Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Weleda Global garden project - The opportunity of a lifetime!

Have you always wanted to travel around the world? Well Weleda are offering one lucky person the opportunity to do just that! This unique competition has been created by the natural beauty pioneer to highlight the International and sustainable nature of what they do. I have written a lot about Weleda, for good reason, they are one of the most genuine and authentic brands in the green beauty space with a fascinating history and philosophy.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Pure Anada palette and eyeshadow review

I love a refillable eyeshadow and blush palette, they are great for travel, keeping your make up organised and can cut down on waste as you don't have to throw away lot's of plastic packaging but can just pop a new product in the palette.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Greenwashing: What is it and how to avoid it

There has been a lot of talk of greenwashing again lately, whilst I welcome some of the debate with regards to cosmetic ingredients and standards for brands, I do think that sometimes this issue is taken out of proportion. Like everything in life, perspective is key. Marketing natural brands and products is a tricky business.


Friday, 4 August 2017

Beauty with a cause: Pink and Green skincare Marzipan Body Souffle

One of the wonderful things about many natural and green brands is that they give back to worthy causes. When I heard about the latest product from Pink and Green Skincare and the fact that they were partnering with Safe from Slavery an anti-trafficking charity, I was keen to find out more.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

New in: Blue Labelle Divine blend

If you are jetting off on your summer holidays it can be hard to whittle down your skincare collection for travel. If you are anything like me, you will fill up your luggage with products that you never use when you reach your destination! It gets even harder to pack when you only have carry on luggage and so have to restrict the bottle sizes too.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Natural and Organic suncreens tried and tested: Featuring Moogoo, Tropic Skincare, Neals Yard Remedies and Green People

If you are lucky enough to have some sunshine where you are you will no doubt have Sun protection on your shopping list. I have been putting a variety of natural and/or organic SPF's and after sun's to the test in the hope of finding some that I love.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Summer beauty buys - Featuring Tropic Skincare, Moa, Schmidt's, Dr Organic, and Beauty Kitchen

It's been a while since a did a seasonal round up, as usual the products I pick are suitable all year round, but feel particularly fitting for the season. I have mostly body care bit's and pieces with one skincare item and some aromatherapy thrown in too, for some more skincare items I am really enjoying see my previous post - Current skincare favourites.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

New in: KINN Living

It has been extremely interesting to see so many new brands launch that are certified organic lately, I don't think for a second that the organic beauty movement is going to slow down, in fact I think it will go from strength to strength. KINN is one of those brands that are instantly appealing with it's minimalist aesthetic and clean lines, in a way that also reflects the purity of the ingredients inside. Launching just this spring, KINN is a brand that has captured my attention.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Current Skincare favourites: Featuring Nourish, Samaya Ayurveda and A'Kin

Three skincare products that have made it consistently in to my routine lately, I use the word routine lightly because let's be honest it is part of what I do to keep trying new things. Not sure if anyone else feels the same, but the hot weather really makes simplify my skincare choices, when it's hot and sticky all I want is to feel less hot and sticky! I have been using mists liberally, they are heavenly in the hot weather and have a few on rotation, some in the bedroom some downstairs for use during the day. Generally though I have found a simpler routine works better for me when it's warm, so here are three products I have been thoroughly enjoying.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Family fun: Getting ready for the Just So Festival

In August for the second year in a row we will be packing our camping gear and making our way over to Rode Hall in Cheshire to attend the family arts festival that is the Just So Festival. Just so is the perfect family weekend, there is so much to do for every age group, including the adults! Last years experience was absolutely magical so we are particularly pleased to be able to return again.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Introducing LA EVA the art of organic beauty

When I first started my green beauty journey, I instantly fell in love with some of the pioneering organic beauty brands, back then though there was still a tendency to see organic as something a bit crunchy. Fast forward to today, you have organic brands making it to the pages of Vogue, organic beauty hitting the high street and making it's way to even the most exclusive celebrity bathrooms. The crunchy image is really no more, in fact when you see brands like LA EVA launching it's hard to think of time when organic wasn't this glamourous.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Five great value natural beauty products to try: Featuring Silvan skincare, Lyonsleaf, Weleda, Alucia Organics and Earth Conscious

One of the reasons people often give for not choosing natural and organic products is that natural products have a higher price point than their conventional counterparts. Whilst generally speaking it is true that natural, wild crafted and organic ingredients all carry a higher price tag than many synthetics, you absolutely don't have to break your budget to enjoy natural beauty and this is a message I am really passionate about. You can have a great natural routine using ethical and cruelty free brands that are affordable without any sacrifice in quality.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Aromatherapy: How I use essential oils in my home

Aromatherapy has become a huge part of life, whether it's to calm and soothe when I am restless or purifying oils when I am not feeling well, it has become an essential part of my self care. There are so many different ways to use essential oils around the home and the benefits are endless, it really is a tool that can be beneficial to everyone.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Body products for dry skin - Featuring Botanicals and Lyonsleaf

The hot weather has made an appearance this month in the UK, which has meant it is time to get out the summer dresses and sandals. I have to admit my skin is very dry, but recently it has been even drier than usual, especially areas such as knees, elbows and feet. Thankfully I have been using two products from the Love Lula website that have been the perfect solution.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Brand to watch: Holistic Green Beauty

I have another brand to watch for you to today. This series is one of my favourites because I love to highlight up and coming green brands that I think you should know about. Holistic Green Beauty was founded by Danny and Scott in 2015. I have known Danny for years, so I am not going to pretend to be completely unbiased about the brand. It has been a total pleasure to get to know him and see him make the leap from blogger to formulator. He has taken his passion for natural beauty and with Scott created something they can truly be proud of.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Make up removers tried and tested - AA Skincare cleansing oil and A'kin Cleansing water

Let's talk make up removal, do you use a product specifically to tackle make up? I don't think a separate product for make up removal is strictly necessary depending on the cleanser you use, but at the same time I like to have something on hand that will blitz through make up without much fuss so I can then get on with using some of my more expensive and decadent cleansers on the skin. I recently saw a brand owner saying that people should use her cleanser to remove make up and when I saw the price I was horrified.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Aromatherapy Awareness week - Giveaway with Tisserand

This week from the 12th-16th of June is Aromatherapy awareness week and to celebrate I am bringing you a gorgeous giveaway with one of my favourite brands - Tisserand Aromatherapy.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

The plastic challenge: How to reduce the plastic in your home

Plastics are everywhere and are undoubtedly one of the biggest environmental concerns of our time. Some scientists estimate that we will have more plastic than fish in our Oceans by the year 2050 (Source: Guardian 2016), an absolutely horrifying thought, but this is a problem that we all contribute to and we all have the possibility to change. So why are plastics specifically such an issue?

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Earthwise Cloth pads review

If you have been reading this blog for a while you will know I am a big fan of making small changes that can really add up. One of my favourite changes, both for the environment and my own health is using reusable menstrual products.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Erbaviva Baby review

When it comes to baby products I am without a doubt quite fussy, they have to be amazing quality, made with gentle ingredients and perform brilliantly. I don't incorporate any new products into her routine unless they tick those boxes and I don't try a lot of new products for the sake of it unless the brand is really interesting.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

La Belle Lune Organic skin serum review

An oil to heal your skin while you sleep, that's La Belle Lune. Putting aside for the moment the benefits of using a face oil, I just adore the ritual of getting ready for bed and this oil slots in very nicely in an evening routine. My bottle is actually all finished as I bring you this review, it has been on my to do list for some time now, so let's get on and talk about the product.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Celebrating 20 years with Green People

This is a special year for Green People because they are celebrating their twenty year anniversary. Green people is one of the first natural brands I explored and one that I always use and enjoy. The brand has a large variety of skincare, body care and make up products to choose from and in my opinion offer great value for money. The brand was founded by Charlotte when her young daughter developed multiple allergies and sensitive skin. The brand started with a strong ethical stance which has continued, in terms of ingredients used, the manufacturing process and of course they have never tested on animals.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Boxwalla - The Wandering Woman's English spring

The theme for April's Boxwalla was the Wandering Woman's English spring, so the products are all about hydration, which is also perfect given the warm weather that has hit the UK this week. I have been nothing but impressed with Boxwalla, as the boxes are bi-monthly you don't feel overwhelmed with products and the focus is on quality rather than quantity which fits with my wish to try and cut down the amount of products I use and try, not an easy task as a blogger. This a US based subscription, but it ships internationally, I am always impressed with the speed of the shipping and the fact that you can track the location of your box.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

New in: Skin Organics beauty box

Skin Organics Clean beauty box is a new beauty box on the scene that launched this month. Beauty subscriptions are a nice way of trying out new products, up until now there have been limited options if you use natural and organic products but recently there has been a real surge in the market.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Natural and Organic certifications to trust: NATRUE

All of this week I have been talking about Organic beauty and what certification means for brands and consumers. At a time when the natural beauty market is expanding more than ever, looking for certifications can help consumers buy with confidence knowing that brands have voluntary signed up to provide a certain quality and standard. I have talked a lot about the Soil Association stamp, especially as they organise Organic Beauty and Wellbeing week, but today I am turning my attention to the NATRUE seal and what it means.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Organic Beauty and Wellbeing week 2017: Look for the Logo

This week was Organic Beauty and Wellbeing week, an event organised by the Soil Association, one of the leading certifying bodies for organic cosmetics, food and textiles. Organic beauty and wellbeing week is all about raising the profile of organic, there is a lot of misconceptions about organic beauty and unlike food there is no legal standard that cosmetic companies have to abide by to call their products organic, meaning that there is a lot of deceptive marketing going on. Brands with little organic content are thrown in the same category as brands who have a high organic content and abide by strict rules.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

New in: Walden natural perfumes

How beautiful is this latest launch, I am actually smitten with the sophisticated packaging of the Walden perfumes. Solid glass bottles and wooden topped lids make this a nice choice for a conscious consumer that doesn't want to compromise on looks or performance of their products.

Friday, 12 May 2017

John Masters Hair Care Review

John Masters Organics is a brand that started in the US but that has a strong UK and European presence. It started as a haircare line, as founder John Masters has been working in the hair industry for years, opening his conscious salon in Mahattan in 1994.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Spring and summer natural make up: Featuring Green People, Ere Perez, W3LL People, PHB and Inika

I am sure I can't be the only one who is getting very excited about some warmer weather being on the way, it has felt grey and cold in the UK for too long. In anticipation of some warmer weather and because I am making an effort to get back to wearing make up regularly again I have been testing some new products that are perfect for spring and summer. There are quite a few new to me brands and some old favourites in today's post, so lets get started.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Antonia Burrell: Biotech Pressed serum and Bright and light eye cream review

When it comes to skincare there are lot's of brands to choose from, natural or otherwise but there are few brands that stand out to me as much as Antonia Burrell. Antonia is a skincare professional, lecturer in aromatherapy and believes in a holistic approach to skin.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

New in: Weleda Tinted Lip Balms

Tinted Lip balms are a daily staple for me, perfect for throwing in your handbag or popping on before the school run; two children later gone are the days when going out of the house would warrant a full face of make up.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Brand to watch: Khulisa Skincare

Discovering new and upcoming brands is one of my favourite things but as the natural skincare market is increasing at a very fast pace which can make spotting brands that are ticking the right boxes tricky. Today I am sharing some products an upcoming artisan brand that uses African botanical ingredients and a capsule skincare range.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Spring beauty upgrade: Skincare and Bodycare

The sun has been shining this weekend and it has put me in a fabulous mood. I thought it would be the perfect time to do a seasonal roundup; I tend to do one for each season, as usual as of these products can be used all year round, but I have included them because they feel particularly appropriate right now.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Happy Birthday Baby Green

**I wrote this post last week and promptly left it in my draft folders whilst having a little break away. I haven't done a lot of writing about motherhood or documented much of babies first year, but I wanted to mark the occasion of her being in the world a whole twelve months**


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

New in: NATorigin Nail polish review

Nail polish is such a tricky category when it comes to finding natural alternatives. There is a lot of very confusing marketing, with brands claiming to be 3-4-5 free, when in fact there is no consensus of what that means. Some brands try and claim that they are "free from" ingredients that don't usually crop up in nail varnish anyway, adding to the confusion. Then there is the issue of performance, I have had some shocking problems over the years with some polishes simply peeling of the nails the minute I apply.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Tropic Skincare Supergreens and Good skin day serums review

Perhaps one of my favourite discoveries of the past few months, Tropic Skincare is proving to be a lovely brand that has exceeded all my expectations, both in terms of ingredients and performance. Everything I tried so far has been excellent, the brand boasts vegan and cruelty free status as well as using natural ingredients in the formulas.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Herbfarmacy Calming Face cream review

With the weather transitioning slowly and getting warmer, I have been moving away from the thicker creams and looking for more versatile spring moisturisers. I have tried quite a few Herbfarmacy products now, in fact they are one of my favourite brands, so I thought I would give the calming face cream a go and see how my skin likes it.

Monday, 20 March 2017

New in: Nourish 3D Cleanse

Nourish are a brand that are using cutting edge ingredients and are releasing some really interesting formulas. It is also a brand that I think are very consistent in the quality of the products they produce, especially when you consider value for money, I feel they are very good indeed. When I first heard about this cleanser, released a few months ago I was intrigued and very excited to test it out.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Herbs that heal: Chatting with Paul Richards of Herbfarmacy

One of the first brands I discovered when I fell in love with natural beauty was Herbfarmacy and it is still one of my favourites today. Herbfarmacy are based in the Herefordshire hills, their five acre farm is packed with rows and rows of herbs grown for their wonderful soothing and healing properties and added to their skincare and body care ranges.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Mothers Day giveaway: Win a Tisserand Hand cream trio

With Mothers day fast approaching I have teamed up with Tisserand to give one reader the chance to win a trio of their fabulous hand creams.

Friday, 10 March 2017

New in: Lué by Jean Seo

I love natural and green beauty; balms, butters, oils can't get enough of them. I do feel though that there are gaps in the market at the moment, with many brands focusing on high end oils and balms it means acne prone, dehydrated or simply delicate skins are often forgotten. This is where it's always great to discover a brand filling the gaps. I am not sure I would have picked up Lué had it not been introduced to me by Content Beauty, nothing about it screamed "buy me" initially,  but this brand in it's understated packaging is worth a second look, that's for sure.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Skincare and wellbeing products perfect for a cold

I haven't been well this week, it's hardly surprising given there has been at least one person ill in the house at any one time for the past few months. It feels like it has been one thing after the other, especially for poor baby who has a had a run of bad luck. The upside is that I can test products under tougher than usual circumstances and report back on which ones have been helping get me through and making me feel less sorry for myself.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Cutting through the Marketing Hype, Blogger overload and an ever more competitive market

I have been writing about natural and organic beauty consistently for over four years now and I have been a consumer of natural brands for over eight. In some ways writing about natural beauty (I use natural for lack of a better word, because natural and green are a huge spectrum rather than a one size fits all) becomes easier the longer you do it, in other ways it has become significantly harder.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Boxwalla - Secret Garden box first impressions

This is my second Boxwalla box; You can see my first impressions of the Let It Glow box here. In a short space of time these boxes have become one of my favourites, all three products from the Let It Glow box are wonderful, but in particular I have loved the Lina Hanson global face trio, which is such a wonderful gentle but effective exfoliator and mask. It has become my weekend cleanser and treatment of choice, I pop it on before a shower and leave it for a while before washing it off. All my treatments go on so nicely afterwards and skin is calm and happy.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Green Beauty news: February

Let's pretend I am getting this post up on time and in February, the truth is baby has not only dropped down to just one daytime nap but she is also now cruising and crawling at speed, so my day is mainly about trying to ensure she isn't bumping her head or getting stuck in the laundry basket... (true story). So apologies for a slightly quieter week on the blog front, but needs must.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Introducing Natural Beauty box: Kissed by the Ocean edition

Up until recently there haven't been too many subscription boxes catering for natural and organic consumers, especially in the UK, but that is changing with new boxes launching; some that have left me less than impressed but others that I think are definitely note worthy. The Natural beauty box is definitely in the latter category, for those of you who love a subscription box, I am working on a bumper post of all the natural and cruelty free friendly boxes available and my thoughts on them; so stay tuned.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Mother's Day gift ideas

With Mother's day fast approaching I thought I would put together a list of some of my favourite products for gifting. I love any occasion to introduce people to new brands, I have had lot's of great feedback from people on some of the more niche brands as gifts and I think it's lovely to give something that isn't so well known, as it makes it that bit more special.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Introducing Isla Apothecary

I absolutely fell in love with Isla Apothecary before I had even tried the products. Those Rose gold labels started it off but once I had visited the website and read a little more, I knew I had to try the brand.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Dafna's Nutrition Night Treatment review

I find so much happiness and contentment in my night time skincare routine. Taking off your make up at the end of the day, applying body oil and of course my skincare ritual are all part of setting the scene for (hopefully!) a good night's sleep. My newest skincare hero is the beautiful Dafna's Nutrition, a nurturing night cream that uses a wonderful blend of natural ingredients and the principles of Ayurveda to bring balance to the skin.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Mallow and White Blossom Balm review

This beautiful balm is a collaboration between Mallow and White and Amber the founder of Nectar and Bumble.
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