Carrageenan extract is a mucilage extracted from Irish moss seaweed which is dried and powdered. When put in contact with liquids, it rehydrates and jellies, acting as a thickening agent, emulsifier and stabiliser, while moisturising the skin as well.
The word carrageenan comes from carraigín, meaning ‘little rock’ in Irish. The seaweed extract has been used since 600 B.C in China and around 400 A.D. in Ireland where it can still be found in traditional desserts to create a jelly-like pannacotta.
Carrageenan was first introduced on an industrial scale in the 1930s and is widely used today as a vegan alternative to animal-derived gelatin and can be commonly seen in commercial vegetarian sweets.
Wibbly wobbly timey wimey?
Every occasion deserves jelly. Proposing marriage? Spell it out in jelly. Travelling by tube? Keep fellow commuters happy by smelling jelly-fresh. Heading abroad? Cool down in the heat by popping your jelly in the fridge or freezer before lathering up.
These jellies will get you from daybreak to sundown, although it's wise to refrain from washing five times a day (it's not like eating fruit and vegetables).
8.00am: Usurp the reign of the snooze button. It's time to start the day racing in the right direction with a dose of Whoosh. The blend of cleansing fresh organic lemon, grapefruit and lime juices offers an intensely citrusy wake-up call.
12.00pm-17.00pm: In the event of you possibly being at work, this is the time for jelly anticipation. Ignore the repetitive office playlist and the broken coffee machine and dream lustre-filled daydreams of the lather you'll be enjoying in a few short hours.
18:00pm: Refresh after a long day with a jelly face mask. Birth Of Venus is packed with fresh sea water and lavender oil to cool and rejuvenate your skin after a hard day's work, but with five to choose from, there's a different option for every weekday.
21.00pm: Tune out and wind down with the superbly soporific combination of The Big Sleep Jelly Bomb and Deep Sleep shower jelly. Malty lavender, chamomile and neroli are as effective as a mug of something warm and milky before bed when it comes to inviting sleep and soothing mind and body. Soak in a blanket of nourishing seaweed jelly for smooth skin and sweet dreams. Or find your perfect match here.
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