After a little break, I’m pleased to announce that my Businesses that Green Our World series is back on track and this month I’d like to introduce you to Nicola Dickinson, founder and owner of eco-friendly beauty brand, Fresh Therapies Ltd.
We all like to look good, but as you’ll know if you’ve read my previous posts, sometimes the beauty products that we see on our high street are full of Â nasty chemicals which are not only harmful to the environment, but to our health too.
One lady who understood this all too well was Nicola Dickinson, after working in the beauty industry herself and being frustrated at not being able to source an all-natural nail polish remover, she decided to make her own. Here’s her story.
Firstly, tell me a little more about you and your background.
Iâm Nicola Dickinson owner of Fresh Therapies Ltd, based in Hampshire.Â Iâve lived in Hampshire for the past 20 or so years after moving away from London.
After working several types of office jobs and being really bored and uninspired. It was after having my second child that I decided to retrain.
I was always fascinated by massage so decided to go on an evening course and that was the start of a new career basically.
I then went on to gain my beauticians qualifications whilst working part time, once qualified I gained employment at the age of 35 as a beauty therapist.
That was quite an experience, it was nerve wracking, especially having to go for a job interview after so many years!
But I only lasted 2 years and found there was so much about the salon industry I didnât like. Yet still wanted to be in the trade, so with a friend we started Fresh Therapies in 2006.
How did you come up with the idea?
I knew I needed to find a way that was going to make me different from the rest of the salons around. The answer came from reading a magazine and I knew I had to be using organic skincare, even though I didnât really know much about natural and organic skincare.
I did my research and was astounded by what I was finding out about the chemicals etc., that I was putting into my body, it shocked me.
So with all this newly invested information I started on my journey.
Explain what your product is and what problem it solves?
The more and more I found out and investigated other products, I realised that nail polish remover was the only product I was using in the salon that wasnât natural. So I set out to find one although this proved so much more difficult than I thought. After quite some time I decided that I would have to make my own, but I didnât have the chemistry knowledge or know how to do this.
So, with the help of the long lost Business Link, we found a company that could meet all my criteria for the UKâs first made natural nail polish remover.
My product, Eden Natural nail polish remover, is made from plant and vegetable based extracts, no chemicals or toxins. It has a nice hint of lime to its aroma and is clear like water.
Due to its lack of chemicals it does not dry out your nails after using, unlike conventional polish removers, and this in turn helps prevent your nails from becoming weak, dry, dehydrated and brittle.Â There is no lingering after chemical smell either.
Itâs highly suited to those with sensitive skins and perfect for pregnant ladies who wish to avoid chemicals. It is also gentle for the nails of those receiving medical treatment and is a great way to introduce younger ladies on how to look after their nails more naturally.
Our Natural Nail Polish Remover is not tested on animals and is suitable for vegans too.Â www.freshtherapies.com
What has been your proudest moment to date?
My proudest moment to date would have to be receiving my first batch of the product. Seeing the bottles in their box ready to sell to the public was just breath taking.
What has been your biggest success to date?
My biggest success to date was winning the Vegfest award for Best Beauty Vegan product 2013.Â There were 10 companies in the category and the main two were Lush Cosmetics and Jason products.
I was sure I was not going to win against such large companies, but I did and Iâm so proud and grateful for that moment.
What are your plans for 2014?
The plans for 2014 are to have the hand care range complete, probably five products and start planning a foot care range.
Where can people buy/ find out more about your product?
The product can be found online with stockist through out the UK and Europe.
If you love the sound of Fresh Therapies natural nail polish remover products (why wouldn’t you?) and would love to try them out for yourself, you’ll be pleased to hear that Nicola has kindly agreed to give all Queen of Easy Green fans the opportunity to win a box of her Fresh Therapies Natural Nail Polish Remover Wipes, RRP Â£8.50.
There are 6 boxes to give away, so that’ll be 6 lucky Queen of Easy Green winners!
For your chance of winning one of these fab prizes, just complete the box below and good luck.