Thursday, 31 July 2014

Aloe Dent Aloe Vera Mouthwash - Review

Aloe Dent is a line of revolutionary products for oral hygiene. With regular use, as part of a proper oral hygiene program, AloeDent offers valuable support in the fight against tooth caries and gum disease, in a natural way and leaving an incredibly fresh mouth. Aloe Dent Mouthwash offers natural oral hygienic protection for the whole family. It cleans, protects, and freshens breath with its blend of all-natural ingredients including peppermint oil, menthol, and tea tree essential oil. Use it daily after brushing, to cleanse the mouth and teeth after eating, or whenever you want to feel fresh. Its clean minty taste is all thanks to nature's powerful ingredients. There's no alcohol or saccharin in Aloe Dent.

This is the second cruelty-free vegan mouthwash I've tried on my journey so far. I went for this mouthwash as I thought the aloe vera ingredient wouldn't be as strong as the other minty mouthwashes I have tried. I was quite wrong though, I found it to be very strong and too minty for me and unfortunately I couldn't finish using it because of this. For the size of this bottle (250ml) I expect it would go very quickly when using it twice a day, so for this price, I would rather look elsewhere to suit my taste buds. I'm still yet to find the perfect mouthwash for me though... I'm very picky when it comes to mouthwash, I don't like it overly minty, overly strong, or overly anything really. Here's to still looking for my perfect cruelty-free vegan mouthwash!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Laidbare Pack Your Bags Tighten & Lighten Eye Cream - Review

Laidbare naturally-inspired beauty is an everyday collection of natural skin and body care products. Laidbare offers a healthy way to achieve clear, radiant, and youthful skin, without the high-end price tag. The Laidbare regime has been developed free from harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients, to ultimately keep your skin healthy and looking as young and fresh as possible! The Laidbare range is simple, yet delivers super active, multi-tasking results, saving time and money. Laidbare highlights the benefit of every ingredient, with each natural extract defined. Our natural formulas are highly beneficial for all skin types, whatever your age. Their products are also from Parabens, Petrochemicals, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrance, Synthetic Colours, and Glycols.

This eye cream is made from buckwheat wax and green tea. Buckwheat is an incredible ingredient and is known to help reduce puffiness and dark circles. The green tea aids moisture whilst the shea butter hydrates and the eyebright helps reduce the appearance of redness and brightens the skin.

At this stage of my life, I'm not prone to having heavy bags or overly dark circles under my eyes, so I use eye cream to prevent me from getting them in the future. I've been using this cream for a couple of months now, but I can't really say that I've noticed much difference due to not having any bags or dark circles under my eyes. However, I can say that the underneath of my eyes seem to look brighter, tighter, and are smoother than beforehand! The texture of the cream isn't heavy or greasy like others, so it soaks into your skin really quickly, taking only you seconds to apply. This product is a must-have in your skin routine if you're approaching your twenties or your mid-twenties. I really recommend this eye cream and I'll be buying it again!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Natracare's Organic & Natural Tampons & Pads - Review

Natracare is more than just organic and natural products. We are an award-winning, ethical company committed to offering sustainable solutions for personal health care that leaves only a soft footprint on the earth. Established in 1989, Natracare is a small family-run business based in the UK and today is the global leading brand of natural and organic menstrual and personal care products. All of our menstrual, incontinence, and baby care products use only organic and natural materials. Everything we use, do, and create is a commitment to the highest ethical standards whether focussed on organic principles or biodegradability. Our entire supply chain, from raw materials and processing, shares in our commitment to manage and monitor resources respectfully and ethically.

Before I 'fell in love' with my Mooncup, I purchased a few products from Natracare. Natracare creates wipes, tampons, pads, and liners in so many different sizes and shapes, which are all organic and natural. Their products contain no chlorine bleaches, no Rayon, they're perfume-free, plastic-free, over 90% biodegradable, and are also compostable when under the correct conditions, how cool is that! 

Regular Applicator Tampons
I found the regular applicator tampons comfortable and easy to use. The applicator is totally chlorine-free with biodegradable cardboard and the tampons are made from 100% organic cotton, as well as being free from synthetic materials, chemical additives, and bleach. I would prefer a thicker string on these tampons though, so I probably wouldn't use these on a heavier day. Unlike other branded tampons the packaging of these is really cute and girly! 

Mini Panty Liners
The mini panty liners are made with certified organic cotton and totally chlorine-free, plant cellulose, and are also plastic-free. These liners look and feel thick but are quite narrow in shape. I found that when using these liners they seemed to bunch up quite a bit and came apart easily, but saying that they were still quite absorbent. I'm thinking of giving the curved liners ago, to see if that helps with the shaping and bunching of the mini liners. These mini liners are also available in a normal range which comes individually wrapped, unlike the ones I bought. 

Ultra Regular Pads with Wings
And lastly the ultra regular pads with wings. These pads are individually wrapped and are made with certified organic cotton and renewable and sustainable plant cellulose. They're plastic-free and chlorine-free just like all of the other products. Even though I chose the regular size for these pads they seem to be very very thin! I think if I buy these again I'm going to go for the supersize with wings just for the extra padding. 

Overall my favourite product so far from Natracare has to be the regular applicator tampons!
I would also like to try out the organic baby wipes and the organic intimate wipes that Natracare also produces.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Naturally Fresh Lavender Roll-On Crystal Deodorant - Review

Naturally Fresh is a range of Crystal Deodorants suitable for people who are allergic or sensitive to conventional deodorants and are also great for people who want to avoid harmful Aluminium and chemicals. Naturally Fresh products are free from harmful chemicals and propellants, are environmentally friendly and ozone-safe. They provide 24-hour hypoallergenic protection, are fragrance-free and will not stain your clothes. 

A deodorant crystal roll-on combining all natural ingredients to eliminate odour causing bacteria while providing for 24 hours, non-staining, hypoallergenic protection. Chamomile is added to soothe and moisturise shaved underarms. Non-sticky, non-greasy and quick-drying, in fact, it feels like a luxurious skin lotion. The crystals work by forming a thin layer over the skin, creating a salt environment in which the bacteria cannot live. They, therefore, kill the odour, rather than masking it as conventional deodorants do. The 100% pure mineral salts act as an astringent which partially closes the pores whilst still allowing the excretion of toxins from the body.

I've been using this Lavender Crystal Deodorant, made by Naturally Fresh for a while now. At first, I thought I had found the perfect roll-on deodorant, that was until the hot weather and sun hit us here in the UK. When walking anywhere in the heat, whatever I was wearing would stick to my underarms from where it was so wet, so I've had to stop using it until I find another one. It's unfortunate that this deodorant makes me sweat so much as I really love the lavender smell it has and unlike others, it doesn't leave my underarms sticky! I think this is a good deodorant if you're not going to be doing any form of quick activities during your day. I'm still looking for my 'perfect' vegan and cruelty-free deodorant that will stop me from sweating, so if you have suggestions please drop me a comment below, thanks.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Lavera Basis Sensitive Organic Toothpaste Mint - Review

The core of Lavera’s philosophy can be found in its name: which literally means ‘the truth’, which is the founding principle of the company and the cosmetics they produce. Lavera is totally committed to bringing you the healthiest and safest, high-quality, pure natural, and organic products. They are proud to be certified organic by NATRUE and have over 100 products certified vegan by the Vegan Society. All Lavera products are free from animal testing. And the products do not contain Parabens, SLS’s, synthetic sunscreen actives, artificial dyes, or fragrances. Lavera is committed to making sure that you and your family are safe from potentially harmful ingredients by providing you with effective and chemical-free options with wholesome values.

Lavera Basis Sensitive Organic Toothpaste with mint and fluoride helps to effectively remove plaque and tartar, and fight against tooth decay by hardening the tooth enamel. The natural minty flavor keeps your breath fresh. The formula of the organic toothpaste contains sea salt which has been carefully selected to effectively clean the teeth. Plant extracts from organic echinacea and arnica protect the gums and oral flora. When used regularly, the mint toothpaste helps to restore the natural whiteness of your teeth.

I found the flavoring of this toothpaste to be minty but not overpowering. The only downside with this toothpaste is that it has tiny granules in it, and not everyone might like that. I didn't really like it at first but I got used to it and I tend to just rinse the bits away with my mouthwash. I feel this toothpaste gives my teeth a really good clean, also leaving my breath feeling fresh and minty. 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

How To Turn A LUSH Cosmetics Toner Tab into A Facial Spray

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

Could your skin use a little TLC? If so, then you should try this powerful yet gentle treatment of tea tree oil and aloe vera. The tea tree is known for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties and helps to combat the bacteria that causes spots. And aloe vera is kind, cooling, and wonderfully gentle on the skin. 

I've used the Tea Tree Toner Tab from LUSH Cosmetics many times before and I love it! I love the smell of it and I feel it really gives my pores a deep clean and it also leaves my skin feeling soft. This is one of the many products that are vegan and of course, cruelty-free. The other day I was looking on the LUSH Cosmetics website reading about the Tea Tree Toner Tab and I came across a great tip, so I thought I'd share it on my blog!

What You Need:
  1. One Tea Tree Toner Tab from LUSH (£1 /5g).
  2. Hot water (enough to gently steam your face).
  3. A bowl to fit your face over.
  4. A towel to drape over your head.
  5. And a spray bottle, so that you can reuse your product for a further week!
What To Do:
Drop the Tea Tree Toner Tab into a bowl of hot water (not too hot though, as you don't want to burn your face!). Then place your head over your bowl with the towel draped over your head, this will keep the steam inside the towel. You want to stay there for a few minutes, long enough to open up your pores and soak up the steam to allow the essential oils to be absorbed. After you have done this, gently pat your face dry and apply a facial moisturiser.

How To Make Your Product Last Longer:
All you have to do is wait until your bowl of water has cooled down, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle and place it into your fridge. Now you have a cheap facial mist/toner spray that will stay fresh for another whole week!

Friday, 11 July 2014

My Crazy Rumors Lip Balm Collection - Review

Crazy Rumors are wonderfully colourful and flavourful vegan lip balms from the USA with a BIG personality. Established over 15 years ago, the exceptional 100% natural lip care is still handmade in small batches for the purest and freshest balms. Clean, tasty and ethical, the balms include super moisturising delights like Certified Organic Shea Butter & soothing Jojoba oil. The mouth-watering flavours are sourced from fruits, vegetables and spices, no synthetic lab-created flavours in here, ever. Nature creates it all, and what’s better than that? There’s something for everyone: Mild to Wild, we’ve got you covered!

I've only just recently come across these lip balms and the more I checked them out the more I wanted to try them! I've only tried out a few lip balms from Crazy Rumors at the moment but I can't wait to try out more. I was drawn in by the fact that they were all vegan and cruelty-free. Also because of the cute bright packaging they had and the variety of different flavours they had available. The first flavour I purchased was the Raspberry Sherbet, I love the smell of this one! Although I did find it quite sickly when I had it applied to my lips. I then bought the Lemonade and Black Cherry flavours not long after. I wasn't too keen on the lemonade one as I found it quite citrusy, but my Mum seemed to like it so I happily gave it to her! I've saved my favourite flavour so far, until last. The Black Cherry flavour has a lovely rich and deep smell of cherries and it really reminds me of Cherry Coke / Dr Pepper, so if you like those, buy it now! I'm yet to try out the many other wonderful and unusual flavoured lip balms that Crazy Rumors have created so I'll be buying again.