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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.

 

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Clarins Booster Detox

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I don’t normally buy Clarins products but I had some Boots points saved up and thought I would try something different. My sister in law raves about Clarins product and her bathroom is full of the stuff rather like mine is full of Lush and Weleda ones.

~~~~~~~ ABOUT CLARINS ~~~~~~

I am sure anyone who has been into a Boots or Debenhams, House of Fraser or similar shop and visited the cosmetic section will have seen the Clarins section, it is one of the main High street up market brands.

Jacques Courtin started Clarins in 1954 in Paris. He was masseur and created treatment oils he used in his salon and sold them to his clients. He soon had a loyal following or high nd customers and the company went from there.

By 1980, Clarins was the top-selling luxury skincare brand in France and then by 1981 it found its way to the USA and by 1990 it was the top selling brand in Europe! Clarins is now sold in 150 countries around the world. Although the founder is now dead the company is now run by his sons so is still run by the same family.

Clarins claim to be trailblazers in the creation of plant based beauty products and some of their products are 100% pure plant oils. They refer to their combination of plant ingredients as : “Aroma-phyto body care—a term invented by Clarins to convey the combination of aromatherapy and phytotherapy (fragrance + the power of plants).”

Clarins values their socially responsible initiatives, and says their ethics are helping society toward a more desirable future by cooperation and knowledge-sharing.

Clarins was the first French company to stop testing on animals in 1987 . However this is not entirely honest and their products do NOT carry the leaping bunny symbol. When asked directly Clarins state :
“ ‘As a global company, we are committed to providing our products and services to our consumers where they live and to do so, we must comply with all legal requirements where we do business. Some countries unfortunately still require animal testing in order to validate the safety of cosmetic ingredients in products.”

My personal view is DO NOT SELL in those countries if you really stand against animal testing and that way if all companies followed that places like China might be forced to change.

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There are three of these newish booster products in the Clarins range; Energy, Repair and this Detox one.

They sell for around £30 which I feel is a lot of money for 15 ml of product however fancy thhe name and a smart looking package.

The Energy one comes in an orange container, the Repair in a blue one and the Detox ina green one and they are all the same apar from the colours.

The contents do vary too of course and the Energy one is designed to tone and energise the skin while minimizing signs of fatigue and reviving radiance and has lots of ginseng as the active ingredient.clarins_booster_energy_15ml

The Repair one they claim reduces feelings of discomfort, strengthens skin and minimises redness and the active ingredient is Mimosa tenuiflora. I will go into the Detox one in more detail in the review.

clarins_booster_repair_15mlAll three are oil products and you need just a small amount added to number of different product options for the benefits to be seen.

They all come in the same basic packaging. The container has a base and lid of a shiny gold ish metallic while the central section is the colour of which ever detox booster you have and it is a solid colour so the contents cannot be seen. You dispense the oil with a kind of dropper at the end of the open end under the lid. It is almost like dispensing aromatherapy essential oils and in truth you get about the same amount in the container too .

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Clarins claim that this product does three things:
It revives radiance of a dull complexion
It detoxifies the skin
It plumps up the skin making lines less visible.

The main active ingredient in this one is green coffee So coffee beans not roasted and the cafeine extracted.

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

This is a light oil in looks and has a pleasant floral/light herb sort of aroma. This particular one is ideal for anyone who is living in a polluted environment such as a large city, maybe they might smoke or live with a smoker, they may travel in confined public transport frequently or anywhere that the environment has more than the usual pollutants.

Your skin does naturally cope with the toxins and pollutants in the environment but as we get older our skin finds this harder and also this natural built-in system of the skin struggles with excess pollution and especially things like cigarette smoke. (Thank heavens for the smoking ban in public places as I hated coming back from a night somewhere stinking of cigarette smoke – I could feel my skin aging) .When too much is thrown at the skin it struggles and this is when toxins begin to build up.

If you doubt this look at the skin of someone who is a smoker and you will easily see what damage has been done by the pollutants in the cigarette smoke.

This does not mean this product is only for smokers as we all have pollution all around us. It also helps when you are feeling tired or have been ill and your body is struggling to recover. I find my skin needs extra help when I am visiting my children who live in Londn and also when travelling by plane as the atmosphere is so dry and closed up for so many hours.

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The way I use this is to add it to on of my other face products. Clarins suggest it works best with their products but I use natural face products and add this to one of those at least twice a day. I don’t use this every day but when I feel my face skin has been through a tough time.

You can add just three drops of this to a mask if you like and then lie back and let I do its work before rinsing it off along with all the toxins hopefully! I tend to add mine to either my serum or my moisturiser as I feel those are the products that stay longest and are absorbed by my skin.

I wash and tone my face before using my serum then moisturiser and afte that I may or may not apply a primer and foundation/BB cream or whatever. By adding the drops of Detox oil to my serum it gets to soak into my skin and hopefully the moisturiser will help it work and trap in all the goodness.

It is important to realise that this product will not work miracles if you continue to remain in a polluted environment, you must eat sensibly and drink lots of water to help flush out the toxins. Drinking water makes a huge difference to your skin and is the cheapest way to keep your skin fresh and radiant looking.

This is not a face lift but I have noticed that when my skin is looking tired after a long flight or after a few days in London if I use this twice daily for a week or so and drink lots of water that it seems to recover more quickly. I don’t look ten years younger but it doesn’t claim to do that. My skin just looks fresher and more radiant as though I have had a day or so of rest and pampering.

This product as I mentioned is a kind of oil in consistency but the top ingredient we are paying £30 for is water followed by glycerine which can be natural or made from propylene alcohol but this is not made clear here. Glycerine helps maintain moisture and actually attracts and seals in moisture into the skin and is found in many skin products.

Butylene Glycol is a petroleum based ingredient which is a preservative, thinning aget ad conditioner but it is a man made ingredient and is also used in anti freeze and construction materials so personally it is one ingredient I would prefer nt to see but it is found in many skin products these days.

Oat Kernel Extract which is great ingredients know to be calming on the skin and is used in mmnay products for sensitive skin such as Aveeno products.

Coffea Robusta Seed Extract which is the coffee extract with lots of caffeine to stimulate and wake the skin up. It is full of anti oxidants to fight toxins and is a natural detoxifier ad it can reduce the effects of free radicals in our body up to 10 times than regular green tea.

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Green coffee also boosts the blood circulation and helps slow down the appearance of signs of ageing . Finally green coffee beans are also rich in fatty acids and esters which nourish and moisturise the skin and help it sag less so slow the ageing process.

Phenoxyethanol which is another preservative agent and does nothing good to the skin.

Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract which helps to unclog the pores of the skin. It is also used to relieve skin inflammation.

Cotton Seed Extract contains proteins, minerals and essential oils that help to protect the skin and keep it moist.

Sodium Hyaluronate, this is the plumping agent as it helps the skin absorb more water like a sponge .

Potassium Sorbate, this is a preservative an alternative to parabens but can cause skin

and eye irritation so be aware.

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~~~~~~ SO DO I LOOK YEARS YOUNGER? ~~~~~~

Sadly no, but no cream or potion is really going to do that I fear and as I am not prepared to inject stuff into my skin or go under the knife this I have to do the best I can with the crems and potion , drinking lots of water and getting fresh country air.

Is it worth the £30 price tag? Well personally I won’t be buying it again. It was okay but I think that using a good face oil, drinking lots of water and using natural masks and face creams and not eting stacks of junk food does the same job.

I don’t think it is a bad product but just over priced and has a couple of ingredients I would prefer were not there. I also am trying to avoid buying from companies with questionable animal testing ethics. I am more annoyed by those who claim to be against animal testing and then hide behind the disclaimer that some countries do test products – easy solution – don’t sell to those countries.

It didn’t cause me any irritation at all and I do sometimes get rashes from some skin care products so that is a plus.

My skin did look a bit fresher after a couple of weeks or so following a period when I looked awful, tired and drained of colour but that may just have been me getting better and using my other kin products.

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I am not sure about this. My sister in law thinks this is wonderful as she does every Clarins product. I think this is overpriced for what you get but it isn’t a bad product. I am not happy about the animal testing pretence so from an ethical point of view this is a product I will not be re buying. There are so many great skin care products made by small British companies I would prefer to buy from rather than big name companies like this.

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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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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~~~~~~~ RECOMMENDED ? ~~~~~~~~

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 .

Vita Coco Coconut Oil – multipurpose saviour

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I am a huge fan of coconut oil as it is a true multi purpose product and is also an all natural product. I don’t always buy this brand but if I am shopping in Holland & Barratt then this is the brand they carry and it is a high quality, organic, extra virgin coconut oil so I am always happy to buy it.

I also love their coconut water to drink so some shopping trips are just to buy a supply of both these to keep me going.

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I buy mine from Holland & Barratt in the shop but you can also buy from them on line. I’ ve seen it in some grocery stores too. H&B sell four sizes: 50 ml which costs £2.99, 250 ml which at present is half price at £3.49 but is usually £6.99 s if you want to try it get it now. The next size up is 500 ml which is £11.99 and finally the big size which is 750ml and costs £15.99.

It depends of how much you use as to which is best value. I use a lot so tend to go for the big size. You will see why when I explain what I use it for.

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~~#*~~#*~~WHAT DOES VITA COCO OIL LOOK LIKE ? ~~#*~~#*~~

This is called coconut oil but at room temperature is solid. It isn’t hard solid but is certainly not an oil. It does however have a very low melting point and just skin temperate will melt this within seconds.

As a solid this is a whitish looking cloudy product but as it melts it turns clear and colourless.

When you open the jar the smell of fresh coconut really hits you and instantly I am taken to the tropics, I was brought up in the West Indies so the smell of coconut is something that has great memories for me.

This brand is cold pressed and organic so the best quality natural sort of coconut oil you can buy.

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The tag line for this coconut oil is “ Eat it… Wear it …. Swear by it!”

I use mine for frying as it really does help the food not stick to the pan. I cook a lot of Asian food and coconut oil helps the flavour in these dishes too.

Coconut oil was proclaimed as being the healthy alternative to other fats but now they are saying it is worse than butter for saturated fats Coconut oil has 90% saturated fats while butter has only around 64%. However half of virgin coconut oil’s saturated fat is lauric acid. This is a medium-chain triglyceride which they say has a number of health-promoting properties, including helping to improve levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.

A Harvard researcher states “ “ I don’t think coconut oil is as healthful as vegetable oils like olive oil and soybean oil, which are mainly unsaturated fat and therefore both lower LDL and increase HDL.”

So everything in moderation as sensible people would say and I use a combination of different oils including the coconut when I want the benefit of the flavour as well as the way it cooks.

Some claim is helps weight loss while others dispute this. Personally I wouldn’t use it in huge quantities until there is a bit more research as heart health is just as important and I can lose weight by eating less and doing more activity.

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If I have a squeaking door a little coconut oil will ease that

I use it to apply to my leather sofas as the sun is quite drying on the backs of these and I find coconut oil soaks in well and doesn’t leave a greasy feel once it has soaked in and really feeds the dry leather. It also makes them smell good too.

Anywhere you would use a light oil like on my sewing machine this oil works well as a lubricant.

I have used it to soften my leather shoes and even on leather handbags to keep them soft.

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I have used this as a massage oil and add my on essential oils. I find ones like orange and grapefruit work well with the scent of coconut oil and it is a great massage oil as it lasts well for a massage while some other oils just soak straight in. At at the same time it does soak into the skin during the massage leaving my skin feeling soft, smelling good and my muscles less aching.

Coconut oil is especially good on the feet as it is moisturising yet allows the skin to breath . I often apply this to my feet at bedtime and put on some light moisture retaining socks as this helps keep my feet nice and soft.

I don’t shave any parts of my body except under my arms and the legs below the knee. Sometimes I use my Lush shaving creams and sometimes conditioner but I find that coconut oil does a great job too. I use this especially when my under arms are a bit sore as it lubricates and also soothes the skin. In the bath or shower the coconut oil melts and being a natural oil it doesn’t harm the environment when it goes into the sewage system. Also because coconut oil has lauric acid which is a natural anti-microbial and anti-bacterial it also protects your skin if you do accidentally cut yourself.

I often apply a little melted coconut oil to the ends of my hair in between washes as my hair tends to be dry and frizzy. Even in damp weather this helps stop any frizzing. My hair time was the 80s when perms and curly hair was in fashion and I struggle with the sleek look these days.

I also use coconut oil as a deep conditioning hair mask before washing my hair and after this I do still use conditioner but t really does feed my hair and help to keep it softer and it actually looks shiny too. I always use a natural shampoos and conditioners as chemical ones are full of parabens and harsh chemicals that strip your hair of its natural oils.

IMG_4132I know many people swear by cleansing wipes and cleansing waters but I prefer using an oil based cleanser as it is gentler and doesn’t strip the skin of is natural oils. I particularly like oil based cleansers for around my eyes as it then easily wipes off all make up including mascara and doesn’t need scrubbing and rubbing. This coconut oil works a treat . I apply a little coconut oil which has melted on my finger tips and gently massage it in before using a damp warm cloth the remove all the make up and grime. I use the cloth rinsed out several times if I feel I need to. I find the bamboo clothes work best for me. Cleansing with oil works efficiently as coconut oil breaks up the water-resistant ingredients often mascara and shadow and so no scrubbing is needed just a gentle wipe.

Although the price of this coconut oil may seem expensive when you compare it to the price of some natural and other not so natural creams and potions you can buy for your skin it actually works out quite reasonable. You really do not need a lot to get great moisturising results on your skin. Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin E. Coconut oil, like other natural oils as opposed to petroleum based ones actually goes into the skin rather than lying on top. Because it is absorbed into the skin the coconut oil’s natural antioxidants help to combat the effects of ageing by preventing free radical damage. The Vitamin E also helps cell regeneration, helps fade dark spots and encourages the skin’s ability to produce collagen. This means that my skin feels much softer and smoother and looks healthier , especially hen I apply coconut oil after my bath and before bed. It really isn’t greasy at all as it soaks in really quickly.

When I m cooking I like the fact that when I push the excess off the spoon into the pan I then just massage the excess that is on my finger into my hands rather than having to wash them like I would with some cooking oils! If I run out of hand cream I just pop and get a small pea sized dollop out with a spoon and use coconut oil instead.

I make a great scrub with coconut oil as the base. One which helps with cellulite is just a mix of ground coffee beans finely ground and coconut oil which exfoliates my skin on my his and thighs and leaves my skin glowing and soft and smooth. Another scrub is coconut oil with salt and essential oils or you can use brown sugar instead of the salt and your choice of essential oils that enhance the aroma.
I wouldn’t suggest coconut oil as a sunscreen but if you have been in the sun then I find a mix of aloe vera gel to cool and coconut oil to soak in does help my skin feel soothed and less dry and stop it looking like dried up leather. I apply the aloe vera gel first then the coconut oil as thn thy both get absorbed to do their work.

I sometime apply a small amount of coconut oil under my eyes before bed as it is a great moisturiser and doesn’t sting or run into my eyes and it also helps my eye lashes and eye brows look better too.

I have also used a little coconut oil on my cheek bones and around my eyes to add a nice sheen or glow to my make up. It work well with Benetint on my cheekbones.

Coconut oil makes a great lip salve. I use Lush sample containers and keep some in my hand bag. It “tastes” lovely and is instantly softening and soothing and leave my lips with a subtle sheen. Once again I often apply Benetint first then coconut oil.

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Because coconut contains lauric acid which is not only antimicrobial but also anti bacterial it is perfect for cleansing make up brushes. I clean mine bout once a month using a mixture of coconut oil and an anti bacterial soap. I use a natural one from Lush as it smells great. The brushes I then dry in the airing cupboard if it is wet or in the sunshine when we have any. Keeping your brushes clean means that you will help prevent blemishes from bacteria on a dirty brush. The brushes feel soft and smell great too.

Apart from being great as a hand cream and for softening cuticles you can also use coconut oil around the nail skin when applying polish as then you wont get any polish on your skin. This is best done with a cotton bud as it you get it on your nail the polish will come off your nail too.

I bought some oil pulling oil at great expense last year and when I read what it contained it was actually basically coconut oil. Apparently they have proven with research that coconut oil can kill the Streptococcus bacteria which is what makes your breath smell. So before brushing you teeth just rinse a little coconut oil around your mouth and that should help reduce bad breath. It is also supposed to help whiten teeth. This is based on Ayurvedic medicine, known as gandusha in Ayurveda .
You are supposed to swill the oil around in your mouth for around 20 minutes. It is also supposed to help educe plaque and prevent or cure ulcers and so much more. Check out articles on line to find out more. I was skeptical but I don’t find it unpleasant and if I am home I just keep swilling it around in my mouth while getting on with other things around the house. Anything that might help with my awful teeth I am happy to try. Coconut oil works out much cheaper than the expensive oil pulling sachets which were just a combination of oils. I add a tiny amount of peppermint essential oil as it tastes better and of course I spit out the oil as it is full of toxins and yuk from in between my teeth etc. I spit into a tissue and throw it away as I try not to put too much oil down the plug holes as unblocking is expensive.

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A whole hearted YES! Even if you don’t want to use it for cooking this has to be one of natures best multi purpose products. I love coconut and use this, coconut water from Vita Coca and also use shredded coconut fried in my rice, I bake with coconut both shredded and dessicated and also use a lot of coconut cream in Asian cooking . It is a wonderful natural product with so many uses . Coconut water from a natural coconut is sterile and has even been used for intravenous rehydration.

I wouldn’t be without my coconut oil and always have at least one jar in my cupboard. We used to use it for cooking in the West Indie when I was a child and I am so pleased it has become a commercial success as it is a fabulous product.

WELEDA FIRMING POMEGRANATE DAY CREAM

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I have just finished this sample sized tube of Weleda Pomegranate Firming Day Cream so thought I had better write my views before I throw out the empty tube and forget how my skin felt after using this. It is no secret to anyone who regularly reads my views that I rate Weleda very highly and admire their ethics and honest approach towards their customers.

This pomegranate range is designed for those in the 40s to 50s age range and until the Evening Primrose range was brought out this was Weleda’s range that catered for the oldest age group. Personally I am happy with both ranges as they are both full of great natural ingredients to help ageing skin.

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If you would like to know more about Weleda and their ethics and how they were founded check out my other blog posts with Weleda products

~~~&&&~~~~~ ABOUT POMEGRANATE ~~~&&&~~~

Pomegranate is an expert in balancing extremes, stimulating and regenerating life and some of the pomegranate trees have been found to be over 200 years old.

Pomegranate seed oil is a powerful anti oxidant and has regenerative properties as it has a high polyphenols content. Pomegranate seed oil helps to revitalise skin cells. Skin appears tighter and smoother and is fresher and moisturised as well.

Weleda say :

From the age of 40 we benefit most from the positive properties of the pomegranate. At this life stage….as we grow older our skin changes – its vitality diminishes, the regeneration processes slow down and hardening tendencies can no longer be automatically counter-balanced overnight.

Pomegranate mediates between the young and mature opposites, allowing them to flow into one another, developing a framework for dynamic and regenerative effects on the individual. So the pomegranate’s seed oil stabilises and relaxes the skin in times of transition, bringing inner and outer beauty into harmony and encouraging us to look towards the future with serenity.”

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~~~&&&~~~WHERE TO BUY AND HOW MUCH? ~~~&&&~~~

You can buy Weleda products from a number on natural on line stores as well as from their shop in Derbyshire or from Weleda on line. You can also buy from one of Weleda’s Well being advisors around the country.

You get 30 ml of this firming day moisturiser for £25.95 which for an 100% natural product is actually a very decent price.

~~~&&&~~~THE POMEGRANATE RANGE ~~~&&&~~~

This is one of a number of pomegranate based products that Weleda make.This is the range and prices of the products from the Weleda wbsite.

Pomegranate Firming Day Cream 30ml -£25.95

Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream 10ml – £25.95

Pomegranate Firming Face Serum 30ml – £35.95

omegranate Firming Night Cream 30ml – £25.95

Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion 200ml – £22.95

Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil 100ml – £22.95

Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream 50ml – £12.50

Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash 200ml – £7.95

Finally their late product in the range the wonderful body spray – Grenade Jardin de Vie 50ml – £19.95

~~~&&&~~~ MY EXPERIENCE ~~~&&&~~~~

I am bit older than the age range this product is aimed at but I have had a number of these small sample tubes over the years and even bought couple of the full sized ones. I tend to go for the Evening primrose range now though as that range is for the more mature lady which sadly is the age range I fit into.

I do love the smell of this product, which comes from the essential oils in the cream which Weleda describe in this way :

“ “The natural fragrance has been designed to hit a sophisticated note, subtly sensual, feminine and warming. Essential oil of davana lends an exotic, oriental character together with mellow base notes of sandal wood and neroli”.

It is fresh and uplifting yet also really exotic. It is so great that Weleda have made a lovely scent from this, a light EDT which I wear frequently these days.

The cream is a creamy colour and feel quite light on application. It soaks in very fast n leaves my skin feeling matt and not greasy at all at the same time it feels well nourished.

I always apply my day cream after cleaning, toning and applying a good quality natural serum. I eave ths to soak in before applying any make up if I choose to wear any that day.

According to Weleda this day cream has been created to:

  1. Reduces wrinkles and tautens.
    2) Protects from oxidative stress.
    3) Improves elasticity and resilience

I have found it does a great job of making my skin feel nourished and it never feels tight or sensitive and itchy when using this which some products do seem to do. We are lucky in that the area we live is not too heavily polluted with traffic fumes or industrial pollution bt I hope this is helping fight all the nsties in the environmant for me with its antioxidants.

My skin feels tauter and looks fresher but the lines and wrinkles are still there though they don’t seem to look any worse!

I love that it smells so fresh and uplifting as it cheers em up each morning when I apply this.

Apart from the lovely pomegranate oil this is carefully blended with golden millet, argan and macadamia oils which create this lovely light cream to nourishes and regenerate the skin.

This is all natural as I have mentioned but it is also suitable for vegans as all ingredients are plant based. This product has not been tested on animals and has no petrochemicals or GM ingredients and has no filler ingredients or parabens either.

Even though Weleda use all natural ingredients they are quite powerful and they suggest that you do a test on a small area for a few days when using something new. I have not had any issues with any of their products and I have skin that is prone to allergies and eczema but best be on the safe side.

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I have found this an excellent day cream and would certainly recommend it to the 40s plus age range. For those in the menopausal age range then the Evening Primrose might be more suitable. There are other ranges for the younger ladies ( and men) too so check out their website.

INNARAH® VenoDefense™ Treatment Crème

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I was very lucky and received a small 15 ml size version of this product through Beautyontrial.co.uk. I have just finished this so thought I would share my thought.

Firstly I have never heard of this brand before trying this product and having seen the price I doubt I will be enjoying any of their other products.

This small pot costs $90 – it is an AMERICAN company and the full sized 50 ml pot costs $300.

“This all natural range of products is free of synthetic ingredients and will keep your skin glowing from within.” Manzoor H. Jaffery, Founder and CEO.

This product came beautifully presented in a white box with a magnetic closure lid. The small pot sat inside this on a bed of satin padding.It did look classy and at tat price I would expect it to.IMG_0124[1]

The product was in a small black plastic screw top pot which I liked as I could see exactly how much was left and could get every lat tiny bit out easily.

The cream felt light and soft and was absorbed into my skin very fast, didn’t feel tight or greasy but also didn’t really feel like it was doing anything much either.

According to the company :
“INNARAH® formulated the unique technology known as bio-fermentation to perfect its fermented anti-ageing formulas and signature VenoDefense™ collection using cutting edge ingredients such as Elk Antler Velvet, Ormus Gold, plant stem cells and Marine Phytoplankton.”

The ingredients are all natural and I list them here from their website:

“VenoDefenseTM: Propritary complex of anti-inflammatory ingredients that mimic the effects of snake venim and smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles instantly and helps repair damage over time.
Magnolia Tree Bark: Powerful anti-inflammatory.
Chamae Rose: A rich source of Proanthocyanidins beneficial for skin purification, color, tone and elasticity. They are known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Elk Antler Velvet: Power cell growth factors which aid in cell development and cell regeneration. EVA contains essential amino acids which are the building blocks of protien. Shields your skin from damaging effects of environmental aggressors and UV rays.
Sea Buckthorn Oil: Powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Marine Phytoplankton: Provides essential oxygen to skin cells. A powerful immunostimulant, obtained through the combination of unique marine algae (red and brown algae) harvested on the unspoiled beaches of Brazil. Stimulates collagen production while it strengthens the connective tissues for firmer looking skin.
Alpine Rose Extract: Plant stem cells. Delays the senescence of skin cells.
Snow Algae Extract: Anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Apolactoferrin: Increases natural hyaluronic acid production for immediate and long lasting hydration. Helps to eliminate dark spots.
Plant stem cells: Brightens skin instantly while it evens out skin tone.
Kuku Nut Oil: Long lasting hydration.”

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You can use this cream night and day and it is created with these ingredients to help delay the skin ageing, reduce redness, smooth lies and wrinkles and protect the skin from UV damage and other damaging environmental effects. It i also supposed to be anti inflammatory and help to brighten the skin.

I have used it now for a month solidly after my original short test for beautyontrial and I am happy wit how it feels but I cannot honestly say it has done anything more tan any other skin care product I have used recently.

Although it seems to be a nice enough product the price tag would make repurchasing

Naturology Cellulite -Stretch Marks – Scar Removal Cream

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Sadly many of us ladies do have a few stretch marks either from weight gain or child bearing and they are not the prettiest looking things.

This cream is a three in one product to help reduce cellulite, stretch marks and scars so perfect for anyone who has given birth or is trying to lose weight. It also helps reduce scars from acne and operations of tattoo removal as well.

This is another all natural product with no nasty chemicals or preservatives just lots of lovely natural oils and butters to help repair skin.This product is 98% natural & organic .

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This cream helps to firms & tighten skin. This is an intensively, hydrating organic  cream with  collagen boosting retinol, vitamin c, green tea, horsetail & devils claw .

It also helps reduce the appearance of existing scars & scar tissue and helps restore & repair damage caused by spots, acne and rosacea .

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This is a nice light white cream that is quickly absorbed into the skin when I massage this into my thighs and hips. It moisturises the skin well and leaves it feeling soft and smooth.

I can’t say my thighs are dimple free but I do think it has helped make them look less crepe like in texture.  

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For stretch marks you can use this during and after pregnancy to help reduce these marks and keep your skin supple and moisturised.

I also find this cream helps when I get my very dry itchy skin rash which appears out of nowhere at times.

As I mentioned this is cruelty free and all natural and has no nasty, harmful parabens, sulphates or chemicals .This is full of lovely active natural things such as  vitamin C & E, Retinol, olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, macadamia oil, devils claw extract, ginger essential oil, green tea extract, horsetail, grapefruit, mandarin, lime & lemon extract and is suitable for vegans!

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The cream doesn’t have much of  scent but is pleasant to use and certainly makes my skin feel well moisturised and nourished. as well as tightening up the crepe looking skin on my thighs.

This comes in an outer box and the plastic screw top pot holds 100 ml and with this jar you get every last bit from the pot. It costs £15 on amazon and mine lasted me around four to six weeks.

 

Remember massage also helps with cellulite and massage towards you body not downwards. I also use a coffee body scrub and massage that into my thighs as well. Exercise is also beneficial as it tightens up the thigh muscles.

 

L’Oreal Age Perfect Golden Age Night Cream

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This product comes very nicely packaged in a rose gold coloured cardboard box sealed in clear plastic. Once you open the box the product is contained in a classy looking glass jar with a gold tinge and the lid is plastic and gold and screws off easily. Under the lid is a plastic protection cover.

The cream itself is a light textured but rich feel and is white in colour.

I use this after cleansing and toning my face and applying my usual serum. Once the serum has dried I apply a little of this cream to my face and neck area using my fingers.

 

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I find that I don’t need a lot as it spreads quite well without me needing to pull at my skin at all.

It feels quite rich and slightly bit greasy initially but after a few minutes I find it has soaked into my skin quite well.

I can’t say my skin looks any better than it usually does but I do always use good quality face products on my skin. I have had no adverse reaction from using this cream despite it not being that natural in the ingredients.img_6282

I have to be honest and say I prefer using more natural products and ones I know have not been tested on animals and this product does not claim either of those.I am not the biggest fan of L’Oreal as i do know that their parent company does test on animals and because of that I do not buy their products. this was a trial I was given by BzzAgent and was free so it would be rude to say no to a freebie.

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For someone who is not bothered by either of those things this is a nice quality and effective night cream that doesn’t feel too heavy or greasy on my skin.

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