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Alva Specialist Skincare 'SalvaDerm' (Vegan)



Size: 50ml
£19.25




SalvaDerm's unique dual action system harnesses the power of micro silver that works hard to inhibit infections and to soothe the skin, quickly relieving inflammation, severe itching and the urge to scratch. The patented vegan natural source beta glucan, strengthens and sustains the immune system, promoting the skin's powers of resistance and regeneration whilst helping to mitigate new attacks. Vitamin E protects sensitive skin from free radicals, aloe vera soothes and promotes healing, jojoba oil and shea butter offer effective and natural moisturizing properties.

Dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis can seriously compromise quality of life, but with traditional allopathic treatment using steroid medications, many sufferers and parents of children with these conditions are increasingly turning to more natural approaches.

A recent report from BBC News (24th March, 2009) revealed a 42% rise in the diagnosis of eczema between 2001 and 2005, with an estimated 5.7m adults and children affected.

A paper in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine indicated that eczema is thought to be a trigger for other allergic reactions.

Researchers using data from GP records of 9m people showed that by 2005, at some point or another, one in nine people in the UK had been affected by eczema, the highest rate being in boys aged between five and nine.

Study leader, Professor Aziz Sheikh of University of Edinburgh, commented on the increasing incidence of eczema, especially in view of the link between conditions such as asthma and allergic rhinitis.

Theory suggests that allergens may be able to cross the skin's barrier in eczema sufferers, whereas with non-sufferers the skin provided an adequate and effective barrier.

Professor Aziz suggested that environmental factors are likely to play a causal role and that genetic predisposition was not the only trigger.

Margaret Cox of the National Eczema Society agrees that modern living may be a contributing factor, with excessive bathing dehydrating the skin, with detergents taking away the skin's natural and essential oils. The over-use of harsh chemical-laden detergents from an early age seems to play a role here.

Using steroids to treat eczema and other similar skin conditions can weaken the immune system and in the long run make the body vulnerable to skin infections. In order to break this vicious cycle, Alva has developed SalvaDerm. Certified organic dual action SalvaDerm cream relieves itching and infections, and rapidly builds up the immune system.

This hypoallergenic formula is both fragrance and alcohol free.




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Alva Foot Care Deo Spray (Vegan)



Size: 75ml
£12.00




This effective Foot Deo Spray from Alva combats long-term foot odour and provides all-day comfort and freshness. Aloe Vera re-vitalises and smoothes the skin. A combination of tea tree and manuka oils support hygiene for feet prone to fungal infections.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Convenient for use after sport, swimming or the sauna. Highly recommended for foot massage. The versatility of this spray makes it highly effective for spraying directly into footwear.

For ingredients, please see 'more info'.




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Alva Foot Care Lotion



Size: 100ml
£11.50




This lotion from Alva promotes silky skin - revitalizes tired feet - and protects the delicate and often stressed skin of the feet.

Fungus and bacteria like to nestle in the cracks of rough skin, and this lotion smoothes chapped and cracked skin, increasing its elasticity and significantly reducing the probability of developing new cracks and fungal or bacterial infections.

With regular use the soles of your feet will become soft and silky smooth.

Genuine manuka oil and other all-natural essential oils also play their part in the hygienic care of skin susceptible to fungal infections.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Apply to clean feet morning and night for optimal benefits. For use after sports, swimming and sauna. Also assists with the therapeutic care of diabetic feet and athlete's foot.

For ingredients, please see 'more info'.




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Alva Foot & Hand Care Anti-Callous Balm



Size: 30ml
£12.50




With fine sage, thyme and an active agent from willow bark, this light balm from Alva gently reduces unpleasant calloused skin on the feet, hands, elbows, and knees.

Dry, cracked areas of the skin become softer and quickly diminish, with the white willow helping to quell any discomfort associated with cracked skin. This balm also removes calloused skin caused by pressure points, corns and warts. The efficient alternative to foot smoothers, files and pumice stones. With genuine Manuka Oil and Calendula, an effective and natural anti-fungal agent. Also assists with the therapeutic care of diabetic feet.

Dermatological tests show a 75% reduction of hard, calloused skin in 28 days.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Apply to affected areas after showering or bathing in the morning, and again before going to bed.

For ingredients, please see 'more info'.




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Alva Crystal Deo Sensitive Stick with case (Vegan)



Size: 90g
£10.00




The hypoallergenic alternative for sensitive skin, from Alva.

Designed for both normal and sensitive skin, this crystal deodorant covers the skin with an extremely fine natural mineral film helping to prevent perspiration and body odor for up to 24 hours, whilst leaving no white marks.

Alva crystal deodorants are reliable and extremely gentle on the skin. Grown naturally on organic hemp rope for an eight week period, Alva crystal deodorants are unsurpassed in their quality and effectiveness.

This crystal deodorant stick is excellent value for money giving in excess of one year's use.

Contains no preservatives, artificial scents or chloride compounds.....just as nature intended. No aluminium chlorohydrate.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Moisten the crystal stick and roll on the clean underarm area; dry off crystal after each use.

Ingredients: Ammonium alum.




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Alva Crystal Deo Sensitive Stick without case (Vegan)



Size: 100g
£8.75




The hypoallergenic alternative for strong perspiration, from Alva.

Designed for both normal and sensitive skin, this crystal deodorant covers the skin with an extremely fine natural mineral film helping to prevent perspiration and body odor for up to 24 hours, whilst leaving no white marks.

Alva crystal deodorants are reliable and extremely gentle on the skin. Grown naturally on organic hemp rope for an eight week period, Alva crystal deodorants are unsurpassed in their quality and effectiveness.

This crystal deodorant stick is excellent value for money giving in excess of one year's use.

Contains no preservatives, artificial scents or chloride compounds.....just as nature intended. No aluminium chlorohydrate.

Ingredients: Ammonium alum.




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Alva For Him Intensive Crystal Deo Spray (Vegan)



Size: 75ml
£10.00




This intensive crystal deodorant spray for men prevents body odour for up to 24 hours. With extracts from comfrey and aloe vera, it soothes the sensitive underarm area whilst maintaining freshness. Both men and women appreciate the rugged, masculine scent of this high performance deodorant.

Alcohol-free deodorant is also free of parabens and harmful chloride compounds.

Will not leave white marks. No aluminium chlorohydrate.

For ingredients, please see 'more info'.




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For Him ReActivate Caffeine Shampoo (Vegan)



Size: 200ml
£11.50




The world's first shampoo with caffeine from certified organic coffee strengthens hair roots and re-activates circulation in the scalp.

Pure plant cleansing agents guarantee mild yet thorough cleansing. Menthol generates a refreshing cooling effect.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Apply to wet hair and massage in. Leave on the scalp for TWO minutes for optimal effects. This two minute period is crucial, and studies indicate that this is the optimal minimum time for the caffeine to be absorbed by the hair follicle. Rinse and repeat if desired. SLS free.

Caffeine from organic coffee beans is the key active component in For Him ReActivate Shampoo. Its efficacy for hair loss prevention is based on an in-vitro study done where follicles were treated with a caffeine solution. It was found that caffeine blocks the effects of DHT, the hormone that causes Male Pattern Baldness and damages the hair follicles

Dr Fischer, who conducted the first trial, took scalp biopsies from 14 men in the early stages of hair loss. He extracted the hair follicles and then placed them in test tubes with solutions containing different levels of caffeine.

The follicles that were being treated with caffeine saw their average growth increase by around 46% and the life cycle of the hair extended by 37%, when compared to the control group.

In the study, researchers in Germany wanted to see if topically applied caffeine could be delivered to the follicle when being part of a shampoo.

According to the study it was possible to prove that after 2 minutes of shampooing, the caffeine in the shampoo was able to penetrate into the scalp via the hair follicles and stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the skin), proving that shampoo is an effective delivery vehicle for caffeine, provided that its left on the scalp for 2 minutes or more.

Aims: Follicular drug delivery is the prerequisite for an effective treatment of androgenetic alopecia or other reasons of premature hair loss.

Methods: The follicular penetration of caffeine, applied topically in a shampoo formulation for 2 minutes, was measured with highly sensitive surface ionization in combination with mass spectroscopy, a selective method for the detection of very small quantities of transcutaneously absorbed substances in the blood. An experimental protocol, developed to selectively block the follicular pathway within the test area, was used. Based on this principle, a clear distinction between interfollicular and follicular penetration of topically applied caffeine was feasible.

Results: After 2 minutes, caffeine penetrated via the hair follicles and stratum corneum.

Conclusion: It was found that the penetration via hair follicles was faster and higher compared with the interfollicular route and that hair follicles are the only pathway for fast caffeine absorption during the first 20 minutes after application.

Copyright (c) 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel. Source: PMID 17396054.




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Alva For Him After Shave Balm



Size: 75ml
£13.50




For Him After Shave Balm with a natural moisturizing complex and invigorating fragrance prevents dry and razor-stressed skin.

Bisabolol and vitamin E calms and conditions the skin.

It absorbs quickly, refreshes, smoothes and soothes, and is particularly suited to dry skin. Alcohol-free.

For ingredients, please see 'more info'.




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Alva For Him Hydrating Cream (Vegan)



Size: 60ml
£13.50




This day and night moisturising cream was developed specifically for mens' skin. Its base is composed of jojoba oil, grape seed oil and andiroba oil as well as shea butter, cupuaçu butter and vitamin E.

Hyaluronic Acid revitalizes the building and renewal of cells and binds moisture into the skin helping to smooth fine lines and reduce wrinkle depth. It is relaxing and refreshing, works against early skin ageing and counteracts UV stress.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE: After thoroughly cleansing the skin, apply to the face and rub in well. For optimal long-term benefits use both morning and night.

For ingredients, please see 'more info'.




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Alva For Him Crystal Deo Roll-On (Vegan)



Size: 50ml
£8.25




This all-natural, roll-on crystal deodorant prevents body odor for up to 24 hours. With extracts from comfrey, aloe vera, witch hazel and echinacea, it soothes the sensitive underarm area.

This alcohol-free deodorant is 100% free of parabens and harmful chloride compounds. No aluminium chlorohydrate.

For ingredients, please see 'more info'.




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Alva For Him Body Lotion (Vegan)



Size: 175ml
£13.50




A wonderfully invigorating lotion with a base of jojoba oil, grape seed oil and andiroba oil as well as shea butter, cupuaçu butter and vitamin E.

With a new moisturising complex from the tropical rain forest that can store up to 240% more moisture than lanolin or glycerin, it revitalizes, smoothes and firms the skin, preventing wrinkles and counteracting UV stress. Alcohol free.

For ingredients, please see 'more info'.




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Alva For Him Hair & Body Shower Gel (Vegan)



Size: 175ml
£9.50




This refreshing, non-irritating shower gel was developed specially for a man's skin - extra mild, with natural cleansing substances from head to toe.

Allantoin and wheat protein protect body and scalp from moisture loss and dryness while strengthening and vitalizing your hair. 100% free from ammonium lauryl sulphate.




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Alva Daily Care 'Coconut & Lime' Roll-On Deodorant (Vegan)



Size: 50ml
£8.25




Alva's alcohol-free roll-on crystal deodorants prevent body odour and underarm wetness for up to 24 hours. Himalayan crystal salt, aloe vera, comfrey and an extract from chamomile make them skin friendly.

In order to avoid having to mix fragrances, Alva have coordinated the scents of their shower gels to match their body lotions and roll-on deodorants.

No aluminium chlorohydrate. Alcohol-free.

For ingredients, please see 'more info'.




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Alva Specialist Skincare Caffeine Shampoo for Thinning Hair (Vegan)



Size: 250ml
£12.80




This mild yet effective shampoo is designed for the care of thinning hair. The organic caffeine in our exclusive formulation helps to strengthen hair: caffeine stimulates circulation to the roots, helping to strengthen both the roots and the hair follicles. Organic Aloe Vera and Orange Water provide an instant moisture boost.

For optimal results: massage into wet hair and scalp and leave for 2 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Avoid contact with eyes.

Research carried out at the Department of Dermatology and Allergology, at the Univeristy of Jena, in Germany, studied the effects of both caffeine and testosterone on in vitro hair follicle samples.

The research aimed to determine the affect of both these substances on androgenetic alopecia and (AGA), a form of hereditary hair loss. This condition affects 50 per cent of men aged 50 years old and currently feeds a huge industry that includes topical, oral and surgical treatments.

The research found that caffeine application spurred growth, while testosterone clearly impeded growth.

Hair follicles from 14 biopsies were taken from the top of the scull of male patients and the samples were cultivated for 120hrs to 192hrs, with hair shaft elongation measured on a daily basis and at the end of the test period.

The results showed significant growth suppression in hair follicles treated with 5 micro grams per milliliter. This was countered by caffeine tested in concentrations of 0.0001 per cent and 0.005 per cent.

The researchers said that, on the contrary, caffeine significantly boosted growth of the hair follicles, leading the team to conclude that caffeine is a stimulator of hair growth and 'may have important clinical impact in the management of AGA'.




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