Sunday, 15 June 2014

Sarakan Mouthwash & Sarakan Toothpaste - Review

First time at trying a vegan mouthwash.

Free of Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. Flavoured with geranium oil, an unusual taste that leaves your mouth sweet and fresh. Sarakan is carefully formulated using high-quality natural ingredients to maximise effective teeth cleaning. Sarakan includes the natural extract of the shrub Salvadora persica, sometimes known as the "toothbrush tree." For centuries, Salvadora in its natural state, like twigs, has been rubbed on teeth and gums for dental care. It is still used by millions every day. Regular brushing with Sarakan may help restore the natural colour of your teeth leaving them feeling exceptionally clean and smooth and your mouth naturally fresh.

Sarakan toothpaste contains natural extract of Salvadora persica, also known as the 'toothbrush tree' - used for centuries in its natural state as an effective way to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy. It's still used by millions every day. Regular brushing with Sarakan toothpaste helps to restore the natural colour of your teeth, leaving them feeling exceptionally clean and smooth and your mouth naturally fresh. 

 For me personally, I found that the flavour of the toothpaste was quite strong for me which put me off of the toothpaste straight away. Although I did feel like it gave my teeth a good and fresh clean, despite the flavouring! Unfortunately, I won't be buying this toothpaste again due to not liking the strong flavours.

Sarakan anti-plaque mouthwash contains natural extract of Salvadora persica - the toothbrush tree - to help fight plaque and tartar and to promote and maintain gum health. Rinsing with Sarakan mouthwash helps reduce plaque formation to keep your mouth feeling fresh and clean and your gums healthy.

I've been using this mouthwash for a while now. I find the taste of it to be quite strong but I feel that it gives my teeth a good clean and fresh feeling. It also leaves my breath feeling fresh for a good length of time. I don't think I'll be buying this mouthwash again as I'm not very keen on the taste that it leaves in my mouth afterwards. 


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

LUSH Cosmetics Rose Jam Shower Gel - Review



Life is Rosy.


LUSH Cosmetics are highly against animal testing and use only ethical ingredients. All of their products are handmade and are 100% vegetarian-friendly, not all are vegan-friendly, so make sure you look out for the Vegan Society Approved stamp!

Turkish rose absolute and conditioning argan oil dances their dizzyingly floral fragrance over the skin, leaving a gentle, lingering perfume behind. The petals used to make exquisite rose oil and rose absolute are picked by hand at dawn, in Senir, Turkey, when they are at their most fragrant and have the most beautiful scent. Sweet vanilla pod infusion, combined with cleansing Sicilian lemon oil and fresh goji berry juice, add a refreshing edge to this floral gel, inspired by sticky, delicious Turkish rose jam. So lather up and smell the roses!

This shower gel is made up of a bunch of gorgeous smelling ingredients which include, Turkish rose absolute, Geranium oil and Sicilian lemon which I absolutely adore. These scents mixing all together will leave your nose wanting more! You only need a little squeeze of this shower gel as it lathers up really well, a little does go a long way. Even after I've showered with this I can still smell the scent lingering around the bathroom which is wonderful. And unlike most products from LUSH Cosmetics, this shower gel has quite a long lifeline date of just over a year, which is great if you want this product to last like me!

Monday, 9 June 2014

My First Time Using The Mooncup Menstrual Cup - Review

My first time using the Mooncup.


The Mooncup is a reusable menstrual cup that will last you years and years. It's made of soft medical grade silicone and sits a lot lower than a usual tampon. While a tampon absorbs your period (and everything else), the Mooncup just collects it and nothing else. The Mooncup is also said to collect three times as much than a tampon does! And because the Mooncup is reusable, you only need one of them, so whilst you're saving money, you're also saving the environment.


There are two sizes of the Mooncup, so make sure you're getting the right size for you. Size A is recommended for women aged 30 or over, it's also recommended for women who have given birth vaginally, regardless of age. And size B is recommended for women under the age of 30 who have not given birth vaginally.

The cup has a long stem at the bottom to make it easier for removal. If the stem sticks out you should trim it, as this will rub and have a pinching effect which isn't very comfortable at all! But this is different for every woman, so I definitely recommend using your Mooncup a few times before you cut the stem so you can get used to it.

 
It comes with a little bag to keep it safe in when it's not in use. And you also get a really detailed leaflet about a lot of things, including insertion and removal. I won't go into too much detail about insertion and removal as it's quite personal to me and it may be different for you. It's all about finding out what's best for you! But I personally prefer the technique of folding the cup in half and then again a second time, making a 'U' shape. And for removal, I prefer pulling the stem and pushing my muscles downwards to remove it. Insertion and removal are done with practice, and practice makes perfect!


As worried as I was about cleaning it, it's actually nothing to be scared or worried about. A simple take out and tip down the toilet and then a rinse under tap worked fine for me! Now and again it is recommended that you do boil your Mooncup just to give it a more thorough clean. I haven't got round to using my Mooncup out and about for a few hours in public yet, but I'm sure it'll be fine. I did, however, use it for around 8 hours straight whilst I was asleep, (I did have a leak but realised I didn't have the cup inserted properly) and for around 4 hours at a time when just at home.

I've personally found the Mooncup a pleasure and exciting product to try. It was a lot better than I had expected and not as messy as I worried it might have been! Whilst still using tampons and pads as well as my Mooncup, halfway through my period I was really surprised at how little waste I had collected from also using the Mooncup. I will most definitely be using my Mooncup again and I can't wait!

If you feel that you need any more information about the Mooncup please visit their website here.


Edit (05/2015)- I've used my Mooncup a few times out and about now and it's been great. I haven't had any more leaks since my first one and I don't think I'll ever look back at not using my Mooncup!

Monday, 2 June 2014

SpaRitual Fluent Extra Strength Conditioning Nail Colour Remover - Review

 The nail colour remover that smells good enough to eat.



Dedicated to the spa tradition, SpaRitual is committed to creating eco-friendly products and packaging perfectly crafted for the enlightened consumer. We use Vegan ingredients from around the world, including many specially sourced and selected plant essences that are wildcrafted or organic. The formulations are naturally coloured and free of synthetic dyes. SpaRitual is constantly monitoring sustainability issues and strives to be on the cutting edge of environmental awareness. 

This extra strength nail polish remover features a unique blend of Italian Red Mandarin Essential Oil and a special complex of non-drying sugar derived solvents to quickly remove nail polish while delivering conditioning moisture to nails. Free from Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, synthetic dyes, PEGS and parabens. 


This product smells like any other nail varnish remover. But after you've taken off your nail varnish you're left with a lovely mandarin orange smell upon your nails, unlike the usual horrible toxic smell that you get. I love that you don't need to use a lot of this product as it removes nail varnish really easily, even dark colours! There isn't anything I dislike about this remover, it does its job very well and it smells lovely. And because you don't need to use a lot of this product it should last you quite a long time.  I will definitely be buying this nail varnish remover again when I run out of it!