Our brave London Marathon runners

Congratulations to Katie Aartse-Tuyn and Ritchie Jackman who were both brave enough to run the London Marathon and raise money for Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity. We are very happy that we were able to make not only one, but two dreams come true and raise money for a good cause, all at the same time.

Katie managed to finish the marathon in 3hrs 41min 38sec and raised a total of £1500 for the charity. Ritchie was very close behind and finished in 3hrs 57min 4sec and raised a total of £1400 for the charity. Both finished in very respectable times and raising nearly £3000 between them was simply brilliant. We are very thankful to our runners and all the supporters who were involved as we couldn’t have done it without you.

Below are some pictures and you will notice that that it is hard to tell that they had just completed a marathon. How do you manage to look that great after completing a 26 mile run?! We love your determination and are very proud of you both.

Aquaint, the London Marathon and Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity

Aquaint has teamed up with the Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity to give 2 runners the opportunity to run in the London Marathon. The only provision is that each of the runners commit to raising funds for the Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity.

If this is something that would interest you, please follow the link to Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Aquaint/ ) and tell us why you should be the lucky winner of one of the spots. You have to be quick as entries close at midnight today!

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You are in the peacock pose – you get “the whiff” – strong enough to knock you into an upright position. You check your yoga outfit. No, you did not forget it in the gym bag or washing machine. So what is it? You have an idea. You bend down and take a tentative sniff of the yoga mat…..

Sweat, dust, dirt and body oil can build up on your mat and cause it to become smelly and unhygienic.

Depending on how often you use the mat you may want to clean it on a daily basis but it should be cleaned at least every week, which will minimize odours and extend the life of your mat.

Spray the mat with Aquaint after every use and leave to dry naturally, or wipe dry with a clean cloth or tissue. As it does not contain alcohol or detergent, which can dry the mat out, your mat will last longer. It is a natural deodorizer and will combat body odours too!

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Winning Ways

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Smiling nervously and holding their combined breath in anticipation, the crowd listens carefully as Mother & Baby award winners for 2017 are called to the stage. Finally, the long awaited moment as the bronze winner for Best Travel Product Under £25 is announced… ‘Vital Baby, Aquaint’!

More than a thousand mums, with babies, act as testers and there were more entries this year than ever in the 23-year history of the awards . We were one of 8 shortlisted companies and winning bronze proves the faith mothers have for Aquaint. We are very proud of this achievement and wanted to share it with you.

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Is the end of “anti-bacterial” soaps nigh?

In September the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in the USA, banned the use of antibacterial soaps as it said that the manufacturers did not prove that they were safe or more effective than normal products.

Dr Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s centre for evaluation and research said in a statement: “Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water. In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long term.”

The federal rule applies to products which has one or more of 19 chemical compounds, including triclocarbon (used in soap bars) and triclosan (used in liquid soaps). The latter is effective at killing bacteria, but only if used for an extended period – much longer than the average person spends washing their hands. The FDA proposed the rule in 2013 as research suggested they may have an effect on human hormones or change natural resistance to bacteria and recent studies have linked triclosan to disruptions in human and animal health. A study by the university of Chicago found that triclosan altered the microbiome in the human gut and the researchers suggested that it could damage developing foetuses. Another study found that overuse could contribute to antibiotic resistance.

Although the ban does not affect alcohol-based hand sanitizers and wipes, the FDA is investigating these products. As a matter of interest: for traditional hand sanitizers to be effective they should have at least 60% alcohol.

Time for a natural alternative – use Aquaint.

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Out with the old and in with the new

After 5 years in The Bell Centre, the time came for us to find bigger and, to be brutally honest, better premises for the production of Aquaint. In September we moved into our beautiful new premises at Unit 12, The Brunel Centre, Manor Royal, Crawley. The warehouse has oodles of packing space, the production area is purpose built with the added benefit of natural light and the office is spacious and bright.

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Meat info

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According to sanitising water brand Aquaint, more than half (51%) of people use the same tongs for uncooked meats and cooked meats when barbecuing. Additionally, more than a quarter admit to not washing their hands between touching raw meat, vegetables and other barbecue utensils.

Click here to read more.