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Beauty Skincare

Eminence Organic Skincare.

The thing I like the most about organic beauty industry is that there is always a possibility of finding new and exciting brands almost on a daily basis. One of such brands for me is Eminence Organic Skincare. It actually isn’t a new brand as it was established in 1958 in Hungary, but it is a new discovery for me.

I first heard about it almost a year ago actually but in the midst of all the other things and brands, I just completely forgot about it, until recently when I finally decided to give it a go. Continue Reading

Beauty Hair

Natural Dry Shampoos Roundup.

I have a confession to make. I hate washing my hair. Don’t get me wrong, I do wash it. Quite frequently too, every 2-3 days or else I look like a grease ball. But I genuinely hate doing it. The time it takes and the fact that my hair is far from perfect means that I just can’t leave it to simply air dry. I try to stay away from a blow dryer, so velcro rollers are my hair’s best friends. Continue Reading

Beauty

Favourite Winter Candles.

Ahh, winter. I like you only when you’re frosty and white. This grey and rainy look really doesn’t suit you. No, but seriously, why can’t it be snowing? I don’t know about you but I just feel so lethargic and uninspired in this weather.
What I do like about it though is the fact that I can burn candles all day long if I want to and they give the warmest and cosiest feeling ever. If I can also curl up with a good cuppa and favourite book, then I’m the happiest person in the world. What can I say, I’m a simple girl like that.

Candles. I love hoarding candles. However, I always make sure to use at least one of them to the fullest before picking up a new one. What I love about natural candles is that their scent is always gentle and never overpowering or making you sick, like non-natural fragrances in commercial candles do. Today I’m sharing with you my favourite candles that are just perfect for this time of year.

1. Cowshed Knackered Cow Candle. This candle has been my favourite ever since I got it over a year ago. Cowshed candles have to be my favourite in general as their natural wax burns evenly and scents are lovely and very unique. The scent of this one is a blend of ….. essential oils. It’s so relaxing and soothing, like a blanket on a cold winter night.

2. Kiss Air Toasted Marshmallow Candle. I stumbled across this company I think almost 2 years ago on Twitter and I’ve been loving their candles ever since. All of their candles are soy wax based, infused with beautiful scents. This Toasted Marshmallow one is very sweet, but it’s not sickening at all. It fills your home with this delicious scent and makes you feel like it’s already Christmas. Additionally, £1 from the sale of this candle goes to Wood Green, the Animal Charity. How fantastic is that?
They also have a selection of Christmas scented candles so I might get one of them soon as well.

3. Kiss Air Cinnamon Candle. Another one from Kiss Air Candles because they have such wonderful scents. This one just screams winter and Christmas! It’s just a pure Cinnamon smell, so a sweet one as well, but at the same time very warming and relaxing one. I’m almost out of my second large tin so will definitely place an order soon for this one.

4. Shearer Candles Spice Candle. Shearer Candles is a very old candle company based in Scotland with a huge selection of candles. Unfortunately, not all of their candles are made with natural wax, but the one I picked is 100% natural wax. It smells incredible! It’s a very unique fragrance that is a mix of spices, along with some patchouli and cedar. I always find myself smelling it throughout the day even when it’s not being burnt. I also love how elegant it looks with a silver lid it comes with. It would make a perfect Christmas gift!

After all this writing about my favourite candles I guess I will go and light one of them now.

What are your favourite natural wax candles? I would love to try some new candles, so let me know in the comments!

                  Some of these products may have been sent to me for a review. See disclaimer.
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PureChimp Super Cleanser.

When it comes to buying new products recently, I have to admit that I’ve been really frugal. I just decided that I need to use up most of the things that I already had instead of constantly purchasing new products. I was also alarmed, when my basket with products I use on a regular basis started to look very cramped.
My basket is currently looking pretty good, unlike my bathroom cabinet. I have way too many facial cleansers and yet I still couldn’t resist buying another one. I think I might have a problem.

While browsing Love Lula website recently I stumbled across PureChimp brand in their Boutique section and although this brand caught my eye a while ago already, I’ve never had a chance to actually look into their products. 
PureChimp is a British brand created in 2013 and based in Cambridgeshire which most popular product seems to be their Matcha Green Tea, however they also have a small selection of natural skincare products. All of their products are vegan and handmade, and all of them contain banana extract which makes them smell like bananas. Yum!
Even though I wanted to basically try all of their products at once when I heard about them smelling like bananas, I went for their Super Cleanser which is like nothing I’ve tried before. Its ingredients’ list is quite short but with some really great stuff, like Almonds, Olive Oil, Clay, Marigold Petals, and Sea Buckthorn Oil. Also, it smells like banana bread. I mean, what’s not to love about it. I want to eat it every time I open the jar. When it comes to its consistency and texture it’s sort of like a balm cleanser but with little grains in it. You basically break a little piece of it, put it on your hand, add few drops of water (not to much), and mix it until it becomes a very thick milk/cream, then massage into skin and rinse with cold or lukewarm water. You end with a very soft and radiant skin. It’s brilliant because it doesn’t dry my skin out and also doesn’t leave any greasy residue. I find that with makeup I do need to use another cleanser afterwards to really get rid of all the foundation on my face. But overall I absolutely love it!
Also, as a side note, Almond Flour works like a natural and gentle exfoliator and in combination with other ingredients, you get a very gentle exfoliating and moisturising cleanser suitable for all skin types, including sensitive one.

I guess my other cleansers will have to wait until I finish this one as I really can’t imagine using any other cleanser right now.

Have you tried anything from PureChimp?

                 Some of these products may have been sent to me for a review. See disclaimer.

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Organic Beauty on a Budget #2

So it’s January. My least favourite month of the year. All I want to do is cocoon myself in a duvet and come out in March. There is just nothing to look forward to, the weather is dreary, and everyone is broke after all the Christmas shopping last month (I know I am).
The last thing you want to do is spend money on cosmetics (tempting, I know). This month I’m embracing budget buys. They won’t break the bank and will perform as great as their more expensive counterparts, or maybe even better than them.

First up, REN Clarimatte Toner (£12). This is my second bottle and I believe it’s the only toner that lasts me a long time (around 2-3 months), others tend to last a month. I think it’s due to the fact that it’s not a spray bottle so you really don’t waste any product. Onto the product itself, though. It’s acid toner, which contains Salicylic Acid (BHA), Glycolic Acid (AHA), Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, and Tartaric Acid. Even when you don’t use it every single day, it makes a huge difference especially for oily/combination skin that is prone to blemishes. I find that it’s really gentle on my slightly sensitive skin and it really helps drying out spots and those really annoying cysts that are just there, creeping under the surface. I tend to use it at night only but when I’m having a lot of blemishes, then I use it in the morning as well. 
Another budget product that I’m currently loving is Aubrey Green Tea Shampoo (£8.92). If you suffer from crazy oily hair like I do, you’re going to love this one. It clears my hair like nothing else and I usually use it as my first wash and then after that I apply my beloved Body Deli Shampoo (too expensive to use twice during once wash). At the same time it doesn’t make my hair or scalp feels dry since it doesn’t contain any nasties like SLS. It’s quite runny but it lathers well so it’s not an issue for me really. People with normal/dry hair should only use it when needed (once a week), not on a regular basis. I adore everything about it, including its price. 
No matter what season it is, I just can’t go without a body cream/lotion/butter. Otherwise my skin gets itchy and dry (even though I do drink enough water). As much as I love the Body Deli body butters they are so expensive that I use them only when my skin needs some extra TLC. On a daily basis I like to use something more affordable like Weleda Baby Lotion or my more recent find (currently almost empty) Deep Steep Brown Sugar Body Butter (£8.75). Apart from smelling absolutely divine, like a mix of brown sugar and vanilla, it’s a really nourishing and fast-absorbing body butter which leaves my skin soft and smelling gorgeous for hours. I also have shower gel from Brown Sugar range which is also brilliant. This body butter and shower gel are everything I need on cold January nights. 
I find that the most used product at my house has to be hand soap (due to all the cooking I do, I guess). For that reason alone I wouldn’t want to use any commercial soap with SLS, artificial fragrance and whole host of other toxic ingredients. At the same time it’s hard to find natural hand soap that is not too expensive and doesn’t leave my hands feel like pumice. Before Christmas I stumbled upon Bentley Organic Hand Soap (£4.50) and when I saw it’s budget friendly and has some nice ingredients I bought two: Cinnamon, Sweet Orange & Clove scent and Lavender scent. I really like both but I must say that I’m more fond of the Lavender one. Probably because I love anything with Lavender just like anything with coconut. What I like most about it though, is how nice it makes my hands feel. No matter how many times I wash my hands, they stay soft even when I forget to put gloves on when going outside. I tried a lot of natural and organic hand soaps and this is my favourite one. I will be definitely stocking up on it. 
Have you tried any of these?