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If you read my MLE Expo 2016 post, you might know that I attended the Muslim Lifestyle Expo in Manchester. One of the brands that I came across was Tamese & Jackson, who focus on halal certified toiletries.
I mean I’d heard of Halal certified toiletries, but they always seem so woo-woo and not something you normally want to look into much further.
After the expo, I contacted the company, and they very kindly told me more about the company and sent me full-sized products to review.
HOW DID TAMESE & JACKSON START?
A number of years ago we came across the concept of halal certified personal care products and we identified the main market as the Middle East and most suppliers were based in South East Asia. We also identified a few UK brands but all of them seemed to have small scale production and packaging was very ethnic looking. With a pretty good understanding of their mentality, we knew that Middle Easterns prefer western looking products, so the idea was to combine the the look and branding of a western looking product with contents that would tick ethical and religious boxes.
WHAT DOES TAMESE & JACKSON MEAN?
We researched this area extensively and settled for the name Tamese & Jackson – Tamese meaning clean in Farsi and Jackson being a non-offensive Western name. For the look of the packaging we looked at traditional Islamic art, patterns and mosaic designs and picked a few which we gave a modern twist to.
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO USE HALAL PRODUCTS?
From the beginning stages, we looked at the concept of halal certification from two different perspectives. One was the more obvious which was the religious aspect. If it is against one’s religion to eat pork and consume alcohol, how can it be acceptable to use a hand wash contains these in the ingredients after all up to 60% of what you put on your skin can be absorbed into your body. Secondly and from a completely non-religious perspective, we all know that alcohol dries the skin, so if you remove it, you are left with a better product which is less harsh.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BE A HALAL PRODUCT?
The basis of the halal certification is that the products contain:
No pork or any animal based ingredients
No genetically modified ingredients
and as a company, we do not use any parabens.
It is also important to note that right from the beginning we turned to the Halal Trust UK for help and advise, who very kindly helped us along the way even in sourcing some of the raw materials. Finally, when the product was finished and the processed were all checked, the Halal Trust gave us the certification.
So, finally onto the review! Tamese & Jackson sent me the Blue Orchid Moisturising Shampoo & Conditioner. They also do two other scents which are Lime & Reyhan and Mint depending on your hair care needs.
Tamese & Jackson Shampoo
The shampoo smells amazing and is really moisturising. You get a lot for your money, and I can see that this is going to last me a LONG time. The blue orchid smell is not too overpowering, but it definitely has a pleasant smell.
Mr. T tried it as well over the weekend, and his only criticism is that it doesn’t lather, but I don’t mind that to be honest, as I guess with more natural ingridients, you’re not going to get much of a lather.
Tamese & Jackson Conditioner
The conditioner has the same smell as the shampoo, which is kind of unusual, and even after washing out, the smell lingers in your hair, which I love!
Both products are incredibly moisturising, especially in the current weather, we can all do with some moisturising.
Tamese & Jackson Shower Gel
The body wash they sent is Lime & Reyhan which is so refreshing in the mornings when you’re half asleep. At the moment, I’m the only one using it as Mr. T can’t use overly scented products at work, but his only criticism is again the lack of lather.
By now, you might have worked out, he likes a lather!
When you dispense the product, it’s quite thick and gel-like and does take a couple of pumps to do your whole body, so this might be one to save for when you need that wake-up rather than every day. The scent lingers initially when you come out of the shower, but after say an hour, it disappears.
HOW MUCH IS IT?
The shampoo and conditioner retail for £5.95 each. The body wash is £3.95.
WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
The range consists of 3 separate scents which span shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion and hand wash.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
I would definitely recommend this range to anyone looking into halal, vegan or nicely scented products.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY?
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