Monday, 26 January 2015

Yes To Carrots Fragrance-Free Exfoliating Cleanser - Review*


Carrot is a nourishing vegetable did you know! 

I was very kindly sent this Carrots Fragrance-Free Exfoliating Cleanser from Yes To after reviewing another one of their products in a previous review. This dermatologist-tested scrub is perfect for normal-to-dry skin types who are looking for nourishment and a fragrance-free formula. A natural cleanser packed with organic carrots for a natural antioxidant to protect skin, shea butter for hydration, essential oils to nurture skin and ground bamboo to gently exfoliate your skin. All of the Yes To products are cruelty free,  99% natural, petroleum, SLS, and paraben free. And also almost of their products are suitable for vegans, yay!

I really enjoyed the light flowery scent (surprisingly not carrots!) of this exfoliating cleanser. It has a much better smell than their Grapefruit scented one which I really disliked! I also found that it left my skin feeling quite soft after I had used it in the shower. The only two things that I'm not a fan of is that I found it to be quite a thin cream and I found that that bamboo particles weren't large enough for my liking. In other reviews I've read that you can see the bamboo exfoliating particles, but I couldn't see any in mine and I found it to be quite gritty rather than exfoliating because of the smaller particles. I really prefer a creamy face scrub that gives me a deep scrub when it comes to face scrubs. So I'm half and half with this one!

Although this scrub is better than the previous one I tried I still won't be repurchasing this product again as I prefer a scrub that's more creamy that has larger exfoliating ingredients. 


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

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Bentley Organic Hand Sanitizer With Organic Lemon Oil - Review*




Sanitize those germs away!

The second product I chose to review this month kindly sent to me from MyPure.co.uk, was the Bentley Organic Hand Sanitizer with organic lemon oil! Bentley Organic was created out of a passion for soap making that has been in the Bentley family for five generations. They now have a range of different products such as shampoo to home care cleaning products and they're all made in England, which is great! This handy little bottle contains up to 125 applications per bottle, no need for water and towels. It's made with 90% organic ingredients and is gentle on you but tough on germs. Proven to kill 99.9% of germs, yet made with organic aloe vera this product is moisturising to your hands. It's also alcohol, paraben and fragrance free. And as of 17th November 2009 the Bentley Organic hand sanitiser is the only certified organic sanitiser which is approved by the UK government for killing the H1N1 strain of swine flu!

After awhile of searching for a cruelty free and vegan hand sanitizer I came across this on on MyPure.co.uk! At first I wasn't too sure about a foam hand sanitizer as I hadn't used one before and thought it would be a bit messy considering it was foam. When I first tried it out, my hands did feel a bit sticky afterwards, but this was for a short time only as my hands weren't sticky once it had fully dried on my hands after rubbing the foam in more. Some people may not like the idea of a sweet scented hand sanitizer but I really love them in comparison to the medical smell you can sometimes get from other hand gels. The smell is a light sweet smell of lemon which I really like as it smells fresh and clean. The bottle is a great size to take out with you when you're going to have restricted access to soap and water and is also great to keep in your bag at all times! I think I'll definitely consider buying this hand sanitizer again after I've run out as I really love the smell of it.



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

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

A'kin Lavender, Geranium & Jojoba Hand, Nail & Cuticle Creme - Review*



Keep those vegan hands soft and supple!
Australian Vegan Society.

I decided to choose the A'kin Hand, Nail & Cuticle Creme to be one of my reviewing products from MyPure.co.uk this month! This Lavender, Geranium & Jojoba Hand, Nail & Cuticle Creme is enriched with Vitamin B5, Vitamin E and Shea Butter to give you soft supple hands along with strong nails. The hand creme is a smooth and rapidly absorbing creme made with the healing vitamins E and B5, along with moisturising shea butter and jojoba oil, all of which nourish the cuticles and also leave your hands soft, supple and youthful looking. MyPure was the first UK store to sell A'kin way back in 2004, since then it has gone on to become one of the UK's favourite natural beauty brands! A'kin is made from the finest natural ingredients, chosen for their purity and skin friendly compatibility. A'kin does not contain: sulfates, ethoxylates, parabens, propylene glycol, petrochemical cleansers, silicones, phthalates, mineral oils, DEA and artificial colours. And all of A'kin products are ingredient-rich, vegan, and are made from certified organic ingredients where possible. They have also been formulated without animal ingredients or animal testing and A'kin products are certified vegan by the Australian Vegan Society.

Since my hands get quite dry during the Winter time, I've been trying out a few new vegan and cruelty free hand creams. I've really enjoyed using this hand creme by A'kin as it's left the skin on my hands feeling really really soft and it seems to keep my dryness at bay. I find the scent of this hand creme to have a subtle smell of the Lavender and a more knowing smell of the Geranium. I think the mixture of all three of the scents needs to be something that you know you like the smell of. I find that it's not my most favourite scent for a hand cream but I do find that it's growing on me and that it still works it's magic on my dry hands! After using this up I am interested in trying out their unscented version of this hand creme, as I love how soft my hands become after using it but I'm not such a fan of the scent.


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

Monday, 19 January 2015

Natracare Ultra Extra Long Pads, Ultra Extra Normal Pads & Intimate Wipes - Review*



Healthier by nature!

The lovely Madeline who works for Natracare, (a company who stands for more than just organic and natural products), kindly sent me these three products to review after reading a previous review I had written about a few of their products. Natracare is an award winning, ethical company committed to offering organic and natural solutions for personal health care that leave a soft footprint on the earth. All of their products are organic and they use natural materials that meet the highest organic, environmental and biodegradable standards. And because Natracare does not use any animal ingredients nor test on animals, all of their products are suitable for vegans!

I was sent two packets of Natracare pads to try out, the Long Ultra Extra Pads and the Normal Ultra Extra Pads. Like all Natracare products, the Ultra Extra Pads are totally chlorine free, free from plastics, all petroleum derivatives, GMOs, superabsorbents, perfumes and dyes. They're also 95% biodegradable and compostable which is amazing! The absorbent core of the pad is made from Forest Stewardship Council certified pulp and the cover that is next to your skin is certified organic 100% cotton. Natracare also offer a full range of absorbencies to choose from, the normal absorbency is suitable for medium flow and the long absorbency is suitable for heavy flow and for night time.

My favourite out of the two was the normal pads, these are a lot like the regular Ultra Pads which I wasn't too keen on but are a lot thicker and I found them more comfy to wear than the other ones. I found that they didn't bunch up like the regular pads had beforehand and because they were thicker I felt safer when using them. Using only plant-derived materials, a soft cushioned layer and a compressed absorbent core give you a double layer of protection to lock away moisture. Soft and gentle, certified organic cotton next to your skin lets you breathe and stay dry, helping to avoid the irritation and discomfort which can be experienced with conventional sanitary pads. I found that the long Ultra Extra Pads were a good thickness but far too long for me. I think they would be preferred by someone who has a heavy flow and who likes to wear a pad during the night.

Every year, billions of plastic laden pads and liners are disposed of by women. Most of these pads are made from over 90% crude oil plastic which goes on to pollute global environments forever. Generally, the plastic waste ends up in landfill sites and the oceans of the world forever causing visual pollution and damaging marine life and ultimately the food chain. GROSS!

By choosing Natracare, you are saying no to crude oil plastics.   

I was also sent a packet of the Organic Intimate Wipes, these soft cleansing wipes are designed for women to use as part of their daily intimate hygiene, especially during that time of the month. The individual wipes are of high quality and the solution ingredients are derived from natural, renewable and sustainable resources and are biodegradable and compostable. The wipes are soft and strong, certified organic, 100% cotton and are infused with the certified organic essential oils of chamomile, calendula and French rose as well as natural plant extracts, all of which will cleanse and refresh, leaving the skin softened. I found the smell of these lovely but I thought the scent was a little too full on for intimate wipes but they still did the job! The gentle formula used in the wet wipes is free from alcohol, detergents such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS and any of its close relatives), parabens, SHG and other types of toxic, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives.

Overall I will be repurchasing the Ultra Extra Pads in normal again as they're one of the best vegan and cruelty-free pads I have come across!


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

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Green People Fruit Scrub Exfoliator - Review*




Bring your skin back to life! 


This organic apricot, bergamot and mandarin face scrub is a highly effective yet gentle natural exfoliator for instant radiance. It removes dead skin cells and impurities for a glowing complexion. It also softens the skin and retains natural oils and is uplifting with a light citrus aroma. The scrub is alcohol-free and is also skin-balancing and is free from marine-damaging plastic microbeads. Green People donate 10% of net profit to charity and their products are not tested on animals and never contain: Sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate, parabens, lanolin, phthalates, propylene glycol, alcohol (ethyl alcohol, ethanol), harsh foaming agents, synthetic fragrances, irritating emulsifiers, PABA-sunscreen, petrochemicals, colourants, urea, DEA, TEA or PEG’S to bring you the purest products that nature can offer. 

A few months ago the lovely Amy who works for the Green People company kindly sent me their Fruit Scrub Exfoliator as I was very eager to try it out. I've already used up the one that they sent me and I'm now on to my second tube already which I recieved for Christmas! This is my kind of face scrub, light smelling, creamy with a good amount of exfoliating beads. The smell of this scrub reminds me a little of sun cream which I quite like as it's sweet and light and not overpowering at all. With this face scrub I feel like I'm getting a really good deep clean which I really like in a face scrub due to my blackheads and dry skin that can appear around my nose and cheeks, so this scrub is really great for both oily and dry skin. I also really love that this product is certificated vegan, organic and is also cruelty free. The only downside to this product is that I wish you could get a bigger tube for your money as I think that £12.95 for only a 50ml tube is quite a lot. And because of this I feel like I have to use as little as possible of the scrub each time I use it so that it doesn't run out quickly! Overall this scrub is the face scrub that I will most probably always go back to as I really enjoy using it and it smells great!


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

Alva Rhassoul Pimple Stick - Review*



Banish those blemishes!

The second product that I chose to try out for reviewing purposes from MyPure.co.uk this month was the Alva Rhassoul Pimple Stick. This vegan and cruelty free Rhassoul Pimple Stick by Alva combats bacteria that cause spots and blemishes, and helps to dry the spots out without dehydrating the surrounding skin tissue. Compact, easy to apply and ideal for travelling. The Rhassoul Pimple Stick is also suitable for treating insect bites and stings as the tea tree oil and manuka oil help prevent itching and promote wound healing.

I've been trying out this roll-on pimple stick for a while now and it seems to do the job that it's described to do so, (does what it says on the tin!). As the product contains tea tree oil the smell of this product is quite strong, due to this I've only been using small amounts of the oil at a time and have only being using it at night time before bed. I've noticed that the smaller amount of product that is used the less strong the smell has been. As described for what it should do my spots have correctly been dried out without drying the surrounding skin and have also been going down a lot quicker than usual when using the stick. This product is also a great product to take away with you on holiday or to put into your handbag for everyday use as it's such a small convenient travel sized bottle!

Overall I might repurchase this product again when I've run out of it due to it's fast calming spot work.

£8.20 for 5ml from MyPure

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