Thursday, 17 November 2016

Coconut King All Natural Sweet Orange Lip Balm & Mocha Latte Body Butter - Review*

All hail the Coconut King!
Vegan & Cruelty Free

Searching through my emails, I realised I had been contacted by Shaun who is the owner of a business called the Coconut King, he was kindly asking whether I'd be interested in reviewing a couple of his products for my blog. I was amazed at how lovely (and edible) the products sounded, so it took me a while to decide on what to try out! I ended up going for the Sweet Orange Lip Balm and the Mocha Latte Body Butter. 

All of Coconut King's products are handmade, free from chemicals and free from animal products. The range currently consists of moisturising balms, lip balms, body butters, gift sets, and even tattoo aftercare. Shaun also told me that he's working towards having his products approved by BUAV and The Vegan Society in the foreseeable future, I believe this is a great step to take for homemade businesses!

The Sweet Orange Lip Balm is a highly effective, luxury lip balm both totally natural and vegan. The fatty acids in coconut oil create a barrier and lock in moisture so that your lips remain free of cracks. Shea butter is loaded with natural vitamins, so it nourishes and moisturises your lips really well it also protects your lips from cold and dry weather, and reduces your chances of dry lips. Hemp seed oil is rich in emollients and is especially beneficial as a lip balm. Hemp lip balm is packed with omega fatty acids and linolic acid, these nutrients are key to cellular health. Jojoba oil can take the place of a petroleum jelly base. The waxy oil can form a barrier that effectively locks the moisture in and keeps the lips soft and supple. Orange essential oil is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, it's been shown to increase the ability to absorb vitamin C, collagen production, and blood flow, all of which are essential for anti-ageing. 

The Mocha Latte Body Butter is luxuriously thick and a deliciously different body butter, no water, no other filler ingredients and no dangerous chemicals. Just good natural oils and butters. A little goes a very long way! Coffee Arabica seed oil is extracted by cold pressing green coffee beans. It's high concentration of essential fatty acids, sterols, and vitamin E make it a potent antioxidant that can offer protection against skin damage such as sunburn cell formation and DNA degradation. Studies have shown impressive anti-ageing results due to Coffee Arabica’s ability to increase production of collagen and elastin and to protect against the loss of moisture. Cocoa butter makes an excellent skin moisturiser, plus it does more than just hydrate the skin, it helps actually heal it from the inside out too. It’s a great source of natural antioxidants. 

Although the Mocha Latte Body Butter felt quite thick and heavy (compared to the body lotions I'm used to) when applying it to my skin, I found that it sunk in really quickly and I was left smelling like a wonderful mocha latte all day. I'm really quite fond of the scent of this body butter, it's a smell you can't stop yourself from smelling! I quite enjoyed the scent of the Sweet Orange Lip Balm as well. Although I did find the product to be a lot thinner in consistency compared to the body butter. I'm also not sure if it was just me, but I found the balm actually dried my lips up and I sadly didn't like how the product felt on my lips. Other than this I'm quite interested in trying out the many other scented body butters!

Shaun has very kindly set up promotional code for you to use when you order from his website, simply use 'CARING10' to get 10% off your order up until 10/12/16.

These products were sent to me to review, all views are my own.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

SPF15 Organii Anti Ageing Facial Sun Cream - Review*

Protect yourself from the Winter sun!
Certified organic by ICEA, vegan & cruelty free.

Organii Sun Milk protects your skin immediately upon application, reflecting UV rays like a mirror, by sitting on top of the skin and acting as a barrier to the sun, leaving behind no sticky residue. The product contains Titanium Dioxide, natural plant oils to nourish and hydrate the skin and is effective immediately after application. It's also free from fragrances, Parabens, synthetic chemical filters, mineral oils and colourants.

Even though the weather here in England isn't as hot as it was during the Summer it's still a good idea to protect your skin from UV rays! This Organii Everyday Organics Sun Cream is perfect for facial protection, it has medium coverage of SPF 15 and is also anti-ageing. It's said to be suitable for all skin types, especially fair and sensitive skin. I found the cream to feel very light once I had rubbed it into my skin, this ended up working well with my oily prone skin. A little goes a long way with this product and it doesn't take much working in for the cream to visibly disappear. It has a mild yet very pleasant smell which is great for a facial sun cream as you don't want anything too over powering on your face! I also find the 50ml sized tube a great thing as it's small enough to just pop in your bag when you're out and about.

This product was sent to me to review, all views are my own.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

PHB Ethical Beauty Foot Scrub Bar with Dead Sea Salt & Orange - Review*

Vegan Society Approved & BUAV Cruelty Free

PHB Ethical Beauty is a family business who make handmade products in the UK with 15% of their profit going to charity. Their products are free from animal ingredients, Parabens, SLS, DEA, TEA, alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol, Ethanol), Phenoxyethanol, artificial perfumes / fragrance, Petrochemicals, Methylisothiazolinone, Phthalates, colourants, silicone, mineral oils and Propylene Glycol. And all of their products are organic, vegan & Halal.

Revive your feet with PHB’s 100% Fresh & Natural Foot Scrub Bar. The perfect pick me up for dry or tired feet. This bundle of goodness is handmade using Dead Sea Salt and rich Cocoa Butter to buff away dry dead skin cells whilst moisturising to reveal skin that feels smooth, soothed and refreshed. 

I really like the smell of this PHB Ethical Beauty Foot Scrub Bar from Love Lula! It's made from 100% fresh and natural ingredients, the organic cocoa moisturises and helps improves softness whilst the dead sea salt exfoliates and boosts circulation, helping maintain smooth and healthy skin. I found the product itself easy to use and it didn't take me a lot of effort to add it into my shower regime. After using the Foot Scrub Bar, my feet were left feeling very soft and smooth, this was still consistent even after drying my feet once out of the shower. 

This product was sent to me to review, all views are my own.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Turbliss Bioactive Face Mask for Problem Skin & EcoTools Bamboo Flat Foundation Brush - Review*

Vegan & Cruelty Free 
EcoTools are PETA Certified

Turbliss products have a high level of humic, fulvic and hymatomelanic acids that penetrate deep into the skin and help the cells start functioning normally. Which means that the skin is then able to produce more collagen and hyaluronic acid that are the building blocks of healthy and young looking skin. In addition to humic substances, peat contains minerals, lipids, amino acids, enzymes, microelements, phytonutrients and sulphur. Bioactive substances penetrate deep into the skin, restore its elasticity and normal functioning. Turbliss Peat Mask is pure bog plant power that has been maturing inside our Mother Earth for thousands of years. Peat is by composition completely unique as it contains rare organic acids that work its magic on a cellular level. Our masks for different types of skin can help clean clogged pores, smooth wrinkles, tone the skin, cure eczemas, efficiently reduce acne, alleviate psoriasis, dermatitis and all in all, make the skin healthier and more vibrant.

I've always come across people applying their face mask with a brush so I thought I'd try out this EcoTools Bamboo Flat Foundation brush to help me apply the Turbliss Bioactive Face Mask for Problem Skin. EcoTools Cosmetic Brushes are made with cruelty free synthetic bristles, sustainable bamboo handles and recycled aluminum ferrules. I found the brush helped me apply the face mask much more evenly than my fingers would have and I wasn't left with any wasted product on my fingers. With the face mask it shouldn't be left to dry on the face, this helps to regulate sebum production and dryness in order to make the skin function as it should, this was new to me as I'm used to letting a mask dry. Before applying the mask you also need to moisten the skin and keep the mask moist afterwards, which I did with my LUSH Cosmetics Tea Tree Toner Spray. I found the mask to be very thick and heavy, but once on it really feels likes it's getting to work on your skin! After the mask had been on my face for around five minutes I removed it which was a very messy process, I found the best way to wash it off was when showering! My skin was then left feeling soft but very red, but don't worry the redness afterwards is only due to the increasement of microcirculation and metabolic stimulation which is normal when using peat masks. Overall it was a very exciting face mask to use!

These products were sent to me to review, all views are my own.

Monday, 24 October 2016

PHB Ethical Beauty Rejuvenating Hand Cream with Jasmine & Galbanum - Review*

Vegan Society Approved & BUAV Cruelty Free

PHB is a pioneering British run family business dedicated to providing high quality and effective beauty products made using 100% naturally derived ingredients. Creating effective natural beauty products that don't cost the earth is their passion. PHB products are free from palm oil, animal ingredients, parabens, SLS, DEA, TEA, PEG, alcohol, phenoxyethanol, artificial perfumes / fragrance, petrochemicals, methylisothiazolinone, phthalates, colourants, silicone, mineral oils and propylene glycol. PHB products are also organic, vegan & halal and the ingredients purchased are from companies who do not test on animals and they don't sell any of their products in China.

This Rejuvenating Hand Cream with Jasmine & Galbanum is made with a creamy formula that hydrates and rejuvenates skin yet absorbs instantly leaving no greasiness or residue. This cream is made with high levels of gamma linoleic acid which help resist the effects of ageing, organic butters and botanical actives which relieve dryness, soften skin and increase suppleness and organic evening primrose which is rich in omegas 3,6 & 9 which help strengthen and repair skin. 

I'm always on the hunt for a hand cream that moisturises well and doesn't leave my hands feeling greasy after applying the product. I came across this PHB Ethical Beauty Rejuvenating Hand Cream on Love LuLa and was instantly intrigued as it's described as being a creamy formula that hydrates and rejuvenates skin yet absorbs instantly leaving no greasiness or residue. I've been using this cream for about a month now and it's probably the best hand cream I've come across so far, making it my current favourite! As the colder weather approaches me here, I've felt my skin getting less soft and more dry, especially when it comes to my hands. The one thing I really dislike about hand creams is that they can sometimes make your hands feel very oily even hours after applying the product. The main reason I love this PHB Ethical Beauty Hand Cream is because as soon as you've applied and rubbed it the product, it's already sunk into your skin and doesn't leave your hands feeling oily or sticky. Once I've run out of this product I'll definitely be repurchasing it again as my hands can't seem to live without it now!  

This product was sent to me to review, all views are my own.