the hedgewitch ethos
As horse owners, we were frustrated by the fact that many labels on animal care products – body washes, shampoos etc – didn’t tell us what’s in the bottle. It was a shock to learn there is no legal requirement for manufacturers to list their ingredients on animal care labels so most of them don’t.
So that got us thinking. We wanted to know what we were putting on our horses skin so we decided to develop our own products. Most shampoos are packed with synthetic chemicals and we asked ourselves the question, does it need to be so complicated? We wanted to use all natural, quality ingredients from known sources and keep things nice and simple. When we began testing, we realised we’d found something that was really good – mild, natural, really easy to rinse and left the horses with amazing soft and shiny coats! The hedgewitch idea was born…..
We haven’t just added essential oils because they smell nice, every oil is specifically chosen for its special properties as well as for its popularity with horses. Our hedgewitch is a qualified zoopharmacognosist (visit our plant magic page for more info), so has lots of experience working with horses and essential oils. We’ve used this knowledge to bring you a range of products containing essential oils which we know horses like, but also add some useful therapeutic effects in addition to the cleansing properties of our body washes and shampoos.
We’ve selected only the really good quality essential oils which we can trace back to the field where they were grown, that’s information we believe is important. Quality of essential oils can be very variable and suppliers aren’t regulated so we buy straight from the producer to be assured of high quality production. You can be confident that hedgewitch will never add cheap fragrance oils just to save a penny or two. Hedgewitch have gone to great lengths to buy essential oils from a trusted source, batches are analysed and we know they are the genuine article, not synthetic or food grade. Read why this really matters.
We decided to manufacture and label hedgewitch products according to UK Cosmetic Regulations which means they are fit for humans – we’ve tested them on friends and family and we always have a few bottles in the bathroom, with Juniper berry being a particular favourite! We’re not worried about telling you exactly what’s in every bottle because it is all good stuff.
What’s more, hedgewitch believe it’s important to list any potential allergens, as required under human cosmetic regs. Afterall, it’s impossible to wash your horse without getting shampoo on your hands! All the allergens in our products are naturally occurring within the plants from which the oils are made so are far less likely to cause any skin reactions than their synthetic counterparts, found in most other products. But we thought you should know all the same!
Essential oils are amazing – the more research we’ve done, the more potential we see for these very potent plant extracts. Keep an eye out for some interesting new gels we have formulated with plant magic inside… coming soon.