Review: Natural Cleaning Products from TINCTURE

When it comes to maintaining a healthy home it is so important to monitor the cleaning products we use. TINCTURE creates all natural cleaning products that combine active botanical ingredients with Silver Technology to remove dirt and protect from bacteria and viruses. Taking a holistic approach to cleaning, they incorporate essential oils for their antiseptic and healing properties and to enhance wellbeing.

We tried some products from their range and were very impressed. As good as any conventional cleaning products, TINCTURE’s healthier alternatives are easy to use, beautifully packaged, leave hands soft and fill the air with a strong natural fragrance that leaves scented candles and air fresheners redundant.

Here are the products we tried and loved:

Daily Floor Tincture: A floor cleaner for daily use to freshen up the home. This spray utilises the cleaning and antibacterial properties of Siberian fir cones, eucalyptus and tea tree as well as the soothing and insect repellent extracts of lavender and patchouli. In generous quantities, this is a brilliant cleaner that removes clumps of dirt as well as marks and stains. We also found that this tincture doubled up well as a glass and mirror cleaner, leaving few smudges.

Washing up Liquid: Our new favourite washing up liquid, it smells divine, cleans beautifully and goes a long way. Enriched with Norfolk chamomile and millefolium to protect and maintain healthy skin, active botanical oils including sage, thyme and laurel leaf increase performance and enhance wellbeing. It leaves cutlery and glass streak free and hands moisturised.

Bathroom Cleaner: This spray really impressed us. It removes water marks from bathroom surfaces and leaves porcelain and glass sparkling when used with a scrubbing brush. The refreshing scent of pine and cedar leaves the room smelling fresh whilst protecting surfaces from bacteria with their anitseptic qualities. We haven’t found a conventional product that cleans better than this and the bottle is attractive enough to be left out alongside cosmetics and toiletries.

All Purpose Spray: This is an effective product when used generously and will be replacing most of our household cleaners. Suitable for all surfaces, it instantly lifts and removes dirt and debris and is extremely fragrant thanks to active oils including sage, clove and juniper that provide antiseptic protection. We love a good multipurpose cleaning product and used this to successfully clean every room.

We spoke with TINCTURE about their passion for pure living.

What inspired you to create a line of healthier cleaning products?

Sisters Angelika and Anastasia searched everywhere for high performance, non toxic cleaning and lifestyle products that were safe to use around their children and didn’t exacerbate common health conditions such as eczema or asthma. TINCTURE cleaning products have been developed over several years in collaboration with a team of experienced chemists and laboratories in the UK to contain only the absolute essentials whilst delivering exceptional results.

Natural and sustainably sourced. Formulated with Silver Technology. Independently tested. Made in the UK.

Our products are designed to enhance the experience of household cleaning, creating a cleansing journey akin to a therapeutic spa experience as well as looking subtle and stylish in any home.

As our environments become ever more polluted by chemicals, artificial scents and toxic ingredients, our products are designed to return us to an age when natural plants were used for their protective and medicinal properties for cleansing; an era where knowledge of the scientific properties of botanical plants were garnered over time and used with wisdom.

Home cleaning meets wellbeing.

Inspiration has been taken from monastic cloister gardens and their knowledge of active botanicals, where herbs and spices have been used since ancient times for their antimicrobial properties to protect against pathogens and bacteria.

Taking a holistic approach to cleaning, we’ve incorporated essential oils for their antiseptic and healing properties as well as to enhance wellbeing. We use the power of nature to clean and protect the home, without the use of artificial or synthetic ingredients. Scientific Silver Technology delivers maximum cleaning results and protects from bacteria and viruses. No fragrance is added and the smell of each product is derived purely from the raw materials used in the formula for their antiseptic properties.

What ingredients do you refuse to use? 

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): Found in personal care products such as soap, shampoo, bodywash, toothpaste and industrial detergent, SLS has been linked to skin irritation with strong adverse reactions in some people. It is being investigated for connections with premenstrual syndrome.  (Source: American Journal of Toxicology/ SLSFree).
  • Phthalates: Additives used in scented products and plastics, such as shower curtains and PVC flooring, they have been linked to child development issues in observational studies. They have also been indicted as a cause of lower libido rates in men and women. (Source: ChemTrust).
  • Parabens: Used in cosmetics and food products as preservatives, it is claimed they have an ability to mimic naturally occurring oestrogens involved in breast cancer. Recent research has implicated low levels of parabens as having hormone disruption potential. (Source: Environmental Health Perspectives/ BCUK).
  • Benzyl Alcohol: Used in personal care products and cosmetics as a stabiliser and fragrance enhancer and as an anaesthetic ingredient in over the counter medicines, it has been linked to skin irritations including itching and hives. (Source: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology).
  • Low Quality Essential oils or Cheap Commercial Oils: We pride ourselves on using very specific high quality oils to ensure each product performs on: 1) cleaning through the high level of antibacterial/ antiseptic constituents found in TINCTURE premium oils and 2) cleansing, through the profound therapeutic benefits found in TINCTURE premium oils which contribute to our wellbeing.

How can conventional cleaning products negatively affect our health?

The EPA (Environment Protection Agency) widely reports that the air inside the typical home is 2-5 times more polluted than the air immediately outside and some time as much as 100 times.

We wanted to create a superior all natural cleaning product range that would not compromise the health and wellbeing of the user or the environment.

The average person spends 90% of their time inside – you work, eat, sleep and drink in enclosed spaces where air circulation maybe restricted. Common health problems often caused by scented products, candles and household products can include respiratory problems, eye irritation and disruption to the endocrine system.

Do you use organic essential oils? How do you ensure their quality?

There are over 50 different oils included in the TINCTURE range and the oils are sourced from all over the world to ensure sustainability and quality. We work with leading oil manufacturing companies from around the world who specialise in sourcing quality oils that are sustainable.

We pride ourselves on having carefully selected oils chosen for their specific active profile to enhance the product performance through their cleansing properties.

Plant oils are an extremely important factor in our products. For each batch we review MSDS, Allergen IFRA, Certificates of Analysis and chemical profile data sheets to ensure compliance and our bench mark quality is met consistently. Wherever possible we include organic oils, however, the main objectives are to ensure the oils used are of a premium quality, sustainable and traceable. Our team of Noses also undergo quality checks when each compound is prepared.

Are your products hypoallergenic?

We are in the process of obtaining allergy certification and have a few individuals with common allergies using the products in their homes who are providing important feedback.

Are they fairtrade and sustainable?

TINCTURE is a British product formulated and manufactured in Norfolk to a high standard of excellence. We only use sustainable ingredients of a high quality that are carefully selected to produce efficiency in cleaning and to promote wellbeing in your home. Our bottles are made from polypropylene plastic which is widely recyclable.