Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Dr Bronner's Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray

Dr Bronner's Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray
Dr Bronner's castile soap has been a staple part of my routine for a long time. I have recently started to branch out and explore some of their other products. When I travel, I like to carry with me a hand sanitiser. Normally I favour wipes but this time I decided to buy Dr Bronner’s Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray because it comes recommended by my blogger pal, Rachel (All Natural Aspirations).

Pardon the pun but I found this sanitiser spray very handy. I am not a fan of public toilets, you are guaranteed a lack of hand soap and loo roll. A hand sanitiser obviously does not compensate for properly washing your hands but at least it gives peace of mind in these awkward situations. I was concerned the spray may dry out my skin but I did not notice any problems. It's mildly moisturising probably from the glycerine (Ingredients: 62% Organic Ethanol, Water, Organic Glycerin and Organic Lavender Oil). I am a huge fan of lavender so I love the fragrance. I also ended up using the spray as an air freshener and bedtime sleep aid. When travelling with cabin allowance it is nice when you can make a product multifunctional.

I think Dr Bronner's Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray is a great product for a good price (£2.99). It would be lovely to see it available in more fragrances because I know not every one is keen on Lavender.

Have you tried this product?

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Bath Time Fun with Quintessentially English & Chilly B

Chilly B Lavender Lullaby Luxury Bath Soak
I am not a bath person, it stems from my childhood years of missing out on Mr Matey and having to bathe in paraffin eczema treatments. Recently, I have been trying to take some “me time” and relax in the tub. I’m still not completely swayed but I have enjoyed the excuse to buy bath products.

I placed an order with Chilly B and they kindly included Lavender Lullaby Luxury Bath Soak. This soak is a combination of Dead Sea and Himalayan salts with added Shea and Cocoa butter. The butters give a luxurious feel and after bathing my skin feels silky but not greasy. These salts also contains lavender petals which I think makes a pretty addition to your bathing experience. I love the packaging for its cute and pretty labels. The bath salts are available in screw top bottles or clip top jars.

Quintessentially English Lavender Fields Bath Bomb

I purchased a Quintessentially English Lavender Fields Bath Bomb from Adore Naturals. The ingredients are simple - Water (Aqua), Bicarbonate of soda, Citric acid, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. The subtle lavender scent was the only minor disappointment. I find lavender a comforting fragrance and would have preferred a bit more of it.  

I enjoyed bathing in the tub with both products and did not experience irritation or noticeable dryness to my skin. I definitely suggest adding both Quintessentially English bath bombs and Chilly B Luxury Bath Soak to your wish list and with Christmas (yes I dared to mention it in September!) approaching they would make lovely stocking fillers

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Madrid, Spain - The Food We Ate

Sugarpuffish Madrid Food
I know many of you will be curious how I managed food restrictions on my recent travels. As I don’t have life threatening allergies it makes matters a little easier. I have visited Spain many times so I’m reasonably familiar with the dishes on offer and would happily eat veggie Paella until I burst. Spain is a meat and cheese loving country but visiting a big city like Madrid guarantees a wide variety of cuisines along with vegetarian/vegan restaurants. The biggest problem we faced was deciding where to eat because there was a restaurant or takeaway on every street.

Before I left home I had bookmarked a blog post by Vegan Mos which gave detailed information on Vegan restaurants. We visited Restaurante Vegetariano which was a lovely place hidden down a side street away from the main crowds. The Staff were friendly and we ordered Hummus topped with tomato and pita bread, mixed salad and Gyoza. The food was delicious but we felt slightly on the expensive side. Next up we tried Yerbabuena which was highly rated by VeganMos but we were disappointed. The restaurant was tiny, lacked atmosphere and the food was average. I could not understand why they felt the need to put soya chunks in vegetable paella. 

After our failed meal I decided to cut loose and stop seeking out Vegetarian/Vegan restaurants (my boyfriend is a meat eater so I have to take him into consideration). Our next stop was the most adorable Sushi restaurant I did ever see. Miss Sushi was pink, girlie with soft and comfortable furnishings. The menu was extensive with clearly marked Vegetarian and Vegan options. I ate a plateful of vegan sushi and returned to the hotel with a happy belly. 

Sugarpuffish Madrid Food 2

No holiday would be complete without ice cream and Mr Sugarpuffish found Giuseppe Ricci. They only offered one soya option but I really did not care it was limited. I had chocolate on my first visit and the next time they had changed over to vanilla. Both flavours were delicious and I was extremely happy to indulge. On the topic of soya, yoghurts were readily available in the supermarket, in a wide variety of flavours so that became an easy breakfast option (we opted out of breakfast at the hotel to cut costs).

One of our lunch time stops was Naturbier at Plaza Santa Ana. Like many of the cafes in Madrid, it wasn’t anything fancy but offered simple Spanish dishes. We ordered Calamares and Patatas Bravas. On our last day, we ate lunch at La Casa del Pulpo (near Plaza Mayor) and I finally got the Vegetable Paella my belly had desired from the moment I stepped foot in Madrid.

Finally, I cannot forget to mention our visit to Chocolateria San Gines. It’s an old cafe (est. 1894) which only serves chocolate con churros (thick hot chocolate with deep fried batter hoops). Of course, I could not par take in this Spanish tradition so Mr Sugarpuffish sacrificed himself and offered to indulge on my behalf.

As you can tell, I managed my food restrictions fairly easily and it certainly was not any harder than my daily life at home.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Introduction - Skin & Tonic London

Skin & Tonic London
I have my eye on a new skincare range from Skin & Tonic London. I adore the ethos of the brand "Our products only use a MAXIMUM of 7 simple, organic and local or Fair Trade." The story behind the creation of this brand is a familiar one. Sarah was diagnosed with endometriosis and this triggered a desire to simplify her lifestyle and pay attention to what goes into her body and on her skin. She started to formulate her own natural and synthetic free skincare to fit her needs.

The product line is not huge but covers the basics for a good routine - Steam Clean, Brit Beauty Oil, Gentle Scrub, Lip Balms, Calm Balm and for the gents, Beard Oil.

I am instantly drawn to Calm Balm, a multifunctional product which contains my favourite ingredients, Roman Chamomile, English Lavender and Welsh Calendula. It is suggested this balm can be use for hydrating dry skin, massaging into muscles, applying to wrists and temples to calm your mood and aid sleep.

You can buy products direct from Skin & Tonic's website and they recently launched at Content Beauty.

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