Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Somerset Toiletry Co. Naturally European Freesia & Pear Hand Wash review

- This post contains gifted products and affiliate links. -

Hey guys! Over the last year and a half, we've been living through the Coronavirus pandemic. This has meant that we've had to increase our hand washing amongst a wide range of other precautions and, I don't know about you, but my hands have been getting so dry. I've ended up going through a bunch of different hand washes to find one that doesn't make things worse and today I'm going to be reviewing the Naturally European Freesia & Pear Hand Wash by a brand that I originally wrote about in the early days of the blog; Somerset Toiletry Co..

Somerset Toiletry Co. Naturally European Freesia & Pear Hand Wash
Somerset Toiletry Co. Naturally European Freesia & Pear Hand Wash

Somerset Toiletry Co. is a British company that was founded in 1999 with the goal of providing fairly priced, luxury toiletries. The founders, Roger and Sakina Buoy, originally produced body care products for other companies but decided to develop their own range and the company has been acknowledged for a number of awards, including the Queens Award. 

The Naturally European range is the most popular range by the brand and the Naturally European Hand Wash is a luxurious, natural hand wash that is cruelty free and suitable for vegans. It is also SLS and paraben free, making it suitable for those with more sensitive skin (yay!). It comes in a range of scents, but I've only been testing out the Freesia & Pear fragrance. 

It comes packaged in a clear, plastic bottle with a black pump lid and it holds 500ml of product. The Hand Wash itself is clear in colour. 

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Blistex Lip Infusions range review

- This post contains gifted products and affiliate links. -

Hey guys! Today I'm going to be sharing with you a brand new product launch from Blistex. Blistex are a brand that focus on creating lip balms and today they are launching their new range; the Blistex Lip Infusions.

Blistex Lip Infusions range: Soothing, Hydration and Nourish
Blistex Lip Infusions range: Soothing, Hydration and Nourish

Blistex was originally founded in 1947 as a family run business and today they are sold in over 80 countries. Their new Lip Infusions range features three new lip balms that are focused on particular areas. We have Blistex Lip Infusions Hydration, Soothing and Nourish

Lip Infusions Hydration is designed to have long-lasting hydrating effects and it includes hyaluronic spheres to lock in moisture, Vitamins E and F to soften and smooth and also SPF 15 to protect against UVB rays.

Lip Infusions Soothing is targeted for dryness whilst also remaining gentle on the lips. It is infused with cucumber seed oil and calendula to soothe and natural beeswax and coconut to moisturise and protect. This is the only product of the range to not include SPF.

Lip Infusions Nourish is targeted to those who are seeking concentrated nourishment for luxuriously smooth lips. It contains a ceramide enhanced formula that is blended with nutrient-enriched botanical oils, Vitamin E, natural beeswax and coconut oil for moisture. Like Hydration, it contains an SPF of 15 to protect against UVB rays.

Blistex Lip Infusions range
Blistex Lip Infusions range

Each of them are packaged in tubes of different transparent colours that each hold 3.7g (Hydration is blue, Soothing is green and Nourish is Pink). The lip balms themselves are all white in colour yet contain different fragrances.

I've been trying the range out for a couple of weeks, so I'm going to write about each of them briefly in turn and summarise my thoughts of the range as a whole at the end.

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Nourish London Skincare Kale 3D Cleanse and Argan Skin Renew Moisturiser reviews

-This post contains gifted products and affiliate links.-

Hi guys! I'm here today with another natural skincare duo. Regular readers will most likely know that I have a soft spot for natural skincare and I love products that are good for the environment as well as for the skin, so I'm really happy to be bringing another natural skincare brand to the blog.

Nourish London Skincare Kale 3D Cleanse and Argan Skin Renew Moisturiser
Nourish London Skincare Kale 3D Cleanse and Argan Skin Renew Moisturiser

Nourish is a British brand that focuses on organic, vegan and cruelty-free skincare. The two products that I have to show you today are the Nourish Kale 3D Cleanse and the Nourish Argan Skin Renew Moisturiser

The Kale 3D Cleanse is a unique, colour changing facial cleanser that provides you with a deep cleanse that removes impurities and makeup, refreshes the skin and protects against pollution. It contains Supercharged Kale and Griffonia to detoxify the skin, minimise signs of ageing and to protect against pollutants as well as Hyaluronic acid, oxygenating extracts and probiotics to refresh and energise. 

The Argan Skin Renew Moisturiser is created as an anti-ageing, hydrating moisturiser, suitable for all skin types. It includes a blend of skin nourishing oils such as jojoba, sunflower and most importantly, argan. It also includes a blend of essential oils (discussed further on in the review), Vitamin E and collagen boosting tripeptides.

Both products are multi-award winning with the Kale 3D Cleanse holding the Gold Award as Best Cleanser from The Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards 2017 accolade amongst others and the Argan Skin Renew Moisturiser sporting the Best Anti-Ageing product achievement from The Beauty Bible Awards 2015 alongside others. 

Both the Kale 3D Cleanse and the Argan Skin Renew Moisturiser come packaged in sleek, glass bottles with twist open pump lids (which cuts down on plastic waste for lid covers). The Kale 3D Cleanse holds either 30ml or 100ml of product and the Argan Skin Renew Moisturiser holds 50ml. The packaging on both looks and feels luxurious with a weight to them.

I'm going to begin by discussing the Kale 3D Cleanse and then I will move onto the Argan Skin Renew Moisturiser.

Monday, 21 December 2020

Ella Mae Snail Slime Shampoo and Snail Slime Regenerating Hair Mask reviews

-This post contains gifted products and affiliate links.-

Hey guys! Snail slime isn't a new beauty trend, but it is one that definitely hasn't vanished off the beauty radar. Whilst it may sound pretty weird and off putting from the name alone, the benefits of snail slime in both skincare and hair care have been well researched. I'll dive into that more in a moment, but allow me a moment to introduce today's snail slime-based review focus: the Ella Mae Snail Slime Shampoo and Snail Slime Regenerating Mask

Ella Mae Snail Slime Shampoo and Snail Slime Regenerating Mask
Ella Mae Snail Slime Shampoo and Snail Slime Regenerating Mask

Ella Mae is a natural and vegan cosmetic brand from France. They currently focus their attention on natural hair care and also natural snail slime skincare. I've been sent the Ella Mae Snail Slime Shampoo and Snail Slime Regenerating Mask to review here on the blog and therefore will be discussing them here with you today!

So what are the benefits of snail slime in cosmetics? Well, snail slime happens to be full of beneficial proteins (including collagen and elastin, among many others) that help to moisturise, nourish, exfoliate, purify, heal, regenerate and that even have antioxidant effects. In relation to hair care, the moisturising compounds of snail slime help to seal the hair which helps to moisturise both the hair and the scalp. It nourishes, soothes and promotes healthy hair growth.

The Ella Mae Snail Slime Shampoo and Snail Slime Regenerating Mask are designed for scalp and hair regeneration. They are sulfate and paraben free, suitable for vegans and natural. They're suitable for all hair types, including curly, oily/itchy and damaged/dry. They helps to seal the hair and protect it from damage, detangle, nourish the scalp and promote healthy hair growth. 

The Snail Slime Shampoo comes packaged in a shiny, white, plastic bottle with a sleek gold and black font design alongside the pink Ella Mae logo. It holds 250ml of product and has a push cap to dispense the shampoo, which itself is like a thick, clear gel consistency with a subtle clean, fresh fragrance. 

The Snail Slime Regenerating Mask comes in a shiny, white, screw cap, plastic jar that holds 250ml of product. The mask itself is a thick, white consistency and also has a subtle, clean and fresh fragrance. 

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Naturecan CBD Skincare range review

- This post contains gifted products and affiliate links. -

Hi guys! CBD has been incorporating itself into the beauty world a lot lately and you're beginning to see it in every type of product from lip balm to shampoo. Today we're going to talk a little bit about why it is such a big beauty ingredient right now and also review a range of CBD skincare products from a UK based CBD brand - Naturecan

Also, if you'd like to receive a promo code for 30% off your first order at Naturecan, keep reading!

Naturecan CBD Beauty Range
Naturecan CBD Beauty Range

This post is going to feature a collection of six Naturecan CBD beauty products: the Naturecan Nourish Multi-Use Balm, Hydrate Moisturiser, Restore Hand Cream, Lip Balm, Lavender Massage Oil and the Purify Clay Mask. Each of the products contains CBD along with a range of other beneficial, natural ingredients which vary by product. 

For those of you who don't yet know too much about what CBD is or how it can help with our skin, I'll do a quick explanation of what it is and how it helps and also provide links for you to read more about it.

CBD is short for cannabidiol which is an extract of the cannabis plant. The oil is extracted and filtered so that the remaining oil is free of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol - the psychoactive part of cannabis that causes the 'high') meaning that it is non-addictive and has zero psychoactive effects. This allows you to receive all of the benefits of the CBD with no THC effects. 

CBD has many positive effects when ingested (pain relief, good for anxiety and so on - read here for more on this), but for the sake of this post we're going to focus in on the benefits of its inclusion in skincare products.

" On the surface, CBD delivers a chemical-free way to fight breakouts and inflammation, but it also offers a promising solution to tackling more stubborn, recurring issues. In a study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science, researchers found that when CBD was applied to human skin cells, it actually inhibited the overproduction of keratinocytes (specific skin cells) that are commonly seen in psoriasis. This is further evidence to support CBD working to realign bodily processes that may be adversely affecting the quality of your skin, including its softness, cleanliness, and ability to retain important moisture." - Naturecan

And for those who may be suffering with acne, here is some further good news:

" Based on recent scientific studies, CBD oil may help treat acne due to the anti-inflammatory properties explored earlier, and how this is linked to the body’s ability to reduce sebum production. One test-tube study found that CBD oil prevented sebaceous gland cells from secreting excessive sebum, exerted anti-inflammatory actions and prevented the activation of ‘pro-acne’ agents like inflammatory cytokines.4 This offers some proof to the claim that the CBD found in skin products, dependant on their strength and quality, can not only help maintain the balance your body needs but actually help to reverse life-altering condition such as acne." - Naturecan

As I've got a lot of products to cover in this post, I'm going to keep my reviews of each individual product fairly brief and focus more on the range overall. I'll begin by discussing the common traits of the range before moving onto each product individually and then summarising with my thoughts on the range together at the end.

Naturecan CBD Beauty Range

All of the Naturecan products that are featured in today's post are natural, vegan products. As stated in the intro, they are all guaranteed to be free of THC and are GMO free.

The range is packaged in simple, white, plastic packaging with the Naturecan logo in green and other product info in dark grey.