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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

greenscents | natural cleaning products | spray and laundry liquid | eczema | sensitive skin

https://www.greenscents.co.uk






I am always on the lookout for natural cleaning products so when I found greenscents I was looking forward to trying what they had on offer.

We were sent 4 products by this company:

Citrus loo cleaner 
Herbal multi surface spray 
Nonscents laundry liquid 
Minty laundry conditioner

All these products are produced in small batches in Somerset using pure exmoor water.

I don't usually use a conditioner when I wash clothes as I have sensitive skin but because the ingredients are all natural I decided to give it a go.

I was really impressed with the results of the two liquids combined. The clothes came out really soft but without the residue that is sometimes left with conditioners that irritates the skin.

Also the bottles last a bit longer because they are concentrated. The conditioner in particular lasted well as you only have to use a small amount.

The citrus loo cleaner had a nice orange scent to it that lasted quite a while even when the toilet was flushed which I was really impressed with. 

The multi spray was really good for cleaning things such as the oven as it got rid of grease really well. I really like the scent to it, it has peppermint and rosemary oil which go really well together and its a nice smell to have in the kitchen as it isn't overpowering when you are preparing food.

You can follow greenscents at twitter here:

https://twitter.com/greenscentsuk

Or on facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/Greenscents-357611980922551/

All of greenscents products are suitable for vegans and they have even been nominated for an award at vegfest2017 and you can vote for them here:

https://london.vegfest.co.uk/awards/vote/




Monday, 11 September 2017

Rawr chocolate bars | organic | dairy free | gluten free | vegan | vegetarian

https://www.rawrchoc.com


This is a company that make raw chocolate bars that are a great substitute if you are allergic to or would rather not consume milk, gluten or wheat. 

Or if, like me, you want to have the taste of chocolate without all the added nasties.





I was sent 6 bars from the range to sample. The flavours were:

Organic Chocolate
Organic Dark Chocolate
fOrganic Mint flavour
Organic Orange flavour
Organic Goji berries with vanilla
Organic Lucuma Cacao

Each of the bars are organic, gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, vegetarian and vegan.




My little boy who is just 18 months absolutely loved them and it was nice to be giving him a healthier alternative to chocolate.

There was no bitter aftertaste to any of the flavours and it really felt like you were eating something that was a treat.

My favourite was the goji berries with vanilla one as I thought this was an interesting new taste and I hadn't heard of goji berries before.

I was impressed with the fact that the foil and kraft paper of the packaging is fully recyclable.

I was also impressed with the price of these as they are very reasonable for the size of bar you receive.

They also do a love collection which is 4 of the bars wrapped in a lovely ribbon with a gift card which is a great idea for a gift.

You can follow this company on twitter here:

https://twitter.com/rawrchocolate

Or on facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/rawrchocolate/

Thursday, 31 August 2017

guiltless skin natural skincare product review eczema

 
This is a company that ticks all the boxes for me and my family when it comes to natural skin care.
 
Guiltless Skin products are handmade in small batches from a small workshop in Essex, England. 
I like the fact that they only make as much as their customers demand which means they don’t compromise the purity of ingredients that have a limited shelf life.
 
 
I received three products from guiltless skin. These were:
 
Organic jojoba soap
 
Dash of Citrus soap
 
Organic hemp and shea whipped butter.
 
 
A big positive for me is that this company uses all natural products and they don't use any alcohol, sulfates, parabens, silicones, artificial colours or fragrances. The reason this is so important to me is because I have very sensitive skin especially on my hands.
 
 
Out of the soaps I think the one with jojoba was more suited to my skin on my hands as I have eczema and as it was unscented I wasn't worried about my eczema flaring up.
 
For the rest of my body that is not as sensitive I enjoyed using the dash of citrus one. I really liked the lime scent which is really refreshing and a bit different from the usual orange scent with citrus soaps.
 
Both soaps lather really well and they don't leave that greasy residue that you can sometimes get.
 
The shea butter was a perfect consistency and absorbed really well into my skin. It is even suitable to use on the lips as a moisturiser and I found if I put a little on in the morning then it lasted for quite a long time through the day.
 
I also used the shea butter as a barrier for my youngest son to prevent nappy rash and it worked really well.
 
I had no adverse reaction to any of the products no itchiness or redness and the shea butter actually had a positive effect on the eczema on my hands as it helped to moisturise them.
 
On their website at the moment they have a few offers on if you buy bundles. One that particularly stood out to me was the four handmade soaps for £10 which is really reasonable.
 
You can follow guiltless skin on twitter here
 
 
Or Facebook here
 
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

beauty expression acquarella natural non-toxic nail polish brand new spring colours review

 
 
This is the 2nd post of 3 reviews of products from this website that are all natural in origin.
 
 
 
 
I received a nail polish from the brand Acquarella in one of the new spring colours in the shade poppet. There are over 70 great colours to choose from.
 
I wasn't aware that conventional nail polishes were originally derived from automotive paint in the early twentieth century which explains why polishes usually contain a lot of chemicals. On the other side of the scale this brand is completely non-toxic so it contains no petro-chemicals or nasty fumes and is actually water-based.
 
These polishes are not tested on animals and this is recognised by PETA.
 

 



I let my six year old girl have a little play with it because it is perfectly safe for even toddlers to use. It is even safe to use during pregnancy as there are no toxic fumes to deal with. My daughter actually noticed that it doesn't smell horrible like normal nail varnishes. 
 
This is with just one coat and no base coat or topper which I think is quite impressive. It dries to touch in just a few minutes and is dry for use after about 20 minutes.
 
My favourite thing with these nail varnishes is that if you do make a mistake it is so easy just to wipe off and start again.
 
So I would definitely recommend this brand primarily for its low toxic smell and also its quick drying time.
 
 
 
 
 

beauty expression natural sensitive skin eczema skincare review QMilk


This is the first of 3 blog posts I will be doing featuring products from this website which has a wide array of products that are natural and suitable for sensitive skin.
 
 
 
 

The first set of products I received was from the brand QMilk. This is a German skincare brand that is natural and handmade. I was very interested to see on their website that they even make clothes out of milk protein which is incredible.
 

I received a natural peeling cream and I really like the concept of this cream. It contains biopolymer beads from milk which cleanses old skin cells and protects the upper skin layer. The genuine rose petals wax protects the skin after peeling.
 

The beads dissolve without residue and don't clog the pores. You only have to put it on for 10-20 seconds and straight away after first use the skin feels deeply cleansed.
 

I have very sensitive skin especially on my face and I also have eczema so this was a perfect combination for my skin because it was exfoliating but did not irritate. I had no reaction to the cream, no itchiness or redness.
 

I also received a lip gloss and I really liked the consistency of it. It wasn't sticky and it absorbed really well and you can use it on its own or as a base layer or as a topcoat with a lipstick its so versatile.

Like the cream, the lip gloss contains no chemicals or artificial ingredients it is 100% natural. The products are not tested on animals and have been tested by medical practitioners and their patients.

So these products tick all the boxes for me and I highly recommend this skincare line.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

aloe 24-7 juice drink review / aloe gel review / natural / sensitive skin / eczema

 
 
 
 
This is along the same lines as my previous post that I did on birch water. Again I was looking for a drink to replace squashes and juices that didn't have lots of added sugar and I came across this company.
 
The three juices that I received were the original aloe juice flavour with nothing added and the other two had lemon, ginger and honey and cinnamon and honey added.
 
It has a sort of syrupy texture but is still thin enough to be refreshing when you drink it and this texture actually helps in lining the digestive tract.
 
Like with the birch water I did favour the ones that had flavour added. My favourite was the cinnamon one as this had a nice sweet flavour but not too overpowering.
 
They can also be added to fruit juices and smoothies to give that extra boost of vitamins and minerals.
 
They all have no added preservatives and yet it lasts for a year unopened after production and when opened in the fridge will last 7-8 days which I thought was quite impressive.
 
As well as the juices I also received a tube of aloe gel. This is a super combination of eight healing wonders which are aloe ferox gel, aloe ferox leaf extract, kalahari melon seed oil, rooibos, cape chamomile, lemongrass oil, sunflower seed oil and rosemary oil.
 
There are so many things that this gel can be used for but I found this particularly effective when used as an aftersun gel as it was really refreshing on the skin and I don't have any other products quite like this at the moment. 
 
I have eczema on my hands so I have to be really careful what I use on them. When I used this gel it was really soothing and it felt like it went really deep into my skin and left it feeling really moisturised and I had no reaction no itchiness or redness.
 
I also found it worked really well as a protective layer to prevent nappy rash and is suitable for a babys sensitive skin as it is all natural.
 
You can follow this company on twitter here
 
 
 
Or on Facebook here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, 3 July 2017

treevitalise / natural birch water / vegan / organic

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
I received three flavours of birch water:
 
Lemon
Mint
Original
 
The packaging was lovely and very well presented.
 
This is a relatively new concept to me as I knew nothing about birch water until I found this company when looking for an alternative to drinks such as juices with added sugar.
 
What really appealed to me is that each small bottle contains no more than 10kcal.  
 
It is quite an interesting process that involves birch tapping. Only around 2% is taken from the trees during the harvest in March. They are then left to thrive through the seasons for the rest of the year.  
 
The infusion of mint or lemon is natural and nothing artificial is added.
 
The original flavour was okay and I would drink this because I knew it was good for me but I did prefer the ones that were flavoured.
 
The mint one was my favourite as I love peppermint tea and it was just like drinking this it was so refreshing.
 
These are also nice added to smoothies to get your nutrients that way. Vitamins and minerals found in birch sap include potassium, manganese, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, sodium, iron, amino acids and Vitamin C.
 
I also like the fact that they are manufactured in glass bottles because this keeps the drink chilled better when its in the fridge so its even more refreshing.
 
You can follow this company on Facebook here
 
 
And also on twitter here