Do you use plastics?

FYI about the shrinkwrap that we use for all our bath products. We are getting loads of questions from people that want to know if it's recycled/biodegradable, the answer is YES, it is made from a corn-based polylactic acid (PLA) by EarthFirst that is fully biodegradable as opposed to the old shrink films made from petrolchemicals.
Our plastic jars used for skincare and body products are made from recycled plastics that go right back in the recycle loop, so while they are not biodegradable they are not made from 'new' plastic.
Our glitters are vegetable cellulose based so they are also biodegradable.

How long will my bath bombs last? How long are they good for?
For most this is no problem, as most of you have seen they sell FAST. However, there may be scents that move for one person but not for you. We personally make 10-12 dozen per week for our retail shop in general, try to use your bath fizzies in about 6 months. The longer you wait, the more likely it is the bath bomb will be exposed to moisture in the air and lose some of its fizzing power. Both citric acid and baking soda have very long shelf lives, but the citric acid can lose its potency. Potency is determined by MANY things but the biggest killer of citric acid is moisture in the air. The citric acid will eventually eat up the colour and scent molecules within the bomb...the scent will start to fade and the colour will grow steadily lighter. I have personally used bombs up to a year old and they will have very little fizz left but they will still have colour and scent.
Their performance is at it's BEST in the first three months. Shrinkwrapping/cello bagging bombs individually at the time of production can extend that to 6 months. In between your shows keep your bombs in airtight TIGHT containers out of direct light.
How can you tell its a dud? Every month or so after you get your bombs, pop one of your bath bombs in and check it's performance. You will see over time as it starts to act differently. THIS is why we dont keep large amounts of stock on bombs.....they are always made to order to make sure you are getting PRIME action.

What information am I legally required to have with me at markets, shows and on my website?
All of our products with the exception of fizzy bombs have full ingredients listed on the labels, so they are completely compliant with Trading Standards and EU Cosmetics Regulation laws. When you list items on your websites you MUST include the ingredients for people to see, this is LAW. You will find all the ingredients lists on the expanded view of each product on our wholesale website. It is up to YOU to make yourself completely familiar with the products you carry and what, if any, restrictions are in place on any of them. ALL of this info is on the website. Read it. Learn it. LIVE it.When selling Bath Bombs in person whether it’s a shop or market or MUST have a card on display in easy view of the customers with full bath bomb ingredients on it. ALL of our bath bombs have the same ingredients, only the scents change so you can normally get away with just having a simple A4 card in a frame or laminated and on display that has ingredients printed on it. The exception to this is any bomb with oats or milk in it, those have additional ingredients, If you carry them then you need to make note of those extra ingredients.
How can I learn more about how to answer questions about what ingredients Posh Brats uses and how to answer questions about the ingredients lists for customers?
There is a fabulous section on the wholesale website with an ingredient encyclopedia. This gives you a wealth of information about all of our ingredients and what their roles are. An informed seller is a successful seller! You will find that here:

You use a lot of essential oils in your products, what do I need to know about essential oils?

Essential oils are organic compounds derived from plant sources such as roots, bark, flowers and seeds. They are complex chemical compounds and not technically oils at all! They are extracted using a variety of methods to capture the scented particles, leaving many of the other chemical constituents of the plant behind.

Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy based on holistic principles, using the application of essential oils to improve mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Oils can be applied in a variety of ways apart from massage.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are organic compounds derived from plant sources such as roots, bark, flowers and seeds. They are complex chemical compounds and not technically oils at all! They are extracted using a variety of methods to capture the scented particles, leaving many of the other chemical constituents of the plant behind.

Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy based on holistic principles, using the application of essential oils to improve mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Oils can be applied in a variety of ways apart from massage.

How does aromatherapy work?

Skin absorption
Most of the chemical constituents of essential oils have a molecular weight of less than 1000m (m = weight of molecule). Theoretically, any substance with a molecular weight below 1000m should be absorbed by the skin (Ref. Food Cos. Tox. 1989 v 27:479). There is controversy over the issue of skin absorption. Some parts of an essential oil can be absorbed into the skin, but there is no evidence to prove that it is then absorbed into the underlying tissues via the capillary and lymphatic vessels at the dosages used in ordinary aromatherapy mixes.

There is evidence that essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream when inhaled. The many blood vessels in the lungs absorb the oils and circulate them throughout the body. Our sense of smell connects directly with the limbic system of the brain, which processes memories, associations and emotions.

We ingest oils in many foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals where the essential oils are widely used as flavourings, for example in peppermint toothpaste and chewing gums, flavoured drinks and mouthwashes. It is unwise to drink essential oils unless prescribed by a medical herbalist.

Some oils are not recommended for people of certain ages or suffering from certain conditions. Refer to the safety information in aromatherapy books and the Which oils can be dangerous? section below. Contraindications are also given for each oil in the shopping area.

How do I use essential oils?

In the bath
Using essential oils in the bath is an extremely effective way of influencing mood, although rather wasteful as much of the essential oil sticks to the sides of the bath. Add essential oils to a spoon or two of oil or soap solution and add it to the bathwater just before you get in - otherwise the oils will evaporate before you have a chance to enjoy them or benefit from absorption via the lungs and nose.

Dosage: up to 10 drops in 10ml (2 teaspoons) oil or soap solution, or directly to the water.

Take care when using oils in the bath as some can sting. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, aniseed, camphor, clove, eucalyptus, ginger, juniper, black pepper, peppermint, sage, savory, spearmint, and thyme should be used in very small dosages - no more than 2 drops to a bath.
Alternatively, you can apply a massage blend to the body, then sit in a warm bath for a while.

A footbath is useful when someone is immobile or too fragile for other methods. This is an extremely effective stress-relief and pick-me-up at the end of a hard day and in hot weather.

Dosage: use 4 drops in a bowl or footspa of warm water and soak feet for about 20 minutes.

Body massage
Dosage: up to 6 drops in 10-15ml (2-3 teaspoons) of carrier oil or lotion.

Facial massage
Facial skin requires special care as it tends to be delicate, show more signs of stress and toxic overload, and is generally more exposed to the wind, sun and atmospheric pollutants. For facial massage, select an appropriate carrier oil and use a lower dosage of essential oil than that for body massage. As the face is a small area, 5ml of total mix are usually sufficient.

Dosage: 1-3%, or 1-3 drops, in 5ml (1 teaspoon) of carrier oil (use an even higher dilution for very sensitive skin).

Localised massage
Can be applied to small areas, for example stiff joints, sprains and cramps (e.g., stomach and period pains). As the area to be covered usually requires fast action the dilution used is often lower than that for body or facial massage, but always make sure that you are using a safe dosage.

Dosage: 5%, or 10 drops, in 5ml (1 teaspoon) carrier oil. Ensure that you do not exceed the maximum safe dosage - refer to Dosages for adults and children and Which oils can be dangerous?.

Water compresses
Certain situations require fast action, so low dilutions are used. Conditions like sprains, cuts, bruises, sunburn, insect bites, rashes, large areas of skin infection and inflammation respond well to this method.

Dosage: up to 12 drops in 100ml water, hot or cold depending upon the situation. Agitate the water and quickly soak a piece of sterile gauze in it, wring it out and apply to the affected area. The treatment can be augmented by the application of ice packs or heat pads as appropriate.

Neat application
Cuts, insect bites, spots, cold sores, verrucae, warts and athlete's foot can be treated with neat tea-tree and/or lavender oil. Apply with a cotton bud. If the area is cracked and dry cover with a barrier cream after 10 minutes. Note: tea-tree may cause irritation and dryness, so treat with respect.


Dosages for adults and children

Please always refer to the dosage table and safety chart when selecting, and using essential oils for adults.


Facial massage/skincare 1-3 5ml (1 tsp.)
General massage 5-10 15ml (3 tsp.)
Localised areas max. 20 10ml (2 tsp.)
Baths/footbaths max. 10 bowl or bath


Children have delicate skin and eyes and are, on the whole, very sensitive to smells. For these reasons, great care is needed when selecting and blending oils. Ask yourself if it is necessary to apply the oils to the body, or whether fragrancing is more appropriate. Take care when using low dilutions in fragrancers as the vapour may sting a child's eyes and delicate mucous membranes. Do not leave children unsupervised when using fragrancers with nightlights.

6 months-2 years 1 drop in 10ml (2 teaspoons) almond oil Use only good quality oils with high odour intensity (e.g., rose otto, neroli, terpene-free lavender and Roman chamomile). Two drops of lavender on a handkerchief tied to a child's cot can help if the child has difficulty sleeping. If the child has a cold, eucalyptus or tea-tree can be used in the same way to ease congestion.

2-5 years 1-3 drops in 10ml (2 teaspoons) carrier oil. See above for safe oils to use.

5-12 years Use half adult dose and increase range of oils used

12+ Use adult dose

Which oils can be dangerous?

Below is a list of some of the traditionally accepted contraindicated oils for specific conditions. There is little scientific research to support most of these contraindications.

Pregnancy Basil, cinnamon, clary sage, cypress, fennel, jasmine, juniper, marjoram, myrrh, origanum, pennyroyal, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sage, savory and thyme

Breastfeeding Mint, parsley, sage and jasmine (research has shown that jasmine inhibits milk production in lactating mothers)

High blood pressure Cypress, eucalyptus, ginger, rose, rosemary, sage and thyme

Low blood pressure Clary sage, garlic, lavender, lemon, marjoram and ylang-ylang

Epilepsy Fennel, hyssop, rosemary, sage and wormwood

Care when using machinery or driving Clary sage and vertivert

Care if drinking alcohol Clary sage

Hazardous oils
These oils are never to be used in any form in therapy:
Almond (bitter), Boldo Leaf, Calamus, Camphor (brown), Camphor (yellow), Horseradish, Jaborandi leaf, Mugwort, Mustard, Rue, Sassafras, Sassafras (Brazil), Savin, Southernwood, Tansy, Thuja (cedarleaf), Thuja, Plicata, Wintergreen, Wormseed, Wormwood.

**Compiled and written by Lyn Gardenchild DipIFA IEB Aromatherapist and IEB registered tutor

What is INCI and how come I don’t understand your labels/ingredients?

INCI stands for International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. 

INCI is a system for naming cosmetic ingredients that is multilingual, multinational and based on Latin language. It consists of a common, single nomenclature for each ingredient used in a cosmetic product. It is a nomenclature based on international lists of ingredients known and used by pharmacists and scientists worldwide. It has been developed in the United States and Europe and it is used extensively throughout the world.

INCI ideally should make it easier for consumers to know exactly what is in the products they are purchasing but there is a steep learning curve involved since most of us are not that familiar with Latin or the botanical names of certain plants.  Uninformed consumers may think that a product is loaded with “chemicals” (read “synthetics”) since Latin names for very natural, benign ingredients can sound “chemical”, like sodium chloride (salt).

What is soap?

Soap is actually a salt, chemically speaking. when fatty acids (oils) come into contact with a caustic alkalai base (in this case, a sodium hydroxide and water solution), the fatty acids thicken to a pudding-like consistency, this is the beginning of a chemical reaction called saponification.  this batter is poured into a mould and left for 24 hours during which time saponification causes the mixture to heat up, go through a gel phase, then cool down into a solid. most of the free sodium hydroxide has disappeared by this point but Posh Brats soap is left for an additional 4 weeks to “cure” until all the sodium hydroxide has dissipated, any water has evaporated out of the bar and the soap is gentle and ready to use. a wonderful by-product of saponification is glycerin, a natural humectant (something that draws moisture to itself). the transparent soap that is often called “glycerin soap” is a bit of a misnomer – all soap has glycerin, unless it has been removed. commercially made soap often has the glycerin removed to sell to cosmetic companies.

What are some of the ingredients you list?

Sodium hydroxide: sodium hydroxide is commonly known as lye.  you cannot make soap without lye (see “what is soap?”). since the 1700s sodium hydroxide has been derived from sea salt and is now sold in a standardized flake or grain form, much like table salt, or sodium chloride. sodium hydroxide produces bar soap, potassium hydroxide (another “lye”) is used to make liquid soaps.

Fruit, vegetable and nut oils: Posh Brats uses only pure non-animal oils to make our soaps. Some Posh Brats soaps are not, however, suitable for vegans since we do use beeswax, honey and goat’s milk.

Other additives: beeswax is added for colour, scent, and to produce a harder bar that will last longer in your soap dish. honey is a natural humectant (draws moisture to your skin) and is used for colour and scent since it caramelizes during the gel phase of the soap process. goat’s milk is used for it’s softening effects and to make the lather creamier. oatmeal is added to soften as well as to gently buff your skin. lavender flowers, ground almonds, myrrh powder and other natural ingredients are added for texture, eye appeal or to provide mild exfoliation to slough off dead skin cells.

What about Sulphates? Do you use them?

Sulfates are used in shampoos and body wash products to make them foam and dissolve oil, sulfate can sometimes be spelt with a "ph" as in sulphate but the chemical is exactly the same. There's a lot of confusion surrounding sulfates particularly around which are considered safe to use on the skin and those which are not. The four common sulfates are:

1) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
2) Sodium Laureth Sulfate
3) Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
4) Ammonium Laureth Sulfate.

Of these only one is permitted for use in certified organic products. Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) is certified by the European organic regulator (Eco-Cert) as OK to use in organic toiletries and cosmetics because all the research on the irritancy and toxicity of ALS point to this particular sulfate being safe to use on the skin.

Some manufacturers of natural products choose to avoid sulfates and they substitute them with chemicals which have not had such bad PR, unfortunately this sometimes results in an even more irritating chemical being used. For example Sodium Olefin Sulfonate (also know as C14-C16) is much more irritating than Sodium Lauryl Sulfate but because it has not been talked about in the press it slips under most people's radar.

Many people with allergies to sulfates are not actually allergic to the sulfate itself. The problem is that some sulfates excessively breakdown the skin's natural oils and this means the skin is more permeable to other ingredients in the product. It is usually deeper penetration by other ingredients which causes the allergic reaction.

I have an existing health condition, is there anything I shouldn't be using in your products?

To be on the safe side, please avoid use of products containing essential oils if you have any the following conditions.
  • High or Low Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiac Fibrilation
  • Kidney Disease
  • First Trimester Pregnancy
*If in doubt please ask*

What is a Material Safety Data Sheet?

A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is designed to provide both workers and emergency personnel with the proper procedures for handling or working with a particular substance. MSDS's include information such as physical data (melting point freezing point, boiling point, flash point, toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill/leak procedures. This information will be needed if a spill or other accident occurs. A company is required to have a Material Safety Data Sheet for a product on hand when its employees are exposed over long term to the product in a potantially hazardous manner. In other words, if you are purchasing 5 gallons of shea butter, you are not in any harm and therefore do not need to have an MSDS sheet for the product. However, if you are purchasing a drum of liquid paraffin wax, which is flammable, you should keep an MSDS sheet on hand in case of a spill/leak. MSDSs are required only if the product can be considered hazardous.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are only required for materials that are hazardous. Manufacturers/distributors are not required to provide MSDS sheets for non-hazardous materials.



Are PB products Vegan/Vegetarian? Organic? Cruelty-Free?
While we do not cater to vegans or vegetarians, most of our products do fall into suitability of both areas. There are obvious exclusions to this like when something contains honey, beeswax, milk . Check the ingredients list yourself. While we do use organic ingredients to make our products, we are not a "certified" Organic company so we cannot make the claim in a product title that it is Organic. That certification is something that is paid for annually by companies and we choose not to pay some company to give us a label that doesn't matter. As far as cruelty-free, we have ALWAYS been that and it is EU LAW. Every manufacturer in the UK or EU must be cruelty-free by law. That means that any products and/or ingredients used in manufacturing must NEVER have been tested on animals at any time in their production.  This used to be something that was used by companies as a selling point and some still do. The fact is it's already law and has been for some time.
"Are your products Gluten-Free? Organic? Vegan? Cruelty-free?"

I get this question(s) all the time from customers and I'm sure you do too. Here's the deal....
These PB items are gluten-free:
bath bombs (except unscented milk & oat)
bubble bars
soap (except the ones containing oats)
shower steamers
sugar scrubs
EVERYTHING else contains gluten. Period. Every product regardless of gluten-content is produced in a workspace where gluten is used so cross-contamination is always possible. It is best NOT to claim we are gluten-free. It is also best NOT to say we are Vegan because we do use some animal-based ingredients. We are approved and certified by PETA and that is good enough for us. We are 100% cruelty-free and nothing we make, not ingredients we use have ever been tested on animals. While we do use organic ingredients when possible we are NOT "certified organic".