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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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Superdrug: Chocolate Orange Self-Heating Face Mask (Review)

Hey gorgeous girls…

A couple of days ago I popped into Superdrug to empty my purse and I literally bought every face mask they had available. I’m kinda addicted to face masks and I’m always stocking up on them even though I have too many as it is. 😂 So, yeah the Chocolate Orange Self-Heating Mask was one of those and I used it last night.

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Like all of Superdrug’s own products – the mask is vegan-friendly and cruelty free. It comes in a sachet and unlike 7th Heaven’s sachets where you can get maybe 2-3 masks out of one sachet – these just have enough for one mask. The mask itself is so chocolatey, it’s sticky and it seriously looks, feels and smells like melted chocolate. It’s kind of similar to Terry’s Chocolate Orange and it seriously smells good enough to eat. 😍

After I cleansed, I followed the directions in the packaging and splashed my face with warm water and left it wet.  I then smothered the mask over my face and chilled for 10-15 minutes before I washed it off.

As soon as I put it on, I instantly felt it warming and the heat was so fab. 👌 The heat didn’t last long though and after a few minutes in the sensation wore off.  I absolutely loved the heat ‘feeling’ so much that self-heating masks will now be one of my fave kinds of masks – not far off from hard drying ones. The Chocolate Orange Mask was also very messy and it got absolutely everywhere – I’m a dozey cow! So next time I use it, I’ll make sure to wear an old t-shirt and tie my hair up and apply it in the bathroom.

After washing the mask off, my skin felt clean, lovely and soft and my skin looked clear. I’d definitely use it again. I’m looking forward to trying out all of my other Superdrug’s ‘own’ face masks and I bought a few so expect to see a lot of face mask posts in the future! 😂

Pop into Superdrug to see the whole range of face masks they have or head over to the website: www.superdrug.com

Lots of love…

kaatie

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Review: Dr. Botanicals – Duo Moisturiser Tropical Invigorating Cream

I was kindly sent the Tropical Invigorating Cream from Dr. Botanicals to try out and review on my blog. Dr. Botanicals are a London-based natural & vegan skincare brand which are kind to skin as well as animals. The Tropical Invigorating cream is a duo moisturiser enriched with Elderflower which aims to protect the skin from free radical damage, it also contains Tiare Flower Extract which aims to deeply moisturise, nourish and purify the skin as well as Chaomile Flower Extract too which works to heal and soothe irritated and damaged skin.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The Tropical Invigorating Cream comes in a eco-friendly cardboard box which has lots of info printed on it about the cream, ingredients, etc… The cream itself comes in a flexible, metal tube which has a black screw lid. The packaging is gorgeous and the design on the tube is very pretty – it has what looks like gorgeous pink Adenium flowers all over the tube with forest green and aqua blue leaves too. It really is pretty packaging. The cream itself has a very mild, flowery scent which smells beautiful and it is a lightweight yet thick, non drip cream that spreads easy onto the skin.

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THOUGHTS:

The skin on my face has been awful lately and I recently broke out in angry blemishes all over my face, I’m not sure why or what caused me to break out but I’m glad that my skin has started to improve this week. I’ve been using Pure PotionsOmega Rich Cleansing Oil to cleanse my skin followed by a gentle Orange Blossom Water Toner from FoxBrim Naturals and then this duo moisturiser from Dr Botanicals. My skin has finally started to go back to normal since I have been using completely natural skincare products on my face.

So, I’ve been using the Tropical Invigorating Cream each morning and every night to moisturise my sensitive skin and I really do like it a lot. It is a gentle cream that contains no parabens or artificial ingredients which my skin always seems to react to. I love how it smells too and it doesn’t smell artificial or chemical-like at all – it has a lovely, subtle flowery scent which smells gorgeous and pretty although some may find it to be quite bland, I actually liked it.  A small dollop of the cream is enough for my entire face and neck so I’m guessing the 50 ml tube will last a while – I’d say about two or three months at the most if used daily. The cream glides over the skin like silk and I was very impressed with how long it took to absorb into the skin – like one minute, not even that. I hate waiting around for creams to dry so the fact that this cream dries quickly, gets a big thumbs up for that reason alone. The cream didn’t feel sticky or greasy either and it left my skin feeling softer and firmer. I noticed it moisturised my fine lines too and they don’t look as deep or prominent as before. Also, my skin looks a lot calmer and more balanced since I began using it and it doesn’t look red or irritated as it has been these past few weeks so I’m happy about that.

I really love that this is a vegan-friendly, cruelty-free moisturiser which is completely natural and I would love to try a few other products out from Dr. Botanicals, you really can’t go wrong with natural skincare products can you.

The only negative thing I have to say about the cream is the price tag. At £39.90 for a 50 ml tube I do think it is a bit on the expensive side and out of my usual budget for a moisturiser. I would definitely use this cream again although I doubt I’d repurchase it, simply because of the price. If the price was lowered I would 100% buy the Tropical Invigorating Cream again.

DISCLOSURE: This product was gifted to me for review purposes only. My opinion has not been influenced by the brand and this review is based on my own experience with the product.


WHERE TO BUY: You can buy the Tropical Invigorating Cream HERE for £39.90 from Dr. Botanicals’ website. You will get free delivery on all orders over £30 & you will receive a complimentary tote bag with every order over £50.

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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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