Skin Organics Beauty Box December Edition

I received this box just before Christmas and for reasons I am unable to discuss at this time I wasn’t able to post a review until now. The skin organics clean beauty box is as the name suggests. The contents of this box are non toxic with no parabens, no SLS and  no hidden nasties. This was the first beauty box I ever purchased and I am so pleased with the products I received. Be warned that some of the items are completely used up lol.

The boxes start at £19 with £3.95 UK postage. It is a great way for persons new to organic skin care to try out new brands with out the hassle of worrying about whether or not your products are genuinely organic. For more experienced organic skin care users this box may introduce you to brands you might not have been aware of before.Check out this amazing beauty box here .Boxes are posted on the 20th of each month and you can also build your own box for only £15. Now lets get into the contents. The December edition included 8 items.

 

  1. Bryt Skin Care Day  daily moisturiser with  SPF 15: (sample size) The day moisturiser is a light mattifying moisturiser with SPF 15. It contains ingredients such as Vitamin E and essential oils including green tea, bergamot, lemon and mandarin.I am new to this brand but because I fell in love with the night cream I will definitely be purchasing the full size of the day moisturiser.The full size retails at £18.50.

2. Bryt Skin Care Night Cream: (Full size) I am really happy I received a full size of this product because I was already running low on my night cream. I really love the colourful packaging of this brand and with ingredients such as rose absolute, chinese geranium, palma rosa and lavender I was sold!! It’s not too greasy and I use this along with my serum to really seal in all the potent ingredients. The full size retails at £18.50.

3. Siskyn Grapefuit and Sweet Fennel Toning Body Oil: ( 30 ml travel size) I am no stranger to siskyn and I have completely used up this bottle!! The toning body oil has ingredients such as grapeseed, toning hazelnut, skin restructuring peach kernel and apricot kernel as well as sweet fennel, grapefruit and cypress. The siskyn sisters refer to it as a zesty body boost in a bottle and I absolutely love how moisturising it is. The 150 ml bottle retails at £32. You can check out my review of other siskyn products here.

4. Bodhi & Boich Ylang and Ylang Incense Bath and Shower Gel: (50 ml travel size)I love this bath and shower gel and the ingredients did not irritate my dry sensitive skin. With ingredients such as atlas cedarwood, spiked with fragrant honeysuckle, neroli and pink peppercorn I found this deeply hydrating for my skin. The sensual blend of fragrances is one both you and you partner will enjoy. The full size of this body wash retails at £20.

5. Narloa Mandarin Cleansing oil: (Full size) I have never used anything from this brand before and I am glad I was introduced to this cleansing oil. Prior to using this oil I used makeup remover wipes but I think this is a more natural alternative given some of the ingredients of the makeup wipes I used before. The cleansing oil offers a luxurious blend of plant powered oils such as sunflower and evening primrose among others. The full size retails at £12.50.

6. Konjac Mini Rudolph Pore Refiner with red Clay : ( mini size) This pore refiner is perfect for targeting and refining pores. It is pH balanced with mineral rich red clay which is known to stimulate blood circulation and give skin a healthy glow. It is also ideal for those prone to eczema and psoriasis. I have not tried the sponge  yet but I am excited to see what it does for my skin.This retails at £6.99.

7. Lilian Jones Cinamon Swirl Tea Light Candle: (Full Size) I used this on Christmas Day and I loved the scent mainly because I really like the smell of Cinnamon. It gave the bedroom a really cozy feel and I will definitely be trying some other fragrances from Lilian jones. The 100 g cinnamon swirl candle tin retails at £6 but is currently on sale so you can get it now for £5.

8. Truffle Pig Vegan Handmade Dark Orange Rose and Raspberry Chocolate: (Full size)This was definitely a pleasant surprise to find chocolate in a skin care beauty box. I did say that in 2018 I would try eating healthier so maybe I will trade in my Cadbury for this who knows!! I will definitely check out truffle pig for some healthier chocolate alternatives .

 

If any of you would like to try a beauty box I strongly suggest an organic alternative and why not start with this one. Your skin and your body will be glad you did. As always thank you for stopping by.

SAAF Pure Organic Skincare

 

 

I was recently gifted two items from SAAF and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to try out such an amazing brand. The items I received were:

  • Complexion Boosting Face Serum
  • Foot softening Balm

Before I get into the products  I wanted to give you a brief overview of the brand and what they represent. SAAF is marketed as being quite simply; pure. The award winning products are scientifically formulated by the founder Dr Mah and her very experienced team of experts. All of SAAF’s products are 100% natural and they provide an excellent  source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. They are cruelty free, vegetarian, organic, vegan and halal. I am not aware of any  other brand with that many accreditations and I am truly impressed with all they represent.

The information provided about the products were taken from the website.I will begin with the complexion boosting serum.If you are not already aware serums are basically used after cleansing and before moisturizing with the intent of delivering a higher concentration of active ingredients. This might seem like a lot to take in; cleansing, serums, moisturizers, lol but it’s okay skin care is a journey and you get better at it with time. I am still learning.

The complexion boosting serum is ideal for:

  • Detoxing congested skin.
  • Oily and acne prone skin conditions.
  • Dull skin.
  • Hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone and texture.

 

Directions: 

Apply a small amount of the serum twice a day morning and evening and allow it to penetrate for a few minutes.

Key Ingredients:

Safflower Oil: To increase moisture content and soothe skin irritation and itchiness.

Jojoba oil: It is protective and helps the skin retain moisture.

Rosehip seed oil: Promotes healthy skin renewal.

Black seed oil: Acts as an anti-inflammatory to help clear breakouts and smooth blemishes.

Lemongrass: Pore refining properties.

Juniper berry: Skin detoxifying and purifying effects. Aids in balancing oily complexion and helps soothe acne.

 

My Thoughts

This is definitely one of the best serums I have ever tried and it has earned a permanent spot in my skin care routine. The serum is not thick at all and is very easily absorbed by the skin. Initially I wasn’t very sure about the smell but I have gotten used to it and with the results I have had so far I don’t even care what it smells like to be honest. With continued use I don’t believe you would have much use for a primer because of the pore refining properties of this serum. Prepare for even skin and gradual fading of dark spots and blemishes. I absolutely love this serum!!!!!

 

Foot Softening Balm

Ideal for :

  • Dry hardened skin .
  • Itchy irritated skin.
  • Tired aching feet.

Directions:

Massage into clean feet , heels, toes and ankles before bed. For particularly dry feet apply a generous layer of balm and wear cotton socks over night.

 

Key Ingredients:

Safflower oil: Increases moisture content of skin.

Blackseed oil: Natural anti irritant. Soothes tired aching and damaged feet. Potent anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Organic Beeswax: Powerful anti microbial properties and helps soften and soothe dry irritated skin.

Olive oil: Regenerating powers that helps smooth and soften skin.

Cocoa Butter: Antioxidant properties nourishes, softens and soothes.

Neem oil: Has anti bacterial, anti viral, anti inflammatory and fungicidal properties which makes it perfect for dry skin conditions.

Lemon Myrtle: Potent antibacterial, anti fungal and anti viral agent, more powerful than tea tree oil.  ( I have highlighted this because not everyone is a fan of tea tree oil and this alternative is even more powerful)

Rosemary essential oil: Has anti fungal properties that help with circulation.

 

My Thoughts

I have to confess that my husband has been using this more than I have, because he has suffered with dry feet for years. For those of you who suffer with dry feet maybe you have used urea based products in the past; he did many times but they never worked. Other moisturizers we tried worked but only temporarily. This foot softening balm works perfectly. It instantly moisturizes the skin and you wake up with smooth and soft skin on your feet. My husband never really pays attention to the many products which are delivered to our door but this definitely impressed him and he isn’t easily impressed.

 

Overall I am very happy with both products and I will definitely need to restock when they are done. I am eager to try out a few other products from the range.If you are interested in trying out the brand they are available here. It is a wonderful brand and I promise you will not regret your purchase. As always thank you so much for stopping by.

 

 

La Rose Bath and Beauty

 

 

If you have been following me on any of my social media accounts you may have realised how much I love supporting small businesses. When I discovered La Rose Bath and Beauty products I was very impressed with her dedication to creating products free of harmful chemicals and offering consumers organic ingredients they could trust. I purchased a few products at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review. If you visit La Rose Bath and Beauty Products please read D’Andra’s very inspirational story behind her brand.

There are so many beauty and household products to choose from but I decided to start off with these.

  • Blueberry tea organic bath and body massage oil
  • Raspberries and cream organic whipped shea butter and sugar scrub
  • Skin correcting gentle facial wash
  • Clean Cotton Deodorant

 

My Thoughts

Bath and Body Massage Oil

This was highly moisturising and non greasy. My skin felt really soft and smooth after applying. I found it to be quite soothing post shaving as well.The body and massage oils are available in various fragrances and there are unscented versions for those with sensitive skin ,who prefer fragrance free.

 

Raspberries and Cream Organic Whipped Shea butter

This body scrub was unlike any other that I have used before. There was somewhat of a balance between the creamy and grainy consistency of the scrub. I think it is an excellent physical exfoliant and perfect for those who are  unable to tolerate a typical sugar scrub; the shea butter adds a bit of softness that your skin is sure to love.

 

Skin Correcting Gentle Face Wash

I think what impressed me most with this gentle face wash is the ingredients. I mean it is just ridiculous how much goodness is in this face wash; from oils to pink Himalaya salt it is truly heaven in a bottle. I love the creamy texture and the scent as well. I did notice that a few dark spots I had on my forehead have faded by using this so I can tell you that it definitely works.

 

Clean Cotton Deodorant

This was by far my favourite product. It isn’t often that I purchase a product and can confidently say that I am sticking to it simply because I love trying out new things ; but I have been searching for an organic deodorant for so long and the issue that I had before was that they did not offer all day protection. I am so glad that I finally found one which does. It doesn’t leave behind any residue and it has such a pleasant scent as well. If you take nothing else from this post please consider switching to an organic deodorant. Although evidence does not yet confirm the link between aluminium based deodorants and breast cancer it still makes sense to consider organic alternatives. I simply choose not to take the risk with my body or breasts and I will be purchasing these for my mom and sister and grandmother as well.

 

As promised my exclusive discount code is SHAIZ10 so be sure to use it for 10% off all of your purchases. For now shipping to the UK is quite expensive as this is a US based company but I will be placing an order in January so if any of you are interested I can make arrangements for you. Send me a message on instagram or twitter if you are interested. As always thank you so much for stopping by.

 

Ezape Naturals Rosemary Body Butter

 

Vanessa from Ezape Naturals is a qualified beauty therapist with a passion for health and beauty; so when I came across her range of luxurious organic skincare I was very eager to try them. During winter my skin gets extremely dry and itchy so an ordinary body lotion does little to nothing for me. As the seasons change so does my moisturiser. According to her website her products are natural and effective for dry sensitive skin with 100% natural ingredients and 99% certified organic ingredients.

I have been using this moisturiser for about 2 weeks now and I love the benefits that I am gaining from the following ingredients.

  • Organic Shea Butter: Highly moisturising to dry skin, reduces inflammation and provides relief to dry itchy skin. It also reduces irritation and bumps.

 

  • Organic Coconut oil: Natural antibacterial and anti fungal. It prevents premature ageing and seals in moisture.

 

  • Organic Sunflower Oil: Very hydrating to the skin with omega 3 6 and 9. All three of these help prevent and reduce inflammation, protect against infection and reduce the signs of ageing.

 

  • Organic Rosemary Oil: Protects against sun damage .

 

  • Vitamin E: Provides skin with the necessary moisture as well as antioxidants for intense healing.

Aside from what ‘s in it, the body butter itself is pearl white in colour and  melts into the skin without that sticky feel which is quite common with body butters.You can smell the rosemary but the smell doesn’t linger once applied.

 

Directions: Vanessa advises that the body butter be used after a bath or shower 3 times daily, but it worked well for me with only two applications; one in the morning and the other before bed.

The only downside for me is the coconut oil. The body butter is perfect for my upper body but when applied to my legs because of the comedogenic properties of coconut oil it seemed to make the bumps on my legs (strawberry legs) more obvious so this is one thing to bear in mind when choosing a body butter. Overall I would definitely repurchase because of how moisturising this body butter is. I use it on my entire upper body and feet as well and it keeps me moisturised all day. The body butter is available here. Feel free to check out Vanessa at @ezapenaturals for more of her amazing organic skincare products. What products do you use to moisturise your skin?

Organic Shop Strawberry Jam Deep Cleansing Body Scrub

            

As you may have already guessed this is a skincare product review; well more specifically body care review. When I decided to take the organic skincare route I didn’t expect it to be an easy one because from the moment you make that decision it’s no longer about pretty packaging or what products smell like, or even feel like but it becomes more about what’s actually  in them. Sometimes it can be a little frustrating giving up brands that you once loved simply because you now understand that they may not be the best choice because of some of the ingredients. When I came across organic shop uk and I saw all the pretty colours and all those options for body scrubs, shampoos and body butters I was in love!!
The strawberry jam deep cleansing body scrub looks and smells like strawberry jam. There are literally chunks of strawberries  in every handful. My skin felt so soft and smooth and the smell of fresh strawberries lingered even after I got out of the shower; which was nice because strawberries are rather scarce during winter so I absolutely loved it! The brand offers products free of common nasties including parabens, SLS, mineral oils and GMOs. They are totally against animal testing and the packaging is recyclable as well. Sounds awesome right?
Remember what I said about the frustrations of taking the organic route? Well here is where it gets frustrating. There were a few ingredients that I would have preferred to have been left out. The MIPA-Laureth sulphate for example, parfum and the colourants as well. I contacted the brand and expressed my concerns and was told that the MIPA- Laureth sulphate it contains is the least amount possible whilst still allowing the scrub to perform as a cleanser. I do love it when brands take us, the consumers seriously!!!
Despite the few ingredients that I was not too happy about here are those which made me smile:
  • Organic Strawberry Extract: Nourishes and soothes your skin.

 

  • Organic Black Currant Extract and Acai: Help detoxify your skin.

 

  • Raspberries and Lingonberry Seed Oil: Provide deep cleansing that leaves the skin supple and elastic.
My advice is this; if your skin care routine is  100% organic with no exception and zero tolerance this line isn’t for you but if you are thinking of considering organic skin care this is a very affordable way to start. The options are endless and the ingredients are way more skin friendly than the popular brands like The body shop here in the UK or Bath and Body works in the US.
So by all means newbie organics go check out @organicshopuk and try them out for yourself before picking up that ever so tempting popular brand. Charlotte is really helpful if you are unsure of what you should get. The products are very affordable and this scrub retails at £9.99 for a 450 ml jar which should last a very long time. It’s an excellent Christmas gift option as well for all those thinking of trying out a new line.
Let me know what you guys think in the comments below. Thank you as always for stopping by.
Disclaimer: The product was gifted in exchange for my honest review.

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Lemonade honey lemon face scrub

Lemonade Honey -Lemon Face Scrub

I came across NXG while scrolling through a friend’s pics on instagram. When it comes to skincare I love all things natural and generally I love all things pink and this brand gave me both these things. After going through their site the lemonade honey lemon face scrub seemed absolutely delightful and a definite “ must have”I have prepared loads of diy honey and lemon scrubs but I have always felt that they were a bit too harsh for my skin. I have been using this lemonade face scrub for about two weeks now and it is anything but harsh. It has a lovely citrusy scent and it really does smell like something edible lol but please save all the goodness for your skin.The packaging is very simple. It is a basic white plastic jar with a silver metal lid.

 

Upon application it has a bit of a sticky feel but through continuous circular motions on the face it just melts in.The ingredients and directions are included on the product info card that is emailed (yay for saving paper) after your purchase.I loved how smooth my skin felt after and the glow that it has provided with continuous use. When I opened the jar I was very impressed with the layer of golden honey above all those tiny exfoliating crystals below. All the ingredients serve a purpose and there are no potentially harsh additives included.

Honey – full of antioxidants which provide anti ageing benefits, it is a natural antibacterial which is great for acne sufferers and it is highly moisturising.

Sea salt-excellent exfoliant and also helps to cleanse pores deeply and balance oil production.

Lemon Peel- this ingredient not only adds to the yummy scent but it also enhances the clarity, glow and softness of the skin.

Turmeric –antioxidant, anti inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Annatto Seed-high in antioxidants and also helps to fight sun damage.

Vitamin C-antioxidant properties and also plays a role in collagen synthesis.

Lemon Essential Oil- helps improve the overall complexion and helps fade dark spots

Grapefruit Essential Oil soothing and cleansing and helps to detoxify the skin

Vitamin E- anti ageing properties by supporting new skin cell growth and speeding up cell regeneration.

Overall I am really loving this face scrub and the 60 ml jar is definitely well worth the price of $30 ec. Agnes, the owner says that it will soon be available in the U.K so this is something to look forward to as I only visit home once a year. It is definitely a brand worth trying if you are interested in all natural skin care. Check out notoxgirls.com or @notoxgirls to see for yourself.

 

 

Boo Boo Gel Review

Me and my Boo Boo

I don’t believe that this is the actual meaning behind the name but to me, it’s my beauty boo times two. I absolutely love this product. I may not be vegan but my skin pretty much is.

The official painted earth website describes Boo Boo gel as a natural anti inflammatory blemish banisher, to soothe, heal and nourish skin. It is also said to dramatically reduce the appearance of pores. Win Win!!!!

 

Directions: Apply after moisturiser for acne directly on the area. It can be applied several times a day.

Acne is not an issue for me but the ingredients in Boo Boo gel were very impressive and because of the benefits to the skin I was intrigued. The following ingredients and their uses were what really made me fall in love with Boo Boo gel.

Anti ageing:

  • MSM
  • Organic Gotu Kola
  • Horsetail
  • Dandelion

Anti Inflammatory:

  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Colloidal silver
  • Organic Arnica
  • Organic green tea
  • Wild geranium

The aloe vera gel helps to treat sunburn, the menthol provides a wonderful cooling sensation perfect for summer weather and the organic licorice diminishes the appearance of dark under eye circles, discolouration and age spots.

Most people fear gel formulations because of drying skin ingredients like alcohol but with boo boo gel you are offered a cool minty freshness which is a perfect wake me up in the morning. I don’t think you can expect all day hydration from one application as it is very lightweight so its better to apply a few times a day. It’s perfectly fine under makeup as it is easily absorbed into the skin without any greasy residue.

I only wish that there was a squeeze bottle option. I always prefer these to jars when it comes to skin care products as it’s more hygienic. This is really my only issue but overall I love Boo Boo Gel and it has definitely found a permanent place in my skin care regime.You can find it here. It retails at about £19. Currently not available in the UK, hint hint Joanne but they do offer international shipping. Hope you try it out. You won’t be disappointed.

Siskyn

The media has done a great job making the ideal more desirable than perhaps ever before and for those of us who feel like we look nothing like it, the journey there can be a long and frustrating one.Who doesn’t want to be told that they’re glowing? I have always had very dry and sensitive skin. Acne was never an issue for me but if I ever did get a pimple most definitely an unsightly dark spot would follow. We all love instant gratification but when it comes to skincare patience is usually a requirement. Continue reading “Siskyn”