Place the almonds in a food processor fitted with the S blade and grind well (not so well that they start turning into nut butter, but you want them to resemble flour). Alternately, you can use 1/4 cup almond flour.
  2. Add the coconut pulp, vanilla, flax, sweetener, and coconut or almond milk. Process until the mixture is totally incorporated and resembles a thick dough. If it’s super sticky, add a little more coconut or almond milk.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a Teflex-lined dehydrator sheet and shape into a mini loaf. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 3 hours.
  4. Cut the loaf into biscotti shaped cookies, and continue dehydrating till they are totally dry and crunchy (another 6-8 hours). Serve with tea or coffee :-)

The picture above is half way through number 4. It is so exciting being able to be in complete control of everything that goes into your food. They are so yummy and perfect for a quick snack, enjoy!

The Sony World Photography Awards 2014

The Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist has been announced, and some of these entries are so spectacular there are literally no words. The awards shortlist an be found at: http://worldphoto.org/about-the-sony-world-photography-awards/2014-shortlist/

The Official exhibition will be held at Somerset House in May, but until then here are our absolute favourites from all the categories … Check out all the entries at http://worldphoto.org/news-and-events/wpo-news/2014-sony-world-photography-awards-shortlist-announced

Nature & Wildlife Shortlist


The knight and his steed by Nicolas Reusens
This picture is taken in a natural but controlled environment. There are pictures that can not be done in nature or that would imply a very high cost of both time and money, thats why photography workshops are run conducted at strategic locations and bringing
EVERYONE who is interested the basic notions (lighting, camera handling, composition, etc…) or the specimens, and afford them the opportunity to take pictures like this.

It’s hard to believe the next one is actually a real photograph and not a beautiful painting from a museum …


Jump of Life by Bonnie Cheung
In July each year, this heart-pounding scene of wildebeests migration repeats itself. It’s wildlife’s most dramatic moment!


What are you staring at !? by Chin Boon Leng
A baby Orang Utan peeking out from his mother’s embrace.

Travel Shortlist


The Mongol by BURNBLUE
Taken Altai region of Western Mongolia..a eagle hunter rests on the steppe with golden eagle.


Going home by Neville Jones

Low Light Shortlist


Summertriangle by lightpix
Hiker at the Mobius Arch (CA, USA) at night. The Arch had been slightly illuminated with a headlight. Milky way in the background.


Be Cheerful Even in the Darkest of Times by LashelleValentine
In your youth, nothing can stop you from enjoying time with your friends, especially not a simple matter of rain during summer fun. You may grow up and forget the names, but you’ll always remember the moments, the time on the dock with your friends during a surprise shower.


Aerial Series by Emmanuel C Aerial image of river delta in Iceland.

Aerial Series by Emmanuel C
Aerial image of river delta in Iceland.

Nature & Wildlife Professional

White Horse. by Palani Mohan The Kazakhs living in Mongolia have a long history of riding horses. The nomadic tribes living in pre-historic Kazakhstan were said to be the first to domesticate and ride horses. Today, the tradition is still very much alive deep in the remote region of the Altai Tayan Bogd national park, which borders Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China.
White Horse. by Palani Mohan
The Kazakhs living in Mongolia have a long history of riding horses. The nomadic tribes living in pre-historic Kazakhstan were said to be the first to domesticate and ride horses. Today, the tradition is still very much alive deep in the remote region of the Altai Tayan Bogd national park, which borders Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China

And the award for Best Eco Product goes to ….

ImageWe want to start this Year off by saying thank you to every one of you who voted for the Living Naturally Super Concentrated Soapnut Laundry Liquid in the Your Healthy Living Magazine Awards!! We were quite surprised as we knew there was lots of competition, but so chuffed with our award for Best Eco Product!

Here’s a comment from our Director, Socrates Ioannides:

” At Living Naturally we always make sure that the products we sell are products that we would use ourselves. Guilt-free, knowing that we are not damaging the environment, not polluting the water cycle, not polluting our homes or ourselves and which are also cruelty-free. We strongly believe in – People and the environment first, profits second! As the father of a child who suffers with Autism and whose body is unable to get rid of toxins from his body, clean toxin-free living is more than just a lifestyle choice. But we can see that it is a choice more people are making because they are becoming more aware of the ingredients in the products they use and consume and are demanding something better! And we say good for them! “

So huge thanks and look out this year for more amazing things to come!

Did you guys get down to London VegFest this weekend?


It has been a busy few months at HQ. We have been busy formulating, packing, updating, expanding … basically gearing up to world domination :) There is so much news to tell you, which we will be sharing with you in the next few weeks, but first …

This weekend the #OrangeFrog held a stand at London Veg Fest, and it was awesome! For those of you who don’t know VegFest, it is basically a festival that celebrates all things vegan and vegetarian. There are loads of talks about vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, vegan food, vegan clothing, vegan chocolate, vegan bodybuilders, vegan cupcakes, vegan sword-swallowers and did we mention loads of yummy vegan food!

The great thing about VegFest is you get to meet loads of new people, especially the charities that hold stalls at the event. One of the great charities we met are called Save The Harlan Beagles . They are campaigning against Harlan UK which breeds beagles for animal testing ONLY. Saying it is horrific is not even touching it! In 2011 The Sunday Times ran an expose with a former Harlan employee, where he exposed what life is like for these poor animals. To read more visit their website and please support their work!

Our other neighbours were the Wild Futures charity. They campaign to help end the suffering of thousands of primates in the UK by working towards ensuring that the UK primate pet trade is made illegal. Check out their campaign and sign their petition.

We met Metala at Vegan Faces UK, who had some lovely vegan hypoallergenic face paints for kids as well as loads of lovely make-up. Alan Sugar loves her stuff and we can see why! Other great stand holders were Buddha Beauty , Animal Aid , Teen VGN , Razzle Dazzle Ice Cream , Mimi’s Miracles , Nakd , Trina’s Delicacies , too many to mention!

It was an awesome day and we met some of our lovely regular customers, catch up with mates, and bought loads of food, which are all featured on our facebook album. If you didn’t get to visit us this time round, come and see us at our next event on the 19th October 2013 at the LABL Fair in Liverpool.

Till next time!

Where will the ORANGE FROG pop up next?

20130608_125500Hi All, just wanted to give everyone a quick events update ….

We had a blast at the London Allergy Show 2013, 7-9th June 2013, and we met loads of great people who were taking advantage of the massive show discounts and stocking up on all the goodies we had at the show. We made some fab connections and in case you missed it, have a look at our FB album to see some of what you missed … https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.531075350285082.1073741829.110942912298330&type=1&l=83e258912c


ImageSo where to next?

If anyone is in London this weekend feel free to check out the Transitions Belsize Event.

Event Details:

Sat 22 Jun 11:00am -4:00pm
Budgens, 200 Haverstock Hill,
London, NW3 4RS

Transition Belsize will be at the Budgens London fair on Saturday June 22nd from 11am-4pm.  We will be giving away free vegetable seedlings with every copy of the Transition Free Press newspaper.  The London Fair will include a range of local suppliers, live music, hot food including hand made butchers sausages and burgers, freshly squeezed orange juice and virgin cocktails, local organisations and communities, a book giveaway and Henna and face painting for the little ones.  The theme is London, continuing the celebration of our cosmopolitan city from last year’s Jubilee and Olympics, hope to see you there!

ImageAnd after that …

We will be saying hi and introducing everyone to our soapnuts on stand 157 at the BabyExpo Brighton ~ June 30, Brighton Racecourse & Conference Centre, Sussex. 

There will be over 150 exhibitors, fabulous marquee (hosting the stage area and exhibits), the Grandstand & Premier Halls, outside areas, displays & stalls, family-friendly catering + a very special Humphrey’s Corner event!

To get a free ticket (hurry limited supply) please use this link or click on the big pink invite over there > http://www.babyexpobabyshow.co.uk/visiting/visitingviptickets/

And there will be loads more coming up throughout July & August cos that’s HOW WE ROLL! So stay tuned to see where the ORANGE FROG will pop up next!



Apple Cider Vinegar … For salad dressings, marinades and my NEW HAIR CONDITIONER!

DSC00752So I thought I would give everyone a sneak peak into what’s cooking at Soapnuts HQ.

As a complete convert to our Soapnut Shampoo Bars (of course), if I don’t get all the soap out of my squeaky clean hair or if I don’t use a conditioner afterwards, I can be prone to dull hair or itchy scalp. Not nice, but then I discovered Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV from here on out)!

This is some amazing stuff, and has become my new favourite green ingredient! I have been using this as my conditioning rinse after I use my shampoo and hair feels and looks lustrous.

Here’s how it works … ACV not only restores your scalps PH balance but also the acidity helps get rid of any product or soap residue or build-up. What also happens when we wash our hair is that our hair cuticles open up, the ACV makes your hair shinier by gliding over the hair, closing the cuticle thus making it a smooth surface for light to reflect on. Hair-cuticle

Which is how commercial conditioner works, but this is 100% natural! Told you it was amazing.

So here at Soapnuts HQ we have been formulating our own brand new amazing and nutritive ACV hair rinse for the great and the good. So you can expect to see some brand new additions to the Living Naturally line in the weeks to come, but if you can’t wait that long, why not try giving it a go at home?

Here is a great recipe for you to try out:

- Boil 3 cups of water in a non-metal pan
- When water has boiled add a handful of herbs – horsetail, rosemary, nettle
- Reduce heat to the lowest setting, cover pan (to make sure all the goodness doesn’t escape) and let herbs infuse for 10 minutes.
- After 10 mins, take the pan off the heat and leave to cool with cover on
- Once cool, strain through seive and add 1 cup of vinegar and any essential oils of your choosing.
- Store in a spray bottle. Keep any leftover rinse in the fridge and decant to spray bottle as needed.

Some words of CAUTION: Essential oils are very strong and many can be skin irritants if not used correctly. Lavender is one of a very few essential oils that can be used directly on skin, others will irritate skin if used full strength. Do NOT use the cheaper fragrance oils as these are synthetic, can cause skin irritation and provide none of the benefits of natural botanical essential oils.

How To Use Your ACV Rinse

After shampooing your hair, spray ACV rinse all over hair, massage in and rinse. Don’t worry about any vinegar after-smell – there isn’t any, all you get is clean, shiny and bouncy hair!


Soapnut Laundry With Soda Crystals … when you know better, do better

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou. And who am I to argue with this great woman?

For many years now Living Naturally have been selling bicarbonate of soda as a very effective laundry boost to remove stains. Bicarbonate of soda is natural, doesn’t pollute and cleans extremely well, not to mention all of its other uses. But now we’ve found something better: Soda Crystals!

sodacrystalsThe old fashioned way to get your clothes clean and sparkling.

Soda Crystals have been around for generations, and before the invention of modern washing powder, were one of the most popular laundry products around, renowned for their ability to cut through tough stains and dirt on grubby clothes. They can be used to:

  • Shift organic stains from clothes by using as an in-wash additive. Simply add a tablespoon of Soda Crystals to the normal detergent.
  • Remove tough stains from clothes by using as a pre-soak. Make a strong solution of Soda Crystals and warm water and soak garment for 1 hour before washing normally.
  • Save money! Soda Crystals soften water in the washing machine meaning less detergent is needed.
  • Prolong the life of your washing machine by preventing limescale build up.

Soda crystals are not only a great laundry boost, but they can be used for a lot more …

cleaningjewellerySilverware and Jewellery: To put the shine back into silverware with ease, make a solution of 1 cup of Soda Crystals to a pint of very hot water and soak for 5-15 minutes in a bowl lined with aluminium foil. The tarnish will simply melt away. Rinse off and buff. Soak delicate jewellery in a regular solution. Soft stones such as Opals should not be cleaned using Soda Crystals.

Kitchen and wheelie bins: Clean out waste bins with a regular solution to keep them clean and odourless.

cleaningcarpetsCarpets: Soda Crystals are ideal for removing red wine, grass, ink and other stains. First sprinkle some dry crystals onto the stain. Then dab (rather than rub) upholstery with a mild solution to get rid of stains. Finally dab with a warm moist cloth. Over-wetting may leave a water mark. Test for colour fastness on an inconspicuous area first.

Drains: Because Soda Crystals dissolve grease, they’re great for unblocking sinks, drains, wastepipes and waste disposal units. Use a strong solution to flush drains regularly to keep them grease-free.

Living Naturally Starter Packs and Soapnut Sample Packs will now contain soda crystals. To find out more on how to use with soapnut laundry and to buy visit: http://www.soapnuts.co.uk


How to use those ickle bits of soap and other helpful tips

Spending too much time on pinterest has really got me into looking at how I can reuse so much of what I would normally consider rubbish. If you follow me on Twitter you would have seen the t-shirt bracelet fiasco (I had so much fun!)

So in very much the same vain as those super crazy-organised eco peeps on Pinterest here are some great ways to make sure you are getting everything you can out of the stuff you buy from us:

soapnut soap from living naturallyUsing up all those little soap bits:

After using our gorgeous soapnut soaps and shampoos and you have a nice little collection of soapy bits, put them all into a small muslin bag. When you take your next shower or bath you will have a ready-made exfoliating mit complete with soap.

Another great use for those muslin bags for soap with bits:

living naturally coconutty shampoo barMe personally I love my luxurious soapnut soap with bits and my OJ without. But if you prefer it to be smooth the whole way, then here’s another little tip. With our Coconutty Shampoo Bar, put it into a muslin bag before you start soaping up that wonderful lather. Just put the bar in the bag, pull the drawstrings so it doesn’t slip out, and wet bag thoroughly and rub. Once it is all lathered up rub on hair, wash, rinse, condition and go!

What about my left over soapnut shells?

If you are like me and constantly wondering if you can get anymore soap out of the soapnut shells once you have used them then wonder no more. Simply put them in a blender with some water and you will see that even when they are exhausted from laundry they still have quite a bit of soap left in them. Then use this soapy mixture to either top up your foaming handwash pump bottles (thoroughly strain this liquid so no bits clog up your pump) or pour over your veg in your garden to keep them pest free!

And finally … A really great tip on another way to use our biodegradable stain remover!

How about your own home-made stain removal spray? Simply grate some of our biodegradable stain remover stick and put it into a spray bottle with hot water (hot enough to melt the stick). The quantities are one tablespoon of grated stain remover stick to one cup (250ml) of boiling water. When you want to use it, simply shake and spray. Full recipe details here.

Have fun with all my tips .. now back to pinterest!

Soap and water and common sense are all you need!

Natural handmade soap from Living Naturally

“Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.” William Osler, Physician

You all have the water and the common sense, now let me tell you why you need our 100% natural handmade soapnut  soaps in your life!

Over here at Soapnuts HQ I have been extremely busy creating a whole new range of lush soapnut soaps that are 100% natural & handmade and are compeltely free of SLSs, parabens and other horrible toxins that you might find in commercially produced bars.

Next time you swing by Sainsburys or Asda check out the soap aisle … if it doesn’t say ‘soap’ then think twice about picking it up. Usually those bars are syndet bars – that’s synthetic detergent bars to you and me. They contain ingredients that can cause irritation to your skin but also pollutes our water systems. Now some manufacturers have got wise to the tide turning on these artifically created bars, so they have now created combo bars that include a very small amount of natural ingredients. Just enough so theycan talk about it in the advertising :)

At Soapnuts HQ our soaps are:

  • Made with Love :)
  • Made with 100% natural vegetable oils
  • Made with organic ingredients
  • Most of our soaps are Vegan (some contain milk or honey)
  • Most of our soaps are palm oil free (or they use certified sustainable plam oil)
  • None of our soaps contain any SLSs, parabens, petrochemicals, artificial colours, fragrances or preservatives.

Still need convincing? Give them a go! The results are in and they are good! Here are some customer reviews:

“I started using the chamomile & olive soap and found that my dermatitis on my hands was disappearing! I have changed nothing else, so thank you v. much!” Halla

“I bought it as a present for my uncle who has ezcema over his body, he loves it so much and won’t use anything else now!” Nicki

All of our soaps are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skins, and if you don’t know which one to try, we have coveniently put together a sample pack of 10 ofour best selling soaps for you to try. So now there is no excuse :)

Try our soaps for yourself

We’ve had a facelift and we are finally ready for our close up Mr DeMille!

It has been a busy time at Soapnuts HQ and we’ve been a little quiet. We have been so busy transforming ourselves and working on new products and we wanted to give you guys a little taster!

Our new brand is inspired by our ethos of keeping clean without making the planet dirty! Living Naturally Soapnuts are not only certified organic, vegan, biodegradable and hypoallergenic , but they are also chemical & especially phosphate free! So when your waste water enters the water system and goes back out into the environment, you can be sure that no fragile ecosystems are being harmed. We wouldn’t any of our froggy or fishy friends to be harmed and have been long-running supporters of the LOVE YOUR LAKES campaign.

We want everyone to benefit from using soapnuts, including our soapnut collectors! Our soapnuts are collected by local families and farmers who are able to have a better quality of life because they get a fair wage and also get taught a trade as well.

We want to make sure we are doing all we can to reduce landfill and so our new packaging is 100% recyclable! And because you don’t need to use any additional softener, you will be  saving twice the space in landfill!

But that’s not all! If you haven’t been using them for more than just your laundry, we have included a handy soapnut liquid recipe so you can make your own chemical free cleaner or organic pesticide.

Our new look packaging will be out in March so keep an eye out! We will also be launching our new-look website in March so make sure you don’t miss a thing! Keep up to date …

Sustainable Palm Oil? Is it really ok?

Twitter seems to be alive because of the noise palm oil is making. So I wanted to break down the issue. Is it really sustainable? Should we still be using plam oil?

The problem with palm oil?

The problem is not with palm oil itself, but is actually with the way the palm oil is produced. In West Africa, palm oil has been used for centuries as a cooking oil with no problem at all. The problem is that with the discovery of how amazingly well palm oil grows in the Far East, and that it is a very useful and cheap ingredient in commercial food production, palm oil is now in huge demand. Palm oil is now the most produced and traded oil, and now accounts for at least 75% of all the vegetable oil traded internationally.

The biggest use of the world’s palm oil is in food production, and at least one in ten products on supermarket shelves contain palm oil. Approximately six percent of the global supply is used in the cosmetic industry and palm oil is also increasingly being used as a fuel source.

This demand for plam oil is fueling deforestation in countries like Indonesia, forcing the indigenous people off their land and pushing animals like orangutans, elephants and tigers to the brink of extinction. The deforestation is so horrendous that Indonesia’s forests could be gone by 2015. Another huge impact on the environment is the amount of C02 emissions that are released when forests and peat land are destroyed to make way for these plantations.

So Let’s Stop Using It?

Well if it was only that simple. Unfortunately the palm oil production is a huge part of the economy of the countries that produce it like Malaysia and Indonesia. And as well as big businesses, there are also smallholders who produce a minimal amount of palm oil and rely on it to help support their families. The Rountable on Sustainable Palm Oil RSPO member and founders WWF have been campaigning about the fact the buyers (from companies right down to consumers) should insist on the buying and using of only sustinable plam oil. But what is not being talked about are the deals that go on alongside these campaigns that continues unsustainable/unethical plam oil production, so as a consumer what do we do?

Take Action

As a consumer this is what you can do:

  1. Be aware of the issue
  2. Add your voice to the campaign on palm oil
  3. Buy Responsibly

What are we doing about it?

We only stock and/or make products that have RSPO certified palm oil or use alternatives to palm oil. And we have clear label ingredients so you know what you are buying.

Our Very First Festival Of Life

Shambhu Tasty Vegan Food

We were at the Festival Of Life in Holborn on the weekend. The day was packed with so much that we didn’t actually get to experience a fraction of it. There was loads of music going on in Red Lion Square and people were being fed by Shambu’s. The workshops going on in Conway Hall were quite popular, and featured interesting topics like The Zeitgeist Movement , Lots of stuff about Raw Food, Healing and even How to make a flourles Chocolate cake, not to mention the conscious dance party that started once the stall holders were all kicked out.

From what we did see…here is what we liked…

We met Zenith Milner who was raising awareness about Palm Oil and how unsustainable palm oil is so bad. Zenith is doing a talk on Wednesday this week if you are interested. Zenith has a list of thing to do to be part of the solution: Write to your MP, lessen your use of palm oil, spread the word…For more info email zenithtoday@yahoo.co.uk

Gina Panayi @ The Raw Greek

The Raw Greek! We bought some raw honey from the mountains of nortehrn Greece from these guys (very tasty!) and only after the show realised that we should have bought their raw cookbook! They also had Tahini, dried tomatoes, and amongst all the treats I also saw some toothpaste! For anyone who likes greek food and their health – have a look at this cookbook for healthy raw greek recipes. www.therawgreek.com

Amaaazing Choc cake at Inspiral!

We also got to taste the amazing treats at the Inspiralstand…but even more amazing was their Raw Chocolate Cake. There was a queue for it and I thought I missed out on it until one of the very lovely girls at the stall produced a brand new box. This was by far the tastiest chocolate cake I have ever had and best of all it was raw, vegan, sugar free and gluten free!

In fact I would say it was worth going to the Festival Of Life just for Inpirals’s choc cake if nothing else! Or you can just check them out in Camden :0)

Soapnuts at London Vegan Festival 2011

Anastasia Jakovleva at soapnuts stand

Anastasia Jakovleva at our Soapnut stand

A huge thanks to all of you who came to visit us at the London Vegan Festival this year on Sunday 21st August 2011 at the Kensington Town Hall. It was a great show! Very busy and we met lots of cool people and drank lots of fresh coconut water straight from the nut!

It was a great day and we were sharing it with some great neighbours! We had Paris Vegan Day organisers, SHAC – Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty , Secret Society Of Vegans (great clothes and they also had some tasty treats on offer) , and Shea Alchemy with Sally and her lovely daughter.

Sally & her lovely daughter @ Shea Alchemy

Sally & her lovely daughter @ Shea Alchemy

Needless to say the food was amazing! Rainforest Creations fresh coconut water in the nut were extremely popular (not to mention sooooo tasty!) and so were their wraps. There were vegan cupcakes everywhere from Ms Cupcake and the Sheese cheeses were incredibly popular as usual (yummy!), and Fry’s Vegetarian had some really tasty chunky strips, braai herby sausages and spicy burgers on offer.

Living Natrally Soapnuts also took part in two giveaways with Vegan Body Building and Beacon Life and Learning .

There were loads of talks and entertainment for the kids and also a speed dating hour! Now that would have been entertaining had I taken part ;) . So if you missed it this time round, remember to put a reminder on the calendar for next year…

Pictures of the event are going up shortly so keep a look out for them… http://www.vegancampaigns.org.uk/festival/

Would you like a Grant to make a woodland for your farm?

The rise in fossil fuel prices has also helped a rise in firewood prices recently. This has largely been helped by an increasing number of folk turning to firewood as a source of heating and this trend is likely to continue in the future. Planting your own woodland can secure your own supply of fuel as well as providing another source of income. The benefits don’t stop there. New woodlands can provide shelter to stock and buildings as well helping to stabilise soil and mitigate the effects of flooding.

Obviously your best land needs to be reserved for agricultural production, but a well designed woodland can suit the needs of your farm without compromising its viability.

Grants of up to £3800/ha are available as well as Farm Woodland Payments which can be claimed for 15 years. These can be claimed on top of Single Farm Payments. The money doesn’t stop there! A growing number of companies are keen to offset their carbon emissions and are always on the look out for Woodland Creation projects that they can help fund.

If you would like to know more about the grants available for planting new woodlands, you could attend one of three planned open days (see below) on farms that have already taken the plunge. The farm owners will be on hand so you can talk directly to them about the “pro’s and con’s”

Peter Fox from the Forestry Commission will be on hand to explain the grants, demonstrate good practice and explain different establishment techniques. A free lunch is also provided. If you would like to attend, please contact him on 07768 142942 or peter.fox@forestry.gsi.gov.uk



23rd  August – Marron Leys Farm, Rowrah (meet at the Stork Hotel)

24th August – Wampool Grange, Kirkbride, Wigton

30th August – Colby Laithes Farm, Appleby


For details of other grants that may be of interest please check out the Green Grants section of our website http://www.nurturelakeland.org/green-grants/green-grants.html

Or get in touch with Sarah Caley from Nurture Lakeland: sarah@nurturelakeland.org

Can soapnuts really get out stains?

Chemically whitened clothes or natural cleaning?

Soapnuts are as good as if not better than Ecover at washing clothes (believe me I have done a lot of testing and we have had a lot of feedback from customers to vouch for this fact), but just as with all laundry detergents soapnuts has its limitation. The limitations are due to the fact that it is completely natural! No fillers, harmful chemicals or bleaching agents to aid the 100% organic natural chemic-free cleaning action.

To put it into perpsective, consider that the same factory that makes detergents like Bold and Ariel also make stain removing agents like Ace and Vanish. Why? Because they know the products have limitations too!

So what do you do?

As consumers we want the best product for the best price. So lets weigh up the benefits…

Soapnuts vs. Detergents

Soapnuts vs. Detergents

So what about the stains?

The best way to deal with any stains regardless of your laundry detergent is to pre-soak if necessary, pre-treat if necessary and if really necessary add some extra power into the wash.

For soapnut users this is what we recommend:

Pre-soak: Use bicarb of soda and white vinegar to soak clothes before washing them

Pre-treat: Use a stain remover ( like Bunchafarmers Natural Stain Remover) or your preferred stain remover treatment before you wash.

In-wash stain remover: Make your own oxygenated cleaner by using a mix of bicarb and vinegar and put it into the drawer. Or use your own preferred stain treatment.

Your choice?

We have been using soapnuts for years and won’t use anything else ever again, we have messy clothes and lots of stains (two boys!) but everything gets clean. And on the very rare occassion that it doesn’t (and after I have tried everything I can to get the stain out), I say ‘so what!’, I’m saving the environment and my family! I’m committed to doing it because I believe it makes a difference.

So make a better choice today…Join the revolution! :)

Soapnuts vs. Detergents