Review: Burt’s Bees – Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap

I bought the Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap which is made by Burt’s Bees last week in one of my Amazon hauls and I am seriously loving it so far. I have really sensitive skin and psoriasis, so I have learned that washing my skin with a natural and gentle soap is a must. I love Burt’s Bees because most of their products are 99% natural, over half of them are 100% natural and they are all cruelty free.


Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap

The Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap is part of the baby-care range at Burt’s Bees. It is a gentle, 100% natural soap which is mild enough to be used on babies delicate skin. The soap is made the USA and it contains buttermilk which is richer in fats and emollients than whole milk and it is a natural, soothing skin cleanser and skin softener.  The soap doesn’t contain parabens, phthalates, petroleum or SLS ingredients and it is also cruelty-free.

The Buttermilk Soap comes in a small little box and the packaging of the soap is just lovely – the box is a gorgeous, honey-yellow colour which features a honeycomb print with cute little bumble bees and a there is a beehive sketch in the centre. There is a little bit of info about the soap on the back and sides of the box.

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Thoughts:

I really love this soap and wish I had bought it sooner. I’ve fallen in love with the scent of it, which smells absolutely creamy, natural and gorgeous. The soap does contain parfum/fragrance but it is a natural one and not artificial so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. I love that this soap contains no nasty ingredients at all and it is a 100% natural soap. Considering it is a natural skincare product is really does lather well and feels creamy and soothing on the skin. As you may know, I have psoriasis and sensitive skin so my skin is easily irritated and it is often sensitive and dry but this soap is so gentle on my skin whilst cleansing it and moisturising it at the same time.

I have also been using other natural skincare products in conjunction with this soap and my psoriasis – which flared up badly recently has began to clear up so I’m over the moon, as you can imagine. I really do think that by using natural skincare products works absolute wonders for you when you have sensitive skin or a skin disorder and it is wise to avoid products which contain harsh ingredients which will make you symptoms worse. Always check the ingredients list and research each one if your unsure.

One thing I was baffled about was on the box it says the soap is a 100% natural product but on the website it says it is a 99.4% natural product!

Make your mind up Burt’s Bees. Ha.

I will definitely be purchasing this soap again, gain and again and think I’ll probably use it for the rest of my life because I like it so much. So, as you probably guessed, I 100000% recommend the Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap to everyone and anyone & especially for those with sensitive skin, psoriasis and eczema.


Where To Buy?

I got my Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap HERE on Amazon UK for £3.32.

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Review: Pure Potions – Skin Salvation Bath & Body Emollient Oil For Psoriasis, Eczema & Dermatitis

About two weeks ago now – I received a bundle of skincare goodies to try out on my sensitive skin and psoriasis and review them on my blog. The company who kindly gifted me the products are an amazing, award-winning, natural skincare brand called Pure Potions – all of their skincare products are cruelty-free, natural and free from harsh chemicals such as parabens, perfumes and synthetic ingredients. They are based in the UK but they do ship worldwide. I was also sent the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil which I have already reviewed here as well as their Scalp Oil for my scalp psoriasis – which I’ve yet to review.

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What Is The Bath & Body Emollient:

The Bath & Body Emollient Oil is an all-purpose, 100% natural moisturing oil suitable for all skin types and formulated to replenish moisture lost by bathing or showering. Added to bath water or smoothed on after bathing, this rich, nourishing oil reduces the drying effects of water by locking in moisture and can replace the need for potentially-irritating foaming and perfumed body washes or soap. Made from organic hemp, olive, calendula and safflower oils with chamomile and lavender essential oils. The Skin Salvation collection has also won the Best Eczema Range at the 2017 Natural Health International Beauty Awards so this proves how amazing the oil is.


First Impressions:

The Bath & Body Emollient Oil comes in a 200 ml, dark green plastic bottle. It has a white lockable flip-lid an there is a lot of info printed on the back of the bottle, such as ingredients, directions for use, benefits, etc… The packaging looks very fresh and attractive and has a ‘natural’ look. It has a very natural, herbal scent and before I even looked at the ingredients list I noticed that it had a strong cannabis / marijuana scent – after looking at the ingredients list – it does in fact contain cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, I can also smell the lavender essential oil too. The Bath & Body Emollient Oil has a shelf life of 6 months (natural products have a shorter shelf life than products with artificial ingredients) and the bottle is recyclable.

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How To Use The Bath & Body Emollient Oil:

This multi-purposes oil can be added to bath water and applied to damp or dry skin as a moisturising oil, it can also be used as a facial cleanser, a massage oil and a shaving oil.


My Thoughts On The Bath & Body Emollient Oil:

I mainly use my oil in the bath, it says on the bottle to add one or two tablespoons of the oil to a warm bath but I just put about three squirts into my bath straight from the bottle. Whilst bathing in the oil I can feel the oil working it’s magic and my skin instantly looks and feels smoother. When I get out of the tub I can see how well it has worked on my psoriasis because my silver scales have ‘melted’ and my red patches are much lighter in colour.

I’ve also applied the oil after bathing on my damp skin and onto dry skin as a moisturiser. The oil doesn’t feel sticky or greasy and I was surprised at how quickly the oil absorbed into my skin. I rarely take showers, as I prefer soaking in the bath tub but when I do, I apply a little of the oil to my palms and rub my whole body with my hands to make my skin feel soft and smooth and it adds moisture to my dry skin and soothes my irritated, itchy skin.

I’ve only really used the oil as a facial cleanser once or twice as I prefer to use my Omega Rich Cleansing Oil instead but it can and does work as a cleanser for the face. I applied a little bit of oil to my face, massaged it in leaving the oil to soak into my face then washed it off with a damp wash cloth. My skin was left looking clean and feeling soft and it made my complexion radiant and glowing.

After two weeks of bathing in the oil three times a week my psoriasis looks a million times better and I love how pink my patches look instead of bright red. I really wish I took before and after pictures to show you guys what I mean. So although I still have my psoriasis, this oil has definitely helped and they are starting to look like they are disappearing. My skin feels soft and is less dry than before and I just really love this oil and it works AMAZING as a shaving oil – because I have psoriasis on my legs I have been finding it difficult to shave so eek, I have had gorilla legs for a few weeks as my skin has flared up badly. The boyfriend really fancies me, hey! Ha. This oil allows me to shave my legs with ease and I absolutely love it for this reason alone. So, if you struggle with shaving – I 100% recommend giving this oil a try.

The only thing I don’t like about the oil is the need to clean my bath afterwards, I usually just give my bathtub a quick wipe and rinse with the shower head after bathing but with this oil you have to seriously give it a good scrub with elbow grease as the oil sticks to the bath – water alone won’t remove the oil. Not a big problem, I know, but I’m lazy! Ha ha.

Disclosure: This product was gifted to me for review purposes. All words are my own and have not been influenced by the brand and this review is based on my own experience with the product.


Recommended For:

The Bath & Body Emollient Oil is suitable for all skin types but I especially recommend it for those who suffer with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and dry, sensitive skin.


Where To Buy?

You can get a 200 ml bottle of the Bath & Body Emollient Oil here for £12.99.

A 300 ml bottle is also available for £19.00.

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Review: Moroccan Rose Water Facial Mist Spray – InstaNatural

I was sent this Moroccan Rose Water from InstaNatural a while back and it has become a part of my daily skin care routine ever since. InstaNatural is a natural, cruelty-free skincare brand based in the USA. They sell a wide range of organic and natural products including face masks, aromatherapy oils, natural oils, cleansers, moisturisers, toners, etc… and all of their products contain no nasty ingredients such as parabens, colourants and artificial fragrances. I absolutely love InstaNatural and I already have lots of products from the brand and I love every one of them.

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What is it?

”Our Rose Water is 100% pure, natural water made from Rosa Damascena flower petals with no artificial fragrances, preservatives or added chemicals. Rose Water is a multifunctional treatment with soothing, hydrating and revitalizing properties. This product naturally balances the skin’s pH and is an effective toner for any dry or troubling skin.” – InstaNatural


First Impressions:

The Moroccan Rose Water comes in an outer cardboard box and inside is the 120 ml white, glass spray bottle which has a spray nozzle and a clear plastic lid. The packaging is simple, fresh and attractive and there is a lot of info about the rose water on the back of the box & bottle including ingredients, how to use, benefits, etc… The Moroccan Rose Water is basically a water spray and it has a subtle rose scent which smells so pretty.

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My Thoughts On The Moroccan Rose Water:

I absolutely love this spray and use it for everything. I love how it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances – so it is gentle and kind on my sensitive skin and it doesn’t irritate my psoriasis or make them worse. It literally smells amazing – I love rose-scented products and this rose water has a gorgeous, natural scent which smells beautiful.

After cleansing my skin, I use this Moroccan Rose Water as a toner by applying some of the rose water to a cotton pad and wiping it over my face and neck to close my pores and prevent blackheads. I also use it on damp skin after bathing and showering too and it helps to hydrate and soothe my dry skin. Now and again, I spray a little onto my hair and scalp and comb through and it makes my hair moisturised, shinier and it soothes my irritated scalp.

My favourite way to use the Moroccan Rose water is to spray some onto my skin after applying my foundation, concealer and setting powder. I just apply one or two spritz of the water to my face and my make-up looks so much more natural and flawless afterwards. It is a great little make-up setting spray and I love how it makes cakey powder appear more dewy and radiant. I  love how this is a multi-purpose spray and it can also be used as a aftershave, for aromatherapy uses, treating sunburn, for removing make-up, perking up tired, puffy eyes and so much more.

Disclosure: – This product was gifted to me for review purposes.


Recommended For:

The Moroccan Rose Water is perfect for all skin types but I would especially recommend it for those with oily, dry or sensitive skin and those who suffer with skin complaints such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.


Where To Buy?

I did get mine HERE from InstaNatural’s Amazon UK shop but they don’t seem to stock the rose water anymore. I’ve had a look on Google too for UK shops who sell InstaNatural products and I can’t seem to find any. If I do I will update this post.

If you are from the USA you can shop  it for $13.97 HERE on Amazon.com or HERE on the website.


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Review: Exotic Body Wash With Organic Coconut & Organic Vanilla by Lavera (Eco Natural Products)

Eco Natural Products kindly sent me a little gift to try out on my sensitive skin and review it on my blog. It is the 100% natural & organic cruelty-free Exotic Body Wash by Lavera which is enriched with organic coconut & organic vanilla. It is a mild and gentle body wash made with organic plant ingredients and natural essential oils. It is free-from harsh chemicals and skin irritants such as parabens, SLS/ALS, paraffin, phthalate, plastic microbeads and mineral oil and it is also free of GMO’s, colourants, synthetic fragrances and preservatives. It is dermatologically approved and non-drying on the skin – making it feel cleansed, smooth, silky soft and moisturised.

Lavera is a health, beauty and skincare brand who are based in Germany. They have over 300 natural and organic beauty and skincare products which are all formulated without synthetic preservatives, colours or fragrances, and developed for sensitive skin. They also do make-up, skin-care, hair-care and baby-care as well as others.

 Eco Natural Products sell natural, organic, eco-friendly, cruelty free and vegan friendly beauty and skincare products. They also sell aromatherapy products, Marseille soap, alum stone, varieties of natural cosmetic clays, natural fragrances, natural and organic make up, toiletries, washing Indian nuts and extremely hard to get Syrian Aleppo Soap. Literally everything. They have an online store as well a local shop in Bournemouth and mainly sell foreign beauty & skincare products which are not available to buy elsewhere in the UK – which makes them pretty special, hey!

First Impressions:

The Exotic Body Wash comes in a big 200 ml aqua blue and white, squeezy tube and it has a lockable white flip-lid. There is quite a lot of product in the tube, so it will last a while. The packaging is bright and pretty and the blue on the bottle is so gorgeous, it is one of my fave colours. The tube has all the relevant information printed on the back, such as ingredients, how to use, etc… The body wash itself is clear, transparent and has a smooth, gel-like consistency. It smells absolutely gorgeous too, very sweet and ‘coconutty’, I am a big coconut fan and just love coconut skincare products, so this was like actual heaven for me.

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My Thoughts On The Exotic Body Wash:

Like I mentioned above it smells really lovely & nice, I absolutely love the smell of creamy coconut and sweet vanilla but I did find that the scent did not linger on my skin after using, it still smells amazing though!  I use mine as a body wash when taking a bath and I use it as a shower gel too, I just apply a bit of the body wash to a bath sponge and wash my whole body with it. I also use it as bubble bath by adding a little of the product under a warm running tap to create lots of gorgeous bubbles. I’ve even washed my face with it a couple of times too – I know it’s a body wash but I don’t care, my face feels so soft and clean afterwards. It works up a great little lather and feels so soft and gentle on the skin – before using this body wash, my skin was feeling dry and irritated and after using for a couple of days straight, (twice a day) my skin is much calmer and softer now. I love how it doesn’t contain any nasty ingredients as I find when I use skincare products with chemicals in, my psoriasis flares up days later. The Exotic Body Wash has been so gentle on my skin and I can definitely see it being a favourite of mine from now on.

I also think it is 100% great value for money as the tube has a lot of product in so it’s long-lasting and the ingredients are all natural and kind. I have found most natural & organic products that I have tried to be a bit on the expensive side, so I was surprised at how cheap this was at just under 7 quid. There is nothing at all that I don’t like about the Exotic Body Wash and I’m excited to try out some other products from Lavera to help my sensitive skin & my psoriasis.

Would I buy again?

I would definitely re-purchase the Exotic Body Wash again as I love how gentle it is on my skin and doesn’t irritate my psoriasis either. There is an Exotic Body Lotion too which I will have to try. I love discovering new brands and finding new products to try on my skin and I will certainly be browsing a few other brands on Eco Natural Products’ website to see what else I can get next. Eco Natural Products is a great little online store and they have such wonderful customer service – so I highly recommend them and I will certainly be shopping with them again.

Recommended For:

I would recommend the Exotic Body Wash to just about anyone! It is perfect for people who prefer to use cruelty-free skincare products and I would especially recommend the body wash for those with sensitive, dry and allergy prone skin and anybody who suffers with skin problems and skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema.

 Disclosure: This product was sent to me free of charge for review purposes only. I have been completely honest in this review and I have shared my own personal experiences that I have had with the product.

Where To Buy?

If you are from the UK – you can buy it HERE for £6.45. You can get a free coupon when you sign up to the Eco Natural Products newsletter too.

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YouTube Made Me Buy It: Too Faced – Born This Way Foundation – Review

Usually, I use drugstore brands such as Rimmel, MAX-FACTOR & Maybelline when buying foundations but after watching so many beauty guru’s putting the Born This Way foundation on a pedestal, I just had to buy it and try it out for myself. I’ve had my bottle for a few months now and it’s practically empty so I will definitely be repurchasing as it is without a doubt the BEST foundation I have ever used.

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What Is The Born This Way Foundation?

” This oil-free foundation masterfully diffuses the line between make-up and skin. Coverage so undetectable and skin so naturally radiant, they’ll think you were BORN THIS WAY.” – Too Faced

The Born This Way foundation is an undetectable, medium to full coverage foundation which is infused with Coconut Water to replenish skins moisture levels and hydrate the skin. It’s also enriched with Alpine Rose which will help to brighten the skins appearance and promote elasticity. Also, it contains Hyaluronic Acid which works by giving the skin a smoother, more youthful appearance.

First Impressions:

I absolutely love all of Too Faced’s packaging, absolutely gorge! The Born This Way foundation is no different either. It is a 30 ml bottle which comes in a pretty little pink box and inside is a frosted glass bottle with gorgeous gold detailing and writing. It has a black pump dispenser which can also be screwed off. On the bottom of the bottle it says the foundation can be used up to twelve months after opening too.

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Shades To Choose From:

There are a whopping 24 shades to choose from so whether your light-skinned or dark-skinned there will be a colour for you. I’ve posted all the available shades below but if you want to skip straight to my review just keep scrolling down.


 

Swan (NEW)fairest with neutral undertones

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Ivoryfairest with golden undertones

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Almond (NEW)very fair with golden undertones

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Pearl – very fair with rosy undertones

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Porcelainvery fair with neutral undertones

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Vanillafair with neutral undertones

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Nudevery light with rosy undertones

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Warm Nudevery light with neutral undertones

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Golden Beige (NEW) light with golden undertones

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Light Beigelight with neutral undertones

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Natural Beigelight medium with neutral undertones

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Warm Beigemedium with neutral undertones

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Sandmedium with golden undertones

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Goldenmedium with rosy undertones

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Warm Sand (NEW)tan with golden undertones

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Honeytan with neutral undertones

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Caramelrich tan with neutral undertones

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Mocharich tan with rosy undertones

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Mapledeep with neutral undertones

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Chestnutdeep with golden undertones

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Mahogany – very deep with golden undertones

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Hazelnut – deepest with rosy undertones

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When I don’t apply fake tan I am very pale and quite fair skinned, I also have pink undertones in my skin so I chose the Warm Nude shade in the foundation because it it is very light and has neutral undertones with will hide the pinkness in my skin, for this reason I didn’t pick a golden or rosy foundation. The Warm Nude shade is probably a shade darker than my natural skin-tone but because I wear a light fake tan, it blends in easily with the rest of my skin. If I was to not wear fake tan I think the shades Vanilla and Porcelain would be my perfect match – next time I think I’ll buy one of those shades.

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Me wearing Too Faced Born This Way foundation in shade Warm Nude. Please ignore my eyebrows – I’m trying to let them grow so I can re-shape! 🙂
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Another pic wearing the shade Warm Nude. I am also wearing fake tan, blusher and banana powder here.

The main reason why I love the Born This Way foundation is because it makes my skin look more youthful! I’ve just turned dirty thirty and unfortunately, my skin is not what is used to be in my twenties. I have fine lines around my eyes and a deep set wrinkle between my eyebrows which I despise so much and the foundation made them look way less noticeable by deeply moisturising my skin. I reckon I can pass for 25 years old when wearing this foundation, ha ha (wishful thinking) so for that reason alone I absolutely adore it.

You lot know that I have psoriasis and luckily, I rarely get any of it on my face – I don’t get many blemishes or pimples either but I do have a very dull, boring complexion with large pores on my cheeks and this foundation makes my skin look so much brighter, completely conceals my large pores and makes my skin look radiant and glowy. It is seriously just perfect.

The foundation provides a natural coverage and if you choose the right shade to match your natural skin-tone – it will literally look as if you are completely barefaced and aren’t wearing make-up at all. It is super light weight too and it feels like you aren’t even wearing it because the skin feels like it can breathe. I hate heavy foundations that feel suffocating on the skin so this gets a big thumbs up for being light and fresh.

I apply it in the morning time with a beauty blender and it seriously stays on all day and night without fading. It doesn’t oxidise on the skin either and wont make your face look orange / darker after applying

Like I said before, I don’t get many blemishes on my skin so I don’t really need a full coverage foundation so just one layer is enough for me. It is a medium coverage foundation and one pump is enough to cover blemishes but you can build to full coverage by layering as needed.

I tested a little bit out on my psoriasis for you guys to show you how well it covers imperfections. Please keep in mind that my psoriasis are raised.

Before applying Born This Way:

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After applying one layer of Born This Way:

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This just looks like a white sheet of paper! I’m so pale – ha ha.

The only thing I didn’t like was after a few hours – (I’m talking 12 hours later / at the end of the day) my skin was shiny and oily on my forehead and cheeks which I don’t get as I have dry skin and the foundation is meant to be oil-free. The foundation does stay put all day long nonetheless and the shine is easily removed with a bit of setting powder though, so I’m not really bothered to be honest.

Also when the bottle is nearly empty it won’t dispense any more foundation when pressing the dispenser so I’ve screw mine off and I dip a thin make-up brush into the bottle neck to get all the foundation out which has coated the bottom and sides. Gotta get my money’s worth, hey! I will be buying a new bottle this week and I’m thinking of buying the Born This Way concealer and the Born This Way setting powder too! 🙂

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Where To Buy?

I did try to buy the foundation on the Too Faced website but they don’t ship to the UK so I had to get mine here from Debenhams, next day delivery is available. It’s £29 to buy and they have a very temptating offer on right now too, so if you spend £50 or more on Too Faced products, you will receive a free gift with your order. The gift you’ll receive is Deluxe Sweet Peach Lip Gloss in Pure Peach and the Deluxe Melt-Off Mascara. Very nice indeed, hey! I might have to take them up on that offer, I can’t resist a freebie ha ha!

You can also get it on Amazon UK here*. It is a bit dearer on Amazon UK so would probably be best getting it from Debenhams – but if you have an Amazon Gift Card or something you want to spend, then go ahead. The Born This Way foundation is dispatched and sold by Amazon and not a marketplace seller, so you shouldn’t worry as it is definitely 100% genuine.

If you are from the USA, the Born This Way foundation is $39 and you can shop on the website here. You will get a FREE Hangover Deluxe, Deluxe La Creme Lipstick, & Deluxe Love Flush Blush on ANY purchase over $65!*

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Review: Pure Potions | Skin Salvation – Omega Rich Cleansing Oil

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I was kindly sent a few skin care goodies from the fabulous Pure Potions who are an award-winning, natural skin care brand based in the UK. The products I was sent were the Scalp Oil, the Bath & Body Bath Emollient and lastly, the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil which is what I’ll be reviewing today.

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What Pure Potions say about the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil:

Introducing the new Skin Salvation Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil is a 100% natural facial cleanser made with a luxurious combination of rich, effective, botanical oils for daily use to condition, cleanse and moisturise.

It has been formulated as an alternative to soap-based cleansers or make-up removers to cleanse dirt and excess oil from the face without stripping skin of moisture or damaging the epidermis.

When massaged into the skin the rosehip, calendula, sunflower and safflower oils bind to surface impurities, pulling out dirt without clogging pores, and allow them to be gently wiped away leaving the skin clean, soft and hydrated. It can be used as part of a daily skincare regime to remove mascara, foundation and other make-up as well as the grime and pollutants of everyday life.

This super-rich oil also nourishes and protects skin that might need extra care, particularly ageing, fragile or damaged facial skin, because, unlike most brands of cleansing oils, Pure Potions’ Skin Salvation Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil is a blend of carefully-selected natural oils and contains absolutely no perfume, preservatives or other added ingredients. We don’t use even essential oils in this blend because sensitive skin on the face can react to these natural additives; it is just a pure and simple blend of plant- and seed-based oils.

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*
Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*
Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil
Calendula Officianalis (Calendula) Flower Oil*
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My Thoughts:

I am absolutely over the moon that I have come across this brand as their gentle products have helped my skin tremendously in such a short period of time. I have been using the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil twice a day, when I wake up – before I apply my make-up and to take it all off before I go to bed. It takes make-up off so well leaving my skin deeply cleansed and even removes waterproof mascara and I love that it doesn’t clog pores on the skin too which will keep pimples, blackheads and whiteheads from appearing. After cleansing my face with the oil I am left with a little dewy shine which makes my skin look radiant and glowing. Luckily, I don’t really get psoriasis on my face apart from underneath my eyebrows but since using this oil is has kept them at bay. It has done my skin the world of good and it looks so much healthier already. My complexion is a lot brighter which I’m so happy about as usually it looks very dull and greyish.

There is quite a lot of product in the bottle and you only need to use the smallest amount as a little bit goes far, so it is long-lasting. I have been using this for about a week now and you would think I haven’t even used any at all as the bottle is still full to the brim

What I also love about the cleansing oil is that it is a 100% natural cleansing oil that contains no parabens, no perfumes, no palm oil, no SLS, no phthalates, no silicones, no PEG’s, no mineral oil and no synthetics. It is probably the safest cleanser you can use on sensitive skin and removes make-up, impurities and dirt without irritating the skin or worsening symptoms.

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I apply it all over my face, (sometimes I leave it on for a few minutes to let it deeply moisturise my skin) then wipe it off with a damp wash-cloth. I am not usually a fan of cleansing oils as I like my creams and facial washes but this is an oil I will be using again and again and I will be re-purchasing.

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The only thing I dislike about the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil is that after applying to the face it requires you to wash your hands with soap afterwards to remove the oil from your hands, not a biggie really. Plus, I think it is a little expensive at £22 a bottle but as I said before, one bottle will last a long time and the cleansing oil really does soothe, hydrate and cleanse problem skin, thanks to its natural ingredients.

So I suppose you get what you pay for, hey!

Recommended for:

Absolutely anyone can use this cleansing oil! Women, men, children, old and young. It is recommended for those who have sensitive skin and those with skin disorders but even if your skin is healthy you can use it. The omega rich cleansing oil is perfect for those with dry and allergy prone skin, so if you have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne or rosacea – I would 100% recommend giving this cleansing oil a try.

To visit the Pure Potions website or connect with them on social media, see links below.

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Thanks for reading – if you have any questions whatsoever, leave a comment below!

Love Katie x

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Review: Tropical Soap Collection – Art Naturals

A few months ago, I was sent the lush Tropical Soap Collection from Art Naturals
who are a natural skincare brand selling, natural, BPA-free, cruelty-free and eco-friendly skincare products. They sell essential oils, hair care products, skin care products, bath and body body products, aromatherapy sets and oil diffusers and they even have a men’s collection too!
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The Tropical Soap Collection is a 6-piece soap bar set suitable for all skin types and can be used by both men and women. The soaps are all infused with jojoba oil and different aromatherapy oils including lavender, lemon, grapefruit, tea tree, sweet orange and eucalyptus. All individual 4oz soap bars are sulfate-free, paraben-free, mineral-oil free and cruelty-free.
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The Tropical Soap Collection

Floral Detox: a renewing cleansing soap infused with lavender.

Soothing Citrus: a rejuvenating cleansing soap infused with orange.

Tropical Cleanse:  a regenerating soap bar infused with grapefruit.

Miracle Wash: a reviving cleansing soap infused with tea tree.

Cool Mint: a cleansing soap infused with eucalyptus.

Purifying Zing: a cleansing soap infused with lemon.

 

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Ingredients: Sodium palmate (palm oil), water, glycerin, jojoba oil, essential oils, sodium chloride.

Verdict:

I am really loving the Tropical Soap Collection from Art Naturals, they are probably the best soaps for my skin disorder that I have used in a long time and I do really like them! They also come in a pretty enough box to be given as a gift, so I would definately consider purchasing a few boxes to give out as little gifts for birthdays, Christmas, etc… I would love something like this as a present!

The soaps are all pretty good-sized 4 oz bars too. One bar of soap lasts absolute ages and I have only used two bars so far in the few months that I’ve had them, for this reason alone I do think this soap set is worth the money as they are really long-lasting and good quality.

I also found the soaps worked up a good lather too and my skin felt really clean and soft after using them. They do smell really nice although if you were to blindfold me I would not be able to work out which soap was which. To be completely honest, they do all smell quite similar, sweet, pretty, mild and natural  – but then again my sense of smell is awful, so don’t take my word for it!

I have psoriasis and I have found these soaps do not irritate my skin like most others do or cause my skin to flare up and react – I think that is all down to the natural ingredients that are in the soaps and the fact that they are all paraben-free, sulfate-free and mineral oil free. So, I would recommend and I do think these are the perfect soaps for people with sensitive skin, skin problems or skin disorders as they gently cleanse and moisturise the skin without irritating the skin or worsening symptoms.

Get the Tropical Soap Collection here from Art Naturals Amazon UK shop.

 The Tropical Soap Collection is £13.95 – Same day & next day delivery available.

If you’d like to connect with Art Naturals via the website or their social media pages, see links below.

WEBSITE: artnaturals.com

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/artnaturalsUSA

TWITTER: twitter.com/@ArtNaturals

INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/artnaturals

 


 

Review: Blue Zoo – Depilatory Hard Wax Beans For Hair Removal (No Strips Required)

I was kindly sent some of Blue Zoo’s Depilatory Hard Wax Beans to review and I’m not going to lie I have been shitting myself thinking about using them. I am the biggest wimp ever when it comes to pain and I’ve always had the impression that waxing = PAIN. After reading some reviews on the wax beans, I’ve learned that these hard wax beans don’t hurt as much when removed and nowhere near as painful as sugar wax or wax strips.

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How To Use?

The Hard Wax Beans require no wax strips and are fairly simple & easy to use.

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1) Take the appropriate amount of wax beans to melt.

I used two handfuls of the wax beans, which was well enough for my forearms and upper lip, I even had some leftover

2) Heat the wax to a melting temperature of 68℃

You can use an electric wax warmer or place a bowl inside a hot saucepan of boiling water and heat gently. The wax takes about 10 minutes to completely melt. Be careful not to get any water in the bowl of wax beans.

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3) When the wax has melted, it gives off a subtle lavender scent which smells pretty. Test a little bit of the wax by putting a dab of it on the back of your hand. If it is too hot or hurts, wait a minute for it to cool down a little bit. Once your happy with the temperature, using a spatula, spread a layer of the wax on the skin along the direction of the hair growth.

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(Remember, your hairs need to be longer than 5mm, if your hairs are too short the wax won’t grab the hairs well and wont be removed. Also, the thickness of the wax you apply will need to be at least 1.5mm. If you spread it too thin onto your skin, it won’t remove any hairs and may hurt when doing so.)

4) When the wax becomes cool, hard and makes your skin feel taut, pull off the wax film with a quick pull against the direction of the hair growth. The faster you do this the less painful it will be.

If you have any leftover wax, you can wait until it hardens and it can be reheated to use again another time.

Ingredients

Colophonium(Rosin), Glyceryl Rosinate, Ethylene/VA Copolymer, Paraffin, Glyceryl Hydrogenate Rosinate, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, C30~45 Alkyl Methicone

Warnings:

Do not use if you have inflamed skin or had a reaction to any wax products in the past. If you have a skin disorder (like me) consult your doctor before using. Also, do not use within two hours of showering or sunbathing. If it is your first time using any wax products, test the wax on a small area 24 hours before using to rule out any skin reactions. If your skin does react to the wax, use aloe vera gel on your skin and discontinue use.

Verdict?

On the packet it says that the Hard Wax Beans are suitable for the removal of body and facial hair on all skin types but if you have a skin disorder you should consult your doctor. I have psoriasis and I remember when I was in beauty school back in the day, my teacher wouldn’t allow me to get waxed because of it, so make sure you get professional advice before using if you have skin problems.

At the moment my psoriasis has flared up really badly, It’s even flared up on my armpits so I decided against using the wax on my body and chose the safer option instead and used it on my forearms and upper lip as those areas are psoriasis-free.

I’m actually surprised that it didn’t hurt, I was expecting to be in tears afterwards but I was proved wrong. I’ll admit I felt the littlest amount of pain but it was bearable and I’m not put off using them again. I found them easy to use, the wax had a lovely lavender scent after melting and when I removed the hard wax film on my skin I could see lots of tiny hairs stuck to it, so they do work. My skin was a little red afterwards but it soon faded leaving me with smooth, hair free skin. I will definitely be using these again and I 100% recommend.

I’ve no complaints about this product and I would give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Where To Buy?

You can get a bag of Hard Wax Beans from Blue Zoo by clicking here. One 100g bag is only £6.66 and if you’re an Amazon Prime Member you can get same day delivery. I do recommend buying some waxing spatulas too, they are quite cheap and you can pick some up here for less than £2.

Love

KATIE

How To Detox Your Mind, Body & Soul With A Bentonite Clay Bath – Works Wonders For Psoriasis, Eczema & Acne

 

Hey girls, boys…

I’m going to show you all how you can detox your mind, body and soul by taking a bentonite clay bath which will eliminate all toxins and impurities from your skin making you a healthier, happier person with cleansed beautiful skin.

The internet is an amazing place for knowledge isn’t it. I have learned so much more from the internet than I ever did at school and thanks to google I have taught myself all about the amazing health benefits bentonite clay has. After learning how it can help not only the skin but mind, body and soul – I knew I had to use it more often, not just as a face mask.

I came across a post online about the benefits of taking regular clay baths and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I’ve never had a clay bath before, I have never had a detox of any kind before but I have lost count of how many clay face masks I’ve had in the past so this was something completely new to me. After taking just a couple of clay baths, I can already see and feel the benefits of it and it is something I will be doing a lot of from now on. Maybe twice, three times weekly.

What is bentonine clay?

“Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining. Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.” – Mountain Rose Herbs

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What Is a clay bath?

A clay bath is a bath with clay mixed in. It helps to eliminate toxins from the skin and body absorbing them into the water. When the clay is mixed with the water it will look dirty and similar to a muddy puddle but I can assure you it’s clean as can be. The very first time I used bentonite clay in my bath, I thought I would feel dirty and minging afterwards because of the colour of the water but I have never, ever, ever felt so clean and pristine after taking a bath in my whole life. It beats a normal bath any-day!

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What can a bentonite clay bath do?

  • Eliminate toxins and heavy metals in the body
  • Removes impurities from the skin
  • Boosts immune system
  • Deep cleanses the skin
  • Calms and reduces symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and other skin disorders
  • Helps clear acne and pimples
  • Speeds healing of cuts, wounds etc…
  • Helps to cool and soothe insect bites
  • Prevents & removes blackheads, whiteheads etc…
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Calms skin allergies
  • Stimulates the lymph system
  • Soothes sunburn and sun rash
  • Gentle detoxification with no side effects
  • Relieves headaches
  • Relieves body aches
  • Great for fatigue

I could go on all day… I’m sure you get the drift!

How to make a clay bath?

I ran a hot bath and sprinkled 1 cup of bentonite clay into the water, stirring well and making sure to squish any clumps of clay sat at the bottom of the bath, allowing it to melt into the water.

For first timers I would advise adding one cup of powder to your bath and for an intense detox add 2 or maybe 3 cups of clay. I wouldn’t add any more than 3 though as you may suffer from stressful detox symptoms.

Fill the bath up just enough to cover your whole body, the hotter the water the better as this will open your pores thus making it quicker and easier for toxins and impurities to be eliminated and absorbed into the water.

Bathe for no more than 30 minutes. As all the toxins are pulled from your body and absorbed into the water, I wouldn’t advise soaking for longer than this. I have heard people take intense hour-long clay baths but this is not something I have tried, YET.

All you gotta do is lie down in the bath, soak, close your eyes, put some relaxing music on, chill out and get detoxing!

Do’s & Don’ts:

Don’t soak in the clay bath for longer than 30 minutes. Lying in a detox bath for half an hour or more can cause over-detox symptoms such as feeling light-headed dehydrated, nauseous and weak. Same goes for the amount of clay you use in your bath too. I’d say anything from 1-3 cups of clay is ideal and won’t cause your body any stress.

Be careful not to slip in the bath tub. Clay, when mixed with water becomes very, very slippy so take care.

Drink a glass of water before and after your bath as this will keep you hydrated.

Tie your hair up in a bun or pony-tail or wear a shower cap when bathing. The clay can make your hair feel crap for days afterwards and dry it out. If clay does come in contact with your hair just wash it with a clarifying shampoo and condition it afterwards. The clay won’t harms your hair in any way but it will make it feel rough!

Don’t drink the clay water. I know you guys aren’t stupid and you obviously won’t drink the clay water but try to keep your hands away from your mouth when bathing. After sitting in the water for 30 minutes or more it becomes saturated with the toxins from your body so the water is toxic, so you really don’t want to swallow any of it.

Where to buy bentonite clay?

The clay I have been using for my clay baths is the Deep Pore Exfoliator 100% Bentonite Clay and I order it here from Natural Supplies for £12.99.

It is a huge 1kg tub and contains nothing but 100% pure bentonite clay. It can be used for face masks, clay baths, body wraps and foot masks. It has been sun-dried, is also cruelty-free and contains no fragrance, chemicals or additives.

I have some bentonite clay from Majestic Pure, but as it is a much smaller tub than the clay from Natural Supplies, so I prefer to use it just for my face masks.

So who else loves to detox their body with a clay bath? Has anyone with psoriasis tried one? It seems to be helping my skin!

Love

Katie x

Coconut Milk Body Scrub from Pure Body Naturals – Review

Girls,

This week, I’ve put my coffee scrubs aside to try out the Coconut Milk Body Scrub from Pure Body Naturals who are another natural, cruelty-free brand based in America. They have a huge collection of fabulous skincare products, hair care products, essential oils and beauty accessories and they are fast becoming one of my favourite brands.

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The Coconut Milk Body Scrub is rich in fatty acids and vitamins A, B and E, leaving your skin feeling nourished. Dead Sea Salt is a natural exfoliator which removes a build up of dead skin cells allowing fresh new skin to appear, making your complexion look amazing. It helps to protect skin from UV radiation and it also reduces symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions. The scrub is full to the brim with natural ingredients and fast-absorbing oils which all soften and moisturise the skin without irritating it. It can be used on both the face and body and because of the high content of oils and vitamins it works brilliantly as an amazing anti-ageing treatment, helping to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Thanks to the coconut milk it has a fabulous creamy texture with the slightest hint of coconut.

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The ingredients are:

Coconut Milk, Sea Salt, Almond Oil, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Dead Sea Salt, Vitamin E.

What I thought?

I love coconut beauty products and this scrub makes me love coconut even more! As you all probably know already, I have psoriasis (very mild at the mo), so I’m super prone to dry skin especially on my knees and elbows. I haven’t noticed any change to my psoriasis just yet though. It hasn’t cleared my skin up but I suppose it’s still early days, eh! It has removed a few scales and softened my dry skin tremendously, it feels great! To use, you just simply scoop a bit of the coconut salt into your hands and apply it to wet skin, gently massaging in circular motions. After exfoliating and removing dead skin cells my skin feels so clean and soft and I slather loads of Fractioned Coconut Oil all over my body to make it super smooth and extra moisturised.

Even though it is a small 340g tub I reckon you will get 20+ full body treatments out of one tub, if not more. It all depends how much you apply to your skin each time and how often you use it. I have used it 4-5 times in a week and as you can see there is still lots of scrub left in the tub.

What I love the most about the Coconut Milk Body Scrub is that it contains absolutely nothing but natural, pure ingredients so I don’t need to worry about artificial ingredients which make my psoriasis a million times worse.

I will definitely be buying more when I run out!

Where to buy?

Amazon UK: here. £14.95 | American girls can get it on the Pure Body Naturals website.

Who else loves Pure Body Naturals?

love

Katie x

Disclosure: This was gifted to me for review purposes.

Art Naturals – Dead Sea Mud Mask

 

 

Hello Girls (& Boys!)

I have another Art Naturals product here for review. It is their Dead Sea Mud Mask.

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I have tried quite a few products from Art Naturals now and I can honestly say that I haven’t a bad thing to say about any products that I have used from them. Art Naturals has become one of my favourite brands lately and I have replaced most of my beauty products from ‘popular, big brands’, especially those who test on animals and use harsh ingredients, for ‘natural’ and kind brands like Art Naturals whose products are chemical free, cruelty free, contain nothing but natural, kind ingredients and are gentle on the skin, gentle enough to calm my psoriasis instead of irritating it!

I can definately see ‘natural’ and cruelty free brands becoming more popular in the near future as people realise nasty, harmful ingredients and testing on animals is really not nessecary in a beauty product, really though, why should an animal suffer just so we can look fabulous. I agree it is pretty hard knowing which products are kind, some poducts don’t tell you if it has been tested on animals or not so always look for the little cruelty free bunny on the back of a product to know 100% if the formula has NOT been tested on animals. A brand will never say ‘this has been tested on animals’ so look for the cute bunny for confimation!

Art Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask

This is a 250 ml tub of deep skin cleansing, pure heavenly face mask! Dead Sea Mud is amazing for all skin types and everybody can benefit from it in some way. It draws out toxins, impurities, blackheads, dirt, oil, helps acne, calms skin conditions and disorders as well as reducing large pores and if used often it will help give you radiant skin and a brighter, clearer, more balanced complexion.

I’ll be honest, this mud mask from Art Naturals is completely identical to the Majestic Pure one I reviewed a while back, it has the exact same ingredients, same 250ml sized tub, the mud is the same dark grey colour, same thick consitency, same scent and it has the same price. The only differences being, the label and a different company name. Majestic Pure say to leave their mask on for five minutes while Art Naturals say leave on for 15-20 minutes. So basically I would imagine they both have the same formula, just sold by two different companies with different time directions.

I’ve had the same results with this Dead Sea Mud Mask as I did with Majestic Pure’s one. I do love them both! You can read my review for that here if you’d like.

How to use it?

‘Cleanse and tone first, and dry skin. Use clean dry hands when scooping the mud out of the jar to avoid contamination and bacteria. Test on a small area for allergies before using all over the face. Apply a thick layer of the mud onto your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Let the mask sit for around 15-20 minutes until it has dried. Remove the mask by wetting hands and gently lathering in circular motions for a complete exfoliation. Wash any excess mud off with lukewarm water and gently pat dry. Follow with your favourite moisturiser. For best results use every 3-4 days.’

TIP: Apply a very thin layer as the more you put on the longer it will take to dry and remove.

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Results:

This is really messy to apply as you can imagine, it gets everywhere if you are not careful so if you are as dopey and careless as I am, use it while bathing or use an old t-shirt to avoid any staining. Be careful not to get it into your hair too if you don’t plan on washing it afterwards, tie it up into a bun and use a hair band to protect your hair line.

After using this 4 times in three weeks I can say that my complexion is definately brighter and my skin looks clearer and feels moisturised and smoother. I have had a little pimple break out on my chin but I have had no major reactions or break outs.

I will continue using this once a week to keep my skin balanced and to draw out all toxins and impurities that have built up which cleansing and toning alone can’t achieve. I still have those annoying, under the skin, tiny blackheads on my nose that even comedones and blackhead extractors can’t remove so using this regulary may help draw them out, a few at a time.  I am so determined to get rid of them.

I don’t recommend using dead sea mud daily as it is possible you will remove the ‘good’ oils that your skin produces to protect it from external factors, so once a week is perfect in my opinion.

I do recommend steaming your face before using any face mask to open the pores. Just make sure you splash some cold water over your face when you remove the mud mask to close the pores and avoid any new blackheads, pimples or spots appearring.

Where to buy it?

You can buy it right here. It is £14.95 for a 250ml tub. Which is a little expensive for a face mask, yeah, but it will last a while and you defo get what you pay for! Check out some other Art Naturals products too, I especially love their essential oils, hair masks and bath bombs.

Thanks for reading girlies! If you have tried a dead sea mud mask before or if you are thinking of buying this one for yourself I would love to hear your thoughts!

Have a beautiful day!

LOVE

KATIE ROSE x x x

e-mail: whatkatieroseloves@hotmail.com

 

Arabica Coffee Scrub From Art Naturals – Review

 

Hey Chicks…

I’ve another beauty product from Art Naturals which was sent to me for review last week. This time it is their Arabica Coffee Scrub which looks fab and smells absolutely gorgeous! As soon as I opened the tub I got a lovely whiff of rich, luxurious, aromatic coffee and it smells amazing enough to eat. I would imagine you could eat it too as the ingredients are simple enough, organic, natural and pure. (Please don’t try to eat it, just incase, LOL!)

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Arabica Coffee Scrub – ART NATURALS

 

The ingredients are:

  • Dead Sea Salt
  • Demeria Sugar
  • Organic Kona Coffee
  • Organic Olive Oil
  • Organic Sweet Almond Oil
  • Organic Grape Seed Oil
  • Coffee Arabica Seed Oil
  • Organic Shea Butter
  • Cacao Powder
  • Coconut Shaving


How to use?

‘Gently massage scrub in a circular motion for a minute or two in the shower, rinse well. Can be used as a full body scrub. Avoid using around delicate eye area. For best results use every 3-4 days.’

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Results:

I have psoriasis so my skin was very dry before I started the scrub especially my elbows, knees and ankles where there were a few odd patches. My psoriasis is very mild at the moment thankfully but my skin has been quite rough to touch the past few weeks because I have used nothing but coal-tar soap and water. I get a lot of products sent to me to review so sometimes I like to have a break from trying out any new products. So it has been about two weeks now since I had anything on my skin and it has not been as silky smooth or soft.

I was surprised at how smooth and silky my skin felt after using the Arabica Coffee Scrub. It really does work and after using it only once I noticed a big difference in my skin and it got softer and smoother after each use.

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The caffeine in the coffee increases blood flow and reduces the appearance of blemishes, spots, cellulite whilst the Dead Sea Salt and Demera Sugar has acted like a gentle abrasive which has helped remove a build up of dead skin cells and dry skin and it has left my skin softer. Thanks to the blend of organic oils, cacao and coconut shavings in the scrub, my skin is left protected, moisturised and so god damn silky. So not only is my skin being exfoliated but nourished and protected too. I have been moisturising my skin afterwards with some fractioned coconut oil.

Luckily my psoriasis is very mild right now, so the scrub only stung a little on the odd patches of psoriasis. So if you do have severe psoriasis or eczema you will feel a little stinging thanks to the Dead Sea Salt, but it is nothing to worry about. Dead Sea Salt is probably one of the best things you can use on your skin. If you have been blessed with normal/average skin, you wont feel any stinging at all.



 

What I especially love about the scrub is the natural and kind ingredients, there are no harsh, unnecessary chemicals added to the scrub and no artificial fragrance that will irritate or annoy my skin like most exfoliators do. Also, I think you will get about 10 full body scrubs out of one 250 ml tub, maybe more if you use less product. I have used mine on five occasions and my tub is half empty so you do get a bit of use out of one tub. Lastly, I love how the scrub is cruelty free. No cute little animals were harmed so that will do me!

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I will be buying this again definitely, I will treat myself now and again and maybe I will try my hand at making my own homemade Coffee Scrub, which would be easy to do and would defo be right up my street!


Recommended for:

All Skin Types, Cellulite, Eczema, Stretch Marks, Age Spots, Varicose Veins, Psoriasis etc…


Where to buy?

You can buy it right here. It is £12.95 for a 250ml tub. Check out other products by Art Naturals too!



Thanks for reading ladies!  I’d love to hear any thoughts, comments or questions that you may have about this coffee scrub.

Have a beautiful day!

LOVE

KATIE ROSE x x x

e-mail: whatkatieroseloves@hotmail.com

 

 

Matcha Green Tea Powder | Love Matcha | REVIEW

Hey everyone!

Welcome to my blog!

Today I’ve got a little health post for you all. I’ve been trying to live super clean and healthy lately so I thought it would be good to share some good stuff with you all. Hopefully, it will inspire you all to be healthier too!

What is Matcha?

Two weeks ago, I was sent a pouch of 100% natural Matcha Tea from Love Matcha, (straight from Japan), to review and to be totally honest I had never heard of ‘Matcha’ before, although, I have heard of green tea and after doing some FBI work on the stuff I’ve found out that Matcha is green tea! Matcha is a finely ground stone powder of a specially grown green tea. It is an excellent mood-enchancing, antioxidant powerhouse, natural weight loss aid, pH balancer and detox agent. It is perfect for simple tea’s, lattes, smoothies and cocktails.

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Now, I’m no green tea expert but surprisingly I have been drinking green tea for years – I just buy the simple boxes of teabags which probably have less antioxidants and health benefits than the powder form. Although a few months ago my boyfriends friend who happens to be a professional MMA fighter (health freak, ahem) gave me some top quality Chinese green tea which he got from China itself. (It tastes bad and smells like absolute shit, but it’s good stuff). They were super good quality it’s just the smell puts me off drinking it. So yeah, I’ve tried the teabags but never the powder, until recently of course!

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What’s is good for?

Matcha is good for almost everything! It is packed with vitamin C, it has 1573 antioxidants, it is high in Catechin which helps to speed up metabolism and burn fat quicker whilst exercising and it contains Cholophyll which helps to detoxify the body.

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What I like best about it is that it helps to boost mood and mental well-being. I can be a moody bitch sometimes, I won’t lie, ha-ha so I hope the more I drink the better my mood swings will be.

How to use?

For a Matcha shot jar: (best way for me) Add 1/2 tsp of Match to the jar and fill it half way up with hot water, stir then fill the remainder of the jug with cold water and drink in one go.

For a Matcha Latte: Take 1/2 tsp of Matcha to your cup and mix it with 50 ml water. Once you have a liquid paste texture, top up your cup with warm milk. (You can use any milk) Almond & Coconut are my favourites and they are super healthy too but you can use cows milk if you wish!

For a Matcha Mint Iced Tea: Using a shaker, shake together water and 1/2 a tsp of Matcha until there are no lumps, then, add ice!

Add a tsp to a home made sugar scrub or face mask and mix good. (Make sure you do a skin allergy test first)

Where to buy?

You can get some Matcha here. For a 50g pouch it is £8.99 and for a 100g pouch it is £11.99.

Verdict:

The Matcha powder came in a re-sealable pouch so it will stay fresh for longer. It should also be stored in the fridge for maximum freshness!

The powder smells quite mild and the colour of it is beautiful, it’s like a bright sage, seaweed green if you get my drift – it’s a lovely colour. But… I didn’t like how it tasted. I tried this in both my coffee and tea and they turned a greeny-brownish colour. I wasn’t fond of the taste at all and I couldn’t sit there sipping away and enjoy it like I do a normal cuppa!

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My friend recommended I try it in a smoothie instead, which I found more pleasant and easier to drink. I’ve also added some to yoghurt and it tastes better like this compared to adding it to tea and coffee.

My proffered way of drinking Matcha is in a chupito shot glass. I have 6 of them and they are a bit bigger than normal shot glasses and they have a lid. So I’ve been putting 1/2 tsp in each of my 6 jars, adding hot water half way up and stirring it then I fill the jar up with cold water and stir again. I then go for gold and down it in one like a sambuca. With the other 5 I screw the lids on, let them cool and I then store them in the fridge so my next one is already made.

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I prefer this way because the drinking part is quick but I still get the healthy benefits of Matcha. You can get some chupito jars here.

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Oh and Matcha can even be added to a homemade sugar scrub or a DIY face mask although I advise you do a skin allergy test 24 hours before you put it on your skin.

This is Culinary Matcha (cooking grade) and I believe it is a lower grade compared to Ceremonial Grade Japanese Organic Matcha, so if you are looking for the best quality, that is what you should buy/use instead. You can find some Ceremonial Grade Matcha here.

Love…
Katie xxx

Dead Sea Mud Mask | Majestic Pure | Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne & Problem Skin Complaints

 

Hello ladies! 😊

I got myself some of this – Majestic Pure Dead Sea Mud Mask 260ml – Spa’s Premium Quality Facial Cleanser for All Skin Types – 100% Natural Formula, Absorbs Excess Oil, Removes Dead Skin Cells, Dirt and Toxins to Reveal Fresh and Soft Skin – Known to Heals Acne, Acne Scars, Pimp .. to trial for my skin which is very prone to breakouts, large pores and stubborn blackheads on my nose that won’t budge. I also have the odd bit of psoriasis on my face and I’ve heard Dead Sea mud does wonders for treating and improving psoriasis so I’ve been more than happy to try this mud mask out for my skin problems.

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What Is Dead Sea Mud, Why Should You Use It & What Does It Do?

Dead Sea Mud starts out in the surrounding mountain areas as alluvial silt. Over time, this mud is washed down from the mountains by rain water until it reaches The Dead Sea, (a lake that sits between the West Bank, Israel and Jordan). Within the mud, scientists have found high concentrations of minerals like magnesium, bromides, phosphates and sodium.

Dead Sea mud is excellent for reducing inflammation, hydrating and improving psoriasis, acne and other skin disorders. Dead Sea mud helps give a healthier skin tone by removing dead skin cells that dull complexion. Once these dead skin cells are removed, new cells are able to regenerate for younger and healthier looking skin. Blood circulation in the face is increased and the skins complexion appears brighter. This causes toxins and acne-causing bacteria to be removed from the face. The mud mask increases the skins ability to absorb nutritious minerals and proteins.

Dead Sea Mud Mask is suitable for all skin types. It is a great face mask that helps to deeply cleanse and shrink large pores, which in turn eliminates blackheads and pimples. It also tightens and tones the skin as well as removing impurities. It is also beneficial to use Dead Sea mud as an anti-ageing treatment to reduce wrinkles and fine lines and it also significantly reduces redness and inflammation of the skin and can be used on both the face and body.

Apart from skin care, the Dead Sea mud is thought to help relax the muscles in the body. The mud increases tranquility and calmness. At the same time, arthritis patients use the mud to reduce aches & pains.

How To Use Dead Sea Mud Mask From Majestic Pure

It’s very easy to use, simply apply a thick layer of mud on to the face (and neck if you wish) and leave it to dry for 5 minutes. To remove the mask, gently rub your face in circular motions which helps exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells, then wash any remaining mud with warm water and pat dry with a towel. I use a good moisturiser afterwards to hydrate my skin even more.  

It’s recommended to use this mask about twice a week, five minutes each time.

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Thoughts

What I love about Majestic Pure’s products is how natural and safe the ingredients are. (Full list of ingredients and their benefits are at the bottom of this post). A while ago I jumped on board the ‘natural’ bandwagon and turned my back on most products because they contain huge amounts of unnecessary chemicals, irritants, additives and artificial fragrances, which I believe do more harm than they do good. I’m convinced that using natural ingredients and chemical-free products is the best option for me, especially because of my psoriasis. One of the main reasons I’m on this natural route is to gently calm my skin disorder instead of irritating and aggravating it. I really do think natural is best – especially for problem skin!

I found this Dead Sea Mud Mask has a light pleasant aroma, I can’t pin-point the exact scent but I’d guess it was Aloe Vera. The mud is a light grey when sitting in the tub but once it has dried on the face it is dark grey, almost black. It was very easy to apply, although it did get a bit messy so I advise protecting your hair and clothes if you don’t want any product on them. I also recommend wearing plastic gloves when applying the mask, if you have any. Sh*t gets real messy!

Once the mask was on my face I waited around 10 minutes for it to dry (after the recommended time of 5 minutes, the mud was still wet.) I could feel a slight tightening on the skin although the sensation was not as ‘tight’ feeling as hard drying clay masks. Removal of the mask was easy too. I particulary enjoyed the exfoliating part the most – rubbing my skin just before washing it off to gently exfoliate my dead skin cells which I think definitely helped my skin feel softer and look brighter too. I was impressed with how soft my skin felt afterwards and I could definitely see a difference and slight improvement. I’m looking forward to using this twice a week to improve my skin further and hopefully calm my psoriasis.

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Where to buy?

The tub was £29.99 but it’s now on sale for £10.49 , you can get a 250g tub of Dead Sea Mud Mask from Majestic Pure’s website here. Or if you prefer you can buy on Amazon UK just click the link to shop it here – Majestic Pure Dead Sea Mud Mask 260ml – Spa’s Premium Quality Facial Cleanser for All Skin Types – 100% Natural Formula, Absorbs Excess Oil, Removes Dead Skin Cells, Dirt and Toxins to Reveal Fresh and Soft Skin – Known to Heals Acne, Acne Scars, Pimp ..

You should check out the other products available from Majestic Pure, which I highly recommend! I’ve recently reviewed some of their Indian Healing Clay Mask from Majestic Pure which is a huge tub of bentonite powder and when mixed with water it creates a detoxifying clay – you can read all about it here.

INGREDIENTS

APART FROM DEAD SEA MUD, THE OTHER INGREDIENTS IN THIS MUD MASK ARE:

Deionized Water – Deionized water is purified water which has mineral ions (salts) removed. The mineral ions that are removed include copper, iron, sodium, calcium, chloride, and bromide. Deionized water is made by taking conventional water and exposing it to electrically charged resins that attract and bind to the salts, removing them from the water. Because most of the impurities in water are mineral salts, deionized water is mostly pure.

Kaolin – Kaolin is a soft white mineral that has a large array of uses. It is most commonly found in the form of a fine clay that was originally produced in China, which is why this material is sometimes referred to as ‘China clay’. Like other clays, it is very absorbent, and it can pull oils and dirt out of the skin.

Shea Butter – Shea butter is extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree, which grows in the savannah of Western Africa. Growing up to 60 feet tall, the Shea tree does not flower before it is 20 years old and can live up to 200 years. The Shea nuts are harvested, crushed and boiled to extract the Shea butter. Given its high content in anti-inflammatory and healing components, Shea butter helps the healing of skin disorders and skin problems such as:

  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • rashes
  • hives
  • insect bites / stings
  • contact dermatitis
  • dry skin
  • cracked skin
  • burns
  • minor cuts 

Aloe Vera Juice – Aloe Vera grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. Aloe Vera is considered by many to be a miracle plant, it has a huge range of skin, health and hair benefits. Aloe Vera helps soothe sunburn because the natural nutrients and antioxidants in the plant work to soothe the pain and help to regenerate the skin. It’s great for acne too. Auxin and Gibberellins, two hormones found in Aloe Vera, have wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce skin inflammation, promote the growth of new cells and al treat small minor cuts. Aloe Vera gel can help smooth out some those fine lines and wrinkles by improving the skins natural firmness. The gel of Aloe Vera plant can be also help treat scars as it promotes the healing process and softens the appearance of scar tissue

Sunflower Oil Sunflower oil is extracted from sunflower seeds. The oil is amazing for hydrating and moisturising the skin. Sunflower oil works well for improving psoriasis symptoms as well as soothing, sore, irritated skin..

Vegetable Glycerine Due to its hygroscopic properties, vegetable glycerine is used in many moisturising skin products because it seems to help relieve dry skin problems by drawing water up from the lower layers. It is also a component of glycerine soap, which is often used by people with sensitive skin. Vegetable glycerine is used as a substitute for ethanol in some products (the chemical known as alcohol) — The advantage of this is that people who do not want to be exposed to alcohol can still have access to the botanical products. The disadvantage is that the products without alcohol have a much shorter shelf life.

Jojoba Oil – Jojoba is a golden liquid wax (often called jojoba oil) that is made from the jojoba bean.  It is a plant native to South-western North America, and it was highly valued by the Native Americans as a potent balm for skin ailments.. Jojoba is a golden liquid wax similar to the protective wax produced by human skin to keep it smooth, supple and moisturised. Jojoba is the only plant in the world known to produce this unique golden liquid wax. All other plants in the world produce oils. Jojoba is naturally antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and hypoallergenic, so it is used to soothe a wide range of skin conditions.

Jojoba oil helps:

  • Scars
  • Burns
  • Rashes
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Nappy rash
  • Cradle cap
  • Acne
  • Wrinkles
  • Stretch marks
  • Dry and sensitive skin
  • Sun damage
  • Pigmentation
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Oily skin
  • Age spots
  • Nourish hair 

 

Xanthan Gum – Xanthan gum is a sugar-like compound made by mixing aged (fermented) sugars with a certain kind of bacteria. It is used to make medicine. In manufacturing, xanthan gum is used as a thickening and stabilizing agent.

Calendula Oil – Calendula oil is distilled from the flower tops. The oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial so it is helpful for wounds, acne, ulcers, bed sores, varicose veins, rashes, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions.


 

Have any of you used any Dead Sea mud products before to improve any skin problems? Did they improve your skin?

LOTS OF LOVE

KATIE xxx

 

 

 

Psoriasis & Me ❤

My Psoriasis Story

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I still remember to this day the first time my Mum & Dad discovered my psoriasis. I must have been about four or five years old and thanks to my amazing long term memory, I remember telling my Mum that I had chicken pox like it was yesterday.

As psoriasis had been in my family for about 3-4 generations on both maternal and paternal sides, my Mum and Dad knew I didn’t have chicken pox and the doctors confirmed that it was what they knew it was – Psoriasis.

After reading lots of psoriasis blogs, I’ve learned that most psoriasis sufferers say having it did not affect them in any way as a child but that certainly wasn’t the case with me.

I remember going swimming to the local leisure centre with my P.E teacher and school friends when I was about seven and I felt so uncomfortable and minging in front of the other kids. I even felt looked down on by my teacher, as if I had a contagious disease that made me less important than the other kids in my class. I suppose there’s a chance that it was just my imagination that everybody thought I was a walking disease.

But, probably not.

I was a cheeky kid, full of beans, overly confident and I stuck up for myself no matter who it was or what was said. You would never have guessed that I was sad about my skin because of my little crazy personality and the fact I pretended I wasn’t upset about my skin.

Although my answer to everything was lashing out at those who said mean things to me. I never let them see me cry. If somebody said anything bad about my skin, my instant reaction would have been to fight them and win. I got in a lot of fights, but I thought that sticking up for myself and hurting people who hurt me would stop the nasty comments and rude remarks. It did! Other kids learned that if they called me bad names I would knock them out. To be frank. Nasty comments did eventually stop when they learned I couldn’t and wouldn’t be bullied. It’s not nice to hear but I’m glad I was able to stick up for myself. If I never did, I probably would have got bullied and picked on all throughout school years.

Funnily enough though, when I did stick up for myself, it was always me getting into to trouble for lashing out instead of them getting punished for saying mean, hurtful things. What the teachers obviously didn’t know was; bruises heal and cruel words stay with you forever!

I was diagnosed with anxiety when I got into my teens and my self confidence and self esteem plummeted and I have not long been diagnose with Bipolar Disorder so I’m basically a walking disaster, haha. Anyway back to when I was a teen, all my friends were interested in make-up, fashion and flirting with boys as teenage girls do, but I always felt like the odd one out. The black (or scabby) sheep of the crew. I was pretty don’t get me wrong, but my skin was not.

I had to be careful about using certain make-up on my skin, I had to use a stinky, coal tar shampoo that made me smell shit whilst they were all using the lush Herbal Essences.

I couldn’t wear little summer dresses in summertime like my friends did or sunbathe in the park as I wore a trousers and a jacket/coat in summer to hide my skin. The heat from the sun made me sweat, which in turn made my psoriasis worse. I also couldn’t wear false tan like my friends did in case my skin reacted badly to it.

Boys was another problem. I hated attention from boys. I was so shy and I thought nobody would ever like me and because I was scared to show my skin to people I would be single forever.

After I left high school I decided I wanted to be a Beauty Therapist. I enrolled on a Beauty Therapy course but three weeks into it my hopes were dashed. We had to partner up with other students and we had to do beauty treatments on each other in order to learn – such as tweezing, nails, waxing, spray tans etc… The other students hated getting paired with me, not because of my skin but because the teacher wouldn’t allow me to have most treatments. So I was learning how to do beauty treatment on them but they couldn’t learn on me. So again, I was the odd one out.

Last day of beauty school was the most embarrassing day of my life! We had to wear these tiny little white uniforms and trousers weren’t available. Basically, I left college due to the strict uniform policy and the total ignorance and lack of empathy I received from my teacher. Because the dress showed my legs I had to wear skin tights to hide my psoriasis and I also wore a little white cardigan to hide my elbows. I remember the teacher telling me that tights were not allowed and that I should take my cardigan off. When I told her I couldn’t, she literally embarrassed me in front of the whole class, shouting at me repeatedly to take my cardigan off. She said cardigans were not allowed in class and I had to remove it. I told her I was not going to take my cardigan off because my psoriasis made me self concious. Did she care? No. I was sent to see the ‘headmaster’ as apparently I was being rude and not doing as I was told as well as not following uniform policy. I’ve never been so discriminated against in my life. Unfortunately after that day, I decided Beauty wasn’t for me.

Next course was a Chef course. I wanted to be a chef. Stuck at that for a few weeks until one day again the teacher embarrassed me whilst learning to cook apple pie and said Katie here’s some gloves for you. So I felt like the odd one out again. She was probably just looking out for me as contact with certain foods can cause a reaction for psoriasis skin, but at the time I felt like she was singling me out because my hands were disgusting and everybody would get sick if they ate food from my bare hands. I don’t think she was being mean to me but at the time I thought she was and it really hurt my feelings. I admit I did have a chip on my shoulder. So yeah, college drop-out once again.

There has been a few times when I’ve been asked to be a  model. Not long ago, I was approached by a casting agent to send in some photo’s for a clothes brand and hundreds of signed models applied for the job, sending in professional photographs from their portfolios. Me, I sent in some selfies took on my mobile phone and I was gobsmacked when they asked me to be the face of the brand. I never thought they would even look twice at me. Anyway, I declined the offer as my psoriasis was really bad at the time and I was petrified that I would turn up to the photoshoot and they would see my skin and turn me away. I could go on all day about the opportunities I’ve missed because of my skin.

I then decided to just get a job where no qualifications were needed and a job with no skin contact at all.

A few little non-serious, no touching, relationships later, aged 18 I then met my boyfriend Michael, I’d knew him since I was a kid as he lived on the same street as me when we was growing up and he was the first lad I’d ever felt a little bit comfortable with. So comfortable in fact that on our first date I showed him my psoriasis, told him it wasn’t contagious and he was great. He really boosted my confidence a lot. I admit I did show him my skin as a pre warning, because I really liked him and would have rather he dumped me right there on the spot than months later when things got serious and more intimate. Luckily he wasn’t bothered by it and told me I was very pretty and beautiful and to this day, 11 years later, we are still together. I love him so much.

I will be honest, I still feel looked down on and self concious about my skin but nothing compared to my younger years. I actually posted a picture a while back here on my blog showing my psoriasis to the world which was a HUGE thing for me to do and I never thought I’d do anything like it, ever. I tell everybody I meet that I have psoriasis and hope to raise awareness. So, I’ve definately gained more confidence, met some friends who also have psoriasis and finally learned that beauty really is skin deep.

Much love.

Katie Rose

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Spirit Animal Blog Award ❤

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Hi all… ❤

I’ve been nominated for the Spirit Animal Award by my lovely friend over at Pal Fitness... Thank-you so much Paul. 😊

The rules of this award are:

1) Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their page.

2) Post the award picture on your blog.

3) Write a paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you.

4) If you could be any animal what would it be?

5) Pick and notify ten nominees.

About Me

I love make-up but I have a skin disorder called psoriasis which restricts me from using some beauty products on my skin. I started this blog to kinda be a guinea pig for other psoriasis sufferers, testing beauty products, treatments and natural remedies for the skin. Having psoriasis has affected me in so many ways, dropping out of beauty school is one. Boooo! I’m trying my best to use natural, organic beauty products in replacement to those full of harmful chemicals – so I write a lot about natural and gentle beauty products. My aim is to become 100 % vegan one day. I’ve tried so many times and it’s pretty tough. I’m a big nature and animal lover and a member of WWF, Dogs Trust and RSPB. – I have two Patterdale Terrier dogs named Bella & Marley A.K.A The ASBO dogs. As well as make-up, hair and skincare I love to blog about DIY crafts and sewing projects inspired by Pinterest.

That’s all for now! Dont want to bore you anymore. Haha!

If I could be any animal…

 It would be the wolf. I’m fascinated by them. There was a time I wanted to be a zoologist and I was going to pick the wolf as my main animal to study. So yep, if I could be any animal I would be a wolf. 👌 Crazy, fierce and beautiful!

My ten nominees are:

A Kinder Way

Perfectly Polished x

Breaking The P Silence

Shopaholic Blogs

Wild Flower Make-Up

Tou89Lou

Everything And Nothing

A Brash Attitude

Everything I Never Told You

Fan Girling Owl

Mwah! 😘

Love Katie ❤

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Salcura BioSkin DermSpray & ZeoDerm Cream For Psoriasis & Eczema | ⭐ GIVEAWAY ⭐

Hello Lovely People! ❤

Just a short and sweet post to tell you all about my Salcura give-away running over on my Facebook page! (What Katie Rose Loves…⭐)

Thanks to Salcura I have up for grabs – one bottle of Salcura’s BIOSKIN DermSpray & one tube of Salcura’s BIOSKIN ZeoDerm Cream which is used as a skincare treatment for both psoriasis and eczema! The products are worth £27.

To enter on Facebook click here.

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Good Luck!

Love…. K ❤

Rio Rosa Mosqueta – Pure Chilean Rosehip Seed Oil ❤

Hey… xo

It’s my Birthday next week! Woo-hoo! Turning 29 has got me a little depressed if I’m truthful. One year away from being a 30 year old makes me so emotional!😢 It doesn’t help that my boyfriend jokes that I’m past it now! I reckon I’m still young-(ish). 😂

The last few years of being a twenty-something I have noticed that those dreaded wrinkles have started creeping up on my face, especially between my eyebrows. Deep frown lines is not a good look. 😐 I really don’t think I could cope with any more wrinkles appearing, I’m too vain! I will try anything to get rid. 😂

Being a needle phobe wimp, Botox is not an option for me, so I thought I was doomed until Rio Rosa kindly gifted me some of their Pure Chilean Rosehip Seed Oil from their Rio Amazon Collection. ❤

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The oil is also not only good for reducing signs of ageing, it is also great for stretch marks, uneven skin tone, sun damage and scars too.

I’ve done my research and apparently Rosa Mosqueta (main ingredient) is a wild rose that grows in the valleys of the Chilean Andes. The rose is a rich source of vitamins A, C & E which encourages healthy skin regeneration and cell hydration. It is 100% natural, pure and unscented too. Sounds good! 👌

 

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Results

I’ve been using twice a day for the past week, massaging the Rosehip Oil into my frown lines for two minutes each time and I’ve gotta say they do look less noticeable. My skin looks more radiant too. My wrinkles haven’t disappeared completely, as I knew they wouldn’t but I’m going to keep using to see if they fade a little bit more, hopefully it will prevent any more wrinkles from appearing. I’m pleased with the results so far! 😊

Where To Buy

You can get some Rosehip Oil on their website here.

A 20ml bottle of Rio Rosa Mosqueta – Rosehip Oil is £10.49 to buy and a 50ml bottle costs £20.49. It last’s for ages! They have lots of other natural skincare products too. It’s worth having a nose. Remember, you’ve gotta prevent them wrinkles while you’re still young girls, trust me! Ha-ha. 😘

Thanks for Reading

Love

Katie ❤

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Salcura Bioskin DermaSpray & Zeoderm Cream For Psoriasis | My Review & Pictures ❤

 Hello Everybody ❤

This post is for all my fellow psoriasis warriors.

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Having psoriasis can be so depressing at times, can’t it? I think I really need to get it into my head that once my psoriasis does clear up, it will eventually return, sometimes with a vengeance. For some reason, once my skin is clear, I always think I am cured of this stupid skin disorder and basically get my hopes up that my skin will be normal and beautiful forever more. I suppose it is about time I realised that no matter what I do or what I use on my skin. Psoriasis will be with me for life! 😢

For 23 years now my psoriasis has been clearing up, flaring up then clearing up again and its something I still haven’t gotten used to. I’m not sure if I ever will.  When I do have a few lucky weeks (mainly summertime) and my skin is happy and healthy it clears up brilliantly, I’m able to get my legs out and wear my favourite LBD (little black dress) and actually feel attractive for a while. But, good things must come to an end and before you know it, my psoriasis comes back, literally overnight.

For the last few months, my skin has been wonderfully clear with not a spot or scale in sight. But, as Autumn has crept up, unfortunately so has my psoriasis. As soon as we hit September, my skin has gone from being completely clear to 80% covered in a week. It’s shocking how fast psoriasis can flare up.

So we are in December now, and like every Autumn/Winter I’m cursed with unattractive skin. Especially my feet. They look so horrendous and I know it does not sound very pleasant but they look like cigarette burns on my skin, hundreds of them. Most of the time, when I do have a flare up I only have the red, sore looking, guttate spots all over my body and luckily, I rarely have silver plaques and my psoriasis never itches like most other sufferers skin tends to do. But, this time however I’ve got the full monty! The redness, the silver scales and the itch. I suppose my skin is the worst it has been for years.

My Review

A few weeks back I was sent a Skin Therapy Pack for psoriasis from one of the UK’s best skincare brands, Salcura.

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Salcura is used by many people all over the world who suffer with skin disorders such as eczema, dermatitis as well as psoriasis and acne amongst others.  I first came across Salcura a few months back after seeing my blogging friend Cathy (review genie mum of 3) post a review on some Salcura skincare products – she recommended I try Salcura for my psoriasis.

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In my Skin Therapy Pack was Salcura’s, Bioskin Zeoderm Cream and Bioskin DermaSpray, (which smells divine) as well as some Lemon Essential Oil and some tasty, healthy nibbles. (Mixed berries and sunflower seeds to help care for my skin from the inside.)

Before I share my review, I just want to add that the products I’m reviewing are not a miraculous cure for psoriasis but rather treatments to help maintain healthy skin by moisturising very dry skin, soothing irritated, red skin (which I’m very prone to) and calming the itch associated with psoriasis and eczema. Remember everybody’s skin reacts differently to products so bear in mind that this is my own personal experience whilst using Salcura. 😘

Salcura’s Bioskin DermaSpray

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Salcura’s Bioskin Dermaspray is a skin nourishing spray that is a hassle free, liquid alternative to emollient creams. It is totally free from artificial fragrances’, parabens, steroids and other harsh ingredients that are unsuitable for sensitive amd problem skin. The ingredients that make up DermaSpray are of 98% natural origin, the most active ingredient being Sea Buckhorn which is rich in nourishing Omegas.

First time I used the DermaSpray, I instantly fell in love with the scent. I’m not really sure what the smell is but after reading the ingredient list, I assume it is peppermint oil. It smells lovely. I kind of went overboard with the spray because it smells so god damn good. It would be fab if Salcura could bottle that scent as a perfume. I reckon it would be a sell out! Beautiful! 😂😍

I’ve been using the DermaSpray two times a day after my morning shower and after my night time bath. It is recommended that you  use it around 3-4 times a day but I’ve had great results from only using only it twice. I’ve also been using the spray on my scalp too and have seen great improvement so far.

What I love about the DermaSpray is how quickly it soaks into the skin. My biggest pet hate is heavy, greasy creams that take ages to dry along with messy creams that require hand washing after use, (I’m lazy, 😂) but with DermaSpray, all you have to do is spray, wait a minute for the liquid to soak in then go about your day. DermaSpray is great for people like myself who prefer to moisturise without using messy creams.

Since I first started using DermaSpray about two weeks ago, I can honestly say I have not itched once, so I’m happy about that! Although it hasn’t made any improvement to my actual psoriasis just yet, and by that I mean clearing them up, it has definitely calmed the irritated itch I had and left me with smoother skin. I’m hopeful my skins appearance will improve with frequent use. It has only been two weeks since I first tried DermaSpray, so hopefully I will see better results in the next couple of weeks. I will keep you updated!

I believe how DermaSpray works is by penetrating deep into the skins barrier to support healthy skin growth, nourishing new skin cells in their early development. So fingers crossed that my skin will be better off when this ‘new’ skin appears at the surface. 💪😊

For more information about Bioskin DermaSpray click this link to be taken to Salcura’s website.

Salcura’s Bioskin – Zeoderm Cream

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Bioskin Zeoderm Cream is a unique blend of natural skin essential omega oils, vitamins and minerals. It has been specially formulated to help severe skin dryness and is an alternative to steroid treatment creams. The cream is of 99% natural origin with the active ingredient being Natural Volcanic Zeolite, which is rich in rejuvenating minerals. Like DermaSpray, Zeoderm cream is free from harsh ingredients. 👌

Zeoderm cream is recommended for use in conjunction with Dermaspray or DermaSerum when psoriasis is pretty extreme or going through a bad flare up. The cream provides intensive hydration, moisture and nourishment for people who suffer with problematic skin disorders.

The great thing about Zeoderm is it can be used on all areas of the body including the face. It is also safe to use whenever you want as there are no limits to how much you can use or how long you can use it. This pretty much proves it is safe and gentle on the skin, as most creams that are used to treat psoriasis have a restriction to how long and often it can be used.

My first impression on the Zeoderm cream was that the cream itself looks like face mask cream. It has a earthly, pale green appearance  with a natural sweet scent which lingers on the skin after use. It is light in consistency and dries very quickly, which is ideal for me as I’m impatient and find it so boring and uncomfortable when waiting for treatment creams to dry.

I’ve also noticed that the silver scales I have seem to ‘melt’ and disappear after applying Zeoderm cream, which is amazing to see my skin being deeply moisturised, visibly before my eyes. When psoriasis skin becomes so dry, the scales/plaques we have can split/crack causing discomfort, bleeding and sometimes infection so to prevent this, I will definitely be using this cream to treat my dry areas from now on.

In regards to the redness I suffer with, I’ve yet to see a really big difference although the redness is a little bit paler and less irritated after only two weeks so I’m hoping with longer use, I’ll see greater improvement.

 If you would like to buy some Zeoderm for your own psoriasis treatment simply click this link to be redirected to the Salcura Website.

I’m about to do something I never ever thought I’d do as a psoriasis sufferer, and that is to show my skin to the world. Being so vain 😂 this is a very BIG thing for me as I’ve always been resistant to let anybody see my skin, out of fear of judgment. So, big pat on the back for Katie Rose for being brave. 😊 ❤

So here goes.

This is a picture of my foot before I started using Salcura Bioskin Products.

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Two Weeks Later

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Lemon Essential Oil

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I haven’t really got round to trying the lemon essential oil on my skin. It is often diluted in a carrier such as vegetable oil or creams and is a great way to add brightness to your skin and has great cleansing properties. I have been advised in the past not to use any citrus fruit on my skin as psoriasis sufferers are prone to have an allergic reaction / bad flare up after skin contact with the oil.

So, instead I have used it in my reed diffuser and I adore the uplifting aroma it has. Lemon Essential Oil has a wonderful aromatic effect on the mind. It is very uplifting, refreshing and improves focus and concentration. So every time I sit down to write, I pop some Lemon Essential Oil into my reed diffuser and it definitely helps cleanse my mind, helping me focus. Being a scatterbrain, this is just what I need, ha-ha! 😂

Apparently, the aroma of Lemon Essential Oil is also beneficial to those who suffer with anxiety and stress, being a stress head myself, I will be using the oil everyday to chill out and unwind. As psoriasis can be triggered by stress, hopefully the oil will help me de-stress and keep future flare ups, caused by stress, at bay!

Mixed Berries

Berries are delicious, juicy and sweet and they’re also good for your skin. They are low in calories, high in fibre, and contain lots of vitamins and minerals.

There are lots of powerful antioxidants in berries, including anthocyanins, quercetin, and vitamin C. Anthocyanins help to reduce inflammation and help prevent and manage arthritis. Quercetin can also decrease the inflammatory effects of the joints for people with inflammatory conditions like psoriatic arthritis.

Vitamin C is another antioxidant found in berries. It is largely responsible for the health of collagen, which helps maintain cartilage stores and aids in joint flexibility. Eating vitamin C–rich berries will also contribute to radiant, healthier skin and healthy, lush hair.

Sunflower Seeds

I’ve always praised the Sunflower for the wonders it does for the skin, especially psoriasis skin. Although I’ve never tried sunflower seeds until now, I’m a big fan of sunflower oil – you can read my sunflower oil and psoriasis review here.

Sunflower seeds are yummy little seeds with a mild, almost nutty taste. They are extremely high in vitamin E which is a god-send for all types of skin not just skin disorders.

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Sunflower seeds help moisturise skin from the inside, repairing and protecting the skins barrier and providing a great source of hydration an moisture to dry skin. The seeds are a full of goodness, as well as vitamin E, they are packed with zinc, iron and magnesium too.

Sunflower seeds are not only good for psoriasis skin but they are also a great source of nutrition for psoriasis sufferers who have psoriatic arthritis too.  Sunflower seeds are very high in vitamin E which is effective in reducing arthritis symptoms due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The seeds also contain copper which is vital for the function of enzymes involved in cross linking collagen and elastin, providing strength and flexibility in bones and joints.

I’m excited to try out a few other products in the Salcura range, so expect more reviews about the skin care brand and its products in the near future!

Below are the links to Salcura’s website and social media pages if you’d like to follow them.

Follow Salcura On Facebook

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Follow Salcura On Instagram

Salcura Naturals Website

 

Thank-you for reading my Salcura review. I hope I have given all the info you need. If you have any questions for me drop me an email at whatkatieroseloves@hotmail.com or send me a message via my Facebook page – What Katie Rose Loves   and I’ll do my best to help. I will also be doing a Salcura Winter Skin Therapy Pack giveaway in the next few days so keep a look out on my Twitter and Facebook pages for the competition posts !  👌

Lots Of Love

Katie Rose ❤

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GIVEAWAY – Win 1 of 3 KANDACARE Psoriasis Skincare Bundles ❤

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As promised in my KANDACARE Skincare Product review – Here is the WORLDWIDE COMPETITION post explaining how to enter this fab giveaway.

KANDACARE is a UK based company but their products are available to buy worldwide.

Thanks to KANDACARE, three lucky winners will have the chance to win a complete psoriasis skincare bundle, courtesy of the team at KANDACARE.

Included in the giveaway is KANDACARE Shampoo, KANDACARE Conditioner, KANDACARE Shower Gel & KANDACARE Skin Gel.

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I will pick three winners at random, across my social media pages. You can enter just one of the competitions or enter them all for a maximum chance of winning. 😊

You have 4 options to enter this competition!


To enter on my BLOG:
Just SUBSCRIBE / FOLLOW this blog and leave a COMMENT below using the hashtag  #KANDACARE ❤


To enter on FACEBOOK:
Just LIKE What Katie Rose Loves On Facebook, LIKE & SHARE the COMPETITION post and COMMENT using #KANDACARE.
Enter here –> KANDACARE Competition On Facebook.


To enter on TWITTER:
FOLLOW @katieroselove on Twitter, RETWEET the COMPETITION post and COMMENT using the hashtags #Psoriasis and #KANDACARE.
Enter here –> KANDACARE Competition On Twitter.


To enter on Instagram:
Just FOLLOW @katieroselove On Instagram.  – REGRAM (screenshot) the COMPETITION photo/post TAGGING @katieroselove & using the hashtags #Psoriasis and #KANDACARE.
Enter here –> KANDACARE Competition On Instagram.


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If you have psoriasis yourself or if you are  entering on behalf of somebody else with psoriasis, it may be beneficial to take a little read of my KANDACARE REVIEW HERE..

As well as my other posts in the ‘Psoriasis’ tab in the above menu.


Can’t wait for the winner announcements?
You can buy the skincare products by clicking this link –> KANDACARE SHOP.

GOOD LUCK 😊

Lots of Love

Katie Rose

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CLICK HERE TO CONTACT ME ❤

KANDACARE Psoriasis Skin Care Products… Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower Gel & Soothing Body Gel – Review

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Hello my loves!

I’m on a mission to find the best skincare products to help my psoriasis and will be reviewing plenty over the following weeks. Hopefully I can help you decide on the psoriasis products for your skin.

Lately, I’ve been using a couple of products from a company called KANDACARE who make natural, gentle and soothing skincare products for people with psoriasis.

What I’ve Been Using

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I’ve been treating my scalp psoriasis by washing my hair with the KANDACARE Psoriasis Shampoo & Conditioner which are £6.99 to buy separately or £13.65 for both. These can be purchased on the KANDACARE website.

I’ve been cleansing my skin whilst bathing/showering with KANDACARE Psoriasis Shower Gel which is also £6.99 to buy from the KANDACARE website.

Lastly, after bathing/showering, I have used KANDACARE Body Gel to soothe my irritable skin. The Gel is £8.95 to buy.

How The Products Look and Smell

The products’ packaging is really simple and refreshing. White bottles with green and blue labels that shout natural goodness. The products have a slight herby, natural, outdoors scent that has a hint of rosemary and lavender. They are not as strong smelling as your average skincare products. I love how they smell! ❤

How To Apply

Shampoo – Like with all shampoos; wet hair and scalp, putting a small amount of shampoo onto hair massage into your scalp and roots, through to the ends. Rinse all shampoo off and continue with the conditioner.

Conditioner – After rinsing shampoo off, put a good amount of conditioner onto your hair massaging into your scalps and the ends of hair to care for any split ends you may have. Wash off and style your hair as normal.
(TIP: Leave conditioner on for two minutes to deeply condition your locks. Rinse conditioner off with cold water as this will enhance shine.)

Shower Gel – Whilst showering (or taking a bath) squeeze a little shower gel onto your hands, a sponge or a flannel and proceed to cleanse your skin.

Body Gel – This gel can be used at any time but I prefer to use it after my regular night time bath. Simply put on to the affected areas, leaving it to dry and give your skin some TLC.

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What I Liked About The KANDACARE products.

First of all, KANDACARE products’ are not tested on animals and are suitable for vegans too. I’m a big animal lover so this gets a massive thumbs up from me.

Secondly, the products don’t contain Parabens’ or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.

For those who aren’t aware:

Parabens are chemical preservatives and although preservatives are sometimes important in products where water has been added, (they prevent bacteria forming) there has been a study that claimed parabens have been found in breast tumors. This hasn’t been confirmed by the medical industry just yet, but it has not been dismissed either.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is used throughout the world for clinical testing as a primary skin irritant. Laboratories use it to irritate skin on test animals and humans so that they may then test healing agents to see how effective they are on the irritated skin. It reacts with many types of ingredients used in skin care products and forms nitrosamines (nitrates). Nitrates are potential cancer-causing carcinogenic’s.

Finally, I loved the refreshing and calming scent. A good smelling shampoo really does put you in a relaxed good mood. The Shampoo calmed my itchy scalp and gave me great smelling, clean hair. I especially loved the shower gel and felt happy knowing I was using a safe, gentle cleanser for my skin. This will definitely replace my usual soap in future. I have used the body gel after bathing, The gel is not a cure for psoriasis (it relieves and soothes), but the psoriasis on my wrists have since cleared up. The rest of my psoriasis has pretty much stayed the same (it hasn’t healed nor got worse) What I have noticed is that I haven’t itched as much and my red, scaly skin is definitely calmer, less irritated and happier.

I also love how the products contain natural essential oils that all contribute to looking after the skin, hair and scalp.

The essential oils are:

Lavender – It has been used throughout recorded history as a skin healer and anti-inflammatory which as a result soothes and heals gently whilst reducing or preventing the chance of scars.

Bergamot – A cooling agent which is also antiseptic and is included to prevent infection.

Chamomile – Like lavender is an anti-inflammatory which boosts resistance to irritation caused by inflammation. It helps to reduce swelling and its side-effects.

Rosemary – Which has been used since ancient times to boost both the immune and circulatory systems, protecting the skin. For these reason it is excellent in the reduction/control of plaque whilst also reducing itching and pain.

What I Didn’t Like About The KANDACARE Products.

The conditioner didn’t seem to moisturise my hair potentially compared to other regular conditioners, I have bleached blonde hair which is a little chemically damaged so maybe if my hair was healthier it would have felt alot softer. Although it didn’t condition my actual hair as much as I’d hoped, the conditioner did calm my itchy scalp.

Where To Buy.

Take a look at KANDACARE’s psoriasis product range – here —> http://www.kandacare.com/shop/

Have any questions for the KANDACARE team? You can contact them by telephone, E-mail or by using the contact form on their website:

• Phone: 0330 111 8869
• Email: info@kandacare.com
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Thank-you for reading my KANDACARE review.

If you would like to see my future product reviews, thoughts and tips then remember to click follow and subscribe to my blog. 😊

Lots Of Love

Katie Rose ❤

Keep a look out for a KANDACARE prize giveaway on my blog. 3  lucky winners will receive the full KANDACARE psoriasis range.

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P.S – Boring, I know, but here is a list of KANDACARE’s product ingredients for those with allergies or ingredient preferences.

SHAMPOO
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidpropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomile Recutita Flower Extract, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene, Linalool.

CONDITIONER
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Bromide, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, PEG-20 Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol.

SHOWER GEL
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Lauryl Glucoside, Disodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco Glucoside, Panthenol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Limonene, Linalool.

BODY GEL
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Carbomer, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol

How FLORA’s Sunflower Oil With Vitamin E (Cooking Oil) Has Helped My Psoriasis Clear Up ❤

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You’re probably thinking to yourself “she’s absolutely mental, using cooking oil on her skin”

…and yes, you are 100% correct, ha ha. I have tried everything under the sun to help control my skin disorder. I’ve had some crazy idea’s too. One time I collected all my used Tetley teabags and dunked them into the bath. I had around 50 recycled teabags floating around on the water surface, ha ha. Crazy bitch! My teabag bath never made a difference in the slightest and made me feel minging but hey, desperate measures and all, it was worth a try! God loves a trier, right? 😊

What I have discovered in the 23 years of being a psoriasis beauty, is that natural products work so much better at healing my psoriasis than chemical ointments’, lotions and creams which doctors and dermatologists’ have prescribed for me in the past. The last time I used any prescribed medication and lotions to treat my psoriasis was in 2008; 7 long years ago. My GP gave me Dovenex and Oilatum bath emollient. My skin cleared up as always and after I stopped using… BOOM, came back with a vengeance. Since then I decided not to use any chemicals on my skin and instead, opt for the natural route.

One glorious day, I was out food shopping and cooking oil was on my shopping list. Browsing through the billion, zillion types of different oils I came across Flora’s 100% Sunflower Oil. I had a flashback to some ignored advice I received from a work friend. My fellow barmaid, Christine had psoriasis too and advised me to use vegetable cooking oil or sunflower cooking oil for a two-week experiment and she guaranteed I would be happier with my skin at the end. Why I never took her advice back then I don’t know. So thank you for the advice Christine ha ha. Eight years later. 😊

That evening, I had a lovely Sunflower Oil bath and after soaking for 5 minutes I knew the oil was working brilliantly. My skin felt like silk so I bathed for an extra 25 minutes to let the oil do its magic. I added a sprinkle of table salt into the warm water and made sure my hair was tied up. (although oil is good for the hair too, bathing in any type of oil will make your hair very greasy and will need to be washed multiple times) It’s a bloody nightmare to wash out.

After my first sunflower oil bath my silver scales became see-through and my red patches where calmer and paler in appearance, making them less noticeable. After continuous daily use my psoriasis is almost non-existent. I have lots of psoriasis products I need to review and my boyfriend has been calling me a fraud for blogging about psoriasis when my skin is clearing up. Ha ha. I use the oil every day now in my bath and really wish I had taken before and after pictures for you to see. On day one of using the oil, before I bathed in it. I was covered in hundreds of small, itchy red guttate patches. Especially on my abdomen and feet. Today, although I still have a few small spots here and there, my skin looks calmer, less noticeable and feels silky soft plus 80% of my psoriasis has definitely cleared up over the last few weeks. I’m so, so happy to find something that works. Woohoooooo!!! 😂

I 1000000000000% recommended you all try Flora’s Sunflower Oil or any brand of sunflower oil for that matter. It really has done amazing things for my poor skin. I’ve been so excited writing this post as I wanted to share my wonderful words about sunflower oil and hopefully help others.

Please, please, please give it a try. Trust me. For around £1 (bought from Home Bargains) this oil is definitely my best skin care buy EVER and I can’t remember the last time my skin looked and felt so amazing. ❤

Please note that sunflower oil will NOT cure your psoriasis but will help control it. Keep in mind that this is my personal review and my thoughts on sunflower oil. What works for me may not work for you. Everybody’s skin behaves differently to various skin care products. 😊

Love,

Katie Rose