122 days ago

Poll: Opinion on our new packaging

Brandon Vickers from Bruntwood Lane

Hi Everyone!

We're looking at changing our packaging for our felted wool soaps from recyclable PET plastic to recycled card.

I've attached some images below to see.

The biggest issue we face is product awareness and the current PET packaging does an excellent job of displaying our … View more
Hi Everyone!

We're looking at changing our packaging for our felted wool soaps from recyclable PET plastic to recycled card.

I've attached some images below to see.

The biggest issue we face is product awareness and the current PET packaging does an excellent job of displaying our range.

It would be awesome if you could take the time to check them out and give me some feedback on both of them. Any opinions on look and design, information on packaging or any issues you have with either would be welcome :)

Cheers,

Brandon Vickers

Opinion on our new packaging
  • 0% PET recyclable platic
    0% Complete
  • 100% Recycled kraft card
    100% Complete
2 votes
159 days ago

Don't overpay for Fujifilm Instax Mini Film

Brandon Vickers from Bruntwood Lane

Hi Everyone!

It was my partner's birthday a little while ago - she's really into art & photography.

As the date closed in, I thought it would be a great idea to get her one of the Fujifilm Instant Film cameras, they're nostalgic and fun (she likes that sort of stuff)

With the … View more
Hi Everyone!

It was my partner's birthday a little while ago - she's really into art & photography.

As the date closed in, I thought it would be a great idea to get her one of the Fujifilm Instant Film cameras, they're nostalgic and fun (she likes that sort of stuff)

With the camera sorted, I headed down to my local electronic store to grab some film, and was shocked by how expensive it was. I checked online and found to save a couple of bucks I'd have to wait a week for it to be delivered!

So I decided to do something about it.

Fast-forward to now, I've been offering Instax Mini Film to kiwi's at the best price with overnight delivery using NZ Post's courier service.

I'd like to share my savings with you, if you're looking for Instax Mini Film or know anyone who uses one of these cameras - head along to my website:

www.instantminifilm.co.nz...

You'll also get to see Tucker my retriever :)

Cheers,

Brandon

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238 days ago

Poll: What convinces you to choose a specific soap or body wash?

Brandon Vickers from Bruntwood Lane

Hi everyone, we'd love to know what helps you decide which soap or body wash products you choose - Brandon from Bruntwood Lane

What convinces you to choose a specific soap or body wash?
  • 28.6% I go for the one I like the smell of the most
    28.6% Complete
  • 57.1% I'm all about the ingredients
    57.1% Complete
  • 14.3% I like to get the best value
    14.3% Complete
  • 0% I always get the same brand
    0% Complete
14 votes
249 days ago

Using Bergamot Essential Oils

Brandon Vickers from Bruntwood Lane

Hi guys!

We're using bergamot essential oils in one of new soap ranges and I'd love to share my findings with you :)

Bergamot essential oil is deeply relaxing, restorative, and calming. This essential oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils in perfumes and fragrant products.… View more
Hi guys!

We're using bergamot essential oils in one of new soap ranges and I'd love to share my findings with you :)

Bergamot essential oil is deeply relaxing, restorative, and calming. This essential oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils in perfumes and fragrant products.

Bergamot also known as the bergamot orange can trace its citrus'y origin back to South East Asia. Interestingly, Bergamot is now widely cultivated in Southern Italty in coastal regions such as Sicily. The title 'Bergamot' was named after the city of Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy.

It also shares its legendary flavour and scent with Earl Grey tea!

This sweet, fresh essential oil is uplifting for the spirit and it's relaxing effects can help diffuse anger and frustration. Bergamot essential oil is one of the best oils when looking to support a good nights rest. Other uses for the essential oil have been to help manage situational anxiety.

It's important to note, that as an essential oil, it's very potent and has a photo-sensitizing effect on the skin. If you're deciding to use Bergamot essential oil topically, diluting it down is a must!

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265 days ago

Healthier hair and softer skin with Tussah Silk Protein

Brandon Vickers from Bruntwood Lane

Tussah silk is considered one of earth’s natural treasures. Richly textured, naturally golden and luxurious silk has been used for many generations as a premium clothing material.

Silk, produced by Tussah silkworms, is one of nature’s strongest fibres. With antibacterial properties and … View more
Tussah silk is considered one of earth’s natural treasures. Richly textured, naturally golden and luxurious silk has been used for many generations as a premium clothing material.

Silk, produced by Tussah silkworms, is one of nature’s strongest fibres. With antibacterial properties and protective qualities, it is a great addition to hair and skincare products.

To release its natural goodness, the silk needs to be broken down into hydrolysed silk protein. Combined with an alkali solution – such as sodium hydroxide – the silk is broken down to become water soluble. This can then be added to soaps and shampoos.

When applied to the skin and hair, the silk proteins form a barrier which softens skin and improves moisture retention and improves your hair’s elasticity and strength; protecting hair from breakages and making it softer and shinier.

It’s so good that we’re adding it to our eco felted soaps and shampoo bars.

Silk is a natural treasure that is not as widely known for its benefits to the skin. Keep a look out for silk in your skincare products to take full advantage of what mother earth has to offer!

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272 days ago

Why we use Manuka honey in our eco soaps

Brandon Vickers from Bruntwood Lane

Not all honey is created equal! What is UMF-rated honey and why is it different to other honey?

Honey contains natural antibacterial properties, in the form of hydrogen peroxide, methylglyoxal and the antibacterial peptide defensin-1. This antibiotic quality differs between honeys depending on the… View more
Not all honey is created equal! What is UMF-rated honey and why is it different to other honey?

Honey contains natural antibacterial properties, in the form of hydrogen peroxide, methylglyoxal and the antibacterial peptide defensin-1. This antibiotic quality differs between honeys depending on the type of nectar that the bees forage to make honey. The result? Some honeys are hundreds of times more potent than others.

Honey produced from the nectar of Mānuka bushes contain higher quantities of the antibacterial compound, methylglyoxal (MG). While the quantity of MG is in most honeys is low, there is enough present in Mānuka Honey to have therapeutic effects.

Mānuka honey producers have a scale for rating the potency of honey − the Unique Mānuka Factor or UMF. The UMF rating reflects the concentration of MG in honey, with a rating of 10 being the minimum rating to be considered potent enough to confer therapeutic effects.

The UMF rating is the only Mānuka honey grading system that is licenced and audited.

Honey has been used for centuries and is considered to help with inflammation, treating infections and regulating gastrointestinal problems. It is even used medically as a topical application for treating minor wounds and burns.

That’s why we use UMF rated Manuka Honey in our eco felted soaps! With the many benefits Mānuka honey can provide, it never hurts to give it a go.

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272 days ago

Great kiwi research into how different clothes fibres biodegrade

Brandon Vickers from Bruntwood Lane

Hi everyone!

Recent research done by an amazing kiwi shows how different clothes fibres biodegrade in water, it's a great read.

I've written a summary, but the attached document is a good technical read.

When it comes to selecting clothes, more thought usually goes into fashion rather … View more
Hi everyone!

Recent research done by an amazing kiwi shows how different clothes fibres biodegrade in water, it's a great read.

I've written a summary, but the attached document is a good technical read.

When it comes to selecting clothes, more thought usually goes into fashion rather than materials.

This is not to say that what clothes are made of is not thought of. Different materials offer different benefits - polypropylene for its inability to retain water, polyester for its sturdiness, wool for its natural warm and breathability or nylon for its economic and recyclable properties.

Something that is generally overlooked is how these materials affect the environment. Which are recyclable and which are biodegradable?

In the research article linked below, the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) put in the time and resources to provide you with some great findings on how different clothing materials degrade in marine environments.

The findings show that natural fibres biodegrade while synthetic fibres have very minimal degradation.

What does this mean?

Natural and synthetic fibres are used in a range of products - clothes, crafting materials, loofahs, toothbrushes etc. With general wear and tear these products inevitably break down and can end up in our oceans & lakes. Which in turn have a carry on effect into damaging our marine life.

We all know the importance of protecting our environment. Being mindful of which products we use and where they end up can help us look after the planet.

279 days ago

Why you should be using natural salts in baths

Brandon Vickers from Bruntwood Lane

Ocean bathing has long been considered a healthy practice – especially for sufferers of eczema and dermatitis. So, forget Dead Sea salt concoctions! Here’s a brief spotlight on our local Marlborough sea salt.

It’s naturally rich in over 20 trace minerals including calcium, magnesium, … View more
Ocean bathing has long been considered a healthy practice – especially for sufferers of eczema and dermatitis. So, forget Dead Sea salt concoctions! Here’s a brief spotlight on our local Marlborough sea salt.

It’s naturally rich in over 20 trace minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium and many others. These salts are known to assist and promote skin barrier function giving a soothing and moisturising bathing experience.

So, have a go at adding a scoop of Marlborough sea salt to your next bath and indulge in the luxurious healing powers of the ocean.

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284 days ago

Introducing NZ made eco felted soap

Brandon Vickers from Bruntwood Lane

Hi everyone!

With the increasing demand for health conscious, sustainable products, we've been working on a new product over lockdown called eco felted soap. It's a NZ made triple milled coconut and olive oil based bar encased in Corriedale wool sourced from Ashburton.

The Corriedale … View more
Hi everyone!

With the increasing demand for health conscious, sustainable products, we've been working on a new product over lockdown called eco felted soap. It's a NZ made triple milled coconut and olive oil based bar encased in Corriedale wool sourced from Ashburton.

The Corriedale wool encasing our eco bar is gently exfoliating and extends the lifetime of the bar. Each bar lasts over 4 weeks. With no added artificial fragrances, synthetic chemicals or colours our bars are environmentally friendly and all materials are biodegradable.

We've used ingredients backed by scientific evidence to provide the most skin beneficial palm oil-free soap.

This eco felted soap is designed for those with sensitive skin and skin allergies. If you're not a fan of using petroleum based body washes and scrub, give us a go :)

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328 days ago

Poll: A big thanks to all kiwi's for their support!

Brandon Vickers from Bruntwood Lane

We'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone for supporting us over the last few weeks.

It was very heartwarming and we want to give back to our communities.

We'd like to give away a FREE bar of our new naked eco-soap. We have a $5.00 flat-rate nationwide shipping fee.

A … View more
We'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone for supporting us over the last few weeks.

It was very heartwarming and we want to give back to our communities.

We'd like to give away a FREE bar of our new naked eco-soap. We have a $5.00 flat-rate nationwide shipping fee.

A beautifully moisturizing coconut soap with soothing colloidal oatmeal and luxurious Marlborough sea salt.

The bottom line? No additives. No colours. No nasties. We’ve even got a fragrance-free option.

But don’t let us just talk it up—give it a try and let us know what you think!

We'd like to know which one you'd like to try!

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A big thanks to all kiwi's for their support!
  • 0% Colloidal Oatmeal & Marlborough Sea Salt
    0% Complete
  • 100% Bergamot Essential Oil, Colloidal Oatmeal & Marlborough Sea Salt
    100% Complete
1 vote
342 days ago

Felted Soap. Our alternative to body wash.

Brandon Vickers from Bruntwood Lane

Hi everyone!

With all the emphasis on hand-washing these days, we thought it would be a good time to share our story with you.

My partner and I were looking for a totally natural and gentle cleanser without the use of liquid detergent body wash. We found that the detergents in body washes made … View more
Hi everyone!

With all the emphasis on hand-washing these days, we thought it would be a good time to share our story with you.

My partner and I were looking for a totally natural and gentle cleanser without the use of liquid detergent body wash. We found that the detergents in body washes made our skin dry and itchy while soap seemed to be far gentler (and natural!).

After our switch, what we did miss was the rich lather and scrub you get from using a loofah and a big dollop of body wash! The soap bars got used up quickly and became a slippery, soggy mess.

And that started our mission to find a better way.

We shopped around but couldn’t find anything that suited us. So, we decided to take matters into our own hands. We tried a few different things but success came after wrapping a bar of soap in wool and felting it under warm water.

Not only did the soap lather through the wool, it provided a gentle scrub, the bar lasted for ages and no mushy soapy mess in the shower!

Victorious, we decided that we couldn't keep this to ourselves. This was when Bruntwood Lane was born. We began hand felting bars and selling them at weekend markets. Those who hadn't heard of it (which was everyone) were intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

The feedback was tremendously positive. And we’ve continued ever since!

A bar will typically last for 4-6 weeks so, if you’re starting to run out of your felted wool soap, don’t worry! We've continued to hand-craft our felted soap here in Tauranga over this last month to help kiwis stay clean with quality felted soap made from local ingredients.

And if you haven't yet, give felted soap a go!

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