Saturday, 17 September 2016

Currently Enjoying and Can Lip Liner Empower Women?

This month I've been enjoying Clipper Skinni Vanilli tea and a body lotion from Neal's Yard Remedies. I purchased Skinni Vanilli to replace Womankind tea from Pukka, which I didn't like. Womankind was very weak and had a barely there taste of licorice (it's supposed to be cranberry, rose and vanilla). I liked the idea of a sweet blend of cranberry, rose and vanilla, which are some of my favourite flavours. I couldn't detect any of those in Womankind. In general, I find Pukka teas inferior, taste-wise, to the influsions from Clipper (they also sell my favourite coffee) or even flavoured Twinning teas which is widely available. Skinni Vanilli is very rich, creamy and full of flavour; it also has a noticeable vanilla scent. 

Neal's Yard Remedies body lotion came with a magazine. These days I don't purchase any fashion magazines mainly because they are so full of advertising on various levels that I find it a shame that consumers even have to pay for them. This month I've looked into two magazines, both of them had advertising on every page encouraging consumers to buy whatever they can/cannot afford. 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm

This is my first product from The Organic Pharmacy. I like exploring natural skincare brands and especially finding something that I can keep re-purchasing. To be perfectly honest I've never felt the need to explore The Organic Pharmacy. It's a natural cosmetics brand, but there's such a noticeable emphasis on homeopathy (which I have negative attitudes towards) that it puts me off the brand. I've noticed that a few brands which operate in natural skincare market also have links to homeopathy in one way or another. I think Korres used to specialize in homeopathy and Weleda still produce some homeopathic "treatments". 

You can easily find out more about the company on their website. The About section is interesting, especially where one of the founders talks about the amount of toxins in food and cosmetics. Nowadays more and more people are becoming more aware of the quality of food we consume and also try to find better skincare options (whatever they may be). The awareness itself is great, however there's no evidence which supports the claims homeopathy experts promote. In my opinion homeopathic medicine is a waste of money which you could otherwise spend on fresh fruit and vegetables (or real and undiluted plant substances such as cocoa butter, rosehip oil etc) which do have real benefits for you. 

Thankfully, this lip balm is not just water. What I do like about the brand is their emphasis on natural and organic materials. The lip balm itself is clear, it feels very smooth and nice on the lips (unlike the REN lip balm which comes in a similar tube and feels very heavy). The Organic Pharmacy lip balm leaves a rather glossy finish on the lips which I personally dislike (it looks like a very thin coat of clear gloss). Others might like such finish, so it's not a negative aspects in any way. 

The lip balm is hydrating, but it takes time to absorb. I can feel it on my lips for a while after application. I don't need to re-apply often, but this is the case with most natural lip balms; so many of them work well. Currently my favourite lip balm is the one made by Weleda. Weleda lip balm comes in a lipstick form, its finish isn't glossy and it's truly hydrating. Weleda lip balm has a stronger scent while The Organic Pharmacy lip balm has a very light, barely noticeable citrusy smell. 

In general, I do like it, but I don't think I will be purchasing it after I run out of the one I've got. It's pleasant enough, but there's nothing about it that makes it better than other lip balms that I've tried.  

Monday, 12 September 2016

Rituals Perfumes

I have recently received a wonderful set of Rituals perfumes from my partner. We have been using Rituals products for many years. Rituals is a Dutch brand and is certainly one of our favourite brands that we both like a lot (both of us also like Korres). 

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Balance Me Super Moisturising Body Wash

Recently I spoke about one of my favourite body washes (Trilogy Botanical body wash) so I thought I would quickly compare it to another body wash I've been using for a while, which is Balance Me Super Moisturising Body Wash. 

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Avalon Organics Volumizing Rosemary Conditioner

I've been looking for a new conditioner for a while. Before I started using Avalon Organics conditioner, I'd not used a conditioner for a very long time. It can be very difficult to find a natural (or mostly natural) hair care product which would perform as well as a mainstream one.