Friday, 26 August 2016

August Favourites

This month there are three products I've been enjoying a lot. Each one of them helps me relax and they are just a nice addition to a minimalist lifestyle since they are usable and not a permanent part of my possessions. 

As much as I enjoy candles from Sainsbury's, their range is somewhat limited. I picked up Ginger Dusk candles from Yankee Candle because it has a sweet but refreshing and rich scent, it reminds me of summer. 

Clipper tea comes from a local health store, this one is supposed to be coconut and orange. It's mainly orange flavoured, but it's more tropical and luxurious than a simple citrus tea.

I already spoke about Tisserand De-Stress blend of oils here. I don't think I ever expected to like it as much as I do. Not long ago I received a Chanel perfume from my partner and to be perfectly honest, I much prefer Tisserand roller ball. I do use it as a perfume or whenever I feel like it. 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Weleda Millet Nourishing Shampoo

In my previous post I spoke about a baby shampoo and body wash from Weleda which I liked a lot (despite some disadvantages)! I've been also trying Weleda Millet shampoo and will share my experience with it in this post. 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Weleda Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash

There are two things that, I believe, made my hair look much better than it used to. The first thing was getting rid of the hair dryer and the second thing is Weleda baby shampoo.

A few weeks ago I started to transition to a more natural skin care and body care routine. When it comes to natural skin care opinions, as it often happens, split. Some people believe natural skin care is nonsense while others assume that everything that sounds like a "chemical" is toxic and dangerous. I don't support any of those views and choose natural skin care simply because I believe it's more environmentally friendly. Also, mainstream cosmetics often contain the same ingredients no matter how expensive or inexpensive they are. Another aspect which I dislike about mainstream cosmetics is the marketing which comes with it; it's just impossible to ignore and I don't mean it in a positive way as in "they got my attention, now I want this product" but as in "it's annoying and consumers pay for it". Of course, some natural cosmetics brands are owned by MNEs and most of them would use some form of marketing, but it seems almost insignificant compared to the marketing used by MNEs. 

"Natural" aspect itself is controversial and if you are use or consider using natural skin care, I would say, take time to consider your options because natural can mean anything from some flower extract in a synthetic formula to 100% natural and organic formula. 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Burt's Bees Lemon & Vitamin E Bath & Body Oil

This month I've been enjoying this bath and body oil from Burt's Bees. I used to prefer foaming bath products before, but these days I like oils. I find them more luxurious and hydrating, so I don't need to use any body moisturiser afterwards. Oils also last longer if you use them as a bath oils exclusively. When I started using my Burt's Bees bath & body oil I used too much. I find that one a teaspoon amount is needed. 

The scent is, as the name suggest, lemony and fresh. It smells natural as it should. I personally can't stand artificial lemon scent which makes me think of anti-flu medicine. The scent is also very mild.

In general, I don't use many Burt's Bees products and this oil is the only one I own at the moment. I used to purchase their lip balms, but there are so many other lip balms which perform better. Also, despite the natural appeal, their products are not as natural as one might think (and that's fine as long as you know what you prefer). Burt's Bees are being open about it and would normally state a percentage of the product which is natural (this oil is 100% natural according to Burt's Bees), so some of their products contain synthetic preservatives and so on. 

The main reason why I bought this oil was because it's the only natural bath oil they had in my local Boots. I do like this oil as a bath oil, but I don't use it as a body moisturiser (mainly due to its simple lemon scent which I much prefer in my bath rather than on my skin). Also, I think it's possible to make your own bath oil. Even though I'm not a fan of homemade cosmetics in general, bath oil should be just a mix of a carrier oil (e.g. argan oil) and an essential oil/oils. Even though I'm not a cosmetics scientist, it shouldn't require any preservatives since there's no water in the formula. Alternatively, you can add a teaspoon of argan oil or any other carrier oil in your bath alongside a couple of drops of essential oils. 

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Weleda Skin Food and Everon Lip Balm

In one of my previous posts where I spoke about Tisserand roller ball I mentioned my attempts to transition to natural cosmetics. Some time ago I picked up a winter skincare set from Weleda which contained Skin Food and a lip balm, so I'll share my view on them in this post.