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OUR STORY SO FAR...
As with all good stories, it started with an alchopop and some cheesy tunes at a halls party at the start of term. Katie and Caroline met at art school (too long ago!) on the fashion design degree course, both going on to have successful careers fashion & retail and now have families of their own, both have a girl and a boy. They always chatted about owning their own brand. Life happened, both got 'proper' jobs - Katie in VM and Caroline in design - got married (not to one another!) started families, got new jobs and would often chat long in the evening about ideas and things they could do together. One day, their dreams turned into a reality, so they handed in their notice at work and jumped.
Katie & Caroline have always been absolutely passionate about producing sustainable, ethical and eco conscious products. They want to ensure that not only people are paid fairly for the products they make but the process doesn't use cause unnecessary damage with chemicals or dyes which would endanger the environment or people.
Lala & Bea desig practical but fun products and make & manufacture as many of their products as possible in the UK working closely with their suppliers and meeting many of the people who physically make the products. They are proud member of the Made in Britain campaign and you can find them on the Make it British directory.
Inspired by fun pattern, colour and adventure Lala & Bea aim to create products which Children will want to wear and Parents can love too creating pieces which will last the rigours of family life and that you would want to pass on.
Lala & Bea are also keen to support manufacturing in the UK and use family-run factories to produce the collections.
ORGANIC SKINCARE FOR ALL THE FAMILY...
The Lala & Bea Organic Family Skincare range has been designed to be suitable for use by all the family, working with an amazingly talented Medical Herbalist from Brighton Apothecary. Marion's background in Pharmacology from her degree at UCL teamed with her Herbalist Medicine degree plus being a mother of two makes her expertise second to none and the perfect choice for Lala & Bea. Our products can also be purchased from the Brighton Apothecary store.
The process was fun, tweaking and developed the products until they were 100% with the texture, fragrance and importantly performance then added beautiful packaging (UK sourced) and matt vinyl stickers (so they don't soak up any oils from the product and disintegrate) to create an initial range they are over the moon about and use daily themselves. It was great fun to develop, adding a little more of this, a bit less of that until we had the perfect products. We will be developing more products to add to the range this coming year.
Free from parabens, natural and organic ingredients are used in our skincare and where possible, any ingredients that are grown in the UK are used. We have developed our creams & oils with a medical herbalist to ensure they are as nourishing and healing as possible for use by the entire family. Our skincare is not tested on animals and all of our ingredients and packaging come from natural and sustainable sources.
All of our products have been safety certified. Please contact us if you would like more details regarding this.
NUT ALLERGIES - Please note the use of Almond nut oil in our Nourish Oil
THE BENIFITS OF MERINO WOOL...
Super-soft and naturally breathable yarn. It's better for the environment too ....no sheep were harmed in the making of our products!
- Merino is excellent at regulating body temperature, especially when worn against the skin. The wool provides some warmth, without overheating the wearer. It draws moisture away from the skin as well as being slightly moisture repellent.
- Like cotton, wool absorbs water (up to 1/3 its weight), but, unlike cotton, wool retains warmth when wet.
- Like most wools, merino contains lanolin, which has antibacterial properties.
- Merino is one of the softest types of wool available due to finer fibres and smaller scales.
- Merino has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio compared to other wools, trapping body heat similar to the way a sleeping bag warms its occupant.