Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Oleo Bodycare: Replenishing Facial Moisturiser

Award winning Oleo Bodycare products are handmade by Olivia Chapman, a Professional Aromatherapist who is also a massage therapist.  The products are made in her workshop in Dorset in small batches using high quality ingredients. 

There are no parabens, synthetic fragrances and colours, mineral oil, SLS and no animal testing. Products are packaged in brown recyclable glass and the brand was launched in Spring 2009.

I was sent their best seller Replenishing Facial Moisturiser (£16.50 for 60g)* and some samples to review.

This cream is super rich and best for dry and mature skin types. I found it a little bit heavy for my skin during the day so have been using it at night.  It is packed full of nourishing plant oils and is heavenly scented with Rose & Neroli essential oils.  It won a Highly Commended for Best Moisturiser Category - The Green Parent in 2011.

Use AM and PM after cleansing and toning - a little goes a long way making this excellent value for money.

I was also sent four generous size samples to try:

Frankincense & Palmarosa Face Mask - this mask is suitable for all skin types and smells gorgeous! It is a Kaolin and Clay based mask which removes impurities and rebalances the skin.  Apply a thin layer to clean dry skin and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing. I'd buy this full size.

Gentle Face Wash - this is a mild foaming cleanser which refreshes and cleans the skin. I'm enjoying using it in my morning shower. Scented with lemon and geranium essential oils. Massage onto damp skin before rinsing. Another I'd be happy to buy.

The other two samples I didn't really find worked for my skin/hair:

Gentle Facial Exfoliator - again this smells beautiful. It contains essential oils of lemon, geranium and patchouli with crushed walnut shells in a creamy base. I found this wasn't scrubby enough for my liking although nice enough to use. Apply to damp skin in circular movements. Rinse.

Rosemary & Nettle Shampoo - an award winning shampoo which gently cleanses the hair adding volume and bounce. I found it left my hair feeling heavy, dull and didn't really suit my hair type.

All in all, I am really impressed with what I tried and I definitely want to try some more products from the range. Have you used any Oleo products?

*PR samples

Monday, 30 March 2015

March Books

The Italian Girl by Lucinda Riley - Rosanna Menici is just 11 when she meets and falls in love with Opera singer Robert Rossini.  He hears her sing and encourages her to take lessons. With the help of her brother Luca she does. He supports her every step of the way to becoming a world famous Opera singer. Her path crosses with Robert and they fall into a passionate and obsessive love affair which can only end in tears. I loved the characters, the storylines and reading about Rosanna's success.  A story of love, betrayal, grand passion and self discovery. 

His Other Life by Beth Thomas* - Grace and Adam are a normal married young couple or so it seems but he is hiding a secret.  A telephone call to Adam sets off a chain of events Grace could never have imagined. A heartbroken Grace decides she is going to find him and in doing so opens up a Pandora's box of secrets and lies... Perfect book for fans of Jojo Moyes.

The Forgiveness Project by Marina Cantacuzino* - this is an inspiring and unforgettable read.  There is an introductory essay from the author and then personal testimonies from all around the world - from survivors and perpetrators of crime, violence and rape. These are real life stories of ordinary people who are able to forgive and move on and heal. One example, is of a mother who meets her child's killer and is able to forgive.  A thought provoking read.

Hidden by Emma Kavanagh* -  this is a fast paced and gripping novel and I loved it.  A gunman is stalking the wards of a local hospital. Aden McCarthy a Police Firearms Officer is one of a team trying to track the gunman down. He's still troubled by the recent shooting of a youth on his watch.

Imogen, the hospital psychologist and her twin Marra who has secrets of her own care for Marra's daughter who has been admitted to the hospital.

The story opens with a shooting which is very dramatic and not for the faint hearted. Charlie, a local reporter is on the scene. The story is told days before the incident, in the run up to it, on the day and after it and narrated by different characters. Charlie is desperate to find out what happened to her old friend Emily and how her death seems to be linked to the boy in a coma in Ward 12. 

As with all good books I decided who the gunman was before changing my mind several times. Recommended.  Also loved Falling by Emma Kavanagh see my review here.

So you've been Publicly Shamed by John Ronson - I found this book a fascinating read enjoying some stories more than others. Ronson speaks to people who have been shamed in the public eye. We see lives that are torn apart and slowly put back together. An interesting read.

The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician by Tendai Huchu** - the story follows three men from Zimbabwe trying to make new lives in Edinburgh. The Magistrate used to be an important man back home has to come to terms with a different way of life. He enjoys walking and takes himself off on walks around the city listening to music on his walkman.  The Maestro tries to put on a show of confidence and fun in front of others but is depressed and lonely and spends his free time reading books. The Mathematician is carefree and living the student life. The story takes us around Edinburgh which I enjoyed reading about. The men's lives collide. An interesting story with characters who developed while living in a different country. Would recommend. See my review of the Hairdresser of Harare here.

No Place to Die by Clare Donoghue - this is the second book in the DI Lockyer series. See my review of the first book Never Look Back here.  No Place to Die is fast paced and un-put-downable!  

DS Jane Bennett is in charge of the murder squad while her boss DI Lockyer is suspended. An ex-colleague goes missing and his wife calls Jane. Blood is found at his home which makes Jane think something serious has happened to him.  A body of a missing young woman is found in a tomb when the police search for him.  This leads the team to question two ex-lovers of the young woman and Jane feels that something isn't right. Another tomb is discovered and the link between cases threatens the collapse of them both. The race is on to find the killer.. A fab read. I also liked finding out more about the main characters. Can't wait for book #3!

What have you been reading this month?

*copies from NetGalley
** copy from the Author

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Fushi Organic Hydrating Lip Balm

Fushi are the latest brand to launch at Naturisimo. There is currently an offer running - buy any Fushi product and get a free Organic Hydrating Lip Balm worth £5.  Enter code FUSHI at checkout (while stocks last).

I was sent a pot* of their very lush lip balm which is 100% organic and the award winning range is free from parabens, PEG, phthalates and synthetic perfumes and colours. Products are certified by EcoCert, there is no animal testing, made in the UK and packaging is recyclable.

The balm is made with nourishing and moisturising Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Vitamin E with Peppermint & Geranium Essential Oils.

It super nouishes dry lips leaving them soft and smooth with a zingy minty and slightly floral flavour.  Buy yours HERE or pick it up in the fab Wellness 'Inside Out' Discovery Box (Ltd Edition).

*PR sample

Saturday, 28 March 2015

March Empties

Another month I've hardly used up much. I'm not going to finish anything else before the end of the month so here goes..

bodhi & birch Siam Ginger Vitalising Bath & Shower Therapy 50ml - love this. See my review here. Will buy again.

The Naked Skincare Company Evening Relax Body Oil 30ml - this was really lovely to use and I'll definitely buy. See my review here.

Organic Surge Tropical Bergamot Hand Wash 250ml - this is my favourite Organic Surge scent and I love this hand wash. Will buy again.  See my review here.

Thea Organic Skincare Skin Brightening Fruit Enzyme Creme Moisturiser 15ml* - this moisturiser had such an uplifting scent. See my review here. Will buy once I reduce my stash a bit.

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes x 30 wipes - I don't use wipes a lot but tend to have a pack on the go for late nights and after exercise. I'd buy these again.  See my review here.

Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser 100ml* - I simply loved this refreshing and exquisitely scented non-foaming cleanser. Sure to buy at some point. Was super-sad it's finished!  See my mini review here.

John Masters Organics Evening Primrose Shampoo for Dry Hair 60ml - I really enjoyed this and would buy full size.

lj's Organic Purity Rose Body Oil 50ml - I simply loved this rosey scented oil. See my review here. I'm signing up to the Beauty Box again at the end of the month (2 of my 3 items (every 2 months) is going to be this luxe body oil. 

Bloom Remedies Peppermint & Lemongrass Foot Balm - this is gorgeous! Rich and luxurious and kind to your feet. I'll definitely buy again.

This Works Sleep Plus+ Pillow Spray 5ml - I loved this. Full size is on the wishlist. See my review here.


Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Gentle Shower Cream sachet - this was lovely to use, smells gorgeous and lasted 2 uses. Would maybe buy.

What have you been using up this month?

*PR samples

Friday, 27 March 2015

Love Lula Wishlist

I love browsing online. Here are my current Love Lula wants! (Thankfully payday is next week and a few of these will be mine!)

ila spa Hand Wash for Purifying Skin 300ml (£18) - this hand wash is simply gorgeous. I first tried it at Blythswood Square Hotel in their toilets. It contains essential oils of Ylang Ylang and Petigrain.

Antipodes Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand & Body Cream 120ml (£26.99) - I first tried this cream last year in Wholefoods London but not got round to buying it yet.  Deeply nourishing and scented with feijoa, wild blackcurrant and fig. I adore their Delight Hand & Body Cream.

JOIK Alcohol free Facial Toner with Aloe and Sea Buckthorn Oil 100ml (£10.90) - I'm always keen to try more products from this lovely brand.  This toner refines, regenerates, firms and refreshes.

JOIK Luxurious Rose Bath Milk 380g (£14.50) - I'm a sucker for gorgeous bath products and this bath milk sounds perfect.  It contains milk powder and rose essential oil and helps turn your bath into a spa like experience.

And yet more JOIK! JOIK Green Apple Body Lotion with Soothing Aloe 150ml (£14) - this body lotion absorbs quickly leaving the skin nourished. I think it would be perfect to use as after sun.

Oskia Renaissance Hand Cream 150ml (£21) - I've tried a sample of this hand cream before and I just loved it. Packed with butters and natural actives this hand cream nourishes, combats dryness, blurs age spots and deeply moisturising the hands (and it smells of roses).

Skin & Tonic Steam Clean 50g (£27) - I'm a huge fan of this minty cleansing balm and would love to have a full size jar!

What's on your Love Lula wishlist?

Thursday, 26 March 2015

March: Lately I've been Loving

Here's what I've been loving in March:

JustBe Radiant Enriched Soap(£8.50 with wooden soap rest) - I adore bars of soap and this one is gorgeous.  Made with Shea butter, Rosehip oil and pink clay the soap is scented with Patchouli & Rosewood and are hand made in small batches. Perfect for a treat for yourself or as a gift.

We went for lunch to Apiary Restaurant and enjoyed some lovely food (2 courses £9.50). They also offer a fab range of sorbets and ice creams. I couldn't resist Bloody Mary flavour!

That same afternoon we stopped by The Southern and I had their Taster Flight of cocktails which were yummy (Lychee Mojito, Chocolate Cosmo & Sour Fruit Mash). They change their taster selection every Tuesday - must go back soon!

Meeting Jo Fairley (Beauty Bible, The Perfume Society) at The Perfume Society's Rock the Ages night at Jo Malone was just amazing! See my post about the evening here.

I've been enjoying flicking through the super informative Natural Beauty Yearbook 2015 and seeing a whole host of familiar faces and names!  

Bee Good Honey & Wild Flax Daily Moisturiser (£19.50 - 50ml)** - this lightweight moisturiser is suitable for normal and combination skins and perfect for spring and summer use.  Absorbing quickly it leaves the skin soft, smooth and nourished.  Stuffed full of good things for the skin including British Wildflower Honey and Propolis. It is suitable for use both AM and PM.

ESPA Naturally Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF15 7.5ml sample** - this tinted moisturiser is just fab! It gives an even light coverage which makes the skin look glowy and radiant and is a great alternative to foundation (perfect for summer). Matte mineral pigments are fused with Jojoba oil and the tinted moisturiser is available in 4 shades - Nude, Blush, Almond & Tan. Can be worn as it is or mixed with moisturiser/serum.

What have you been loving in March?

**PR Samples

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Shopping my Stash #63

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

Bee Good Honey & Crambe Daily Hand Cream 50ml* - this deliciously nourishing hand cream absorbs instantly leaving the hands feeling comfortable, moisturised and soft as well as smelling gorgeous!

Diptyque Philosykos Perfume oil Roll on - I simply love this fig scent which just means summer for me. Especially on hot summer days in Greece! It's one of my favourite scents. Ever.

Giorgio Armani Rouge d'armani Lipstick in 512 - this is a new lippy for me having bought it when I went for a make over recently before The Perfume Society event at Jo Malone. It's a beautiful rose pink shade which is long lasting.

MOX Botanicals Yakima Valley Peppermint Lip Butter - this lip balm is peppermint scented and deeply nourishes the lips.

Eye of Horus Charcoal Obsidian Goddess Pencil in Charcoal - I got this eyeliner in the Dream box by British Beauty Blogger. It is an incredibly long lasting, creamy liner with a little bit of sparkle. Love!

What have you been reaching for lately?

*PR sample

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser

I've been testing out this wonderful Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser (£52 - 125ml* which is available to buy from Naturisimo) and is a new launch. I can quite honestly say it is one of the nicest cleansers I've ever used!

The product is packaged in a sturdy box and presented in a glass pump bottle which makes it easy to dispense the exact amount needed. I was also sent a trial size of the Resurfacing Mask which I'll review soon.

The Tata Harper skincare range is created at Tata's 1,200 acre farm in Vermont where they grow as many ingredients as possible, carry out research and development, formulas and all packaging, marketing and distribution is done there. The products are 100% natural, 65% organic and are vegan.  Free from parabens, PEGs, phthalates, artificial perfumes and colours.  Certified organic by EcoCert and no animal testing.  

The Nourishing Oil Cleanser can be used as a make-up remover or as a cleanser.  It dissolves make up and impurities and leaves the skin feeling soft, clean and refreshed. It also has a lovely scent (fruity/floral) and is up there in my top 5 cleansers. It is pricey but this bottle would last at least 6 months.

Make up Remover: apply the oil to a cotton pad and wipe over face and eyes. Follow with your cleanser or second cleanse with the oil.

To cleanse: apply the oil to dry skin (1 pump) massaging into the skin to remove make up and impurities. With wet fingers continue to massage until the oil becomes milky. Rinse with a warmed muslin cloth.

Ingredients: Rosa Canina Seed oil*, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Olea europea (Olive) Oil*, Argania spinosa (Argan) Kernel oil*, Plukenetia (Sacha Inchi) Volubilis, Jojoba Esters, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Aroma**, Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Arnica montana (Arnica) Leaves and flowers*, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Symphytum officinale (Comfrey) Leaves*, Borago officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) flower Extract*, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract.

My verdict? I love it and would buy!  What's your favourite Tata Harper product?

*PR sample

Monday, 23 March 2015

Spring Scents

These are the scents I'm currently enjoying:

Laboratory Perfumes Gorse No.002 EDT - I just love this coconutty and fresh scented perfume. See my review here.  True Nature Botanicals Noble Floral Solid Perfume* - this floral is divine. With notes of rose, jasmine, tuberose and citrus. It is super feminine and oh so pretty!  See my review here

An old favourite is Jo Malone's Grapefruit cologne - I love its fresh and light fruity scent (I like combining it with Lime, Basil & Mandarin or Red Roses). I've been loving these two scents from Shay & Blue - Blood Oranges which is super fruity, juicy and slightly sweet and Almond Cucumber a light and refreshing scent.

What perfumes are you using right now?

*PR sample

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Ruth Romano: Lemongrass Dead Sea Bath Soak, Handwash & Lime Lip Balm

Ruth got in touch with me after I posted about her mini Lemongrass soap see here to see if I'd like to try some of her other products.  I've been testing out her Organic Lemongrass Handwash (£8 - 250ml)*Dead Sea Bath Soak - Lemongrass (£8 - 400g)* and her award winning Lime Lip Balm (£3.95 - 15g).

I can honestly say I've been loving using all the products. The handwash and bath soak are truly uplifting and a joy to use as well as being very reasonably priced.

Ruth was diagnosed with breast cancer at 32 with no family history of the disease she began to take a closer look at the products she used and their ingredients. She decided to create her own natural products which are free from palm oil, parabens, artificial perfumes, phthalates, SLS and SLES.

Organic Lemongrass Hand Wash - this wash is truly uplifting and one I'll buy for sure. Very gentle on the hands it is naturally anti-bacterial containing no preservatives or any harsh detergents.  Love!

Dead Sea Bath Soak - Lemongrass - these salts are perfect for relaxing and calming the mind.  Dead Sea salts which are rich in minerals calm and soothe aching muscles and joints. Lemongrass essential oil revitalises both the body and mind.  Sprinkle into warm water, soak and enjoy. Again a keeper!

Lime Lip Balm - this award winning lip balm (Platinum Winner Janey Loves Awards 2014) is stuffed full of Organic Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil, Organic Shea Butter and Lime essential oil.  It nourishes, soothes and scents the lips with a zingy lime flavour.

Have you tried anything from Ruth Romano?

*complimentary - sent for review

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Dream Box III by British Beauty Blogger & Latest in Beauty

I found I couldn't resist Jane's (British Beauty Blogger) third collaboration with Latest in Beauty. Costing £21.95 with free P&P it is jam packed full of 16 beauty products and worth over £110!

There are a couple of items I won't use so I'll pass them on. Here's what is inside:

Eye of Horus Pencil (full size worth £17.99) - this paraben free eye pencil has a creamy formula which is easy to apply, waterproof, smudgeproof and long lasting. I got Charcoal which is a grey shade with a sparkly shimmer. Love!

DECIEM Hand Chemistry (30ml worth £8) - I recently tried this wonder hand cream and fell in love. Believe the hype - use for 10 days and see amazing results on dry and chapped hands.

Salon Science Reglosse Smoothing Serum (50ml worth £18) - I'm always on the lookout for new hair products. This will soften and smooth. Can't wait to try!

Nuxe Masque Creme Fraiche - 24 hr Soothing & Rehydrating Fresh Mask (full size 50ml worth £18.50) - I'm a huge Nuxe fan so looking forward to try this suitable for all skin types mask.

The Scottish Fine Soaps Company Au Lait Luxury Milk Soap (full size 100g - £4.95) - I love bars of soap and this one smells divine.

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier EDP (1.5ml sample worth £1.26) - I received the eau fraiche of this scent in my recent The Perfume Society Box and loved it so looking forward to trying the stronger EDP.

Dr Organic Cherry Lip Balm (5.7g full size worth £3.40) - huge Dr Organic and Lip Balm fan. It contains a SPF15 so I'll be popping this one in my holiday bag.

OLE HENRIKSEN Pure Truth Melting Cleanser 3 in 1 Cleansing Gelee (15ml worth £3.05) - I love the Truth Serum and the facial wipes from this brand. Looking forward to trying it.

Crabtree & Evelyn Pear & Magnolia Body Lotion (50ml worth £5) - this has the sweetest scent. It actually makes my mouth water! The lotion absorbs quickly leaving the skin lightly scented.

Bourjois Rouge Velvet (full size worth £8.99) - I got the shade Don't Pink Of It which is a gorgeous matt pink shade.

benefit they're Real Remover (7.5ml worth £2.18) - I wear benefit's mascaras so looking forward to testing this out. It's meant to make removing waterproof mascara easily without any dragging or pulling.

Orelia Temporary Tattoos (one sheet worth £5) - I used to buy temporary tattoos from Estee Lauder years ago so looking forward to trying these ones.

Essence Nail Polish (2 full size worth £3.60) - I'm looking forward to wearing these on my toes in summer (especially the pastel one). Pretty and wearable in nude and pastel.

Make up Revolution The One Fluid Blusher - Rush Me (full size worth £3) - I won't use this so will pass it on.

Vita Liberata Luxury Tan for Face & Body with mitt (20ml worth £9) - I'm not really a fake tan fan so I'll pass this one on too.

All in all, a great box. Pick it up HERE.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Cult Beauty Wishlist #3

I just adore browsing at Cult Beauty. Here are some current wishlist items:

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Firm & Revitalise Dry Body Oil (100ml - £48) I previously tried a sample of this and I loved it! A beautiful light oil which absorbs instantly leaving the skin smelling delicious and silky soft.  It is scented with Neroli, Lavender, Rose and Mandarin.

de Mamiel Spring Facial Oil (20ml - £67) I'm a huge fan of this brand having loved their Salvation Body Oil and currently loving Rosey Lip Balm. This oil addresses your skincare needs in Spring.  Perfect!

ila spa Bath Salts for Inner Peace (500g - £49) these salts sound incredible! Perfect to use when stressed, overworked and needing a little bit of calm and relaxation. A blend of minerals, trace elements, essential oils of sandalwood, jasmine and rose damascena and Himalayan salts. Perfect for use just before bed.

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil (110ml - £30) this is my all time favourite bath oil which I've mentioned time and time again on the blog.  I've not had a bottle of this for ages. 

kai Reed Diffuser (£60) I'm a huge fan of kai perfume oil (a blend of Gardenia, Jasmine, Lily, Tuberose and green notes) so I know I'd love this super luxe reed diffuser.

What's on your Cult Beauty Wishlist?

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Little Treats #7

Mauli Rituals Nourishing Shave & Beard Oil sample* - this luxe oil is great for taming eyebrows!  It is a rich blend of oils and essences and has a lovely aromatic scent. I've also tried it out after shaving my legs.  Blue Labelle Hand Oil 10ml - this super moisturising oil is simply one of the nicest hand oils I've used. See my review here.

Caudalie Premier Cru The Elixir 10ml* - I first mentioned the elixir here. I've been trying it for a few weeks now and I can honestly say it's one of these must tries!  The elixir absorbs instantly leaving the skin nourished and radiant. It's a half oil-half serum and is packed full of good things for the skin. Just apply to the face and neck AM and PM before face cream.  

Ruth Romano Lime Lip Balm 15g* - this zingy award winning balm is super-moisturising, soothing and leaves the lips scented with lime.  lj's Cucumber & Watermelon Eye Serum sample* - this rich serum smoothes, hydrates and helps to reduce fine lines. Easily absorbed it rejuvenates and nourishes the eye area.

What mini products have you been enjoying lately?

*PR samples

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

lj's Natural Solutions: Organic Purity Rose Body Oil

I'm a huge fan of Lisa's lovely products and being a lover of rose scents I knew I'd have to try her new Organic Purity Rose Body Oil (£14.95 - 50ml).

This super luxe oil absorbs instantly into the skin leaving it with a gentle rosey scent.  Made with Organic Argan, Rosehip and Avocado oils along with Vitamin E and Rose Essential Oil.

It regenerates, hydrates, heals, has an uplifting scent and feels lovely on the skin. My only negative (and it's small) is that I'd like it to smell a bit stronger of rose (but I know rose oil is super expensive!)

Rub onto the skin after your bath or shower for nourished and happy skin! I'll be buying it again at the end of the month for sure!

lj's Natural Solutions products contain no parabens, petrochemicals, sulphates, artificial colours or fragrances.

Have you tried this body oil? What's your favourite product from the range?

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Discover Mauli Gift Set

I've had this gorgeous little gift set (£22) for a few weeks now. It is the perfect way to try the products (you are sure to find a favourite or three!)

Mauli was founded by husband and wife team, Anita & Bittu Kaushal who went on a pilgrimage to India, their homeland after a life changing event. They "re-discovered the healing powers of India's ancient wisdom, traditions and revered beauty rituals".

The products are super luxe, natural, have exquisite scents and are handcrafted in England. The blends are "inspired by the beauty rituals and timeless wisdom of Ayurveda". They honour their son's future and the memory of their daughter Milli's past.  £1 is donated from each purchase to causes which enrich the lives of children.

The range is free from parabens, silicone, mineral oil, sulphates, phthalates, GMO, PEGs, TEA, DEA and synthetic fragrances.

I chose the Discover Mauli Gift Set which contains:

a Mauli with 3 silver bells which is a sacred thread which forms an integral part of any blessing ritual invoking goodwill when tied on the wrist of the recipient.

30g Sacred Himalayan Detox Salts (these are made by Michelle Roques O'Neil) and I'm already a huge fan. The salts come with a cute little spoon.

5ml Sacred Union Scent & Dry Oil - this exquisitely scented oil is just divine! Full size is on the ever expanding wishlist! A blend of skin loving oils and scented with lime, lavender, sweet blood orange, geranium, sandalwood, cedarwood, vanilla, frankincense, patchouli, jasmine sambac and rose otto.

3g Sandalwood, Rose & Saffron Radiant Exfoliator - mix with water or cleanser to exfoliate the skin. It can also be used as a mask. Inspired by the wedding ritual of shedding the old skin and preparing for a new life. This again smells delicious and is one of my favourites.

5ml Grow Strong Hair Oil - this overnight treatment reconstructs, moisturises and protects the hair. Wash out in the morning for super glossy and healthy hair. It can also be left on for a couple of hours before washing.

0.5ml Pure Perfume Oil - this rich blend has notes of citrus, tuberose, jasmine, samba, champa, rose otto, vanilla, sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh and pink lotus. On me I can smell an note of incense. Apply to pulse points on neck and wrists.

1 x Pure Muslin Cloth

Have you tried any Mauli products before?

Monday, 16 March 2015

Narynda Skincare Review

Narynda recently sent me some of her lovely skincare products to review.  She first started creating products for herself after being diagnosed with stress-induced dermatitis. She started experimenting with left over wax from her honey bee harvest.  The cream that she made cleared up her dermatitis and improved her skin.  

She began making products for friends and they all loved them so she decided to produce and sell them.  See the website here.

I've been really enjoying using the products Narynda sent me. My stand out products are the Toner (100ml - £12.50)* and the Heel Balm (50ml - £9.50)*. I was also sent Day Cream (50ml - £17.50)* and Cleanser (100ml - £12.50)* with cloth.

*Cleanser: this is a deeply cleansing balm which gets rid of make up and daily grime as well as moisturising the skin. Using the linen cloth provided applying a small amount in circular motions to the skin. Rinse or wipe with a warmed wet muslin cloth.  You can also slightly dampen your skin before use (my favourite way to use the cleanser) which turns the gel into a cleansing milk before splashing the skin clean with lukewarm water.

*Toner: this is the star product for me from the range. It contains neroli essential oil which smoothes, repairs, strengthens, tones and refreshes. Hyaluronic Acid nourishes, renews and moisturises. Oat peptides help to promote Collagen formation which helps with lines and wrinkles and Multi-Fruit botanical extracts promote Collagen synthesis and elasticity.  Apply to the skin using a cotton pad. I'm so used to spray toners but I found this lovely to use and it's a product I'd buy.

*Day Cream: this cream is a best-seller.  It is light and easily absorbed. I thought the cream was nice to use but I wasn't in love with the oat-y scent. It repairs, renews, regenerates and hydrates the skin. Use a small amount massaging it into the skin in circular motions.

*Heel Balm: this super rich foot balm is amazing and I can quite honestly say one of the best foot products I've ever used!  You only need the tiniest amount for soft and nourished feet. It contains Chamomile & Cranberry butters which soothe and repair the feet.  Use after your bath or shower rubbing a small amount over soles and heels.

Have you tried any products from the Narynda Skincare range? If so, what's your favourites?

*PR samples

Saturday, 14 March 2015

The Perfume Society: Rock the Ages Edinburgh at Jo Malone

Last night with my friend Julie I attended a fantastic The Perfume Society Event at Jo Malone London at their Edinburgh store (£25 redeemable). I got to meet the fabulous Jo Fairley, Global Fragrance Ambassador Chris Wyatt, whose talk about the Rock the Ages collection was very interesting and Lorna McKay from The Perfume Society. It really was a fab night.

We enjoyed champagne, canapes and a hand & arm massage (I chose Tudor Rose & Amber (from Rock the Ages collection) and Lime Basil & Mandarin combo which was divine!

The scents in the Rock the Ages collection are - Tudor Rose & Amber (my fav & inspired by Tudor times), Lily of the Valley & Ivy (the Georgian era) Pomegranate Noir (already a favourite captures Victorian Britain), Geranium & Verbena (Edwardian times) and Birch & Black Pepper. (Britain today). Go in store and smell them if you haven't already.

If you bought anything from the Rock the Ages collection the box was embossed with an initialed wax seal which I think was a nice touch.  Thanks also to Lucy & Hannah for our hand and arm massages!

I decided to buy Tudor Rose & Amber Cologne (30ml) from the Rock the Ages collection (It'll layer perfectly with Red Roses and Grapefruit). With notes of rose absolute, clove, ginger and amber - it's really lovely and I'm looking forward to wearing it.

We also receive a goody bag containing a 30ml bottle of Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne which I thought was a very, very generous gift.

Thanks to Jo Malone London & The Perfume Society for hosting such an amazing event!