Thursday, 12 October 2017

New in: Scienea natural serums (Sponsored)

(This post is kindly sponsored by Scienea)

I have an exciting new brand to share with you today. Scienea has recently launched on to the  natural beauty market and is brought to you by Amphora Aromatics, specialists in aromatherapy products and botanical ingredients.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Big business and the ethical brand buyouts - Bad news for ethical consumers?

The trend for larger corporations buying up smaller, independent businesses has created something of a social media storm in recent months and it is a shift that shows no signs of slowing down. In an era where customers can have a visible and direct conversation with brands through social media platforms such as Facebook, this is resulting in a lot of unhappy feedback, some of it incredibly vocal. It would seem that for many consumers who are driven by company ethics, this is an unwelcome development.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

M&J Ethical Luxury Larkin candle

If like me to are clinging on helplessly to the thought of summer, this candle from M&J Ethical luxury is the perfect scent to take you seamlessly in to the cooler months whilst still reminiscing of warmer times.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Antipodes Lipstick review

Antipodes are a natural beauty brand that has been around for some time, well known for it's effective products that offer great value for money. The brand comes from New Zealand and founder Elizabeth Barbalich uses the tag line "Scientifically validated skincare" to describe the brands natural led approach that focuses on achieving results.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Natural Beauty Box - Queen of the Nile edition

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know I have long been a fan of natural beauty boxes. They are a fun way to discover new products and expand your beauty horizons. When it comes to beauty boxes with a natural focus, there are a small handful on the market that fit the bill and today I am bringing you a review of the July Natural Beauty box which had a theme of Queen of the Nile, which was perfect for summer.

Monday, 25 September 2017

New in: W3LL People Nudist multi-use duo

I have bought a few make up items lately that I wanted to share with you. I find myself reaching more and more for items that are as easy as possible, I got out of the habit of wearing make up after having baby number two but it's something I am trying to change and get back in to a more normal routine.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Beauty Basics: Trevarno Rose and Jojoba soap

Bar soaps were once thought of as a little old fashioned, but with more people paying attention to packaging waste and looking for gentle options on the skin soap is very much making a comeback.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Ingredients focus: Cucumber in natural beauty

I distinctly remember my first proper skincare routine and skincare purchases. I was around the age of fourteen and my mum took me to the Body Shop and bought me a cucumber cleanser and toner. I remember the large green plastic bottles and the fact that the sales assistant did a little mini demonstration telling me how use them, including telling me to wipe off the cleanser with a cotton pad. I laugh now at the cotton pad advice but my Mum was never a beauty enthusiast the way I am, she slept in her make up and wasn't fussy about products, so no one taught me how to cleanse properly. In fact that is something I didn't really start doing consistently until I started blogging.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Interview with Lorraine Dallmeier of Formula Botanica

The natural and organic beauty industry is thriving, with natural brands now sold in major retailers and being featured in glossy magazines such as Vogue. What started out as a niche movement has developed real traction over the last few years, with consumers taking a real interest in botanical ingredients. The rapid growth of the industry means that it is more important than ever to seek out trusted voices for information.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

New in: Hynt Beauty Duet perfecting Concealer review

When it comes to natural and organic make up products I feel that overall there is still a lot of catching up to do with skincare. Make up is much harder to formulate without silicones, mineral oils and other synthetics, that's not to say there aren't good products, but we are still a long way behind the industry in general. I have been a fan of mineral powder formulas for years, they work well for me, but I do get excited when I find a cream formula that is well made and stands up to some of it's conventional counterparts.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Tried and tested: Beauty Bust Oil by Laboratoire du Haut-Segala

I usually don't buy in to body treatments that are targeting a specific area, instead choosing multi-purpose nourishing products that can be used wherever needed, but there are some exceptions. After two babies and many months of breastfeeding, I have noticed that my bust and chest area was looking a little more dry than usual and with some fine lines starting to form. Having never tried a product specifically formulated for the bust area, I thought it was certainly worth investigating.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Family Fun: The Just So Festival

A weekend packed full of fun, mystery and a touch of magic. That is the Just So Festival, a family friendly weekend held at Rode Hall in Cheshire. The festival is ran by Wild Rumpus, a not-for-profit community interest programme dedicated to supporting the arts. This is our second year attending the festival and we loved every minute of it.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Tried and tested - Weleda natural spray and roll on deodorants

One of the products I get asked about more than any other is deodorant. For many people finding a natural deodorant that works well for them is a struggle. Something I always disliked about most deodorants found on supermarket shelves was the scents, they tend to be largely synthetic and not all that pleasant, so personally I find natural deodorants much more pleasant to use.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

The simplicity of one ingredient with SW Basics

I deeply admire anyone who can successfully grow their beauty business with a less is more approach. In today's market where there are a huge amount of brands constantly fighting for our attention it's refreshing to see a brand stick to a back to basics philosophy and not deviate from their ethos.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

RMS Beauty skin2skin Foundation brush and Swift shadow review

A beauty tool that I didn't know I needed until I tried it? That would be my thoughts on this foundation brush from RMS. I have been a fan of RMS make up for some time, the line founded by US make up artist Rosa Marie Swift, is one of the pioneering natural make up brands, and thanks to it's pretty colours and creamy formulas the brand has developed something of a cult following. The brand has launched several new products lately, including their new pressed eye shadows and make up brushes.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Friday night pamper: Dafna's Recovery cleanser review

Let's talk about luxury cleansing, not your everyday get your make up off before bed cleansing, but the mini-facial at home type cleansing. The one where you might even light a candle and have a hot bath too. I try and give myself a much more thorough cleanse, facial massage and some pampering at least once a week. Since having baby number two time for myself is really quite scarce, but when it does happen I love to make the most of it.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Brand to watch: Handmaids cosmetics

It has been a while since I wrote a brand to watch post, but today's discovery is really rather lovely, so in my opinion is worth the wait. My brand to watch series is all about highlighting smaller or up and coming brands that I think are noteworthy. I will say that as the natural and organic beauty space has grown, so has the number of brands starting up, making the task of finding the real gems that little bit harder.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Weleda Insight 2017

The beautiful calendula otherwise known as pot marigold is just one of the gorgeous plants found in the Weleda gardens tucked away in Ilkeston in Derbyshire. Weleda is a natural pioneer, founded on the philosophies of Rudolf Steiner in 1921, the brand started creating pharmaceuticals and is now one of the global leaders in holistic natural cosmetics.

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.
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