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!



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!


Winning Ways


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.


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.


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.


Back to School… Back to Bugs?

Heading back to school after the summer holidays is an exciting time, but along with new friends, lessons, and homework, comes a batch of new bugs and bacteria.

Nearly 22 million school days are lost every year due to colds and viruses, and primary school children suffer from colds, on average, eight to 12 times a year.

You can’t send your child to school wrapped up in cotton wool, but there are other options for keeping the risk of illness to a minimum.

The key to preventing the spreading of germs is to sanitise your hands after coming into contact with areas where nasty bacteria are at their peak.

Here are some of the most germ-prone places to be wary of:

  • Door knobs
  • Handrails
  • Water fountains
  • Lunchboxes
  • Desk and chairs
  • Toys and sports equipment

Urging children to regularly sanitise their hands, especially after coming into contact with germ hotspots, will prevent them from catching colds and make them more aware of germs in their daily lives.

This may seem like an overwhelming battle to face, but Aquaint has the perfect hygiene solution to introduce into your child’s day-to-day routine.

A quick spray of the small, 50ml bottle of hand sanitising water will help to kill 99% of germs. Not only is it completely safe to use and harmless if swallowed, it also fits easily into a lunch box, pockets or school bag. As Aquaint does not contain alcohol or other toxic chemicals, it is perfectly safe for children to use unsupervised by adults.

So while you’re preparing to wave your kids off to the classroom, make sure you send them back armed against germs!


Banish The Barbecue Bug

Barbecue season is well underway, but like the British weather, poor barbecue hygiene could put a dampener on proceedings.

Around half of UK barbecue hosts admit that they are far from meticulous when it comes to separating tongs and other utensils, with 51 per cent of people using the same tongs for handling raw and cooked meat.

Unsurprisingly, this means that cases of food poisoning double over the summer months, according to the NHS. The harmful bacteria, Campylobacter, also known as the Barbecue Bug, causes over 100 deaths a year.

Furthermore, hands can carry over 10 million bacteria and so it is imperative to scrub your hands before biting into that barbecued burger.

Aquaint is the perfect hygiene essential for any barbecue or outdoor meal. It can be used on the hands, food, utensils, tongs, and chopping boards, to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. This is particularly important as people can forget that dangerous germs are transferred between uncooked meats to hands, vegetables and cutlery.

With just a simple spritz from a handy 50ml bottle, any trace of dirt or bacteria will be eradicated from hands and no towel is needed, as it doesn’t leave a residue. It’s kind to even the most sensitive skin from birth.

What’s more, Aquaint has passed official UK Drinking Water tests, so it can be sprayed directly onto uncooked meats, salad items, vegetables and fruits where the skin is eaten.

Next time you host a barbeque, make sure you have your bottle of Aquaint at the ready and your al fresco feast will go without a hitch!

It’s National Picnic Week!

It’s National Picnic Week on 13th – 21st June. This week aims to provide people with the ideal opportunity to get together over a picnic and gives tips, advice and recipes to picnicking.

Hands can carry over 10 million bacteria, and although people may be inclined to scrub their hands before heading to an outdoor picnic, only a small percentage of al fresco diners bother to clean their mitts before tucking into a tasty sandwich.

To ensure your alfresco dining experience goes without a hitch, don’t forget to pack a bottle of Aquaint in your picnic basket.

With just a simple spritz from the handy 50ml bottle (£2.49), hands, surfaces, cutlery, tupperware, crockery, picnic equipment and even some foods can be free of harmful bacteria in seconds. And, because it’s water-based, it doesn’t leave a residue and is even completely harmless if ingested.

The NSPCC will be hosting a series of picnics and walks in Cumbria throughout June in association with National Picnic Week.

So, get out in to the sunshine and enjoy National Picnic Week without having to worry about germs.

Win a MEGA retro sweet hamper OR dinner for 2 at London’s Cinnamon Club restaurant


Please note that the voting link below is only live from 10am Monday 18th May until 5pm Wednesday 20th May 2015.


Simply click here, read our pitch for Aquaint – Europe’s safest Eco sanitiser published in Sir Richard Branson’s 2015 Pitch to Rich competition, and vote.

Once you have voted, you will be asked for your name and email address, and Virgin will email you a link to click to verify that your email address is real.

If you do not verify your email, Virgin will not include your vote.

Competition Details: To enter the competition, simply forward the Virgin email confirming that you have voted to admin@opus-innovations.com quoting ‘Hamper’ or ‘Cinnamon’. Two winners will be randomly selected and contacted shortly after the competition closes. Anyone can vote as long as the email address is legitimate, but only one vote is allowed by Virgin per person. The hamper prize is only available to individuals with a UK Mainland postal address, the Cinnamon Club prize is only applicable to individuals over 18 years of age.