Shea butter, also known as ‘karite butter’, is a cream-coloured fatty substance made from the nuts of karate nut trees that grow in the savannah regions of West and Central Africa. Karite trees, or shea trees, are not cultivated. They grow only in the wild, and can take up to 50 years to mature and live up to 300 years.

Shea butter has moisturising benefits and has been used to help heal burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff and stretch marks. It may also diminish wrinkles by moisturising the skin, promoting cell renewal and increasing circulation. Its soft, butter-like texture melts readily into the skin.

Essential oils are therapeutic-grade oils distilled from plants, shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds and are composed of tiny molecules. Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant they were derived from. They are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way.

Essential oils are able to enhance both your physical and psychological wellbeing at the same time. Its distinct chemical composition, which determines its fragrance, colour, volatility and the way in which it affects the system, gives each essential oil its unique set of beneficial properties. For example, the chemical component ester acts as a sedative, a calming agent, an anti-fungal and an anti-inflammatory. Esters are found in lavender, chamomile, bergamot and sage.

The molecules are easily dissolved which allows them to penetrate the skin easily and work into the body by mixing with fatty tissue. Meantime, as the essences evaporate they are inhaled, entering the body via millions of sensitive cells that line the nasal passages. These send messages straight to the brain and affect the emotions by working on the limbic system, which also controls the major functions of the body.

Vitamin E is vital in protecting skin cells from ultraviolet light, pollution, drugs and other elements that produce cell damaging free radicals, as it is an antioxidant. Vitamin E helps skin look younger by reducing the appearance of stretch marks. It can also help prevent the appearance of age spots, strengthen the skin’s barrier function and help maintain the skin’s oil balance during the cleansing process.

Glycerin is one of the most versatile and valuable substances known to man and has no known negative environmental effects. A water clear, odourless, viscous liquid with a sweet taste, it attracts moisture to the skin and is an ideal ingredient to include in soap.

Parabens are a class of chemicals widely used as preservatives in cosmetics to prolong shelf-life by stopping the growth of bacteria and prohibiting mould. They are regularly found in hand creams, shampoos, moisturisers, shaving gels, and many more types of toiletries. Parabens are also commonly used as food additives to achieve the same effect.

Sulphates, or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), are commonly used in soap, shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath, and act as a foaming agent, creating the rapidly foaming soaps that we are so used to.

Because of their ability to dissolve oils, sulphates can remove the healthy oils from your skin that help to keep it well-nourished. This can cause dryness and dehydration of the skin.

By removing parabens and sulphates (and using a little secret know-how!) the same preservative and foaming action can still be achieved. So you can still benefit from high quality hand cream and bubble bath that lasts for as long as you need, with all the foam you enjoy, without unnecessary chemicals, and as nature intended.

At Heathcote & Ivory all our toiletries are free from parabens and sulphates, designed to suit everyone.

Animal Care

Absolutely not. None of Heathcote & Ivory or Cath Kidston products are tested on animals, only on us! We make it a rule not to allow any animal derivatives in our products, the only exceptions are derivatives where the animal has not been harmed in any way by the process e.g. Beeswax and Lanolin.

Our products are certified cruelty-free and vegan by PETA.

Customer Care

The H&I Customer Care Centre opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. Call 0207 483 8383 (UK only) or +44 (0) 207 483 8383 (outside UK).

Finding what you need at H&I couldn’t be easier. Simply enter the product code (if you have it) or name into the quick search function at the top of each page.

Try using our quick search function at the top of each page to locate your product. If the product is no longer available on it may be that product is no longer in stock. Call our Customer Care Team on 0207 483 8383 (UK only) or +44 (0) 207 483 8383 (outside UK) for further information.

You do not need to register with to make a purchase from our site. However, there are many benefits to becoming a registered customer, including faster checkout and weekly emails with updates, offers and promotions.

To register for a account, please select the 'Register' option on the top of the homepage.

If you wish to log in to your account select the sign-in icon at the top of the homepage and enter your username and password when prompted. To sign out of your account, please select the sign-out option at the top of the homepage.

Simply log in to your account and select 'Change Personal Details'.

You can request that we reset your password and send you a new one. This option is available on the ‘Sign In’ page. If you can't remember which email address you registered with or still have problems signing in to your account, then please contact our Customer Care Team on 0207 483 8383 (UK only) or +44(0) 207 483 8383 (outside UK). Lines open 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday (closed Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays).


The following payment methods are accepted on Paypal, Visa, Visa Debit/Delta, MasterCard, JCB, Maestro UK and Maestro International. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept payment by cash or cheque for online orders

Please be advised that when an order is placed, we request pre-authorisation for the value of the order from your bank/card issuer to ensure that the funds are available. However, this remains simply a pre-authorisation request until the order is shipped, at which point we actually take payment. If you have any further queries, please contact your bank/card issuer.

After placing an order with you will be sent an email to acknowledge that we have received your order.


You are able to track your parcel online by simply clicking the link shown on your confirmation of dispatch email or alternatively by logging on to your account and selecting 'Order History'.

If you wish to cancel your order placed online or over the telephone, please contact our Customer Care Team by:

Calling 0207 483 8383 (UK) or on +44 (0) 207 483 8383 (outside UK) Lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm (GMT) (closed Saturdays and Sundays).

Forwarding your acknowledgement email to us at stating your intention to cancel the order.

Alternatively, you may cancel your order by returning the goods along with the completed Returns Form within 14 days of receipt.

It may not always be possible to stop an order from being dispatched, as we endeavor to process orders immediately. If your order has already been dispatched please return the order following the instructions contained within the parcel. Please note that your right to return goods does not apply to certain products.

In order to change the details of your order, you must notify us within 30 minutes of your order being placed. Please have the order number and date the order was placed to hand. After this time we are unable to amend your order as we endeavor to process orders immediately therefore we would request that you return the goods once they have been delivered.

Delivery delivers throughout the UK.

Our UK delivery options are as follows:

Standard delivery costs £2.99 and will deliver in 3-5 working days.

Faster delivery costs an additional £1.99 on top of standard delivery cost and will deliver in 2-3 working days.

Unfortunately we are unable to amend delivery details once your order has been placed. It is therefore very important that you check all the order details are correct before completing your transaction.

We do not normally ring our customers before a package is delivered. However, we are able to notify recipients via email that their goods have been dispatched. Please enter your recipient’s email address when prompted during the checkout process if you wish to use this service.

Privacy & Security

Ensuring is as secure as possible is of up most importance to us. Our site uses software to provide high level SSL encryption technology. There are two simple ways to check if a page on our website is secure; firstly a small padlock sign will appear in the bottom bar of your browser and the 'http' will be replaced with 'https' at the front of in the browser address window.

Although we use advanced security measures to protect your information against loss, misuse and alteration, as is the case with all computer networks linked to the internet, we cannot guarantee over the security of the information you provide over the internet and as such we cannot be held responsible for it. Please note that e-mail correspondence is free-format text and cannot be encrypted; therefore it is not a secure means of communication. We will never contact you by e-mail to ask you to send or confirm any of your personal details, if we need any information of this nature we will only contact you by telephone. Never send any sensitive information, such as passwords or credit card information, via email. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our website, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone. To ensure shopping at is as safe as possible, we operate 3D Secure - a credit and debit card authentication process operated in partnership with your card issuer. Think of 3D Secure as ‘chip and pin’ for online shopping. Here's what you can expect: To complete your order, you will be briefly redirected to a secure screen hosted by your card issuer.

If you have previously paid using 3D Secure, enter your 3D Secure password to complete your order.

If this is the first time you have used 3D Secure you will be asked to complete a quick, simple registration process to complete your order.

Once your identity has been confirmed, your order will be approved and you will automatically return to For more information please visit

Your privacy is of utmost importance to us. Your personal details will only be used by Heathcote and Ivory and our carefully selected third party partners to ensure we deliver an excellent service to you, to process and deliver your order and maintain your account with us. We do not sell or pass your details on for any other purpose.

Any changes we make to our security and privacy policy in the future will be updated in our terms and conditions.