Category Archives: Bath and beauty

WHY NATURAL BEAUTY?

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Firstly buying beauty products made from natural plant based ingredients really do work and are far better for you and your skin than those full of chemicals and man made ingredients. They are absorbed into your skin rather than sitting on top thus really helping the layers to rebuild rather than just putting a temporary ‘skin’ or layer onto your skin.

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Secondly no one really knows the full extent of the damage that may be caused by our skin and bodies being subjected to these chemicals. Some have been found to cause skin rashes and allergies while others are far worse and have been found to be carcinogenic in large doses.

Aside from the damage that using these products could be causing us we also have to be aware that everything we put on our bodies will end up in the environment. Every time we bathe or shower we wash off oils and creams that we have put on our bodies using other products that will also be washed into the water system.

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Another reason we should think about using products that are natural not only on our bodies but also for cleaning and washing in the home is that these companies making natural products are more ethical and so these will NOT be tested on animals or use animal products that require killing or hurting animals. I for one, do not want to think that anything I use has meant that an animal has had to suffer just so that can clean my house, wash my clothes or apply products to my body.

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The great news is that people are becoming far more aware and are questioning the need to test on animals or add chemicals to products. There are now so many fabulous companies making natural beauty products and products for cleaning and washing clothes, many are small UK based companies and I am happy to support these companies and buy British.

 

 

Finally companies making the natural products are usually more aware of using eco packing and recycled packing as well as green energy in their production. Having just returned from a holiday in Indonesia I was saddened to see how much plastic pollution and rubbish that was in the sea and on land.

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We cannot blame the people as so often in the more remote places there is not running clean water so they have to drink from the plastic bottles. There is no official rubbish collection so the villagers are forced to bury their rubbish or burn it. They were burning plastic and the toxins that are

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In Indonesia we visited Sumatra and were lucky enough to go on a jungle walk and see an orangutan and her young baby. These poor animals are in danger of as their forests are being destroyed and replaced by oil palm plantations. Although oil palm is a natural product the large companies are using so much that huge areas of rainforest are being destroyed to plant ever more of these trees. Many beauty products use palm oil and if it only came from existing palm oil plantations then it would not be such an issue but every day more of these forests are being destroyed and they will NEVER grow back.

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It is too easy to say that “my small contribution will not make a difference” or “ just because I am using natural products will help”. Every little bit helps and David Attenborough’s “Blue Planet” has had a big influence and more and more people are re-thinking their lifestyle and making small changes, these all add up to a big change.

I have long been a big fan of Weleda’s products as they are not only effective and lovely to use but they also smell wonderful as well. Weleda buy from farmers who are pad fair prics and grow their ingredients organically or naturally in the wild. Weleda do also grow a lot of their own ingredients without the use of any chemicals in their own biodynamic gardens which I have had the pleasure of visiting on a few occasions.

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Weleda manufacture the products in factories but are aware of the resources they use so they re-using condensed water, which is fed back into the water cycle. They are also constantly working to reduce their energy consumption and also using renewable energy in the most efficient ways they can.
Packaging is another area that Weleda are constantly striving to improve. They work on creating packaging that will protect the product yet is also light so that transport using less energy and also eco friendly and using recyclable and recycled ingredients or those from sustainable resources.

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Another plus is that Weleda products are easily found to purchase as they are sold in Holland & Barratt, on line from Weleda and some products from amazon and in a number of shops selling natural products as well as from their advisers who live in various parts of the country .The products are a fair price and compare very favourably with other natural beauty products sold in this country.

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I do have a number of other companies whose natural beauty products I like but I know I can rely on quality from Weleda and I love their ethical attitude to everything in their company from paying above fair prices to their suppliers, how they grow in their own gardens, their use of energy, their attitude to packaging and finally their lovely products do work really work.

Another wonderful company I like is MuLondon https://www.mulondon.com/ , which is a very small London based company and the moisturisers are just fabulous and all natural, ethically produced and packaged in glass jars. The rose, rosehip and rosemary moisturiser is my favourite I think although I am torn as I love them all.

Gerlinde Naturals https://www.gerlindenaturals.com/ is another small company which is creating great natural products which I love. Gerlinde makes all her products fresh to order and they are all 100% Vegan cruety free, free from glycols, alcohol,synthetic colours and fragrances, silicone, petrochemicls and animal ingredients. Her lovely Super Nourishing Face Balm has just won an award in the Natural beauty Awards.She has won a number of other awards including the Janey Lee Grace Free from award for her cleanser.

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The Beauty Kitchen products https://www.beautykitchen.co.uk/ can also be found in Holland & Barratt and have a great range of products which are 100% natural . Personally I love their bath salts and body scrubs which smell gorgeous but their Abyssinian Oil Facial Moisture works a treat on my dry skin. They have a range of products made with seahorse plankton and they have teamed up with The Seahorse Trust to help save millions of endangered Seahorses . They are donating money on our behalf to help save these creatures and include a free 4 month Seahorse Adoption pack inside the #SaveStan Skincare Treasures products which is quite novel.

It is also possible to buy products that are all natural in make up from Holland and Barratt which is nice to know as make up products are harder to find that beauty and skin care ones I have found. One brand is “Beautiful Me”, another “ Pacifica and also Sukin to name just a few.

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I love my natural beauty products and go out of my way to buy natural products .

 

I also like Dr Botanicals, Aveda, Dr Organic and Sheabynature products  I am always on the look out for new companies and products to try but the ones have mentioned are ones I return to time and time again.

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Cleaner beauty Campaign

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I know many of us are becoming more aware of what is in our body and beauty products and are choosing to buy products with natural ingredients. It seems an easy choice to make really but is it? So many of the companies which claim to make natural products are in fact not as natural as they seem.

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Some may use mainly natural ingredients while others proudly list the natural ingredient such as argan oil on the front of the product and then when you look more closely argan is actually way down the list after a number of far from natural ingredients.

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Harvesting Argan for Weleda

While Europe has banned any animal testing on beauty products there are still some companies whch allow some ingredients to be tested on animals and others which allow products to be tested on animals “Where that country insists on this”.

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While some companies may use natural ingredients they may not source these ethically or pay fair prices to the suppliers. Other companies seem to over package their products going along the lines that the more expensive the packaging looks the more we can charge for it. Packaging needs to be as eco friendly as possible and fit for purpose. There is no need for boxes around tubes and heavy ornate packing which is three times the size it needs to be to hold the contents. This is wasteful of resources and also costs more to create and ship.

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A selection of the wonderful natural oils from Weleda

Weleda is a company that I am a huge fan of because they are such a wonderful ethical company that makes products that are 100% natural and that work. Many people know Weleda for the natural baby products and beauty body and face creams but they were originally a natural pharmaceutical company and indeed when Rudolph Steiner started the company in Austria in 1921 that was his focus. Weleda’s products are created using the principles of principles of anthroposophic medicine. This is a holistic approach based on products made using ingredients grown in balance and harmony with nature.

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A selection of Weleda’s body lotions

Everything about Weleda is ethical, upfront and honest from their sourcing of ingredients to the manufacture of the products, the way they look after their staff, how they use and create energy for use in their factories, the packing and transportation of their products and finally the products themselves are just wonderful.

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A selection of creamy body washes from Weleda

I have a number of other companies that I use to buy beauty products that are ethical and 100% natural but these are mainly smaller UK based companies. I will mention a few here that I love MuLondon, Pink& Green and also Bodhi & Birch, Nourish, Opulentia Organics, Dr Botanicals, Gerlinde Naturals, Neal’s Yard, The Beauty Kitchen and Dr Organics are all companies that make great natural products. If you follow my beauty blog I have written about products from all these brands in the past.

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A selection of Weleda products I am currently using

If you are serious about being more aware of what is in your skin care and bath products then do read the labels. If you are careful with what you eat in order to stay healthy then b aware that your skin is your largest organ and it does absorb what is put on it. This is also the case with your hair too so check the ingredients of that shampoo that claims to have argan oil and see what is in it!

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#Cleaner beauty Campaign aims to raise awareness of the ingredients of our beauty products and just take a few of the more chemical sounding ones and look up what issues you might be storing up. Some cause skin rashes and eczema while others have even been linked to cancer. So many of our beauty products include petroleum based oils and these are really not good for you to put on the skin.

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More of my Weleda products in current use

Another major issue is microbeads. So many exfoliating products and even toothpastes contain these and they don’t break down ever. They go into the water then the ocean to be consumed by all those animals that live in the sea and then we catch some and eat them in turn ingesting plastic micro beads. Check your exfoliator uses something natural like ground almonds, bamboo, charcoal or other natural,mineral based product like pumice rather than these micro beads.

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If you would like to know more then I urge you to take a look at this video : https://www.weleda.co.uk/cleanerbeauty.

There is also an interesting interview in YOU magazine which you can read here: https://www.you.co.uk/clean-beauty

So off you go and check out what you are using in your beauty regime and then promise yourself that your next purchase will be a natural #cleanerbeauty product . It will not only be better for you and your skin but will also be better for the environment and future generations.

I hope I have given you food for thought or “Skin Food” as one of Weleda’s best sellng products is aptly named.

 

WHISH LAVENDER BODY BUTTER

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This is one of three Whish body butter mini tubes I have received in one of my beauty boxes during the last year or so. I have stopped all my subscriptions as I have so many products to use and feel I should reduce my stash before treating myself to yet more.

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I knew absolutely nothing about Whish before I got these little tubes and had never seen them anywhere in shops or on line. They are an America company with good ethics it seems

Jesse Werner had very sensitive skin that came out in a rash from all products he tried so he set about trying to find one that would not cause this problem. One day he came across a rich European cream free of harsh chemicals that worked for him. His wife used it one day and loved how it felt but was less keen on the smell. Jesse then set about trying to find one for her.

He began to research this issue and found that most bath and beauty products sold were full of chemicals. He decided to make his own and from this beginning Whish as born.

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They do not test on animal and they use all natural ingredients with no added sulphates, parabens, DEA, TEA, petrochemcals or phthalates and all the testing is done on willing human volunteers. Their packing and ingredients are earth friendly, many ingredients organic and they are leaping bunny certified.

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This body butter comes in a cylindrical container in the full sized version which holds 150 ml. My tube is a small upside down one which means the lid is at the end the contents are squeezed out from. My tube held 22 ml and is the same pretty lilac o lavender colour as the full size container.

This body butter is part of the Three Whishes collection of body butters which include these varieties:

As well as the lavender butter that I have sampled, this butter is available in the following scents/fragrances:
Pomegranate, Lemongrass, Almond, Coconut and Blueberry. They also have limited edition fragrances which include Acai and grapefruit, Blue Agave and Perfectly Plain but there may be others a different times.

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“ For amazingly moisturized skin, we’ve created a truly indulgent body cream with a unique triple antioxidant based formula. This fully loaded lotion both softens and soothes the skin while also helping to replenish and firm. Such sweet softness.”

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All the Three Whishes body butters contain Organic Aloe, Organic Raspberry Butter, and Organic Shea Butter. They are great for repairing and rejuvenating antioxidant ingredients.

The ingredients that moisturise in this are :
Organic Aloe: which is a gentle and soothing, natural antiseptic with anti-bacterial properties, anti-inflammatory, and moisturising properties.

Organic Shea Butter which is a wonderful natural moisturiser with a high content of non-saponifiable fats which are by far the best natural skin moisturisers. It is also high in anti-oxidants.

Organic Raspberry Butter which is high in anti-oxidants which attack free radicals and is also a good moisturiser.

As well as these lovely natural moisturising ingredients this also has Organic Rice Bran Oil which is very high in tocotrienols; a super anti-oxidant that they believe is 30 times more powerful than vitamin E. Some studies have been said to show help for skin cancer and improve sun screen efficiency.

Finally this also has a great firming ingredient Organic Seaweed Extract: which is full of firming peptides and anti-oxidants.

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As I said mine came in beauty boxes so I had to do a little hunting around. From Amazon the full sized product can be bought for £13.70 which seems good value until you add the £6.12 delivery price. Birch box have got some Whish products but not this one but the lemongrass and pomegranate ones are £8.35 plus postage while th almond on s £1670 also plus postage. The Whish site is American so prices are in US$ and the body butters are all $18 but postage will be high coming from the States.

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I did love the smell of this it was sweetly lavender rather than herby lavender but not in any sickly or ‘old lady’ way at all. It is a pleasant calming fragrance and one I loved to apply after my evening bath and it soaked into my skin easily and left it smelling great.

I found the body butter no where as thick as a Body Shop butter, more like a rich lotion in texture. Because it is all natural it kind of melts into your skin and really soaks in leaving my skin feeling well nourished and yet not feeling sticky, greasy or slippery at all.

I have very sensitive skin so have to be careful what I apply and this has not caused me any itchiness at all nor did I develop any rashes as sometimes happens.

I found this was very effective even on my dry skin areas such as my knees and elbows as well as making my skin on my legs look less dry and parched.

I like this body butter but would I pay £13.70 plus £6.12 for it? The answer is no as I can get other nice natural body lotions that are equally good for less. I might be tempted with the Birchbox price though!

Nourish – two great samples

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I recently  received two great little sample pots from Nourish. One was KALE ENZYMATIC EXFOLIATOR and the other their KALE 3D CLEANSE. They were both beautiful products.

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NOURISH SAY ”   Colour changing facial wash to lift impurities and reveal healthy, radiant skin.

Hyaluronic acid, probiotics and oxygenating extracts work in synergy to energise and refresh the skin as this facial wash lifts make up and grime.

Kale and Griffonia detoxifies and protect against pollution, helping to minimise signs of ageing.”

 

You have to apply just a little of this to your damp skin then massage it gently with some extra water. You will see it becomes a strange green colour so you look a little bit like the Incredible Hulk!

 

Rinse it off and then dry, tone and moiturise with your usual products.

 

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*Natural
*Not tested on animals
*Vegan friendly
*Smells of essential oils fortunately not of kale
* Very gentle on my skin
*Gently and thoroughly cleanses my skin
* Skin feel clean not dried out and parched
* interesting changes colour from the creamy colour to a pale green when wet
*You don’t need a huge amount to cleanse your whole face

However it is quite expensive compared to some less natural products.

In summary :

This is a gentle yet effective natural cleanser from Nourish who are an ethical British company.

I had a couple of small samples of this and really liked the way my skin looked and felt after using this. You can smell the frankincense and the whole product is pleasant scented . The changing colour was a bit of a novelty and intrigued me initially.

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What Nourish say : ”

Remarkable results after just a few days

– Oxygenates the skin for a smoother, healthier appearance

– Exfoliates gently and enzymatically with kale and pomegranate

This truly multi-tasking treatment is a cleanser, exfoliator and mask – all in one product. Kale Enzymatic Exfoliator features phyto-active pomegranate enzymes to gently exfoliate and reveal a smoother, healthier complexion while organic vitamin-rich kale extract helps to increase suppleness. Healing probiotics oxygenate whilst griffonia extract provides a protective shield against daily environmental aggressors.

Rich in antioxidant betacarotene and vitamins C & K, kale extract helps protect skin from damaging free radicals caused by stress and pollution.

Use in one of three ways, cleanser, mask or facial, to provide you with the optimum cleansing for your skin.”

 

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I have used this as both an exfoliator and a mask which I then rinse off and gently use as an exfoliant so dual purpose really.

Things I loved :

*Not tested on animals PETA registered and leaping bunny
*Vegan safe
*Ethical British company
*Smells of essential oils myrrh frankincense and and very pleasant
*Gentle and effective
*Natural scrubby bits so eco friendly – rice bran so also gentle
*Leaves my face skin feeling smooth, not parched and feeling clean and fresh
Easy to use, rinses off easily with no need to rub and scrub
*You don’t need a huge amount to do the job
It is quite expensive but a little amount does the job and I loved how it made my skin feel and look.

AVEENO DAILY MOISTURISING BODY YOGURT

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A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to get a sample sachet of this body moisturiser through the post from Aveeno. I have used Aveeno products in the past and so has my step daughter to help her eczema. Aveeno products are based on oatmeal which is calming for the skin.

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Aveeno makes a variety of products for the skin for babies through to adults. Their products are all based on naturally active colloidal oatmeal or oat extracts.

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The Aveeno brand started way back in 1945 by the Musher brothers in the USA. They worked with the Mayo Clinic experimenting with raw cereals . They discovered that using 100% colloidal oatmeal as a natural bath additive those with dry and irritated skin had great improvement. Colloidal oatmeal is known for its ability to hold in moisture and relieve dry, irritated skin naturally. They developed the Aveeno range based on 100% colloidal oatmeal and other ingredients have been added as thy discover more.

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“Formulated with colloidal oatmeal and nutrient rich yogurt concentrate, the AVEENO® Daily Moisturising Vanilla and Oat scented body yogurt will provide an enriching experience that is as good for your skin as it is for your senses.”

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I do only have a sachet of this which holds just 10 ml of the product so my experience is based on that. As I mentioned I have used a number of Aveeno products before and been very happy with them all. One I am using at the present time is a spray which is great as I can apply it to my back myself but tat is another review!

This product has not only the 100% colloidal oatmeal but also has yogurt which is also soothing and repairing for the skin. It smells subtly of these two ingredients which sounds a bit off putting but is actually quite pleasant and not at all like a breakfast meal. It smells slightly sweet and of vanilla, not at all strong so really nice for anyone to use.

It feels quite light and not at all greasy but once applied to my skin it soaks in quickly and leaves it feeling very soft and and well moisturised. At times my skin actually feels a bit like dried up paper and when I applied this straight away the cream was absorbed and my skin felt smooth and looked healthier and I have found that my back doesn’t itch now I can apply the other Aveeno product myself. I used this sachet on my body and arms after my evening bath and the 10 mls was used in that one application.

140470958My skin quickly absorbed this as my body was warm and slightly damp from my bath so this moisture was then trapped by the cream. I slept well with no night wake up to scratch and in the morning my skin still felt normal rather than dry and papery.

I have found that as I have got older my skin seems to need lot more help than it used to in order to keep looking healthy, feeling soft an smooth and to stop this weird itching that I get from time to time. I like using products that smell nice so have to choose these carefully hence opting for more natural choices when I can. This Aveeno yogurt moisturise has a lovely almost newly washed baby aroma, subtle, clean and comforting.

When I used this I found my skin stayed looking healthy until my next bath the following evening. I have stopped having showers each morning as my skin was drying out too much and only shower when I wash my hair. In my bath I can add moisturising oils to help keep my skin getting overly dried out and I find a bath a relaxing treat while showers are functional to get clean and wash my hair.

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Research has proved that colloidal oatmeal is beneficial to the skin helping to restore the skin’s natural barrier this preventing moisture loss. Oatmeal is also soothing.

When the skin becomes very dry then rashes, itching and eczema etc can be caused. I constantly moisturise my skin these days in order to prevent the dryness and itchiness but do sometimes have to resort to anti histamines for the itching. I have had many skin tests and thy cannot work out what is causing it so it seems to be something I have to just deal with as best I can.

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Aveeno have developed a way of processing this oatmeal and other naturally active ingredients derived from nature in such a way that the beneficial skincare properties are preserved.

Jennifer Anniston seems to be the advertising face of the brand I wonder if he uses it or if she feels the way Helen Mirren does despite advertising for L’Oreal and just takes their money!

Not so good to know is that this brand is a Johnson & Johnson company and they do test on animals. Their products do not claim to be free of animal testing and they do not carry the leaping bunny symbol.

This does not claim to be an all natural product which when you look at the list of ingredients you can see why. The top ingredient is water followed by Glycerin which may be natural products such as vegetable oil, or may be synthesized from propylene alcohol.
Distearyldimonium Chloride which is an organic compound classified as quaternary ammonium salt and is a softening agent.

Isopropyl Palmitate is derived from coconut oil and is a lubricant making skin softer.

Petrolatum is a petroleum based product like Vaseline

Cetyl Alcohol can be from this ingredient can be of either animal or plant origin and originall came from Sperm whales and is a fatty acid lubricant and moisturising agent.

Dimethicone is a silicone based polymer and crates a barrier of protection on the skin and can give a healthy gloss and plump skin to make it look less old.

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Avena Sativa Kernel Flour only now do we get to the oatmeal ingredientan this is followed by the Yogurt Powder

The rest of the ingredients are as follows and I leave it up to you if you want to know more : Ethylhexylglycerin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl A.

It is disappointing to see how low down the list the two active natural ingredients in this product are but as I said it doesn’t state that it is a natural product only that it contains naturally derived ingredients.

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You can buy Aveeno products from a number of Highstreet pharmacists including Boots and Superdrug. There are a number of online sellers too including Amazon. It is also sold in supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda and others but they may not all carry the full range.

This specific product in the 200 ml screw top tub costs £4.11 from Amazon, £4.33 from Tesco and that is their reduced price, the usual one is £6.50 which is the price in Boots as well. Superdrug don’t have this particular product from Aveeno but have others. So as always shop around and use your loyalty points cards and cash back to save that but extra.

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It is a reasonably priced and quite effective moisturiser but if you are concerned about animal testing or the use of natural ingredients then you may want to do a bit more checking yourself. I tend to buy this brand when thy are reduced and I do like the after shower mist as there are not many products that spray moisturiser so that I can apply moisturiser to my back by myself.

Personally I won’t be rushing out to replace the sample pack. It was nice enough but I do prefer to support British companies and companies that are actively against animal testing . I also prefer to use those with natural plant based rather than petroleum or animal derived ingredients too when I do buy my own products.
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Weleda Rose tinted lip balm

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Weleda released these beautiful all natural lip balms about a year ago and I have the rose one. There are two others, Lip Balm Berry Red and  Lip Balm Nude.  I have it on good authority that that the berry on is gorgeous but I have only had experience of the rose one.

Weleda say : ” The creamy-light lip care with a hint of colour and a subtle sheen enhances the natural beauty of your lips.”

These natural lip balms come in pretty plastic tubes with sloped ends and a small hole to dispense the product.

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The each cost £6.99 and hold 10 ml but I have found mine has lasted well as you don’t need to apply loads and each application sinks into my lips and laves my lips feeling nourished and not in need of constant applications.

 

The rose on is a subtle pink colour that barely shows on my lips but it ‘tastes’ of rose and makes my lips and mouth smell lovely and of fresh roses.

 

Weleda only use natural ingredients and never test on animals and are a really ethical company. I find their products are fairly priced for items of such high quality.

Many of their products are suitable for vegans and all suitable for vegetarians. This is a vegan friendly product.
small-wildroseIngredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Mica (Cl 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Geraniol*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*.  *from natural essential oils

 

Welda say their tinted lip balms can directly be applied on the lips, for a natural care and a subtle sheen.

Weleda’s Tip: For very dry lips, our Everon® lip care can be gently applied as a foundation prior to the tinted lip balms, for an additional care and natural lips.

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I love my rose tinted lip balm and my next purchase will be the berry one I think

 

 

Art Naturals Argan Oil Shampoo

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For some time I was a member of a site where you got products at a reduced price in return for writing a review on amazon. This was one of those products I was lucky enough to get at a vastly reduced price. Sadly that site is no longer

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Prior to joining this great site for amazon products I had never come across this brand but since then I have become an ardent fan of every one of their products I have tried. The company is based in LA California and they only sell on line. In this country you can order most of their products through amazon which is good news as postage from the USA is expensive. They believe “To fuse the beauty and art of nature to harvest affordable, eco-friendly, health-conscious products for your skin, hair, mind, body and spirit.” They use only natural ingredients and these are sourced from where they grow best so argan comes from Morocco while the Melaleuca from Australia and their products contain the highest-quality oil extracts. They do not test on animals either and no products contain parabens while this shampoo is also sulphate free.

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As I mentioned you can buy this from amazon in this country and from their website but e aware that postage from the USA will add to the cost quite a lot. On amazon if you buy one bottle you pay £19.95 for the bottle which holds a whopping 16 fl oz or 473 ml so nearly 500 ml. If you subscribe then you can get it for £14.20 but you would have to use a lot to get the benefit from that. Our bottle lasted us around 3 months as it is very rich and so you need just a small amount to wash you hair thoroughly although my hair is short and my husband doesn’t have much – short and thin! Postage is standard amazon prime so if you are member it is free otherwise you need £20 to get it free.

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This comes in a brown cylindrical plastic, recyclable bottle with a flip up lid which reveals the hole through which you squeeze the contest out. I found this quite hard to hold in the shower with wet hands and the bottle was so round and smooth and heavy initially. It could do with some grippy stuff on the side or an indentation or shape with a waist. Once it become less full it was not so hard as it was lighter. The plastic is brown and you cannot see through it so you have to gauge how much is left by how it feels. I would say the bottle is functional but not that user friendly in shape. It is also very tall so it only just fits on on metal corner shower shelf in the shower which is an additional challenge when you have wet slippery hands.

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< WHY BUY THIS SHAMPOO? ><

Well firstly it is an eco friendly cruelty free company so that is a good start. It is also an all natural product full of ingredients that are beneficial for your hair health not just to get it clean. This is a lovely gentle shampoo for all hair types but especially good for lifeless, damaged and dry hair. The Moroccan argan oil is now well known for being a fantastic ingredient for hair and skin and it helps to deeply hydrate, soothe and heal the hair which may have suffered damaging effects from blow drying or time in the sun. Jojoba oil is also great hair product and it helps to replenish the hair’s natural moisture and also promotes healthy hair growth. The peach, avocado and almond oils all also add even more hydration, helping to calm frizz and heal split ends. Many high street brands claim to have these same oils though not n such numbers or if you look on the ingredients list they are way down meaning it may only have a drop or two per bottle of shampoo so look at the ingredients list to see and the ingredients listed first are those they have the most of. The ingredients that cleanse in this shampoo that create the lather are all made from natural ingredients, mainly coconut which is also gentle on your hair.

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< MY EXPERIENCE AND VIEWS ><

This shampoo is not coloured but opaque so cloudy looking and quite thick. It smells pleasant but not that strongly sort of sweat and clean but not of anything I can really pick out, maybe the peach oil. I found that I needed to use just just a small amount, about the size of a fifty pence piece in my hand. I applied this to my wet hair and massaged it well reaching my scalp and giving it a good massage and making sure it had a chance to reach every bit of my hair and head. I then rinsed it off. Sometimes I used the Art Naturals shampoo and rinsed that off and sometimes I use their leave in conditioner after I have towel dried my hair and both left my hair pretty much the same , nice and soft, feeling healthy and no itchy scalp.

I never wash my hair and do not use conditioner so I am not sure how this would be with no conditioner except my husband never uses conditioner and did comment that he liked this shampoo as his hair felt cleaner and not heavy at all. His hair smelled nice too – it is hard to smell your own hair! A word of warning, it still stings your eyes so be aware and keep your eyes closed! My husband’s hair is fine and thin while mine is thick, course and curling with a tendency to frizz. He used this daily while I try not to wash my hair daily as it is so dry. I also apply argan oil to my hair on the day I wash it as that helps to tame the frizz and protect it from the bashing I give it with the hair dryer and straightener. I use the straightener each morning and my hair looks shiny and healthy so my regime of this shampoo, conditioner and extra argan oil obviously is doing the job as at one time it was full and frizzy and twice the size! As well as all the lovely natural oils in this shampoo it also has Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins to give your hair extra help. Not only is my hair softer, shinier and healthier looking but my scalp is also not itchy either and at one time it would drive me made with an eczema rash in the back just above my hair line. This shampoo has really helped and the jojoba oil in this is a natural emollient,it soothes the scalp and also uncloggs hair follicles,. This helps to promote healthy growth while also moisturising and conditioning your hair and scalp.

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< RECOMMENDED ? ><

Yes indeed I would and I have bought it since at full price as I love this shampoo and the results I get using it. My husband likes it too so we can bot use one shampoo so saving a clutter in our very small show cubicle. I used to buy one for fine hair for him and one for dry brittle hair for me plus a conditioner so we are a bottle less now!

This a great quality, natural shampoo from an ethical, cruelty free company. The only thing that would make it better for me is if they were a British company as I like to buy British when I can.

Weleda Baby Calendula Bath

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I think I have tried most Weleda products over the years and I can honestly say they are some of the best natural beauty products around and I rate the company ethics as one of the highest too. They don’t pack in fancy expensive looking packaging as they concentrate on creating the best quality product by using the best quality all natural ingredients. I am fortunate and have connection with someone at Weleda who sends me samples of their lovely products and invites me to visit Weleda events from time to time in return for sharing my experience on my blog . When my latest grandson was born my lovely contact sent me samples of Weleda baby products to use on him. This was one of the products she sent in the pack.

~*~*~*~*~*~ WELEDA ETHICS AND PACKAGING ~*~*~*~*~*~

I try to buy products that are not only natural and not tested on animals but that are also made by a company that has good ethical policies and cares bout the earth as I would like my grandchildren to live in a word that still has clean air and natural unspoilt places to visit .

Weleda are constantly trying to reduce their carbon footprint and make packaging that is not only environmentally friendly but is al light so that transporting products from place to place also uses less energy. The packaging also has to protect the contents and ensure that the product arrives in the best condition to the consumer.

Thy source the best quality natural ingredients from around the world and pay above fair trade prices to their growers.

Needless to say none of the ingredients nor any product has ever been tested on animals and many of their ingredients are organic, many grown in their own organic orchards.

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~*~*~*~*~*~ ABOUT BABY WELEDA ~*~*~*~*~*~

Weleda always use 100% natural ingredients and their baby products are no exception. They use the gentlest of ingredients, no fragrance and no additives at all so they are suitable for the most delicate of baby’s skins. They have two baby ranges the White Mallow one and the Calendula one and they say the White Mallow one is for the most sensitive so suitable to use from birth.

*~*~*~*~*~ THE BENEFITS OF CALENDULA ~*~*~*~*~*~

Weleda use calendula in many of their products from this baby range through to toothpaste and others. In fact calendula tinctures and oil extracts are in about 30 of Weleda’s products. Calendula has been the lead ingredient in their baby and child care range for fifty years now.

Calendula is more than just an easy to grow pretty flowering plant, it is also a great medicinal plant and has been used for many centuries as such.

Calendula is used to combat inflammation and help new tissue growth. It is full of carotenoids, flavonoids and essential oils strengthen the skin against any damage from outside. So it is soothing and healing for skin that is damaged or dry or inflamed.

Calendula is perfect for the delicate skin of babies and toddlers. Young skin is more sensitive and delicate and needs extra protection and care and so the soothing extracts of calendula work to help develop the resistance and protective role of skin in the very young.

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*~*~*~*~*~ THE CALENDULA BABY RANGE ~*~*~*~*~*~

There are twelve products in this range all packed in the same orange colour scheme which is very easy to pick out on the shelves.

First of all there is Calendula Body Lotion in a 200ml bottle which costs £8.95.
Calendula Cream Bath 200ml for £8.95
Calendula Baby Oil (Fragrance Free) 200ml for £9.95
Calendula Babycare Gift Set for £12.95
This product the Calendula Bath 200ml for £12.95
Calendula Body Cream 75ml for £8.95
Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash 200ml for £7.50
Calendula Weather Protection Cream 30ml for £8.95
Children’s Tooth Gel 50ml for £3.50
Calendula nappy cream 50 ml tube and costs £6.95.
Calendula Baby tummy oil 50 ml for £11.95
Calendula Top to Toe gift set for £22.95

Personally I think the prices are very reasonable considering that these are 100% natural organic products suitable for vegetarians – not vegans because of the organic beeswax and lanolin in this. If you look around at other natural products Weleda compare favourably.

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*~*~*~*~*~ WHAT WELEDA SAY ABOUT THIS BATH PRODUCT ~*~*~*~*~*~

This is one of three bath products in the calendula range as you can see from above. One is the cream version but this is more like bath gel.
“Helps to calm, soothe and relax your baby after an active day
Your baby’s skin is precious – so to bathe baby after an active day choose nothing but warm water and the precious natural plant extracts in Calendula Bath”

They also say : “A relaxing bath at the end of a busy day is even more important when skin is brand new. Baby’s skin needs to be clean, but is still learning how to resist the outside world. Help develop the gentlest protection with organic calendula extract to soothe skin and organic thyme to warm and comfort. Calendula wraps a caring shield around your baby while the warm water helps encourage sleepiness and calm. A peaceful bedtime ritual for you both.”

*~*~*~*~*~ OUR EXPERIENCE ~*~*~*~*~*~

My step daughter’s children have sadly inherited her eczematic skin hence we are very careful what we use in the bath, on their hair and what creams and lotions we use on their skin. She has gone through many bottles of this and the nappy cream in the last year or so. Luckily she has a Weleda adviser who is a friend so she can easily get her supply.

This is not a product with extra scent in it and the natural fragrance is gentle and pleasant and makes the children smell lovely and naturally clean.

We used this in their baby baths and just put a squeeze into the bath as it filled and it did give a slight froth but not a bubble bath. It must be the thyme that makes it smell nice as really calendula is not that great a scent .

Calendula has all the benefits I explained above but I also has thyme which not only smells nice but is also a natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory so gently healing and cleaning baby’s soft young skin.

We found that both this and the cream bath were excellent at both cleaning and soothing baby before bed as part of a relaxing bedtime routine. We still use the cream bath and the combination shampoo and bath product on the children even though the youngest is now 13 months old and the next youngest is three in December.

As we use natural products on our own skin it was obvious we would choose the same for the little ones and we have found this Calendula range reliable and none of the children has suffered a negative reaction from using any of the products. Initially we did use the Mallow range when the youngest was first born but we found this range has been fine after the first three months or so.

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*~*~*~*~*~ RECOMMENDED? ~*~*~*~*~*~

Yes I would certainly recommend this range. You can use the products from birth and they have been recommended by midwives for many years. Weleda say that : “Midwives agree we’ve been offering an exceptional product for nearly 30 years!”

Weleda have won many awards over the years for their products and All Weleda products carry the label “NaTrue” which guarantee the highest standards using only natural and organic ingredients, a sustainable production process with environmentally-friendly practices . “Natrue” also guarantees they use no synthetic fragrances or dyes, no silicone oils, no ingredients from petrochemicals and no irradiation of end products or herbal ingredients.

Weleda Christmas Event

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This is a wonderful chance for anyone near Derbyshire to come and visit one of the  actual Weleda factories.

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You not only get to try some of their lovely products but also get to see all the wonderful Christmas gifts they have for this year and do some Christmas shopping.

You can turn up anytime from 3 m till 6 pm but remember to get there with enough time to enjoy  relaxing hand massage from one of their advisers.

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While there you can also enjoy a warming cup of Weleda’s Blackthorn Elixir – made with organic sloe berries – the perfect pick-me-up for the cold and ‘flu season. Or you can choose to enjoy a cup of tea and a mince pie!

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You can buy all Weleda’s products while there or look for something different that is only on sale for this Christmas season the limited-edition Rosemary Soap . To get you in the Christmas mood you could treat yourself to a Pine Reviving Bath Milk.

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My personal favourites for gifts would be Welda’s tinted lip balms which are so moisturising and smell/taste great too . they would make make great stocking fillers.

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If you know someone who likes natural smells then Weleda make four gorgeous perfumes, rose, pomegranate, evening primrose and sea buckthorn. I have all four and they are all great and very different.

 

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If you have not tried any Weleda products this i a great chance and if you have you will know how fabulous they are so if you are nearby do go along. Check on their facebook page and you can say you are coming.

 

WHISH LAVENDER BODY BUTTER

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This is one of three Whish body butter mini tubes I have received in one of my beauty boxes during the last year or so. I have stopped all my subscriptions as I have so many products to use and feel I should reduce my stash before treating myself to yet more.

~*~*~*~* ABOUT WHISH ~*~*~*~*~

I knew absolutely nothing about Whish before I got these little tubes and had never seen them anywhere in shops or on line. They are an America company with good ethics it seems

Jesse Werner had very sensitive skin that came out in a rash from all products he tried so he set about trying to find one that would not cause this problem. One day he came across a rich European cream free of harsh chemicals that worked for him. His wife used it one day and loved how it felt but was less keen on the smell. Jesse then set about trying to find one for her.

He began to research this issue and found that most bath and beauty products sold were full of chemicals. He decided to make his own and from this beginning Whish as born.

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They do not test on animal and they use all natural ingredients with no added sulphates, parabens, DEA, TEA, petrochemcals or phthalates and all the testing is done on willing human volunteers. Their packing and ingredients are earth friendly, many ingredients organic and they are leaping bunny certified.

~*~*~*~*~ ABOUT THIS BODY BUTTER ~*~*~*~*~

This body butter comes in a cylindrical container in the full sized version which holds 150 ml. My tube is a small upside down one which means the lid is at the end the contents are squeezed out from. My tube held 22 ml and is the same pretty lilac o lavender colour as the full size container.

This body butter is part of the Three Whishes collection of body butters which include these varieties:

As well as the lavender butter that I have sampled, this butter is available in the following scents/fragrances:
Pomegranate, Lemongrass, Almond, Coconut and Blueberry. They also have limited edition fragrances which include Acai and grapefruit, Blue Agave and Perfectly Plain but there may be others a different times.

~*~*~*~*~ WHAT WHISH SAY ~*~*~*~*~*~

“ For amazingly moisturized skin, we’ve created a truly indulgent body cream with a unique triple antioxidant based formula. This fully loaded lotion both softens and soothes the skin while also helping to replenish and firm. Such sweet softness.”

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All the Three Whishes body butters contain Organic Aloe, Organic Raspberry Butter, and Organic Shea Butter. They are great for repairing and rejuvenating antioxidant ingredients.

The ingredients that moisturise in this are :
Organic Aloe: which is a gentle and soothing, natural antiseptic with anti-bacterial properties, anti-inflammatory, and moisturising properties.

Organic Shea Butter which is a wonderful natural moisturiser with a high content of non-saponifiable fats which are by far the best natural skin moisturisers. It is also high in anti-oxidants.

Organic Raspberry Butter which is high in anti-oxidants which attack free radicals and is also a good moisturiser.

As well as these lovely natural moisturising ingredients this also has Organic Rice Bran Oil which is very high in tocotrienols; a super anti-oxidant that they believe is 30 times more powerful than vitamin E. Some studies have been said to show help for skin cancer and improve sun screen efficiency.

Finally this also has a great firming ingredient Organic Seaweed Extract: which is full of firming peptides and anti-oxidants.

IMG_2911[1]~*~*~*~*~ WHERE TO BUY AND HOW MUCH ? ~*~*~*~**~

As I said mine came in beauty boxes so I had to do a little hunting around. From Amazon the full sized product can be bought for £13.70 which seems good value until you add the £6.12 delivery price. Birch box have got some Whish products but not this one but the lemongrass and pomegranate ones are £8.35 plus postage while th almond on s £1670 also plus postage. The Whish site is American so prices are in US$ and the body butters are all $18 but postage will be high coming from the States.

~*~*~*~*~*~ MY VIEWS ~*~*~*~*~*~*~

I did love the smell of this it was sweetly lavender rather than herby lavender but not in any sickly or ‘old lady’ way at all. It is a pleasant calming fragrance and one I loved to apply after my evening bath and it soaked into my skin easily and left it smelling great.

I found the body butter no where as thick as a Body Shop butter, more like a rich lotion in texture. Because it is all natural it kind of melts into your skin and really soaks in leaving my skin feeling well nourished and yet not feeling sticky, greasy or slippery at all.

I have very sensitive skin so have to be careful what I apply and this has not caused me any itchiness at all nor did I develop any rashes as sometimes happens.th

I found this was very effective even on my dry skin areas such as my knees and elbows as well as making my skin on my legs look less dry and parched.

I like this body butter but would I pay £13.70 plus £6.12 for it? The answer is no as I can get other nice natural body lotions that are equally good for less. I might be tempted with the Birchbox price though!