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35 Kingswood Road
London, SW2
United Kingdom

Ethical family lifestyle brand - designed and made in the UK, selling organic slogan sweatshirts, merino wool bobble beanie hats, picnic blankets, organic skincare, baby blankets, new baby and baby shower gifts and wedding gifts. 

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Why organic cotton matters...

Lydia Mansi

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Choosing to go 'organic' with our cotton was a no brainer when we were sourcing the raw materials for Lala & Bea designs.

From a quality point of view it can’t be beaten – it’s super soft (even our children can tell if something is non-organic cotton now, just from feeling it!) so perfect for our snuggly loungewear and pjs, and comfy slogan sweats. We’ve found it washes amazingly, doesn’t bag or bobble. As we want our garments to last more than one season, this was a massive factor for us. 

Comfort aside, studies have shown that organic cotton is kinder and gentler on young, sensitive skin. This is down to the chemical-free methods used to grow it - we've had amazing feedback from eczema and allergy sufferers and their mums saying what a difference they have made - which is amazing!

It's not just about making quality clothes; for us - as an ethical brand - it's about the footprint our business leaves...

Organic cotton uses 60% less water than conventional farming methods, an incredible stat that just shows what impact sustainable fashion can make on the environment. We may be a small brand, but knowing we are making this level of difference is incredible. 

Not only are the chemical-free farming methods amazing for the end-user in terms of quality and comfort, more importantly the farmers are not exposed to harmful pesticide and herbicides during the growing process either. They benefit financially too, not only reaping a far higher and fairer price for their crops, but organic cotton is actually much more stable than the GMO equivalent - meaning farmers are at less risk of losing their crop and facing financial ruin. 

We want to think long and hard about the full life-cycle of all our products - from raw materials, production methods to where our garments end up... When eventually recycled, our organic cotton garments will not leach chemicals or harmless pesticide resides back into the earth and waterways. We feel passionate about that responsibility as an 'ethical brand' to be transparent in all we do and make - we hope that shines through in the clothes you wear.

Shop our organic cotton range of sweatshirts now

 

Brilliant brands for Mother's Day gifts

Lydia Mansi

This Mother's Day we want to celebrate motherhood in all its guises. Whether its your own mum who you want to pamper, or your bestie who's just become a new mum and needs a little reminder that she's doing a brilliant job - motherhood is a tough gig and definitely deserves celebrating. We've put together a fun edit of independent brands we love. From the genius Lego family portraits by Brainbox Photography, to the delicate, fine jewellery by Kaaren Buchanan. We hope you find something for all the mothers in your life....

P.s. don't forget we've just launched our gift-wrapping service in time for Mother's Day, with a gorgeous range of Meri Meri papers to choose from. 

The details:

Brain Box photography - Personalised family Lego portraits, POA

Dilli Grey - Pink embroidered linen pouffe, £110

Honey Rocks - Peace round midi basket, £26

Kaaren Buchanan Jewellery - triple hammered bangles, £69

Jakke - Tammy Banana faux fur coat - £150

Bloom & Wild - Mother's Day Bouquet, from £30

Projekti Tyyny - Patchwork velvet blanket, £196

Lala & Bea - Mother Earth Sweat, £45

Creightons Chocolate - Mother's Day chocolate gift box, from £5

 

5 reasons: to add a facial oil to your winter skincare

Lydia Mansi

Self-care is the buzz word for 2018; and in the depths of dark, gloomy February – never more has a bit of TLC been needed!

From journaling to managing to get a bath to yourself – minus the avalanche of plastic bath toys – reclaiming a bit of ‘me time’ is anything but selfish. Even sitting down to drink a cup of tea whilst it’s still warm can seem like a guilty pleasure when we are so used to multi-tasking and juggling the roles of mother, partner, a career… The oft quoted ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’ is our mantra here at Lala & Bea HQ. As a team of working mums, we created our skincare range to give busy parents products that were not just organic, paraben- and cruelty-free (essential criteria in our book!), but that actually WORKED, and were gentle enough to use on all the family’s skin. They had to be functional and deliver, but also provide us with that feeling of indulgence at the end of a long day.

It was a tough call, so we worked really closely with Marion Mackonochie from Brighton Apothecary – who has a pharmaceutical AND a herbology degree. She has helped us ensure we are using super powerful natural ingredients, that really deliver.

When it came to formulating our brand-new facial oil this winter, we knew exactly the product we wanted to create. Something that protected our skin against the weather and environment, but that also provided real skincare benefits without the use of harsh chemicals. The ‘Get up & Glow’ moniker came about as we wanted something that would work hard on our skin overnight, even if we didn’t get a full 40 winks!

Here’s a quick 5 reasons why your skin will love our ‘Get up & Glow’ oil:

1/ Its ingredients list. It’s a powerhouse of skin-loving properties. From an exclusive microalgae blend proven to protect the skin from our stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline – hello motherhood!); to the ancient, healing properties of Frankincense to help naturally slow the signs of ageing.
We also included antioxidant-packed Green Tea oil in our blend, which protects the skin from UV damage and free radicals from the environment - essential for city living. Last but not least is the sea buckthorne oil – one of the world’s most nutrient-rich oils, packed with vitamins and minerals to nourish, renew and protect skin. Quite the glow-boosting powerhouse! To preserve these amazing ingredients we’ve used dark-coloured, glass bottles to ensure they stay fresher for longer.

Our labels are waterproof too – just a little touch, but it ensures that even if they get wet or greasy they won’t disintegrate.

2/ Its hydration properties. Just like you wouldn’t wear your pom-pom kaftan in January, you probably need to switch up your winter skincare wardrobe, too. Harsh winds that chap cheeks; red noses courtesy of non-stop cold season and the moisture-zapping effects of central heating… it’s no wonder skin is left dull, flaky and a bit ‘meh’ at this time of year. The good news is that a lot of winter skin woes can often be fixed with a good dose of re-hydration.

Add a couple of drops to your daily moisturising cream will help super-boost its hydration power. The oil helps seal in the moisture from your cream and ensure your skin gets the drink it needs.

3/ Its glow factor. A good facial oil can deliver that ‘glowy skin’ that is severely lacking in the depths of winter and that’s down to its ability to restore moisture. Dull, dry skin cells absorb, rather than reflect light; zapping any chance of that dewy skin you crave. Coupled with a good, gentle exfoliation routine, our facial oil will restore moisture levels and bring back that glow you crave.

4/ It’s a great primer. Often in winter our make-up can highlight, rather than cover-up, imperfections. Foundation sits in wrinkles and dull skin provides an un-even surface for us to work with. Facial oil can help treat dry, flaky or blemish prone skin (our frankincense is great for lessening the appearance of acne scarring), giving you’re a smoother, plumper base to apply your foundation.

5/ It provides protection. Whether you live in a city, or the country – our facial oil provides a much-needed protective layer again pollutants and the environment. Think of it as an ‘extra layer’ in winter – while it’s amazing at locking moisture in, it’s also pretty good at keeping airborne toxins out, such as city smog. Even if you’ve escaped the city stresses, extremes in temperature, wind, sun exposure (yes – even in winter!) can all take their toll, too.

A couple of drops of this skin-boosting powerhouse is all you need to pimp your winter skincare, get yours here.

Best merino skiwear for kids

Lydia Mansi

With half-term looming you may be getting ready to hit the slopes. There is the inevitable inventory of mismatch gloves, outgrown base layers and missing hats. 

If you are looking to pick up a few pieces to keep your little ones warm on the slopes, we cannot recommend 'merino' enough. We talk about the amazing qualities of merino over on our product care page, but for skiing it can't be beaten. Non-bulky, soft, fantastic temperature regulating properties (no overheating!) and the unique ability to retain warmth, even when wet make it the perfect choice when skiing. 

Our 100% merino wool bobble hats make the most of this fantastic, natural yarn - made in the UK with traditional knitting techniques. Here are some other brands we love who make amazing, merino clothes too!

Love Katie & Caroline x