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January 22, 2019

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Late last year, Iceland (the frozen goods supermarket brand) announced that they will not be using any palm oil in their own range products any more. I never gave Iceland much thought before that but their Rang- Tan's campaign and commercial* (which was unfairly banned**) actually brought tears to me eyes. And I’m one tough dude. 

It’s a difficult one to get away from and, why do we need to? Palm oil production, a majority in Indonesia, involves deforestation, sometimes illegal, which drives indigenous people from their homes. Orangutans are also driven away and can die in the process. Deforestation also creates climate change. Why is it difficult to get away from? It’s in cream crackers. It’s in the vegetable oil you cook with. It’s in peanut butter. Basically it's in half of what you buy at a supermarket and, it’s in most skincare products, organic, vegan, natural or otherwise. It's in all the most well known brands out there. 

Creams and lotions by and...

December 22, 2018

I'm sitting at my desk updating the website and listening to Allo Darlin (who are a small band that I love and had shot a music video for a number of years ago). Queenie Organics is my first venture as a small business, run by myself, and have been trading now for nearly 4 months. In that short time, I have traded at 4 different markets, one pop up shop and partnered with the London Film Festival with in-kind sponsorship. In between all that, we have had issues with suppliers of both ingredients and packaging that we have been managing. It's a good learning curve and the resolution of these issues, coincidently, are coming to a head as the New Year approaches. As for our own resolutions, I have already begun to develop new products with the intention of releasing them throughout 2019. The first of which is a completely new moisturiser for those with oily/combination skin. I have been formulating on and off for a while now but now are fully in the flow of getting it down. We have also b...

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