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.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Tropic Skincare Colour click lipstick review

I have had mixed results with Vegan Lipsticks in the past, getting the formula right does seem to be something of a art form, but when they are done well it's a major plus.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Greener alternatives to baby wipes: Close parent and Cheeky wipes (reusable wipes) review

I have had a few people ask me about baby wipes and what I use for Baby Green, so I thought I would do a post explaining my thoughts on wipes in terms of ingredients and their environmental effects.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Gift Idea: Amphora Aromatics Love it Box

If you are still on the hunt for a Valentines Gift or even a gift to self, I have such a sweet offering from Amphora Aromatics to share with you today.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Brand Focus: Barefoot SOS

Barefoot SOS is a brand I have dipped in and out of for years, so these reviews are in fact quite overdue, but as usual better late than never. There is a cute story behind the Barefoot SOS brand name, it's inspired by the ancient Chinese tradition of doctors who travelled village to village without shoes dispensing natural remedies as they went. The brand has a fair amount of awards under it's belt and is free from parabens, SLS, mineral oil/paraffin and artificial fragrances and colours. As well as that the entire range is suitable for vegans.

Monday, 6 February 2017

New in: AA Skincare shower gel collection

Shower gels are one of the most used products in our house, sometimes we do use a bar soap too but in general we all tend to like the feel of a more traditional wash. When AA Skincare launched this latest collection of shower gels I had a feeling we would be in for a treat and they didn't disappoint.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Just for Tummies Live Bacteria review

When it comes to supplementation I like to keep things really rather simple, firstly because I think that taking too many products can sometimes be counter productive but also because let's be honest things can get rather pricey if you go overboard. I have been consistently supplementing with Omega 3 for months now, I really believe it makes a big difference to my skin and overall health, however during pregnancy I developed some digestive issues that I was looking for a solution to, and probiotics kept coming up in my research.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

TotsBots Easyfit star and Happy Mat Review

It has been almost six months since I first put Baby Green in cloth nappies and it has been without a doubt one of the best parenting decisions I have made. You can read about why I chose reusable over disposable nappies in my first post - Why I use Cloth nappies.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Green Beauty News: January

It's been a while since I wrote a green beauty news post but these are my favourites to write so I have missed them!

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Little Bit Lavish box: January Gems

It's hard to keep up with the subscription box market at the moment, there has never been so much choice and it is highly competitive. Little Bit Lavish is a box that caught my because it is all about a bit of me time, something I am sorely in need of at the moment. The choice of brands both in this months box and previous boxes also caught my eye, a nice mix of up and coming  brands and mainly natural products or organic products.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Three pampering products: Joik, Herbfarmacy and Kiss the Moon

January is notoriously cold and wet month. A crash back to reality after all of the excitement of December. I thought I would share three products with you that I have been testing throughout January that have made the month that little bit more bearable. They all have in common that they feel nurturing and a little bit special.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Introducing Micheline Arcier Aromatherapy

If one of your new years resolutions is to make time for yourself then I have a wonderful therapeutic and pampering brand to share with you. Micheline Arcier is a brand I hadn't heard of until relatively recently, but they have already scooped several Beauty Shortlist awards.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Boxwalla - Let It Glow box first impressions

As January is a notoriously gloomy month, I have just the thing to lift your spirits and get your skin glowing after all the excess of the Holiday season. Say hello to this gorgeous limited edition Boxwalla - Let it glow box. Boxwalla are an innovative subscription service based in the US, however their boxes are available worldwide.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Simple swaps for a zero waste beauty routine

There really are lot's of simple ways to create less waste. We can use natural products and the purest ingredients, but if our beauty routine remains unnecessarily wasteful then I don't think it can ever be truly green. I have been really inspired by lot's of zero waste blogs and books lately, but I will admit some of their suggestions take things a little too far, for example you won't be finding me grinding burnt almonds to make eye liner any time soon! I fully accept that I am never going to be a minimalist in my beauty routine but there are some simple changes I have implemented to reduce waste. Here are the swaps that I find the most helpful, they are easy and they are sustainable over time as well as being good for your pocket, because they should save money in the long run. Wasting less shouldn't make life more complicated, in fact the opposite is true!
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