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Protect Our Planet

June 13, 2021

We believe we all have a part to play in reducing the impact on our environment and need to protect our planet. We want to make you aware of not only ways you can make a change but also what Valley Mill are doing to help too.

Environmental Awareness Days in June

There are many environmental awareness days throughout June. The 5th of June was World Environment Day, May 29 – June 13 in the UK is The Great British Spring Clean, June 16th is World Refill Day and June 17th is National Clean Air Day.

All of Battle Green’s handmade cosmetics are PETA certified vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, and lab safety tested. Many of Battle Green’s products are reusable and refillable, allowing you to save money and reduce waste over time.

Our Products & Suppliers

Up until early 2020 we only sold products that were made in Wales and in turn, mainly supporting small local businesses.  Since then, we have branched out to UK made and UK designed and are only working with businesses who have the same ethos and beliefs as ourselves.  Whilst the majority of our products are made in Wales, some of our suppliers products are mainly handmade in the UK or designed in the UK with materials sourced sustainably from outside of the UK.

Our Welsh slate travels only 130 miles from Snowdonia. 

Carbon Footprint

Our Welsh slate travels only 130 miles from Snowdonia.    At Valley Mill it’s not only our products that we want to be eco-friendly, but our staff too.  To strive for sustainable living, we offer our team a car share scheme with a monetary bonus to reduce the amount of cars used to travel to work.  We also encourage working from home whenever possible.  This May we are proud to be starting a cycle to work scheme.  Want to find out more about educating yourselves and others? Take a look at the United Nations goals to help transform our world and protect our planet.

Keeping It Local

One of the many wonderful like-minded companies we work with is Norse. Their razors are produced specifically for the company in the steel capital of the UK, Sheffield (cue Tom Jones You Can Leave Your Hat On for all of you ‘The Full Monty’ movie lovers). 

Norse use only natural ingredients, such as essential oils. This skincare range comes in recyclable packaging to help you focus on keeping not only your hair and skin healthy but our environment too!

Unlike many companies, Valley Mill pride themselves on using only Welsh slate. We never import our slate from abroad.

Valley Mill’s Beliefs to Protect Our Planet

When Valley Mill started in 2007, Kevin Thomas wanted the company to be eco-friendly and materials to be sourced locally providing a low carbon footprint.  From day 1 Kevin knew that not only do the products need to be natural but also packaging must be recyclable.  

Apart from the fragrance in the candles, all materials that we use for our products are 100% natural.

Valley Mill’s natural soy wax candles come in either a re-usable heavy weight tumbler OR reusable tin.
Handmade in Wales using the finest quality soy wax, for a longer burn time and better scent throw. The wooden wick that works perfectly with the soy wax helps to further increase the burn time and to ensure a full surface area melt pool, to get the best possible scent when burning your candle.

Soy wax is important as not only is it a natural, renewable and biodegrable source, it also burns with zero petro soot.

It’s not just our own amazing products that are made from natural raw materials, but all of the new products we source are environmentally-friendly and mainly locally made in the UK.  Some of our suppliers use materials sustainably sourced from outside of the UK.

Norse Lifestyle

Plastic-free razors are not only sustainable, but are a slick and sharp investment too. Norse razors are the way forward. The environment will thank you and your pocket will too.

This high-quality stainless steel razor comes in a classic design that really has stood the test of time. Resulting in less irritation to the skin, this razor has a chrome single blade and is double-edged for safety. These razors use standard replaceable razor blades.

The harmful effects of plastic is now seen worldwide. Plastic is in our air, our water and our food. Each one of us have a responsibility in reducing plastic pollution.

Packaging

We have never used plastic in our products packaging and we use mainly recycled cardboard. In 2020 we also banned plastic bags from our stores.  

Reusable Tweedmill Tote Bags

A stylish tote bag, perfect for everyday, these come in a variety of colours and designs. Perfect companion when shopping. Handmade for Valley Mill by Tweedmill in Denbigh, North Wales.

World Refill Day – June 16th

Since Valley Mill was founded in 2007, we have always strived to be as environmentally-friendly as possible. We’re always looking for new alternatives to non-recyclable packaging and products. One of the worst single-use plastics for our environment is plastic water bottles. So we wanted to create and encourage an alternative solution; one that is simple and cost-effective for our customers, whilst making a positive impact on our environment.

These refillable stainless steel water bottles are very durable and last longer than glass and reusable plastic options. They will help you save money long-term, whilst also helping you to do your bit for the planet. Their leak-proof screw top caps make them incredibly practical whilst on the go. Plus, their double-wall insulation keeps your favourite refreshment at the perfect temperature for longer. They are BPA and phthalate-free, so you don’t have to worry about any nasty chemicals being released into your drink.

White stainless thermo bottle isolated on green grThese refillable stainless steel water bottles are very durable and last longer than glass and reusable plastic options.

Valley Mill’s refillable stainless steel water bottles are very durable and last longer than glass and reusable plastic options.

They will help you save money long-term, whilst also helping you to do your bit for the planet. Their leak-proof screw top caps make them incredibly practical whilst on the go. Plus, their double-wall insulation keeps your favourite refreshment at the perfect temperature for longer. They are BPA and phthalate-free, so you don’t have to worry about any nasty chemicals being released into your drink.

Cutting Down on Single-Use Plastic 

Our products reflect our beliefs.  From our water bottles to our hip flasks, we want to create and encourage an alternative solution to single use plastic.  One that is simple and cost-effective for our customers, whilst making a positive impact on our environment. 

Throw Away Culture 

How much plastic have you thrown away this week and how much of it was recyclable?  It’s hard not to get overwhelmed by it all, however there are always solutions.  It takes time and planning but once this change has been made it can be more beneficial on the environment but also your pocket too!  

Refill Stations 

More and more companies across the globe are consistently finding new and innovative ways of reducing humanity’s footprint on our planet.  

Cheers Wine Merchants in Mumbles, Swansea and The Gower Gin Company are two companies that are ahead of their game.   

The companies teamed up together to bring an environmentally conscious way of shopping for alcohol.  

Save On Waste 

Director of Cheers Wine Merchants Dafydd Morris explains why we should all save on waste.  “We introduced the Gin refill station at our Mumbles store as it gave customers a great opportunity to both save money and reuse their Gŵyr Gin bottles which in turn helps save on waste.” 

“It has proved amazingly popular and we have many customers now reusing their bottles time and time again.  We are very proud to be the first shop in Wales to offer this service and I hope it spreads across the UK.” 

Natural Beauty for the Planet

Our own beauty products and our suppliers are just full of natural goodness. They’re cruelty free too! Let’s take a look at what you can get from Valley Mill.

Natural aromatherapy from Alura Romatics Sleep Pulse Point Roll on with lavender
Alura Romatics Sleep Pulse Point Roll On

We are all striving for sustainable living and Alura Romatics are no different.  Part of Valley Mill’s ethos and brand is just this, so it made absolute sense to work together with Alura Romatics.   

About Alura Romatics

Stacey, the owner and creator of Alura Romatics, began her love of aromatherapy and essential oils through her mum and her mums trusted Aromatherapy Guide by Christine Westwood.  She believed that whatever she was going through in life, there was an essential oil for it.  Stacey knew she needed to learn more about these magical oils and became a qualified aromatherapist.  Knowing that not all products out there are the same, Stacey decided that creating the perfect product was key. She knew that everyone deserves the best for their health and happiness, thus Alura Romatics was born. 

Aromatherapy Happy Room Spray from Alura Romatics
Alura Romatics Happy Room Spray

Alongside her small and dedicated team they handmake all of their products and ensure they keep their blends natural and synthetic-free and are committed to making sure as many of their ingredients come from natural sources, where possible.  Alura Romatics products use 100% natural fragrances, they contain no harsh chemicals, are vegan and cruelty free and handmade in Cardiff. 

Battle Green

Battle Greens lip balms are not only PETA certified vegan friendly and cruelty-free but also packed full of the most beautiful products to keep your lips soft, moisturised and protected.  The balms are also packed with quality natural ingredients, and free from synthetic colours and fragrances.  

Battle Green was established in 2018. Like many people, they were feeling increasingly concerned by the stream of reports on the negative environmental impact humans are having on the planet. It’s hard to believe there are more micro plastics in the oceans than stars in the Milky Way, or that around 100 million marine mammals die from plastic pollution each year.

So, this is why the team knew they needed to create products to help protect the planet.

They are based in beautiful Snowdonia, North Wales.

Battle Green
Battle Greens natural unisex deodorants are formulated to not only absorb sweat and neutralise nasty niffs but also to gently fragrance and soften underarm skin.  The essential oils in these balms were not only chosen for their beautiful scents, but also for their amazing beneficial properties.  Essential oils are used in aromatherapy and natural holistic treatment.  These are compounds extracted from plants and each unique aroma gives it its characteristic essence.

Norse

Norse use only natural ingredients, such as essential oils. This skincare range comes in recyclable packaging to help you focus on keeping not only your hair and skin healthy but our environment too!

- 100% natural

- Vegan friendly. 

- Cruelty-Free.
– Vegan – 100% Natural – Parabens Free – Packaged in an eco-friendly recyclable kraft box

Bramblewood 

When searching for new companies to work with, it’s important to us at Valley Mill to find people with similar values to our own. We love to work with like-minded small businesses; that have their own unique story, care about the products that they make and the effect they have on you as a customer, as well as the environment. And BrambleWood Soap Co., the company behind our new skincare range, is exactly that kind of small business!

Handmade in Dorset, award-winning BrambleWood Soap Co uses a thoughtful combination of salts, dried botanicals and essential oils to create their Botanical Bloom bath tea that can aid in relieving muscular aches and pains and relaxation.

BrambleWood Soap Co. was founded in 2019 by Laura Cullen. Laura began her company as she wanted to create natural soap and skincare suitable for the whole family. All of her products are handmade in small batches in Dorset. They are 100% natural and are free from chemicals and additives. All of the natural and botanical ingredients have been chosen for their superior smell, aromatherapy qualities, and skin-nourishing properties. Everything Laura has created is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and is as kind to the environment as it is on your budget. They are completely plastic-free and all of the packaging chosen is recyclable or reusable.

About BrambleWood Soap’s Range

These bath bombs’ signature recipe includes moisturising cocoa butter to soothe your skin and essential oils for luxurious natural fragrances. They are wrapped in fully biodegradable glassine bags and recycled paper, meaning there is no plastic waste.

These bath bombs’ signature recipe includes moisturising cocoa butter to soothe your skin and essential oils for luxurious natural fragrances. They are wrapped in fully biodegradable glassine bags and recycled paper, meaning there is no plastic waste.

Valley Mill Soaps

Valley Mill handmade 100% natural soaps which are also cruelty free

Valley Mill natural soaps do not contain artificial colours, preservatives or additives and are free of parabens and SLS; they are just full of natural goodness. They’re cruelty free too!

Valley Mill handmade 100% natural soaps which are also cruelty free

The combination of bergamot and basil has created a handmade soap which is refreshing and revitalising, without being harsh or abrasive. The fresh bergamot fragrance uplifts and energises, whilst the natural antibacterial properties of the basil work to refresh your skin.

Made by hand at our workshop in South Wales, this 100% natural bergamot & basil soap contains the following nourishing ingredients:

– Shea butter
– Sweet almond oil
– Coconut oil
– Mango butter
– Olive oil
– Castor oil
– Bergamot essential oil
– Basil essential oil
– Coffee powder
– Cinnamon powder

Recycling to Protect Our Planet

Whether you are a business, household or school, we can all do our bit to help. We can drive the change for better living.

If you aren’t sure or need more information of not only where you can recycle but also how we can all minimise the effect we are having on our environment.

A great organisation who can not only tell you where you can recycle but which materials too. They are Recycle More and you find out more details for your business, home or school here.

Recycled Wool

Blanket colours are completely random as they are made from recycled wool from the mill, hence why they are such a great price. No two blankets will be the same.

Therefore you cannot choose a specific colour, you will be sent a completely random colour blanket. All blankets are the same pattern design and the same high quality.

All of Valley Mill’s blankets are handmade for us by Tweedmill in Denbigh, North Wales. 100% British wool.

Valley Mill Recycled Wool Picnic Blanket

The random recycled picnic blankets are the budget-friendly option, made using recycled wool just like our best-selling random recycled throws. The use of recycled wool reduces waste, making them just kind to the environment but also to your bank account. But don’t worry, just because they are affordable doesn’t mean they are lacking in quality. Wool naturally repels water, so this combined with the hard-wearing waterproof backing will help keep it clean and dry for longer and last for many summers to come. Why not pair your new picnic rug with our personalised metal bottles to help you stay hydrated whilst away from home and help the environment?

More from Valley Mill

Often the perfect traditional keepsake to mark special occasions, or the ideal gift for those who enjoy long walks and campfires, our stainless-steel hip flasks have a classic design that can be personalised with your unique message. 

PLUS between now and Saturday 19th June 2021 17:00 we are offering 10% OFF personalised hip flasks online and instore in Union Street, Swansea. T&C’s apply.

ALSO Photograph Engraving too*.

This Photograph Engraving can come with a solid slate rear plinth which enables it to be free standing or you can choose to have it rope hung.

This June we are giving you the chance to win a fantastic Valley Mill gift pack worth over £100!

The ‘Picnic for Two’ pack consists of:

  • Valley Mill Picnic Blanket – luxury cotton quilted waterproof with carry strap (choose from star, palm leaf or triangle design)
  • Welsh Slate Small Rope Tray – hand cut with rope handles for a rustic finish
  • 2 x Personalised Water Bottles – choose from a variety of colours and personalised for you
  • Valley Mill Mixed Berries Candle – made from natural soy wax, wooden wick & comes with a Valley Mill Welsh Slate lid that doubles up as a coaster

Everyone who makes a purchase of £50 or more* ONLINE at valleymill.co.uk AND subscribe to our newsletters will automatically be entered into the draw! T&C’s apply.

READ FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THIS COMPETITION HERE

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Beard, Smooth-Faced or Moustached, Norse Has It All

April 28, 2021

We all want the best products for ourselves but also what’s best for the planet too.  This is why Valley Mill is proud to introduce to you Norse and their range of eco-friendly shaving and male grooming products.   

Whether you are maintaining your beard, moustache or perhaps making sure there’s a lack of them, then Norse have affordable male grooming products for you.

Using sustainable and natural materials, Norse hand makes their range of male eco-friendly shaving and grooming products in Kingston upon Thames.

About Norse

Founded by Iain, Norse was created with the aim to create affordable male grooming products that did not compromise on quality. Iain also wanted to fulfil his quest to have a sweet-smelling beard that was itch-free!

In their bid to create plastic-free shaving, Norse have a range of zero waste safety razors. In turn, this helps you to cut down on single use products.

Keeping It Local

Norse razors are produced specifically for the company in the steel capital of the UK, Sheffield (cue Tom Jones You Can Leave Your Hat On for all of you ‘The Full Monty’ movie lovers). 

Norse use only natural ingredients, such as essential oils. This skincare range comes in recyclable packaging to help you focus on keeping not only your hair and skin healthy but our environment too!

Shaving The Zero Waste Way

Norse reusable safety razor available at Valley Mill

Plastic-free razors are not only sustainable, but are a slick and sharp investment too. Norse razors are the way forward. The environment will thank you and your pocket will too.

Goodbye To Disposable

This high-quality stainless steel razor comes in a classic design that really has stood the test of time. Resulting in less irritation to the skin, this razor has a chrome single blade and is double-edged for safety. These razors use standard replaceable razor blades.

Why Ditch Single Use Plastic?

The harmful effects of plastic is now seen worldwide. Plastic is in our air, our water and our food. Each one of us have a responsibility in reducing plastic pollution.

End Plastic Pollution

One of Earth Day’s campaigns is End Plastic Pollution. This campaign draws attention to the harmful effects of plastic in our environment. They provide instruction on how to cut plastic use and create a heathier world. You can read more here.

Time To Lather Up

Norse Shaving Soap available at Valley Mill

Norse’s handmade natural scented luxury shaving soap produces a rich, luxurious lather that helps your razor glide over your face and achieve a perfect shave. Lather up with sandalwood or peppermint scent.

How To Build That Lather

Wet your face with warm water which softens the hair and relaxes the skin and facial muscles making shaving easier. Dip your shaving brush into hot water, and then using a circular motion with brush on the soap, create a rich lather. Use the brush to apply the lather to your face allowing the brush to lift the hairs making them easier to shave. Shave with the grain of the beard.

Irritated Post-Shave Skin Be Gone

Norse aftershave balm available at Valley Mill

Norse aftershave balm uses a combination of oils and butters to gently repair and protect the skin. Perfect to use post-shaving to help reduce pores, itching and irritation. It’s also a great natural alternative to help keep your skin fresh and nourished.

Using Jojoba essential oil and Shea butter, this aftershave balm is deeply hydrating, anti-inflammatory and easily absorbed into the skin, resulting in a light and non-greasy application.

100% natural, vegan friendly and cruelty free.

Beard Oil Benefits

Norse Bear Oil available at Valley Mill

Norse Citrus beard oil is 100% natural and vegan friendly. It successfully tames beards, while also conditioning and keeping them itch free. This oil uses a carefully selected combination of natural essential oils, and carries an invigorating fragrance. Boost your beard with the minerals that will nourish and strengthen hair. Our beard oil also comes in Woodsman fragrance.

Beard Love

Towel dry your freshly washed beard and massage the oil into your beard, starting at the base of the hair.

Whether you are maintaining your beard, moustache or skin, then Norse at Valley Mill have affordable male grooming products for you.

Check out the Norse range here.


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Aromatherapy for Your Body & Mind? Yes Please!

April 14, 2021
Natural aromatherapy from Alura Romatics Sleep Pulse Point Roll on with lavender

Alura Romatics have a simple goal; to help YOU use nature’s incredible ingredients as part of your daily routine. Do you need a good night’s sleep or a boost of energy? These aromatherapy products have been designed to help you achieve this result.  Here at Valley Mill we are proud to launch to you some stunning new aromatherapy products with Welsh company Alura Romatics. Their products focus firstly on health and daily wellbeing without forgetting a little bit of luxury for you.

About Alura Romatics

Stacey, the owner and creator of Alura Romatics, began her love of aromatherapy and essential oils through her mum and her mums trusted Aromatherapy Guide by Christine Westwood.  She believed that whatever she was going through in life, there was an essential oil for it.  Stacey knew she needed to learn more about these magical oils and became a qualified aromatherapist.  Knowing that not all products out there are the same, Stacey decided that creating the perfect product was key. She knew that everyone deserves the best for their health and happiness, thus Alura Romatics was born. 

Alongside her small and dedicated team they handmake all of their products and ensure they keep their blends natural and synthetic-free and are committed to making sure as many of their ingredients come from natural sources, where possible.  Alura Romatics products use 100% natural fragrances, they contain no harsh chemicals, are vegan and cruelty free and handmade in Cardiff.  

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are used in aromatherapy and natural holistic treatment.  These are compounds extracted from plants and each unique aroma gives its characteristic essence.  There are many health benefits using essential oils from reducing anxiety and stress, relieving headaches and migraines and improving sleep and insomnia. How can you achieve this?

Find Your Happy Place

Why not create a happy and welcoming atmosphere in your home, whilst giving yourself a little boost, with Alura Romatic’s fresh scented Happy Room Spray?  Firstly, the scent is a zesty mix of Lime, Basil and Grapefruit which helps energise and stimulate your senses. In addition to this, the Happy Room Spray contains Lavender and Ylang Ylang. Together, these scents simultaneously create an overall feeling of welcome and comfort in your home.  

To use, just generously spray in the air and onto carpets, cushions and fabrics as often as required. Perfect to create a happy and calming aroma throughout your home.

On The Go Mindfulness

The two most common ways essential oils can be used is through inhalation or through being absorbed in to the skin. If your daily routine is very active, then pulse point roll on’s* are small enough to fit in your bag or pocket and take with you wherever you go. This then ensures you can achieve mindfulness immediately with minimal ease. 

Where can you find your pulse points?

These are located on your temples, sides of the lower jaw, side of the neck, wrists, groin, behind the knee, ankle and upper part of the foot. 

Why apply essential oils to your pulse points? 

It’s actually quite simple, these are the areas where our arteries are closest to your skin.  If you touch these areas, you can feel your arteries pumping and find your heartbeat.  Applying essential oil roll on’s to these areas will help the oils be absorbed into your blood steam even faster. This means they can be circulated even quicker and you will feel the desired effects in no time! Alura Romatics range have one for each desired mood; calm, boost and sleep.

How Important Is Sleep? 

Well, in a nutshell, REALLY important.  We need sleep to be able to function. 

I’m sure we’ve all experienced the grumpy mornings and not being able to focus in work due to poor sleep. Continued sleep deprivation can have a major effect on not only your mental health but also physical too?  Studies now show that lack of sleep can make you prone to serious conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes amongst others.

Why not try Alura Romatics Sleep Pillow Spray?  It has a relaxing blend of Lavender, Clary Sage, Roman Chamomile and Lemon to aid relaxation and calm restlessness, Bergamot to rid you of feelings of stress and anxiety and Geranium to comfort and soothe, easing you into a peaceful night’s sleep.

Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

Everyone needs a different amount of sleep though the general recommended amount is 8 hours a night.  For many people the difficulty is getting to sleep.  It’s all too easy to pop the TV on or pick up your phone and start browsing.  The key to a good night sleep and for brain function is to knock off those electronics, put away the coffee and focus on you.  Did you know that ‘blue light’ from electronics tricks your body into thinking it’s daytime?

Upgrade and hone your bedrooms environment.  Is it a calm and relaxing place to be?  Is there external noise or perhaps the temperature of your room is too hot or too cold?  Perhaps introduce a pre-sleep routine to get you more relaxed and ready for a good night sleep.  Tips include a warm bath, reading a book or meditating. 

You can get more top tips from the NHS website.

Scents to Help You Relax

A great way is to include aromatherapy and essential oils to your night time routine.  There are many natural products which are known for their relaxing and anxiety reducing effects.  Alura Romatics Sleep Pillow Spray contains a blend of Lavender, Clary Sage, Roman Chamomile and Lemon which are known to aid relaxation and calm restlessness. Bergamot which reduces those feelings of anxiety and stress and Geranium which can promote a calming and grounding effect.

How do you use a pillow spray? 

Alura Romatics recommend 2-3 sprays on your pillow and bedding before sleep. Try this technique to optimize relaxation before bed. First, close your eyes and breathe deeply in for 3 seconds. Hold for another 3 seconds and enjoy the calm. Finally breathe out slowly for the last 3 seconds.


We are all striving for sustainable living and Alura Romatics are no different.  Part of Valley Mill’s ethos and brand is just this, so it made absolute sense to work together with Alura Romatics.   

We really hope you enjoy these locally, handmade and 100% natural products in the same way we do. 

Alura Romatics – Wholesome aromatherapy for your body and mind.

*If you have sensitive skin we recommend checking with your doctor before use. These products are not suitable for children or animals. If pregnant, please consult a doctor before using.