Mica is glittery delight, adding golden highlights to soaps, creams and golden body oils. I have been requested, particularly by the littlest, cutest people I know, to add some princess-like shimmer to my soaps. Difficult as refusal is, here at Roe Green Soaps we have a very good reason for leaving out the sparkle: severe ethical concerns in the mining and extraction of the mineral mica. Until we can be sure that no child labour is involved in obtaining mica, we will refrain from contributing to the demand for it.
If you know of sustainably-mined mica, we would be glad to hear of it.
The research paper linked below is worth a read (opens in new tab), as is the guardian article:
Get child labour out of your cosmetics ( SOMO)
The Guardian – child labour – mica mining
Today I planted a Hellebore into our north facing flower bed, hoping it will settle in well and feed many generations of early spring pollinators. It is late February and the garden is awash with snowdrops and winter aconite, but apart from those, and until the crocus emerge, it is rather bare. Hellebore is certainly not an ingredient (do not ingest this plant!) we will use in our soaps, but it is a beautiful sight in the garden and help energise any stray bees or bumblebees who have left their winter hideout too early.
We ‘rescued’ our first bumblebee a fortnight ago. It lay weakened on a path in the park – I had no sugar water or honey on me, but I did have a glucose energy tablet and a bottle of water. As an emergency solution only, moving the bumblebee out of harm’s way, I poured some still water onto the tablet and placed it on a leaf to within the reach of the bee, ensuring that it was feeding. After ten minutes, sufficiently rejuvenated, it flew away, I hope back to its winter nest 🙂