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Review: Pure Potions – Skin Salvation Scalp Oil For Scalp #Psoriasis

I was sent a bundle of goodies from the award-winning, natural skincare brand Pure Potions last month to try out and share my thoughts about the products on my blog. I have already reviewed the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil and the Bath & Body Emollient Oil but today I’m gonna let you know how I got on with the Scalp Oil which I have been using to treat my scalp psoriasis.

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ABOUT THE SCALP OIL:

Skin Salvation Scalp Oil is a natural moisturising scalp treatment, formulated as an alternative to chemical shampoos which strip natural oils from the skin and can dry out sensitive scalps. The healthy balance of oils in the scalp is preserved by the Scalp Oil’s uncomplicated natural formulas and richly moisturising oils.  The Scalp Oil is a natural oil for itchy scalps and is also suitable for people who are prone to seborrhoeic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis.It is a vegan friendly, cruelty free oil that suits sensitive and allergy prone skin thanks to the 100% natural ingredients. It contains no perfumes, parabens, palm oil, SLS, phthalates, silicones, phenoxyethanol, PEGs, mineral oil, synthetics – and like it says on the bottle NO LIES! – Pure Potions do not greenwash their products like a lot of other ‘natural‘ skincare brands. The Scalp Oil was also the winner for the natural health / best eczema range at the 2017 International Beauty Awards so it has been recognized as an amazing product.

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INGREDIENTS: Helianthus Annus (Sunflower Seed) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive Fruit) Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Borage Officinalis (Borage) Oil, Stellaria, Media (Chickweed) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract , Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Oil, Rosemarius Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Limonene from essential oils.

Borage Oil

Borage Officinalis OilThis oil replenishes the scalp with Gamma Linolenic acid (GLA) which enriches and moisturises the scalp.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemarius Officinalis OilThis oil increases the circulation to the scalp and also acts as a general conditioner and tonic for the hair and scalp.

Nettle

Nettle Oil/Urtica DioicaReduces inflammation and itching and is a natural antihistamine.

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp Seed Oil/Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil: Extremely nourishing, moisturising, rich in essential fatty acids, which are often lacking in those with dry skin.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

The Scalp Oil comes in a dark green 50 ml glass bottle which has a white pump dispenser and a screw off lid. The packaging looks nice, fresh and simple and has lots of info about the ingredients and how to use, etc… printed on the label. The oil itself has a very, very runny consistency and is a transparent yellow in colour. On first impressions it smells kinda ‘minty’ thanks to the Rosemary Oil and ‘herby’ thanks to the Nettle Oil & Hemp Oil.


VERDICT

 I did struggle at first with the dispenser – it had a clasp on the bottle neck which needs to be removed before you use it and I had trouble getting the nozzle to produce some oil but a simple turn clockwise sorted it out – the nozzle can also be ‘locked by turning it anti-clockwise. The first time I used the Scalp Oil I applied the oil to the whole of my scalp using the pump dispenser/nozzle. After applying the oil I was shocked to see that I had used half of the bottle after only using it once. I think I made a mistake by applying it all over my scalp instead of .just the areas with psoriasis. So, if you buy the oil use it only on your psoriasis to prevent wastage.

I found the oil itself really easy to use – I hold the bottle up to my scalp and just  press down on the nozzle/dispenser to dispense a little of the oil. Once I have applied the oil to every bump in my head, I then massage the oil into my scalp with my fingers and leave it on overnight. I think it is best to use the oil at night-time before bed so the oil can do its magic while you catch up on your beauty sleep. I’d also recommend you place a towel over your pillowcase to prevent any staining – I made my own DIY Towel Pillowcase made from a bath towel to stop the oil from ruining my lovely pillows. If you want a tutorial on how to make a towel pillowcase – let me know in the comments. My hair obviously feels greasy and oily after applying the Scalp Oil so when I wake up the next morning I jump into the shower and wash my hair with a natural, clarifying shampoo. I always make sure to shampoo twice to make sure the oil is washed out of my hair. I love the oil because it contains no nasty ingredients like parabens or SLS which I’m trying to cut out as I have found these ingredients make my skin and scalp a million times worse.

I have darkest black hair and it sometimes looks like I have really bad dandruff when my scalp starts to flake so I’m hoping that the more I use this oil, the better my scalp psoriasis will get and people will eventually stop touching my hair and telling me ‘you have something in your hair’ ha ha! After using the Scalp Oil about five times now – my scalp has started to feel calmer and it has soothed my itchy skin, the oil also nourishes my hair too and after washing it off, my hair feels so soft and healthy. I still have my scalp psoriasis and the oil hasn’t cleared it up but it has definitely softened a couple of bumpy scales and moisturised my scalp by giving it a little TLC & relief.


DISCLOSURE: I was sent this product free of charge for review purposes. I have not been paid for this review and the words in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the brand in any way.


WHERE TO BUY: You can get the Scalp Oil HERE from the Pure Potions website.

Pure Potions are based in the UK but they do ship their products worldwide. 

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Review: Monu Skin – Firming Fiji Facial Oil For Dry, Sensitive & Mature Skin

I got a generous 30 ml sample size of the Firming Fiji Facial Oil from Monu Skin in my September Glossybox and I have been using it every day since – I really, really like it and I will def be getting the full size when this bottle is empty!

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For those of you who don’t know already, Monu Skin are a natural, cruelty-free skincare brand based in the UK and all of their products contain zero parabens, no artificial ingredients and no harsh chemicals. I’ve never had anything from Monu before and I do love my natural, cruelty-free skincare products so I’ve been very excited about this facial oil and was looking forward to trying it out on my sensitive, dull and ageing skin. I’m 30 years old now, still young I know but I’m at that stage in my life where you start to notice fine lines and wrinkles appearing on your face for the first time.  I’m gutted that my skin is not as firm or plump as it was in my teens and twenties so I couldn’t wait to try this oil to see if it worked and made me look a little younger.

The Firming Fiji Facial Oil:

The Firming Fiji Facial Oil is recommended for all skin types – especially dry, sensitive and mature skin. It is a soothing, paraben-free oil formulated to smooth and hydrate the skin. The oil contains, Rose Essential Oil which helps to soothe sensitive skin and it has a gentle, floral, mood-enchancing aroma, Hazelnut Essential Oil which is a light, nourishing emollient oil that is easily absorbed into the skin and great for combination and oily skin types and Patchouli Essential Oil too which is an exotic Indian essential oil which has a woody aroma  – it is used for relaxing and moisturising mature skin, helping it to look firm and visibly radiant.

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Thoughts:

I’ve been using the Firming Fiji Facial oil on my face to make my complexion look brighter and to help plump and firm my newly-sagging skin and make my skin look  youthful and my complexion, radiant. I have a deep frown line between my brows, fine lines around my eyes and my smile lines are starting to become more prominent so I use this oil before bedtime as an intensive overnight treatment for the whole of my face and my skin looks so good when I wake up. The oil absorbs into the skin very quickly and it doesn’t leave a greasy residue afterwards which gets a thumbs up from me as I HATE greasy oils. I’ve also been using the oil every morning after cleansing, toning and moisturising and I apply it again under my eyes, on my frown line and my smile lines just before I put my make-up on – I think it helps my base make-up to go on much smoother and helps to create a flawless finish as it stops foundation, concealer and powder from looking dry and cakey.

It is a versatile oil too and it can be used on the body as well as the face. I’ve been using a little on my hands and it literally melts my psoriasis scales and feels soothing on the skin. I love the earthly, natural woody scent it has and I especially love it for being a cruelty-free, natural skincare product which contains no harsh ingredients at all. I do try to use natural skincare products as much as possible as my sensitive skin doesn’t agree with products formulated with artificial ingredients and nasty chemicals. Natural skincare products are gentler on the skin and work so much better in the long run especially if you have skin complaints like acne or skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema.

Where To Buy?

Like I said I have a 30 ml tester bottle and I have just took a quick look at the Monu Skin website and seen that a 30 ml bottle with an included dropper is priced at £21.95. The website doesn’t seem to stock the full-size 100 ml bottle for some reason. So, if you want to buy a 30 ml bottle you can get one HERE on the website.

I tried to find a website that stocks the 100 ml bottle and I came across it on the Look Fantastic website. The full-size 100 ml product is just £29.95 with free delivery on Look Fantastic so I would rather buy an extra 70 ml for just £8 more. I was expecting the full size to be like £50+. The only thing is – The oil is out of stock at Look Fantastic so keep checking back to see if it becomes available again. You might as well wait and get yourselves a bargain, hey. Click HERE to visit the Look Fantastic website.

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Review: PurOrganica – Ultimate Youth Eye Gel Treatment For Dark Circles, Bags & Wrinkles

I was kindly sent this Ultimate Youth Eye Gel from PurOrganica a few months ago and I have been using every single day since. PurOrganica are a natural, cruelty-free skincare brand and I have a few products of theirs already.

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PurOrganica claim the Ultimate Youth Eye Gel Treatment will help with dark circles, wrinkles, sagging, puffiness, loss of tone and firmness. It can be used in the morning and at night as an firming eye treatment or as an all over face gel. It can also be used as an under make-up primer. The gel is a completely natural, cruelty-free skincare product and it is made with 70% organic ingredients. The main ingredients are Organic Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, Organic Jojoba Oil, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E which all help to give eyes a youthful and radiant appearance whilst diminishing dark circles and puffiness.


First Impressions:

The Ultimate Youth Eye Gel comes in an outer cardboard box and inside is the eye gel itself which comes in a small 30 ml frosted glass bottle which has a plastic lid and a pump dispenser. There is a bit of info printed on the box and bottle including directions for use, ingredients, etc…. The eye gel is a clear, thick, non-drip gel which glides easily over the skin and it has a gorgeous, natural scent which smells absolutely lovely, quite like cucumbers, after looking at the ingredients list it does in fact contain Cucumber Distillate.


Thoughts:

I’ve been using my  the gel as an under eye firming treatment twice a day. I use it of a morning after I wake and I apply it underneath my eyes before I put my foundation, concealer and setting powder on and the gel helps my deep-set eyes appear firm and plumper – it also helps my makeup go on smoother and it stops my concealer and powder from looking creasing. I also put a little bit of the gel on my deep frown line between my eyebrows as well as on my smile lines which are becoming more prominent as I age.

Before I catch up on my beauty sleep, I like to use it as an all over face gel after I have cleansed, toned and moisturised my face and it has helped plump my skin and made my complexion look more youthful and radiant.

After applying the gel to my skin I can literally feel it working straight away by tightening my saggy skin and it feels cool and refreshing on the skin. I wouldn’t say it burns but it does feel kind of ‘minty fresh’ on the skin. I love it.

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The gel absorbs into the skin fairly quickly and it really does work, well it has for me – I could see the difference after only using it once and my under eye area looked smoother and not as ‘sunk in’ as before – also the more I use it the better the results are so because I’m nearly at the end of the bottle  I will defo have to be buying it again as I love what it has done for my skin – my dark circles aren’t as dark, my skin looks plumper and my complexion looks healthier and brighter. I definitely recommend this product, especially for those over 30 who are starting to notice fine lines and wrinkles for the first time as well as for those who suffer with dark circles and under eye bags.

Disclosure: I received this product for free to review on my blog.


Where To Buy?

You can get a bottle of the Ultimate Youth Eye Gel HERE for £13.95.

If you are from the USA – you can get it HERE for $10.99.


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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.

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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.

If you live in Australia, Canada, Japan or the USA you can buy it HERE.

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DIY Beauty Project: Detox Your Skin With A Bentonite Clay Bath – Great For Psoriasis

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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

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!


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Review: Art Naturals – Arabica Coffee Scrub – 100% Natural & Cruelty Free

I’ve another skincare product from Art Naturals here who are a natural skincare brand based in the US although they do sell their products worldwide. All of the products they sell are cruelty free, natural and contain no harsh ingredients Art Naturals have kindly gifted me the Arabica Coffee Scrub which looks good and smells absolutely gorgeous! As soon as I opened the tub I got a lovely whiff of rich, luxurious coffee and it smells good enough to eat. I would imagine you could eat it too as the ingredients are simple, organic, natural and pure.

(Please don’t try to eat it, just incase, LOL!)

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ABOUT”Wake up sleepy skin with ArtNaturals’ Arabica Coffee Body Scrub! Once or twice a week, get your morning commutin’ as the invigorating properties of caffeine and cacao extract join forces with the exfoliating properties of coffee grounds and Dead Sea Salt. Add in the calm of olive and sweet almond oil plus shea butter and you’re ready to fight traffic and look fabulous. Our 100 percent natural Coffee Scrub revs up facial skin to reduce age spots and even out skin tone, while it helps heal acne, rosacea and eczema as it exfoliates. Dead Sea salts combine with Kona coffee, rich in caffeine. Caffeine’s antioxidants fight free radicals, reducing the appearance of the dreaded cellulite on legs, arms, tummy, and bottom. The powerful antioxidants also help rid skin of bacteria and harmful chemicals while reducing swelling and puffiness.” – Art Naturals 

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 INGREDIENTS: 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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VERDICTI have psoriasis so my skin was very dry before I started using the scrub – especially my elbows, knees and ankles. Luckily my psoriasis is very mild at the moment and not as bad as it used to be but my skin has still been quite rough to touch and lacking in moisture. The last month or so I have used absolutely nothing but a gentle soap on my skin. I get a lot of skincare products sent to me to review, so every now and again I like to give my skin a break and quit skincare altogether. So this is the first product I have used on my skin in ages and I’ve been using it every day for the past week when I bathe or shower. I noticed results after only using the scrub once and I was literally in awe at how moisturised my skin was afterwards. I’ve also been using the scrub on my face too and my complexion is looking good. Because the scrub contains Dead Sea Salt, it did sting my psoriasis a little bit when I first applied it to my skin but it was bearable and nothing to worry about. In my opinion, Dead Sea Salt is probably the best thing you can use for psoriasis along with Bentonite Clay and my psoriasis has improved a-lot since I’ve been using this scrub – it looks like it could be clearing up anytime soon! I will continue using this scrub and will def be repurchasing when I run out. 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.

THOUGHTS: I think the scrub is an absolute perfect, 10/10 skincare product and not only does it help to clear up psoriasis it also works for acne, age spots, cellulite, eczema, stretch marks and varicose veins too. I love my natural, cruelty-free skincare products and the Arabica Coffee Scrub is up one of my faves as it has not been tested on animals and it is made with all natural, kind and gentle ingredients – there are no harsh chemicals or artificial ingredients in the scrub so it won’t irritate my sensitive skin or worsen my psoriasis. 1 million percent recommend it!

DISCLOSUREThis product was gifted to me for review purposes.

WHERE TO BUY: You can buy the Arabica Coffee Scrub HERE for £33. It was priced at £12.95 back in 2016 but it seems to have increased dramatically since.


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Review: BALM BALM – Tea Tree Multi-Purpose Lip Balm

I received BALM BALM‘s Multi Purpose Tea Tree Lip Balm in my LOVE LULA February subscription box. I’ve only just got round to trying it out so I thought I would do a quick little review for you all seeing as this cold weather and flu has cursed me with chapped lips this week!

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The Multi Purpose Lip Balm is a gentle balm that can be used not only on the lips but the face and body too! The ingredients are natural, pure and 100% organic. Made from shea butter, calendula, sunflower oil, beeswax, jojoba, tea tree essential oil and nothing else. BALM BALM claims it moisturises, soothes and nourishes the skin as well as having antibacterial properties. Great for zits and pimples!

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THOUGHTS:

I love the fact the Lip Balm is 100% organic and the ingredients are natural and pure without any nasty chemicals added as I’ve been trying to use more natural and gentle products lately – so I will definitely be checking out some other products from BALM BALM. The lip balm is a multi-purpose balm that can be used anywhere on the body not just the lips. I have been using the balm on my chapped lips and it does help to sooth my irritated, cracked skin but it’s not the best at healing them – I’ve been using the balm for about a week or two now and my lips still feel chapped although they are not as sore or irritated anymore. I love how it is not a sticky balm as well but after applying it on my lips it kind of leaks into my mouth and I can taste the strong tea tree essential oil! It doesn’t taste nice at all but the taste does eventually go away after a while although that’s probably because I’ve swallowed it, ha! So, next time I buy a lip balm from BALM BALM I will make sure I get a fragrance free one instead.

I also tried the balm on my dry skin too. I have psoriasis and the balm seems to have moisturised and calmed my irritated skin a little bit. I’ve also tried it on some blemishes and pimples and I think this balm works best for treating spots rather than healing chapped lips so I will keep this for when I get a pimple. Tea Tree works amazing for spots!  I’ve also found that a little bit of the balm goes a long way so one 10 ml tube will last for ages.

DISCLOSURE: I received this product in my Love Lula subscription box which I pay for with my own money.

WHERE TO BUY:

You can get some from Balm Balm’s website here. for £5.50. All orders placed will receive a free FREE Rose Geranium Hand Balm Sample with any order and delivery in the UK is free when you spend £10 or more!


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DIY Beauty Project: Double Egg Face Mask

Today I’m going to share a natural, home-made beauty recipe with you all! My ‘Double Egg Face Mask’ uses both the egg white and the yolk to tighten pores and give you a gorgeous complexion. It is very simple to make, gentle on the skin and contains zero chemicals unlike some store bought face masks.

It’s also SUPER CHEAP as you only need one egg!


Egg Whites

Egg whites have astringent properties that help shrink large pores by tightening the skin and eliminating blackheads. The egg white also help keep wrinkles at bay and cleanses, tones and brightens the skin.

Egg Yolks

Egg yolks lock huge amount of moisture into your skin cells, leaving your face soft and smooth. Egg yolks treat acne, pimples and repairs the skin as well as hydrating, moisturising and nourishing dry skin.


Let’s Do It!

Before you apply this facemask – it would be wise to do a simple patch test on your inner wrist or elbow to see if you have any allegic reactions to egg.


What You Will Need:

 1 EGG
2 SMALL BOWLS
A WHISK / FORK
2 SLICED CUCUMBERS* (optional)
OR 2 COLD TEABAGS* (optional)

*(FOR OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS SEE TIPS & TRICKS BELOW)*


Part 1 | Egg White

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1) Crack an egg and separate the egg white from the yolk – placing the egg white in one bowl and the yolk in another.

2) Whisk the egg white with a fork and apply to your face.

3) Leave on for around 15-20 minutes.

4) Peel the egg white off your face and cleanse with warm water to make sure all traces of egg are removed. Splash your face with cold water or run an ice cube across it to close your pores. Then pat dry with a towel.


Part 2 | Egg Yolk

Egg Yolk

1) Whisk the yolk with a fork and apply it generously to your face.

2) Leave on for 10-20 minutes.

3) Wash your face with warm water to remove all of the yolk from your skin.

4) Finish by rubbing an ice cube / splashing cold water over your skin to close your pores.

All done. 😊

I recommend doing the ‘Double Egg Face Mask’ twice a week! ❤


Tips & Tricks

Facial Steam

1) Take a hot bath or shower before you apply the face mask. The steam produced by hot water will cleanse your skin and open up your pores. I steam my face the ‘old-fashioned’ way by placing my head above a large bowl of hot kettle water then cover my head with a bath a towel – this stops steam from escaping. You can do this for however long you want but for best results – I recommend 5 minutes!

2) Place a cucumber slice on each eye to soothe and refresh tired or bloodshot eyes. Cucumbers are very high in Vitamin E which helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes – acting like an anti-ageing treatment.

3) Recycle two used teabags. Put them into the freezer for 5-10 minutes to ensure there cold. Take them out of the freezer and place one teabag on each eye. You can use any type of teabags, my favourites being chamomile, green tea or just good old Tetley. Teabags contain tannins and caffeine which help by reducing puffiness, dark circles as well as tightening as soothing the delicate skin around your eyes.


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Review: Rio Rosa Mosqueta – Pure Chilean Rosehip Seed Oil

Review: It’s my Birthday next week! 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! 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 is it?  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!

DISCLOSURE: This product was gifted to me free of charge for review purposes.

Where To Buy:

You can get some Rosehip Oil 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!


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