Monday, 1 September 2014

Jollyum - delicious non-dairy indulgence

Jollyum non-dairy indulgence
I finally got my hands on a tub of Jollyum after asking a local store if they would consider becoming stockists. Jollyum is an organic soya based frozen dessert and non dairy alternative to ice cream. It is available in four flavours - Summer Strawberry, Double Chocolate, Passion Fruit & Chocolate and Maple & Pecan. Compared to other brands of non dairy ice cream, these flavours were the main reason to track down this ice cream, they are enticing to me.

I bought Maple & Pecan and it is true to the ingredients and tastes natural. I do not think it is as creamy as Swedish Glace but still feels indulgent. I like the pecan pieces as they add crunch. Could I have finally discovered a Ben & Jerry's dairy free dupe? If only I had a point of reference, I am of course purely guessing. 

Jollyum non-dairy indulgence 2
I just have a couple of criticisms which are to do with the packaging. The allergens are underlined and are very difficult to spot on the ingredients list. I definitely prefer the bold technique which most manufacturers seems to be adopting in preparation for the new regulations. The other issue I have boils downs to wording. You'll notice the statement "free from lactose & gluten".  I get very frustrated when lactose free is used as a replacement for dairy free because they are two different issues in the world of allergies. 

At £5.99 a tub this is an indulgent treat for me and one which I would not be willing to sharing and would keep in the freezer for those emergency PMS days. I'd recommend giving Jollyum a taste test and I intend trying another flavour in the future. I just have one wish, if only they made peanut butter and chocolate then I would be in heaven.

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

What's in my bin? - Empties August 2014

Products mentioned in this video

Hannah & Hugh Baby Body Wash* (my review)

Tiddley Pom Baby Body Wash (my review)

Blue Labelle Cleansing Oil (my review)

Circaroma Cleansing Balm (my review)

Balance Me Intensive Wrinkle Repair Cream

Essential Care Organic Avocado Replenishing Cream

Sarakan Mouthwash (my review)

Nature Perfect Clay Mask & Lavender Floral Water* – previously reviewed a face mask kit but sadly this company has now closed

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Mini Review: Balance Me Intensive Wrinkle Repair Cream & Essential Care Organic Avocado Replenishing Cream

Balance Me Intensive Wrinkle Repair Cream & Essential Care Organic Avocado Replenishing Cream

Mini reviews for you today as I have been using up some samples which were passed on to me from Ria of Naturia Beauty

I confess that Balance Me products never seem to hit the spot for me but I was still curious to try the Intensive Wrinkle Repair Cream (10ml). This cream is described as “a super rich cream for drier and +35 skins to firm and lift whilst visibly improving the signs of aging.” I am over 35 so the target market for this cream although I am not overly concerned about ageing and wrinkles. I did find this cream rich in texture which suited my dry skin and I did not find it greasy. Balance Me do have a good free from ingredient policy and this product has a lengthy list of natural extracts and essential oils. For me, it is too heavy on these ingredients and I would not purchase a full size because the fragrance was not to my personal taste. You have to remember a lot of my facial creams are unscented (in order to avoid the allergens in essential oils) so it can be a shock to the system to apply something with a distinctive scent. 

You all know one of my favourite brands is Essential Care/Odylique so I was keen to try the Organic Avocado Replenishing Cream (15ml). It is also aimed at dry and mature skin. In comparison to Balance Me, the Essential Care cream is thinner in consistency. I certainly enjoyed using it and felt that my skin responded well to the ingredients. I am sceptical whether it would be suitable for me during the winter months. I know avocado is a super ingredient but I cannot shake the reassurance I get with a thick textured cream. It’s a mind over matter issue. The fragrance blend is lavender and frankincense but sadly it is not my cup of tea. Of course, Essential Care does have an excellent free from policy, products are certified organic with the Soil Association and this cream is suitable for Vegans.

Even though I would not purchase full sizes, I do feel that both creams are worth recommending based on ingredient formulations. I can not deny these are good moisturisers but sadly they simply do not suit my taste when it comes to scent.

Have you tried these moisturisers? What did you think of them?


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Monday, 25 August 2014

Review: Lavera Colour & Shine Shampoo

Lavera Colour & Shine Shampoo

Crisis time hit the Sugarpuffish household everywhere was out of stock of Odylique Gentle Herb shampoo. I am not a “no poo” girl so needed something to wash my hair and quickly so I ended up buying Lavera Colour & Shine Shampoo from a local store. Way back before blogging I did buy this shampoo (and matching conditioner) on a semi regular basis. Since the bottle said “new” I thought I would see some improvements in formulation. I have mentioned before I class Lavera as a budget brand and products are free from a number of ingredients which I believe are best avoided. However, there are ingredients which may not be acceptable to some people, for instance, this does contain Sodium Coco Sulfate (derived from coconuts but similar to SLS).

Lavera Colour & Shine Shampoo is a clear liquid, slightly on the runny side but not unmanageable like Deep Steep Shampoo. The scent is sweet and the ingredients list parfum derived from essential oils. I will say that it does frustrate me not to knowing what those oils are. I am not overly impressed with performance on my hair. It does the job, washes out easily, does not seem to leave any residue but I do not get the sleekness I can achieve with Odylique. It’s a minor fault and one that can be overcome with styling but none the less I find it frustrating. I can not comment on how my colour holds up because these days I find my greys come through at the same rate no matter what shampoo I use. After the first few uses Mr Sugarpuffish did say my hair was looking nice which was an out of the blue comment for him so perhaps the Lavera shampoo was doing something I was not noticing?

Overall, for £5.99 this Lavera shampoo is okay but it does not blow me away. I am still using it up by rotating with my Odylique (so glad to have it again that was a stressful absence). Would I repurchase? Now a few weeks back my answer would have been "maybe in an emergency situation as I can buy locally” but I have hit a stumbling block with Lavera as I recently discovered their Cruelty Free credentials are being questioned. I am saddened to learn that after many years of supporting the brand, Lavera are selling in China which means animal testing can be carried out on their products. This blog post from Naoki (click here) explains more and also links to a PDF statement from Lavera about China and animal testing. It’s up to you how you feel about this situation but this will be the last time I recommend a Lavera product on my blog. 

UPDATE: seems I missed an article on Lavera website which claims they have now stopped selling in China (click here). Thanks to Katie for pointing me in the right direction.

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