Nothing Nasty organic mandarin castile shampoo

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Nothing nasty organic castile soap
We were sent a bottle of the beautifully fragranced Organic Mandarin Castile Soap from Elin at Nothing Nasty for us to review.

Elin is a fabulous woman who is passionate and genuine about the products she makes. All of her products are home made, hand made and made fresh for you!

Elin describes her organic castile soap as “A really mild soap with a sweet and gentle mandarin scent. This soap is very rich and moisturising, so will not dry any sensitive skins. All the natural oils remain, and it has not been diluted, so it is goes a long way too.”

This wonderful product is so versatile. It can be used as a mild soap for both face and body. In addition you can use it to wash your hair as a shampoo.
If you’re stuck with a bit of hand washing to do, this organic mandarin castille soap will even double up as a gentle cleanser for your delicates!

The ingredients are minimalist; just Organic Liquid Castile Soap, Sea Salt and Mandarin Essential Oil, so it’s a great product for purists and those who want to reduce the amount of chemicals they use. It’s perfect for those with sensitive skin or allergies.

We decided to use this product as a shampoo. Elin is quick to point out that it is better suited to dry and thick hair, so it was over to Mr Green for trialling as my fair locks are fine.

His comment after the first use was that it smelt great and lathered well. His hair felt clean, but thicker than usual, because this shampoo does not strip away the natural oils in the hair. He’s a hard guy to please, being rather proud of his mane, so this was a very encouraging response!

I have to say, his hair felt beautifully soft and it smelt divine. Mandarin is a lovely scent that is suitable for babies, children, men and women, so it’s a great family product. In addition, this shampoo doesn’t require a conditioner. Again, it doesn’t strip your hair, so there is no moisture to put back in, as is the case with many conventional shampoos.

Elin puts environmental issues as top priority. She uses recyclable glass bottles and supplies her products with minimal additional packaging. This bottle came wrapped in bubble wrap stamped with number 4 on it, which can be recycled. It arrived in a jiffy bag, which can be stored and used again when we have something fragile to post.

The bubble wrap that was used for my package was reused, Elin told me; therefore already recycled. Any bubble wrap that Nothing Nasty have to buy in is degradable and the envelopes they use are made from recycled paper.
Any paper used to send information on is recycled, as well as the cardboard boxes used for larger orders.

In addition, Elin will take a whopping 20% off your next purchase if you return your bottles to her for refilling. This is a wonderful service which so many people are missing. Long gone are the days of the 10p return on our Krona bottles, but Elin revives this tradition and helps us reduce the amount of waste we are left to get rid of.

We’ve managed to secure a discount from Elin for all you lovely readers later in the month. Keep checking back on this site for details.

Mr Green gives the organic mandarin castille soap a big thumbsup. It’s a fab product, effective and economical and of course, there is nothing nasty for us to put in the landfill after use. The fact that it is so versatile means you only need take one bottle into the shower with you!

I couldn’t resist this product, so I’ve been using it as a hand and body wash and I’m so impressed! Most products leave my skin feeling dry, but true to her word, Elin’s organic castile soap is very rich and moisturising. It is suitable for sensitive skin and there is no need for additional moisturisers afterwards.

The Nothing Nasty range includes gorgeous bath salts, which would make a lovely gift for someone, facial moisturisers and toners, rich hand creams, soothing lip balms, a great range for men, luxury products for mums-to-be and babes, along with 4 gorgeous room fragrances.

These really are delightful products with an eco twist that are well worth treating yourself to 🙂
If you’re unsure what to order, Elin will make up sample sizes of any of her products for you to try. As a company who is well informed about the effects of landfill and creating zero waste, we highly recommend Elin and her Nothing Nasty products.


About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Kris says:

    Oooh, I’m looking forward to ‘later in the month’ now. This sounds gorgeous, and the all-in-one nature will be most useful now I’m attending gym-bunnytown!

    Thank you for my avatar – I’m a bit worried I’m one of those Cylons though…

  2. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Kris!

    If you want your own avatar, you can sign up for Gravatar ( and any site that is gravatar enabled will show your chosen pic 🙂

    I’m glad you’re looking forward to the discount. All in one products are great in so many ways. As you point out; they’re great for gyms and fab for holidays and general all round disorganised people like me who need to keep life simple!

    Let us know how you get on with the products if you order any – you’re welcome to write a review if you try something different 🙂

    Mrs g x

  3. Wendy says:

    Sounds wonderful but “smelt” is not a word.

  4. Mrs Green says:

    Thank you Wendy – you learn something new every day 🙂

    And I’ve just discovered that smelt is a type of fish as well as a way of extracting metals. I never knew that either 😉

  5. Ms Japanika says:

    I’m new on board, I found your site a week ago while looking for a link to the Feeding Britain WW2 cookery book!
    I’m currently living with my partner in Japan, where, although recycling is widespread and mandatory, they use so much plastic, it beggars belief. Individual avocados or lemons, for example, being encased in polythene.
    It’s made me incredibly conscious of just how much I am throwing out each week, even if 90% of it is being shipped off for recycling (probably somewhere in China!) Finding your site has come at exactly the right moment for me, so a big wide THANK YOU to all the Green family.

    The main reason for my comment, however, was to point out, at the risk of making myself an unpopular know-it-all on my first post, that smelt is indeed an acceptable variant of smelled, as well as being a small fish and that metal extraction thingy! 🙂

  6. John Costigane says:

    @Ms Japanika: Great to have a poster from Japan.

    Furoshiki is a Zero Waste way of giving presents, Christmas in particular. What is your experience of this Japanese art/craft?

  7. Ms Japanika says:

    Actually, I must confess I’ve never seen it used to wrap a gift. Most gifts seem to be given in bags from shops – not plastic carrier bags, but square, sturdy bags like you might get from an expensive designer shop in the UK. It seems perfectly acceptable to put the gift in a bag that has nothing to do with the gift itself i.e. a second hand bag. People, especially women, often use the same bags for taking their papers etc into work to avoid having to squeeze everything into their handbags, and offices usually have large stockpiles of them waiting to be reused for one purpose or other. I suppose it must be better than wrapping paper, which is fairly thin on the ground here!
    The one thing the cloth is really used for is bentos (lunchboxes). You wrap the box up in it so help you carry it, often attaching it by the knot to the handlebars on your bicycle, and then it doubles as a tablecloth while you’re eating. I do it all the time! Very useful.

  8. Ms Japanika says:

    EDIT – I live in Hokkaido, the northernmost island, which is much less traditional than the rest of Japan, because it was colonised so much more recently. It’s perfectly possible they use furoshiki for gifts in the rest of Japan.

  9. John Costigane says:

    @Ms Japanika: The cloth with bentos is a similar idea but Furoshiki is more stylish, like wrapping paper. It can be used to carry 2 bottles, for example, with a knotted handle.

    The reusability of the material means no waste arises from its use, Zero Waste. They are on sale from a Japanese goods website. My intention is to buy several for personal use and to promote the furoshiki idea as part of our trend. Mrs Green has already covered the idea on myzerowaste.

    The world of the Geisha was recently explored on TV. This traditional practice has stylised garments, a possible link to Furoshiki?

  10. Mrs Green says:

    @Ms Japanika: Welcome to the site, Ms Japanika. I’ve really enjoyed reading your comments about your life in Japan. And thank you for pointing out about ‘smelt’.

    It sounds like you have a lot to share with us about your lifestyle and I look forward to reading more.

    Glad you are enjoying the site – please feel free to drop comments in wherever you deem appropriate!

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