The Importance of a Baby Massage as part of the Bedtime Routine

Monday, 24 March 2014 10:11:51 Europe/London

The importance of a bedtime routine and time for relaxation and calm for babies cannot be underestimated.

Our latest blog post is written by the fantastic Lucy Jones, a paediatric sleep specialist and certified Gentle Sleep Coach. She is the founder of Love Mornings which offers tailored sleep solutions to tired families throughout the UK.  massage

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Why we use Organic Ingredients and Top Tips for Healthy Baby Skin

Thursday, 18 July 2013 03:52:00 Europe/London

 

We know that parents want the best for their babies. Research has shown that we can absorb up to 60% of what we put onto our skin into our bloodstream and a square centimetre of baby’s skin has one hundred times the pores of a square centimetre of adult skin.

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‘Ingredients are at the heart of our products"

 

As founders of Organic Monkey we were incredibly shocked and surprised to see the amount of chemicals and potentially harmful ingredients used in baby skin care products, especially those from trusted brands that they naively believed to be safe and pure. Thoroughly checking and reading the labels really opened their eyes and inspired them to produce a range of baby skin care products that would only have beneficial, natural properties.

 

 

Organic products are different and offer a wide range of benefits:


*They are gentle enough for delicate and sensitive skin.

 

*The naturally occurring ingredients in the products are better used and received by your skin than synthetic substances.

 

*They are less drying to the skin.

 

*Made with better ingredients that have not been subjected to pesticides or artificial fertilisers.

 

*Better for the environment.

 

*Organic farming releases less greenhouse gases that non-organic farming, helping to create a better future for your little monkeys.

 

We have recognised the importance of certifying all of our products to instil confidence in our customers and to assure them that they we serious about producing truly organic baby skincare. All of our products are certified by the Soil Association which means that they comply with strict rules set at UK, European and international levels. These rules assure all consumers that they are buying genuinely organic products that can be fully traceable back to the farm.

 

 

Organic Monkey’s Top Tips for Healthy Baby Skin:

 

*Avoid bathing your baby too frequently, using chemical laden shampoos or regular soap disrupts baby’s skin barrier and drys out the natural oils that serve to guard your little one’s skin

 

*Avoid the harsh skin irritants commonly found in conventional baby skincare –steer clear of Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Talc, Artificial fragrances and Petrochemicals (mineral oils) - made from crude oil or mineral oil, petrochemicals act like cling film to the skin - clogging the pores

 

*Opt for non-biological, fragrance-free washing products for baby’s clothes.  General detergents contain high levels of harsh synthetics and preservatives which can irritate a baby’s sensitive skin

 

*Choose clothes and bed linen with a natural fabric, such as organic cotton, or bamboo which  allow baby’s skin to breathe more easily and wash bed linen regularly to avoid mites and dust, which can have a negative effect on baby’s skin

 

 

 
   
 
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Running the Brighton Marathon

Tuesday, 9 April 2013 14:21:02 Europe/London

I have finally been given the go ahead from my sports therapist to attempt the Brighton marathon next weekend. Ankle still pretty unhappy, swollen, sprained and hurts ALOT but am going to give it a go. This event has totally taken over my life for the last 6 months and there is no way I could even contemplate deferring and starting all over again next year.

 

I chose what was probably the worst winter of weather for training; ridiculous amounts of snow and ice, with rain so cold it that stung my face and gale force winds so strong along the coast road that although I was running, was not actually going forward and nearly got blown into the side of a bus.


So far I have suffered sprained ankle x 2, tendonitis, a trip to A&E, cramps, dizzyness, nausea, what felt like my major organs trying to escape through my belly button, swellings, bruising, complete exhaustion most of the time and the loss of two toenails.


Countless ibuprofen tablets, litres of lucozade and kilo's of chocolate have been consumed, ice packs, frozen peas and arnica gel applied, painful osteopath and sports therapist appointments where I have been crunched, clicked and generally beaten up. Deep tissue massages that have been beyond painful as well as being up at the crack of dawn trying to force feed myself porridge without gagging to get the miles in.


And to top if off, I absolutely HATE running, no running bug caught, not even a glimmer of one on the horizon, (although not that surprising after my experience!) after next Sunday my trainers will be retired for ever and loafing will resume.


I am not prepared, not fit enough and unfortunately have not been able to get as many miles and training sessions in as I planned but I am going to give it my best shot. At the end of the day I am running to raise money for the baby unit that saved my eldest son's life when he was born suffering from birth asphyxia and I can't think of a better motivator. 

 

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Beauty expert, Grace Timothy, has contributed to a variety of titles including; Vogue, VanityFair.com, Red, Company, Zest, Brides and was Acting Beauty Editor of Glamour until her baby, Emie Rae was born in September 2012. Now she juggles her former beauty editor lifestyle with teething rings, damp muslins and a tower of nappies. The Pregnant Beauty Guide is Grace’s new blog, full of myth-busting tips & tricks for hot baby mamas.  Read on for Grace’s wonderful review of our Hello Mellow Massage Oil…

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Top 10 Monkey Themed Christmas Gifts

Thursday, 13 December 2012 11:49:00 Europe/London

Now you know we love all things monkey related here at Organic Monkey HQ so we have sourced the Top 10 Monkey Gifts for your little chimps this Christmas.


 




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10k in the bag

Monday, 10 December 2012 14:49:09 Europe/London

Well, I completed the 10k Brighton Brooks Race! Really wanted to do it in under an hour and managed it in 59 mins and 6 seconds so pretty pleased with that.


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Unfortunately though I have had to take a couple of weeks out after spraining my ankle but hope to get my trainers on again next week.

 

It was my eldest son’s 4th birthday on Saturday. Cannot believe how quickly that time has gone and still remember very clearly our time spent on the Trevor Mann Baby Unit. I held a coffee morning up there last Monday on behalf of The Early Birth Association and took Forrest along armed with a big chocolate cake for the staff. The parents that we met all said that it was lovely to see how well Forrest was now doing and it gave them all hope for their own poorly babies.

 

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Cradle Cap - what is it and how to treat it.

Monday, 26 November 2012 10:11:49 Europe/London

Cradle cap is the name given to the yellowy/brown, greasy or dry scales of skin on babies heads and is an unsightly and unwelcome addition to your little monkeys scalp.

 

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It’s medical name is infantile seborrheic dermatitis and it is a very common and harmless condition that affects mainly young babies, usually lasting a couple of months and generally clearing by the age of three. It is not itchy and generally doesn’t cause any discomfort .

 

Although the cause of cradle cap is still somewhat unclear many experts believe that it is caused by the hormones a baby receives from their mother at the end of the pregnancy which can over stimulate the oil producing sebaceous glands in their skin.

 

There are a couple of things that you can do to combat this condition:

 

  • Gently washing your baby's hair with a mild, natural and organic shampoo, (but not too often) can help prevent a build-up of the scales.

 

  • Gently massaging oil into their scalp helps to loosen the crusts, making it easier to remove with a soft brush or wash cloth.

N.B. Never pick the affected area as this can lead to redness and soreness as well as an irritated little baby

 

Both of my boys suffered with cradle cap, not badly, but it did last quite a while with my first son. He had lots of hair which made it much harder to treat and he hated me trying to remove it. I couldn’t find a natural aid, didn’t want to use chemicals and didn’t want to just cover his head in olive oil as it was too greasy and didn’t smell so great either so Claudine and I decided to create our own formula.

 

We wanted to make sure that it was not only a natural and organic alternative to many products on the shelves but that it was also just as effective. We researched our ingredients thoroughly to ensure that we only used oils that had beneficial properties and to produce a blend of oils that was nourishing and easily absorbable and didn’t just create an oil slick on the baby’s head.

 

Rock the Cradle Scalp Oil is a gentle, moisturising blend of organic oils to relieve dryness and help to soften and loosen crusty skin with organic geranium essential oil (great for helping to restore skins natural balance).

ROCK THE CRADLE

 

The Star Actives:

 

* Organic Geranium essential oil - balances the production of sebum to restore skins natural balance.

 

*Organic Coconut oil - a key ingredient for its ability to heal and regenerate the skin

 

* Organic Safflower oil - excellent source of essential fatty acids and is good for all skin conditions.

 

*Vitamin E – enhances the skin's natural regenerative processes and protects skin cells

 

*Organic Sweet Almond oil - its gentle and nourishing properties leave skin soft and supple.

 

As one customer wrote "I used Organic Monkey scalp oil on my daughters head as everything else I had bought from chemists had failed. All the dry, flaky skin was gone within 3 applications and still hasn't returned a month later - I am seriously impressed."  Kerry, Beth's mum.

 

Rock the Cradle Scalp Oil: £7.50 for 30ml.  Available to buy at: www.organicmonkey.co.uk

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Teething - making the process more bearable

Monday, 22 October 2012 12:28:00 Europe/London

We all know how unpleasant the whole teething process is, cranky little monkeys and sleepless nights all round. As a mum of two, I have been through this process twice now so thought it might be useful to share some information my experience and some suggestions and ideas to help.

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Symptoms


Symptoms of teething can start a few months before the teeth actually appear and babies tooth buds develop before they are born. Although the order and age teeth appear varies from baby to baby with some born with a few teeth and some still not having any at a year old, they usually appear in the following sequence:

 

Four central incisors (cutters- the teeth right in the middle of the jaw on the top and bottom ) start appearing at around 6-7 months

Four more side incisors (the teeth next to the central incisors ) appear at around 8 months

Four back molars (chewing teeth) appear at between 10-14 months

Four canines (pointed teeth) appear at around 16-20 months.

Four more back molars appear at between 24-30 months.

 

Babies levels of suffering during the teething process varies greatly too, some babies seem to deal with it without too many problems whilst others find it incredibly painful. Even with minor cases, most babies show some signs of teething. As a first time parent, the whole teething process is very worrying and daunting and it is difficult at times to tell if your babies unhappiness and irritability is due to teething or if there is another cause, especially if you cannot physically see any teeth coming through.

 

Key Signs of Teething:

 

  • Biting and chewing - incessant biting and chewing on anything they can get their hands on; toys, spoons, you, siblings, anything.

 

  • Excessive dribbling - most babies tend to dribble more when teething because the body creates extra saliva to lubricate the tender and bulging gums.

 

  • More unsettled than usual, especially at night - babies who once slept through the night may now wake up several times for comfort. In the quiet hours of night, a baby often feels the teething pain more because there are fewer distractions.

 

  • Decreased appetite -when babies are in pain, they generally don’t want to eat, especially if it triggers their sore spots.

 

  • Pulling of ears and rubbing of chin and cheeks - teething babies may tug furiously at their ear or rub their cheek or chin to create counter pressure that eases some of the pain and throbbing. (Babies with ear infections will also pull on their ears, so make sure you have them checked by your doctor if you suspect more than just teething).

 

Natural Aids:


Both of my sons first teeth arrived at exactly 6 months of age rapidly followed by 3 more coming all at once which must have been so painful. I tried a wide selection of aids to try and help alleviate their suffering, the following being my favouirtes: 

 

  • Freeze a clean, wet flannel or washcloth – your baby will love chewing and sucking on this

 

  • Give them a frozen carrot or celery stick to chew on, the chewing will relieve pressure whilst the cold will soothe their hot, angry gums. (Make sure the pieces are big enough for them to hold and just chew on rather than them putting the whole thing in their mouths to avoid choking.)

 

  • Gently massage some Cheeky Monkey Cheek Rub for Teething on them - our Cheeky Monkey Cheek Rub Oil is a wonderfully natural and effective aid. As well as containing arnica oil, known for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities that help with pain and swelling, the method of softly rubbing it onto their cheeks, soothes the area and eases the pain whilst the essentials oils of spearmint, (helping to uplift and reduce stress), lavender and roman chamomile will help to calm and relax your little one

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  • Wear a Gumigem necklace* – I have recently come across a fantastic company, whose founder, Jenny, has created a range of award winning jewellery, designed to look amazing, whilst helping your baby through the teething process. GUMIGEM is a UK based family run business who produce teething jewellery, aimed to provide mummy with a stylish accessory that baby can chomp on to his heart's content.  The silicone used meets FDA standards and is BPA, PVC, Lead, Latex and Phthalate free.

 

*necklaces are intended for the adult wearer and must never be put on a baby.


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Top Tip:


To combat dribble rash try rubbing a small amount of nappy balm onto your babies chin will also help reduce dribble rash, (a dry skin rash or chapping around the mouth and
 on the chin) by creating a barrier between your babies skin and the saliva. Our Bumfluff nappy balm is great for this as is made up of a gentle blend of organic oils which will protect and nourish the skin without causing irritation combined with organic lavender and roman chamomile essential oils which aid healing and will help calm your little ones too.BUMFLUFF

 

The result........ much happier little monkeys and mummies all around.

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Running the Brighton Marathon 2013

Tuesday, 9 October 2012 13:57:00 Europe/London

Those of you that know me know I am not a runner. In fact, I worked it out and it has been over 20 years since I ran for more than a couple of minutes; to the shop, from the car in the rain etc.

 

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I watch the London Marathon every year and it never ceases to amaze me how many people run for such great causes and I always get emotional. My husband Duncan ran the London Marathon in 2010 for the children’s charity Sparks and I have always wanted to do it so as I am neither pregnant, nor getting younger thought that 2013 would be my year!

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Softest, snuggliest comforter from Rosy Cheek Cosy

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:15:00 Europe/London

I recently purchased a Blossom Panda Comforter from Rosy Cheek Cosy as a gift for my friend’s baby and have to say how lovely it is.comforter

 

Beautifully designed and carefully hand made, this gorgeous comforter is the perfect gift for a newborn. Made from natural bamboo it is also super soft and perfect for snuggling, just the right size for holding and the ideal cot companion to soothe and comfort your little one.

 

I love the fact that it is made from natural, eco fabric so great for babies with sensitive skin as well as the environment and that it is machine washable, a must to get it cleaned and ready again for bedtime!

 

I wish Rosy Cheek Cosy’s comforters had been around when my boys were babies as they would have loved one of these.

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Take a look at their website for other beautiful, soft and snugly things:

www.rosycheekcosy.com

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Products We Love - Bonnie Baby

Tuesday, 4 September 2012 15:24:30 Europe/London

Bonnie Baby is a luxury babywear clothing label selling British designed clothes for baby & toddler.

 

Synonymous with imaginative design, use of colour and beautiful quality, Bonnie Baby’s designs are modern and stylish with witty touches and great attention to detail.

 

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The label was founded in 2004 by fashion designer and parent Tracey Samuel who, after years designing for some of the world’s biggest fashion houses, decided it was time that babies got to look stylish too. After the birth of her daughter Alice Bee, Tracey designed a capsule collection of machine washable cashmere luxury baby clothes that instantly became a sell-out.

 

The collection has now expanded to include cottons, silks, wovens and jersey basics – all designed with a sense of innocence and childlike fun which is at the heart of everything Bonnie Baby do and they have just launched their first childrenswear collection for Autumn Winter 2012/13.

 

With strong use of colour, knits and animal motifs this season I am sure these beautifully designed clothes will be on every style conscious mums wish list. My personal favourites are the Foxy Sweater £37.50 and the gorgeous Moira lambswool hat £25.00. 

 

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Bonnie Baby is stocked in up-market stores around the world, including Selfridges and Harrods, Harvey Nicols and Barneys and can also be bought online at www.bonniebaby.co.uk where all Organic Monkey customers will receive a 20% discount when using the following discount code: OG20.

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Top 10 Uses for Nappy Balm

Tuesday, 4 September 2012 13:26:28 Europe/London

Top Ten uses for Bumfluff Nappy Balm

 

Our multi award winning ‘Bumfluff’ Organic Nappy Balm is a mums everyday essential but, as we have discovered, it has a wealth of other uses too.

 

From our own experiences and those of you that have fed back, we know that our nappy balm not only keeps babies bum in peachy condition but is a fantastic multi functional aid for the whole family.

 

The Star Ingredients

 

  • Organic & Fairtrade Shea Butter - one of nature’s miracle ingredients, Shea is an excellent moisturiser, working deep in the skin helping to heal and nourish. Packed with vitamins A & E and with strong anti-inflammatory properties, Shea keeps skin healthy and leaves it feeling soft and smooth.

 

  • Organic Beeswax - creates a natural protective barrier for the skin, repelling water from the skin to keep baby’s bottom soft and dry. Also contains soothing and softening properties

 

  • Vitamin E  -this enriching oil energises and enhances the skin's natural regenerative processes. Suitable for all skin types it is incredibly nourishing and nutritive 

 

  • Organic Lavender Essential Oil - lavender has antibacterial and healing properties, making it perfect for sensitive skin.  It’s also well known for helping alleviate the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis

 

  • Organic Roman Chamomile Essential Oil - the gentlest form of chamomile, used for centuries to encourage relaxation and serenity as well as possessing pain relieving properties, perfect for calming the most stressful of little monkeys

 

We have compiled a list of the TOP 10 uses for our nappy balm:

 

1.  As an Effective Nappy Balm

 

Developed to naturally nourish and protect against conditions that may lead to nappy rash, a clever blend of organic ingredients create this rich, protective barrier for baby’s bottom. This highly effective balm contains Fairtrade Shea Butter, Beeswax and organic Lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils which work to nourish, protect  and restore irritated areas whilst increasing the skins natural moisture retention capacity.  Also available unscented.  

 

2.  To Reduce Dribble Rash

Most babies dribble at some point in their first few years and dribbling normally increases during teething when more saliva is produced. Nappy balm can be used to provide a barrier between your baby’s chin and their dribble, which reduces the irritation causing the rash whilst also helping to moisturise and nourish the skin.

 

3.  To Nourish Dry Skin and Eczema Patches

With its gentle, organic blend of oils and Vitamin E content, nappy balm is great for nourishing dry skin and eczema without causing irritation. The organic lavender essential oil also aids healing and it is great for sensitive skin.

 

4.  A Moisturising Lip Balm

With its shea butter and beeswax content, nappy balm makes an effective lip balm, leaving lips super soft and moisturised.

 

5. To Soothe Sore Noses

Nappy balm is great for soothing rough, dry, sore skin around noses caused from wiping and blowing. Dabbing a small bit onto the affected area will help to relieve and moisturise.

 

6. To Combat Winter Buggy Hands

We have all experienced cold, chapped hands from pushing our prams and buggies in winter. Gloves are impossible and impractical with little ones so try rubbing some nappy balm into the backs of your hands to protect them from the elements and keep them soft and moisturised

 

7. To Soothe Grazes

Use nappy balm to help soothe small grazes. With it’s natural blend of organic oils and vitamin E content, it will soothe and nourish damaged skin.

 

8. To Moisturize Knees & Elbows

Knees and elbows can have the roughest and driest skin on the entire human body. Soften the whole families with an intensely moisturising treatment of nappy balm.

 

9. A Nourishing Eye Cream

For tired, dehydrated skin around the eyes, dab on a bit of nappy balm. It soothes the area as well as moisturizes.

 

10. To Lubricate Zips

And a bit more random to finish…..the next time one of your kids zips gets stuck, try rubbing some nappy balm on it and the natural oils will help lubricate it to run more smoothly.

 

‘Bumfluff’ Organic Nappy Balm costs £10.50 for 50ml.  Available at www.organicmonkey.co.uk and leading independent baby stores nationwide or call 01273 903975 for customer care.

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We won silver!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 09:37:43 Europe/London

We are delighted to announce that our Belly Better Tummy Oil has just won a silver award from Bizziebaby - the website designed intentially for all mums and dads looking for the best, in depth product reviews online.


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Happy Birthday to Us

Tuesday, 24 July 2012 10:45:56 Europe/London

Organic Monkey Celebrates 2nd Birthday

 

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Happy Birthday to us! The sun was shining for us as we celebrated our 2nd birthday last weekend. It was great to share our day with family and friends and our little monkeys had a brilliant time.

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Celebrity status - Mica Paris a fan of our Hello Mellow massage oil.

Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:32:44 Europe/London

Soul singer Mica Paris is doing her bit for marginalized farmers in the developing world this summer, and wants you to as well. She’s on a mission to get us to change what we put on our skin and choose from a growing range of Fairtrade certified beauty products.


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From lipsticks to lotions, mascara to moisturisers, massage oils to nappy balms, it’s never been easier to pamper yourself with Fairtrade to feel good and look good. Over 160 beauty products from 16 companies now carry the FAIRTRADE Mark.




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Bamboo Baby Dress to Impress

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:28:58 Europe/London

I was recently fortunate enough to receive two beautiful jumpers from Bamboo Baby for my 3 and 1 year old boys and thought I should share this gem of a company with you.

 

I always try to buy organic and eco friendly clothing for the boys without compromising on style and quality and these jumpers are real winners.

 

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Baby steps at Red Jelly

Thursday, 8 March 2012 16:50:07 Europe/London

Last Thursday we had  a great morning at the local Red Jelly creative play session set up by the wonderful Tash Tamlyn who invited us to take part and join in with the messy fun.

We met lots of lovely mums and their babies and made footprint pledges as part of our  "Babies first steps" campaign for Fairtrade Fortnight. There was lots of paint and lots of mess and the babies loved it!  All of the footprints were displayed at our Fairtrade event at Brighton and Hove Junior School the following day and for every painting we took to exhibit, we also gave the mums a footprint on a card to take away with them.

 

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Brighton and Hove Junior School Fairtrade Event

Monday, 5 March 2012 16:40:43 Europe/London

We had a great time at Brighton and Hove Junior School on Friday night, taking part in their Fairtrade event. The event was well supported and we met lots of lovely children and parents who were all committed to ‘Take a Step for Fairtrade.  

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Fairtrade Fortnight

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 11:35:16 Europe/London

take a stepFairtrade Fortnight is in full swing and we have already received a great deal of press coverage for our events and activities. Our award winning Bumfluff Nappy Balm was featured in The Independent yesterday and our Relieving Trio of oils was part of the Fairtrade focus in The Metro last Thursday.

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Organic Monkey and 2012

Friday, 30 December 2011 13:32:58 Europe/London

We are really looking forward to the New Year. With so many positive changes at the Organic Monkey HQ and lots of ideas floating around in the formulating room, we should be set to expand not only our range but our work force in early 2012.





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