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Dr. Botanicals – Coconut Oil Rejuvenating Body Exfoliating Bar Review

About two months ago, Dr. Botanicals, a vegan friendly, cruelty-free skincare brand, sent me one of their Coconut Oil Rejuvenating Body Exfoliating Bars to review on my blog. I’ve got quite a few of Dr. Botanicals products which I’ve been sent over the last year or so and they are one of my fave skincare brands. All of their products are vegan friendly and cruelty free and they contain no harsh ingredients that irritate sensitive skin just natural, quality, skin-loving ingredients which are kind to skin (and animals).

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‘Hydrate, Cleanse and Gently Exfoliate. Shredded coconut gently exfoliates the skin while coconut oil moisturises the skin and creamy coconut aroma works to unwind your mind.‘ Dr. Botanicals.


First Impressions:

The soap comes in a small, cardboard box which is recyclable and eco-friendly. No plastic in sight. Inside the box is the 100g soap bar, which is square-shaped, beigey-brown in colour and it has a gorgeous, creamy, natural coconut aroma.

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The main active ingredient in the soaps formulation is Shell Powder, which contains nutrients like collagen, chondroitin, glucosamine, and hyaluronic acid. It has anti-oxidant activity which protects the skin from free radical damage and also has moisture holding properties which smooth and hydrate the skin. Dr. Botanicals say the soap can be used on the face as well as the body and hands although I haven’t used it on my face, as I’ve had severe breakouts in the past after washing my face with soap, so never again.


Thoughts:

 This soap smells AMAZING! I love everything coconut so it’s no surprise that I love this soap, coconut products have done wonders for my skin in the past and I couldn’t recommend them enough for sensitive skin.

Dr. Botanicals say the soap helps to gently exfoliate dead skin cells but I don’t find it to be exfoliating at all. Maybe the exfoliation is too gentle for my skin type. It is a super moisturising, hydrating soap though and after using my skin feels clean, smoother and soft. It lathers okay for a natural soap too.

My followers will know that I have psoriasis and I believe this soap has been so gentle and mild on my skin – it hasn’t irritated my sensitive skin and it hasn’t made my psoriasis any worse, which I think is down to the natural ingredients and the fact doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals. It’s also a long-lasting soap as well, I’ve been using mine for over two months now and although it has withered down a little there is still a lot left.

So, I love the soap – but I don’t like the price tag. All of Dr. Botanicals products are a bit on the expensive side, I wish they weren’t as I love their products! I don’t know about you guys but nearly 20 quid for a soap is not something I’d pay to be honest! Don’t get me wrong,  I have no complaints – it’s gentle, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, natural, moisturising and it doesn’t dry the skin out, but, I wouldn’t repurchase for £20.

Totally out of my soap budget, ha.


 

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


Where To Buy:
You can get a 100g soap bar here for £19.90.
There are other soaps to choose from too.
If you subscribe to Dr. Botanicals newsletter, you will get a discount code emailed to you for £20 off your first order but you must spend at least £60 to qualify.

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How To Make A Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask

HOW TO MAKE A DEEP CONDITIONING COCONUT OIL HAIR MASK

Girls, I’ve been posting a lot of reviews lately so I thought I’d switch it up a little and post an easy DIY Beauty Project for you all to try. I’m going to show you beauties how to make a deep conditioning coconut oil hair mask which is a quick, inexpensive & an easy way to deeply nourish and condition damaged hair without forking out on expensive hair products. Most hair products work to make hair LOOK healthier but they don’t work within like coconut oil which helps to prevent hair breakage, controls frizz, eliminates dandruff and soothes scalp psoriasis and it is also a great moisturiser for both the scalp and hair, helping to stimulate hair growth and make hair softer, shinier and healthier-looking.

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I use a deep conditioning coconut oil hair mask about once or twice a week and I always leave it on overnight to give it the deepest treatment possible. You can leave it on for however long you want but I’d recommend at least an hour to let the oil do its magic. Coconut oil can be hard to remove from the hair but a couple of washes will eventually get the oil out – just make sure to condition afterwards.


What You Will Need:

Coconut OilI’m using some 100% organic, extra virgin, raw cold pressed coconut oil which I got for £2.99 at B&M. Total Bargain! You can also get some HERE.

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A BowlI use a Tinting Bowl – you can get them cheap HERE.

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A Tinting Brush – You can get one HERE

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An Old T-ShirtCoconut oil gets very messy! Don’t wear your fave top.

ClingfilmThis will keep the heat in and stop any oil from dripping down your face.


How To Make The Coconut Oil Hair Mask:

Put on an old t-shirt because coconut oil can stain and it can be really messy.

Comb through hair and detangle any knots.

Put a few tablespoons of solid coconut oil into a bowl and melt for 10 seconds in the microwave. Turning the solid oil into a hot liquid oil which will penetrate hair better than a cold oil. Give it a good stir.

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Part hair into four sections and apply the coconut oil to the roots, mid-lengths and ends using the tinting brush for precise application.

If there is any left over oil just apply it to the hair with your fingers and massage in for a minute or two, paying attention to the scalp area to stimulate hair growth.

Comb through to ensure full coverage and even distribution.

Tie hair up into a bun and wrap the whole of your head with clingfilm.

Leave on for 1 hour + or overnight for an even deeper conditioning treatment. Make sure to place a towel over your pillow to prevent staining if you are leaving it on overnight.

To wash off – shampoo hair two or three times and condition as usual.  Coconut oil can be difficult to remove so it may require more than one wash to completely remove it from the hair.

Style hair as usual.

Use 1-2 times a week for lush, healthy hair!


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Review: Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum – Inecto Naturals

I picked up some of Inecto Naturals‘ – Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum from Home Bargains and thought I’d write a little review for you guys as both of my other Inecto posts have proved quite popular with my readers. I loved the Super Nourishing Shampoo & the Super Moisturising Conditioner and The Divine Coconut Hair Oil made my hair feel silky soft. Both of these posts are up there with my all-time, most viewed posts so I thought I would give the serum a whirl.

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Who are Inecto?

Inecto Naturals are a fabulous little beauty brand based in the UK who sell natural, cruelty-free, vegan friendly skin-care and hair-care products.  What I love most about Inecto Naturals is that up to 90% of their ingredients are from natural origins. They also work with farms across the world to add only sustainable sourced oils to their products.

What is the Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum?

The Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum is a lightweight serum infused with Pure Organic Coconut Oil. It works by smoothing fly away hairs and tames damaged, frizzy hair leaving it feeling soft and sleek.

First impressions:

I love Inecto‘s packaging, all of their products look simple yet fresh and eye-catching. The serum comes in a 50 ml squeezy tube with a ‘lockable’ lid to stop any unwanted product spill. The serum itself is a clear, transparent oil  which smells so god damn sweet. It has a mild coconut scent too.

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How to use the Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum?

Warm a little pea-sized amount of serum in your hands and run through the hair, focusing on the ends.

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The serum is basically an oil so you guessed it – it feels kinda oily! When applying to your hair make sure to use only the tiniest amount as only a little bit of the serum is needed. If you use too much your hair will look oily and greasy. You can add a little more if needed but I would advise to apply a little at a time so your hair doesn’t look like it hasn’t been washed in a decade! Try to stay away from the roots too as they are already lubricated with your naturally occurring  hair oils and we know that too much oil = grease. Apply only to the mid-lengths and tips of your hair.

Verdict:

Wow! Another Inecto product that I love! I think the Smooth Me Hair Serum is probably my all-time favourite product from Inecto which is saying something as I absolutely loved the Shampoo & Conditioner and the Hair Oil. This serum really works amazingly at taming frizzy hair and making damaged hair appear healthy-looking, my hair looks great. The serum is really oily so only a little bit is needed which means one 50 ml tube will last ages. After applying only a little of the serum to my mid-lengths and tips my hair instantly felt smoother and I can’t get over how healthier it looked. My hair was left with a little shine and it smelled gorgeous for most of the day too as the scent lingered for quite a while. I think Inecto are probably one of my fave brands right now, simply because their products are inexpensive, they really do work and they smell amazing! I can”t wait to try some of Inecto‘s other products out. I really do love the Naturals Coconut range and think I’ll try some of the skin-care products next as I’ve only used the hair products.  I will have to try something from the  Naturals Argan range next time too.

Where to buy?

I’ve bought all of my Inecto products at Home Bargains for less than £2. I think the Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum was around about £1.20 which is an absolute bargain, trust me! Although, if you want to shop now you can buy it online at  Amazon UK here for £2.80 plus £1 postage.

If you’d like to visit the website or connect with Inecto Naturals on social media, see links below.

WEBSITE: inecto.co.uk

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/InectoUK

INSTAGRAM: @inecto_uk

 

 

Pura Cosmetics: Classic Coconut Lip Scrub & Lip Balm Combo

I was sent the Classic Coconut Lip Scrub & Classic Coconut Lip Balm a while back from Pura Cosmetics who are a natural, cruelty free lip-care brand selling gorgeous little lip scrubs and lip balms.

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They also do thoughtful little wedding favours for guests and bridesmaid and flower girl gifts which is a cute idea and something I’ll keep in mind for when I tie the knot. Although, bear in mind, I have been with my partner over 12 years (a life sentence) and he still hasn’t popped the question so I won’t hold my breath, ha ha!

 

Classic Coconut Lip Scrub

The Classic Coconut Lip Scrub comes in a pretty little screw top jar and is a great little exfoliatior for the lips. One of the main ingredients in the lip scrub is coconut oil which is well-known for moisturising and nourishing the skin amazingly. The golden caster sugar gently exfoliates the lips and is the perfect remedy for dry and chapped lips. It gives your lips the perfect base to apply lipstick giving you a perfect pout. It also has the most sweetest, coconut scent ever, it really does smell lovely.

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How To Use?

Apply a small amount of scrub to lips with your finger and gently buff and rub into the skin until your happy with the results. Once done, remove the excess scrub off your lips with a bit of tissue to reveal a gorgeous pout.

 

Ingredients: Golden Caster Sugar, Pure Coconut Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Mica Colouring and Flavouring.

A word of warning, as this scrub contains coconut oil – you may want to avoid it if you have a nut allergy.

The Classic Coconut Lip Balm 

The Classic Coconut Lip Balm comes in a little tub with a screw top lid. The balm is made with all natural and pure ingredients including vitamin E oil which is great for anti-ageing and soothing cracked and irritated skin. The balm literally melts on the lips after applying and helps to keep the skin on your lips in tip-top shape by moisturing dry, chapped and sore lips, giving them some TLC. It also gives a  natural little shine to your lips too. Like the scrub, the balm smells like a dream and is small enough to pop into your handbag.

Ingredients: Pure Coconut Oil, Olive Wax, Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitamin E Oil and Flavouring.

The lip balm also contains coconut oil, so avoid if you have any nut allergies.

Where To Buy?

You can buy the Classic Coconut Lip Scrub here for £3.50.

You can buy the Classic Coconut Lip Balm here for £2.50.

If you want both the Lip Scrub and the Lip Balm it will work out cheaper if you purchase them as a combo. Combo prices are cheaper than if you were to buy the two products separately. Click right here to buy the combo for £5.50.

Use this code: BYKADY20 for 20% off!

Pura Cosmetics also have other ‘flavours’ to choose from so be sure to take a look at the others. They also do a limited edition cocktail inspired range too. The Prosecco Bubbles and Strawb Daiquiri combo’s are next on my list, mmm!

You can follow Pura Cosmetics on social media too. They run lots of giveaways so head on over, you might get lucky! See below for the links.

Website – www.puracosmetics.co.uk

Facebook – www.facebook.com/PuraCosmetics

Twitter – www.twitter.com/PuraCosmetics

Instagram – www.instagram.com/puracosmetics

Love

Katie

14 Day CocoTox | Little Sachets Of Coconut Oil Pulling Kit from Nutrient Wise – Review

Hey hey,

I was approached by the fab company Nutrient Wise a few weeks ago and I was asked if I would like to try out their Cocotox ‘Little Sachets Of Coconut Oil’ Pulling  Kit so I have been oil pulling like mad these last two weeks and ditched the peroxide gels.

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The Little Sachets Of Coconut Oil come in a resealable foil bag and there are fourteen 10 ml individually sealed sachets included which works out as one a day for two weeks. Oil pulling maintains teeth and gums keeping them in a clean & healthy condition, helps to remove plaque, toxins and bacteria from your teeth, gums and tongue and it helps to reduce build up on teeth as well as fighting stinky, bad breath. Oil pulling also reduces & soothes any dryness in your mouth and it can soothe chapped lips too.

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Ingredients:

Nothing but natural ingredients.

Virgin Coconut Oil, Peppermint Oil. (Free from gluten, wheat & dairy)

How to use?

Take an individual sachet and cut or tear the sachet along the dotted line, squeezing the oil into your mouth. Swirl the oil around your mouth for 5-15 minutes and spit out, rinsing your mouth.

Thoughts:

Thanks to the peppermint oil, the contents in the little sachets smell minty fresh, it is a very refreshing, mild and pleasant scent and it is a bit similar to how toothpaste / chewing gum smells. Before tearing open the sachets, the oil may not be completely melted at first and it may still be in its solid form in some areas but it melts easily. It is a clear and transparent in appearance and it has a runny, oily consitency once it has melted. I have oil pulled before using just virgin coconut oil from a tub and I never added peppermint oil. Personally, I would actually prefer these if they didn’t have peppermint oil but it does and it has helped to freshen my stinky breath so I really can’t complain. I love how it tastes when I first put it in my mouth and I dont mind the peppermint whilst pulling but once my twenty minutes is up I have to rinse my mouth straight away with water as I’m not a fan of the peppermint aftertaste.

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After the first go my teeth looked so much cleaner and by the 7th day I was suprised at how whiter my teeth appeared, they looked glossy, clean and polished and my gums looked a healthier pink colour and my stinky breath improved, according to the boyfriend!

At £19.99 the kit is expensive and you could probably buy yourself a tub of virgin coconut oil which will last longer than 14 days and much cheaper to buy but I have found the sachets have come in handy for me, especially when travelling or whenever I’m on the go. I’m now on my last sachet right now but I have vowed to take up oil pulling daily as my oral health is so much better now than it was two weeks ago and I really do recommend it.

 

You can buy your own 14 day CocoTox from Nutrient Wise right here.

Love

Katie x

Disclosure: This Coconut Oil Pulling Kit was gifted to me by Nutrient Wise, all opinions are my own.