I was busy smearing myself with Steamcream this morning and it occurred to me that I have never mentioned this stuff! Steamcream is a freshly handmade cream which is made using high-quality, natural ingredients which are fused together
Ok, I have a new obsession this month. Kneipp. I tend to be safe in my choice of bath and body products due having sensitive skin. I am so glad I have had the opportunity to try out this brand. I have been spoiling myself with oils, lotions, therapie baths and the likes. I’m a happy lady. Here is a closer look…
My has been going through a bit of a dry spell lately. I blame hormones. Of course, I blame those on just about everything :) As you can gather I spend a lot of money on hair care products but I did wonder if I could revert to my old ways and use something from my kitchen to improve the quality of my hair.
I settled on this recipe and have been delighted with the results.
OLIVE OIL AND EGG HAIR MASK:
Apply to dry hair. Leave on hair for at least 15 minutes (I waited 30 minutes). Then wash you hair as normal.
I tried this three times over the past week and my hair feels soft, shiny and manageable. It’s not greasy or dry. It’s just right. It’s almost like the mask normalised my hair.
Definitely worth a try!
Any home remedies to share??
Image from here
Everyone and their mother has blogged about Glossy Box’s Natural Box offering. Unfortunately mine arrived only yesterday but her are my thoughts none the less. (You can back order boxes from Glossy Box).
I really like the box itself. It’s 100% biodegradable but mine won’t end up in the recycling bin anyway. I use my boxes to store make-up, products, as drawer organisers… you get the idea.
Needless to say, all of the products are natural and ethically sourced in this box.
Figs & Rouge Lip Balm: I love this already. My sister once brought me back a lip balm from a market in Greece and I used it everyday until I hit metal. This reminds me of it. It’s 100% organic and it’s also multifunctional; lips, cuticles, heel rubbing, dry skin patches… all the usuals.
Inika Cosmetics Certified Organic Eyeliner: I love eyeliners and always have a few on the go at the same time. I haven’t had a very good experience with organic eyeliners so far so I was surprised to like this one. I was also delighted that I received a sapphire shade rather than plain old black.
Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Balm: Silicone-free and non greasy. This tube is a good size considering how little of it you will use. It’s designed for use on wavy or curly hair to make it straight and de-tangle. I have straight hair but I still tried it to take out tangles. My hair was smooth and sleek.
Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum: This is my first experience with Caudalie. I spend quite a bit of money on natural face products so I was excited to see this. I wish the sample was a little bigger though, it would give more of an opportunity to really try out the product before I would purchase the full size.
Monu Professional Enriched Body Cream: I like the Monu products I have tried so far – all of them have been from Glossy Box! This smells like every other natural body cream so I wouldn’t get too excited. It will come in handy for traveling but my pregnant nose is finding essential oils a bit much these days. My skin is dry so I would expect to get only two full body applications with this size (hotel cosmetics size).
I’m really looking forward to Glossy Box’s May edition as it’s their first birthday this month!
I am a huge fan of Phyt’s skincare. It’s natural but has potent ingredients that work on my skin without causing any irritation. I was pretty excited to see their Rituals Set as I had yet to try their body care products.
The set contains:
1. Hand Cream (40ml). 3 in 1 hand treatment, with lemon as an anti-pigmentation component for the skin, natural vitamin E for strengthening the nails and hazelnut oil, patchouli & rosemary to nourish and protect the hands against aggressions due to climate, cleaning products etc
2. A travel Relaxing Body Oil for nourishing the skin. Can be used with pregnancy. Contains: wheatgerm oil to nourish and keep the elasticity of the skin, lavender, tarragon and natural vit E.
3. A travel Body Gommage scrub shower gel with apricot seed powder for the exfoliation, orange & palmarosa for relaxing scents & skin soothing properties.
The set costs €35 which is pretty good for products that are 100% natural. It would also make a lovely Mother’s Day pressie although I tend to buy sets like this for myself too – it’s a good way to try a variety of products without shelling out for the full size.
What did I think?
The oils is my favourite product in the set. Although it’s travel size it will last a decent amount of time as a little goes a long way. It smells fresh and natural and left my skin soft. Best of all I didn’t end up with those blasted bumps at the backs of my arms. The hand cream is lovely too. Again, a little goes a long way and smells lovely. The shower gel with exfoliating particles is gentle and refreshing. More for regular use rather than the monthly skin sloughing event. I would re-purchase all of these products.
Phyt’s products are sold in salons all around Ireland – stockist here link!
Any more ideas for Mother’s Day? Some Mammy’s are harder to buy for – mine is definitely in this category!
Being an advocate of natural skincare I have certainly worked my way through a hefty number of natural moisturisers. It was time to try a new one.
Enter All-in-one Anti-Ageing Cream by Human+Kind.
This cream is designed for women who lack the time for lengthy beauty rituals. It is a multifunctional product designed to work as:
It evens out skin tone reduces fine lines and wrinkles, softens the skin and reduces the appearance of age spots. The cream is packed with concentrated active natural ingredients which are designed to heal and rejuvinate.It contains jojoba oil, marshmallow, onopordum, centella, rosehip oil and shea butter. It also contains achmella oleracea, which is apparently known as nature’s botox.
I have been using this cream for ten days. I’m quite impressed. Not only is this a great all rounder it also helped even my skin tone. It didn’t break me out but left my skin soft and moisturised. This one is definitely for normal to dry skin types. If you’re oily I recommended stearing clear of creams and looking at lotions, gels or serums instead.
It costs €29.95 which is a fair price for a product that contains so many good ingredients. It’s always cheaper to buy creams laden with lab made chemicals as those ingredients are often cheap. If you’re a fan of natural skincare this one is definitely worth a look.
You can find Human + Kind products in health stores and pharmacies or at humanandkind.com.
I’m trying out another Voya product this week. This time it’s a mask called Maskerade. This one is geared at dry, dehydrated skin. Perfect for Winter.
Like all Voya products, Maskerade is made from hand harvested seaweed. It’s also organic. Yay.
I have used it roughly five times and so far I like it. It feels like a little moisture injection. The mask still manages to draw out impurities so like all face masks it’s probably best not to use it right before a big event. I would use it a week before any event to be on the safe side. After use my skin was soft and luminous. My forehead also felt less tight.
It’s also very easy to apply – I apply it with my fingers to clean skin in an upward motion. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash off with a muslin cloth (is there any mask or cleanser that doesn’t work better when used in conjunction with a muslin cloth!)
Like most Voya products, this one is expensive at €35. Well I suppose it is a luxury brand. It’s also organic and uses hand harvested seaweed. The bottle is also large so I’ll get plenty of applications out of it. It would actually make a nice present. I noticed on their website that Voya won Best Natural/Organic Spa Product Range in the The Crystal Awards. Easy to see why.
For those who might be interested, Voya products are sold from their website and through spas and salons around Ireland.
I recently blogged about my interest in Lush’s Little Green Bag for St Patrick’s Day and I promised when I received the goodies I would post some photos and my initial thoughts.
So here I go :)
Lush Little Green Bag
Inside the little green bag…
Each Peach Massage Bar (20g)
I am in love! This just might be my favourite product from Lush. It smells absolutely amazing. I have found myself picking up the bag on occasion just for a quite whiff. I also managed to wangle a back massage using the bar. The bar itself is solid but when it comes in contact with the skin it starts to melt. All I did was rub the bar on an area until it was coated it massage oil and then I popped it back in the bag. This will last for ages!
Sea Vegetable Soap (100g)
I mentioned in my previous post that this is my favourite Lush soap fragrance. I have bought Sea Vegetable at least 3 times in the past. Although it’s gentle enough to use on sensitive skin I think this one would be best enjoyed by someone with normal, normal to dry or oily skin – very dry skinned ladies may take issue. It smells like the ocean with a hint of lime, lavender and seaweed. It’s quite refreshing – I usually bring a bar on holiday. refreshing splash in the ocean. It has a crust of sea salt to give your body a good scrub. Loves.
Sugar Scrub (50g)
Sugar Scrub is vegan friendly and has a herbal lavender scent. Lush says it’s good for scrubbing away dead skin cells, tackling cellulite, and and invigorating sluggish skin – I hope so. This will be a great product for getting my skin ready for Summer.
Squeeky Green Shampoo Bar
This bar is meant to refresh and revive your hair and scalp. It is made with ‘noodles’ of shampoo that are pressed together into a mould shape. Squeeky Clean contains peppermint, fresh rosemary and tea tree, as well as chamomile essential oil and nettle, to help stimulate your scalp and battle dandruff. I would describe the scent as masculine, earthy and green. I’ll be testing this one this evening.
Jungle Conditioner (55g)
Jungle Conditioner contains cocoa butter which slides on to your hair to make it softer, it then dissolves in water to leave it shiny and smooth. It contains five fruits, detangles and gives hair a shine. I read that I should smooth it along my hair from root to tip, leave for one minute and then rinse out. I shall also be testing this one out this evening.
Shampoo Bar Tin
The set costs €19.95 which I think is a pretty good deal considering all of the products you get. I look forward to trying the shampoo and conditioner.
I recently raved about Mil’s organic Béalghrá lipbalms. Since I loved them so much I was sent some of their other balms to try. I was delighted to try more products from the Irish brand so here is my honest opinion on their body balm.
One of the products Mil are most proud of is Spéirbhean Body Balm. (Speirbhean means’ beautiful woman’ in Gaelic, mil means ‘honey’).
I have been using the balm for a week or so and I’m impressed. I like using balms on my skin, I know not everyone does. I usually use lotion but my dry patches seem to drink it in so fast and then I have to reapply. The balm feels quite luxurious and worked well on my dry patches.
I heard that women have raved about this product for use after shaving so I decided to give it a try. My skin is usually a little sensitive and irritated after hair removal so the idea of then applying a product wasn’t really appealing. But the balm seemed to calm my skin and leave it feeling smooth.
Scent wise, it smells natural and soft. Nothing intrusive. I did wonder about the size of the pot. 40g seems quite small for a body product. However, it liquefies on your skin and a little goes a long way.
I should point out that Spéirbhean is a natural product, so I didn’t experience any reactions. It contains lots of luxurious ingredients that I tend to look for when I’m buying body care products; Jojoba, Organic Shea Butter, Beeswax and essential oils like Geranium, Chamomile and Lavender.
Mil balms are available from milallnaturalbalms.com. This body balm is priced at £6.99, I’m not entirely sure why the prices aren’t in euros. The fada’s on the vowels also appear incorrectly on my mac book, again I’m not sure why.
What have you been using on dry skin?
Hellianthus Annus (Organic Sunflower) Seed Oil, Buttyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea Butter), Cera Alba (Yellow Beeswax) Simmindsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia ( Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil.
*(Citrol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool)
* Occurs naturally in essential oils – Contains nut extracts
Although I’m an advocate of green skin care, I tend not to go for the green option when it comes to deodorant. I have tried quite a few natural and organic products so I thought it might be a good idea to share my experiences with you.
Most of us have heard about the dangers associated with ingredients in our favourite deodorants which contain aluminium and parabens. The skin is an organ so anything you apply to it will be absorbed by the body. Add an aerosol antiperspirant into the equation and you are also inhaling those ingredients into your lungs. This might not bother most people but I think I’m among a growing number of people who are starting to consider what we’re pumping into our bloodstreams.
Natural deodorants don’t stop you sweating but they are designed to prevent odour.
Here are some natural deodorants I have tried:
Déophyt’s – this one is an organic deodorant spray. It smells like essential oils. PHYT’s products are sold in salons around Ireland (and all around the world I think) – check stocklists. I had no redness, irritation or odour. It’s not designed to stop perspiration, just to prevent odour.
Dr Hauschka Deodorant Fresh – This actually works, I liked it a lot. I came across it on Makeupalley (64% of users said that they would repurchase).
I bought mine from my local health shop in a set. I had no odour issues and even wore it for walking and the gym. The scent is very light, powdery and herbal. The downside is that it is very expensive (about €14), too expensive for me to rely on unfortunately.
Crystal Body Deodorant – Odour wise, this worked for me quite well on a day to day basis where no cardio was involved.
But I found it rough on my underarms, my skin is so sensitive there. If you’ve never tried the crystal deodorant it works by wetting the stone before each use and then roll it under your arms. I found it a little messy and as it dissolved quite unevenly, jagged edges formed on the surface. Not for me.
Green People Aloe Vera Roll on Deodorant – This is an award winning product which is why I decided to buy it. It’s also highly rated in The Green Beauty Bible.
I liked this one but I found myself checking my clothes for perspiration marks on busy days. It was great for chill out days, not for days where you’re running around like a mad woman. No odour to speak of though. It was also very gentle. As far as I remember it’s suitable for eczema and psoriasis sufferers. (£7.95 for 75ml)
I hear good things about Uterkram Liquid Deo Crystal so I may try this one next.
Bare in mind that just because a product says ‘Natural’ on the packaging does not mean it uses natural ingredients. Usually it’s the same host of lab made ingredients – ‘Natural’ is just the sales angle. Look for products that are certified organic or at state that they are aluminium and paraben free.
What I use now
The bottom line for me is that I have yet to find an amazing deodorant that doesn’t contain potentially harmful ingredients. I tend to use a natural one, at the moment it’s PHYT’s, on the days where I have no physical activity planned. If I plan to be out all day, at the gym etc I always use my trusty Mitchum stick.
This is hands down the best deodorant I have ever used. It might not be natural but I could be spraying aerosol antiperspirant and inhaling a boat load of it into my lungs.
Have you tried any natural deodorants?