Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Thursday, 20 April 2017
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
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
**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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Friday, 17 February 2017
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Monday, 13 February 2017
Saturday, 11 February 2017
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
Thursday, 9 February 2017
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
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
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
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
Thursday, 26 January 2017
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
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
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
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
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!
Thursday, 12 January 2017
Just before Christmas Tisserand relaunched their bath and body collection with slick new packaging and three gorgeous scents. It's no secret that I have a preference for aromatherapy brands and Tisserand combine years of expertise in essential oils with affordable price points. I have introduced Tisserand to some family members too and it has been a big hit!
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
Had you asked me pre baby if I would be up for using reusable menstrual products my answer would have undoubtedly been a resounding no. However having had two children in cloth nappies and having seen the wonderful benefits, when I was approached by Bloom and Nora to try their new range of cloth sanitary pads my mind was more than open to the idea. I actually started to look in to reusable menstrual products before I got pregnant with Baby Green, I had made so many other successful changes in my life that this seemed like a logical progression.
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