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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

proP1030421duced from that were just going into the atmosphere around. As we are fortunate in this country as to have clean water and efficient rubbish and recycling the least we can do is to make the effort to use it and try and keep our use of non recyclables to the minimum.

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.

 

Dr. Botanicals Ultra Repair Overnight Regenerating Treatment

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I have recently applied to be a product tester for Dr Botanicals and I get to get the product free and have to pay postage only. I then use and review a few products from this brand and this is one I have been using for around two weeks now.

~~~~~~~~ ABOUT DR BOTANICALS ~~~~~~~

Dr Botanicals is London based vegan skincare brand. They use no animal products at all and believe that oils, plants and natural ingredients make effective skin care and that there is no need to add any chemicals.

The company was founded by Richard Walker in 2012 . He started with just a small range of Vegan products and was inspired by his father who first formulated Elderflower based skincare in the 1960’s.

Needless to say none of their products or ingredients have ever been tested on animals. They also use recyclable packaging for their products.

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~~~~~~~ WHAT THIS PRODUCT PROMISES ~~~~~~

“Our Ultra-Repair Overnight Regenerating Treatment is designed to iron out fine lines and wrinkles overnight leaving skin positively glowing by morning. Our blend of natural extracts provide nutrients for the skin to maintain good skin health for a more radiant complexion.”

~~~~~~ MY EXPERIENCE AND VIEWS ~~~~~~

I like the way Dr Botanicals products are packed as they come in classy looking old fashioned cardboard boxes. The brand name is in black text with its logo of a leaf. It looks minimalist but expensive. Each order comes with a card saying thank you for the order and explaining that they are the world’s Number 1 vegan skincare brand and use environmentally conscious packing.

This moisturiser is a night treatment with some great active ingredients which I will go into a bit later. The product comes in a glass jar with a screw top lid which is not only all recyclable but keeps the contents in good condition. I also kept mine in its original cardboard box to keep out any light which might damage the contents.

The disadvantage of the jar is that you have to use your fingers to get the product out each time so make sure you keep your fingers clean before putting them in the jar. You could of course use a small spoon or spatula to get the amount out that you need but I couldn’t be bothered to do that each time.

The actual contents are a cloudy dull creamy colour and the cream is very light feeling and not at all heavy and greasy which most night treatments are.

I apply this at night after I have cleansed and toned my face. I first apply my serum then after that has been absorbed I apply this product. It isn’t cream, it is a cross between a cream and a gel in txture and very light . It feels cool and fresh when I apply it and it soaks into my skin very quickly, so quickly that I almost feel that it should be richer and more greasy and in fact do tend to apply some facial oil after this has soaked in.

Dr BotaIMG_4675nicals tell you to: “Use the first two fingers of each hand, spread the moisturizer upwards and outwards from each dab on your face. Use a swirling motion to blend the moisturizer into your skin. It’s usually easiest to start at your neck, and work your way up your face to your forehead.”

I use this method religiously each morning and night when applying all my face products as that way you are defying gravity and encouraging your skin not to sag downwards. If you drag the skin downwards when applying any products then you are helping the downwards sag!

The ingredients that are the most active in this product are :

Carrot cell which is not only rich in mineral salts but also has plenty of Vitamin A and this helps to repair and rejuvenate the skin in the night.

It also has Olive Oil which is full of essential fatty acids and this help to restore and maintain a strong barrier for the skin against damage and distress.

Avocado Peptides in this cream help to encourage firmness and plumping while also helping to restore moisture in the skin.

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Obviously Dr Botanicals suggest that this works best in combination with their other products such as their cleanser, toner and so on but all my main skin care products are natural so I don’t have any worries about mixing this and my own other skin care products.

I have said that this feels very light and it also has a lovely delicate natural citrus sort of aroma which is not at all over powering but pleasant and refreshing and quickly disappears after the product has been absorbed into my skin.

This product is safe for most skin types including those with sensitive skin as it has no nasty ingredients in it at all. It is designed for normal skin but I have ageing , combination skin and find it is very pleasant to use though maybe a bit light hence applying facial oil after it has been absorbed.

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I can’t say my skin looks any better or worse that it usually does but I always use high quality natural skin products so I never rally expect any dramatic difference and I am just hoping that I can maintain my skin as it is and stop it looking too old any faster.

I think that this is a high quality product that feels nice on my skin but maybe as I am in the older age group I need something a bit more moisturising and this is why I use my evening primrose facial oil on top of this at night.

~~~~~~~ WHERE TO BUY AND PRICE ~~~~~

You can buy this direct from the DR Botanicals website and many of Dr Botanical products are also available on amazon and some other natural beauty sites. On Dr Botanicals it sells for £54.90 usually but is reduced to £25.90 at present but they charge around £5.99 for postage which I think is steep.

On amazon it is selling for £37.99 and if you are a prime member postage is free and in fact it will be free anyway as it is priced above the minimum for free postage.

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I got mine for the price of postage but I can’t say I would pay the full price for this as it is very expensive. It is reduced at present but with postage still costs a fair bit more than I want to pay. I am a bit spoiled as I do get a number of products at greatly reduced prices in return for my reviews so I have not paid full price for any skin care for a few years now so I find it hard to pay full price.

I feel it is probably a justifiable price for a truly vegan and effective skin product as fully natural products are always more expensive .