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Beauty Favourites 2015: Lips

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In my review last year I mentioned the Essence Long Lasting Lipsticks, which I still love. They are great products for everyday, easily applied, good colour selection and all of that for a small price tag. I wouldn’t say that they are actually long lasting, but that aside I love them and carry them around in my handbag all the time. I’ve recently purchased a new one from their Nude range called Come Naturally. I should probably work on the post I’ve promised last year already. ūüėČ

I am also still loving Catrice’s lip polishes that unfortunately left their range and I have no idea why. If you know of any similar products, please let me know in the comments. Another staple is Illamasqua‘s matte lipstick in Shard, it just wears really well and I love the dark red colour.

I am new to LA Splash Cosmetics, but couldn’t help but follow the hype around their liquid lipsticks, particularly Ghoulish. Though it is quite drying after a while, I really like wearing it as it doesn’t need to be touched up all the time. If I learned anything this year about lipsticks then it is that I don’t want to worry about the colour on my lips all the time. I like products (or a combination of products) that allows me just that: Look good without thinking about it. I’ve just recently ordered two more of their Dia de los muertos collection that I should be showing you soon.

I’ve got two Gosh lip liners now and I think they are great quality and definitely worth a try if you come across them in the drugstore. This year I bought Nougat Crisp, a lovely brownish colour that suits the lipstick Nougat by Gosh perfectly.

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Beauty Favourites 2015: Nails

I think I certainly established this year my two favourite nail polish brands, which are Illamasqua and Zoya. Personally I prefer Zoya in terms of ingredients as they are 5-Free and according to my knowledge one of the least harmful ones out there. Besides that they come in a huge range of finishes and colours. I like Illamasqua because they tend to have some really unique colours that I don’t find anywhere else.

If you are looking for a natural remover, I highly recommend you try Fresh Therapies Natural Nail Polish Remover, a remover that not only smells nice and contains safe ingredients, but also dries out my nails a lot less than your standard nail polish remover.

What are your favourite nail polish products this year?

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  • Fresh therapies ‚ÄstNatural Nail Polish Remover¬†(¬£8.99/50ml)¬†crueltyfree_25x25.png¬†Vegan¬†Organic/Natural¬†Sustainable
  • Illamasqua – Hemlock¬†(¬£14.50/15ml)¬†crueltyfree_25x25.png¬†Vegan
  • Illamasqua –¬†Melange¬†¬†(¬£14.50/15ml)¬†crueltyfree_25x25.png¬†Vegan
  • Illamasqua – Raindrops¬†¬†(¬£14.50/15ml)¬†crueltyfree_25x25.png¬†Vegan
  • Zoya – Adel¬†(¬£10.50/15ml)¬†crueltyfree_25x25.png¬†Vegan
  • Zoya –¬†Satin Brittany¬†(¬£10.50/15ml)¬†crueltyfree_25x25.png¬†Vegan
  • Zoya – Matte Savita¬†(¬£10.50/15ml)¬†crueltyfree_25x25.png¬†Vegan

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Skincare Favourites 2015

Like last year I’ve been testing a lot of new skincare brands and products. In this post I will highlight some old favourites and new found loves.

For ages now I have been using Lush’s 9 To 5 Cleansing Lotion¬†to remove my makeup and I can still say that I love it. I’ve recently bought an Alverde product for a change, but I already know that once it is used up, I will go back to my long time staple 9 to 5.¬†I am also still using my Purechimp – Body Cream¬†for dry areas on my body, like my chins or feet. By the way, they’ve recently also added a shampoo bar to their line.

I found an amazing day cream this year, namely the¬†Radiance Day Cream¬†by Urban Veda. I first got a sample, which made me buy the full size. I love everything about it, the scent, the consistency, the way it moisturises my skin without making it greasy… I could go on, but instead I highly recommend you to try one of their¬†products yourself.

A brand that I’ve known for a long time but only discovered for myself this year is Benecos. Two of my favourite products I’ve tried from them are¬†the Natural Melissa Shower Gel¬†and their¬†Apricot & Elderflower Natural Hand Cream. I like their affordable prices and good ingredients. Further, I am very picky when it comes to scented products, but everything by Benecos so far worked really well¬†for me.

Another great bargain this year comes from¬†Boots and is¬†their¬†Boots Botanics – All Bright Hand Cream. The Boots Botanics line has some gems along them, the hand cream being one of them. I am currently also using their¬†Rosewater Toning Spritz, which is a great product, yet I preferred Lush’s¬†Eau Roma Water¬†for my skin type.

If you are looking for a drugstore body lotion I can recommend the¬†Original Source¬†‚ÄstSkin¬†Quench Body Lotion: Peach & Apricot Oil¬†which is not too expensive and a great moisturiser. If I don’t get the chance to order a lotion online in advance, this skin quench is my go-to. If I do order,¬†Sante’s Bodylotion Goji Power¬†is also a very affordable option and a product I will happily buy again.

2015 is also the year when¬†I discovered deodorant creams for myself. I’ve heard so much about them that I wanted to see what all the hype is about. I¬†bought Schmidt’s¬†Deodorant in Cedarwood + Juniper, which I really enjoyed. Just recently I purchased a sample of the Natural Deo Company ‘s¬†Clean Deodorant Balm¬†and it works¬†great. There are some more alternatives to be tried in 2016 and I am looking forward to it.

I’ve recently re-purchased an old favourite of mine by Alverde: their Cellulite Serum Gel. It states ‘new’ on the packaging, but I used to buy this years ago and was gutted when they didn’t stock it anymore. In the meantime they had a body oil for the same purpose, but I never liked it. The gel smells amazing and I just love the consistency, slightly sticky after being applied, very moisturising and cooling on the skin. Now, it is up to you if you believe anti-cellulite products actually work, but I simply enjoy using this gel, no matter what.

Overall, a good year for my skincare routine. I’ve found some great products that will stay in my routine and that I can switch in between, depending on my mood and needs.

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IN and OUT – Night cream #02

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OUT: alverde РZellaktiv Nachtpflege Blauer Hibiskus (£5.95/50ml)

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5stars

What alverde says:

The recipe with the active formula stimulates cell metabolism and promotes the vitality of skin cells. The DNA is secured¬†and plant peptides help to strengthen the skin and protect¬†against harmful environmental influences such as UV-induced skin aging, oxidative stress and free radicals. Valuable anti-aging ingredients reduce the incidence and intensity of wrinkles¬†‚Äď for a more youthful complexion. The formula contained in the Day Moist¬ģ increases the concentration of natural moisture in¬†the skin and acts as a moisturizer with instant¬†effect. Organic flavonoids provide a fresh, vital appearance.

What I say:

I really liked this product, it did all I wanted from it: It moisturised my skin over night and as I really liked the scent I found it very soothing to apply before going to bed. Although the cream feels very thick while¬†applying and also is very rich, it doesn’t make my face shiny. Not that it would be a big deal over night, but still I prefer the feeling of nourished skin without feeling greasy.¬†If you are looking for an affordable night cream in the drug store, I highly recommend you have a look at alverde’s hibiscus cream.

Other reviews:

Ingredients [Codecheck]:
Aqua, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Alcohol*, Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil*, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Beta Vulgaris Root Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Hibiscus Syriacus Callus Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil*, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Levulinate, Tocopherol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Dextrin, Maltodextrin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Levulinic Acid, Phytic Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Parfum**

IN: Weleda РWhite Mallow Face Cream (£9.95/50ml)

What Weleda says:

With carefully selected natural ingredients, this soothing face cream provides moisture and relieves itching. The precious extracts of organic White Mallow and pansy soothe skin prone to irritation. Organic coconut oil and organic sesame oil provide intensive care. Also suitable for sensitive adult skin.

Our fragrance free White Mallow Face Cream has shown in tests to:

  • Calm the skin
  • Provides intensive moisture
  • Relieves itching
  • Strengthens the skin’s protective function
  • Protects against harmful environmental influences

What I say:

First of all, I didn’t notice that this is actually a skincare range by Weleda for babies. ūüôā However, as you see above, even in their description it says it is suitable for adult skin as well, so all good. I thought I try this product during winter as it sounds very moisturising and I tend to get really dry skin in the winter month.¬†So far I can say that it definitely delivers on this aspect. What I am not overly keen on is the scent of the product. I am still trying to figure out what it reminds me of, in any case I am not a fan. Luckily, the smell doesn’t linger on the skin once applied, so I can still use the cream.

Ingredients [Codecheck]:
Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Althaea Officinalis (White Mallow) Root Extract, Viola Tricolor (Pansy) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate.

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IN AND OUT ‚Äď BODYLOTION #08

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OUT: Benecos –¬†Body Cream love your skin Bodylotion (¬£4.95/150ml)

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5stars

What Benecos says:

benecos natural Body Cream love your skin provides your skin with rich moisture and silky smooth texture, gently caring for your skin with organic ingredients of calendula, wild rose, linden flower and burdock.

benecos Natural Body Cream will:

  • Hydrate your skin
  • Soft smooth skin
  • Delicately fragrance your skin
  • Nicely absorbs into your skin

What I say:

I like the texture of Benecos body cream and agree that it is easy to apply and absorbs quickly. The scent was refreshing but not overpowering. As far as I know this product has now been replaced by a new range of Benecos body lotions and I could certainly imagine trying the new lotions they offer. So far I have tried a couple of different Benecos products and have not been let down. They offer great quality for a reasonable price.

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Aqua, Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glycerin, Urtica Dioica Root Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Arctium Lappa Fruit Extract*, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract*, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract*, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract*, Hypericum Perforatum Flower Extract*, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Glycerin*, Gluconolactone, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Tocopherol, Potassiuim Hydroxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid, Parfum**, Limonene**, Linalool***aus kontrolliert biologischem Anbau **nat√ľrliche Parfumkomposition

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IN: eos¬†–¬†Refresh Hand & Body Lotion (¬£10.50/354ml)

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What eos says:

Eos Refresh Hand & Body Lotion is a cool, hydrating lift for dry skin. Revive your skin and your senses with the refreshing scent of natural cucumber extract, and the fast-acting moisturisers found in this natural, non-greasy hand and body lotion..

Perfect for normal to dry skin. Eos combined a blend of skin-conditioning oils with cucumber and moisturising shea butter to awaken and energise your beautiful skin anytime, anywhere. They even added oat extract, antioxidants and vitamins C and E to instantly enrich and hydrate your skin, and make it feel soft and replenished long after you apply it.

Benefits:

  • For normal to dry skin types.
  • 90% natural.
  • Paraben-free.
  • Phthalate-free.
  • Lanolin-free.
  • Dye-free.
  • Dermatologist tested.
  • Hypoallergenic.

What I say:

First of all, I do like the packaging, it’s quite handy. Second of all, I don’t like the melon smell it has. I’ve read that others compared it to cucumber as well, but I haven’t noticed that at all. If you read this blog for a while you will know that I am just not the biggest fan of very sweet scents. Other than that the lotion is good, it sinks in quickly and still feels moisturising enough for my dry skin.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Water (Eau), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cocoglycerides, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum), Carbomer, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisotiazolinone, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, BHT.

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IN and OUT – Hand cream #03

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OUT: Boots Botanics РAll Bright Hand Cream (£1.93/75ml)

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4stars

What Boots says:

This fast absorbing hand cream instantly hydrates dry skin. Moisturising for 48 hours, the light non-greasy formula absorbs quickly to reveal noticeably softer skin.

Active plant extract, Hibiscus contains natural AHAs which mildly exfoliate to help leave skin smoother and brighter.

Our beauty scientists have worked with the world experts in plants science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (England), to bring you beautiful plant powered skin care that’s proven to work.

Because this product contains alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) which may increase your skins sensitivity to the sun, we recommend using a sun protection and limit sun exposure during and for a week after use of this product.

What I say:

I believe this product is cruelty-free. I am not sure if the whole range is, as some of the products did not include the statement¬†‘people tested’ on their packaging. I found the following statement online:

Boots Botanics does not use parabens, mineral oils, and have replaced man- made chemicals with natural ingredients as much as possible. This brand is also cruelty free. (Hello Dollface, 2013)

The cream sinks in really quickly and has a lovely smell to it, which reminds me of my beloved Urban Veda Radiance Day Cream. I definitely liked this hand cream and would re-purchase it again. I think it suits very well into the summer time when you want something more lightweight. For the winter month I will look for something thicker and extremely moisturising as I get really dry skin.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Aqua, Glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl glucoside, Olea europaea fruit oil, Hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract, Butyrospermum parkii butter, Prunus amygdalus dulcis oil, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Potassium cetyl phosphate, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Caprylyl glycol, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Dipropylene glycol, Potassium hydroxide, Tocopheryl acetate, Sodium hyaluronate, Ascorbyl glucoside, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid

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IN: Benecos РApricot & Elderflower Natural Hand Cream (£1.49/75ml)

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What Benecos says:

The fast absorbing formulations contained in the benecos Natural HAND CREAMS care for the hands, making them soft to the touch. The hand creams are vegan, BDIH certified and contain the benecos organic blend of seven selected plant extracts from organic farming. With natural Alpine spring water.

The natural care of the benecos Apricot & Elderflower Hand Cream, with selected ingredients such as apricot kernel oil and elderflower extract, makes your hands silky smooth. The formulation also contains valuable dandelion extract and sunflower oil for a smooth and supple skin feeling.

What I say:

I love, love, love the smell of this cream! ūüôā It is a bit more nourishing than the Botanics one, which is great for the colder month of the year. So far, I have no complaints and really enjoy using the hand cream.

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Aqua, Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil*, Pyrus Malus Juice*, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Taraxacum Officinale Root Extract , Glycerin, Sodium Benzoate¬į, Parfum**, Potassium Sorbate¬į, Citric Acid, Glycerin*, Arctium Lappa Fruit Extract*, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract*, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract*, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract*, Hypericum Perforatum Flower Extract*, Urtica Dioica Root Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Sodium Citrate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil*, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract*, Tocopherol, Sunflower Seed Oil Sorbitol Esters, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Limonene**

¬į preserved with
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** natural fragrance

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Zoya – Nail Polish Swatches


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Zoya Nailpolish (£10.50/14ml)

About Zoya:

Art of Beauty was founded in 1986 by Zoya and Michael Reyzis. They had a shared vision, which evolved from a small nail salon into a spa focusing on natural nails, skin care and alternative European herbal treatments.¬†(…)

Zoya, originally a classical pianist in Russia, earned her Cosmetology license in 1979 when she and her husband Michael immigrated to the United States. While pianist jobs were limited, the world of cosmetology offered a new profession and a means by which to build a new career. Through Zoya‚Äôs hard work, and a demand for quality and healthy, natural ingredients for her clients, it became evident that there was a need for the perfect products. Responding to his wife‚Äôs requests. Michael, an advanced chemist, developed and patented unique products such as anti-wrinkle treatments and shampoo and conditioning treatments for the salon & spa. He also created the first working fast drying topcoat and the longest wearing, toxin free natural nail polish, revolutionizing the nail industry. (…)

What I say:

First of all, Zoya has the least toxic nail polishes that I came across so far. They are not only 5-free, vegan and crueltyfree, but from looking at the ingredients on Codecheck they are the least harmful.

I have five of their nail polishes myself and really love most of them. Zoya has an incredible range of colours and finishes and as you can see I have tried different ones from their normal, matte, satin and pixie dust range.

  • Pixie Dust Carter:¬†royal purple with a strong magenta sparkling, matte and textured finish.
  • Satin Brittany:¬† rose mauve cream in the exclusive Satin (hybrid between matte and glossy) finish.
  • Matte Velvet Posh:¬†Matte Ruby Red Shimmer.
  • Cheri:¬†Rich rose-mauve with warm red undertones and strong golden shimmer.
  • Pippa:¬†ultra-bright, sunny and cheerful medium lemon yellow creme (works well with Neon hues) with a cream finish.

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I love all of the above nail polishes besides Pippa. In comparison to the others, the formula seems to be on the thicker side and I just couldn’t get an even finish with it. That being said, I am a big fan of the matte and satin finish, both of them look really elegant and the formula allows for strike free application. Most nail polishes don’t last on my nails very long without chipping, so I’d say the above usually make three days, which for me is pretty good. Pixie Dust is more of a sand style formula, it has the most beautiful shimmer to it though and lasts a bit better on me than the others. This is why I am generally a fan of sand style nail polish.

Did you try Zoya nail polishes yet? Which one is your favourite?

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

[Carter, Posh] Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sterikonium Hectolite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrane / Acrylates Copolymer.

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IN and OUT – Shower gel #04

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OUT –¬†Born to Bio –¬†Organic¬†Black & White Energy Shower Gel¬†(¬£3.39/300ml)

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3stars

What Born to Bio says:

Stimulating organic licorice extract has a deliciously scent, which makes this shower gel for men an invigorating and refreshingly unique experience!

  • with the natural, stimulating aroma of organic licorice
  • extra-mild formula
  • dermatologically tested
  • soft texture
  • ECOCERT-certified
  • COSMEBIO certified

What I say:

When I read licorice in the description of the product I was sold and indeed it has this sweet scent of licorice that I like. This shower gel is a decent one, it does it’s job, but even though I love licorice, I just didn’t love it. I¬†think in a shower gel I just prefer something more herbal or citric to feel more refreshed. The Black & White Energy Shower Gel would probably be a good additional shower gel for use once a week or so when I just want something ‘different’.¬†Other than that this is a great little product, very affordable and the Codecheck shows no harmful ingredients. Born to Bio is also certified by Ecocert and Cosmebio.

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Aqua (Water), Pseudotsuga menziesii (Balsam Oregon) water*, Sodium cocoamphoacetate and glycerin and Lauryl glucoside and Sodium cocoyl glutamate and Sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate, Caprylyl capryl glucoside, Glycerin, Xanthan gum, Dehydroxyacetic acid and benzyl alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium chloride, Potassium sorbate, Lactic acid, Water and Glycerin and Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) root extract*.
* from organic farming

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IN: Benecos РNatural Melissa Shower Gel (£2.99/200ml)

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What Benecos says:

The benecos Natural SHOWER GELS contain extracts of various herbs, witch hazel hydrolate, apple juice and a formula of rehydrating and moisturizing ingredients. Mild substances gently cleanse the skin. The shower gels are vegan, BDIH certified and contain the benecos organic blend of seven selected plant extracts from organic farming. With natural Alpine spring water.

The natural cleaning power of the benecos Natural Melissa Shower Gel is gentle on the skin. The refreshing lemon scent is the perfect pick-me in the morning!

What I say:

First impressions are good, I like the herbal scent of the Melissa and I feel it is more refreshing than the above Born to Bio shower gel. Again, it is a very affordable, yet natural product, so I am looking forward to review this in more depth.

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Ingredients (INCI): Aqua, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Coco-Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Pyrus Malus Juice*, Polyglyceryl-3 Caprate, Sorbitan Caprylate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Parfum**, Dehydroacetic Acid¬į, Sodium Chloride, Hamamelis Virginiana Flower Water*, Glycerin*, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract*, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract*, Hypericum Perforatum Flower Extract*, Urtica Dioica Root Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Arctium Lappa Fruit Extract*, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract*, Melissa Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Water*, Inulin, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Limonene**, Citral**, Linalool**

¬į preserved with
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** natural fragrance

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Deo Cremes – Alternatives

I’ve previously reviewed Schmidt’s Deo Creme¬†in Cedarwood and Juniper¬†on the blog. I still like it and recently purchased another version in Bergamot and Lime that I haven’t tried yet. Out of curiosity I thought I have a look for alternative deo creams that are produced in the UK.

If you don’t like the thought of using a cream, there are some¬†other natural alternatives for example¬†at Lush, who¬†have solid and powder deodorants. Many people also prefer crystal deodorants such as the ones by Faith in Nature or Salt of the Earth. The latter didn’t work for me, but might be an alternative if you don’t sweat too much. By the way, Schmidt’s now has also¬†deodorant sticks.

Aromawakening РOrganic Deodorant Natural Handmade Vegan Sensitive Skin (£8.95/50ml)

About:

This is a gentle blend of vitamin rich butters, oils and clays which will soothe and nourish your arm pits, it is Organic & Vegan. I do not use baking soda, I use a combination of arrowroot powder, Kaolin clay and Diatomaceous earth. (These absorb moisture and toxins from the pores). I blend these into Coconut oil which is anti-bacterial, I then add Shea butter and Essential oils. The Shea butter is vitamin rich, a real treat for delicate skin. The Essential oils smell great and have many benefits for the skin. Patchouli is wonderful for healing broken skin, Lavender is anti-bacterial and Bergamot helps to tighten the pores. It has a subtle sweet citrus aroma, suitable for both him and her.

I am a qualified Aromatherapist and all of my products have been safety assessed by an approved chemist to meet the EU Cosmetic Safety Directives.

I think it is quite interesting to see a deo cream that doesn’t use baking soda. I’ve read a couple of times that some people can react allergic to it. If you are one of them this might be a good alternative for you.

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

*Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil Organic, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Nut Butter Organic, *Euphorbia Cerifera (Candellila) Wax, *Maranta Arudinacea (Arrowroot) Powder, *Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade), *Kaolin Clay, *Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) FCF Peel Oil Organic, *Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil Organic, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil Organic. *Coumarin, *Limonene, *Linalool (*Naturally Occurs In Essential oils).

Forestwalkers Bath & Body РNatural Deodorant (£4.00/30ml)

About:

100% Natural, vegan friendly bath and body products, hand-crafted in small batches and free from SLS’s, parabens, animal products, artificial colours and unnatural preservatives. None of our products are tested on animals.

Our deodorants use coconut oil as a base, which acts as an effective moisturiser on all types of skin, baking soda to absorb odour, and cornstarch to absorb moisture.

I like the very small list of ingredients in this product. Also it does contain calendula, which is often used to soften and soothe skin, so I can imagine it works well under the armpits, which can be a sensitive area for most people.

Ingredients for Calendula version [Codecheck]:

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Infused Oil Helianthus (Sunflower) Annuus, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract

The Green Woman UK РFit Pit Ethical Deodorant (£8.00/100 ml)

About:

Our Fit Pit ORGANIC cream deodorants contain no parabens or BPAs and no Aluminium Salts, are cruelty free and contain NO PLASTIC packaging. Tough odour protection, with love and a conscience.

I like that it is also available as travel size ¬£3.00 for 25ml. You can read an interview with the two founders over at Suggerpuffish’s blog¬†to learn more about why they created Fit Pit.

Ingredients for unscented version [Codecheck]:

Sodium bicarbonate, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Maranta Arundinacea Root (Arrowroot) Powder, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Organic Aloe Barbadensis powder (Aloe Vera).

The Natural Deo Company РClean Deodorant Balm (£16.00/120ml)

About:

Nothing dirty. No petrochemicals. No artificial fragrance. No parabens. No fillers. No aluminium. Just 100% natural, organic & wild ingredients go into our amazing balm. Wildcrafted shea butter, nourishing coconut oil and our unique blend of organic essential oils ensure our Clean Deodorant Balm is not only an incredible deodorant- but is also kind & restorative on delicate under arm skin.

This particular cream I found through another blog called Naturia Beauty. I like that they offer the opportunity to buy a sample to try this deo for ¬£1.50. The delivery was super quick as well and I am looking forward to trying it. I’ve only tried it once so far and the consistency seems to be very different from the Schmidt’s one. Carina from Vegan Love Stories also reviews this deodorant.

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Maranta Arundinacea Root (Arrowroot Flour), Olea Europaea (Olive Oil), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Essential Oil), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Essential Oil)

Overview:

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New In: Benecos Eyeshadow in Happy Hour

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Benecos РNatural Mono Eyeshadow in Happy Hour (£3.95/2g)

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During a recent¬†order at Ecco-Verde.co.uk I just couldn’t help myself and ordered the Benecos Natural Mono Eye Shadow in Happy Hour¬†for ¬£2.19. When it arrived, I got so excited and wanted to open it immediately. Unfortunately the lid was a bit stuck and when I managed to open it, I dipped my finger in it, as you can see in the picture above.

The colour is a nice mauve tone that actually can look kinda reddish depending on the light, a bit like a plum. The eyeshadow is very buttery and easy to apply. I did notice though when I used it with other colours that it kind of ‘disappeared’ and didn’t blend into the other colours. I am not sure if that was a¬†only in combination with a particular eyeshadow or generally happens.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

TALC, MICA, KAOLIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL*, RICINUS COMMUNIS SEED OIL*, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, P-ANISIC ACID*, TOCOPHEROL*, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL*, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN) CI 77891, CI 77499, CI 77742, CI 77491, CI 77007, CI 77492, TIN OXIDE, CI 75470]
* CERTIFIED ORGANIC
** NATURAL FRAGRANCE