It’s actually easy being Green

For almost 15 years Organic Surge has been caring for your skin, whilst reducing our carbon footprint, with products that (quite literally) don’t cost the Earth.

Here's how our Clean Beauty ethos takes care of the conscience as well as your complexion. 

  1. Keeping it as natural as possible

Our products contain a minimum of 98% naturally derived ingredients and we only use ingredients derived from renewable resources. When we use natural & organic ingredients instead of synthetic ones we enhance the skin's natural function; utilising active ingredients which help optimise our skin's regeneration.

  • 2.    Certified Organic .
    Ecocert was the very first certification body to develop standards for "natural and organic cosmetics" so rest assured Organic Surge Products contain:
    A minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.
    A minimum of 50% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 5% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.
    3.    Which means absolutely none of these.
    GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes or animal derived ingredients.
    4.    And also #Glutenfree & 100% Suitable for Vegans.
    All of our products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Organic Surge is against animal testing and upholds the European ban. At Organic Surge we are #allergyaware so all of our Organic Surge products are wheat/gluten free and tested for suitability to all skin types even the most sensitive
    5.    Palm Oil?
    Our products do not contain palm oil itself but some products contain
    ingredients which are derived from palm oil. The sources of these
    ingredients vary but we only buy from suppliers who are signed up to the
    Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
    6.    Recyclable Packaging & Biodegradability
    We only use packaging materials which can be recycled, and we don't use more packaging than is needed. And although it's not the prettiest parcel you'll ever receive we work hard to make sure that all of our outer packaging for your order contains biodegradable or recyclable materials too.
    7.    NEVER Tested on Animals.
    We absolutely do not and our manufacturing partners do not. Organic Surge
    will always work with ingredients derived from nature wherever possible,
    rather than using synthetic ingredients. Each ingredient is sourced with the
    utmost care for the environment and respect for the welfare of animals.
    8.    And finally
    We're proud that all of our products are made here in Great Britain!
  • Eco-friendly jewellery from Susanencapsulates

    This week we talk with jewellery maker Susan Webster, whose handmade, up-cycled Encapsulate jewellery is lovingly made from used aluminium coffee capsules and mixed materials contained within gleaming silver plated settings. Susan is based in the Scottish Highland town of Nairn.

    1. What first led you in the direction of making jewellery?

    I studied for a degree in Design and became an Art and Design teacher for many years. During that time, I became very adept at utilising pre-used materials in creative work. Although I love drawing, painting and other areas of Art and Design, I developed a strong interest in jewellery making while helping my students design pieces for their SQA units. When I finished teaching, I relished the opportunity to make my own pieces.

     

    1. Your jewellery is upcycled, can you tell us why this is so important to you?

    Another passion of mine is caring for the environment. I am pretty rigorous about reducing waste, re-using things and recycling, so if I can find another use for things before disposing of them, I will. The coffee capsules I had collected had a very attractive variety of colours, so I experimented to develop my own style of working with them.

     

    1. What are your favourite materials to use?

    I enjoy using all sorts of materials, but with this particular product, the base material is aluminium, which is quite soft and malleable, shiny and lightweight. For decorating the capsules, I use an array of pre-used, often broken, bits of jewellery; sometimes my own, some contributed by others, and some I buy in charity shops. Single earrings which have lost their partners make really good feature points. My favourite searches are on the beach where I seek out tiny pieces of sea-glass, shells, corals and pebbles and often the beach-themed pieces include a sprinkle of local sand.

    1. How long does it take to make a piece?

    The process of producing each piece involves first of all, drinking the coffee (well, somebody has to do it!), then opening the capsules to clean out the coffee grounds (which I compost), then wash and dry them. I then crush them and fill the backs with clay to give them a little more weight and keep them firm. Once they’re baked, I add a little paint and a few bits and pieces I think will fit and enhance the individual shapes of each one. After a final selection, I stick it all with a non-toxic adhesive. Lastly, I attach the silver bail, brooch pin or bangle. This is all quite time-consuming, so it takes me over 4 hours to make each piece. That’s not counting the sourcing of materials, packaging, photography and marketing.

    1. What inspires your creativity when making a new piece of jewellery?

    My inspirations are very varied, but can be summarised as: nature, culture and fashion- I’ve made pieces inspired by landscapes, beaches, seasons flowers, insects, themes like music, art, sailing, tartan etc. I especially enjoy matching up jewellery to particular outfits, as some people commission me to do for special occasions.

     

    1. What’s your favourite piece of jewellery that you’ve made before and why?

    My favourite is difficult to pinpoint, but I made a set for myself for my daughter’s wedding in September, (as well as hair-vines for the bride and bridesmaids, and a kilt pin for the groom) and wearing them brings back happy memories of that lovely day. You can see it on my Facebook page- peachy coloured.

     

    1. What challenges do you face in your work?

    There are quite a few challenges in my work- like living with my ‘studio’ being my dining room table! Keeping up with marketing when I’d really rather be making jewellery, sourcing eco-friendly packaging etc, and finding time to set up an Etsy shop or website, which I haven’t managed to do yet.  It’s also too easy to hide away and make jewellery instead of taking time out to socialise- I should do more of that. My health imposes a few limitations on how much I can do, as I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis with all its complications since I was 29, but  I’m very lucky to be doing something I enjoy-  I am loving being my own boss, sharing my creations with others, receiving positive feedback and making people happy in my own minor way, while minimising my impact on the environment.

     

     

     

    💫 MOTHER’S DAY COMPETITION 💫

    Mums deserve to be spoilt rotten and when better to do that than Mother’s Day. If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift, fear not as we are giving one lucky person the chance to win this incredible prize.

    We’ve teamed up with the fabulous   @susanencapsulates to give one lucky winner a chance to win this beautiful, unique upcycled jewellery set, inspired by nature culture and fashion. Eco friendly fashion.
    The winner will also receive our Rose Whisper Hand and Body Collection, created using up to 99% ingredients from natural origins & up to 73% from organic farming, chosen for sensitive skin.


    For your chance to #win simply head over to our Facebook page.
     
      

    Why choose Organic?

    We’re clearly passionate about organic. Our founder Alan MacKenzie set up Organic Surge after suffering from eczema and skin sensitivity. He was frustrated that he couldn’t find good-quality, genuinely organic skincare at an affordable price.

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    We’re a small team, based in the Scottish Highlands. We’re proud to be fully independent and striving always to make the best products we possibly can – products that are good for your skin as well as for the environment – is the heart and soul of what we do.

    We wanted to find out more about why you choose organic skincare and beauty products, and the differences you see after switching to organic. We were blown away by the response. We had an incredible 214 replies to our Facebook question and we want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed. So rather than hearing it from us, here are the top ten reasons why you choose Organic Surge skincare, bodycare and haircare.

     

    1. ‘Organic Surge beauty products don’t irritate sensitive and eczema-prone skin’ came up time and time again in your replies. We understand the challenges of sensitive skin. SLS, parabens and synthetic fragrances are the most common irritants in skin and bodycare products so it's safe to switch to Organic Surge, which is 100% free of these harsh ingredients. Plus, all Organic Surge facial skincare products have been clinically and dermatologically tested and are suitable for sensitive skin. Find out more about how we test our products to ensure they are safe for sensitive skin here.
    2. You share our passion for choosing organic because it’s better for the environment. We work with Ecocert’s global standards and ensure we use ingredients derived from renewable resources that are manufactured by environmentally friendly processes. We also work with Ecocert on ensuring our packaging is always reusable or recyclable. You can find out more about Ecocert’s standards here.
    3. You choose Organic Surge because we don’t use any of the chemicals you want to avoid, including GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, and animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced such as beeswax).
    4. We were delighted that you said you choose our products because you like our honest approach. This is so important to us. We are a small team and don’t have a marketing department or even an employee dedicated to marketing. We put developing great performing products first and always try to be transparent and honest in everything we do.
    5. You like the way our organic products feel to use. A word that came up time and time again was ‘better’. We don’t use any synthetic fragrances in our products, only pure essential oils. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their skincare benefits and mood-enhancing properties. They also give our products their vibrant, uplifting fragrances.
    6. You try to eat organic, so why wouldn’t you choose organic for your skin, body and haircare too?
    7. Thank you so much Katy Beardmore for feeding back on the quality of our customer services. Coreen and Jenny, who look after our customer services, are based in our office in the Highlands. They are on hand by phone on +44(0) 1955 606 061 or email, at info@organicsurge.com , to help with any questions or advice, so please do get in touch.
    8. You buy our products because they are cruelty-free.
    9. Do you do your grocery shopping on Ocado? Several people told us that they loved being able to easily pick up their favourite Organic Surge products with their weekly shop. Caroline A Emerson is a busy mum who told us that choosing Organic Surge gave her peace of mind for her skin and family.
    10. You also told us that you choose our products because they last and offer great value for money. The quality of the products was mentioned in many of your replies – which we are delighted about. We love reading your product reviews – Alan personally reads every single one. We include them on our website so you can read first-hand, unbiased reviews and feedback on every product.

    We’re dreaming of a green Christmas!

    So all of us at Organic Surge want to thank our Facebook followers so much for contributing your suggestions for making our Christmas greener. There were so many brilliant tips that we thought we’d collate them into one easy-to-share list. Reading your feedback and comments really does make it all feel worthwhile for our team. Our founder Alan MacKenzie personally reads every single customer review and loves to hear from you.


    Alan set up Organic Surge in 2006 after suffering from eczema and skin sensitivity. He was frustrated that he couldn’t find good-quality, genuinely organic skincare at an affordable price.

    Over the past decade we have remained a small team and we are proud still to be based in Scotland and to have retained our independence. Making the best products we possibly can – products that are good for your skin as well as for the environment – is the heart and soul of what we do.

    So here are our and your ideas for 11 quick and easy ways to make this Christmas an eco one.

    1. Save ribbons and string from clothing labels to use to make home-made gift tags.

    2. Upcycle old Christmas cards into new cards or gift tags rather than throwing them away.

    3. Wrap presents in old newspaper or magazines. The gift guides in the Sunday supplements look fun and festive or newsprint with twine and a sprig of foliage such as rosemary from the garden looks elegant and sophisticated.

    4. Use botanical decorations from your garden or foraged from the hedgerow rather than store-bought plastic. Look for pine cones, holly, ivy, mistletoe and fir branches. Herbs such as eucalyptus and rosemary also work a treat. We love this guide from the Seeds & Stitches blog about how to make a free and chic herbal Christmas wreath.

    5. Choose a living tree than you can plant in your garden and re-use each year. The RHS have some simple guidelines for caring for your tree here https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=374

    6. Freeze leftover food to eat at a later date. Here are 24 healthy recipes from BBC’s Good Food to inspire you to get creative with your Christmas leftovers!

    6. Defrost your freezer in the run-up to Christmas. Not only will it work more efficiently but it also means you have space to freeze leftovers.

    8. Switch the oven off 10 minutes before your food is ready to make the most of the residual heat (it will still keep its temperature).

    9. Put a lid on your pan to keep the heat in so you use less gas or electricity to maintain the right temperature – and always choose the right-size burner or ring for your pan.

    10. When shopping for Christmas food buy local and seasonal produce and choose organic if you can. You can search for your nearest organic Christmas market on the Soil Association's website https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/buy-organic/the-christmas-collective/find-try-and-buy/the-organic-christmas-market/

    11. Discover our eco bundles. Buy a pack of six of any of our products and we give you one of the six free as an eco reward. Buying in bulk helps reduce the carbon footprint and the amount of packaging needed. Share your bundle with friends, family and guests as gifts. Find out more here http://www.organicsurge.com/pages/eco-bundles

     

     

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