Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Salt of the Earth Pure Aura Lavender & Vanilla Natural Deodorant Spray - Review*

Unlike traditional antiperspirants, which block the skin’s pores and impede the body’s natural sweat production process, Salt of the Earth won’t block your pores, instead, it works by leaving a thin layer of natural mineral salts on your skin, which inhibits the growth of odour-causing bacteria. Comprising 100% natural ingredients, including natural botanical extracts and oils, mineral salts and organic Aloe Vera, Salt of the Earth is kind to skin, allowing your body to function naturally while protecting you from body-odour. What’s more, Salt of the Earth deodorants are kind on clothing and won’t leave any embarrassing white marks!

Fragranced with a fusion of over fifteen natural botanical extracts and oils, our multi award-winning Pure Aura: Lavender & Vanilla Natural Deodorant Spray must be sniffed to be believed! With a sweet lavender and vanilla scent, Pure Aura: Lavender & Vanilla offers long-lasting, effective protection from body odour and is made from 100% natural ingredients, including soothing aloe vera and antibacterial honeysuckle.

• Fresh Natural Fragrance • Long Lasting Protection • No White Marks • 100% Natural Ingredients • Vegetarian & Vegan Society Approved • Not Tested On Animals • Contains Organic Skin Soothing Aloe Vera •

I was kindly sent the Salt of the Earth Pure Aura Lavender & Vanilla Natural Deodorant spray from Crystal Spring. It has a soft, sweet smelling scent of lavender and vanilla which isn't too strong or overpowering. The spray is a non-sticky liquid and when sprayed over your armpits you're left with a thin layer of product to protect you throughout the day. I have noticed that it does stop me from smelling but it does make me sweat a lot more, especially when I'm at work or exercising. The only good thing that I like about this deodorant is that it doesn't leave white or yellow marks on your clothes. The product itself is said to be great for sensitive underarms and also younger skin as it contains no harsh chemicals like most unnatural deodorants do!

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

Sunday, 24 May 2015

LUSH Cosmetics Ocean Salt Self-Preserving Alcohol Free Face & Body Scrub - Review

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!

Limes steeped in glycerine, grapefruit and lashings of salt go into this invigorating face and body scrub - now in a self-preserving formula. The salty, citrus fragrance is refreshing on the skin and mind, like diving into the cool blue ocean. Sea salt is rich in minerals and excellent for scrubbing and buffing skin. We also added rich, silky avocado butter, coconut oil and seaweed absolute to keep your skin soft, smooth and conditioned. But why choose self-preserving? This formula contains only natural preservatives to keep itself clean and safe to use. Salt, as well as being a kick-ass cleanser and exfoliator, is an age-old preservative and prevents bacteria from growing and reproducing if used in high enough concentrations. What’s more, this exotic scrub is vegan, thanks to the silken tofu and Japan wax that help bind the mixture together. The added butters and oils in this self-preserving formula help to make it feel a tad more delicate on the skin than its preserved counterpart.

Did you know that there are four different types of this scrub... there's the original Ocean Salt which isn't suitable for vegans as it contains lanolin (yuck!), there's a self-preserving one which has alcohol in it, one that isn't self-preserving or vegan but is alcohol free and this one, which is vegan, alcohol free and self-preserving! I've been using this scrub on my face for a few weeks now and I think it's safe to say that I've finally found a facial scrub that I like. My favourite aspects of the scrub are that it's thick, great smelling and that it's great for exfoliation due to the salt. I love the fresh citrus scent of the scrub as it leaves my face feeling wide awake. I also feel that my skin doesn't dry out afterwards and my skin is left feeling quite soft and shine free. The best (and very vegan) thing about this product is that it contains silken tofu!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Cottons Applicator Regular Tampons & Regular Flow Ultra Thin Pads With Wings - Revie

Cottons are 100% natural cotton tampons and 100% Natural Cotton Coversheet Sanitary Towels. Fragrance, Bleach and Rayon free.

Cottons Applicator Regular Tampons

Cottons tampons give you the protection you can count on. They are just as effective as other brands, but unlike most other brands (which are mostly made from synthetic materials like rayon, polypropylene and polyethene), Cottons are only made from 100% natural cotton. Cottons tampons are also hypo-allergenic and biodegradable. This sized tampon is suitable for a medium flow of approximately 6-9g of absorbency.

When I got my tampons out of their box I realised that they looked exactly the same as another brand I had come across! The only difference between the other brand and Cottons is that Cottons tampons are made with organic cotton and the other branded tampons are not. I found these tampons comfortable to use and I didn't have any problems with them regarding leaks or product quality.

 Regular Flow Ultra Thin Pads With Wings

Cottons Ultra Thin Pads are highly effective and discreet, but unlike other pad brands Cottons also have a unique 100% cotton coversheet, which makes them very comfortable and hypo-allergenic. These sized pads are suitable for a medium flow and are made from 100% fragrance-free natural first-grade cotton.

These pads are one of the brands that I've enjoyed using. I find the shape of them to be comfortable and they fit really well. I've read that some people found the glue on these pads was causing the pads to not stick very well, but I found that they lasted well for over two hours! My only problem was that the pad seemed to bunch up in the middle after some time and I think this is due to them being a little wider than other branded pads.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Lovea Natural Monoi & Coconut Tanning Oil (No SPF) & Natural Sunscreen Spray (SPF 30) - Review*

Lovea Nature beauty care products use nature’s riches to keep you beautiful, the ingredients are selected with infinite care to guarantee maximum delight.

I decided to choose these two Lovea products from MyPure to review this month as the sun was starting to come out and I needed new vegan and cruelty-free sun protection and tanning oil!

Lovea Natural Sunscreen Spray (SPF 30)

Lovea sunscreens are certified organic and come with HIGH UVA/UVB ratings. They exceed the toughest E.U rules on SPF protection and they're also made from natural ingredients which help protect your skin. This SPF 30 cream is lightly scented with natural essential oils and provides HIGH UVA & UVB protection. The formula is water resistant, non-greasy and applies without white traces. Lovea is coral safe and contains natural mineral sun blocks combined with certified organic, bio-degradable plant extracts.

I've really enjoyed using this sunscreen (when the suns actually been out!) and it's a great sized product that you can keep in your bag at all times. Like most sunscreens you get that 'smell', the coconut smell is a personal favourite of mine. This isn't like your usual sunscreen smell though, as it smells like sweet flowers, which is just as nice and a little bit different from the usual scent. Lovea claims that this sunscreen of theirs is water resistant, non-greasy and applies without traces and I agree with all of these statements. I think this has to be the nicest sunscreen I've applied so far, it's really smooth, it doesn't leave white marks and it actually leaves your skin feeling really soft. My only problem would be that I personally find it quite expensive and it wouldn't necessarily last you a weeks holiday in the sun when applying every day. 

Lovea Natural Monoi & Coconut Tanning Oil (No SPF)

This Tahitian Monoi Oil formula hydrate nourishes and smoothes your skin whilst helping you develop an ultra-fast tan. The oil has a double use as it can also be used as a hair mask for dry and damaged hair, giving your hair an intense brilliance and making it feel ultra-soft to the touch. Please be warned that this product does not offer any UVA or UVB protection. It may be used for short periods of exposure to the sun on the skin that is already tanned, as it does not contain a sunblock.

I've always been a fan of tanning when on holiday and I've always liked a good tanning oil to help me along the way. Like other tanning oils, I find this one to be different as it contains pieces of Tiare flower and it smells like flowers instead of your usual coconut scent! The light scent of flowers pleasantly lingers on your skin afterwards for quite some time, which is really nice. I also find that it doesn't leave your skin feeling overly greasy and it leaves you with very soft skin!

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

*This article originally appeared on Aedition.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Crazy Rumors Lip Balm in Mint Chocolate - 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!

This Crazy Rumors Mint Chocolate flavoured lip balm is made with certified organic shea butter which is pressed from the pit of the karit fruit grown on the shea tree. These pits are collected, dried in the sun and then roasted. The result is a soft and creamy butter with amazing healing properties. Shea Butter contains nutrients such as vitamins A and E and is known to contain a natural UV protectant against the sun. Daily usage of Shea Butter limits the harmful effects of sun exposure while keeping skin soft and supple.

As soon as I opened this lip balm up I was welcomed with the smell of mint chocolate. When I covered my lips with the balm I found that it made my lips tingle nicely, I thought this must be because of the mint. The lip balm leaves my lips feeling soft and smooth and never sticky. I really recommend this flavoured lip balm if you're a fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream.