Sunday, 25 September 2016

Naturisimo Science Meets Nature Discovery Box

Launching today is Naturisimo's Science meets Nature Discovery Box*. It's jam packed full of gorgeous products and costs only £13.95 (worth £67).



Inside is:

Skin & Tonic Brit Beauty Oil 10ml which contains only 5 ingredients and is 100% organic. It will nourish and repair the skin. I've tried this before and my skin loved it.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser 20ml which hydrates the skin leaving it looking dewy and radiant. Love!

Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Eye Lifting Overnight Cream 5ml which will reduce puffiness and smooth the delicate eye area.

Dr Hauschka Tinted Day Cream 5ml which gives the skin a subtle glow and hydrates the skin.

Bloom & Blossom Rejuvenating Facial Spritz 40ml which refreshes, awakens and helps improve elasticity. Looking forward to trying this one out!

Madara Time Miracle Cellular Repair Serum 15ml I've tried a few products from this new range already and they've all been fantastic. It is an intensive serum which boosts cellular renewal and helps smooth out lines and wrinkles.

The box is completed with two sachet samples:

Jurlique Nutri-Define Rejuvenating Overnight Serum 2ml sachet 
Kae Argan Royale Serum 2ml

A great box I think. Will you pick one up?

*complimentary

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Sample Sets: Skin & Tonic & Nourish at Naturisimo

I do love a sample/try me set and Naturisimo have a good selection. The two which caught my eye recently are by Skin & Tonic (£3.99) and Nourish (£1.99). 


The Skin & Tonic kit contains:

Calm Balm 5ml - a gentle balm with calendula, lavender and chamomile which moisturises dry skin. calms anxiety and stress and aids sleep. I've tried this balm before and it's fantastic.

Calm Clean 5ml - this is a new try for me (I'm a huge Steam Clean fan) so I'll have to see how this matches up! A 100% organic cleansing balm with aromatic oils which can cleanse and moisturise.

Coco Mask 5ml - yet another new try! This 100% natural face mask soothes, detoxifies and moisturises. Looking forward to trying this!

Gentle Scrub 5ml - a fab scrub which can also be used as a mask.

Naked Beauty Oil 1.75ml - great for sensitive skin as it contains oils which soothe, smooth and nourish.



The Nourish Skincare kit contains a set of samples in their own little envelope:

Nourish Treatment Argan Skin Rescue 2ml
Nourish Argan Skin Renew Cream 2ml
Nourish Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer 2ml (love) (review)
Nourish Protect Replenishing Peptide Serum 2ml
Nourish Radiance Firming Facial Oil 2ml (review)

Are you a fan of sample sets?

Friday, 23 September 2016

Giveaway #5: Bee Cushion

For my 5th giveaway for my 5th blogiversary I've got a beautiful handmade bee cushion which is made with love by Dorothy who sells her beautiful cushions at Popping Up in Stockbridge. I chose hot pink velvet (reverse side gold) which would be great in the bedroom, lounge, study...anywhere really! The giveaway is world wide. Good Luck!




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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Shopping my Stash #81


Here's what I've been reaching for lately:

Revlon's Ultra HD Matt Lipcolor in Devotion is just such a pretty shade. I love it's matt texture and long lasting colour too.

Mevita Youthful Day Cream 10ml which was a Latest in Beauty Build your own Box pick.  It firms, smoothes out fine lines, smells lovely and deeply nourishes the skin. Love!

Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm 50ml which I first tried when Galina at A Curious Russian in London sent me a sample. A truly uplifting rich body balm which has a citrus scent. It will cool and revive the skin and is perfect to use all year round. This is the body product which will chase away the winter blues!

Balm Balm Rose Floral Water 30ml* I received this in September's Love Lula Beauty Box*. I absolutely love it and am almost half way through it! Great to use as a toner or as a refreshing pick-me-up throughout the day. It's one I'll definitely be replenishing.

4160Tuesdays Buddhawood Box EdP with woody spicy notes and a creamy lighter note which is perfect coming into Autumn.

Less is More Rose Serum 30ml which I reviewed HERE. A beautiful product which makes the hair look shiny, smooth and healthy.

What have you been reaching for lately?

*samples from Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Bloom Perfumery: Yearly Sample Pack: September 2016


My Bloom Perfumery September sample pack arrived yesterday and this month it's #LucaTurinApproved - Perfume writer and co-author of the perfume lover's bible "Perfumes: The A-Z Guide" of which I have an early edition and which has given me hours and hours of reading pleasure.

Onto the perfumes this month which have all recently featured on Luca's blog:

Baruti Berlin in Winter (Indigo RMX) Extrait de Parfum (30ml - £80, 1ml - £5) which has notes of amber, cassis, coffee, frankincense, iris, lavender, leather, mastic, myrrh, plum, rose and whisky. I initially didn't like this scent but it's definitely growing on me. 

AEON 001 Extrait de Parfum (65ml - £200, 1.2ml - £10) which was the one which initially jumped out at me. With notes of tobacco and vetiver. Luca says "the best vetiver in a long time". It is blended with a distinct note of honey and white flowers with a touch of smoke and resin. Love!

Angela Ciampagna Liquo EdP (50ml - £95, 1.6ml - £5) which is really unusual and has a distinct liquorice aroma making it quite mouthwatering. With top notes of lavandin, violet and lemon with a heart of anise, licorice, straw and coumarin with a base of incense, vetiver and tonka beans. 

.vero.profumo. Mito EdP (50ml - £138, 1.2ml - £5) with top notes of green leaves, a heart of champaca, magnolia grandiflora and tuberose with a base of galbanum and hyacinth. It opens with a green freshness developing into a creamy heady floral with a woody base. Like this one a lot.

Nishane Sultan Vetiver Extrait de Parfum (50ml - £120, 1ml - £5) which is a mix of vetivers from all over the world - Java, Brazil, Haiti and Bourbon) and is heady and exotic. It has top notes of absinthe, Java vetiver, bergamot and Peruvian pepper a heart of Bourbon vetiver, neroli, Haiti vetiver and tonka beans with a base of amber, Brazil vetiver and leather. Huge fan of this perfume house, my favourite being Boszporusz.

Just landed is Brocard Queen of Spades Modern EdP 1.5ml (which I can't actually find online yet!) It has top notes of citruses and mango, a heart of jasmine, orange blossom and white rose and a base of patchouli, vanilla, marshmallow and white musk and is very fruity and sweetly edible.

What are your thoughts on this month's selection?

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Botanicals: Nourish Body Polish: Organic Beauty Week 2016

I've been testing out Botanicals Nourish Body Polish with Wild Rose & Rose Geranium (70g trial size)* (full size 175g - £24) and it's absolutely beautiful. It has just the right amount of scrubbiness and it smells deeply of roses.

The range is hand made in small batches in rural England. Products are 100% natural and are certified organic by The Soil Association.


Made with raw organic cane sugar, Himalayan mineral crystal and a blend of anti-ageing essential oils including wild rose and rose geranium. The polish removes dead skin cells, regenerates and rejuvenates the skin. 

The scrub is included in a special offer for the Soil Association's Organic Beauty Week which ends on 25 September. See more details here.

To use: remove a small amount of polish and mix with a little water between your palms, spread over the body, adding more water until all the granules have dissolved. Rinse.

An effective and beautiful product which smoothes and softens to reveal younger looking and softer skin.

See my other Botanicals reviews: Therapeutic Foot Soak*Orange Blossom Body Balm*Try Me Set and Hand & Nail Serum.

What's your favourite product from Botanicals?

*complimentary

Monday, 19 September 2016

Claudia Louch Botanical Skincare: Botanical Cleansing Lotion

I've been testing out Claudia Louch Botanical Cleansing Lotion (£37.40 for 240ml)* which makes cleansing into an indulgent ritual. It is pricey but I'd reckon the tube would last at least 6 months (and probably longer) as you only need a tiny amount (and the tube is huge).


Suitable for all skin types (although the lotion has quite a strong floral scent) and packed in a functional plain tube and box.

The cleansing lotion produces a gentle lather which is derived from coconut and sugar beets. Chamomile, Aloe Vera, Cucumber and Green Tea are the active ingredients.

84% natural, hypoallergenic, allergy tested, non-comedogenic and chemical free. Packaging is recyclable.

To use: wet skin and add a tiny amount to the palms lathering before massaging over the skin and rinsing.

Nice to use, the cleanser feels comfortable on the skin and leaves it feeling nourished and clean.

Have you used any Claudia Louch Botanical Skincare products?

*PR sample - gifted for review

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Madara Oil-to-Milk Scrub


I've been testing out Madara's Oil-to-Milk Scrub (60ml - £24)* which gently exfoliates the skin.

The scrub, which has a gel like texture cleanses and buffs with apricot and oat molecules which bind to dirt and impurities removing them from the skin while gentle wax microbeads clean blocked pores and polish while stimulating skin cell regeneration.

To use: apply to dry skin in circular motions (avoiding the eye area). Splash some water onto your skin and the oil turns to a milk which cleans the skin.

Use 2-3 times a week for radiant and healthy skin. Suitable for all skin types. Pick yours up at MyShowcaseNaturisimo or Content Beauty & Wellbeing.

I'm a huge fan of the this scrub which leaves my skin feeling polished, clean and looking glowy and healthy.

See my other Madara reviews: Micellar Water (love!), Time Miracle Cellular Nutrients Toning Mist* and Refreshing Soap.

What's your favourite Madara product?

*PR samples

Saturday, 17 September 2016

YOU Beauty Box

I've missed a few months of the You Beauty Box, mainly due to holidays and nothing really taking my fancy. I jumped back in when I spotted this month's picks.

I chose to stay with the original format - 2 items for £6.95. You can now pay more and get more - 3 products for £8.96 and 4 products for £10.95. See HERE.  The extras this month are a packet of popcorn, a nanoblur sachet (2ml) and The Hero Project Hyasoft Instant Moisture Boost sachet (3ml).


The Erno Laszlo Firm & Lift Firmarine Hydrogel Mask (single use) is worth £14! Looking forward to trying it.

My second pick is Weleda's cult product Skin Food 30ml which is worth £6.95. It deeply nourishes and calms dry and rough skin making it great for elbows, knees and feet.

Did you pick up a box this month?

Friday, 16 September 2016

Giveaway #4: Pure Natural Box Edition #5 - it's over!

I've got a now sold out Pure Natural Box Edition #5 as my #4 giveaway prize for my 5th Blogiversary! (I'm sure I should have made this prize #5 but I couldn't wait!)

The box is absolutely fantastic - see my review HERE. Rebecca, the founder of Pure Natural Box is going to send my UK winner the prize direct. Good luck all!





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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Feel Unique: Pick 'n' Mix: September 2016

My September Pick 'n' Mix arrived yesterday from Feel Unique and I'm really pleased with my picks this month - see what I chose last month HERE.

Onto this month..


I'm a huge Miller Harris fan and I find perfume sample vials are just great to see if you like a perfume enough before buying (I bought my favourite Vetiver Insolence after a sample (or two).

My picks this month - Lumiere Doree and Etui Noir (both 2ml vials) both are beautiful but I like Etui Noir a lot.

this works Sleep Plus+ Hair Elixir 5ml has been on the wishlist a while. Looking forward to testing it out.

I picked a soap sample (which smells truly delicious, spicy and mouthwatering) by Soapsmith (Baker Street - which is reminiscent of freshly baked cinnamon buns). Expect a review soon!

My final pick is from Neal & Wolf and is a double sachet (both 7ml) of Daily Cleansing Shampoo and Daily Conditioner (these are suitable for all hair types and are paraben and sulphate free)

Pick yours up HERE. The sample service costs only £3.95 a month which is redeemable on your next purchase.

What did you pick this month?

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Love Lula Beauty Box: September 2016

As part of the LLABP (Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program) I receive a beauty box* every month to review (from this month). As ever all reviews are my own genuine thoughts.

So what's inside the September Love Lula Beauty Box? It's jam packed with gorgeous products for the skin.




There is a full size of Ooh! Oils of Heaven Baobab Oil (30ml - £19) which I can't wait to try out. It's a new launch from the brand and subscribers are among the first to try it. Rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9 it rejuvenates and regenerates the skin.

The second two items to jump out at me are Balm Balm's Rose Floral Water Hydrosol (30ml - £7.50) which can be used as a toner or to refresh the skin throughout the day.  FoM London's Hydra Plump Serum 10ml sample size is worth over £15. Again, can't wait to try!

I'm already a huge fan of Madara and Kimberly Sayer and from these brands there is an AHA Brightening Peel Mask (12.5ml - £4.95) and a sachet of their fabulous Micellar Water (review) and also a sachet Ultra Light Moisturiser SPF 30 from Kimberly Sayer (which I also already love!)

A brilliant box this month. Sign up today for the October box. The subscription costs £12.50 a month. You can also sign up for 3 months or a year. Love Lula will ship internationally too. See more details HERE.

*sent to me as a member of the LLABP

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

YOU Beauty: Soil Association Ltd Ed Beauty Box: Organic Beauty Week (19-25 September)

YOU Beauty in association with Soil Association have recently launched a fabulous beauty box to celebrate Organic Beauty Week (19-25 September). Costing only 20 quid (with free P&P if you are a YOU Beauty member) it's jam packed with gorgeous products and worth over £75!



I've just realised I have another beautiful serum to add to my stash in the form of Botanicals Radiance Serum (30ml) which is worth £30!  Expect a review soon!

Two brands which I absolutely love are Skin & Tonic and Terre Verdi and from them we have Rose Mist 20ml (review) and Good Oils Cleansing Oil 30ml. I recently tried Terre Verdi's FranChouliPom Body Oil & Balancing Facial Serum (review) so I'm looking forward to trying the cleanser.

Also inside is cult Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Balm 15g a best-seller which smells divine and is multi-use - it can be used as a mask, a moisturising balm or a deep cleansing balm. Truly lush!

A full size Odylique Organic Eyeliner in Black (you can never have enough eyeliners!) is also inside and worth £12.50.

The box is completed with some Natracare Cleansing Make-Up Removal wipes x 5 and Kiki Health Food Supplements which are all 100% raw and pure - Camu Camu, Wheatgrass, Acai, Baobab and Maca powders which you can add to smoothies for an extra boost.

Did you pick up a box? What are your thoughts on the contents? Pick yours up HERE.

Monday, 12 September 2016

My Oils & Serums Stash

Random Surfer who follow me on twitter asked a while back if I'd do a post on my oils and serums. I promised (but just hadn't got round to it). So here it is better late than never! 

I have reviewed quite a few of them but there are some new additions which are awaiting review. Here goes..

Oils:


And up closer..


Kiss the Moon After Dark Face Oil 5ml which is a super luxe and pampering oil which smells beautiful. See my thoughts HERE.

Not even out the box yet is Dr Botanics Vegan Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil*. I've just received this to review so look out for a review shortly.

Holistic Green Beauty Orchid Cellular Protection Oil 20ml* this beautiful oil has been created by Danny (Holistic Green Beauty blog) and is one from a range of products. You can see my review HERE.

Ooh! Oils of Heaven are a new to me brand and I'm looking forward to testing the range out. I received both the mini set* (Organic Argan, Organic Rosehip, Organic Moringa and Natural Cacay) and the full size Organic Baobab* from Love Lula via their Accredited Blogger Program - so expect reviews soon!

Estelle & Thild Superbioactive Repairing Oil Complex 30ml* is beautiful used in conjunction with their BioDefense Multi-Action Youth Serum* see my review of both of them HERE.

Algenist Advanced Anti-Ageing Repairing Oil 7ml which I received in a SpaceNK GWP. I've still to review this one.

Viridian Ultimate Beauty Organic Rose Oil 15ml* is deeply nourishing and has a beautiful rose scent. It really is a luxe oil and perfect for coming into Autumn/Winter. See my review HERE.

I just recently reviewed Alucia Organics Rosehip Oil 30ml* which is a really beautiful nourishing oil. See my review HERE.

Angela Langford Bloom & Glow Radiance Restoring Face Oil 15ml* which nourishes and cares for the skin leaving it glowy and healthy. See my review HERE.

I picked up this tiny Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Revitalising Face Oil 3ml as a sample. It's really lovely like all Aromatherapy Associates products!


Just peeking from the corner of the photo is the gorgeous l'etoile infinie elixir 30ml* from ARgENTUM Apothecary which I'm nearly ready to review. 

Mitchell & Peach Flora No.1 Fine Radiance Face Oil 10ml came in a YOU Beauty Box and featured in a shopping my stash post.

Clarins Blue Orchid Treatment Oil 5ml which is a cult Clarins product. Rich and super nourishing it is the perfect product to use for a home facial treatment. Lush!

I recently reviewed MOA's fabulous Aphrodite Facial Oil* and you can see my thoughts HERE.

Indie Lee was I think the first brand I tried from a beautiful world and it's still very much a favourite today. I love her Squalane Facial Oil 1oz (it's just SO good) You can see my review HERE

Blue Labelle Light & Balancing Facial Oil 10ml which smells gorgeous. It uses a blend of Geranium, Sweet Orange & Frankincense and you can see my review HERE.

I'm nearing the end of Plant ØÅ Face Oil 30ml* which I absolutely loved. See my review HERE

I've still got a teeny bit of my de Mamiel Autumn Facial Oil 20ml which was from last Autumn! See my review HERE.

Huge love for Bodhi & Birch (and a real pleasure to meet founder Elijah Choo at last in August - it was so lovely to also meet Andy (Pampered Prince) too). I adore both Neroli Luce and Desert Rose (review) face oils.

Mallow + White Revitalise Facial Oil 30ml* I'm actually on my last few drops of this one! See my review HERE.

AD Organic Rose Geranium Nourishing Night Treatment 50ml which came in a YOU Beauty Box. It's really lovely. I haven't actually done a review of this one but way back in 2012 I reviewed their original Nourishing Night Treatment - see HERE.

MV Organics Pure Jojoba 35ml which came to me via a Cult Beauty GWP. I've used it a few times and it seems lovely.

Serums:





When I first got the NIOD products I used them night and day but now I just use a few times a week. I have MMHC and CAIS 1.00% in my stash. I know they are not "green" but I find they do help with lines other oils and serums do not!

The FoM London Hydra Plump Serum sample came in my September Love Lula Beauty Box and I'm excited to try it!

My pal Julie and me exchange Birthday and Christmas gifts and this Su-Man Velvet Skin Serum Brightening Serum 15ml came from her! It feels really luxurious on the skin and is perfect to use before applying make up. Definitely want to try more from the range.

Estelle & Thild Super BioActive Age Control Serum* (mentioned above with the matching oil).

YTTP Serum* 1oz is absolutely fantastic! It instantly tightens and brightens and is made with ingredients such as Kale, Tripeptide 37, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. Love! 

A.S Apothecary Facial Serum #3 25ml* is one of the most luxurious serums I've used. See my review HERE.

Bee Good Hydrate, Smooth & Prime Serum 30ml* is just fantastic. See my review HERE.

Nearly there...


A few months back I won Terre Verdi's 1st Instagram competition and picked for one of my items their Balancing Facial Serum (review). Their FranChouliPom Facial Serum came in Edition #5 of the Pure Natural Box (initial thoughts) and I can't wait to try it!

One of the most luxurious serums I have ever tried has got to be Emma Hardie's Midas Touch Face Serum 15ml I just love everything about it. It makes my skin look radiant and nourished, it feels lovely on the skin and smells amazing. Really love it!

I received the duo of Odacite* products from Face Gym and you can see my thoughts on Gt +L (Green Tea & Lemongrass)* and C a R (Wild Carrot) serums* HERE. I'm a huge fan of the brand.

AEOS Realive Serum 30ml* came in a set and you can see my thoughts HERE. It is a really beautiful product.

Tata Harper's Rejuvenate Serum 30ml again came in a GWP and gulp I've not really tried it much!

What's in your Oils & Serums stash and do we share a love of any product?

*PR samples

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Pure Natural Box: Edition 5

I was one of the lucky ones which managed to nab (not one but two!) Pure Natural Boxes before they sold out! One however is for a UK giveaway at the end of next week. Keep your eyes peeled!

It really is a fabulous box! So what's inside?



The first thing that caught my eye is Terre Verdi's FranChouliPom Facial Serum (30ml - full size and worth £27) - I love their body oil in the same scent (review) so I can't wait to try the serum!

Walk Mill Botanics Blackcurrant & Honey with Ginger Soap (100g - full size and worth £5.50) - I'm a huge fan of bars of soap and this one smells beautiful!

Organic Surge's 2-minute Moisture Mask (150ml - full size and worth £8.95) has a delicious scent which is slightly reminiscent of Bakwell tart! Pick yours up HERE.

Myroo's Spearmint Lip Balm (5g - full size and worth £8) - nourishes and protects the lips.

The Conscious Skincare duo are Shampoo (250ml - full size and worth £11) and Conditioner (50m - trial size) both of these are scented with Grapefruit, Lemon and Cedarwood and the full size comes with a pump. Looking forward to trying these out!

What do you think of the box? Did you manage to pick one up?

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Giveaway #3: The Beekeeper Mug from The Manchester Bee Company - it's over!

Earlier this year I treated myself to The Beekeeper Mug which is made for The Manchester Bee Company by Tea with Jud. It is the most exquisite mug I own! See my review HERE.

One of my UK followers can win their very own mug as part of my 5th Blogiversary celebration. Good luck!




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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Latest in Beauty: Build your own Box

It feels like ages since I've bought a "Build your own Box" from Latest in Beauty. A friend pointed out my favourite Molton Brown handwash was a pick - so you can guess what happened!

I chose Box 3 where you chose 9 products for £16.99 plus P&P. Other options are Box 1 (3 items £8.99 plus P&P) or Box 2 (6 items £12.99 plus P&P).

Here's my picks:




I adore these Mauli Rituals Himalayan Healing Salts (60g) and this sachet is enough for 2 baths. 

Melvita's Youthful Day Cream (10ml) has been on the wish list for a while. It is said to reduce and smooth out fine lines while nourishing and protecting. Looking forward to trying.

I'm already a huge Kneipp fan and adore their Sweet Dreams Herbal Bath with Valerian & Hops (20ml). This is perfect to use before bed for a restful night's sleep.

Kevyn Aucoin's The Matt Bronzing Veil in Desert Days (1.4g) love bronzer so looking forward to trying this out.

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream 2 x 4.2g I love these small sizes which which are the perfect try me size or for weekends away (each should last 2-3 uses).

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Refine & Polish Miracle Balm 15ml (I seem to be missing a cloth!). Huge fan of this lovely brand.

Organii High Protection Sun Milk SPF50 - 10 x 3ml sachets - a brand I've not tried before so was curious!

COLAB Floral Fragrance Dry Shampoo 50ml I've always found this brand and product good and this is a handy size.

And my final item is that amazing hand wash (100ml) by Molton Brown (which is normally only available at Christmas time!) I love its spicy Frankincense & Allspice scent.

Have you built your own box lately?

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Gallinée La Culture Body Milk

As you'll probably already know I'm a huge fan of Gallinée having tried and reviewed several of their products - see my review of the La Culture Foaming Facial Cleanser* HERE, the Hand Cream* HERE and their Hydrating Face Cream* HERE.

I've recently been trying their La Culture Body Milk (200ml - £28)* and as ever it's a fantastic product. The milk absorbs instantly, smells slightly floral and leaves the skin deeply nourished and comfortable. You've probably guessed I love it!


Probiotics are deactivated bacteria from the Lactobacillus family and are gentle on the skin and help to support the microbiome and the skin's protective barrier. Prebiotics are a mix of gentle fibres and sugars which feed on your skin's good bacteria supporting the skin's barrier with antibacterial action against bad bacteria.

Lactic Acid is a gentle AHA which hydrates and softens while Bogbean extract an antioxidant protects and firms while Sweet Almond oil hydrates and nourishes.

The Body milk is free from colourants, parabens, mineral oils, silicones, phenoxyethanol and methylisothiazolinone.

Pick yours up online at Feel Unique, Look Fantastic and HQ Hair and instore at Harvey Nichols and BeautyMart. Great to know I've got a local stockist in Edinburgh!

*PR sample

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Love Lula: Spotlight on MOA - Magic Organic Apothecary

MOA's natural skincare products are made in England and are "inspired by old herbal folklore with a sprinkling of magic".

The hero ingredient is the herb yarrow which is found beside hedgerows in the UK. Shrouded in tales of folklore it has been used for centuries to heal and repair.

Products come in green glass jars and amber bottles with cardboard packaging which are all recyclable. I just love the cute packaging. The range is 100% natural and free from parabens, perfume, alcohol and lanolin. Suitable for Vegetarians and there is no animal testing.



The first and original product in the range is the multi-purpose The Green Balm (50ml - £12.50)* (15ml - £4.99). It really can "do it all" and I'm a huge fan.


Yarrow soothes, heals and repairs while Tea Tree is antiseptic, Beeswax protects while Coconut, Sweet Almond and Soy Bean oils soften and nourish the skin.

The balm is suitable for all the family and even those with sensitive skins making it ideal for everyday use and holidays.

The Green Balm has a pleasant herbal scent and soothes dry itchy skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It helps to heal cuts, bruises, grazes, blisters, burns, bites and stings.

Use it on chapped lips, to help heal coldsores, after shaving, when you have a cold either around your nostrils or adding a small amount to water before gargling (it's good to heal a sore throat!) as well as moisturising and deeply cleansing the skin. It really is a wonder product!

The Green Balm can also be used for a very pampering Daily Cleansing Ritual (£17.50)*. It's also an award winner - The Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards 2015 for Best Cleanser.


The bamboo cloth which comes in the cleansing ritual is made of bamboo fibre and is antibacterial and eco friendly.  It is super lush with a smooth side and a buffing side (and it turns cleansing into such a luxury ritual).

To use: take a small amount from the jar and warm it between your fingertips before massaging the oil over the face and neck. Steam the skin with the warmed cloth before buffing off the remaining balm. To finish the ritual, close the pores and tone place the cloth supersoft side down (dipped in cold water and rung out) onto the skin.

The Aphrodite Facial Oil (30ml - £20)* is a "magical blend" of nutrient rich Rosehip oil with aromatic Damask Rose and Rose Geranium essential oils (smells gorgeous) which rejuvenate, nourishes and balances while Yarrow evens the skin tone and Marshmallow extract soothes and calms.

To use: massage a few drops onto the face and neck AM and PM after cleansing. The oil absorbs instantly leaving the skin feeling nurtured and the skin looking glowy and healthy.

I've absolutely loved using the products as I found them very effective and great to use. I'm also a huge fan of their de-stressing Fortifying Green Bath Potion (100ml - £27.50) see my review HERE.

*I'm a member of Love Lula's Accredited Blogger Program (LLABP) and each month (starting from August 2016) I will receive 500 points (the equivalent to £50) to spend on products for review. Under the scheme I will also receive a monthly beauty box (from this month).

All views are my own genuine thoughts and I thank Love Lula very much for the opportunity.