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Making Scence – Tea Break Chat with Founders Krista & Mel

20 February 2020

When a business is family-run, the question of when it all began can be tricky one. This is certainly true when it comes to the story of Scence, created by sisters Krista Taylor and Mel Stiles.

On paper, the company can be traced back to its official inception in 2018, but in reality the inspiration, approach and ideas that led to this point goes back much further. We sat down with Krista and Mel to find out more about their innovative business that’s committed to producing the highest quality, natural vegan skincare.

Scence founders Mel & Krista

How did Scence begin?

Krista Taylor: Growing up, we were always interested in sustainable living, and in the power of essential oils and herbs, but, as is often the way, as we got older we set off on our own career paths. Over time we both became frustrated that we couldn’t find high-quality, natural skincare that wasn’t packaged in single-use containers and applicators, so we began to wonder if there was another way.

Mel Stiles: We decided to train together in anatomy and physiology, aromatherapy and massage so we could really understand more about the other options available. When you start courses like these, inevitably your friends and family start to talk about issues they’re having, so with our new-found knowledge we started creating soothing, healing balms for them, to tackle problems such as eczema and sensitive skin in our kitchen at home.

KT: Before we knew it, it was summer 2018 and five years had gone by. We’d been researching and developing ingredients and products constantly, both for other people and for ourselves, such as our aluminium-free deodorants. We decided it was time to get out there and share everything we had learned and created, and Scence was born!

Where it all began – at the kitchen table

What does your average day look like?

MS: As is always the case when you run a business, some days can be hugely varied, but my role is predominantly focused on the creation of new formulations and our laboratory production, while Krista handles all our ‘front of house’ stuff.

KT: Yes I would agree with Mel, some days I barely sit still, but usually you’ll find me developing finishing techniques, handling customer queries and running packaging and product design. My background is in art and design, so I worked with a UK firm for 4 years in order to create our individual, compostable and recyclable skincare packaging, which we’re very proud of!

MS: And we’re both kept busy with our new eco-friendly lab, which we relocated to last year when we outgrew our original premises… we’ve even got solar panels on the roof to generate our own power.

KT: Yes the Lab in Falmouth has been great – so much extra space to play with! We’re in the process of installing a mezzanine so we can really ramp up production as demand grows. It’s such a treat to be able to create handmade products right here in Cornwall, especially when you can have a lunchtime stroll on the beach.

Blue skies over Falmouth

Where did you get the inspiration for the name ‘Scence’?

KT: It’s always been a core part of our work that everything we create has a firm basis in scientific research, where extensive studies have been carried out into the effectiveness and safety of every single ingredient. This led us to play around with the word ‘science’, which became ‘scence’, and we loved the fact that our products really do make sense.

MS: When it came to our logo and branding, we used the inverted star where the dot of the ‘i’ would have been to symbolise the power of nature and the natural ingredients that work so brilliantly; we really don’t need to use synthetic replacements when nature’s got it covered!

What is your favourite thing about the business and your customers?

MS: I love the fact that as a company, we’re committed to always being 100% ethical in everything we do, and we really do care deeply about the quality and effectiveness of our products and ingredients – from the production all the way to people using them at home, every step has to work for everyone involved.

KT: I agree, plus the fact that we’re pioneering a new approach to skincare, both in terms of the carefully-sourced ingredients and the UK-based packaging – we’ve all got a part to play in reducing single-use plastics and we’re incredibly proud to be one of the companies leading the charge with plastic-free packaging in the cosmetics industry.

MS: Our customers are just great – so many of them have very similar mindsets to us; caring deeply about the planet and the products they use, It’s brilliant to hear about their own experiences with our products, and the positive reactions when they’ve given them to friends and family.

KT: Yes it’s certainly reassuring to know that there are lots of other change-makers out there, doing their bit, and it’s lovely to be able to help people make the small switches that hopefully will help to create the global positive changes we need.

We have the loveliest customers!

Looking to the future, what’s on the cards for Scence?

MS: The new Lab has given us the chance to grow our operations and team, so it’s really exciting to see projects we’ve talked about for a while are starting to come to life.

KT: Yes we can’t give too much away, but we’ve got big plans to expand the current product range, and there’s a new website coming very soon. We’re also having conversations with suppliers who are keen to get the Scence range in shops around the world – we can’t wait!

As Krista and Mel head back to the Lab to continue working on their top-secret new Scence products, why not get yourself onto the Scence mailing list, so you’ll be the first to find out about them?


Do vegan deodorants work?

28 January 2020

If you’ve decided to start 2020 by doing Veganuary, no doubt you’ve taken the time to research the food side of what it means to be vegan, but what about other products we buy?

Many people are unaware that something as simple as the deodorants and antiperspirants we all use on a daily basis often aren’t vegan. If you’re keen to remove animal products from your morning routine, as well as your diet, read on to find out if vegan deodorants actually work…

Don’t sweat the small stuff

For starters, it’s important to understand the difference between deodorants, which are designed to tackle odour, and antiperspirants, which contain chemicals to stop sweating itself.

The human body is supposed to sweat. It’s how we regulate our temperature and eliminate certain substances, so many people feel it is unnatural to use chemicals to stop this important bodily function. And sweat itself is completely odourless, the smell we associate with perspiration arises when sweat mixes with bacteria or hormone secretions on the skin.

Deodorants both reduce bacterial growth, and help to eliminate any unpleasant odours.

 

 

 

Where we began

When we initially launched our natural, vegan deodorants, we used a soda-based formulation. As more and more people began switching to natural deodorants we discovered that that small but growing number of individuals were unable to tolerate soda on their skin.

We’re passionate about creating beautiful skincare that everyone can use happily, so have dedicated considerable time and research to create a new formula that is just as effective (working hard all day) and as cost-effective (lasting 2-3 months). The great news is, we’ve cracked it – marvellous magnesium ticks all these boxes, as well as being beneficial and gentle to the skin.

 

 

A closer look at our vegan deodorant ingredients

The magnesium we now use in our natural, vegan deodorants has lots of clever qualities that benefit the body. As a deodorant it slightly raises the pH level of the skin’s surface, which inhibits the bacterial growth that causes odour.

Magnesium also has natural de-stressing and detoxifying qualities, in fact many people are familiar with it in another form; Epsom Salts, a great addition to the bath if you’re feeling tired and aching.

When it comes to reducing wetness, we’ve popped in organic arrowroot, which naturally absorbs moisture (as well as helping to reduce odour). Each of our deodorants also contains soothing and softening coconut oil and mango butter, which means all our beautiful ingredients will easily be absorbed by the skin.

 

What you won’t find in our products

While we’re big fans of magnesium, we never include another commonly-used ingredient in our deodorants; aluminium.

Aluminium is used in antiperspirants to actually block the sweat-producing pores under our arms, so although it will prevent wetness, it does mean a natural function of the body is being stopped.

There have been several studies undertaken to assess whether aluminium absorption into the bloodstream can cause cancer and Alzheimers, but so far these studies have proven inconclusive. We believe that regardless of the results, tests are carried out simply because aluminium is a questionable ingredient.

We know there are other safe alternatives out there, which is why you’ll never find aluminium in any Scence product. The same can be said for lots of other nasties – parabens, palm oil and plastics, so you can not only look after your skin, but also help to take care of our environment.

 

Good to know

If you’re on the lookout for vegan deodorants, or other skincare products, check the label for glycerin and stearic acid.

Although it is possible to source plant-based versions of these substances, often they come from animal sources, so unless the product is specifically described as vegan, you may want to steer clear.

 

What this all means

So the moment of truth – do natural, vegan deodorants actually work? Well we can’t speak for all of the options out there, but when it comes to our deodorants, our research, tests and the very ingredients we’re using all add up to a big yes!

When you’re combining the natural effects of magnesium with our other plant-based ingredients, you’ll benefit from gentle, effective deodorising, while ensuring the body can function healthily.

If you’re looking for more information on our vegan, plastic-free deodorants and skincare, for Veganuary and beyond, why not sign up for our newsletter to get hints, tips and Scence news straight to your inbox?

10 Top Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

8 January 2020

Winter’s a wonderful time of year. From bundling up for a windswept walk, to cosy pub lunches beside a roaring fire, it’s a chance to rest, reflect and renew. When it comes to our skin however, winter can be a real challenge.

Low humidity combined with the cold UK winter weather means the air is much drier, which constantly draws moisture from the skin. Even staying indoors doesn’t help, as central heating and hot showers or baths can also cause the skin to dry out, crack and peel.

But help is at hand! We’ve pulled together some of our top tips for winter skincare, so you can soar into 2020 feeling fresh, comfortable and full of confidence.

 

1) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

One of the best ways to protect your skin against the drop in external moisture levels is to ensure you’re topped up from the inside, which means drinking plenty of water every day. If the thought of having a glass of something cold puts you off over winter, hot water with a slice of lemon, or detoxifying herb teas are great alternatives to coffee or hot chocolate.

We love ginger or liquorice teas for a digestive system boost, and dandelion & burdock tea that supports healthy liver & kidney function.

 

 

2) Stock your kitchen

As well as drinking water, there are lots of foods that have a high water content which can help you stay hydrated. Be sure to include fresh fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, melon, apples, oranges and kiwis in your diet. You’ll also get the added benefit of supporting elastin & collagen production, so skin says smooth and supple, as many of these foods contain skin-boosting zinc and vitamin C.

Foods such as avocado and oil-rich nuts (think brazil nuts and pistachios) can also be very beneficial for the skin, as they’re packed with essential fatty acids, vitamin E, potassium and lecithin which support moisture retention and cell renewal.

 

3) Whip up a DIY facemask

Why not pop the ingredients for a DIY facemask in your shopping basket? We like to mash together 1 tablespoon of skin-soothing, gently exfoliating oats with half a ripe avocado to make a calming, deeply moisturising vegan facemask.

Apply all over your face (being careful to avoid the delicate eye area) and wash off with warm water after 10-15 minutes for a wonderful winter skin treat.

 

4) Don’t forget your lips

We’ve all been there – the combination of cold, dry UK weather can often mean chapped, flaky, windburned lips. Our natural, vegan and cruelty-free lip balms are packed full of nourishing ingredients, such as soothing jojoba and nourishing vitamin E oil, to protect, heal and moisturise your lips.

 

 

5) Choose the right cleanser

Using the same cleanser all round? You might want to think about choosing a richer, more hydrating cleanser to see you through the winter months. Oil-based products are gentle and soothing on dry winter skin, while being equally effective at removing make-up and daily grime.

One option could be to use our healing and replenishing Face Balms, which also double as a skin cleanser. Choose from delicate Shining Rose, fresh Cedar Thistle or Jojoba Natural -melt a little on the fingers then apply to the face and neck and remove with a warm, damp cloth.

 

6) Step away from the hot tap

A relaxing hot bath or shower can feel wonderful in the winter, but hot water also strips the skin of its natural oils, which can lead to drying and cracking. Be sure to pop a good moisturiser all over when you hop out, and where possible, turn the water temperature down so it’s just warm, especially when you’re washing your hands and face.

 

 

7) Buff off the old

Our skin is amazing, it’s constantly regenerating and renewing, but that means that dead skin cells also build up. Many of us exfoliate our skin in summer, when it is often more on show, but did you know winter exfoliation is just as important? Removal of the old skin cells means that hydrating toners and moisturisers can properly penetrate the skin.

Choose a gentle scrub or exfoliating mask (our DIY mask above will work wonderfully) and carefully use on the face, hands and lips. Be sure to moisturise straight afterwards for beautifully soft, supple skin. Which leads us on to…

 

8) Moisturiser magic

Just as you should consider switching up your winter cleanser, a hydrating moisturiser is an essential part of your winter skincare routine. We’ve carefully crafted our range of face moisturising balms, hand balms and body moisturisers to soothe and hydrate you from top to toe, without leaving an oily residue.

You’ll find beautiful natural butters and oils in all our vegan, sustainable moisturisers. We’ve chosen ingredients that will melt into the skin, leaving your face, neck, hands and body feeling soothed and enriched. We also use 100% paper packaging so you can compost or recycle as you go.

 

 

9) Crack cold sores

Susceptible to cold sores? This time of the year, the dry air combined with the cold, windy conditions can mean you regularly feel the ‘tingle’ of an oncoming cold sore. A balanced diet will help keep your immune system in tip top shape, especially foods rich in vitamin C and the amino acid lysine (think tofu, tempah and legumes such as chickpeas, lentils and beans). Cut out smoking, alcohol and late nights and you’ll say cheerio to the cold sore in no time.

 

10) SPF in Winter? Absolutely! 

Not just for summer! UVB rays are weaker in winter in the UK, which is why we don’t burn, but harmful UVA is always beaming down on us, penetrating the deeper skin layers and causing damage to skin cells. Don’t forget to pop some sun cream on when you’re out and about – a minimum of SPF 15 is recommended.

 

Want to find out how our vegan, cruelty-free skincare range can help you enjoy healthy-looking, supple skin this winter? Make 2020 your year – take a look at our full product range or sign up for our newsletter to get our news, information, updates and offers straight to your inbox.

They’re back! Gorgeous gift boxes galore!

6 December 2019

Are you wrapped and ready? Don’t worry if not… there’s still time to bag some of our gorgeous gift boxes!

From £16 to £50 and lots of choices to suit your loved ones.

Just click on the link below to check out the range and make giving easy with a special Scence gift!

https://www.scence.co.uk/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=96

A Winning Team!

3 October 2019

 

The Janey Loves Platinum Awards 2019 Winner!!!

A few weeks ago we got some great news we want to share with you. We are WINNERS! Thank you to everyone that supported us and took the time to vote for us. It’s so rewarding to feel that all the hard work over this last year is recognised and this keeps our busy team motivated and feeling appreciated! So we are shouting a big thank you to all our lovely customers and retailers for your part in this amazing award and thank you for your continued support – together we make a winning team!

It’s been a while…

28 July 2019

It’s been a busy couple of months with so much happening and lots of news… where do I start!?

OK, first we have moved to our new eco unit in Falmouth so we have had to say goodbye to our lovely waterside lab on the Penryn River as we needed more space to do what we do. But now we have an amazing place – a brand new eco-friendly unit with solar panels so we are generating our own power and we are loving it!

Next… we are delighted to have been invited to exhibit at two festivals next month. The first is next weekend (2-4 August) at Valley Fest where we have been given a space on the Village Green – so come along and see us in our aromatic little gazebo for some festival goodies – you have to admit that a good deodorant doesn’t go amiss at a festival! Thank you Jarvis at MyGreenPod for including us and for your continued support!

We have also been invited to River Cottage Festival later in the month (24-25 August) and are really looking forward to meeting the lovely team that have encouraged and welcomed us and our Scence products.

We will be posting lots of pics on our social media to share the fun… meanwhile, here are some of the bee friendly additions we are getting ready to take with us… Lets hope the sun continues to shine!

Krista & the Scence Team

Bee friendly at the festival!

The Janey Loves

29 May 2019

My Greenpod Hero

22 May 2019

Check out our hero product on MyGreenPod and read the article here…

Beauty Bible

17 May 2019

Thank you Beauty Bible for loving us this week! Check us out on Beauty Bibles Fab Find of the Week

Nature’s Perfect Packaging

14 May 2019

We love what we do and our formulations are designed to deliver nourishing and soothing balms that melt on contact with the skin. An important factor in that delivery is packaging. It has to protect and preserve. It has to be beautiful and functional – and for us it has to be eco-friendly and go back to the earth. It has been a long journey to marry the skincare and the packaging we envisioned but our endeavours are so minor compared to what nature can offer. There are so many beauties I could mention – from walnuts to eggs but this is my favourite piece of nature’s perfect packaging.
The tangerine.
The colour is gorgeous, eye-catching, bright, warm and inviting. The texture is glossy, dimpled, tactile, palm-sized and just feels good in the hand. The smell is a zesty tantalising promise of what lies inside and prepares the consumer for the treat within. Peeling a tangerine is a satisfying reveal and is a perfectly yielding break and peel to access the fruit. A perfect sized serving packed with goodness from our intelligent mother earth. I’d love to hear about your favourites so get in touch and share!

Photo: Adam Smigielski.

University Challenge!

20 April 2019

Falmouth University has supported us from the start and in turn we have had the opportunity to work with some of the resident students and organisations, and in our way, reciprocate the support.

My first experience with the university was 35 years ago (then Falmouth School of Arts) when I was accepted as a student on the BTEC Art & Design course in Woodlane. Fifteen years later I was running my own chartered design business and working with the university marketing team during the transitions from College to University.

And the connection continues as the University campus shops now stock our Scence products and we enjoy continued support from our student customers.

We in turn, have been invited to get involved and support some important and future-conscious projects initiated by the caring and conscientious people that will go forward and shape our world.

Here are some of them…

Save Our Suds is a project which highlights the need and potential to swap plastic packaged bathroom products for more eco-friendly and sustainable products. Initiated by student scientists on the Geography and Environmental Science course.
https://www.instagram.com/saveoursuds/

MarineWatch, a student-led marine interest and conservation society for Falmouth and Exeter university students at the joint campus in Penryn. Fundraising for the conservation charity MARINElife, a UK based research, education and conservation charity conducting year round scientific surveys of whales, dolphins and seabirds.
#marinelife #fxumarinewatch

The Beach Clean Project  a student led volunteering project running through the University of Exeter. Based at the Penryn campus, the project aims to help clean Cornwall’s beaches and also encourage students and locals to live more consciously and sustainably.
#thebeachcleanproject

Alfie Challis Film Student – Alfie is a talented and passionate film maker who is helping us create amazing films to bring more information about making Scence to the world. Here he is filming in the lab with Issy Stephens.

What goes around comes around and we are right there with you in your positive endeavours to make a meaningful difference in shaping the future. Keep up the good work!

Alfie Challis and Issy Stephens – film makers

An Amazing Weekend!

11 April 2019

I am just coming back down to earth after an AMAZING weekend at the Natural and Organic Products Europe show in London. It was so great to get out of the lab and meet the real people out there that flocked to our tiny stand and shared in our enthusiasm for our products and our ethos. It has been such an affirming and inspiring experience and this is just a quick post to say thank you for visiting us and thank you for your positivity and support. You guys rock!

Great to get out of the lab!

Natural and Organic Products Europe

1 April 2019

We’ve got a busy schedule ahead this week preparing for the Natural & Organic Products Europe show at Excel in London on the 7th and 8th April. If you’re in the trade and in the area come and see us on Stand B12. You can still book your free trade ticket online.Quote NPEG40. We will be on Stand B12 in the Beauty section.

 

Be The Change Awards 2019

11 March 2019

We have some wonderful news!
I am delighted and so excited to have been nominated as a finalist in the Be The Change Awards 2019.

The Be The Change Awards are an up and coming new initiative for the social impact sector, recognising ethical & sustainable brands with a powerful impact story to tell.

It brings together ethical & sustainable brands across 12 sectors from fashion to business services working towards the Sustainable Development Goals and creating a better world.

Our entry video was made and entered by my son, Asa, and we had just 3 days to compose it before the deadline so it was such a lovely surprise when we found we had been shortlisted.

Maybe you can help!
Finalists will be put through to the People’s Choice Awards so you can get involved in getting Scence to the Awards by voting for us – just click ‘like’ on our video on the youtube link https://youtu.be/bx9oWBRoXfk and if you could share it around that would be wonderful!

Krista Taylor

Our Development

18 January 2019

It’s been 6 months now since we launched Scence Natural Skincare and what a journey! It started almost 4 years ago when I was looking for a change of career direction away from graphic design and fine art, so I re-trained in anatomy and physiology as part of a complementary therapies course. Working closely with clients providing massage therapies I needed to find a deodorant that would actually work and keep me fresh all day but that didn’t contain nasties like aluminium (more about this later). There didn’t seem to be anything out there that actually worked so I started experimenting with recipes from online natural skincare sites and forums – and so it began. My interest grew and many of my friends and family loved the products I was developing and encouraged me further. I was experimenting with making emulsion moisturisers, oil-free lotions, eye serums, bi-phase cleansers… but the deodorants were most in demand – plus I realised I needed to specialise. I decided to make balms. I love natural butters and oils for their super-moisturising properties so I felt I wanted to focus on these anhydrous formulas.

Alongside the experimenting I undertook courses in aromatherapy, herbal medicine and natural skincare – I love learning and will always be a student.

So things were gently moving forward but as a designer and being someone who has recycled packaging for years I was feeling frustrated about the single use plastic packaging that seemed to be everywhere on the natural skincare shelves. I started to employ my design experience and began working on paper based packaging designs and talking to packaging companies. This brings its own interesting challenges – oil vs paper and how to prevent leaching as balms inevitably melt in higher temperatures. I wanted the formulas to be stable enough to sit in the packaging at 40 degrees without leaching through. Oven testing, adjusting formulas, waiting. It all takes time and patience.

Next, I needed a laboratory to work from, I needed space to make the balms, an office and a packing/store room and this looked like it was going to be a tough one to find. After months of looking the opportunity of a 3 room suite in Waterside House came along. Available within the month and bang on budget – it is perfect. Right on the river and housing a lovely community of small businesses. We love it here.

Finding and fitting out the laboratory and offices happened in May, as well as ongoing designing and developing the packaging and formulas, ordering bulk ingredients and making the balms for stock. It has been a lot of hard work that is now paying off with behind the scenes support from Stig, the web and tech guy, and my new lab assistant and wingman, George.

Our first orders were delivered in July and have been really well received here in West Cornwall. We are gently moving forward and have several high street retail outlets (see Finding Scence) and growing interest from online retail outlets throughout the UK. We really appreciate their support and encouragement and look forward to an exciting 2019 and our journey together.

The various stages of development! Note the nasty plastic and the transition to cardboard.

 

 

We Are Making Scence

24 July 2018

Scence is a brand new skincare range handcrafted in Falmouth, Cornwall.

We create amazing skincare products, but we also make sure we aren’t adding to
the single-use plastic problem in our world.

Of course our ingredients are always natural, nourishing and mainly organic, but we have been working hard for the past three years to develop and perfect not just our formulas, but also fully compostable paper packaging.

We are currently working with retailers to bring this product to your high street
and you can now pre-order from our online shop here – as we are launching our delivery time is currently around 2-3 weeks.

Retail enquiries – We invite you to be part of our exciting launch and you can now contact us for orders and wholesale information by emailing us at care@scence.co.uk or call us on 07432 873535.

We look forward to hearing from you!

News

Making Scence – Tea Break Chat with Founders Krista & Mel

20 February 2020

When a business is family-run, the question of when it all began can be tricky one. This is certainly true when it comes to the story of Scence, created by sisters Krista Taylor and Mel Stiles.

On paper, the company can be traced back to its official inception in 2018, but in reality the inspiration, approach and ideas that led to this point goes back much further. We sat down with Krista and Mel to find out more about their innovative business that’s committed to producing the highest quality, natural vegan skincare.

Scence founders Mel & Krista

How did Scence begin?

Krista Taylor: Growing up, we were always interested in sustainable living, and in the power of essential oils and herbs, but, as is often the way, as we got older we set off on our own career paths. Over time we both became frustrated that we couldn’t find high-quality, natural skincare that wasn’t packaged in single-use containers and applicators, so we began to wonder if there was another way.

Mel Stiles: We decided to train together in anatomy and physiology, aromatherapy and massage so we could really understand more about the other options available. When you start courses like these, inevitably your friends and family start to talk about issues they’re having, so with our new-found knowledge we started creating soothing, healing balms for them, to tackle problems such as eczema and sensitive skin in our kitchen at home.

KT: Before we knew it, it was summer 2018 and five years had gone by. We’d been researching and developing ingredients and products constantly, both for other people and for ourselves, such as our aluminium-free deodorants. We decided it was time to get out there and share everything we had learned and created, and Scence was born!

Where it all began – at the kitchen table

What does your average day look like?

MS: As is always the case when you run a business, some days can be hugely varied, but my role is predominantly focused on the creation of new formulations and our laboratory production, while Krista handles all our ‘front of house’ stuff.

KT: Yes I would agree with Mel, some days I barely sit still, but usually you’ll find me developing finishing techniques, handling customer queries and running packaging and product design. My background is in art and design, so I worked with a UK firm for 4 years in order to create our individual, compostable and recyclable skincare packaging, which we’re very proud of!

MS: And we’re both kept busy with our new eco-friendly lab, which we relocated to last year when we outgrew our original premises… we’ve even got solar panels on the roof to generate our own power.

KT: Yes the Lab in Falmouth has been great – so much extra space to play with! We’re in the process of installing a mezzanine so we can really ramp up production as demand grows. It’s such a treat to be able to create handmade products right here in Cornwall, especially when you can have a lunchtime stroll on the beach.

Blue skies over Falmouth

Where did you get the inspiration for the name ‘Scence’?

KT: It’s always been a core part of our work that everything we create has a firm basis in scientific research, where extensive studies have been carried out into the effectiveness and safety of every single ingredient. This led us to play around with the word ‘science’, which became ‘scence’, and we loved the fact that our products really do make sense.

MS: When it came to our logo and branding, we used the inverted star where the dot of the ‘i’ would have been to symbolise the power of nature and the natural ingredients that work so brilliantly; we really don’t need to use synthetic replacements when nature’s got it covered!

What is your favourite thing about the business and your customers?

MS: I love the fact that as a company, we’re committed to always being 100% ethical in everything we do, and we really do care deeply about the quality and effectiveness of our products and ingredients – from the production all the way to people using them at home, every step has to work for everyone involved.

KT: I agree, plus the fact that we’re pioneering a new approach to skincare, both in terms of the carefully-sourced ingredients and the UK-based packaging – we’ve all got a part to play in reducing single-use plastics and we’re incredibly proud to be one of the companies leading the charge with plastic-free packaging in the cosmetics industry.

MS: Our customers are just great – so many of them have very similar mindsets to us; caring deeply about the planet and the products they use, It’s brilliant to hear about their own experiences with our products, and the positive reactions when they’ve given them to friends and family.

KT: Yes it’s certainly reassuring to know that there are lots of other change-makers out there, doing their bit, and it’s lovely to be able to help people make the small switches that hopefully will help to create the global positive changes we need.

We have the loveliest customers!

Looking to the future, what’s on the cards for Scence?

MS: The new Lab has given us the chance to grow our operations and team, so it’s really exciting to see projects we’ve talked about for a while are starting to come to life.

KT: Yes we can’t give too much away, but we’ve got big plans to expand the current product range, and there’s a new website coming very soon. We’re also having conversations with suppliers who are keen to get the Scence range in shops around the world – we can’t wait!

As Krista and Mel head back to the Lab to continue working on their top-secret new Scence products, why not get yourself onto the Scence mailing list, so you’ll be the first to find out about them?


Do vegan deodorants work?

28 January 2020

If you’ve decided to start 2020 by doing Veganuary, no doubt you’ve taken the time to research the food side of what it means to be vegan, but what about other products we buy?

Many people are unaware that something as simple as the deodorants and antiperspirants we all use on a daily basis often aren’t vegan. If you’re keen to remove animal products from your morning routine, as well as your diet, read on to find out if vegan deodorants actually work…

Don’t sweat the small stuff

For starters, it’s important to understand the difference between deodorants, which are designed to tackle odour, and antiperspirants, which contain chemicals to stop sweating itself.

The human body is supposed to sweat. It’s how we regulate our temperature and eliminate certain substances, so many people feel it is unnatural to use chemicals to stop this important bodily function. And sweat itself is completely odourless, the smell we associate with perspiration arises when sweat mixes with bacteria or hormone secretions on the skin.

Deodorants both reduce bacterial growth, and help to eliminate any unpleasant odours.

 

 

 

Where we began

When we initially launched our natural, vegan deodorants, we used a soda-based formulation. As more and more people began switching to natural deodorants we discovered that that small but growing number of individuals were unable to tolerate soda on their skin.

We’re passionate about creating beautiful skincare that everyone can use happily, so have dedicated considerable time and research to create a new formula that is just as effective (working hard all day) and as cost-effective (lasting 2-3 months). The great news is, we’ve cracked it – marvellous magnesium ticks all these boxes, as well as being beneficial and gentle to the skin.

 

 

A closer look at our vegan deodorant ingredients

The magnesium we now use in our natural, vegan deodorants has lots of clever qualities that benefit the body. As a deodorant it slightly raises the pH level of the skin’s surface, which inhibits the bacterial growth that causes odour.

Magnesium also has natural de-stressing and detoxifying qualities, in fact many people are familiar with it in another form; Epsom Salts, a great addition to the bath if you’re feeling tired and aching.

When it comes to reducing wetness, we’ve popped in organic arrowroot, which naturally absorbs moisture (as well as helping to reduce odour). Each of our deodorants also contains soothing and softening coconut oil and mango butter, which means all our beautiful ingredients will easily be absorbed by the skin.

 

What you won’t find in our products

While we’re big fans of magnesium, we never include another commonly-used ingredient in our deodorants; aluminium.

Aluminium is used in antiperspirants to actually block the sweat-producing pores under our arms, so although it will prevent wetness, it does mean a natural function of the body is being stopped.

There have been several studies undertaken to assess whether aluminium absorption into the bloodstream can cause cancer and Alzheimers, but so far these studies have proven inconclusive. We believe that regardless of the results, tests are carried out simply because aluminium is a questionable ingredient.

We know there are other safe alternatives out there, which is why you’ll never find aluminium in any Scence product. The same can be said for lots of other nasties – parabens, palm oil and plastics, so you can not only look after your skin, but also help to take care of our environment.

 

Good to know

If you’re on the lookout for vegan deodorants, or other skincare products, check the label for glycerin and stearic acid.

Although it is possible to source plant-based versions of these substances, often they come from animal sources, so unless the product is specifically described as vegan, you may want to steer clear.

 

What this all means

So the moment of truth – do natural, vegan deodorants actually work? Well we can’t speak for all of the options out there, but when it comes to our deodorants, our research, tests and the very ingredients we’re using all add up to a big yes!

When you’re combining the natural effects of magnesium with our other plant-based ingredients, you’ll benefit from gentle, effective deodorising, while ensuring the body can function healthily.

If you’re looking for more information on our vegan, plastic-free deodorants and skincare, for Veganuary and beyond, why not sign up for our newsletter to get hints, tips and Scence news straight to your inbox?

10 Top Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

8 January 2020

Winter’s a wonderful time of year. From bundling up for a windswept walk, to cosy pub lunches beside a roaring fire, it’s a chance to rest, reflect and renew. When it comes to our skin however, winter can be a real challenge.

Low humidity combined with the cold UK winter weather means the air is much drier, which constantly draws moisture from the skin. Even staying indoors doesn’t help, as central heating and hot showers or baths can also cause the skin to dry out, crack and peel.

But help is at hand! We’ve pulled together some of our top tips for winter skincare, so you can soar into 2020 feeling fresh, comfortable and full of confidence.

 

1) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

One of the best ways to protect your skin against the drop in external moisture levels is to ensure you’re topped up from the inside, which means drinking plenty of water every day. If the thought of having a glass of something cold puts you off over winter, hot water with a slice of lemon, or detoxifying herb teas are great alternatives to coffee or hot chocolate.

We love ginger or liquorice teas for a digestive system boost, and dandelion & burdock tea that supports healthy liver & kidney function.

 

 

2) Stock your kitchen

As well as drinking water, there are lots of foods that have a high water content which can help you stay hydrated. Be sure to include fresh fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, melon, apples, oranges and kiwis in your diet. You’ll also get the added benefit of supporting elastin & collagen production, so skin says smooth and supple, as many of these foods contain skin-boosting zinc and vitamin C.

Foods such as avocado and oil-rich nuts (think brazil nuts and pistachios) can also be very beneficial for the skin, as they’re packed with essential fatty acids, vitamin E, potassium and lecithin which support moisture retention and cell renewal.

 

3) Whip up a DIY facemask

Why not pop the ingredients for a DIY facemask in your shopping basket? We like to mash together 1 tablespoon of skin-soothing, gently exfoliating oats with half a ripe avocado to make a calming, deeply moisturising vegan facemask.

Apply all over your face (being careful to avoid the delicate eye area) and wash off with warm water after 10-15 minutes for a wonderful winter skin treat.

 

4) Don’t forget your lips

We’ve all been there – the combination of cold, dry UK weather can often mean chapped, flaky, windburned lips. Our natural, vegan and cruelty-free lip balms are packed full of nourishing ingredients, such as soothing jojoba and nourishing vitamin E oil, to protect, heal and moisturise your lips.

 

 

5) Choose the right cleanser

Using the same cleanser all round? You might want to think about choosing a richer, more hydrating cleanser to see you through the winter months. Oil-based products are gentle and soothing on dry winter skin, while being equally effective at removing make-up and daily grime.

One option could be to use our healing and replenishing Face Balms, which also double as a skin cleanser. Choose from delicate Shining Rose, fresh Cedar Thistle or Jojoba Natural -melt a little on the fingers then apply to the face and neck and remove with a warm, damp cloth.

 

6) Step away from the hot tap

A relaxing hot bath or shower can feel wonderful in the winter, but hot water also strips the skin of its natural oils, which can lead to drying and cracking. Be sure to pop a good moisturiser all over when you hop out, and where possible, turn the water temperature down so it’s just warm, especially when you’re washing your hands and face.

 

 

7) Buff off the old

Our skin is amazing, it’s constantly regenerating and renewing, but that means that dead skin cells also build up. Many of us exfoliate our skin in summer, when it is often more on show, but did you know winter exfoliation is just as important? Removal of the old skin cells means that hydrating toners and moisturisers can properly penetrate the skin.

Choose a gentle scrub or exfoliating mask (our DIY mask above will work wonderfully) and carefully use on the face, hands and lips. Be sure to moisturise straight afterwards for beautifully soft, supple skin. Which leads us on to…

 

8) Moisturiser magic

Just as you should consider switching up your winter cleanser, a hydrating moisturiser is an essential part of your winter skincare routine. We’ve carefully crafted our range of face moisturising balms, hand balms and body moisturisers to soothe and hydrate you from top to toe, without leaving an oily residue.

You’ll find beautiful natural butters and oils in all our vegan, sustainable moisturisers. We’ve chosen ingredients that will melt into the skin, leaving your face, neck, hands and body feeling soothed and enriched. We also use 100% paper packaging so you can compost or recycle as you go.

 

 

9) Crack cold sores

Susceptible to cold sores? This time of the year, the dry air combined with the cold, windy conditions can mean you regularly feel the ‘tingle’ of an oncoming cold sore. A balanced diet will help keep your immune system in tip top shape, especially foods rich in vitamin C and the amino acid lysine (think tofu, tempah and legumes such as chickpeas, lentils and beans). Cut out smoking, alcohol and late nights and you’ll say cheerio to the cold sore in no time.

 

10) SPF in Winter? Absolutely! 

Not just for summer! UVB rays are weaker in winter in the UK, which is why we don’t burn, but harmful UVA is always beaming down on us, penetrating the deeper skin layers and causing damage to skin cells. Don’t forget to pop some sun cream on when you’re out and about – a minimum of SPF 15 is recommended.

 

Want to find out how our vegan, cruelty-free skincare range can help you enjoy healthy-looking, supple skin this winter? Make 2020 your year – take a look at our full product range or sign up for our newsletter to get our news, information, updates and offers straight to your inbox.

They’re back! Gorgeous gift boxes galore!

6 December 2019

Are you wrapped and ready? Don’t worry if not… there’s still time to bag some of our gorgeous gift boxes!

From £16 to £50 and lots of choices to suit your loved ones.

Just click on the link below to check out the range and make giving easy with a special Scence gift!

https://www.scence.co.uk/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=96

A Winning Team!

3 October 2019

 

The Janey Loves Platinum Awards 2019 Winner!!!

A few weeks ago we got some great news we want to share with you. We are WINNERS! Thank you to everyone that supported us and took the time to vote for us. It’s so rewarding to feel that all the hard work over this last year is recognised and this keeps our busy team motivated and feeling appreciated! So we are shouting a big thank you to all our lovely customers and retailers for your part in this amazing award and thank you for your continued support – together we make a winning team!

It’s been a while…

28 July 2019

It’s been a busy couple of months with so much happening and lots of news… where do I start!?

OK, first we have moved to our new eco unit in Falmouth so we have had to say goodbye to our lovely waterside lab on the Penryn River as we needed more space to do what we do. But now we have an amazing place – a brand new eco-friendly unit with solar panels so we are generating our own power and we are loving it!

Next… we are delighted to have been invited to exhibit at two festivals next month. The first is next weekend (2-4 August) at Valley Fest where we have been given a space on the Village Green – so come along and see us in our aromatic little gazebo for some festival goodies – you have to admit that a good deodorant doesn’t go amiss at a festival! Thank you Jarvis at MyGreenPod for including us and for your continued support!

We have also been invited to River Cottage Festival later in the month (24-25 August) and are really looking forward to meeting the lovely team that have encouraged and welcomed us and our Scence products.

We will be posting lots of pics on our social media to share the fun… meanwhile, here are some of the bee friendly additions we are getting ready to take with us… Lets hope the sun continues to shine!

Krista & the Scence Team

Bee friendly at the festival!

The Janey Loves

29 May 2019

My Greenpod Hero

22 May 2019

Check out our hero product on MyGreenPod and read the article here…

Beauty Bible

17 May 2019

Thank you Beauty Bible for loving us this week! Check us out on Beauty Bibles Fab Find of the Week

Nature’s Perfect Packaging

14 May 2019

We love what we do and our formulations are designed to deliver nourishing and soothing balms that melt on contact with the skin. An important factor in that delivery is packaging. It has to protect and preserve. It has to be beautiful and functional – and for us it has to be eco-friendly and go back to the earth. It has been a long journey to marry the skincare and the packaging we envisioned but our endeavours are so minor compared to what nature can offer. There are so many beauties I could mention – from walnuts to eggs but this is my favourite piece of nature’s perfect packaging.
The tangerine.
The colour is gorgeous, eye-catching, bright, warm and inviting. The texture is glossy, dimpled, tactile, palm-sized and just feels good in the hand. The smell is a zesty tantalising promise of what lies inside and prepares the consumer for the treat within. Peeling a tangerine is a satisfying reveal and is a perfectly yielding break and peel to access the fruit. A perfect sized serving packed with goodness from our intelligent mother earth. I’d love to hear about your favourites so get in touch and share!

Photo: Adam Smigielski.

University Challenge!

20 April 2019

Falmouth University has supported us from the start and in turn we have had the opportunity to work with some of the resident students and organisations, and in our way, reciprocate the support.

My first experience with the university was 35 years ago (then Falmouth School of Arts) when I was accepted as a student on the BTEC Art & Design course in Woodlane. Fifteen years later I was running my own chartered design business and working with the university marketing team during the transitions from College to University.

And the connection continues as the University campus shops now stock our Scence products and we enjoy continued support from our student customers.

We in turn, have been invited to get involved and support some important and future-conscious projects initiated by the caring and conscientious people that will go forward and shape our world.

Here are some of them…

Save Our Suds is a project which highlights the need and potential to swap plastic packaged bathroom products for more eco-friendly and sustainable products. Initiated by student scientists on the Geography and Environmental Science course.
https://www.instagram.com/saveoursuds/

MarineWatch, a student-led marine interest and conservation society for Falmouth and Exeter university students at the joint campus in Penryn. Fundraising for the conservation charity MARINElife, a UK based research, education and conservation charity conducting year round scientific surveys of whales, dolphins and seabirds.
#marinelife #fxumarinewatch

The Beach Clean Project  a student led volunteering project running through the University of Exeter. Based at the Penryn campus, the project aims to help clean Cornwall’s beaches and also encourage students and locals to live more consciously and sustainably.
#thebeachcleanproject

Alfie Challis Film Student – Alfie is a talented and passionate film maker who is helping us create amazing films to bring more information about making Scence to the world. Here he is filming in the lab with Issy Stephens.

What goes around comes around and we are right there with you in your positive endeavours to make a meaningful difference in shaping the future. Keep up the good work!

Alfie Challis and Issy Stephens – film makers

An Amazing Weekend!

11 April 2019

I am just coming back down to earth after an AMAZING weekend at the Natural and Organic Products Europe show in London. It was so great to get out of the lab and meet the real people out there that flocked to our tiny stand and shared in our enthusiasm for our products and our ethos. It has been such an affirming and inspiring experience and this is just a quick post to say thank you for visiting us and thank you for your positivity and support. You guys rock!

Great to get out of the lab!

Natural and Organic Products Europe

1 April 2019

We’ve got a busy schedule ahead this week preparing for the Natural & Organic Products Europe show at Excel in London on the 7th and 8th April. If you’re in the trade and in the area come and see us on Stand B12. You can still book your free trade ticket online.Quote NPEG40. We will be on Stand B12 in the Beauty section.

 

Be The Change Awards 2019

11 March 2019

We have some wonderful news!
I am delighted and so excited to have been nominated as a finalist in the Be The Change Awards 2019.

The Be The Change Awards are an up and coming new initiative for the social impact sector, recognising ethical & sustainable brands with a powerful impact story to tell.

It brings together ethical & sustainable brands across 12 sectors from fashion to business services working towards the Sustainable Development Goals and creating a better world.

Our entry video was made and entered by my son, Asa, and we had just 3 days to compose it before the deadline so it was such a lovely surprise when we found we had been shortlisted.

Maybe you can help!
Finalists will be put through to the People’s Choice Awards so you can get involved in getting Scence to the Awards by voting for us – just click ‘like’ on our video on the youtube link https://youtu.be/bx9oWBRoXfk and if you could share it around that would be wonderful!

Krista Taylor

Our Development

18 January 2019

It’s been 6 months now since we launched Scence Natural Skincare and what a journey! It started almost 4 years ago when I was looking for a change of career direction away from graphic design and fine art, so I re-trained in anatomy and physiology as part of a complementary therapies course. Working closely with clients providing massage therapies I needed to find a deodorant that would actually work and keep me fresh all day but that didn’t contain nasties like aluminium (more about this later). There didn’t seem to be anything out there that actually worked so I started experimenting with recipes from online natural skincare sites and forums – and so it began. My interest grew and many of my friends and family loved the products I was developing and encouraged me further. I was experimenting with making emulsion moisturisers, oil-free lotions, eye serums, bi-phase cleansers… but the deodorants were most in demand – plus I realised I needed to specialise. I decided to make balms. I love natural butters and oils for their super-moisturising properties so I felt I wanted to focus on these anhydrous formulas.

Alongside the experimenting I undertook courses in aromatherapy, herbal medicine and natural skincare – I love learning and will always be a student.

So things were gently moving forward but as a designer and being someone who has recycled packaging for years I was feeling frustrated about the single use plastic packaging that seemed to be everywhere on the natural skincare shelves. I started to employ my design experience and began working on paper based packaging designs and talking to packaging companies. This brings its own interesting challenges – oil vs paper and how to prevent leaching as balms inevitably melt in higher temperatures. I wanted the formulas to be stable enough to sit in the packaging at 40 degrees without leaching through. Oven testing, adjusting formulas, waiting. It all takes time and patience.

Next, I needed a laboratory to work from, I needed space to make the balms, an office and a packing/store room and this looked like it was going to be a tough one to find. After months of looking the opportunity of a 3 room suite in Waterside House came along. Available within the month and bang on budget – it is perfect. Right on the river and housing a lovely community of small businesses. We love it here.

Finding and fitting out the laboratory and offices happened in May, as well as ongoing designing and developing the packaging and formulas, ordering bulk ingredients and making the balms for stock. It has been a lot of hard work that is now paying off with behind the scenes support from Stig, the web and tech guy, and my new lab assistant and wingman, George.

Our first orders were delivered in July and have been really well received here in West Cornwall. We are gently moving forward and have several high street retail outlets (see Finding Scence) and growing interest from online retail outlets throughout the UK. We really appreciate their support and encouragement and look forward to an exciting 2019 and our journey together.

The various stages of development! Note the nasty plastic and the transition to cardboard.

 

 

We Are Making Scence

24 July 2018

Scence is a brand new skincare range handcrafted in Falmouth, Cornwall.

We create amazing skincare products, but we also make sure we aren’t adding to
the single-use plastic problem in our world.

Of course our ingredients are always natural, nourishing and mainly organic, but we have been working hard for the past three years to develop and perfect not just our formulas, but also fully compostable paper packaging.

We are currently working with retailers to bring this product to your high street
and you can now pre-order from our online shop here – as we are launching our delivery time is currently around 2-3 weeks.

Retail enquiries – We invite you to be part of our exciting launch and you can now contact us for orders and wholesale information by emailing us at care@scence.co.uk or call us on 07432 873535.

We look forward to hearing from you!

News

Making Scence – Tea Break Chat with Founders Krista & Mel

20 February 2020

When a business is family-run, the question of when it all began can be tricky one. This is certainly true when it comes to the story of Scence, created by sisters Krista Taylor and Mel Stiles.

On paper, the company can be traced back to its official inception in 2018, but in reality the inspiration, approach and ideas that led to this point goes back much further. We sat down with Krista and Mel to find out more about their innovative business that’s committed to producing the highest quality, natural vegan skincare.

Scence founders Mel & Krista

How did Scence begin?

Krista Taylor: Growing up, we were always interested in sustainable living, and in the power of essential oils and herbs, but, as is often the way, as we got older we set off on our own career paths. Over time we both became frustrated that we couldn’t find high-quality, natural skincare that wasn’t packaged in single-use containers and applicators, so we began to wonder if there was another way.

Mel Stiles: We decided to train together in anatomy and physiology, aromatherapy and massage so we could really understand more about the other options available. When you start courses like these, inevitably your friends and family start to talk about issues they’re having, so with our new-found knowledge we started creating soothing, healing balms for them, to tackle problems such as eczema and sensitive skin in our kitchen at home.

KT: Before we knew it, it was summer 2018 and five years had gone by. We’d been researching and developing ingredients and products constantly, both for other people and for ourselves, such as our aluminium-free deodorants. We decided it was time to get out there and share everything we had learned and created, and Scence was born!

Where it all began – at the kitchen table

What does your average day look like?

MS: As is always the case when you run a business, some days can be hugely varied, but my role is predominantly focused on the creation of new formulations and our laboratory production, while Krista handles all our ‘front of house’ stuff.

KT: Yes I would agree with Mel, some days I barely sit still, but usually you’ll find me developing finishing techniques, handling customer queries and running packaging and product design. My background is in art and design, so I worked with a UK firm for 4 years in order to create our individual, compostable and recyclable skincare packaging, which we’re very proud of!

MS: And we’re both kept busy with our new eco-friendly lab, which we relocated to last year when we outgrew our original premises… we’ve even got solar panels on the roof to generate our own power.

KT: Yes the Lab in Falmouth has been great – so much extra space to play with! We’re in the process of installing a mezzanine so we can really ramp up production as demand grows. It’s such a treat to be able to create handmade products right here in Cornwall, especially when you can have a lunchtime stroll on the beach.

Blue skies over Falmouth

Where did you get the inspiration for the name ‘Scence’?

KT: It’s always been a core part of our work that everything we create has a firm basis in scientific research, where extensive studies have been carried out into the effectiveness and safety of every single ingredient. This led us to play around with the word ‘science’, which became ‘scence’, and we loved the fact that our products really do make sense.

MS: When it came to our logo and branding, we used the inverted star where the dot of the ‘i’ would have been to symbolise the power of nature and the natural ingredients that work so brilliantly; we really don’t need to use synthetic replacements when nature’s got it covered!

What is your favourite thing about the business and your customers?

MS: I love the fact that as a company, we’re committed to always being 100% ethical in everything we do, and we really do care deeply about the quality and effectiveness of our products and ingredients – from the production all the way to people using them at home, every step has to work for everyone involved.

KT: I agree, plus the fact that we’re pioneering a new approach to skincare, both in terms of the carefully-sourced ingredients and the UK-based packaging – we’ve all got a part to play in reducing single-use plastics and we’re incredibly proud to be one of the companies leading the charge with plastic-free packaging in the cosmetics industry.

MS: Our customers are just great – so many of them have very similar mindsets to us; caring deeply about the planet and the products they use, It’s brilliant to hear about their own experiences with our products, and the positive reactions when they’ve given them to friends and family.

KT: Yes it’s certainly reassuring to know that there are lots of other change-makers out there, doing their bit, and it’s lovely to be able to help people make the small switches that hopefully will help to create the global positive changes we need.

We have the loveliest customers!

Looking to the future, what’s on the cards for Scence?

MS: The new Lab has given us the chance to grow our operations and team, so it’s really exciting to see projects we’ve talked about for a while are starting to come to life.

KT: Yes we can’t give too much away, but we’ve got big plans to expand the current product range, and there’s a new website coming very soon. We’re also having conversations with suppliers who are keen to get the Scence range in shops around the world – we can’t wait!

As Krista and Mel head back to the Lab to continue working on their top-secret new Scence products, why not get yourself onto the Scence mailing list, so you’ll be the first to find out about them?


Do vegan deodorants work?

28 January 2020

If you’ve decided to start 2020 by doing Veganuary, no doubt you’ve taken the time to research the food side of what it means to be vegan, but what about other products we buy?

Many people are unaware that something as simple as the deodorants and antiperspirants we all use on a daily basis often aren’t vegan. If you’re keen to remove animal products from your morning routine, as well as your diet, read on to find out if vegan deodorants actually work…

Don’t sweat the small stuff

For starters, it’s important to understand the difference between deodorants, which are designed to tackle odour, and antiperspirants, which contain chemicals to stop sweating itself.

The human body is supposed to sweat. It’s how we regulate our temperature and eliminate certain substances, so many people feel it is unnatural to use chemicals to stop this important bodily function. And sweat itself is completely odourless, the smell we associate with perspiration arises when sweat mixes with bacteria or hormone secretions on the skin.

Deodorants both reduce bacterial growth, and help to eliminate any unpleasant odours.

 

 

 

Where we began

When we initially launched our natural, vegan deodorants, we used a soda-based formulation. As more and more people began switching to natural deodorants we discovered that that small but growing number of individuals were unable to tolerate soda on their skin.

We’re passionate about creating beautiful skincare that everyone can use happily, so have dedicated considerable time and research to create a new formula that is just as effective (working hard all day) and as cost-effective (lasting 2-3 months). The great news is, we’ve cracked it – marvellous magnesium ticks all these boxes, as well as being beneficial and gentle to the skin.

 

 

A closer look at our vegan deodorant ingredients

The magnesium we now use in our natural, vegan deodorants has lots of clever qualities that benefit the body. As a deodorant it slightly raises the pH level of the skin’s surface, which inhibits the bacterial growth that causes odour.

Magnesium also has natural de-stressing and detoxifying qualities, in fact many people are familiar with it in another form; Epsom Salts, a great addition to the bath if you’re feeling tired and aching.

When it comes to reducing wetness, we’ve popped in organic arrowroot, which naturally absorbs moisture (as well as helping to reduce odour). Each of our deodorants also contains soothing and softening coconut oil and mango butter, which means all our beautiful ingredients will easily be absorbed by the skin.

 

What you won’t find in our products

While we’re big fans of magnesium, we never include another commonly-used ingredient in our deodorants; aluminium.

Aluminium is used in antiperspirants to actually block the sweat-producing pores under our arms, so although it will prevent wetness, it does mean a natural function of the body is being stopped.

There have been several studies undertaken to assess whether aluminium absorption into the bloodstream can cause cancer and Alzheimers, but so far these studies have proven inconclusive. We believe that regardless of the results, tests are carried out simply because aluminium is a questionable ingredient.

We know there are other safe alternatives out there, which is why you’ll never find aluminium in any Scence product. The same can be said for lots of other nasties – parabens, palm oil and plastics, so you can not only look after your skin, but also help to take care of our environment.

 

Good to know

If you’re on the lookout for vegan deodorants, or other skincare products, check the label for glycerin and stearic acid.

Although it is possible to source plant-based versions of these substances, often they come from animal sources, so unless the product is specifically described as vegan, you may want to steer clear.

 

What this all means

So the moment of truth – do natural, vegan deodorants actually work? Well we can’t speak for all of the options out there, but when it comes to our deodorants, our research, tests and the very ingredients we’re using all add up to a big yes!

When you’re combining the natural effects of magnesium with our other plant-based ingredients, you’ll benefit from gentle, effective deodorising, while ensuring the body can function healthily.

If you’re looking for more information on our vegan, plastic-free deodorants and skincare, for Veganuary and beyond, why not sign up for our newsletter to get hints, tips and Scence news straight to your inbox?

10 Top Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

8 January 2020

Winter’s a wonderful time of year. From bundling up for a windswept walk, to cosy pub lunches beside a roaring fire, it’s a chance to rest, reflect and renew. When it comes to our skin however, winter can be a real challenge.

Low humidity combined with the cold UK winter weather means the air is much drier, which constantly draws moisture from the skin. Even staying indoors doesn’t help, as central heating and hot showers or baths can also cause the skin to dry out, crack and peel.

But help is at hand! We’ve pulled together some of our top tips for winter skincare, so you can soar into 2020 feeling fresh, comfortable and full of confidence.

 

1) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

One of the best ways to protect your skin against the drop in external moisture levels is to ensure you’re topped up from the inside, which means drinking plenty of water every day. If the thought of having a glass of something cold puts you off over winter, hot water with a slice of lemon, or detoxifying herb teas are great alternatives to coffee or hot chocolate.

We love ginger or liquorice teas for a digestive system boost, and dandelion & burdock tea that supports healthy liver & kidney function.

 

 

2) Stock your kitchen

As well as drinking water, there are lots of foods that have a high water content which can help you stay hydrated. Be sure to include fresh fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, melon, apples, oranges and kiwis in your diet. You’ll also get the added benefit of supporting elastin & collagen production, so skin says smooth and supple, as many of these foods contain skin-boosting zinc and vitamin C.

Foods such as avocado and oil-rich nuts (think brazil nuts and pistachios) can also be very beneficial for the skin, as they’re packed with essential fatty acids, vitamin E, potassium and lecithin which support moisture retention and cell renewal.

 

3) Whip up a DIY facemask

Why not pop the ingredients for a DIY facemask in your shopping basket? We like to mash together 1 tablespoon of skin-soothing, gently exfoliating oats with half a ripe avocado to make a calming, deeply moisturising vegan facemask.

Apply all over your face (being careful to avoid the delicate eye area) and wash off with warm water after 10-15 minutes for a wonderful winter skin treat.

 

4) Don’t forget your lips

We’ve all been there – the combination of cold, dry UK weather can often mean chapped, flaky, windburned lips. Our natural, vegan and cruelty-free lip balms are packed full of nourishing ingredients, such as soothing jojoba and nourishing vitamin E oil, to protect, heal and moisturise your lips.

 

 

5) Choose the right cleanser

Using the same cleanser all round? You might want to think about choosing a richer, more hydrating cleanser to see you through the winter months. Oil-based products are gentle and soothing on dry winter skin, while being equally effective at removing make-up and daily grime.

One option could be to use our healing and replenishing Face Balms, which also double as a skin cleanser. Choose from delicate Shining Rose, fresh Cedar Thistle or Jojoba Natural -melt a little on the fingers then apply to the face and neck and remove with a warm, damp cloth.

 

6) Step away from the hot tap

A relaxing hot bath or shower can feel wonderful in the winter, but hot water also strips the skin of its natural oils, which can lead to drying and cracking. Be sure to pop a good moisturiser all over when you hop out, and where possible, turn the water temperature down so it’s just warm, especially when you’re washing your hands and face.

 

 

7) Buff off the old

Our skin is amazing, it’s constantly regenerating and renewing, but that means that dead skin cells also build up. Many of us exfoliate our skin in summer, when it is often more on show, but did you know winter exfoliation is just as important? Removal of the old skin cells means that hydrating toners and moisturisers can properly penetrate the skin.

Choose a gentle scrub or exfoliating mask (our DIY mask above will work wonderfully) and carefully use on the face, hands and lips. Be sure to moisturise straight afterwards for beautifully soft, supple skin. Which leads us on to…

 

8) Moisturiser magic

Just as you should consider switching up your winter cleanser, a hydrating moisturiser is an essential part of your winter skincare routine. We’ve carefully crafted our range of face moisturising balms, hand balms and body moisturisers to soothe and hydrate you from top to toe, without leaving an oily residue.

You’ll find beautiful natural butters and oils in all our vegan, sustainable moisturisers. We’ve chosen ingredients that will melt into the skin, leaving your face, neck, hands and body feeling soothed and enriched. We also use 100% paper packaging so you can compost or recycle as you go.

 

 

9) Crack cold sores

Susceptible to cold sores? This time of the year, the dry air combined with the cold, windy conditions can mean you regularly feel the ‘tingle’ of an oncoming cold sore. A balanced diet will help keep your immune system in tip top shape, especially foods rich in vitamin C and the amino acid lysine (think tofu, tempah and legumes such as chickpeas, lentils and beans). Cut out smoking, alcohol and late nights and you’ll say cheerio to the cold sore in no time.

 

10) SPF in Winter? Absolutely! 

Not just for summer! UVB rays are weaker in winter in the UK, which is why we don’t burn, but harmful UVA is always beaming down on us, penetrating the deeper skin layers and causing damage to skin cells. Don’t forget to pop some sun cream on when you’re out and about – a minimum of SPF 15 is recommended.

 

Want to find out how our vegan, cruelty-free skincare range can help you enjoy healthy-looking, supple skin this winter? Make 2020 your year – take a look at our full product range or sign up for our newsletter to get our news, information, updates and offers straight to your inbox.

They’re back! Gorgeous gift boxes galore!

6 December 2019

Are you wrapped and ready? Don’t worry if not… there’s still time to bag some of our gorgeous gift boxes!

From £16 to £50 and lots of choices to suit your loved ones.

Just click on the link below to check out the range and make giving easy with a special Scence gift!

https://www.scence.co.uk/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=96

A Winning Team!

3 October 2019

 

The Janey Loves Platinum Awards 2019 Winner!!!

A few weeks ago we got some great news we want to share with you. We are WINNERS! Thank you to everyone that supported us and took the time to vote for us. It’s so rewarding to feel that all the hard work over this last year is recognised and this keeps our busy team motivated and feeling appreciated! So we are shouting a big thank you to all our lovely customers and retailers for your part in this amazing award and thank you for your continued support – together we make a winning team!

It’s been a while…

28 July 2019

It’s been a busy couple of months with so much happening and lots of news… where do I start!?

OK, first we have moved to our new eco unit in Falmouth so we have had to say goodbye to our lovely waterside lab on the Penryn River as we needed more space to do what we do. But now we have an amazing place – a brand new eco-friendly unit with solar panels so we are generating our own power and we are loving it!

Next… we are delighted to have been invited to exhibit at two festivals next month. The first is next weekend (2-4 August) at Valley Fest where we have been given a space on the Village Green – so come along and see us in our aromatic little gazebo for some festival goodies – you have to admit that a good deodorant doesn’t go amiss at a festival! Thank you Jarvis at MyGreenPod for including us and for your continued support!

We have also been invited to River Cottage Festival later in the month (24-25 August) and are really looking forward to meeting the lovely team that have encouraged and welcomed us and our Scence products.

We will be posting lots of pics on our social media to share the fun… meanwhile, here are some of the bee friendly additions we are getting ready to take with us… Lets hope the sun continues to shine!

Krista & the Scence Team

Bee friendly at the festival!

The Janey Loves

29 May 2019

My Greenpod Hero

22 May 2019

Check out our hero product on MyGreenPod and read the article here…

Beauty Bible

17 May 2019

Thank you Beauty Bible for loving us this week! Check us out on Beauty Bibles Fab Find of the Week

Nature’s Perfect Packaging

14 May 2019

We love what we do and our formulations are designed to deliver nourishing and soothing balms that melt on contact with the skin. An important factor in that delivery is packaging. It has to protect and preserve. It has to be beautiful and functional – and for us it has to be eco-friendly and go back to the earth. It has been a long journey to marry the skincare and the packaging we envisioned but our endeavours are so minor compared to what nature can offer. There are so many beauties I could mention – from walnuts to eggs but this is my favourite piece of nature’s perfect packaging.
The tangerine.
The colour is gorgeous, eye-catching, bright, warm and inviting. The texture is glossy, dimpled, tactile, palm-sized and just feels good in the hand. The smell is a zesty tantalising promise of what lies inside and prepares the consumer for the treat within. Peeling a tangerine is a satisfying reveal and is a perfectly yielding break and peel to access the fruit. A perfect sized serving packed with goodness from our intelligent mother earth. I’d love to hear about your favourites so get in touch and share!

Photo: Adam Smigielski.

University Challenge!

20 April 2019

Falmouth University has supported us from the start and in turn we have had the opportunity to work with some of the resident students and organisations, and in our way, reciprocate the support.

My first experience with the university was 35 years ago (then Falmouth School of Arts) when I was accepted as a student on the BTEC Art & Design course in Woodlane. Fifteen years later I was running my own chartered design business and working with the university marketing team during the transitions from College to University.

And the connection continues as the University campus shops now stock our Scence products and we enjoy continued support from our student customers.

We in turn, have been invited to get involved and support some important and future-conscious projects initiated by the caring and conscientious people that will go forward and shape our world.

Here are some of them…

Save Our Suds is a project which highlights the need and potential to swap plastic packaged bathroom products for more eco-friendly and sustainable products. Initiated by student scientists on the Geography and Environmental Science course.
https://www.instagram.com/saveoursuds/

MarineWatch, a student-led marine interest and conservation society for Falmouth and Exeter university students at the joint campus in Penryn. Fundraising for the conservation charity MARINElife, a UK based research, education and conservation charity conducting year round scientific surveys of whales, dolphins and seabirds.
#marinelife #fxumarinewatch

The Beach Clean Project  a student led volunteering project running through the University of Exeter. Based at the Penryn campus, the project aims to help clean Cornwall’s beaches and also encourage students and locals to live more consciously and sustainably.
#thebeachcleanproject

Alfie Challis Film Student – Alfie is a talented and passionate film maker who is helping us create amazing films to bring more information about making Scence to the world. Here he is filming in the lab with Issy Stephens.

What goes around comes around and we are right there with you in your positive endeavours to make a meaningful difference in shaping the future. Keep up the good work!

Alfie Challis and Issy Stephens – film makers

An Amazing Weekend!

11 April 2019

I am just coming back down to earth after an AMAZING weekend at the Natural and Organic Products Europe show in London. It was so great to get out of the lab and meet the real people out there that flocked to our tiny stand and shared in our enthusiasm for our products and our ethos. It has been such an affirming and inspiring experience and this is just a quick post to say thank you for visiting us and thank you for your positivity and support. You guys rock!

Great to get out of the lab!

Natural and Organic Products Europe

1 April 2019

We’ve got a busy schedule ahead this week preparing for the Natural & Organic Products Europe show at Excel in London on the 7th and 8th April. If you’re in the trade and in the area come and see us on Stand B12. You can still book your free trade ticket online.Quote NPEG40. We will be on Stand B12 in the Beauty section.

 

Be The Change Awards 2019

11 March 2019

We have some wonderful news!
I am delighted and so excited to have been nominated as a finalist in the Be The Change Awards 2019.

The Be The Change Awards are an up and coming new initiative for the social impact sector, recognising ethical & sustainable brands with a powerful impact story to tell.

It brings together ethical & sustainable brands across 12 sectors from fashion to business services working towards the Sustainable Development Goals and creating a better world.

Our entry video was made and entered by my son, Asa, and we had just 3 days to compose it before the deadline so it was such a lovely surprise when we found we had been shortlisted.

Maybe you can help!
Finalists will be put through to the People’s Choice Awards so you can get involved in getting Scence to the Awards by voting for us – just click ‘like’ on our video on the youtube link https://youtu.be/bx9oWBRoXfk and if you could share it around that would be wonderful!

Krista Taylor

Our Development

18 January 2019

It’s been 6 months now since we launched Scence Natural Skincare and what a journey! It started almost 4 years ago when I was looking for a change of career direction away from graphic design and fine art, so I re-trained in anatomy and physiology as part of a complementary therapies course. Working closely with clients providing massage therapies I needed to find a deodorant that would actually work and keep me fresh all day but that didn’t contain nasties like aluminium (more about this later). There didn’t seem to be anything out there that actually worked so I started experimenting with recipes from online natural skincare sites and forums – and so it began. My interest grew and many of my friends and family loved the products I was developing and encouraged me further. I was experimenting with making emulsion moisturisers, oil-free lotions, eye serums, bi-phase cleansers… but the deodorants were most in demand – plus I realised I needed to specialise. I decided to make balms. I love natural butters and oils for their super-moisturising properties so I felt I wanted to focus on these anhydrous formulas.

Alongside the experimenting I undertook courses in aromatherapy, herbal medicine and natural skincare – I love learning and will always be a student.

So things were gently moving forward but as a designer and being someone who has recycled packaging for years I was feeling frustrated about the single use plastic packaging that seemed to be everywhere on the natural skincare shelves. I started to employ my design experience and began working on paper based packaging designs and talking to packaging companies. This brings its own interesting challenges – oil vs paper and how to prevent leaching as balms inevitably melt in higher temperatures. I wanted the formulas to be stable enough to sit in the packaging at 40 degrees without leaching through. Oven testing, adjusting formulas, waiting. It all takes time and patience.

Next, I needed a laboratory to work from, I needed space to make the balms, an office and a packing/store room and this looked like it was going to be a tough one to find. After months of looking the opportunity of a 3 room suite in Waterside House came along. Available within the month and bang on budget – it is perfect. Right on the river and housing a lovely community of small businesses. We love it here.

Finding and fitting out the laboratory and offices happened in May, as well as ongoing designing and developing the packaging and formulas, ordering bulk ingredients and making the balms for stock. It has been a lot of hard work that is now paying off with behind the scenes support from Stig, the web and tech guy, and my new lab assistant and wingman, George.

Our first orders were delivered in July and have been really well received here in West Cornwall. We are gently moving forward and have several high street retail outlets (see Finding Scence) and growing interest from online retail outlets throughout the UK. We really appreciate their support and encouragement and look forward to an exciting 2019 and our journey together.

The various stages of development! Note the nasty plastic and the transition to cardboard.

 

 

We Are Making Scence

24 July 2018

Scence is a brand new skincare range handcrafted in Falmouth, Cornwall.

We create amazing skincare products, but we also make sure we aren’t adding to
the single-use plastic problem in our world.

Of course our ingredients are always natural, nourishing and mainly organic, but we have been working hard for the past three years to develop and perfect not just our formulas, but also fully compostable paper packaging.

We are currently working with retailers to bring this product to your high street
and you can now pre-order from our online shop here – as we are launching our delivery time is currently around 2-3 weeks.

Retail enquiries – We invite you to be part of our exciting launch and you can now contact us for orders and wholesale information by emailing us at care@scence.co.uk or call us on 07432 873535.

We look forward to hearing from you!